13 December

Friday the 13th today but it may not have been a Friday when these were born. They are a Booth I can’t trace, a Strachan who, along with his siblings, didn’t marry, and a Fraser who lived in Ellon, Hatton and Aberdeen, and started as a farm servant but became a council roadman and then a gas worker.

13 December 1820
Birth of my gggg uncle David Booth, who was baptised at Inverurie, son of William Booth and Margaret Allan. Unfortunately I can’t find anything further for him, so he may have died young.

13 December 1858
Birth of Hugh Strachan at Old Cumnock, Ayrshire, son of coal miner John Strachan and Margaret Cuthbertson and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. By 1861 he had moved to Abbey Landward, Renfrewshire with his family, where his father was an ironstone miner foreman. The family are at Muirpark, Renfrewshire in 1871 and 12 year old Hugh is at school. By 1881 he is with his parents and siblings in Govan and is working as a commercial clerk. His father died in 1884 and in 1891 he is with his mother, 4 unmarried siblings, and a cousin in Paisley, working as a box maker. His mother died in 1895 and in 1901 the 5 unmarried siblings and their cousin are still together in Paisley with Hugh working as a thread mill foreman. The siblings and their cousin are all still living together in 1911 at Elderslie, to the west of Paisley, so it looks as if none of them got married. Hugh is working as a cardboard box maker for a cotton spinning company. He died in 1934 at Paisley, age 74.

13 December 1872
Birth of my half gg uncle James Fraser at Aberdeen, son of my gg grandfather Alexander Fraser and his second wife Margaret Booth. James was born when his parents briefly lived in Aberdeen, but in 1877 his grandfather William Fraser died and his father took over the Fraser croft of Mosside, near Hatton. James is with his parents at Mosside in 1881, age 8 and at school. In 1891 he is probably the James Fraser who is a farm servant at Easterton Auchleuchries, Cruden. James married Isabella Rennie in 1899 at Ellon, and they were married at the Station Buffet, a room at the hotel next to Ellon Station. By 1901 James and Isabella are in a cottar house near Ellon with a baby son, and James is a farm servant. They are in a house on Rosebank, Hatton in 1911 with 3 children, and James is working as a roadman for the county council. James Fraser died at age 68 in 1941 at Skene Street, Aberdeen and was a gas worker in his later life. He died of a coronary thrombosis.

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