2 January


After yesterday’s busy day it was fairly quiet on the 2nd: a McWilliam in Aberdeenshire who married a ship’s carpenter, a Logan in Aberdeenshire who disappears after 1881, and a Senior descendant from Yorkshire who married a coal miner and lived in Pontefract.

2 January 1842
Birth of Ann McWilliam at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half ggggg uncle David McWilliams and Elizabeth Ewan. Her father was a sawyer and she is in Peterhead with her parents in 1851, then in 1861 is at Longate Street, Peterhead as domestic servant to the family of a horse wright. Ann married Alexander Davidson, a ship’s carpenter, in 1864 at Peterhead and they are at Roanheads in 1871 with 4 children. In 1881 they are at North Street, Peterhead with 9 children: the youngest is 3 days old and is listed as “new arrival”. By 1891 Ann’s husband Alexander was a gas stoker by then and they are on Longate, where they also are in 1901, by which time Ann’s mother Elizabeth was with them. Ann died in Peterhead in 1920 age 78.

2 January 1869
Birth or baptism of George Logan at Fintry, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggg uncle James Logan and Jane Norrie. He’s with his parents in 1871 at Blackhill of Courtstone and in 1881 at Silvermoss at Tarves. And then he disappears: no marriage or death found for him and no trace of him in the census after 1881. Nor can I find anything to indicate he migrated. So he’s a mystery.

2 January 1905
Baptism of Mabel Fletcher at Purston cum South Featherstone, Yorkshire, daughter of my gg aunt Ann Senior and coal miner John Fletcher, and who was the 11th child of a large family of 14. She is in Featherstone with her family in 1911: the household comprised her parents, 7 children and 2 coal miner boarders. I suspect she is the Mabel Fletcher who married John W Lees at Pontefract in 1925 and died in Pontefract on 1954 age 49.

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