11 January

Today there’s an Ayrshire Logan who seems to have died young, a Strachan from Ayrshire who died of fever, possibly typhus, and a McWilliam from Aberdeenshire who migrated to the US with her family and lived in Iowa.

11 January 1787
Birth of my gggg aunt Sarah Logan at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of James Logan and Sarah Weir. I suspect Sarah died young as I have not found a marriage or births of any children.

11 January 1810
My ggg uncle Peter Strachan was born at Greenend, near Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, son of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson: his baptism record has the surname written as Strang. By the end of 1811 his parents had moved to Muirkirk, Ayrshire and not long after went to Riccarton, and then to Dundonald where so many of the extended Strachan family lived and worked at Shewalton Colliery. In December 1832 Peter married Margaret Boyle at Shewalton, and they are there in 1841 with the 3 surviving children of the 4 they’d had. 2 more children were born, and then wife Margaret died in 1844. Peter Strachan died of fever in July 1846 at Halfway, Dundonald, which is close to Shewalton Colliery. There were several outbreaks of typhus at that time, so that may well have carried him off. After the deaths of both Peter and his wife, two of their children lived with Peter’s brother Henry.

11 January 1859
Birth of Mary McWilliam at New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half gggg uncle Nathaniel McWilliam and Isobel Murison (or Morrison). She is with her parents at New Pitsligo in 1861, her father an ag lab. Then her mother died and in 1863 her father remarried to Mary Yule. In April 1867 the family arrived in New York, and in the 1870 US Census are at Post Township, Iowa, father Nathaniel working as a farm labourer but he soon after became a farmer in his own right. In 1879 Mary married Samuel Edson Wickham, a cooper and then a labourer. They are in the US census at Clermont, Iowa and had 7 daughters. Mary Wickham nee McWilliam died in 1934 age 76 and was buried in Clermont.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s