26 January

The 26th was a popular day. A Green gggg uncle was born in Yorkshire but ended up in London; a Strachan was born in Ayrshire and lived in the usual coal mining places; a Haggerty was born in Ayrshire and went to the USA; a Green from Yorkshire was married to a coal miner; and a descendent of the Marshalls of Ayrshire was born in Kent and became a bookkeeper.

26 January 1800
Baptism of my gggg uncle Samuel Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of innkeeper Joseph Green and Ann Cox. He was married to Mary, who was born in Oundle, Northampton, but I haven’t found a record of their marriage so don’t know where they were married. The first baptism I can find for one of their children took place in 1833 at Sonning in Berkshire, a second daughter was baptised in 1835 at Reading, a third in St Martins in the Field, London in 1837 and a fourth in Chelsea, London in 1839. The family is in the 1841 census at Baldwin Street, City Road, London, Samuel a licensed victualler with a male and a female servant. They are at Marsham Street, Westminster in 1851, Samuel a general cartman with the youngest daughter still at home. They had a late arrival when a son was born in 1851 and registered at Westminster. When his eldest daughter married in 1860, she gave her father’s occupation as a spruce merchant and when his daughter Amelia married in 1862 she gave her father’s occupation as publican, so it seems he had several strings to his bow. The 1861 census sees Thomas with wife Mary and young son at Grosvenor Terrace, Westminster with his occupation as traveller. He died between 1861 and 1871, as in 1871 Mary Green is a widow with her son living in Bloomsbury.

26 January 1841
Baptism of James Strachan at the Relief Congregation Kirk, Irvine, Ayrshire, son of Andrew Strachan and Elizabeth Howat and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. He is age 6 months in the 1841 census, at Perceton Cottages, Dreghorn, with his coal miner father, mother and siblings: several members of the extended family also lived at Perceton Cottages. His mother died in about 1845, and in 1847 his father remarried but she too died in about 1850. In the 1851 census James aged 11 and a coal miner is at MacReadie’s Land, Dreghorn with his father, 7 siblings and a cousin, 22 year old Elizabeth Strachan, who was a domestic servant looking after them all. Elizabeth gave birth to an illegitimate daughter with James’ father in 1852, and in 1854 his father married for a third time. James, age 20 and a coal miner, is in Riccarton in 1861 with his father, stepmother, siblings and a domestic servant. In 1862 James Strachan married Mary Lindsay in Dreghorn and they are at Kyleshill, Stevenston in 1871 with 4 children. By 1881 they had moved to Plann Row, Kilmaurs and had 6 children at home, their eldest working as a female servant on a nearby farm. In 1891 they are in the same location, this time named Hemphill Row, Plann Road, and James is a miner of shale: he and Mary have 4 children still at home plus a grandson and a boarder. By 1901 James is a retired coal miner at Colquhoun’s Land, Kilmaurs with wife Mary and grandson Robert. James Strachan died in 1910 at the Co-operative Building, Crosshouse age 69 years of cancer of the colon.

26 January 1842
Birth of Hugh Muir Haggerty at Dundonald, son of my ggg uncle Hugh Haggerty and Janet Muir. His father died in about 1848 and in 1851 Hugh is at Boat Stabs, Dundonald (now considered part of Irvine) with his grandmother Ann Muir, his mother, his siblings and an aunt. By 1861 he has become a coal miner and is at Bensley Square, Kilwinning with his mother, grandmother and siblings: they were neighbours of many Strachan relatives. Hugh Haggerty, age 23 and a miner, sailed to New York in January 1866 and is in the 1870 US census at the coal mines at Russell, Kansas. In the 1880 census he is at Judsonville, Contra Costa, California with his mother and younger brother Adam, and is on the 1880 Contra Costa voters’ list which says he was naturalised in July 1880. I’ve been unable to find anything for him in the records after 1880, or for his mother and brother.

26 January 1890 (born in 1860)
Hannah Green was born in Barnsley in 1860, daughter of my ggg uncle John Green and Sarah Wigfield. Her father was a linen yarn bleacher and Hannah is with her parents and older brother at New Street, Barnsley in 1861. By 1871 the family had moved to Ardsley and Hannah, age 11, is at school, but they were back in Barnsley by 1881 at Back Street, and 21 year old Hannah is a power loom weaver. Hannah’s mother died in 1883 and in 1886 her father remarried. In 1890 Hannah married miner William Burrows at Silkstone and they both gave their address as Station Street, Barnsley, which is where they are in the 1891 census. There is a birth of a daughter in 1898, and then Hannah died age 39 in 1899 at Barnsley.

26 January 1920 (born in 1884)
Christina Jardine Cambell was born in Thanet, Kent, the daughter of Christina Jardine and James Campbell. Her mother came from Galston, Ayrshire and was the granddaugter of my ggg uncle Alexander Marshall, a saddler, and Christina Wallace. Christina’s mother had married a engine fitter at Galston but had moved to Kent by 1881. Christina is with her family in Ramsgate, Kent in 1891 and 1901, after which her father died and the family moved to Clapham, London. In 1911 Christina, age 26 and a clerk for a grocer, is with her mother and siblings in Clapham, and with them is a friend Mr Carter age 32, a merchant of provisions. This could be who Christina married, for in January 1920, at Clapham, she married Mark Henry Carter who was a 44 year old manager of a grocery store in Catford. Christina was age 35 and a bookkeeper.

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