27 January

Happy birthday to a second cousin today. Also an Aberdeenshire grain store keeper and an Ayrshire coal miner’s wife who lived nearly all her life in Dreghorn.

27 January 1848
Baptism of Peter Aitken (or Aiken) at Longside, son of William Aitken and Elizabeth Milne and uncle of my step great grandmother Helen Ann Morgan. I can’t find his family in the 1851 census, but in 1861 Peter is an ag lab at Aldie, Cruden where his father was farm overseer, and his mother and siblings were at Whiteshin, Cruden. Peter was a witness at his sister Jane’s marriage in 1865, and in 1871 is a farm servant at West Gask, Cruden. I then can’t find him in 1881, but in 1891 there is a Peter Aiken of the right age and born in Longside who was a grain store keeper in Peterhead, lodging with a widow and her children. That Peter is still a grain store keeper in Peterhead in 1901 lodging with a different family. If this is the right Peter then it doesn’t look as if he married or had children.

27 January 1860 (born about 1840)
Janet Howat was born in about 1840 at Kilmarnock, daughter of Peter Thomas Howat and Janet Strachan and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. No baptism has been found for her, but she is with her parents and siblings in Thirdpart, Kilmarnock in 1841, and the family were therefore neighbours with several members of the extended family. They also had lots of family as neighbours in 1851, as by then they were at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn. Janet’s father Peter died in the late 1850s, and in 1860 Janet married coal miner Robert Dick at Dreghorn in the same month that one of her brothers was married. Janet and Robert, with a baby daughter, have their own home at Corsehill Square in 1861. No address is given except for Dreghorn in 1871, and by then Janet and Robert had 6 children. They are at Hugh Dunlop’s Land, Dreghorn in 1881, with only 3 of their children still at home and are at the same address in 1891 with just their youngest at home. Janet Dick nee Howat died at Dreghorn in January 1899 age 59.

27 January 1947
Happy birthday half second cousin David (on the Fraser side) – looking forward to seeing you in London next month!

2 responses to “27 January

  1. David says thank you and he looking forward to meeting up too.

  2. Re Peter Aitken/Aiken (my 3G-uncle): On the 1851 census, Peter can be found, age 3, living with his mother Elizabeth (my 3G-grandmother) and siblings Helen, Jean and John at Savock, Longside. You have found the correct entries for him in 1871, 1891 and 1901; like you I could not locate him in 1881. Peter did, in fact, marry; he wed Margaret Alexander (widow of John Skene) on 16 Dec 1891 in Peterhead. They had one child, Peter Aiken, born 2 Sep 1892 in Peterhead (died 31 Mar 1984 in Los Angeles, California). Margaret died in Peterhead just a year later, on 22 Oct 1893, of a brain abscess. In 1901, 8-year-old son Peter (surname spelled Aitkin) was boarded at a home separate from his father, in Monquhitter. The senior Peter died, age 64, on 3 Nov 1912 in Peterhead of chronic alcoholism and acute gastritis.

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