Monthly Archives: January 2014

Does genealogy influence your gardening?

Today I went to the garden centre near Otley for lunch, and couldn’t resist buying some seed potatoes for my vegetable plot. Browsing through the various varieties, I was drawn to one that said is was an old Ayrshire variety. I wonder whether any of my Ayrshire ancestors grew them?

I’ve looked them up on the internet and learnt that Ayrshire tatties are an Epicure variety introduced in 1897. Apparently they’re very good at recovering from a late frost, which we’re prone to in my part of Yorkshire, and are an early “new” potato (my favourites).

They are now in trays on the conservatory window sill chitting away until it’s warm enough to plant them out. My Aberdeenshire grandfather used to say that you knew the soil was warm enough to plant out potatoes once the weeds had begun to grow.

22 and 23 January

A fairly quiet couple of days on the family tree has given me the chance to catch up. My Yorkshire ggg grandfather George Senior was baptised 212 years ago plus there’s a Logan in Aberdeenshire who married a Fraser and a Strachan uncle who died in infancy.

23 January 1802
Baptism of my ggg grandfather George Senior at Royston. He was born in Carlton the son of William Senior and Sarah Hattersley. In 1829 he married Mary Roodhouse (or Roadhouse or Roydhouse): he was of Royston parish and Mary was of Darfield parish. Their 9 children were baptised in Royston, their baptism records describing George Senior (or Senyer) as a carpenter of Carlton. In the 1841 census George, a carpenter, is in Carlton with wife Mary, 5 children, a carpenter’s apprentice and his elderly mother-in-law. He is still in Carlton in 1851, a joiner and carpenter, with wife Mary and 7 children, the eldest also a joiner and carpenter. 1861 sees him remaining in Carlton and still working as a joiner and carpenter, with wife Mary and 4 sons remaining at home – the 3 elder sons are all joiners and carpenters so the Seniors seem to have had plenty of work to keep them all occupied. George is still in Carlton in 1871, by then aged 69 and still doing the same work, and has his wife and 1 unmarried son living and working with him. George Senyer of Carlton was buried at Royston on 24 November 1874 age 73.

22 January 1948 (born about 1871)
Jane Logan was born about 1871 at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, although I haven’t found a baptism, daughter of my ggg uncle James Logan and Jane Norrie. She is with her parents at Silvermoss, Tarves in 1881, her father an ag lab. Her mother then died, and in 1891 Jane is with her father and a nephew at Blackhill of Courtstone. Her father died in 1900. I haven’t found Jane in the 1901 census, but her death certificate in 1948 says she was married to John Fraser, a crofter, and she died at Burn Cottage, Pitmeddan age 76. The informant was a grandniece who lived in Aberdeen, so I’m not sure whether or not Jane had any children.

22 January 1911
Birth of my uncle William McCrae Strachan at Mansion Street, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, 9th child of Henry Strachan and Helen McCrae. He was named for his uncle, Helen McCrae’s younger brother. In the 1911 census baby William is with his parents and many siblings at Mansion Street, but he died aged 18 months on the 18th June 1912, of measles, at Gilbertfield Buildings, Halfway, Cambuslang. In 1912 Henry Strachan bought the title deeds to a burial lair at Westburn Cemetery, so it would seem it was the death of young William that prompted the purchase. My father kept those title deeds and they were then passed on to me. I haven’t visited the cemetery so don’t know whether there’s a memorial stone there, but one day I hope to go and find out.

21 January

Just two Yorkshire ones today: an Oxley from Barnsley who married a coal agent and moved to Rochdale, and an Athorn from Barnsley who was a gas fitter.

21 January 1827
Baptism of Mary Oxley at St Mary’s Barnsley, Yorkshire, daughter of my gggg uncle William Oxley and Elizabeth. William is described as a coal miner on Mary’s baptism record. In 1841 Mary was a servant on a farm in Thurgoland, working for a 65 year old farmer with no-one else in the houshold – there were a few people her age on neighbouring farms who I hope she had contact with, otherwise it would have been a lonely life. Mary married coal miner Solomon Gledhill at Silkstone in 1847. I can’t find them in the 1851 census, but in 1861 Mary is a visitor with her widowed mother in Barnsley and Solomon is a coal agent in Castleton, Rochdale. Mary and Solomon are in Castleton in 1871, and there is no evidence that they had any children. Mary died in Rochdale in early 1878 at age 51, and her husband remarried about 18 months later.

21 January 1899
Birth of Henry Athorn registered in Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of my gg aunt Hester Green and John Amberson Athorn. He was baptised in March that year at Monk Bretton and his parents’ address was given as Cobden Terrace, Silver Street, Barnsley. In 1901, however, he is with his parents and a baby brother in Carlton, boarding with his mother’s married sister Lily Saxton. In 1911 Henry is with his grandmother Margaret Green nee Oxley and his aunt Sarah Green in Crookes Street, Barnsley – his parents, with 4 children, are not far away in Longcar Street. Henry’s father died in 1912, and in 1913 his mother remarried. Henry Athorn married Clara Smith in Barnsley in 1923 and at the time of his marriage was a gas fitter. They had 4 children. Henry died age 76 in 1899, in Barnsley.

20 January

Some interesting ones today: my Yorkshire great grandfather Joseph Green, plus the illegitimate daughter of an Ayrshire ggg grandmother and a William Fraser from Aberdeenshire who needs more research.

20 January 1871 (born about 1821)
My half ggg aunt Jean Pollock was born in about 1821 at Irvine, according to the census, but no baptism has been found. She was the illegitimate daughter of my ggg grandmother Jean Orr who had been married to Joseph Haggerty, but Jean was born after Joseph had died. Jean’s father was called Robert Pollock. In 1841 Jean is in Irvine as a domestic servant to a cotton hand loom weaver, and then in 1844 she married John Richmond at Dundonald – he was a coal miner so probably worked at Shewalton Colliery. According to the birthplaces given for their children in the census, Jean and John were in Kilwinning for a couple of years, then went to Airdrie, Lanarkshire in 1848/49, moved back to Kilwinning by 1850, and were at Kenneth’s Row, Corsehill in 1851 with 4 children and a lodger (and lots of relatives as neighbours). They are still at Kenneth’s Row in 1861 with 8 children and a boarder. Jean Richmond nee Pollock died in January 1871 at Neil’s Land, Hurlford of pthithis (tuberculosis) at 50 years of age.

20 January 1866
Birth of William Fraser at Old Deer, son of my ggg uncle William Fraser and Barbara Cordiner and grandson of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. William is with his father and siblings in Kinknockie, Old Deer where his father was a master shoemaker employing a journeyman and an apprentice – on census night his mother was visiting her parents in Peterhead. At 15, in 1881, William is still at school and with his parents at Kinknockie. He then becomes a mystery as I can’t find him anywhere in the records, though I haven’t yet made an exhaustive search.

20 January 1868
Birth of my great grandfather Joseph Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Green and Margaret Oxley. At the time of his birth, his parents were living in Worsbrough Common and his father was a cabinet maker. Joseph is with his parents in Green Row, Worsbrough Common in 1871, but the family had moved into Barnsley by 1881 and lived at Newton Street. In 1888 Joseph, by then also a cabinet maker, was married in Royston to Charlotte Senior, whose family came from Carlton near Royston. The Green family had family connections in Royston, which is possibly how Joseph and Charlotte met. Their first two children were baptised in Barnsley, with Joseph being described as a wagon joiner and a miner: I suspect he worked at a mine but was a carpenter, fixing and making wooden wagons. In 1891 he and Charlotte are at James Street, Barnsley in a small stone terrace house that still exists (I’ve driven past it and also seen it on Google street view). Their next two children was baptised at Mapplewell, to the north of Barnsley: Joseph was a cart repairer at a colliery and the family lived at Spark Lane. When their next child was baptised they were back in Barnsley, but in around 1899 they moved to Leeds and Joseph can be found on the electoral roll living at Hope Grove, Armley (a street that has since been demolished but which was next to Gott’s Park). The 1901 census finds Joseph, Charlotte and 7 children at Hope Grove with Joseph working as a carpenter and joiner. They then had 3 children baptised together in 1904: by then they were living at Stack Cottages, Abbey Road, Kirkstall and in 1905 Joseph is on the electoral roll in a dwelling house at Kirkstall Forge, Abbey Road. It would seem that he had taken a job at Kirkstall Forge, no doubt as a carpenter joiner. Kirkstall Forge was founded by the Cistercians monks of Kirkstall Abbey in the 13th century, so had a long history. The electoral roll then places Joseph and his family at 7 Vicarage Avenue, Kirkstall from 1906 – the houses that comprise the Vicarages were terraces that had been recently built as they are not on the 1895 Ordnance Survey map. By 1911, with more children having been born and the eldest now young adults, Joseph and family had moved to a larger house just round the corner on Station Parade, but were back at 7 Vicarage Avenue from 1915. During WW1 Joseph served in the Royal Engineers at Aldershot from 1917 to 1918 though he doesn’t seem to have enjoyed his time there, as his army record refers to him being disciplined for appearing on parade unshaved, appearing on parade with dirty equipment, and using insubordinate language to an NCO! He went before a medical board in 1918 and was declared unfit for further service. Sometime after 1921, with most of their children married and off their hands, Joseph and Charlotte moved to a house in the Cragsides, where the photograph of them in their garden was taken. Joseph died in 1925 age 57 of cancer of the throat. Widow Charlotte had, so my mother said, never really settled in the Cragsides and so moved back to the Vicarages. Photographs of Joseph Green can be found on this blog at http://wp.me/p34D39-hA

18 and 19 January

On the 18th a Yorkshire ggggg grandfather was born about 276 years ago, a Hunter from Stevenston in Ayrshire was born and might have married a Smith, and a Strachan was born in Ayrshire but must have died in childhood. Nothing happened on the 19th.

18 January 1805 (born about 1738)
My ggggg grandfather John Hattersley was born in Yorkshire in around 1738, if the age given when he was buried is correct. He was a breeches maker and would therefore have served an apprenticeship. John married, in 1764, in Barnsley, so is most likely to have come from the surrounding Barnsley area. After his marriage he lived in Carlton, within the parish of Royston, but there is no-one named Hattersley in the Royston parish register until his marriage, so he wasn’t from a local family. There was a John Hattersley baptised in November 1736 at Ackworth, which isn’t too far from where John lived as an adult, but there’s no evidence that it could be right one. The Ackworth John had a father with the unusual name of Epaphroditus Hattersley, a good old biblical name. There was also a John Hattersley born at about the same time in Badsworth, which is near Ackworth, with father George Hattersley. Wherever John came from, however, he married Elizabeth Milner at Barnsley St Mary’s in April 1764. Their marriage entry says John Hattersley was a breeches maker of Barnsley, and that Elizabeth was also resident in Barnsley. Their first child was born in 1765 and baptised at Royston, and the baptism record has the child as son of John Hattersley of Carlton. A total of 9 children were baptised at Royston, and each time father John is described as of Carlton. John Hattersley, publican and breeches maker of Carlton, died in 1805 and was buried at Royston on 18 January. His wife Elizabeth Hattersley of Carlton died in 1816. Their daughter Sarah Hattersley married William Senior of Carlton, and was my gggg grandmother.

18 January 1769
Baptism of my gggg aunt Elizabeth Hunter at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of John Hunter and Margaret Barr. No marriage found, but there was an Elizabeth Hunter and Hugh Smith who had children baptised in Stevenston from 1789 to 1803. That family are not in the Stevenston minister’s census of 1819, 1822 or 1836 so it is possible they moved from Stevenston before 1819 – they could have moved in about 1803 and had more children but there are no baptisms to be found. There is, however, an elderly couple in the 1841 census at Castle Street, Mauchline: Hugh Smith age 80 and Elizabeth Smith age 72 with a 4 year old girl with them. Unfortunately the 1841 census gives little detail, and both this Hugh and Elizabeth must have died before 1851, so it’s not possible to link them with the Stevenston couple, and Smith was a very common name, even back then. When I have more time I’ll have to research the 4 year old girl and see if it’s possible to link her with my Hunter ancestors.

18 January 1806
Birth or baptism of Susannah Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Susannah must have died in childhood, as Robert and Jean named a daughter born in 1811 Susannah.

Been busy but I’m back again

I’ve had a very busy few days and consequently the blog has been neglected. But at last I have an afternoon with nothing else to do, and it’s raining (again). So far it’s been a very mild but very wet winter. I’m also finding retirement is far busier than expected. How on earth did I manage to fit in a full time job for all those years!

In my absence, the blog has had a lot of visitors, particularly from Australia, so welcome to you all. I hope you find something useful and/or interesting here.

17 January

Another Joseph Green from Yorkshire today (there were a lot of the) who looks as if he fathered an illegitimate child with his housekeeper. Also a Lamb from Aberdeenshire and a Hamilton from Ayrshire who there’s not much to say about, and a George from Aberdeenshire who went to Canada and ended up at Port Credit.

17 January 1809
Baptism of my gggg uncle Joseph Green at Worsbrough, son of Joseph Green and Ann Cox. (I did wish the Green family tree didn’t contain so many Josephs!) This Joseph was the son of my linen bleacher and innkeeper gggg grandfather who ran the Rose & Crown at Worsbrough Common. In 1834 Joseph Green junior married Mary White at Silkstone, although the parish register entry shows they were both living in Barnsley. In 1841 Joseph and Mary, with 3 children, are at Nelson Street, Barnsley and Joseph is a bleacher. Wife Mary died in 1850 and in 1851 widower Joseph Green is at Castlereagh Street, Barnsley with 4 children and a female servant, and has become a green grocer with his two eldest sons also working as green grocers. His father Joseph Green died in 1853, and Joseph junior seems to have taken over running the Rose & Crown as in 1861 he is an innkeeper at Worsbrough Common with a son working as a huckster (salesman) and a housekeeper called Martha Nuttall. His son John was born in 1862 but does not seem to have been baptised, so without ordering his birth certificate I don’t know who his mother was. In 1871 Joseph is still an innkeeper at Worsbrough Common and has his son George and 10 year old son John Green living with him, as well as female servant Mary Day and a 1 year old boy visitor with the surname Day. However, there is a death registered in Barnsley (the registration district for Worsbrough) in 1867 for Martha Nuttall age 34, and I suspect the housekeeper in 1851 was John’s mother but she died in 1867. Joseph Green died in 1876 age 70.

17 January 1848
Birth of Barbara Lamb at Monquhitter, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg aunt Mary Hutcheon and Robert Lamb. Barbara is with her parents and siblings in 1851, her father an ag lab, but she is not with them in 1861 and cannot be found elsewhere, so it looks as if she died in childhood.

17 January 1855
Birth of David Hamilton at Knockintiber, Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, son of coal miner John Hamilton and Janet Strachan and grandson of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan and Elizabeth Nisbet. David is with his parents at Knockintiber in 1861, then his father died in 1869. He was with his widowed mother in 1861, who was a spirit dealer at Kilmaurs Road, Kilmarnock. David Hamilton died in Kilmarnock in 1878, age 23, but I haven’t downloaded his death certificate so don’t know the cause of his early death.

17 January 1871
Birth of James George at Dyce, Aberdeeenshire, son of my ggg aunt Barbara Logan and James George. James migrated, with his family, to Canada in 1872 and is with his family at Brant, Ontario in 1881, his father a farmer. He is still with his parents in 1891 and is helping his father on the farm. His mother died, and in 1901 James is with his father and a sister at Walkerton, Ontario working as a farm labourer, though as his father is a farmer he was most probably still working for his father. James married Sarah Hare at Port Credit, Ontario in 1906 and by then was an iron worker. He’d changed jobs again by 1911 and was a “teamster on street” (which will mean driving horse-drawn vehicles) in Toronto, and he and Sarah have a son plus another family of similar ages living with them as lodgers. James George died in 1937 at Port Credit.