Monthly Archives: February 2014

28 February

One of my Yorkshire gggg grandmothers’ today, a pair of Yorkshire twins, an Aberdeenshure Hutcheon/Hutchison who disappear from the records, and my nephew who lives in Australia.

28 February 1775
Baptism of my gggg grandmother Sarah Hattersley at Royston, Yorkshire, the daughter of John Hattersley of Carlton and Elizabeth Milner. She married carpenter William Senyer or Senior at Royston in September 1801, and they had 5 children baptised in Royston. Her husband William died in 1817 at age 45. The 1822 Bains Directory lists a Sarah Senior wheelwright living in Carlton, which may well be her. Sarah Senyer died in Carlton at age 59 and was buried in Royston in April 1834.

28 February 1802
Baptism of twins Joseph and John Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, sons of my ggggg uncle John Green and Mary Addey. It looks as though they did not survive infancy as nothing further can be found for them.

28 February 1867
Baptism of John Hutcheon at Cruden, son of my gggg uncle Keith Hutcheon and Ann McPherson and grandson of Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce. His father was a tailor and letter carrier who lived in Hatton, and John is with his parents and siblings in 1871 and 1881: in the latter, at age 14, he is an apprentice baker. In 1891 he’s a boarder at Old Meldrum, age 24 and a baker and after that he seems to disappear as I haven’t been able to find him in the available records.

28 February 1972
Happy birthday to my nephew in Australia!

27 February

In the 27th: Strachan twins who don’t seem to have survived childhood, a Booth from Aberdeenshire who worked for the railways, and a Fraser great uncle who was a marine labourer.

27 February 1821
Birth of my gggg uncle and aunt twins James and Elizabeth Strachan, children of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson, who were baptised at Riccarton on 4 March 1821. Nothing further can be found for either of them so the assumption is they died young.

27 February 1864 (born about 1842)
James Booth was the son of my gggg uncle James Booth and Jean Keith, and grandson of William Booth and Margaret Allan. (His aunt Isabella Booth married John Logan.) No baptism can be found, but according to his census entries he as born in about 1842 in Longside parish. James is with his parents and siblings at Nether Kinmundy, Longside in 1851, his father a labourer. In 1861 there are two census entries for a James Booth of the right age born Longside, both working as farm servants in Old Deer parish. On 27 February 1864 James married Margaret Kidd at Logie Buchan, and in 1871 they are in the village of New Maud with 2 children, James a railway wayman. By 1881 they have moved to Dyce and had 2 more children, and James is still a railway labourer. They are still in Dyce in 1891, James a stationary engine fireman, with 2 children still at home and a young relation of wife Margaret’s boarding with them. James Booth died in 1898, his occupation given as overseer of railway creosote works – he was 54 years old and died on an abdominal access and acute bronchitis.

27 February 1910
Birth of my great uncle Thomas Fraser at Hatton village, Aberdeenshire, son of William Fraser and his second wife Helen Ann Morgan. In 1911 Thomas is with his parents and siblings in Hatton, his father working as a cattleman on a farm. Shortly after his father took over Mosside Croft. where Thomas spent his childhood. My mother didn’t remember much about her uncle Thomas, but his marriage certificate from 1933 says he was a marine labourer and gives his address as Mosside. He married Margaret Scott Tocher Gibb and died in 1978 at Ellon.

26 February

A Neilson who I don’t know much about, a Haddow who married a Hunter, and a Strachan who was adopted.

26 February 1768
Baptism of my gggg uncle John Neilson at Govan, Lanarkshire, son of Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden. The most likely marriage for him is to Jean Sheils in 1786 at Gorbals, as this couple named their eldest son Walter and their second daughter Agnes. Nothing else known, however.

26 February 1775
Birth of my gggg aunt Margaret Haddow at Irvine, daughter of James Haddow and Margaret Harvie. She married Robert Hunter on 1803 at Douglas, Lanarkshire and their first child was baptised at Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire. They then moved to Stevenston, Ayrshire where they have 3 children baptised and 4 more for whom no baptism can be found. The 1819 census of Stevenston has Robert Hunter collier with wife Margaret Haddow and 7 children at Cow Roading, and they are there in 1822 with 6 children. Margaret Haddow seems to have died between 1833 and 1830 when Robert Hunter remarried.

26 February 1910
Birth of Elizabeth Black Strachan at Crookedholm, Ayrshire, daughter of my great uncle Colin Haddow Strachan and Agnes Porter, and granddaughter of Joseph Strachan and Jeannie Haddow. Her mother died just days after Elizabeth was born, and she was adopted by John and Mary Gibson, a childless couple living in Crookedholm. Adoption was informal in those days and not regulated by government agencies, so families were free to make their own arrangements. In the 1911 census Elizabeth is with the Gibsons at Main Road, Crookedholm with the surname Strachan, described as adopted daughter: John Gibson is a coal miner. Elizabeth’s father and older siblings are nearby at Mill Lane, Crookedholm. Elizabeth Black Strachan married William John Clark in 1926 at Kilmarnock.

25 February

My gg aunt Mary Ann Fraser, who married David Michael, was born on the 25th and my mother remembered her. Also today is a Haddow coal miner.

25 February 1867
Birth of my gg aunt Mary Ann Fraser at Collieston, Slains, Aberdeenshire, daughter of Alexander Fraser and Mary Ann Logan. Mary Ann’s mother died in August 1867 when Mary Ann was only 6 months old: it’s likely that Mary Ann and her older brother William went to Mosside croft to live with their Fraser grandparents immediately after their mother died. But in June 1868 her father married Margaret Booth at Longside, and in 1871 Mary Anna is at Fortrie, Ellon with her farm servant father, stepmother, brother, Margaret Booth’s son, 2 young half sisters, and 2 visitors. In 1877 Mary Ann’s grandfather William Fraser died and her father Alexander took over Mosside Croft near Hatton, in Cruden parish. By 1881, at the age of 14, Mary Ann is working away from home as a domestic servant and is at Bogbrae, Cruden (not far from Mosside) working for a blacksmith and his wife. In September 1886 Mary Ann gave birth to an illegitimate son at Mosside, then in January 1887 married the father of her child, stone quarrier David Ewan Michael of Stirling Hill, near Peterhead. In the 1891 Mary Ann and David are at Lendrum Terrace, up the hill from Boddom, and have 2 children – husband David’s widowed mother is living next door. In 1891 the family can be found at Wickersgill near Shap in Westmoreland, England (now Cumbria and in the Lake District), David working as a granite quarry foreman. Mary Ann and David have 6 children and 2 boarders living with them. They must have moved to England after 1897, as their youngest child was born in 1897 in Scotland. In 1901 they had a son born in Wickersgill, but their next child was born in 1904 in Boddom. In 1911 the family are at Little Tillymaud, Coldwells, Cruden, David continuing to work as a granite quarryman. They have 8 of their 10 children at home, plus a granddaughter. Mary Ann Michael nee Fraser died in January 1940 at Thistle Cottage, Longhaven, Cruden – she was 74 and died on a tumour to the lung.

25 February 1873
Birth of John Haddow at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, son of my gg uncle coal miner Hugh Richmond Haddow and Marion Mackay and grandson of John Haddow and Amelia Murphie. John’s father died in a pit head accident 1876, and John is with his mother and maternal grandmother in Kilwinning in 1881 and 1891. He became a coal miner and is with his mother and uncle John Strannigan, who was a mill keeper, in Fergushill, Kilwinning in 1901.

23 and 24 February

A busy two days. In Ayrshire there was an early Marshall of whom nothing further is known, an early Haddow who probably is the one who married a Kilpatrick, and a Strachan who became a coal miner and moved to Lanarkshire. In Aberdeenshire there’s a Morgan who seems to have married twice but not have had any children, and a Logan who was a farm servant. In Yorkshire there’s my ggg grandmother Hannah Fisher from Royston, and a Simpson descendent who died at 9 weeks old.

24 February 1771
Birth of my gggg uncle Daniel Marshall at Kilmarnock, son of Alexander Marshall and Agnes Gibson. Nothing conclusive is known about Daniel.

24 February 1771
Baptism of my gggg grandmother Hannah Fisher at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of Thomas Fisher and Lydia Hudson. She married Joseph Firth in about 1794 and their 7 children were baptised at Royston between 1795 and 1811. In the 1841 census Hannah Firth age 70, a baker, is in Royston with 4 young grandchildren. Hannah Firth of Royston was buried at Royston in August 1850, age 80.

24 February 1799
Baptism of my ggg aunt Ann Haddow at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Haddow and Margaret Hunter. In the 1891 census of Stevenston there is a James Kilpatrick collier of Boglemart with wife Ann Haddow and one child. They are in Stevenston in 1822 with 3 children and in 1836 with 5 children. They then moved to Kilwinning and are High Row in 1841, James Kilpatrick a coal miner, with 7 children. By 1851 they have moved to Dalry and have had 3 more children. James Kiklpatrick then died and widow Ann is at Office Row, Dalry in 1861 with 2 children both working and 3 grandchildren with the surname Jeffrey. In 1871 Ann Haddow is living with her married daughter Lilias at Meadowhead Row, Dalry: Lilias’s husband was an oversman at an ironstone pit. Ann died in 1878 at Dalry age 79 of heart disease but unfortunately her death certificate does not name her parents, as her son-in-law was the informant and clearly did not know their names. It’s therefore not possible to say with absolute certainty that this is the right Ann Haddow, but it’s highly likely that it is.

24 February 1809
Baptism of Margaret Morgan at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my ggggg aunt Isabel Sangster and Peter Morgan. I’m not sure what became of her, but there’s a marriage in 1834 at Cruden which could be here, to Gilbert Robb, as in 1841 Gilbert and Margaret Robb are at Long Row, Nether Kinmundy where relatives of Margaret’s lived. Nothing else found for either of the Gibbs, and if the ages given in 1841 are correct Gilbert Robb was 25 years older than Margaret and there are no children with them. There is then a marriage in 1848 at Old Deer for Margaret Morgan and John Connon, and in 1851 that couple are at Stuartfield, which is where Margaret’s widowed mother lived. Again, John Connon is about 15 years older than Margaret – and in the census is described as a Chelsea Pensioner meaning he had been in the army – and they did not have any children. Nothing further found for what could be Margaret and no death record, so it looks as if she died before 1855. John Connon Chelsea Pensioner born Aberdeen is a lodger in Glencoe in 1861 with no sign of Margaret.

23 February 1855
Birth of William Norrie Logan at Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggg uncle James Logan and Jane Norrie. His father was a farm servant and therefore the family moved from farm to farm – by 1861 they were at Davieshill, Foveran, then were in Fintry, Fyvie and Auchterless, but by 1871 William’s father had taken the lease of a croft at Blackhill of Courtstone. By then William was 16 and working as an ag lab. In 1877 his illegitimate son was born, though he did not marry the mother, and in 1880 he married Jane Lowrie. In the 1881 census he is with Jane in Aberdeen working as a storeman, but by 1891 was back working as a farm servant in Methlick, with 3 children. The family are at Wardford, Methlick in 1901 with 5 children and William is a horseman on a farm. He died in 1914 at Newseat, Methlick age 58 of cancer of the liver.

23 February 1863
Baptism of Walter White at Royston, Yorkshire, son of my ggg aunt Jane Simpson and labourer John Murgatroyd White who lived at Carlton. Walter died at 9 weeks old and was buried at Royston.

24 February 1864
Birth of John Strachan at Kilwinning, son of my gg uncle coal miner John Strachan and Jane Muir and grandson of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. He is with his family at Burn Row, Kilwinning in 1871 and at Southoak Row, Dreghorn in 1881, by which time he is an ironstone miner. The family moved to Stair some time before 1885, and that’s where John married Margaret Holmes in 1887. In 1891 they are at Merlin Place Auchinleck where John is a coal miner, and have had 2 children born in Dreghorn. They then had a child born in Ochiltree, but in about 1897 moved to Bothwell in Lanarkshire. In 1901 John and his family are in Nimmo’s Row, Holytown, Lanarkshire, and John is working as a fireman at a coal pit. He died at Bellshill, Lanarkshire in 1937 at age 74.

21 and 22 February

Nothing on the 21st. On the 22nd there’s an Adam from Ayrshire who died at age 10, a Strachan from Ayrshire who also died young, and a Green who was born in Berkshire but lived in London.

22 February 1827
Birth of Francis Thomson Adam at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of my ggg aunt Margaret Haddow and Francis Adam. He died in Stevenston in 1837, age 10.

22 February 1829
Birth of Samuel Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. As nothing else can be found for this Samuel, I assume he died young.

22 February 1835
Baptism of Louisa Green at Reading, Berkshire, daughter of m gggg uncle Samuel Green and Mary. In 1841 she is with her family at Baldwin Street, City Road, London where her father is a licensed victualler. In 1851, 16 year old Louisa is a house servant in John Street, Westminster, working for publican William Stables, his wife and children: her parents are not far away as they have moved to Westminster. Louisa and her sister Amelia are both working as barmaids in 1861 for Thomas Neal, licensed victualler, at Kings Road, Chelsea. She seems to have married house agent James Brett, as she is with him and a 4 year daughter in 1871 in Islington, but then can’t be found until 1901 when she is a visitor with her younger sister Amelia in Hammersmith. She died in 1907, her death registered at Islington.

19 and 20 February

All in Ayrshire: an early Marshall I can’t trace any further than his birth, a Haddoiw who died in infancy, a Haddow descendent who lived in Ardrossan, and a Strachan descendent who lost his mother on hour after he was born and migrated to Canada as a young adult.

20 February 1759
My gggg uncle Frances Marshall was baptised at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, son of Alexander Marshall and Agnes Gibson. They are several marriages of a Frances Marshall in Ayrshire at about the right time, but there’s nothing to link any of them with Frances born in 1759.

20 February 1830
Robert Haddow was baptised at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of John Haddow and Amelia Haddow. He died in infancy and the Stevenston OPR has his burial in December 1830.

20 February 1864
Birth of Annabella Hill Lewis at Ardrossan, Ayrshire, daughter of my gg aunt Wilson Haddow and Morgan Lewis. Her father was a merchant seaman and was at sea when the 1871 census was taken, but Annabella (listed as Isabella) is with her mother and siblings a Chapelwell Street, Saltcoats. Her father died in 1872 at Hong Kong, of dysentery. In 1881 Bella is a servant at Kilbride, Bute, and then she married William Leckie at Ardrossan in 1883. In 1891 she is with her husband, a baker, 4 children and a servant at Princess Street, Ardrosson and the family is at Princess Lane, Ardrossan in 1901, by which time husband William is a shipyard labourer and they had 7 children. Annabella Leckie nee Lewis died at Ardrossan in 1946 at the age of 82.

19 February 1899
Birth of Robert Anderson at Academy Street, Hurlford, Ayrshire, son of my great aunt Amelia Strachan and Robert Anderson, and grandson of Joseph Strachan and Jeannie Haddow. Robert’s mother died one hour after the birth of Robert, and a year later his father remarried. In 1901 Robert, age 2, is at Academy Street with his father, stepmother and siblings. Robert migrated to Canada in August 1921, his arrival form giving his occupation as clerk and stating he was going to his uncle Adam Barbour of Toronto.

Back from London

I had a lovely few days in London, the highlight of which was meeting up with second cousin David and his wife Morag (related to the Frasers of Aberdeenshire). So much to share and talk about.

The Who Do You Think You Are Live event was interesting, and I talked to a few people who gave sparked interesting lines of thought and future research. But on the whole I’m going to have to say that the event seemed to lack something, though I can’t quite put my finger on what it was. The talks and the stands seemed to be aimed mainly at beginners: it would have been good to have some more “meaty” talks and exhibits.

Amazingly it didn’t rain while I was in London so I was able to get out and about. If anyone is interested, I thoroughly recommend The Georgians exhibition at the British Library. Not sure I can recommend a visit to the V&A during a school holiday week!

Off to catch up with my blog posts now.

Who Do You Think You Are Live

Tomorrow morning I’m off to London for a few days. This includes a day at the WDYTYA Live event at Olympia, the national family history fair. I’ve never been before so it will be fascinating discovering what it’s all about – and I may even learn something useful! The highlight, though, will be meeting up with Fraser descendent David and his wife Morag, a keen family historian and follower of this blog.

I also intend to fit in a visit to the V&A, my favourite museum, and a bit of shopping.

I’ll catch up with the “on this day” posts at the weekend.

18 February

Today there’s a Strachan descendent who was a colliery overman, which is the man who is in charge of managing a pit and keeping the necessary records, and his sister who died of typhus in her 20s. In Aberdeenshire there are twins born to my gg grandfather, one who died in infancy and the other who had 2 daughters who sadly died before their mother.

18 February 1836
Birth or baptism of James Orr at Kilmarnock, son of James Orr and Mary Strachan, and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He is with his parents and siblings in Thirdpart, Kilmarnock in 1841 and his father is a coal miner. His mother died in the early 1840s and his father married Jean Hill in 1844. In 1851 the family are at Portland Row, Hurlford and 15 year old James is a coal miner. In 1861 he’s still at Portland Row but is boarding with his aunt Agnes Strachan, widow of Robert Holland: his father is just a few doors away. In 1861 he married Mary McEvoy and moved to Kilbirnie Station, Dalry in about 1865, and are there in 1871 with 4 children. According to the birthplaces of their children they then moved to Galston and Loudon but were in Springhill Row, Dreghorn in 1881 with 3 children still at home plus a boarder. They are still at Springhill Row in 1891 with 2 adult children, wife Mary’s mother and a boarder. James Orr was a colliery overman in 1901 and had moved to Overton Row, Dreghorn, and had his wife and a granddaughter with him.

18 February 1866 (born about 1840)
Mary Orr, brother of James (above) was born at Kilmarnock in about 1840 though no baptism record can be found, daughter of James Orr and Mary Strachan, and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. She is with his parents and siblings in Thirdpart, Kilmarnock in 1841 and her father is a coal miner. Her mother died in the early 1840s and his father married Jean Hill in 1844. In 1851 the family are at Portland Row, Hurlford and 10 year old Mary is at school. In 1861 she’s still at Portland Row with her family, and is a sewer, most probably of muslin embroidery. In 1860 she gave birth to illegitimate daughter but married the father Thomas Rea in 1862 and had 2 more children, though one died in infancy. Mary Rea nee Orr died on 18 February 1866 at Hurlford age 26, of typhus fever.

18 February 1869
Birth of my twin half gg aunts Jessie and Margaret Fraser at Dudwick, Ellon, daughter of farm servant Alexander Fraser and his second wife Margaret Booth. Margaret died at 5 days old but Jessie survived and is at Fortrie, Ellon with her parents and siblings in 1871. In 1881 she is at Mosside croft, Hatton, which her father had taken on after the death of Jessie’s grandfather William Fraser. She is at Mosside in 1891, unmarried and a domestic servant. In 1897 she had an illegitimate daughter named Catherine Milton, so the assumption is the father’s surname was Milton: the birth certificate says the baby was born in Ellon but gives Mosside as Jessie’s domicile. Jessie and her daughter are at Mosside in 1901, and in 1906 Jessie gave birth to an illegitimate daughter named Alexandrina Forsyth at Mosside, and the birth certificate gives the father as William Forsyth farm servant of Craighead, Old Deer. Jessie’s father died in February 1911 and in the 1911 census Jessie and her 2 children ate at Mosside with Jessie’s widowed mother and 2 children of Jessie’s sisters. At some point after that she moved to Aberdeen, lived at 43 Hutcheon Street and worked as a charwoman and became very religious. Her eldest daughter married in 1919, but tragedy struck as daughter Alexandrina died in 1924 and daughter Catherine died in 1927. Jessie Fraser died in December 1929 at Woodend Hospital of carcinoma, and the informant was her nephew John Michael.