3 February

Just the three today: two who died very young, and my Aunt Aggie who isn’t a blood relative but is very deserving of a mention.

3 February 1797
Baptism of my gggg uncle Samuel Oxley at Barnsley, son of William Oxley and Elizabeth. Samuel died at age 1 and was buried at St Mary’s, Barnsley on 24 February 1798.

3 February 1865
Alexander Wark was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, son of Catherine Mure Strachan and baker Charles Wark and grandson of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle. He died when young, before 1871, by which time his parents had moved to Glasgow.

3 February 1899
Birth of Agnes Morton White at Muiravonside, Stirlingshire, who married my uncle Joseph Strachan in 1918 at Dailly, Ayrshire. Her father was a coal miner and in the 1901 census young Agnes is with her parents and siblings in Stirlingshire where her father was a winding engine keeper at a colliery. I’m not sure when they moved to Dailly but it must have been when Aggie, as she was known, was still young, as I remember one of my aunts mentioning Aunt Aggie’s “lovely Dailly accent”. She married my Uncle Joe in 1918 and they migrated to Canada in the mid 1920s, along with their two children – their third was born in Canada. In 1954 they came back to the UK for a holiday and visited my family in Leeds. Aunt Aggie died in Toronto in 1991 at the grand age of 92.

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