10, 11 and 12 February

10th February is my ggg grandfather Robert Marshall, a saddler of Kilmarnock. There was no-one on the 11th. On the 12th there were two Lamb cousin in Aberdeenshire, one of whom had illegitimate children and never married, and the other who went to England and became a public parks superintendent. Plus a Fraser who migrated to California and a McCrae who lived, worked and died in Kilmarnock.

10 February 1761
Baptism of my ggg grandfather Robert Marshall in Kilmarnock: at least think it’s the right Robert Marshall. The one baptised in 1761 was the son of Alexander Marshall, a brazier of Kilmarnock, and Agnes Gibson. A brazier was someone who made or repaired things made from brass. Evidence to support this being the correct Robert is that “my” Robert married Agnes Logan on 10 February 1792 in Kilmarnock, and they called their eldest son Alexander. Robert Marshall and Agnes had 11 children baptised in Kilmarnock, and the baptism entries give his occupation as saddler. Robert died before 1841, but his widow died in 1865 age 93, and her death certificate says she was the widow of Robert Marshall saddler.

12 February 1843
Baptism of Elizabeth Lamb at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg aunt Elizabeth Hutcheon and John Lamb. Elizabeth was born illegitimate but her parents married in 1846, then her mother died in 1847. In 1851 Elizabeth is with her mother’s sister Margaret, who had married Charles Davidson, and her father is a farm overseer at a nearby farm. Elizabeth had an illegitimate daughter in 1863, the father not named. In 1871 Elizabeth is at Rora, Longside with her aunt Margaret, and her 7 year old daughter is in Longside with Elizabeth’s father and his second wife. Later in 1871 Elizabeth had an illegitimate son, again father not named. In 1881 Elizabeth’s 2 children are both at Rora with Elizabeth’s aunt Margaret while Elizabeth is working as a domestic servant in Peterhead.

12 February 1843
Baptism of Robert Lamb at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of my gggg aunt Mary Hutcheon and Robert Lamb (and cousin of Elizabeth Lamb baptised on the same day) – his census entries all say he was born in Peterhead, and his parents were in Newseat, Peterhead in 1841. In 1851 he is with his family at Cuminstown, Monquhitter where his father was working as an ag lab. By 1861 his family had moved up to Rafford in Moray, and Robert is close by at Edinkilie, Moray working as an apprentice gardener. By 1871 he had moved to England and is at Waldron, Sussex working as a domestic gardener. The he married Ruth Stone in 1879 at Cheltenham, and in 1881 they are in Stockport, Cheshire with a baby daughter, Robert working as a gardener. In 1891 he is the head gardener working and living at Phillip’s Park near Prestwich, with his wife and daughter. By 1901 Robert is a superintendent of public parks, and in 1911 is still a superintendent of pubic parks, living at The Cottage, Heaton Park. He died there in 1914, after his wife had died, and probate of his will went to his daughter Mildred, who had married James Lamb, who may have been a relative.

12 February 1862
Birth of Samuel Fraser at Old Deer, son of my ggg uncle shoemaker William Fraser and Barbara Cordiner and grandson of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. In 1871 he’s with his parents and siblings at Kinknockie, old Deer, and in 1881 is a farm servant at Mains of Tarty, Logie Buchan. He migrated to USA not long afterwards, though I haven’t found him on a passenger list, and went to California. In 1894 he married Helen Andrews, who also had migrated from Scotland, and they are in the 1900 USA census in San Francisco with 2 children, Samuel working as a stationery engine fireman. He then seems to have acquired some land further up the coast, as in the 1910, 1920 and 1930 census he’s a farmer at Big River, Mendocino. Samuel and Helen had 3 children, and Samuel was buried at Little River, Mendocino in 1939.

12 February 1870
Birth of my great uncle Matthew McIncarne McCrae in Kilmarnock, son of John McCrae and Mary Ann Mcinairney. He is with his parents in Kilmarnock in 1871, 1881 and 1891, and became a coal miner like his father and brothers. In January 1895 he married mill worker Annie McCubbin at The Manse, Kilmarnock, and one of the witnesses was Matthew’s sister Helen, my grandmother, who signed herself as Nelly McCrae. |n 1901 Matthew, Annie and 2 children are at 41 High Street, Kilmarnock, a tenement building where Matthew’s brother William and family also lived. In 1911 Matthew and Annie were at 19 Boyd Street, Kilmarnock in a house with their 6 children and Annie’s sister. The Valuation Roll of 1915 shows Matt McCrae tenant of 15 Boyd Street, which was owned by Mars Catherine Bailey of Ayr. Matthew’s son John died in Russia in WW1. Matthew McCrae died in 1941 age 70, in Kilmarnock.

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