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.

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