Monthly Archives: March 2014

365 days of “one this day” completed

I started my “on this day” blog posts on 23 March last year, so the post for 22 March this year was the last one. I’ve very much enjoyed doing them, as it showed me where I had gaps in my research and has meant a lot of people have been able to find the blog when researching for their ancestors online.

At the moment I’m having a bit of a rest from blogging while I have a think about what to work on next. Ideas for more articles are running around in my head, and there are some surname branches I haven’t properly written up yet.

So bear with me while I take a short break: be back soon!

22 March

My ggg aunt Mary ended up as matron of a Poorhouse in Aberdeenshire. There’s also a Haddow from Ayrshire who migrated to Pittsburgh, and a Haddow descendant who didn’t marry and lived in Ardrossan, working as a servant.

22 March 1839
Baptism of my ggg aunt Mary Fraser at Mosside croft, near Hatton, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. She is with her family in the 1841 census at Mosside, which was in a location named Yonderton back then. In 1851 she was a servant and scholar living with the Hutton family of Tillburn in Cruden parish: the father was a weaver and his adult daughter was a dressmaker. In 1859 Mary gave birth to an illegitimate daughter: she was registered as Isabella Fraser but was known as Isabella Shewan and on her marriage certificate names her father as Alexander Shewan, a farm servant. In 1861 Mary is at Mosside croft with her parents, siblings, her daughter and several nieces and nephews. Mary gave birth to a second illegitimate daughter in 1863 known as Mary Clark. Then in 1877, Mary married David Rennie, a crofter and neighbour, who had been widowed: he was 20 years older than Mary. In 1881 Mary is with her husband at a croft at Hardslacks with her daughter Mary Clark and a grandson of her husband’s. By 1891, however, Mary and David are living apart: Mary is using the name Fraser and is domestic servant for a farmer’s son at Corsshill, Ellon, and David is a labourer living with his daughter and her 2 children in Kirk Street, Peterhead. It would seem that David was probably unwell in 1891, and it may be that he and Mary had separated, for he died in 1893 at the Old Machar Poorhouse and on his death certificate is described as a pauper lunatic, with cause of death bronchitis and chronic Bright’s disease. By 1901, Mary has become the matron of the Poorhouse at Midmill, parish of Cruden, though at the time of the census there was only 1 inmate. Mary Rennie nee Fraser died in May 1901 at Midmill, Cruden of rheumatic fever and apoplexy (stroke).

22 March 1859
Birth of John Haddow at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, son of my gg uncle coal miner Colin Shearer Haddow and Ann Orr. He’s with his family at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning in 1861 – where many of my ancestors lived – and at Lylestone Row, Kilwinning in 1871. At the age of 12, John is already working at the coal mine. The family moved to Coylton in the late 1880s, and Colin there, still with his parents and siblings, in 1881 working as an iron miner. In 1887 he migrated to the USA and went to Pittsburgh. He married neighbour and widow Elizabeth Little, also a Scottish migrant, in about 1903 and in the 1910 is at Grail Street, Pittsburgh with his wife and 3 stepdaughters, working as a labourer for the City Water Department – his brother Duncan Haddow was living next door.

22 March 1862
Birth of Margaret Lewis at Saltcoats, Ayrshire, daughter of my gg aunt Wilson Haddow and Morgan Lewis. Her father was a sailor, and was at sea in 1871, as Margaret is at Chapelwell Street, Saltcoats with her mother and siblings. Her father died at Hong Kong in 1872. In 1881 Margaret is a domestic servant for the Gow family in Govan, and in 1891 is a servant for two elderly ladies in New Ardrossan, close to where her widowed mother lived. Margaret remained in New Ardrossan and in 1901 us a servant for a shipping agent and his family. In 1901 she was the informant when registering her mother’s death.

21 March

A Booth from Aberdeenshire who wasn’t a blood relation but was a sergeant in the Royal Artillery, a Haddow from Ayrshire who I haven’t had much luck tracing, a Strachan who seems to have died young, a Strachan who moved from Ayrshire to Greenock, and a Senior from Yorkshire who never stayed too far from home.

21 March 1782
Baptism of Thomas Booth at Durris, Kincardineshire, son of Joseph Booth and Elspet Christie. Thomas is not my “blood” relation, as his daughter Margaret was my step gg grandmother, the second wife of Alexander Fraser. Thomas was in the army, then married Catherine Strath at Old Machar in 1835 – she was 30 years younger than he was. They are in the 1841 census at Stuartfield, Old Deer, Thomas a 60 year old military pensioner and with 3 young children. His wife Catherine died between 1845 and 1851. In 1851 Thomas Booth is at Wauckmill, Stuartfield and is described as a 60 year old “Chelsea pensioner labourer sergeant Royal Artillery”. There are 3 of his children with him, including Margaret, the youngest at 5 years old. Thomas must have died before civil registration commenced in 1855.

21 March 1790
Birth of my ggg aunt Katherine Haddow in Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Haddow and Margaret Hunter. There is a marriage of Catherine Haddow and John Boyd in Stevenston in 1825, and in the 1836 minister’s census John Boyd and Catherine Haddow are at Loan, Stevenston, in a household of 8. I can’t find anything further so don’t know if this is the same Catherine Haddow.

21 March 1802
Baptism of my ggg aunt Mary Strachan at Campsie, Stirlingshire, daughter of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson. Northing further can be found for Mary so it looks as though she didn’t survive childhood.

21 March 1818
Birth of John Francis Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan and Elizabeth Nisbet. He married Jean Johnston Loudon in 1837 at Kilmarnock, and they are in Thirdpart, Kilmarnock in 1841 with 2 children, John a coal miner. They then moved to Kilmaurs where their next child was born and had moved to Darly by 1850. They are at Kirk Cross, Dalry in 1851, John an ironstone miner and with 4 children, the eldest 2 girls working as knitters and going to school in the evening. By 1854, when another child was born, the family had moved to Greenock, Renfrewshire, and in 1861 is at Hill Street, Greenock East: John is working as a machinist and there are 4 children still at home plus a boarder who is a ship’s carpenter. A tree on Ancestry has John’s death as March 1863.

21 March 1830
Baptism of my ggg uncle William Senior at Royston, Yorkshire, son of George Senior and Mary Roydhouse or Roadhouse. He was born in Carlton where his father was a joiner and carpenter, and lived with his parents until he was nearly 40, also working as a joiner and carpenter. In 1970 he married Ann Bradley in Barnsley, and in 1871 they are Old Mill Wharf, Barnsley, William a joiner and carpenter and Ann a shop keeper. In 1881 they are Clay Cliffe, Barugh, which is to the north-west of Barnsley, but are back in Barnsley in 1891 and William is a general labourer. They are at the same address in 1901 and 71 year old William is a corporation road labourer. They did not have any children, and William died in Barnsley in 1901 age 71.

20 March

Today’s all remained childless: there’s an Adams of Yorkshire who died unmarried, a Strachan of Ayrshire who died age 17 of tb, and a Cowie of Aberdeenshire who married a gamekeeper but did not have children.

20 March 1779
Baptism of my ggggg aunt Ann Adams at Brodsworth, Yorkshire, daughter of Mark Adams and Elizabeth Dixon. The only thing I can find for her is an entry in the 1851 census for Ann Adams living in Brodsworth, an unmarried retired servant age 72. Can’t locate her in the 1841 census. there is a death for an Ann Adams registered at Doncaster in 1851 which is likely to be her.

20 March 1856
Birth of Robert Strachan at Kilmaurs, son of Samuel Strachan and Janet Mitchell and grandson of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Ann Miller. He is with his family in Stevenston in 1861 and 1871, their address being Chemical Row in the latter. Robert died at Chemical Row in 1873, age 17, of consumption (tuberculosis).

20 March 1874
Birth of Elizabeth Cowie at Ellon, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Cowie and Elizabeth Cheyne and granddaughter of my half gggg aunt Barbara McWilliam and William Cowie. Her father was a farm servant but in the 1880s he took over a small farm at Balleraig, Keithhall, and Elizabeth is there in 1881, working as a domestic servant. She married George Turnbull in 1898: he was a gamekeeper born in England. In 1901 they are at Ury Cottage, Keithhall and in 1911 at Ythan Lodge, Foveran. They don’t appear to have had children. Elizabeth Turnbull nee Cowie died at Udny in 1936 age 62.

19 March

A coal miner Strachan descendant who moved to England then migrated to Canada, a Strachan who started out a coal miner but switched to fruit farming and then migrated to Canada, and a Senior descendant from Yorkshire who died in infancy.

19 March 1836
Birth of John Muir at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, son of Elizabeth Strachan and Andrew Muir and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He is with his family in Kilburnie in 1851 and, at age 13, is working as a pony driver at a coal mine. His mother died in 1856. John, by then a coal miner, married at Hurlford in 1860 to Mary Holland, who was a wool spinner, and they initially lived in Hurlford where they can be found in 1861 with a baby daughter. They have more children born in Scotland, but by 1871 had moved to Seaton Deveral in Northumberland. Given the birthplaces of their children they moved back to Scotland, then in around 1885 moved to Cumberland. In 1881 they are at Arlecdon, Cumberland where John is am iron miner. The family then migrated to Canada in 1886

19 March 1927 (born about 1881)
James Strachan was born at Kilmaurs, son of James Strachan and Mary Lindsay, grandson of Andrew Strachan and Elizabeth Howat, and great grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. James started out as a coal miner, married Jeanie and had a first child born in Kilmarnock. They then moved to Fifeshire and settled in Cowdenbeath, where James went into the fruit farming industry. In 1927 the family migrated to Canada, and their arrival papers say James and his eldest son were going to work as fruit farmers and nurserymen for Messrs. E D Smith and Sons of Winona, Ontario.

19 March 1906
Birth of Esther Fletcher at Featherstone, Yorkshire, daughter of my gg aunt Annie Senior and miner John Fletcher. Esther died in infancy.

18 March

A busy day on the 18th: a Haddow from Ayrshire who was a coal miner, a Fisher from Yorkshire who was a midwife, a McWilliam from Aberdeenshire who married a farm servant, and a Marshall descendant from Ayrshire who seems to have migrated to USA twice.

18 March 1792
Baptism of my ggg uncle James Haddow a Stevenston, Ayrshire. He is with his widowed mother in the 1819 minister’s census of Stevenston, and in 1821 married Isabel Boyd in Stevenston. They had a child baptisted in 1823 but no other baptisms of their children can be found. In the 1822 Stevenston minister’s census James Haddow is listed at Townhead with wife Isabella Boyd and two children’s names, Margaret and John, have been entered afterwards. There is then a burial in Stevenston in 1825 for a child of James Haddow. Isabel Boyd died, and James married Jane Chalmers at Stevenston in 1831: she was a widow with children. There are no baptisms of their children to be found but there are two burials of children of James Haddow in 1835: one for an unnamed infant and one for a daughter named Margaret. The latter record describes James Haddow as a colier of Stevenston. The 1836 minister’s census has James Haddow at Cow Roading, Stevenston with wife Jean Chalmers and says there are 7 in the household, with what looks likes 2 children of Jean being named as Janet C and Cath C. It took me some time to find them in the 1841 census as they are listed as Holding, not Haddow, but they are at New Street, Stevenston, James is a coal miner, Jean and her daughter Catherine are muslin sewers, and there is a 5 year old with them named Jean Allan. In 1851 they are Haddow’s Land, New Street, Stevenston and James is still a coal miner. Along with James and wife Jean is Jean’s daughter Janet plus what looks like her two children, and Jean Allan who is now 15. Unfortunately for research purposes James Haddow seems to have died before 1855 as there is no death certificate to be found. His widow Jean or Jane is at Courouding, Stevenston (i.e. Cow Roading) in 1861 and died in 1868.

18 March 1798
Baptism of Lydia Fisher at Tankersley, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle Timothy Fisher and Mary Kaye. She lived in the hamlet of Pilley all her life, and married David Dickinson in 1816. They had 11 children, not all of whom survived infancy and childhood. In 1841 Lydia and miner David are in Pilley with 5 children still at home and in 1851 have 2 children at home. They lived next door to Lydia’s younger brother Thomas and his family. Lydia’s husband died in 1852, and in 1861 she is in Pilley earning a living as a midwife. With her is a lodger and his son: their surname is Dickinson so they may have been relations of her husband. Lydia died in 1869 age 72.

18 March 1844
Birth of Elizabeth McWilliam at Peterhead, daughter of my half gggg uncle David McWilliam and Elizabeth Ewan. Her father was a sawyer and she is with her family in Princess Street, Peterhead in 1851. She is a domestic servant in Lonmay in 1861, and in 1867 married farm servant Robert Strachan in Lonmay (no connection with my Ayrshire Strachan ancestors). As usual for farm servants they initially moved from farm to farm, and their children were born in New Deer, St Fergus and Tyrie. They seem to have settled in Tyrie in about 1872, and are there in 1881 and Elizabeth died there in 1885 at age 40.

18 March 1856
Birth of John Jardine at Galston, Ayrshire, son of Francis Russell Jardine and Marion Craig Marshall, and grandson of my ggg uncle Alexander Wallace and Christina Marshall. He’s with his family in Kilmarnock in 1861 and back in Galston in 1871. By 1881 he has married Margaret and has a infant son, is living in Glaston and working as a coal miner. After the birth of another son, Margaret seems to have died. By 1891 he in Loudon and married to Annie, with his 2 sons with Margaret and an infant son with Annie and interestingly the youngest son was born in America. There is a passenger record for John Jardine sailing from New York to Glasgow in 1890 but I haven’t found a passenger list for his wife and son, or a passenger list showing him going to USA. John and is family are still in Galston in 1901 but in 1910 he is on ship sailing to Boston to join his son Frank in Indiana.

16 and 17 March

I’m catching up! On these two days there is my Haggerty great great grandmother, a Richmond from Ayrshire who died in childhood, a Pirie from Aberdeenshire who worked on the railways and moved to Lanarkshire, and a Haddow coal miner who migrated to Pennsylvania, USA

16 March 1808
Birth of my gg grandmother Margaret Haggerty, daughter of Joseph Haggerty and Jean Orr. Margaret was baptised at Muirkirk, Ayrshire when she was 2 years old, so I’m not sure where she was born. Her father seems to have died sometime between 1816 and 1820, as in 1821 her mother gave birth to an illegitimate child in Irvine. Margaret married Robert Strahan on 22 August 1828 at Dundonald, and her coal miner brothers all married at Dundonald, which means the family most probably worked and lived at Shewalton Colliery. Margaret and Robert had 8 children all baptised at Dundonald between 1829 and 1840, and the baptism records all show them of being of Shewalton Colliery. At some stage in the early 1840s the family moved to Kilwinning, most probably to work at a newly opened coal miner. It is at Kilwinning that Margaret died of fever on 4 July 1846. She was 38 years old and her youngest child was only 3 years old. She died in the same month as her brother-in-law Peter Strachan, and they both most probably died during a typhus epidemic.

16 March 1856
Birth of Ann Orr Richmond at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, daughter of my half ggg aunt Jean Pollock and John Richmond and granddaugter of my ggg grandmother Jean Orr and Robert Pollock. Ann is with her family at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning in 1861 but died on 1866 age 10.

17 March 1856
Birth of William Pirie at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of my half gggg aunt Janet Hay McWilliam and James Pirie. He’s with his family in Old Deer in 1861, where his father was a cattleman, and is a farm servant in Cruden parish in 1871 at age 15. He then went to work on the railways and is in Edinburgh in 1881, living as a lodger. He must have moved down to Lanarkshire in the early 1880s, as in 1885 he married Elizabeth Blair at Cadder. They are in the 1891 census at Leckethill, William a railway pointsman and with 3 children. They had at least 2 more children, and in 1901 were living in Shotts, Lanarkshire where William was a railway signalman.

17 March 1874
Birth of Duncan Murphy Haddow at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, son of my gg uncle Colin Shearer Haddow and Ann Orr Richmond (who was not related, as far as I know, to the Ann Orr Richmond detailed above). Duncan is at Coylton with his family in 1881 where his father was an ironstone miner. He went to the USA in about 1887 with his older brother John but returned to Scotland. He then went back to the USA in 1898 and is in the USA census for 1900 at Carroll, Pennsylvania, as a boarder working as coal miner. He then returned to Scotland again, where he married Christina Ferguson at Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, and after their first child was born they went to the USA and settled at Allengheny, Pittsburgh where Duncan’s brother John lived. Duncan and his wife and children appear in the USA census in 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940. Duncan Haddow died in Pennsylvania in 1960 age 86.

14 and 15 March

Happy Birthday on the 15th to blog follower Morag! Also on these two days: a Yorkshire gggg grandfather, an Aberdeenshire Watt who worked at the Cluny Hill Hydro, a Strachan great aunt who died age just one and a McCrae great uncle who died age 21.

14 March 1762
My gggg grandfather William Roydhouse or Roadhouse was probably the one baptised on 14 March 1762 at Darfield, Yorkshire, son of Samuel Roadhouse. He married at Darfield in July 1795 to Mary Adams, who was from Brodsworth, and they had 6 children baptised at Darfield. William appears to have died before 1837. His widow Mary is in the 1841 census living with her daughter Mary who had married carpenter George Senior and was living in Carlton. In 1851 William’s widow, age 79, was in Wombwell with her youngest daughter.

14 March 1863
Birth of Agnes Bruce Watt at Ellon, daughter of George Watt and Mary Mutch, and granddaughter of my gggg aunt Elizabeth Hutcheon and John Mutch. Agnes is with her family i 1871 at Ellon, her father an ag lab, can’t be located in 1881, but in 1891 is a nurse at the Cluny Hill Hydro Establishment at Forres, in Moray. This was quite a large enterprise in its day, where people went to recuperate from illness and “take the waters,” and on census night in 1891 had around 59 guests, a manager and 23 live-in servants. In 1893, however, Agnes married draper and widower William Cameron in Aberdeen, and in 1901 they are at Devonshire Road, Aberdeen, with 4 of William’s children, their own young child and a female servant. Agnes Bruce Cameron nee Watt died in Aberdeen in 1955 at the age of 91.

14 March 1868
Birth of my great aunt Margaret Strachan at Dykehead, Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of Joseph Strachan and Jeannie Haddow. Margaret died at just over 1 year old at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning, of a bowel complaint and consumption.

15 March 1873
Birth of my great uncle John McCrae at Kilmarnock, son of coal miner John McCrae and Mary Ann McAnairney. In 1881 he’s at Mill Lane, Kilmarnock with his parents and siblings but is not with his parents in 1891 and I cannot find him elsewhere: he may have been with his parents and missed off the form. He died in May 1897 at Kilmarnock Infirmary at the age of 24, from otitis media 3 months and meningitis 3 days, which indicates he had an ear infection which spread to the spinal chord.

12 and 13 March

I’ve been busy and am struggling to catch up! So two days today, with an Alexander from Aberdeenshire who became a successful merchant in London and Sunderland, a Hutcheon from Cruden who was a farm servant and cattleman, and my Fraser half great uncle who died aged 21 from tuberculosis.

13 March 1785
Baptism of William Alexander and Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire, son of my gggggg uncle William Alexander and Isobel Galloway. William took himself off to England and did very well for himself. In 1810 he married Ann Guest, a ship-owner’s daughter, at Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland and they had three children born there before moving to Newington, London: they had two children baptised there in 1824, when they were living at Union Buildings, Kent Road and William was a merchant. In 1841 William is at Bishopwearmouth with his married daughter and son in law: his son in law was also a merchant and probably did business with William. William’s wife and two other daughters (his son seems to have died young) are at 7 Stepney Green, Tower Hamlets. In 1851 William is at 11 South Terrace, Kensington with 2 servants – his wife is with their widowed son in law at Ford Hall, Durham. William Alexander died in London in 1855 and was buried at Kensal Green.

12 March 1862
Baptism of James Davidson Hutcheon at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of my gggg uncle Keith Hutcheon and his second wife Ann McPherson. He is with his parents and siblings in 1871, in Cruden, his father a tailor and letter carrier and his mother a seamstress. In 1881 he is working as a farm servant at Mains of Waterton, Ellon, a farm of 300 acres. In 1885 he was working as a farm servant at Mains of Amrage, Ellon, when he married domestic servant Annie Fraser: she Midtown, Cruden with 2 children and in 1901 James is a cattleman at Wateridgemuir, Logie Buchan with no children but with a 4 year old boarder, which usually means they were looking after a relative’s orphaned child. His son is nearby working as a farm servant and his daighter is a domestic servant in Aberdeen. In 1911 Keith is still a cattleman and is living at Craighall, Ellon with wife Annie, the orphan from 1901 who is now an apprentice grocer, and a grandson who is the son of his daughter. His son has migrated to Canada. James Davidson Hutchison died in 1927, age 65, at Cruden.

13 March 1908
Birth of my half great uncle Alexander Fraser at Hatton Lodge, Aberdeenshire, son of William Fraser and his second wife Helen Ann Morgan. Alexander is with his parents and siblings at Hatton Lodge in 1911, though shortly afterwards the family moved to Mosside Croft, which William Fraser took over from when his father died. Alexander worked as a farm servant but died in July 1929, age 21, of tuberculosis, and is commemorated on the headstone at Cruden Kirk.

11 March

The 11th March was quite a popular day, with a Neilson in Govan, a Logan in Old Deer, a Hunter in Stevenston, an Oxley in Barnsley and a Watt in Tarves.

11 March 1740
Baptism of my ggggg aunt Mary Neilson at Govan, Renfrewshire, daughter of Walter Neilson and Mary Berrie. I haven’t traced her any further as nothing looks like her in the records, although there were quite a few with her name in the Glasgow area at the time.

11 March 1755
Birth of my ggggg aunt Catherine Logan at Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, daughter of George Logan and Elzabeth Morrice. There is nothing else for anyone of that name in the records for the time, so it looks as if she may have died young.

11 March 1806
Baptism of Joseph Hunter at Stevenston, son of my gggg aunt Margaret Haddow and my gggg uncle coal miner Robert Hunter. He is named in the 1819 minister’s census for Stevenston, at Cow Roading with his parents and sibllings and is probably one of the 6 children with his parents in the 1822 Stevenston list. He became a coal miner and married Margaret Frew in June 1826 at Stevenston. In 1841 they are at Boglemart, Stevenston with 6 children, but by 1851 had moved to Dalry where Joseph worked as an ironstone miner and had had 3 more children. They remained in Dalry and by 1861 Joseph was oversman at the pit. He died in Dalry in 1866, age 60, of miner’s asthma.

11 March 1832
Baptism of my ggg uncle James Oxley at Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of agricultural labourer Thomas Oxley and Sarah Grist. He’s with his parents in Barnsley in 1841, and then his father died. In 1851 James is a lodger in Barnsley and working as a coal miner, then he married Ann Durant in 1856. They have 1 child by 1861, and then he trail become a bit confused. It looks as if Ann is with her recently widowed brother in law in 1871, looking after his young children, and James Oxley is in Barnsley with their son. But in 1881 James is a brick maker in Barnsley living with his brother William, and there is no sign of Ann or his son. James is most probably the James Oxley who died in Barnsley in 1890.

11 March 1915 (born about 1845)
My ggg uncle John Watt was born in about 1845 in either Ellon or Tarves, son of James Watt and Margaret Symon, but no baptism record has survived. He is with his parents in 1851 and 1861 at Mill of Schivas, Tarves, where his father farmed 6 acres. By 1871, however, he has moved to Edinburgh ad is staying with his married sister Helen in Newington and working as a railway wagon driver. In 1876 he married Eliza Henderson at Newington, and they in South Leith in 1881 with 2 young children, John working as a railway guard. In 1891 he is a linesman with NBR, is still in South Leith, and he and Eliza have 2 more children, 1 of whom was a patient at the Edinburgh City Hospital for Infectious Diseases on census night – she survived whatever disease it was. In 1901 John is still a railway guard and at the same South Leith address, and he and his wife have all 4 of their children at home. John Watt died in 1915 in Edinburgh age 70.