2 March

In Ayrshire, a Wilson I haven’t traced beyond birth and a Strachan coal miner who died of bronchitis. In Yorkshire, my ag lab Simpson gggg grandfather, an Adams of Brodsworth, and a Firth farmer of Royston.

2 March 1763
Baptism of my gggg aunt Mary Wilson at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of James Wilson and Agnes Smith. I don’t know what became of her: there are no marriages for a Mary Wilson in Stevenston within the right time frame, and too many within Ayrshire to know if any of them are for the right Mary.

2 March 1780
Baptism of my gggg grandfather John Simpson at Royston, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Simpson and Mary. In 1892 he married Mary Stainton of Notton, and on the marriage record is described as a husbandman – and early word for a farm worker or agricultural labourer. They had 7 children baptised in Royston. John Simpson is in the 1841 census in Royston, an ag lab living with his wife and youngest son who was also an ag lab: next door is his married son George, my ggg grandfather, who was a linen weaver. John Simpson died in 1848 aged 68 and was buried at Royston on 11 February 1848. In the 1851 census his widow is in the census at Royston as a pauper, so was receiving parish relief.

2 March 1784
Birth of my ggggg aunt Maria Adams at Brodsworth, Yorkshire, daughter of Mark Adams and Elizabeth Dixon. Her father was a stay maker. Maria didn’t marry, and probably lived with her parents. In 1841, 1851 and 1861 she is in Brodsworth living with her widowed sister and a female servant. Her sister is described as a retired farmer but there is no occupation given for Maria.

2 March 1800
Baptism of my gggg uncle Joseph Firth at Royston, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Firth and Hannah Fisher. I’ve had trouble tracking him down, but in 1851 he was a farmer of 11 acres at Royston, married to Sarah, with a grandson living with them. He remained a farmer of 11 acres in 1861 and 1871, died in 1873 age 73, and was buried at Royston.

2 March 1816
Birth of my ggg uncle Samuel Strachan, son of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson, who was baptised at Riccarton, Ayrshire on 17 March 1816. His mother died in about 1825 and his father remarried at Dundonald, which probably means he worked at Shewalton Colliery. Samuel married Margaret Jamieson at Dundonald on 2 March 1838 (his 22nd birthday): his wife was the sister of Janet Jamieson who married Samuel’s brother Munro, and they may have been related to Hugh Jamieson who married Samuel’s sister Jean. In 1841, Samuel and Margaret, with their first child, are at Perceton Cottages, Dreghorn. Samuel was a coal miner and they were living in the same row as Samuel’s brother Andew, uncle Robert and cousin John. They had moved to Coursehill Square, Dreghorn by 1851 and had 6 children, including a set of twins. Samuel was to remain in Dreghorn for the rest of his life and had 11 children. He died in 1877 age 62 of bronchitis.

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