Monthly Archives: March 2014

10 March

Two today, both Yorkshire ancestors from the 1700s: a schoolmaster and an innkeeper/parish constable.

10 March 1719
Baptism of my ggggggg uncle John Savile at Royston, Yorshire, son of school master Robert Savile and Martha Senior. I can’t find a marriage for him or baptisms for any children. However, in 1773 there was a burial at Royston of John Savile schoolmaster of Cudworth which could well be the same John Savile.

10 March 1782
Baptism of my ggggg uncle George Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of innkeeper Joseph Green and Alice Rock. Piecing together the rather scant entries in the OPRs for Worsbrough, it seems that George married Sarah Linley in 1804 but they did not have any children. Sarah died, date unknown, and at some stage George “took up” with Hannah Ellis, who bore his illegitimate child in 1820. However, George Green and Hannah Ellis were married at Worsbrough in 1825 and had another 3 children. The 1834 Pigot’s Directory lists George Green as the innkeeper of the Horse & Jockey at Ward Green, and he is also listed in the 1835 Barnsley Poll Book as residing in Ward Green. He is in the 1841 census at Ward Green as a publican, with wife Hannah, 4 children and a female servant. He appears in the Poll Books of 1841 and 1848 and is on the 1848 Electoral Roll at Ward Green. His death is recorded on a monumental inscription at St Mary’s Worsbrough which commemorates his parents: it says “George Green, his son, who succeeded him at Ward Green, and was many years constable and relieving officer, died in 1850 aged 63 years”. The job of a parish constable at that time a part time one, linked to the church, the constable being responsible for the maintenance of law and order within the parish boundaries and also for sorting out beggars and vagrants who passed through the parish. They were also involved in tax collection. It was therefore a responsible position, and George Green must have been a respected member of the parish.

9 March

Jane Adam from Ayrshire died young of TB, but my great aunt Barbara from Aberdeen had 4 children and lived to her 70s.

9 March 1832
Jane Adam was baptised at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of my ggg aunt Margaret Haddow and coal miner Francis Adam. She is with her parents at Townhead Street, Stevenston in 1841 and 1851, and became a handsewer of muslin. In 1861 she is a visitor in Dalry with the Penman family, relatives of the husband of her sister. In November 1861 she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter at her parent’s home in Stevenston. Jane died of tuberculosis in January 1863 at Stevenston, and her daughter was adopted by her unmarried elder sister.

9 March 1899
Birth of my great aunt Barbara Fraser at Waterton, Ellon, daughter of farm servant William Fraser and Helen Hay. She is Mill of Brogan, Slains in 1901, where her father was head cattleman and where, tragically, her mother died in May 1901 when Barbara was only 4 years old. Along with her siblings, Barbara most probably went to Mosside croft near Hatton to stay with her grandparents, though by 1905 her father was the tenant of a house in Hatton and Helen Morgan, who was to become his second wife, had become housekeeper and was looking after the children. In the 1911 census, Barbara is at Hatton Lodge with her father, stepmother and siblings and, at age 12, is still at school. However, in 1911 her grandfather died and William Fraser took over the croft at Mosside, where Barbara then went to live. At some point she went to live in Aberdeen and worked as a laundry maid, and it is in Aberdeen that she married William Dow, a carter, in February 1920. They had three children born in the 1920s and lived in Aberdeen. In 1939, just before the war, they visited my grandparents in Leeds, and Barbara was to later say that it was thanks to the Leeds air that their late arrival son was born in early 1940. Barbara Dow died in March 1973 in Aberdeen.

8 March

Spring is here at last, and we’ve had some gorgeous weather. I’ve been making the most of it and getting outside, which has meant no time for my blog, hence there’s a bit of catching up to do. Thankfully there’s only one for 8 March – a Strachan whose husband became a colliery manager.

8 March 1866
Birth of Ann Strachan at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, daughter of my gg uncle coal miner John Strachan and Jane Muir and granddaughter of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. She is with her parents and siblings in Burn Row, Kilwinning in 1871 and at Southoak Row, Dreghorn in 1881: by age 15 she is working as a domestic servant. In 1887 she married Robert Whiteside at Dreghorn, and in 1891 they are in Auchinleck with 2 young children, and Robert is a colliery oversman. By 1901 he’d become a colliery manager in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. Annie and her husband had just the two children, and Annie died in 1947 at Old Cumnock, Ayrshire age 81.

7 March

A Murphie from Stevenston who I haven’t been able to trace fully, a Hepworth from Yorkshire who moved to Lancashire and died in his 30s, a Strachan from Ayrshire who died in the Ays District Asylum, and a McCrae from Kilmarnock.

7 March 1798
Birth of my ggg uncle John Murphie at Stevenston. There is a marriage in October 1822 at Stevenston for John Murphie and Charlotte Fitzcharles, and this couple are in the 1822 minister’s census for Stevenston living at Cow Roading: RC is written next to Charlotte, so it seems she was Catholic. There are not in the 1836 Stevenston census, and no baptism for children can be found. There is also a marriage of John Murphie and Elizabeth Cook in Ardrossan in 1826. He seems to have died before 1855 as no death certificate can be found.

7 March 1847
Baptism of Joseph Hepworth at Royston, Yorkshire, who was born in Walton and was the son of my gggg aunt Jane Haigh and farmer Anthony Hepworth. Joseph is with his parents at Haw Park, Walton in 1851 and 1861. He married widow Sarah Hill in 1870 at Ormskirk, Lancashire. In 1871 Joseph, employed as an iron moulder, is a lodger at Oldham, Lancashire but I can’t find his wife: however, her daughter from her first marriage is with Joseph’s older brother and her son from her first marriage is with Joseph’s father. The family are together in 1881 at Preston, Lancashire: Joe Hepworth is a commission agent, wife Sarah is a dressmaker, there are 7 stepchildren and 2 children. Joe Hepworth died at Preston in 1883 age 36.

7 March 1860
Birth of my great uncle Robert Strachan at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning, son on Joseph Strachan and Jeannie Haddow. He is with his parents and siblings at Bensley Square, Kilwinning in 1861, then at Crookedholm in 1871 and 1881. In 1882 he married Elizabeth Cairns and they had a son Joseph born in 1886. Robert, however, was admitted to Ayr District Asylum in about 1887, and he died there in 1890. The cause of death given was general paralysis after insane 3 years: this most probably means syphilis, a disease that was very common back then, before the discovery of penicillin. Robert’s widow remarried, to a widower with children, and lived in Galston. His on became a coal miner and lived in Galston and Newmilns all his life.

7 March 1917
Birth of Mary Ann McCrae at Kilmarnock, daughter of my great uncle James McCrae and Mary Langan, and granddaughter of John McCrae and Mary Ann McInairney. I suspect she’s the Mary Ann McCrae who married Matthew Grant at Kilmarnock in 1937 and died in Kilmarnock in 1965.

6 March

A Neilson from Lanarkshire, a King from Ayrshire, and a Strachan who was killed in WW1 at Ypres.

6 March 1784
Baptism of my gggg aunt Mary Neilson at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, daughter of Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden. Nothing else known, unfortunately, as there is nothing in the records that looks as if it could be her.

6 March 1857
Birth of Joseph King at Irvine, Ayrshire, son of my gg aunt Jean (Jane) Strachan and cotton weaver James King. In 1861 and 1871 he’s with his parents and siblings in Irvine, and by age 14 is working at the coal pit. He married Margaret Brown at Irvine in 1878. Their first child was born in Dundonald and their second in Greenock, Renfrewshire, but by the time of the 1881 census they were back in Irvine, where they remained. Joseph was still a coal miner in 1881, but by 1891 had changed his occupation and become a stone mason. He and Margaret (known as Maggie) had at least 6 children. Joseph King died in Irvine in 1928 at age 71.

6 March 1915 (born about 1884)
Private Allan Strachan, a member of the Canadian Light Infantry, was killed in action on 6 March 1915 at Ypres. He was born in about 1884 in Galston, Ayrshire, the son of Allan Gilmour Strachan and Jean Stewart and the great grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Allan, an engineer, migrated to Canada in April 1914 and went to Alberta. He death certificate names his next of kin as his brother William who still lived in Galston.

5 March

An Ayrshire Logan who migrated to UA and went to Massachusetts, and a Strachan who died in infancy.

5 March 1824
Birth of Jane Logan at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Adam Logan and Margaret Duncan. Her parents separated, and in 1841 Jane is with her mother and sister in Neilston, Renfrewshire and her father is at Chapelton, Lanarkshire living with another woman with whom he has a young child. Jane married in Neilston in 1847, to agricultural labourer John Cochrane, and they are in Neilston in 1851 with 2 young children and 2 lodgers. They migrated to USA in about 1856/57 and are in the 1880 USA census at Lowell, Massachusetts with 5 children and a grandchild: John Cochran is not working due to brochitis. In the 1900 census they are still in Lowell and John, age 73, is working as a dyer. By 1910 Jane is a widow and is living with her married daughter in Lowell. Jane Cochrane nee Logan, also known as Jeanie, died in October 1911 at Lowell.

5 March 1832
Baptism of Peter Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of Peter Strachan and Ann Houston and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He died in infancy or childhood, as his parents had another son they named Peter born in 1838.

4 March

My Aberdeenshire great grandmother was born in the 4th and sadly died at 40 years old, leaving behind 5 young children. Also today, 2 Alexanders in Aberdeenshire, one I know very little about and the other who was had small farms in the parish of Rayne.

4 March 1741
Baptism of my gggggg aunt Helen Alexander at Westerhouses, Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Alexander and Ann Strachan (who is highly unlikely to be related to my Strachans of Ayrshire). Nothing further known so she may have died young.

4 March 1821
Baptism of William Alexander at Rayne, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggggg uncle John Alexander and Janet Morrison. He is with his parents in 1841 at Meikle Wartle, Rayne, his father a farmer, and married Isobel Brown at Rayne in 1849. In 1851 his father is described as formerly a farmer, and William is a farmer of 23 acres at Meikle Wartle, so it looks as though William took over his father’s tenancy. He and Isobel has a baby son in 1851 and also had a 3 year old described as a lodger and William’s 16 year old brother working as an agricultural labourer. William and his wife are still at the Meikle Wartle farm in 1861, with 4 children, the lodger from 1851 who is now described as nephew, and a female domestic servant. At some time in the 1860s William moved to a slightly larger farm at North Sunside, Rayne: in 1871 he and Isobel have their 2 youngest children at still at home and have a female domestic servant. They are at North Sunside in 1881, 1891 and 1901 and appear to have brought up their daughter’s illegitimate son. William Alexander died in 1914 and is buried at Rayne. There is a headstone in Rayne kirkyard which commemorates him, his wife and his two sons.

4 March 1863
Birth of my great grandmother Helen Hay at Ward Mill, Auchedley, Tarves, illegitimate daughter of George Hay and Helen Watt. Her mother was the daughter of a crofter and her father was the son of a neighbouring farmer. In both the 1871 and 1881 census Helen is with her maternal grandparents and it looks as if they brought her up, as her mother married and moved to Edinburgh. Helen married farm servant William Fraser in November 1889. They were married at Mosside croft, Hatton, but their wedding certificate gives Helen’s residence as Barrons Hotel (which is in Auchnagatt) and William’s residence as Mains of Elrick, a farm next to Barrons Hotel. In 1891 they are at Mains of Elrick and have a baby daughter. They then had 2 sons born at Aikenshill Farm in Foveran parish, and a daughter at Waterton in Ellon parish, and had moved to Mill of Brogan in Slains parish by 1901, where William was head cattleman. A daughter was born in 1901 at Mill of Brogan. Helen Fraser nee Hay died on 15 May 1903 at Mill of Brogan of chronic enteritis (most probably caused by a bacterial infection). She was 40 years old and left behind 5 children aged from 10 down to almost 2 years old. Most probably the children were initially looked after by their Fraser grandparents at Mosside.

3 March

An 8 times grandfather born in Yorkshire in 1644 during the English Civil War, a Marshall in Ayrshire, and a Senior in Royston was born and died.

3 March 1644
This is one of the earliest ancestors that I have managed to trace: my gggggggg (8 times) grandfather Matthias Beall was baptised at Brodsworth, Yorkshire, son of John Beall. His mother is not named on the baptism record but she was Jane Priestly. In 1667, at Brodsworth, Matthias married Sarah Priest and they had 7 children baptised at Brodsworth. Matthias died age 51 in 1694. The only other thing I know about him is that on the baptism records of two of his children it says he was of Pickburn, which is a small village next to Brodsworth Hall.

3 March 1734
Baptism of of my ggggg aunt Marion Marshall at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, daughter of Frances Marshall and Mary Gibson. Nothing else found for her, unfortunately.

3 March 1876
My gg aunt Ellen Senior, daughter of Edward Senior and Mary Simpson, was born and died on the same day, and according to the church record was the subject of a private baptism on that day.

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.

29 February and 1 March

There are two leap year babies on my tree – my gggg uncle Peter Strachan, and William Lamb born in Aberdeenshire. On 1 March there’s my ggg aunt Jessie Fraser who managed to bring 5 illegitimate children into the world.

29 February 1784
Birth of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan who was baptised on 7 March at Irvine, son of collier Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander. Peter would have been about 8 years old when the family moved to Gorbals, Lanakshire. There is a marriage of Peter Strachan and Elizabeth Strachan in 1804 at Gorbals, and there is also the baptism of Jean Strachan in 1805 at Gorbals to Peter Strachan and Catherine Calderwood. However, a Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe had children baptised in Riccarton parish from 1809, including a daughter called Susan, and in the 1841 census Peter Strachan age 55 and a coal miner, born Ayrshire, is with his wife Mary, four of their children and two lodgers, living in Croftfoot, Kilmarnock. Unfortunately it looks as if this Peter died before statutory registration in 1855, but he seems to be the most likely candidate for Thomas’s son Peter though it cannot be proven. No marriage record exists for Peter Strachan and Mary Monro but they had 10 childen, 8 of whom can be traced to adulthood. They were all coal miners or the wives of coal miners, and they all lived in Ayrshire except for one son who moved to Paisley, in Renfrewshire.

1 March 1834
Baptism of my ggg aunt Janet Fraser (known as Jessie) at Cruden, daughter of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. In 1841 she is with her her parents and siblings at Yonderton, which is where Mosside croft was located, and again in 1851 when she was 16. In 1854 she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter Mary Ann Matthew and in 1855 to an illegitimate son James Matthew – the father of them both was Thomas Matthew of Burnhead who was a wright and carpenter. I’ve no idea why he and Jessie did not marry, but continued to live nearby and married someone else. In 1856 Jessie had another illegitimate child named Margaret Pirie in the census, and an illegitimate son named Alexander Milne in 1859. In 1861 Jessie, still only aged 24, is working as an ag lab and living at Mosside croft with her parents, two siblings, her own 4 children, a child of one of her sisters, and the long term boarder. In 1870 her daughter Margaret Pirie, aged 16, married 38 year old Alexander Smith, a blacksmith of Cruden, and in 1871 Jessie is lliving with Alexander and Margaret at Burnthill Smithy Croft, along with Alexander’s aged father and his
daughter, and Jessie’s youngest son who is an apprentice blacksmith. On 1872 Jessie then gave birth to a fifth illegitimate child and took out a “an action relating to the paternity of a child … born June 20th 1872 against William Simpson shoemaker Peterhead, the Sherriff Court of Aberdeen & Kincardine (Peterhead District) on the 17th day of September 1872 found that the said child was the illegitimate child of the said Jessie Fraser and William Simpson”. In 1881 Jessie was working as a house maid to a farmer at Longside and had her youngest daughter with her. In 1891 she is at Damhead, Peterhead, living with her son James Milne and his wife and working as a domestic servant, and 1901 sees her at West Gask, Cruden, housekeeper to a farmer. By 1911 she is back living with her son James and his family and is listed as a storekeeper. Jessie Fraser died in 1915 at Peterhead.

29 February 1840
Birth of William Lamb, son of my gggg aunt Mary Hutcheon and Robert Lamb, who was baptised at Peterhead in April 1840 though he may have been born in Longside. In 1851 he is at Newseat, Peterhead with his parents and sister, his father working as an ag lab. The family are in Cuminstown, Monquhitter in 1851. In 1861 there is a William Lamb born in Peterhead working as a ship’s carpenter and lodging in Kingston near Urguhart, Moray which could well be him, but he then disappears from the records as I’ve not found anything further for him.