Category Archives: Family history

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.

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.