A man who disappears from the records, leaving a wife and children; an Aberdeenshire ancestor of my step great grandmother; a death at age 8; and yet another step ancestor who disappears from the records.
19 July 1834
Peter Findlay was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, son of David Findlay and Susannah Strachan and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. His parents
must have migrated to Nova Scotia soon after their marriage in 1832 and had their first two children there, but were back in Ayrshire by the time their third child was born. In the 1841 census they are at Bridge House Hill, Riccarton, Peter’s father a coal miner. Susannah Strachan died in 1848 and his father remarried. In 1851 Peter Findlay age 16, a clerk at an iron works, is with his father, stepmother and siblings at Portland Row, Riccarton. He married Janet Nisbet in 1854 and in 1861 is at Cadger’s Row, Hurlford, a lodger with his sister Lilias and her husband, working as a collector manager. His wife is with their two children at Galston Road, Riccarton, with her widowed mother. Peter’s wife went on to be a public house keeper in Hurlford in 1871 and that census says she is married, not widowed, but Peter Findlay is not with her. In fact he can’t be found anywhere – nothing in the census and no death certificate to be found for Scotland. What became of him is a mystery.
19 July 1838
Birth of William Aitken at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of William Aitken and Elizbaeth Milne. His sister was the mother of Helen Ann Morgan, who was my great grandfather’s second wife. In 1851, at age 12, he’s working for his uncle, a miller, as a farm labourer, and in 1861 he’s a ploughman on a farm near Old Deer. Her married Mary Irvine at Old Deer in 1861, and in 1871 they are at Nether Leask, Slains, William a farm overseer and with 5 children. 1881 finds them in Hatton, where William Aitken is a farm overseer, and they have a lot more children – they were to have 12 in total and only 1 died in childhood. By 1891, however, William had taken the lease of Artrocie Croft at Logie Buchan, and the family are there in 1901. William Aitken died in Ellon in 1914 at the age of 75.
19 July 1858
Birth of Joseph Gilmour Strachan at Riccarton, Aryshire, son of Robert Strachan and Janet Ross Gilmour and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He died at Riccarton at the age of 8.
19 July 1865
Birth of David Goldie Booth at Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate son of Margaret Booth who went on to become the second wife of my gg grandfather Alexander Fraser. Given his name, it’s likely his father was called David Goldie. In the 1871 census he is at Fortrie, Ellon with his mother and stepfather, age 5 and named David Fraser, but I haven’t been able to trace him after that under the names Goldie, Booth or Fraser.