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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.

23 and 24 February

A busy two days. In Ayrshire there was an early Marshall of whom nothing further is known, an early Haddow who probably is the one who married a Kilpatrick, and a Strachan who became a coal miner and moved to Lanarkshire. In Aberdeenshire there’s a Morgan who seems to have married twice but not have had any children, and a Logan who was a farm servant. In Yorkshire there’s my ggg grandmother Hannah Fisher from Royston, and a Simpson descendent who died at 9 weeks old.

24 February 1771
Birth of my gggg uncle Daniel Marshall at Kilmarnock, son of Alexander Marshall and Agnes Gibson. Nothing conclusive is known about Daniel.

24 February 1771
Baptism of my gggg grandmother Hannah Fisher at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of Thomas Fisher and Lydia Hudson. She married Joseph Firth in about 1794 and their 7 children were baptised at Royston between 1795 and 1811. In the 1841 census Hannah Firth age 70, a baker, is in Royston with 4 young grandchildren. Hannah Firth of Royston was buried at Royston in August 1850, age 80.

24 February 1799
Baptism of my ggg aunt Ann Haddow at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Haddow and Margaret Hunter. In the 1891 census of Stevenston there is a James Kilpatrick collier of Boglemart with wife Ann Haddow and one child. They are in Stevenston in 1822 with 3 children and in 1836 with 5 children. They then moved to Kilwinning and are High Row in 1841, James Kilpatrick a coal miner, with 7 children. By 1851 they have moved to Dalry and have had 3 more children. James Kiklpatrick then died and widow Ann is at Office Row, Dalry in 1861 with 2 children both working and 3 grandchildren with the surname Jeffrey. In 1871 Ann Haddow is living with her married daughter Lilias at Meadowhead Row, Dalry: Lilias’s husband was an oversman at an ironstone pit. Ann died in 1878 at Dalry age 79 of heart disease but unfortunately her death certificate does not name her parents, as her son-in-law was the informant and clearly did not know their names. It’s therefore not possible to say with absolute certainty that this is the right Ann Haddow, but it’s highly likely that it is.

24 February 1809
Baptism of Margaret Morgan at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my ggggg aunt Isabel Sangster and Peter Morgan. I’m not sure what became of her, but there’s a marriage in 1834 at Cruden which could be here, to Gilbert Robb, as in 1841 Gilbert and Margaret Robb are at Long Row, Nether Kinmundy where relatives of Margaret’s lived. Nothing else found for either of the Gibbs, and if the ages given in 1841 are correct Gilbert Robb was 25 years older than Margaret and there are no children with them. There is then a marriage in 1848 at Old Deer for Margaret Morgan and John Connon, and in 1851 that couple are at Stuartfield, which is where Margaret’s widowed mother lived. Again, John Connon is about 15 years older than Margaret – and in the census is described as a Chelsea Pensioner meaning he had been in the army – and they did not have any children. Nothing further found for what could be Margaret and no death record, so it looks as if she died before 1855. John Connon Chelsea Pensioner born Aberdeen is a lodger in Glencoe in 1861 with no sign of Margaret.

23 February 1855
Birth of William Norrie Logan at Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggg uncle James Logan and Jane Norrie. His father was a farm servant and therefore the family moved from farm to farm – by 1861 they were at Davieshill, Foveran, then were in Fintry, Fyvie and Auchterless, but by 1871 William’s father had taken the lease of a croft at Blackhill of Courtstone. By then William was 16 and working as an ag lab. In 1877 his illegitimate son was born, though he did not marry the mother, and in 1880 he married Jane Lowrie. In the 1881 census he is with Jane in Aberdeen working as a storeman, but by 1891 was back working as a farm servant in Methlick, with 3 children. The family are at Wardford, Methlick in 1901 with 5 children and William is a horseman on a farm. He died in 1914 at Newseat, Methlick age 58 of cancer of the liver.

23 February 1863
Baptism of Walter White at Royston, Yorkshire, son of my ggg aunt Jane Simpson and labourer John Murgatroyd White who lived at Carlton. Walter died at 9 weeks old and was buried at Royston.

24 February 1864
Birth of John Strachan at Kilwinning, son of my gg uncle coal miner John Strachan and Jane Muir and grandson of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. He is with his family at Burn Row, Kilwinning in 1871 and at Southoak Row, Dreghorn in 1881, by which time he is an ironstone miner. The family moved to Stair some time before 1885, and that’s where John married Margaret Holmes in 1887. In 1891 they are at Merlin Place Auchinleck where John is a coal miner, and have had 2 children born in Dreghorn. They then had a child born in Ochiltree, but in about 1897 moved to Bothwell in Lanarkshire. In 1901 John and his family are in Nimmo’s Row, Holytown, Lanarkshire, and John is working as a fireman at a coal pit. He died at Bellshill, Lanarkshire in 1937 at age 74.

13 January

Today my great grandmother Mary Ann McInairnery was born in 1840: she was tricky to research as her surname is written differently on every record that has survived, and I’m still not sure what it’s supposed to be. Also today: a Hudson ancestor born in Yorkshire born 276 years ago, a Fisher from Yorkshire of whom very little has been found, a Watt in Aberdeenshire who never married but had a daughter she seems to have lived with all her adult life, a Cain descendent on my Strachan tree who moved to Lanarkshire, a Logan descendent from Aberdeenshire who migrated to Canada and lived in Brant and then Toronto, and a McCrae descendant from Ayrshire who was deserted by her father and then lost her mother so was brought up by her grandparents.

13 January 1738
Baptism of my gggggg aunt Hannah Hudson at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of John Hudson and Mary Wooffendale. The only thing I can find that might be her is a marriage in December 1762 at Darton, the neighbouring parish to Royston, to William Overend. William Overend then had a child, Timothy, baptised in Darton in January 1764, but nothing else can be found for this couple.

13 January 1805
Baptism of Hannah Fisher at Tankersley, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle Timothy Fisher and Mary Kaye. Unfortunately I can’t find anything else that looks like her in the records, so she may have died in childhood.

13 January 1890 (born about 1818)
My gggg aunt Janet or Jessie Watt was born in Rayne in about 1818, though no baptism record can be found, and was the daughter of Peter Watt and Helen Alexander. In 1841 she was working as a female farm servant at Tiddy, Skene, and in 1851 is a visitor with her married brother James and his family at Old Mill of Shivas, Tarves. In 1857 she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter Jessie Rennie. Jessie Watt is housekeeper at a farm at Auryhillock, Bourtie at the time of the 1861 census and her daughter Jessie is with Peter and Helen Watt at Meikle Wartle, Rayne. Jessie is with her by then very elderly parents, along with her daughter, at Meikle Wartle, Rayne in 1871, earning a living as a knitter, and is there still in 1881 with her daughter, who was a dressmaker. Janet/Jessie Watt died in January 1890 age 72 at Meikle Wartle, and was remembered on the graveyard memorial erected by her brother William at Rayne.

13 January 1840
Baptism of my great grandmother Mary Ann McInairney at St Mary’s Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, daughter of John McInairney and Sarah Marshall. Her baptism has the surname written as Mcaniny. They cannot be found in the 1841 census, but Mary Ann’s brother Matthew was, according to the census, born in Bellshill in 1841 although no baptism can be found. Her next brother was born in Muirkirk and then another was born in Kilmarnock. Her father died some time between 1848 and 1850, most probably in Kilmarnock. In 1851 Mary Ann with her surname written as McNarnie is with her widowed mother, who was a pauper and hand sewer, at Mather’s Land, Low Church Lane, Kilmarnock, along with 3 younger brothers. The family is at Fore Street, Kilmarnock in 1861 with Mary Ann’s 93 year old grandmother Agnes Marshall and 2 illegitimate children born to Mary Ann’s mother in the 1850s. Mary Ann, age 21, is a flowerer: this is the hand sewing of embroidered flowers onto muslin. Mary Ann married neighbour and coal miner John McCrae at Fore Street in 1861 and they lived in Kilmarnock for the rest of their lives, at Dean Street, Mill Lane, High Church Lane, High Street and Soulis Street, where the brought up their 9 children. John McCrae died in 1904, and in 1911 Mary Ann McCrae and her youngest son are visitors at Riccarton, in the household of her married daughter Sarah Downie. Mary Ann McCrae nee McNearney (as it written on her death certificate) died age 72, though her death certificate has her as 75, in her house at 33 High Street, Kilmarnock in April 1912 from “natural causes”. She must have died alone and been found, as her death was registered by the Procurator Fiscal (Scottish equivalent of a coroner).

13 January 1859
Birth of Rebecca Cain (or Kane or Kean) at Kilwinning, daughter of my ggg aunt Agnes Strachan and coal miner William Kean, and granddaughter of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. She is with her parents in Kilwinning in 1861 and 1871, and in 1880 gave birth to an illegitimate son at her parents home at Byrehill Row, Kilwinning. Rebecca, working as a field labourer, and her son are with her parents in 1881. In 1883 she married coal miner John McClure and in 1891 they are at Single Row, Kilwinning with 4 children, 1 of them born in Muirkirk. They had moved to Coatbridge, Lanarkshire by 1893, when they had a child born there, and John McClure died there in 1900. In 1901 widow Rebecca is at Heriot’s Row, Old Monkland with 5 of her children.

13 January 1892 (born in January in about 1863)
Jean Scott George was born in Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my ggg aunt Barbara Logan and James George. Jean’s birth date appears twice in the Canadian census but is different each time, and I haven’t looked up her birth certificate. Her father was an ag lab and in 1871 the family are in Woodland, Dyce. In April 1872 Jean migrated to Canada with her parents and siblings, and the family are in Brant, Ontario in 1881, father James George a farmer. In 1892 at Malcolm, Brant, Jane married widower John Hampson, a saw miller but he died in 1897 and was a farmer by then. In 1901 widow Jeanie is at Brant with a stepdaughter, 3 children and a “house man” who is most likely a live-in farm servant. By 1911 she seems to have given up the farm and moved to Walkerston with 3 of her children and has a 4 year old lodger. In 1921 she is at Wade Avenue, Toronto living with a married son, an engineer, and two unmarried daughters who worked as a school teacher and a milliner. A Canadian website has published photographs of headstones and it includes one for Jane George Hampson who died in June 1949, and also mentions her two daughters who do not appear to have married.

13 January 1886
Birth of Mary Ann Douglas at High Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of my great aunt Agnes McCrae and Robert Walker Douglas, and therefore niece of my grandmother Helen McCrae. Her father was a brass finisher and Mary Ann was born 2 months after her parents married, but for whatever reason the marriage didn’t last very long. In 1891 Mary Ann is with her mother and her McCrae grandparents in Kilmarnock, and her father is a lodger in Derby, down in England. Mary Ann’s mother died in June of that year at the age of 29, and her father stayed in Derby, married and had another family – in fact he married a daughter of the family he’d been lodging with. In 1901 Mary Douglas is still with her McCrae grandparents and at school. She married William McMurray, a labourer, in 1908 in Kilmarnock and was working as a tobacconist’s assistant at the time. She and husband William are in Dalry in 1911 with a young daughter, William working as a locomotive fireman at the steelworks. Mary Ann McMurray nee Douglas died in 1963 age 77 at Neilston, Renfrewshire.

3 January part 2: others born on this day

Title now amended to say January, not December!

3 January 1799
My ggg grandfather Thomas Oxley was baptised at St Mary’s Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of William and Elizabeth Oxley. All I know about William is that he married Sarah Grist on 31 July 1826, and they are in the 1841 census at Wortley Street, Barnsley with 7 children and Thomas is an agricultural labourer. He died before 1851, as in that year his wife Sarah is a widow living in Worsbrough and receiving parish relief.

3 January 1819
Baptism of Thomas Fisher at Tankersley, Yorkshire, son of my ggggg uncle Timothy Fisher and Mary Kaye. Thomas became an ironstone miner, an occupation he followed all his life, and he also lived all his life in Pilley village. He married Sarah Wharam in 1836 at Tankersley and they had 11 children, all born in Pilley. Thomas Fisher died age 55 in 1874.

3 January 1835
Baptism of my ggg aunt Ann Oxley at Barnsley, daughter of Thomas Oxley and Sarah Grist. She is with her parents and siblings at Wortley Street, Barnsley in 1841, her father an agricultural labourer, and in 1851 could be the Ann Oxley age 14 who is a servant to two hand loom weavers in Oxford Square, Barnsley. I can find no trace of her after that, but there is death of Ann Oxley in Barnsley in 1857, but the index did not include age at death at that time so I can’t be sure it’s her.

3 January 1903
My great uncle Harry Green was born at Armley, Leeds, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Green and Charlotte Senior, and he was baptised at St Stephen’s, Kirkstall, Leeds in May 1904. In 1911 he is at school and living with his parents and siblings at Station Parade, Kirkstall. He married Lena Gregory in 1927 in Bath, Somerset, and they had 3 children born in Leeds, the eldest of whom migrated, as an adult, to South Africa. I’m in regular contact with his youngest daughter born in 1947. Harry Green died in Leeds in 1975.

29 and 30 November

30 November was St Andrew’s Day, my father’s birthday, and the day of a terrible accident in Glasgow, so my thoughts were in Scotland. Only one entry for the 29th, and a sad one – twins who died in infancy. There are quite a lot of twins on my Strachan family tree, so if you’re a Strachan descendent and planning on having children, be warned. Three baptisms on the 30th but only one person whom I’ve been able to trace beyond their birth.

30 November 1828
Baptism of Timothy Fisher at Pilley, Yorkshire, son of John Fisher and Mary Stones and grandson of my ggggg uncle Timothy Fisher and Mary Kaye. Nothing found for Timothy and he is not with his family in 1841, so it looks as if he died young.

30 November 1843
Baptism of John Aitken at Longside, Aberdeenshire son of William Aitken and Elizabeth Milne and uncle of my step great grandmother Helen Ann Morgan. Nothing else found, unfortunately, and as I can’t find the family in the 1851 census I don’t know whether he with his family or not in that year.

30 November 1868
Baptism of my half gg aunt Barbara Smith at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, daughter of John Smith and Helen Watt – she has two baptism records, one in Tarves and one in Udny, but in the census gives her place of birth as Tarves. In 1871 she is with her parents in Newington, Edinburgh and her half sister, my great grandmother Helen Hay, has been left in Tarves with her grandparents. Barbara’s father then died but she and her mother stayed in Edinburgh and took in lodgers. By 1891 Barbara is a dressmaker and one of her mother’s lodgers is an assistant librarian, William Thomson. Barbara and William were married in 1898 and lived in Morningside, Edinburgh, but didn’t have children.

29 November 1902
Birth of twins James and Flora Strachan McIlwraith at Crookedholm, Ayrshire, the first born children of of Jane Dunlop Strachan and James McIlwraith and grandchildren of my great aunt Flora Strachan. Sadly, both twins died in early infancy.

11 November

Today is Armistice day and my poppy is sitting just above my computer. Every well researched family tree must surely record at least one loss during a military conflict – mine has several. A day, therefore, to remember all those who marched away to war and never returned. A lot happened on my family tree on this day, and today’s featured people include the father of the famous athlete Eric Liddell.

11 November 1804
Baptism of William Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of my ggggg uncle linen bleacher John Green and Mary Addey. William also became a linen bleacher, and in 1828 married Mary Jane Wildsmith at Darfield. They had 7 children and lived in Worsbrough until just before the 1841 census, when they go missing. But in 1851 they are at Ardsley, where today there is a road called Bleachcroft Way, and their 18 year old son is a pupil teacher. In 1861 he can be found in Thorsett, Derbyshire, working as a bleacher of linen yarn, with his wife and a daughter, but he and his wife are in Barnsley in 1871 living on Pit Street with his unmarried sister Sarah. They are still with his sister in 1881. William Green died in Barnsley in 1882 leaving £240, and probate was granted to his married daughter Mary Ellen Goodair.

11 November 1821
Baptism of John Fisher at Tankersley, Yorkshire, son of John Fisher and Mary Stones and grandson of my gggg uncle Timothy Fisher and Mary Kaye. John was born in the hamlet of Pilley and is with his parents in Pilley the 1841 census, his father an iron miner. His mother died in 1846, and in 1849 he married Caroline Fisher – she may well have been a relation but I’m not sure what the connection was. They remained in Pilley, John working as an iron miner, and had 6 children, including twin daughters.

11 November 1828
Baptism of James Fraser at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of John Fraser and Ann Reid. He was the grandson of my ggggg uncle John Fraser and Christian Sangster, who may well be related to other Sangsters on my tree. I can’t find him in the 1841 or 1851 census, but there was a James Fraser who married Margaret Lowe at Ellon in 1854, and in the subsequent census he is of the right age and was born in Cruden. Unfortunately he married just weeks before official registration commenced, so there is no marriage certificate to confirm who is parents were. James Fraser and wife Margaret had 8 children and in 1861 are on a farm at Foveran where James is a ploughman, but by 1871 had recently moved to Ellon and were living at the Police Station, with James’s occupation a carrier. By 1881 he had taken the lease on a 53 acre farm at Newfield, Boddom. I can’t see a death certificate that seems to right so again can’t confirm this is the right James.

11 November 1933 (born 1870)
James Dunlop Liddell
Photograph of James Dunlop Liddell and his wife Mary with their children, from left to right, Jenny, Ernest, Eric and Robert.
James Dunlop Liddell was born in Greenock, son of joiner and grocer Robert Liddell and Elizbaeth Strachan. He was the grandson of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan and Elizabeth Nisbet. James had moved to Drymen, Stirlingshire with his family by 1881, and in 1891 was boarding in Stirling where he worked as a clothier’s assistant. He then studied at the Scottish Congregational College in Glasgow and was ordained at the Dundas Street Congregational Church. In 1898 he applied to the London Missionary Society and was accepted for a post in Mongolia, northern China. In October 1899 he was married at the Shanghai C of E Cathedral to nurse Mary Jane Smith Reddin. Four children were born, the second being the famous Scottish athlete Eric Liddell. James and his wife continued to be missionaries in China, although their elder two sons were sent to boarding school in Scotland. In 1921, at the age of 50, James returned to Scotland and lived at Marchmount Road, Edinburgh but died in 1933, at age 63, at his home town of Drymen, Stirlingshire.

11 November 1884
Birth of Edward Docherty in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, son of my half gg aunt Janet Strachan and Thomas Docherty, and grandson of Robert Strachan and his second wife Susan Cran. Edward can’t have remembered Scotland as he migrated to USA with his family when he was not yet 2 years old, and they want to Pratt City in Alabama. In 1895 Edward’s father and his mother remarried. By 1910 Edward was a coal miner living in Eldorado, Illinois and had married Margaret Orr who was born in Missouri of Scottish parents. They had three children, the eldest two born in Alabama and the youngest in Illinois. They had more children, and remained in southern Illinois where Edward was a coal miner, then a coal loader and was working on the road project by 1940, and lived in Eldorado, Frankfort, Chrstopher and Tyrone. Edward Docherty died in Tyrone, Illinois at the age of 56.

11 November 1898
Birth of Alexander Mitchell Fraser at Mosside, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate son of my half gg aunt Margaret Fraser and James Mitchell, and grandson of Alexander Fraser and his second wife Margaret Booth. He was brought up by his grandparents and lived at the Fraser family croft of Mosside, outside Hatton. He’s there in 1901 when his mother was working as a farm servant in Ellon. His mother married farm foreman Robert Robertson in 1904 and they and their children are at Foveran in 1911, though Alex (as he was known as) was still in Mosside with his widowed grandmother, an aunt and several cousins. Alexander married farmer’s daughter Ethel Willox at Foveran in 1921, they had children, and lived in Aberdeenshire all their lives. Alex died in 1972 at Ellon.

16 October

Several uncertainties today, which highlights just how difficult it is to research people when you aren’t working from known descendants and going backwards in time, without spending a small fortune on certificates which may, or may not, be for the right person. I admit to being very reluctant to buy a certificate when it could turn out to be for the wrong person. Plus a rather confusing William Watt from Aberdeenshire. The only one today I can be sure about is a Green descendant who was born and lived near Wakefield.

16 October 1794
Birth of my ggg uncle Hugh Murphie at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of Duncan Murphie and Jane Wilson. Nothing else found, unfortunately.

16 October 1812
Baptism of my gggg uncle William Watt at Fintry, Aberdeenshire, son of Peter Watt and Helen Alexander. It looks as if he died, as the son named William who put up the memorial to Peter and Helen Watt seems to have been born, from census and death details, in about 1825.

16 October 1825
Baptism of Amelia Fisher at Tankersley, Yorkshire, daughter of John Fisher and Mary Stones and granddaughter of my ggggg uncle Timothy Fisher and Mary Kaye. She is at Pilley hamlet in 1841, age 15, and her mother died in 1846. In 1851, as Milly Fisher age 25, she is at Pilley with her father and siblings, working as a servant. Nothing else found, apart from an 1857 death in Barnsley for an Amelia Fisher, but I don’t know whether this is her or not.

16 October 1831
Birth of Mary Strachan at Shewalton Colliery, Dundonald, Ayrshire, daughter of my ggg uncle John Strachan and Jean Neilson. Her father died before 1841, and in the 1841 census Mary is with her mother and siblings at Strathbungo Village, Govan. In 1851 she’s a wool twister in lodgings in Govan, and I’m not sure what happened to her after that as I haven’t found her in the records with any certainty. She may have married David Morgan at Govan in 1852 but I’m not sure that’s the right Mary Strachan.

16 October 1887
Baptism of Mary Alice Burton at Wrenthorpe, Yorkshire, who was born in November 1886, daughter of James Burton and Sarah Ann Wilson and granddaughter of my gg aunt Mary Green and Joseph Wilson. Her parents lived at Pilkington Sreet, Alverthorpe, near Wakefield, and Mary Alice is with them in 1891 and 1901: in the latter census she is age 14 and working as a doffer at a worsted mill. This is someone who clears full spindles that hold the spun thread, replacing them with empty ones, and was a job done by children in the earlier years of mills. Mary Alice’s father died in 1905, and in 1911 she is a domestic servant in the household of Robert Mary, a doctor, in Wakefield, where the housekeeper was her aunt Edith Wilson. In June 1911 at Sandal, near Wakefield, Mary Alice Wilson married Ernest George Thorpe, a stoker on HMS Thames. She died in 1966 at Scunthorpe.

9 October

Today, two who disappear from the records and a Yorkshire ancestor who was a boat hauler on the Barnsley Canal.

9 October 1791
Birth of my ggg uncle Robert Murphie at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of Duncan Murphie and Jane Wilson. Unfortunately that’s all I know: there is no marriage record in the OPRs and nothing in the 1841 or later census.

9 October 1796
Baptism of Sarah Fisher at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle Timothy Fisher and Mary Kaye of Tankersley. Unfortunately I can’t find any further records that could be her.

9 October 1797
Baptism of my gggg uncle Thomas Firth at Royston, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Firth and Hannah Fisher. In 1821he married Amelia Morton at Royston, and they had large family of 11 children, although not all survived childhood. In 1841 they can be found in the census at Royston, Thomas working as a boat hauler, which would have been on the Barnsley Canal which opened in 1799, ran to the east of Royston, and was designed to carry coal. He is still hauling boats in 1851, but which time only one child, a son, remains at home, and remains a boat hauler in 1861. He died in the 1860s.

5 and 6 October

Today, an Ayrshire Logan who I think I’ve found in the 1841 census, a Yorkshire Fisher ancestor, an Ayrshire Jaffrey and an Ayrshire Findlay. I’m please to have a Yorkshire ancestor of my mother’s to write about, and love the coincidences with my father’s ancestors: John Fisher was a miner and had a daughter called Amelia, a name that crops up several times on my Ayrshire tree.

6 October 1775
Birth of my gggg uncle James Logan, son of James Logan and Sarah Weir. I can’t find a marriage or birth of children that look to be right, but in the 1841 census there is a James Logan age 70 in Kilmarnock, a shoemaker. This is an occupation that occurs frequently in the Logan and their descendents line, so could be the right James. If it is, he was married to Margaret and with them is a son Robert age 30, a cotton hand loom weaver. “My” James had a brother called Robert, and his grandfather was called Robert, so he probably would have called a son Robert.

6 October 1794
Baptism of John Fisher at Royston, Yorkshire, son of my ggggg uncle Timothy Fisher and Mary Kaye. John’s niece Sarah Firth married my ggg grandfather William Green. John Fisher was born at Tankersley but his parents were from Royston and must have taken their son back there to have him baptised. He lived all his life in Tankersley, though, where he married Mary Stones in 1812. They had a large family of 10 children, and are in the 1841 census at the hamlet of Pilley, Tankersley. John Fisher was an iron minor and they had 5 children still at home, as several of their children appear to have died in childhood. John’s wife died in 1846, and in 1851 John is a carrier of coal: living with him are his son John and daughter-in-law Caroline with their 5 month old twins, John’s children Milly (Amelia) and Edward, and a 10 year old granddaughter Mary Hattersley. John Fisher died in 1858 at age 64.

5 October 1861
Birth of Margaret Jaffrey (or Jeffrey) at Irvine, Ayrshire, daughter of Mattew Jaffrey and Agnes Strachan and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle. Her mother died when Margaret was very young and her father remarried. In 1871 she is at Fullarton Street, Dundonald with her mason father, stepmother, siblings and servant Elizabeth Wallace. The family are at the same address in 1881 but father Matthew is a grocer. Margaret Jaffrey married James Boyd Campbell in 1883 at Irvine, and in the 1891 census they are at Eglinton Street, Irvine with 3 young children and Margaret’s aunt Jessie Jaffrey: husband James is a house painter and grocer. They are still at Eglinton Street in 1901 with 4 children, and Margaret’s aunt is till with them. Margaret Campbell ms Jaffrey died at Irvine in 1939.

5 October 1870
Birth of Hugh Findlay at Loudon, Ayrshire, son of Hugh Findlay and Margaret Miller and great grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Hugh is of many infant casualties in that era, as he died in 1873 at 3 years of age.

On 18 July

Twins born in 1789, one of whom has been so fascinating to research he’s getting a separate post, plus a Yorkshire ancestor I can’t find anything about and a Strachan ancestor who lost her mother, two of her children, and then died in her 20s.

18 July 1789
Birth of Adam Logan in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, son of my gggg grandparents James Logan shoemaker and Sarah Weir, and twin sister of Ann. His sister Agnes was the grandmother of Mary Ann McInerney who married John McCrae. Researching Adam has proved fascinating – so much so that he’s getting a separate post of his own.

18 July 1789
Birth of Ann Logan in Kilmarnock, twin sister to Adam (above). Nothing further can be found for Ann, so she may have died when young.

18 July 1813
Baptism of Anne Fisher at Tankersley, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle Timothy Fisher and Mary Kaye. Unfortunately I’ve not been able to discover anything else about her.

18 July 1862 (born 1840)
Mary Orr was born in about 1840 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, the daughter of James Orr and Mary Strachan and the granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. She is with her parents, her father a coal miner, at Thirdpart, Kilmarnock – where lots of Strachans and their relatives were at the time. Her mother died in the early 1840s and her father remarried to Jean Hill, and in 1851 Mary Orr is with her father, stepmother and siblings at Portland Row, Hurlford, and is still there living with them in 1861, age 20 and a sewer. She has a 1 year old daughter, however, called Mary and she married the father, Thomas Rea or Rae, in 1862. A daughter Annie was born in 1863 who died, and another daughter Annie was born in 1865 and also died. Then in 1866 Mary Rea nee Orr died of typhus fever. Thomas Rea remarried, and daughter Mary is with him in 1871.