Tag Archives: Green

17 January

Another Joseph Green from Yorkshire today (there were a lot of the) who looks as if he fathered an illegitimate child with his housekeeper. Also a Lamb from Aberdeenshire and a Hamilton from Ayrshire who there’s not much to say about, and a George from Aberdeenshire who went to Canada and ended up at Port Credit.

17 January 1809
Baptism of my gggg uncle Joseph Green at Worsbrough, son of Joseph Green and Ann Cox. (I did wish the Green family tree didn’t contain so many Josephs!) This Joseph was the son of my linen bleacher and innkeeper gggg grandfather who ran the Rose & Crown at Worsbrough Common. In 1834 Joseph Green junior married Mary White at Silkstone, although the parish register entry shows they were both living in Barnsley. In 1841 Joseph and Mary, with 3 children, are at Nelson Street, Barnsley and Joseph is a bleacher. Wife Mary died in 1850 and in 1851 widower Joseph Green is at Castlereagh Street, Barnsley with 4 children and a female servant, and has become a green grocer with his two eldest sons also working as green grocers. His father Joseph Green died in 1853, and Joseph junior seems to have taken over running the Rose & Crown as in 1861 he is an innkeeper at Worsbrough Common with a son working as a huckster (salesman) and a housekeeper called Martha Nuttall. His son John was born in 1862 but does not seem to have been baptised, so without ordering his birth certificate I don’t know who his mother was. In 1871 Joseph is still an innkeeper at Worsbrough Common and has his son George and 10 year old son John Green living with him, as well as female servant Mary Day and a 1 year old boy visitor with the surname Day. However, there is a death registered in Barnsley (the registration district for Worsbrough) in 1867 for Martha Nuttall age 34, and I suspect the housekeeper in 1851 was John’s mother but she died in 1867. Joseph Green died in 1876 age 70.

17 January 1848
Birth of Barbara Lamb at Monquhitter, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg aunt Mary Hutcheon and Robert Lamb. Barbara is with her parents and siblings in 1851, her father an ag lab, but she is not with them in 1861 and cannot be found elsewhere, so it looks as if she died in childhood.

17 January 1855
Birth of David Hamilton at Knockintiber, Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, son of coal miner John Hamilton and Janet Strachan and grandson of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan and Elizabeth Nisbet. David is with his parents at Knockintiber in 1861, then his father died in 1869. He was with his widowed mother in 1861, who was a spirit dealer at Kilmaurs Road, Kilmarnock. David Hamilton died in Kilmarnock in 1878, age 23, but I haven’t downloaded his death certificate so don’t know the cause of his early death.

17 January 1871
Birth of James George at Dyce, Aberdeeenshire, son of my ggg aunt Barbara Logan and James George. James migrated, with his family, to Canada in 1872 and is with his family at Brant, Ontario in 1881, his father a farmer. He is still with his parents in 1891 and is helping his father on the farm. His mother died, and in 1901 James is with his father and a sister at Walkerton, Ontario working as a farm labourer, though as his father is a farmer he was most probably still working for his father. James married Sarah Hare at Port Credit, Ontario in 1906 and by then was an iron worker. He’d changed jobs again by 1911 and was a “teamster on street” (which will mean driving horse-drawn vehicles) in Toronto, and he and Sarah have a son plus another family of similar ages living with them as lodgers. James George died in 1937 at Port Credit.

12 January

A bit behind as I’ve been busy doing other things. Here’s the 12th: a ggggg grandfather from Aberdeenshire who was born 258 years ago, a Green from Yorkshire who was born and appears to have done nothing else, a Strachan from Ayrshire who retired to the USA, and a Watt from Aberdeenshire who led a typical farm servant’s life.

12 January 1756
Baptism of my ggggg grandfather James Alexander at Bourtie, Alexander, son of William Alexander of Westerhouses and Ann Strachan (no relation to my Ayrshire Strachan ancestors). His father was an elder of the Bourtie kirk session and died in 1763, and after that widow Ann ran the farm. William’s testament (probate for his will) shows he held substantial farm tenancies but had also borrowed heavily, so Ann was left with very little as the assets had to be sold to pay debts. James was their youngest child and only 7 years old when his father died, so he probably went off as a farm servant when in his early teens. He married Helen Burgess although no marriage record has survived, and their 5 children were baptised at Bourtie, James recorded as living in Kinguidy (aka King-goodie). There was also a John Alexander of Kinguidy having children baptised at the same time, who may have been his uncle. The memoirs of Dr William Alexander say that James’ elder brother William initially farmed Westerhouses with his mother, after the death of his father, but they fell out and when William left, younger brother James took his place – given the baptism records of James’s children this would have been after 1785. There is a memorial inscription at Bourtie for “James Alexander late farmer in Westerhouses he died June 30th 1794 aged 38 years” and includes his brother William and his sister Elizabeth, wife of John Slorach.

12 January 1840

Baptism of William Green at St Mary’s Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of my gggg uncle linen bleacher Joseph Green and Mary White. He is with his parent in the 1841 census but not the 1851 and no other reference to him has been found, so he may have died although no death record can be found either.

12 January 1854
Birth of Ann Miller Strachan at Crosshouse, Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, daughter of coal miner Samuel Strachan and Janet Mitchell and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Ann Miller. She is with her parents at Stevenston in 1861 and 1871, and in the latter census is a bonnet knitter. In 1876, at Stevenston, she married a relation, John Strachan, who was the son of John Francis Strachan and Jane Johnston Loudon. In 1881 John is a railway stoker and he and Ann are living in New Ardrossan with their first child. John Strachan went to the USA and was in Braidwood, Illinois, with some of his Strachan relatives, but returned to Scotland. Ann and John are in Stevenston in 1891: John is a crane driver and they have 4 children. By 1901 they are back in New Ardossan, John working as a railway carriage inspector, and they have 5 children and a boarder with them. Then in their late 60s, in 1923, they went to the USA along with one of their unmarried daughters to join their son Robert, who lived in Cicero, Illinois. Ann crops up on a border crossing permit in 1925 when she went to Canada to visit her daughter-in-law in Windsor. Her husband John died in Cicero in 1926 and Ann died in 1928 age 73 at Berwyn, Illinois.

12 January 1855
Birth of my ggg uncle Francis Knox Watt at Tarves, son of James Watt and Margaret Symon. In 1864 he is with his parents in Tarves and in 1871 is at Bearfold, Ellon working as a farm servant. In 1876 he married Ann Annand at Cruden, and they are a Wester Aldie, Cruden in 1881 with 2 sons both born in Cruden. 1891 sees them at Old Mill of Shivas, Tarves which was Francis’s parents’ home: his father is in the Poorhouse and his mother is in Edinburgh with some of Francis’s siblings. Given the birth places of Francis’s children, he had been moving from farm to farm as a farm servant, as his children were born in Cruden, Peterhead, St Fergus and then Tarves. By 1901 Francis and his wife have returned to Cruden and are at Burnside of Braco, have had more children born at Crimond, Peterhead and Cruden, and Francis is now working as a road labourer. He died in 1939 age 84 at Hill of Braigie, Echt.

8 and 9 January

On the 8th is another female ancestor who married someone considerably younger than herself. This is not uncommon on my family tree, and puts paid to the idea that women married men older than themselves. A great many of my female ancestors were a bit older than their husbands, and in today’s case there was a 14 year gap. Perhaps the fact that Alice from Yorkshire was an innkeeper was part of the attraction! Also on the 8th: two early Sangsters from Aberdeenshire and a Marshall from Ayrshire who married an official of the Kilmarnock Sheriff’s Court. Nothing happened on the 9th, though.

8 January 1785
My ggggg aunt Isobel Sangster was born at Cruden, daughter of John Sangster and Elizabeth Matthew. In December 1805 an Isobel Sangster was compeared by the Cruden Kirk Session and named Alexander McPherson, a travelling chapman, as the father of her child. He was compeared in Aberdeen in April 1806 and denied paternity. However, I cannot find a baptism of a child born to an Isobel Sangster at that time, but it is possible it is ‘my’ Isobel. Perhaps the child died at birth. I also think she’s the Isobel Sangster who married Peter Morgan in August 1807 at Longside, and had 9 children. Peter Morgan died before the 1841 census, and in 1841 there is an Isobel Sangster, yarn winder, is in Stuartfield Village with 17 year old Mary Sangster, but I suspect this might not be her.

8 January 1787
My ggggg aunt Helen Sangster was born at Cruden, daughter of John Sangster and Elizabeth Matthew. Nothing else can be found for Helen in the records, so she may well have died young.

8 January 1832
Baptism of Alice Green at Worsbrough, daughter of ggggg uncle George Green and Hannah Ellis. Her father was an innkeeper and Alice is with her parents and siblings in Ward Green, Worsbrough in 1841 and 1851, by which time she was a dressmaker. She married John Poles in 1852 and they are in Ward Green in 1861 with 3 children, living next door to the inn where Alice’s widowed mother is innkeeper. John was a stone getter, which is an old term for someone who delivered locally quarried stone, and he died in 1868, by which time they’d had more children. Alice’s mother died in 1870 and by 1871 Alice is the innkeeper at Ward Green and has some of her children with her, though 2 are visiting their aunt. Then in 1872 Alice Poles married Alfred Hoyland at Sheffield: he was a coal miner who was in Worsbrough in 1871, with his parents. He was 14 years younger than Alice, which might have something to so with why they went to Sheffield to get married. They had 2 children born in Worsbrough, but then Alfred died in 1875 at Ward Green, and probate for his will was granted to his widow Alice: probate describes Alfred as a miner and innkeeper. In 1881 Alice Hoyland, widowed for the second time, is still the innkeeper at Ward Green and with her are 4 of her children, 2 grandchildren with the surname Hoyland, a servant and a boarder. She is still at Ward Green in 1891 but had moved out of the inn and was next door again, earning a living as a dressmaker, and had her a Poles son, 2 Hoyland children and a Hoyland grandchild with her. Alice died in 1895 age 63.

8 January 1834
Baptism of Christian Wallace Marshall at Galston, daughter of my ggg uncle Alexander Marshall and Christian Wallace. Her father was a saddler and they are at Langland Street, Kilmarnock in 1841. Her mother died before 1851, and in the 1851 census Christina – as she by then known – is a house servant to a baker in Galston, and in 1861 is a dressmaker living with her unmarried sister Jane at Station Road, Galston. In 1870 she was married at Galston to James Thomas Miller who was an assistant bar officer at the Sheriff Court: they are in St Marnock Street, Kilmarnock in 1871 and the census says husband James was born in Quebec. They are at the same address in 1881, have 4 children, James has become the Macer at the Sheriff Court, and James’ widowed mother is with them – she was born in Ireland. A Macer is a court official whose job is to ensure the court runs smoothly by preparing the courtroom and ensuring everyone needed and called knows what to do. They had moved round the corner to Dundonald Road by 1891 and had 3 children with them, their son working as an apprentice draughtsman. James Thomas Miller died, and in 1901 widow Christina is with her 3 children, all in their twenties and unmarried: the eldest daughter is a dressmaker and the son is a draughtsman. Christina Miller nee Marshall died on April 1904 at Fitchfield Street, Kilmarnock of a tubercle of the lung, which is caused by bacterial tuberculosis.

6 January

My gg grandfather Alexander Fraser today, plus a Wooffendale from Yorkshire (lovely surname), a Strachan descendant from Ayrshire and my Yorkshire great aunt Alice.

6 January 1732
Baptism of my gggggg uncle Christopher Hudson at Royston, Yorkshire, son of John Hudson and Mary Wooffendale.

6 January 1838
Birth of my gg grandfather Alexander Fraser at Mosside Croft, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. He is with his parents and siblings at Mosside in 1841 and 1851, and was still a scholar at age 12, though he probably began working as a farm servant at about age 14. In 1861 he is ploughman (which involved looking after the two horses, usually Clydesdales, who pulled the plough) at Whiteness Inn, Collieston, near Slains. He probably moved from farm to farm regularly, but in 1864 he married Mary Ann Logan at Ellon Manse and gave his address as Mosside Croft, Cruden: Mary Ann was working at Drumwhyndle Farm, Ellon. Their son William was born in 1865 at Oldtown of Aquharney, Cruden and their daughter Mary Ann was born in 1867 at Collieston, Slains. Tragedy struck when wife Mary Ann died of tuberculosis in August 1867, leaving Alexander with two very young children: they most likely went to live at Mosside Croft. In 1868 Alexander married again, to Margaret Booth. They were both working as farm servants at Kirkendry, Longside and were married at Lenabo, Longside. Their twin daughters were born in 1869 at Dudwick, Savoch. In the 1871 census Alexander and Margaret are at Fortie, Savoch, parish of Ellon with Alexander’s two children with his first wife, Margaret’s illegitimate son from before she married, 2 surviving children of the 3 born since their marriage, and a visitor and her daughter. By 1872, however, they were at Spital, Old Aberdeen as that is where a son was born, and his birth certificate says Alexander was working as a mason. They were at Causeway End, Aberdeen when a daughter was born in 1876 and Alexander was back to working as an agricultural labourer. When his father died in 1877, Alexander took over the lease of Mosside Croft, and a daughter was born there in 1878. They are at Mosside Croft in 1881 with 6 children, the older ones having left home. They had more children, and in 1891 were at Mosside with 8 children. The 1895 Valuation Roll lists Alexander Fraser as the tenant of a croft and house at Hardslacks, paying a yearly rent of £5 to estate proprietor John Bruce. The valuation roll shows that Mosside was next to the shootings belonging to the estate, so it may be that the residents of Mosside earned some money as beaters during the shooting season. In 1901 Alexander and Margaret are at Mosside with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Alexander Fraser died in February 1911 age 73 at Mosside, and died on influenza. At the 1911 census the croft of Mosside was occupied by his widow Margaret, a daughter and 4 grandchildren, but Alexander’s eldest son William was to take over the tenancy shortly after.

6 January 1858
Birth of Susan Findlay at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of Hugh Findlay and Margaret Miller, granddaughter of David Findlay and Susannah Strachan and great granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. She us with her parents and siblings at Cadgers Row, Hurlford in 1861 and at Loudonkirk Cottage, Loudon in 1871. Her father was a mining contractor but in 1881 is grocer inn Monkton, and Susan age 23 is listed as a saleswoman. By 1891 she was living with her unmarried grocer uncle Adam Miller in Titchfield Street, Galston and is listed as housekeeper but probably helped in the grocer’s shop too. They are both still there in 1901. Susan Findlay died in Galston in 1942 age 84, and as there is no other surname given for her in the index to deaths it would seem that she never married.

6 January 1893
Baptism of my great aunt Alice Green who was born at Spark Lane, Mapplewell, Yorkshire and baptised in Barnsley in March 1893, daughter of carpenter Joseph Green and Charlotte Green. By 1901 the family had moved to Leeds and were at Hope Grove, Armley and Alice was at school. The family moved to Kirkstall before 1904, and in 1911 are at Station Parade, Kirkstall” Alice age 18 is fibre comber at a fibre spinning works. In 1913 she married fibre drawer Dawsn Greenwood at Kirkstall St Stephen’s, so it would seem they may have met by working at the same fibre mill, although Dawson was living just round the corner from Station Parade. Dawson Greenwood came from a family of silk mill workers who lived at Coniston Cold in the Yorkshire Dales, but had moved to Leeds before 1911. Alice and Dawson had 2 children, Fred and Walter.

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.

1 January

Gosh, this was a busy day! And my blog stats have shot up over the last week: holidays must mean more time for family historians to search the web. This morning (which is actually the 2nd, not the 1st) began with a phone call from an engineer to say they’d fixed my faulty phone and broadband line. Hooray!

The first day of the year was a very popular day for being baptised or born, and I suspect some of the dates I have as births could well have been baptisms. So there are ten people to write up today. There’s a Logan from Aberdeenshire I know little about; a ggg grandmother from Ayrshire; an Alexander from Chapel of Garioch in Aberdeenshire; a crofter ggg grandfather from Aberdeenshire who sadly ended up in the Poorhouse; a Strachan from Ayrshire descendant who married her Strachan cousin; a Richmond from Ayrshire with the middle name of Strachan who married a boiler maker; a Strachan descendant who moved to Glasgow and married a lithographic printer; a Green descendant who didn’t marry but was in service with quite well to do families; a Strachan descendant from Ayrshire who married … yes, you’ve guessed … a coal miner; and finally a Strachan descendant who seems to have lived in Kilmarnock all his life and was, of course, a coal miner.

1 January 1758
Baptism of my ggggg aunt Jean Logan at Old Deer, daughter of George Logan and Elizabeth Morice or Mories. I’m not sure what became of her. There is a marriage in 1787 at New Deer of Jean Logan and John Johnston which could be her, but nothing else found in the records.

1 January 1764
Baptism of my ggg grandmother Margaret Hunter at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of John Hunter and Margaret Barr. She married Robert Haddow at Stevenston in 1786, and they had 8 children baptised at Stevenston. Her husband Robert Haddow (whose sister Margaret Haddow married Margaret brother Robert Hunter, which makes for confusion) died in 1814 and was buried at Stevenston. In the 1919 minister’s census of Stevenston, Widow Haddow is at Townhead with 4 of her children and her widowed sister Jean or Jane Harvie nee Hunter. Margaret is still at Townhead in 1822 with her sister, a son and two others who may have been lodgers. She must have died before the 1841 census.

1 January 1787
Birth of Helen Alexander who was baptised on 3 January at Chapel of Garioch, daughter of my gggggg uncle William Alexander and Isobel Galloway. She married William Walker, a farm servant, in 1818 and they had 5 children. In 1841 they are at Balquhine, Chapel of Garioch with their 2 youngest children, and in 1851 at Oldtown, Inverurie on their own. William Walker then died, and widow Helen is at Cranfourd, Daviot with her unmarried son John, who farmed 30 acres, and her unmarried daughter Isabella, a domestic servant, and Isabella’s illegitimate son. Helen Walker nee Alexander died in 1864 at Daviot.

1 January 1893 (born about 1819)
My ggg grandfather James Watt was born at Rayne, Aberdeenshire, in about 1819 – no baptism record found – and was the son of Peter Watt and Helen Alexander. In 1841 he is an ag lab lodging with, or working for, the Symon family at East Newseat Farm Croft. Shortly afterwards he married one of their daughters, Margaret Symon, but unfortunately the marriage records for Tarves for that period have gone missing. In 1851 James Watt is a crofter of 6 acres at Old Mill of Shivas with his wife Margaret, their 4 children, and 3 lodgers. They remained on the croft at Old Mill of Schivas and in 1861 had 3 children and James’ brother with them. In 1871 they had a daughter, a niece and a boarder with them, although the niece is actually their granddaughter Helen Hay, my great grandmother. They are still there in 1881: James is described as a farmer of 4.5 acres and they also have 3 grandchildren with them including Helen Hay who they seem to have brought up. Most of their children had moved to Edinburgh and there is evidence James and Margaret went there at least once, as James Watt was the informant when his married daughter’s husband George Duguid died in Edinburgh in 1877. Between 1881 and 1891, however, something happened to James Watt, and in the 1891 census he is an inmate at Maud Poorhouse at New Deer. His wife Margaret is in Edinburgh with her married son Peter – as the census is just a snapshot of one night it’s impossible to know whether she was living there or was just on a visit, though she wdied at the same address of Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh in 1898. James Watt died at Maud Poorhouse in 1893 of enlargement of the heart. The mystery is why James Watt was in the Poorhouse when his wife was with their children in Edinburgh – his inmate status may have been due to physical or mental ill health rather than poverty.

1 January 1841
Birth of Lillias Clelland Findlay at Galston, Ayrshire, daughter of Susanna Strachan and David Findlay and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. She is with her parents and siblings at Bridge House Hill, Riccarton in 1841 and then her mother died. Her father remarried in 1849 and in 1851 the family are at Portland Row, Hurlford: it must have been crowded as there were 11 of them living there so it’s not surprising 10 year old Lillias was listed as “at home” and not at school – she would have been helping her stepmother. In 1860 Lillias married her cousin, coal miner Peter Strachan, son of her mother’s brother Peter. Their first 3 children were born in Hurlford but by 1871 they had moved to New Cumnock though they didn’t stay there long, and their next 4 children were born in Galston. They are at Goatfoot Row, Galston in 1881, and would have had several relatives as neighbours. They are at Standalone Street, Galston in 1891 and 1901 – by the latter census Peter Strachan was a retired coal miner and they had just their youngest 2 children at home. Theirs was a large family of 12 children, though 6 died when young. Lillias died at Newmilns, Ayrshire (just up the road from Galston) in 1913 at the age of 72.

1 January 1858
Birth of Mary Strachan Richmond at Kilwinning, daughter of my half ggg aunt Jean Pollock and John Richmond. Her mother Jean Pollack was born illegitimate to my ggg grandmother Jean Orr after the death of my ggg grandfather Joseph Haggerty. Mary was therefore half sister to my gg grandmother Margaret Haggerty who married Robert Strachan though Margaret died in 1846. Interesting that Mary was named Mary Strachan Richmond, showing a strong link between her parent and the family her half sister’s family had married into, though the connection could also have been through the Richmond side. There were, however, a lot of Mary Strachans so it’s difficult to tell who she was named after. Mary is with her family at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning in 1861 and many Strachan families also lived there. Her mother died in January 1871, and in the 1871 census Mary is at Hurlford with her coal miner father and the 2 remaining siblings who lived at home. Mary married James Adair in 1880 and in 1881 they are in Kilmarnock with a baby daughter, James a boiler maker. By 1891 James has been promoted to foreman but they still have just 1 daughter, plus a lodger. In 1901 they are still in Kilmarnock with their daughter. Mary Strachan Adair nee Richmond died age 78 in Kilmarnock in 1936.

1 January 1862
Birth of Agnes Wark at Irvine, Ayrshire, daughter of Catherine Mure Strachan and Charles Wark, and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle. Her father was a baker, and by 1871 the family had moved to Glasgow and were living at Stewart Street. They are at Gayfield Street, Kelvin in 1881 and 19 year old Agnes is working as a machinist. She married George Whyllie in 1889 and they are at Mill Street, Glasgow in 1891 with a young son: George Whyllie was a lithographic printer. By 1901 they are in Bridgeton and have 2 sons.

1 January 1865
Baptism of Edith Wilson at Worsbrough, Yorkshire daughter of my ggg aunt Mary Green and Joseph Wilson. Her parents lived at Stanley, near Wakefield, where her father was gardener at Stanley Hall, and Edith is at Stanley Hall Cottage with her family in 1871. In 1881 she is with her paternal grandmother at Stanley Green. Edith went into service, and in 1891 is a housemaid for William Pickard of Wakefield and his wife: he was the registrar for deeds for the West Riding of Yorkshire. In 1901 Edith is a domestic nurse in Wakefield in the household of John Henderson, a medical practitioner who employed 4 servants. She is still in Wakefield in 1911 as housekeeper for an unmarried doctor, and the other servant is Edith’s niece. After that I do not know: she didn’t die in Wakefield but there are several with her name and of her age who died elsewhere in Yorkshire and I’m not sure which one could be her.

1 January 1868
Birth of Marion Findlay at Loudon, Ayrshire, daughter of coal miner Hugh Findlay and Margaret Miller, granddaughter of Susanna Strachan and David Findlay, and great granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Marion is with her family at Loundonkirk Cottage in 1871, although on census night her father, by then a mining contractor, was in Edinburgh on what looks like a business trip. By 1881 the family had moved to Monkton and Prestwick and Marion’s father was a grocer, but by 1891 he was a colliery manager and the family were at 78 Kilmaurs Road, Kilmarnock with Marion working as a fruiterer’s shopwoman. Marion married coal miner Thomas Muir in 1892 at Kilmarnock, but in 1901 they are at Barrhill Rows, Kirkintillock, Dumbartonshire: Barrhill Rows has “new” written after it, so it looks as if Marion and Thomas had moved to a newly opened or enlarged mine and obtained brand new housing. (The iron foundry at Kirktillock of where the distinctive British post and phone boxes were made.) Marion Muir nee Findlay died at Galston in 1949, at age 81, so at some point she returned to very close to where she was born and does not appear to have had children, or at least none who survived.

1 January 1953 (born 1882)
Joseph Strachan Anderson was born at Hurlford, Ayrshire, the son of my great aunt Amelia Strachan and coal miner Robert Anderson. He is with his parents at Riccarton Road, Hurlford in 1891 and is at school. His mother died in childbirth in 1899, and in 1900 his father remarried. The family are at Academy Street, Hurlford in 1901 and Joseph, age 18, is a coal miner. He married Mary Jane McLean Kerr in 1903 and died in Kilmarnock in 1953 and age 70.

28 December

A ggggg grandfather today, though I don’t know very much about him. Plus a Hunter from Ayrshire who married twice, a Strachan daughter of a coal miner who married a coal miner just as so many Strachan women did, and a Green from Barnsley who just seem to disappear from the records from 1891 onwards, which is odd.

28 December 1775 (born about 1741)
My ggggg grandfather John Watt was no doubt born and had parents, but when and where I haven’t been able to find out. He married Helen Davidson at Rayne on 28 December 1775. They had 11 children all baptised in Bourtie between 1776 and 1794 and John worked as a stone dyker and labourer, so did very necessary and physical work. Nothing else known about him though.

28 December 1866 (born about 1844)
Martha Hunter was born at Stevenston in about 1844, no baptism found, daughter of Robert Hunter and Agnes Kennedy. Her grandparents were my gggg uncle Robert Haddow and my gggg aunt Margaret Hunter. Martha began life at Schoolwell Street, Stevenston and her father was a butcher – or a flesher as it was often called back then. By 1861 Martha is a domestic servant for a ploughman and his family in Quay Street, Saltcoats, and on 28 December 1866 she was married at Stevenston to James McKinley. He was a steam engine driver born in Ireland, and in 1871 they are Harbour Street, Ardrossan with 3 children. Husband James died in 1872. Widow Martha is back in Stevenston by 1881, in Townhead Street where her widowed mother lived, and intriguingly has a son who was born in Stevenston a couple of years after her husband had died, so Martha was only human. Then later in 1881 she married again, to William Young who was also a widow. They are in Byre Hill Row, Kilwinning in 1891, William working as a coal carter, and between them have 7 children with them: 2 from William’s first marriage, 1 of Martha’s, and 3 born since William and Martha were married. Martha then died in 1895 at the age of 51 at Kilwinning.

28 December 1867
Birth of Elizabeth Gilmour Strachan at Kilmaurs, daughter of coal miner John Strachan and Elizabeth Gilmour and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Ann Miller. Elizabeth is with her parents and many siblings at Crawfordhill, Kilmaurs (near Crosshouse) in 1871, 1881 and 1891, then married coal miner John Lorimer in 1893 – in the index to marriages her name is given as Bessie Gilmour Strachan. In 1901 she is with her husband and 4 children in Dalziel, Lanarkshire (near Motherwell) but all the children were born in Ayrshire, so they had moved from Crosshouse to Dreghorn then Kilmarnock before going to Lanarkshire. I’ve no idea how long they stayed there, but Elizabeth Gilmour Lorimer nee Strachan died in Kilmarnock in 1938 at the age of 71.

28 December 1873
Birth of Ada Green in Barnsley, daughter of greengrocer Joseph Green and his wife Mary Ann. She is with her parents in Blucher Street, Barnsley in 1881 and 1891, then disappears – or at least I’ve not been able to trace her any further.

27 December (2)

A few more for the 27th: my ggggg grandfather who was an innkeeper at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, a Haigh descendant from Royston who married an ostler (groom), a Hutcheon up in Aberdeenshire who didn’t marry and lived with her unmarried brother, the second wife of my Fraser great grandfather, and a Sangster descendent who married a farm servant and llived in Turriff.

27 December 1768 (born about 1744)
My ggggg grandfather Joseph Green was born I know not where, but it would have been somewhere in or near Worsbrough, Yorkshire I assume. There are a couple of possibilities in the OPRs but no way of knowing which, if any, are the correct one. There was a John Green who married Ann Cawthorne at Darfield and had a son Joseph baptised there in 1746, and there was was also a Joseph Green born in Felkirk in 1744. What is certain, however, is that Joseph Green married Alice Rock in Barnsley in 1768, and all their children were baptised at Worsbrough. Thanks to a recorded Monumental Inscription in Worsbrough church yard – which doesn’t seem to there any more – I know that Alice wife of Joseph Green innkeeper of Ward Green died age 79 in 1823, and that Joseph Green innkeeper of Ward Green died age 86 in 1830. Ward Green is north of the village of Worsbrough, heading into Barnsley, and back then was on the main Sheffield to Barnsley road, which was part of the major route from London to the north. The inn was most probably the Horse & Jockey, which his son George took over, and which has since been demolished.

27 December 1837
Birth of Hannah Womack at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of my gggg aunt Maria Haigh and James Womack. She is with her parents in Royston, then in 1861 is on Northgate, Wakefield living with William Mantle, a groom and widower, with her younger sister Ellen as a visitor. She married William Mantle in 1861 at the Methodist Church in Wakefield, and they had 5 daughters. In 1871 William is an ostler and in 1881 is a cab driver – horse drawn, of course. William died in 1889 at Wakefield and Hannah followed him in 1891, age only 54.

27 December 1842
Margaret Hutcheon was batised at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Alexander Hutcheon and Margaret Hutcheon: his parents shared a surname but I don’t know if they were related. In 1851 Margaret is with her parents at Kirk Street, Longside and her father is a road maker. By 1861 she was working as a domestic servant and is at Mill of Faichfield, Longside, working for the miller and his family. In March 1870 she gave birth to an illegitimate son, John William Hutchison, and is with her parents in 1871, at High Street, Longside, working as a domestic servant. Her father died in 1875, and in 1881 Margaret is with her mother, two brothers and her son working a 3.5 acre croft with her mother at Hutchison Street: this may well be the croft her father had. Her mother died in 1887 and in 1891 Margaret and her son are living with her unmarried brother John in Longside, and her son has become a tailor. Margaret and her brother are still together in Longside in 1901. Margaret died in 1927 age 84 at Longside.

27 December 1867
Birth of Helen Ann Morgan at Peterhead, daughter of William Souter Morgan and Jane Aitken. Helen was to become the second wife of my great grandfather. In 1871 she is with her parents and siblings at Lochside, Cruden where her father was a farm servant, in 1881 the family is at Collie Hill, Cruden and in 1891 they are Little Tillymaud, Cruden and Helen seems to be helping her mother at home. In 1901 Helen is working as a domestic servant in Peterhead for a vintner and his family. She must then have gone to work at Blackstrath, Keithhall, for it was there that she gave birth to her illegitimate daughter Chrissie Gray Morgan in 1904 – the father not named but his surname might have been Gray. The year before, my grandfather William Fraser’s first wife had died and it’s possible Helen Ann Morgan became his housekeeper, as he had several young children to be cared for. Nature then took its course as Helen gave birth to their son at Hatton in April 1906, though she and William didn’t get married until April 1907, and they subsequently had 4 more sons. In about 1910, William and Helen took over Mosside Croft, on the death of William’s father Alexander. My mother remembered “Granny Fraser” – she was short and wore little round glasses, and had a dairy attached to the cottage where she made cheese. Helen Ann Fraser nee Morgan died in 1938 at the age of 70 of a coronary thrombosis.

27 December 1860
Birth of Christian Pirie at Old Deer, daughter of my half ggg aunt Janet Hay McWilliam and James Pirie and granddaughter of Janet Sangster and William McWilliam. She is with her parents at Old Deer in 1861, 1871 and 1881 at different farms, as her father was a farm servant. She married farm servant James Tough at Old Deer in 1885 and in 1891 they are at Burnside, Turriff with 4 children and Christian’s widower father. They are still there in 1901, James a cattleman, with 2 more children and still with Christian’s father. She died in 1908 of pulmonary tuberculosis.

26 December

This was a busy day. In Yorkshire there is a Roydhouse ancestor who was a shoemaker at Carlton, in London a Green ancestor was born, up in Aberdeenshire there was a Fraser descendant who was the blacksmith at Hatton plus a Logan who married a carter and settled at Newhills, in Ayrshire a coal miner and then railway guard Strachan who lived all his life at Crawfordhill near Kilmaurs. And on this day a McCrae born in Kilmarnock was killed in action in Europe in 1945. (And my broadband is still dodgy so I hope this posts!)

26 December 1798
Baptism of my gggg uncle William Roydhouse at Darfield, Yorkshire, son of William Roydhouse and Mary Adams of Wombwell – surname also written as Roadhouse and Roodhouse back then. I’m pretty sure he married Rebecca Iveson at Royston in 1822 and is described as a cordwainer (old term for shoemaker): one of the witnesses was Samuel Roadhouse and my William had a brother called Samuel plus in the later census, that William Roadhouse has a birth place of Wombwell. In 1841 Samuel and Rebecca are in Carlton, near Royston, William a shoemaker and they have 8 children with them: they had 9 altogether. William’s wife Rebecca died in 1845, and in 1851 William is an ag lab in Carlton with 6 children at home, the eldest unmarried daughters no doubt being the housekeepers. By 1851 William’s address is given as Carlton Green and he has 3 grown up and unmarried daughters with him. He died in 1861 at Carlton at 67 years old. William reminded me that I haven’t organised all my notes on my Roydhouse ancestors, and need to do so plus do a bit more research!

26 December 1839
Birth of Amelia Green at Kings Road, Chelsea, London (today a rather good address!), daughter of my gggg uncle Samuel Green and his wife Mary: her father was a licensed victualler who had moved from Worbsrough to Berkshire and then to London. Amelia is with her family at City Road, London in 1841 and is working as a servant, age 14, in 1851 at York Place, Chelsea for a retired hatter. She has become a barmaid by 1891 on Kings Road, Chelsea, then married publican Edward Smith in 1862 at St Marylebone church. In 1871 they are living at South Street, Kensington with 3 children, Edward a grocer. Edward died in 1875, and widow Amelia is still in Kensington in 1881 with 2 of her children. By 1891 she is in Camberwell, still with 2 children and living in the same building as her married daughter. By 1901 she has set up in business as a dyer on the ground floor of Addison Mansions in Hammersmith, and has a unmarried daughter with her and an older sister visiting. Her unmarried daughter died in 1902 and Amelia is in Camberwell in 1911, near where her married son was in 1901, and has a married daughter Florence and married son Edward with her. However, her daughter Florence is also listed in the 1911 census with her husband and children in Manor Park, near Lewisham, and her married son Edward is also with his wife in Hampstead: they must have both just been visiting their mother on census night. There are too many Amelia Smith deaths in the London area with a similar birth year to know which one is the right one.

26 December 1859
Birth of Alexander Milne at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate son of my ggg aunt Janet aka Jessie Fraser and William Milne. He is at Mosside Croft in 1861 with his Fraser grandparents, his mother, an aunt and uncle, and his siblings and a cousin. By 1871 he was working as a farm servant but was only across the field at Hardslacks, working for farmer George Hutcheon. Alexander married Elizabeth Thomson at Craighead, Cruden in December 1880 and by then has become a blacksmith. They are at Hobshill, Cruden in 1881 and in Hatton in 1891, with 3 children and an apprentice blacksmith. They remained in Hatton, where they brought up their family of 9 children, plus seem to have always had an apprentice living with them. Alexander Milne died in 1920 of syncope: he dropped down dead near the saddler’s shop at the age of 60.

26 December 1861
Birth of Mary Logan at Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my ggg uncle James Logan and Jane Norrie. She is with her parents at Blackhil of Courtstone in 1871 where he father was a ag lab, and in 1881 is at Braiklay, Tarves living in as a cook on a 160 acre farm employing 7 farm servants. She married William Yule at Tarves in 1882, and by 1891 they are living at Newhills, Aberdeen, William working as a carter, and have 4 children. They are still in Newhills in 1901, with another 3 children and William a road labourer. Mary Yule nee Logan died in 1939 at Newhills.

26 December 1862
Birth of John Strachan at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, son of John Strachan and Elizabeth Gilmour and grandson of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Ann Miller. He stayed in Kilmaurs all his life, even living in the same row of cottages as his parents, and was a coal miner and then a railway guard. He is with his parents in 1871 and 1881, and in 1881 married Elizabeth Nisbet Lindsay at Kilmaurs, who given her name may well have been a relative, as Strachan married Nisbets and Lindsays. They are in Crawfordhill Cottages, Kilmaurs in 1891 with 2 children: Crawfordhill is by Thornton Colliery, just to the west of Crosshouse, so many of John’s relatives would have lived close by. John’s son James died in 1891 and in 1892 his wife Elizabeth died. He remarried in 1894, to Martha Boyd of Kilwinning, and they are Crawfordhill in 1901, with two more children. By then John was working as a railway guard. John Strachan died age 62 at Kilmaurs in 1924.

26 December 1945 (born 1914)
William Marshall McCrae was born in Kilmarnock in 1914, son of my great uncle Matthew McIncarne McCrae and Ann McCubbin. He joined the Royal Engineers in 1939, and in 1943 married Ina in Deptford, London, though they set up home at Dean Street, Kilmarnock. Sapper William M McCrae was killed in action in Europe on 26 December 1945.

25 December

Christmas Day was busy for my Yorkshire ancestors, as it was the day so many of them were baptised or married. From Royston, there’s early Haigh who became a dyer in Leeds, a Firth who married an ag lab and lived in Ackworth, and another Haigh whose husband became a farmer at Haw Park, between Royston and Wakefield. At the other side of Barnsley, in Worsbrough, there’s a Green who became an innkeeper, as did many of his relatives; my gg grandfather, cabinet maker Joseph Green who moved into Barnsley town; a Green who became a butcher in north Barnsley; and a Green gg aunt who remained unmarried and who my mother remembered. Finally, 25 December was the birthday of my aunt, my mother’s sister, who died in February this year.

25 December 1796
Birth of my ggggg uncle Robert Haigh, son of Joseph Haigh and Ann Savile of Royston, Yorkshire and who was baptised in January 1797 at Royston St John the Baptist, Yorkshire. He married Hannah Hampshire in 1817 at Wakefield, and in 1841 is in Alverthorpe, near Wakefield, with wife Hannah and 5 children and his occupation is listed as labourer. However, by 1851 he is a dyer living at Whitecote, Bramley, in Leeds, and the 2 daughters still at home are stitchers at a dye house. He is at the same address and doing the same job in 1861 and 1871, with just his wife, and probably died there as he was buried in March 1877 at Bramley St Peter at age 83.

25 December 1802
Baptism of my gggg aunt Hannah Firth at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Firth and Hannah Fisher. She was married at Royston in 1818 to husbandman John Elliott of Ackworth, and they had 7 children baptised at Royston. In 1841 they are at Moor Top, Ackworth, John an ag lab, and are still there in 1851, John a farm labourer. Interesting change in language here, as husbandman, agricultural labourer and farm labourer are all terms for much the same thing: John worked on farms but did not have his own farm. John Elliott died at Moor Top in 1856, and in 1861 Hannah is a visitor in Meadow Lane, South Leeds where her youngest son James was working as a butcher’s boy. She seems to have stayed in Ackworth, however, as she’s there in 1881 with an unmarried son, and died in August 1881 at Moor Top age 78.

25 December 1813
Baptism of my gggg aunt Jane Haigh at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of linen weaver Joseph Haigh and Hannah Atkinson. She married Anthony Hepworth at Royston in 1833 and they spent their entire married life at Haw Park, which is between Royston and Wakefield. In 1841 Jane’s husband is an ag lab, but by 1851 he is a farmer of 18 acres. He has 13 acres in 1861, just 3 acres by 1871, and is an ag lab in 1881, but one of his son’s lived next door and was a farmer and grocery dealer, so perhaps they shared the land. Jane and Anthony had 9 children, all born at Haw Park. Jane died in 1888 age 74 and her burial record of January 1999 says she was of Haw Park and was buried at Felkirk with Brierly St Peter.

25 December 1825
Baptism of John Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of my ggggg uncle George Green and Hannah Ellis. In 1841 he is with his publican parents at Ward Green, Worsbrough, and is with his widowed innkeeper mother at Ward Green in 1851, working as a labourer. In April 1851 he married Alice Challenger at Darton Parish Church, and is described as an innkepper. John and Alice at Worsbrough Common in 1861: he is an agricultural labourer and they have 2 childen and 3 lodgers. Interestingly, the lodgers are all named Senior and come from Carlton, the home of my great grandmother Charlotte Senior, who married Joseph Green of Worsbrough in 1881, so there was clearly a connection between the Green and Senior families long before Charlotte and Joseph met and married. John Green took over the Ward Green inn after his mother died, and so in 1871 is an innkeeper at Ward Green with 5 children. He died in 1875 and in 1881 his widow is a farmer of 6 acres at Ward Green living next door to an innkeeper. It does seem that the inn the Green family kept in Ward Green had a small farm next to it, which they also ran.

25 December 1843
Baptism of my gg grandfather Joseph Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of William Green and Sarah Firth. However, he was born in early 1841 as he is in the census with his linen bleacher father and family, living two doors down from the Rose & Crown Inn at Worsbrough where his grandfather was the innkeeper. By 1851 his grandmother had died, and Joseph’s parents and siblings had moved into the Rose & Crown. But in 1871 he is with his family at Worsbrough Common, his father a linen bleacher again and Joseph, age 20, working as a cabinet maker. In 1862 Joseph Green married Margaret Oxley at Barnsley. and in 1871 they at Green Row, Worsbrough with 2 children and Joseph a cabinet maker, an occupation he followed for the rest of working life. By 1881 they had moved in Barnsley and were at Newton Street with 3 children at home, at Spring Street in 1891 with 3 children at home, and at Crookes Street in 1901 with 2 children still at home. They had 7 children altogether, but 3 died in infancy. Joseph was at the Gawber Road Workhouse in Barnsley in 1911, formerly a cabinet maker, which was probably due to ill health as workhouses had infirmary wards, and Gawber Road is now the site of Barnsley Hospital. His wife is still at Crookes Street with a daughter and nephew. Joseph Green died in 1912.

25 December 1843
Baptism of my ggg uncle William Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of William Green and Sarah Firth – so he was baptised at the same time as his older brother. William must have been only days old, however, as his birth wasn’t registered until the first quarter of 1844. He is with his parents in Worsbrough in 1851 and 1861, and by age 17 was working as a butcher. He married Mary Ann Scholey in Barnsley in 1868 and they had 3 children – the first seems to have been born before they married. In 1871 William, a butcher, with Mary Ann and 2 young children are in Old Town, Barnsley North. Mary Ann died in 1873, and in 1881 William is at Green Foot Lane, Barnsley North, a butcher, with his 3 children and his sister Sarah as his housekeeper. Green Foot Lane is where his widowed mother was a shopkeeper in 1871: she died in 1874 and it seems William may have taken over the shop then. He’s still there in 1891, with his 2 sons working as a butcher and butcher’s assistant, plus with 20 year old daughter, and he’s also there in 1901 with 1 butcher son, who died in 1902. William Green died in 1905 age 62.

25 December 1864
Baptism of my gg aunt Sarah Ann Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Green and Margaret Oxley. Sarah did not marry and is with her parents in all but one census: I can’t locate her in 1881 but she was probably working as a domestic servant as that was her occupation in 1891. By 1901, however, she had become a down quilt machinist, and in 1911 is still a machinist living with her mother and a nephew. There are two deaths for Sarah Green in Barnsley, in 1926 and 1936. I suspect the latter one is the correct one, as my mother remembered having an Auntie Sarah in Barnsley who they visited occasionally.

25 December 1919
Birth of my aunt Marjorie Fraser at Kirkstall, Leeds, Yorkshire, sister of my mother and daughter of James Fraser and Clara Green. Marjorie married Gerald Gill, had two sons, became an infant school teacher, and lived in Leeds. She died in February 2013 age 93, had a long and happy life, and lived to get to know her 2 great grandchildren.