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20 December

The 20th was a busy day in ancestor land. So today is are two Greens, a Neilson, several Strachans and a Fraser descendant.

20 December 1770
Baptism of my ggggg aunt Anne Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Green and Alice Rock. Nothing else found for her so it looks as if she died young.

20 December 1777
Birth of my ggg grandmother Agnes Neilson at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, daughter of coal miner Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden. They may have been neighbours of my gggg grandparents Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander, as their son John Strachan married Agnes in April 1794 at Gorbals. Agnes and John were then on the move, from mine to mine, as their children were baptised in Gorbals, then Campsie in Stirlingshire, then Gorbals again, the Kilsyth in Stirlingshire, the at Coatbridge in Lanarkshire, Muirkirk in Ayrshire, and finally at Riccarton. Agnes died in about 1825, at the age of 47, possibly at Shewalton Colliery. By then she had 14 children, and possibly 15. Her husband John Strachan remarried and had 2 more children.

20 December 1829
Birth of Janet Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of Peter Strachan and Ann Houston and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Janet must have died, as in 1841 Peter Strachan and Ann had another daughter named Janet.

20 December 1846 (born about 1844)
Janet Strachan was born, most probably at Shewalton Colliery, Ayrshire, in 1846, the daughter of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle, although no baptism record exists. She died on 20 December 1846 and was buried at Irvine. Her father had died in July the same year. There was a typhus epidemic in Scotland at that time, which may account for their deaths in the same year.

20 December 1864 (born about 1845)
John Strachan was born about 1845 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, son of John Strachan and Agnes Scots and grandson of my ggg uncle Munro Strachan and Janet Jamieson. His age is taken from his census entries as no baptism record exists. In 1851 he is with his parents at MacReadie’s Land, Dreghorn, his father formerly a coal miner but receiving parish relief, no doubt due to ill health – father Munro died in 1854. John’s mother remarried, to widower William Young, and in 1861 the family are at Warwickhill, Dreghorn, William Young a coal miner and John Strachan age 15 also a coal miner. He married Agnes Scott at Irvine in 1864, and there at Thornton Back Row, Dreghorn in 1871 with 4 children and 2 of Agnes’s brothers: John and his brothers in law are all coal miners. By 1881 John and Agnes, with 6 children, are at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn, so had plenty of relatives as neighbours. They are still there in 1891, more children having been born but older ones having left home: they had 10 children and one of John’s sons was called Munro Strachan after John’s father and another was called William Young Strachan after his stepfather. His son Munro Strachan was the pipe major who wrote the music “Jeanie Strachan”.

20 December 1869
Birth of Margaret Strachan at Dreghorn, Ayshire, daughter of coal miner John Strachan and Janet Dow and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Margaret Sampson Reid Jamieson. The family were living in Kilmarnock y 1871, and that’s where Margaret seems to have stayed for the rest of her life. She is with her parents in 1881 and 1891, and at age 21 is a tailoress. She married tailor’s cutter Robert Smith in 1893 and in 1901 they at Witch Road, Kilmarnock with 3 children and Margaret’s younger sister Catherine, who might have been with them because Margaret had a 1 month old baby. Margaret Smith nee Strachan died in Kilmarnock in 1843 at age 73.

20 December 1878
Baptism of my gg aunt Hester Green at St Mary’s Barnsley, Yorkshire, daughter of cabinet maker Joseph Green and Margaret Oxley. She is with her parent in Barnsley and 1881 and 1891, and in 1897 married colliery labourer John Amberson Athorn in Barnsley. They are living in Carlton in 1901 with Margaret’s sister Lily, who had married Frank Saxton – John Athorn is a bricklayer’s labourer and he and Hester have 2 sons. By 1911 they at Longcar Street, Barnsley with 3 children, John a colliery fitter’s labourer, and their eldest son is nearby with Hester’s mother and sister. John Amberson Athorn died in 1912 at age 35, and in 1913 Hester married William Fearn. Hester Fearn died in 1927 at Barnsley age 49.

20 December 1906
Birth of Alexandrina Forsyth a Mosside croft in Cruden parish, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate daughter of my half gg aunt Jessie Fraser and farm servant William Forsyth. In the 1911 census Alexandrina (who was named after her grandfather Alexander Fraser) is at Mosside croft with her grandmother Margaret Fraser nee Booth and her mother Jessie, plus her sister Catherine and 2 cousins. She then moved to Aberdeen with her mother and sister and lived at 43 Hutcheon Street. Alexandrina worked as a domestic servant, and died at Hutcheon Street in 1924, at age 18, of pulmonary tuberculosis.

17 December

Three today: one is an Alexander from Aberdeenshire who became a blacksmith and another is a Green from my Yorkshire family but this one was born in London. Plus there’s blog follower Colin’s father who isn’t my blood relation, but his mother was a Fraser from Aberdeenshire, though not related – as far as I know – to my Frasers from Aberdeenshire.

17 December 1749
Birth of my gggggg uncle William Alexander at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, son of William Alexander and Ann Strachan. Ian Macdonald has researched him for his book ‘The Alexanders of Bourtie’ and says that William was 14 when his father died, and took over Westerhouses farm with his mother Ann. However, his belief in progressive farming techniques caused conflict with his mother, and he gave up his claim on the family farm in favour of a younger brother. Ann Alexander nee Strachan’s testement (will) makes it clear he was bought off for £30 in 1778. He then learnt blacksmithing and took himself to Aberdeen, then settled at Rescivit in Chapel of Garioch parish, and married Isobel Galloway of Daviot. He is mentioned on the family memorial at Bourtie as “William late Black Smith in Rescivet who died 4th Nov. 1806 in the 58th year of his age”. William and Isobel had 4 children, their son James being the father of the Aberdeen radical, newspaper editor and writer William Alexander.

17 December 1876
Baptism of George Percy Green at Marylebone, London, son of George Edwin Green and Sarah Maria Sampson and grandson of my gggg uncle Samuel Green and Mary. His father was a shopman of Alfred Street, Street. George died in 1883 at age 7 and his death was registered at Chelsea.

17 December 1897
Birth of William M Harper in Aberdeen who married by aunt Jeanie Haddow Strachan and was the father of my cousin Colin who follows this blog. Interestingly, his parents were John Harper and Ellen Fraser and, of course, my mother comes from an Aberdeenshire line of Frasers, so I felt compelled to do a bit of research. However, William Harper’s great grandfather was Robert Fraser of Banchory so is not related to my Frasers, although his great grandmother was born Elspet Imlay at Cruden, which is where my Frasers lived. Given that William Harper and Jeanie Strachan met and married in Canada, it’s still an amazing coincidence.

8 December

In the past, when a child died it was usual for another child of the same gender, born later, to be given the same name. I suspect this was because children were named after a particular person, and therefore using the name again meant that person still had someone named for them. It proves useful when doing a family tree, as you know a child died when another comes along and is given the same name. Today there’s a Mary followed by another Mary. There’s also my gg grandfather Edward Senior and my great uncle Edward Green, both from the Yorkshire side of the family tree.

8 December 1771
Birth of my gggg aunt Mary Neilson at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, daughter of Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden. Mary died as an infant as there was another child named Mary born in 1773.

8 December 1840
Baptism of my gg grandfather Edward Senior at Royston, son of George Senior and Mary Roydhouse of Carlton, a small village close to Royston. Edward is with his parents and siblings in Carlton in 1841, 1851 and 1861 and, like his fathe, became a carpenter and joiner. In 1865 he was living in Ackworth when he married Mary Simpson of Ackworth. They are living in Royston in 1871, their 2 children having been been born in Ackworth and Wakefield. In 1881 they are at Chapel Yard, Royston with 3 children, 1 child not at home and 2 children having died. By 1891 they had moved to The Green, Royston and had had 3 more children, and also had a grandchild living with them. 1901 sees them in Carlton village and Edward is a joiner and builder working on his own account: their two sons who remain at home are both working at the colliery. Their 1911 census form doesn’t have an address though they are in Carlton, and Edward at age 70 is still a joiner: they have 2 unmarried sons with them and their grandson, all 3 working at the colliery. Edward Senior died age 72 in 1913. He’s in the photo at http://wp.me/p34D39-3A an is the one on the back row in the middle, with the beard.

8 December 1890
Birth of my great uncle Edward Green, known as Ted, in Barnsley, son of Joseph Green and Charlotte Senior. He is with his parents and older brother at James Street, Barnsley in 1891. The family moved to Mapplewell and then to Leeds: on 1901 Edward is with his parents and siblings at Hope Street, Armley. They moved shortly afterwards to Kirkstall, and in 1911 Edward age 20 is with his parents and siblings at Station Parade working as a tinner making pit lamps. In 1914 he married May Sutcliffe. They had 2 children, Edna and Stanley, and Edward died in 1961 in Leeds.

1 and 2 December

It’s December, Christmas is approaching and the pre-Christmas get-togethers have already started – hence I’ve been getting behind with the blog. On the 1st and 2nd there was: a Hudson who was an ancestor of my Yorkshire Senior great grandmother; a Strachan who lived mostly in Dreghorn and ended up on Poor Relief due to bronchitis; a Haddow coal miner who lived in several coal mining areas of Ayrshire; a Sangster from Aberdeenshire who started out in rural Kinmundy but eventually moved to Aberdeen; a Haigh from Yorkshire who was a coal miner (my ancestors seem strangely drawn to coal!); and another Strachan who died in infancy.

2 December 1748
Baptism of my ggggg grandmother Lydia Hudson at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of John Hudson and Mary Wooffendale. She married Thomas Fisher at Royston in 1764, and their marriage entry in the parish register says Thomas was a husbandman – which probably means the tenant of a small farm or smallholding. They had 3 children that I can find records for, one of whom died at age 6, but Lydia’s daughter Hannah married Joseph Firth, their daughter Sarah married William Green of Worsborough, and their son Joseph Green of Worsbrough was my great grandfather who married Charlotte Senior of Royston. Lydia Fisher nee Hudson died in 1808 at age 59 and was buried on 17 April at Royston St John the Baptist.

1 December 1811
Birth of my ggg uncle Henry Strachan at Coltburn, near Muirkirk, Ayrshire, son of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson. In the 1841 census his name is given as Hendry – he is at Shewalton Colliery, Dundonald, where many in his family were living, is a coal miner, and has recently married Ann Stewart. They are in the colliery houses at Dreghorn in 1851, again where many in his family were living, with wife Ann and a Strachan nephew and niece, children of his brother Peter who has died. Henry and Ann did not have children of their own so seem to have become adoptive parents to Peter Strachan’s children. In 1861 Henry and Ann are in West Thornton, Dreghorn with nephew John Strachan and a niece of Ann’s, and Henry is still a coal miner. By 1871, however, they are still in Dreghorn but Henry is now a watchman – he must have been too disabled to still be a miner: with his is wife Ann and his widowed mother in law. He disablement is confirmed by his application for Poor Relief in 1872, which says “the case is well known to the board” and he was given relief. This was reviewed in 1873, when he was given 3 shillings a week. Henry Strachan died in June 1874 from chronic bronchitis, and the informant was his brother in law William Bowie.

2 December 1827
Birth of my gg uncle Colin Shearer Haddow at Stevenston, son of John Haddow and Amelia Murphie. His baptism record gives his father’s occupation as collier. Colin is with his parents and sibllings in 1841 at Townhead Street, Stevenston and in 1851 at Kenneth’s Row, Crosehill, Kilwinning in 1851, and he became a coal miner. He married Janet Jaffrey in Kilwinning in 1853 but she died of consumption in 1855: they did not have any children. Colin then married Ann Orr Richmond at Corsehill in 1858, and in 1861 they are in a house at Kenneth’s Row with 2 children. By 1871 they had moved to Lylestone Row, Kilwinning and with them were 5 children, Ann’s mother and a boarder. They were in Coylton in 1881, with Colin working as an ironstone miner, with 5 children remianing with them: they had 9 children altogether but not all of them survived childhood. Colin died in 1885 at Taiglum, near Stair, at age 57.

1 December 1832
Birth of Barbara Sangster at Kinmundy, Longside, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate daughter of George Sangster and Mary Ann Morgan and granddaughter of my ggggg aunt Isabel Sangster and Peter Morgan. In 1841 she is at Brunthill, Cruden with her Sangster grandmother and uncle. She married George Stephen of Boddam, a farm servant, in 1860. In 1861 she and husband George are at Stonehousehill, Cruden with 2 children, and in 1871 are in Peterhead, where George is a day labourer, with 6 children. By 1881 George has become a builder and the are living in Boddam with 5 children still at home. 1891 finds then in Aberdeen where George is a mason and with the 2 youngest children at home, and they are still there in 1901, living with their youngest son, who is an assurance agent – George Stephen is working as a cooper. Barbara Stephen ms Sangster died a widow in 1926 in Aberdeen of cancer.

1 December 1843
Baptism of Martin Haigh at Royston, Yorkshire, son of John Haigh and Hannah Allen and great grandson of my ggggg grandparents Joseph Haigh and Ann Savile, who moved to Pollington in the late 1840s. Martin is with them in 1851 and 1871 but I can’t find him in 1861: by 1851 he was an ag lab. He’d then moved to Stanley by 1881 where his father was canal lock keeper, and Martin had become a colliery labourer. He married Ann Mary Taylor in 1881, when he was in his late 30s, and they settled in Stanley round the corner from his parents. By 1891 Martin was a coal miner and he and Ann had had 4 children: 3 more followed in the early 1890s. Martin Haigh died in 1895 at age 55, and his burial entry in the Stanley parish register says he was of Ferry Lane, Stanley. His widow is at the same address in 1901 with the children, then she remarried but remained in Stanley.

2 December 1874
Birth of Janet Strachan at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, daughter of John Strachan and Agnes Scott and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Munro Strachan and Janet Jamieson. Janet died in infancy.

23 and 24 November

Just two over two days: an Aberdeenshire Hutcheon/Hutchison who might have become the local post master, and a Yorkshire grand uncle born in Leeds.

24 November 1844
Baptism of Alexander Hutcheon at Longside, son of my gggg uncle Alexander Hutcheon and Margaret Hutcheon. He’s with his parents and siblings in Kirk Street, Longside in 1851, off working as a farm servant in 1861 and the back with his parents in 1871, working as a shoemaker. He was informant for his father’s death in 1875. It then looks as if he married Jessie Low, had a son, and become a grocer and postmaster in Belhelvie – the census says that Alexander was born in Longside but it could be a different Alexander. Paying to view the marriage certificate would confirm it, but there’s a limit to how much I want to spend with ScotlandsPeople!

23 November 1909
Birth of my great uncle Walter Green at Kirkstall, Leeds, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Green and Charlotte Senior. He was brought up in Kirkstall, married Olive and had 2 children. He and his family moved to London and lived in Wembley.

13 November

Today is a Yorkshire ggg aunt who became the keeper of Stanley Hall near Wakefield, a Strachan who spent nearly all his life in Kilmaurs, and the mother of a Fraser “adoptee” who was a childhood playmate of my mother’s during the summer holidays.

13 November 1831
My ggg aunt Mary Green was baptised at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of linen bleacher William Green and Sarah Firth. In 1841 she’s with her parents and siblings at Worsbrough Common, two down from her publican father Joseph Green. In 1851 I suspect she’s the Mary Green in Barnsley working as a domestic servant for the Pigott family, the head John Burke Pigott being a “linen manufacturer by power” – i.e. a linen factory owner. Then in 1858 Mary Green was married at Normanton, to gardener Joseph Wilson: the church marriage record says Mary Green was of Altofts with father William Green a bleacher. Altofts is north-east of Wakefield and well north of Barnsley, and I don’t know why Mary Green was living there – perhaps she was a servant, although her marriage record doesn’t give her occupation. In 1861 Mary Wilson is with her in-laws at Stanley Hall Lodge, her father-in-law being the gatekeeper, and with her is her younger sister Sarah Green age 10. Mary’s husband Joseph Wilson is up at Stanley Hall listed as a servant gardener domestic. At the time Stanley Hall was owned and lived in by the Shaw family who had bought it in 1853: Thomas Shaw was a successful canal and railway contractor. It was to be let to tenants in 1862. Joseph and Mary were kept on by the new tenants, as in 1871 they’re at Stanley Hall Cottage with 4 children and Joseph is the gardener. Joseph’s widowed mother is at the Lodge and Stanley Hall is the residence of James Plaister Harris-Gastrell, a landowner and secretary in the diplomatic services. By 1881 Joseph is still gardener but Mary has become hall keeper of Stanley Hall: as well as their youngest child still at home they have a newly married daughter and son-in-law with them. Mary’s husband died in 1890, and in 1891 Mary Wilson is in a house at Haddingley Hill, Sandal Magna earning a living as a monthly nurse: this was someone who looked after a mother and newborn baby for the first few weeks. In 1901 she’s at Elvey Street, Wakefield (in a terraced house that’s still there) as a boarding house keeper, with her unmarried daughter and two boarders. The only death I can find is 1902 in Wakefield, and she’s not in the 1911 census.

13 November 1888 (born 1867)
Andrew Strachan was born in 1867 at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of James Strachan and Mary Lindsay, and great grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. His father was a coal miner and Andrew also became a miner. He is with his family in Stevenston in 1871 and by the time Andrew was 13 they’d moved to Plann Row, Kilmaurs and he was already at work as an ironstone miner. He married farm coal miner’s daughter Marion Fulton at Kilmaurs in 1888. They are in Hemphill Row, Kilmaurs in 1891 with a daughter, Andrew working as a shale miner. In 1901 they are in Blackwoods Buildings, Kilmaurs, still with 1 daughter and Andrew now working as coal miner. Andrew Strachan died in 1922 at Crosshouse, which is near Kilmaurs, so spent almost all his life in the one place.

13 November 1904
Chrissie Gray Morgan was born at Blackstrath, Keithhall, the illegitimate daughter of Helen Ann Morgan. In 1907 her mother became the second wife of my great grandfather William Fraser, so Chrissie is not a “blood” relation but was closely connected to the Fraser family. In about 1911 Chrissie moved from Hatton village to Mosside croft when William Fraser took over the lease after his father had died. In December 1922 she married John Rennie in Aberdeen at about the same time as she gave birth to their daughter Helen: their marriage certificate is interesting as they were married by declaration in the house of John Rennie’s sister and brother-in-law and had their marriage registered by warrant. The marriage certificate says Chrissie was a laundry worker at the time and John Rennie was a farm servant. Chrissie died in 1924 from pulmonary tuberculosis. Her daughter Helen was brought up by her Fraser grandparents and John Rennie migrated to Australia. When my mother was a child she spent the summer weeks at Mosside and remembered Helen – or young Nell as she was known – as they played together, and Helen always cried when my mother had to go back to Yorkshire.

12 November

Three today – an early Green linen bleacher ancestor from Worsbrough, a Green descendent who worked as a domestic nurse, and an Aberdeenshire Fraser who migrated to New York and worked as a cook in Manhattan before retiring to Florida.

12 November 1775
Baptism of my ggggg uncle John Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of linen bleacher Joseph Green and Alice Rock. He was married at Royston, on the other side of Barnsley, in 1795 to Mary Addey of Cudworth, and this may have been the start of the connection between my Worsbrough ancestors and my Royston ones. John and Mary had 6 children baptised and 1 buried at Worsbrough between 1796 and 1804, and then wife Mary died in 1805. Her burial is in the parish register for Worsbrough, which reads “Mary Green age 31 wife of John Green bleacher of King Well buried 1 September 1805” and she is commemorated on a Memorial in the churchyard at St Mary’s, Worsbrough with “To the memory of Mary the wife of John Green bleacher of King Well died 31 August 1805 age 32 years”. They don’t seem to have been quite sure how old she was, but she was actually 31 and 7 months! John Green then married again, to another Mary, though no record for the marriage has been found, and they had children baptised in Worsbrough. John Green’s death is recorded on the Memorial at St Mary’s – he “departed this life the 14th day of July 1825 in the 50th year of his age”.

12 November 1891
Birth of Florence Edith Wilson at Mirfield, Yorkshire, daughter of Thomas Arthur Wilson and Elizabeth Florence Vickers and granddaughter of my ggg aunt Mary Green and Joseph Wilson. Her father was a gardener and they were living at Bank House, the Knowle, Mirfield when Florence was born, but had moved to Priesthorpe Lodge, Bingley, near Otley by 1901. In 1911 Florence was working as a domestic nurse for the Payne family at Park Hall, Walton, near Chesterfield in Derbyshire. She married Fred Downing at Pontefract in 1918.

12 November 1904
Birth of Jessie Lydia Michael at Little Tillymaud, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gg aunt Mary Ann Fraser and David Ewan Michael. Jessie is with her parents, her father a granite quarryman, in 1911, then in 1929 she migrated to New York – there is a passenger list for a ship sailing from Glasgow on 21 September 1929 with her on it, giving her father’s address as Thistle Cottage, Longhaven and saying she is going to New York City to join her brother Alexander Michael. In the 1930 US census she is at 107 East 73rd Street, Manhattan working as a servant for a private banker along with her brother and sister-in-law. In April 1931 Jessie married Robert Moore in Manhattan, and was naturalised in 1937 giving her address as 536 East 79th Street and occupation domestic. Her papers say she had a distinctive scar on the right side of her neck. In the 1940 census she and husband Robert are at 486 East 74th Street: she is working as a private cook and her is working as an elevator operator, and they don’t appear to have any children. Jessie died in 1975 at Charlotte, Florida and her husband died there in 1978, so like many New Yorkers they must have retired to Florida.

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.

10 November

Three varied ones today, but one raises a question which I often have but can’t answer. When people who were related ended up living near each other though not where they originally came from, did they know the other was around? Were they in touch, did they get together, were they friends? People did seem to be very good at keeping in touch with family back then – better than most people are today, despite such easy methods of communications nowadays.

10 November 1835
Birth of Elizabeth Willox at Lonmay, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg aunt Anne Hutcheon and William Willox. She’s with her family in Lonmay in 1841 and 1851 where her father farmed 18 acres, and then in 1858 married Robert Tait. He was a sailer and in 1861 Elizabeth and her daughter Ann are in Fraserburgh – husband not present so he was probably at sea. By 1871 she’s become a shipmaster’s wife, but husband is again absent. He’s at home in 1881, a ship master, and by then he and Elizabeth had had 8 children. Robert then died and in 1891 Elizabeth is still in Fraserburgh with 4 children, all working – but none of the boys followed their father as they become joiners and a cooper instead. By 1901 she has a son and three grandsons with her: the grandsons are the children of her married daughter who had died. Some of Elizabeth’s sons migrated to the USA.

10 November 1842
Birth of James Logan at Chapelton, Glassford, Lanarkshire, son of my gggg uncle Adam Logan who had abandoned his wife and children. James’s mother was Ann Craig, who Adam Logan set up home with after separating from his wife and daughters. James was with his parents in Chapelton until his marriage in 1864 to Janet Robertson, and they lived in Chapelton working as silk weavers, and brought up 9 children. James died in 1889 age 47, and his death certificate simply says he was “found dead in bed”. His youngest child was only 2 years old, but the eldest were working and living close by. But did James ever know he had some half sisters over in Renfrewshire?

10 November 1909 (born 1889)
Joseph Arthur Vickers Wilson married Lucy Farrar at Kippax, Yorkshire. He was the son of Thomas Arthur Wilson and Elizabeth Florence Wilson, and the grandson of my ggg aunt Mary Green and Joseph Wilson. His father was a gardener who became a park ranger, and Joseph became an insurance agent. In 1911 he and wife Lucy are in Kippax, but their young son had been born in Horsforth, a suburb of Leeds not too far from where I now live and very close to Kirkstall, where my great grandfather Joseph Green lived. I wonder if they were in touch when they were living so close to each other?

9 November

Quite a few today, but it includes the sad story of Peter Strachan, killed at the age of 13 in a mining accident. Also an Alexander who had been researched by Ian Macdonald. Plus there’s a Morgan and a Green who died young, and a Haddow who disappears.

9 November 1807
Birth of Janet Morgan at Longside, daughter of my ggggg aunt Isobel Sangster and Peter Morgan. Nothing else found for her, and someone on Ancestry has a death date for her of 11 November 1809 but without a source given, so it’s possible she died in infancy.

9 November 1834
Baptism of George Alexander at Rayne, son of my ggggg uncle John Alexander and Janet Morrison. He has been written up in Ian Macdonald’s book about the Alexanders of Bourtie, who writes: “George (1834) was the last of the children. He made his way as a craftsman. At sixteen he was working on the land at home but by 1861 had served an apprenticeship and was now a carpenter in Old Meldrum. Beyond that he had also married and was living with his wife in two rooms, with a boarder, at North Road. In fact he was next door to carpenter master John Webster and had married the master’s daughter Helen Ann Webster. It looks as though their place had a change of name to Urquhart Road by 1871 as they were still in two rooms next to the master’s home but now with four children. By 1881 they had a separate place of their own with five of the now seven children at home and by 1891 there were still four of the final brood of nine living with them. George never left Old Meldrum dying there in 1909 aged seventy-five, with Helen outliving him to 1914. They ended up in Urquhart Road where they had started – rooted lives.” In 1901 George and Helen also had a grandson with them.

9 November 1834
Baptism of my gg aunt Alice Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of William Green and Sarah Firth. She is with her family in 1841 at Worsbrough Common, her father a linen bleacher and living two down from the Rose & Crown where her grandfather Joseph Green was publican. Alice died in 1851 at age 17.

9 November 1860 (born about 1848)
Peter Strachan died on 9 November 1860, at 12 years old, in a mining accident. We can know exactly what happened as it was written up in the Mining Accident Register. He was born in about 1847 at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of Robert Strachan and Janet Ross Gilmour, and was the grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. In 1951 he’s with his parents and siblings at Glaston Road, Hurlford (which was in Riccarton parish at that time) and his father become the coal pit manager of a pit at Ford Colliery.
The death certificate for young Peter died says:
Peter Strachan collier, 9 November 1860, in No.15 Pit Head, Ford Colliery, Riccarton Parish, age 13. Son of Robert Strachan coal pit manager and Janet Strachan ms Gilmour. Died from injuries received by falling down part of the shaft of said pit. Burial Ground of Riccarton. Informant Peter Strachan uncle.
The report in the mining accident register reads:
10 November 1860 at Hurlford, mine owned by Allan Gilmour & Co. Peter Strachan boy age 12 killed in shafts. Was thrown out of the cage by the engine raising it unexpectedly. The deceased was a young boy of about 12, son of the underground overman. He had not been forward at the pit to be lowered to his work with the rest of the workmen on the morning of the accident, and after the ‘clerk’ had commenced, he had got into an empty hutch on the cage to be lowered to the bottom. It was known to the engineman and others that the boy had gone into the cage in the ‘rise’ division of the shaft. An upper seam of coal is worked from this division, and when the cage is required to be rested at that level it is the practice to signal to the surface, and the person making the signal closes the ‘folding boards’ or ‘shuts’ for the cage to rest upon. A young lad of about 17 was engaged in this seam on the morning of the accident; he had signalled to the surface for the cage to be lowered to that level, and accordingly the engine man did stop the cage at that seam. The deceased was sitting in the hutch upon the cage but the cage was rested at the ‘mid-working’, according to the signals given, the lad stationed there commenced to take it off, and while he was in the act of doing so the engine man raised the cage, which first canted the hutch, and afterwards allowed it to pass under and down the shaft, a distance of 30 fathoms.

9 November 1870
Jane Jaffrey Haddow was born at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, daughter of my gg uncle coal miner Colin Shearer Haddow and Ann Orr Richmond. She’s with her family in 1871 at Kilwinning, then in 1881 the family are at Coylton, and Jane is at school. Her father died in 1885 but I cannot find Jane in the 1901 census – she’s not with her mother or any of her siblings that I can find. Several of her siblings also disappear after 1881 so I wonder if they migrated, but I haven’t found them on any passenger lists.