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1 and 2 February

A Haddow ancestor today who married a Hunter – as did his sister. Plus four Strachan descendants from Ayrshire: one migrated to Alabama, one died at 21, one lived most of her life in Galston and one died at age 6.

2 February 1786 (born about 1766)
Robert Haddow was the son of James Haddow and Margaret Harvie. He was born in about 1766, most probably in Stevenston, and married Margaret Hunter in Stevenston on 2 February 1786. His sister Margaret Haddow married Robert Hunter, brother of Robert Haddow’s wife Margaret. Robert Haddow and his wife had children baptised in Stevenston from 1786 to 1801. There is a burial in the Stevenston OPR for Robert Haddow in December 1815, and his widow and children can be found in the 1819 minister’s census of Stevenston. It’s highly likely that Robert Haddow was a coal miner.

2 February 1851
Birth of Jean King at either Dalry or Kilwinning, though no baptism record has been found – her date of birth comes from her death certificate. She was the daughter of my gg aunt Jean (or Jane) Strachan and James King and granddaughter of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. In the 1851 census she is 2 months old and with her parents at Main Street, Kilwinning, her father a hand loom cotton weaver. By 1861 the family were in Irvine – Jean had acquired several younger siblings and at 10 years old was earning her keep as a muslin sewer. The 1861 census says Jean was born in Dalry but in all the other census she has Kilwinning as her birthplace: the siblings who came after her was born in Glasgow, with the remaining 2 born in Irvine. Jean married coal miner William Stewart at Irvine in December 1870. In 1871 they at Notherfield, Kilwinning boarding with a married couple and by 1881 were at Sourlie New Row, Kilwinning with 3 children. The family migrated to the USA in 1885 and went to Birmingham, Alabama where they can be found in the 1900 census. Jeanie, as she is named in the census, has had 10 children with 9 of them living. Husband William is a coal miner and they have 2 daughters still at home and at school, the youngest born in Alabama. In 1910 they are at Avenue F, Birmingham, William a night watchman for a brick company and Janie stating she has had 10 children but only 6 still living. Jane Stewart died in December 1927 at Fairfield, Alabama age 76.

2 February 1856
Birth of William Gibson at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, son of Helen Strachan and William Gibson and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He is with his parents at Galston Road, Hurlford in 1861, his father died in 1866, and he is with his widowed mother and a brother in Orchard Street, Galston in 1871 working as an apprentice joiner. William died in May 1877, age 21, of disease of the liver.

1 February 1871
Birth of Agnes Strachan at Loudon, Ayrshire, daughter of coal miner Robert Strachan and Janet Ross Gilmour and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. 2 month old Agnes is in the 1871 census at Boyd Street, Galston with her parents, many older siblings and two nephews born before she was! In 1881 and 1891 she’s at Goatfoot Row, Galston with her parents and siblings, and in the latter is working as a domestic servant. In June 1891 she married coal minerJames Harper Kidd at Galston and in 1901 they are in Henrietta Street, Galston with 2 children, one of whom was born in Dumfrieshire so they must have lived there for a short time. Agnes Kidd nee Strachan died at age 58 in 1929 at Galston.

1 February 1873
Birth of Annie King at Irvine, Ayrshire, daughter of my gg aunt Jean or Jane Strachan and cotton weaver James King, and granddaughter of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. Little Annie died at age 6, in 1879, at Irvine

29 January

A busy day on the family tree. My Sangster gggg grandmother was baptised in Aberdeenshire; a Haggerty who migrated to California was born in Dundonald; there’s a Haddow who spent all her life in Kilwinning and married a coal miner; a Strachan from Stevenston who was an iron dresser; a Booth from Aberdeenshire who was a railway signal fitter; and a Logan descendant whose parents were from Aberdeenshire but who was born in Canada and moved to New York.

29 January 1783
Janet Sangster was baptised in Cruden, daughter of John Sangster of Keplan, and I’m pretty confident she was my gggg grandmother, and daughter of the John Sangster who married Elizabeth Matthew. Janet gave birth to my illegitimate gggg grandfather William Fraser in May 1805, and he was presented for baptism by his grandfather John Sangster of Burnthill with the father named as William Fraser. Janet married William McWilliam in May 1812 at Longside, and they had several children all baptised in Longside. William McWilliam died before 1841, as in the 1841 census Janet Sangster is at Long Row, Nether Kinmundy, Longside (which is close to the border with Cruden parish and not all that far from where William Fraser had taken the lease on a croft). She is with 2 of her McWilliam children. Janet Sansgter, pauper formerly servant, is at Creechy Row, Longside in 1851 age 69 seemingly living on her own. She died in 1859 at Craighall, Ellon and the informant was her son-in-law John Barclay, so she must have spent he latter years with her married daughter Christian.

29 January 1842
Birth of Hugh Muir Haggerty at Dundonald, son of my ggg uncle Hugh Haggerty and Janet Muir who were at Fullerton Street, Dundonald (now part of Irvine) in 1841. Hugh’s father died in about 1848/49, and in 1851 Hugh is at Boat Stabs, Dundonald (Irvine) with his grandmother, mother, siblings, and an aunt. By 1861 Hugh, a coal miner, is at Benslie or Bensley Square, Kilwinning with his mother, siblings and elderly grandmother (who was a sea captain’s widow). Hugh and his brother migrated to the USA at some stage, and his mother went there in 1869 along with one of her married daughters. The 1880 census has Hugh, his brother Adam and his mother at Contra Costa, California but they all then disappear from the records.

29 January 1867
Birth of Grace Haddow at Kilwinning, daughter of my gg uncle coal miner Hugh Richmond Haddow and Marion McKay. Grace was illegitimate, and in 1871 is at Burnside Cottages, Kilwinning with her great grandmother, grandmother and several cousins: her mother was a domestic servant in Edinburgh and her father was in Kilwinning with his widowed mother. Grace’s parents married in November 1871 at that familiar address, Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning. Grace then gained some siblings, but her father was killed in an accident in 1876: he was crushed beneath the wheels of a loaded wagon at the rail depot at the coal mine. In 1881 Grace is again living at Burnside with her grandmother, mother and siblings plus two unmarried uncles. I can’t find her in the 1891 census but she was most likely a domestic servant, as that is the occupation she gave when she married coal miner Samuel Faddes at Kilwinning in December 1891. Grace and Samuel, with 5 children including twins, are in Garden Square, Kilwinning in 1901. A tree on Ancestry has 12 children for them, and puts Grace’s death as March 1946 at Garden Square, Kilwinning.

29 January 1869
Birth of John Strachan at Stevenston, son of coal miner Samuel Strachan and Janet Mitchell and grandson of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Ann Miller. He is with his parents and siblings in Chemical Row, Stevenston in 1871 and Station Street, Stevenston in 1881. His father died in 1882 and in 1891 John, working as an iron dresser, is with his mother and a younger sister at Station Square, Stevenston. I’ve only researched him in the census so know he married a Susan and by 1901 had 2 daughters, was living at Boglemart Street, Stevenston, and was working as a steel dresser.

29 January 1872
Birth of James Booth at New Deer, son of James Booth and Margaret Kidd and grandson of my gggg uncle James Booth and Jean Keith. He’s at Dyce in 1881 with his parents, his father a railway labourer, and again in 1891, by which time he’s working as a railway signal fitter. He married Sarah and they are at Great Northern Road, Woodside, Aberdeen in 1901 with a baby son, and James is still a railway signal fitter.

29 January 1882
Birth of David Morrison George at Brant, Ontario, Canada, son of James George and my ggg aunt Barbara Logan. His father was a farmer in Brant and David can be found there with his family in the 1891 Canadian census. His mother died in 1894, and in 1901 David is a lodger in Brant, working as a labourer. He didn’t marry until April 1926, when he wed Elizabeth Rennie at Walkerton. They moved to the USA as in the 1930 USA census they are at Tonawanda, New York with a son born in New York, and David M George is a construction engineer. A tree on Ancestry has his death as 1936 at Buffalo, New York.

7 January

Today is an Adam ancestor from Ayrshire who was widowed when pregnant with her first child, as her husband was killed in a mining accident. And there’s a Womack ancestor from Yorkshire who seems to have separated from his wife when they were in their late 40s, and his wife then seems to have taken up with a toy boy!

7 January 1820
Birth of Ann Adam at Stevenston, daughter of my ggg aunt Margaret Haddow and Francis Adam. She’s not with her parents in the 1841 census and I can’t find her elsewhere, but she must have been nearby as in 1845 she married John Penman at Stevenston. He died on 31 July 1846 in a mining accident, which was reported in the newspaper: “On Friday week a fine young man, not long married, lost his life in Mossend pit, near Kilbirnie. It would appear he had been employed in the shaft, when the ropes of the scaffold gave way, and he was precipitated to the bottom, a distance of thirty fathoms. His name was John Penman, a, native of Holytown. He has left a wife, near her confinement, to deplore his unhappy fate. Surely it is time the authorities were looking into those accidents, now almost of daily occurrence – not one-half of which ever find their way in the public press. [Glasgow Herald 3 August 1846 reproduced on http://www.scottishmining.co.uk%5D. In 1850 Ann married widower James Marshall at Kilburnie and is with him in 1851 at Montgomerystone: James is a pit headman and with them are his 3 children from his first marriage and lodger Elizabeth Adam, who may have been a relative of Ann’s but wasn’t her sister Elizabeth. Ann’s daughter Joanne is with her Adam grandparents in Stevenston and appears to have brought up there and not with her mother. In 1861 Ann and James are at the same address and have 2 children of their own, and daughter Joanne is
again with her grandmother in Stevenston. Ann died in September 1861 at Kilburnie age 41 but her daughter Joanne was married in Kilburnie in 1869, so there must have been contact between Joanne and her stepfamily.

7 January 1851
Baptism of George Womack at Royston, Yorkshire, son of my gggg aunt Maria Haigh and James Womack. He is with his parents at Wincover, near Royston, close to the Ship Inn. His mother died in 1868 and in 1871 George, a farm labourer, is with his widower father and a sister. George married Hannah Maria Wilson in 1871 at Royston, and they lived at Staincross Road, Royston in 1881 and them at Shafton, near Hemsworth by 1891. They had 9 children, the eldest two being given the unusual names of Cordelia and Moses. I don’t know what happened in the late 1890s, but by 1901 George Womack is at Swinton, near Rotherham, working as a maltster and boarding with a coal mining family. Hannah Womack is a self-employed market gardener living at Brierly, near Hemsworth, with 5 children plus 6 month old Archibald, whose baptism record carries only has his mother’s name, so he wasn’t the child of George Womack. He may have been the child of the 27 year old boarder Charles Earl – even though Hannah was about 48 – as Charles Earl is still with Hannah and her children in 1911. There is no sign of George after 1901, though, and no death record in the index that looks as if it could be him. What happened to him is therefore a mystery.

21 and 22 December

Nothing on 21st but the 22nd was busy. An early Aberdeenshire Fraser who was a neighbour of my ggg grandfather, a Strachan whose death is no doubt attributable to working down the mines, Strachan who married a baker and moved to Glasgow, an Aberdeenshire ancestor who migrated to Canada and became a building contractor in Toronto, and a Haddow descendent I’ve traced to age 18, when he was a stableman in Glasgow.

22 December 1819
Baptism of Robert Fraser at Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire, son of John Fraser and Anne Reid and grandson of my suspected ggggg uncle John Fraser and Christian Sangster. His father was a farm servant, hence Robert’s siblings were born in various locations in Aberdeenshire and Banffshire, but settled in Cruden parish. Robert married Christian Ogston in about 1845, though I can’t find a marriage record: she was born in the Shetland isles. In 1851 they are at Broadmuir, Cruden with 3 children, Robert an ag lab. By 1861 they had settled on the 4 acre croft of Moosnock or Mosside, next door to where my ggg grandfather William Fraser had his croft: he and William were probably related as Robert’s grandfather seems to have been William’s uncle. Robert must have leased extra land as his croft had become a 12 acre farm by 1871, and the 1881 census says 9 acres were arable. He was still there in the 1891 and 1901 census. Robert and Christina had 9 children but by 1901 Robert had been widowed, and has female servant and her son living with him. He died in March 1905 at the Poorhouse in Aberdeen, with his usual residence given as High Street, Old Aberdeen, so must have spent his last few years with one of his children: the poorhouse in those days was also the hospital used by those without much money, and his death certificate says he died of “general debility uncertain, senile heart failure” at age 85.

22 December 1846 (born about 1826)
Samuel Strachan was born in about 1826 at Riccarton, Ayrshire, though no baptism record has been found, son of my gggg uncle coal miner Samuel Strachan and Ann Miller, and grandson of Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander. His family had migrated to Nova Scotia in the 1830s as one of Samuel’s younger siblings was born there in about 1833, but had returned to Ayrshire. In 1841 Samuel is with his parents and siblings at Cambuskeith, Kilmarnock (which is just to the west of Kilmarnock) and at age 14 he was probably already a coal miner. In 1846 he married Janet Mitchell at Kilmarnock and they went on to have the typical coal miner’s large family of 11 children. They are in Kilmaurs in 1851 with their eldest child who was born in Dreghorn, then they had 2 children born in Kilmaurs before moving to Stevenston, where they were to remain. They are in Stevenston in 1861 with 5 children and a boarder, and at Chemical Row, Stevenston – which was near the Ardeer dynamite works – in 1871 with 6 of their children at home. By 1881 they were at Station Street, Stevenston with their 3 youngest surviving children at home. Samuel Strachan died in January 1882 age 55 of haemoptysis, which is the coughing up of blood from the respiratory tract, and was no doubt a result of his years working in the coal mines.

22 December 1837
Birth of Catherine Mure Strachan at at Shewalton Colliery, Dundonald, Ayrshire, daughter of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle, and she is with them at Shewalton in 1841. Her father died of fever, possibly of typhus, in 1846, and her mother died at about the same time. In 1851 the siblings were living with relatives, and Catherine age 13, working as a servant, is at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn, with her cousin Janet Strachan, who had married John Hamilton. Catherine married Charles Wark at Irvine in 1859, and they are at High Street, Irvine in 1861 with 2 young children, Charles a baker and Catherine a cotton seamstress. They then moved to Glasgow in the mid 1860s and are in Stewart Street, Barony in 1871 with 5 daughters, Gayfield Street, Kelvin in 1881 with 6 daughters, and Grove Street, Milton in 1891 with 3 daughters still at home. They had at least 10 children but only 6 daughters appear to have survived childhood; most of them worked in the printing industry as young women. Catherine Wark nee Strachan died age 71 in 1909 in Glasgow.

22 December 1854
Baptism of my half ggg uncle Alexander Hepburn Rennie at Monquhitter, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggg grandmother Isabella Booth and her second husband Charles Rennie. In 1861 he is with his widowed and pauper mother, and his sister, at Lethenty, Fyvie. In 1871 he migrated to Canada and gave his occupation as mason. He married in 1883 at Ayr, Waterloo, Canada to Isabella Moir, who was also from Scotland. They are in the 1891 Canada census at Ayr Village, Alexander working as a bricklayer and with 4 children. They are still there in 1901, Alexander a mason and with an expanded family of 7 children. By 1911 they had moved to West Toronto and Alexander was a building contractor with a son working as a bricklayer. Alexander Hepburn Rennie died at Eileen Avenue, Toronto in 1926 and the informant, his son, has mistakenly given his own parents’ details instead of his father’s! Alexander died at age 71 of chronic intestinal nephritis (kidney disease).

22 December 1873
Birth of James Gray at Tradeston, Lanarkshire, son of my gg aunt Flora Haddow and James Gray. His mother died in 1880 at Govan, Glasgow and in 1881 James, age 7 and at school, is with his father in Glasgow with his sister and an elderly female boarder. His father remarried and in 1891, James age 18 is with his father, stepmother, sister, half brother and a lodger in Argyle Street, Blythswood, Glasgow and is working as a stableman. I’ve not traced him beyond that: James Gray is a common name, and he isn’t with his father and sister in 1901.

9 December

On typing up my notes for my ggg grandmother Isabella Booth, I realised I hadn’t found her in the 1861 census. I found her today – with children from her second marriage, so I discovered two new ancestors. One of them, like so many on my family tree, migrated to Canada. Also today: a female Haddow from Ayrshire with the unusual first name of Wilson; gg aunt Flora Strachan who didn’t have the best of lives; a Susan Strachan who died in infancy; and Jeanie Hood, a Strachan descendent who lived in and around Kilmarnock all her life.

9 December 1812
Birth of my ggg grandmother Isabella Booth at Alford, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Booth and Margaret Allan. She was baptised later that month at Inverurie. In 1833 she married John Logan (or Loggan) at Old Deer – it was John’s second marriage so Isabella acquired 2 stepchildren. By an odd coincidence, the marriage entry immediately before Isabella and John’s in the Old Deer parish register is for my ggg grandfather George Hay. In the 1841 census Isabella and John Loggan are at Auchticlair, Old Deer, John a farmer, and as well as John’s 2 children they had 4 children of their own. Their youngest child was born in 1842, and John Loggan probably died around the same time – he certainly died before 1851, when Isabella is still at Auchticlair with 2 daughters and is a knitter. In 1853 she married Charles Rennie at Old Deer, having already given birth to their daughter Ann, and had a second child with Charles in Monquhitter. He then died, probably in 1854 as official registration of deaths commenced in 1855 and I can’t find a death certificate for him. But in 1861 Isabel Rennie (with name spelled Rannie) is at Fyvie, a widow pauper formerly domestic servant, with her 2 children born to Charles Rennie. In 1871 she is at Woodland, near Dyce, living with her married daughter Barbara George nee Logan. Daughter Barbara and Isabel’s youngest son, Alexander Rennie, both migrated to Canada. In 1881 and 1891 Isabella has reverted to the surname Booth and is living on her own in Holburn Street, Old Machar, an unemployed domestic servant in 1881 and a late cook in 1891: by then she had survived most of her childen and 2 of the surviving ones had migrated. Isabella died in 1899 at Holburn Street age 86 of ulcer of the stomach and the informant was a nurse who was present.

9 December 1831
Birth of my gg aunt Wilson Haddow at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of John Haddow and Amelia Murphie – and yes, her first name as definitely Wilson, a very unusual name to give a girl. She is in the 1841 census with her parents and siblings at Townhead Street, but the census enumerator can perhaps be forgiven for listing her as male. I’ve failed to find her in the 1851 census, but in 1853 she married Morgan Lewis in Kilwinning, where her parents were living. In the 1861 census Wilson and Morgan, a fireman, are at Dockhead Street, Saltcoats with 3 children, and Morgan Lewis is also listed in the same census as on the vessel Earl of Arran, at Bute. Wilson probably had his put his name on the census form even though he wasn’t at home on census night. His occupation of fireman is probably what we would now call an engine keeper. In 1871 Morgan is away again, and Wilson Haddow Lewis is listed as a sailor’s wife, and has 4 of her children at home at Chapelwell Street, Saltcoats. A tree on Ancestry has the death of Morgan Lewis in 1872 at Hong Kong. Wilson Lewis is in the 1881 census still at Chapelwell Street but by now she is the keeper of a small toyshop and has a daughter with her, and also the 6 month old son of her sister Flora Gray nee Haddow, who died in childbirth in Glasgow (see below). In both 1891 and 1901 Wilson is living on her own in Chapelwell Street, with her occupation in 1891 a house keeper and in 1901 formerly domestic servant. She died in June 1901 age 64 of senile debility and heart failure, and the informant was her daughter unmarried Maggie who lived nearby and was with her at the end.

9 December 1870 (born about 1841)
My gg aunt Flora Haddow was born in Stevenston, Ayrshire, in about 1841, although no baptism record has been found, and was the daughter of John Haddow and Amelia Murphie. She is with her parents and siblings at Kenneth’s Row, Corsehill, Kilwinning in 1851 and 1861, and after leaving school earned her keep as a muslin sewer. In 1870 she married in Govan, Lanarkshire, to James Gray, a contractor carter – she was a domestic servant at the time, which may have been why she was in Govan. Interestingly, James was 23 and Flora was 29 but she gave her age as 23. In 1871 they are living at 15 Marlow Street, Govan with 2 lodgers and also at the same address is John Davidson, a mineral manager born in Stevenston with his son Hugh, who might have been how Flora got to Govan. Flora gave birth to a daughter in 1871 and a son in 1873, then sadly died in 1880 of “childbed and suspected pulmonary apoplexy” at Holm Street, Glasgow giving birth to son William. In 1881 her widower James is at the same address with their two eldest children and an elderly woman boarder, who probably helped with the housekeeping, but 6 month old William is in Saltcoats with his aunt Wilson Lewis nee Haddow (see entry above).

9 December 1859
Birth of Susan Strachan Findlay at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, daughter of Peter Findlay and Janet Nisbet, granddaughter of David Findlay and Susanna Strachan, and great granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Susan died in January 1860 at just over a month old.

9 December 1874
Birth of Jeanie Hood (Strachan) (Anderson) in Crookedholm, Ayrshire, illegitimate daughter of my great aunt Amelia Strachan and John Hood. The reason for the various surnames is that she was registered as Jeanie Hood in 1874. In 1877 her mother married Robert Anderson, but in the 1881 census Jeanie Hood Strachan, as she was then called, is with her Strachan grandparents at Crookedholm while her mother is in neighbouring Hurlford with her husband and young son. But by 1891 Jeanie was in Hurlford with her mother and stepfather, age 17 and a muslin sewer, and her name in the census is Jeanie H Anderson. She married using the name Jeanie Hood in 1897 to coal miner William Orr, and they are in Place and Plenty Row off the Ayr Road at Riccarton in 1901 with 2 children, and no doubt had more. Jeanie Orr nee Hood died in Kilmarnock in 1948 age 75.

5 and 6 December

An interesting mixture today: an Ayrshire gg grandmother who lived till nearly 90; a Watt from Aberdeenshire who was widowed fairly young and was a dressmaker; a Strachan who married a Howat (quite a few Strachans did) and llived in Dreghorn; and an Aberdeeshire Sangster/McWilliams offspring who migrated to Iowa and married a Norwegian who became a prosperous farmer and notable citizen. Plus a birthday in Canada!

6 December 1823 (born about 1805)
My gg grandmother Amelia Murphie was born in about 1805 at Stevenston, Ayrshire, but no baptism record has been found. She was the daughter of Duncan Murphie and Jane Wilson who had married at Stevenston in 1787 and was their youngest child. On 6 December 1823, at Stevenston, Amelia married John Haddow: the entry for their marriage says she was of Ardrossen parish, which is next door to Stevenston and is given as her birthplace in the census. John Haddow and Amelia Murphie are in the 1836 minister’s census of Stevenston at 5 Mill Hill with 3 children. They are then in the 1841 census at Townhead Street, John a coal miner, and with 4 children. By 1851 they had moved to Kilwinning and were living at Kenneth Row, Corsehill, which is where their daughter met and married Joseph Strachan. John and Amelia are still at Kenneth’s Row in 1861, though Amelia is mistakenly listed as Helen, with their 2 youngest children still at home. John Haddow died in 1866, and in 1871 Amelia Haddow is at Lamonts Road, Kilwinning with her youngest son, a coal miner. |n the 1881 census her name is written as Maile Haddow and she is on her own at Abbeygate Street, Kilwinning at age 75, and is still there and on her own in 1891. However, a lot of her neighbours and elderly, retired and widowed so hopefully they all looked after each other. Amelia died in 1893, her death certificate naming her as Mary, at Abbeygate Street, age 88 of cardiac failure.

6 December 1805
Birth of my gggg aunt Mary Watt at Bourtie, eldest child of Peter Watt and Helen Alexander. Ian Macdonald had done a good job of researching her on his CD Book the Alexanders of Bourtie, so I’ll let him tell you about her. “(Mary) married James Calder around 1836 and had twin girls in 1837, Mary who survived and Jane who died. By 1841 they were lodging at Daviot (the Aberdeenshire one) where James was described as being of independent means, though at Mary’s death he was recorded as a labourer. In 1851 the only trace of them was a widowed Mary Watt, of the right age, working as a house servant at Daviot, however, by 1861 Mary Calder was in Inverurie together with her daughter and making a living as a dressmaker. She died at Inverurie in 1864.”

5 December 1808
Birth of Janet Strachan and Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Janet married Peter Howat in 1831 in Kilmarnock, and in the 1841 census she and Peter are at Thirdpart, Kilmarnock with 6 children – Peter, of course, is a coal miner. They are at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn in 1851 with 10 children, 1 child having died: the older sons are all coal miners and the older daughters a hand sewer and a house maid. Peter Howat died in the 1850s, and in 1861 Janet is still in Dreghorn, keeping house for 4 unmarried coal miner sons and her youngest daughter. She remained in Dreghorn and is there in 1871, with an unmarried son, a granddaughter, and a daughter, son in law and their young child. In 1881 Janet is living at Mill Bank Row, Dreghorn and still has an unmarried son with her as well as a granddaughter. Janet Howat nee Strachan died in March 1883 at Mill Bank Row, age 74, of liver disease.

5 December 1856
Birth of Eliza McWilliam at Tyrie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half gggg uncle Nathaniel McWilliam and Isobel Murison, and granddaughter of Janet Sangster and William McWilliam. Eliza is in New Pitsligo in 1861 with her ag lab father, mother, siblings and grandmother Janet Murison. Her mother Isobel died not long after, and in 1863 her father remarried toMary Yule. The family migrated to USA in 1867 when Eliza was 11 and they went to Postville, Allamakee, Iowa. In 1870 Eliza was with her family, her father working as a farm labourer. She married Evan Swenson, who had migrated from Norway, at Postville in 1875. He was a farmer, they had 12 children, and stayed in Postville bringing up their large family. By 1920 Evan had retired and they were living in Postville town. Evan died in 1932 and Eliza died in 1942 at age 85. There’s a biography of Evan Swenson on the internet at http://www.sharylscabin.com/Allamakee/Bios13/swens_e.htm which is fascinating reading. After marrying in 1875, Evan rented a 500 acre farm for 2 years, then bought 120 acres for $14 an acre, which he cleared and farmed for 19 years, then sold it for $53 an acre. He then bought Perry Farm and worked it for 3 years, selling it at a substantial profit. His next farm was near the Bethel Church which became one of the finest farms in that part of Iowa, mainly focused on raising cattle and pigs. He was involved in many civic organisations, a Justice of the Peace, and a prominent citizen. Eliza seems to have made a good marriage choice!

6 December 1988
Happy birthday to Jonathan in Canada – he’s my first cousin twice removed (i.e. my cousin Colin’s grandson).

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.

26 November

A busy day today for births, and a very varied bunch of ancestors. A very long ago Yorkshire ancestor, who was a schoolmaster and parish clerk; a Watt from Aberdeenshire that I can’t find; a Haddow who spent all her life on Townhead Street in Stevenston; a Strachan descendant who lived on Cadgers Road in Hurlford and had sons who became tea merchants; a Strachan descendant who migrated to Queensland in Australia and became a newsagent; a Senior descendant who married a coal miner here in Yorkshire; and in Aberdeenshire a Fraser descendant who worked for a stationer and married a tailor.

26 November 1685
My ggggggg grandfather (phew!) Robert Savile, was baptised at Flockton, Yorkshire, son of Robert Savile and Ann. I can trace descent from him via his son Samuel Savile, Samuel’s daughter Ann Savile who married Joseph Haigh, their son Joseph Haigh, his daughter Charlotte Haigh who married George Simpson, and their daughter Mary who married Edward Senior and was the mother of my great grandmother Charlotte Senior. And the coincidence in that long chain is that, back in 1713, Robert Savile married Martha Senior. Robert Savile was the schoolmaster and parish clerk for Royston, had 7 children, and died at Royston in 1757.

26 November 1785
Baptism of my ggggg uncle James Watt at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, son of John Watt and Helen Davidson. I would tell you more about him if I knew anything, but I don’t – can’t find anything in the records that looks as if it’s him, so he either laid low all his life or died young.

26 November 1786
Birth of my ggg aunt Margaret Haddow at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Haddow and Margaret Hunter. In 1806 she married Francis Adam, a coal miner, and they had 10 children all baptised in Stevenston. Francis and Margaret are in the 1819 church list for Stevenston at Townhead with 4 children still at home, in 1822 with 3 children at home, and in 1836 with a household of 8. They then appear in the first national census in 1841, still at Townhead Street: Margaret and 2 of her daughters are muslin sewers, Francis is a coal miner, their youngest child is 5, and with them is a lodger whose family appear to live next door. They are still there in 1851, though by then Francis is a retired coal miner pauper, which means he was receiving parish relief: he was most probably unable to work as he had died by 1856, when one his daughters married. Margaret is in the 1861 census, still at Townhead Street, with a daughter and a granddaughter who are muslin sewers. She died in 1866 at Stevenston.

26 November 1838
Birth of Mary Munro Findlay at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of David Findlay and Susanna Strachan, and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. She’s with her parents at Bridge House Hill, Riccarton in 1841 and her father is a coal miner. Her mother died at around the time Mary’s brother James was born in 1847, and in 1849 her father married Margaret Brown. In 1851 the family are at Portland Row, Hurlford, and by then David and his second wife had 11 children between them, age from 18 down to 1, and all of them were living with them so it must have been a very crowded house. Mary married coal miner James Findlay in 1858: given his surname he was possibly a relation. They had set up home on Cadgers Road, Hurlford by 1861 and remained there for the rest of their lives, bringing up 10 children. Mary’s two eldest sons became tea merchants in Glasgow and her third migrated to the US and become a department store manager.

26 November 1869
Birth of Peter Inglis at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of Alexander Inglis and Janet Strachan, and great grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. The family lived at Hurlford and then Muirkirk as Peter’s father was a miner, and then the whole family – parents and 8 children – left for Australia in 1887 and went to a coal mining area in Queensland. In 1901 Peter married Josephine Regina Bray, and can be traced via the online Australian electoral rolls. He started out as a coal miner in Cawarral, but then moved to various suburbs of Brisbane where he was a newsagent. He died in 1942.

26 November 1890
Birth of Lillian Fletcher at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of my gg aunt Annie Senior and John Fletcher, who was a miner. She’s in Royston with her family in 1891, but just before the 1901 census the family had moved to Featherstone, and they were still there in 1911: Lillian age 20, being the eldest daughter of a large family, and with boarders in the house, doesn’t have an occupation and so was probably helping her mother at home. In June 1913 she married Alfred Hill, a miner, at Featherstone. Nothing else known except that she died in Pontefract in 1950.

26 November 1920 marriage (born 1899)
Jemima Ann Sim Andrews was the daughter of my half gg aunt Christian Fraser and James Andrews, and was born in 1899 at Ellon, Aberdeenshire. In 1901 she is with her parents at Old Machar, and in 1911 at Hutcheon Street, Aberdeen. On 26 November 1920 she married tailor Peter Mathieson in Aberdeen, and at the time was a stationer’s assistant. She died at Old Machar in 1945 at age 46.

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.

8 November

Birth of one of my Ayrshire great great grandfathers today, who would have gone down the mine as a young boy and therefore spent about 60 years working at the pits. Plus a Booth from Aberdeenshire who does that frustrating disappearing act. Where do those ones go?

8 November 1801
Both of my gg grandfather John Haddow at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of Robert Haddow and Margaret Haddow – and father of Jeanie Haddow who married Joseph Strachan. John is listed in the 1819 and 1822 Minister’s Census of Stevenston with his widowed mother. He married Amelia Murphy in 1823, and she might have been with his family before that as the 1822 has an Amelia Marilock in the Haddow household, and I can’t help wondering if that’s a misheard, miswritten or mistranscribed Amelia Murphy. For their 1823 marriage, however, the banns were read at Stevenston for John but in Ardossan (the neighbouring parish) for Amelia. They are in their own house at Mill Hill, Stevenston in 1836 with 3 children, and in the 1841 census are at Townhead Street, Stevenston with 4 children and John is a coal miner. By 1851 they’d moved to Kilwinning, and were living with 5 of their children on Kenneth’s Row, Corsehill, which is where their daughter Jeanie most probably met Joseph Strachan. The Haddows are still at Kenneth’s Row in 1861 with 2 children still at home. John Haddow, coal miner, died in 1866 at the age of 66 at Kenneth’s Row, having had emphysema for 3 years: the informant for his death registration was his son Colin.

8 November 1867
Birth of Jane Booth at New Deer, Aberdeenshire, daughter of James Booth and Margaret Kidd and granddaughter of my gggg uncle James Booth and Jean Keith. She’s with her parents in 1871 at New Maud and in 1881 at Dyce, but I’ve not been able to find any trace of her after that.