Tag Archives: Haggerty

13 October

A Neilson ancestor who has so far proved impossible to trace beyond birth with any certainty, and a Haggerty ancestor who migrated to the USA and living in Indiana.

13 October 1775
Birth of my gggg uncle Robert Neilson at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, son of Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden and sister of Agnes Neilson who married John Strachan. Difficult to know which subsequent Robert Neilson he was: he could be the Robert Neilson who married Catherine Nisbet and had children baptised in Gorbals, Govan and then Cathcart but that one is in the census and was a hand loom weaver so I’m not entirely convinced.

13 October 1844
Birth of James Haggerty at Dundonald, Ayrshire, son of my ggg uncle High Haggerty and Janet Muir. His father died in about 1849 and in 1851 James, age 6, is at Boat Stabs, Dundonald, with his widowed grandmother Anne Muir, his widowed mother Janet Haggerty, his 3 siblings and his aunt Ann Muir. By 1861 he has become a coal miner and is at Bensley Square, Kilwinning, with his mother, grandmother and siblings. In 1871 he’s still at Bensley Square but is a lodger with the Finner household. In 1872 James Haggerty married Janet Maxwell at Kilwinning, and they had 2 children born in Kilwinning before they migrated to the USA. In the 1900 US census James Haggerty age 55, widower with “no occupation too old” is living with his coal miner son in law and daughter, John and Jeannie Blanchard, at Dick Johnson Township, Indiana. There is a death for James Haggerty age 74 at Terre Haute, Indiana, which is where his sister Jean Shirkie nee Haggerty lived.

On 26 July

An ancestor born in 1853 whose photography is online, two deaths of children, and a birthday up in Aberdeen.

26 July 1853
Birth of James Gilmour Strachan at Riccarton, son of of Robert Strachan and Janet Ross Gilmour and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He’s with his parents and siblings in 1861 at Comet Pit House, Riccarton, and with them at 21 Boyd Street, Galston in 1871, by which time James had become a coal miner. In August 1873 he married Susanna Sharp at Loudon but she died in August 1875, again in Loudon. They had a daughter Janet Gibson Strachan who seems to have been brought up by her Sharp grandparents, as that’s who she’s with in 1881 at age 5. In 1876 James married Annabella Rae at Galston, and in the 1881 census they are at Galston, James a coal miner and with 2 children plus a lodger. They are in Bentinck Street, Galston in 1891 with 6 children, and in Henrietta Street, Galston in 1901 with 8 children. James Gilmour Strachan died in 1933 t Henrietta Street, Galston.
James Gilmour Strachan and son Robert
This photo of James Gilmour Strachan, with his son and grandchildren, has been posted on Ancestry, and I have to say he has Strachan characteristics. There is a distinct look of my father about him.

26 July 1862
Birth of Janet Richmond at Kilwinning, daughter of my half ggg aunt Jean Pollock and John Richmond. Her mother was the illegitimate daughter of Jean Orr who who was the widow of Joseph Haggerty. Janet Richmond died in 1868 at age 7, in Riccarton.

26 July 1881 (born 14 June 1881)
I have only just discovered that my great grandparents John McCrae and Mary Ann Mcinairney has a son they named Jacob Owen McCrae born on 14 June 1881 at 40 Mill Lane, Kilmarnock. Jacob only lived for 6 weeks, and died on 26 July 1881 at 40 Mill Lane of scarlet fever.

26 July 1970
Today is a birthday in Aberdeen – happy birthday Susan, granddaughter of my great aunt Barbara Fraser who married William Dow,

On 25 July

Happy birthday to Nicole in Canada! Nicole shares a birthday with three Ayrshire ancestors, as well as one of my Yorkshire relatives.

25 July 1812
Birth of John Haggerty at Muirkirk, son of my ggg grandparents Joseph Haggerty and Jean Orr and sister of Margaret Haggerty who married my gg grandfather Robert Strachan. In 1835 he married at Dundonald to someone named, in the OPR, as Mary Googles, and in 1840 a child Helen Haggerty was baptised in Dundonald to John Haggerty and Mary Gogle. John Hegerty (as it is spelled) is in the 1841 census at Fullerton Street, Dundonald, a coal miner with wife Mary and daughter Ellen. A daughter Jane was then baptised at Irvine in 1843. The family then become difficult to find but I suspect Mary Googles/Gogle was actually Mary Coghill. In 1851 there is a Helen Haggerty age 11 and Jane Haggerty age 7, both born Irvine, living with Daniel Coghill and his sister Mary, again both born Irvine, at Guildry Court, Glasgow St John. There is also a John Haggerty age 3 born Glasgow. Nothing found for John Haggerty born 1812, so it seems he died sometime between 1847 and 1851.

25 July 1818
Birth of Margaret Sampson Reid Jamieson at Irvine, Ayrshire, who became the wife of my gg uncle Samuel Strachan. Her sister Janet Jamieson married Samuel’s cousin Munro Strachan. Samuel and Margaret had 11 children. Samuel Strachan died in 1877 age 62, and in 1881 his widow Margaret is at Niven’s Land, Dreghorn with a daughter and 2 grandchildren. In 1891 and 1891 she is on her own in Dreghorn, occupation housekeeper, and she died there in 1905.

25 July 1856
Birth of Margaret Strachan at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, great granddaughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Robert’s son Andrew had a son Robert who was Margaret’s father so Margaret is my 3rd cousin twice removed (phew!). She’s in Dreghorn with her parents and siblings in 1861, and with them in 1871 at 22 Auchenharvie Row, Saltcoats. In 1875 she married John Freeburn (or Freaburn or Freebairn) at Stevenston, and they are at Auchenharvie Row, Saltcoats in 1881 with 3 children. They moved to Glasgow in about 1890 and were in Bothwell, Lanarkshire in 1891 with 5 children. Margaret Freeburn nee Strachan died in 1894 at the age of 38 at Bothwell.

25 July 1921 (born 1901)
Amberson Dennis Athorne was born in 1901, birth registered in Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of John Amberson Athorne and my gg aunt Hester Green. He is with his parents in Carlton in 1901 and at Longcar Street, Barnsley in 1911, his father a colliery fitter’s labourer. Amberson married Mary Altass in July 1921 in Barnsley but died age 28 in 1929.

25 July 1993
The birthday girl Nicole was born in Windsor, Ontario, granddaughter of my cousin Colin.

On 17 July

Today: a childless Haggerty ancestor who might have spent a few years in London, and another Strachan who migrated, this time to South Dakota where the ex coal miner, labourer and joiner became a farmer.

17 July 1816
Birth of my ggg uncle Joseph Haggerty at Irvine, Ayrshire, son of Joseph Haggerty and Jean Orr. In 1836 he married Janet Aitken at Dundonald, and in 1841 they are living at Fullerton Street, Dundonald (which is now part of Irvine), Joseph a coal miner. His neighbours included his brothers Hugh and John. They are not to be found in Scotland in the 1851 census, but there is a Joseph Haggerty labourer and wife Janet Haggerty, both age 30, born Scotland and no children, at 8 Colchester Terrace, West Ham, London, who cannot be found in that location in any other census – if this is the same couple then it’s a mystery what they were doing down there. They’re in Ayrshire in 1861, however, at 11 Benslie Square, with plenty of relatives as neighbours, Joseph a coal miner and with no children. His wife Janet died in 1866 in Kilmarnock and in 1867 Joseph Haggerty married Elizabeth Durham. The 1871 census has them in Kilmarnock, Joseph a coal miner and with two of Elizabeth’s children. Joseph Haggerty died in 1877 at Hurlford, age 61, of abscess of the liver and congestion of the lungs. There is no evidence that he had any children.

17 July 1850
Birth of Archibald Mitchell Strachan at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, son of Samuel Strachan and Janet Mitchell and grandson of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Anne Miller. In 1851 he’s with his parents in Kilmaurs, and in 1861 is with his parents and siblings in Stevenston, age 11 and a scholar collier apprentice. Coal mining must not have appealed to him, as in 1871 he’s a 21 year old labourer at a biscuit factory living with his grandparents Archibald Mitchell, a joiner and cabinet maker, and Jean at Boyd Street, Kilmarnock. In 1873 he married Catherine Welsh at Kilmarnock, and by 1881he must have joined his grandfather in trade as he’s a joiner, and he and Catherine (who manages to have been called Agnes in the census) have 3 children plus Archibald’s younger brother Thomas as a lodger. Their next appearance in the records is in the 1900 USA census and they’re at Berea, South Dakota, where Archibald is a farmer with wife Katrine and 3 children – their census entry says Archibald arrived in the US in 1881 and Catherine and the children in 1882. In 1910 they’re in Wesley, South Dakota, Archibald still a farmer with his youngest son working for him as a farm labourer. Catherine Welsh Strachan died in 1918 at Purcell, Oklahoma and in 1919 there is a border crossing for Archibald, a widow with occupation carpenter born Dreghorn, going to Canada to visit his son Samuel. Archibald Mitchell Strachan died in 1926 at the age of 75 and was buried at Purcell, Oklahoma.

On 24 June

Still trying to catch up: today is a real mixture.

24 June 1758
Birth of gggg uncle William Wilson at Stevenston, Aryshire, son of James Wilson and Agnes Smith, and sister of Jane Wilson, who was the great grandmother of Jean Haddow who married my great grandfather Joseph Strachan. He may be the William Wilson who married Margaret Gordon at Stevenston in 1758: if he is they had 6 children baptised, in Irvine and in Stevenston. A clue that this could be the right couple is that they called one of their daughters Amelia, a name that runs throughout this side of my family tree. Nothing else known as he seems to have died before the 1841 census.

24 June 1798
Baptism of Hannah Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle John Green and Mary Addey. Unfortunately I can’t find anything else for her, so it’s possible she died in infancy.

24 June 1810
Birth of ggg uncle Haggerty at Glenbuck, Ayrshire, son of Joseph Haggerty and Jean Orr and sister of Margaret Haggerty who married my gg grandfather Robert Strachan. Hugh Haggerty married Janet Muir at Dundonald in 1837, and in the 1841 census they are at Fullerton Street, parish of Dundonald, but which would be thought of as Irvine these days. He was a coal miner and he and wife Jean had a young daughter, plus an 8 year old sister of Jean Orr living with them. Hugh must have died in about 1849, as in 1851 his widow is living with her mother, Ann Muir, and is muslin sewer and pauper, with 3 children. Hugh’s daughter Jean married Stewart Shirkie and migrated to the USA where they founded the successful coal business family of Shirkie.

24 June 1854 (born about 1832)
My gg aunt Margaret Fraser was born about 1832 in Aberdeenshire, either in Longside or Cruden, although no baptism can be found for her. She was the 3rd child of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. She grew up on the family croft, called Mossnook in the 1841 census, and in the 1851 census she is house servant to the Rennie family at Mossnook. In 1854 she married William Dickie, and they are at Auchleuchries, Cruden in 1861, William Dickie an agricultural labourer, and have 2 children plus a lodger. In 1871 they are at Dudwick, Savoch, Old Deer, William Dickie is a crofter of 7 acres, and have had another 4 children. By 1881 however, they have moved to North Mains of Boddom, Peterhead, where William is a general labourer. 3 more children have arrived and 5 children are still living with their parents. Margaret Dickie nee Fraser died in 1887 at the age of 55 at Boddom, of cardiac disease.

24 June 1854
Birth of James Hutcheon or Hutchison at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of Alexander Hutcheon and Margaret Hutcheon and grandson of my gggg grandparents Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce. James is with his parents in 1861 at High Street, Longside and in 1871 is a farm servant at Rora, Longside. In 1877 he married Catherine Campbell at Longside, and they are in the 1881 census at View Field Cottage, Banff with a daughter, and James Hutchison is a domestic gardener. Catherine died, however, and in 1887 James married Sarah Leask Kennedy at Macduff, Banff and she became stepmother to James’ 3 daughters. By 1891 they had moved to Prospect Terrace, Kintore, James still working as a domestic gardener but with no children of their own. In 1901 their address is Muirland Cottage, Kintore, James is still a domestic gardener, and they have living with them an adopted son born in Methlick. I haven’t researched James any further.

On 7 May

A migration to USA, plus a granite quarryman who stuck very close to his Cruden home.

7 May 1869
Stewart Shirkie, who married Jean Haggerty, migrated to USA and became a coal business owner in Clinton, Indiana, arrived in USA from Glasgow. His wife and children followed a few months later. See On 30 April for birth of his wife, Jean, and more about the Shirkie family.

7 May 1872
Birth of George Morgan at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, great grandson of my ggggg aunt Isabel Sangster and brother of my great grandfather’s second wife Helen Ann Morgan. George’s parents were William Souter Morgan and Jane or Jean Aitken, and his grandfather was the unfortunate Arthur Morgan, mentioned a few days ago, who was killed by a large granite stone. George worked in the granite quarry at Longhaven too, and was a stonecutter. He is with his parents at Kennedy’s Buildings, near Longhaven, in April 1901 and was married later that year to Jane Simpson Main. In 1911 George and Jane are at Greenleaves, and have not had children. Greenleaves is on the same census page as Kennedy’s Buildings, and also Little Tillymaud where David Ewan Michael, also a quarryman, lived with his wife Mary Ann Fraser, daughter of William Fraser whose second wife was George’s older sister Helen. Cruden seems to have been a web of relatives! Greenleaves is also currently for sale, and has become a renovated little bungalow with a big garden and fabulous views. George can’t ever have moved far, as when he died in 1949 he was living at Kennedy’s Buildings again.

On 30 April

Today: an ancestor who migrated to the USA, another early death from TB, and a fun coincidence of names, with a Fraser on the Strachan side reminding me of a Strachan on the Fraser side.

30 April 1789
Birth of Elizbeth Oxley at Barnsley, daughter of William and Elizabeth Oxley and therefore my gggg aunt. I don’t anything else about her as nothing came up on a quick look, and I haven’t yet had the chance to do any closer research.

30 April 1839
Jean Haggerty born at Dundonald, Ayrshire, daughter of my ggg uncle Hugh Haggerty, a coal miner, and his wife Jean Muir. Her father died when she was about 10 and in the 1851 census she and her mother are muslin sewers and paupers, which means they received parish relief. In 1857 she married a miner called Stewart or Steward Sharky, although for whatever reason he’s named Thomas on the marriage certificate. Jean, or Jane as she was also called, was working as a domestic servant at the time. In 1861 they’re living at Benslie Square, Kilwinning, the home to many on my family tree, with their eldest two children. Then in late 1869 Jean sailed to the USA with her children and widowed mother, to join her husband who’d gone there earlier the same year. The family are in Van Buren, Clay, Indiana in 1880 with 8 children: Stewart Sharkie is a coal miner, as are the three eldest sons. Stewart did well for himself, and by 1900 is a coal operator and the family are living in Clinton, Vermillion, Indiana. Stewart died in 1901 and afterwards Jean lived in Terre Haute where her sons had become owner managers of several coal companies. Jean Sharkie nee Haggarty died in Terre Haute 1919 age 80. There’s some interesting info online including about the Shirkie family, as they were known in America, at http://visions.indstate.edu:8888/cdm/singleitem/collection/vchs/id/359/rec/69

30 April 1839
This is the first time I’ve had two people on my tree born on the same day! Barbara Morgan was born at Cruden, daughter of Arthur Morgan and Margaret Robb and therefore granddaughter of my ggggg aunt Isobel Sangster and her husband Peter Morgan. Barbara lost her mother when she was about 7 years old, and her father remarried in 1849. In 1851 Barbara, age 11, is at Tillymaud, Cruden, where her father is a farm servant, with her father, stepmother and 4 younger siblings. Sadly, her father died in an accident in 1860. In 1861 Barbara, a domestic servant, is still at Tillymaud along with her younger brothers, all farm servants for Alexander Gray. She married Peter Smith in January 1862 at the Parish School, Cruden, but sadly died later the same year of consumption (tuberculosis).

30 April 1848
Birth of Ann McGavin Strachan at Dreghorn, daughter of my ggg uncle Monro Strachan and his wife Janet Jamieson. Sadly, she had died by the time of the 1851 census.

30 April 1927
My aunt Jeannie Haddow Strachan – sister of my father and named after her grandmother – married William Harper at Dovercourt Road, Toronto. Jean, as she was known, had migrated to Canada in 1921. She had been working as a domestic servant and Bill, as he was known, worked in the rubber industry at the time of their marriage. They had a son Colin, my cousin, who is now a keen follower of this blog. Interestingly, William Harper’s mother was Helen Fraser, and my maternal grandfather had a sister called Helen Fraser who married Alexander Strachan and therefore became Helen Strachan.