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4 March

My Aberdeenshire great grandmother was born in the 4th and sadly died at 40 years old, leaving behind 5 young children. Also today, 2 Alexanders in Aberdeenshire, one I know very little about and the other who was had small farms in the parish of Rayne.

4 March 1741
Baptism of my gggggg aunt Helen Alexander at Westerhouses, Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Alexander and Ann Strachan (who is highly unlikely to be related to my Strachans of Ayrshire). Nothing further known so she may have died young.

4 March 1821
Baptism of William Alexander at Rayne, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggggg uncle John Alexander and Janet Morrison. He is with his parents in 1841 at Meikle Wartle, Rayne, his father a farmer, and married Isobel Brown at Rayne in 1849. In 1851 his father is described as formerly a farmer, and William is a farmer of 23 acres at Meikle Wartle, so it looks as though William took over his father’s tenancy. He and Isobel has a baby son in 1851 and also had a 3 year old described as a lodger and William’s 16 year old brother working as an agricultural labourer. William and his wife are still at the Meikle Wartle farm in 1861, with 4 children, the lodger from 1851 who is now described as nephew, and a female domestic servant. At some time in the 1860s William moved to a slightly larger farm at North Sunside, Rayne: in 1871 he and Isobel have their 2 youngest children at still at home and have a female domestic servant. They are at North Sunside in 1881, 1891 and 1901 and appear to have brought up their daughter’s illegitimate son. William Alexander died in 1914 and is buried at Rayne. There is a headstone in Rayne kirkyard which commemorates him, his wife and his two sons.

4 March 1863
Birth of my great grandmother Helen Hay at Ward Mill, Auchedley, Tarves, illegitimate daughter of George Hay and Helen Watt. Her mother was the daughter of a crofter and her father was the son of a neighbouring farmer. In both the 1871 and 1881 census Helen is with her maternal grandparents and it looks as if they brought her up, as her mother married and moved to Edinburgh. Helen married farm servant William Fraser in November 1889. They were married at Mosside croft, Hatton, but their wedding certificate gives Helen’s residence as Barrons Hotel (which is in Auchnagatt) and William’s residence as Mains of Elrick, a farm next to Barrons Hotel. In 1891 they are at Mains of Elrick and have a baby daughter. They then had 2 sons born at Aikenshill Farm in Foveran parish, and a daughter at Waterton in Ellon parish, and had moved to Mill of Brogan in Slains parish by 1901, where William was head cattleman. A daughter was born in 1901 at Mill of Brogan. Helen Fraser nee Hay died on 15 May 1903 at Mill of Brogan of chronic enteritis (most probably caused by a bacterial infection). She was 40 years old and left behind 5 children aged from 10 down to almost 2 years old. Most probably the children were initially looked after by their Fraser grandparents at Mosside.

15 December

Today: an early Strachan pair of gggggg grandparents, an Aberdeenshire Hay, and a Strachan descendant who was born in Nova Scotia but returned to Ayrshire as a child and became a colliery manager.

15 December 1727
My gggggg grandparents John Hudson and Mary Wooffendale were married at Royston, Yorkshire. I can’t find baptism records for either of them and as John was the only person named Hudson to be found in the Royston parish records at that time, it’s likely he was born elsewhere. There were quite a few Wooffendales being baptised, married or buriedin Royston, but nothing that helps me work out who Mary’s parents could be. John and Mary had 9 children baptised in Royston from 1729 to 1748, the youngest being my ggggg grandmother Lydia Hudson who married Thomas Fisher. John Hudson died in 1763 and was buried at Royston St John the Baptist on 13 July 1763 but no age is given so it’s impossible to know when he was born, and I can’t find a burial record for Mary Hudson nee Wooffendale.

15 December 1802
Baptism of my gggg aunt Isobel Hay at Tarves, daughter of Alexander Hay and Margaret Daniel. Nothing further found so it’s possible she died young.

15 December 1832
Hugh Findlay was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, eldest child of coal miner David Findlay and Susanna Strachan and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. His parents chose not to stay in Nova Scotia, as by 1841 they were back in Ayrshire, living in Riccarton with 4 children, only the first 2 born overseas. Hugh’s mother died in 1848, and in 1849 his father married Margaret Brown. Hugh is with his father, stepmother and siblings, half siblings and step siblings at Portland Row, Riccarton in 1851 and is a coal miner – the household comprised 11 people living in what was probably a two roomed miner’s house. Hugh married Margaret Miller in 1855 at Kilmarnock, and they’re at Cadger’s Row, Hurlford in 1861 with 3 children. By 1871 they are in Loudonkirk Cottage, Loudon with 5 children, but on census night Hugh, by now a mining contractor, was at a lodging house in Edinburgh, where he must have gone on business as he is with James Love of Hurlford, also a mining contractor. 1881 sees Hugh and Maggie in Darling Place, Monkton and Prestwick, and Hugh is, surprisingly, a grocer – they have 6 children with them. But by 1891 Hugh has gone back to mining and is a colliery manager, living on Kilmaurs Road, Kilmarnock with Maggie and 5 of their children. They are in Kilmarnock in 1901, Hugh still a colliery manager at age 68, and with 3 unmarried children still at home. Hugh died in 1916 at age 83 at Galston.

19 and 20 November

Nothing happened on the 19th. But for the 20th there’s a long lived Aberdeenshire gggg grandmother, an equally long lived Aberdeenshire ggg grandfather, and a relatively short lived Strachan from Ayrshire.

20 November 1785
Baptism of my gggg grandmother Helen Alexander at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of James Alexander and Helen Burgess. Her father was a farmer, and in November 1805 she married agricultural labourer Peter Watt. Their first 3 children were baptised at Bourtie, then they had children baptised at Udny, Fintry, Chapel of Garioch and from 1818 at Rayne, where they remained. Most likely they were moving from farm to farm, as farm servants, until they took a small croft at Meikle Wartle in the parish of Rayne. The 1841 census has them at Meikle Wartle, with Peter Watt an ag lab and none of their 12 children remaining at home. They are there in 1851, Peter age 72 still an ag lab, and he and Helen have their daughter Jane with them, and Jane’s son illegitimate son George Smart. 1861 still finds them at Meikle Wartle, Peter Watt still an ag lab at 81, Helen having reached 75, daughter Jane, a stocking knitter, now with another illegtimate child, plus a new grandchild, offspring of their daughter Jessie. Both Peter and Helen were long lived as they’re in the 1871 census at Wartle, Peter finally retired at 91 and Helen is 85: with them is daughter Jessie, a knitter, and her daughter. Helen Watt ms Alexander died on 1 January 1872 at Wartle of senile debility, and the informant for her death certificate was a neighbour of School House, Rayne. Helen is commemorated on the memorial in Rayne kirkyard erected by her son William.

20 November 1793
Baptism of my ggg grandfather George Hay at Tarves, son of Alexander Hay and Margaret Daniel. In 1833 he married Mary Taylor at Old Deer, and in 1841 was farming East Shethin Farm, Tarves and employing 2 boys and a young woman. By 1851 George and Mary had 3 children surviving with a 10 year gap between the first and second, plus 2 male farm servants and a female: East Shethin was a 65 acre farm. 1861 sees them still with 3 children, the eldest now a ploughman, and they have a cattleman and a domestic servant in their employ, plus a grandson, the illegitimate son of their daughter. George Hay is 78 in the 1871 census, and his daughter and eldest son are still living with their parents, along with the grandson, and there is a male farm servant and a domestic. George Hay died at Tarves in 1879 age 85 and his son George took over the farm.

20 November 1818
Birth of Elizabeth Strachan in Riccarton, daughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. She married Andrew Muir in Kilmarnock in March 1836, who would have been a coal miner, given the places where they lived. I can’t find them in the 1841 census, but their first 2 children were born in Kilmaurs, then they had 3 children born in New Monkland, Lanarkshire before moving back to Ayrshire in about 1848, where their youngest child was born in Kilwinning. Andrew Muir then seems to have died either just before or just after the move to Ayrshire, as in 1851 Elizabeth Strachan is a widow at 5 Hagsthorn, Kilburnie, with 6 Muir children and a 1 month old baby named Robert Clark – plus a lodger also named Robert Clark, who is an ironstone miner and no doubt the father of the baby. There’s no marriage found for Elizabeth and Robert, but she had a son Thomas Clark in 1856 and on his birth certificate she is down as Elizabeth Clarke ms Strachan. Thomas was born on 19 October 1856 at Kilburnie, and Elizabeth died on 1 November 1856 of pthisis pulmanory (tuberculosis). On her death certificate is says she was married, and the informant was Robert Clark husband.

22 October

Today is a very busy day on my family tree, giving me eight people to write about from Yorkshire, Aberdeenshire and Ayrshire. Plus a Toronto born son of a cousin has a birthday today – he was born exactly one day before I was born.

22 October 1780
Baptism of my ggggg uncle William Cox at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of Joshua Cox. Not sure what happened to him, but he could be the William Cox who married Elizabeth England in Darfield in 1806: that couple had children in Darfield but must have died before 1841.

22 October 1833
Baptism of my ggg aunt Mary Hay at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, daughter of George Hay and Mary Taylor. She is with her family at East Shethin Farm in 1841 and 1851. In 1860 she had a illegitimate child, William Barkly, and she and her son are with her parents at East Shethin Farm in 1861. They are still there in 1871. In 1876, when she was in her 40s, Mary married George Donald, a farm overseer, and they are at Mains of Haddo House, Tarves in 1881. George Donald was the informant for the death of Mary’s brother in 1890 and gave his address as Udny Station, and Mary Donald ms Hay died at Udny in 1895.

22 October 1838
Baptism of my gg aunt Ann Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of linen bleacher William Green and Sarah Firth. She is with her family at Worsbrough Common in 1841 and at the Rose and Crown Inn, Worsbrough Common, in 1851. In 1859 she married widower John Schofield, who had a daughter, and is at Birdwell, Worsbrough in 1861 with her coal miner husband, step daughter and her and John’s 2 young sons. They are in Worsbrough village in 1871 with their 3 children. George Schofield took over a farm of 37 acres, but Ann Green died in 1880. Her farmer husband and her 8 children are at St Mary’s Street, Worsbrough in 1881.

22 October 1843
Baptism of my gg grandfather George Hay at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, son of farmer George Hay and Mary Taylor. In 1851 and 1861 George is with his family at East Shethin Farm, Tarves, and had by 1861 had become a ploughman. In 1863 he fathered an illegitimate child, my great granmother Helen Hay, with Helen Watt whose parents lived in Tarves parish. He acknowledged his daughter’s birth as he witnessed her registration and is therefore named on the birth certificate, but he and Helen Watt did not marry. In 1871 he is assisting his elderly father on East Shethin Farm, and in 1876 married Sarah Ogg from Echt. His father died in 1879 and George then took over the farm: he is there in 1881 with his wife, 2 childrem, 2 visitor relatives of his wife’s, a domestic servant and a farm servant. He died in 1890 of pneumonia and acute rheumatism. His wife Sarah continued at East Shething as farmer, assisted by her 9 sons and daughters.

22 October 1868
Birth of James Findlay at Hurlford, Ayrshire, son of Mary Findlay and coal miner James Findlay, grandson of Susanna Strachan and David Findlay and great grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. In 1871 he is with his family at Findlays Land, Hurlford and in 1881 at Cadgers Road, Hurlford. But by 1891, at age 22, he’s a boarder in Govan working as a tea dealer’s assistant: the tea dealer is probably his older brother Hugh Findlay, who in 1891 is in Hutchensontown, Glasgow and is a tea merchant. In 1894 James married Jeanie Callan at her parents’ home at 133 Aitkenhead Road, Glasgow: his marriage certificate says his father James Findlay was a tea merchant, although he’d still been a coal miner in 1881. Perhaps Hugh and James helped set their father up in a business. In 1901 James Findlay, wife Jeanie, 2 children and Jeanie’s mother are at 11 Aitkenhead Road, Glasgow and James is a traveller in tea. I suspect that the James Findlay who died at Springburn, Glasgow at age 61 is the right one, as there is also a Hugh Findlay who died at Springburn in 1921. It would seem that the two brothers worked together all their adult lives.

22 October 1913 (born about 1881)
James Lindsay was born about 1881/82 at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, the second youngest child of Alexander Lindsay and Janet Strachan, and grandson of my ggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Margaret Sampson Reid Jamieson. He is with his family in Dreghorn in 1891 and 1901, and became a coal miner. In 1907 he migrated to USA arriving in New York and travelling with William Littlejohn, who was married to his sister Mary: both were miners and both were going to Dawson, New Mexico. James Lindsay was killed in an accident in New Mexico on 22 October 1913 at age 32, and is remembered on the family’s memorial stone at Dreghorn kirk.

22 October 1895
Baptism of Elsie Fletcher at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of John Fletcher and my gg aunt Annie Senior. Her father was a miner. Elsie was born in February 1895 but may have been baptised in October because she became ill, as she was buried in Royston on 29 October 1895 age 8 months.

22 October 1950
Joseph (Joe) Strachan was born in Toronto, son of my cousin Henry (Harry) Strachan. Happy birthday Joe – who is one day and a year older than me!

On 26 August

Two days worth to catch up on tonight. On the 26th, an Anderson and a Logan from Aberdeenshire who seem to have died in childhood, Hay , Fraser and McWilliam ancestors who can’t be found in the records, and a Fraser descendent who migrated to Vancouver, as did three of her siblings.

26 August 1747
Baptism of my gggggg aunt Margaret Alexander at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Alexander and Ann Strachan. Her descendants include Helen Alexander who married Peter Watt and, eventually, my great grandmother Helen Hay, mother of my grandfather James Fraser. Nothing else can be found for her. However, someone with a tree on Ancestry has researched this Alexander family and looked at a will left by Ann Alexander nee Strachan in 1779, which makes it clear that only 5 of her children were still alive at that time and that did not include Margaret.

26 August 1795
Baptism of my gggg aunt Margaret Hay at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, aunt of the George Hay who was the father of my illegitimate great grandmother Helen Hay. Unfortunately she’s yet another for whom nothing can be found: the marriage records for Tarves have not survived for the years 1801 to 1849, which doesn’t help. Looking for a Margaret in the census born 1795 at Tarves produces too many results and it’s impossible to know whether any of them could be her.

26 August 1804
Birth of George Fraser at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of Andrew Fraser and Jean Walker and grandson of Donald Fraser and Margaret Sharp. His uncle William Fraser was, I strongly suspect, the father of my illegitimate ggg grandfather William Fraser. Can’t find anything in the records that looks right, so have no idea what became of him.

26 August 1848
Birth of David McWilliam at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, son of my half gggg uncle David McWilliam and Elizabeth Ewan. His father was a sawyer and the family lived at Princess Street, Peterhead, and David is with them in 1851 and 1861. Nothing found after that,

26 August 1862
Birth of Isabella Logan at Cruden, daughter of my ggg uncle John Logan and Jane Marr. She is with her parents and siblings in 1871 at Moortack, Cruden, her father a farmer of 6 acres, but she died in 1877 at the age of 15.

26 August 1885
Birth of Lucy Ann Milne at Hatton, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of Alexander Milne and Elizabeth Thomson and granddaughter of my ggg aunt Janet Fraser (aka Jessie) and William Milne. She is at Hatton with her parents and siblings in 1891, her father a blacksmith, and the family is at 1 Main Road, Cruden in 1901 with Lucy, age 15, working as a domestic servant. She went to Canada, though I cannot find her on a passenger list, but in 1914 she married Alexander Stewart Simpson in Victoria, British Columbia. Her was from Aberdeenshire too. Lucy Ann Milne died in 1955 age 69, her death registered at Vancouver. Her brother Frederick Milne, her sister Laura Elizabeth Milne and her sister Margaret Milne all migrated to Vancouver.

On 15 and 16 July

Two days to cover today, but not much to say as they either died young or possibly died young due to not being found in the records apart from their birth. Survival rates were not good when you go back 150 years or more.

16 July 1805
Baptism of Katherine Hay at Tarves, Aberdeenshire to my gggg grandparents Alexander Hay and Margaret Daniel – her nephew George Hay was the father of my illegitimate great grandmother Helen Hay. Nothing else found so it’s possible she died in childhood.

16 July 1808
Baptism of my gggg aunt Barbara Watt at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of Peter Watt and Helen Alexander. She’s another early ancestor for which nothing further has been found so may well be another who didn’t survive her early years.

16 July 1814
Birth of Mary Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. In 1832 she was married at Kilmarnock to James Orr, and in 1841 they were living at Thirdpart, Kilmarnock – James Orr was a coal miner and by then they had 3 children. Quite a few of her Strachan relatives were also living in Thirdpart, which was to the east of Kilmarnock and close to where the Annanhill colliery was located. Mary must have died between 1841 and 1844, which is when James Orr remarried, and in 1851 he’s at Portland Row, Hurlford with his second wife and the same three children as in 1841.

15 July 1853
Birth of Isabella Clarke McWilliam at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half gggg uncle David McWilliam and Elizabeth Ewan. She is with her family in 1861, her father a sawyer, but a tree on Ancestry has her death in November 1861 at Peterhead.

On 6 June

A busy day on my family tree. Includes an Aberdeenshire gg grandmother who didn’t bring up her daughter, a migration to USA, and a Yorkshire ancestor whose mother spent most of her life, sadly, in an asylum.

6 June 1771
Birth of William Hunter at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of John Hunter and Margaret Barr and my gggg uncle as his sister Margaret Hunter was the grandmother of Jeanie Haddow, who married my great grandfather Joseph Strachan. I need to add, though, that there isn’t a great deal in the records to fully prove this connection. However, there’s a marriage for William Hunter and Margaret Sharp in Stevenston in 1797, and they can be found in the 1819 and 1822 minister’s census for Stevenston at Townhead. They’re both mentioned in the 1836 Stevenston census but it says ‘dead’ next to Margaret’s name. No baptisms for children have been found. He made it to the 1841 census, and is living at Burnside Lane on his own, age 70 and a pauper.

6 June 1839
Baptism of Barbara Hutcheon at Cruden, Aberdeenshire daughter of my gggg uncle Keith Hutcheon and Barbara King. She is with her parents at Teuchan, Cruden in 1841 and 1851, and her father was a tailor. Her mother died sometime between 1851 and 1861, and in 1861 Barbara is a housemaid at Auchinten, Cruden, working for the household of Peter Brand, a farmer of 320 acres. In 1863 she married agricultural labourer Adam Birnie from Rora, Longside, and in 1871 they are living in Main Street, Longside but without any children, and Adam Birnie has become a quarrier. In 1881 they are still in Longside but have a boarder, 3 year old James Murison. Can’t find them in 1891, but in 1901 they are at Great Northern Road, Woodside, Aberdeen, Adam still a granite quarry labourer, but James Murrison has become James M Birnie, son age 23, and is a chemist’s assistant. Barbara Birnie died in 1925 at Balmoral Place, Aberdeen, age 86, of senility and bronchitis, and the informant is James M Birnie adopted son.

6 June 1868 (born about 1843)
Marriage of Helen Watt, my gg grandmother, who was born about 1843 at Ellon, Aberdeenshire but no baptism record exists. She was the daughter of James Watt and Margaret Symon, who lived at Mill of Shivas, Tarves. Helen is with her parents in 1851, and in 1861 is a domestic servant at Logie Buchan. In 1863 she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter Helen Hay, my great grandmother, at War Mill, Auchedley, Tarves, and the father was George Hay of Tarves, a farmer’s son. In 1868 Helen Watt married John Smith, farm servant, at Ythan Bank, Tarves and their daughter Barbara was born shortly after. In 1871 they are at Newington, Edinburgh, John Smith a carter, with 3 lodgers. Helen’s daughter Helen Hay, however, remained at Tarves and was brought up by her grandparents. John Smith died sometime between 1871 and 1881, as in 1881 Helen Smith, with daughter Barbara, is at Elm Row, St Andrews, with no occupation given. In 1891 they are at Drum Terrace, Leith, Edinburgh with lodger William Thompson, a librarian, who Barbara Smith married. In 1901 Helen Smith is at Marchmont Crescent, Morningside, Edinburgh, with student lodgers, and her daughter lives in the same street. By 1911 she has moved in with her daughter and son-in-law, who did not have children. Helen Smith nee Watt died in 1929 at Longmore Hospital, Edinburgh of cancer of the larynx. It’s not known how much, if anything, she had to do with her daughter Helen, who died in 1903.

6 June 1881
Birth of Lilian Burton at Wakefield, Yorkshire, daughter of James Burton and Sarah Ann Wilson and granddaughter of my ggg aunt Mary Green. Her baptism record states her father was wire rope worker and lived at Stanley Hall Lodge: this was the home of Lilian’s grandparents, who were the gardener and housekeeper. Lilian’s parents were living in Pilkington Street, Alverthrope by 1891. She married John Slee in August 1900 at Alverthrope, and in 1901 they were living in Banscroft Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire with John Slee’s sister and her family, and John was working as a brick maker. In 1911 they are at Woolley Colliery, near Barnsley. and John Slee is a coal hewer. They had 6 children. John Slee died in 1925 age 49, and Lilian married John England in 1929 in Doncaster. She died in 1971 at Don Valley.

6 June 1897
Birth of Robert Michael at Boddam, Aberdeenshire, son of my gg aunt Mary Ann Fraser and David Ewan Michael. He was born at 10 Lendrum Terrace, Stirling Gill, Boddam and his father was a granite quarrier. In 1901 he’s with his family at Wickersgill near Shap in Westmoreland, England, where his father was a granite quarry foreman. The family returned to the Cruden area, however, and in 1911 are at Little Tillynaud, Cruden and Robert, age 13, is at shool. In 1923 he migrated to USA giving his UK address as Thistle Cottage, Longhaven and his US destination as his brother Alexander Michael of Caledonian Avenue, South Quincy, Massachusetts. His arrival papers say he had a fresh complexion, brown hair and blue eyes. He married Beatrice, and in 1930 they are in the US census at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin (yes, I had to look it up too – it’s not far from Milwaukee) where he was working as a grounds superintendant at a private club. His draft papers for WW2 give his address as Niantic, New London, Connecticut and his occupation as employed by the US Navy as the Underwater Sound Laboratory at Fort Turnbull – he was probably looking after the grounds. In 1940 he and Beatrice are at Black Point Beach Clubm East Lyme, Connecticut and are looking after 15 year old Beatrice Green, 14 year old Nicola Myenier and 12 year old Lorraine Whitehouse (both described as ‘charge’): were they foster parents? Robert Michael died at Niantic in January 1972, 10 years after his wife.

6 June 1955 (born 1884)
Death of Lily Ann Walters, born Lily Ann Schofield in 1884 at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of James Schofield and Eliza Hammerton and granddaughter of my ggg aunt Ann Green. Her father was a drayman and in 1891 was living at Hammerton’s Row, Worsbrough Dale, but Lily Ann was living nearby at Upper Lowther with her grandparents. In 1901 she is still with her grandparents and is a dressmaker’s apprentice. From 1891 her mother was in the South Yorkshire Lunatic Asylum at Wadsley, and her father died in 1905. In 1906 Lily Ann married Gilbert Waters, and inn 1911 they are at Platts Common, Hoyland Nether (where Lily had relatives): Gilbert is an engine man at the coal mine and they had had 2 children. Lily Ann Walters nee Schofield died in 1955, and probate for her will gives her address at Gawber Road, Barnsley.