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11 March

The 11th March was quite a popular day, with a Neilson in Govan, a Logan in Old Deer, a Hunter in Stevenston, an Oxley in Barnsley and a Watt in Tarves.

11 March 1740
Baptism of my ggggg aunt Mary Neilson at Govan, Renfrewshire, daughter of Walter Neilson and Mary Berrie. I haven’t traced her any further as nothing looks like her in the records, although there were quite a few with her name in the Glasgow area at the time.

11 March 1755
Birth of my ggggg aunt Catherine Logan at Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, daughter of George Logan and Elzabeth Morrice. There is nothing else for anyone of that name in the records for the time, so it looks as if she may have died young.

11 March 1806
Baptism of Joseph Hunter at Stevenston, son of my gggg aunt Margaret Haddow and my gggg uncle coal miner Robert Hunter. He is named in the 1819 minister’s census for Stevenston, at Cow Roading with his parents and sibllings and is probably one of the 6 children with his parents in the 1822 Stevenston list. He became a coal miner and married Margaret Frew in June 1826 at Stevenston. In 1841 they are at Boglemart, Stevenston with 6 children, but by 1851 had moved to Dalry where Joseph worked as an ironstone miner and had had 3 more children. They remained in Dalry and by 1861 Joseph was oversman at the pit. He died in Dalry in 1866, age 60, of miner’s asthma.

11 March 1832
Baptism of my ggg uncle James Oxley at Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of agricultural labourer Thomas Oxley and Sarah Grist. He’s with his parents in Barnsley in 1841, and then his father died. In 1851 James is a lodger in Barnsley and working as a coal miner, then he married Ann Durant in 1856. They have 1 child by 1861, and then he trail become a bit confused. It looks as if Ann is with her recently widowed brother in law in 1871, looking after his young children, and James Oxley is in Barnsley with their son. But in 1881 James is a brick maker in Barnsley living with his brother William, and there is no sign of Ann or his son. James is most probably the James Oxley who died in Barnsley in 1890.

11 March 1915 (born about 1845)
My ggg uncle John Watt was born in about 1845 in either Ellon or Tarves, son of James Watt and Margaret Symon, but no baptism record has survived. He is with his parents in 1851 and 1861 at Mill of Schivas, Tarves, where his father farmed 6 acres. By 1871, however, he has moved to Edinburgh ad is staying with his married sister Helen in Newington and working as a railway wagon driver. In 1876 he married Eliza Henderson at Newington, and they in South Leith in 1881 with 2 young children, John working as a railway guard. In 1891 he is a linesman with NBR, is still in South Leith, and he and Eliza have 2 more children, 1 of whom was a patient at the Edinburgh City Hospital for Infectious Diseases on census night – she survived whatever disease it was. In 1901 John is still a railway guard and at the same South Leith address, and he and his wife have all 4 of their children at home. John Watt died in 1915 in Edinburgh age 70.

18 and 19 January

On the 18th a Yorkshire ggggg grandfather was born about 276 years ago, a Hunter from Stevenston in Ayrshire was born and might have married a Smith, and a Strachan was born in Ayrshire but must have died in childhood. Nothing happened on the 19th.

18 January 1805 (born about 1738)
My ggggg grandfather John Hattersley was born in Yorkshire in around 1738, if the age given when he was buried is correct. He was a breeches maker and would therefore have served an apprenticeship. John married, in 1764, in Barnsley, so is most likely to have come from the surrounding Barnsley area. After his marriage he lived in Carlton, within the parish of Royston, but there is no-one named Hattersley in the Royston parish register until his marriage, so he wasn’t from a local family. There was a John Hattersley baptised in November 1736 at Ackworth, which isn’t too far from where John lived as an adult, but there’s no evidence that it could be right one. The Ackworth John had a father with the unusual name of Epaphroditus Hattersley, a good old biblical name. There was also a John Hattersley born at about the same time in Badsworth, which is near Ackworth, with father George Hattersley. Wherever John came from, however, he married Elizabeth Milner at Barnsley St Mary’s in April 1764. Their marriage entry says John Hattersley was a breeches maker of Barnsley, and that Elizabeth was also resident in Barnsley. Their first child was born in 1765 and baptised at Royston, and the baptism record has the child as son of John Hattersley of Carlton. A total of 9 children were baptised at Royston, and each time father John is described as of Carlton. John Hattersley, publican and breeches maker of Carlton, died in 1805 and was buried at Royston on 18 January. His wife Elizabeth Hattersley of Carlton died in 1816. Their daughter Sarah Hattersley married William Senior of Carlton, and was my gggg grandmother.

18 January 1769
Baptism of my gggg aunt Elizabeth Hunter at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of John Hunter and Margaret Barr. No marriage found, but there was an Elizabeth Hunter and Hugh Smith who had children baptised in Stevenston from 1789 to 1803. That family are not in the Stevenston minister’s census of 1819, 1822 or 1836 so it is possible they moved from Stevenston before 1819 – they could have moved in about 1803 and had more children but there are no baptisms to be found. There is, however, an elderly couple in the 1841 census at Castle Street, Mauchline: Hugh Smith age 80 and Elizabeth Smith age 72 with a 4 year old girl with them. Unfortunately the 1841 census gives little detail, and both this Hugh and Elizabeth must have died before 1851, so it’s not possible to link them with the Stevenston couple, and Smith was a very common name, even back then. When I have more time I’ll have to research the 4 year old girl and see if it’s possible to link her with my Hunter ancestors.

18 January 1806
Birth or baptism of Susannah Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Susannah must have died in childhood, as Robert and Jean named a daughter born in 1811 Susannah.

16 January

Three 18th century ancestors today: Marshall from Kilmaurs, a Weir I think was the one baptised in Mauchline, and a Hunter from Stevenston. And from the 1800s there’s a Grist from Yorkshire, and Senior from Yorkshire who moved to Leeds and went from being a carpenter to an accountant’s clerk and ended up as a painter.

16 January 1723
Baptism of Anna Marshall at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, my ggggg aunt and daughter of Frances Marshall and Mary Gibson. However, Frances and Mary baptised another daughter Anna in 1728 so the first Anna had most probably died.

16 January 1748
There was a baptism of Sarah Weir at Mauchline, Ayrshire, daughter of William Weir but mother not named, and she could be my gggg grandmother. There were actually two girls named Sarah Weir born in Mauchline around that time, one to William Weir and one to Adam Weir. “My” Sarah called her second son William and her 5th son Adam, so it’s likely she the daughter of William Weir and Adam Weir was her uncle. Sarah married James Logan, who I suspect was born in Kilmarnock, but I can’t find a record of their marriage. The children of James Logan and Sarah Weir were born in Kilmarnock from 1768 to 1789 and their 3rd child, Agnes Logan, was my ggg grandmother who married Robert Marshall.

16 January 1766
Jane Hunter was baptised in Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of John Hunter with mother not named. I think she was my gggg aunt and her mother was Margaret Barr. In 1788 there is a marriage in Stevenston of Jane Hunter and James Harvie, but no baptisms of children of this couple can be found. Jane’s sister Margaret married Robert Haddow (they were my Haddow ggg grandparents), and in the 1819 minister’s list for Stevenston, Widow Haddow is at Townhead with 4 children and Jean Hunter widow Harvie, who must surely be her sister Jane. Jean is still at Townhead with widow Haddow in 1822, but is not there in 1836 so seems to have died by then. To complicate things further, Robert Haddow’s mother was Margaret Harvie, so Jane/Jean could well have married a relation of her brother-in-law.

16 January 1831
Baptism of Frederick Grist at Bolton upon Dearne, Yorkshire, son of my gggg uncle William Grist and Emma Wood. He is not with his parents in 1841 and nothing else can be found, so it looks as if he probably died young.

16 January 1848
Baptism of my ggg uncle Charles Senior at Royston, born in Carlton to carpenter George Senior and Mary Roydhouse. He is with his parents in Carlton in 1851, 1861 and 1871. In 1871 is the only child remaining at home and at age 22 is a joiner and carpenter, as was his father. His father died in 1874 and his mother in 1875, and in 1881 Charles is in Hyde Park, Leeds with his brother Isaac. Isaac has a wife and 2 children and is an accountant in practice, and Charles is an accountant’s clerk. That line of work can’t have worked out for Charles, as by 1891 he is working as a commission agent and lodging in Leeds with a family called Roadhouse: they may well have been related to Charles’s mother, as Roydhouse was also often written at Roadhouse. By 1901, however, Charles is working as a painter in Mill Hill, Leeds and lodging with another painter of his age, William Wilkinson, who has a wife and children: they will have been house painters, not artistic ones! There is no sign that Charles ever married or had children. In 1911 he is still a lodger and a painter, and is lodging with Minnie Hodgson, who is married with children: Minnie was the daughter of the William Wilkinson Charles was lodging with in 1901. There are several deaths registered for a Charles Senior of the right age but none in Leeds so I’m not sure which one it could be.

1 January

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29 and 30 December

Just the one on the 29th – a Hunter from Ayrshire who married a mariner and then an iron forge worker. Two on the 30th, both in Ayrshire and both died in infancy.

30 December 1792
Birth of my ggg uncle Alexander Marshall in Kilmarnock, son of Robert Marshall and Agnes Logan. Alexander must have died in infancy as in 1794 Robert and Agnes had another son they named Alexander.

29 December 1865 (born about 1839)
Agnes Hunter was born in about 1839 at Stevenston, daughter of Robert Hunter and Agnes Kennedy and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Robert Hunter and Margaret Haddow – and sister of yesterday’s Martha Hunter. Agnes is at Schoolwell Street, Stevenston with her butcher father, mother and siblings in 1841 and 1851, and in 1861 is a servant in Irvine to Alexander McGregor, the United Church Minister, and his sister-in-law. Agnes then married mariner William Jaffrey at Irvine in 1865, and in 1871 they are in Kirkgate Street, Irvine with 2 young daughters. William Jaffrey died and Agnes married again in 1880 to Charles Greenshields, an iron forger
and is with him and her 3 Jaffrey daughters in 1881 at Hill Street, Irvine. Agnes and Charles are at Alms Place, Irvine in 1891 and Montgomery Street, Irvine in 1901 – the girls had left home and they had not had any children of their own. Agnes died at Irvine in 1903.

30 December 1899
Henry Strachan was born at 38 Sandbed Street, Kilmarnock, son of my great uncle Colin Haddow Strachan and Agnes Porter. Henry died in June 1900 of fever, said to be teething fever on his death certificate.

28 December

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

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

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

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

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

3 and 4 December

An early migration to Canada from Ayrshire, to the coal mining district of Pictou in Nova Scotia. Apart from that, the rest of today’s birth are for people who died young. Surviving childhood was a perilous task back then.

4 December 1802
Birth of my ggg aunt Mary Marshall at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Marshall and Agnes Logan. She married Michael Muir in Kilmarnock in June 1823 and they had 5 children born in Kilmarnock and Riccarton, and then at some time between 1836 and 1840 they migrated to Canada and settled in Pictou, Nova Scotia. Given the locations in Ayrshire and Canada, Michael Muir was most probably a coal miner. Someone on Ancestry posted a message about this family, and they had 3 more children born in Nova Scotia. Mary Marshall wife of Michael Muir died on 29 January 1864 age 59. In the 1871 census of Canada her widowed husband Michael is in Pictou with their son Robert, a farmer.

4 December 1810
Birth of Alexander Hunter at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of my gggg uncle Robert Hunter and my gggg aunt Margaret Haddow. He is with his parents at Cow Roading, Stevenston in 1819 but his name is circled on the minister’s census and the person who transcribed it thinks this means the person died between 1819 and 1822.

3 December 1858
Birth of John Logan at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggg uncle John Logan and Jane Marr. He’s in Cruden with his parents in 1861, when his father was an ag lab, and in 1871 with his parents on their 6 acres farm at Muirtack, Cruden. By 1881 John has become a slater and boarding at Dyce with a Smith family, and he’s still there in 1891, this time boarding with a Davidson family. John Logan, slater journeyman, died in October 1892 at his parent’s farm at Muirtack at age 33, of tuberculosis.

3 December 1859
Thomas Strachan was born at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, son of John Strachan and Margaret Lambie and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Thomas died before 1871 as he not with family in the census then, and is not mentioned in his father’s 1879 application for Poor Relief.

3 December 1860
Alexander Davidson Smith was born at Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, son of James Smith and Ann Cowie Davidson and grandson of my gggg aunt Margaret Hutcheon and Charles Davidson. Alexander’s father was the police constable at Fyvie, and 4 month old Alexander is with his parents and sister living at Fyvie Police Station in the 1861 census. Alexander died at Fyvie in his infancy, later in 1861 – but the mystery is what happened to his parents as they seem to just disappear. His sister is with her grandparents in 1871.

4 December 1863
Birth of Mary Findlay at Riccarton, daughter of Hugh Findlay and Margaret Miller, granddaughter of David Findlay and Susanna Strachan, and great granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Mary is with her mother and siblings in Loudon in 1871, and her father was visiting Edinburgh with a work colleague and they are both listed as mining contractors. Mary died in about 1868.

4 December 1865
Birth of Robert Kean at Kilwinning, son of my gg aunt Agnes Strachan and William Kean. Robert died in infancy in 1866 at Kilwinning.

4 December 1866
Birth of Mary Muir at Dalry, daughter of John Muir and Mary Holland, and granddaughter of Elizabeth Strachan and Andrew Muir, and also granddaughter of Agnes Strachan and Robert Armour Holland. She therefore had the same great grandparents twice over: my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. She is with her parents in Seaton Deveral, Northumberland in 1871 but I can’t find her in the 1881 census and she is not listed with her parents, who were in Arlecdon, Cumbria. The family migrated to USA in 1886 and the passenger list includes Mary Muir age 19 – this could be her although she was actually 21 in June 1886. The family went to Pennsylvania but I haven’t been able to trace Mary.

27 and 28 October

There’s been a very severe storm overnight, down south, but Yorkshire has escaped and we only had some heavy rain. Yesterday’s and today’s ancestors are a Neilson who might be my gggg grandfather, a Hunter from Ayrshire who may, or may not, have been the wife of Allan Sym, a Haddow ancestor who probably died young, a Strachan who migrated to USA and settled in Braceville, and a Strachan descendant who married her cousin and migrated to USA and lived in Oliphant.

28 October 1744
Walter Neilson, who I think could have been my gggg grandfather, was baptised at Govan, son of Walter Neilson and Mary Berrie. There is a marriage for Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden at Glasgow in 1765 and they had 10 children between 1766 and 1790, all born in Govan or Gorbals except, intriguingly, one born in 1780 in Irvine – which means the family may have met the Strachans in Ayrshire before the Strachans moved to Gorbals. There are several deaths in the Gorbals OPR for a Walter Neilson of about the right age between 1835 and 1848 and it’s impossible to know which, if any, is the correct one. His daughter Agnes Neilson, born in 1771, married John Strachan.

27 October 1777
Birth of my gggg aunt Ann Hunter at Stevenston, Ayrshire, aughter of John Hunter and Margaret Barr. I suspect she is the Ann Hunter who married Allan Sym (or Sim or Syme) in Stevenston in 1805. They had 6 children baptised in Stevenston, Ayr, St Quivox and the Stevenston again, between 1805 and 1816. In the 1819 Minister’s Census of Stevenston there is an Alan Sim collier with wife Ann Hunter at Townhead, with 7 children, though they are not in 1822 census. The 1841 census has Ann Syme age 60 living at Doura, Kilwinning with Allan Syme age 20 and what looks like 3 lodgers (ages were rounded down in 1841 census), and again at Doura in 1851 age 74, pauper coal miner’s wife born Stevenston, with a grandson. There is a death for Ann Syme age 84 at Irvine in 1861, widow of a coal miner: the informant is her daughter Ann McIntyre who has given the name William Hunter as Ann Syme nee Hunter’s father, and no name for the mother. But although there were two William Hunters having children at about the right time in Stevenston, there is no record of a daughter Ann. I can’t help wondering if the father’s name on Ann Syme nee Hunter’s death certificate is a mistake, especially given that Ann Syme’s eldest daughter was named Margaret, the name of “my” Ann Hunter’s mother. The William Hunters in Stevenston had wives called Jane or Mary, and Ann Syme nee Hunter didn’t call any of her daughters Jane or Mary. So it’s possible, but not proven, that Ann Syme, is “my” Ann Hunter.

28 October 1825
Birth of my gg aunt Jane Wilson Haddow at Stevenston, daughter of coal miner John Haddow and Amelia Murphie. I suspect she died young, as there was another daughter called Wilson and another called Jean, and Jane Wilson Haddow is not with her parents in 1841. A lot of trees on Ancestry have her as married to Joseph Strachan but she wasn’t: Joseph’s wife was her younger sister Jean Haddow born in about 1834.

28 October 1857
Birth of Jean Strachan at Dreghorn, daughter of John Strachan and Margaret Lambie and granddaughter of gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. She is with her parents in Dreghorn in 1861 and 1871, and by age 13 was earning her keep as a bonnet knitter. She married coal miner Samuel Miller in Dreghorn in December 1874 and they are in the 1881 census at Kirkland Row, Dreghorn with a baby daughter. Later that year they migrated to USA and settled in Coal City, Braceville, Illinois. Samuel Miller died there in 1894, and Jean is in the 1900 census, which says she has had 8 children, 6 living. 5 of her children are still at gome, the eldest a teach and the rest at school, and Jean is working as a school janitor. She has two daughters with her in 1910, one a teacher. Her teach daughter is still with her in 1930, but in Jean Miller is still at the same house on South Broadway, Coal City, age 81 and on her own. She died in May 1942 and was buried at Braceville.

27 October 1889 (born about 1876)
Agnes Leggat was born in 1876 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire according to her census entries, the daughter of William Leggat and Susan Strachan Holland, and was a great granddaughter of gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Her parents moved to Greenock, Renfrewshire not long after Anges’s birth, as the family is there in 1881 and 1891: Agnes’s father was a railway car inspector. Her mother died in 1898, and in 1899 Agnes married coal miner Robert Muir, the son of her mother’s sister Mary Holland. They had a civil wedding as they were married by declaration in Greenock Registry Office by Warrant of the Sheriff. Robert Muir had already spent some years in USA, and in December 1906 he, Agnes and their 2 children sailed to New York. Robert Holland Muir was naturalised in 1915, and his papers list wife Agnes born in Kilmarnock. Agnes is with her husband and children in Oliphant, Pennsylvania in 1920, 1930 and 1940: she had 5 children but 2 did not survive childhood.

8 October

Two today: a Green ancestor from Barnsley who was a huckster, and a Hunter ancestor from Ayrshire who spent almost all her life living on Schoolwell Street, Stevenston.

8 October 1837
Baptism of John Green at St Mary’s, Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of my gggg uncle Joseph Green and Mary White. He is with his parents at Nelson Street, Barnsley in 1841, his father a bleacher. His mother died in 1850, and in 1851 John age 13 is with his father, who is now a greengrocer, and is working for his father. John’s father Joseph has moved back to Worsbrough by 1861 and taken over his father’s Rose and Crown Inn at Worsbrough Common, and sons John and George are with him as well as a housekeeper. John is working as a huckster – which at that time simply meant a salesperson who probably sold their goods from a wagon or stall rather than a shop. I then lose track of him as there’s nothing in the census that looks like him, and John Green is a common name in that location. There are, however, a few deaths registered at Barnsley during the 1860s for a John Green, and one of them could well be him. Prior to 1866, age at death was not recorded so it’s impossible to know which, if any, could be the right one without ordering several death certificates. However, there is a death for John Green in 1861, and in 1871 his father Joseph his father has with him a 10 year old son named John, who was born in early 1862. Was he named for Joseph’s recently deceased son John?

8 October 1858 (born about 1833)
Mary Hunter was born in about 1833 at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Hunter and Agnes Kennedy and granddaughter of my gggg aunt Margaret Haddow and Robert Hunter. She is in the 1836 Stevenston Minister’s census with her parents and 2 siblings at Loan, Stevenston, and in the 1841 census at Schoolwell Street, Stevenston. Her father Robert was a silk hand loom weaver. By 1851, at age 17 she is working as a house servant in Stevenston for quarry foreman John Wilson and his family. In 1853 she gave birth to an illegitimate son named Robert Hunter, and then in 1858 married Robert Hamilton at Stevenston. Her was not her son Robert’s father, as he son is listed in subsequent census as Robert Hamilton’s stepson. I can’t find them in the 1861 census, but in 1871 Robert Hamilton, coal miner, wife Mary, stepson Robert Hunter and 4 children are at Schoolwell Street, Stevenston, where Mary’s parents had lived. They are at the same address in 1881, with more children. Robert Hamilton died just before the 1891 census, and in 1891 widow Mary is at Schoolwell Street with son Robert Hunter, 6 of her Hamilton children, and a nephew. She is again at Schoolwell Street in 1901. with son Robert Hunter and 2 daughters who all work at the dynamite works, and a grandson. Mary Hamilton ms Hunter died in Stevenston in 1914.

On 11 June

“Today’s events” can be like waiting for a London bus: nothing happens for a while and then they all come at once. After a quiet few days, my ancestors were busy on 11 June: a silk loom weaver who became a butcher, someone who married a salmon fisher, the sad suicide, and an infant death.

11 June 1808
Robert Hunter baptised at Stevenston, Ayrshire son of my gggg uncle Robert Hunter and gggg aunt Margaret Haddow (his parents are both related to me through their siblings as Robert’s sister Margaret Hunter married Margaret’s brother Robert Haddow). Robert Hunter is listed in the 1819 minister’s census of Stevenston at Cow Roading, with his parents and siblings, and is probably one of the 6 children shown without names in 1822. In 1830 he married Agnes Kennedy in Stevenston, and they are in the 1836 minister’s census at Loan, with 5 in the household. In 1841 they are at Schoolwell Street, Stevenston with 5 children and Robert is a silk hand loom weaver. By 1851 he is the same address but has changed occupation and is a flesher (butcher) and 2 more children have been born. He disappears from the records after that, and as there is no statutory death for him it looks as of he died after the 1851 census but before 1855. In the 1861 his wife is a widow, with two son who are both silk weavers.

11 June 1815
Birth of Elizabeth Booth in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, my gggg aunt and daughter of William Booth and Margaret Allan. She;s probably in the records somewhere after that but I haven’t yet trcked her down.

11 June 1838
Birth of Robert Ballantine at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire son of Thomas Ballantine and Susanna Strachan and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. In 1841 he’s with his parents and siblings at Thirdpart, Kilmarnock, his father a coal miner. Not found in 1851, but in 1861 he’s still with his parents and siblings who have moved to Dreghorn, and is a coal miner along with his father and brother. I’ve not been able to find him after that: on Ancestry there are a number of trees with him marrying Mary Miller in Kilmarnock but I’ve not found a record for such a marriage, and then having him as a farmer and miller in Canada, but I’m not convinced this is the same Robert Ballantine.

11 June 1845
Baptism of Elizabeth Fraser at Cruden, Aberdeenshire daughter of my ggg grandfather William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. She was born on the family croft near Hatton, and is there with her family in 1851 with an inaccurate age. In 1861, age 15, she’s a domestic servant to her older sister Isabella, who had married farmer George Wallace and lived at South Hay Farm, Cruden. Elizabeth married James McGarrol, a widower, in Aberdeen in 1874, and in 1881 they’re at High Street, Peterhead. James is a salmon fisher from Banff and they have 3 children of their own, plus a visitor. Can’t find them in 1891 but in 1901 they’re at 10 Main Road, Cruden, James age 70 still a salmon fisher, with 2 children still at home, the youngest of whom was born in Pitsligo, Elizabeth McGarrol nee Fraser died in 1910 at Hatton Village age 63 years.

11 June 1864 (born about 1843)
Hugh Strachan, son of John Strachan and Margaret Lambie and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly, was born about 1843 in Dreghorn, Ayrshire. He’s with his parents and siblings in 1851 and 1861, and by the latter date was a coal miner. The Ardrossen & Saltcoats Herald carried an announcement of his marriage on 11 June 1864 to Fanny Robertson at Irvine. Can’t find them in 1871, but his father applied for poor relief in 1879 and his application state son Hugh was married with 5 children. In 1881 Hugh and Fanny, with 6 children the eldest 2 born in Dreghorn and the younger 4 born in Irvine, are at East Back Road, Irvine. Hugh is a coal miner and his brother James, also a coal miner, lodging with them. In 1886 Hugh’s mother Mary, now widowed, applied for poor relief citing Hugh as married with 8 children, 2 of them working. In 1891 the family had moved to Blackridge Village near Torphichen in West Lothian and had 3 more children born in Coylton and Ochiltree, Ayrshire. Hugh Strachan died in the early hours of 30 November 1896 at his house at 76 Rumblingwell, Dunfermline. His death certificate says of suicide, and the corrected entry states death was caused by poisoning by carbolic acid. He left a wife and several children, the youngest being 11.

11 June 1866
Birth of Jeannie Murphy Strachan at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning, my great aunt and daughter of my great grandparents Joseph Strachan and Jeannie Haddow. Jeannie died on 19 February 1867 at 8 months old, of gastro enteritis.