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27 December (2)

A few more for the 27th: my ggggg grandfather who was an innkeeper at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, a Haigh descendant from Royston who married an ostler (groom), a Hutcheon up in Aberdeenshire who didn’t marry and lived with her unmarried brother, the second wife of my Fraser great grandfather, and a Sangster descendent who married a farm servant and llived in Turriff.

27 December 1768 (born about 1744)
My ggggg grandfather Joseph Green was born I know not where, but it would have been somewhere in or near Worsbrough, Yorkshire I assume. There are a couple of possibilities in the OPRs but no way of knowing which, if any, are the correct one. There was a John Green who married Ann Cawthorne at Darfield and had a son Joseph baptised there in 1746, and there was was also a Joseph Green born in Felkirk in 1744. What is certain, however, is that Joseph Green married Alice Rock in Barnsley in 1768, and all their children were baptised at Worsbrough. Thanks to a recorded Monumental Inscription in Worsbrough church yard – which doesn’t seem to there any more – I know that Alice wife of Joseph Green innkeeper of Ward Green died age 79 in 1823, and that Joseph Green innkeeper of Ward Green died age 86 in 1830. Ward Green is north of the village of Worsbrough, heading into Barnsley, and back then was on the main Sheffield to Barnsley road, which was part of the major route from London to the north. The inn was most probably the Horse & Jockey, which his son George took over, and which has since been demolished.

27 December 1837
Birth of Hannah Womack at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of my gggg aunt Maria Haigh and James Womack. She is with her parents in Royston, then in 1861 is on Northgate, Wakefield living with William Mantle, a groom and widower, with her younger sister Ellen as a visitor. She married William Mantle in 1861 at the Methodist Church in Wakefield, and they had 5 daughters. In 1871 William is an ostler and in 1881 is a cab driver – horse drawn, of course. William died in 1889 at Wakefield and Hannah followed him in 1891, age only 54.

27 December 1842
Margaret Hutcheon was batised at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Alexander Hutcheon and Margaret Hutcheon: his parents shared a surname but I don’t know if they were related. In 1851 Margaret is with her parents at Kirk Street, Longside and her father is a road maker. By 1861 she was working as a domestic servant and is at Mill of Faichfield, Longside, working for the miller and his family. In March 1870 she gave birth to an illegitimate son, John William Hutchison, and is with her parents in 1871, at High Street, Longside, working as a domestic servant. Her father died in 1875, and in 1881 Margaret is with her mother, two brothers and her son working a 3.5 acre croft with her mother at Hutchison Street: this may well be the croft her father had. Her mother died in 1887 and in 1891 Margaret and her son are living with her unmarried brother John in Longside, and her son has become a tailor. Margaret and her brother are still together in Longside in 1901. Margaret died in 1927 age 84 at Longside.

27 December 1867
Birth of Helen Ann Morgan at Peterhead, daughter of William Souter Morgan and Jane Aitken. Helen was to become the second wife of my great grandfather. In 1871 she is with her parents and siblings at Lochside, Cruden where her father was a farm servant, in 1881 the family is at Collie Hill, Cruden and in 1891 they are Little Tillymaud, Cruden and Helen seems to be helping her mother at home. In 1901 Helen is working as a domestic servant in Peterhead for a vintner and his family. She must then have gone to work at Blackstrath, Keithhall, for it was there that she gave birth to her illegitimate daughter Chrissie Gray Morgan in 1904 – the father not named but his surname might have been Gray. The year before, my grandfather William Fraser’s first wife had died and it’s possible Helen Ann Morgan became his housekeeper, as he had several young children to be cared for. Nature then took its course as Helen gave birth to their son at Hatton in April 1906, though she and William didn’t get married until April 1907, and they subsequently had 4 more sons. In about 1910, William and Helen took over Mosside Croft, on the death of William’s father Alexander. My mother remembered “Granny Fraser” – she was short and wore little round glasses, and had a dairy attached to the cottage where she made cheese. Helen Ann Fraser nee Morgan died in 1938 at the age of 70 of a coronary thrombosis.

27 December 1860
Birth of Christian Pirie at Old Deer, daughter of my half ggg aunt Janet Hay McWilliam and James Pirie and granddaughter of Janet Sangster and William McWilliam. She is with her parents at Old Deer in 1861, 1871 and 1881 at different farms, as her father was a farm servant. She married farm servant James Tough at Old Deer in 1885 and in 1891 they are at Burnside, Turriff with 4 children and Christian’s widower father. They are still there in 1901, James a cattleman, with 2 more children and still with Christian’s father. She died in 1908 of pulmonary tuberculosis.

18 and 19 December

Today are two happy birthday wishes to send to cousins, one in USA and one in Canada.Nothing on the 18th, but also on the 19th are a Hutcheon descendant from Aberdeen who was a shoemaker at Longside, and a Strachan who probably died as a result of childbirth.

19 December 1834
Baptism of Alexander Davidson at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of my gggg aunt Margaret Hutcheon and Charles Davidson. In 1841 he is with his parents and siblings at St Fergus, which was then in Banffshire, and is in Burnhead, Banffshire in 1851 working, at age 16, as a farm labourer for a miller with 12 acres. In 1861 he is Mosside, Longside (not to be confused with the Fraser croft of Mosside near Hatton) working as a shoemaker, and is with his parents and grandmother. His father died in 1862 and in 1865 Alexander married Susan Angus at Udny, and they had children baptised at Longside. In 1871 Alexander is a shoemaker journeyman living at Back Wynd, Longside with wife Susan and 3 children, and is at Old Toll House, Longside in 1881 with his wife and 7 children. In 1891, working as a shoemaker and general labourer, he is still at Longside with his wife and 3 youngest children still at home. He was present when his mother died at Mosside, Rora, Longside in 1893 and was the informant on her death certificate. Alexander died in 1899 at Longside age 64.

19 December 1858
Birth of my half gg aunt Susan Strachan at Kilwinning, daughter of my gg grandfather Robert Strachan and his second wife Susan Cran. Susan is with her parents at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning in 1861 and 1871, and married coal miner Peter Lawson in Kilwinning in 1880. They are in Corsehill, Kilwinning in 1881 with a 3 month old son, and are still there in 1891 with 4 children. she had another 2 children in the early 1890s, then died of a haemorrhage in February 1897: her death certificate does not say this was in childbirth but it’s possible it was. Her husband Peter remarried.

19 December 1954
Happy birthday Betty in the USA, daughter of my cousin Harry.

19 December 1959
Happy birthday Debra in Canada, daughter of my cousin Colin.

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 November

Three who either died very young or can’t be found, and one who moved around a great deal and was a police constable. I’m always amazed by the variety of occupations appearing on my family tree!

28 November 1798
Birth of Agnes Marshall at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire daughter of my ggg grandparents Robert Marshall and Agnes Logan. I can’t find anything else that looks like her in the records, so she may have died young. There’s a marriage in Kilmarnock in 1824 between an Agnes Marshall and Hugh Barclay, but they can be traced in the census and that Agnes wasn’t born in Ayrshire – though several trees on Ancestry have assumed she’s the 1798 Kilmarnock Agnes.

27 November 1806
Baptism of Alexander Hutcheon, son of Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce and therefore my gggg uncle at Longside, Aberdeenshire. They had another son named Alexander Hutcheon baptised on 25 November 1807, so the first son named Alexander must have died in infancy.

28 November 1849
Birth of William Gray at Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire, son of George Gray and Jane Alexander and grandson of my ggggg uncle John Alexander and Janet Morrison. William was with his parents in Belhelvie in 1851 and then in Rayne in 1861. He can’t be found in the 1871 census, but in 1872 he married Mary Campbell Wheatley in Ardersier, near Inverness. He obviously moved around quite a bit, as during the 1870s they had children born in Ardersier, Strathblane down in Stirlingshire, then Dirleton and North Berwick near Haddington. But by 1881 they were back in Ardersier and William was a grocer. They then went on the move again and had children born in Broughton, Eddlestone and Walkerburn, all in Peebleshire, and in 1891 William is the police constable at Walkerburn, living at the Police Station, and he was still there in 1901. But his travels didn’t end with Walkerburn, as he died in 1920 at Kinghorn in Fifeshire.

28 November 1858
Birth of Susan Strachan Findlay in Riccarton, daughter of James Findlay and Mary Monroe Findlay, and great granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Susan died in January 1859 at less than 2 months old.

25 November

An Aberdeenshire Hutcheon and an Aberdeenshire Aitken today. They both had what reads as ordinary, even dull lives – but then we don’t know the detail, what interested them, or what created their joyful moments

25 November 1807
Baptism of my gggg uncle Alexander Hutcheon at Longside, son of Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce. In 1841 he’s an ag lab at Red Lums, Longside with his mother, sister and a niece. He married Margaret Hutcheon or Hutchison in 1842 at Longside, who was the daughter of another Alexander Hutcheon and Jane Sangster, so the couple were most probably related. In 1851 they are at Kirk Street, Longside with 4 children and Alexander is a road maker, but he was an ag lab in 1861 and 1871, when they were at High Street, Longside, though his death certificate says he was a crofter. Alexander died in 1875 at Longside at age 68.

25 November 1849
Birth of Helen Aitken at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Aitken and Elizabeth Milne and aunt of my step great grandmother Helen Ann Morgan. The name Helen Aitken reappears on my family tree as my father’s sister Helen Strachan became Helen Aitken when she married, but there’s no connection between the Aberdeenshire and Ayrshire families! The born in 1849 Helen Aitken was living in Cruden parish with her parents in 1861, her father a farm overseer. She married young, as in September 1865 she married George Davidson, a farm labourer. They led the usual life of a farm servant and his family, moving from farm to farm, with their children being born in various places within the Buchan part of Aberdeenshire. By 1901, though, Helen had been widowed, was earning a living as a charwoman, and had a grandson living with her.

23 and 24 November

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

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

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

10 November

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

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

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

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