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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.

26 December

This was a busy day. In Yorkshire there is a Roydhouse ancestor who was a shoemaker at Carlton, in London a Green ancestor was born, up in Aberdeenshire there was a Fraser descendant who was the blacksmith at Hatton plus a Logan who married a carter and settled at Newhills, in Ayrshire a coal miner and then railway guard Strachan who lived all his life at Crawfordhill near Kilmaurs. And on this day a McCrae born in Kilmarnock was killed in action in Europe in 1945. (And my broadband is still dodgy so I hope this posts!)

26 December 1798
Baptism of my gggg uncle William Roydhouse at Darfield, Yorkshire, son of William Roydhouse and Mary Adams of Wombwell – surname also written as Roadhouse and Roodhouse back then. I’m pretty sure he married Rebecca Iveson at Royston in 1822 and is described as a cordwainer (old term for shoemaker): one of the witnesses was Samuel Roadhouse and my William had a brother called Samuel plus in the later census, that William Roadhouse has a birth place of Wombwell. In 1841 Samuel and Rebecca are in Carlton, near Royston, William a shoemaker and they have 8 children with them: they had 9 altogether. William’s wife Rebecca died in 1845, and in 1851 William is an ag lab in Carlton with 6 children at home, the eldest unmarried daughters no doubt being the housekeepers. By 1851 William’s address is given as Carlton Green and he has 3 grown up and unmarried daughters with him. He died in 1861 at Carlton at 67 years old. William reminded me that I haven’t organised all my notes on my Roydhouse ancestors, and need to do so plus do a bit more research!

26 December 1839
Birth of Amelia Green at Kings Road, Chelsea, London (today a rather good address!), daughter of my gggg uncle Samuel Green and his wife Mary: her father was a licensed victualler who had moved from Worbsrough to Berkshire and then to London. Amelia is with her family at City Road, London in 1841 and is working as a servant, age 14, in 1851 at York Place, Chelsea for a retired hatter. She has become a barmaid by 1891 on Kings Road, Chelsea, then married publican Edward Smith in 1862 at St Marylebone church. In 1871 they are living at South Street, Kensington with 3 children, Edward a grocer. Edward died in 1875, and widow Amelia is still in Kensington in 1881 with 2 of her children. By 1891 she is in Camberwell, still with 2 children and living in the same building as her married daughter. By 1901 she has set up in business as a dyer on the ground floor of Addison Mansions in Hammersmith, and has a unmarried daughter with her and an older sister visiting. Her unmarried daughter died in 1902 and Amelia is in Camberwell in 1911, near where her married son was in 1901, and has a married daughter Florence and married son Edward with her. However, her daughter Florence is also listed in the 1911 census with her husband and children in Manor Park, near Lewisham, and her married son Edward is also with his wife in Hampstead: they must have both just been visiting their mother on census night. There are too many Amelia Smith deaths in the London area with a similar birth year to know which one is the right one.

26 December 1859
Birth of Alexander Milne at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate son of my ggg aunt Janet aka Jessie Fraser and William Milne. He is at Mosside Croft in 1861 with his Fraser grandparents, his mother, an aunt and uncle, and his siblings and a cousin. By 1871 he was working as a farm servant but was only across the field at Hardslacks, working for farmer George Hutcheon. Alexander married Elizabeth Thomson at Craighead, Cruden in December 1880 and by then has become a blacksmith. They are at Hobshill, Cruden in 1881 and in Hatton in 1891, with 3 children and an apprentice blacksmith. They remained in Hatton, where they brought up their family of 9 children, plus seem to have always had an apprentice living with them. Alexander Milne died in 1920 of syncope: he dropped down dead near the saddler’s shop at the age of 60.

26 December 1861
Birth of Mary Logan at Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my ggg uncle James Logan and Jane Norrie. She is with her parents at Blackhil of Courtstone in 1871 where he father was a ag lab, and in 1881 is at Braiklay, Tarves living in as a cook on a 160 acre farm employing 7 farm servants. She married William Yule at Tarves in 1882, and by 1891 they are living at Newhills, Aberdeen, William working as a carter, and have 4 children. They are still in Newhills in 1901, with another 3 children and William a road labourer. Mary Yule nee Logan died in 1939 at Newhills.

26 December 1862
Birth of John Strachan at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, son of John Strachan and Elizabeth Gilmour and grandson of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Ann Miller. He stayed in Kilmaurs all his life, even living in the same row of cottages as his parents, and was a coal miner and then a railway guard. He is with his parents in 1871 and 1881, and in 1881 married Elizabeth Nisbet Lindsay at Kilmaurs, who given her name may well have been a relative, as Strachan married Nisbets and Lindsays. They are in Crawfordhill Cottages, Kilmaurs in 1891 with 2 children: Crawfordhill is by Thornton Colliery, just to the west of Crosshouse, so many of John’s relatives would have lived close by. John’s son James died in 1891 and in 1892 his wife Elizabeth died. He remarried in 1894, to Martha Boyd of Kilwinning, and they are Crawfordhill in 1901, with two more children. By then John was working as a railway guard. John Strachan died age 62 at Kilmaurs in 1924.

26 December 1945 (born 1914)
William Marshall McCrae was born in Kilmarnock in 1914, son of my great uncle Matthew McIncarne McCrae and Ann McCubbin. He joined the Royal Engineers in 1939, and in 1943 married Ina in Deptford, London, though they set up home at Dean Street, Kilmarnock. Sapper William M McCrae was killed in action in Europe on 26 December 1945.

9 December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

21 November

Another long lived relative today: given how many on my family tree lived to well into their 90s I may have a long retirement ahead of me. Today is an Oxley from Yorkshire I can’t find in the records, a Strachan descendant from Ayrshire who stayed close to home, and a Logan of Aberdeenshire descendant born in Canada.

21 November 1824
Baptism of William Oxley at St Mary’s Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of my gggg uncle William Oxley and Elizabeth. And beyond that I do not know as I can’t find anything that looks like him in the records.

21 November 1894 death (born about 1838)
No baptism record exists for Robert Howat but he was born in 1838 in Kilmaurs, son of Peter Thomas Howat and Janet Strachan, and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Peter didn’t venture far from home, which became Dreghorn when he was a child. He’s with his parents and many siblings in 1851 at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn and at 13 is already a coal miner. His father died in the 1850s and in 1860 Robert married Agnes Couper McKean at Dreghorn. Apart from a few years in Kilwinning during the 1860s, they lived in Dreghorn and had 11 children, Robert and his sons all coal miners. He died on 21 November 1894 and was buried in Dreghorn kirkyard. In 1901 his widow is a draper in Dreghorn, assisted by her dressmaker daughters and with one coal miner son still at home.

21 November 1873
Birth of Isabella George at Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, who is an example of how you can often find out more about people who lived in other countries than you can about those who stayed in the UK. Isabella was the daughter of my ggg aunt Barbara Logan and James George, who migrated from Aberdeenshire to Canada in April 1872. Isabella’s father became a farmer at Brant, and she’s there with her parents and siblings in 1881 and 1891. She married Isaac Herbert Dixon in about 1898 – they had 3 children and lived in Toronto, where Herbert worked as a foreman at a bond warehouse for Canadian Pacific Railway. Herbert died in 1924, so Isabella had a long widowhood as she died in Toronto in 1966 at age 93.

14 November

A Yorkshire ancestor for whom records are rather thin on the ground, an Aberdeenshire Logan who died of cancer at age 34, and a Strachan who spent 12 years in the army, so thanks to the availability online of digitised army records he has left a detailed record easily discoverable.

14 November 1793
Baptism of my gggg uncle William Oxley at Barnsley, son of William and Elizabeth Oxley of Pogmoor (now a suburb of Barnsley). He seems to have married an Elizabeth, though I can’t find a marriage, and there are children baptised at Barnsley to parents William and Elizabeth Oxley. That William is initially described as a bleacher, then as a collier. There is a William Oxley age 58 born Pogmoor – which is the right age and place – in the 1851 census with wife Elizabeth, in receipt of parish relief, so that looks like my man. William Oxley of Barnsley age 67 was buried at Barnsley St Mary in December 1859, so if it’s the same one he was buried at the same church as he was baptised.

14 November 1859
Birth of Elizabeth Logan at Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my ggg uncle James Logan and Jane Norrie. Her father was a farm servant ploughman and in 1861 Elizabeth is with her family in Foveran, but she isn’t with her family in the 1871 and I can’t find her elsewhere. She was 11 year old at the time so it’s possible she was out being a domestic servant but it’s also possible she was just missed off. She is working as a domestic servant by 1881, though, at Methlick for a farmer and his family. She married John Kynoch in 1887 at Savoch, and they are in Methlick on 1891, although shephard John was listed as absent from home. They had 3 children but also had 3 older children with different surnames with them, and I’m not sure who they were. Elizabeth Kynoch ms Logan died in July 1895 of cancer of the uterus at age 34. Her children went to live with their Kynoch grandmother in Methlick.

14 November 1872
Birth of William Young Strachan at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, son of John Strachan and Agnes Scott and grandson of my ggg uncle Munro Strachan and Janet Jamieson. He’s with his parents in 1881 and 1891 at Corsehll Square, Dreghorn, and became a coal miner. Then in 1893 he enlisted, on 23 May at Camp Irvine in Ayrshire, with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders for 7 years: his enlistment papers are online and say he was 5ft 4.5ins with grey eyes and brown hair, with a scar on his forehead and a large scare on his left thigh and right knee – which sounds as if he might have had a mining injury. He went to Glasgow the next day for his medical and was declared it. In October 1893 he was posted as a private, but for an unknown reason he deserted in May 1894. He was caught, however, and was convicted for desertion and loss of kit in September 1894 and spent nearly 2 months in prison before returning to duty. In December 1895 he was posted to India where he completed his 7 years, and received a bounty in order to extend his service by another 5 years. So he must have decided the army wasn’t too bad, after his early dislike! He returned to Scotland in 1905 and completed his service there. After his discharge, he married Jeanie Hamilton at Dalry, Ayrshire in 1907, and their son John was on in Dalry. They then moved to Stirlingshire and daughter Jeanie was born at St Ninians in 1911. By 1914 they were in Bannockburn, Stirlingshire, where William was a miner at the Cowie Colliery: he was registered to war service but put into the reserve due to his occupation – mining was a “reserved” occupation. He must have some kind of accident, though, as in 1917 an injury to his right leg made his unfit for war service. His wife Jeanie died in 1923 at Rutherglen but I’m not sure which of the deaths in the index might be William.

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?

6 November

Today’s ancestor had me looking into the history of the militia, a sort of early territorial army, as Robert Logan, a shoemaker from Kilmarnock, was in the Renfrewshire Militia in 1805.

6 November 1768
Birth of my gggg uncle Robert Logan at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, son of James Logan and Sarah Weir. He married Katharine Thomson in Kilmarnock in 1792. The baptism records for their first two children say Robert Logan was a shoemaker, which is the occupation of at least one of his brothers and possibly of his father. Robert and his family then moved to Glasgow, where in 1802 a daughter Sarah was baptised, parents Robert Logan shoemaker and Cathrine Thomson. One of the witnesses was William Clarkson, who was also a witness at the 1805 baptism of son Robert, but this time Robert Logan is a soldier in the Renfrewshire Militia. The militia was not the regular army and did not see active service: they were more like locally based military police. Back then they were selected by ballot but you could buy your way out by paying for a substitute. Robert must have decided to join, or was paid to do so as someone’s substitute – with a growing young family he might have been attracted to the regular wages and the aid given to a militia man’s wife and children. Robert does not appear in the 1841 census so must have died before then. However, what could be his widow is in the 1841 census in Soulis Street, Kilmarnock – Cathrine Logan age 70, pauper is with Cathrine Logan age 15, who is most probably a granddaughter. There is also a marriage for what could be Robert’s daughter Cathrine to Robert Harper in Kilmarnock in 1819, so Robert may have returned to Ayrshire.

Logan ancestors from Aberdeenshire

I’ve finally pulled together information about my Logan ancestors, from Aberdeenshire – not to be confused with my Logan ancestors from Ayrshire. There is now a Logan page (see tabs above) and under the tab is the link to the page which details my Logan family tree as so far researched.

15 October

Today features the sad story of Janet Strachan from Ayrshire, and the much travelled Margaret McWilliam from Aberdeenshire who married a soldier and migrated, as a widow, to Iowa, USA. Plus two of the frustrating kind – people I haven’t been able to find in the records after their birth.

15 October 1780
Birth of Henry Neilson at Irvine, son of Walter Neilson and Agnes Hardie at Irvine, Ayrshire. I suspect this is a son of my gggg grandparents Walter Neilson and Agnes Haddon or Haddie, although all their other children were born in Gorbals or Govan, Lanarkshire. But as Walter Neilson was a coal miner, it’s possible they spent a year or so in Irvine. Unfortunately I can’t find anything else for Henry: there was a Henry Neilson who had children baptised with Marion Tenant at Carnwath and then Shotts, Lanarkshire from 1798 but I’m not convinced this is the same Henry Neilson.

15 October 1818
Birth of my gggg aunt Christian Booth at Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Booth and Margaret Allan and aunt of my gg grandmother Mary Logan (who was the first wife of Alexander Fraser). I haven’t found anything else in the records that looks as if it could be her.

15 October 1848
Birth of Margaret McWilliam at Tyrie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half gggg uncle Nathaniel McWilliam and Isobel Murison, and granddaughterbof my gggg grandmother Janet Sangster. She proved tricky to research as she moved around a lot, but I finally cracked it. She is with her parents and siblings in New Pitsligo in 1851 and 1861, her father an ag lab. Then her mother died in about 1862, her father remarried in 1863, and then her father, stepmother and siblings migrated to the USA in 1867, settling in Iowa. Margaret, however, didn’t go with them. In 1868 she married soldier James Taylor in Aberdeen, and in 1871 is at Aberdeen Military Barracks with her sergeant husband and two young children who had both been born in Perth. By 1881 James Taylor has left the army and is a sergeant inspector Chelsea Pensioner living in Uphall, West Lothian with wife Margaret and 4 children, the youngest 2 born in Uphall. They had a third child, and then Margaret’s husband died. in 1891 she is in Broxburn, Linlithgow with her 3 surviving children, and on 23 April 1891 they all sailed from Glasgow for the USA: her father and siblings had, of course, gone to Iowa back in 1867. In the 1900 USA census Margaret and her youngest child Arthur are living with her son-in-law and married daughter Eliza in Sumner, Iowa, and in 1910 and 1920 she is living in Oskaloosa, Iowa with her unmarried son Arthur, who was a stenographer at a music house. By 1825 Margaret is back living with her married daughter Eliza Milne and is with them at Marshalltown, Iowa in 1930. She died in Marshalltown in 1934 at the age of 86.

15 October 1858 (born about 1840)
Janet Strachan was born at Shewalton Colliery, Dundonald, Ayrshire in about 1840, the daughter of my ggg uncle Munro Strachan and Janet Jamieson and granddaughter of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson. She is with her parents at Shewalton Colliery in 1841 and at MacReadie’s Land, Dreghorn in 1851, by which time her father was a pauper formerly a coal miner. Her father died in 1854. In 1858 Janet married coal miner James Wilson at Irvine and in 1861 they are in Dreghorn living with her brother-in-law Gilbert Wilson. Janet gave birth to son James in April 1861, but he died in June of congenital disability, and then Janet died in July 1861 of phthisis and bronchitis.