Tag Archives: Logan

11 January

Today there’s an Ayrshire Logan who seems to have died young, a Strachan from Ayrshire who died of fever, possibly typhus, and a McWilliam from Aberdeenshire who migrated to the US with her family and lived in Iowa.

11 January 1787
Birth of my gggg aunt Sarah Logan at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of James Logan and Sarah Weir. I suspect Sarah died young as I have not found a marriage or births of any children.

11 January 1810
My ggg uncle Peter Strachan was born at Greenend, near Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, son of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson: his baptism record has the surname written as Strang. By the end of 1811 his parents had moved to Muirkirk, Ayrshire and not long after went to Riccarton, and then to Dundonald where so many of the extended Strachan family lived and worked at Shewalton Colliery. In December 1832 Peter married Margaret Boyle at Shewalton, and they are there in 1841 with the 3 surviving children of the 4 they’d had. 2 more children were born, and then wife Margaret died in 1844. Peter Strachan died of fever in July 1846 at Halfway, Dundonald, which is close to Shewalton Colliery. There were several outbreaks of typhus at that time, so that may well have carried him off. After the deaths of both Peter and his wife, two of their children lived with Peter’s brother Henry.

11 January 1859
Birth of Mary McWilliam at New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half gggg uncle Nathaniel McWilliam and Isobel Murison (or Morrison). She is with her parents at New Pitsligo in 1861, her father an ag lab. Then her mother died and in 1863 her father remarried to Mary Yule. In April 1867 the family arrived in New York, and in the 1870 US Census are at Post Township, Iowa, father Nathaniel working as a farm labourer but he soon after became a farmer in his own right. In 1879 Mary married Samuel Edson Wickham, a cooper and then a labourer. They are in the US census at Clermont, Iowa and had 7 daughters. Mary Wickham nee McWilliam died in 1934 age 76 and was buried in Clermont.

10 January

And today we have an early Logan from Aberdeenshire who I don’t know much about, a Fraser from Cruden who was a good old ag lab who may have spent a short while in Orkney, a Strachan from Kilwinning whose husband worked at the brickworks and who never seems to have left Kilwinning, and a Strachan cousin who was actually born in Canada but lived in the UK from the age of about 6 months.

10 January 1721
George Logan (or Loggan) was baptised at New Machar, Aberdeen, son of John Logan, and he may be my ggggg grandfather – or my ancestor might be a different George Logan whose baptism record has not survived. What is certain is that a George Logan married Elizabeth Morice at Old Deer in January 1752, and they had children born at Old Deer from 1753 to 1761: their baptism records have the father as George Loggan of Miln of Creichie, and one of the witnesses was John Loggan of Miln of Creichie. This must be today’s Mill of Crichie, which is on the southern side of Stuartfield. There is also a baptism for Agnes Logan in July 1767 at Old Deer with parents George Logan of Milne of Creichie and Isobel Mories: I suspect the kirk session clerk has written Isobel when it should have said Elizabeth. However, as there is a gap of several years between the 1761 and 1767 baptisms, it’s possible Elizabeth died and Isobel is a second wife – but there is no record for any second marriage. Nothing else is known about George Logan as he died well before the census began.

10 January 1809
Birth of James Fraser at Cruden, son of who I suspect is my ggggg uncle John Fraser and Christian Sangster. He married Barbara Sim at Cruden in 1832, and baptisms for 3 children have been found: two daughters born 1832 and 1835 at Old Meldrum and another daughter born 1845 at Foveran. That leaves a 10 year gap between children, but there is no evidence for any others: perhaps they did not survive birth. In 1841 James, Barbara and 2 daughters are at Mill of Fiddes, Foveran, James an ag lab. They are at Cot Town Potterton, Belhelvie in 1851, James a farm servant waggoner, their eldest daughter a dairymaid and the new arrival, by now age 6, at school. In 1861 wife Barbara is at Green of Udny but there is no James. There is, however, a James Fraser of the right age and born at Cruden at Orquil, just outside Kirkwall on Orkney: he is a visitor, occupation ag lab, with a farmer who was born in Aberdeenshire and is employing several farm servants from Aberdeenshire. By 1871, labourer James, wife Barbara and their youngest daughter are at Woodside, Newhills, and James and Barbara are at Margret Cottage, Newhill in 1881: Newshills is now outer Aberdeen but in those days was rural. James Fraser died at Newhills in 1883.

10 January 1861
Birth of Margaret Strachan at Corsehill, Kilwinning, illegitimate daughter of my gg aunt Mary Strachan, father unknown, and granddaughter of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. On her birth certificate her mother is described as a muslin sewer. Her mother had been married to seaman Archibald Russell, but he’d disappeared and is not named as the father on Margaret’s birth certificate. In 1861 Margaret is at Kenneth’s Row with her mother, grandfather, step grandmother and aunts and uncles. Her mother then became the common law wife of Alexander McEwan – most probably the reason they did not marry was because Archibald Russell was still alive. In 1871 Margaret age 10 and a bonnet knitter is with her mother, stepfather and their 2 children. In 1880 she married Robert McGowen, brickwork labourer, at Kenneth’s Row on the same day and in the same place as her aunt Susan Strachan, who was not much older then Margaret, was married. In 1881 Margaret and husband Robert are at Corsehill, and they were still there in 1891, by which time they’d had 3 children. They are at Bannock Row, Kilwinning, having had 3 more children, and Robert McGowen is still a brick maker. Margaret McGowen nee Strachan died in 1940 at Bridgend, Kilwinning, so she spent her whole life in pretty much the same place.

10 January 1931
My cousin Henry Strachan, son of my “black sheep” uncle Henry Strachan and Mary Campbell, was born in Toronto, Canada – which came as a surprise to him in later life, as he and his parents had returned to the UK when Henry was a baby and he’s assumed he was born in the UK. He married in Tynemouth, where his mother was from, and died in 1996 in Galashiels, in the Scottish border country.

2 January


After yesterday’s busy day it was fairly quiet on the 2nd: a McWilliam in Aberdeenshire who married a ship’s carpenter, a Logan in Aberdeenshire who disappears after 1881, and a Senior descendant from Yorkshire who married a coal miner and lived in Pontefract.

2 January 1842
Birth of Ann McWilliam at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half ggggg uncle David McWilliams and Elizabeth Ewan. Her father was a sawyer and she is in Peterhead with her parents in 1851, then in 1861 is at Longate Street, Peterhead as domestic servant to the family of a horse wright. Ann married Alexander Davidson, a ship’s carpenter, in 1864 at Peterhead and they are at Roanheads in 1871 with 4 children. In 1881 they are at North Street, Peterhead with 9 children: the youngest is 3 days old and is listed as “new arrival”. By 1891 Ann’s husband Alexander was a gas stoker by then and they are on Longate, where they also are in 1901, by which time Ann’s mother Elizabeth was with them. Ann died in Peterhead in 1920 age 78.

2 January 1869
Birth or baptism of George Logan at Fintry, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggg uncle James Logan and Jane Norrie. He’s with his parents in 1871 at Blackhill of Courtstone and in 1881 at Silvermoss at Tarves. And then he disappears: no marriage or death found for him and no trace of him in the census after 1881. Nor can I find anything to indicate he migrated. So he’s a mystery.

2 January 1905
Baptism of Mabel Fletcher at Purston cum South Featherstone, Yorkshire, daughter of my gg aunt Ann Senior and coal miner John Fletcher, and who was the 11th child of a large family of 14. She is in Featherstone with her family in 1911: the household comprised her parents, 7 children and 2 coal miner boarders. I suspect she is the Mabel Fletcher who married John W Lees at Pontefract in 1925 and died in Pontefract on 1954 age 49.

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.