Tag Archives: Marshall

16 January

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 and 9 January

On the 8th is another female ancestor who married someone considerably younger than herself. This is not uncommon on my family tree, and puts paid to the idea that women married men older than themselves. A great many of my female ancestors were a bit older than their husbands, and in today’s case there was a 14 year gap. Perhaps the fact that Alice from Yorkshire was an innkeeper was part of the attraction! Also on the 8th: two early Sangsters from Aberdeenshire and a Marshall from Ayrshire who married an official of the Kilmarnock Sheriff’s Court. Nothing happened on the 9th, though.

8 January 1785
My ggggg aunt Isobel Sangster was born at Cruden, daughter of John Sangster and Elizabeth Matthew. In December 1805 an Isobel Sangster was compeared by the Cruden Kirk Session and named Alexander McPherson, a travelling chapman, as the father of her child. He was compeared in Aberdeen in April 1806 and denied paternity. However, I cannot find a baptism of a child born to an Isobel Sangster at that time, but it is possible it is ‘my’ Isobel. Perhaps the child died at birth. I also think she’s the Isobel Sangster who married Peter Morgan in August 1807 at Longside, and had 9 children. Peter Morgan died before the 1841 census, and in 1841 there is an Isobel Sangster, yarn winder, is in Stuartfield Village with 17 year old Mary Sangster, but I suspect this might not be her.

8 January 1787
My ggggg aunt Helen Sangster was born at Cruden, daughter of John Sangster and Elizabeth Matthew. Nothing else can be found for Helen in the records, so she may well have died young.

8 January 1832
Baptism of Alice Green at Worsbrough, daughter of ggggg uncle George Green and Hannah Ellis. Her father was an innkeeper and Alice is with her parents and siblings in Ward Green, Worsbrough in 1841 and 1851, by which time she was a dressmaker. She married John Poles in 1852 and they are in Ward Green in 1861 with 3 children, living next door to the inn where Alice’s widowed mother is innkeeper. John was a stone getter, which is an old term for someone who delivered locally quarried stone, and he died in 1868, by which time they’d had more children. Alice’s mother died in 1870 and by 1871 Alice is the innkeeper at Ward Green and has some of her children with her, though 2 are visiting their aunt. Then in 1872 Alice Poles married Alfred Hoyland at Sheffield: he was a coal miner who was in Worsbrough in 1871, with his parents. He was 14 years younger than Alice, which might have something to so with why they went to Sheffield to get married. They had 2 children born in Worsbrough, but then Alfred died in 1875 at Ward Green, and probate for his will was granted to his widow Alice: probate describes Alfred as a miner and innkeeper. In 1881 Alice Hoyland, widowed for the second time, is still the innkeeper at Ward Green and with her are 4 of her children, 2 grandchildren with the surname Hoyland, a servant and a boarder. She is still at Ward Green in 1891 but had moved out of the inn and was next door again, earning a living as a dressmaker, and had her a Poles son, 2 Hoyland children and a Hoyland grandchild with her. Alice died in 1895 age 63.

8 January 1834
Baptism of Christian Wallace Marshall at Galston, daughter of my ggg uncle Alexander Marshall and Christian Wallace. Her father was a saddler and they are at Langland Street, Kilmarnock in 1841. Her mother died before 1851, and in the 1851 census Christina – as she by then known – is a house servant to a baker in Galston, and in 1861 is a dressmaker living with her unmarried sister Jane at Station Road, Galston. In 1870 she was married at Galston to James Thomas Miller who was an assistant bar officer at the Sheriff Court: they are in St Marnock Street, Kilmarnock in 1871 and the census says husband James was born in Quebec. They are at the same address in 1881, have 4 children, James has become the Macer at the Sheriff Court, and James’ widowed mother is with them – she was born in Ireland. A Macer is a court official whose job is to ensure the court runs smoothly by preparing the courtroom and ensuring everyone needed and called knows what to do. They had moved round the corner to Dundonald Road by 1891 and had 3 children with them, their son working as an apprentice draughtsman. James Thomas Miller died, and in 1901 widow Christina is with her 3 children, all in their twenties and unmarried: the eldest daughter is a dressmaker and the son is a draughtsman. Christina Miller nee Marshall died on April 1904 at Fitchfield Street, Kilmarnock of a tubercle of the lung, which is caused by bacterial tuberculosis.

29 and 30 December

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

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

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

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

16 December

Just one today: a Marshall descendant who brings an unusual occupation to my family tree as she married a lace curtain manufacturer.

16 December 1863
Birth of Marion Hughes Jardine at Galston, Ayrshire, daughter of Francis Russell Jardine and Marion Craig Marshall, and granddaughter of my ggg ucle Alexander Marshall and Christina Wallace. Marion’s father was a labourer at the colliery in Galston in 1871, and in 1881 Marion is a domestic servant for a farmer. She married Hugh Morton at Galston in 1890, and they are in Loudon in 1891, Hugh a clerk at a lace company. By 1901 they had had 4 children born at Darvel, but were back in Loudon where Hugh was a lace curtain manufacturer. Marion Hughes Morton ms Jardine died in 1940 at age 76 at Galston.

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.

11 and 12 October

A fascinating coincidence today: a Strachan born in Ayrshire who, after living in London, Scarborough and York, ended his life in Barnsley, just round the corner from where my Yorkshire great grandparents lived. There’s also an Ayrshire Ballantine who married a marine engineer and lived in London, yet another grandchild of Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe, who had 50 grandchildren that I know of, a ggg aunt Strachan who seems to have died young and a Marshall ggg aunt who also died young.

12 October 1799
Birth of my ggg aunt Susannah Strachan at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, daughter of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson. I suspect she died young as nothing further can be found. Trees on Ancestry have her death in 1821 but give no source for that information.

12 October 1800
My ggg aunt Sarah Marshall was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Marshall and Agnes Logan. Sarah died before 1814, as Robert and Agnes had another daughter born in 1814 named Sarah, who was my gg grandmother and married John McInairney (or McInernery or a any one of a wide range of spellings).

12 October 1869 (born about 1844)
William Strachan was born in about 1844 at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, son of my ggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Margaret Sampson Reid Jamieson. He is with his parents and siblings at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn in 1851, his father and an older brother both coal miners. In 1861 William, at age 17, is himself a coal miner but he changed occupation and moved south, to London, for in 1869 he married Annie McCallum Stewart at Dreghorn and gave his occupation as draper and his address as Islington, Middlesex. There was an announcement of their marriage in the Ardrossen & Saltcoats Herald. The 1871 census finds them at Hanover Street, Islington, William a draper and with a young son, a servant and a boarder who was also a draper. He must have returned to Ayrshire not long after, however, as the children of William and Annie born on 1874 and 1876 were both born in Ayrshire. The 1881 census, however, finds them in Scarborough, Yorkshire (where I spent many a day at the seaside during my childhood) – William is a tailer and draper employing 7 men and 4 boys, and he and Annie have 3 children, a servant, and also have Annie’s mother and a shopman tailor living with them. Two children were born in Scarborough in 1881 and 1882, but at some stage they moved to York (one of my favourite cities and only a short drive from where I live). In the 1891 census William, a traveller for a tailor and draper with 4 children and 2 boarders, is living off Bishopthorpe Road in York . Then it becomes a remarkable coincidence, for the death of William Strachan, age 48, is registered in 1893 in Barnsley, and in 1901 his widow, 3 of his children, his brother-in-law and a Scottish visitor are at 54 Old Mill Lane, Barnsley – which means they were living just round the corner from James Street, where my Yorkshire great grandparents were in the 1891 census and where several other Yorkshire ancestors lived.

12 October 1848
Birth of William Findlay at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of David Findlay and Susanna Strachan and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He died in infancy, as there is no sign of him in 1851, and his mother died at about the same time so she may have died in childbirth.

11 October 1872 (born 1849)
Elizabeth Ballantine was born in about 1849 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of coal miner Thomas Ballantine and Susanna Strachan and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Elizabeth is with her parents at Limekilns, Kilmarnock in 1851 and then in Dreghorn in 1861. By 1871 she is in Partick, Govan as a servant to the household of Alexander Morrison, a hide and leather factor. She possible met her husband there, as in 1872 she was married in Dreghorn to David Wright Ross, an engineer living in Glasgow, though a later census says he was born in Ayr. There were obviously in Dreghorn in 1876 when Elizabeth’s father died, as the informant on the death certificate is David W Ross son in law. But by 1881 they had moved a long way south and are in the census at Dee Street, Bromley, Middlesex with 3 children all born in Scotland: husband David is not at home but Elizabeth is described as the wife of a marine engineer, so David may well have been at sea. He was absent in both 1891 and 1901 too, and Elizabeth can be found in both census at Abbott Road, Bromley with her 4 children. Both sons became marine engineers and a daughter became a telephonist. In 1911 Elizabeth’s husband David is at home as by then he is a retired marine engineer, and one unmarried daughter remains at home. There is a death for an Elizabeth Ross age 84 in 1935 registered at Greenwich.

24, 25 and 26 September

Back again, after a week of not feeling at all well: it seems there’s a very nasty virus doing the rounds. Much to catch up on so three days today, which includes my great aunt Maggie Fraser who migrated to Toronto, Canada but sadly died there after only 2 years. Also: early Ayrshire Logan and Marshall ancestors I need to do more research on, an Ayrshire Logan who migrated to Australia and died there just 9 months later, a Strachan coal miner who became a labourer at the chemical works at Irvine, an Aberdeenshire Logan who became a clerk and then a grocer, and in later life migrated to Michigan, USA to join his sons.

24 September 1784
Birth of my gggg uncle John Logan at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, son of my gggg grandparents James Logan and Sarah Weir. Nothing further found that can be said to be him with any certainty, as he seems to have died before the 1841 census. Unfortunately, John Logan is a fairly common name.

26 September 1811
Birth of my ggg uncle John Marshall at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, son of my ggg grandparents Robert Marshall and Agnes Logan. I have yet to sort out the Marshalls so I’m not quite sure what happened to John and his many siblings. However, his mother Agnes Marshall ms Logan died in 1865 and her son John Logan was the informant so he was in Kilmarnock then.

25 September 1838 (born about 1820)
Mary Logan was in about 1820 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire daughter of my ggg uncle Adam Logan and Margaret Duncan. For whatever reason, Adam Logan left his wife and children and set up home with someone else, his wife Margaret and their 5 daughters residing in Neilston, Renfrewshire. Mary Logan married John Baxter at Neilston in 1838, and in 1841 they are at Grahamstown, Neilston with 1 daughter, John working as a press printer. By 1851 they are Mingavie, Stirlingshire where John Baxter was working as a stone mason, and have 2 daughters. In July 1853 the family migrated to Australia. Sadly, Margaret’s life in Australia was cut short as she died in April 1854 at Collingwood, Melbourne, of jaundice. Her Australian death certificate day had 2 daughters, plus 4 sons and 2 daughters who had died.

24 September 1833
Birth of John Strachan at Dundonald, Ayrshire, which will probably mean Shewalton Colliery, son of my ggg uncle John Strachan and Jean Neilson. His father died not long after John’s birth, and in 1841 he us with his mother and siblings at Strathbungo Village, Govan, Lanarkshire, his mother working as an agricultural labourer. In 1851 John is age 16 and a coal miner, still living in Strathbungo with his widowed mother and an older sister. By 1858, however, both John and his mother have moved back to Ayrshire, as in December that year John Strachan married Agnes Corrans or Corrance at Irvine. John, wife Agnes and mother Jean are in the 1861 census at East Back Road, Irvine, John a coal miner, Agnes a muslin sewer and Jean formerly a domestic servant. John and wife Agnes are at Halfway, Dundonald in 1871, with no children, and in 1881 they are in Dundonald parish, John now working as a chemical labourer and with 2 lodgers. They seem to have then made something of a career of taking in lodgers as in 1891 they are at Montgomery, Irvine with 4 lodgers: John and all the lodgers are labourers at the chemical works. John Strachan died in July 1899 at Cochrane Street, parish of Dundonald of pneumonia – the informant was his nephew Samuel Fairgrieve, a relative of his wife.

24 September 1864
Birth of William Logan at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggg uncle John Logan and Jane Marr. In 1871 William is at Muirtack, Cruden, where his father is a crofter of 6 acres, and in 1881 is still at home, at age 16, and is a pupil teacher. By 1891 William has moved to Dundee, married Margaret Souter Butchart from Monifieth, and is a mercantile clerk. In 1901 William is a grocer at 180 High Street, Newburgh, Fifeshire with his wife. 4 children, his wife’s father and his wife’s sister. In 1921 William, Margaret and two younger children migrated to USA to join his eldest 3 sons who lived in Flint, Michigan, famous as the place where General Motors began. William died there in 1929.

26 September 1890
Birth of my great aunt Margaret Fraser, known as Maggie, at Mains of Elrick, Old Deer, daughter of William Fraser and Helen Hay and older sister to my grandfather James Fraser. Maggie is with her parents at Mains of Elrick in the 1891 census and at Mill of Brogan, Slains in 1901, when she is age 10 and at school and where her father was the head cattleman. Her mother died in 1903 and the family moved back to Hatton, where he father married Helen Ann Morgan in 1907. In the 1911 census Maggie is at Shannas, Old Deer, which is close to Nether Kinmundy and not very far from the Fraser croft at Mosside, working as a domestic servant for schoolmaster Peter Piper and his family. In September 1911 Maggie Fraser, age 21, sailed on the vessel Grampian arriving in Quebec, Canada, when she was destined to Toronto to work as a domestic servant. Sadly, her life was cut short in 1913, as she died in Toronto of pulmonary thrombosis.

21 September

Posted late due to the internet being on go slow last night. Today is about good old Uncle Harry – the supposed black sheep of the family which means I can’t help but think of him fondly. So what if he was a communist and a bigamist – it makes him interesting. Back in my radical student days of the 70s, I was proud to have an uncle who’d been in the Spanish Civil War! The 21st also sees a Marshall descendent from Ayrshire marry a railway locomotive engineer, move to Kent, and live in Clapham, south London as a widow. My ancestors get around, that’s for sure.

21 September 1850
Birth of Christina Jardine at Galston, Ayrshire, daughter of Francis Russell Jardine and Marion Craig Marshall, and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Alexander Marshall and Christina Wallace. She is with her parents in Kilmarnock in 1851 and 1861 and in Galston in 1871, and worked as a cotton weaver. In 1873 she married James Clark Campbell at Galston. They moved to Kent and in 1881 are at Wilsborough, near Ashford, where James Campbell worked as a locomotive engine fitter, and they had 2 children, one born in Kilmarnock and the youngest born in Springburn, Glasgow. They also had 2 lodgers who were also engine fitters from Ayrshire, so it looks as if a railway locomotive works had been on a recruitment drive in Scotland. By 1891 they had moved to Ramsgate on the Kent coast: James was by then a foreman and they had 6 children, 1 born in Ashford and 3 born in Ramsgate. They are in the same location in Ramsgate in 1901, James still a locomative engine fitter foreman. James Clark Campbell died between 1901 and 1911, as in the 1911 census Christina is at Netherford Road, Clapham a widow living with 5 unmarried adult children and a lodger (who was later to marry one of her daughters). Her unmarried sons were both working as engineers, and two of her unmarried daughters were clerks. I think Christina has to be the Christina Campbell who died in 1929 age 78 and whose death was registered in Wandsworth (which is next door to Clapham).

21 September 1901
Birth of my uncle Henry Strachan at Crookedholm, Ayrshire, son of Henry Strachan and Helen McCrae. This is what I wrote about him on the “Story of Henry Strachan and Helen McCrae” page… Well, every family has one! Harry, as he was known, was called “the black sheep of the family” by my father. He was born not long before my grandparents moved to Lanarkshire, and is at Mansion Street, Cambuslang in 1911 age 8 and at school. Thanks to his grandson Rob and some online research, I now know a fair bit about him, and why my father called him the black sheep. As a young man Harry moved back to Kilmarnock, taking over some kind of coal business belonging to a McCrae uncle, and in December 1921, when he was 20, he married Mary McGinty in Kilmarnock. They had a daughter born one month later but the baby died at a few weeks old. The next few years is a bit of a mystery: in 1932 Harry is recorded as saying he had not been in contact with his wife for at least 7 years, but Mary seems to have had more children in the 1920s. So were they Harry’s children or not? Harry went to Canada, however, in 1929, and on the passenger list said he was single. He met Mary Campbell there, and she gave birth to their son in Toronto in January 1931. Henry, Mary and their son came back to Scotland in October 1931 going to Newcastle, where Mary Campbell was from. They married in February 1932 at Blytheswood, East Kilbride and a daughter was born in May 1932 at Cambuslang. The marriage had, however, been bigamous and Henry was taken to court in October 1932, found guilty and sent to Barlinnie prison. A report from the Glasgow Herald says: “Bigamy by a Miner: sentence of imprisonment was passed at Glasgow Sheriff upon Henry Strachan (30), a miner, who pleaded guilty to a charge of bigamy. Mr G Anderson, Deputy Procurator-Fiscal, said that the accused was lawfully married in 1921. Last year he went through a form of marriage with a woman whom he met in Canada. An agent said that some months after his legal marriage in Kilmarnock Strachan left his wife, following a quarrel. He tried to get in touch with her afterwards, but he found she had left Kilmarnock. He then took the step of applying to a political party the ILP for advice, and it seemed that the official of the ILP advised him that as he had not heard from his wife for seven years he was free to marry again. In these circumstances, the agent added, he appealed to the court for leniency.” If that is true, then it seems his first marriage only lasted a few months. It’s not known how long he spent in prison but it probably wasn’t very long. Harry and Mary had three more children, making five born by 1935. Harry was also very much caught up in the “Red Clyde” movement, joining the Communist Party and then, according to a family story that several of us have heard from different people, he volunteered with the International Brigade and went to Spain to fight with the Popular Front during the Spanish Civil War. This would have been sometime during 1936-1939. It seems his relationship with Mary Campbell broke down at this time, and his mother helped to look after his children. Mary was in London during the war, where she married, and then returned to Tyneside and lived with one of her daughters. Henry Strachan aka Harry died in 1961 at Rutherglen at the age of 59 of coronary thrombosis: he was living alone and his sister Helen Aitken registered his death.
Jock, Sophia, Henry
Harry is the one standing at the back, with his mother, brother John and sister in law Sophie seated.

On 9 August

Today: a Marshall ancestor who lived in Galston, and great aunt Flora Strachan who, ever since I discovered her, I’ve had a soft spot for and don’t really know why.

9 August 1825
Birth of Marion Craig Marshall at Galston, Ayrshire, daughter of my ggg uncle Alexander Marshall and Christina Wallace. In 1841 Marion was a servant at Galston for Robert Wright, a draper, and his family. She then married Frances Russell Jardine in Galston in 1848, and they were living at Boyd Street, Kilmarnock in 1851 with a daughter. Frances Jardine was working as a gas maker, which is someone who helped produced gas by burning coal. By 1861, however, Frances is a night watchman and the family are at 10 Park Street, Kilmarnock with 3 children and 2 lodgers. 1871 finds them back in Galston at 8 Wallace Street: Frances is a labourer at a colliery and he and Marion have 6 children, the eldest three working as a cotton weaver, a porter and a carder. They’d moved to 3 Polworth, Galston by 1881 and by then had 2 daughters at home, both working as lace winders. Marion’s husband Frances died during the 1880s, as in 1891 Marion is at Brewland Street, Galston with her daughter Jessie. She is at the same address but living on her own in 1901, age 75 and an annuitant. Marion Craig Jardine nee Marshall died in 1905 age 79 at Galston.

9 August 1863
Birth of my great aunt Flora Strachan at Lamont’s Row, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, daughter of my great grandparents Joseph Strachan and Jeanie Haddow. Her census entry in 1891 says she had been an invalid since childhood, but there are no records indicating what her disability was. In 1871 she’s with her parents and siblings at Crookedholm, and in 1881 is also with them at Crookedholm age 17. In 1882 she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, Jane Dunlop Strachan, at her parent’s house on Cowan’s Row, Crookedholm: the father is not named but Robert Dunlop is the father’s name on Jane Dunlop Strachan’s marriage certificate. On ger daughter’s birth certificate Flora describes herself as a domestic and agricultural servant. In 1887 Flora gave birth to a second illegitimate child, Joseph Irvine Strachan, again father not named but his surname was probably Irvine. Flora was a mill worker picker at the time. Baby Joseph died at 37 days old, from infantile marasmus (failure to thrive, often caused by malnutrition). Flora is still with her parents in 1891 at Lamont’s Land, Crookedholm, age 25, along with her eight year old daughter. Flora died in 1893 at the age of 29, at her parent’s home at Dunlop’s Land, Crookedholm.