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Updated McInerney details

I’ve just updated the known details of my McInerney ancestors, thanks to having recently found an entry for the marriage of Sarah Marshall and John McAnarney (as it is written) at Airdrie St Margaret’s RC Church. They were also married at the Bothwell Parish Church, so it looks as if John (from Ireland) was Catholic whereas Sarah (from Scotland) was Presbytarian. I very much suspected that this would be the case so thanks you Mary who has been researching what looks to be a related family and alerted me to the RC entries.

The first child of John and Sarah, my great grandmother Mary Ann McInerney, was baptised into the Church of England as she was born in Newcastle, England before her parents were married. Their second child Matthew was baptised into the Catholic faith at Hamilton St Mary’s, as he was born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire. John and Sarah were married three months after Matthew was born. My suspicion is that John McInerney had family in the Bellshill/Bothwell area, hence his doing the right thing according to his family’s religion while they were living close by.

It’s still a mystery what became of John and Sarah’s sons Matthew McInerney born 1842 and John McInerney born 1848. I can’t found any trace of either of them after the 1861 census, when they where in Kilmarnock.

13 February

An early Strachan about whom nothing is known, a few who died very young, and a McInanirney shoemaker (or whatever that name was) who seems to have died as a result of alcoholism.

13 February 1793
Birth and baptism of my gggg uncle Thomas Strachan at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, son of Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander. Nothing else found, unfortunately. There is a marriage of Thomas Strachan and Elizabeth Nisbet in Riccarton in 1816 but I’ve attributed that to Thomas son of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson (and therefore nephew of the Thomas born in 1793).

13 February 1803
Baptism of my gggg uncle John Simpson at Royston, Yorkshire, son of John Simpson and Mary Stainton. He died at age 1 and was buried in June 1804 at Royston, his burial record saying he died of a sore throat.

13 February 1809
Birth of William Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. I can’t find anything else for him – trees on Ancestry have him married to Marion Donald but they are wrong as that was a different William Strachan.

13 February 1899 (born about 1845)
My gg uncle William McInairney was born in about 1845 at Muirkirk, son of John Mcinairney and Sarah Marshall. His father died not long after William was born, and the 1851 census has the family at Low Church Lane, Kilmarnock. In 1861 they are at 19 Fore Street, Kilmarnock and 16 year old William is a boot closer. He then disappears as I can’t find him in the 1871, 1881 or 1891 census – bit he turns up in 1899 when he died at Kyle Union Poorhouse age 50. His death certificate says he was a shoemaker, single, lived in Muirkirk and died of multiple neuritis. This could have been due to alcoholism.

13 February 1874
Baptism of my gg aunt Mary Green at St Mary’s Barnsley, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Green and Mary Oxley. She died later the same year.

13 January

Today my great grandmother Mary Ann McInairnery was born in 1840: she was tricky to research as her surname is written differently on every record that has survived, and I’m still not sure what it’s supposed to be. Also today: a Hudson ancestor born in Yorkshire born 276 years ago, a Fisher from Yorkshire of whom very little has been found, a Watt in Aberdeenshire who never married but had a daughter she seems to have lived with all her adult life, a Cain descendent on my Strachan tree who moved to Lanarkshire, a Logan descendent from Aberdeenshire who migrated to Canada and lived in Brant and then Toronto, and a McCrae descendant from Ayrshire who was deserted by her father and then lost her mother so was brought up by her grandparents.

13 January 1738
Baptism of my gggggg aunt Hannah Hudson at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of John Hudson and Mary Wooffendale. The only thing I can find that might be her is a marriage in December 1762 at Darton, the neighbouring parish to Royston, to William Overend. William Overend then had a child, Timothy, baptised in Darton in January 1764, but nothing else can be found for this couple.

13 January 1805
Baptism of Hannah Fisher at Tankersley, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle Timothy Fisher and Mary Kaye. Unfortunately I can’t find anything else that looks like her in the records, so she may have died in childhood.

13 January 1890 (born about 1818)
My gggg aunt Janet or Jessie Watt was born in Rayne in about 1818, though no baptism record can be found, and was the daughter of Peter Watt and Helen Alexander. In 1841 she was working as a female farm servant at Tiddy, Skene, and in 1851 is a visitor with her married brother James and his family at Old Mill of Shivas, Tarves. In 1857 she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter Jessie Rennie. Jessie Watt is housekeeper at a farm at Auryhillock, Bourtie at the time of the 1861 census and her daughter Jessie is with Peter and Helen Watt at Meikle Wartle, Rayne. Jessie is with her by then very elderly parents, along with her daughter, at Meikle Wartle, Rayne in 1871, earning a living as a knitter, and is there still in 1881 with her daughter, who was a dressmaker. Janet/Jessie Watt died in January 1890 age 72 at Meikle Wartle, and was remembered on the graveyard memorial erected by her brother William at Rayne.

13 January 1840
Baptism of my great grandmother Mary Ann McInairney at St Mary’s Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, daughter of John McInairney and Sarah Marshall. Her baptism has the surname written as Mcaniny. They cannot be found in the 1841 census, but Mary Ann’s brother Matthew was, according to the census, born in Bellshill in 1841 although no baptism can be found. Her next brother was born in Muirkirk and then another was born in Kilmarnock. Her father died some time between 1848 and 1850, most probably in Kilmarnock. In 1851 Mary Ann with her surname written as McNarnie is with her widowed mother, who was a pauper and hand sewer, at Mather’s Land, Low Church Lane, Kilmarnock, along with 3 younger brothers. The family is at Fore Street, Kilmarnock in 1861 with Mary Ann’s 93 year old grandmother Agnes Marshall and 2 illegitimate children born to Mary Ann’s mother in the 1850s. Mary Ann, age 21, is a flowerer: this is the hand sewing of embroidered flowers onto muslin. Mary Ann married neighbour and coal miner John McCrae at Fore Street in 1861 and they lived in Kilmarnock for the rest of their lives, at Dean Street, Mill Lane, High Church Lane, High Street and Soulis Street, where the brought up their 9 children. John McCrae died in 1904, and in 1911 Mary Ann McCrae and her youngest son are visitors at Riccarton, in the household of her married daughter Sarah Downie. Mary Ann McCrae nee McNearney (as it written on her death certificate) died age 72, though her death certificate has her as 75, in her house at 33 High Street, Kilmarnock in April 1912 from “natural causes”. She must have died alone and been found, as her death was registered by the Procurator Fiscal (Scottish equivalent of a coroner).

13 January 1859
Birth of Rebecca Cain (or Kane or Kean) at Kilwinning, daughter of my ggg aunt Agnes Strachan and coal miner William Kean, and granddaughter of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. She is with her parents in Kilwinning in 1861 and 1871, and in 1880 gave birth to an illegitimate son at her parents home at Byrehill Row, Kilwinning. Rebecca, working as a field labourer, and her son are with her parents in 1881. In 1883 she married coal miner John McClure and in 1891 they are at Single Row, Kilwinning with 4 children, 1 of them born in Muirkirk. They had moved to Coatbridge, Lanarkshire by 1893, when they had a child born there, and John McClure died there in 1900. In 1901 widow Rebecca is at Heriot’s Row, Old Monkland with 5 of her children.

13 January 1892 (born in January in about 1863)
Jean Scott George was born in Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my ggg aunt Barbara Logan and James George. Jean’s birth date appears twice in the Canadian census but is different each time, and I haven’t looked up her birth certificate. Her father was an ag lab and in 1871 the family are in Woodland, Dyce. In April 1872 Jean migrated to Canada with her parents and siblings, and the family are in Brant, Ontario in 1881, father James George a farmer. In 1892 at Malcolm, Brant, Jane married widower John Hampson, a saw miller but he died in 1897 and was a farmer by then. In 1901 widow Jeanie is at Brant with a stepdaughter, 3 children and a “house man” who is most likely a live-in farm servant. By 1911 she seems to have given up the farm and moved to Walkerston with 3 of her children and has a 4 year old lodger. In 1921 she is at Wade Avenue, Toronto living with a married son, an engineer, and two unmarried daughters who worked as a school teacher and a milliner. A Canadian website has published photographs of headstones and it includes one for Jane George Hampson who died in June 1949, and also mentions her two daughters who do not appear to have married.

13 January 1886
Birth of Mary Ann Douglas at High Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of my great aunt Agnes McCrae and Robert Walker Douglas, and therefore niece of my grandmother Helen McCrae. Her father was a brass finisher and Mary Ann was born 2 months after her parents married, but for whatever reason the marriage didn’t last very long. In 1891 Mary Ann is with her mother and her McCrae grandparents in Kilmarnock, and her father is a lodger in Derby, down in England. Mary Ann’s mother died in June of that year at the age of 29, and her father stayed in Derby, married and had another family – in fact he married a daughter of the family he’d been lodging with. In 1901 Mary Douglas is still with her McCrae grandparents and at school. She married William McMurray, a labourer, in 1908 in Kilmarnock and was working as a tobacconist’s assistant at the time. She and husband William are in Dalry in 1911 with a young daughter, William working as a locomotive fireman at the steelworks. Mary Ann McMurray nee Douglas died in 1963 age 77 at Neilston, Renfrewshire.

13 September

A busy day on the 13th: my great grandmother Mary Ann McInairney (McInerney?) and my uncle Joseph (Joe) Strachan – this post includes a lovely photo and a family anecdote about Uncle Joe. Plus a Strachan who migrated to Brisbane, Australia, a McWilliam from Aberdeenshire who migrated to Iowa, USA, and a Strachan descendent who I haven’t been able to trace beyond age 13.

13 September 1840
My great grandmother Mary Ann McInairney was baptised at Newcastle upon Tyne, England: the baptism record reads “Mary Mcaniny daughter of John Mcaniny and Sarah Marshall at St Mary”. I doubt if the surname was ever spelt correctly in the records! Her father John may have been born in Ireland and her mother Sarah was born in Kilmarnock. Despite a very through search I have not found the family in the 1841 census, frustratingly, but Mary Ann’s younger brothers were born in about1841 at Bellshill, Lanarkshire, about 1845 at Muirkirk, Ayrshire and about 1848 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, and her father John had died by the time of the 1851 census. The family are at Low Church Lane, Kilmarnock in 1851, with their surname written as McNarnie, mother Sarah a pauper and hand sewer. They are then at 19 Fore Street, Kilmarnock in 1861, both Sarah and Mary Ann earning money as flowerers, which means they embroidered flowers onto muslin. As well as her three brothers, the family by then had two additions, illegitimate daughters of mother Sarah. Also at 19 Fore Street, as a boarder with the Owens family, was collier John McCrae. Mary Ann McInairney (as it spelt on the marriage certificate) and John McCrae were married at 19 Fore Street on 27 December 1861, John a coal miner and Mary Ann a hand sewer. They continued to live in Kilmarnock, at 6 Dean Lane in 1871, 40 Mill Lane in 1881 and 7 High Church Lane in 1891, and had 9 children, their 6th child being my grandmother Helen McCrae. John McCrae died in 1904 and in 1911 Mary Ann is at 26 New Street, Riccarton living with her married daughter Sarah Downie. Mary Ann McNearney (yet another spelling) died on 27 April 1912 “in her dwelling house at 33 High Street, Kilmarnock”. She must have been there on her own as there was a Procurator Fiscal’s report which concluded she died of natural causes.

13 September 1841
Birth of Janet Strachan at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of Peter Strachan and Ann Houston and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. She grew up in firstly Dreghorn and then Riccarton. Her mother died when Janet was about 10 years old and her father remarried. Can’t find Janet in 1861 census at age 19, but she married coal miner Alexander Inglis at Riccarton in 1865. In 1871 they are Cadger’s Road, Hurlford with 3 children and by 1881 they were at Kames Row, Muirkirk with 7 children. Then in 1887 they can be found on the passenger list for a ship bound for Brisbane, Australia with 7 children. Janet died ion 30 October 1906 in Brisbane and was buried at Toowong Cemetary.

13 September 1863
Birth of Jane McWilliam at New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half gggg uncle Nathaniel McWilliam and Mary Yule, and granddaughter of my gggg grandmother Janet Sansgter. She migrated to the USA, with her family, in 1867 and they were in Post Township, Allamakee, Iowa in 1870, her father a farm labourer (and later to be a farmer). Jane, known as Jennie, married the wonderfully named Adelbert Monroe Lord Brainard in 1882 at Forest Mills, Iowa, and they took a lease on a farm in Allamakee County and had 10 children. Jennie’s husband died in 1917, and in 1925 she is living with her unmarried son William, a commercial traveller, in Clayton, Iowa, and then in Mendon, Iowa, in 1930. Jennie McWilliams Brainard died in November 1934 at Postville, Allamakee, Iowa.

13 September 1865
Birth of Janet Strachan Goble at Cathcart, Renfrewshire, daughter of my half ggg aunt Janet Spiers Strachan and John Skeoch Goble and granddaughter of my gg grandfather John Strachan and his second wife Jean Wallace. Janet’s father was a seaman, a ship’s chief officer in the merchant navy at the time of his daughter’s birth. In 1871 Janet is with her mother, her Goble grandfather and a Goble aunt at Waterside, Dundonald, and her father was at sea: he was killed by stabbing in August of that year in South America. In 1877 Janet’s mother married George Henderson Robertson. a pastry cook, at Poplar, London. In 1881 Janet age 13 and a message girl is with her mother, a baker’s wife (though George Robertson was not at home) at Kinning Park, Glasgow. And then they all disappear from the records – or rather, despite a through search I haven’t found them – so I have no idea what became of Janet Strachan Goble.

13 September 1895
Birth of my uncle Joseph Strachan at his McCrae grandparents’ home at High Church Lane, Kilmarnock. Joseph is with his parents at Crookedholm in 1901, and moved to Lanarkshire in around 1910 with his family: he’s with them at Mansion Street, Cambuslang in 1911, age 15 and a coal miner. He was the informant for his father’s death in November 1918. In December 1918 he married coal miner’s daughter Agnes Morton White (known as Aggie) at Dailly, Ayrshire, where Aggie came from. His occupation on his marriage certificate is a stoker on HMS Arran, usual residence Halfway, Cambuslang. Joseph went to Canada in 1925 to join his father-in-law William White who was already in Toronto, and Joseph’s wife and two young daughters joined him there in 1926. They had a son born in Toronto in 1928. Joseph joined the Baptist Church, a calling he passed on to his son and grandson. In 1954 Uncle Joe and Aunt Aggie (as I knew them) returned to the UK for a holiday, and visited my family in Leeds. I was only 3 years old at the time so my memory of it is very vague. Somewhere there is, I think, a photo taken at the time which I’ll have to try and track down. Joe and Agge Strachan both died within two weeks of each other in 1991 at the grand ages of 96 and 92.

Joe and Aggie for blog
My Uncle Joe and Aunt Aggie

And a family anecdote from when they visited us when I was three years old. Uncle Joe lead the saying of grace before dinner, and afterwards my big sister said “Judith didn’t have her eyes closed”. To which Uncle Joe or my father (I can’t remember which one it was) looked at her and asked “And how do you know?” A very good question!

On 10 and 11 August

A double day due to my being “otherwise engaged” yesterday. Today includes the birth of my grandmother Helen McCrae, who gets a post with pictures of her own. And today there’s a birthday in Canada for Shannon who is 1 day and 111 years younger than her great grandmother.

10 August 1748
Birth of Elizabeth Matthew at Cruden, Aberdeenshire daughter of George Matthew, who is possibly the Elizabeth Matthew who married John Sangster at Cruden in 1774. If she was, then she’s my ggggg grandmother and the grandmother of William Fraser born illegitimate in 1805.

11 August 1833
Baptism of my ggg aunt Sarah Ann Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of William Green and Sarah Firth. Assumed she died in infancy as she’s in not with her parents in the 1841 census nor in the post-1837 death register. Her parents had another daughter they named Sarah born in 1850.

10 August 1867
Birth of Mary McGill Strachan at Kilmarnock, daughter of John Strachan and Christina Houston McGill and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle. John and Christina had a daughter named Mary born in 1871 and there is no daughter Mary with them in the April 1971 census, so Mary born 1867 must have died in infancy.

10 August 1875
Birth of my grandmother Helen McCrae at 4 Dean Lane, Kilmarnock, daughter of John McCrae and Mary Ann McInairney – or McInerney, McNairnie or however you want to spell it. Helen is also called Ellen in the census, and in later life was known as Nelly. She died in 1944 in Cambuslang, Kilmarnock. See separate post for more details and pictures.

11 August 1986
Follower cousin Colin in Canada is celebrating the birthday of a granddaughter today. Happy birthday Shannon.

On 18 June

Two children of my grandparents today – my uncles John Strachan and William Strachan – plus a half gg aunt who was possibly connected to the Strachan family in two ways.

18 June 1858
My half gg aunt Ellen Marshall, sometimes Helen, was born at David’s Lane, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire illegitimate daughter of my gg grandmother Sarah Marshall. a hand sewer. Sarah Marshall was a widow, having been married to John McInerney who died about 1850. Ellen’s father is not named on the birth certificate but Ellen has the surname in McDonald in the 1861 census, when she’s at 19 Fore Street, Kilmarnock with her grandmother Agnes Marshall, her mother Sarah and 5 siblings. In 1871 Ellen is at 26 Back Street, Kilmarnock with her mother and a cousin. She married Hamilton Kirkwood, an iron dresser, in Kilmarnock. Her occupation is given as bonnet knitter, and she said her father was Matthew Marshall, a deceased shoemaker – not such person existed, but she had an older half brother Matthew McInerney who was a shoemaker. In 1881 Helen Kirkwood is at Blair Terrace, Hurlford with a young daughter and a visitor: husband Hamilton was spending census night as a prisoner at Hurlford Constabulary Station – no idea what he did but there’s no trace of criminal proceedings so perhaps he got into a fight that night. In 1891 the family are at West Shaw Street, Kilmarnock with 6 children, and then they moved to near Glasgow as in 1901 they are at George Street, Partick. Hamilton Kirkwood is still an iron dresser and they have had 3 more children. In 1911 they are Whiteinch, Govan, where Hamilton is working as a shipbuilding labourer and they have 5 children still at home. She died in 1933 at Kilmun, which is in Argyll but is a small seaside resort which was on the route of the Clyde steamer and was popular with Glaswegians, so she may have been on holiday or staying at a convalescent home. Her usual residence was given as Medwyn Street, Whiteinch, Glasgow and the informant was her unmarried daughter Sarah who lived with her in Glasgow. Ellen/Helen may be connected to the Strachan family twice: her older half sister Mary Ann McInerney married John McCrae and their duaghter married Henry Strachan, plus the second wife of Robert Strachan, Henry Strachan’s grandfather, was Susan Cran, the illegitimate daughter of Jean Kirkwood, who may well have been related to Hamilton Kirkwood.

18 June 1898
My uncle Jock – actual name John McCrae Strachan – was born at Crookedholm, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, third child of the grandparents I never met, coal miner Henry Strachan and Helen McCrae. John is in the 1901 census with his parents at Old Factory House, Crookedholm, and his father is a coal miner, the in about 1907 the family to moved to Lanarkshire, first to Tollcross and then to Halfway, Cambuslang. In 1911 the family are at 14 Mansion Street, and Henry and Helen now have 9 children: 12 year old John is still at school. John worked as a coal miner and married Sophia Jarvey Sweenie in 1921 at the Trinity United Free Church in Cambuslang: she was a local girl and was working at the pithead at the time of the marriage. They stayed in the Cambuslang area all their lives, and I can remember visiting them when I was a child. As far as I’m aware they didn’t have children but a family contact thinks they might have had a daughter called May. Can any Strachans out there confirm this?

18 June 1912 (born February 1911)
My uncle William McCrae Strachan, son of Henry Strachan and Helen McCrae was born in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire just before the 1911 census but I don’t know the exact date as I haven’t seen his birth certificate. He is with the family at Mansion Street, Cambuslang in the 1911 census but they moved shortly afterwards to 54 Gilbertfield Buildings, Cambuslang, which means Henry Strachan must have been working at the Gilbertfield Colliery owned by United Collieries Ltd. A report into miner’s housing in 1910 describes the Gilbertfield miners’ housing as two storey with each apartment of two large rooms plus use of communal toilets, washhouses, coal cellars and dustbins. Sadly, William died on 18 June 1912 at home, of measles and bronchio-pneumonia.

On 8 May

Today is reminding me that I need to sort out my notes and research on my Marshall ancestors from Kilmarnock. Plus a hint of the bigamy story yet to make its appearance here.

8 May 1720
Birth of Robert Marshall at Kilmaurs, son of Francis Marshall and Mary Gibson. I need to sort out my Marshall research, but at the moment I think Robert is the brother of my gggg grandfather Alexander Marshall.

8 May 1773
Birth of Agnes Logan, my ggg grandmother, in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. The daughter of James Logan and Sarah Weir, Agnes married Robert Marshall (no, not the one above but they were related) on 10 February 1792 and had 11 children, the youngest of whom was my gg grandmother Sarah Marshall. Agnes’s husband Robert Marshall was a saddler and her father James Logan was a shoemaker, both from Kilmarnock. Agnes’s husband Robert Marshall died before the first census, as in 1841 Agnes Marshall age 70 and a pauper is at Capron Close, Kilmarnock with Janet Baillie a washer age 40 and George Baillie age 5. I’ve yet to work out who Janet was, as Agnes didn’t have a daughter called Janet or any variation of that name. In 1851 Agnes is at New Street, Kilmarnock, age 80 and a stocking knitter and pauper, with Agnes Carl age 33 and Agnes Laurie age 12, both lodgers, sewers and unmarried. By 1861, Agnes is living with her widowed daughter Sarah McAnarney (the spelling given for McInerney) and Sarah’s 6 children at Fore Street, Kilmarnock – Agnes is said to be age 93 and bed ridden, but she was actually 88. She then becomes a mystery as despite searching using every possible clue, I can’t find a death certificate for her. Her daughter is still in Kilmarnock in 1871, so it’s logical that’s where Agnes died, but even widening the search has produced nothing. One to try and sort out next time I’m in Edinburgh.

8 May 1932
My cousin was born in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, to my father’s older brother Henry (Harry) Strachan and his “wife” Mary Campbell. I say “wife” because Harry had been married before and his second marriage was bigamous, hence my father always referred to him as the black sheep of the family. We all have at least one! As is usual with my father’s side, my cousin is a lot older than I am, and I’m the same age as her children, one of whom I’m in contact with. There will be more to say about the bigamous marriage when it is Harry’s turn to be featured, but for now – no, he didn’t get away with it.

On 2 May

Having spent the day down near Barnsley and driving back up the M1 this evening, I’m rather tired and was hoping not much would have happened on my family tree on this day. But no – they were a busy lot! Thankfully I can have a lie in tomorrow.

2 May 1736
Birth of Agnes Weir, daughter of my ggggg grandfather William Weir, at Mauchline, Ayrshire. I haven’t yet researched her but she was the sister of Sarah Weir who married James Logan. Sarah was the great grandmother of Mary Ann McInerney, wife of my great grandfather John McCrae.

2 May 1856
Birth of William Strachan at Riccarton, Aryshire, son of Robert Strachan and Janet Ross Gilmour. He was a coal miner, naturally, and lived with his parents in Riccarton and then Galston. In 1881 he married Jean Gemmell Borland and they had a son, but Jean died in 1886. In 1891 William is back living with his parents, along with his son Robert. Then in 1892 he married widow Agnes Anderson nee Caldwell in Galston – she was born 1 May so was mentioned yesterday. In 1901 they are at Goatfoot Rows, Galston with 9 children: William’s son Robert, Agnes’s 5, and 3 youngsters born since their marriage. William died in 1938 at the age of 82 at Galston, which is a very good age indeed for someone who worked as a coal miner all his life.

2 May 1864
My gg grandfather Alexander Fraser married Mary Logan at the Manse of Ellon, Aberdeenshire. She was a domestic servant at Drumwhyndle farm at the time of their marriage, and as Alexander was a farm servant it’s probable that’s how they met. Alexander and Mary had two children, William and Mary Ann, before Mary Logan sadly died in 1867 of phthisis (tuberculosis). As cattle farming was a mainstay of farms in the Aberdeenshire lowlands, TB cut short too many lives of my ancestors, and particularly women. It was the women, of course, who did the milking and dairy work, and poor nutrition while breast feeding babies wouldn’t have helped.

2 May 1910
My great grandmother Jeannie Strachan nee Haddow died at Crookedholm, Ayrshire. I don’t know when she was born as I can’t find a baptism for her, but she was born in Stevenston in about 1835, the daughter of John Haddow and Amelia Murphy. She grew up in Stevenston, where her father was a coal miner, but by 1851 they’d moved to Kenneth Row, Corsehill, Kilwinning – home to many Strachan coal miners. No suprise then that she married a Strachan, my great grandfather Joseph. They had a total of 9 children, and lived in Dreghorn, Hurlford, Kilwinnning again, Riccarton, Kilwinning yet again, and finally Crookedholm, where they settled from 1870. Jeannie outlived her husband and, sadly, most of her children: 3 children died in infancy, eldest daughter Amelia died age 44 in childbirth, son Robert died at Ayr Asylum at age 30, and daughter Flora was an invalid since childhood and died age 30. Jeannie’s husband Joseph Strachan died in 1895, and in 1901 Jeannie is living at Schoolhouse Road, Crookedholm with her son Colin and her granddaughter Jane Dunlop, who was the illegitimate child of the daughter Flora who had died in 1893. Jeannie died on 2 May 1910 at Crookedholm age 74 and the cause of death is given as senile decay.

2 May 1941
Birth of Margaret, great granddaughter of my gg grandfather Alexander Fraser and his second wife Margaret Booth. I’m in contact with the wife of one of her relatives.

2 May 1979
Birth of a granddaughter of my cousin Alice Campbell Strachan in North Shields. I’m in touch with her uncle, who is my first cousin once removed but is the same age as I am. As I’m the youngest child of the youngest child on the Strachan side, the generations always feel askew to me, as I’m of a similar age to my cousin’s children.

On 27 April

Four events today: a possible 6-times-great grandfather, Ann Strachan’s unlucky marriage, a coal miner’s daughter who became a nurse to a minister’s family, and the death of a great grandmother.

27 April 1749
Marriage, at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, of George Sangster and Jean George. They would be my gggggg grandparents if they are the grandparents of Janet Sangster who gave birth to the illegitimate William Fraser in 1805. Then again, my gggggg grandparents could be George Sansgter and Margaret Knox who married in Cruden in 1750. Sadly, the baptism of John Sangster in 1754 only gives his father’s name, and I’m not even sure that’s the right John Sangster! So the Sangsters are still something of a muddle.

27 April 1873
Ann Strachan married Henry O’Neil at the Roman Catholic Chapel, Saltcoats. She wasn’t a Catholic so Henry must have been, and was probably Irish, or from Irish parents. Ann Strachan, born 1841, was the daughter of Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle, but both died when Ann was very young and she’d been brought up by her uncle Henry Strachan and his wife Annie. When she married, Ann was 30 and a domestic servant at Harbour Street, Saltcoats, and Henry was 40 and a lodging house keeper of the same address, so it looks as if Ann was working for him. Sadly for Ann, her husband died only a year after they were married, so it was a very short lived liaison.

27 April 1874
Birth of Mary Findlay at Loudon, Ayrshire, the daughter of Hugh Findlay and Margaret Miller and therefore great granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and his wife Mary Monroe. I’d not done any research on her previously, apart from her birth, so have just had a look online – can only get to 1901 without having to spend a lot of ScotlandsPeople credits, so that’s as far as I went. Her father had been a coal miner, but in 1881 was a grocer in Monkton & Prestwick, which he didn’t do for long and by 1891 he was a colliery manager in Kilmarnock. Mary, age 26, is no longer with her family in 1901 as she is a domestic nurse in Edinburgh with the Macauley family. George Macauley was the Minister of Pilrig United Free Church with a wife and 4 children, and he was born in Irvine, Ayrshire so it may have been an Ayrshire connection through which Mary got the nursing job. Also in the household was 18 year old Annie B Miller, housemaid born Dreghorn, who is probably a relative of Mary’s as Annie has the same surname as Mary’s mother.

27 April 1912
My great grandmother Mary Ann McInerney (or however it was variously written) died in Kilmarnock. She was 75 and died on her own, at her home at 33 High Street, Kilmarnock, so the informant is the Procurator Fiscal (Scottish equivalent of a coroner). Her name is given as Mary Ann McNearney or McCrae, widow – she was married to my great grandfather John McCrae. Her parents are correctly named as John McNearney and Sarah McNearney ms Marshall, both deceased. I’ve been able to trace her mother’s Marshall line but not her father’s – all I know is he was John McInerney from Ireland, and died between 1848 and 1851.

On 31 March

31 March 1774
Baptism of Robert Hunter at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of John Hunter and Margaret Barr, making him my gggg uncle as his sister Margaret married Robert Haddow. There’s not quite enough evidence to prove it, as there were several people called Robert Hunter born in Stevenston at around the same time, but I suspect this Robert Hunter married Margaret Haddow and was a coal miner in Stevenston. If so, it means Margaret Hunter married Robert Haddow and Robert Hunter married Margaret Haddow. A bit of a tangle, to say the least! I have yet to unravel it.

31 March 1866
Colin Shearer Haddow born in Kilwinning. His father, also Colin Shearer Haddow, was the son of my gg grandparents John Haddow and Amelia Murphie. The Colin born in 1866 died in infancy, as his next youngest sibling was also named Colin Shearer Haddow. The use of the Scottish naming pattern does make for a confusing family tree at times!

31 March 1920
Hamilton Kirkwood of the 219th Field Company (Glasgow) Royal Engineers was demobilised after having enlisted in 1915. His war record has survived so I know he served in France, received a skilled rate of pay as an iron moulder, and had a scar on the roof of his nose. His grandmother Sarah Marshall was my gg grandmother and his mother Ellen was the half sister of my great grandmother Mary Ann McInerney (a surname no-one at the time was able to spell).

Over in Aberdeenshire and down in Yorkshire they all had a quiet day, which is just as well.