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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.

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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.