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5 and 6 December

An interesting mixture today: an Ayrshire gg grandmother who lived till nearly 90; a Watt from Aberdeenshire who was widowed fairly young and was a dressmaker; a Strachan who married a Howat (quite a few Strachans did) and llived in Dreghorn; and an Aberdeeshire Sangster/McWilliams offspring who migrated to Iowa and married a Norwegian who became a prosperous farmer and notable citizen. Plus a birthday in Canada!

6 December 1823 (born about 1805)
My gg grandmother Amelia Murphie was born in about 1805 at Stevenston, Ayrshire, but no baptism record has been found. She was the daughter of Duncan Murphie and Jane Wilson who had married at Stevenston in 1787 and was their youngest child. On 6 December 1823, at Stevenston, Amelia married John Haddow: the entry for their marriage says she was of Ardrossen parish, which is next door to Stevenston and is given as her birthplace in the census. John Haddow and Amelia Murphie are in the 1836 minister’s census of Stevenston at 5 Mill Hill with 3 children. They are then in the 1841 census at Townhead Street, John a coal miner, and with 4 children. By 1851 they had moved to Kilwinning and were living at Kenneth Row, Corsehill, which is where their daughter met and married Joseph Strachan. John and Amelia are still at Kenneth’s Row in 1861, though Amelia is mistakenly listed as Helen, with their 2 youngest children still at home. John Haddow died in 1866, and in 1871 Amelia Haddow is at Lamonts Road, Kilwinning with her youngest son, a coal miner. |n the 1881 census her name is written as Maile Haddow and she is on her own at Abbeygate Street, Kilwinning at age 75, and is still there and on her own in 1891. However, a lot of her neighbours and elderly, retired and widowed so hopefully they all looked after each other. Amelia died in 1893, her death certificate naming her as Mary, at Abbeygate Street, age 88 of cardiac failure.

6 December 1805
Birth of my gggg aunt Mary Watt at Bourtie, eldest child of Peter Watt and Helen Alexander. Ian Macdonald had done a good job of researching her on his CD Book the Alexanders of Bourtie, so I’ll let him tell you about her. “(Mary) married James Calder around 1836 and had twin girls in 1837, Mary who survived and Jane who died. By 1841 they were lodging at Daviot (the Aberdeenshire one) where James was described as being of independent means, though at Mary’s death he was recorded as a labourer. In 1851 the only trace of them was a widowed Mary Watt, of the right age, working as a house servant at Daviot, however, by 1861 Mary Calder was in Inverurie together with her daughter and making a living as a dressmaker. She died at Inverurie in 1864.”

5 December 1808
Birth of Janet Strachan and Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Janet married Peter Howat in 1831 in Kilmarnock, and in the 1841 census she and Peter are at Thirdpart, Kilmarnock with 6 children – Peter, of course, is a coal miner. They are at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn in 1851 with 10 children, 1 child having died: the older sons are all coal miners and the older daughters a hand sewer and a house maid. Peter Howat died in the 1850s, and in 1861 Janet is still in Dreghorn, keeping house for 4 unmarried coal miner sons and her youngest daughter. She remained in Dreghorn and is there in 1871, with an unmarried son, a granddaughter, and a daughter, son in law and their young child. In 1881 Janet is living at Mill Bank Row, Dreghorn and still has an unmarried son with her as well as a granddaughter. Janet Howat nee Strachan died in March 1883 at Mill Bank Row, age 74, of liver disease.

5 December 1856
Birth of Eliza McWilliam at Tyrie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half gggg uncle Nathaniel McWilliam and Isobel Murison, and granddaughter of Janet Sangster and William McWilliam. Eliza is in New Pitsligo in 1861 with her ag lab father, mother, siblings and grandmother Janet Murison. Her mother Isobel died not long after, and in 1863 her father remarried toMary Yule. The family migrated to USA in 1867 when Eliza was 11 and they went to Postville, Allamakee, Iowa. In 1870 Eliza was with her family, her father working as a farm labourer. She married Evan Swenson, who had migrated from Norway, at Postville in 1875. He was a farmer, they had 12 children, and stayed in Postville bringing up their large family. By 1920 Evan had retired and they were living in Postville town. Evan died in 1932 and Eliza died in 1942 at age 85. There’s a biography of Evan Swenson on the internet at http://www.sharylscabin.com/Allamakee/Bios13/swens_e.htm which is fascinating reading. After marrying in 1875, Evan rented a 500 acre farm for 2 years, then bought 120 acres for $14 an acre, which he cleared and farmed for 19 years, then sold it for $53 an acre. He then bought Perry Farm and worked it for 3 years, selling it at a substantial profit. His next farm was near the Bethel Church which became one of the finest farms in that part of Iowa, mainly focused on raising cattle and pigs. He was involved in many civic organisations, a Justice of the Peace, and a prominent citizen. Eliza seems to have made a good marriage choice!

6 December 1988
Happy birthday to Jonathan in Canada – he’s my first cousin twice removed (i.e. my cousin Colin’s grandson).

23 October

Here’s a surprise – there’s only one person on my family tree that I share a birthday with. He’s an Aberdeenshire seaman who lived in Peterhead. Today I am celebrating my birthday by indulging my love of horses and going riding, followed by dinner out this evening.

23 October 1859
Birth of Patrick Forbes McWilliam, known as Peter, at Peterhead, son of my half gggg uncle David McWilliam and Elizabeth Ewan. In Scotland, the names Patrick and Peter are interchangeable. In 1861 and 1871 he’s with his family in Peterhead, his father a sawyer. Peter Clark married Georgina Clark in December 1880 at Peterhead and they set up home at Ronheads, Peterhead: they are there for the 1881 census and Peter is a seaman. By 1891 they’ve moved a bit nearer to the docks and are at Longate, Peterhead, as Peter is still a seaman, and they have 4 children. Then Peter’s wife Georgina died, and in 1901 he is at Longate with his two youngest children, both daughters, and is working as a cooper. Patrick Forbes McWilliam died at Peterhead in 1932 age 72.

23 October 1951
I was born! Judith Margaret Strachan born in Leeds, Yorkshire, daughter of Robert Strachan and Dorothy Fraser. I’ll post some pictures from my childhood, which was spent in Leeds until we moved, when I was 7, to Marske-by-the-Sea on the North Yorkshire coast (though it’s now part of Cleveland). Since then I’ve lived in Leeds again, where I was a student, then London, then Australia, then back to Leeds where I now live on the northern tip of Leeds in Alwoodley.

15 October

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

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

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

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

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

10 October

Some important birthdays on the 10th: my mother and her grandmother shared a birthday, and they hoped I’d share it too but I decided to be born rather late. As well, there’s a 1716 Rock ancestor from Yorkshire, a 1725 Reid ancestor from Ayrshire and an 1802 Green ancestor from Yorkshire. It was a popular day to be born on my tree as there are also two from Aberdeenshire, and the wife of a cousin here in Leeds.

10 October 1716
Baptism of my ggggggg aunt Mary Rock at Worsbrough, daughter of Abraham Rock collier and mother not recorded. There is a marriage at Worsbrough in 1739 for Mary Rock and Joshua Berry, and children baptised at Worsbrough to Joshua Berry, mother not named. Trees on Ancestry have the mother of that Mary Rock as Joyce Froggett but no source is given and I haven’t found a record for a marriage of Abraham Rock and Joyce Froggett. The brother of Mary Rock, also named Abraham Rock, married Anne Leach and had a daughter Alice Rock who married my ggggg grandfather Joseph Green. However, there’s not enough evidence to say whether Alice Rock’s aunt Mary is the one who married Joshua Berry.

10 October 1725
Birth or baptism of Christian Reid at Kilwinning, Ayrshire daughter of Thomas Reid and Janet Eadie. This could be the Christian Reid who married John Alexander at Kilwinning in 1751, and went on to be the mother of Susannah Alexander, who was born at Auchinleck and could well be who Thomas Strachan married at Irvine in 1771. Due to records being so lacking detail back then, and no census data to refer, it’s impossible to say with any certainty that Christian born in 1725 is my ggggg grandmother, but it’s highly probable. Christian Reid had siblings called John, Elizabeth (Bessie), Thomas and Susan, which are all names that were given to children of Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander.

10 October 1802
Baptism of my gggg aunt Ann Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Green and Ann Cox. A memorial inscription at Worsbrough records her death in 1806.

10 October 1830
Baptism of my ggg uncle William Fraser at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. He’s not with his parents in the 1841 or 1851 census, but in 1841 is possibly the William Fraser age 10 who was an ag lab at Cowgrieve Farm, near Peterhead where there was also a farm servant called John Hutchison who might have been related to William’s mother, and in 1851 he could be the William Fraser age 19 born Cruden who is a farm servant at Upper Brogan, Slains. However, at some point then became a shoemaker as he married Barbara Cordiner at Cruden – the marriage certificates says there were married at Cruden Toll Bar and that William was a shoemaker journeyman resident in Old Deer parish, and confirms his parents were William and Christian. One of the witnesses was William’s brother and my gg grandfather Alexander Fraser. Barbara Cordiner had had a daughter named Mary in 1856, who is subsequently named Mary Cordiner Fraser in the census and described as William’s daughter, so she may, or may not, have been William’s biological daughter. The first two children born after the marriage of William and Barbara were born at Peterhead, but by 1861 William and Barbara had settled at Kinknockie, Old Deer where William was a crofter and shoemaker, and they can be found there in the 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891 census with a growing family: they had 8 children altogether and I have not yet researched them, so there’s something else I need to do. William Fraser died before 1899, as Mary Cordiner Fraser married that year and on her marriage certificate she names her father as William Fraser master shoemaker deceased.

10 October 1868
Birth of my great grandmother Charlotte Senior at Wakefield, Yorkshire, daughter of Edward Senior and Mary Simpson. She’s getting a post of her own, with pictures.

10 October 1872
Birth of Alexander Cowie at Ellon, Aberdeenshire, son of William Cowie and Elizabeth Cheyne and grandson of my half ggg aunt Barbara McWilliam and William Cowie. Alexander is with his parents at age 8 at Cairnhill Cottar House, Ellon in 1881, and is with his parents at their farm Balleraig at Keithhall in 1891 and 1901. I’ve not researched him any further.

10 October 1921
Birth of my mother Dorothy Fraser at Kirkstall, Leeds, Yorkshire, daughter of James Fraser and Clara Green, and wife of Robert Strachan. She’s also getting a post of her own, with pictures.

10 October 1953
And keeping up the tradition of having 10 October birthdays amongst my Yorkshire family, the wife of one of my cousins in Leeds was also born on 10 October.

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!

7 September

A particularly interesting Aberdeenshire ancestor today, as she seems to connect to my family tree in several ways, which needs further investigation. The Aberdeenshire lot seem to have done a lot of marrying into distantly related families, which I suspect most people did in that area is it received far fewer “incomers” than, say, Ayrshire and Lanarkshire. Plus there are two deaths in infancy, an all too common occurrence.

7 September 1840
Baptism of Mary Mutch at Longside, illegitimate daughter of my gggg aunt Elizabeth Hutcheon and John Mutch. In 1841 Mary is with her mother, uncle and grandmother at the Hutcheon croft Red Lums near Longside. Her mother married John Lamb in 1846 and later that year gave birth to a daughter, Isabella Lamb, but Elizabeth Lamb died in December 1847. In 1851 Mary Mutch and Isabella Lamb are with their widowed grandmother Agnes Hutcheon nee Bruce at Creechy Row, Longside. In 1860 Mary Mutch married George Watt, which is intriguing – was he related to my Watt ancestors? I’ll have to research him and see where his line leads. In 1861 husband George Watt is a farm overseer at Brae of Biffie, which is at Stuartfield, south of Old Deer, and Mary Watt with three month old son George is at Clola, which is to the south-east on the other side of Stuartfield. In 1871 George, Mary and 4 children (one named Agnes Bruce after her grandmother) are near Ellon, George an ag lab. and they have 4 children. By 1881 they are at the Cottar House, Drumwhindle, Ellon, George still an ag lab and with 6 children. Mary Watt also Mutch and Hutcheon died in 1884 age 43, her death registered at Ellon. In the 1891 census her widower and children are at 59 Hutcheon Street, Aberdeen – a number of my Fraser ancestors were living in the same street in the early 1900s so did the two families know each other?

7 September 1860
Birth of John Cowie at Ellon, Aberdeenshire, son of William Cowie and Elizabeth Cheyne and grandson of my half gggg aunt Barbara McWilliam, who was the half sister, I suspect, of my ggg grandfather William Fraser. William Cowie died in infancy.

7 September 1887
Birth of Cameron Michael at Boddam, Aberdeenshire, son of my gg aunt Mary Ann Fraser and David Ewan Michael. Someone has posted his birth certificate on Ancestry, so I know he was born at Stirling Hill to a granite quarrier father. Cameron died before his first birthday.

On 26 August

Two days worth to catch up on tonight. On the 26th, an Anderson and a Logan from Aberdeenshire who seem to have died in childhood, Hay , Fraser and McWilliam ancestors who can’t be found in the records, and a Fraser descendent who migrated to Vancouver, as did three of her siblings.

26 August 1747
Baptism of my gggggg aunt Margaret Alexander at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Alexander and Ann Strachan. Her descendants include Helen Alexander who married Peter Watt and, eventually, my great grandmother Helen Hay, mother of my grandfather James Fraser. Nothing else can be found for her. However, someone with a tree on Ancestry has researched this Alexander family and looked at a will left by Ann Alexander nee Strachan in 1779, which makes it clear that only 5 of her children were still alive at that time and that did not include Margaret.

26 August 1795
Baptism of my gggg aunt Margaret Hay at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, aunt of the George Hay who was the father of my illegitimate great grandmother Helen Hay. Unfortunately she’s yet another for whom nothing can be found: the marriage records for Tarves have not survived for the years 1801 to 1849, which doesn’t help. Looking for a Margaret in the census born 1795 at Tarves produces too many results and it’s impossible to know whether any of them could be her.

26 August 1804
Birth of George Fraser at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of Andrew Fraser and Jean Walker and grandson of Donald Fraser and Margaret Sharp. His uncle William Fraser was, I strongly suspect, the father of my illegitimate ggg grandfather William Fraser. Can’t find anything in the records that looks right, so have no idea what became of him.

26 August 1848
Birth of David McWilliam at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, son of my half gggg uncle David McWilliam and Elizabeth Ewan. His father was a sawyer and the family lived at Princess Street, Peterhead, and David is with them in 1851 and 1861. Nothing found after that,

26 August 1862
Birth of Isabella Logan at Cruden, daughter of my ggg uncle John Logan and Jane Marr. She is with her parents and siblings in 1871 at Moortack, Cruden, her father a farmer of 6 acres, but she died in 1877 at the age of 15.

26 August 1885
Birth of Lucy Ann Milne at Hatton, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of Alexander Milne and Elizabeth Thomson and granddaughter of my ggg aunt Janet Fraser (aka Jessie) and William Milne. She is at Hatton with her parents and siblings in 1891, her father a blacksmith, and the family is at 1 Main Road, Cruden in 1901 with Lucy, age 15, working as a domestic servant. She went to Canada, though I cannot find her on a passenger list, but in 1914 she married Alexander Stewart Simpson in Victoria, British Columbia. Her was from Aberdeenshire too. Lucy Ann Milne died in 1955 age 69, her death registered at Vancouver. Her brother Frederick Milne, her sister Laura Elizabeth Milne and her sister Margaret Milne all migrated to Vancouver.

On 8 August

Ancestors had a busy day today. An Ayrshire Logan was born but needs more research; an Aberdeenshire Alexander lived and died in Rayne, an Aberdeenshire Logan died in his 20s, a McWilliam and Sangster descendent migrated to Iowa, USA, an Abeerdeenshire Hutcheon married a prison warden and moved to Kent, England, and a Strachan descendent from Galston needs more research.

8 August 1770
Birth of my gggg uncle William Logan at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, son of James Logan and Sarah Weir. I’ve not been able to find anything more as he must have died before the 1841 census. There are a couple of marriages for a William Logan in Kilmarnock, and several children baptised in Kilmarnock to a father William Logan, but without delving further it’s not known which, if any, might refer to him.

8 August 1831
Birth of Helen Alexander at Rayne, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle John Alexander and Janet Morrison. Helen proved easy to research as she stayed in one place and didn’t get married. In 1841 she’s with her parents and siblings at Meikle Wartle, and in 1851 is in Burnside, Daviot, a house servant on a farm. By 1861 she’s with her widowed mother at Meikle Wartle and earning a living as a washerwoman. Her mother then died and in 1871 Helen is in the village of Wartle looking after her paternal uncle William Alexander. 1881 sees her at Greeny, Rayne, housekeeper for merchant and crofter George Straiton. Then by 1891 she’s head of her own household at Kirkton of Rayne, as a former domestic servant, and with her is her sister Anne Alexander, a dressmaker. Helen is still there in 1901 on her own, earning money as a knitter. She died in 1921 at Rayne at the age of 90.

8 August 1858 (born about 1832)
William Logan, son of my ggg grandparents John Logan and Ann Simpson, was born about 1832 in Old Deer though no baptism can be found. In 1841 he’s at Auchtilair, Old Deer with his farmer father, mother and siblings. By 1851 he’s working as a labourer for farmer Cruickshank in Cruden parish. William died in 1858 at Aberdeen Infirmary of fever, at the age of 26.

8 August 1861
Birth of Catherine McWilliam at New Pitsligo, daughter of Nathaniel McWilliam and Isobel Murison and granddaughter of my gggg grandmother Janet Sangster. Her mother died at about the same time Catherine was born, and her father remarried to Mary Yule. At some stage in the 1860s the family migrated to the USA, and Catherine is with her father and stepmother in the 1870 US census at Post Township, Iowa where her father is a farm labourer. I’ve not yet found anything for Catherine after that.

8 August 1868
Baptism of Henrietta Susan Hutcheon at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Keith Hutcheon and his second wife Ann McPherson. She is with her parents and siblings in Hatton, her father a tailor and letter carrier, in 1871 and again in 1881. By 1891 she is working as a domestic cook in Aberdeen. She married at Peterhead in 1897 to Owen Feeney: by 1901 they’d moved to England and were living at Sydney Road, Rochester, Kent with a daughter. Owen was born in Ireland and was working as a civil guard for the convict service. They’re still at Sydney Road in 1911 with a son, their daughter having died, and Owen is a prison warder. I haven’t traced them after that.

8 August 1891
Samuel McKelvie was born at Galston, Ayrshire, son of coal miner James Wagstaff McKelvie and Marion Strachan. He was the great grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Apart from finding him in the 1901 census with his parents and siblings at Henrietta Street, Hurlford, when he was still at school, I haven’t done any further research.

On 17 June

Quite a few 1700s ones today, a migration to Iowa plus an ancestor buried in an Aberdeenshire graveyard I’ll be visiting this week.

17 June 1705
Birth of what I strongly suspect is my gggg grandfather James Wilson at Stevenston, son of Patrick Wilson and Jean Clark: his daughter Jane Wilson married Duncan Murphie, their daughter Amelia married John Haddow, and his daughter Jean married Joseph Strachan. James Wilson married Agnes Smith

17 June 1722
Birth of John Reid at Kilwinning, who is possibly my gggggg uncle, son of Thomas Reid and Janet Eadie. His sister Christian is probably the one of married John Alexander and was the mother of Susannah Alexander, wife of Thomas Strachan. It’s very difficult to find out much about people who lived so long ago when you’ve no idea if they married or had children, especially when it’s a common name. Hence I’ve no idea what happened to him.

17 June 1733
Birth of Susan Reid at Kilwinning – sister of above. Again, nothing found as there are no marriage for a Susan Reid in Ayrshire at that time.

17 June 1781
Alexander Sansgter born at Cruden, my ggggg uncle and son of John Sansgter and Elizabeth Matthew. Not sure what happened to him as he doesn’t seem to have lived long enough to be in the 1841 census.

17 June 1822
Baptism of Jane Watt at Rayne, Aberdeenshire, my gggg aunt and daughter of Peter Watt and Helen Alexander. In 1841 she’s a female servant to the local miller, at Mill; of Wartle, Rayne. Then in 1847 she gave birth to an ilegitimate son, George Smart, and is with her parents and her son at Meikle Wartle, Rayne. In 1856 she had another illegitimate son, Alexander Harper, and in 1861 and is with her parents at Meikle Wartle, occupation stocking knitter. At the 1871 census she’s living with Janet Durno at Cushieston, just a couple of fields away from Meikle Wartle: Janet Durno has 5 children and is married to a farm servant who is not at home. By 1881, Jane is a bit further up the main road at the delightfully named Baldyquash living with her daughter-in-law Jane Harper, her son Alexander’s wife, and a young granddaughter while Alexander is away from home working as a farm servant. By 1891 she’s living on her on in Oldgateside Cottage, Culsamond, and is at Highmuir, Rayne on her own in 1901. In nearly all census, including 1901, her occupation is sticking knitter, knitter or wool knitter. Jane Watt – Jean on the headstone – died in February 1908 at the age of 82 at Warthill, near Meikle Wartle, and is on the Watt family memorial headstone in the kirkyard at Rayne (which I intend to visit next week).

17 June 1865
Birth of James McWilliam at New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire son of my half gggg uncle Nathaniel McWilliam and Mary Yule. He migrated to USA with his family when young, and they are in Post Township, Iowa in 1870, 1880 and 1883, by which time James was 17 and was still at school. I can’t find him in the records after that.