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23 and 24 February

A busy two days. In Ayrshire there was an early Marshall of whom nothing further is known, an early Haddow who probably is the one who married a Kilpatrick, and a Strachan who became a coal miner and moved to Lanarkshire. In Aberdeenshire there’s a Morgan who seems to have married twice but not have had any children, and a Logan who was a farm servant. In Yorkshire there’s my ggg grandmother Hannah Fisher from Royston, and a Simpson descendent who died at 9 weeks old.

24 February 1771
Birth of my gggg uncle Daniel Marshall at Kilmarnock, son of Alexander Marshall and Agnes Gibson. Nothing conclusive is known about Daniel.

24 February 1771
Baptism of my gggg grandmother Hannah Fisher at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of Thomas Fisher and Lydia Hudson. She married Joseph Firth in about 1794 and their 7 children were baptised at Royston between 1795 and 1811. In the 1841 census Hannah Firth age 70, a baker, is in Royston with 4 young grandchildren. Hannah Firth of Royston was buried at Royston in August 1850, age 80.

24 February 1799
Baptism of my ggg aunt Ann Haddow at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Haddow and Margaret Hunter. In the 1891 census of Stevenston there is a James Kilpatrick collier of Boglemart with wife Ann Haddow and one child. They are in Stevenston in 1822 with 3 children and in 1836 with 5 children. They then moved to Kilwinning and are High Row in 1841, James Kilpatrick a coal miner, with 7 children. By 1851 they have moved to Dalry and have had 3 more children. James Kiklpatrick then died and widow Ann is at Office Row, Dalry in 1861 with 2 children both working and 3 grandchildren with the surname Jeffrey. In 1871 Ann Haddow is living with her married daughter Lilias at Meadowhead Row, Dalry: Lilias’s husband was an oversman at an ironstone pit. Ann died in 1878 at Dalry age 79 of heart disease but unfortunately her death certificate does not name her parents, as her son-in-law was the informant and clearly did not know their names. It’s therefore not possible to say with absolute certainty that this is the right Ann Haddow, but it’s highly likely that it is.

24 February 1809
Baptism of Margaret Morgan at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my ggggg aunt Isabel Sangster and Peter Morgan. I’m not sure what became of her, but there’s a marriage in 1834 at Cruden which could be here, to Gilbert Robb, as in 1841 Gilbert and Margaret Robb are at Long Row, Nether Kinmundy where relatives of Margaret’s lived. Nothing else found for either of the Gibbs, and if the ages given in 1841 are correct Gilbert Robb was 25 years older than Margaret and there are no children with them. There is then a marriage in 1848 at Old Deer for Margaret Morgan and John Connon, and in 1851 that couple are at Stuartfield, which is where Margaret’s widowed mother lived. Again, John Connon is about 15 years older than Margaret – and in the census is described as a Chelsea Pensioner meaning he had been in the army – and they did not have any children. Nothing further found for what could be Margaret and no death record, so it looks as if she died before 1855. John Connon Chelsea Pensioner born Aberdeen is a lodger in Glencoe in 1861 with no sign of Margaret.

23 February 1855
Birth of William Norrie Logan at Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggg uncle James Logan and Jane Norrie. His father was a farm servant and therefore the family moved from farm to farm – by 1861 they were at Davieshill, Foveran, then were in Fintry, Fyvie and Auchterless, but by 1871 William’s father had taken the lease of a croft at Blackhill of Courtstone. By then William was 16 and working as an ag lab. In 1877 his illegitimate son was born, though he did not marry the mother, and in 1880 he married Jane Lowrie. In the 1881 census he is with Jane in Aberdeen working as a storeman, but by 1891 was back working as a farm servant in Methlick, with 3 children. The family are at Wardford, Methlick in 1901 with 5 children and William is a horseman on a farm. He died in 1914 at Newseat, Methlick age 58 of cancer of the liver.

23 February 1863
Baptism of Walter White at Royston, Yorkshire, son of my ggg aunt Jane Simpson and labourer John Murgatroyd White who lived at Carlton. Walter died at 9 weeks old and was buried at Royston.

24 February 1864
Birth of John Strachan at Kilwinning, son of my gg uncle coal miner John Strachan and Jane Muir and grandson of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. He is with his family at Burn Row, Kilwinning in 1871 and at Southoak Row, Dreghorn in 1881, by which time he is an ironstone miner. The family moved to Stair some time before 1885, and that’s where John married Margaret Holmes in 1887. In 1891 they are at Merlin Place Auchinleck where John is a coal miner, and have had 2 children born in Dreghorn. They then had a child born in Ochiltree, but in about 1897 moved to Bothwell in Lanarkshire. In 1901 John and his family are in Nimmo’s Row, Holytown, Lanarkshire, and John is working as a fireman at a coal pit. He died at Bellshill, Lanarkshire in 1937 at age 74.

15 and 16 February

On the 15th and 16th: a woman who died too young, a man who called his son Alma (strange choice of name), a farmer from Aberdeenshire, and a Haggerty who ended up in Glasgow.

16 February 1825
Birth of Christian Morgan at Longside, daughter of my ggggg aunt Isobel Sangster and Peter Morgan. In the 1841 census she is a female servant working for a farmer and his wife at Cadgerhill of Buthlaw, Longside, and is a servant on a farm in Ellon in 1851. She married widower and farmer Alexander Rait at Logie Buchan in 1859, and is with him and one of his sons on the farm a Logie Buchan in 1861, with 2 servants. Christian Rait nee Morgan died in 1866 at the age of 40.

15 February 1830
Birth of Joe Henry Grist at Thurlstone, Yorkshire, son of my gggg uncle schoolmaster William Grist and Emma Wood and who was baptised at Penistone in May 1830. By 1841 his family are at Smithley, near Wombwell, and his father is a turner, and in 1851 they are at Blacker Hill, Worsbrough where his father is a grocer and flour dealer and Joe is age 21 and a smith. In 1855 he married Ellen Watson and they are at Blacker Hill in 1861 living two doors away from Joe’s parents: Joe is a blacksmith and they have 2 sons. In about 1862 they moved to Deepcar, over on the edge of the Penninse, where Joe has a blacksmith’s shop: Joe, Ellen and their children are there in 1871, then Joe’s wife Ellen died in 1880. Joe is at the same address in 1881 and 2 of his sons are also blacksmiths. Joe Henry Grist died at Deepcar in 1890 at age 59. Joe had a son who was named, unusually, Alma.

16 February 1836
Birth of William Cowie at Longside, Aberdeenshire, illegtimate son of my half gggg aunt Barbara McWilliam and William Cowie. In 1837 his mother married Forbes Milne, and in 1841 William is with his mother at Newseat, Peterhead and his stepfather is working as a farm servant at North Essie in Banffshire. In 1851 he is at Ellon with his mother and stepfather, and doesn’t appear to have had any half siblings. William Cowie married Elizabeth Cheyne in Ellon in October 1856, and they are at Rose Cottage, Ythan Terrace, Ellon in 1861 with 2 children and 2 boarders: William is working as a railway labourer. He was a farm servant in 1871, living in Littlemill Cottar House in Ellon, and by then he and Elizabeth had 6 children, and was an ag lab in 1881 with 2 more children anbd a grandson. William Cowie then took on the lease if Ballcraig Farm at Keithall and there as a farmer in 1901 with his wife, a son, a grandson and a female servant.

16 February 1840
Birth of Helen Haggerty at Dundonald, daughter of my ggg uncle coal miner John Haggerty and Mary Coghill. In 1841 she is with her parents at Fullerton Street, Dundonald (now part of Irvine), and then her father died in about 1849. By 1851 she is in Glasgow with her mother and siblings, living with her mother’s brother Daniel, a tailor. In 1861 she is a domestic servant in Glasgow working for an eating house keeper and his family. Helen married Andrew Cassidy in 1868 in Glasgow: he was a labourer from Ireland. They are in Hebburn, near Jarrow, England in 1871 with a baby daughter, and had another 3 children born there before returning to Glasgow in about 1879. By 1881 they had 5 children, were living in Guildry Court, Glasgow. They were in St Andrews Street, Glasgow in 1891 and their older children were working, the boys as apprentice tinsmiths and the girls as a book folder and a publisher’s message girl. In 1901 they in Stirling Street, Glasgow living with their married daughter Margaret and her family, and Andrew Cassidy is working as a boiler cutter.

27 January

Happy birthday to a second cousin today. Also an Aberdeenshire grain store keeper and an Ayrshire coal miner’s wife who lived nearly all her life in Dreghorn.

27 January 1848
Baptism of Peter Aitken (or Aiken) at Longside, son of William Aitken and Elizabeth Milne and uncle of my step great grandmother Helen Ann Morgan. I can’t find his family in the 1851 census, but in 1861 Peter is an ag lab at Aldie, Cruden where his father was farm overseer, and his mother and siblings were at Whiteshin, Cruden. Peter was a witness at his sister Jane’s marriage in 1865, and in 1871 is a farm servant at West Gask, Cruden. I then can’t find him in 1881, but in 1891 there is a Peter Aiken of the right age and born in Longside who was a grain store keeper in Peterhead, lodging with a widow and her children. That Peter is still a grain store keeper in Peterhead in 1901 lodging with a different family. If this is the right Peter then it doesn’t look as if he married or had children.

27 January 1860 (born about 1840)
Janet Howat was born in about 1840 at Kilmarnock, daughter of Peter Thomas Howat and Janet Strachan and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. No baptism has been found for her, but she is with her parents and siblings in Thirdpart, Kilmarnock in 1841, and the family were therefore neighbours with several members of the extended family. They also had lots of family as neighbours in 1851, as by then they were at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn. Janet’s father Peter died in the late 1850s, and in 1860 Janet married coal miner Robert Dick at Dreghorn in the same month that one of her brothers was married. Janet and Robert, with a baby daughter, have their own home at Corsehill Square in 1861. No address is given except for Dreghorn in 1871, and by then Janet and Robert had 6 children. They are at Hugh Dunlop’s Land, Dreghorn in 1881, with only 3 of their children still at home and are at the same address in 1891 with just their youngest at home. Janet Dick nee Howat died at Dreghorn in January 1899 age 59.

27 January 1947
Happy birthday half second cousin David (on the Fraser side) – looking forward to seeing you in London next month!

27 December (2)

A few more for the 27th: my ggggg grandfather who was an innkeeper at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, a Haigh descendant from Royston who married an ostler (groom), a Hutcheon up in Aberdeenshire who didn’t marry and lived with her unmarried brother, the second wife of my Fraser great grandfather, and a Sangster descendent who married a farm servant and llived in Turriff.

27 December 1768 (born about 1744)
My ggggg grandfather Joseph Green was born I know not where, but it would have been somewhere in or near Worsbrough, Yorkshire I assume. There are a couple of possibilities in the OPRs but no way of knowing which, if any, are the correct one. There was a John Green who married Ann Cawthorne at Darfield and had a son Joseph baptised there in 1746, and there was was also a Joseph Green born in Felkirk in 1744. What is certain, however, is that Joseph Green married Alice Rock in Barnsley in 1768, and all their children were baptised at Worsbrough. Thanks to a recorded Monumental Inscription in Worsbrough church yard – which doesn’t seem to there any more – I know that Alice wife of Joseph Green innkeeper of Ward Green died age 79 in 1823, and that Joseph Green innkeeper of Ward Green died age 86 in 1830. Ward Green is north of the village of Worsbrough, heading into Barnsley, and back then was on the main Sheffield to Barnsley road, which was part of the major route from London to the north. The inn was most probably the Horse & Jockey, which his son George took over, and which has since been demolished.

27 December 1837
Birth of Hannah Womack at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of my gggg aunt Maria Haigh and James Womack. She is with her parents in Royston, then in 1861 is on Northgate, Wakefield living with William Mantle, a groom and widower, with her younger sister Ellen as a visitor. She married William Mantle in 1861 at the Methodist Church in Wakefield, and they had 5 daughters. In 1871 William is an ostler and in 1881 is a cab driver – horse drawn, of course. William died in 1889 at Wakefield and Hannah followed him in 1891, age only 54.

27 December 1842
Margaret Hutcheon was batised at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Alexander Hutcheon and Margaret Hutcheon: his parents shared a surname but I don’t know if they were related. In 1851 Margaret is with her parents at Kirk Street, Longside and her father is a road maker. By 1861 she was working as a domestic servant and is at Mill of Faichfield, Longside, working for the miller and his family. In March 1870 she gave birth to an illegitimate son, John William Hutchison, and is with her parents in 1871, at High Street, Longside, working as a domestic servant. Her father died in 1875, and in 1881 Margaret is with her mother, two brothers and her son working a 3.5 acre croft with her mother at Hutchison Street: this may well be the croft her father had. Her mother died in 1887 and in 1891 Margaret and her son are living with her unmarried brother John in Longside, and her son has become a tailor. Margaret and her brother are still together in Longside in 1901. Margaret died in 1927 age 84 at Longside.

27 December 1867
Birth of Helen Ann Morgan at Peterhead, daughter of William Souter Morgan and Jane Aitken. Helen was to become the second wife of my great grandfather. In 1871 she is with her parents and siblings at Lochside, Cruden where her father was a farm servant, in 1881 the family is at Collie Hill, Cruden and in 1891 they are Little Tillymaud, Cruden and Helen seems to be helping her mother at home. In 1901 Helen is working as a domestic servant in Peterhead for a vintner and his family. She must then have gone to work at Blackstrath, Keithhall, for it was there that she gave birth to her illegitimate daughter Chrissie Gray Morgan in 1904 – the father not named but his surname might have been Gray. The year before, my grandfather William Fraser’s first wife had died and it’s possible Helen Ann Morgan became his housekeeper, as he had several young children to be cared for. Nature then took its course as Helen gave birth to their son at Hatton in April 1906, though she and William didn’t get married until April 1907, and they subsequently had 4 more sons. In about 1910, William and Helen took over Mosside Croft, on the death of William’s father Alexander. My mother remembered “Granny Fraser” – she was short and wore little round glasses, and had a dairy attached to the cottage where she made cheese. Helen Ann Fraser nee Morgan died in 1938 at the age of 70 of a coronary thrombosis.

27 December 1860
Birth of Christian Pirie at Old Deer, daughter of my half ggg aunt Janet Hay McWilliam and James Pirie and granddaughter of Janet Sangster and William McWilliam. She is with her parents at Old Deer in 1861, 1871 and 1881 at different farms, as her father was a farm servant. She married farm servant James Tough at Old Deer in 1885 and in 1891 they are at Burnside, Turriff with 4 children and Christian’s widower father. They are still there in 1901, James a cattleman, with 2 more children and still with Christian’s father. She died in 1908 of pulmonary tuberculosis.

29 and 30 November

30 November was St Andrew’s Day, my father’s birthday, and the day of a terrible accident in Glasgow, so my thoughts were in Scotland. Only one entry for the 29th, and a sad one – twins who died in infancy. There are quite a lot of twins on my Strachan family tree, so if you’re a Strachan descendent and planning on having children, be warned. Three baptisms on the 30th but only one person whom I’ve been able to trace beyond their birth.

30 November 1828
Baptism of Timothy Fisher at Pilley, Yorkshire, son of John Fisher and Mary Stones and grandson of my ggggg uncle Timothy Fisher and Mary Kaye. Nothing found for Timothy and he is not with his family in 1841, so it looks as if he died young.

30 November 1843
Baptism of John Aitken at Longside, Aberdeenshire son of William Aitken and Elizabeth Milne and uncle of my step great grandmother Helen Ann Morgan. Nothing else found, unfortunately, and as I can’t find the family in the 1851 census I don’t know whether he with his family or not in that year.

30 November 1868
Baptism of my half gg aunt Barbara Smith at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, daughter of John Smith and Helen Watt – she has two baptism records, one in Tarves and one in Udny, but in the census gives her place of birth as Tarves. In 1871 she is with her parents in Newington, Edinburgh and her half sister, my great grandmother Helen Hay, has been left in Tarves with her grandparents. Barbara’s father then died but she and her mother stayed in Edinburgh and took in lodgers. By 1891 Barbara is a dressmaker and one of her mother’s lodgers is an assistant librarian, William Thomson. Barbara and William were married in 1898 and lived in Morningside, Edinburgh, but didn’t have children.

29 November 1902
Birth of twins James and Flora Strachan McIlwraith at Crookedholm, Ayrshire, the first born children of of Jane Dunlop Strachan and James McIlwraith and grandchildren of my great aunt Flora Strachan. Sadly, both twins died in early infancy.

25 November

An Aberdeenshire Hutcheon and an Aberdeenshire Aitken today. They both had what reads as ordinary, even dull lives – but then we don’t know the detail, what interested them, or what created their joyful moments

25 November 1807
Baptism of my gggg uncle Alexander Hutcheon at Longside, son of Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce. In 1841 he’s an ag lab at Red Lums, Longside with his mother, sister and a niece. He married Margaret Hutcheon or Hutchison in 1842 at Longside, who was the daughter of another Alexander Hutcheon and Jane Sangster, so the couple were most probably related. In 1851 they are at Kirk Street, Longside with 4 children and Alexander is a road maker, but he was an ag lab in 1861 and 1871, when they were at High Street, Longside, though his death certificate says he was a crofter. Alexander died in 1875 at Longside at age 68.

25 November 1849
Birth of Helen Aitken at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Aitken and Elizabeth Milne and aunt of my step great grandmother Helen Ann Morgan. The name Helen Aitken reappears on my family tree as my father’s sister Helen Strachan became Helen Aitken when she married, but there’s no connection between the Aberdeenshire and Ayrshire families! The born in 1849 Helen Aitken was living in Cruden parish with her parents in 1861, her father a farm overseer. She married young, as in September 1865 she married George Davidson, a farm labourer. They led the usual life of a farm servant and his family, moving from farm to farm, with their children being born in various places within the Buchan part of Aberdeenshire. By 1901, though, Helen had been widowed, was earning a living as a charwoman, and had a grandson living with her.

15 and 16 November

A nothing happened day on the 15th but three on the 16th, all with quite a bit to say about them. A very early Strachan may, or may not, be in the records after her birth but another Strachan had a rather complicated life and makes quite a lot of appearances in the records. And from Aberdeenshire there’s someone I’m connected to twice, thanks to a marriage of two distantly related people.

16 November 1776
Birth of my gggg aunt Christian Strachan at Irvine, Ayrshire, daughter of Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander. The family moved to Gorbals, just south of the Clyde, in the early 1790s, and if Christian went with them she would have about 15 years old. There is nothing further in the records that can be said definitely to be her. However, there is a birth recorded in the Gorbals OPR in July 1805 for Susannah Dick, daughter of James Dick mason and Christian Strachan, but no marriage found and no other births of children for the same couple, and nothing further to be found for Susannah Dick, unfortunately. Given that Christian’s mother was called Susannah there’s a good possibility this is “my” Christian. But there’s also a burial recorded in the Gorbals Parish Register for February 1814 for Christian Strachan age 40 who could be her is she didn’t marry, or if her husband died before her and she reverted to her maiden name as a widow, which was common practice in Scotland.

16 November 1883 (born about 1835)
Birth of my gg aunt Mary Strachan at Shewalton Colliery, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. Mary had an interesting life which is well documented in the records. She is with her parents at Shewalton Colliery in 1841: the family then moved to Kilwinning where Mary’s mother died in 1846 and her father remarried in 1850. In 1851 Mary is with her father, stepmother and siblings, earning her keep as a hand sewer. She then gave birth to an illegitimate son Robert Strachan in 1855, father not named, at Springside Row, Dreghorn: Mary’s sister Margaret gave her address as Springside, Dreghorn when she married in 1857 so it looks as if the sisters were living there during the 1850s, although their father and stepmother remained in Kilwinning. In 1857 Mary married Archibald Russell, a seaman, at Saltcoats and gave her address as Harbour Buildings, Ardrossen and her occupation as domestic servant. In 1858 her son Robert died at Ardrossen. Mary gave birth to a daughter named Margaret Strachan in 1861 at Corsehill, Kilwinning: on the birth certificate Mary gave her name as Mary Strachan and did not name the father,so Archibald Russell can’t have been around. He could well have been at sea but it looks as though Mary’s child was fathered by someone else. In the 1861 census Mary, named as Mary Russell, is with her father and stepmother at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning, along with her 3 month old daughter Margaret Strachan. Mary then seems to have lived as the wife of Alexander McEwan, as they had two illegitimate children born in 1867 and 1869 at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning, Alexander signing the birth registration for both children. They are in the 1871 census at Kenneth’s Row, just a few doors down from Mary’s father and stepmother, and with them is Mary’s daughter Margaret described as wife’s daughter. Mary is listed as Mary McEwan but she and Alexander, a coal miner, were not married, and had had 2 more children. In 1881 Mary McEwan is a visitor in the household of Susan Strachan, her stepmother, along with her 4 youngest children. No sign of Alexander McEwan but he may be the person of that name who was lodger in Old Monkland – perhaps he’d gone there to work. He was back in Kilwinning by 1883, however, as in November that year he and Mary Strachan were married. The question is, why did they wait until 1883? A possible answer is that that’s when Archibald Russell died, or at least when Mary found out he had died, but no death record for Archibald can be found – as he was a seaman he could have died anywhere. In 1891 Mary and Alexander McEwan and their 2 youngest children are at Brick Row, Kilwinning. Then in 1901 Mary is in Kilwinning with her married daughter Marion and family, which may be because Marion has a 1 week old baby. Alexander McEwan is in Kilwinning with their son Andrew and Andrew’s wife and children, and is working as a labourer. Mary McEwan ms Strachan died in 1909 at Kilwinning at age 69.

16 November 1840
Birth of Jane Aitken at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Aitken and Elizabeth Milne. Jane married a grandson of my ggggg aunt Isobel Sangster and Peter Morgan, and was
the mother of Helen Ann Morgan who became the second wife of my great grandfather William Fraser. Jean Aitken, as she was called as a child, is with her parents at Savoch, Longside in 1841, her father an ag lab. The family are missing from the 1851 census, but in 1861 Jean Aitken is with her Milne grandparents at croft of Savoch or Faichfield, Longside. She married, in 1865 at Longside and as Jane Aitken, to William Souter Morgan but she’d already had two children with him. William, a farm servant, Jane and 4 children are at Lochside, Cruden in 1871, and have William’s younger half brother as a lodger. They had 10 children and in 1881 are at Collie Hill, Cruden and at Little Tillymaud in 1891, William still a farm servant. In 1901 they are living at Kennedy’s Buildings, Cruden and Willliam is a ploughman: with them are 4 children, 3 grandchildren and a boarder. Then in 1911 Jane Morgan is at B Street, Boddam, with a dauhhter and 3 grandchildren, and the census says she was a widow, but she wasn’t – William Morgan was an inmate at the Royal Asylum Aberdeen, where he remained until his death in 1917. Jane Morgan ms Aitken died later the same year, at Leadside Road, Aberdeen, age 76 of senile decay and chronic valvular disease.

13 November

Today is a Yorkshire ggg aunt who became the keeper of Stanley Hall near Wakefield, a Strachan who spent nearly all his life in Kilmaurs, and the mother of a Fraser “adoptee” who was a childhood playmate of my mother’s during the summer holidays.

13 November 1831
My ggg aunt Mary Green was baptised at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of linen bleacher William Green and Sarah Firth. In 1841 she’s with her parents and siblings at Worsbrough Common, two down from her publican father Joseph Green. In 1851 I suspect she’s the Mary Green in Barnsley working as a domestic servant for the Pigott family, the head John Burke Pigott being a “linen manufacturer by power” – i.e. a linen factory owner. Then in 1858 Mary Green was married at Normanton, to gardener Joseph Wilson: the church marriage record says Mary Green was of Altofts with father William Green a bleacher. Altofts is north-east of Wakefield and well north of Barnsley, and I don’t know why Mary Green was living there – perhaps she was a servant, although her marriage record doesn’t give her occupation. In 1861 Mary Wilson is with her in-laws at Stanley Hall Lodge, her father-in-law being the gatekeeper, and with her is her younger sister Sarah Green age 10. Mary’s husband Joseph Wilson is up at Stanley Hall listed as a servant gardener domestic. At the time Stanley Hall was owned and lived in by the Shaw family who had bought it in 1853: Thomas Shaw was a successful canal and railway contractor. It was to be let to tenants in 1862. Joseph and Mary were kept on by the new tenants, as in 1871 they’re at Stanley Hall Cottage with 4 children and Joseph is the gardener. Joseph’s widowed mother is at the Lodge and Stanley Hall is the residence of James Plaister Harris-Gastrell, a landowner and secretary in the diplomatic services. By 1881 Joseph is still gardener but Mary has become hall keeper of Stanley Hall: as well as their youngest child still at home they have a newly married daughter and son-in-law with them. Mary’s husband died in 1890, and in 1891 Mary Wilson is in a house at Haddingley Hill, Sandal Magna earning a living as a monthly nurse: this was someone who looked after a mother and newborn baby for the first few weeks. In 1901 she’s at Elvey Street, Wakefield (in a terraced house that’s still there) as a boarding house keeper, with her unmarried daughter and two boarders. The only death I can find is 1902 in Wakefield, and she’s not in the 1911 census.

13 November 1888 (born 1867)
Andrew Strachan was born in 1867 at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of James Strachan and Mary Lindsay, and great grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. His father was a coal miner and Andrew also became a miner. He is with his family in Stevenston in 1871 and by the time Andrew was 13 they’d moved to Plann Row, Kilmaurs and he was already at work as an ironstone miner. He married farm coal miner’s daughter Marion Fulton at Kilmaurs in 1888. They are in Hemphill Row, Kilmaurs in 1891 with a daughter, Andrew working as a shale miner. In 1901 they are in Blackwoods Buildings, Kilmaurs, still with 1 daughter and Andrew now working as coal miner. Andrew Strachan died in 1922 at Crosshouse, which is near Kilmaurs, so spent almost all his life in the one place.

13 November 1904
Chrissie Gray Morgan was born at Blackstrath, Keithhall, the illegitimate daughter of Helen Ann Morgan. In 1907 her mother became the second wife of my great grandfather William Fraser, so Chrissie is not a “blood” relation but was closely connected to the Fraser family. In about 1911 Chrissie moved from Hatton village to Mosside croft when William Fraser took over the lease after his father had died. In December 1922 she married John Rennie in Aberdeen at about the same time as she gave birth to their daughter Helen: their marriage certificate is interesting as they were married by declaration in the house of John Rennie’s sister and brother-in-law and had their marriage registered by warrant. The marriage certificate says Chrissie was a laundry worker at the time and John Rennie was a farm servant. Chrissie died in 1924 from pulmonary tuberculosis. Her daughter Helen was brought up by her Fraser grandparents and John Rennie migrated to Australia. When my mother was a child she spent the summer weeks at Mosside and remembered Helen – or young Nell as she was known – as they played together, and Helen always cried when my mother had to go back to Yorkshire.

9 November

Quite a few today, but it includes the sad story of Peter Strachan, killed at the age of 13 in a mining accident. Also an Alexander who had been researched by Ian Macdonald. Plus there’s a Morgan and a Green who died young, and a Haddow who disappears.

9 November 1807
Birth of Janet Morgan at Longside, daughter of my ggggg aunt Isobel Sangster and Peter Morgan. Nothing else found for her, and someone on Ancestry has a death date for her of 11 November 1809 but without a source given, so it’s possible she died in infancy.

9 November 1834
Baptism of George Alexander at Rayne, son of my ggggg uncle John Alexander and Janet Morrison. He has been written up in Ian Macdonald’s book about the Alexanders of Bourtie, who writes: “George (1834) was the last of the children. He made his way as a craftsman. At sixteen he was working on the land at home but by 1861 had served an apprenticeship and was now a carpenter in Old Meldrum. Beyond that he had also married and was living with his wife in two rooms, with a boarder, at North Road. In fact he was next door to carpenter master John Webster and had married the master’s daughter Helen Ann Webster. It looks as though their place had a change of name to Urquhart Road by 1871 as they were still in two rooms next to the master’s home but now with four children. By 1881 they had a separate place of their own with five of the now seven children at home and by 1891 there were still four of the final brood of nine living with them. George never left Old Meldrum dying there in 1909 aged seventy-five, with Helen outliving him to 1914. They ended up in Urquhart Road where they had started – rooted lives.” In 1901 George and Helen also had a grandson with them.

9 November 1834
Baptism of my gg aunt Alice Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of William Green and Sarah Firth. She is with her family in 1841 at Worsbrough Common, her father a linen bleacher and living two down from the Rose & Crown where her grandfather Joseph Green was publican. Alice died in 1851 at age 17.

9 November 1860 (born about 1848)
Peter Strachan died on 9 November 1860, at 12 years old, in a mining accident. We can know exactly what happened as it was written up in the Mining Accident Register. He was born in about 1847 at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of Robert Strachan and Janet Ross Gilmour, and was the grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. In 1951 he’s with his parents and siblings at Glaston Road, Hurlford (which was in Riccarton parish at that time) and his father become the coal pit manager of a pit at Ford Colliery.
The death certificate for young Peter died says:
Peter Strachan collier, 9 November 1860, in No.15 Pit Head, Ford Colliery, Riccarton Parish, age 13. Son of Robert Strachan coal pit manager and Janet Strachan ms Gilmour. Died from injuries received by falling down part of the shaft of said pit. Burial Ground of Riccarton. Informant Peter Strachan uncle.
The report in the mining accident register reads:
10 November 1860 at Hurlford, mine owned by Allan Gilmour & Co. Peter Strachan boy age 12 killed in shafts. Was thrown out of the cage by the engine raising it unexpectedly. The deceased was a young boy of about 12, son of the underground overman. He had not been forward at the pit to be lowered to his work with the rest of the workmen on the morning of the accident, and after the ‘clerk’ had commenced, he had got into an empty hutch on the cage to be lowered to the bottom. It was known to the engineman and others that the boy had gone into the cage in the ‘rise’ division of the shaft. An upper seam of coal is worked from this division, and when the cage is required to be rested at that level it is the practice to signal to the surface, and the person making the signal closes the ‘folding boards’ or ‘shuts’ for the cage to rest upon. A young lad of about 17 was engaged in this seam on the morning of the accident; he had signalled to the surface for the cage to be lowered to that level, and accordingly the engine man did stop the cage at that seam. The deceased was sitting in the hutch upon the cage but the cage was rested at the ‘mid-working’, according to the signals given, the lad stationed there commenced to take it off, and while he was in the act of doing so the engine man raised the cage, which first canted the hutch, and afterwards allowed it to pass under and down the shaft, a distance of 30 fathoms.

9 November 1870
Jane Jaffrey Haddow was born at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, daughter of my gg uncle coal miner Colin Shearer Haddow and Ann Orr Richmond. She’s with her family in 1871 at Kilwinning, then in 1881 the family are at Coylton, and Jane is at school. Her father died in 1885 but I cannot find Jane in the 1901 census – she’s not with her mother or any of her siblings that I can find. Several of her siblings also disappear after 1881 so I wonder if they migrated, but I haven’t found them on any passenger lists.

30 October

Not a lot to talk about today as one disappears from the records, one dies as a baby and two are too recent for me to detail.

30 October 1850
Birth of Agnes Morgan at Cruden, daughter of Arthur Morgan and Catherine Kilgour Adam, and granddaughter of my ggggg aunt Isabel Sangster and Peter Morgan. Unfortunately I’ve not traced her beyond the 1861 census, when she was at school and living with her widowed mother and younger siblings.

30 October 1897
Baptism of Walter Fletcher at Royston, Yorkshire, son of my gg aunt Annie Senior and coal miner John Fletcher. Little Walter died at 2 months old and was buried at St John the Baptist, Royston.

30 October 1926
Birth of a Fraser granddaughter of my half gg aunt Margaret Fraser, via her son Alexander Mitchell Fraser and Ethel Willox. As I’m not sure whether the granddaughter is still with us or not I’m not revealing her name just in case.

30 October 1978
The daughter of my cousin was born, here in Leeds.