Tag Archives: Morgan

29 October

Just one today – but an interesting one as the research involved quite a bit of thinking it all through and looking for connections (and also the spending of credits on ScotlandsPeople).

29 October 1813
Baptism of Mary Ann Morgan at Longside, daughter of Peter Morgan and Isobel Sangster. Her mother was the sister of my gggg grandmother Janet Sangster. Mary Ann gave birth to two illegitimate children: Barbara Sangster in 1832 (father George Sangster) and Joseph Mess Greig in 1837 (father James Greig). On both baptism entries Mary Ann Morgan is said to be of Kinmundy, which is where some of the Sangster and Morgan families lived. There is then an entry for the reading of banns for Mary Ann Morgan and David Young at Slains in November 1840: their marriage entry is quite unusual as it seems to read as if they had the banns read at Slains but were married elsewhere, though there is no other marriage entry in the OPRs. And to further complicate things, their eldest child had been baptised at Longside in October 1840. David Young was a riddle and beehive maker, and his mother was Margaret Sangster, so perhaps Mary Ann was related to him (and she may also have been related to the George Sangster who father her daughter Barbara). David Young and wife Mary are in Longside in 1841 with a baby son. In 1841 Mary Ann’s daughter Barbara is with her great aunt Barbara Sangster ar Brunthill, Cruden, which is where Mary Ann’s mother Isobel Sangster was born, but there is no trace of Joseph Greig, who may have died in infancy. In 1851 David and Mary Ann Young are in Old Machar with 4 children, and are in Old Deer in 1861 with their 4 youngest children, the eldest having died or working away from home. David Young died in 1863 at Stuartfield, Old Deer, and in 1871 Mary Young, annuitant, is at Main Street, Old Deer with her youngest daughter and a granddaughter. She is in Longside in 1881 with her son Duncan, a baker, and a different granddaughter. Mary Ann Young died in 1887 at Peterhead, widow of David Young beehive maker. Her son Duncan was a baker in Peterhead so she may have been living with him, but the informant was her son David Young. He gave her father as George Morgan and mother unknown, but Mary Ann’s parents died before 1841 so he would not have known them, and given all the other evidence I think it’s highly likely he made a mistake with Mary Ann’s father’s name.

23 September

Just two today: a Morgan named after the local doctor, and a Strachan descendent who died at age 2.

23 September 1817
Birth of Nathaniel Laurence Morgan at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggggg aunt Isabel Sangster and Peter Morgan. Nathaniel was named after the son of the local doctor! He’s proved rather tricky to research, but he appears to have married three times. I can’t find him in the 1841 census, but in December 1841 he married Anne Irvine at Cruden, and they had a son Thomas Morgan born at Old Deer. Anne died and Nathaniel may have then married Isabella Knox at Cruden in 1846, who also died. In 1850 he then married Helen Milne at Cruden. He is in the 1851 census at Kinloch, St Fergus, Banffshire, a farm servant, with wife Helen, a stepson, and son Thomas. In 1861 his wife Helen, a ploughman’s wife, is at Main Street, Old Deer with 87 year old Isabella McGilloway but Nathaniel can’t be found. There is no sign of any children. In 1871 Nathaniel and Helen are at Main Street, Old Deer along with Helen Morgan, their 10 year old granddaughter, daughter of Thomas: Nathaniel is an agricultural labourer. They are still in Old Deer in 1881 and still have their granddaughter Helen with them. Nathaniel Morgan, day labourer and widower of Helen Milne, died in February 1888 at Broad Street, Peterhead, at the home of his stepson Alexander Insch.

23 September 1867
Birth of Janet Thompson King at Irvine, Ayrshire, daughter of my gg aunt Jean (Jane) Strachan and James King. Janet King died age 2 in 1869 at Irvine.

14, 15 and 16 September

Nothing for the 14th and for the 15th a Fraser descendent who migrated to USA after the failure of her marriage to be with her cousin. The 16th was busy: an Ayrshire Logan who eventually moved to Manchester; two Aberdeenshire relatives who can’t be found in the records: a Hutcheon who became a prison warder; a Yorkshire relative who married an iron clog maker; and a Strachan descendent who migrated to Framlington, Illinois. And that brings me up to date again!

15 September 1909
Birth of Margaret Booth Downie (known as Meg) at Logie Buchan, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half great aunt Isabella Stuart Fraser who became the wife of the son of my half gg uncle James Fraser. Margaret is with her parents and siblings at Crosshill, Ellon in 1911, her father a farm grieve. In 1938 she married William Boyd McKinnon at Ellon. In 1848 her cousin James Alexander Fraser came back to Scotland from the USA for a visit, and in 1949 Margaret B McKinnon flew to New York, giving James Fraser’s address in Bronx as her destination. She was naturalised in 1954 under the name Margaret Booth Fraser but I can’t find a marriage: her husband had not died and I don’t know whether they divorced. As they had not had any children they may have been separated for some time. In New York Meg and James Fraser were close to my half great uncle Arthur Fraser: I visited him in New York in 1968 and remember being introduced to an older couple who I suspect must have been Meg and James. Arthur, Meg and James all retired to Boynton Beach, Florida and Meg died there in 2004.

16 September 1836 (born about 1814)
Sarah Logan was born in about 1814 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Adam Logan and Margaret Duncan. Her shoemaker father did not stay with his wife and children, and in the 1830s set up house with Ann Craig in Chapelton, Lanarkshire. His wife and children lived in Neilston, Renfrewshire, where Sarah Logan married James Munn in 1836. In 1841 Sarah and James are at Cross Arthurlie Village, Neilston, James Munn a calico printer, with 2 children. They then moved to Busby in Lanarkshire, where their youngest child was born, then they moved to Ayrshire as in 1851 the family are at Old Street, Riccarton, James a colour maker and with 4 children. By 1861 they had moved to Glasgow, and were at 33 Mill Street, Bridgeton in 1961, James still a colour maker and with their 4 children all working. Sarah’s mother died in Glasgow in 1867, and in 1872 Sarah and James are at 28 Bedford Street, Tradeston with a son, a grandson and two lodgers. Something then took Sarah, James and their son James to England, as in 1881 they are Chorlton upon Medlock, Lancashire, son James working as a clothing clerk with a young son, his wife having died. Her husband died in Chorlton in 1884 but I haven’t been able to find anything further for Sarah, her son James or her grandson Daniel.

16 September 1849
Birth of William Henderson at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate son of my ggg aunt Isabella Fraser and Lewis Henderson. He is in the 1851 census age 1 at Mosside with his grandparents, William and Christian Fraser, and his ants and uncles. I can’t find him in any subsequent records, so he may have died before 1855.

16 September 1862
Birth of Peter Morgan at Longside, Aberdeenshire. He was baptised as Peter Aitken, illegitimate son of Jane Aitken and William Souter Morgan, who married in 1865. In 1871 Peter, age 8, is at Lochside, Cruden with his parents and siblings, his father a farm servant. After that he disappears from the records: nothing in the census, no death, and nothing in immigration records. He’s a mystery.

16 September 1863
Birth of Alexander Hutcheon at Cruden, Aberdeenshire son of my gggg uncle Keith Hutcheon and Ann McPherson. He is in Hatton village in 1871 with his tailer father, seamstress mother and siblings, and is there in 1881 age 17 working as a farm servant. He then became a prison warder and in 1891, age 27, is lodging with a prison warder and his wife, plus other prison warders, at Barlinnie, Lanarkshire. He was the informant at his father’s death in June 1891 and gives his address as HM Prison Barlinnie, Glasgow. In 1901 he at the HMS Prison married quarters at Peterhead, with his wife Jane and a son: by then his is a prison store warder 2nd class.

16 September 1876 (born 1857)
Etty or Hetty Cook was born in 1857 at Blacker Hill, near Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of Eliza Grist and Matthew Cook and granddaughter of my ggg uncle William Grist and Emma Wood. In 1861 she is in Wombwell with her paternal grandparents; his father was boarding in Monk Bretton and working as a coal miner and her mother was at Blacker Hill with her parents and Etty’s younger sister. Her parents must have separated about then. In 1871 Hetty Cook is a domestic servant in Barnsley but her father is in Newcastle upon Tyne with a new “wife” and children, and her mother is a boarder in Hoyland with 2 more children. Etty next appears in Shipley, near Bradford, where she married Smith Gill Holdsworth in 1876, a maker of clog irons: the marriage entry gives her father as a forman in a coal pit. Hetty and her husband Smith lived in Manningham, Bradford and had 4 children. Hetty then died in 1892 at the age of 33 at Bradford.

16 September 1879
Birth of Ellen Wilson at Galston, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Wilson and Mary Gibson and great granddaughter of my uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Her father was a coal miner and she migrated to the USA, along with her parents and siblings, in 1888 and they settled at Framlington, Illinois where her father and brothers worked as coal miners. Ellen married John Williams in 1901 and had 1 children, but her husband died and she married James Sullivan in 1904 and had more children. She died in 1951 and a newspaper notice of her death says she worked for the Central National Bank maintenance department and was survived by a sister, two daughters, two sons, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

8 September

Two female Aberdeenshire ancestors today: one was a dressmaker and knitter and never married, and the other married very young.

8 September 1793
Birth of my gggg aunt Jean or Jane Logan at Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, daughter of James Logan and Catherine Smith. She doesn’t appear to have married or had children, though may have done. In 1841 she is at Auchtilair, Old Deer living next door to her brother John and his family. Jane is described as a sewster (dressmaker) age 45 and is living on her own. By 1851 she’s moved to East Street, Stuartfield and at age 57 is a pauper formerly house servant, living on her own. She’s still at East Street in 1861 age 7, a pauper and stocking knitter, and with her is her niece Jane Loggan, her brother John’s daughter, and her niece’s 8 month old illegitimate daughter Jane Crieghton. The three of them are together and at East Street in 1871, Jane age 77 a knitter, Jane age 54 a general servant, and Jane age 10 at school. Jane Logan died at Stuartfield in 1878 at age 84 of heart disease, and her death was registered by her grand-niece Jane Creighton.

8 September 1874
Birth of Elizabeth Morgan at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Souter Morgan and Jane Aitken and sister of my step great grandmother Helen Ann Morgan. Eliza age 6 is with her parents and siblings in 1881 at Collie Hill, Cruden, and at age 16 is a housemaid for a farmer and his family at Auchenten, Cruden. She married later that year, at 16 years old, to Andrew Rennie Watson, a farm servant of Cruden. They are at Greenhill, Cruden in 1901, Andrew a ploughman and Lizzie by then the mother of 3 children. According to a tree on Ancestry, they had another 2 children and Elizabeth died in 1949 in Aberdeen Infirmary of colon cancer at age 74.

6 September

After an unseasonably warm week in which I had to water the garden, we now have local flooding as it has poured with rain all day. Or, as they say in Yorkshire, flippin’ ‘eck, it’s been siling it down. Anyone know any good Scottish words for heavy rain? Two ancestors today, both from Aberdeenshire and both mysteries. Some ancestors just don’t want to be found.

6 September 1800
Baptism of my gggg uncle James Hutcheon at Longside, son of Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce. He’s a bit of a mystery. I thought he might be the James Hutcheon who was compeared by the Longside Kirk Session and then married the pregnant Margaret Tolmy, but tracing that couple in the census showed that James was consistently 10 years too young. I tried to find a death certificate for the James who married Margaret Tolmy but nothing has showed up on ScotlandsPeople, frustratingly, as a death cert tells you who someone’s parents were. So I’m uncertain what happened to James.

6 September 1856
Birth of James Aitken at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of William Aitken and Elizbeth Milne. He was the uncle of my step great grandmother Helen Ann Morgan. He is one of those who prove difficult to find in the census. His father and older brother are in the 1861 census working as farm servants at Aldie, Cruden but there’s no sign of James, his mother and his other siblings. In 1871 James, age 14 and at school, is with his parents at West Gask, Cruden, where his father was a farm servant. By 1881 his father has taken the lease of a 12 acre croft at Aldie, Cruden, and James is with his parents working as a general labourer. He then disappears: I can’t find him in the census, can’t find a death record for him, and can’t see what could be him in any immigration records. Frustrating.

On 27 August

Today, a Morgan killed by a granite stone, a Green who become an innkeeper’s wife (an occupation common in the Green family) and adopted a son, and a Green descendent who, before marriage, was bottling mineral water back in 1901. And we think bottled water is a recent phenomena!

27 August 1815
Birth of Arthur Morgan at Longside, son of Peter Morgan and my ggggg aunt Isabel Sangster, and also grandfather of Helen Ann Morgan, who was my great grandfather Wiliam Fraser’s second wife. In 1835 he married Margaret Robb at Cruden, and in the 1841 census they are at Mains Gask, Cruden with a daughter. Margaret died sometime in the mid to late 1840s, by which time they’d had 4 children. Arthur then married Catherine Adam at Cruden in 1849, and the 1851 census finds them at Tillymaud, Cruden with Arthur’s 4 older children and a new baby; Arthur is a farm servant. At some point he started working in the quarry, and the family moved to Longhaven, which is close by the granite quarry, as in 1860 Arthur died almost instantly when he was crushed by a large granite stone.

27 August 1848
Baptism of my ggg aunt Elizabeth Green at Worsbrough, daughter of my ggg grandparents William Green and Sarah Firth. In 1851 she is with her grandfather, parents and siblings at the Rose and Crown Inn, Worsbrough, her grandfather an innkeeper and her father a bleacher (which would have been of linen). Her father died in 1865, and Elizabeth got married in 1870 at Wortley to John Edward Elstone. In the 1871 census Elizabeth and her husband are at Greenfoot Road, Barnsley North with Elizabeth’s widowed mother: John Elstone is an engine tester. By 1881 John and Elizabeth have moved to The Orchard, which is close to Greenfoot Road, and have become publicans employing two young female servants. They have moved to the Three Crowns Inn in The Shambles, Barnsley by 1891 and have an adopted son Silvester Milne, a servant and a female pianist and her daughter as boarders. Elizabeth’s husband John died in 1900 age 51, and in 1901 Elizabeth is at 132 Cemetery Road, Barnsley South, working as a shirt machinist, with son William Elstone age 13: he was born in Halifax as was Silvester Milne who was age 3 in 1891. The household also has two boarders from Ireland. Frustratingly, I cannot find Elizabeth or her adopted son William in the 1911 census. Elizabeth Esltone died in 1919 age 71. In 1914 there was a marriage in Barnsley of Willie S M Elstone: was he William Silvester Milne Elstone?

27 August 1882
Birth of Gertrude Burton at Stanley Hall Lodge, Yorkshire, daughter of James Burton and Sarah Ann Wilson and granddaughter of Joseph Wilson and my ggg aunt Mary Green. Her father was a twine maker, and by 1891 the family had moved to Alverthrope, near Wakefield: they are there at Pilkington Street in 1891 and 1901, with Gertrude at school and as a bottle worker at a mineral water works. She married Henry Wood in 1907, and in 1911 they are living at Sandal, Henry a colliery workman below ground, and have 3 children plus Henry’s stepfather and a 14 year old nurse girl living with them. Gertrude died in 1971 at Wakefield age 88.

On 17 August

All three today frustratingly disappear from the records.

17 August 1755
Birth of Charles Alexander, son of John Alexander and Christian Reid. I think he was the brother of Susannah Alexander who married Thomas Strachan – the 2nd, 3rd and 4th children of Thomas and Susannah were named John, Christian and Charles, which is reasonably good evidence for supporting my theory. He is therefore my ggggg uncle but sadly, his birth and baptism is the only reference I can find for him in the records, so I’ve no idea what became of him.

17 August 1842
Birth of Mary Morgan at Cruden, daughter of Arthur Morgan and Margaret Robb and granddaughter of my ggggg aunt Isabel Sangster and Peter Morgan. Her mother died a few years after Mary was born and her father remarried. In 1851 Mary Morgan age 8 is at Tillymaud, Cruden with her father, stepmother and siblings. Her father died in a quarrying accident in 1860. Mary cannot be found in the 1861 census nor is there a death or marriage from 1855 to 1861, so she may have died between 1851 and 1854.

17 August 1852
Birth of Jean Wallace Strachan at Dreghorn, daughter of Andrew Strachan and Elizabeth Strachan. Her parents Andrew and Elizabeth were cousins and were not married: Andrew was 16 years older than Elizabeth and had been widowed, and Elizabeth was housekeeper for him and his children in 1851. There is nothing to be found in the records for either Jean or her mother Elizabeth after the 1852 birth and baptism record, so it could be that they both died.

On 7 August

Some interesting research to discover more about today’s ancestors: an early Marshall ancestor has me scratching my head over who married who; my gg grandfather’s second wife might be descended from Kilwinning Kirk’s sexton; a Hutcheon ancestor was a rural postman; and finally there’s my great uncle Arthur Fraser who once served a drink to the Queen Mother and who migrated to New York.

7 August 1768
Birth of my gggg aunt Mary Marshall at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of Alexander Marshall and Agnes Gibson. Her brother Robert Marshall was the father of Sarah Marshall who married John McInairney (or McInerney) and whose daughter Mary Ann married my great grandfather John McCrae. Mary Marshall has proved a nightmare to research! She had a brother called Frances Marshall and a sister called Ann Marshall, and the Marshalls had a habit of marrying someone else called Marshall. There is a marriage in Kilmarnock in 1792 between Frances Marshall and Mary Marshall – but is this the Mary born in 1768, her brother Frances born in 1759, or two different but possibly related Marshalls? Then to complicate things further, there is marriage in Kilmaurs (which is just to the west of Kilmarnock) in 1817 of Frances Marshall to Ann Marshall – is this Mary’s brother Frances or Mary’s sister Ann? The Kilmaurs Frances and Ann are in the 1841 census and the ages given put Francis as 20 years older than Ann, so it’s possible it’s a second marriage for Frances. There is more research to be done on the Marshall line to try and sort it all out. At this stage nothing is therefore known about Mary Marshall born in 1768, except she was born and may, or may not, have married someone with the same name as her brother.

7 August 1881 (born about 1818)
Birth of Susan Cran most probably at Kilwinning, Ayrshire. Susan was the second wife of my gg grandfather Robert Strachan and mother of his youngest 6 children. They married in Kilwinning in 1850 and Robert died in 1877. In the 1881 census Susan Strachan is at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning, where she and Robert had lived since before 1861 and where Robert died: she has 2 adult coal miner sons with her, a young grandchild, plus Mary McEwan nee Strachan, the daughter of Robert’s brother John Strachan, and Mary’s children. Susan died in 1881 and the informant was her son Robert. He gave Susan’s mother as Jane Johnston Ferguson, then Ferguson was crossed out and Kirkwood substituted. No father is given and the registrar has written illegitimate next to Susan’s name, but I suspect she might not have been: it’s possible her father died when she was young and her children didn’t know anything about him. Researching Susan’s mother born Jean Kirkwood turned up a marriage between William Johnson and Jean Kirkwood at Kilwinning in 1833, and the 1841 census has them at Cotton House, Kilwinning: William was a cotton hand loom weaver and is with his wife Jane and 3 children, the eldest Susan Johnston age 20 and the youngest age 4 and 2. Susan Johnston must surely be Susan Cran, born before her mother married William Johnson – which explains why there’s no Susan Cran to be found in the 1841 census. Susan’s mother died at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning in 1871, just before the census was taken, so may have been living with her daughter and son-in-law Robert Strachan. There is no baptism in the OPR for Susan Cran, born about 1818, but there’s one for John Cran at Kilwinning in 1813 to Alexander Cran and Jean Kirkwood. I feel sure that this is Susan’s brother. There is no marriage for Jean Kirkwood and Alexander Cran so it’s possible they weren’t married, or if they were then Alexander died when Susan was young. Jean Kirkwood was born in 1787 and was the daughter of Alexander Kirkwood and Susan Brown, a further indication of the link to a daughter named Susan. If this is correct, then Susan Cran’s grandfather was the sexton at Kilwinning Kirk.

7 August 1850
Birth of William Hutcheon at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of my gggg uncle Alexander Hutcheon, an agricultural labourer, and Margaret Hutcheon – William’s parents were probably distantly related but I have yet to work out how. William lived with his parents and then widowed mother in Longside until his 30s, starting work as a shoemaker and then becoming a letter carrier. He married Margaret Ogilvie in about 1882, though I haven’t been able to find a marriage certificate for them: his father died in 1875 and his mother in 1887. In 1891 William is in Longside and a rural postman, with wife Margaret and 4 children. They are at Main Street, Longside in 1901, William still a rural postman and with 2 children at home. He’s the one in Belhelvie in 1911, though I haven’t downloaded the census page from ScotlandsPeople, but his son George Ogilvie Hutchison migrated to Canada and his Canadian WW1 enlistment papers give his next of kin as father William Hutchison of Balmedie, which is near Belhelvie on the coast just north of Aberdeen. There is a death registered in Aberdeen Northern District for William Hutchison age 80 which I suspect is him.

7 August 1912
Birth of my half great uncle Arthur Morgan Fraser at Mosside croft, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of my great grandfather William Fraser and his second wife Helen Ann Morgan. My mother remembered Arthur well from her childhood holidays at Mosside, and they kept in touch. So I know Arthur began working as a boot boy in a hotel, then worked as a bar tender: one of his claims to fame was serving the Queen Mother, which I think was when he worked in Aberdeen. Then in 1957 he migrated to the USA, arriving in New York in May 1958. We visited him in the late 1960s when he was living in an apartment on Long Island. He retired to Palm Beach, Florida and lived in a retirement and golfing village on Boynton Avenue, which was also the retirement home of his relatives and friends Meg Fraser nee Downie and her second husband James Fraser: Meg Downie and Arthur were both granddchildren of my gg grandfather Alexander Fraser. Arthur died in Palm Beach on February 1994.

On 28 and 29 July

The birthday of my grandmother, who deserves a post of her own. Plus some Scottish ancestors I haven’t fully researched due to there being a limit on how much I spend on the ScotlandsPeople web site – it’s a brilliant resource but if you don’t watch out you can spend an awful lot more than intended.

28 July 1806
Birth of Margaret Fraser at Cruden, Aberdenshire, daughter of Andrew Fraser and Jean Walker. Her father Andrew was the brother of the William Fraser I suspect was the father of my gggg grandfather William Fraser. Nothing else known at the moment.

28 July 1865
Birth of William Morgan at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of William Souter Morgan and Jane (also Jean) Aitken and brother of my step great grandmother Helen Ann Morgan. He was born before his parents were married in August 1865, and is with them in 1871 at Lochside, Cruden, his father a farm servant. In 1881 William is working as a farm servant at Path Head, Cruden, and in 1888 married Elspet Forbes Noble at Cruden. Like many in the Morgan family he then became a quarry worker, and in 1891 is with his wife and 2 children with his wife’s parents at Green Street, Cruden – his father-in-law is a fisherman. By 1901 William, his wife and 6 children are in Nigg, by the docks in Aberdeen, and William is working as a marine engineer.

28 July 1866
Birth of Margaret Brown Findlay at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of James Findlay and Mary Findlay. I;ve not researched her any further yet.

29 July 1894
Birth of my grandmother Clara Green at Spark Lane, Mapplewell, Yorkshire – and important person in my life so she’s getting a post of her own.

On 8 June

Today: someone whose niece marries the grandson of his wife’s uncle, someone who seems to have stayed in the same place but disappears from the census, and someone who spent her married life living next door to what was to become Prestwick airport.

8 June 1841
Birth of Arthur Morgan at Curden, son of Arthur Morgan and Catherine Morgan, and uncle of my great granddather’s second wife Helen Ann Morgan. He is with his parents and siblings in 1851 at Tillymaud, Cruden. In 1860 his father was killed in a quarry accident, and in 1861 Arthur and two of his sibllings are at Tillymaud working for farmer Alexander Gray: 19 year old Arthur is a ploughman. Her married Margaret Brown in Cruden in December 1861 and by 1871 they had 3 children: at the time of the census Arthur was at Coplandhill, Peterhead as a farm servant and Margaret Morgan was with her mother Elizabeth Fraser at Invernettie Brickworks, Peterhead. Arthur’s wife Margaret Brown was the illegitimate daughter of Elizabeth Fraser, who was the niece of the father of my illegitimate ggg grandfather William Fraser. Arthur niece would later marry William Fraser’s grandson William Fraser.

8 June 1865
Birth of Alexander Davidson McWilliam at Peterhead, son of my half gggg uncle David McWilliam and Elizabeth Ewan. He was the youngest of 11 children, and was the grandson of Janet Sangster, mother of William Fraser. In 1871 Alexander was with his family at Tanfield Place, Peterhead and his father was working as a sawyer. In 1881 the family are at 22 Chapel Street, Peterhead and 15 year old Alexander is a cooper. In 1885 he married Marion Cowie at Old Machar, and they then prove to be elusive in the census. However, Alexander Davidson McWilliam died in 1938, at the Royal Mental Hospital, Aberdeen, of duodenal ulcer and haematemesis, with a usual residence address of 5 George Street, Buchanhaven, Peterhead.

8 June 1871
Birth of Mary Strachan at Kilmarnock, daughter of John Strachan and Christina Houston McGill and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle. Her father was a coal miner and in 1881 the family, including 9 year old Mary, are at 6 Low Road, Kilmaurs. In 1889 she gave birth to an illegitimate son, John Strachan Tait: Mary was working as a farm servant at the time and the father was a father servant, Andrew Tait. He was born at Parker’s Land, Crosshouse, which was probably her parents’ home. In 1891 Mary is working as a servant for dairyman Andrew Hamilton at Grange Street, Kilmarnock, and her son is with her parents at Gatehead Road, Kilmaurs. Mary married John McVie, a coal miner, in 1894 at Kilmaurs, and in 1901 they are at Low Road, St Quivox, which is in Whitletts next to what was to become Prestwick airport. They must have remained there for the rest of their lives as Mary died in 1949 at age 77 at Low Road, Whitletts.