Tag Archives: Neilson

11 March

The 11th March was quite a popular day, with a Neilson in Govan, a Logan in Old Deer, a Hunter in Stevenston, an Oxley in Barnsley and a Watt in Tarves.

11 March 1740
Baptism of my ggggg aunt Mary Neilson at Govan, Renfrewshire, daughter of Walter Neilson and Mary Berrie. I haven’t traced her any further as nothing looks like her in the records, although there were quite a few with her name in the Glasgow area at the time.

11 March 1755
Birth of my ggggg aunt Catherine Logan at Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, daughter of George Logan and Elzabeth Morrice. There is nothing else for anyone of that name in the records for the time, so it looks as if she may have died young.

11 March 1806
Baptism of Joseph Hunter at Stevenston, son of my gggg aunt Margaret Haddow and my gggg uncle coal miner Robert Hunter. He is named in the 1819 minister’s census for Stevenston, at Cow Roading with his parents and sibllings and is probably one of the 6 children with his parents in the 1822 Stevenston list. He became a coal miner and married Margaret Frew in June 1826 at Stevenston. In 1841 they are at Boglemart, Stevenston with 6 children, but by 1851 had moved to Dalry where Joseph worked as an ironstone miner and had had 3 more children. They remained in Dalry and by 1861 Joseph was oversman at the pit. He died in Dalry in 1866, age 60, of miner’s asthma.

11 March 1832
Baptism of my ggg uncle James Oxley at Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of agricultural labourer Thomas Oxley and Sarah Grist. He’s with his parents in Barnsley in 1841, and then his father died. In 1851 James is a lodger in Barnsley and working as a coal miner, then he married Ann Durant in 1856. They have 1 child by 1861, and then he trail become a bit confused. It looks as if Ann is with her recently widowed brother in law in 1871, looking after his young children, and James Oxley is in Barnsley with their son. But in 1881 James is a brick maker in Barnsley living with his brother William, and there is no sign of Ann or his son. James is most probably the James Oxley who died in Barnsley in 1890.

11 March 1915 (born about 1845)
My ggg uncle John Watt was born in about 1845 in either Ellon or Tarves, son of James Watt and Margaret Symon, but no baptism record has survived. He is with his parents in 1851 and 1861 at Mill of Schivas, Tarves, where his father farmed 6 acres. By 1871, however, he has moved to Edinburgh ad is staying with his married sister Helen in Newington and working as a railway wagon driver. In 1876 he married Eliza Henderson at Newington, and they in South Leith in 1881 with 2 young children, John working as a railway guard. In 1891 he is a linesman with NBR, is still in South Leith, and he and Eliza have 2 more children, 1 of whom was a patient at the Edinburgh City Hospital for Infectious Diseases on census night – she survived whatever disease it was. In 1901 John is still a railway guard and at the same South Leith address, and he and his wife have all 4 of their children at home. John Watt died in 1915 in Edinburgh age 70.

6 March

A Neilson from Lanarkshire, a King from Ayrshire, and a Strachan who was killed in WW1 at Ypres.

6 March 1784
Baptism of my gggg aunt Mary Neilson at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, daughter of Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden. Nothing else known, unfortunately, as there is nothing in the records that looks as if it could be her.

6 March 1857
Birth of Joseph King at Irvine, Ayrshire, son of my gg aunt Jean (Jane) Strachan and cotton weaver James King. In 1861 and 1871 he’s with his parents and siblings in Irvine, and by age 14 is working at the coal pit. He married Margaret Brown at Irvine in 1878. Their first child was born in Dundonald and their second in Greenock, Renfrewshire, but by the time of the 1881 census they were back in Irvine, where they remained. Joseph was still a coal miner in 1881, but by 1891 had changed his occupation and become a stone mason. He and Margaret (known as Maggie) had at least 6 children. Joseph King died in Irvine in 1928 at age 71.

6 March 1915 (born about 1884)
Private Allan Strachan, a member of the Canadian Light Infantry, was killed in action on 6 March 1915 at Ypres. He was born in about 1884 in Galston, Ayrshire, the son of Allan Gilmour Strachan and Jean Stewart and the great grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Allan, an engineer, migrated to Canada in April 1914 and went to Alberta. He death certificate names his next of kin as his brother William who still lived in Galston.

26 February

A Neilson who I don’t know much about, a Haddow who married a Hunter, and a Strachan who was adopted.

26 February 1768
Baptism of my gggg uncle John Neilson at Govan, Lanarkshire, son of Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden. The most likely marriage for him is to Jean Sheils in 1786 at Gorbals, as this couple named their eldest son Walter and their second daughter Agnes. Nothing else known, however.

26 February 1775
Birth of my gggg aunt Margaret Haddow at Irvine, daughter of James Haddow and Margaret Harvie. She married Robert Hunter on 1803 at Douglas, Lanarkshire and their first child was baptised at Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire. They then moved to Stevenston, Ayrshire where they have 3 children baptised and 4 more for whom no baptism can be found. The 1819 census of Stevenston has Robert Hunter collier with wife Margaret Haddow and 7 children at Cow Roading, and they are there in 1822 with 6 children. Margaret Haddow seems to have died between 1833 and 1830 when Robert Hunter remarried.

26 February 1910
Birth of Elizabeth Black Strachan at Crookedholm, Ayrshire, daughter of my great uncle Colin Haddow Strachan and Agnes Porter, and granddaughter of Joseph Strachan and Jeannie Haddow. Her mother died just days after Elizabeth was born, and she was adopted by John and Mary Gibson, a childless couple living in Crookedholm. Adoption was informal in those days and not regulated by government agencies, so families were free to make their own arrangements. In the 1911 census Elizabeth is with the Gibsons at Main Road, Crookedholm with the surname Strachan, described as adopted daughter: John Gibson is a coal miner. Elizabeth’s father and older siblings are nearby at Mill Lane, Crookedholm. Elizabeth Black Strachan married William John Clark in 1926 at Kilmarnock.

28 January

On the 28th there was a birthday in Canada and another in the south of England, so happy birthday to Colin’s daughter and Morag’s son. Also the baptism of who I suspect was my gggggg grandfather born in Ayrshire 323 years ago, and a Neilson ancestor born in Govan.

28 January 1691
There was a baptism in Kilwinning on this day of Thomas Reid, son of Thomas Reid and Janet Love, who could be my gggggg grandfather. In July 1721 at Kilwinning, Thomas married Janet Eadie and although there’s no proof this was the same Thomas, it’s possible it was. Thomas and Janet had at least 4 children baptised in Kilwinning, including a daughter Christian who married, in Kilwinning, John Alexander from the parish of Auchinleck. My feeling is they were both from coal mining families. John and Christian had a least 2 children including Susannah, who in 1771 married Thomas Strachan.

28 January 1770
Birth or baptism of my gggg aunt Margaret Neilson at Govan, Lanarkshire, daughter of Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden. The only possibility I can find for her are children born in Glasgow from 1799 to 1808 to James McGhie and Margaret Neilson, including a daughter called Agnes.

20 December

The 20th was a busy day in ancestor land. So today is are two Greens, a Neilson, several Strachans and a Fraser descendant.

20 December 1770
Baptism of my ggggg aunt Anne Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Green and Alice Rock. Nothing else found for her so it looks as if she died young.

20 December 1777
Birth of my ggg grandmother Agnes Neilson at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, daughter of coal miner Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden. They may have been neighbours of my gggg grandparents Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander, as their son John Strachan married Agnes in April 1794 at Gorbals. Agnes and John were then on the move, from mine to mine, as their children were baptised in Gorbals, then Campsie in Stirlingshire, then Gorbals again, the Kilsyth in Stirlingshire, the at Coatbridge in Lanarkshire, Muirkirk in Ayrshire, and finally at Riccarton. Agnes died in about 1825, at the age of 47, possibly at Shewalton Colliery. By then she had 14 children, and possibly 15. Her husband John Strachan remarried and had 2 more children.

20 December 1829
Birth of Janet Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of Peter Strachan and Ann Houston and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Janet must have died, as in 1841 Peter Strachan and Ann had another daughter named Janet.

20 December 1846 (born about 1844)
Janet Strachan was born, most probably at Shewalton Colliery, Ayrshire, in 1846, the daughter of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle, although no baptism record exists. She died on 20 December 1846 and was buried at Irvine. Her father had died in July the same year. There was a typhus epidemic in Scotland at that time, which may account for their deaths in the same year.

20 December 1864 (born about 1845)
John Strachan was born about 1845 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, son of John Strachan and Agnes Scots and grandson of my ggg uncle Munro Strachan and Janet Jamieson. His age is taken from his census entries as no baptism record exists. In 1851 he is with his parents at MacReadie’s Land, Dreghorn, his father formerly a coal miner but receiving parish relief, no doubt due to ill health – father Munro died in 1854. John’s mother remarried, to widower William Young, and in 1861 the family are at Warwickhill, Dreghorn, William Young a coal miner and John Strachan age 15 also a coal miner. He married Agnes Scott at Irvine in 1864, and there at Thornton Back Row, Dreghorn in 1871 with 4 children and 2 of Agnes’s brothers: John and his brothers in law are all coal miners. By 1881 John and Agnes, with 6 children, are at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn, so had plenty of relatives as neighbours. They are still there in 1891, more children having been born but older ones having left home: they had 10 children and one of John’s sons was called Munro Strachan after John’s father and another was called William Young Strachan after his stepfather. His son Munro Strachan was the pipe major who wrote the music “Jeanie Strachan”.

20 December 1869
Birth of Margaret Strachan at Dreghorn, Ayshire, daughter of coal miner John Strachan and Janet Dow and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Margaret Sampson Reid Jamieson. The family were living in Kilmarnock y 1871, and that’s where Margaret seems to have stayed for the rest of her life. She is with her parents in 1881 and 1891, and at age 21 is a tailoress. She married tailor’s cutter Robert Smith in 1893 and in 1901 they at Witch Road, Kilmarnock with 3 children and Margaret’s younger sister Catherine, who might have been with them because Margaret had a 1 month old baby. Margaret Smith nee Strachan died in Kilmarnock in 1843 at age 73.

20 December 1878
Baptism of my gg aunt Hester Green at St Mary’s Barnsley, Yorkshire, daughter of cabinet maker Joseph Green and Margaret Oxley. She is with her parent in Barnsley and 1881 and 1891, and in 1897 married colliery labourer John Amberson Athorn in Barnsley. They are living in Carlton in 1901 with Margaret’s sister Lily, who had married Frank Saxton – John Athorn is a bricklayer’s labourer and he and Hester have 2 sons. By 1911 they at Longcar Street, Barnsley with 3 children, John a colliery fitter’s labourer, and their eldest son is nearby with Hester’s mother and sister. John Amberson Athorn died in 1912 at age 35, and in 1913 Hester married William Fearn. Hester Fearn died in 1927 at Barnsley age 49.

20 December 1906
Birth of Alexandrina Forsyth a Mosside croft in Cruden parish, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate daughter of my half gg aunt Jessie Fraser and farm servant William Forsyth. In the 1911 census Alexandrina (who was named after her grandfather Alexander Fraser) is at Mosside croft with her grandmother Margaret Fraser nee Booth and her mother Jessie, plus her sister Catherine and 2 cousins. She then moved to Aberdeen with her mother and sister and lived at 43 Hutcheon Street. Alexandrina worked as a domestic servant, and died at Hutcheon Street in 1924, at age 18, of pulmonary tuberculosis.

8 December

In the past, when a child died it was usual for another child of the same gender, born later, to be given the same name. I suspect this was because children were named after a particular person, and therefore using the name again meant that person still had someone named for them. It proves useful when doing a family tree, as you know a child died when another comes along and is given the same name. Today there’s a Mary followed by another Mary. There’s also my gg grandfather Edward Senior and my great uncle Edward Green, both from the Yorkshire side of the family tree.

8 December 1771
Birth of my gggg aunt Mary Neilson at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, daughter of Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden. Mary died as an infant as there was another child named Mary born in 1773.

8 December 1840
Baptism of my gg grandfather Edward Senior at Royston, son of George Senior and Mary Roydhouse of Carlton, a small village close to Royston. Edward is with his parents and siblings in Carlton in 1841, 1851 and 1861 and, like his fathe, became a carpenter and joiner. In 1865 he was living in Ackworth when he married Mary Simpson of Ackworth. They are living in Royston in 1871, their 2 children having been been born in Ackworth and Wakefield. In 1881 they are at Chapel Yard, Royston with 3 children, 1 child not at home and 2 children having died. By 1891 they had moved to The Green, Royston and had had 3 more children, and also had a grandchild living with them. 1901 sees them in Carlton village and Edward is a joiner and builder working on his own account: their two sons who remain at home are both working at the colliery. Their 1911 census form doesn’t have an address though they are in Carlton, and Edward at age 70 is still a joiner: they have 2 unmarried sons with them and their grandson, all 3 working at the colliery. Edward Senior died age 72 in 1913. He’s in the photo at http://wp.me/p34D39-3A an is the one on the back row in the middle, with the beard.

8 December 1890
Birth of my great uncle Edward Green, known as Ted, in Barnsley, son of Joseph Green and Charlotte Senior. He is with his parents and older brother at James Street, Barnsley in 1891. The family moved to Mapplewell and then to Leeds: on 1901 Edward is with his parents and siblings at Hope Street, Armley. They moved shortly afterwards to Kirkstall, and in 1911 Edward age 20 is with his parents and siblings at Station Parade working as a tinner making pit lamps. In 1914 he married May Sutcliffe. They had 2 children, Edna and Stanley, and Edward died in 1961 in Leeds.

4 and 5 November

Posting this late as I was up on the North Yorkshire Moors yesterday, trail riding on a sunny and very clear autumn day amongst stunning countryside, followed by a meal at a gorgeous country pub. Yorkshire has just been voted the third best place to visit in the world by Lonely Planet, and I am very lucky to live so close to such amazing scenery. Next year Yorkshire is hosting the Tour do France, and in last year’s Olympics Yorkshire would have come 12th in the medals table if we counted as a separate country.

My Yorkshire ancestors are from around Barnsley, which admittedly isn’t one of the most scenic parts of the county, and today there is another Green linen bleacher. From Aberdeenshire is a Smith who married a Tocher and a Booth who died in infancy. There’s an early Neilson from Gorbals who also seems to have died young, and an Ayrshire Strachan who didn’t have a fortunate life and died in the Poorhouse. And finally, yesterday was a birthday for a Canadian relative.

5 November 1773
Birth of my gggg aunt Mary Neilson at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, daughter of Walter Neilson and Agnes Haddon. She must have died, as in 1784 her parents had another daughter they named Mary.

5 November 1841
Birth of Ann Strachan at Shewalton Colliery, Dundonald, Ayshire, sughter of ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle. Both her parents died in the late 1840s, possibly from a typhus or cholera epidemic, ad in 1851 Ann and her brother are with their uncle Henry Strachan and his wife Ann at Dreghorn: Henry and Ann did not have any children of their own. In 1861 Ann is a visitor in West Thornton Hamlet, Dreghorn with a McDonald family and her cousin who was also named Ann Strachan. I can’t locate her in 1871, but in 1873 she married Henry O’Neil, a lodging house keeper, in Saltcoats. It could be that Ann had been working as a domestic servant for Henry, and unusually they married at the Roman Catholic Chapel so I assume Henry was a Catholic and orginated from Ireland. The marriage was, however, short lived as Henry died in 1876. In 1881 Ann Neil, described as a broker’s widow, is back in Dreghorn with her aunt Annie Strachan (her uncle Henry had died) and Annie’s mother Maggie. She doesn’t appear to have had any children, or at least none that survived. She could be the Ann Strachan who is in the 1891 census living on her own in Kilwinning and earning a living as an outdoor worker. By 1901, however, she is a domestic servant at Corsehill, Kilwinning for James Robertson, a carpenter, and his sister. Annie O’Neil died in 1909, of pneumonia, at Cunningham Combination Poorhouse, Irvine.

4 November 1858
Birth of Annabella Smith at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of James Smith and Ann Cowie Davidson and granddaughter of gggg aunt Margaret Hutcheon and Charles Davidson. In 1861 she’s with her parents and younger brother at Fyvie, where her father is the police constable. But by 1871 she is at Rora, Longside with her grandmother and a cousin, and despite my best search efforts I can’t find anything for her parents or her brother. But Annabella married James Tocher, an ag lab, and in 1881 she is in Udny with a young daughter, but her husband is not at home. In 1891 the family are in Newburg and by then have 3 children. In 1901 they are Kinneler and James is working as a labourer in a granite quarry, where is two sons are drillers: the family also has a young niece with them.

5 November 1861
Birth of George Booth at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of my gggg uncle James Booth and Jean Keith. He died in early infancy as his death is registered in Longside in 1861.

4 November 1909 (born 1864)
Thomas Green was born in 1864 at Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of my ggg uncle John Green and Sarah Wigfield. He’s with his parents and siblings in Ardsley in 1871, his father a linen yarn bleacher. In 1881 the family is back in Barnsley, and Thomas has followed his father’s trade and is a linen bleacher. His mother died in 1883 and his father remarried, and in 1891 Thomas is with his father, stepmother and an aunt at Market Street, Barnsley, still working as a linent bleacher along with his father. His father died in 1896 and 1901 Tom is a linen yarn bleacher working on his account, and living at Bleach Croft, Barnsley with his stepmother and aunt. Thomas married late in life, in 1909 when he was 45, to Francis Fletcher. In 1911 he is at Eldon Street, Barnsley with his wife and stepdaughter. Thomas Green died age 78 in 1942.

4 November 1991
Happy birthday to Jenna in Canada, granddaughter of my cousin Colin who follows this blog.