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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.

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4 January

Today there’s an ancestor from the Strachan tree born in 1691, an Aberdeenshire birth of someone who seems to have died young, and an Ayrshire Haddow whose husband became a colliery under manager.

4 January 1691
I’m going back over 300 years here so it’s very difficult to know I have the right person: however, on this day Thomas Reid was baptised at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, the son of Thomas Reid and Jannet Love. He could well be my gggggg grandfather. In the 1691 Hearth Tax records for Clonbeith in Kilwinning parish there is a Thomas Reid listed as having one hearth, who could be the father of Thomas baptised in 1891, and his name appears next to that of William Reid. Clonbeith Castle, now a ruin, was the property of the Cunningham family, who were the first to develop commercial coal mining in Ayrshire. The estate would have comprised tenanted farms and cottages back then: the 1691 Hearth Tax records list Clonbeith House plus 19 other homes with a hearth forming the Clonbeith estate. An early map of Ayrshire shows “Climbeth” to the north east of Kilwinning in the area where many coal mines would be opened in the 1800s. In 1721 there was a marriage in Kilwinning between Thomas Reid and Janet Eddy, and from 1722 to 1733 this couple had children baptised at Kilwinning, including Christian Reid baptised 10 October 1725. In November 1751 at Kilwinning, Christian Reid married John Alexander of the parish of Auchinleck. Then in October 1752, a John Alexander of Birnieknowe had a daughter Susannah baptised at Auchinleck, although the baptism record does not say who the mother was. But in 1755 there is a baptism in Auchinleck for Charles, son of John Alexander in Birniknou (as it was written) and his spouse Christian. So all in, there is a good case for saying that Thomas Reid born in 1691 was the grandfather of the Susannah Alexander who married Thomas Strachan at Irvine in 1771. Thomas and Susannah’s children include John, Christian, Charles and Thomas, which adds to the evidence. Nothing else is known about Thomas Reid so I don’t know whether he was a coal miner or not, but I suspect John Alexander of Birnieknowe was, given the location.

4 January 1846
Birth of George Lamb at Monquhitter, Aberdeenshire, son of my gggg aunt Mary Hutcheon and Robert Lamb. George is not with his family in 1851 and no other record of him has been found, so I suspect he died young.

4 January 1864
Birth of Agnes Hay Haddow at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, daughter of my gg uncle Colin Shearer Haddow and Ann Orr Richmond. In 1871 she’s at Kilwinning with her parents, siblings, maternal grandmother and a boarder, her father, an older brother and the boarder all coal miners. Agnes married widowed miner James Bunyan at Rankiston Row, Coylton in 1880 (which is where she had moved to with her parents sometime after 1877) and in 1881 they are in Coylton with children from James Bunyan’s first marriage. They moved to Taiglum, Stair in about 1883, and are there in 1891 with 5 children plus one of James’s daughters. According to the birth places for their younger children they moved to Ochiltree in the early 1890s and then to Dalmellington in the late 1890s, where James was the colliery under manager. Agnes Bunyan nee Haddow died in 1913 age 49 at Waterside, north of Galston.

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.

On 28 and 29 August

Two quiet days: a very early Ayrshire ancestor from who can’t be traced further than birth, and an Alexander from Aberdeenshire who left plenty of traces in the records.

29 August 1731
Birth of Thomas Reid at Kilwinning, Ayrshire son of Thomas Reid and Janet Eaddie. His sister Christian married John Alexander and is, I strongly suspect, the mother of Susannah Alexander who married Thomas Strachan. Thomas Reid born 1731 is therefore my gggggg uncle. No further trace of him had turned up, unfortunately

28 August 1817
Baptism of Jane Alexander at Rayne, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle John Alexander and Janet Morrison. Her sister Helen married Peter Watt. I couldn’t find her in the 1841 census and there were several marriages so, unsure which was her, I searched for death certificate on ScotlandsPeople and found one at Rayne: she had been married twice so I was then able to track her in the census. She seems to have married farm servant George Gray, who was born in Foveran, in about 1844 but there’s no marriage in the records. In 1851 George Gray with wife Jean are at Hatton, Belhelvie with 3 children, the eldest born at Tarves and the younger two at Belhelvie, and the births of the children can be found on FamilySearch with father George Gray and mother Jane Alexander. By 1861 Jean Alexander is back in Rayne, at Cushieton, with 2 children named Gray: the eldest two are not with her and there’s a youngest son born 1854 who can be found on FamilySearch born at Belhelvie. George Gray must have died but there’s no death certificate to be found on ScotlandsPeople so it looks as if he died in 1854. In 1861 Jean, age 43 and a stocking knitter, had a boarder, George Smith age 54, a stone dyker, living with him. Later in 1861 George Smith and Jean/Jane Alexander were married at Rayne. They’re at Coley Hill in 1871 with a young grandson, but by 1881 they’ve gone up tp Gamrie in Banffshire, George still a stone dyker. In 1891 Jane Smith, age 73 and a stocking knitter, is on her own a MacDuff, Banffshire but by 1901 she’s returned to Rayne and is living at Kirktown of Rayne, an 83 year old invalid, with her younger sister Ann Alexander age 77, her nurse. Jane Smith formerly Gray ms Alexander died in 1902 at Rayne.

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.