Tag Archives: Senior

21 March

A Booth from Aberdeenshire who wasn’t a blood relation but was a sergeant in the Royal Artillery, a Haddow from Ayrshire who I haven’t had much luck tracing, a Strachan who seems to have died young, a Strachan who moved from Ayrshire to Greenock, and a Senior from Yorkshire who never stayed too far from home.

21 March 1782
Baptism of Thomas Booth at Durris, Kincardineshire, son of Joseph Booth and Elspet Christie. Thomas is not my “blood” relation, as his daughter Margaret was my step gg grandmother, the second wife of Alexander Fraser. Thomas was in the army, then married Catherine Strath at Old Machar in 1835 – she was 30 years younger than he was. They are in the 1841 census at Stuartfield, Old Deer, Thomas a 60 year old military pensioner and with 3 young children. His wife Catherine died between 1845 and 1851. In 1851 Thomas Booth is at Wauckmill, Stuartfield and is described as a 60 year old “Chelsea pensioner labourer sergeant Royal Artillery”. There are 3 of his children with him, including Margaret, the youngest at 5 years old. Thomas must have died before civil registration commenced in 1855.

21 March 1790
Birth of my ggg aunt Katherine Haddow in Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Haddow and Margaret Hunter. There is a marriage of Catherine Haddow and John Boyd in Stevenston in 1825, and in the 1836 minister’s census John Boyd and Catherine Haddow are at Loan, Stevenston, in a household of 8. I can’t find anything further so don’t know if this is the same Catherine Haddow.

21 March 1802
Baptism of my ggg aunt Mary Strachan at Campsie, Stirlingshire, daughter of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson. Northing further can be found for Mary so it looks as though she didn’t survive childhood.

21 March 1818
Birth of John Francis Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan and Elizabeth Nisbet. He married Jean Johnston Loudon in 1837 at Kilmarnock, and they are in Thirdpart, Kilmarnock in 1841 with 2 children, John a coal miner. They then moved to Kilmaurs where their next child was born and had moved to Darly by 1850. They are at Kirk Cross, Dalry in 1851, John an ironstone miner and with 4 children, the eldest 2 girls working as knitters and going to school in the evening. By 1854, when another child was born, the family had moved to Greenock, Renfrewshire, and in 1861 is at Hill Street, Greenock East: John is working as a machinist and there are 4 children still at home plus a boarder who is a ship’s carpenter. A tree on Ancestry has John’s death as March 1863.

21 March 1830
Baptism of my ggg uncle William Senior at Royston, Yorkshire, son of George Senior and Mary Roydhouse or Roadhouse. He was born in Carlton where his father was a joiner and carpenter, and lived with his parents until he was nearly 40, also working as a joiner and carpenter. In 1970 he married Ann Bradley in Barnsley, and in 1871 they are Old Mill Wharf, Barnsley, William a joiner and carpenter and Ann a shop keeper. In 1881 they are Clay Cliffe, Barugh, which is to the north-west of Barnsley, but are back in Barnsley in 1891 and William is a general labourer. They are at the same address in 1901 and 71 year old William is a corporation road labourer. They did not have any children, and William died in Barnsley in 1901 age 71.

19 March

A coal miner Strachan descendant who moved to England then migrated to Canada, a Strachan who started out a coal miner but switched to fruit farming and then migrated to Canada, and a Senior descendant from Yorkshire who died in infancy.

19 March 1836
Birth of John Muir at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, son of Elizabeth Strachan and Andrew Muir and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He is with his family in Kilburnie in 1851 and, at age 13, is working as a pony driver at a coal mine. His mother died in 1856. John, by then a coal miner, married at Hurlford in 1860 to Mary Holland, who was a wool spinner, and they initially lived in Hurlford where they can be found in 1861 with a baby daughter. They have more children born in Scotland, but by 1871 had moved to Seaton Deveral in Northumberland. Given the birthplaces of their children they moved back to Scotland, then in around 1885 moved to Cumberland. In 1881 they are at Arlecdon, Cumberland where John is am iron miner. The family then migrated to Canada in 1886

19 March 1927 (born about 1881)
James Strachan was born at Kilmaurs, son of James Strachan and Mary Lindsay, grandson of Andrew Strachan and Elizabeth Howat, and great grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. James started out as a coal miner, married Jeanie and had a first child born in Kilmarnock. They then moved to Fifeshire and settled in Cowdenbeath, where James went into the fruit farming industry. In 1927 the family migrated to Canada, and their arrival papers say James and his eldest son were going to work as fruit farmers and nurserymen for Messrs. E D Smith and Sons of Winona, Ontario.

19 March 1906
Birth of Esther Fletcher at Featherstone, Yorkshire, daughter of my gg aunt Annie Senior and miner John Fletcher. Esther died in infancy.

3 March

An 8 times grandfather born in Yorkshire in 1644 during the English Civil War, a Marshall in Ayrshire, and a Senior in Royston was born and died.

3 March 1644
This is one of the earliest ancestors that I have managed to trace: my gggggggg (8 times) grandfather Matthias Beall was baptised at Brodsworth, Yorkshire, son of John Beall. His mother is not named on the baptism record but she was Jane Priestly. In 1667, at Brodsworth, Matthias married Sarah Priest and they had 7 children baptised at Brodsworth. Matthias died age 51 in 1694. The only other thing I know about him is that on the baptism records of two of his children it says he was of Pickburn, which is a small village next to Brodsworth Hall.

3 March 1734
Baptism of of my ggggg aunt Marion Marshall at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, daughter of Frances Marshall and Mary Gibson. Nothing else found for her, unfortunately.

3 March 1876
My gg aunt Ellen Senior, daughter of Edward Senior and Mary Simpson, was born and died on the same day, and according to the church record was the subject of a private baptism on that day.

28 February

One of my Yorkshire gggg grandmothers’ today, a pair of Yorkshire twins, an Aberdeenshure Hutcheon/Hutchison who disappear from the records, and my nephew who lives in Australia.

28 February 1775
Baptism of my gggg grandmother Sarah Hattersley at Royston, Yorkshire, the daughter of John Hattersley of Carlton and Elizabeth Milner. She married carpenter William Senyer or Senior at Royston in September 1801, and they had 5 children baptised in Royston. Her husband William died in 1817 at age 45. The 1822 Bains Directory lists a Sarah Senior wheelwright living in Carlton, which may well be her. Sarah Senyer died in Carlton at age 59 and was buried in Royston in April 1834.

28 February 1802
Baptism of twins Joseph and John Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, sons of my ggggg uncle John Green and Mary Addey. It looks as though they did not survive infancy as nothing further can be found for them.

28 February 1867
Baptism of John Hutcheon at Cruden, son of my gggg uncle Keith Hutcheon and Ann McPherson and grandson of Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce. His father was a tailor and letter carrier who lived in Hatton, and John is with his parents and siblings in 1871 and 1881: in the latter, at age 14, he is an apprentice baker. In 1891 he’s a boarder at Old Meldrum, age 24 and a baker and after that he seems to disappear as I haven’t been able to find him in the available records.

28 February 1972
Happy birthday to my nephew in Australia!

30 and 31 January

The only ones on these two days are all from Yorkshire: a Savile ancestor born 287 years ago who was a schoolmaster, a Green and a Haigh both of whom disappear from the records, and a Senior ancestor whose father was a sub post master and farmer.

31 January 1727
Baptism of my ggggggg uncle George Savile at Royston, Yorkshire, son of Robert Savile and Martha Senior. It seems that he became a school master, as in July 1759 George Savile of Royston schoolmaster was married by licence to Elizabeth Twitty of the parish of Wath, and his brother Samuel was one of the witnesses. They had children baptised in Royston, but then there is a burial at Royston in July 1770 of George Savile schoolmaster of Cudworth.

30 January 1820
Birth of George Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of my ggggg uncle George Green and Hannah Ellis. He is living at Ward Green, Worsbrough with his parents and siblings in 1841 and is a warehouseman: his father is a publican and the family employs a female servant. In 1851 George is unmarried, a labourer, and still at Ward Green with his mother, who is a widow and innkeeper, and his younger siblings. I can’t find a anything for him after that so don’t know what became of him.

31 January 1847
Baptism of Ann Haigh at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of my gggg uncle John Haigh and Hannah Allen. Her baptism record gives John Haigh’s occupation as boatman, and not long after Ann’s birth the family moved to Pollington, where John Haigh worked as a boatman on the Knottingly and Goole Canal. Ann is with her parents and siblings in Pollington in 1851 and 1861 but I can’t find anything for her after that, though my research has been no means exhaustive.

30 January 1891
Birth of Ethel Senior at Carlton, daughter of my ggg uncle James Senior and Selina. Her father was the sub post master at Carlton as well as being a farmer, but by 1911 had moved to Ivy Farm where 20 year old Ethel was working in the dairy. She married Herbert Howell at Carlton in 1921.

22 and 23 January

A fairly quiet couple of days on the family tree has given me the chance to catch up. My Yorkshire ggg grandfather George Senior was baptised 212 years ago plus there’s a Logan in Aberdeenshire who married a Fraser and a Strachan uncle who died in infancy.

23 January 1802
Baptism of my ggg grandfather George Senior at Royston. He was born in Carlton the son of William Senior and Sarah Hattersley. In 1829 he married Mary Roodhouse (or Roadhouse or Roydhouse): he was of Royston parish and Mary was of Darfield parish. Their 9 children were baptised in Royston, their baptism records describing George Senior (or Senyer) as a carpenter of Carlton. In the 1841 census George, a carpenter, is in Carlton with wife Mary, 5 children, a carpenter’s apprentice and his elderly mother-in-law. He is still in Carlton in 1851, a joiner and carpenter, with wife Mary and 7 children, the eldest also a joiner and carpenter. 1861 sees him remaining in Carlton and still working as a joiner and carpenter, with wife Mary and 4 sons remaining at home – the 3 elder sons are all joiners and carpenters so the Seniors seem to have had plenty of work to keep them all occupied. George is still in Carlton in 1871, by then aged 69 and still doing the same work, and has his wife and 1 unmarried son living and working with him. George Senyer of Carlton was buried at Royston on 24 November 1874 age 73.

22 January 1948 (born about 1871)
Jane Logan was born about 1871 at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, although I haven’t found a baptism, daughter of my ggg uncle James Logan and Jane Norrie. She is with her parents at Silvermoss, Tarves in 1881, her father an ag lab. Her mother then died, and in 1891 Jane is with her father and a nephew at Blackhill of Courtstone. Her father died in 1900. I haven’t found Jane in the 1901 census, but her death certificate in 1948 says she was married to John Fraser, a crofter, and she died at Burn Cottage, Pitmeddan age 76. The informant was a grandniece who lived in Aberdeen, so I’m not sure whether or not Jane had any children.

22 January 1911
Birth of my uncle William McCrae Strachan at Mansion Street, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, 9th child of Henry Strachan and Helen McCrae. He was named for his uncle, Helen McCrae’s younger brother. In the 1911 census baby William is with his parents and many siblings at Mansion Street, but he died aged 18 months on the 18th June 1912, of measles, at Gilbertfield Buildings, Halfway, Cambuslang. In 1912 Henry Strachan bought the title deeds to a burial lair at Westburn Cemetery, so it would seem it was the death of young William that prompted the purchase. My father kept those title deeds and they were then passed on to me. I haven’t visited the cemetery so don’t know whether there’s a memorial stone there, but one day I hope to go and find out.

16 January

Three 18th century ancestors today: Marshall from Kilmaurs, a Weir I think was the one baptised in Mauchline, and a Hunter from Stevenston. And from the 1800s there’s a Grist from Yorkshire, and Senior from Yorkshire who moved to Leeds and went from being a carpenter to an accountant’s clerk and ended up as a painter.

16 January 1723
Baptism of Anna Marshall at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, my ggggg aunt and daughter of Frances Marshall and Mary Gibson. However, Frances and Mary baptised another daughter Anna in 1728 so the first Anna had most probably died.

16 January 1748
There was a baptism of Sarah Weir at Mauchline, Ayrshire, daughter of William Weir but mother not named, and she could be my gggg grandmother. There were actually two girls named Sarah Weir born in Mauchline around that time, one to William Weir and one to Adam Weir. “My” Sarah called her second son William and her 5th son Adam, so it’s likely she the daughter of William Weir and Adam Weir was her uncle. Sarah married James Logan, who I suspect was born in Kilmarnock, but I can’t find a record of their marriage. The children of James Logan and Sarah Weir were born in Kilmarnock from 1768 to 1789 and their 3rd child, Agnes Logan, was my ggg grandmother who married Robert Marshall.

16 January 1766
Jane Hunter was baptised in Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of John Hunter with mother not named. I think she was my gggg aunt and her mother was Margaret Barr. In 1788 there is a marriage in Stevenston of Jane Hunter and James Harvie, but no baptisms of children of this couple can be found. Jane’s sister Margaret married Robert Haddow (they were my Haddow ggg grandparents), and in the 1819 minister’s list for Stevenston, Widow Haddow is at Townhead with 4 children and Jean Hunter widow Harvie, who must surely be her sister Jane. Jean is still at Townhead with widow Haddow in 1822, but is not there in 1836 so seems to have died by then. To complicate things further, Robert Haddow’s mother was Margaret Harvie, so Jane/Jean could well have married a relation of her brother-in-law.

16 January 1831
Baptism of Frederick Grist at Bolton upon Dearne, Yorkshire, son of my gggg uncle William Grist and Emma Wood. He is not with his parents in 1841 and nothing else can be found, so it looks as if he probably died young.

16 January 1848
Baptism of my ggg uncle Charles Senior at Royston, born in Carlton to carpenter George Senior and Mary Roydhouse. He is with his parents in Carlton in 1851, 1861 and 1871. In 1871 is the only child remaining at home and at age 22 is a joiner and carpenter, as was his father. His father died in 1874 and his mother in 1875, and in 1881 Charles is in Hyde Park, Leeds with his brother Isaac. Isaac has a wife and 2 children and is an accountant in practice, and Charles is an accountant’s clerk. That line of work can’t have worked out for Charles, as by 1891 he is working as a commission agent and lodging in Leeds with a family called Roadhouse: they may well have been related to Charles’s mother, as Roydhouse was also often written at Roadhouse. By 1901, however, Charles is working as a painter in Mill Hill, Leeds and lodging with another painter of his age, William Wilkinson, who has a wife and children: they will have been house painters, not artistic ones! There is no sign that Charles ever married or had children. In 1911 he is still a lodger and a painter, and is lodging with Minnie Hodgson, who is married with children: Minnie was the daughter of the William Wilkinson Charles was lodging with in 1901. There are several deaths registered for a Charles Senior of the right age but none in Leeds so I’m not sure which one it could be.

14 and 15 January

A ggggg Yorkshire grandmother born 256 years ago and who married a weaver, a Haggerty descendent from Ayrshire who had but a short life, and a Fraser from Mosside croft in Aberdeenshire who married a soldier during WW1 and went to Canada.

15 January 1758
Baptism of Ann Savile at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of Samuel Savile and Francis Hutchinson and who I suspect is my ggggg grandmother. There was a marriage in Royston in 1779 of Joseph Haigh weaver and Ann Savile, and they had 11 children baptised at Royston from 1780 to 1801, including my gggg grandfather Joseph Haigh. Joseph married Hannah Atkinson and had lots of children including Charlotte Haigh, who married George Simpson and was the grandmother of my great grandmother Charlotte Senior. So that line goes back quite a long way in the same parish.

15 January 1866
Birth of Matthew Richmond at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of my half ggg aunt Jean Pollock and John Richmond, and grandson of my ggg grandmother Jean Orr who had been married to Joseph Haggerty but gave birth to illegitimate daughter Jean Pollock after her husband had died. Matthew had a short life as he died at Hurlford in 1869.

14 January 1889
Margaret (Maggie) Fraser was born at Mosside croft, Hatton near Cruden, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate daughter of my half gg aunt Christian Fraser. Her mother married farm servant James Reid in December 1890 at Mosside, and in the 1891 census Margaret appears as Maggie Reid, with her mother and stepfather, at Mortimer’s House, Boddam. Her stepfather died at Stuartfield, Old Deer in 1893 and in 1895 her mother married James Andrews. The 1901 census has Maggie Fraser, age 12 and at school, with her mother and labourer stepfather at Old Machar, Aberdeen. In May 1917 Margaret Fraser, domestic servant age 27, married Robert Henry Cooper, a boilermaker, corporal with the Aberdeen Army and a widower, who lived in Toronto but during WW1 served with the British Exchange Force. The marriage certificate does not say who Maggie’s father was, and as she used the surname Fraser it would seem that her mother’s first husband, James Reid, was not Maggie’s father. Maggie’s husband Robert returned to Canada on a troop ship in June 1918, by which time he was a sergeant, and Maggie sailed to Canada in September 1919. They are in the census in Toronto in 1921, with 2 children and a daughter from Robert’s first marriage, and Robert is employed as a constable.

2 January


After yesterday’s busy day it was fairly quiet on the 2nd: a McWilliam in Aberdeenshire who married a ship’s carpenter, a Logan in Aberdeenshire who disappears after 1881, and a Senior descendant from Yorkshire who married a coal miner and lived in Pontefract.

2 January 1842
Birth of Ann McWilliam at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half ggggg uncle David McWilliams and Elizabeth Ewan. Her father was a sawyer and she is in Peterhead with her parents in 1851, then in 1861 is at Longate Street, Peterhead as domestic servant to the family of a horse wright. Ann married Alexander Davidson, a ship’s carpenter, in 1864 at Peterhead and they are at Roanheads in 1871 with 4 children. In 1881 they are at North Street, Peterhead with 9 children: the youngest is 3 days old and is listed as “new arrival”. By 1891 Ann’s husband Alexander was a gas stoker by then and they are on Longate, where they also are in 1901, by which time Ann’s mother Elizabeth was with them. Ann died in Peterhead in 1920 age 78.

2 January 1869
Birth or baptism of George Logan at Fintry, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggg uncle James Logan and Jane Norrie. He’s with his parents in 1871 at Blackhill of Courtstone and in 1881 at Silvermoss at Tarves. And then he disappears: no marriage or death found for him and no trace of him in the census after 1881. Nor can I find anything to indicate he migrated. So he’s a mystery.

2 January 1905
Baptism of Mabel Fletcher at Purston cum South Featherstone, Yorkshire, daughter of my gg aunt Ann Senior and coal miner John Fletcher, and who was the 11th child of a large family of 14. She is in Featherstone with her family in 1911: the household comprised her parents, 7 children and 2 coal miner boarders. I suspect she is the Mabel Fletcher who married John W Lees at Pontefract in 1925 and died in Pontefract on 1954 age 49.

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.