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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.

26 November

A busy day today for births, and a very varied bunch of ancestors. A very long ago Yorkshire ancestor, who was a schoolmaster and parish clerk; a Watt from Aberdeenshire that I can’t find; a Haddow who spent all her life on Townhead Street in Stevenston; a Strachan descendant who lived on Cadgers Road in Hurlford and had sons who became tea merchants; a Strachan descendant who migrated to Queensland in Australia and became a newsagent; a Senior descendant who married a coal miner here in Yorkshire; and in Aberdeenshire a Fraser descendant who worked for a stationer and married a tailor.

26 November 1685
My ggggggg grandfather (phew!) Robert Savile, was baptised at Flockton, Yorkshire, son of Robert Savile and Ann. I can trace descent from him via his son Samuel Savile, Samuel’s daughter Ann Savile who married Joseph Haigh, their son Joseph Haigh, his daughter Charlotte Haigh who married George Simpson, and their daughter Mary who married Edward Senior and was the mother of my great grandmother Charlotte Senior. And the coincidence in that long chain is that, back in 1713, Robert Savile married Martha Senior. Robert Savile was the schoolmaster and parish clerk for Royston, had 7 children, and died at Royston in 1757.

26 November 1785
Baptism of my ggggg uncle James Watt at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, son of John Watt and Helen Davidson. I would tell you more about him if I knew anything, but I don’t – can’t find anything in the records that looks as if it’s him, so he either laid low all his life or died young.

26 November 1786
Birth of my ggg aunt Margaret Haddow at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Haddow and Margaret Hunter. In 1806 she married Francis Adam, a coal miner, and they had 10 children all baptised in Stevenston. Francis and Margaret are in the 1819 church list for Stevenston at Townhead with 4 children still at home, in 1822 with 3 children at home, and in 1836 with a household of 8. They then appear in the first national census in 1841, still at Townhead Street: Margaret and 2 of her daughters are muslin sewers, Francis is a coal miner, their youngest child is 5, and with them is a lodger whose family appear to live next door. They are still there in 1851, though by then Francis is a retired coal miner pauper, which means he was receiving parish relief: he was most probably unable to work as he had died by 1856, when one his daughters married. Margaret is in the 1861 census, still at Townhead Street, with a daughter and a granddaughter who are muslin sewers. She died in 1866 at Stevenston.

26 November 1838
Birth of Mary Munro Findlay at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of David Findlay and Susanna Strachan, and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. She’s with her parents at Bridge House Hill, Riccarton in 1841 and her father is a coal miner. Her mother died at around the time Mary’s brother James was born in 1847, and in 1849 her father married Margaret Brown. In 1851 the family are at Portland Row, Hurlford, and by then David and his second wife had 11 children between them, age from 18 down to 1, and all of them were living with them so it must have been a very crowded house. Mary married coal miner James Findlay in 1858: given his surname he was possibly a relation. They had set up home on Cadgers Road, Hurlford by 1861 and remained there for the rest of their lives, bringing up 10 children. Mary’s two eldest sons became tea merchants in Glasgow and her third migrated to the US and become a department store manager.

26 November 1869
Birth of Peter Inglis at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of Alexander Inglis and Janet Strachan, and great grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. The family lived at Hurlford and then Muirkirk as Peter’s father was a miner, and then the whole family – parents and 8 children – left for Australia in 1887 and went to a coal mining area in Queensland. In 1901 Peter married Josephine Regina Bray, and can be traced via the online Australian electoral rolls. He started out as a coal miner in Cawarral, but then moved to various suburbs of Brisbane where he was a newsagent. He died in 1942.

26 November 1890
Birth of Lillian Fletcher at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of my gg aunt Annie Senior and John Fletcher, who was a miner. She’s in Royston with her family in 1891, but just before the 1901 census the family had moved to Featherstone, and they were still there in 1911: Lillian age 20, being the eldest daughter of a large family, and with boarders in the house, doesn’t have an occupation and so was probably helping her mother at home. In June 1913 she married Alfred Hill, a miner, at Featherstone. Nothing else known except that she died in Pontefract in 1950.

26 November 1920 marriage (born 1899)
Jemima Ann Sim Andrews was the daughter of my half gg aunt Christian Fraser and James Andrews, and was born in 1899 at Ellon, Aberdeenshire. In 1901 she is with her parents at Old Machar, and in 1911 at Hutcheon Street, Aberdeen. On 26 November 1920 she married tailor Peter Mathieson in Aberdeen, and at the time was a stationer’s assistant. She died at Old Machar in 1945 at age 46.

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.

22 October

Today is a very busy day on my family tree, giving me eight people to write about from Yorkshire, Aberdeenshire and Ayrshire. Plus a Toronto born son of a cousin has a birthday today – he was born exactly one day before I was born.

22 October 1780
Baptism of my ggggg uncle William Cox at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of Joshua Cox. Not sure what happened to him, but he could be the William Cox who married Elizabeth England in Darfield in 1806: that couple had children in Darfield but must have died before 1841.

22 October 1833
Baptism of my ggg aunt Mary Hay at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, daughter of George Hay and Mary Taylor. She is with her family at East Shethin Farm in 1841 and 1851. In 1860 she had a illegitimate child, William Barkly, and she and her son are with her parents at East Shethin Farm in 1861. They are still there in 1871. In 1876, when she was in her 40s, Mary married George Donald, a farm overseer, and they are at Mains of Haddo House, Tarves in 1881. George Donald was the informant for the death of Mary’s brother in 1890 and gave his address as Udny Station, and Mary Donald ms Hay died at Udny in 1895.

22 October 1838
Baptism of my gg aunt Ann Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of linen bleacher William Green and Sarah Firth. She is with her family at Worsbrough Common in 1841 and at the Rose and Crown Inn, Worsbrough Common, in 1851. In 1859 she married widower John Schofield, who had a daughter, and is at Birdwell, Worsbrough in 1861 with her coal miner husband, step daughter and her and John’s 2 young sons. They are in Worsbrough village in 1871 with their 3 children. George Schofield took over a farm of 37 acres, but Ann Green died in 1880. Her farmer husband and her 8 children are at St Mary’s Street, Worsbrough in 1881.

22 October 1843
Baptism of my gg grandfather George Hay at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, son of farmer George Hay and Mary Taylor. In 1851 and 1861 George is with his family at East Shethin Farm, Tarves, and had by 1861 had become a ploughman. In 1863 he fathered an illegitimate child, my great granmother Helen Hay, with Helen Watt whose parents lived in Tarves parish. He acknowledged his daughter’s birth as he witnessed her registration and is therefore named on the birth certificate, but he and Helen Watt did not marry. In 1871 he is assisting his elderly father on East Shethin Farm, and in 1876 married Sarah Ogg from Echt. His father died in 1879 and George then took over the farm: he is there in 1881 with his wife, 2 childrem, 2 visitor relatives of his wife’s, a domestic servant and a farm servant. He died in 1890 of pneumonia and acute rheumatism. His wife Sarah continued at East Shething as farmer, assisted by her 9 sons and daughters.

22 October 1868
Birth of James Findlay at Hurlford, Ayrshire, son of Mary Findlay and coal miner James Findlay, grandson of Susanna Strachan and David Findlay and great grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. In 1871 he is with his family at Findlays Land, Hurlford and in 1881 at Cadgers Road, Hurlford. But by 1891, at age 22, he’s a boarder in Govan working as a tea dealer’s assistant: the tea dealer is probably his older brother Hugh Findlay, who in 1891 is in Hutchensontown, Glasgow and is a tea merchant. In 1894 James married Jeanie Callan at her parents’ home at 133 Aitkenhead Road, Glasgow: his marriage certificate says his father James Findlay was a tea merchant, although he’d still been a coal miner in 1881. Perhaps Hugh and James helped set their father up in a business. In 1901 James Findlay, wife Jeanie, 2 children and Jeanie’s mother are at 11 Aitkenhead Road, Glasgow and James is a traveller in tea. I suspect that the James Findlay who died at Springburn, Glasgow at age 61 is the right one, as there is also a Hugh Findlay who died at Springburn in 1921. It would seem that the two brothers worked together all their adult lives.

22 October 1913 (born about 1881)
James Lindsay was born about 1881/82 at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, the second youngest child of Alexander Lindsay and Janet Strachan, and grandson of my ggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Margaret Sampson Reid Jamieson. He is with his family in Dreghorn in 1891 and 1901, and became a coal miner. In 1907 he migrated to USA arriving in New York and travelling with William Littlejohn, who was married to his sister Mary: both were miners and both were going to Dawson, New Mexico. James Lindsay was killed in an accident in New Mexico on 22 October 1913 at age 32, and is remembered on the family’s memorial stone at Dreghorn kirk.

22 October 1895
Baptism of Elsie Fletcher at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of John Fletcher and my gg aunt Annie Senior. Her father was a miner. Elsie was born in February 1895 but may have been baptised in October because she became ill, as she was buried in Royston on 29 October 1895 age 8 months.

22 October 1950
Joseph (Joe) Strachan was born in Toronto, son of my cousin Henry (Harry) Strachan. Happy birthday Joe – who is one day and a year older than me!

My great grandmother Charlotte Green nee Senior

My great grandmother Charlotte Senior was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, daughter of Edward Senior and Mary Simpson. Not long after she was born her parents moved back to their home village of Royston, and in 1871 young Charlotte is with her parents at Royston, and is with them at Chapel Yard, Royston in 1881 age 12 and at school. Her father Edward was a carpenter.

In 1888 Charlotte married carpenter Joseph Green from Worsbrough – there were already connections between the Green and Senior families. In 1891 Joseph and Charlotte were living at James Street, Barnsley and had 2 young children, Willie and Edward (Teddy). They then moved to Mapplewell, where daughters Alice was born.

The Senior or Green Family circa 1893 001 (2)
This photo was taken in the summer of 1893. Charlotte is seated on the right, with her daughter Alice on her knee, and her son Willie is to her immediate left. On the left, standing up, is her husband Joseph Green holding their young son Edward.

My grandmother Clara were also born in Mappelwell, but the family were back in Barnsley in 1897 when daughter Ethel was born, and then they moved to Leeds in about 1899 where son Joseph and daughter Charlotte were born. In the 1901 census the family is at 3 Hope Grove, Armley but they moved to Kirkstall in 1904, where their remaining children were born: Charlotte had 11 children altogether, 9 surviving childhood.

They can be followed in the Electoral Roll, and once in Kirkstall lived firstly at Stack Cottages, then in a house at Kirkstall Forge, then at 7 Vicarage Avenue, and then at 48 Station Parade. They moved back to 7 Vicarage Avenue during the war, when husband Joseph did war service in the Ordnance Corps at Aldershot. After the war, with most of their children married, Joseph and Charlotte moved to the Cragsides, where Joseph Green died in 1926.

Joseph and Charlotte Green
This photo must have been taken not long before Joseph Green. From the shape of the windows I think it was taken in their garden at their house in the Cragsides.

Charlotte at Rochdale
This photo taken in Rochdale on a family visit in the mid 1920s, and shows Charlotte with my mother Dorothy and my grandmother Clara.

Widow Charlotte and her unmarried daughter Edith then moved back to Vicarage Avenue, to live close to some of her married children, and that’s where Charlotte died in 1953. I knew my great grandmother but was too young when she died to be able to remember her.