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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.

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.

Things the fan charts are telling me

The furthest I’ve got back –
is in Yorkshire, to Richard Savile born in 1601 (exactly 350 years earlier than me). He is my ggggggggg grandfather, so if you count me as generation 1, Richard is generation 12! Or at least it looks as if he’s my direct ancestor – firm connections are hard to prove going back that far. In 1601, Queen Elizabeth I was still on the throne, and Shakespeare’s play Hamlet probably had its first performance. The only reason anyone can get back to that time is because good records were kept and have survived. Richard Savile came from Flockton, a village now half way between Huddersfield and the M1. Robert Savile, born there in 1865, ended his life in the parish of Royston, which is where my great grandmother Charlotte Senior came from. Interestingly, Robert Savile married Ann Senior but I haven’t yet found out if or how Ann was related to Charlotte born 218 years later.

I can get the furthest back –
in Yorkshire and Aberdeenshire. This is due to two things. One is that the records seem to have been better kept there than in Ayrshire, and have survived, and the other is that my Yorkshire and Aberdeenshire ancestors stayed within the same small area, whereas my Ayrshire ancestors moved around a lot more and quite possibly weren’t from Ayrshire prior to the 1700s.

There are some neat surname duplications –
which are probably just coincidence but are nice to have nonetheless. One I really like is that on my Strachan (Ayrshire) tree I have Thomas Strachan marrying Susannah Alexander in 1771 and on my Fraser (Aberdeenshire) tree I have William Alexander marrying Ann Strachan in about 1750.

There’s something odd about the McCrae line –
which I need to really think about and try and sort out. I have a dead end with John McCrae as I can only find his mother in the records – there’s no trace of his father. His mother was, according to what her son said when she died, born Mary Henderson, daughter of John Henderson and Jean McCrae and I can’t find out anything about either of them. So her mother’s maiden suname was the same as her husband’s, which is perfectly possible but is making me think there just might be some illegitimacy going on. Or they might have come from Ireland. If they were Irish, this makes my McCrae tartan kilt – which an aunt sent to me when I was in my 20s and moved to London – a bit irrelevant.

We Strachans have more Irish blood than our more recent ancestors realised –
which may not be what some of our more recent ancestors would have liked to know! But with names such as Haggerty, Murphy, McCrae, Henderson and McInerney on the tree, Irish links are inevitable. I haven’t done any research into Irish records as of yet as it is a daunting task when you’ve no idea whereabouts in Ireland they might have come from.

Yorkshire family photo taken 1893

I love this photo, sent to me by my second cousin, of some of my Yorkshire ancestors. The only problem is that neither of us knows who everyone is! But we can date it by who we do know.

The Senior or Green Family circa 1893 001 (2)

Just in case anyone doesn’t realise, you can see a much larger version of a blog pic by clicking on it.)

On the far right, seated with the baby girl on her lap, is my great grandmother Charlotte Green nee Senior. The little blonde haired boy to her left is her eldest son Willie, in the middle at the front is her second child Edward, and on her lap is her daughter Alice. As Alice was born in January 1893 and is just a few months old when the photo was taken, this gives it a date. (Alice also looks startlingly how I look in my baby photos!)

So trying to work out who everyone else could be, I studied my family tree to pinpoint the elderly couple. Thinking they could well be Charlotte’s grandparents, the question became – did she have any grandparents who were both still alive in 1893? The answer is she did: her mother’s parents, George Simpson and his wife Charlotte nee Haigh. In 1893 they would have been 82 and 76 respectively, and the couple in the photograph are certainly old.

In the 1891 census George and Charlotte Simpson were living at The Green, Royston (north of Barnsley). Also living at The Green in Royston in 1891 were Edward Senior and his wife Mary nee Simpson, Charlotte’s parents. So was the photo taken near where they lived in Royston? Someone has clearly taken their best chairs outside!

So – some other guesses. The woman at the back, with her hands on the chair, could be Mary Senior nee Simpson. And is the man standing next to her husband Edward Senior?Are the other people Edward and Mary’s children and grandchildren? Studying their ages in 1893, they do seem to fit.

If what I’ve worked out is true, this is a photo of my great grandmother, my great great grandparents, and my great great great grandparents. Plus assorted great and great great aunts and uncles. How I wish I could find out for sure!

I do love the clothes they’re all wearing. They’re obviously in their Sunday best, and given that it would have been taken late spring/early summer (given the age of baby Alice), it’s possible it was taken on Whitsunday, when it was traditional to wear your very newest and best clothes. Though I can’t help shuddering at how much work was involved in washing and ironing those baby clothes!