Tag Archives: Strachan

6 February

Today is a Marshall from Ayrshire who I can’t trace beyond birth, a Strachan from Ayrshire who died in early childhood, and a Strachan from Ayrshire who married a grocer and moved to Glasgow.

6 February 1757
Birth or baptism of my gggg uncle Alexander Marshall at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, son of Alexander Marshall and Agnes Gibson. Unfortunately I cannot find anything in that records that I can say is definitely him.

6 February 1821
Birth of Agnes Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan and Elizabeth Nisbet. Agnes died in November 1822 at Riccarton.

6 February 1858
Birth of Mary Muir Strachan at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, daughter of coal miner John Strachan and Elizabeth Gilmour and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Ann Miller. She is with her family at Crawford Hill Cottages, Crosshouse, Kilmaurs in 1861, 1871 and 1881, and earned her living as a dressmaker. In April 1881 she married James Boyd, a commercial traveller, and they are in Hutcheson Square, Govan, Glasgow in 1891 and 1901. They had 3 children and James Boyd was a grocer.

4 February

Quite a few on the 4th. In Aberdeenshire there’s a ggggg grandmother; two brothers who had the same birthday, one who died in infancy and the other who became a police inspector in London; and a half gg aunt who married twice, went to Canada, but returned to Aberdeen. In Ayrshire, some gggg grandparents had a nameless baby boy baptised, there were two children who died in infancy, and there’s someone I can trace till his 20s then he disappears. Plus in Yorkshire there’s a brick maker who went to Lancashire, split up with his wife, and returned to Barnsley.

4 February 1751
Birth or baptism of my ggggg grandmother Helen Davidson at Rayne, daughter of Patrick Davidson and Jean Lamb. She married John Watt at Rayne in December 1775 and they had a large family of 11 children all baptised at Bourtie: their eldest was born at Mill of Collyhill, then they had children born at Lawelside, Blockhouse, Nether Mains and Mains of Thornton, which points to John Watt being a farm servant but always within the Bourtie parish.

4 February 1771
My gggg grandparents James Wilson and Agnes Smith had a son baptised at Stevenston, but he was not named and is simply listed as male Wilson in the OPR. I assume from this that he was not expected to live, and most probably died shortly after. If he didn’t, then not knowing his first name makes him impossible to research.

4 February 1828
Baptism of my ggg uncle William Oxley at Bolton upon Dearne, Yorkshire, son of Thomas Oxley and Sarah Grist. He’s in Wortley Street, Barnsley with his parents and siblings in 1841, his father an ag lab. William married Jane Galloway at Silkstone Parish Church in July 1850 and is described as a brick maker of Barnsley, son of Thomas Oxley tallow chandler. In the 1851 census William and his wife are in Park Row, Barnsley lodging with a widower who was a weaver, and Jane Oxley is also a weaver (her marriage certificate says she was the daughter of a weaver). By 1861 they had moved to Croft Street, Ashton under Lyme, Lancashire but did not have children: William is still a brick maker and Jane is a linen weaver. In 1866 William was a witness at his younger brother’s marriage, which coincidentally took place at the same church in Leeds where I was baptised. William and Jane, however, appear to have separated as Jane can be found in the 1871 census as housekeeper to a railway labourer in Little Horton, Bradford but there is no sign of William. In 1881 William Oxley turns up in Wilson Street, Barnsley as an unemployed quarryman living with his brother James and a lodger. Meanwhile, his wife Jane is with the same man she was with in 1871 as his wife, though she didn’t marry him until 1885. There is a death in Barnsley for William Oxley in 1884.

4 February 1846
Birth of James Strachan in Kilmarnock, son of miner John Francis Strachan and Jean Johnstone Loudon and grandson of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan and Elizabeth Nisbet. James had died by the time of the 1851 census, and by then his family were living in Dalry.

4 February 1857
Birth of James Kean or Cain at Kilwinning, son of my gg aunt Agnes Strachan and coal miner William Cain and grandson of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. He is with his family at Single Row, Kilwinning in 1861 and at 42 Byrehill Row, Kilwinning in 1871, by which time he was a coal miner, and in 1881 is a boarder next door at 40 Byrehill Row with the Ferguson family. After that I can find nothing for him so I’m not sure if he died, migrated or what.

4 February 1857
Birth of William Cowie at Ellon, son of William Cowie and Elizabeth Cheyne and grandson of my half gggg aunt Barbara McWilliam and William Cowie. As he’s not with his parents in the 1861 census and cannot be traced beyond that, it looks as if he died in infancy.

4 February 1859
Birth of Forbes Milne Cowie at Ellon, son of William Cowie and Elizabeth Cheyne and grandson of my half gggg aunt Barbara McWilliam and William Cowie (and brother of William above). Forbes is with his parents and siblings at Rose Cottage, Ythan Terrace, Ellon in 1861, his father a railway labourer, and at Littlemill Cottar’s House, Ellon on 1871, his father a farm servant. Forbes joined the police force as in 1881 he’s a 22 year old constable at the Police Station, Rochester Row, Westminster (London). Later in 1881 he was married at St George Hanover Square to Elspet Bothwell, who was from Scotland. By 1891 he’s become a police inspector, has 3 children born in Westminster and Fulham, and is living at Brice Road, Barnet, Middlesex. In 1901 he is still a police inspector with 6 children and is at Cleveland Gardens, Barnes, Surrey but has moved around as he has had children born in Kilburn, Enfield and New Malden. I’ve not been able to trace him beyond that, but when his son migrated to Canada in 1923 his nearest relative was Mrs. F M Cowie of Sunnyside Road, Aberdeen so perhaps Forbes eventually returned to Scotland.

4 February 1870
Birth of John King at Irvine, son of my gg aunt Jean (Jane) Strachan and James King and grandson of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. He died the same year, in infancy.

4 February 1871
Birth of my half gg aunt Christian or Christina Fraser at Blackhill of Fortie, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, daughter of Alexander Fraser and his second wife Margaret Booth. She is with her parents and siblings at Fortie in 1871 where he father was an ag lab. Her grandfather William Fraser died in 1877 and her father took over the croft of Mosside, near Hatton. Christian is at Mosside in 1881, age 10 and at school. In January 1889 she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter at Mosside, and in December 1890 she married farm servant James Reid of Boddom. They are at Mortimer’s House, Boddom in the 1891 census and Christina’s daughter is listed as Margaret Reid, though Margaret didn’t name James Reid as her father when she married and used the surname Fraser so I doubt he was her father. James Reid died in 1891 and in 1895, at Mosside, Christina married farm servant James Andrews of Mintlaw. In 1911 Christina is at Hutcheon Street, Aberdeen with 5 children and James Andrews, a green keeper at the golf course, is a boarder at Hayfarm, Cruden. James Andrew died at Newhills, Aberdeen in 1923, and later that year widow Christina and her youngest son sailed to Canada to join her daughter Christina and son-in-law Neil Wood in Hamilton, Ontario. She returned to Scotland, however, as she died age 61 in 1932 at Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen and the informant was her married daughter Jemima Athieson.

3 February

Just the three today: two who died very young, and my Aunt Aggie who isn’t a blood relative but is very deserving of a mention.

3 February 1797
Baptism of my gggg uncle Samuel Oxley at Barnsley, son of William Oxley and Elizabeth. Samuel died at age 1 and was buried at St Mary’s, Barnsley on 24 February 1798.

3 February 1865
Alexander Wark was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, son of Catherine Mure Strachan and baker Charles Wark and grandson of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle. He died when young, before 1871, by which time his parents had moved to Glasgow.

3 February 1899
Birth of Agnes Morton White at Muiravonside, Stirlingshire, who married my uncle Joseph Strachan in 1918 at Dailly, Ayrshire. Her father was a coal miner and in the 1901 census young Agnes is with her parents and siblings in Stirlingshire where her father was a winding engine keeper at a colliery. I’m not sure when they moved to Dailly but it must have been when Aggie, as she was known, was still young, as I remember one of my aunts mentioning Aunt Aggie’s “lovely Dailly accent”. She married my Uncle Joe in 1918 and they migrated to Canada in the mid 1920s, along with their two children – their third was born in Canada. In 1954 they came back to the UK for a holiday and visited my family in Leeds. Aunt Aggie died in Toronto in 1991 at the grand age of 92.

1 and 2 February

A Haddow ancestor today who married a Hunter – as did his sister. Plus four Strachan descendants from Ayrshire: one migrated to Alabama, one died at 21, one lived most of her life in Galston and one died at age 6.

2 February 1786 (born about 1766)
Robert Haddow was the son of James Haddow and Margaret Harvie. He was born in about 1766, most probably in Stevenston, and married Margaret Hunter in Stevenston on 2 February 1786. His sister Margaret Haddow married Robert Hunter, brother of Robert Haddow’s wife Margaret. Robert Haddow and his wife had children baptised in Stevenston from 1786 to 1801. There is a burial in the Stevenston OPR for Robert Haddow in December 1815, and his widow and children can be found in the 1819 minister’s census of Stevenston. It’s highly likely that Robert Haddow was a coal miner.

2 February 1851
Birth of Jean King at either Dalry or Kilwinning, though no baptism record has been found – her date of birth comes from her death certificate. She was the daughter of my gg aunt Jean (or Jane) Strachan and James King and granddaughter of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. In the 1851 census she is 2 months old and with her parents at Main Street, Kilwinning, her father a hand loom cotton weaver. By 1861 the family were in Irvine – Jean had acquired several younger siblings and at 10 years old was earning her keep as a muslin sewer. The 1861 census says Jean was born in Dalry but in all the other census she has Kilwinning as her birthplace: the siblings who came after her was born in Glasgow, with the remaining 2 born in Irvine. Jean married coal miner William Stewart at Irvine in December 1870. In 1871 they at Notherfield, Kilwinning boarding with a married couple and by 1881 were at Sourlie New Row, Kilwinning with 3 children. The family migrated to the USA in 1885 and went to Birmingham, Alabama where they can be found in the 1900 census. Jeanie, as she is named in the census, has had 10 children with 9 of them living. Husband William is a coal miner and they have 2 daughters still at home and at school, the youngest born in Alabama. In 1910 they are at Avenue F, Birmingham, William a night watchman for a brick company and Janie stating she has had 10 children but only 6 still living. Jane Stewart died in December 1927 at Fairfield, Alabama age 76.

2 February 1856
Birth of William Gibson at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, son of Helen Strachan and William Gibson and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He is with his parents at Galston Road, Hurlford in 1861, his father died in 1866, and he is with his widowed mother and a brother in Orchard Street, Galston in 1871 working as an apprentice joiner. William died in May 1877, age 21, of disease of the liver.

1 February 1871
Birth of Agnes Strachan at Loudon, Ayrshire, daughter of coal miner Robert Strachan and Janet Ross Gilmour and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. 2 month old Agnes is in the 1871 census at Boyd Street, Galston with her parents, many older siblings and two nephews born before she was! In 1881 and 1891 she’s at Goatfoot Row, Galston with her parents and siblings, and in the latter is working as a domestic servant. In June 1891 she married coal minerJames Harper Kidd at Galston and in 1901 they are in Henrietta Street, Galston with 2 children, one of whom was born in Dumfrieshire so they must have lived there for a short time. Agnes Kidd nee Strachan died at age 58 in 1929 at Galston.

1 February 1873
Birth of Annie King at Irvine, Ayrshire, daughter of my gg aunt Jean or Jane Strachan and cotton weaver James King, and granddaughter of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. Little Annie died at age 6, in 1879, at Irvine

29 January

A busy day on the family tree. My Sangster gggg grandmother was baptised in Aberdeenshire; a Haggerty who migrated to California was born in Dundonald; there’s a Haddow who spent all her life in Kilwinning and married a coal miner; a Strachan from Stevenston who was an iron dresser; a Booth from Aberdeenshire who was a railway signal fitter; and a Logan descendant whose parents were from Aberdeenshire but who was born in Canada and moved to New York.

29 January 1783
Janet Sangster was baptised in Cruden, daughter of John Sangster of Keplan, and I’m pretty confident she was my gggg grandmother, and daughter of the John Sangster who married Elizabeth Matthew. Janet gave birth to my illegitimate gggg grandfather William Fraser in May 1805, and he was presented for baptism by his grandfather John Sangster of Burnthill with the father named as William Fraser. Janet married William McWilliam in May 1812 at Longside, and they had several children all baptised in Longside. William McWilliam died before 1841, as in the 1841 census Janet Sangster is at Long Row, Nether Kinmundy, Longside (which is close to the border with Cruden parish and not all that far from where William Fraser had taken the lease on a croft). She is with 2 of her McWilliam children. Janet Sansgter, pauper formerly servant, is at Creechy Row, Longside in 1851 age 69 seemingly living on her own. She died in 1859 at Craighall, Ellon and the informant was her son-in-law John Barclay, so she must have spent he latter years with her married daughter Christian.

29 January 1842
Birth of Hugh Muir Haggerty at Dundonald, son of my ggg uncle Hugh Haggerty and Janet Muir who were at Fullerton Street, Dundonald (now part of Irvine) in 1841. Hugh’s father died in about 1848/49, and in 1851 Hugh is at Boat Stabs, Dundonald (Irvine) with his grandmother, mother, siblings, and an aunt. By 1861 Hugh, a coal miner, is at Benslie or Bensley Square, Kilwinning with his mother, siblings and elderly grandmother (who was a sea captain’s widow). Hugh and his brother migrated to the USA at some stage, and his mother went there in 1869 along with one of her married daughters. The 1880 census has Hugh, his brother Adam and his mother at Contra Costa, California but they all then disappear from the records.

29 January 1867
Birth of Grace Haddow at Kilwinning, daughter of my gg uncle coal miner Hugh Richmond Haddow and Marion McKay. Grace was illegitimate, and in 1871 is at Burnside Cottages, Kilwinning with her great grandmother, grandmother and several cousins: her mother was a domestic servant in Edinburgh and her father was in Kilwinning with his widowed mother. Grace’s parents married in November 1871 at that familiar address, Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning. Grace then gained some siblings, but her father was killed in an accident in 1876: he was crushed beneath the wheels of a loaded wagon at the rail depot at the coal mine. In 1881 Grace is again living at Burnside with her grandmother, mother and siblings plus two unmarried uncles. I can’t find her in the 1891 census but she was most likely a domestic servant, as that is the occupation she gave when she married coal miner Samuel Faddes at Kilwinning in December 1891. Grace and Samuel, with 5 children including twins, are in Garden Square, Kilwinning in 1901. A tree on Ancestry has 12 children for them, and puts Grace’s death as March 1946 at Garden Square, Kilwinning.

29 January 1869
Birth of John Strachan at Stevenston, son of coal miner Samuel Strachan and Janet Mitchell and grandson of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Ann Miller. He is with his parents and siblings in Chemical Row, Stevenston in 1871 and Station Street, Stevenston in 1881. His father died in 1882 and in 1891 John, working as an iron dresser, is with his mother and a younger sister at Station Square, Stevenston. I’ve only researched him in the census so know he married a Susan and by 1901 had 2 daughters, was living at Boglemart Street, Stevenston, and was working as a steel dresser.

29 January 1872
Birth of James Booth at New Deer, son of James Booth and Margaret Kidd and grandson of my gggg uncle James Booth and Jean Keith. He’s at Dyce in 1881 with his parents, his father a railway labourer, and again in 1891, by which time he’s working as a railway signal fitter. He married Sarah and they are at Great Northern Road, Woodside, Aberdeen in 1901 with a baby son, and James is still a railway signal fitter.

29 January 1882
Birth of David Morrison George at Brant, Ontario, Canada, son of James George and my ggg aunt Barbara Logan. His father was a farmer in Brant and David can be found there with his family in the 1891 Canadian census. His mother died in 1894, and in 1901 David is a lodger in Brant, working as a labourer. He didn’t marry until April 1926, when he wed Elizabeth Rennie at Walkerton. They moved to the USA as in the 1930 USA census they are at Tonawanda, New York with a son born in New York, and David M George is a construction engineer. A tree on Ancestry has his death as 1936 at Buffalo, New York.

27 January

Happy birthday to a second cousin today. Also an Aberdeenshire grain store keeper and an Ayrshire coal miner’s wife who lived nearly all her life in Dreghorn.

27 January 1848
Baptism of Peter Aitken (or Aiken) at Longside, son of William Aitken and Elizabeth Milne and uncle of my step great grandmother Helen Ann Morgan. I can’t find his family in the 1851 census, but in 1861 Peter is an ag lab at Aldie, Cruden where his father was farm overseer, and his mother and siblings were at Whiteshin, Cruden. Peter was a witness at his sister Jane’s marriage in 1865, and in 1871 is a farm servant at West Gask, Cruden. I then can’t find him in 1881, but in 1891 there is a Peter Aiken of the right age and born in Longside who was a grain store keeper in Peterhead, lodging with a widow and her children. That Peter is still a grain store keeper in Peterhead in 1901 lodging with a different family. If this is the right Peter then it doesn’t look as if he married or had children.

27 January 1860 (born about 1840)
Janet Howat was born in about 1840 at Kilmarnock, daughter of Peter Thomas Howat and Janet Strachan and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. No baptism has been found for her, but she is with her parents and siblings in Thirdpart, Kilmarnock in 1841, and the family were therefore neighbours with several members of the extended family. They also had lots of family as neighbours in 1851, as by then they were at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn. Janet’s father Peter died in the late 1850s, and in 1860 Janet married coal miner Robert Dick at Dreghorn in the same month that one of her brothers was married. Janet and Robert, with a baby daughter, have their own home at Corsehill Square in 1861. No address is given except for Dreghorn in 1871, and by then Janet and Robert had 6 children. They are at Hugh Dunlop’s Land, Dreghorn in 1881, with only 3 of their children still at home and are at the same address in 1891 with just their youngest at home. Janet Dick nee Howat died at Dreghorn in January 1899 age 59.

27 January 1947
Happy birthday half second cousin David (on the Fraser side) – looking forward to seeing you in London next month!

26 January

The 26th was a popular day. A Green gggg uncle was born in Yorkshire but ended up in London; a Strachan was born in Ayrshire and lived in the usual coal mining places; a Haggerty was born in Ayrshire and went to the USA; a Green from Yorkshire was married to a coal miner; and a descendent of the Marshalls of Ayrshire was born in Kent and became a bookkeeper.

26 January 1800
Baptism of my gggg uncle Samuel Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of innkeeper Joseph Green and Ann Cox. He was married to Mary, who was born in Oundle, Northampton, but I haven’t found a record of their marriage so don’t know where they were married. The first baptism I can find for one of their children took place in 1833 at Sonning in Berkshire, a second daughter was baptised in 1835 at Reading, a third in St Martins in the Field, London in 1837 and a fourth in Chelsea, London in 1839. The family is in the 1841 census at Baldwin Street, City Road, London, Samuel a licensed victualler with a male and a female servant. They are at Marsham Street, Westminster in 1851, Samuel a general cartman with the youngest daughter still at home. They had a late arrival when a son was born in 1851 and registered at Westminster. When his eldest daughter married in 1860, she gave her father’s occupation as a spruce merchant and when his daughter Amelia married in 1862 she gave her father’s occupation as publican, so it seems he had several strings to his bow. The 1861 census sees Thomas with wife Mary and young son at Grosvenor Terrace, Westminster with his occupation as traveller. He died between 1861 and 1871, as in 1871 Mary Green is a widow with her son living in Bloomsbury.

26 January 1841
Baptism of James Strachan at the Relief Congregation Kirk, Irvine, Ayrshire, son of Andrew Strachan and Elizabeth Howat and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. He is age 6 months in the 1841 census, at Perceton Cottages, Dreghorn, with his coal miner father, mother and siblings: several members of the extended family also lived at Perceton Cottages. His mother died in about 1845, and in 1847 his father remarried but she too died in about 1850. In the 1851 census James aged 11 and a coal miner is at MacReadie’s Land, Dreghorn with his father, 7 siblings and a cousin, 22 year old Elizabeth Strachan, who was a domestic servant looking after them all. Elizabeth gave birth to an illegitimate daughter with James’ father in 1852, and in 1854 his father married for a third time. James, age 20 and a coal miner, is in Riccarton in 1861 with his father, stepmother, siblings and a domestic servant. In 1862 James Strachan married Mary Lindsay in Dreghorn and they are at Kyleshill, Stevenston in 1871 with 4 children. By 1881 they had moved to Plann Row, Kilmaurs and had 6 children at home, their eldest working as a female servant on a nearby farm. In 1891 they are in the same location, this time named Hemphill Row, Plann Road, and James is a miner of shale: he and Mary have 4 children still at home plus a grandson and a boarder. By 1901 James is a retired coal miner at Colquhoun’s Land, Kilmaurs with wife Mary and grandson Robert. James Strachan died in 1910 at the Co-operative Building, Crosshouse age 69 years of cancer of the colon.

26 January 1842
Birth of Hugh Muir Haggerty at Dundonald, son of my ggg uncle Hugh Haggerty and Janet Muir. His father died in about 1848 and in 1851 Hugh is at Boat Stabs, Dundonald (now considered part of Irvine) with his grandmother Ann Muir, his mother, his siblings and an aunt. By 1861 he has become a coal miner and is at Bensley Square, Kilwinning with his mother, grandmother and siblings: they were neighbours of many Strachan relatives. Hugh Haggerty, age 23 and a miner, sailed to New York in January 1866 and is in the 1870 US census at the coal mines at Russell, Kansas. In the 1880 census he is at Judsonville, Contra Costa, California with his mother and younger brother Adam, and is on the 1880 Contra Costa voters’ list which says he was naturalised in July 1880. I’ve been unable to find anything for him in the records after 1880, or for his mother and brother.

26 January 1890 (born in 1860)
Hannah Green was born in Barnsley in 1860, daughter of my ggg uncle John Green and Sarah Wigfield. Her father was a linen yarn bleacher and Hannah is with her parents and older brother at New Street, Barnsley in 1861. By 1871 the family had moved to Ardsley and Hannah, age 11, is at school, but they were back in Barnsley by 1881 at Back Street, and 21 year old Hannah is a power loom weaver. Hannah’s mother died in 1883 and in 1886 her father remarried. In 1890 Hannah married miner William Burrows at Silkstone and they both gave their address as Station Street, Barnsley, which is where they are in the 1891 census. There is a birth of a daughter in 1898, and then Hannah died age 39 in 1899 at Barnsley.

26 January 1920 (born in 1884)
Christina Jardine Cambell was born in Thanet, Kent, the daughter of Christina Jardine and James Campbell. Her mother came from Galston, Ayrshire and was the granddaugter of my ggg uncle Alexander Marshall, a saddler, and Christina Wallace. Christina’s mother had married a engine fitter at Galston but had moved to Kent by 1881. Christina is with her family in Ramsgate, Kent in 1891 and 1901, after which her father died and the family moved to Clapham, London. In 1911 Christina, age 26 and a clerk for a grocer, is with her mother and siblings in Clapham, and with them is a friend Mr Carter age 32, a merchant of provisions. This could be who Christina married, for in January 1920, at Clapham, she married Mark Henry Carter who was a 44 year old manager of a grocery store in Catford. Christina was age 35 and a bookkeeper.

24 January

Two very important people today: my gg grandmother Sarah Marshall and my aunt Jeanie Harper nee Strachan.

24 January 1814
Birth or baptism of my gg grandmother Sarah Marshall at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of saddler Robert Marshall and Agnes Logan. Sarah must have married John McInairney (a surname subject to various spellings) but no record of the marriage has been found. However, their daughter Mary Ann was baptised in Newcastle, England, in January 1840 and their sons Matthew, Willliam and John were, according to the census, born in Bellshills, Lanarkshire, Muirkirk, Ayrshire and Kilmarnock, although no baptisms can be found for them. Given the locations, my suspicion is John McAinairney might have worked at coal pits, although his daughter Mary Ann’s death certificate simply says her father was a labourer and on his wife’s death certificate it looks as if it says he was a drainer (which could mean he dug drainage dykes). Unfortunately I cannot find John, Sarah and Mary Ann in the 1841 census, and it would seem that John McAnairney, or whatever his surname was, died before 1851. Sarah is in the 1851 census at Low Church Lane, Kilmarnock, the surname written as McNarnie, a widow and pauper hand sewer with her 4 children. They are all at 19 Fore Street, Kilmarnock in 1861, but with them is Agnes Marshall age 93, Sarah’s mother, and two illegitimate daughters of Sarah’s born during the 1850s – Sarah and her eldest daughter Mary Ann are flowerers, which means they hand sewed floral embroidery onto muslin. During the 1860s Sarah’s mother died and her older children left home, so by 1871 she is at Back Street, Kilmarnock, still a hand sewer, with her youngest daughter Ellen and 4 year old Robert Brown, described as nephew. In 1881 Sarah, a hand sewer, is at High Street, Kilmarnock with Robert Marshall grandson age 14 (who I suspect is Robert Brown age 4 from 1871 but I have yet to work out just who he was), orphan Elizabeth Ingles age 3 (and I have yet to figure out who she was, too), and a coal miner lodger. Sarah McInairne, as the registrar as written is, died in March 1891 at her home in High Street, Kilmarnock of cancer of the gullet. The informant was her eldest child, my great grandmother Mary Ann who married John McCrae.

24 January 1900
Birth of my aunt, Jeannie Haddow Strachan at Crookedholm, Ayrshire, daughter of coal miner Henry Strachan and Helen McCrae – and mother of blog follower Colin. The 1901 census finds Jeannie with her parents and older siblings at Old Factory House, Crookedholm and in the 1905 Valuation Roll they’re at Cowan’s Row, Crookedholm. The family then moved to Lanarkshire in about 1906, first to Tollcross and then to Halfway, Cambuslang. In 1911 they were at Mansion Street, Cambuslang and Jeannie, age 11, was at school. In September 1921, at the age of 21, Jeannie sailed to Canada and her arrival card says she was intending to go into domestic service, remain permanently, and was destined to Major Luige (? name hard to read) in Toronto, who I suspect was a Major in the Salvation Army. In April 1927 Jeannie married William Harper in Toronto, who had also migrated from Scotland. He was a rubber worker, and one of the witnesses was her married sister, Helen Airken nee Strachan. Jeannie sailed to Scotland in September 1927, returning in May 1928, and then also went to Scotland in December 1932 and returned soon after. Her two surviving children were born in 1936 and 1938. There was quite a bit of travelling between Canada and Scotland among the Strachan family before WW2: Jeannie’s brother Joseph and sister Amelia settled in Canada, but sister Helen and mother Helen decided to stay in Cambuslang. Jeannie Harper nee Strachan lived until a very good age indeed, as did many of her siblings, and died in 1995 at the age of 95. Despite not seeing much of youngest brother, my father Robert, Jeannie kept in touch by letter through her life, and kept in touch with my mother after my father died.

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.

18 and 19 January

On the 18th a Yorkshire ggggg grandfather was born about 276 years ago, a Hunter from Stevenston in Ayrshire was born and might have married a Smith, and a Strachan was born in Ayrshire but must have died in childhood. Nothing happened on the 19th.

18 January 1805 (born about 1738)
My ggggg grandfather John Hattersley was born in Yorkshire in around 1738, if the age given when he was buried is correct. He was a breeches maker and would therefore have served an apprenticeship. John married, in 1764, in Barnsley, so is most likely to have come from the surrounding Barnsley area. After his marriage he lived in Carlton, within the parish of Royston, but there is no-one named Hattersley in the Royston parish register until his marriage, so he wasn’t from a local family. There was a John Hattersley baptised in November 1736 at Ackworth, which isn’t too far from where John lived as an adult, but there’s no evidence that it could be right one. The Ackworth John had a father with the unusual name of Epaphroditus Hattersley, a good old biblical name. There was also a John Hattersley born at about the same time in Badsworth, which is near Ackworth, with father George Hattersley. Wherever John came from, however, he married Elizabeth Milner at Barnsley St Mary’s in April 1764. Their marriage entry says John Hattersley was a breeches maker of Barnsley, and that Elizabeth was also resident in Barnsley. Their first child was born in 1765 and baptised at Royston, and the baptism record has the child as son of John Hattersley of Carlton. A total of 9 children were baptised at Royston, and each time father John is described as of Carlton. John Hattersley, publican and breeches maker of Carlton, died in 1805 and was buried at Royston on 18 January. His wife Elizabeth Hattersley of Carlton died in 1816. Their daughter Sarah Hattersley married William Senior of Carlton, and was my gggg grandmother.

18 January 1769
Baptism of my gggg aunt Elizabeth Hunter at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of John Hunter and Margaret Barr. No marriage found, but there was an Elizabeth Hunter and Hugh Smith who had children baptised in Stevenston from 1789 to 1803. That family are not in the Stevenston minister’s census of 1819, 1822 or 1836 so it is possible they moved from Stevenston before 1819 – they could have moved in about 1803 and had more children but there are no baptisms to be found. There is, however, an elderly couple in the 1841 census at Castle Street, Mauchline: Hugh Smith age 80 and Elizabeth Smith age 72 with a 4 year old girl with them. Unfortunately the 1841 census gives little detail, and both this Hugh and Elizabeth must have died before 1851, so it’s not possible to link them with the Stevenston couple, and Smith was a very common name, even back then. When I have more time I’ll have to research the 4 year old girl and see if it’s possible to link her with my Hunter ancestors.

18 January 1806
Birth or baptism of Susannah Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Susannah must have died in childhood, as Robert and Jean named a daughter born in 1811 Susannah.