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Murphy & Wilson page added

Today I’ve also added a page on my Murphy (or Murphie) and Wilson ancestors, from the Stevenston area of Ayrshire, going back to the late 1700s. Not a great deal to say about them as the records are very incomplete for back then, and it looks as if my Murphy ancestors were probably Irish Catholics.

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2 March

In Ayrshire, a Wilson I haven’t traced beyond birth and a Strachan coal miner who died of bronchitis. In Yorkshire, my ag lab Simpson gggg grandfather, an Adams of Brodsworth, and a Firth farmer of Royston.

2 March 1763
Baptism of my gggg aunt Mary Wilson at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of James Wilson and Agnes Smith. I don’t know what became of her: there are no marriages for a Mary Wilson in Stevenston within the right time frame, and too many within Ayrshire to know if any of them are for the right Mary.

2 March 1780
Baptism of my gggg grandfather John Simpson at Royston, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Simpson and Mary. In 1892 he married Mary Stainton of Notton, and on the marriage record is described as a husbandman – and early word for a farm worker or agricultural labourer. They had 7 children baptised in Royston. John Simpson is in the 1841 census in Royston, an ag lab living with his wife and youngest son who was also an ag lab: next door is his married son George, my ggg grandfather, who was a linen weaver. John Simpson died in 1848 aged 68 and was buried at Royston on 11 February 1848. In the 1851 census his widow is in the census at Royston as a pauper, so was receiving parish relief.

2 March 1784
Birth of my ggggg aunt Maria Adams at Brodsworth, Yorkshire, daughter of Mark Adams and Elizabeth Dixon. Her father was a stay maker. Maria didn’t marry, and probably lived with her parents. In 1841, 1851 and 1861 she is in Brodsworth living with her widowed sister and a female servant. Her sister is described as a retired farmer but there is no occupation given for Maria.

2 March 1800
Baptism of my gggg uncle Joseph Firth at Royston, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Firth and Hannah Fisher. I’ve had trouble tracking him down, but in 1851 he was a farmer of 11 acres at Royston, married to Sarah, with a grandson living with them. He remained a farmer of 11 acres in 1861 and 1871, died in 1873 age 73, and was buried at Royston.

2 March 1816
Birth of my ggg uncle Samuel Strachan, son of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson, who was baptised at Riccarton, Ayrshire on 17 March 1816. His mother died in about 1825 and his father remarried at Dundonald, which probably means he worked at Shewalton Colliery. Samuel married Margaret Jamieson at Dundonald on 2 March 1838 (his 22nd birthday): his wife was the sister of Janet Jamieson who married Samuel’s brother Munro, and they may have been related to Hugh Jamieson who married Samuel’s sister Jean. In 1841, Samuel and Margaret, with their first child, are at Perceton Cottages, Dreghorn. Samuel was a coal miner and they were living in the same row as Samuel’s brother Andew, uncle Robert and cousin John. They had moved to Coursehill Square, Dreghorn by 1851 and had 6 children, including a set of twins. Samuel was to remain in Dreghorn for the rest of his life and had 11 children. He died in 1877 age 62 of bronchitis.

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.

7 November

Two today, both from Yorkshire, which makes a change. However, both have been so far impossible to trace beyond a certain point.

7 November 1768
Baptism of my ggggg uncle William Hattersley at Carlton, Yorkshire, son of John Hattersley and Elizabeth Milner. He was baptised at Royston parish church, and in 1793 was married there to Mary Hemingway. And after that he disappears as nothing further can be found.

7 November 1869
Baptism of Elizabeth Wilson at Ossett, Yorkshire, daughter of my gg aunt Mary Green and Joseph Wilson. She is at Stanley Hall, Wakefield in 1871, where her father was a gardener and was still there is 1881 when her mother had become the hall keeper. Her father died in 1890, and in 1891 her mother was working as a monthly nurse but Elizabeth can’t be found. She is with her mother in 1901, though, in Wakefield where they are keeping a boarding house. I can’;t find her in the 1911 census, but the only death that looks as if it could be here is in 1963, when an Elizabeth Wilson age 94 died at Wakefield. If that is her it’d be interesting to know what she did for her last 60 years.

19 October

Mystery people today: three that can’t be found in the records apart from their birth and census in early life. What does happen to those on the side branches who you just can’t track down?

19 October 1751
Birth of my gggg aunt Agnes Wilson at Stevenston, daughter of James Wilson and Agnes Smith and sister of Jane Wilson who married Duncan Murphie. Agnes Wilson if not an uncommon name in that time and place, so it’s impossible to work out which, if any, Agnes Wilson in the records is the right one. An Agnes Wilson married Thomas Stevenson in Stevenston and had a son Euphan in 1771, another Agnes Wilson had two illegitimate children in Stevenston in the 1770s, and yet another one had children baptised at Stevenson, the father Hugh King. One of the could be her – then again, none of them could be her.

19 October 1856
Birth of Thomas Clark at Kilburnie, Ayrshire, son of Robert Clark and Elizabeth Strachan and grandson of gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He was possibly illegitimate: Elizabeth Strachan was a widow in 1851 in Kilburnie, with Robert Clark son age 1 month and Robert Clark, ironstone miner, a lodger. Thomas’s mother died on 1 November 1856, not long after he was born. I haven’t found any trace of him after, nor I have been able to find his father and most of his siblings. So it’s a real mystery what happened to Elizabeth Strachan’s children: surely the entire family cannot have died within a few year’s of each other. So where did they get to?

19 October 1860
Birth of Hugh Richmond Haddow at Kilwinning, son of my gg uncle Colin Shearer Haddow and Ann Orr Richmond. He’s with his parents in 1861 and 1781 in Kilwinning, and then in Coylton in 1881 by which time he was an ironstone miner. I’m not sure what happened to him after that as I can’t find him in the records.

18 and 19 September

On the 18th: James Booth from Aberdeenshire who proved easy to research, and Ann Strachan from Ayrshire who is a mystery as she just disappears from the records, and my great aunt Sarah McCrae. And on the 19th: three who can’t be found with any certainty in the records, a Strachan who became a spirit dealer when she was widowed, and my great aunt Sarah McCrae.

19 September 1760
Birth of Elizabeth Wilson at Stevenston, daughter of my gggg grandparents James Wilson and Agnes Smith. Unfortunately, Elizabeth Wilson is a fairly common name and there were several of that name having children in the right place at the right time. There is a marriage of Elizabeth Wilson at Stevenston in 1788 to Archibald Clark, but I’ve no idea whether this is the right marriage or not: they had a son baptised James but their eldest daughter was called Margaret, not Agnes.

19 September 1779
Birth of my ggggg uncle James Alexander at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, son of James Alexander and Helen Burgess. And that is all I know as I’ve not come across anything that is certainly him. James Alexander was a common name in those parts.

18 September 1816
Birth of my gggg uncle James Booth at Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, son of William Booth and Margaret Allan and brother of my ggg grandmother Isabella Booth who married John Logan. James Booth is possibly the James in the 1841 census working on a farm at Drumgowan, Leslie. He married Jean/Jane Keith in about 1841, though I can’t find a marriage record in the parish registers, and by 1851 they were at Nether Kinmundy, Longside with 5 children, James a labourer. He was to remain there for the rest of his life and had several of my ancestors as neighbours. In 1861 James, general labourer, and Jean have had more children and the eldest have left home: they were to have a total of 11 children. In 1871 James is a road contractor and they have 2 grandchildren with them as well as their own 3 children. The 1881 census has them as Crofters House, Redbog Road, which is at Nether Kinmundy, James a crofter of 6 acres with wife Jane and a granddaugter. James is still a crofter in 1891 and his wife and the same granddaughter are still with him. His wife then died and in 1901 James Booth, crofter retired, it a Bruckleseat, Longside. He died in May 1901 at Longside at the age of 86.

19 September 1819
Birth of Janet Strachan at Witchknowe, Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan and Elizabeth Nisbet. Her coal miner father died in 1821 and her mother remarried in 1823 to William Mitchell but he also died, and her mother married for a third time in 1827 to James Brown, both marriages in Kilmarnock. So by the time Janet was 10 years old she’d had a father and two stepfathers. Janet Strachan married John Hamilton at Kilmarnock in 1837, and the 1841 census finds them at Moorfield Tile Works, Kilmaurs with 2 children. By 1851 they are at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn, John a coal miner and with 5 children, a visitor and a servant, 13 year old Catherine Strachan who was Janet’s cousin. They had moved back to Kilmaurs by 1861 and had 7 children with them, John Hamilton and their oldest sons all working as coal miners. John Hamilton died in 1869 and in 1871 Janet Hamilton is earning a living as a spirit dealer and living at 66 Kilmaurs Road, Kilmarnock with 2 coal miner sons and 2 children still at school. She is still in Kilmarnock in 1881 with a son, a niece and a nephew. Janet Hamilton died in 1889 at Gilmour Streeet, Kilmarnock of heart disease.

18 September 1838
My gg aunt Ann Strachan was born at Shewalton Colliery, parish of Dundonald, Ayrshire, daughter of my gg grandparents Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. At age 2 she is with her parents and siblings at Shewalton in the 1841 census, and the family moved to Kilwinning some time after 1842. Her mother died in 1846, when Ann was only 7 years old, and Ann would have been looked after by her several older sisters. Her father remarried in 1850 to Susan Cran. By 1851, at age 12, Ann was living in as a domestic servant in Kilwinning for the McInnes family, the father Daniel a coal miner who probably worked with Ann’s father. In 1861 Ann is listed in the census as a visitor to coal miner Alexander McDonald and his wife at West Thornton Hamlet, Dreghorn – also a visitor was another Ann Strachan, Ann’s cousin. After 1861 things become tricky as I can’t find anything in the records for Ann. There’s no marriage or death certificate to be found at ScotlandsPeople. It is possible Ann had an illegitimate daughter in 1862, so a child called Margaret Strachan was born in December 1862 at Kirkland Rows, Dreghorn to mother Ann Strachan, domestic servant. As Margaret was Ann’s mother’s name this could well the right Ann. However, I can’t find anything for Margaret – nothing in the census and no death record. The only other possible entry for Ann is in the 1891 census, which has an Ann Strachan age 50 living alone and earning a living as an outdoor worker living at Brigend, Kilwinning. That Ann was born in Irvine, which is very close to Shewalton. But what became of Ann and her possible daughter Margaret is a mystery.

19 September 1860
Birth of Hugh Richmond Haddow at Kilwinning, son of my gg uncle Colin Shearer Haddow and Ann Orr Richmond. He is with his parents in 1861 at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning, surrounded by lots of my anccestors, and in Lyslestone Row, Kilwinning in 1871. By 1881 the family are at Coylton, Ayshire and, like his father, Hugh is an ironstone miner. He then does a disappearing act: no marriage or death found for him, and nothing in the immigration records I’ve searched. So he’s yet another mystery.

19 September 1864
Birth of my great aunt Sarah McCrae at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire daughter of my great grandparents John McCrae and Mary Ann McInairney and sister of my grandmother Helen McCrae. Sarah is with her parents at Dean Lane, Kilmarnock in 1871 and at Mill Lane, Killmarnock in 1881 when she’s 16 and a bonnet maker (which will be the famous Kilmarnock bonnet). In 1885 she married Samuel Downey or Downie at Kilmarnock. Samuel was a hammerman and was born in Ireland. In 1891 they are at Morton Place, Kilmarnock with 3 children and in 1901 at Low Glencairn Street, Kilmarnock with 6 children and Samuel’s brother. They had 9 children altogether but only 3 were still living in 1911, when Sarah and Samuel (who by then had become a coal miner) were at New Street, Riccarton with their 3 surviving children, Sarah’s younger brother James McCrae and 4 year old visitor Agnes McCrae. In 1923 Sarah’s sister Helen Strachan ms McCrae went to Canada and gave her sister Mrs Downey of 12 New Street, Kilmarnock as her nearest relative in Scotland. Samuel Downie died in 1929 at Riccarton, and Sarah died at the age of 73 in 1938 Kilmarnock.

On 24 June

Still trying to catch up: today is a real mixture.

24 June 1758
Birth of gggg uncle William Wilson at Stevenston, Aryshire, son of James Wilson and Agnes Smith, and sister of Jane Wilson, who was the great grandmother of Jean Haddow who married my great grandfather Joseph Strachan. He may be the William Wilson who married Margaret Gordon at Stevenston in 1758: if he is they had 6 children baptised, in Irvine and in Stevenston. A clue that this could be the right couple is that they called one of their daughters Amelia, a name that runs throughout this side of my family tree. Nothing else known as he seems to have died before the 1841 census.

24 June 1798
Baptism of Hannah Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle John Green and Mary Addey. Unfortunately I can’t find anything else for her, so it’s possible she died in infancy.

24 June 1810
Birth of ggg uncle Haggerty at Glenbuck, Ayrshire, son of Joseph Haggerty and Jean Orr and sister of Margaret Haggerty who married my gg grandfather Robert Strachan. Hugh Haggerty married Janet Muir at Dundonald in 1837, and in the 1841 census they are at Fullerton Street, parish of Dundonald, but which would be thought of as Irvine these days. He was a coal miner and he and wife Jean had a young daughter, plus an 8 year old sister of Jean Orr living with them. Hugh must have died in about 1849, as in 1851 his widow is living with her mother, Ann Muir, and is muslin sewer and pauper, with 3 children. Hugh’s daughter Jean married Stewart Shirkie and migrated to the USA where they founded the successful coal business family of Shirkie.

24 June 1854 (born about 1832)
My gg aunt Margaret Fraser was born about 1832 in Aberdeenshire, either in Longside or Cruden, although no baptism can be found for her. She was the 3rd child of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. She grew up on the family croft, called Mossnook in the 1841 census, and in the 1851 census she is house servant to the Rennie family at Mossnook. In 1854 she married William Dickie, and they are at Auchleuchries, Cruden in 1861, William Dickie an agricultural labourer, and have 2 children plus a lodger. In 1871 they are at Dudwick, Savoch, Old Deer, William Dickie is a crofter of 7 acres, and have had another 4 children. By 1881 however, they have moved to North Mains of Boddom, Peterhead, where William is a general labourer. 3 more children have arrived and 5 children are still living with their parents. Margaret Dickie nee Fraser died in 1887 at the age of 55 at Boddom, of cardiac disease.

24 June 1854
Birth of James Hutcheon or Hutchison at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of Alexander Hutcheon and Margaret Hutcheon and grandson of my gggg grandparents Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce. James is with his parents in 1861 at High Street, Longside and in 1871 is a farm servant at Rora, Longside. In 1877 he married Catherine Campbell at Longside, and they are in the 1881 census at View Field Cottage, Banff with a daughter, and James Hutchison is a domestic gardener. Catherine died, however, and in 1887 James married Sarah Leask Kennedy at Macduff, Banff and she became stepmother to James’ 3 daughters. By 1891 they had moved to Prospect Terrace, Kintore, James still working as a domestic gardener but with no children of their own. In 1901 their address is Muirland Cottage, Kintore, James is still a domestic gardener, and they have living with them an adopted son born in Methlick. I haven’t researched James any further.