Only two events today, so I’m catching up quickly. A dramatic start to Wimbledon is proving a distraction, though there was a bit of a lull this afternoon due to rain.
26 June 1720
Baptism of Elizabeth Rock at Worsbrough, Yorkshire who was my ggggggg aunt. She was the daughter of Abraham Rock, collier, but her mother was not named at her baptism. Nothing further found for her.
26 June 1817
Baptism of Jean Keith at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of George Keith and Jean Simpson. In the 1841 census she’s an agricultural labourer in Longside parish working for farmer Robert Cassie. Later that year she married my gggg uncle James Booth, although I can’t find an OPR entry for their marriage. He was a labourer, and in the census for 1851, 1861 and 1871 they’re at Nether Kinmundy, where several of my ancestors lived. By 1881 they’d taken over a 6 acre croft at Redbog Road, Longside, which is very close to both Nether Kinmundy and the Fraser croft at Mosside. Jean (also Jane) died in 1895 at age 78.
Today includes the birth of a Strachan whose son migrated and was one of the founders of a major Canadian company, and two siblings with the same birthday who both died in infancy.
11 May 1777
Baptism of Sarah Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg grandparents Joseph Green, linen bleacher, and Alice Rock. Not sure what happened to her, but she could be the Sarah Green who married John Binns in Silkstone in 1793. Or not.
11 May 1811
Birth of Susannah Strachan in Riccarton, daughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and his wife Jean Kelly. Susannah married coal miner Thomas Ballantine, had a last 10 children and possibly 13, lived most of her adult life in Dreghorn, and died in 1889 age 77. One of her children, John Ballantine, migrated to Canada in 1867 and become a co-partner in a foundry making steam engines and boilers at Galt, Ontario, which eventually became part of CMC – Canada Machinery Corp. (It’s amazing what you can find out via Google.)
11 May 1834
Baptism of Elizabeth Oxley at Barnsley, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggg grandparents Thomas Oxley, labourer, and Sarah Grist. As Sarah the disappears from the records, I assume she died before 1841.
11 May 1848
Birth of Henry Strachan in Kilmarnock, son of John Francis Strachan and Jean Johnston Loudon, making him the grandson of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan. I’m assuming Henry died in infancy as he’s not in the 1851 census with the rest of his family.
11 May 1852
Birth of James Strachan, younger brother of the above Henry, and who also died in infancy. Rare to find two siblings with the same birthday but sad they both died at such a young age.
Herewith photos taken at Worsbrough during my trip there on Thursday.
Memorial gravestone for my ggggg uncle John Green, a bleacher, and his two wives, both called Mary, plus two children who died in infancy. An old transcript of memorial stones has one for my gggg grandfather Joseph Green but it has since either been removed or become illegible: I’ll go back one day and have a good hunt round to see if there’s any trace of it.
Memorial gravestone for William Green and his family. He is surely related to my Green ancestors but at the moment I’m not sure how.
The inside of St Mary’s church, which is a very fine country church.
The baptismal font inside St Mary’s, dating from 1663.
The Edmunds Arms, opposite St Mary’s, which used to be a coaching inn back in the day of the toll roads – Worsbrough was on the road between Sheffield and Barnsley. The original inn building is the part that now has two bow windows.
A big thank you goes to my second cousin Robert Green, and the gorgeous Ted the terrior, for taking me around Worsbrough and Barnsley on a conducted tour of our Green ancestors’ stomping grounds. Worsbrough contains some very beautiful spots and has the most fantastic views south.But it has to be admitted that industrialisation, and in particular coal mining, didn’t do the Barnsley any favours from an aesthetic point of view, nor did 1960s architecture, but back in the day when the Greens were busy running coaching inns on the old toll roads and working in the linen bleaching fields, Worsbrough must have been a very pretty place indeed. Some lovely old architecture has survived, though sadly not all the old coaching inns.
The church of St Mary’s in Worsbrough village (opposite the Edmunds Arms) is a particularly fine example of a very old Norman country church, expanded over the centuries since but still small and perfectly formed, so I’m hoping the photos I took turn out well and I can post them here. I also took photos of two Green family gravestones in the churchyard, which contained some detail I wasn’t aware of, so I’m thrilled to have had access to them.
Thanks to the M1 the journey from Leeds to Barnsley takes no time at all, so I will be certainly visiting again.
I’ve started typing up my notes about Robert Strachan born about 1808, my gg grandfather, his two wives, and his (gulp) 15 children. Given the size of the family this won’t be completed overnight, but will be here shortly. I thought I’d try and get as much Strachan information up as I can now that my Canadian relatives are following this blog. However, I’ll be going down to Barnsley to walk in the footsteps of my Green ancestors later this week, and will be taking my camera, so shall try and do a photo story when I get back: lots of old coaching inn will no doubt be featured.
I’m aware I’ve done very little with my genealogy notes for well over a week, and there’s a good reason. It’s spring at last and the weather has been dry and fine, so my time has been taken up with gardening, horse riding, helping out at the rescue centre and just getting outside and enjoying the feel of fresh air. Which has made me wonder who else does a lot more online research, note sorting and reading when it’s wet and cold outside. The only reason I’m inside this afternoon is it’s started raining!
These days, there’s so much that can be done from the comfort of your own home, close to a kettle for those frequently needed cups of tea. (Stopping for a cuppa is a great way to gather thoughts and idea, I find.) It’s a brilliant way to spend a cold and wet winter day.
However, I’m hoping for fine weather towards the end of next week as I’m off down to Barnsley to meet up with a second cousin and fellow genealogist to be shown around my Green family haunts, which happily means doing a bit of a pub crawl as they were innkeepers. It’ll be good to get out and about again instead of sitting in front of a computer screen.
It’s also spurred me on to start planning in earnest for my summer trip to Scotland. I’ve not been up there for ages, and the last time I went was in the middle of winter, so I can’t wait too see my ancestors’ places in (hopefully) fine weather.
Not much today, but two events involved early 20th century migration to Canada and USA.
20 April 1800
Baptism of Betty Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of my ggggg uncle John Green, a bleacher, who married Mary Addey.
20 April 1859
Marriage at Greenock of Elizabeth Strachan and Robert Liddell, a joiner. Elizabeth became the grandmother of Eric Liddell (see blog post)
20 April 1921
Margaret Milne sailed from Glasgow to Canada and settled in Vancouver. She was the granddaughter of my ggg aunt Janet (also Jessie) Fraser, and had been born in Cruden, Aberdeenshire. She married George Birnie in Vancouver in 1922.
20 April 1931
Jessie Lydia Michael married Robert Moore at Manhattan, USA. She was born in Cruden, Aberdeenshire, the daughter of my gg aunt Mary Ann Fraser and husband David Ewan Michael and had migrated in 1929. In 1930 she was working as a servant for a banker and his family, as was her older brother.
18 April 1779
Baptism of my gggg grandfather Joseph Green at Worsbrough, son of Joseph Green. The PR does not name his mother but she was Alice Rock. Joseph had proved easy to trace as his life is well documented. He married Ann Cox in 1797 at Worsbrough, and they had 8 children baptised in Worsbrough from 1798 to 1814. His wife died in 1817 and there is a MI at St Mary’s Worsbrough for Ann Green died 1817 age 39, wife of Joseph Green of King Well. Joseph then married Hannah Colbeck at St Mary’s Barnsley in 1825. In the 1841 census Joseph Green publican and wife Hannah Green are at Worsbrough Common. Hannah died in 1847 and her MI says Hannah Green died 1847 age 63, wifeof Joseph Green of King Well. In the 1848 Electoral Roll Joseph Green is listed with freehold house and land at Worsbrough Common. In the 1851 census he at the Rose & Crown, Worsbrough Common, age 70 and an innkeeper living with his son William, daughter-in-law Sarah and their children. Joseph Green died in Worsbrough in 1853 age 71.
18 April 1845
Birth of William Souter Morgan at Cruden, father of Helen Ann Morgan, the second wife of my great grandfather William Fraser.
18 April 1864
David Findlay Strachan born at Riccarton, great great grandson of Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander through their son Peter Strachan, his son Peter Strachan and his son Peter Strachan – that a lot of Peter Strachans! I haven’t done much research on him except for discovering that he married Elizabeth Highet, whose parents went by the wonderful names of Durham Highet and Euphemia Morton.
18 April 1986
A relative in Canada was born.
This is a sad day for me, as it’s the third anniversary of the death of my mother. I miss her.
15 April 1860
Burial of James Wild age 25, husband of Ellen Oxley from Barnsley who was mentioned yesterday as she was born on 14 April 1839. So poor Ellen buried her husband the day after her 21st birthday, leaving her a widow with a one year old daughter.
15 April 1860
Baptism of Sarah Ann Wilson at Worsbrough, daughter of my ggg aunt Mary Green and her husband Joseph Wilson. Her parents lived at Stanley, near Wakefield, where they worked as gardener and keeper of Stanley Hall. Sarah Ann married James Burton and lived in Alverthorpe.
15 April 1872
John Strachan, third cousin twice removed, was born in Dreghorn, son of James Strachan and Mary Lindsay and great-grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan. John was born in Dreghorn, became a miner, married Jemima Barrie and lived in Bannockburn, Stirlingshire and then back in Ayrshire. He and his wife and children migrated to New Jersey in 1923, and he worked as a porter at a bank. I know all this thanks to so many records now being online.
15 April 1906
Birth of my aunt, Helen McCrae Strachan, known to me as Aunt Nell. She was born in Crookedholm, Ayrshire but moved to Cambuslang, Lanarkshire with her family when she was very young. She married John Bain Aitken in 1923 in Cambuslang, and had two children. With her husband she ran the Cafe de Luxe on Main Street, Cambuslang which I remember visiting as a child. She was the best out of the whole of my father’s family for keeping in touch with everyone and loved visiting relatives. She sent me a McCrae tartan kilt when I was in my 20s and had moved to London, and it’s still in my wardrobe. Aunt Nell retired to Majorca with her daughter and died in Kent in 1999 at the grand old age of 93.
15 April 1927
Marriage of Ellen Devine, daughter of Susan Bell McCrae and her first husband John Boyle, and therefore niece of my grandmother Helen Strachan ms McCrae. Ellen married Hugh Davidson McKinnon in Glasgow and was the informant when her mother died, but beyond that I don’t know what happened to her.
Lovely story from an old newspaper cutting that appeared on today’s date celebrating my ancestor Robert Strachan.
9 April 1713
Baptism of Abraham Rock at Worsbrough, son of Abraham Rock. He is my gggggg grandfather as his daugter Alice Rock married Joseph Green.
9 April 1811
Baptism of ggg aunt Alice Green at Worsbrough, daughter of Joseph Green and Ann Cox.
9 April 1898
The following appeared in the Dundee Courier & Argus: the Robert Strachan who won a prize was the son of my gggg uncle.
Dundee Courier & Argus, 9 April 1898
Who are the oldest miners still working?
That is the question which has been answered by a competition in the Weekly News. That there is no hardier or more daring body of men in the country than those who work in the bowels of the earth goes without saying, but few people are aware that a number of miners can lay claim to having worked underground for well nigh “the allotted span” of life. These veterans, of course, were early engaged in the pits, many of them having been working when they were but eight years of age. They have recollections of the time when women were employed in the mines, and several of them have stories to tell of being carried to the pits on their fathers’ backs. Mr Alex. Russell, Church Street, Tranent, remembers one very stormy winter when his mother bore him to the pit in her creel. Mr John Laws, Blyth, who has been awarded first prize, has a record of sixty-nine years, and can fairly lay claim to be the “father” of British miners. The other prizes have been awarded to John Harrower, Grangemouth; Robert Strachan, Kilmarnock; Colin Campbell, Shiremoor; Joseph Gilmour, Larkhall. …
Mr Robert Strachan was born about the same time as Mr Harrower (1823), but was half a year younger in making his first practical acquaintance with life underground (7 or 8 years old), when he was taken to the Moorfield Pit. Afterwards he was engaged at Skerlington, Hurlford, Burnbank, Gauchland, and Galston, and has now come back to the first mentioned.
9 April 1952
My cousin once removed who lives in the north-east of England was born. Happy birthday cousin! This shows how the generations go out of age sync when people had a lot of children over a large span of years. I’m actually his mother’s cousin but I’m only six months older than him, due to my being the youngest child of a youngest child. His grandfather was my father’s older brother.