29 March 1812
Ann Green was baptised at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle John Green, a bleacher. I’ve not yet found out at what happened to her – the records aren’t exactly abundant for back then.
29 March 1828
Agnes Fraser Morgan was baptised at Longside, Aberdeenshire. She was the daughter of Peter Morgan and Isabel Sangster, her mother being the sister of my gggg grandmother Janet Sansgter. I have a soft spot for Agnes Fraser Morgan as it was coming across her baptism that gave me a clue as to what became of Janet Sangster and allowed me to go back in time by several more generations. Finding the link to someone called Morgan also meant I was able to discover that my great grandfather William Fraser and his second wife Helen Ann Morgan were related. In 1841 Agnes Morgan age 13 is a servant in the household of Revd. John Cummings, an episcopal clergyman, in the parish of Longside. Unfortunately I can’t find anything further for her.
29 March 1919
Catherine Milton Fraser, illegitimate daughter of my half gg aunt Jessie Fraser, married William John Michael who was the son of my gg aunt Mary Ann Fraser. So they were half cousins, and the new mother-in-laws were half sisters. Catherine was a baker’s shop assistant and William a quarry fireman, and they lived in Aberdeen. Sadly, Catherine died in 1927 age 29, from tuberculosis, which was the cause of far too many premature deaths on my family tree.
Isn’t it fantastic when genealogy puts you in touch with relatives you’d lost touch with long ago or didn’t even know existed? Like all families, I suppose, mine splintered – two world wars and increased mobility meant a lot of people moved away from what had been home. My family research has made me realise how close extended families were in “the old days”, and I wonder if it’s partly nostalgia for that long gone sense of family and community that draws up to tracing our family’s history.
Today I received an email from someone who shares the same Yorkshire great-grandparents: we only found out about each other’s existence a year or so ago, through an online genealogy site. We’ve both done lots of research and he has the good fortune to live not far from where our ancestors are from, so we’re now planning a “family reunion” to meet and compare notes. I’ve also been in touch with two other people descended from the same great-grandparents, so the Green great-grandchildren have done well at finding each other again, despite having lived such different lives in such different places.
My relation is currently focussing on the Green family’s innkeeping activities in Worsbrough – we seemed to have had a near monopoly on running the coaching inns on the toll roads in that neck of the woods before the railways took over. I can’t wait to find out more.
26 March 1809
Elizabeth Firth was baptised at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Firth and Hannah Fisher. Joseph Firth was my gggg grandfather, and Elizabeth’s sister was Sarah Firth who married my ggg grandfather William Green of Worsbrough. That makes Elizabeth my gggg aunt. I haven’t researched her beyond her baptism so have no idea what became of her.
26 March 1843
Sarah Ann Green was baptised at St Mary’s Barnsley, daughter of Joseph and Mary Green, bleacher of Barnsley. Joseph was the brother of my ggg grandfather William Green of Worsbrough. No idea what became of Sarah Ann as I have yet to research her.
26 March 1861
Alexander Strachan was born at Corsehill, son of my gg grandfather Robert Strachan and his second wife Susan Cran, making Alexander my half gg uncle. He’s with his parents in the 1861 census at 24 Kenneth’s Row, age under 1 month, but he’s not with them in 1871 when he would have been 10 and I can’t find him anywhere else, nor can I find a death record for him. He’s a mystery.
26 March 1868
Amelia Murphy Haddow died at Lamont’s Row, Kilwinning age 2. She was the daughter of Hugh Richmond Haddow, who married Marian Mackay. Hugh was the son of my gg grandparents John Haddow and Amelia Murphy, so Amelia Murphy Haddow was obviously named after her grandmother. Hugh and Marion had a second daughter in 1874 and named her Amelia Murphy Haddow, to the name lived on. Amelia became a recurrent name on my Strachan family tree: my father had a sister called Amelia, more commonly known as Milly.
Hmm. Doing this is reminding me that there are a lot of people on my family tree that I know very little about, though I’m glad there’s still plenty more research for me to do.
Doing a post a day on “it happened on this day” will nicely take care of 365 blog posts! I’ll add others though, as and when something interesting strikes. But I like the randomness of the date search, as it picks out people I haven’t thought about for some time. So on this date in years gone by:
24 March 1802
John Green, infant son of John Green bleacher, was buried at St Mary’s, Worsbrough (south of Barnsley, Yorkshire). Baby John was about 1 month old. The father John Green was my 5 times removed uncle, the brother of my gggg grandfather Joseph Green.
24 March 1857
My gggg uncle Robert Strachan died at the age of 75. He was born in 1781, son of Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander, in the parish of Irvine, and would have been about 4 years old when the family moved to Gorbals, now part of Glasgow. But by 1803 he was back in Ayrshire as that’s when he married Jean Kelly in the parish of Riccarton, which is the area just south of Kilmarnock. They proceeded to have 9 children, all baptised in Riccarton, but by the 1841 census had moved to the parish of Dreghorn and were living in Perceton Row (see earlier blog entry with picture). They had a granddaughter living with them, a 15 year old coal miner as a lodger, and a 17 year old domestic servant who was the stepdaughter of Robert’s brother John Strachan. Their neighbours in Perceton Row included Robert’s sons Samuel and John and his nephew John. Robert’s wife Jean died in around 1843 and he married again in 1846, at Gargieston, near Kilmarnock, when he was 65 years old, to Jean Muir who was 20 years his junior. In 1851 they’re at Gatehead, near Kilmarnock, and Robert’s still a coal miner. He died in 1857 at Sandbed Street, Kilmarnock from “age and infirmity”: he was 75 which was a good age to reach for the time. I think it’s safe to say he had a full life!
24 March 1870
Thomas Ballantyne, a miner age 28, Scottish, sailed from Glasgow and arrived in New York on 24 March 1870. This might be the son of Susanna Strachan, and therefore grandson of the above Robert Strachan, as Susanna married Thomas Ballantine in 1829. Her son Thomas Ballantine was born in 1840 as he was 9 months old at the 1841 census: no baptism found. I’ve not found anything else that could be him but his brother John migrated to Canada.