- Mary Gaulter, nee Danson whos died in childbirth.
- Sarah Danson, nee Lounds who died of TB at the age of 21 leaving a one year old daughter
- Margaret Brownbill, nee Danson, widowed twice and childless by the age of 32.
- Jane Rawcliffe, nee Carr, who died, leaving five young daughters including my great grandmother aged only 4.
- George Danson, John Danson, Arthur Matthews, John Matthews, and Frederick Donaldson - all who died in the First World War.
- The many children who did not survive infancy.
Sources. Searches and Stories - the bedrock of family history, found in:
- School Records have a look here for further information
- Sasines - Scottish property records.
- Statistical Accounts - if you have Scottish ancestors these are "a must see" rich source of background information. Written by each parish minister they give a contemporary account of life at the time, with the first edition published 1791-99 and the "New Statistical Account" 1834-45. They tell you how many paupers, cattle, sheep, horses, etc. were in the parish, give details on the land, trades and occupations, the school, the church, with frank comments on "miserable hovels", "the church roof leaks rain on the congregation" and "there is a the want of fuel in winter".
Hobkirk in Ropxburghshire was described as having "32 farmers in the parish, with 127 servants, 46 ploughs and 70 carts".
For Wilton parish in Roxburghshire “The people are, in general industrious, sober-minded, compassionate and devout. Work is not difficult to be had; and provisions are reasonable. The dearth of fuel is the greatest hardship, which the poor experiences in this part of the country.”
Family History is Stimulating. If one line of research hits the buffers, I go sideways to look at extended family. I thought I would only have enough personal material to last about 18 months on a blog. How wrong I was! The prompts from Geneabloggers and from fellow contributors are inspiring and mean I have a have a long iist of drafts, even if they are no more than an initial thought or a title to develop further.
This A-Z Challenge is a classic example of how blogging keeps the brain buzzing. So thank you, Aona.
A final thought - I heartily recommend Family History as a
Safeguard Against Senior Moments!