Re: [Peterhead] cumming
- hi ray thanks for info
--- Ray Hennessy <ray@...> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> Michele, "Shell Leo" wrote:
> > "Alexander Cumming's wife Margaret was
> > pregnant with her eleventh child when she was
> > widowed by the untimely death of her husband
> > on 12 February 1848, at the age of only 47.
> > With eight children to care for, we can have no
> > idea how Margaret coped in the circumstances
> > that must then have confronted her.
> > ... the 1851 census shows that with the help of
> > her older children she was then scratching out a
> > living on a three-acre farmlet ... down the
> > road to Boyndie village. With their mother still
> > were seven of the children, her daughters
> > Margaret, 22, Elizabeth, 15, Helen, 7 and
> > Jane, 5, and her sons Alexander, 18, John, 11
> > and little William, 2.
> Hi Michele
> I've only just caught up with this one - sorry for
> the delay.
> Can't help with your family although I have a very
> possible interest in the surname for a 3rd child
> born in the
> 1870s to Ann SMITH, spinster in Forgue parish - so
> unlikely there's a connection! But, to the point:
> A three-acre holding or croft might well have been
> enough to support the family, given that Margaret &
> of her daughters and two of her sons were well able
> bring in a bearable income. Even John (11) could
> earned something as a shepherd boy. Ann SMITH's
> first son was doing just that at the age of 12 in
> I don't think it would have been easy but if these 5
> or 6
> were all working and they had land to grow
> and maybe have a cow, then economic self-sufficiency
> was well achievable.
> The area is still very much the same as it was in
> Boyndie doesn't have a village as such. The modern
> map [see http://tinyurl.com/pzz6w ] shows a place
> named Boyndie but it really only identifies a few
> [? about 6-8] houses round the Kirk. There were
> even fewer, only 2 or 3, nearby in 1896.
> Although the map now shows Auds as a specific house,
> in 1896 the legend applied to a wider area with
> three or
> four tiny buildings. Loch of Auds is still in the
> place - and about the same size from the maps!
> Best wishes
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