||* I have finally got the correct Ann Arthur, who was
bugging me, as she is, after all, as much our ancestor as William Fiddler.
The details are as follows:
She was born 23 March, bap 26th Mar 1801, St Fergus, though her parents were
married in Cruden and her brother George was bap.in Cruden 29 Nov 1802. They
were John Arthur and Katherine Thomson who married 17 May 1800.
Ann married a Thomas Clark 19 Feb 1837 in Cruden and they lived at Lochside,
Cruden, until Ann died on 1 May, 1878. Thomas was described as an Ag Lab in
the 1841 census and a Pauper in the 1851 census. Next door at Lochside lived
Ann's mother, Katherine Arthur, Stocking knitter and Pauper. Unfortunately,
she seems to have died between 1851 and 1855. I couldn't find a Death
The 1851 census for Cruden being on the FreeCen site helped with the
breakthrough, confirmed by the fact that the relative who registered Ann's
death was none other than Alexander 'Laird' Sangster, who described himself
as 'Son-in-law'! Now I wonder whether Ann managed to persuade Alex Sangster
to part with some money for a headstone for her mother - and presumably,
eventually herself, in Cruden churchyard? What a pity it is not on the
ANESFHS list of Kirkyards yet.
John Arthur is hard to trace back as there are too many. Katherine may have
been bap. 10 Mar 1774 Cruden, to John Thomson and Elspet Shepherd, but no
corroboration there. What a pity she had not lived a year or two
Trish M to TH 2006.
Informant of death was son-in-law Alexander Sangster.
Interred in lair 331, Old Kirkyard, South Road, Peterhead.