So it is back South now to Wigtownshire and the Parish of Kirkmaiden
again to a village called Drummore. This is where we find Helen’s
grandmother’s family, the Craigs.
A view from Drummore harbour
The earliest ancestor on the Craig line is John who married Sara
Alexander, daughter of John Alexander and Helen Milwain.
The couple had at least one child, a son, John, born 2nd January 1836
in Kirkmaiden, and christened there on 14th February 1836. I am fairly
certain this is correct. The document below shows all John Craigs born
in Scotland from 1553 to 1854, and the one born in 1836 is the only one
John's birth is confirmed on the IGI as 2nd Jan1836, christened 14th
Feb 1836 in Kirkmaiden by Drummore, Father John Craig and Mother Sara
John married Elizabeth McGuffog, on 7th Oct 1875, again in Kirkmaiden
and was employed as a fisherman, maybe he went out to fish from
Drummore Harbour above. He was 37 and she was 32.
I know of two children born to the couple. William John born 6th Jan
1879 and Elizabeth, born in Stoneykirk in 1887.
William’s birth registration is shown below, the first
record. I have so far not been able to find Elizabeth’s.
The family is found on the 1881 census, and it shows John as head of
the household working as a Mariner, and there as well is Elizabeth with
birthplace as Inch, which I shall talk about in chapter 6, along with
her age shown below as 41. Son William is there aged 2.
The family can be found in Drummore on the 1901 census. Father, John is
working as a Fisherman, and son William is shown as being a general
carter, which I think, meant driving carts.
John Craig 65
Elizabeth Craig 40
John Craig 22
Elizabeth Criag 14
On 1st April 1904 William John married Sarah Allan in Glasgow. They had
5 children Helen Elizabeth (1905-1969), Ethel (1907-1978), James
(1914-1988), Elizabeth McGuffog (1918-1996) and William John
William John passed away 4th Sept 1918 at the young age of 39 his wife
Sarah survived him until 1960. All of the information relating to
Williams John and his family has been provided by Laurna McKie in 2011.
For now though our interest returns toWilliam John's sister
Elizabeth born 1887. I do not think that
she ever married, no one seems to know and I certainly cannot find a
marriage that fits, but she did have seven children. Listed but not
necessarily in the right order they were:
Jean – Helen’s grandmother, born 15th Feb 1918 at Drummore,
Willie, James, Johnny, Elizabeth, Peggy, and Mary.
Jean, pictured below later in life, married Ian Caughie on 26th
September 1940 and the children from this marriage and their
descendants are covered in chapter one.
She passed 12th February 2006 at the age of 87, in fact she was 3 days
short of her 88 birthday. Shew was cremated on 16th February 2006 at
Masonhill Crematorium. Below is the service sheet.