Information sought on Stoney ancestors

jeannette Fenney has emailed this newspaper from England, seeking information on two of her ancestors who were resident in the Stonehaven area.

She is looking for information on John Murray, born August 8 1837 at Dunnottar. John lived and worked all his life in the area.

He married Catherine Gove on the June 9 1860. She was from Hallhill where he was a ploughman. They had nine children together, Thomas being the last, born on February 13 1879.

Catherine died as the result of drowning only a few months after the birth of Thomas on September 9 1879. At this time John a was farm grieve at Chapel of Barras.

By the census of 1881 he was re-married to Mary Strachen and Mary had two sons Alexander and William.

The 1891 census records he was a farmer of Nether Cowiewells and living with his second wife Mary; there were no children recorded as living with them.

He died on August 29 1915 at the Watch House at Catterline.

Margaret Murray was the fourth child and the second daughter to be born to John and Catherine on March 17 1867.

Jeannette says that when Margaret was 18 years old, she gave birth to her grandfather, William on June 15 1885 at Alpity. She was not nor did she marry the child’s father.

The father‘s name on William’s birth certificate is Alexander Shepherd, his occupation was shepherd at the Leys of Barras.

In the 1891 census Alexander Shepherd is recorded as still living there with his wife Jane Masson whom he married on December 6 1889.

Jeannette says that coincidently, her Great Grandmother, Margaret Murray married George Berry that same day in the same parish. They were married only hours apart by the same minister.

She says that her father, who is now 90, visited the grave of his great grandfather John Murray as a boy, but can no longer remember where it is.

Anyone with any information on John Murray or Margaret Murray or who can help Jeannette in any way with her research should contact this newspaper and we will pass the material on.