Kin & Roots

My Great Grandparents

John & Annie

My Great Grandparents John and Annie were married on the 9th of October 1862 at Cullen. John was 24 and Ann 25. Like his late father Alexander (died between 1854 and 1861, no records found) John was a fisherman by trade, and lived at home in Seatown, Cullen.
Ann Findlay was the daughter of fisherman James Findlay and Sarah Lovie, living in Whitehills, Parish of Boyndie. They were married by George Henderson, the Parish minister of Cullen, with witnesses William Findlay and James Gardiner. Ann was probably illiterate, as she signed the protocol with an X. (BMD Cullen).

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John was born in Fordyce, Banffshire between 1838 and 1840 as the eldest son of Alexander Goodbrand and Janet Murray, Fordyce. After their marriage, John and Annie settled down in Whitehills, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Here they raised 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls (a girl Ann died 1 year of age in 1866). My Great Grandmother Margaret Jane Gordon Goodbrand was the youngest. She was born the 12th of January 1881. Here is a transscipt of the 1881 Census of Boyndie:

Address: 28 Shore Street, Whitehills (2 rooms) John Goodbrand, head of house, aged 40, fisherman, born Fordyce, Banffshire.

Annie Goodbrand - his wife, aged 42, wife, born Boyndie
James Goodbrand - son, aged 16, fisherman, born Cullen
Jessie Goodbrand - daughter, aged 13, scholar, born Boyndie
Ann Goodbrand - daughter, aged 11, scholar, born Boyndie
Jane Goodbrand - daughter, aged 9, scholar, born Boyndie
John Goodbrand - son, aged 6, scholar, born Boyndie
Alexander Goodbrand- son, aged 3, born Boyndie
Margaret Jane - daughter, aged 3 months, born Boyndie (my Grandmother)

According to this Census, 9 people were sharing two small rooms. At the Census 10 years later (1891), John had died two years earlier (1889), so Annie had two bring up 7 children by herself. My Grandmother was by then 10 years old. All children were still living at home and Annie had turned 50. It really must have been a tough time.

John died on the 13th of February 1889 at Whitehills, 51 years of age. Cause of death was aortic mitral valvular disease of the heart. He had been suffering from heart trouble for 8 months prior to his death. His eldest son James (23) signed his death certificate with an X.

Annie Findlay (or Goodbrand) died on the 4th of December 1913 at 1 Fountain Street, Banff, at the age of 79. This must have been the house of her daughter Margaret Jane and her son-in-law George (my Grandparents), as my mother Jessie was born in the same house 6 years later. Informant at her death was her youngest son John (38), living in Whitehills. Cause of death was senile decay, fracture of neck of femur.