Out of the multitudes of Alexander Hughans that seem to have existed in the Kirkmabreck Parish in the late 1700-early 1800s, I have had huge difficulties in pinpointing which one is the brother of my great-great-great grandfather Robert Alexander Hughan, who was born to parents Alexander Hughan and Agnes Herris in 1895.He had at least two siblings that are known of- Alexander born c. 1787, and Agnes born 1792. There may have been more siblings as there are numerous baptisms over a thirty year period with Alexander Hughan as the father, but there are only three children named whose parents were most definitely Alexander and Agnes Herris.
I have a 'gut' feeling that of several Alexander Hughans in contention for Robert's brother, this Alexander who married Jean Livingston just may be the one I'm looking for.
Alexander Hughan and Jean Livingston had four children that I am aware of from the records found on Scotlandspeople:
AGNES HUGHAN: baptised January 1, 1812, at Kirkmabreck. It was noted in the parish register that her parents were of 'Falbae'.
ALEXANDER HUGHAN: baptised on January 2, 1814, at Kirkmabreck, to Alexander Hughan and Jean Livingston of Creetown.
ROBERT HUGHAN: baptised on March 23, 1819,at Kirkmabreck. Parents Alexander and Jean were from Creetown.In the 1841 census, Robert was unmarried and 22 years old, working as an agricultural labourer for Kirkmabreck farmer James Ketterick. Robert Hughan married Jane Kennedy from Wigtown,and first born John Hughan was baptised at Wigtown on June 6, 1841. Two children were born to the couple while they lived in Creetown- James Hughan was baptised on August 13, 1843, and his sister Jane on August 14, 1845.
The 1851 census found Robert and his family living at 8 Duke Street, Creetown. He was working as an agricultural labourer, and his children were aged 10, 7 and 5.
By 1861 Robert was living at Back Road, Wigtown, with his wife Jane and Jane's mother,79 year old Elizabeth Kennedy, and working as a labourer.
Their eldest son, 19 year old John Hughan was working as a ploughman at Penninghame in Wigtownshire.
Fifty two year old Robert and Jane Hughan were still living at Back Street, Wigtown, at the time of the 1871 census. Robert was working as a labourer. Their eldest child John Hughan and his wife Elizabeth had a family of three children- 7 year old James; 5 year old Robert and Jane aged 1, and all were living at Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire, where their father was a farm servant.
John Hughan had married Elizabeth Davidson on July 25, 1861. Elizabeth was the daughter of farm servant John Davidson and his wife Eliza Clark.
JEAN GORDON HUGHAN: baptised on April 25, 1816, at Kirkmabreck. Her parents were noted as being 'of Creetown'.
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