- CH2/1057/3 Records of Kennethmont Kirk Session, 1792-1871
p. 170 1843 May 14
Compeared also Alexander Fraser and Helen Mackie who admitted they had been guilty also of the sin of uncleanliness owing to the youth of the parties and other circumstances the session considered it for … to allow all to be under church censure for some time.
CH3/1069/1 Kennethmont Free Church, United Free, Ardlair Church of Scotland, Minutes 1843-1921
P. 16 1843 October 8
Compeared Alexander Fraser a young unmarried man resident in Law and confesses having been guilty of the sin of fornication with Helen Mackie an unmarried woman. The case being known to be correctly stated, he was rebuked and …to appear an next meeting of session.
P. 18 1843 November 5
Compeared Alexander Fraser as cited at last meeting of session. On account of his youth this man never having been a communicant the session resolves to carry his case by reference to the presbytery for advice. After being seriously and affectionately exhorted to repentance he was cited to appear again at next meeting of session
P. 20 1843 December 3
The session then took up the case of Alex. Fraser. The moderator reported that the session has been enjoined to proceed in this case as they may deem fit. Taking all things into consideration they resolved to free him from church censure. Further, it did not appear to the session that his not having communicated could .. him from the privilege of receiving baptism to hi child provided he himself had been baptized and now made an intelligent profession of his faith. Being called in he was acquainted with the resolution of the session and after being admonished was absolved from church censure.
p. 190 1846 January 25
A certificate of poverty was granted to Helen Mackie to enable her to prosecute William Anderson with a .. to affiliate a child which she said she had by him.
ALEXANDER FRASER AND HIS FAMILY
A number of questions remain about events in the lives of Alexander and his family. Census records in Scotland were not as helpful as usual but some facts were gathered from Old Parish Records. It is a sure thing that he and Helen Mackie hahahad a child together, Annie Susan Beattie Fraser. It isn't certain whether they were married or for how long they might have remained married. The few records available here are confusing and a lack of knowledge about family customs in Scotland in the mid-1850s made it more difficult.
In the 1851 census, about eight years after Alexander's daughter Annie Susan was born, he is living with his stepmother and brother. His wife (?) Helen Mackie appears to be living with her son James Anderson and daughter Annie Susan Fraser. Both she and Alexander list their addresses as "The Law" which may be a small village or a farming (Kinnethmont is often spelled as Kennethmont.) This may or may not be meaningful. Records for Alexander have not been found past this point. He may also have eventually immigrated to the United States but has not been located.
As for Helen Mackie, she used "Mackie, her maiden name, throughout her life in Scotland. This was a common custom for women in Scotland and likely has no other meaning. She was first found in the 1841 census, single and living with a large group of people, some of whom are Mackies. In 1851 she is with her son James Anderson, age 9-10 and daughter Annie Susan Fraser, age 7. No information on the father of James Anderson is given so, whether Helen was married for a short period before she and Alexander came together, is unknown. James could possibly have been a foster child.
Annie Susan Beattie Fraser, daughter of Alexander and Helen, had married and given birth to three children. Her husband's name, in current family records, was given as Thain Fraser. The Old Parish Registers list her three children as being born to Annie alone. This apparently was not unusual: the father's name may be included in the Register but one should draw no conclusions if it was missing. Only two further references to Thain have been found while doing this tree. Annie's third child is named William Thain Fraser, born in late 1868. Years later, in the 1925 state census of Iowa in the United States, William lists the name of his father as "Thane Fraser." Annie's first son is named James Anderson Fraser, indicating that she and her brother had a very good relationship.
In 1872, five of these persons would immigrate to the United States, settling in Iowa. James Anderson, son of Helen Mackie, became the head of the household. His mother accompanied them but now gave her name as Ellen Anderson. Helen and Elln are often used interchangeably in Scotland. She would remain Ellen throughout the remainder of her life in the United States. It's not known why she now used "Anderson" as her surname. Her daughter Annie Susan Fraser would also accompany them as would Annie's two younger childlren. Annie's first child, James Anderson Fraser was not with them. He may have died earlier or remained in Scotland. No further records have been found on him.
In 1882, Annie Susan would marry again - a William McHugh who was a neighboring farmer. Once she disappeared from her first home in America where she had lived with her mother, brother, and two children, it became very difficult to find her. A search for an Anne from Scotland finally showed someone of this background to be in the same county. But this person listed a later year of birth. And there were so many Anne's from Scotland now in Iowa. That she was the right one was finally verified by looking at marriage record for Anne and William McHugh. The bride's name, written as Annie S. B. Fraseur, could be no one else.
From old parish records in Scotland, Annie most definitely was born in 1843, making her a number of years older than her husband, William. Further census reports after her marriage list her year of birth much later than 1843, possibly an effort on her part to seem closer in age to her husband. Annie and William would have four children.
Annie's brother, James Anderson, would soon marry as would her daughter and son. They all raised families.