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8 The Grassick Family
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8 The Grassick Family

The Grassick Family

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Margaret Isabella Glennie of Cottown (born 22.04.1830 at Heughhead) was the first child of John Glennie and Jane Bremner. At age 28 years she married Alexander Grassick (born 13.06.1825) of Strathdon on 16.04.1858. He was a farmer and resident of Parkvilla. They seemingly made their home and continued to spend the rest of their lives in the Strathdon district.

The children of Margaret and Alexander all born at Parkvilla, in order of birth were:

Jean Grassick - 07.01.1859
James Grassick – 09.10.1860
Margaret Grassick – 04.11.1862
John Grassick – 25.10.1864
Mary Jane Grassick – 19.08.1866
Alexander Grassick – 02.08.1868
Isabella Ann Grassick – 05.08.1870
William Glennie Grassick - 20.09.1872
Charles Wattie Grassick – 17.08.1875

Little more than a year after the birth of their last child Charles Wattie Grassick, tragedy struck the family when father Alexander died on the 10.12.1876 aged 51 years leaving Margaret a widow. The death of Alexander Grassick occurred somewhere between 6.30pm on the evening of 9th December and 10.30 am on the morning of 10th December when his body was found in a ditch on the side of the road near Parkvilla. The cause of death was drowning. (See newspaper report above)

While some children must have been working one could imagine that for Margaret now a widow with a large family at times life would not be easy. Unlike today’s world there was no welfare handout.

The Census of 1881 gives some clues to her circumstances where she is recorded living at Roughpark adjacent to Parkvilla with all her 9 children. She is the head of the family has a farm of 126 acres and is employing 3 men, 2 women and 1 girl.

Eldest daughter Jean, unmarried, had a child Annie Grassick Shearer (22.08.1877 - 19.09.1941) to William Shearer (13.10.1849 - 01.02.1894) and was living at the same Parkvilla address as Margaret Grassick, Jean her mother and Jean's other siblings in 1881. Annie married William Ogston (1876 - 17.05.1945) on 08.03.1901 and they had a child Alexander Carle Ogston (1905 - 1987).

Margaret Isabella Grassick (nee Glennie) died 14.02.1906 aged 75 years. Her death is recorded at Kennethmont and she is interred at Strathdon.

Grassick siblings:
Jean Grassick (07.01.1859 - 06.10.1941) married James McIntosh (born 25.06.1861) on 04.06.1886 at Parkvilla, Strathdon. She had two further children, James McIntosh (born 24.09.1886) and Donald McPherson McIntosh (1890 - 1915). The 1901 Census records her living at Towie with husband James a gamekeeper, sister Margaret and sons James and Donald. Jean died on 06.10.1941 aged 82 years.

James Grassick (09.10.1860 - 06.06.1943) married Annie McRobert (1869 - 1955) on 13.09.1895. They had three children:- James Alex (1896 - 1980), Mary Ann (1904 - 19.01.1972) and John McRobert (1906 - 12.05.1974). James and Annie with their family were resident in Roughpark and their deaths were recorded at Sleepytown / Kennethmont, Aberdeen. All are interred in the Insch Kirkyard

Margaret Grassick (04.11.1862 - 01.04.1945) married Charles John Chree (20.07.1864 - 13.04.1945) in 1918. She was aged 56 years. Two children to Charles Chree were traced:- John Chree (26.05.1905 - 13.05.1979) and Catherine Innes Chree born 24.11.1902. Their mother was not Margaret Grassick. Margaret died of carcinoma of the breast and is interred in the Glenbuchat Kirkyard

John Grassick (25.10.1864 - 05.05.1889). He never married and died after being knocked down by a horse and then run over by the cart being pulled by the horse. The accident occurred on the road in front of his residence at Parkvilla (see newspaper report above)

Mary Jane Grassick (19.08.1866 - 26.05.1952) Strathdon and was witnessed by his mother.
Strathdon, married Henry Robertson (30.09.1867 - 09.01.1949) on 05.12.1890. In the 1891 Census he is listed as a shoemaker. (Photo above)

Mary Jane Grassick
Mary Jane and Henry Robertson had three children:
Henry James (1896 - 1946),
John Alexander (1898 - 05.09.1981
Margaret Glennie Robertson (born 13.05.1891- 17.05.1939 ... died in India)).

Henry died without issue.
Johnhad a son Gordon Robertson (1921 - 1982).
Margaret had a daughter Mary Jane Duncan in 1918. She married John Toner in 1921 and had a son Forbes Toner in 1922.
(Photo above)

Mary Jane and Henry Robertson moved to Hamilton, Lanarkshire where Henry was recorded as a miner. The town of Hamilton in South Lanarkshire is best remembered by one of the most bizarre episodes of WWII when Hitler's deputy and confidant Rudolf Hess, the man who wrote Mein Kampf as Hitler dictated it, flew a Messerschmidt 110 across the North Sea and parachuted into Scotland on May 10 1941, to negotiate a peace settlement.
The Robertsons retired to Waulkmill, Premnay in Aberdeenshire where Henry died in 1949 aged 83 years. Mary Jane continued to live with her son in Hamilton until she died in 1952 aged 86 years. They are interred in the Insch Kirkyard .

Alexander Grassick was born 02.08.1868, at Strathdon. He married Mary Duguid (born 13.07.1874) on 25.07.1894 of Ellon, Aberdeen. There was one child Ethel Mary Margaret Grassick (1895 - 1973). Mary died 12.03.1926 aged 51 years in London. Alexander died in 1953 aged 85 years

Isabella Ann Grassick was born 05.08.1870, Strathdon. She died on 23.05.1945 aged 75 years at Waulkmill, Premnay, Aberdeenshire. She never married and her occupation was listed as home duties

William Glennie Grassick was born on 20.09.1872 Strathdon. His occupation was recorded as farmer. He married Helen Christina Sharp aged 24 years on 17.06.1905. William died on 18.07.1940, Rayne, Aberdeen. Helen died at West Lodge, Oyne, Aberdeen in 1948. (Photo above)

William and Helen Grassick had 5 children:
William, James Smith Grassick (1905 – 05.01.1987),
Nora Margaret Jane Grassick,
Alexander Grassick,
Edward Glennie Grassick (15.03.1913 – 13.04.1997)
Gordon McRobert Grassick (26.08.1925 – 29.03.1952

Nothing further is known of siblings William and Alexander. Nora was a noted singer on BBC radio.

James Smith Grassick with wife Margaret and family emigrated to New Zealand in the 1930’s. A son James Thomas Rennie was born on 28.08.1936. There was also a sister Heather and brother William John.

Edward Glennie Grassick married Christine Redford (born 03.03.1915) in 1947. A son, Edward Redford Grassick was born in 1948 and in 1949 the family immigrated to New Zealand where they made their home in Auckland
Edward (Snr) was a farmer. Edward’s (Jnr) wife is Barbara Mary Grassick from South Africa. Edward is step father to Barbara’s three children. They live at Herald Island in the upper Waitemata Harbour in Auckland. A daughter Lorna Grassick was born 1952 in New Zealand and became a Mrs Coleman. She lives in Mission Bay, Auckland. Lorna had a son Daniel Andrew Coleman born 01.07.1981. Edward died on 13.04.1997 aged 84 years and Christine died on 26.02.1994 aged 78 years. Both were cremated at the Waikumete Cemetery in Auckland.

Gordon McRobert Grassick was killed in a motorcycle accident on 29.03.1952 at age 28 years and his ashes were interred in Plot 364, Rose Garden, Aramoho Cemetery, Wanganui. He is also commemorated on the family headstone in the Insch Kirkyard

Charles Wattie Grassickwas born 17.08.1875 at Strathdon and died on 12.09.1942 at Cushieston, Rayne, and Aberdeen. His occupation was given as farmer. He married Annie Lindsay on 28.04.1917. Annie was born 09.09.1884 and died on 17.03.1962 at Aberdeen aged 77 years. They had four children:

Charles Grassick (1913 – 14.02.1983),
Ernest Glennie Grassick (21.12.1918 – 26.12.1983),
Isobel Helen McGahey (nee Grassick 1917 – 2005),
John Lindsay Grassick (28.04.1922 – 05.04.1992 ..

Charles Grassick (1913 – 14.02.1983 aged 70 years) and his wife Theirza nee Cruickshank (1917 - 11.08.2011 aged 94 years) had no family. They are both interred in the Rayne Kirkyard.

Ernest Glennie Grassick married Susannah Love (25.11.1920 – 28.11.1973) on 23.07.1947 at Paisley. They had one son Glenn Grassick (born 03.03.1951). Glenn and his wife Patricia had two children Susannah Emily Grassick (17.10.1977 - 03.08.2000) and Mathew Charles Glenn Grassick (born 28.02.1980). They live near Cambridge, England. Patricia is the Seceretary of Peterhouse Colledge, Cambridge University and has worked in the Falkland Islands and the Antartica.

Isobel Helen McGahey (nee Grassick) married Robert William Alfred McGahey (25.04.1918 - 27.08.2006). They had a daughter Lindsay Cameron McGahey (born 14.09.1942) who married George Robert Gillespie (born 05.09.1942) and a son Mervyn Frederick William (born 04.06.1950) whose wife was Audrey Yvonne Carter (born 06.12.1952). (Photo above)

John Lindsay Grassickmarried Jessie Tewnion Catto (born 01.03.1921) on 03.12.1942 at Aberdeen. Their daughter was Lorna Ann Grassick born 09.08.1945 who a made 2nd marriage to Peter John Michell on 12.04.1985 in Bromsgrove, England. Lorna had children:- Alison Roberta Waters (born 1966) and Jeremy James Waters (born 1969). Alison became Alison Michell when adopted by Peter Michell.

In 2010 I was able to trace and correspond with Lorna Michell in Birmingham, England, our cousin Lindsay Gillespie in Carlow, Ireland and other members of the family in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. During 2013 with my wife Evelyn we meet many of them on our travels through New Zealand, and while staying with Lindsay and Lorna in Ireland and the UK.

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