Born: 18 March 1852, Footdee, Aberdeen
Death: West Hartlepool 11 September1931
Stranton Grange Cemetery Hartlepool buried in Plot
19 Row C No 768 in consecrated ground . No headstone
Married: 19 February 1877,Thornaby Parish Church, South
Occupation(s): SteamBoiler Maker, Iron Ship Plater, Ship Riveter
Alexander is my link back to Scotland.
The Scotland census records, through the decades of the 1800's, show Alexander's
father and grandfather as either 'White Fisher' or 'Pilot'.
By the late 1800's the fishing industry, with the advent of steam powered
trawlers, was becoming more industrial and the way of life was changing
for the fishing community. This may be why Alexander and brother Andrew,
as shown in the 1871 Scotland census, became 'boilermakers' rather than
fisherman. There was a shipbuilding industry in Aberdeen and this is where
Alexander and Andrew may have trained as boiler makers. Their trade was
their 'passport' to a new life south of the border. Alexander and Andrew
must have moved south sometime between 1871 and 1877 because Alexander
next 'shows up' in the Stockton area on a certificate recording his marriage
to Jane Morris in 1877 and Andrew married Elizabeth Scott in 1878 in Sunderland.
Alexander and Andrew both appear in the 1881 England census, Alexander
living in Thornaby, South Stockton.
The brothers were among the thousands of economic migrants to the Tees
and Tyneside area, which was then world leader of shipbuilding and enjoying
economic boom. Many people made the move from the poor fishing communities
along the east coast of Scotland and there was also a large influx from
Ireland, which was still recovering from the years of famine.
Alexander Baxter I
Birth 28 March 1852 Footdee
(my G G Grandfather)
Alexander Baxter II
Birth 1881 Thornaby
Died 1969 Hartlepool
Alexander Baxter III
Birth 17 Feb 1902 Hartlepool, Durham,
Death Mar 1969 Hartlepool
Alexander Baxter IV
Birth 30 Jun 1927 Hartlepool
Death 4 Jun 1985 Hartlepool
from local paper (Hartlepool)
Child moving while being photographed, I hope!