The first step was to download their marriage certificate to prove the parents of John.
|Marriage of John BUCHAN and Jessie BUCHAN |
(8 Nov 1883 - 4 Port Henry Lane, Peterhead (bride's home))
Then I located the family on the 1861 census. Christian was deceased and 2 of her sisters were living with Arthur - most likely helping with the 2 young children.
|Arthur BUCHAN and his young sons, John and Arthur on the 1861 census at 21 West Row, St Combs|
I suspected she died during childbirth but she actually died shortly before the census was taken of consumption and pneumonia.
|Death of Christian BUCHAN - 2 Mar 1861|
Roy lists other children of Arthur and Christian but mentions that he believes some are half brothers and sisters and therefore children of another union after Christian died. Before I look further into the BUCHAN - BUCHAN connection, I'd like to find out more about this second union.