Straight away, I wanted to find out who this little girl was and whereabouts of her mother. I managed to track down Grace's birth certificate and discovered that she was born at 7..30am on 11 July 1889 at Back Street, Kilmarnock. Her mother was Helen (Ellen) McGinn and Hugh Govans was her father.
Hugh and Ellen were married on 5 April 1889 at 3 Braefoot, Kilmarnock. Ellen was born on 17 November 1871 and was originally from Galston. She was a spinner in a mill. Her father was Robert McGinn, a pit roadman and her mother was Grace McGinn, m.s. Hargrove.
Why was Hugh living with his sister and daughter in Hurlford in 1891 when he had so recently married Ellen McGinn? Had Ellen died? Had they divorced?
By 1901, Hugh is still boarding with his sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Thomas Wallace at 12, Back Portland Row, Hurlford but is now listed as a widow and although there is a child called Grace living with them, she has a different date of birth - 1892.
Life had changed greatly for Hugh by 1911. He married again in 1908, this time to a much younger woman called Susan from Belfast. In 1911, Hugh was 42 and Susan only 23. They had two children together, Hugh, born 1909 and Susan, born 1911. Their eldest child was born in Crookedholm and Susan was born at 32, Richardland Road, Kilmarnock
What happened to little Grace? I'm not sure, but I think perhaps Ellen and Thomas kept her as their own and the date of birth in the census may be inaccurate. Perhaps.
I'm also not convinced that Hugh was a widow....or that Ellen McGinn was dead but more to come on that story!
Sadly, Hugh died in 1919 so he didn't have too many years together with Susan.
More research, as ever, needed on this family!