Grace Govans and SamuelGalloway had seven children who survived to adulthood:
- James 1885 - 1951
- Grace 1888
- Sandy 1897 - 1952
- Nanny 1899
- Nellie 1902-1942
- Hannah 1903-1974
- Hugh 1912-1982
This means that Grace, their mother, had her first child at the age of 20 and her last child at 48.
Her husband Samuel died at the age of 61 on 17 August 1925 when the family were living at 9, Portland Row, Hurlford. Samuel had been ill for some time, he'd worked in the pits all his life and he had chronic bronchitis during his final 18 months. The bronchitis contributed to myocardial degradation - a weakening or deterioration or the inflammation of the heart muscle often caused by oxygen deprivation. It generally occurs as a result of obstruction of the blood supply and can trigger a heart attack.
Their second son, John, was born in 1926. I know that Isabella died before Sandy but as yet, can't find her death certificate. Sandy died on 23 August 1952 in Kilmarnock Infirmary, being looked after by my gran. Sandy lived at 114 Blair Ave. while my gran lived at 102 Blair Ave. He had cancer of the gall bladder and had had an operation two months before his death. My dad told me about his horse kicking him in the leg when the horse slipped one frosty morning., It never healed, turned gangrenous, my dad says that it would have been better if they had taken his leg off straight away. He went to visit his Uncle Sandy the night before he died and was greeted with, 'I told you not to come back here!' not wanting his young nephew to see him suffer anymore. A sad end.
My dad told me of how he went across the road to his gran's house in Blair Ave. before 8am one morning. Granny wasn't up yet but she told the 12 year old Robert to run back and get his mother because she hadn't heard any noise from Nellie's room and she felt sure she was dead. Sadly, she was right.
She died on 28 June 1942, only 40 years old from chronic myocarditis, brought on from a bacterial infection. The symptoms that Nellie suffered would have been severe fatigue, difficulty breathing and a rapid heartbeat. Dad says that in the months previous to her dying, Nellie had got very thin but the doctor just couldn't put his finger on what was wrong with her. Even these days, with all of the tests that can be done, this is still a difficult disease to diagnose.
More about Hannah, my gran, and the youngest of the family, Hugh, in a later post.