1,269 baptisms at Hamsterley St. James in Auckland district, covering 1819-1856.
Residences mentioned besides Hamsterley include Bedburn, Brancepeth, Burnley Row, Butterknowle, Coldhurst, Coldsides, Copley & Copley Bent, Crane Row, Crook, Diddridge, Edge, Evenwood, Fitches, Folly, Haggerlees, Harthope Mill, Hedge Knowle, High Linburn or Lingburn, Hilltop, Hole Eel, Hoppyland, Kayslee (Kay’s Lea), Knave’s Mire, Lane House, Linburn or Lingburn, Littleburn, Marfine, Mayland, Middlestone, Morley, Newhall, Pennington, Podge Hole, Pooltree, Potters Cross, Rackwood Hill, Ravensford, Redgate Shield, Rootford (Redford), Rowntree, Rumby Hill, Shipley, Shull, Snape Gate, Softley, Southside, St. Helen Auckland, Stonechester, Wailesfield or Wales Field, Washbeck, Weather Hill, West Hoppyland, West Mayland, West Pits, Wham, Witton-le-Wear, Wolsingham, and Woodland.
Sample baptisms – a few have birth dates:
- 17 Jan 1819 Anthony Vasey, of Hamsterly, son of Joseph (cordwainer) & Martha Vasey
- 27 Jan 1824 Harriet Skelton, of Bedburn, born 18-May 1823, daughter of Samuel (forgeman) & Mary Skelton
- 15 Sep 1844 John Coulthard, of Hamsterley, born 21-Nov 1790, child of George (butcher) & Ann Coulthard
- 13 Apr 1856 Joseph Wilkinson, of Podge Hole, child of Hugh (farmer) & Phoebe Wilkinson
Baptisms of adults often contain information that pertains to the adult’s occupation and abode rather than the father’s. In the third baptism, note that John Coulthard was almost 54 years old when he was baptized. The 1841 census shows John, age 45 (which means 45-49 since ages were rounded down to the nearest 5 years in the 1841 census; he is really 50 if his birth date is accurate). He is a butcher, living at Hamsterley, so the occupation and abode probably refer to John rather than his father, although of course his father George might also have been a butcher living at Hamsterley.