Ovingham baptisms 1769-1789 and 1805-1840

3,891 baptisms at Ovingham St. Mary the Virgin in the Hexham district of Northumberland, covering 1769-1789 and 1805-1840, from the Bishop’s Transcript. We intend to fill the gap from 1789 to 1805 soon; we just need to check some sections against the register. Note that the 1805-1812 section includes all the delicious details about parents’ nativity and the child’s birth order.

Samples:

  • 15 Jan 1769 Phillis Short, of Pruddoe, daughter of Matthew & Sarah Short
  • 27 Dec 1789 Martha Crook, of Ovington, daughter of Cuthbert & Jane Crook
  • 3 Feb 1805 Robert Kirkup, born 29 Sep 1804, 4th child of John Kirkup ([native] of Whickam) by his wife Hannah Marshal ([native] of Houghton lee Spring)
  • 31 Jul 1809 Matthew French, born 8 Jan 1809, 11th child of John French ([native] of Warden) by his wife Jane Clarke ([native] of Newbrough)
  • 15 May 1825 John [Bewicke/Walton], illegitimate son of Michael Bewicke & Isabella Walton
  • 27 Dec 1840 Jonathan Forster Gardner, of Wylam, child of Nicholas (labourer) & Mary Gardner

Abodes mentioned besides Ovingham (some in County Durham across the River Tyne) include Broad Oak, Broomhouses, Cherryburn, Crook-hill, Duke’s Hagg, Edgewell, Eltringham, Fowlan’s or Fulan’s Moor, Hallyards, Harlah-hill or Harlow-hill, Hedley , Hedley Fell, Hedley Fell Engine, Hedley Mill, Hedley Wood, High Barns, Highbarns, Hole-house, Hollin Hall, Horsley, Jon’s Wood or Ion’s Wood or Hyons Wood, Kyo Bog, Laker Hall, Leadgate, Masters Close, Mickley, Mickley Grange, Monthewly or Mount Huley, Nafferton, Ovingham Boathouse, Ovington, Oxclose, Pruddoe or Prudhoe, Pruddoe Castle, Riding, Rift, Rouchester or Rudchester, Spittle, Stank Well, Stelling Edge, Welton, Welton Mill, Whittle, Woodheads, Wylam, and a lot of names starting with Wylam: Wylam Boathouse, Wylam Engine, Wylam Hills, Wylam March, Wylam Newrift or Rift, Wylam Scar, and Wylam Wood.

There was a confusingly-named abode in these records, called variously Jon’s Wood, Jonswood, Ion’s Wood, Ionswood, Hyon’s Wood, and Hyonswood, with certain families listed at all these variations over the years. I poked around and found the following bits of data that helped me conclude that these were all the same place:

  • Jonswood was listed in various censuses in Mickley township.
  • On the 1769 Armstrong’s map, Jon’s Wood is shown just northeast of Hedley, toward Prudhoe; on a modern map, Hyons East Wood and Hyons West Wood are in the same location.
  • In 1907, the book Northern Notes and Queries, Volume 1 stated: “Ion’s Wood is now called Hind’s Wood.”

Escomb baptisms 1546-1764, burials 1543-1764, marriages 1543-1812

At Escomb St. John in Auckland district:

  • 851 baptisms from the beginning of the first register in 1546 to the end of 1764
  • 578 burials from the beginning of the first register in 1543 to the end of 1764
  • 266 marriages from the beginning of the first register in 1543 to the end of 1812

All of these meet up with where our previous online collection started for this parish, so we now have continuous runs with no transcription gaps.

The village of Escomb is on the south bank of the Wear, a couple of miles north west of Bishop Auckland. Etherley Lane (called Edderley and sometimes Aderley in the earliest records) is a run of houses in Escomb township adjoining Etherley village. Other abodes mentioned include Bishop Auckland, Fellside, St. Andrew Auckland, St. Helen Auckland, Witton-le-Wear, and Woodside (a village adjoining Witton Park, about a mile from Escomb.) Starting in 1738, abodes are listed in nearly all of these records.

The first 2 pages of the baptism register are in very poor condition, partly torn and very faded and difficult to read. Mothers (other than single mothers) start appearing sporadically in 1759. Here are some sample baptisms:

  • 21 Oct 1549 George [Herison/Todd], bastard son of Ralphe Herison & Genet Todd
  • 4 Oct 1644 Margaret Smurfoote, daughter of Humfrey Smurfoote
  • 20 Jan 1751 Hannah Waugh, of Bishop Auckland, an adult, aged 16
  • 18 Mar 1764 Ann Hope, of Edderly, daughter of Philip & Elizabeth Hope

In the marriage register, there are numerous single years and small groups of 2 to 4 years where no marriages are shown. There are longer gaps (no marriages) for these periods: 1556-1571, 1640-1648, 1653-1661. Witnesses are listed starting in 1754. Here are some samples:

  • 4 Apr 1583 Henrye Cathricke married Agnes Todd
  • 29 Jan 1671 Thomas Smurthwaite married Jane Rawh
  • 19 Jun 1763 William Moody, of the parish of Sedgefield married Eleanor Simpson, of this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: George Moody, Thomas Johnson
  • 27 Jun 1812 Robert Harrison, of this parish married Sarah Booth, of this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: Alice Booth, Robert Peacock

There are no burials in the burial register in the following periods: Oct 1548 to May 1554, Aug 1554 to Sep 1571, Mar 1657 to Dec 1661, plus numerous single-year or two-year gaps. Many burials give the name of a parent or husband. Here are some sample burials:

  • 1 Jul 1545 Jenet Mason
  • 4 Dec 1601 John Tuward, of Morley, son of Lavericke Tuward
  • 7 Jul 1671 Elianor Spark, of Edderly, wife of Raiph Spark
  • 6 Jan 1744 Elizabeth Garry, of Escombe, daughter of William & Elizabeth Garry

Before the early 1500s, Escomb was a chapelry in the parish of St. Andrew’s Auckland, served by a tiny Saxon church, built around 675, which today is considered to be one of the most complete Saxon Churches in Europe. Escomb St. John’s was built in 1863 and became the parish church because the Saxon church was too small (it seated only 65 people).

Lamesley baptisms & burials 1730-1765, marriages 1689-1764

At Lamesley St. Andrew in Chester-le-Street district:

  • 2,317 baptisms from 1730 to March 1765 inclusive
  • 1,138 marriages from 1689 to the end of 1764
  • 1,690 burials from 1730 to March 1765 inclusive
  • All of the above met up with our previous transcriptions of this parish, which began in late March 1765
  • Added 17 burials between 1765 and March 1802. Our original transcription was from the Bishop’s Transcript, which did not contain these burials. We have also checked every burial in this section against the parish register and added details that had been omitted in the BT (such as occupations and parent or spouse names) to many burials. If you purchased a burial at Lamesley in this period, you should click My Account and then the My Orders tab to see if any additional details have been added.
  • Added 22 baptisms between 1765 and 1797 inclusive, which were not in the Bishop’s Transcript but were in the register (conversely, the BT has baptisms that are not in the register, which we already had online). We have also checked every baptism in this section against the register and have emailed correction notices to purchasers of records that have changed.

This is an important data set because Lamesley was never indexed by FamilySearch, so much of this information may be new to many researchers.

Abodes mentioned besides Lamesley include Bainsley Lane, Birchheads or Birkheads, Birtley, Blackburn Mill, Boggle Hole, Bounder House, Burdon Moor, Chowdean or Chowdon, Chowdon Fell, Coal Flatt, Cow Close, Cox Close, Eighton Banks, Farn Acres, Fugar House, Gateshead Fell or Gateside Fell, Greenwell House, Harley Green, Hedley, Kibblesworth, Long Acres, Loosing Hill, Low Eighton, Newcastle, North Ends, Penny Fine, Ravensworth, Redheugh, Satwellside or Saltwellside, Southren’s Shop or Suthrine Shop, Street Gate, the West Fell, Tinker Row, Trench Hall, Waisting Row or Westing Row, West House, and White House.

Sample baptisms:

  • 6 Jan 1730 Eleanor Boag, of ye Castle Wood, child of Hugh Boag
  • 12 May 1743 Frances [Lawson/Dodds], bastard of Mr. John Lawson (of Old Moor in the parish of Bedlington) begot of the body of Isabell Dodds
  • 27 Jan 1765 George Moralee, of Ravensworth, son of William Moralee

The baptism register included a page of dissenter’s births, such as this one:

  • 1776 Agnes Prowd, born 1-Apr 1776, daughter of George Prowd (papist)
    [Note: this record and records for other children in this family are on a single page headed “A Register of the Births of children whose parents dissent from the Church of England within the Parish of Lamesley”, placed at the end of the baptism register for 1730-1797]

In the marriages, witnesses start appearing in May 1754. Sample marriages:

  • 21 Nov 1689 William Winter, of Ryton married Ann Bambridge, of Lamesley
  • 1 Aug 1701 John Maugham married Ann Wallas, a Clandestine Marriage
  • 27 Dec 1731 John Dagg married Sarah Coxon, of Tanfield
  • 30 Dec 1754 Thomas Weers, of the chapelry of Tanfield married Ann Summersides, of this chapelry, by banns
    Witnesses: John Summersides, Joseph Elliot
  • 4 Aug 1764 George Barkis married Dorothy Peacock, both of this chapelry, by banns
    Witnesses: Henry Peacock, Thompson Stevenson

Sample burials – abodes are listed sporadically (strangely, more often when there was not a parent or spouse listed, or if the burial was of an unnamed child). Starting in 1755, abodes are present in nearly all burials:

  • 13 Feb 1730 Anthony Kirkhouse, of Tinker Row
  • 30 Sep 1730 [blank] Bell, of Cow Close, child of Alexander Bell
  • 6 Feb 1733 Jane Liddell, wife of Edward Liddell
  • 22 Oct 1741 Thomas Labourn, son of Joseph Labourn
  • 23 Sep 1752 Phebe [Bonnar], of Kibblesworth, the Lady of of Mr. William Bonnar (esquire)
  • 3 Apr 1760 Joseph Kennaby, of Bogal Hole, son of Andrew Kennaby
  • 24 Mar 1765 Mary Urwin, of Greenwell House, wife of Thomas Urwin

This sad burial encompassed several fathers and their sons:

  • 12 Jun 1757 Paul Gardiner, of Cow Close, son of Paul Gardiner, these[13] men and boys were suffocated by fire, in a pitt called Whin in Ravensworth South Field

Ovingham burials 1762-1797

1,751 burials at Ovingham St. Mary the Virgin in the Hexham district of Northumberland, covering 1762-1797

Ovingham is across the River Tyne from the Durham parishes of Medomsley and Ryton, so there was quite a bit of movement between those parishes and Ovingham. Abodes include Acomb in Bywell parish, Bearl in Bywell parish, Broad Oak, Broomhouses, Cherryburn, Crawcrook in Ryton parish, Crook-hill, Dammills, Edgewell, Eltringham, Hallyards, Harlah-hill or Harlow-hill, Hedley , Hedley Fell, High Barns, Highbarns, Horsley, Jon’s Wood or Ion’s Wood (now Hyons Wood), Mickley, Mill Moss, Nafferton, Newcastle upon Tyne, Ovingham, Ovingham Boathouse, Ovingham Wellburn, Ovington, Peepy in the parish of Bywell St Peter, Pruddoe, Pruddoe Castle, Rouchester [Rudchester], Ryal in Stamfordham parish, Ryton parish, Spittle, Swalwell, the Hagg, Welton, Welton Mill, Whittle, Woodheads, Wylam, Wylam Boathouse, and Wylam March.

Sample burials – a few ages were stated (typically for persons whose age exceeded 90), and most of these burials list a parent, spouse, occupation, cause of death, or description of some sort:

  • 25 Jan 1762 Elizabeth Gardener, of Rouchester, a poor old widow
  • 21 Jan 1767 Dorothy Weer, of Ovington, daughter of John & Deborah Weer, dyed in the small pox
  • 19 Feb 1767 Rowland Thompson, of Wylam, age: 98, an old man
  • 1 Dec 1772 Mary Urwin, of Hedley, wife of George Urwin
  • 9 May 1784 Isabella Broad, of Wylam, daughter of Charles & Ann Broad
  • 12 Dec 1797 Joseph Bell, of Prudhoe, 1st son of William & Mary Bell

On November 17, 1771, a rapid and large amount of rainfall caused massive and sudden flooding along the River Tyne, resulting in 8 burials at Ovingham like this one:

  • 19 Nov 1771 Isable Heppel, of Ovingham Boat-house, servant to John Johnson of Ovingham Boat-house, [one of] all these eight persons were drowned when the Boat-house was swept away by an inundation of water on Sunday the 17th Inst about one o’clock in the morning & 2 men were saved on trees.

The Boat-house was the home of the boatman who operated the ferry across the Tyne between Ovingham and Prudhoe. John Sykes, in his book “Local records; or, Historical register of remarkable events: which have occurred in Northumberland and Durham”, Volume 1, published in 1833, describes the event as follows; “The tragical fate of the persons in the boat-house at Ovingham was truly heart-rending. When the water entered the house, there were ten people in it, John Johnson, the boatman, his wife and two children, his mother and his brother, his man and maid servants, with a young man from Prudhoe and a labouring man named George Simpson. On their perceiving the danger they were in, they all went upstairs, and as the water advanced, they ascended nearer the roof of the house, till at last they were obliged to break through the wall into the stable that was built at the end of the dwelling house, thinking it a place of greater safety, both by its strength and situation, and made themselves a temporary place to sit on, by putting a deal and a ladder betwixt the building balks, and there they remained until one o’clock in the morning, at which time, perceiving the dwelling house gone, and the stable beginning to give way, they got on top of the stable, when three of them climbed up to the chimney pot, viz. George Simpson, the young man from Prudhoe and the boatman’s brother. The boatman, his wife, mother and two children, and the man and maid servants remained as before, when in an instant, the building fell, and they were all swept away by the torrent, and carried down with the thatch, etc., for near 300 yards into the wood where the boatman, his brother, and maid servant got upon trees, and continued in that situation ten hours before they could be relieved, and the maid died soon after she got to land. The unhappy husband, when he seized the tree with one hand, caught his wife with the other and, after holding her a few minutes, she was wrested from him in fifteen feet depth of water, and in the midst of rapid current. The wretched husband and his brother were the only survivors left out of the ten persons to relate the sad catastrophe.”

In the grounds of the old vicarage at Ovingham, you can see the height of that flood marked on the garden steps. The level was reported to be six to eight feet higher than the previous high-water mark.

Winston marriages 1574-1797

377 marriages at Winston St. Andrew in the district of Teesdale, from the beginning of the first register in June 1574 to the end of 1797. These met up with our existing collection, which previously started in 1798, so we now have marriages here from 1574 to mid-1837.

No marriages are recorded in the register between 23 Nov 1619 and 27 Nov 1631, and there is no explanation for this in the register. There are also numerous single years in which no marriages were recorded, which is not terribly surprising as Winston was a fairly small parish.

Abodes mentioned besides Winston include Barford, Barnard Castle, Cockfield, Darlington, Forcet, Gainford, Newsham, St. Andrew Auckland, Staindrop, Westholm, Whorlton, and Wycliff, with some of these being across the border in Yorkshire.

Sample marriages:

  • 18 Jun 1574 Michaell Morton married Alice Pearson
  • 5 Jun 1700 Lancelot Croft, of ye parish of Masham in ye county of York married Margaret Emmerson, of Winston
  • 13 May 1753 Matthias Deighton, of ys parish [this parish] married Mary Darnton, of ys parish [this parish]
  • 16 Apr 1796 George Wheatley, of Caldwell, in the parish of St John, Stanwix, Yorks married Margaret Moss, of Osmond Croft, in this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: Matthew Wheatley, John Wade

Note that “ys” and “ye” should be pronounced “this” and “the”, because the first character is not really a “y”. In 16th and 17th century printing and writing, a “y” was used to represent the ancient “thorn” character, which in turn represented the “th” sound. Literate people of that era knew to pronounce “ye” as “the” without giving it any thought; modern folks often err by saying it as “yee”. We considered transcribing these words as “this” and “the”, but that felt like too much modification of the record, plus we find “ys” and “ye” lend a nice old-fashioned air, so we left it “the way it looks” and added annotations for “ys”, which is not as familiar to most people as “ye”.

Bishopwearmouth Cemetery burials 1925-1929

6,964 burials covering 1925-1929 at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery in Bishopwearmouth, civil district of Sunderland, county of Durham. Abodes mentioned besides street addresses in Bishopwearmouth include Fulwell, Newcastle, Ryhope, South Hylton, and Southwick.

Because these are cemetery records rather than church burials, there is usually either an occupation, parent, or spouse listed in the record, and sometimes the cause of death. Here are some samples:

  • 1 Jan 1925 Edward Swift, age: 63, shoemaker, died at the Poor Law Institution
  • 12 Feb 1927 Alice Hindmarch, of 4 Back Hopper Street, age: 15, daughter of James Hindmarch
  • 20 Oct 1928 John Cuthbert Frame, age: 57, labourer, killed on the railway at Grangetown
  • 31 Dec 1929 Elizabeth Ann Lawson, of 16 Plantation Road, age: 60, wife of Hodgson Lawson

Marriage licence allegations (bonds) 1831-1837

3,337 marriage licence allegations, commonly known as marriage bonds, filed in the Diocese of Durham between the beginning of 1831 and the end of 1837. The allegation is a request for a licence to marry, containing a formal statement made by the groom (or sometimes the bride) that there is no impediment to prevent the marriage from taking place. (For example, the groom is not already married to someone else, and is not too closely related to the bride.)

Marriage allegations often provide ages, occupations, and place of residence for the bride and groom, and sometimes the name of a parent or guardian of a minor, during the period before 1 July 1837 when marriage registers did not provide that information. It can be very useful to find a marriage allegation like the samples below, supplying ages or family relationships:

  • 3 Apr 1831 George Wood (bachelor, clerk curate of Ingram, M.A.), age 21 and upwards, of Ingram, Northumberland obtained a licence to marry Barbara Wealleans (spinster), age 21 and upwards, of Alwinton, Northumberland, directed to Alwinton
  • 16 Jul 1833 John Bulmer (widower), age 50 and upwards, of North Biddick, Washington obtained a licence to marry Margaret Cornforth (spinster), age 40 and upwards, of Bishopwearmouth, directed to Bishopwearmouth
  • 26 Nov 1836 William Wren (bachelor, grocer), age under 21, of Stockton-upon-Tees, son of Thomas Wren (miller, of Stockton, consents to the marriage), obtained a licence to marry Elizabeth Mills (spinster), age under 21, of Stockton, daughter of Thomas Mills (grocer, of Stockton, consents to the marriage), directed to Stockton

Keep in mind that an age of “21 and upwards” means the person could be well over 21; they are simply stating that they are of legal age to marry without parental consent. Even a stated age of “21” does not necessarily mean the groom or bride was exactly 21; in many cases, where we have corroborated a person’s age with other records, it seems to have been shorthand for “21 and upwards”.

Marriage bonds cover the entire Diocese of Durham i.e. Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, and the part of Cumberland around Alston. There are a few licences in our collection that were issued by the Diocese of York. Because bonds cover the whole diocese, there is no way to limit your search of bonds to a single district. If you select a district from the District menu, your selection will be ignored when the marriage bonds database is searched. Please read the Marriage Bonds section of the Transcription Samples page for a more complete description of what information is found in bonds, allegations, and associated documents, and how we present that information.

Longhorsley baptisms & burials 1769-1837, marriages 1791-1837

At Longhorsley St. Helen in the district of Morpeth, county of Northumberland:

  • 1,459 baptisms covering 1769-1837, including the wonderful detail-rich period of 1798-1812
  • 1,145 burials covering 1769-1837 – ditto for useful details
  • 231 marriages covering 1791-1837

Abodes mentioned besides the parish of Longhorsley include Abshields, Acton, Alnwick, Bedlington, Berry Hill, Black Callerton, Black Pool, Brinkburn, Cat-nook, Causey Park, Causey Park Bridge, Chevington, Chirm, Choppington, Coat Walls, Doe-hill, Earsdon, East Moor, Edlingham, Espley, Felton, Fenrother, Field-head, Font Green, Framlington, Gallow Shaw, Garret Lee, Gate-house, Gosforth, Gowk Hall, Hare Dean, Harelaw, Hartburn, Headlaw Wood or Hedley Wood, Hebburn, Helm on the hill, Heron’s Close, Higler, Hill-head, Horsley Bricks, Horsley Lane, Lambert Hill, Langshaws or Longshaws, Lime-kiln Field, Lincolm and Lincolm Field, Linden, Long Dyke, Longframlington, Mitford, Moor-hen, Morpeth, Netherwitton, Newcastle, Ogle, Park Head, Paxton Dean, Pigden, Ponteland, Rothbury, Ruffell, Rufflaw, Shawdon Wood House, Shilbottle, Shot Haugh, Small-burn, Southerd Edge, Stannington, Stanton, Thristley-haugh, Titlington, Todburn, Trewitt-lee, Tritlington, Tynemouth, Warkworth, West Moor, Whelmley Burn, Whittingham, Wingates, Witton Shields, Woodhorn, and Wreigh-hill.

In the baptisms, mothers are not listed until 1772, and then only sporadically until 1798 when they become regularly listed:

  • 20 Jan 1769 Matthew Softley, of Wingates, son of Thomas Softley
  • 12 Feb 1787 James Fraser, of Trewitly, son of Alexander Fraser, P [private baptism]
  • 25 Jun 1798 George Leighton, of Longhorsley, born 7 Feb, 1st son of Joseph Leighton (labourer) & Mary Tate (native of Embleton parish near Alnwick)
  • 25 Dec 1812 Ann Orange, 3rd daughter of James Orange (labourer, native of Earsdon parish) & Isabella Wanlass (native of Netherwitton parish)
  • 17 Jul 1825 Mary Ann Casley, of Moor-hen, daughter of Thomas (pitman) & Barbara Casley
  • 17 Oct 1837 Eleanor Ann Greason, of Longhorsley, daughter of George (carpenter) & Sarah Greason

Sample marriages:

  • 29 Nov 1791 George Usher, of Gosforth parish married Mary Aynsley, of this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: William Aynsley, James Ramsay
  • 13 Mar 1830 William Caseley (bachelor), of this parish married Ann Tweedy (spinster), of Whalton parish, by banns
    Witnesses: Thomas Caseley, John Potts Reed

Sample burials:

  • 1 Apr 1769 Jane Sproat, of Berry Hill, daughter of Henry Sproat
  • 13 Oct 1786 Elizabeth Bell, of Todburn, wife of Andrew Bell
  • 12 Dec 1804 Mary Edmondson, of Small-burn, age: 60, died 10 Dec, wife of J. Edmondson, dropped down dead upon the road near Muckley of an apoplexy
  • 17 Apr 1810 Barbara Patterson, of Longhorsley, age: 28, died 15 Apr, daughter of Robert Patterson (shoemaker) & Isabella Tully
  • 6 Jan 1815 Barbara Armstrong, of Morpeth, age: 104
  • 22 Oct 1837 William Ogg, of Longhorsley, age: 93

Durham St. Nicholas burials 1540-1731

6,899 burials at St. Nicholas in the city of Durham, from the start of the first extant register in September 1540 to early March 1731, which takes us up to the set of burials that we already had online for this church.

Three notations in the register record the start and finish of the plague in 1597. A note in May 1597 reads: “The great visitation in Durham did begin this year at this time”. The second note, after the end of the June entries, reads: “These following are the names of those that dyed in the visitation being in the Parish of St Nicholas in Durham”. The final note on page 106, before the entry of 17 July 1597 reads: “All these from Gilbert Smethers died in the visitation & were buried as aforesaid”.  Between the end of June and November, a total of 176 burials are recorded. The burial facilities were subject to strain, as evidenced by the entries indicating where people were buried: St Nicholas temple & churchyard; St Thomas Chapel; St Bartholomew Chapel, and on the moor.
Sample burials:
  • 20 Feb 1541 Michael Eland, sonne of Robert Eland
  • 29 Jul 1593 John Ingram, was hanged at Gateshead for treason
  • 17 Sep 1597 George Burdell, fuller, [buried on the] moore
  • 29 Aug 1599 Bryan Gant, with Francis Culley were hanged & buried post templum St. Nicholaii [St. Nicholas church]
  • 21 Aug 1603 Barbara Walton, wife of Hugh Walton (draper)
  • 27 Apr 1644 Grace Kirklie, wife of Thomas Kirklie (cordiner)
  • 11 Aug 1692 Thomazin Kirton, wife of Christopher Kirton, died in child bedd
  • 25 Sep 1715 Michael Shipley, an upholster
  • 14 Feb 1717 Mary Turner, daughter of Anne Turner, bastard
  • 4 Jan 1731 George Airson, son of Christopher Airson

Bishopwearmouth Cemetery burials 1915-1924

15,908 burials at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery in Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland district, covering 1915-1924. Abodes mentioned, besides street addresses in Bishopwearmouth, included Deptford, Fulwell, Newcastle, South Hylton, and Southwick.

Because these are cemetery records rather than church burials, there is usually either an occupation, parent, or spouse listed in the record, and sometimes the cause of death.Here are some samples:

  • 2 Jan 1915 Sarah Hannah Matthews, of 9 Chatsworth Street, age: 67, widow of Alfred Matthews
  • 13 Jun 1916 John Isherwood, of 86 Queen’s Crescent, age: 75, gentleman
  • 26 Mar 1917 Mary Levy, of 6 Oxford Street, age: 17, daughter of David Levy
  • 4 Jul 1918 John William Brew, of [blank abode], age: 44, soldier, died at the Jeffery Hall Hospital, Monk Street
  • 13 Sep 1919 David Ramsey, of 34 John Candlish Road, age: 81, brass finisher
  • 12 Jun 1920 Charles Gilmore Walker, of [blank abode], age: 32, turner, drowned off Marsden
  • 7 Mar 1922 Jane Hedley Scott, of 40 Mordey Street, age: 59, wife of George Scott
  • 20 Nov 1924 Margaret Lavelle, of [blank abode], age: 62, daughter of Patrick Lavelle, died at the Poor Law Institution

Of interest in this latest block is the influenza (‘Spanish flu’) pandemic of 1918-19 which killed tens of millions worldwide. You can read more about this in Wikipedia. Locally, the first wave of what appeared to be a quite normal form of influenza hit Sunderland in July and may have given at least a partial resistance to the second wave of the now-mutated and far more deadly disease which arrived at the end of November and stayed for about a month, only to reappear again in February. Look at the surges in burials:

  • Sep 1918: 116
  • Oct 1918: 115
  • Nov 1918: 218 — epidemic arrived near the end of Nov, so the death rate started rising and peaked in the following month
  • Dec 1918: 409
  • Jan 1919: 199
  • Feb 1919: 200
  • Mar 1919: 248
  • Apr 1919: 110

There was barely time to celebrate the end of the Great War on Armistice Day (11 Nov) before the epidemic arrived. Sadly, many soldiers, weakened by malnutrition, other diseases, and the stresses of war, succumbed to the flu and died in hospital in 1919, several months after the war had finished.

There was also this interesting burial, which we didn’t put online because it doesn’t have any searchable names, but I thought it was worth noting here:

  • 21 Apr 1923  Approximately 200 human remains from the Friends Burial Ground in Garden Street