Merrington marriages 1837-1862

253 marriages at Merrington St. John the Evangelist in Auckland district, from Sep 1837 to the end of 1862. This fills a gap we had, so we now have marriages here from the beginning of 1791 to the end of 1884.

These are fully-detailed civil-registration-era marriages with witnesses. For example:

  • 17 Nov 1838 William Flockhard (widower, pitman), age 42, of Ferryhill, son of William Flockhard (carrier), married Margaret Bell (widow), age 29, of Hett, daughter of John Ayre (papermaker)
    Witnesses: John Ayre, Jane Ayre

Residences mentioned include Brancepeth, Butcher Race, Chilton, Coxhoe, Crawley, Ferryhill, Hett, Hunwick, Leasingthorne, Merrington, Merrington Lane, Middlestone, Newfield, Tudhoe, and Westerton.

Gateshead burials 1559-1663: the plague years

6,702 burials at Gateshead St. Mary in Gateshead district, from the beginning of the register in Oct 1559 to 24 March 1663. Dates have been converted to the modern dating system (i.e. the new year starts on 1 Jan rather than 25 Mar, so all entries dated 1 Jan to 25 Mar are changed to the next year.) There are no burials recorded in the following periods:

  • 22 Mar 1585 to 1 Apr 1587
  • 10 Feb 1588 to 1 Jan 1608
  • 18 Mar 1622 to 6 Sep 1624

We cannot tell if these were separate registers which were lost, or perhaps some sort of chaos, such as war, disease, or the absence of a priest, kept the burials from being recorded during those periods.

Sample burials:

  • 2 Jul 1560 Kathren Church
  • 21 Apr 1574 Raph Daye, was slane in a collepit at Whickam
  • 9 Nov 1609 Dowsibell [Dulcibella] Walsh, plag[ue]
  • 7 Dec 1632 Sissaley Scrafton, wife of Richard Scrafton
  • 2 Aug 1635 Robert Day, a cordiner
  • 15 Jan 1651 Issabell Graime, wife of William Graime (blacksmith, decesed)
  • 1 Mar 1663 Ralph Newby, son of Nicholas Newby

The summer and fall of 1570 was a disastrous time for deaths from the plague in the Newcastle-Gateshead area. There was a suspiciously large number of men with the given name of Nicholas buried here during this period, sometimes in groups of several each day. We wonder if the priest simply couldn’t keep up with the large number of burials and perhaps put in “Nicholas” when he didn’t know or remember the given name of the deceased. Doesn’t this look suspicious to you?

  • 21 Oct 1570 Nicholas Kinge
    21 Oct 1570 Nicholas Lawer
    21 Oct 1570 Nicholas Oorged
    22 Oct 1570 Nicholas Perrith
    22 Oct 1570 Nicholas Stawart
  • 1 Nov 1570 Nicholas Colle
    1 Nov 1570 Nicholas Harrat
    1 Nov 1570 Nicholas Hodgshonne
    3 Nov 1570 Nicholas Midelton
    3 Nov 1570 Nicholas Perrith
    4 Nov 1570 Nicholas Stawart

Victims of the Great Plague of 1636 were given sequential numbers in the burial register to show how many plague deaths there were. The count goes to 200, but there were probably many more. The Monthly Chronicle of North-country Lore and Legend (W. Scott, 1891) says, “In Gateshead, with a population of only three or four thousand, there were 550 deaths.”  During the 8 months of 1636 that the plague was present in Newcastle, that town lost over 5,000 people out of about 30,000, so in each place, about one-sixth of the population disappeared within a few months. What devastation that must have caused to the families and economies of the area.

Easington burials 1758-1797, baptisms 1769-1797

At Easington (St. Mary the Virgin) in Easington district, from a combination of the Bishop’s Transcript and the parish register, for maximum detail:

  • 755 baptisms covering 1769-1797
  • 861 burials covering 1758-1797

The earlier burials don’t specify “son” or “daughter”; they just say “Henry of John White” or similar, so we have added “[daughter]” and “[son]” where the child’s gender was obvious from the name, and “[child]” if the gender was not obvious. For example:

  • 22 Jun 1759 Margaret Gregson, of Horden, [daughter] of John & Magdalen Gregson
  • 5 Mar 1768 Richard Tinmouth, of Shotton, son of Barbara Tinmouth (widow)
  • 2 Jul 1778 John Taylerson, of Shotton, the younger
  • 26 Jan 1788 Mary Brandling, of Gosforth House in the county of Northumberland, [daughter] of Charles Brandling (Esq. & M.P. for Newcastle upon Tyne)
  • 6 Aug 1797 Mary Usher, of Shotton, wife of John Usher

Before mid-1791, these baptisms also generally did not specify the child’s gender (except for some illegitimate children), so we have handled these in the same manner as the burials. For example:

  • 10 Aug 1769 Dorothy Hornsby, of Shotton, [daughter] of Robert & Hannah Hornsby
  • 24 Jun 1778 Thomas Kirby, of Easington, illegitimate son of Hannah Kirby
  • 13 Jun 1791 Sparke Glendenning, of Shotton, son of Henry & Dorothy Glendenning
  • 29 Oct 1797 William [Filbrook/Garthwaite], born 29-Sep, illegitimate son of Joseph Filbrook (of Winyard) & Mary Garthwaite (of Shotton)

Residences mentioned include Acre Ridge, Arch Deacon’s Lee or Archer’s Lee, Batter Law, Beacon House, Beggar’s Bush, Blue House, Coop House, Cow Close, Dean House, Easington, Easington Mill, Edderacres, Eden, Fallowfield, Fleming Field, Hall Field, Haswell, Haswell Moor, Hawthorn, Hawthorn Hithe or Hythe or Hive, Hawthorn Mill, High Beggar’s Bush, Horden, Horden Hall, Howletch, Kinley Hill, Lee House, Ling Close, Little Eden, Low Ground, Low Haswell, Low Hills, Ludworth, Mill Hill, Oakerside or Oakside, Peak House, Penny Butts, Pespool, Raisbeck House, Shotton, Shotton Mill, Shotton Moor, Tenless, The Lee, Thorp or Thorpe, Thorpe Moor, and Wardell’s Lee.

Here is a picture of Easington’s parish church:


Egglescliffe baptisms, burials, marriages 1752-1851

At Egglescliffe (St. John the Baptist), just upstream from Stockton-on-Tees, in Stockton district:

  • 1,426 baptisms covering 1752-1851
  • 989 burials covering 1752-1851
  • 275 marriages covering 1752-1812 and from mid-1837 to the end of 1851 (we already had 1813 to mid-1837 marriages online). All witnesses are included, and the post-1837 marriages are fully-detailed civil-registration-era marriages, with fathers, ages, marital status, and occupations (although most ages are stated just as “full age” i.e. over 21).

From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894:

“The village of Egglescliffe is situated on the steep and lofty northern bank of the Tees, and overlooks the curve on that river which nearly surrounds the peninsula upon which the town of Yarm [Yorkshire] is situated. A paper-mill was commenced here in 1830 by Charles T. Bainbridge & Sons, and is still carried on under the same name. Egglescliffe is connected to Yarm by a stone bridge, said to have been erected about the year 1400.”

Many residents of the Yorkshire towns and hamlets lying just across the River Tees used Egglescliffe as their parish church. Abodes mentioned besides Egglescliffe (many are in Yorkshire) include Aislaby, Billingham, Bridge End, Carter Moor, Egglescliffe Moor, Kirklevington, Lofthouse, Marton, , Middlesbrough, Middleton St. George, Moor Houses, Newsham, Newsham Moor, Pork Knowle or Portknowle, Preston, Stainton, Stockton, Trafford Hill, Urlay Nook, Whiteley Springs, Yarm, and Yarm Bridge End.

Sample baptisms:

  • 29 May 1753 Jane Sugget, of Egglescliffe, base begotten child of Esther Sugget
  • 15 Apr 1772 Thomas Duning, son of Shadrach Duning
  • 1 Jan 1795 Richard Brunton, of Egglescliffe, son of Matthew (gardener) & Hannah Brunton
  • 13 Jan 1805 George Spence, born 1 Oct 1803, 6th son of Edward Spence (husbandman, native of Winston) by his wife Margaret Buckton (native of Skelton, Yorkshire)
  • 23 Jul 1825 William Dickinson Emmet, of Egglescliffe, born 6-Oct 1822, son of Robert (merchant) & Elizabeth Emmet
  • 27 Feb 1844 Joseph Gilchrist Ramsey, of Egglescliffe, son of Joseph (wine merchant) & Jane Ramsey, private baptism – admitted publicly into the Church Sep 11th 1845

Sample marriages:

  • 15 Sep 1755 Robert Arnott (lieutenant by sea), of this parish married Thominson Coatham (spinster), of this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: Pexall Kitching, Jane Sowerby
  • 4 Jan 1812 Thomas Walker Elgie, of the chapelry of Brompton in the parish of Northallerton married Elizabeth Pybron (spinster), of this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: John Pybron, Rebecca Pybron
  • 26 Dec 1837 Michael Gent (bachelor, labourer), full age, of Aislaby, son of Michael Gent (labourer), married Mary Boddy (spinster), age: minor, of Aislaby, daughter of Henry Boddy (labourer)
    Witnesses: William Carter, Mary Mowbray

Sample burials:

  • 16 Sep 1752 Isabel Iley, of Egglescliffe, daughter of Matthew Iley
  • 16 Jan 1776 Thomas Appleby, flax dresser
  • 2 Feb 1798 Ann Appleby late Trenholm, of Stockton, age: 73, died Jan 31st, widow of Robert Appleby (farmer)
  • 27 Apr 1813 Peter Brunton, of Egglescliffe, age: 41
  • 14 Sep 1828 William Brunton, age: 17, Coroner’s Inquest – killed by lightening at Middlesbrough
  • 9 Jan 1844 William Chaytor, of Egglescliffe Bridge End, age: 96

Here is the church:

Hurworth baptisms, marriages, burials 1770-1812

At Hurworth All Saints in Darlington district, from a combination of the parish register and the Bishop’s Transcript for maximum detail, covering 1770-1812:

  • 970 baptisms
  • 243 marriages, plus banns called here but not married here (only one)
  • 704 burials

Hurworth was one of those parishes where the Bishop’s Transcript of the parish register sometimes contains more detail than the original register, especially in the early Barrington period. For example, in 1798-1799, the burial register continues the format of previous years, listing just the burial date and name of the deceased. The Bishop’s Transcript, however, adheres to the Bishop’s new directive and includes the age, death date, husband or parents, maiden surname, occupation, etc. It also has 2 burials in 1810 that are not in the original register. We have annotated the burials that have extra detail in the Bishop’s Transcript, like this:

  • 15 Jun 1799 Anne Wheat late Branson, of Hurworth, age: 74, died 13 Jun, widow of Leonard Wheat (weaver)
    [Note: The Bishop’s Transcript provides the death date, spouse, and other details, while the parish register gives only the name and burial date.]

Likewise, the baptism register for 1798-1799 lists only the names of the child & parents and the baptism date, but the Bishop’s Transcript includes the newly-required mother’s maiden surname, father’s occupation, birth places of both parents, and birth date of the child for most children. It also has 2 baptisms in 1799 that are not in the original register. We assume, in cases like this, that the clerk remembered these events or details when he created the transcript at the end of each year, or perhaps even interviewed the family members to gain the missing details. I suppose we will never know the circumstances, but it is always an interesting and welcome surprise when the BT contains more details than the original register!

As sample records, here are 3 generations of the Simon Wood family:

  • baptism: 28 Dec 1781 Simon Wood, son of Simon & Mary Wood
  • burial of a child of Simon & Mary above:
    4 Aug 1771 Dorothy Wood, daughter of Simon & Mary Wood
  • burial, likely of the father Simon above: 7 Apr 1784 Simon Wood
  • marriage, likely of Simon born 1781:
    17 Feb 1807 Simon Wood (weaver), of this parish married Mary Metcalfe, of this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: Edward Close, Dorothy Close, Rebecca Gascoigne
  • baptism:14 Apr 1811 Sarah Wood, born 21-Oct 1810, 2nd daughter of Simon Wood (weaver, native of the parish of Hurworth) by his wife Mary Metcalfe (native of the parish of Hipswell, Yorkshire)

In our existing collection of Hurworth baptisms and burials, which now covers 1770-1885, you can find baptisms of the rest of their children, and Simon’s burial in 1854, and you can also find Simon & Mary in the 1841 and 1851 census, all at Hurworth.

I liked this baptism just because it illustrates the sometimes harsh reality of rural life in the 1780s:

  • 8 Jan 1784 Michael Hammond, son of William & Tomison Hammond, born in this parish at the Bridge End, and baptized at Croft Church on account of the badness of the weather

Abodes mentioned besides Hurworth (some across the Yorkshire border) include Coatham, Croft, Darlington, Long Newton, Neasham, Sockburn, East Cowton, South Cowton, and North Cowton

Stockton Friends Burial Ground 1865-1897

A tiny collection of 45 burials at the Society of Friends (Quakers) Burial Ground in Stockton-on-Tees, Stockton district, County Durham. These are taken from the Bishop’s Transcript of the burial register. Burials start in 1865 and continue to 1897, but there is a gap in the register from 23 Dec 1878 to 28 Dec 1891.

Some people apparently died far away from Stockton but were returned here for burial:

  • 27 Jun 1868 Alfred James Dodshon, of Leytonstone, age: 18
    [Note: GRO death index gives district as Tendring, Essex.]
  • 19 Jul 1866 Jeremiah Barrett, of Birmingham, age: 72

but most lived and died locally. Abodes mentioned are Coatham, Norton, Stockton, and Thornaby.

Stockton St. Thomas burials 1859-1869

3,300 burials at Stockton St. Thomas in Stockton district, covering 1859-1869, filling a gap we had in burials at this churchyard. We now have all the burials here from 1762 through 1935.

The vast bulk of these people lived in Stockton, but other residences mentioned include Hartburn, Kirkleatham, Middlesbrough, South Stockton (Yorkshire), and West Hartlepool.


  • 4 Jan 1859 Thomas Wheatley, of Stockton, age: 61
  • 30 Dec 1869 Rosanna Golden, of Stockton, age: 27
  • 24 Jun 1866 Thomas Booth Atkinson, of Stockton, age: 12, Coroner’s Warrant

I got curious about the last one – why would the coroner have to look into the death of such a young person? Old newspapers came to the rescue and told the sad tale of how Thomas Booth Atkinson, son of a Stockton boat builder, was out sculling in a boat in the middle of the River Tees with some friends, when his oar slipped out of its lock and he was thrown into the water and drowned. His body was recovered shortly afterwards. How very sad for his family! We have his baptism at Christ Church, West Hartlepool:

  • 8 Sep 1854 Thomas Booth Atkinson, of Johnsons Bldgs., born 20 Aug 1854, child of Thomas (boatbuilder) & Mary Atkinson, P. [private baptism]


St. John Lee baptisms & burials 1837-1858

At St. John Lee, whose church is dedicated to St. John of Beverley, in the Hexham district of Northumberland, from the Bishop’s Transcript with questionable entries checked against the parish register:

  • 1,142 baptisms covering 1837-1858
  • 655 burials covering 1837-1858

There is no village called St. John Lee. The parish church is in the township of Acomb, between the communities of Acomb and Bridge End on the north bank of the River Tyne, about 20km east of the border with County Durham. Residences mentioned include Acomb, Acomb Colliery, Acomb Fell, Acomb Forge, Acomb Gate, Acomb High Barns, Acomb Mill, Anick, Anick Grange, Beaufront, Beaufront Wood Head, Bewclay or Beukley, Bingfield, the Brewery, Bridge End, Broom Park, Broomhaugh, Brunton, Chollerford, Coat Houses, Cocklaw, Codlaw Dean and Codlaw Hill, Coldwell or Colwell, Corbridge, Erring Bridge End, Errington, Fallowfield, Fawcett and Fawcett Hills, Fences, Fern Hill, Garden House, Green Field, Halway Pit, the Hermitage, Hexham, High Warden, Humshaugh, Keepwick, Linnels, Low Barns, Newcastle, New Rift, Newton, Okerlund, Old Bridge End, Peaslaw Gate, Plain Trees or Plane Trees, Portgate, Quatre Bras, Riding, Sandhoe, St. Oswald, Stagshaw, Stagshaw Bank, Wall, Wall Mill, and West Oakwood.

From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855: “ST. JOHN LEE is a parish, comprising the townships of Acomb (West), Anick, Anick Grange, Bingfield, Cocklaw, Fallowfield, Hallington, Portgate, Sandhoe, and Wall. It is bounded by the parishes of Thockrington, Chollerton, Simonburn, Warden, Hexham, Stamfordham, and Corbridge, and forms part of the liberty of Hexhamshire. It is about seven miles in length, by four in breadth, and comprises an area of 15,090 acres. Population in 1801, 1,802; in 1811, 1,910; in 1821, 1,952; in 1831, 1,962; in 1841, 1,947; and in 1851, 2,073 souls. The soil of this parish is very rich, and the surface both varied and beautiful. Coal and lead are found in large quantities, and the district is well watered by the northern branch of the Tyne, and intersected by the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway.”

Sample baptisms:

  • 12 Feb 1837 Mary Ann Shield, of Acomb, daughter of George (mason) & Mary Shield
  • 7 Feb 1847 Thomas Proudlock, of Wall, son of William (joiner) & Mary Proudlock
  • 28 Nov 1858 Nicholas Temperley Hutchinson, of Acomb, son of William (tailor) & Hannah Hutchinson

Sample burials:

  • 7 Apr 1839 Hannah Errington, of Acomb, age: 93
  • 24 Feb 1851 William Tailford, of Acomb, age: 100
  • 15 Oct 1857 James Bell, age: supposed to be 60, without any settled abode, died at Keepwick Fell

Bishop Middleham baptisms 1813-1851

1,295 baptisms at Bishop Middleham St. Michael in Stockton district, covering 1813 to the end of 1851. As far as we can tell, this is the first appearance of these records online, so they should provide some nice discoveries for researchers in this area. We’d also like to remind you that we have burials at this church covering 1794-1946.

Abodes include Bishop Middleham, Blackgate, Bogmire or Bogmoor House, Brandon Hill, Chilton, Clayhole, College Hill, Cornforth, Cornforth Colliery, Cornforth Mill, Cornfoth Moor, Cornforth Pottery, Coxhoe, Coxhoe Potteries, East Pasture, Ferryhill, Fishburn, Four Mile Bridge, Garmondsway Moor, Hett, Hetton-le-Hole, Hope House, Lough House, Mainsforth, New Cornforth, New Thrislington, Peat Edge, Sheraton, Simonside, Stotforth or Stotfold, Thinford, Thinford House, Thinford Mill, Thristlington, Thorney Close, Thrislington Colliery, West Cornforth, and White House.


  • 28 Feb 1813 Diana Wilkinson, of Middleham, child of Jeremiah (husbandman) & Ann Wilkinson
  • 8 Jul 1821 Barbara Hasledine, of Cornforth, child of Robert (paper maker) & Ann Hasledine
  • 27 Aug 1834 John Rowland, of Bishop Middleham, child of Mary Rowland (married but not living with her husband)
  • 20 Feb 1848 George Christopher Garthwaite, of Bishop Middleham, child of Tiplady (butcher) & Margaret Garthwaite
  • 2 Sep 1851 Hannah Iveson, of West Cornforth, child of Henry (pitman) & Sarah Iveson

You can learn more about historic Bishop Middleham from British History Online or see photographs taken around Bishop Middleham at Geograph.