Zion Methodist Chapel, Sunderland baptisms 1809-1836

105 baptisms at the Zion Methodist New Connexion chapel on Zion Street in Sunderland, covering 1809-1836.

This chapel was completed in 1809 and this is the entire extant register. It is remarkable because the baptisms give not only the mother’s maiden surname but also her father’s name, occupation, and place of residence – which we assume will also usually be the mother’s place of birth. They also give the child’s father’s occupation and abode, and sometimes the child’s place of birth. It’s like a 1798-1812 Barrington register with all the lovely details!

Sample baptisms:

  • 29 Jul 1816 John Whittle Thompson, born 24 Jul 1816, born at Pallion, 1st son of William Thompson (cordwainer of Pallion, parish of Bishopwearmouth) & Mary Jobson (daughter of John Jobson, gardener, parish of Sunderland)
  • 9 Oct 1833 Anne Adamson, born 5 Sep 1833, born in the parish of Bishopwearmouth, 2nd daughter of Cumberland Adamson (cordwainer, Bishop Wearmouth) by his wife Anne Hurst (daughter of Michael Hurst of the parish of Ryton)

The Methodist New Connexion split off from the Wesleyan Methodists in 1797, being of the opinion that too much power was given to the ministers at the expense of the laity. The movement was quite popular in Sunderland.


Denton marriages 1673-1812

209 marriages at Denton St. Mary in Darlington district, ranging from the start of the first register in 1673 to the end of 1812. Also included are banns that were called here but were not followed by a marriage here. (The couple may have married elsewhere, changed their minds and not married, or they may have married at Denton but the marriage was not recorded in the register.) We now have a continuous run of marriages at Denton from 1673 to 1837.

There are some Latin forms of names in the earliest marriages, abodes in most, and witnesses start appearing in 1755. Samples:

  • 1 Sep 1677 Gulielmus [William] West, of the parish of Cockfield married Maria Cotes, of Denton
  • Banns: 16 Dec 1787 Charles Parkin, of the parish of Gainford & Hannah Snell, of this chapelry, banns called and not objected to
    [Note: the date is the 3rd calling of the banns, but there is no marriage recorded here for this couple.]
  • 13 May 1812 Joseph Dowell, of the parish of Brancepeth married Jane Marley, of this chapelry, by licence
    Witnesses: Jane Dunn, Mary Dowell

Pittington baptisms 1651-1700

792 baptisms at Pittington St. Laurence, spanning 1651-1700, filling a gap we’ve had for a very long time. We now have a continuous run of over 300 years of baptisms at Pittington, from the start of the first register in 1574 to the end of 1905.

These baptisms are all pretty terse, generally giving only the name of the father and child – no mothers are named, only a few baptisms list the abode, and a couple of them list godparents. Some samples:

  • 28 Mar 1652 Tomisonne Shaw, daughter of George Shaw
  • 31 Mar 1661 Antony Ewbanke, of Cassope, sonne of George Ewbanke
  • 26 Dec 1700 Robert Whitfield, son of Henery Whitfield

We have also changed the spelling of this church throughout the site from St. Lawrence to St. Laurence. Nearly all the books (that we could find) that were written in the 1820s through 1890s call Pittington’s church St. Lawrence, while more modern authors use St. Laurence, which is the official name according to the Diocese of Durham. Apparently spelling preferences have changed over time. You can read about the history and architecture of this 12th-century church at the church’s website.

Hawthorn, Thornley RC, Hutton House RC marriages updated

Updated the following marriages in the district of Easington with the abodes and witnesses that were omitted from our first transcriptions:

  • all of our marriages (309) at Hawthorn St. Michael & All Angels, spanning 1864 to 1978
  • all of our marriages (310) at Thornley The Sacred Heart & English Martyrs Roman Catholic church (called St. Godric’s until 1900) from 1854 to 1910, plus we added 7 marriages we missed the first time around and extended the collection from 1910 to the end of 1911
  • all of our marriages (399) spanning 1848-1902 at Hutton House St. Peter & St. Paul Roman Catholic church in Hutton Henry, plus 2 marriages we missed and 12 new marriages to extend the collection to the end of 1903.

The marriages at Hawthorn also got ages and occupations. Catholic marriages do not usually contain this information. Many of the Catholic marriages provide the name of the groom’s and/or bride’s mother as well as the father, and some provide the abode of the parents.

Here is what an Anglican marriage at Hawthorn looked like before the update:

  • 30 Nov 1864 Anthony Carlisle Proud, son of Thomas Proud married Margaret Jane Hutchinson, daughter of John Hutchinson

and after the update:

  • 30 Nov 1864 Anthony Carlisle Proud (bachelor, farmer), age 35, of Kinley Hill, son of Thomas Proud (farmer), married Margaret Jane Hutchinson (spinster), age 19, of Kinley Hill, daughter of John Hutchinson (farmer)
    Witnesses: Edward Miller, Thomas Dodds

Here is a Catholic marriage at Thornley before the update:

  • 27 Nov 1856 James O’Hara, of Thornley, son of Michael & Bridget O’Hara, married Ann Burke, of Bradford, daughter of James & Sarah Burke

and after the update:

  • 27 Nov 1856 James O’Hara, of Thornley, son of Michael & Bridget O’Hara (of Sligo, Ireland), married Ann Burke, of Bradford, daughter of James & Sarah Burke (of America)
    Witnesses: Christopher Berry, of Trimdon, Catharine O’Hara, of Bradford

If you have purchased a marriage at any of these churches, you should review it to see if any information was added or changed. Log in, click My Account, then click the My Orders tab to see your purchases. If a significant change was made, such as a name or date, you have already been emailed.

We are working our way through our Easington district marriage collection, one parish at a time, adding the information that was omitted when these were first transcribed many years ago.

Pittington burials 1700-1738, 1759-61 updated

Updated 524 burials spanning 1700-1739 and 1759-1761 at Pittington St. Lawrence in Durham district, adding dates and names where they had previously been judged illegible, or clarifying that the date or name was faded to invisibility if it truly was not readable. Also added 45 burials, mostly from Oct 1727 to August 1729, that had been missed or had been thought to be illegible.

If you have purchased a Pittington burial in this period, you should review it to see if any changes were made. Log in, click My Account, then click the My Orders tab to see your purchases. If you’ve been unable to find a burial that you thought should be at Pittington in the 1700-1761 period, try your search again – it may turn up in the newly added block of burials or in one of the corrected burials.

The backstory: While preparing a transcript of Pittington monument inscriptions, and checking them against the burial register, we noticed that our transcript of Pittington burials had many entries in the 1700s where many parts, especially the dates, had been declared “blank or illegible” by the transcriber, so we took another swing through that register to understand why it was so unreadable and to see another look would improve anything. The registers for this period at Pittington are in very poor condition, apparently having suffered water damage at some point, and the ink is very faded, in some places to the point of unreadability. We were able to use the original register and an ultra-violet light and magnifier to try to make out portions of the text, and that did help, so we were able to fill in many of the missing burials and missing dates or at least change “blank or illegible” to “date faded out” or “name faded out” to explain why the date or name was illegible.

Wingate Grange baptisms 1863-1873 updated

Updated 987 baptisms for the years 1863-1873 at Wingate Grange Holy Trinity in Easington district, adding father’s occupations and abodes where they had been omitted earlier, and correcting errors. We also added one baptism we’d missed.

If you have purchased a baptism at this church in this period, you should review it to get the new information and see if any minor changes were made. Log in, click My Account, then click the My Orders tab to see your purchases. If a major change, such as a name, was made to a record you purchased, an email has already been sent to you with the correction.

This is part of our mission to update our Easington-district baptisms that are missing occupations, abodes, and/or birth dates.

Whitworth baptisms & burials 1569-1764

At Whitworth parish church in Auckland district:

  • 1,250 baptisms from the start of the first register in 1569 to the end of 1764
  • 545 burials from the start of the first register in 1570 to the end of 1764

Abodes mentioned include Biarsgreen or Byers Green, Bishops Close, Coundon, Croxdale, High Old Park, Low House, Newfield, Old Park, Ox Close, Pedgbank (Page Bank), Spennymoor House, Tudhoe, and Whitworth.

With the exception of the very first baptism, no parents are listed in baptisms before 1597; then we get fathers, but rarely mothers, until 1748, after which both parents are usually listed. Starting in about 1600, burials usually provide a father or husband, and starting in 1752, both parents are often listed for a deceased child.

Sample baptisms:

  • 4 Apr 1571 Robert Lynne
  • 10 Aug 1599 Ralfe Morryson, sonne of George Morryson
  • 1 Dec 1650 Anne Adamson, daughter of William Adamson (linen weaver)
  • 22 Nov 1696 Sarah Simson, daughter of David Simson (a Scotsman from Tuddo)
  • 1 Apr 1750 Rebecca Douthwait, daughter of George & Rebecca Douthwait
  • 2 Sep 1760 Mary & Esther [Knight/Stephenson], twin daughters (spurious) of Thomas Knight (servant) & Mary Stephenson (servant at ye Hall), privately baptized

Sample burials:

  • 27 Feb 1601 Ann Appelby, wife of James Appelby
  • 26 Sep 1659 Anne Lindsley, daughter of Michael Lindsley
  • 10 May 1699 John Hardie, he drowned himself as was supposed
  • 30 Nov 1764 Lucy Wright, of Byers Green, daughter of George (clockmaker) & Elizabeth Wright

Whittonstall baptisms & burials 1852-1880

Expanding our collection at Whittonstall St. Philip & St. James, we have added 231 baptisms and 216 burials from this church, covering 1852 through 1880. We now have baptisms and burials at this church from the start of the first register in 1774 to the end of 1880.

Whittonstall parish is in the Hexham district of Northumberland, just across the River Tyne from the County Durham parish of Ebchester, so many families can be found moving back and forth. Residences mentioned include Apperley Bank, Blackhill in Benfieldside (Durham), Bywell St. Peter, Ebchester Bridge End, Fairle or Fairle-may, Fell Close, Grey Mare Hill, Hedley, Highfield, Hindley, Hood’s Close, Morrow-field, Newlands, Park House, Seldom Seen, Walkershank, West End, Whittonstall, and Wood House.

Most of these baptisms include the child’s birth date. Some of the burials give a parent or spouse name.

Sample baptisms:

  • 2 May 1852 John Dinning, of Pasture House, born 3 Dec 1851, son of William (tile manufacturer) & Esther Dinning
  • 15 Apr 1860 Jonathan Cheesman, of Ebchester Bridge End, born 29 Mar 1847, son of John (clock and watchmaker) & Mary Cheesman

Sample burials:

  • 16 Jun 1854 Dorothy Dodd, of Hedley in the parish of Ovingham, age: 69, wife of Andrew Dodd (clerk)
  • 23 Jan 1872 William Fewster Marshall, of The Vicarage, Whittonstall, age: 21, 2nd son of William & Isabella Marshall
  • 17 Jul 1880 Ann Dixon, of Shotley Bridge in the parish of Benfieldside, age: 83


Tynemouth burials 1841-1850

5,954 burials at Christ Church, Tynemouth, Northumberland, covering 1841-1850.

We are grateful to the vicar who, going far beyond the call of duty, recorded the names of both parents of deceased children, fathers’ occupations, husbands of deceased women (and often their occupations), and sometimes the cause of death or a reference to another burial of a family member. He also had the unusual habit of sometimes recording where the deceased was born or where they had previously lived.

316 burials in 1849 list cholera as the cause of death. The publication Cholera in Tynemouth in 1831-2, 1848-9, and 1853, by E. Headlam Greenhow, published in the Journal of Public Health in June 1855 (which you can read online by clicking the link and then clicking on each page image to turn the page), is a fascinating study of the various cholera epidemics in the Tynemouth area. It explains how the epidemic spread from street to street and describes the unsanitary living conditions of most of the population. In this epidemic, 279 children were made orphans and an additional 106 lost either father or mother. The subsequent drain on the finances of the parish and district to support these poor unfortunates caused a push for massive public health improvements in 1851, resulting in better drainage, ventilation, sewage and waste disposal, and disinfection practices.

Sample burials:

  • 3 Jan 1841 Isabella Allan, of Low Lights, age: 87, widow of John Allan (potter), buried in the ancient burial ground within the walls of Tynemouth Garrison
  • 5 Mar 1841 Richard Robson, of Toll Square, age: 80 years 9 months, mariner(?), formerly of Winlaton, see entry 180
    [Note: refers to the burial of his wife Hannah in Jan 1841]
  • 26 Mar 1845 David Collins, of Clive Street, age: 40, weaver
  • 6 Dec 1845 John Duck, age: 22, died at sea on board the “Robert” of London
  • 19 Aug 1849 Elizabeth Avery, of Percy Court, Northumberland Street, age: 58, wife of William Avery (shipwright), cholera
  • 20 Dec 1850 Frances Wild, of West Harton, age: 22, daughter of Johnson (miner) & Margaret Wild

Besides many streets in North Shields, residences include Allotment, Backworth, Balkwell, Billy Mill, Broad Quay, Burdon Main, Byker, Chirton, Coble Dean, Cullercoats, East Howdon, Hayhole, High Flatworth, Howdon, Low Chirton, Low Flatworth, Low Lights, Monkseaton, Moor Houses, Mount Pleasant, New Whitley, New York, Newcastle, North Shields, Percy Main, the Poor House, Preston, Seaton Ville, Shiremoor, South Preston, South Shields, Tynemouth, Tynemouth Garrison, Whitehill Point, Whitley, Whitley Hillheads, and Wooden Bridge.

Whitley Chapel (Hexham) baptisms & burials 1875-1899

222 baptisms and 357 burials covering 1875-1899 at Whitley Chapel near Hexham in Hexham district, Northumberland. Whitley Chapel was originally a chapelry in the ancient parish of Hexham, but it became a separate parish in 1763, with its church dedicated to St. Helen.

Abodes mentioned include Brunt Rigg or Burnt Ridge, Channel Well, Dalton, Dotland, Dukesfield Hall, Earthly Mires, Fine Chambers, Gairshield, High Ardley, High Eshells, High Juniper, Holly Bush Close, Houtley, Juniper, Lane House, Lee Moor House, Lillswood, Litterage or Litharge, Mire House, Mollersteads, Nunsbrough, Oak Field House, Ordley, Peth Foot, Raw Green, Salmon Field, Smelting Syke, Tenter House, The Lee, The Steel, and Walley Thorn.

Like the earlier baptisms we released in March from this parish, the vicar continued recording the maiden surnames of the mothers in baptisms, except for May 1895 to April 1897, making these extra-valuable to genealogists.

Samples baptisms:

  • 28 Feb 1876 Sarah Ann Kirton, of Juniper, daughter of Thomas Kirton (cordwainer) & Mary Ann late Stobbs
  • 25 Jul 1897 Lily Flora Elizabeth Victoria Park, of Birtley on Tyne, daughter of John Park (shepherd) & Elizabeth late Reay

Sample burials:

  • 10 Feb 1889 Ann Thorburn, of Foggett, age: 90
  • 12 Oct 1889 Thomas Hook, of The Lee, age: 89