Sherburn Hospital baptisms & burials 1862-1905

At Sherburn Hospital (“The Liberties of Christ’s Hospital in Sherburn”) in Durham district, the following records, covering 1862-1905:

  • 466 baptisms
  • 260 burials

Please see our previous announcement of Sherburn Hospital records for details on this place. Abodes mentioned include Byers Garth, Cassop, Dragon Villa, Longmires, New Durham, Railway Cottages, Running Waters, Sherburn Hospital, Sherburn House (and Sherburn House Colliery, Farm, Pit, Row, and Station), Shincliffe, South Whitwell, West Sherburn, Whitwell, Whitwell Colliery, Whitwell Grange, and Whitwell House.

Sample baptisms:

  • 22 Feb 1863 George Whitwham of South Whitwell, born 29-Dec 1862, illegitimate son of Catharine Whitwham (single woman)
  • 20 May 1888 Mary Jane Campbell of Monkwearmouth, Sunderland but at present in Sherburn Hospital, daughter of James (shipwright) & Elizabeth Campbell, adult person
  • 9 Jan 1905 Christopher Wharton Slingsby Cradock Scott of Whitwell Grange, son of Clifford Cyril Scott (wine merchant) & Hermione Violet Georgina Scott

Sample burials:

  • 24 Aug 1869 Ralph Bainbridge, age: 92, in-brother of Sherburn Hospital
  • 9 Dec 1891 Elizabeth Linsley, of Hetton le Hole, age: 83
  • 6 Sep 1902 Robert Turnbull, age: 96, in-brother of Sherburn Hospital, born May 21st 1806 – admitted in-brother of the Hospital in July 1877 – a man of most excellent character beloved by all who knew him – he preserved his mental faculties to the end.

 

New Seaham Christ Church burials 1860-2000 updated

At Christ Church, New Seaham, in Easington district, County Durham:

  • added the missing abodes to our existing 8,032 burials from 1860 to 1999 inclusive, added grave location identifiers, and corrected errors
  • added 8 burials to finish out the year 2000, and 4 burials we’d missed earlier

Sample burials before the update:

  • 29 Jul 1866 Joseph Wilson, age: 12
  • 13 Sep 1893 Elizabeth Jane Wilson, age: 13, certified by Cuthbert W
  • 28 Aug 1902 Hilda Davison, age: 8 months
  • 14 Sep 1914 Robert Pawson, age: 68
  • 21 Mar 1921 Wilfred Rochester, age: 21
  • 16 Aug 1940 Andrew Errington, of Sunderland, age: 30

and the same burials after the update:

  • 29 Jul 1866 Joseph Wilson, of California Row, age: 12, by coroners order
  • 13 Sep 1893 Elizabeth Jane Wilson, of Australia Street, age: 13, certified by Cuthbert Wilson, father
  • 28 Aug 1902 Hilda Davison, of 47, Frances Street, Seaham Harbour, age: 8 months, certified by David Davison
  • 14 Sep 1914 Robert Pawson, of 07, Mount Pleasant, age: 68, [location] N.R. A.11
  • 21 Mar 1921 Wilfred Rochester, of Viceroy Street, New Seaham, age: 21, died at Sealburns Hospital, Greenside, buried in grave L.10
  • 16 Aug 1940 Andrew Errington, of Royal Infirmary, Sunderland, age: 30, killed in Air Raid 11 Aug 1940

If you purchased a burial at this church, we recommend that you review it by clicking My Account – My Orders and checking that burial to see if anything has changed. If you purchased a record that had a significant error, such as a name or date change, the corrected record has been emailed to you.

Newcastle St. John baptisms 1769-1853

21,101 baptisms at St. John’s in the city of Newcastle, Northumberland, spanning 1769-1853. This data set includes baptisms at the Lying-in Hospital from 1816 onward, the chapel at Benwell High Cross (a Chapel of Ease within the parish of St. John, dedicated to St. James) from Nov 1832 onward, and St. Paul’s chapel from April 1841 onward.

This register is full of errors, or at least things that look like errors to us! All of the samples below illustrate some sort of discrepancy with other baptisms to (presumably) the same parents:

  • 27 May 1770 Margaret Jefreys, daughter of Keneth Jefreys & Mary (his wife)
    [Note: there is another baptism to this couple as Jefferson.]
  • 5 Dec 1819 Elizabeth Bearep of Benwell, daughter of Philip (tailor) & Margaret Bearep
    [Note: we wonder if this is a clerical error, as there are other baptisms here to RALPH Bearup a tailor & his wife Margaret. The 1841 census shows Ralph with a daughter Elizabeth of the right age.]
  • 15 Nov 1834 Isabella Beatch [Veitch] of Low Friar Street, daughter of Joseph (quay carter) & Dorothy Beatch [Veitch]
    [Note: there are other baptisms to these parents as Veitch. The clerk must have mis-heard Veitch as Beatch.]
  • 23 Jun 1841 Thomas George Richardson [Hutchinson] of Blandford Street, son of Anthony (engineer) & Frances Richardson [Hutchinson]
    [Note: We think the clerk misheard this surname. It is Hutchinson in the GRO birth index, and these parents are Hutchinson in several other baptisms here.]

When we notice these name variations and potential clerical errors, we cross-index them so you can find each record under any of the variations, and we often annotate them to explain our thinking, but we have removed some of the annotations and cross-indexing in the examples below for better readability.

Check out the varying names given for the mother’s father in this family:

  • 7 Oct 1798 John Howe, born 25 Jan, 2nd son of George Howe (coachman, native of West Auckland, Durham) by his wife Ann Howson (daughter of Michael Howson, of Akscliff near Yarm, Durham)
  • 10 Nov 1799 Robert Howe, born 29 Aug, 3rd son of George Howe (coachman, native of West Auckland, Durham) by his wife Ann Dowson (daughter of William Dowson, native of Aixcliff, Yorkshire)
  • 3 Jun 1802 Ann Howe, born 3 Feb, 1st daughter of George Howe (horsekeeper, native of West Auckland, Durham) by his wife Ann Howson (daughter of William Howson, native of Aixcliff, Durham)
  • 26 Dec 1804 George Howe, born 22 Dec 1803, 4th son of George Howe (horsekeeper, native of West Auckland, Durham) by his wife Ann Howson (daughter of Edward Howson, native of Yarm, Yorkshire)

We think “William Howson” is most likely to be correct because Ann’s father is listed that way in a couple of other baptisms here, plus we have the marriage of George Howe to Ann Howson in 1793, so at least Howson would seem to be correct – but why such extreme variance in her father’s name?

The next group appears to have the same mother but exhibits some confusion about the father’s name – note that we think this is the same father because his profession and nativity are the same in each baptism – he is listed as William Hutchinson in other baptisms not shown here:

  • 12 Jan 1800 William Hutchinson, born 4 Nov 1799, 1st son of William Hutchinson (blacksmith, native of Ovingham parish, Northumberland) by his wife Eleanor Blakey (daughter of Michael Blakey, native of Heddon on the Wall, Northumberland)
  • 1 Jan 1806 Anthony Hutchinson, born 27 Oct 1805, 4th son of Anthony Hutchinson (blacksmith, native of Ovingham parish, Northumberland) by his wife Eleanor Blakey (daughter of Michael Blakey, native of Heddon on the Wall parish, Northumberland)
  • 13 Oct 1811 Ralph Richardson [Hutchinson], born 23 Mar, 6th son of William Richardson [Hutchinson] (blacksmith, native of Ovingham parish, Northumberland) by his wife Eleanor Blakey (daughter of Michael Blakey, native of Heddon on the Wall parish, Northumberland)
    [Note: possible clerical error. Eleanor Blakey’s husband is William HUTCHINSON in other baptisms here, with the same profession and nativity. The clerk may have misheard Hutchinson as Richardson.]

The next family used several surname variants, including Ivers, McIver, and McKeever, and can be found in the 1851 census at Birtley, Durham as McIver:

  • 14 Jan 1843 Jane [Mary Jane] Ivers of Birtley, daughter of Alexander (labourer) & Mary Ivers
    [Note: Mary Jane Ivers in the GRO birth index. This family also used McIver and McKeever in some baptisms.]
  • 12 May 1849 William McKeever of Birtley, son of Alexander (labourer) & Mary McKeever.

These examples illustrate the importance of checking all of the available records for a family. If you look at just one baptism from any of the above couples, you could be misled about the surname or the father’s name or the mother’s father’s name. By looking at the baptisms of the siblings, you would see the discrepancies in the names of the parents or grandparents, which would lead you to do further research to discover the truth. If there is not enough data in the baptisms to discern the truth, you can expand your search to include the marriages and burials of the siblings, to see if that data corroborates or contradicts the data found in the baptisms.

This huge package is not available anywhere else online. FamilySearch.org has indexed portions of it, but does not cover 1832 through March 1844 and has multiple year-long and partial-year gaps between 1797 and 1828. We expect that many researchers will find valuable new information in this collection!

New Seaham marriages updated with full details; added 2000-2011

At Christ Church, New Seaham, in Easington district, County Durham:

  • Updated 3,955 marriages from 1861 to 1999 inclusive, adding ages, occupations, marital statuses, father’s occupations, and 8,046 witnesses. All of the marriages in our collection for this church are now complete with full details.
  • Added 63 marriages from 1 Jan 2000 to to 30 July 2011.

Sample marriage before the update:

  • 14 Dec 1861 William Hann, son of Stephen Hann married Margaret Ford, daughter of William Ford

and after the update:

  • 14 Dec 1861 William Hann (bachelor, joiner), age 23, of Seaton Colliery, son of Stephen Hann (engineman) married Margaret Ford (spinster), age 22, of Seaton Colliery, daughter of William Ford (inspector), married by W. A. Scott
    Witnesses: William Ford, Jane Emmerson

This bride waited a long time for her first marriage – I hope it was a good one!

  • 18 Mar 1877 George Hall (widower, house agent), age 74, of Monkwearmouth, son of Percival Hall (shoemaker) married Ann Newton (spinster), age 64, of New Seaham, daughter of Robert Newton (waggonman), married by W. A. Scott, vicar
    Witnesses: Thomas Edward Luke, Samuel Lock

If you purchased a marriage at this church, we recommend that you review it by clicking My Account – My Orders and checking that marriage to see if anything has changed. If you purchased a record that had a significant error, such as a name or date change, the corrected record has been emailed to you.

Southwick baptisms 1845-1852

697 baptisms at Southwick Holy Trinity in Sunderland district, covering 1845-1852.

Abodes mentioned besides Southwick include Ayre’s Quay, Carley Hill, Halfway House, High Southwick, Hill House, Hylton Bridge, Hylton Castle, Low Southwick, Monkwearmouth, Monkwearmouth Colliery, and North Hylton.

In August 1849 (plus a few in 1848), the clerk started recording the mother’s maiden surname (very unusual in this period), and continued this practice for nearly all of the subsequent baptisms. We thank him!

Samples:

  • 1 Aug 1845 Hannah Ramsey of Bishop Wearmouth, daughter of James Ramsey (master mariner) & Mary Ann Ramsey
  • 9 Aug 1849 Dorothy Jane Mills of Low Southwick, child of David Mills (joiner) & Sarah Kirkaldy
  • 8 Aug 1852 Ralph Coatsworth Hudspeth of Southwick, born 17 May 1850, child of Joseph Hudspeth (glassmaker) & Sarah Coatsworth

 

Pittington burials 1740-1835 revised

At Pittington St. Laurence in Durham district, we have reviewed & corrected our existing burial set for 1740-1835.

  • added 21 burials from January 1762 to June 1762 and one in 1740
  • removed 2 entries that were actually baptisms
  • reviewed 1,898 burials and amended 178 with corrections, additions, or explanatory notes

If you purchased a burial in this time period at Pittington, we recommend that you review it by clicking My Account – My Orders and checking that burial to see if anything has changed. If you purchased a record that had a more significant error, such as a name or date change, the corrected record has been emailed to you. If you were unable to find a  burial that you expected to find at Pittington, please run your search again – that burial may have been added, or changed so it matches what you’re seeking.

Muggleswick baptisms & marriages 1765-1783; witnesses added to marriages 1784-1851

We knew the earliest Muggleswick (Lanchester district) registers were lost or destroyed. A few years ago, we discovered that the Bishop’s Transcript has pre-1784 copies of those registers, so we added the few extant burials from that period, but for reasons lost in the mists of time, we didn’t add the baptisms and marriages. We have now rectified that! We added:

  • 18 baptisms covering 1765-1782
  • 4 marriages (1771, 1777, and 2 in 1782). We also reclassified a few marriages as “marriage banns” rather than “marriages” because the actual marriage took place elsewhere, and we added 272 witnesses to the marriages through 1846.

Muggleswick records for 1771 and 1773 are in the Edmundbyers register; apparently these registers were kept together at Edmundbyers for a short period.

Sample baptism:

  • 25 Apr 1771 Hannah Ord of the Wilks, daughter of William & Hannah Ord
    [Note: The original registers for this period are lost, so this burial was taken from the Bishop’s Transcript of the Edmundbyers register, which contains Muggleswick records for this period.]

Sample marriage:

  • 29 Nov 1777 John Grey of the parish of Hamsterley married Mary Makepeace of this parish, by banns
    [Note: The original registers for this period are lost, so this burial was taken from the Bishop’s Transcript of the register.]

While we were in the register, we also added all of the marriage witnesses for 1784-1851, added one burial we’d missed, corrected some minor errors, and made a few wording changes to more accurately reflect what the register says. If we made a significant change to a record you had purchased, you have been emailed about the change.

Mere Knolls Western Extension burials 1940-1968

9,617 burials in the Western Extension of Mere Knolls Cemetery in Fulwell, Sunderland, County Durham, spanning 1940-1968. We have now reached the end of the available registers for this cemetery. This segment takes us through World War II and documents the many civilian war deaths due to bombing raids on Sunderland.

Because Mere Knolls is a municipal cemetery, the burial records provide more information than a church burial record would in this period, and typically will contain a parent, spouse, or occupation, and sometimes cause of death. Here are some samples:

  • 6 Jan 1940 Stanley Barkes, age: 19, son of Hugh Jackson Barkes, died at the Municipal Hospital
  • 22 Mar 1941 Catherine Sybil Fenwick, of 20 Hartington Street, age: 15, daughter of Joseph Robert Fenwick
  • 19 May 1943 Isabella Coxon, of 4 Parkside Terrace, age: 85, widow of Robert Coxon, civilian war death
  • 15 Jun 1951 Arthur Sigsworth, age: 69, publican, drowned in the Wear
  • 21 Oct 1953 Nicholas Nixon, age: 100, mason, died at the General Hospital
  • 26 Aug 1960 Christina Worthy, age: 71, wife of William Moffat Worthy, died at the Bellin Memorial Hospital, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
  • 11 Mar 1968 Ernest Robert Cherrett, of 48 Beaumont Hill, Darlington, age: 100, chemist

German bombing raids on Sunderland during WWII killed 267 civilians and injured over 1,000. In just one example, around midnight on the night of May 3rd-4th, 1941, bombs fell over Fulwell, causing, among others, this cluster of deaths all at the same address:

  • 16 May 1941 Anthony Robinson Storey, of 5 Duke Street North, age: 41, labourer, civilian war death
  • 16 May 1941 Edith Maud Storey, of 5 Duke Street North, age: 30, widow of Anthony Robinson Storey, civilian war death
  • 16 May 1941 Audrey Storey, of 5 Duke Street North, age: 4, daughter of Anthony Robinson Storey, civilian war death
  • 16 May 1941 Edith Marian Storey, of 5 Duke Street North, age: 13 months, daughter of Anthony Robinson Storey, civilian war death
  • 16 May 1941 Frederick William Foster, of 5 Duke Street North, age: 63, stoneman, civilian war death
  • 16 May 1941 Margaret Foster, of 5 Duke Street North, age: 63, wife of Frederick William Foster, civilian war death
  • 16 May 1941 Louisa Ann Flett, of 5 Duke Street North, age: 61, spinster, civilian war death

The Sunderland Echo newspaper of 5 May 1941 gives us the details of what happened here:

The air raid Saturday night and Sunday morning was one of the heaviest suffered here since the war began…In one street of single-story houses, seven people were killed while taking cover in a backyard surface shelter. People in shelters on either side escaped, but the seven victims in this shelter had no chance from a direct hit or very near miss, which wrecked several houses. Anthony Storey, his wife Edith, and their two young children were among the victims. They had left their home a few doors away to take cover in Mr Frederick Foster’s shelter. Mr Foster and his wife,who was an invalid, were in the shelter with them, as was Miss Louisa Flett (62). They were all related, Miss Flett and Mrs. Margaret Foster (55) being sisters, and Mrs. Storey (45) was their niece.

Notice how the ages reported by the newspaper are quite different from the ages reported in the burial records. Newspaper reporters were often working fast to get the stories out and didn’t have a quick way to verify ages with the next-of-kin, who presumably came forward later to identify and correctly age their family members.

Darlington Society of Friends Burial Ground 1865-1897

At the Society of Friends (Quaker) Burial Ground in the parish of Darlington St. Cuthbert, 237 burials spanning 1865 to 1897 inclusive, from the Bishop’s Transcript of the burial register. Abodes mentioned include Blackwell, Cockerton, Croft, Darlington, Gainford, Haughton-le-Skerne, Hurworth, Middleton One Row, and a few locations in Yorkshire.

Samples:

  • 22 Feb 1866 Rachel Ventress, of Darlington, age: 79
  • 6 Aug 1892 Mary Pease, of Hutton Hall, Guisbrough, age: 57

 

Bywell St. Andrew baptisms 1844-1875

300 baptisms at Bywell St. Andrew in Hexham district, Northumberland, covering 1844 through 1875. This register includes baptisms at the chapel of Broomhaugh St James, a chapel of ease within this parish, from March 1859 onward.

Residences mentioned include Bearl, Bridge Hill House, Brocks Bushes, Broomhaugh, Dipton Foot, Farnley Gate, Hall Moor, Hemels (and Red Hemels), High Shilford, the parish of Ovingham, Riding or The Riding, Riding Hills, Riding Lee, Riding Mill, Shilford Cottage and Shilford Fell, Station House, Stocksfield Hall, Styford (and Styford Cottages, Styford Gate, Styford Hall, Styford High Barns, and Styford Lodge), The Lea, Whiteside, and Willow Wood.

Sample baptisms:

  • 17 Mar 1844 Isabella Chatt of Styford Gate, daughter of Richard (labourer) & Ellen Chatt
  • 13 Dec 1875 Gertrude Mary Clements Hassell of Riding Mill, child of George Clements Hassell (merchant) & Mary Louisa Hassell, baptized at Broomhaugh St. James