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.

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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


Durham St. Oswald burials 1537-1749

7,955 burials at St. Oswald’s in the city of Durham, from the start of the first burial register in Dec 1537 to the end of 1749, joining up with 1750-1868 which we already had online.

Residences mentioned include Aldin Grange/Aldernage, Alton/Auton Stile, Arbor House, the Bailey, Baxter Wood, Bent House, Borne Hall (Burnhall), Branspeth/Brancepeth, Brome/Broom, Brome Hall or Broomhall, Butterbie/Butterby, Croxdale, Elvet, Farewell Hall, Fenckley/Finkhall/or Finchale, Flass, Hodgmore, Houghall, Langley, New Elvet, North Bailey, Old Durham, Old Elvet, Ordshowse, Relly, Sherburn House, Shinckcliff/Shincliffe, Sonderland/Sunderland, Sunderland Bridge, Southern Closes, St. Margaret’s chapelry, the parish of St. Nicholas, Stotgate, Toddey/Tudda/Tudhoe, White House, and Whitwell House.

There are gaps (no burials extant) in the following periods: March 1549 to Jan 1551, Aug 1557 to Oct 1559, from the end of the first register in March 1593 to the beginning of the 2nd register in April 1598, and Aug 1646 to June 1647. Plague outbreaks are mentioned in late 1589, 1644, and 1645; most of the plague deaths of 1644-45 were entered in a large block in March 1653 with this explanatory title:

“The names of those that dyed in the great visitation in the yeares 1644 and 1645, whose names are not to be found in the fore goeing Register. Nicho: Sheiffield, parish Clarke.”

In the 1670s through 1690s, there are 2 registers, which are duplicates of each other, but in about a dozen burials, there was more information in one register than the other, so in those cases, we have combined the information from the 2 registers and added an explanatory note.

Because the prison was nearby, St. Oswald received the bodies of prisoners who had been hanged there, including priests executed for remaining Catholic during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Sample burials:

  • 27 Jan 1542 Sir George Crake, prest
    [Note: “prest” in Latin means “excellency (title), authority” as in “prestigious”]
  • 29 Oct 1589 Anne Alyson alias Rychardson, of ye plage
  • 27 May 1590 [Edmund] Duke, one of four semynaryes, papystes, tretors & rebelles to hyr magestye, hanged and quartered at Dryburne for there horryble offences
    [Note: his given name is blank, but history tell us he was Edmund Duke, one of four priests executed for remaining true to the Catholic faith. ore here.]
  • 19 Aug 1603 Richard Heyrine, executed at Driborne
  • 1 Jan 1655 Elizabeth Sheiffield, my Deare and Loveinge wife
    [Note: eulogy written by Nicholas Sheiffield, vicar.]
  • 20 Aug 1663 John Sim, age: 100, Sexton of this Church
  • 29 Sep 1695 Catharine Heviside, supposed to be the daughter of Christopher Colson & Elizabeth Heviside, base begot
  • 4 Apr 1704 George Appleby, poor man, slain in a cole pit
  • 25 Jul 1724 Mrs. Elizabeth Brocket, innkeeper in South Baily, was buryed near her husband William Brocket (buryed about 1705)
  • 17 Jun 1749 Ellinor Stothert, wife of Bryan Stothert (skinner)

There were several centenarians, with the following ages reported: 100, above 100, 106, 107, and even a whopping 110. This file contains people born as early as 1500.

There were some fascinating historical notes in this register, like this one next to a burial on 4 Oct 1588:

“Upon munday being the xii day of august, the Right honorable earle of Huntington, lord presydent under our most gracyous sufferayne lady quene elyzbethe, caused a generall muster to be upon spenymore of all persons within the age of xvi (16) and lx (60)yeares, onely within the bysshopryke, & no forther, where wear eassembled on spenymore ye same day to ye full number of xl [40] thowsande men, redy to serve hyr magesty when the should becalled, whome god preserve longe to rayne our us.”

or this one from a burial on 8 July 1722:

“Ye River was risen so high, that they could not bring the corpse up New Elvet, but were obliged to carry it by Old Elvet & ye Ratton Row. It was ye greatest flood that had been in ye memory of man.”

and following up on this, 3 years later, in a burial on 6 June 1725:

“This day following, all communication between Shincliff and ye Town was stopped by a great flood, that rose not so high (by near a yard perpendicular) as that of July 8th 1722, commonly called Slaters flood.”

followed a couple of weeks later on 21 Jun 1725 by this update:

“The same day (towards night) there was another flood, very near as high as ye former, but did not last so long: for that kept to ye height near 12 hours. But ye brooks did more harm than in ye former flood. The public news give an account that most counties of England have suffered as much or more by waters than we & that a great part of Europe have been equal sufferers by rain & lightning (which we felt not so much of).”

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Petition to release Sunderland men who are prisoners of the Napoleonic Wars

There is a new article in the Local History section:  Petition to release Sunderland men who are prisoners of the Napoleonic Wars

Around 16,000 British prisoners of war were confined in France between 1793 and 1815, some for many years. Among them were many sailors from the Sunderland area. Without their income-producing husbands, the wives (and children and even parents) of these men, left behind at home, suffered terrible poverty and deprivation. Desperate, they sent a petition to the Prince Regent, begging him to get the prisoners released, and including a list of the names of the prisoner’s dependents and their relationships. For example:


of prisoner

Years confined
in France

Family left
Hannah Aison son 7 widow
Hannah Bainbridge husband 4 wife & 2 children

Click on the italicized article title to see the whole list and read the petition and some background information on the situation.

Birtley St. Joseph Roman Catholic marriages 1846-1901

539 marriages at St. Joseph Roman Catholic church in Birtley, district of Chester-le-Street, from the start of the first marriage register in November 1846 to the end of the register in April 1901.

There are 2 registers covering the marriages from Nov 1846 to Jan 1856, one in Latin and one in English. The English register gives additional information that is not in the Latin register, such as the abodes of both the groom’s father and the bride’s father, so we have combined the 2 registers to produce this transcription. After Jan 1856, there is only the Latin register, which sporadically lists the abode of only the bride’s father, but nearly always lists the abodes of the two witnesses. Like most Catholic marriage registers, ages and occupations are not given for anyone in the marriage record. We have translated the given names from Latin to English. Here are some samples:

  • 10 Jun 1847 Bernard Quinn, of Birtley, son of Bernard Quinn, married Anne Grundy, of Birtley, daughter of Thomas Grundy (of Vigo)
    Witnesses: Michael Monaghan, of Birtley, Jane Grundy, of Vigo
  • 12 Aug 1882 James McIntyre, of Chester le Street, son of James McIntyre, married Margaret Gales, of Chester South Moor, daughter of Edward Gales (of Chester South Moor)
    Witnesses: James Carr, of Pelaw Grange, Helen Tysson, of Waldridge Fell

Abodes mentioned include Ayton Banks or Eighton Banks, Birtley, Black Fell, Chester-le-Street, Chester Moor, Dipton, Edmondsley, Fatfield, Gateshead, Kibblesworth, Marley Hill, Nettlesworth, New York, North Side, Ouston, Pelton, Pelton Fell, Perkinsville, Pitt Hill, Portobello, Sacriston, Sunnyside, Three Tunns or 3 Tunns, Urpeth, Usworth, Vigo, Washington, West Pelton, and Wrekenton.

At least a dozen of these marriages are not listed in the civil registration index, making us wonder if they were not reported to the civil authorities.

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.


  • 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.”