At Gateshead St. Mary, from a combination of the parish register and the Bishop’s Transcript:
- 5,422 baptisms covering 1828-1840
- 3,778 burials covering 1825-1836
- 2,065 witnesses added to 1827-1834 marriages
Abodes mentioned besides Gateshead and streets in Gateshead include Bensham, Carr’s Hill, Cramlington, Deckham Hall, Derwent Crook, Eighton Banks, Elswick, Felling, Felling Shore, Friars Goose, Gateshead Fell, Gateshead Park, Grangemouth, Heworth, High Felling, High Teams, Howden Pans, Low Felling, Low Team, Newcastle, North Shields, Ouseburn, Redheugh, Saltwell, Sheriff Hill, Shipcote, South Shields, South Shore, St. Peter’s Quay, Sunderland, Tynemouth, Wallsend, Washington, Windmill Hills, Windy Nook, Winlaton, and Wrekenton.
Nearly all of these baptisms include birth dates, some well before the baptism:
- 1 Apr 1832 Samuel Allan, of Ouseburn, Newcastle, born 24 Aug 1800, child of Henry (flax dresser) & Elizabeth Allan, said to be baptised at Leeds when an infant but not sure of it.
- 3 Aug 1828 John [Fenwick/Pybus], of Gateshead, born 25 Jun 1818, child of John Fenwick (weaver) & Alice Pybus (single woman), child aged 10 years
Burials in this period are typically terse, but some of these contain causes of death, usually if the cause was an accident or was otherwise dramatic:
- 23 Feb 1830 Catharine Scott, of Gateshead, age: 65, died by the inclemency of the weather accelerated by drinking ardent spirits – Coroner’s verdict
- 5 Oct 1832 Thomas Coulson, of Wind Mill Hills, age: 56, killed by falling into the quarry near his house
- 21 May 1826 Mary Grey, of Gateshead, age: 19, drowned with John Lambton May 4th in consequence of the boat, which they and several other persons were in, being run down by a Steam Packet
There were 5 people who lived to be over 100 years old:
- 27 Mar 1828 Thomas Gustard, of Gateshead, age: 104, an elder brother of King James’s Hospital
- 17 May 1835 Eleanor Norrs, of Gateshead, age: 104
There was a period in this burial register in which the ages at death appeared to have been recorded by an industrious mathematician – weeks, months, and even days were converted to fractions of years, so we have annotated some of them in an attempt to achieve clarity:
- 20 Nov 1833 David Dixon, of Gateshead, age: 1/26 yr [2 wks]
- 21 Mar 1834 Mary Hogg, of Gateshead, age: 1/365 yr [1 day]
- 20 Aug 1834 Mary Blythman, of St. John’s Gateshead Fell, age: 1/40 year
The last age computes to 9.125 days; we cannot see the value of recording it as 1/40th of a year. What was the clerk thinking?
The cholera epidemic, which traveled upriver from Sunderland, hit Gateshead hard. It started with this burial and this note in the register:
- 29 Oct 1831 Oswald Reay, of All Saints Newcastle, age: 45, first suspected case of cholera in England
In the preceding years, the average number of burials in the winter months was 20-30. That was about to change. In December, the number of burials skyrocketed to 85; with 63 cholera victims. In January 1832, there were 101 burials; 58 from cholera. February brought a return to normalcy, with 34 burials and only a few cholera deaths. There was a resurgence of cholera in July-September 1832. Most people who died of cholera were buried in the burial grounds of the Chapel at St. Edmund’s Hospital, which later became the parish church of St. Edmund’s parish.
We also added 2,065 witnesses to our existing 931 marriages at Gateshead in 1827-1834 and corrected some errors, mostly minor spelling adjustments. If you have purchased a marriage at Gateshead in this period, we recommend you take another look at it to see if anything has been changed, and to get the witnesses. You can review your purchased records by logging into Durham Records Online and clicking My Account, then click the My Orders tab. If you purchased a record in which a significant error has been corrected, such as a change in name or date, the corrected record has been emailed to you.
- 1 Jan 1827 William Stonehouse, of this parish married Sarah Tyzack, of this parish, by banns
Witnesses: William Dinning, Margaret Stonehouse
- 4 Nov 1834 Thomas Smith Scott, of St. John’s, Newcastle upon Tyne married Margaret Buce [Bruce], of this parish, by licence
Witnesses: William Robson, Grace Bruce, Robert Cox, John Bruce