15,247 burials at Benfieldside Cemetery, also known as Blackhill Cemetery or Consett Cemetery, on Durham Road in Blackhill next to Consett, in Lanchester district, from the cemetery’s opening in May 1862 to early May 1920.
Abodes listed include Backstone or Baxton Burn, Benfieldside, Berry Edge, Bessemer House, Blackfine, Blackhill, Bridge Hill, Consett, Consett Junction, Cutler’s Hall, Daisy Hill, Dipton, Duke of Wellington Inn, Dyke Nook Farm, Ebchester, Elm Park Farm, Fell Farm or Fell House, High Conside, High Gate, Highfield Villa, Howns Gill, Iveston, Knitsley, Knitsley Gardens, Knitsley Mill, Knitsley Station, Langley Park, Leadgate, Medomsley, Milkwell Burn, Mount Pleasant, Oakfield, Oban House, Park Mount, Rose Cottage, Rosemount, Sedgefield, Shotley Bridge, Shotley Field, Shotley Grove, Slonks, Snows Green, Springfield, St Cuthbert’s Lodge, Stag’s Head Inn, Stanifordham, Stobbs Wood Head, Summerhill, Temple Town, Tin Mill Cottage, Tinkler Hill, Viewfield, West Butsfield, West Law, Whinney House, and Woodbine Cottage
Because these are municipal cemetery records, they contain more genealogical detail than church burial records. Professions were usually given for adult males. In the case of adult women, the marital status and spouse names were usually given. Children usually had one parent listed.
There were two centenarians, including one woman claiming to be 114 years old.
- 9 Oct 1868 Mary O’Neil, of Consett, age: 114, widow
[Note: if her age is accurate, she must have been one of the world’s oldest living people.]
We found a Mary O’Neill aged 95 in the 1851 census, living with her married son Charles in Wolsingham. In 1861, Charles and his family were living at Berry Edge in Conside & Knitsley, but Mary is not listed with them, nor can we find her anywhere else. Perhaps she got missed by the census. In any case, her age is right, and her son was living in the right area 7 years before her death, so there’s a good chance this burial is hers.
- 6 Oct 1864 Catherine Dogherty, of 52 Blackhill, age: 3, daughter of Patrick Dogherty
- 24 Jul 1888 John Edmond, of 11 Edith Street, Consett, age: 39, steel smelter, drowned at Scarborough
- 12 Sep 1909 George Philipson, of 23 Sherburn Terrace, Consett, age: 51, yeast salesman
- 20 Mar 1920 Janet Arnott, of 48 Puddlers Row, Consett, age: 73, wife of William Arnott