Waterhouses (Esh Winning) Cemetery burials 1881-1992

4,720 burials at Waterhouses Cemetery, also known as Esh Winning Cemetery, in College View, Esh Winning, in the Durham registration district, from the opening of the cemetery on 5 March 1881 to April 1992. This cemetery had two separate registers, one for the original burial ground, which was full by Oct 1980, and another for the new extension that opened in June 1917.

Abodes mentioned include Alum Waters, Bail Hill Farm, Belmont, Bearpark, Brandon Colliery, Broom Park, Bown’s Houses (Esh), Castleside, Cornsay, Cornsay Colliery, Craghead, Crook, East Hedleyhope, Esh and Esh Colliery, Esh Winning, Flass, Hamsteels, Hedley Hill, Helmington Row, Ivesley Colliery, Ivesley Cottages, Lambton House in Newcastle, Lanchester, Low Fell, Malton Colliery, Meadowfield, Middridge, New Brancepeth, Quebec, Sedgefield Asylum, Sleetburn Colliery, South Church, Stanley, Ushaw Moor, Waterhouses, Wheatley Hill, Witton Gilbert, and Woodlands.

In some cases, the cemetery register contains more information than a church burial register, sometimes citing occupation, place of death, cause of death, or the parent of a stillborn child. However, the majority of the entries do not contain any of this information.


  •  5 Mar 1881 Dorothy Gates, of Russell Street, Waterhouses, age: 31, miner’s wife
  • 4 Feb 1891 Tamar Crowe, of Lymington Terrace, age: 69
  • 24 Aug 1904 stillborn male child Bestford, of South Terrace, Esh Winning, son of Annie Bestford
  • 31 Mar 1918 Mabel Dodds, of [blank abode], age: 24, buried at the extension, died at Brandon Isolation Hospital
  • 25 Jan 1922 John George Dove, of [blank abode], age: 51, died at Sunderland Mental Hospital, Ryhope
  • 11 Sep 1938 Robert Henry Stobart, of 11 Well Bank, Billy Row, Crook, age: 63, killed at Roddy Moor Colliery
  • 31 Dec 1945 Isabella Thompson, of Biggen Farm, New Brancepeth, age: 90

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NZ1841 : Cemetery. Waterhouses. by Donald Brydon

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Newcastle St. Nicholas marriages 1813-1837

1,539 marriages at St. Nicholas in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, across the river from Gateshead, County Durham, from the beginning of 1813 to 1 July 1837 when civil registration started.

Abodes mentioned include the adjacent parishes of Newcastle (All Saints, St. Andrew, St. John, St. Nicholas) and neighboring communities of Gateshead (Durham), Gosforth, Heworth (Durham), Houghton-le-Spring (Durham), Longbenton, Morpeth, Ovingham, Ryton (Durham), Stannington, Tynemouth, Wallsend, Whickham (Durham), and Woodhorn.


  • 22 Feb 1813 John Defty (bachelor), of this parish married Isabella Urwin (widow), of this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: Thomas Brown, Matthew Watson
  • 17 Sep 1823 George Hosegood, of this parish married Mary Hart, of the parish of Gateshead in the County of Durham, by licence
    Witnesses: Robert Shield, Elizabeth Shield
  • 20 Jun 1837 George Golightly (bachelor), of the parish of Wolsingham in the County of Durham married Ann Armitage (spinster), of this parish, by license
    Witnesses: Mary Calirston, George Nixon

And the prize for best pairing of names goes to….drum roll, please…

  • 31 Aug 1820 Gentle Day, of this parish married Grace Dickson, of this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: George Dickson, John Thompson

Don’t you wonder if Gentle & Grace Day lived up to their names and were gentle and gracious ?



Durham Primitive Methodist Circuit baptisms 1841-1856

1,944 baptisms on the Durham Primitive Methodist Circuit from Nov 1841 to March 1856. These are the earliest records available for this circuit. We intend to keep transcribing these until we reach 1879, where our existing online set begins.

Abodes mentioned include Belmont, Bishop Middleham, Brancepeth, Brandon, Broomside, Byers Green, Carrville, Cassop, Cassop Colliery, Castle Eden & Castle Eden Colliery, Chester-le-Street, Chilton & Chilton Colliery, Coxhoe, Crow Trees, Dragon Villa, Durham St. Giles, Durham St. Margaret, Durham St. Nicholas, Durham St. Oswald, East Hetton Colliery, Edmondsley, Ferryhill, Findon Hill, Fine Houses (Trimdon), Framwellgate Moor, Gilesgate Moor, Haswell, Haswell Colliery, Haswell Lane, Hett, Heugh Hall, High Moorsley, Joint Stock Row,  Kelloe, Kelloe Colliery, Little Chilton, Little Chilton Colliery, Low Moorsley, Ludworth, Middleton, Moorsley, Monk Hesleden (also called Church Hesleton, Esselton, Hesselton, and Heslington), Neville’s Cross, New Cassop Colliery, New Durham, New Pittington, Old Cassop, Old Pittington, Pespool Hall, Pit Houses, Pit Row, Pittington, Quarrington, Quarrington Hill, Running Waters, Sacriston, Shadforth, Sherburn, Sherburn Hill, Shincliffe, Shincliffe Colliery, Shotton, Shotton Colliery, South Wingate, Spennymoor, Thornley, Thornley Colliery, Trimdon, Trimdon Colliery, Trimdon Grange, West Sherburn, Whitwell Pit, Whitworth, Whitworth Colliery, Wingate, Wingate Grange, and Witton Gilbert. Yes, lots of collieries were listed!

Birth dates were recorded through April 1853, and mother’s maiden surnames were recorded for nearly all of these baptisms until June 1852.

Samples, including some baptisms well after the person’s birth:

  • 7 Oct 1850 Sarah Davison, of Little Chilton in the parish of Ferryhill, born 31-Oct 1839, daughter of Thomas Davison (miner) & Hannah formerly Frater
  • 10 Feb 1856 Francis Ochelshaw, of Sacriston, [child] of William (miner) & Mary Ochelshaw

There were some odd errors which we researched and extensively annotated:

  • 17 Dec 1849 Mary Ann Furguson [Parkinson], of Sacriston Colliery in the parish of Witten [Witton Gilbert], born 27-Dec 1849, daughter of Valentine Furguson [Parkinson] (miner) & Jane formerly Watson
    [Note: Although the surname is clearly Furguson here, Jane Watson married Valentine PARKINSON in 1848 and Mary Ann is with them as Parkson in the 1851 census and her birth is registered in the GRO birth index as Parkinson. This family is also found in the 1860 Pennsylvania census as Parkinson.]
  • 6 Oct 1845 Catherine Elspith [Middlemass], of Haswell Colliery in the parish of Easington, daughter of Andrew (sawyer) & Middlemass Elspith [Middlemass]
    [Note: Parents are clearly listed as "Andrew Elspith & Middlemass Elspith", but we think this is an error. The 1841 census shows Andrew (a sawyer) & Elizabeth Middlemass in Haswell, and the GRO birth index has a registration for Catharine Midlemass in the right place and time.]

Here is an unusual baptism:

  • 13 Aug 1851 George [Hall/Punton], of Wingate in the parish of Kelloe, born 10-Dec 1773, an old man turned 77 years, a chance [illegitimate] child of George Hall (miner) & Frances Punton

which matched up nicely to this census entry:

Wingate 1851 Census, Wingate Colliery
George Hall, Head, married, 77, Retired Coal Miner, born Northumberland
Sarah Hall, Wife, married, 79, born Yorkshire

If George hadn’t decided to get himself baptized at the ripe old age of 77, his descendants (if he had any) might never have known who his parents were!



Aycliffe marriages 1800-1812

109 marriages at Aycliffe St. Andrew in Darlington district, covering 1800-1812, including witnesses. Although this period was supposedly indexed in the old IGI at FamilySearch.org, we found 18 marriages that had been missed in that indexing effort.

Abodes mentioned include the parishes of Aycliffe, Cockfield, Darlington, Egglescliffe, Haughton-le-Skerne, Heighington, Merrington, Norton, Redmarshall, Stockton, and Wolsingham.

My favorite:

29 Apr 1807 James Thomson Henderson, of this parish married Mary Lee, of this parish, by licence; “I protest against the Legality of this marriage, as for substancial reasons I forbade it both by word & writing to the above Mr. Haslewood (vicar) – M. Henderson, father of the said James Thomson Henderson”
Witnesses: James Walker, John Perkins
[Note: not signed.]

Marriage bonds 1800-1804 updated with full details

Replaced the index to marriage bonds in the years 1800-1804 with full details, so those 2,992 records are now instantly available, including 2 new bonds we missed the first time around.

Marriage bonds often provide ages, occupations, and place of residence for the bride and groom (and sometimes a parent or guardian of a minor) during a period when marriage registers did not provide that information. Please read the Marriage Bonds section for a description of what information is found in bonds, allegations, and associated documents, and how we present that information.


  • 25 Jun 1802 Robert Kirtley (labourer), age 18, of Chester-le-Street, son of Thomas Kirtley (consents to the marriage), obtained a licence to marry Frances Moor, age 21 & upward, of Monkwearmouth, directed to Monkwearmouth
    Surety: Robert Robson, farmer, of Ryhope also witnessed the consent
  • 25 May 1804 Robert Bowman (colliery agent), age 66, of Wallsend, Northumberland obtained a licence to marry Jane Maughan, age 40, of Wallsend, directed to Wallsend
    Surety: John Featherston, merchant, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    [Note: married 26 May at Wallsend.]

Marriage bonds cover the entire Diocese of Durham i.e. Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire. There are a few licences in our collection that were issued by the Diocese of York. Because bonds cover the whole diocese, there is no way to limit your search of bonds to a single district. If you select a district from the District menu, your selection will be ignored when the marriage bonds database is searched.

Photographs of Hartlepool cemeteries offered on-demand

We now offer a digital photograph service for Spion Kop and other Hartlepool cemeteries; for £6 per stone, we will go to the relevant cemetery and photograph the monument, or, if it is missing, the spot where it is supposed to be, and email the photo to you. We do not guarantee we can find the stone, as many have been removed or have fallen apart, but we will do our best.

Here is an example of a stone at Spion Kop:


Here is a close-up view of the same stone:


and here is an example of an area where the stone is missing – it is supposed to be in the foreground but is gone:


Even if a stone is missing, you can still get a sense of the surroundings. In this case, you can see the cranes of the Hartlepool docks in the distance.

To request a photo of a Hartlepool grave, log in, click Research Services on the What Do We Offer menu, and pay for a Hartlepool grave photograph. Then email us from the Help & Advice – Customer Support page to tell us which grave you want photographed.

Monument Inscriptions: Hartlepool Old Cemetery (Spion Kop)

We have added a new class of records: Monument Inscriptions, otherwise known as MIs, gravestones, tombstones, headstones, etc. The first set in this class consists of 2,865 names on 1,027 stones at Hartlepool Old Cemetery (a.k.a. Spion Kop, Borough, or Hart Warren Cemetery). The transcription of the stones was done in the 1970s. The stones may or may not still be present and/or readable; time and weather are hard on old monuments, and even when the transcription was done, many stones had fallen face down, were buried in sand, or were so worn they were impossible to read. In some cases where a stone was only partially legible, we have added information from the cemetery register and annotated accordingly.

Monuments will automatically be searched if you request a search in Burials, or you can narrow your search to just Monuments. As with census records, if you search for and purchase any single person on a monument, you will get all the people on the monument. Many monuments list 3 generations of a family, providing valuable connections that might not otherwise be discernible from the cemetery register or any other record.


Record Number: 126.15
6 Dec 1910 Ann McLeod, wife of S. A. McLeod, daughter of the late Thomas Scott (of Shiremoor Northumberland.), born 6 Jun 1850
12 Dec 1924 Samuel Alexander McLeod, age: 75, husband of Ann McLeod
7 Jun 1887 Norman McLeod, son of Samuel Alexander McLeod & Ann, born 16 May 1885
23 Mar 1895 Elizabeth Ann McLeod, daughter of Samuel Alexander McLeod & Ann, born 9 May 1878

Record Number: 124.15
Section: A9
8 Apr 1902 Henry Currell, age: 67, husband of Margaret Currell
28 Aug 1917 Margaret Currell, age: 77, wife of Henry Currell
13 Jan 1904 Elsie Cavers Gray, age: 6, daughter of John & Margaret Gray, g’dau of the above Henry & Margaret.

Record Number: 130.15
7 Apr 1904 John Hurrell, age: 60, husband of Maria M. Hurrell, killed while following his employment at Massers Richardson Westgarth & Co. Engineering Works.
3 Jan 1905 Maria Martha Hurrell, age: 65, wife of John Hurrell

Adding a new class of records necessitated some code changes, so please let us know if we broke anything in the search or display of records.

Newcastle St. Nicholas baptisms 1813-1855, burials 1813-1853

At St. Nicholas in Newcastle-upon-Tyne:

  • 6,458 baptisms covering 1813-1855
  • 3,174 burials covering 1813 to Sep 1853 when the church’s burial ground was closed, plus one burial in 1859 that must have been accepted into an existing family grave or vault

St. Nicholas parish was just across the river from Gateshead, and many Gateshead families went to church there and were baptized and buried there. Abodes recorded are mostly streets within St. Nicholas parish. Other abodes mentioned include Arthur’s Hill, Ballast Hills, Bensham, Benwell, Byker Hill, Gateshead, Gateshead Fell, Kenton, Morpeth, North Shields, North Shore, Pandon, Sandhill, Shield Field, Spital, Tynemouth, the Vagrant Ward, Wall Knoll, Whickham, and Windmill Hills; the institutions of the Fever Hospital, the Freeman’s Hospital, the Infirmary, the Lunatic Asylum, the Poor House, and the Work House, and the adjacent Newcastle parishes of All Saints, St. Andrew, and St. John.

Sample baptisms from each decade – some have birth dates:

  • 7 Apr 1814 Oliver [Spoors/Dodds], of Castle Garth, illegitimate son of Joseph Spoors (shoemaker) & Anne Dodds
  • 23 Mar 1823 John Moffat, of High Bridge, born 23 Feb 1823, son of John (cheesemonger) & Mary Moffat
  • 7 Apr 1835 Jane Dorothy Daglish, of New Bridge Street, daughter of John (chemist) & Mary Daglish
  • 30 Oct 1844 John Buckham, of St. Nicholas Church Yard, child of Andrew (hairdresser) & Catharine Buckham
  • 7 Dec 1855 Mary Isabella Rounthwaite, of Forth Banks, child of Francis (glass cutter) & Isabella Rounthwaite

About 220 burials contain information such as a father’s name (for a child) or husband’s name (for a wife or widow), or an occupation (for an adult male). There is no clear pattern as to why certain burials received special treatment, other than the expected notations for church officials such as vicars. The extra information spans 1813-1844.

Sample burials:

  • 14 Jun 1817 Sarah Lowes, of the parish of St. John in this town, age: 78, daughter of the late George Lowes
  • 5 Apr 1818 Jane Chambers, of the Parish of St. John in this town, age: 92, widow of Richard Chambers
  • 16 Apr 1820 William Collpitts, of Freemen’s Hospital, Manor Chare, age: 81, Beadle of this church for 46 years
  • 26 Sep 1831 Etheldred Collingwood, of Close, age: 100
  • 11 May 1853 Michael Hogg, of West Parade, age: 83

These were transcribed from the Bishop’s Transcript with extensive checking against the parish register, except for 1845-46 which was transcribed directly from the parish register. In a few records, the Bishop’s Transcript contained more information than the parish register.


Sunderland: Flag Lane Chapel Primitive Methodist baptisms 1823-1837

231 baptisms at the Flag Lane Chapel, a Primitive Methodist Circuit chapel in Sunderland, covering 1823 to May 1837.

This circuit covered the Sunderland area and stretched inland to cover the Houghton-le-Spring area. Abodes mentioned include Ayres Quay, Birtley (Chester-le-Street), Bishopwearmouth, Cox Green (Penshaw), Crossgate (Durham), Deptford, Downs (Houghton-le-Spring), Easington Lane, Flag Lane (Sunderland), Hartlepool, Hetton Houses, Hetton-le-Hole, High Downs, Houghton-le-Spring, Low Moorsley, Low Southwick, Lumley, Malings Rigg, Masham (Yorkshire), Monkwearmouth, Moorsley, New Thornley, Newbottle, Philadelphia, Quarry Head (Penshaw), Shiney Row, Southwick, Sunderland, West Herrington, and West Rainton.

The baptisms include birth dates of the children and most include the mother’s maiden names. The terms “alias” and “formerly” were used interchangeable to denote the mother’s maiden surname. Here are some samples:

  • 30 Nov 1823 Harriett West, of West Street, Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland, 3rd daughter of Nathaniel West (minister of the Gospel in the Primitive Methodist Connexion) & Sarah alias Lindforth
  • 19 Sep 1836 Joseph Clark Battey, of Hopper Street, Bishopwearmouth, born 16-Aug 1836, son of Robert Battey (jobbing smith) & Jane formerly Laverick

An interesting article about the history of Primitive Methodism and the Flag Lane Chapel can be read here:

  • http://www.vision.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/revival/meccaod.html



Sunderland Old Meeting House/Cornmarket Chapel baptisms 1802-1837

443 baptisms at the Old Meeting House on High Street, also called Cornmarket Chapel, a Congregational chapel in Sunderland, from May 1802, where our previous transcription left off, to 7 June 1837.

Abodes mentioned include Bishopwearmouth, Bishopwearmouth Pans, Monkwearmouth, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Shields, South Shields, and Sunderland.


  • 9 Nov 1802 William & John Tinmouth, of Sunderland, born 3-Nov 1802, twin sons of William & Isabella Tinmouth
  • 17 Sep 1815 Margaret Roseberry, of Bishopwearmouth, born 17-Sep 1815, daughter of James & Margaret Roseberry
  • 17 Jul 1829 William Sharp Stothard, of Monkwearmouth, born 7-Aug 1825, son of William & Harriet Stothard