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.”