Silksworth burials 1872-1904

2,490 burials at Silksworth St. Matthew’s in Sunderland district, from the beginning of the parish register in August 1872 to the end of 1904. Silksworth parish was carved out of Bishopwearmouth, Ryhope, and South Hylton parishes in 1868, but there were no burials there until August 1872.

Abodes mentioned are mostly street addresses in Silksworth, but also include Fulwell, Grindon, Hetton Waggonway, Hope Lodge, Monkwearmouth, New Herrington, New Silksworth, New Tunstall, Ryhope, Silksworth Colliery, Silksworth Moor, South Farrington, Sunderland, Tunstall, the Wheatsheaf Inn (Ryhope), and the Workhouse (Sunderland).

Between June 1893 and January 1903, most of the burials include the date of death.

Samples:

  • 3 Feb 1876 Isabella Short, of Silksworth Colliery, age: 85
  • 20 Dec 1893 Ann Thomas, of 2 West Street, age: 100, died Dec 17th
  • 3 Apr 1901 Mary Foster, of 21 Tunstall Terrace, age: 90, died Apr 1st

New Silksworth was the colliery village for Silksworth Colliery, located between Tunstall and (Old) Silksworth. The colliery was sunk in 1869, and over the next 10 years, the population of the Silksworth-Tunstall area soared from 400 (mostly farming families) to over 4,700 (mostly colliers and their families). The colliery operated until 1971.

The Durham Mining Museum has a section on Silksworth Colliery and the Victoria County History site has a short chapter on New Silksworth history with some pictures. The Silksworth Heritage Group has some other interesting links on their pages.

Cockfield burials 1868-1913

468 burials at Cockfield St. Mary in Teesdale district, covering 1868 through Sept 1884, and 1,074 burials at the new Cockfield Cemetery from its opening in Feb 1883 to August 1913. The first 2 years of burials at the new cemetery are duplicated in the Cockfield parish register, but some details differ, so we have included both versions.

Abodes mentioned besides Cockfield include Barnard Castle, Burnt Houses, Butterknowle, Cockfield Fell and Fell Houses, Cockfield Hall, Copley, Cragwood, Crook, Esperley Lane, Esperley Lane Ends, Evenwood, Fletcher Hill, Gibbs Knees, Gordon House, Gordon Lane, High Lands, Lands, Lands Bank, Low Lands, Lynesack, Millfield Grange, Morley, Oaks (Evenwood), Peth Row, Raby Moor House (Staindrop), Railey Fell, Sedgefield Asylum, South Side, Staindrop, Station Cottages, the Tar Works, Walkerfield (Wackerfield), Wham, Whitecake Row, Wigglesworth, Wood Houses, Wood Row, and Woodlands.

The church register is typically terse, although there were quite a few notations about cause of death, presumably in epidemics. There seems to have been an epidemic of “fever” in early 1869, smallpox in mid-1872, more fever in early 1878, and scattered reports of scarlet fever and typhoid in the early 1880s.

Sample from the parish register:

  • 17 Feb 1869 Elizabeth Cant, of Cockfield, age: 56, died from fever
  • 14 Feb 1882 Hannah Bradley, of Cockfield Fell Houses, age: 3, died from scarlet fever

The cemetery register often provides a parent or husband or other relative, or an occupation:

  • 27 Jun 1887 Sarah Wood, of Cockfield, Walker’s Buildings, age: 13, daughter of Joseph Wood
  • 30 May 1889 Margaret A. Plews, of Lane Ends, age: 12, granddaughter of Joseph Elliott
  • 18 Mar 1898 Margaret Makepeace, of Millfield Grange, age: 82, wife of John Makepeace
  • 3 Apr 1902 Thomas Million, of Cockfield, age: 69, innkeeper

 

Marriage bonds 1790-1794 updated with full details

Replaced the index to marriage bonds in the years 1790-1794 with full details, so those 2,131 records are now instantly available.

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. Note that ‘age 21′ generally means ’21 and upwards’ in these documents.

Samples – note the large age discrepancy in the first one:

  • 26 Nov 1794 John Simpson (joiner, widower), age 82, of Ovingham, Northumberland obtained a licence to marry Jane Mason, age 48, of Ovingham, directed to Ovingham
    Surety: William Towns, weaver, of Bywell, Northumberland
    [Note: married 6 Dec at Ovingham.]
  • 8 Sep 1794 John Grice (iron monger), age 20, of Gateshead, son of James Grice (consents to the marriage), obtained a licence to marry Jane Hawks, age 20, of Gateshead, daughter of William Hawks (iron monger, of Gateshead consents to the marriage), directed to Gateshead
    Surety: James Grice, of Rotherhithe, Surrey

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.

 

Site re-designed

Durham Records Online has been completely re-designed, partly in response to display issues that some customers reported after our early July update, and partly to pack in a bunch of new features we’ve wanted to add for some time now:

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Washington burials 1603-1723

1,019 burials at Washington Holy Trinity in Chester-le-Street district, from the beginning of the register in 1603 to March 1723, from which point forward we already have this register online. Many of these burials were in Latin, so we have done some translation of names and phrases.

Samples:

  • 10 May 1611 Wenifred Cuthbert, wife of George Cuthbert
  • 20 Jun 1650 Henry Richardson, son of Capt. John Richardson
  • 20 Jun 1669 Elizabetha Cuthbert, age: 90, nonagies annum [90 years]
  • 27 Jul 1679 Milcha Lawson, of Parva [Little] Usworth, relicta [relict] of Guilielmi [William] Lawson, buried in wool [testament, in Latin]
  • 16 Mar 1707 Barbara Robson, widow, Sunday
  • 29 Jan 1723 Elizabeth Brewhouse, daughter of Henry Brewhouse

The few abodes mentioned are Ayton, Barmston, Biddick, Harraton, Houghton-le-Spring,  Magna (Great) Usworth, Parva (Little) Usworth, and of course Washington.

Stranton Grange Cemetery burials 1920-1944

15,607 burials at Stranton Grange Cemetery in Hartlepool, covering 1920-1944. The abodes are generally street addresses or streets in Hartlepool and West Hartlepool.

There is a little more information in these cemetery records than in the church burial register – never as much as we would like, but every little bit helps! Here are some samples:

  • 5 Feb 1920 Rebecca Simpson, of Cornwall Street, age: 76, widow
  • 21 Feb 1920 Jane Blackford, of Longhill Farm Cottage, age: 68, married, died at Howbeck House
  • 26 Oct 1937 stillborn child Dawson, of 4 Gill Street, age: stillborn, child of Nora Dawson
  • 9 Oct 1937 John Thomas Phinn, of 37 Stainton Street, age: 79, widower, died at Howbeck House
  • 26 Dec 1944 Alma McPartlin, of 8 Burbank Street, age: 50, married, died on the highway in Reed Street

 

Sunderland baptisms 1827-1830

2,153 baptisms at Sunderland Holy Trinity, covering 1827-1830, from the parish register. This fills a gap we had, so we now have continuous coverage of Sunderland baptisms from 1719 through 1834.

Mother’s maiden surnames and children’s birth dates continued to be included. Here are some samples:

  • 25 Dec 1830 Margaret Jane Stanyard, of Church Street, born 20-Oct 1829, daughter of Robert Stanyard (shipwright) & Ann Bell
  • 3 Jan 1827 Elizabeth Jane Button, of Chancery Lane, born 14-Dec 1826, daughter of John Button (mariner) & Jane Bradshaw
  • 19 Feb 1829 Robert Wilson, of Nile Street, Bishopwearmouth, born 11-Jan 1796, son of Robert Wilson (landing waiter in the Customs) & Sarah Pearson

Note that Robert Wilson was 33 at the time of his baptism, and his sister, born in 1807, was baptized the same day.

In case you remember our little exploration, during our last Sunderland update,  into the life of “Jameson Kay”, who we posited might be Jameson Scaife, we have one more piece of information. “James” appears with his mother Isabella Scaife in the 1851 census of Sunderland, and he is the right age to be Jameson, so he probably is. We had originally mis-transcribed his mother as Elizabeth (oops!), but an alert reader found them anyway. Here they are:

Bishopwearmouth 1851 Census, 16 Numbers Garth (HO107/2395/folio 77 page 24)
Isabella Scafe, Head, Widowed, 61, Washing Woman, born Sunderland, County Durham
James Scafe, Son, 30, born Sunderland, County Durham

This proves that Isabella had a son named James around 1821, which fits fairly neatly with 1823 birth of “Jameson Kay” mentioned in our June 14th update. Note there is no corresponding baptism for a son named James for Isabella.

Stanley Primitive Methodist Circuit baptisms 1902-1924

4,939 baptisms on the Stanley Primitive Methodist Circuit from March 1902 (plus one in 1899) to November 1924.

Many towns did not have Methodist churches, so the Methodist preacher rode around his local circuit, baptizing children as he went. Circuits often covered a fairly large geographical area. In this data set, residences mentioned include Annfield Plain, Beamish, Blackhouse, Bloemfontein, Burnhope, Burnopfield, Catchgate, Chester-le-Street, Co-operative Villas, Craghead, Dipton, East Stanley, Edmondsley, Frosterley, Grange Villa, Greencroft, Hanging Stone, High Hold, Holmside, Iveston, Kyo, Kyo Laws, Lanchester, Leadgate, Maiden Law, Newfield, Oxhill, Pelton, Pelton Lane Ends, Quaking Houses, Shield Row, South Moor, South Pontop, Stanley, Tanfield, Tanfield Lea, Tantobie, Twizell, West Pelton.

Sample baptisms:

  • 1 Apr 1902 Thomas Hardy Ward, of Hanging Stone, born 11-Jan 1902, child of George F. Ward (miner) & Eunice
  • 19 Dec 1905 Ada Maltby, of Stoney Heap, Leadgate, born 23-Nov 1905, child of Robert Maltby (insurance agent) & Mary Emma Maltby
  • 7 Aug 1907 Thomasine Mona Hannah [Parker/Evans], of Wood Row, Burnhope, born 21-Aug 1907, child of Walter Parker (soldier) & Elizabeth Evans (spinster)

These baptisms are from Registers 4 to 9 and 13 to 16. We are trying to do these in roughly chronological order, but since Primitive Methodist Circuit registers are not kept in strictly chronological order, the next set we transcribe will have some chronological overlap with this set. For example, we still have the following books to transcribe:

  • Book 10 1924-1928
  • Book 11 1928-1931
  • Book 12 1933-1937
  • Book 17 1923-1930
  • Book 18 1930-1936

Sunderland baptisms 1821-1826, 1831-1834

5,492 baptisms at Sunderland Holy Trinity covering 1821-1826 from the parish register and 1831-1834 from the Bishop’s Transcript.

Three cheers for the clerk or priest who kept recording mother’s maiden surnames and children’s birth dates long after the requirement to do so had been abolished ! Unfortunately he also had difficult handwriting and seems to have mis-heard some names along the way. More on that later ! First, some samples:

  • 1 Jan 1821 John Bainbridge Lister, of Queen Street, born 18-Oct 1820, son of Stephen Lister (mariner) & Ann Haggeson Bainbridge
  • 30 Oct 1832 William [Reed/Wiseman], of Low Street, born 9 Jul 1832, illegitimate son of Thomas Skipsey Wiseman (gardener) & Elizabeth Reed
  • 25 Dec 1834 Sarah Hannah Stonehouse, of Nesham Square, born 1 Dec 1834, daughter of William Stonehouse (cabinet maker) & Sarah Tyzack

Abodes shown are mostly street names in Sunderland, Bishopwearmouth, and Monkwearmouth, plus Southwick, Maling’s Rigg, Mill Hill,  Minorca, the Barracks, the Pier, and a few from Hetton-le-Hole and Newcastle.

While transcribing and checking these, we could not help noticing numerous errors in the LDS IGI for this set. This is not surprising, as the handwriting was appallingly bad and the entries are faint, especially in 1821-1826. Some of the errors appear to be names that sound like other names – the clerk must have been verbally told the name and wrote down what he thought he heard. For example, Pettigrew is written as Pettigrove, Pedigree, and Peregrine, which I guess works if you roll your “r” a little.  Our favorite example follows, and although we are going a bit out on a limb here, we think it hangs together.

First, consider this baptism:

  • 16 Jan 1825 Jameson Kay, of Queen Street, born 30-Jul 1823, son of Jameson Kay (mariner) & Isabella Parker

Oddly, we could find no other baptisms for this couple, no marriage for the parents, no other evidence that any of these people ever existed. That got us wondering.

Now consider this baptism:

  • 28 May 1802 Jameson Scaith, born 23-Jan 1789, 2nd son of Thomas Scaith (shoemaker) & Barbara Tongs (his wife), an adult

and this marriage at Monkwearmouth St. Peter, which we think is the adult in the 1802 baptism (remember, he was born in 1789, so he’s 26 now):

  • 23 Dec 1815 Jameson Scaif (bachelor), of this parish married Isabella Parkinson, of this parish, by banns, with consent of parents
    Witnesses: George Davison, William Robson

Note the similarity of Parkinson to Parker. Then look at these baptisms:

  • 17 Mar 1822 Thomas Scaith, of Queen Street, born 1-Jul 1820, son of Jameson Scaith (mariner) & Isabella Parkinson
  • 6 May 1827 Isabella [Elizabeth] Scaif, of Queen Street, born 12 Apr 1827, daughter of Jameson Scaif (mariner) & Isabella late Parkinson. Curate’s note: This child’s name should be Elizabeth – the name Isabella was put down by mistake – J.Hayton, curate, May 6th 1827
  • from the IGI, a birth on 5 November 1829 of William SCAIFE to Jameson Scaife & Isabella Parkinson

And finally, this burial, presumably of the father, as his age matches a 1789 birth:

  • 13 Jun 1837 Jameson Scaife, of Queen Street, age: 48

The widow Isabella can be found in the 1841 census of Bishopwearmouth with Thomas, 20, and William, 10. The daughter Elizabeth was buried from Queen Street as SCAITH in early 1828.

Note that the family lives on Queen Street for the baptisms and the burials. Note how Scaith and Scaife are sound-alike names.

Now go back to the first baptism. Out loud, say “Jameson Scaife” – can you see how the clerk might have heard “Jameson Kay” instead? Based on all this, we have annotated the first baptism as follows:

  • 16 Jan 1825 Jameson Kay [Scaife], of Queen Street, born 30-Jul 1823, son of Jameson Kay [Scaife] (mariner) & Isabella Parker [Parkinson]
    [Note: We think the clerk may have mis-heard "Jameson Scaife" as "Jameson Kay", and also gotten the mother's maiden surname slightly wrong, because Jameson Scaife, a mariner, & his wife Isabella Parkinson have other children baptized here, while we can find no records for a Jameson Kay & Isabella Parker. Also, Jameson Scaife (the father) was buried from Queen St in 1837.]

If anybody has evidence to refute or support this conclusion, we would love to hear it. The missing piece is that we still don’t know what happened to Jameson Kay or Scaife born in 1823. He is not with his mother in the 1841 census and we don’t see a Sunderland burial for him. There is another Jameson Scaife who was born in  Sunderland in 1821 to Thomas Scaife & Mary Purvis, and he is seen in the 1841 census with his siblings.

We found numerous other baptisms that were not in the IGI, or were in it with names so badly mangled that you would never find them in a search, or dates 20 years wrong. So, if you have been relying on the IGI for your Sunderland searches for the 1820s and 1830s, you might find what you’ve been looking for in our new data set !

We expect to have the gap of 1827-1830 filled within a few weeks.

 

Marriage bonds 1785-1789 updated with full details

Replaced the index to marriage bonds in the years 1785-1789 with full details, so those 2,065 records are now instantly available.

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 of the Transcription Samples page for a description of what information is found in bonds, allegations, and associated documents, and how we present that information. Note that ‘age 21′ generally means ’21 and upwards’ in these documents.

Samples – note the large age discrepancy in the first one, and the information provided about the parents of the groom and bride in the next two – this is all information that is not likely to be present in the marriage record:

  • 15 Jun 1788 Robert Simmins (weaver, widower), age 70, of All Saints, Newcastle-upon-Tyne obtained a licence to marry Sarah Bell (widow), age 30, of All Saints, directed to All Saints
    Surety: John Westgarth, butcher, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    [Note: married 16 Jun at All Saints.]
  • 18 May 1786 Thomas Snaith (bricklayer), age 19, of Stockton-upon-Tees, son of Robert Snaith (gardener, of Grindon consents to the marriage), obtained a licence to marry Jane Hutton (widow), of Thorpe Grindon, directed to Grindon
    Surety: Henry Smith, yeoman, of Grindon
  • 5 Jul 1788 Thomas Storey (master-mariner), age 21, of Sunderland obtained a licence to marry Dorothy Thomas, age 19, of Sunderland, daughter of David (master-mariner, now in the East Country, who consents to the marriage) & Jane Thomas (witnessed the consent), directed to Sunderland
    Surety: John Storey, sailmaker, of Sunderland
    [Note: married 5 Jul at Sunderland.]

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.