Marriage bonds 1805-1809 updated with full details

Replaced the index to marriage bonds in the years 1805-1809 with full details, so those 2,797 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.


  • 20 Mar 1809 Robert Allan (esquire), age 21 & upwards, of Newbottle, Houghton-le-Spring obtained a licence to marry Hannah Allan otherwise Havelock, age 21 & upwards, of Newbottle, This marriage was previously solemnized in Scotland, of the legality of which some doubts were entertained and therefore repeated viz. 20 Dec 1792
    Surety: William Bowes, clerk, of Houghton-le-Spring
    [Note: Ages in marriage bonds are often stated to be “21 & upwards”, proving that both parties were of legal age to marry. In this case, both bride and groom must be well over 21 if they first married in 1792.]
  • 1 Apr 1808 Joseph Cavers (staithman, widower), age 56, of Wallsend, Northumberland obtained a licence to marry Elizabeth Longbotham (widow), age 55, of St.Hild, South Shields, directed to Wallsend
    Surety: William Swan, farmer, of Wallsend
    [Note: married 3 Apr 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.

West Hartlepool Hebrew Congregation Cemetery burials 1858-2011

121 burials in the West Hartlepool Hebrew Congregation (Jewish) Cemetery, which is part of Spion Kop cemetery on the bluffs of Hartlepool.

This cemetery supposedly opened in 1865, yet the first death in the register is dated 1858 – perhaps this body was originally buried elsewhere and moved by the family to this cemetery when it became available. The associated Synagogue, consecrated on Whitby Street in 1872, hosted an Ashkenazi Orthodox congregation. At its peak, there were about 40 families. The Hartlepool Synagogue closed in 1967 and its members joined the Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation. The Synagogue was demolished in the early 1970’s, but the congregational silver can be viewed by prior arrangement with Hartlepool Borough Council. In the period up to 1885, the deceased from Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation were also buried at Hartlepool, being transferred by ferry. Presumably the many early unmarked graves in this cemetery are of infants from both Middlesbrough and Hartlepool. The earliest marked stone is 1877; the latest entry in the register was in 2011. The cemetery is still in occasional use.

This register is very informal. It is not in chronological order and some information is incomplete. Most burials show name and age, many show abode, a couple have extra information such as maiden name or relationship to another person, and we have included the plot/grave number. Unlike Anglican burial registers, the date given is the date of death, not of burial. We have also annotated many of these burials with additional information found on the headstones and in newspapers. Most of the stones are at least partially in Hebrew, so we have had to rely on the translations of other experts.


  • 25 Jun 1904 Calmer Lotinga, of West Hartlepool, age: 96, buried in plot N2L
  • 25 Feb 1919 Freda Barnett, age: 14, buried in plot E6R
    [Note: daughter of Abraham Barnett who d. 1918, per shared stone.]
  • 3 Apr 1919 Blumah Prinsky, of York, age: 77, buried in plot K1L
    [Note: stone says Blumah Tsyril Prinsky. The Hartlepool newspapers of Oct 1879 tell her sad story of domestic violence, mental illness, force-feeding, and confinement in an asylum. She was the wife of Moses Prinsky, mother of Solomon & Isabella, & sister of Isaac Kaufmann, jeweller of Hartlepool.]

Gateshead marriage witnesses 1835-1837 added

Added 692 witnesses to our existing 317 marriages at Gateshead St. Mary, covering 1835 to 1 July 1837. We also found one marriage we’d missed, and corrected some errors, mostly minor spelling adjustments. If you  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.

South Hetton baptisms 1853-1873 updated with occupations, abodes, birth dates

We have updated 1,612 baptisms at South Hetton Holy Trinity from 1853 to 1873 inclusive with the abodes and father’s occupations, added birth dates where we had missed them, and made corrections. If a major change, such as a name change, was made to a record you purchased, an email has already been sent to you with the correction. Otherwise, if you have purchased a baptism at this church in this period, you should review it to get the father’s occupation and abode (and possibly the child’s birth date) and to see if any minor changes in spelling were made. Log in, click My Account, then click the My Orders tab to see your purchases.

Hurworth baptisms & burials 1841-1885; we have 1,000,000+ baptisms now!

At Hurworth All Saints in Darlington district, from the Bishop’s Transcript:

  • 1,883 baptisms from April 1841 where we had left off before, to the end of 1885
  • 1,280 burials covering 1842-1885

Abodes mentioned include Black Banks, Brass Castle, Close House, Cold Comfort, Creebeck, Croft, Darlington, Dinsdale, Eryholme, Fighting Cocks, Hall Farm, High Rockcliff, Hilton House, Hunger Hill, Hurworth, Hurworth Grange, Hurworth Moor, Hurworth Place, Lane End, Neasham, Neasham Abbey, Neasham Hall, Neasham Moor, Newbus Grange, Newbus Lodge, Pilmore, Railway Cottages, Rose Villa, Round Hill, Skip Bridge, and Springs.

About one-third of the baptisms have birth dates, which were not required in this period. Here are some samples:

  • 9 May 1841 Thomas Rickaby, of Hurworth, born 9 Apr, son of John (gentleman’s servant) & Sarah Rickaby
  • 7 May 1865 Isabella Earl, of Neasham, born 22 Nov 1863, child of Francis (groom) & Jane Earl
  • 19 Mar 1882 George Rowell, of Old Dog Kennels, Neasham, son of Robert (agricultural labourer) & Sarah Rowell

Unlike most church registers of this period, about 15% of these burials have relationships or descriptions. For example:

  • 1 Mar 1841 Elizabeth Oliver, of Hurworth, age: 33, wife of Thomas Oliver
  • 20 Jun 1851 Ann Fothergill, of Hurworth Place, age: 65, from 18 Fawcett Street, Bishop Wth.
  • 31 Mar 1874 Elizabeth Williamson, age: 84, died at Ramshill Terrace, Scarborough, widow of the late Robert Hopper Williamson (Rector of Hurworth)
  • 13 Mar 1875 John Fife, age: 52, late Major of the 10th Hussars, died at Banks Terrace, Hurworth, late of Reedsmouth House, Northumberland
  • 4 Aug 1885 Mary Blackburn, of Hurworth, age: 36, wife of Christopher Blackburn

This burial set turned up a surname I had never seen before:

  • 31 May 1871 Ann Marjam, of Hurworth Place, age: 84

and this baptism set put our online collection of baptisms over the one-million mark !




Gateshead burials 1837-1840; maps & images of Gateshead in the past

1,453 burials at Gateshead St. Mary covering 1837-1840, bringing our burial collection to the same ending year as our baptism collection. These are from the Bishop’s Transcript.

Abodes mentioned besides Gateshead include Gateshead Fell, Gosforth, Heworth, Longbenton, Whickham, and the Newcastle parishes of All Saints, St. Andrew, St. John, and St. Nicholas.


  • 4 Mar 1838 Winifrede Wood, of Gateshead, age: 100 and 1 month
  • 29 Oct 1839 William Bright, of Gateshead, age: 99
  • 19 Jul 1837 Jane Gamester, of Gateshead, age: 79 & 1/2

You can take a fun, interactive journey along the High Street of Gateshead as it was 100 years ago here:

Click the numbers on the map to see photographs of old Gateshead at each tram stop, and click on each photo to enlarge it.

There are also lots of wonderful images of old Gateshead here:

Houghton-le-Spring baptisms 1825-1841 updated with occupations

Added 5,777 father’s occupations to baptisms at Houghton-le-Spring between 1825 and 1841 inclusive, and corrected minor errors. We have always regretted not including occupations in these baptisms when they were transcribed many years ago, so we are glad to have completed this task. Now all of our Houghton-le-Spring baptisms accurately reflect the full contents of the parish register.

If you have purchased a baptism at Houghton-le-Spring in this period, we recommend you take another look at it to see if anything has changed. 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, the corrected record has been emailed to you.

Gateshead baptisms 1828-1840, burials 1825-1836, marriage witnesses 1827-1834

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



Blaydon Cemetery burials 1873-1998 (consecrated section)

8,344 burials in the consecrated section of Blaydon Cemetery at Blaydon in Gateshead district, from the opening of this cemetery on 17 March 1873 to 16 Sep 1998.

The early years of this municipal cemetery register are terse:

  • 12 Jun 1874 Earl Graham, of Close Head, age: 26
  • 21 May 1892 Sarah Conway, of Path Head, age: 20

but some state the cause of death if it was accidental:

  • 29 May 1875 George Mace, of Bridge Street, age: 27, found drowned in the Tyne
  • 22 Oct 1900 William Stewart, of 16 Shibdon Street, age: 17, killed in the sand pit at Summerhill
  • 29 Mar 1919 William Taylor, of Simpson’s Hotel, Wallsend, age: 56, killed at work at Blaydon sidings
  • 5 Feb 1941 John James Clasper, of 108 George Street, age: 59, died on a footpath between Dunston and Swalwell, south of Dunston power station

Starting in the 1890s, we get a note if the death occurred in an institution, such as the Work House or hospital, and from 1930 onward, there is an increasing trend toward deaths in hospitals and nursing homes rather than at home addresses:

  • 17 Mar 1897 Joseph Hands, of [blank], age: 71, died at Gateshead Union Workhouse
  • 10 May 1907 Andrew Spoors, of 1 George Street, age: 16, died at Winlaton Infectious Hospital
  • 19 Dec 1935 Kenneth Albert Douglas, of 4 Elm Road, age: 5, died at Winlaton Isolation Hospital
  • 26 Feb 1961 Walter Willey, of 73 Edward Street, age: 83, died at Bensham Hospital, Gateshead
  • 24 Nov 1975 Lydia Dodds, of 62 Rectory Lane, Winlaton, age: 81, died at Fernwood, Pottersway, Gateshead

After Sept 1976, this register often adds the occupation of the deceased:

  • 28 Oct 1976 Hugh McLean Findlay, of 17 Long Gair, Winlaton, age: 63, retired, died at Newcastle General Hospital
  • 28 Apr 1977 Edward Kellow Young, of 3 The Close, Hanover Estate, Winlaton, age: 57, insurance officer, died at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary
  • 30 Jan 1987 Ann Rhodes, of 14 Lyndhurst Close, Winlaton, age: 102, housewife, died at St Nicholas Hospital, Gosforth

Abodes mentioned besides street names include Axwell Park, Blaydon, Blaydon Burn, Blaydon Haugh, Bleach Green, Bog Pit, Briarwood Home, Burnside, Bute House, California, Close Head, Content, Derwenthaugh, Eelshaugh, Elswick, Felling, Hebburn, Horse Croft, Lambton Lodge, Lemington, Newcastle, Old Forge, Old Pit, Path Head, Ravensworth Lodge, Red Lion Hotel, Ryton, Scotswood, Shibdon (and Shibdon Colliery, Shibdon Cottages, Shibdon Farm), Shop Spouts, Silverhill, Spen, Stargate, Stella, Stella Staith, Summerhill, Summerhouse Hill, Swalwell, Teams, Wallsend, Westerhope, Whickham, Winlaton, Winlaton Mill, and Winton Hostel.

Blaydon Cemetery burials 1873-1906 (unconsecrated section)

[Edited 15 Jan 2014 – this register was labeled Stella St. Cuthbert, and we originally announced it as such, but after further research, it turned out to actually be burials in the unconsecrated section of Blaydon Cemetery.]

973 burials in the unconsecrated section of Blaydon Cemetery at Blaydon in Gateshead district, from 22 March 1873 to 5 May 1906.

Abodes mentioned besides street names include Blaydon, Blaydon Haugh, Bleach Green, Derwenthaugh, Elswick, Lemington, Newcastle, Old Pit, Path Head, Ryton, Scotswood, Stargate, Stella, Stella Staith, Summerhill, Summerhouse Hill, Swalwell, Teams, Wallsend, Whickham, and Winlaton.

This register is like a post-1812 church burial register, with little information supplied:

  • 11 Jan 1876 Ann Armstrong, of Fountain Lane, age: 86
  • 13 Jan 1900 John Dover, of 8 Back Garden Street, age: 91

although there are occasional details:

  • 15 Feb 1883 Catherine Maher, of Stella, age: 48, found drowned at Derwenthaugh
  • 5 Apr 1903 Bernard Harvey, of 46 Park Terrace, Swalwell, age: 59, killed at Swalwell Colliery

Burials in the consecrated section of Blaydon Cemetery will follow shortly.