Easington baptisms 1571-1700, marriages 1570-1700 & 1798-1812

At Easington St. Mary the Virgin in Easington district, from the earliest registers:

  • 3,239 baptisms covering 1571-1700. There are no baptisms for 23 Nov 1573 – 25 Nov 1574, Feb 1584 – Jan 1591, and Jan 1591 – Oct 1591. Mothers are not named  until late 1687, except for mothers of illegitimate children and a block of baptisms from 1676 to 1681. Abodes are sporadically listed. Sureties, witnesses, or godparents are shown in many baptisms from mid-1604 to early 1676.
  • 756 marriages covering 1570-1700, including banns for marriages that did not take place here after the banns were called here. There are no marriages for Dec 1586 – Nov 1591. Only marriages between 1653 and 1661 have witnesses.
  • 81 marriages covering 1798-1812 (all include witnesses), so we now have a continuous run of marriages here from 1798 to 1948 plus the block of 1570-1700. We will work on filling the gap from 1701 through 1797 later this year.

Abodes mentioned besides Easington include Edderacres, Eden, Fallowfield, Haswell, Haswell Grange, Hawthorne, Horden, Little Eden, Little Thorp, Pespool, Shotton, and Thorpe.

Sample baptisms:

  • 23 Sep 1571 Isabel Bee, daughter of George Bee
  • 13 Jul 1600 Jhon Burden, son of Jhon Burden (the yonger)
  • 7 Oct 1638 Xpofer [Christopher] Paxton, son of George Paxton
    Godparents or Sponsors: (sureties) John Jurdison; Ann Grahame; Henry Clarke
  • 22 Nov 1675 Richard Jurdison of Throston, son of William Jurdison
    Godparents or Sponsors: (sureties) Richard Jurdison; John Jurdison; Mary Jurdison
  • 20 Nov 1687 Dorothy Heightly of Haswell, daughter of John & Ellinor Heightly
  • 1 Dec 1700 Margaret Reedhead of Shotton Watermil, daughter of Luke & Barbary Reedhead

Sample marriages:

  • 10 Jan 1592 Robert Paxton (ye younger) married Alice Davison
  • 20 Dec 1628 Cuthbert [Winter/Corbell], son of Cuthbert Winter & Anne Corbell
    Godparents or Sponsors: (sureties) Robert Tonnge; William Hunter; Isabel Robinson
  • 1 Dec 1659 Thomas Paxton of Easington & Katheren Rumphet [Rumford] of Easington, was three severall Lords Days published in ye Parish Church of Easington, and was married at Durham by Mr. Samuell Martine, clerke
    Witnesses: Edward Paxton, John Pattison
  • 30 May 1694 Michael Rawlin married Ann Mills of Bpp. Warmouth
  • 13 Apr 1809 Christopher Shiels Mordey (bachelor) of the parish of Bishopwearmouth married Mary Thompson (spinster) of this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: Abney Hopton, George Mordey

Bishop Middleham 1559-1812

At Bishop Middleham St. Michael in Stockton district, from the start of the earliest registers:

  • 4,050 baptisms spanning 1559-1812. We now have baptisms here for 1559-1851.
  • 1,002 marriages spanning 1559-1812. There are no marriages in the register for 1637, 1639, 1644, 1655, 1657-58, 1734, and 1786. We now have marriages here from 1559 to mid-1837.
  • 2,669 burials spanning 1559-1793. There are no burials in the register for 1658-59 and 1661. We also reviewed our existing burials for 1794-1812, made some minor corrections, and added a couple of burials that we missed the first time around. We now have burials here for 1559-1946.

Abodes mentioned besides Bishop Middleham include Auckland St. Andrew, Black Gate, Brancepeth, Cornforth, Fishburn, Garmondsway, Kelloe, Mainsforth, Merrington, Nun Stainton, Sedgefield, and Thrislington.

Before 1583, most baptisms do not specify the name of either parent. From 1583 to 1615, the father is named, but mothers (except mothers of illegitimate children) are generally not. Starting in 1615 and continuing forward, both parents are usually shown. Unfortunately this parish did not follow Bishop Barrington’s edict regarding what information was to be recorded – there are no parents’ nativities or mother’s maiden surnames in the 1798-1812 period – but they do generally show the child’s birth order and birth date from 1806 through 1812.

Sample baptisms:

  • 16 Apr 1560 Thomas Rokesbye
  • 6 Aug 1614 Willia. [William] [Bussy/Browne], filius illegitimus [illegitimate son] of Johannis [John] Bussy & Catherine Browne
  • 26 Dec 1703 Lucy Atas of Cornforth, daughter of Marmaduke Atas (blacksmith) & Mary (his wife)
  • 23 Oct 1808 Eliza Barrowfoot, born 22 Sep 1808, 17th child of Ralph Barrowfoot & 7th child by Jane (his 2nd wife)

Sample marriages – abodes are not mentioned until 1663 and witnesses start in 1754.:

  • 23 Nov 1559 Xpofer [Christopher] Atkinson married Agnes Pickeringe
  • 1 May 1669 Cuthbert Burton of this parish married Alice Grainger of the parish of Aycliffe, by licence
  • 24 Aug 1758 William John Spearman Wasey (esquire) of North Walsham in the County of Norfolk married Elizabetha Honoria Spearman, age: minor, of ye parish of Bishop Middleham, by licence with consent of parents
    Witnesses: Margaret Wasey, Robert Spearman
  • 15 May 1811 Francis Reed (husbandman) of the parish of Sedgefield married Mary Hodgson of this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: John Hodgson, Mary Reed, Thomas Wilson

Sample burials:

  • 8 May 1560 Thomas Roockesby
  • 15 Nov 1603 John Adthie [Athy], brother of Cuthebert
  • 8 Mar 1630 Tobias Ward, son of Mr. Joseph Ward
  • 30 Jul 1704 Ann Woodifeild, of Middleham, wife of Richard Woodifeild (yeoman)
  • 17 Oct 1746 James Logan, of Cornforth, age: above 100
  • 22 Oct 1791 Rev’d James Thomson, age: 82, vicar of Bishop Middleham for 51 years


Wesleyan Methodist baptisms: Burnhope 1911-1959 and Cockerton 1877-1962

515 baptisms at Burnhope Wesleyan Methodist chapel in Lanchester district, covering Nov 1911 to Sept 1959, with none recorded between May 1940 and Jan 1947. Abodes mentioned include Annfield Plain, Beamish, Burnhope, New Kyo, Oxhill, South Moor, Stanley, and Tantobie. Sample:

  • 16 Nov 1911 John Joseph Wightman of Fell Row, Burnhope, born 25 Sep 1911, son of Joseph Henry Wightman & Mary Wightman

791 baptisms at Cockerton Methodist Church (Wesleyan Methodist Church until 1941) in Darlington district, covering 1877-1962. Abodes mentioned include Cockerton, Darlington, Faverdale, Middlesbrough, Newton Aycliffe, Summerhouse, Windlestone, and Barton (YKS). Samples:

  • 27 Jul 1877 Annie Frazer of 37 East Raby Street, Darlington, born 28 Aug 1876, daughter of Francis & Mary Frazer
  • 22 May 1917 Hannah Marjorie Readman of Sunny Terrace, Cockerton, born 14 Apr 1917, daughter of George & Laura Readman

Like most Methodist baptisms, the occupations of the fathers are not listed. The trade-off is that the birth dates of the children are provided, which would not typically be found in an Anglican register. You win some, you lose some!

Tynemouth marriages 1813-1837

4,492 marriages at Christ Church, Tynemouth, Northumberland, from 1 Jan 1813 to 30 June 1837. Abodes mentioned, besides “this parish”, include many in County Durham, just across the river: Bishopwearmouth, Earsdon, Gateshead, Heworth, Hexham, Houghton-le-Spring, Longbenton, Monkwearmouth, Morpeth, Newburn, Newcastle, Ryton, South Shields, Sunderland, Wallsend, and Woodhorn.


  • 25 Apr 1813 George Maughan (bachelor) of Gainford, County & Dioc. of D’ham married Sarah Bousfield (spinster) of this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: Mary Appleby, Mary Bousfield
  • 17 Sep 1817 Addison Langhorn Potter of the Parish of St John’s, Town and County of Newcastle on Tyne married Mary Brunskill (spinster) of this parish, by licence, with consent of her lawful father
    Witnesses: Benjamin Royal, R.G. Akers
  • 25 Jan 1823 James Pringle (bachelor) of this parish married Margaret Butler (spinster) of this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: Elizabeth Robson, Robert Butler
  • 29 May 1837 Thomas Hedley (bachelor) of the Parish of Gateshead, County and Diocese of durham married Mary Chicken (spinster) of this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: Thomas Oxley, James Pye

Dalton-le-Dale marriages 1870 – May 1874 updated with full details

At Dalton-le-Dale St. Andrew in Easington district, updated 136 marriages from 1870 to mid-May 1874, adding ages, occupations, marital statuses, abodes, father’s occupations, and 279 witnesses. This is part of our background project to update our Easington-district marriages with full details, and while we are currently unable to complete 1874 due to a series of more pressing projects, we realized this situation was likely to continue for the near future, so we might as well make these available now and get back to work on them later.

Sample marriage before the update:

  • 7 Oct 1873 Christopher Haswell, son of James Haswell married Agnes Wooler (widow), daughter of Archibald Turner

and after the update:

  • 7 Oct 1873 Christopher Haswell (widower, miner), age 67, of Murton Colliery, son of James Haswell (miner) married Agnes Wooler (widow), age 63, of Murton Colliery, daughter of Archibald Turner (writer)
    Witnesses: Ann Stonehouse, Thomas Harrison

If you purchased a marriage at this church, we recommend that you review it by clicking My Account – My Orders and checking that marriage to see if anything has changed, and to see the additional details. If you purchased a record that received anything more significant than a minor spelling change, the corrected record has been emailed to you.

Sunderland Cemetery burials 1901-1918

11,003 burials at Sunderland Cemetery (Stockton Rd) from 1 Jan 1901 to 30 Nov 1918, filling a gap we had in our collection. This concludes our work on this cemetery and gives us a complete run of burials here from its opening in 1858 to Feb 1947.

Nearly all of these burials include an address, and most list a profession (for males), a parent (for a child), a husband (for a wife), and some include death causes. Sample burials:

  • 9 Jul 1904 Caroline Lamb, of 25 Erith Terrace, age: 95, widow of George Lamb
  • 31 Aug 1904 Jane Ragg, age: 47, wife of John Ragg, died at the Asylum
  • 5 Apr 1906 Frank Herbert Francis Parker, age: 15, son of John Parker, drowned in the Wear
  • 14 May 1908 Tom Hubbocks, age: 35, miner, killed at Ryhope Colliery
  • 20 Apr 1917 Hugh Pater, age: 28, 2nd lieutenant West Yorks Regiment attached to Royal Flying Corps, died at Scampton Camp, Lincs
  • 30 Nov 1918 Ena Pauline Smith, of 27 Lorne Terrace, age: 19, daughter of Lawrence Smith

We’d like to take a moment to review our collection of Sunderland-area burials, and maybe boast a little! We now have 403,173 burials in churchyards and municipal cemeteries in the Greater Sunderland area, spanning over 400 years from 1569 to 1998, comprised of:

  • Bishopwearmouth Cemetery: 1856 – March 1947
  • Bishopwearmouth Bethel Chapel Congregational: 1826 – 1854
  • Bishopwearmouth St Michael’s including Rector’s Gill cemetery: 1569 – 1856
  • Castletown Cemetery: 1921 – July 1998
  • Mere Knolls Cemetery: 1856 – 1904 and Western Extension: 1890 – 1968
  • Monkwearmouth St Peter’s: 1683 – 1919
  • Monkwearmouth All Saints: 1851 – 1874
  • Ryhope St. Paul: 1828 – 1937
  • Ryhope Cemetery: 1898 – 1923
  • Silksworth St. Matthew: 1872 – 1904
  • South Hylton St. Mary: 1821 – 1883
  • Southwick Cemetery (Marley Pots): 1884 – 1998
  • Southwick Holy Trinity: 1844 – 1988
  • Sunderland Cemetery (Stockton Rd): 1858 – Feb 1947
  • Sunderland Holy Trinity: 1719 – May 1858

We think this is the largest collection of fully-detailed Sunderland burials on the Internet! After covering this area intensively, we’re going to give Sunderland a break for awhile and move on to some other areas of the county.

Lamesley burials 1603-1729

2,217 burials at Lamesley St. Andrew in Chester-le-Street district, from the beginning of the first register in 1603 to the end of 1729, meeting up with the Lamesley burials we already had online. We now have all of the burials at this church from 1603 through 1851.

The register is mostly in Latin from 1621 to 1644 inclusive. There are no burials in the register from 23 Oct 1644 to 23 Oct 1653, only two between 25 May 1657 and 26 Sep 1678 (one each in 1668 and 1673), and none from July 1684 to March 1693.

Abodes mentioned besides Lamesley include Bainsley Lane or Baynsley Loninge, Blackburn, Blackburn Fell, Blackburn Mill, Bounder House, Castle Wood, Chapel Green, Chowdean, Coal Flat, Coats Flatt, Cobhaal, Cocks Close or Cox Close, Cow Close (Koow Close), Dumper Mill, Eighton Banks, Eighton Quarries, Fuger Houses, Gateside, Harley Green, Hedley, High Eighton, Hill Head, Hollin Bush, Kibblesworth, Lamesley Constabulary, Lingey Field, Long Acres, Loosing Hill, Moor Hill, Northends, Pelton, Penny Fine, Ramesworth or Ravensworth, Ravensworth Castle, Ravensworth Constabulary, Riding and Riding Mill, Street Gate, Tanfield, Tinckler Row or Tinker Row, West Fell, and Whickham.

Sample burials:

  • 29 Mar 1603 Elinoure Horner, of Lowsinge Hill, daughter of Richarde Horner
  • 14 Aug 1610 Bilie Awcklande, of Lamesley, sister to Anne Donkin, pestilence 26
    [Note: 26th of 28 victims of a pestilence outbreak June 2nd to August 24th 1610]
  • 3 Oct 1618 Richard Burnage, of Ravensworth Castle, hardwaireman
  • 22 Nov 1642 Thomas Wheatley, filius [son] of Georgii Wheatley (nuper defuncti [recently deceased])
  • 9 Feb 1679 Margaret Reed, daughter of Robert Reed, Allen & Isabel Browne made oath before Justice Johnson of Kibblesworth – buried in sheeps wool only
  • 7 Dec 1700 Barbara Auckland, of Chowdan, Lamesley Constabulary, wife of Robert Auckland, died of childbirth & two children at one birth (unbaptized)
  • 6 Sep 1724 Tomason Brack, wife of John Brack
    [Note: buried the same day as her husband John.]

Lamesley baptisms 1813-1818: updated with details

We recently discovered that for the period 1 Jan 1813 to 14 June 1818 inclusive, there are two overlapping baptism registers at Lamesley St. Andrew. One register is the usual (somewhat terse) style for this period, which we had already transcribed. The other register continues the Barrington-style details typical of 1798-1812, with mother’s maiden names, birthplaces of the father and mother, child’s birth order and birth date, etc. You can imagine how excited we were to discover the existence of this additional register, with its genealogically- rich offerings!

Most entries appear in both registers; but some appear in just one or the other, and sometimes there are differences between the two entries. We have now updated all of our Lamesley baptisms for this period to reflect what is written in the more detailed register. Where there are differences, we have combined the two register entries and explained it.

Here are 2 samples from the terse register:

  • 3 Jan 1813 Jane Weatherhead of Kibblesworth, daughter of George (husbandman) & Elizabeth Weatherhead
  • 19 Dec 1817 Jane Cole of Chowdon, daughter of Richard (pitman) & Jane Cole

and the same 2 samples from the more detailed register:

  • 3 Jan 1813 Jane Weatherhead of Kibblesworth, born 23 Jul 1812, seventh child, daughter of George Weatherhead (husbandman, native of Doddington) by his wife Elizabeth Weetman (native of Longbenton)
  • 19 Dec 1817 Jane Cole of Chowdon, born 29 Oct 1817, eighth child, daughter of Richard Cole (pitman, native of Lamesley) by his late wife Jane Knox (native of Whickham)
    [Note: the father’s given name is blank in the more detailed register, but is Richard in the terser version of the register.]

If you have viewed a baptism at Lamesley in this period, you will want to see the changes by locating the record on your My Orders tab under My Account. You have been emailed if a major error was corrected during this update process.

Newcastle St. John marriages 1813-1837

5,513 marriages in the parish of St. John in the city of Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northumberland, from 1 Jan 1813 to 30 June 1837. Since Newcastle is just across the river from County Durham, you will find many brides and grooms from Durham parishes in this collection.

Sample marriages:

  • 3 Jun 1813 George Usher of the parish of Washington married Isabella Harrison of this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: Jane Walker, Henry Cockburn
  • 25 Jan 1825 Nicholas Henderson of the parish of St Hild in the County of Durham married Mary Barras of this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: James Barras, James Barras
  • 1 Jun 1837 William John Bell of this parish married Elizabeth Heppell of the parish of Gateshead, by licence
    Witnesses: Maria Jane Bell, Thomas Bell, John R Heppell

Hurworth baptisms, marriages, burials: 1559-1700

At Hurworth All Saints in Darlington district, from the beginning of the first register:

  • 1,661 baptisms: 1559 to 9 March 1701
  • 389 marriages: 1559 – 1700
  • 1,567 burials: 1559 – 1700

The entire register is in Latin; we have done some translation and indexing with modern forms of names.

The film of the baptism register from 1559 to 1560 and from 1698 to 1702 is extremely dark, and the original register is very faded, making many of the dates and some names in these 2 periods illegible. There are no baptisms recorded for 1593, 1595, 1609, 1614, and 1656-1657. From 1559 to 1601, neither the father nor mother is named, with only a few exceptions. After that, only the father is named, or the mother if the child is illegitimate, until Sept 1645, after which both parents are generally named. Sample baptisms:

  • 30 Apr 1562 Edmundus Wetherilt
  • [no date] Mar 1602 Johanna Fenwicke, filia [daughter] of Christopheri Fenwicke
  • 10 Oct 1645 Margreta Iveson, filia [daughter] of Marmaduci [Marmaduke] & Elisae [Elizabeth] Iveson
  • 28 Jan 1700 Christopherus Horsley, filius [son] of Cuthberti & Elizabetha Horsley

There are no marriages recorded for 1574, 1583, 1589 – 1590, 1592 – 1596, 1603 – 1607, 1611 – 1616, 1651 – 1653, 1656 – 1660, 1667, 1696, 1699. Sample marriages:

  • 18 Apr 1560 Gulielmum [William] Batmanson married Elizabetham Warkropper [Wardropper]
  • 15 Jun 1630 Johannes [John] Nesham married Alicia Stockton
  • 11 Dec 1700 Xtopherum [Christopher] Walker married Ceciliam Gale of Hurworth

There are no burials recorded for Jan 1589 – June 1591, July 1591 – Feb 1597, Feb 1602 – Dec 1616, March 1646 – April 1654, and May 1655 – Sep 1658. There are no parents, spouses, or occupations listed from 1559 until Dec 1616; after that, most of these burials include one of those descriptors. Sample burials:

  • 8 Nov 1559 Richardus Reede
  • 7 Feb 1618 Dorithie Hackforth, uxor [wife] of Johis [John] Hackforth
  • 18 Jul 1645 Thomas Thomson, Minister of Hurworth, dilectus mihi pater erat – per me [my father was beloved by me] Rich.Thomson
  • 4 Aug 1700 Radulphus [Ralph] Willy, filius [son] of Georgii & Margareta Willy

Abodes are rarely given in these records; the only abode mentioned more than once,  besides Hurworth, is Neasham.