Sunderland Cemetery burials 1935-1947

6,561 burials at Sunderland Cemetery (Stockton Rd, Grangetown, Sunderland) covering 1935 through 11 Feb 1947. As is usual for this cemetery, most records include a parent, spouse, or occupation, and some list the cause of death. A number of people buried here were killed in the German bombings of Sunderland during WWII, and are usually noted as “civilian war death”. Here are some samples:

  • 2 Jan 1935 Mary Houlsby, age: 72, spinster, died at the Highfield Hospital
  • 20 Jan 1936 Sarah Lee, of 19 Nesham Square, age: 72, widow of Richard Lee
  • 20 Mar 1937 Doreen Close, of 55 Coronation Street, age: 15, daughter of John Close
  • 29 Mar 1938 James Sayer, of 25 Northcote Avenue, age: 79, butcher
  • 28 Feb 1941 Violet Cowell, of 3 Tunstall Vale, age: 29, wife of Edward Cowell, civilian war death
  • 14 May 1945 Norman David Young, age: 17, son of Henry Norman Young, drowned in sea off Hendon
  • 21 May 1943 Mary Doreen Thompson, of 2 The Barracks Cottages, age: 27, wife of George Irwing Thompson, civilian war death

Poor George Irwing Thompson lost his wife and 2 children when a bomb exploded at their home in the May 16th bombing raid, which was later considered one of the worst raids of this war. Several other men lost wives and multiple children in the same raid, which killed over 75 people and injured over 125 others, destroyed over 200 houses, damaged another 10,000 houses, and left around 1,300 people temporarily homeless. Many of the survivors turned out to help rebuild houses and repair water, gas, and sewer lines. The Sunderland Echo has an interesting article about the raid.

Hartlepool St. Hilda baptisms 1839-1894

10,294 baptisms at Hartlepool St. Hilda, from Oct 1839 to the end of 1894. We now have a continuous run of over 300 years of baptisms at St. Hilda’s from the first register in 1566 to the end of 1894. This register includes baptisms at St Andrew’s Chapel of Ease starting on 17 Nov 1887.

Hartlepool St. Hilda’s is not indexed by FamilySearch.org and we have not found it indexed or transcribed elsewhere online, so this should be its first appearance to the wider world. Since a number of births prior to the mid-1870s were not registered in the civil system, we expect there will be a baptism or two in this collection for which there is no other birth record. If you happen to find one of those, please let us know so we can share your celebration!

The really good news is that these baptisms include the mother’s maiden surname in nearly all entries from Oct 1839 to early August 1870. There are also occasional birth dates.

  • 6 Oct 1839 George Cuthbertson of Vollum’s Buildings, son of James Cuthbertson (joiner) & Isabella Short
  • 18 Feb 1849 John Henry Tinkler of Northgate, son of John Tinkler (blacksmith) & Elizabeth Booth
  • 30 Oct 1859 Joanna Bartels of Fisher Row, daughter of Peter Bartels (master mariner) & Jane Bruce
  • 16 Nov 1869 Imogene Emily Emmerson of 16 Hermit St., adult, daughter of Joseph Emmerson (weaver) & Mary Bradshaw
  • 5 Feb 1879 Annie Wray of 44 High St., born 27 Mar 1877, child of Richard (blacksmith) & Mary Wray
  • 19 Jul 1888 Jane Malvern Moor of 3 Croft St., child of John (fisherman) & Christiana Moor, bapt. at St. Andrews, Chapel of Ease.
  • 9 Dec 1894 Ethel Burdon of 4 Temperance Terrace, child of Anthony (blacksmith) & Isabella Burdon

The bad news is that the clerk or clerks who maintained these registers had difficult handwriting and were noticeably more error-prone than average. While some errors can be attributed to the parents’ lack of clarity about the spelling of their names, others seem to be copying errors, as if the clerk originally made hasty notes and then later copied those notes into the register. For example, one family alternately used Barnard and Barnett for their surname; this could be their choice, or clerk’s confusion. The clerk recorded some baptisms to the Bedenkapfer family as Kapfer, with Beaden recorded as the father’s middle name. In the class of errors that look like mis-reading and mis-copying to us, he substituted Hathan for Latham, Stone for Storm, Yannop for Yallop, Weir for Wain, Wetherall for Metherall, Hartley for Arkley, Birie for Pirie, Bohun and Boings for Bohills, Hornsby for Horsley, Beckett for Baggett, Smart for Stewart, and Roxby for Hawksby. In what must be a spectacular mis-hearing of a name, he recorded the surname Freeland as Raeeling. In another entry, he recorded a couple who should have been Sedgewick as Hodgson, which was the surname in the previous baptism. He recorded an Ord family as Hall, for reasons we were unable to discern. As you can imagine, all these errors could make it difficult to find your family members, so we have extensively cross-indexed and annotated all the errors we could spot, but there are probably some that were not obvious to us. If you find them, let us know!

There is a neighbourhood declared as the abode, in 82 baptisms between 1843 and 1857, as Jos. Foley, Jos. Fol., Jossy Foley, and Joss’s Foley. We have determined this to be Joshua’s Folly, listed in the 1851 census as an area near Northgate Street, Well’s Street & Tweddle Street. We mention this here because there isn’t much on the Internet about it, so maybe we’ll save a future researcher some time and effort trying to figure out what and where “Jos. Fol.” was.

Billingham 1569-1601

At Billingham St. Cuthbert in Stockton district, from the beginning of the first register in 1569 to the end of 1601:

  • 660 baptisms
  • 693 burials
  • 279 marriages

There is a gap in the baptism register from May 1576 to Feb 1582, a similar gap in the burial register from May 1576 to July 1584, and in the marriage register from Apr 1574 to Nov 1581, plus no marriages recorded for 1571.

In the baptisms, except for Thomas Davison’s children, no parent is listed until Feb 1600. The first 47 baptisms, through March 1572, have just-barely-readable sponsors; after that, they are too faded to read, until Feb 1600 when we managed to extract a few dozen more from the faded pages. Sample baptisms:

  • 16 Jul 1570 George Yowll
    Godparents or Sponsors: George Thorpe, Nicholas Carmichael, Isable Finsh
  • 23 Mar 1595 Judith Davison, daughter of Thomas Davison
  • 20 Apr 1600 William Corner, son of Matthew Corner
    Godparents or Sponsors: William Thropp, Marye Shepperd, William Forrest

Sample marriages:

  • 17 Sep 1570 Thomas Layton married Jenet Law
  • 17 Sep 1595 Robert Maison (clerk) married Deborah Bainbrig
  • 15 Dec 1601 Robert Clifton married Margaret Reedhead

Sample burials:

  • 25 Feb 1570 Agnes Heighington
  • 31 Aug 1584 [blank] Daveson, wife of George Daveson
  • 30 Apr 1601 Debora Smythe, daughter of William Smythe (Vicar of Billingham)

Wingate Grange baptisms 1900-1907 updated

Updated 819 baptisms for the years 1900-1907 at Wingate Grange Holy Trinity in Easington district, adding the child’s birth date, father’s occupation, abode, and correcting errors. We also added 1 baptism to finish out 1907.

If you have purchased a baptism at this church in this period, you should review it to get the new information. Log in, click My Account, then click the My Orders tab to see your purchases. If a major change, such as a name or date, was made to a record you purchased, an email has already been sent to you with the correction.

Sample before the update:

  • 9 May 1900 Isabel Brockett, daughter of John & Mary Ellen Brockett

and after the update:

  • 9 May 1900 Isabel Brockett of Ivy Cottage, Hutton Henry, born 17 Apr 1900, daughter of John (master mariner) & Mary Ellen Brockett

This is part of our mission to update our Easington-district baptisms that are missing occupations, abodes, and/or birth dates. Our baptism records for this church are now complete.

Seaham Harbour & Dalton-le-Dale marriages updated

Updated marriages at 2 churches in Easington district, adding ages, occupations, marital statuses, father’s occupations, and witnesses:

  • 77 marriages at Dalton-le-Dale St. Andrew for 1840-1844
  • 694 marriages at Seaham Harbour St. John for 1950-1959

Sample marriage (at Dalton-le-Dale) before the update:

  • 13 Sep 1841 Ralph Dunn, son of Thomas Dunn married Eliza Lindsay, daughter of George Lindsay

and after the update:

  • 13 Sep 1841 Ralph Dunn (widower, gentleman), age 70, of Seaham Harbour, son of Thomas Dunn (labourer) married Eliza Lindsay (spinster), age 26, of Seaham Harbour, daughter of George Lindsay (master mariner)
    Witnesses: Mary Linslay, Thomas Harrison
    [Note: Lindsay in the register, but the bride signed Linsley and the witness signed Linslay.]

If you have purchased a marriage at either of these churches in the relevant period, you should review it to get the new information. Log in, click My Account, then click the My Orders tab to see your purchases. If a major change, such as a name or date, was made to a record you purchased, an email has already been sent to you with the correction. We are working our way through our Easington district marriage collection, adding the information that was omitted when these were first transcribed many years ago.

Houghton-le-Spring baptisms 1896-1901 updated

Updated 1,083 baptisms for the years 1896-1901 at Houghton-le-Spring, adding birth dates and correcting minor errors, mostly in the father’s occupation or abode. We also added 8 baptisms we’d missed and deleted one that was redundant.

If you have purchased a baptism at this church in this period, you should review it to get the new information. Log in, click My Account, then click the My Orders tab to see your purchases. If a major change, such as a name or date, was made to a record you purchased, an email has already been sent to you with the correction.

Jarrow: Ellison Street Presbyterian baptisms 1857-1968

2,334 baptisms at Ellison Street Presbyterian Church in Jarrow, South Shields district, from the opening of the church in Nov 1857 to July 1968.

Founded in 1852 as a United Presbyterian Church in Salem Chapel, Long Row, this was a mission church of South Shields until 1854. A new church was opened in 1857 on a site obtained from Cuthbert Ellison and was used until 1872, when another new church was opened in Ellison Street. The church closed in 1968. [Source: National Archives]

Two important things about this data set:

  • these baptisms include the mother’s maiden surname, and most include the child’s birth date, so they may save you from buying a more expensive civil birth certificate, or may help you determine which one to buy.
  • this church is not indexed by FamilySearch.org and we have not found it online in any form, so this should be its first appearance to the wider world. Since a number of births prior to the mid-1870s were not registered in the civil system, we expect there will be a baptism or two in this collection for which there is no other birth record. If you happen to find one of those, please let us know so we can share your celebration!

Samples:

  • 6 Jan 1858 John Craig Weir Johnstone of Jarrow, born 6 Dec 1857, son of Adam Johnstone (ship carpenter) & Agnes Lyle
  • 26 Jan 1875 James Crooks of Bill Quay, born 21 Nov 1874, son of John Crooks (furnaceman) & Isabella Grossart
  • 13 May 1895 Robert Jack of Paper Mills, son of Robert Jack (paper-maker) & Euphemia McQuinn
  • 30 Jun 1915 Alan Barker McFarlane of 19 Harold St, Jarrow, born 5 June 1915, son of Frederick McFarlane (draper) & Hannah Barker

You can read more about this church and its founding and see a picture of it here.

New wills in the Local History library

Added the following wills, transcribed by researcher Ros Dunning, to the Local History library:

We hope someone finds them helpful!

 

Hartlepool men killed in World War I

Just added to our Local History library: Hartlepool men killed in World War I

This is a list of 1,747 Hartlepool men who were killed in WWI, compiled by Bert Wilson from various sources (newspapers, death records, cemetery registers, monument inscriptions, etc.) It is sorted by date, but you can sort it by surname (or any other column) by clicking the column header.

The first page shows that a number of Hartlepool men served together on the HMS Hawke and were lost when it was torpedoed by a U-boat and sunk off of Aberdeen on Oct 15th, 1914. You can read more about the Hawke’s fate here.

Barnard Castle Primitive Methodist Circuit 1872-1935

481 baptisms from the Barnard Castle Primitive Methodist Circuit, from August 1872 to Feb 1935. This register follows the register we already had online, which ran from 1851 to near the end of 1872.

Abodes mentioned, besides street addresses in Barnard Castle, include Boldron, Bowlees, Bridge End, Cotherstone, Eggleston, Ettersgill,  Forest, Harwood, Herdship, Holwick, Hoodgill/Hudegill, Lowhouses, Marches Gill, Marwood, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Moor Riggs, Mount Pleasant, New Middleton, Newbiggin, North Field,  Quarry Grange, Railway Cottages, Snaisgill, Stainton, Startforth, Streatlam, Stotley Lane, Thornbury, West View, and Westwick. Note that some of these are across the border in Yorkshire.

Starting in August 1879, most baptisms include the child’s birth date. Nearly all include the father’s occupation. Here are some samples:

  • 11 Sep 1872 John Edward Alderson of Middleton, child of John (quarryman) & Mary Alderson
  • 11 Jul 1891 Joshua Audas of Barnard Castle, born 22 Sep 1888, child of James (plumber) & Sarah Audas
  • 21 Nov 1913 Eva Hardaker of Thornbury Cottages, Bowes Road, Startforth Parish, born 22 Oct 1913, child of Joseph (plasterer) & Elizabeth Hardaker