Here’s a large package of 5,481 baptisms and 4,687 burials from the parish of Earsdon St. Alban in the Tynemouth district of Northumberland, from the beginning of 1813 to the end of 1844, from the Bishop’s Transcript of the parish registers. These registers include events recorded at the chapel of ease at Blyth, which had existed since 1751 and was replaced in 1859 by the current church dedicated to St. Cuthbert.
Abodes mentioned include Allotment, Avenue Head, Backworth, Backworth Colliery, Backworth House, Backworth Low Steads, Backworth West Farm, Benton Square, Blackhill Bourn, Blyth, Blyth Link House, Boiling Well, Borrowden/Burrowdon/Burradon, Briar Dean or Briarden, Clerk’s House, Cramlington, Crow Hall, Dairy House, Delaval Colliery, Dove Cot, Earsdon, Earsdon Colliery, Earsdon Grange, Earsdon Square, Fenwicks Close, Folly, Fountain Head, Gloster Lodge or Gloucester Lodge, Golden Hole or Golden’s Hole, Hartley, Hartley Dove Cot, Hartley Engine, Hartley Old Engine, Hartley Old Mill, Hartley South Farm, Holystone, Holywell, Holywell Colliery, Holywell East Colliery, Holywell Grange, Holywell Square, Holywell West Colliery, Holywell West Field, Howdon Panns, Killingworth, Link House, Longbenton, Look Out or Lookout farm, Lysdon, Macarone, Mares Close, Middle Farm near Seghill, Monkseaton, Moor Edge, Murton, New Whitley, New York, Newcastle, Newsham, North Shields, Percy Main, Philadelphia, Preston, Prospect Hill, Red House, Seaton, Seaton Cottage, Seaton Delaval, Seaton Delaval Colliery, Seaton Delaval Red House, Seaton Lodge, Seaton Sluice, Seghill, Seghill Colliery, Shiremoor, Silver Hill, South Blyth, Tynemouth, Walker, Wapping, Waterloo, Wheatridge, Whitley, Whitridge, Willington, and Wolf Hill.
For most baptisms, “daughter” or “son” was noted; where it was not, we have added “[daughter]” or “[son]” according the apparent gender of the child’s name, or we have added “[child]“. Also, at the beginning of 1813, the clerk continued recording the mother’s maiden surname, child order, and parents’ nativity until mid-March (as per the old rules, which had just changed) – our belated thanks to him! Here are some sample baptisms:
- 31 Jan 1813 Elizabeth Brockett, of this parish, born 8 Mar 1811, 5th daughter of John Brockett (ship carpenter, native of this parish) & Isabella Mafflin (native of North Shields)
- 2 Aug 1819 William George Straughan Hall, of South Blyth, son of John (Lieutenant in the Royal Navy) & Dorothy Hall
- 5 Dec 1827 Elizabeth Weatherburn Bannister, of Earsdon, daughter of Ralph (joiner) & Jane Bannister
- 25 Feb 1837 Dorothy Hornsby, of Seaton Sluice, twin daughter of Oliver (glassmaker) & Ann Hornsby
- 6 Oct 1844 Jane Porteous, of South Blyth, [daughter] of David (mariner) & Jemima Porteous
In the burials, if a burial is noted as ”at Blyth” or “at South Blyth”, it means the person was buried in the graveyard at the chapel of ease where St. Cuthbert’s is now located. As in the baptisms, the clerk started out 1813 by continuing to record parents, husbands, and occupations, but stopped by mid-March. Samples:
- 3 Jan 1813 Hannah Hogg late Forster, of Burrowdon, age: 74, died 31 Dec 1812, relict of Thomas Hogg (husbandman)
- 26 Jul 1817 Margaret Lowry, of Hartley, age: 106
- 8 Sep 1825 William Carr, of South Blyth, age: 69
- 13 Nov 1825 John Anderson, of Seghill, age: 41, who according to certificate under the hand of the Coroner was accidently killed at Seghill Colliery
- 24 Dec 1843 Alice Hempseed, of Hartley, age: 86
While the 3rd entry above may not seem remarkable, William Carr was considered, in his prime, the strongest man in England and perhaps in the world. He was a blacksmith whose feats of strength and physical prowess were well-known at the time. You can read his very interesting story here:
Oddly, his age is 69 in the burial record, but he was only 59 according to the story above.
Earsdon marriages will follow shortly.