Shotley Bridge Primitive Methodist Circuit baptisms 1908-1943

1,251 baptisms performed on the Shotley Bridge Primitive Methodist circuit between 1908 and 1943 inclusive, from registers 8, 9, and 10, completing our transcription of the 10 registers in this series, which runs for 100 years from 1843 to 1943.

Methodist preachers traveled around a circuit of villages, baptizing children at each meeting location, making notes of each baptism and later entering the baptisms into the register. The entries are not in chronological order, and several years of entries are usually  mixed together. Most of the baptisms include the child’s birth date.

This circuit covered the northwest border of County Durham with Northumberland, running between Muggleswick in County Durham to Wylam in the parish Ovingham, Northumberland. Residences mentioned include Allendale, Baxton Burn, Benfieldside, Blackfine, Blackhill, Blanchland, Bradley Cottages, Butsfield, Carr House, Castleside, Consett, Delves Lane, Dormand Cottages, Hollinside, Knitsley, Lanchester, Leadgate,  Malton Colliery, Medomsley, Middlewood, Muggleswick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Prudhoe, Ramshaw, Rowley, Shotley Bridge, Temple Town, The Mill (Lanchester), The Nook (Lanchester), Waskerley, Westwood, and Woodlands.

Although all of these locations are not in Lanchester district, we have assigned this “parish” to be in Lanchester district for search purposes, because much of it is in that district.

Samples:

  • 15 Jun 1908 Elliott Ferguson, of Leadgate, born 20-May 1908, child of James Lancelot Ferguson (engineer) & Dorothy Jane Ferguson
  • 9 Oct 1913 Edith Annie Osborne, of 19 Seymour St., Consett, born 13-Sep 1913, child of Christopher (government inspector of works) & Elizabeth Osborne
  • 21 Nov 1923 Nancy Burnham, of 14 Dacre Gdn., Consett, born 29-Oct 1923, child of Norman Burnham (china dealer) & Eva Maud Burnham
  • 24 Aug 1931 Millicent Iris Hemmings, of 22 St. Mary’s Cres., Blackhill, born 3-Aug 1931, child of George Hemmings (steel smelter) & Millicent May Hemmings

Shotley Bridge Primitive Methodist Circuit baptisms 1878-1924

3,146 baptisms performed on the Shotley Bridge Primitive Methodist circuit between 1878 and 1924 inclusive, completing our transcription of registers 6 and 7. The dates are somewhat deceptive, as book 8, the next one we will transcribe, starts in 1908, so there is an overlap of years with book 7. Methodist preachers traveled around a circuit of villages, baptizing children at each meeting location, making notes of each baptism and later entering the baptisms into the register. The entries are not in chronological order, and several years of entries are usually  mixed together.

This circuit covered the northwest border of County Durham with Northumberland, running between Muggleswick in County Durham to Wylam in the parish Ovingham, Northumberland. Residences mentioned on both sides of the border include Allendale, Allendale Cottages, Allensford, Baxton Burn, Benfieldside, Berry Edge, Blackfine, Blackhill, Blanchland, Bog Cottages, Boltshope Park, Bradley Cottages, Brazil Cottage, Broomhill, Browney Bank, Burnhill, Butsfield, Carr House, Carribees, Castleside, Consett & Consett Junction, Crookhall, Cutler’s Hall, Delves Lane, Derwent Cottages, Dormand Cottages, Eddisbridge, Eltringham & Eltringham Colliery, Halfway Houses (Prudhoe), Happy Land,  Honey Hill, Hown’s Gill, Iveston, Knitsley, Knitsley Grange, Knitsley Mill, Lanchester, Leadgate, Little Black Hedley, Low Westwood, Maiden Law,  Medomsley, Medomsley Edge, Meeting Slack, Mickley, Mickley Square (Ovingham), Middlewood, Mosswood, Mount Pleasant, Muggleswick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newton, Oakwood House, Pont View, Primrose House, Prudhoe, Puddlers Row, Ramshaw, Red House, Rowley, Shotley Bridge, Springwell, Stewardfield or Stewartfield, Sunniside, Temple Town, The Nook (Lanchester), Waskerley and Waskerley Park, West Butsfield, West Wylam, Westwood, Woodlands, and Wylam.

Although all of these locations are not in Lanchester district, we have assigned this “parish” to be in Lanchester district for search purposes, because much of it is in that district.

Samples:

  • 23 Jul 1878 Ralph Winship, of West Wylam, child of Richard Winship (miner) & Mary Ann Winship
  • 1 Nov 1888 Charles Archer, of Eddies Bridge, Shotley Low Quarter, child of William Archer (farmer) & Mary Ellen Archer
  • 5 Jun 1901 James Redshaw Charlton, of 24 Furness St., born 3-Feb 1901, child of Edward Charlton (coke drawer) & Mary Hannah Charlton
  • 31 Oct 1910 Brenda Swainston, of 47 Durham Rd., Blackhill, born 5-Oct 1910, child of William Henry Swainston (fish merchant) & Dorothy Ann Swainston
  • 24 Jan 1924 Charles Laverick, of 17 Station Cottages, Lanchester, born 9-Dec 1923, child of Albert Laverick (N.E.R. bill poster) & Eva Maud Laverick

Witnesses added to Lanchester marriages 1816-1836

Added 1,195 witnesses to our existing 391 marriages at Lanchester All Saints, covering 1816-1836. Several minor errors in abodes and names were also corrected.

If you have purchased a marriage at Lanchester in this period, we recommend you take another look at it to see if anything has been added or changed, and to get the witnesses. You can review your purchased records by logging into Durham Records Online and clicking My Previous Orders in the menu at the left side of the page. If you purchased a record in which a significant error has been corrected, the corrected record has been emailed to you.

Sample:

  • 30 Nov 1835 Joseph Tomlinson (bachelor), of Bishopwearmouth in the parish of Bishopwearmouth married Dorothy Wheatley (spinster), of Hold House in this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: Joseph Parkin, Joseph Brownless, Ralph Wheatley, Ralph George Wheatley, Hannah Ridley, Margaret Lee

 

Shotley Bridge Primitive Methodist Circuit baptisms 1863-1878

2,856 baptisms on the Shotley Bridge Primitive Methodist Circuit, covering 1863-1878, plus a few from January 1879.

Methodist preachers traveled around a circuit of villages, baptizing children at each meeting location, making notes of each baptism and later entering the baptisms into the register. The entries are not in chronological order, and several years of entries may be mixed together.

This circuit covered the northwest border of County Durham with Northumberland, running between Muggleswick in County Durham to Wylam in the parish Ovingham, Northumberland. Residences mentioned on both sides of the border include Allendale, Allendale Cottages, Andrew’s Houses, Annfield Plain, Bantling Castle, Baxton Burn, Benfieldside, Berry Edge, Black Hedley, Blackfine, Blackhill, Bradley Cottages, Burnhope, Burnopfield, Butsfield, Carr House, Castle Dean, Castleside, Causey Row, Colliery Dykes, Consett, Craghead, Crawcrook, Croniwell, Crookhall, Cutlers Hall, Deans, Delves Lane, Derwent Cottages, Dipton, East Castle, Eltringham, Flint Hill, Furnace Row, Greencroft, Greenside, Halfway House (Mickley), Happy Land, Havannah, Healey Field, Hedgefield, Hedley (Ovingham, Northumberland), High Gate, Hill Top, Hopson Pit, Hown’s Gill, Iveston, Knitsley and Knitsley Grange and Knitsley Mill, Kyo, Lanchester, Leadgate, Lintz Colliery and Lintz Ford, Lizzie Colliery, Marley Hill, Medomsley, Mickley, Mickley Square (Ovingham), Mountsett, Muggleswick, Oakey’s Cottages, Oxhill, Pontop, Prudhoe and Prudhoe New Houses, Puddlers Row, Red House, Redwill Hills, Shield Row, Shotley Bridge, Shotley Grove, Snows Green, South Pontop, Spen and Spen Colliery, Spring House, Stanley and Stanley Colliery, Sunniside, Tanfield Lea, Tantobie, Temple Town, Twizell, Waskerley and Waskerley Park, West Pelton, West Stanley, West Wood or Westwood, West Wylam, White-le-Head, and Wood Cottages. Although all of these locations are not in Lanchester district, we have assigned this “parish” to be in Lanchester district for search purposes, because much of it is in that district.

Samples:

  • 5 Jan 1863 Ruth Temperley, of Medomsley, child of Samuel (engineman) & Elizabeth Temperley
  • 16 Jan 1870 James Christer, of Consett, child of Thomas (fireman) & Elizabeth Christer
  • 16 Jan 1879 Celina Isabella Innes, of Leadgate, born 17-Dec 1878, child of Samuel Thomas Innes (pork butcher) & Margaret Ann Innes

This set pushed our count of baptisms to just over 900,000 !

 

Shotley Bridge Primitive Methodist Circuit baptisms 1852-1862

1,427 baptisms from the Shotley Bridge Primitive Methodist Circuit in Lanchester district, covering 1852-1862.

This circuit covered the northwest border of County Durham with Northumberland, running between Muggleswick in County Durham to Wylam in the parish Ovingham, Northumberland. Residences mentioned on both sides of the border include Andrew’s House, Annfield Plain, Bantling Castle, Barlow, Baston Burn, Benfieldside, Berry Edge, Blackhill, Bradley Cottages, Burnhope, Burnopfield, Burnopfield Colliery, Carr House, Castleside, Clow Dean, Colliery Dykes, Consett, Craghead, Crookhall, Cutlers Hall, David’s Town, Delight Colliery, Derwent Cottages, Dipton, Ebchester, Eltringham, Flint Hill, Fondly Fell, Gateshead, Greencroft, Greenside, Handon Hold, Havannah, Hedley (in Ovingham, Northumberland), High Thornley, Hill Top, Horsley (Ovingham), Kiphill, Knitsley, Kyo, Leadgate, Lintz Colliery, Maiden Law, Marley Hill, Medomsley, Mickley, Mickley Square (Ovingham), Mosswood, Muggleswick, Mount Pleasant (Bywell St Peter), Newcastle, Oakey’s Cottages, Ovingham, Oxhill, Parkins Villa or Perkinsville, Pontop, Prudhoe New Houses, Shield Row, Shotley Bridge, Shotley Grove, Snows Green, South Moor, South Tanfield Colliery, Spen and Spen Colliery, Spittle (Ovingham), Stanley and Stanley Colliery, Sunniside, Tanfield Lea, Tantobie, Twizel, Walbottle (NBL), Walker (Longbenton, NBL), West Pelton, West Stanley, White-le-Head, Woodside (Ryton), and Wylam (Ovingham).

Samples:

  • 18 Apr 1853 Mary Jane Whitfield, of Wylam, born 11-Jan 1847, child of George (pitman) & Elizabeth Whitfield
  • 10 Aug 1857 William Belwood Ridley, of Annfield Plain, child of William (coke burner) & Elizabeth Ridley
  • 18 Sep 1862 Elizabeth Jane Stoker, of Leadgate, child of Rainton (coal miner) & Mary Stoker

Stanley Cemetery burials 1891-1977

8,384 burials at Stanley Cemetery between Stanley and Beamish in Lanchester district. Burials in the Old Section are from the opening of the cemetery in Nov 1891 to May 1977. The New Section opened in May 1914 and burials in the Old Section tailed off rapidly after the 1920s. Our transcription of the New Section runs to 20 May 1932, and we have annotated burials in this section with “buried in the New Section”.

Because these are municipal cemetery records, not church burial records, they present many more genealogically useful details. Just over half of these records give an occupation, either of the deceased, of the father, or of the husband (but, oddly, they do not actually name the father or husband). Some give information about how or where the person died. Here are some samples:

  • 25 Nov 1891 William Ramshaw, of Front Street, Stanley, age: 46, stone quarryman
  • 26 Oct 1892 Emma Thorne, of South Moor, age: 17, coalminer’s daughter
  • 23 Jun 1901 Emily Ann Dunn, of 31 Murray Street, age: 27, married woman
  • 24 Mar 1913 Barbara Ann Charlton, of 4 High Street, age: 29, coalminer’s wife
  • 16 Apr 1930 William Creswell Ramsey, of 20 Shield Field Green, Newcastle, age: 58, killed on the highway at Kip Hill, Stanley, buried by Coroner’s Order
  • 12 Dec 1957 George Miles Handy, of 26 Beaconsfield Street, Stanley, age: 60, van driver
  • 3 May 1914 William Proudlock Taylor, of 17 Garden Terrace, Stanley, age: 21, grocer, buried in the New Section
  • 12 Mar 1924 John Coe, of 9 Joicey Terrace, Tanfield Lea, age: 80, retired miner, non parishioner, buried in the New Section
  • 26 Mar 1932 Esther Rodham, of 98 Wear Road, Stanley, age: 49, bricklayer’s wife, buried in the New Section

Besides street addresses in Stanley, abodes mentioned include Annfield Plain, Beamish, Birtley, Burnhope, Chilton, Consett, Craghead, Cresta, Cross Lanes, Crow’s Nest, East Castle Colliery, Stanley, Edmondsley, Fatfield, Greenland, Havannah, High Stanley, Kip Hill, Nettlesworth, No Place, Oakey’s Cottages, Ox Hill, Park House, Pea Farm, Plawsworth, Quaking Houses, Shield Row, South Moor, Stanley Bank Head, Stanley Hall, Stanley Hill Top, Tanfield Lea, Tantobie, Twizell, West Kyo, West Stanley, and White-le-Head.

Lanchester Vestry Minutes 1827-1828

We have added a new category of records – Vestry Minutes. So far, we have only a small set of 58 vestry minutes from Lanchester All Saints parish, covering Jan 1827 to the end of July 1828.

The vestry is the room in a church where the vestments and parish records are kept. The word was also used for a gathering of parish representatives who met in the vestry to carry out parish business. The vestry formed the fundamental unit of decision making for each parish, and acted as a miniature legislature for parochial government. Vestry minutes (the record of each meeting of the vestry) record, among other church business, the outlay of parish funds to cover the expenses of poor residents, such as burials or aid to impoverished children, which may be useful to your ancestral search. Some minutes simply record who was present at the meeting or who got money for what, and some have more useful details like a woman’s maiden surname or relationships.

Some minutes are terse, but can serve to establish someone’s presence in the parish at a specific time:

  • 15 June 1827 Thomas Seymour – in the chair
  • 7 Mar 1828 Joseph George Richmond – in the chair

Some minutes have more useful details:

  • 18 May 1827 John Daglish – shall be at the expense of Thomas Ramshaw’s wife’s funeral when it may happen
  • 16 May 1828 Jane Joice – late McLeod be allowed 1/- p.w. for her child
  • 18 May 1827 George Greenwell – be allowed his expenses of removing John Hudson’s widow from Lanchester Lodge to South Shields or Westoe

We hope to add more to this collection soon now that we have rewritten our system code to accommodate the slightly different format demanded by these records (and if any of you were having trouble searching our site on Dec 15th or early on Dec 16th, that’s why; we temporarily broke some of the searches, but we believe they have been fixed now).

You can limit your search to Vestry Minutes by selecting that record category from the Search In: drop-down list on the search page.