Auckland St. Andrew baptisms & burials 1743-1764, marriages & banns 1754-1764

At Auckland St. Andrew in Auckland district:

  • 2,402 baptisms and 2,120 burials covering 1743-1764
  • 300 marriages and 72 “banns called but not married here” covering 1754-1764

Mothers (other than single mothers) start appearing with the fathers in baptisms in May 1759 and are listed in maybe half of the baptisms after that. Occasionally the father’s occupation is given. Sample baptisms:

  • 16 Jan 1743 Mary Hutchinson, of Byers Green, daughter of Christopher Hutchinson (deceased)
  • 13 Mar 1743 Joice Sedgwick, of Midridge, daughter of Margaret Sedgwick, illegitimate
  • 21 Oct 1751 Enoch White, of Bishop Auckland, son of Cornelius White, being an adult of 18 years of age
  • 20 May 1759 Mary Davie, of Jocks Row, daughter of William & Christian Davie
  • 21 Aug 1761 John Turnbull, of Bishop Auckland, son of Benjamin Turnbull (apothecary)
  • 9 Dec 1764 Catherine Lax, of Midridge, daughter of Thomas & Margaret Lax

Although the child’s birth order is not usually noted in this period, apparently the priest or clerk felt this one was worth mentioning:

  • 21 Feb 1762 Benjamin Brown, of St. Andrew, Auckland, ye 20th child of John & Anne Brown

In the burials, as in the baptisms, after May 1759, both parents are mentioned for many children (before that, just the father or the unwed mother is named). Husbands’ names are usually given, occasionally an occupation is listed, and 2 burials give ages. Sample burials:

  • 30 Mar 1743 Anne Vasey, of Bishop Auckland, wife of John Vasey
  • 30 Dec 1745 George Wellfoot, of Bishop Auckland, son of George Wellfoot (deceased)
  • 23 Jul 1749 Margaret Trimnel, of Hunwick, wife of Valentine Trimnel
  • 16 Jan 1754 Eleonor Proctor, of Bishop Auckland, widow of Jacob Proctor
  • 16 Mar 1757 Mary Cameron, daughter of Matthew Cameron (itinerant)
  • 24 Oct 1761 Michael Bainbridge, of Bishop Auckland, son of Francis & Dorothy Bainbridge
  • 19 Jun 1762 Jane Todd, of Byers Green, age: 107
  • 9 Apr 1763 Frances Apedale, of Bishop Auckland, daughter of William Apedale (flaxdresser)

Sample marriage and banns:

  • 8 May 1754 Thomas Kilburn (of the parish of Witton-le-Wear) married Margt. Cawert (of this parish), by banns
    Witnesses: George Kilburn; Thomas Caweart
  • Banns: 26 Nov 1758 George Pallister (of the parish of Aycliff) & Jane Stoddard (of this parish), banns called 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 26 Nov
    [Note: not married here.]

Hartlepool St. Mary Roman Catholic marriages 1840-1853

100 marriages at Hartlepool St. Mary Roman Catholic church, from the start of the first register in 1840 to the end of 1853.

These marriages do not list the ages or occupations of the bride and groom, but they do list both parents of each, and the abode of the parents, including some locations in Ireland. Here’s a sample:

  • 24 Apr 1841 Daniel Logan (of Wingate Grange, son of Peter Logan & Mary Logan, of County Rhone, Ireland) married Margaret Conway (of Wingate Grange, daughter of Henry Conway & Bridg. Conway, of Wingate)
    Witnesses: Henry Conway, of Wingate; Ann Knox, of Hartlepool

Birtley baptisms & burials 1852-1880

2,591 baptisms and 1,894 burials at Birtley St. John the Evangelist in Chester-le-Street district, covering 1852-1880.

Abodes mentioned frequently besides Birtley include Annabella Cottages, B Pit, Bewicke Main colliery, Birtley Fell, Birtley Lane, Black Fell, Blue Barns, Chatershaugh, Eighton Banks, Fatfield, Greenland, Harras Bank, Harraton, Harraton Outside, Lambton Park, Leybourne Hold, Look Out, Low Flatts, Mount Pleasant, New York (parish of;/ Washington), Newcastle, Nova Scotia, Ouston, Ouston Grange, Oxclose (parish of Washington), Peel’s Houses, Pelaw Grange, Perkinsville, Picktree, Portobello, Toft Hill, Urpeth, Vigo, Wash Houses colliery, and Washington.

Sample baptisms – a few have birth dates:

  • 7 Jan 1852 Eleanor Burnit, of Mount Houses, daughter of Joseph (pitman) & Jane Burnit
  • 29 Apr 1860 Barbara Rewcastle, of St. Bede’s Row, Birtley, daughter of Ralph (furnace man) & Alice Rewcastle
  • 13 Mar 1871 John Thomas Horsley, of Toft Hill, Birtley, son of Richard (iron moulder) & Sarah Horsley, private baptism – received Apr 11th
  • 5 Dec 1880 David Walls, of Marley Hill, born 23 Nov 1874, child of Joseph (miner) & Susannah Walls

Sample burials:

  • 12 Mar 1857 Agnes Watson, of Chartershaugh, age: 90
  • 2 Jan 1864 Mary Hunter, of Birtley, age: 100 & 3/4
  • 21 Feb 1872 John Craister, of Birtley Lane, age: 90
  • 7 Feb 1879 Ann Hume, of Lea Field House, age: 94
  • 11 Nov 1880 Samuel Parker, of Brown’s Buildings, age: 51, Coroner’s Certificate

Aycliffe baptisms & burials 1651-1761, marriages 1651-1799, banns 1754-1800

Filling our gaps at Aycliffe St. Andrew in Darlington district:

  • 2,947 baptisms and 2,049 burials covering 1651-1761
  • 995 marriages  covering 1651-1799 and 60 “banns called but not married here” for 1754-1800

We now have baptisms at this church for 1560-1877, burials for 1560-1962, and marriages for 1560-1841.

No marriages were recorded from Jan 1650 to Oct 1651 and Oct 1688 to Nov 1690. No burials were recorded from Apr 1650 to Apr 1651 and burials are missing from July 1678 to Nov 1689. (After July 1678, most of that page of the register appears to have been cut away and removed, losing most of that page and the entire back side. One wonders if someone was trying to hide a particular baptism or wedding! After July 1678, only baptisms and marriages were recorded for the next several pages and years, with burials not resuming until Nov 1689. Strange.)

Nearly all of these baptisms name the father. Some abodes are provided in 1652-1655, 1661-1665, 1687, and from March 1702 to March 1707; outside of those periods, abodes appear only occasionally, until 1738 after which they appear in nearly all baptisms. In the mother department, only single mothers are listed until 1738, after which nearly all baptisms list the mother until the end of 1755, when they disappear again. A very few of these baptisms provide the father’s occupation, probably to distinguish between 2 men of the same name in the village (example below). There are periods where the child’s gender is not specified – a baptism will say something like “John of George Heward” – so we have added “[child]” to make those read properly. Sample baptisms:

  • 20 Jan 1651 Raiphe Sidgewick, son of Thomas Sidgewick
  • 14 Jun 1670 Jane Graistons, daughter of Ann Graistons
  • 7 Jul 1702 John Bambrick, of Preston, son of Thomas Bambrick
  • 2 Feb 1721 Anne Smith, [child] of John Smith (skinner)
  • 3 Feb 1723 Mary Smith, [child] of John Smith (taylor)
  • 17 Sep 1732 Elizabeth Cambel, [child] of Grace Cambel (mendicant)
  • 17 Jun 1743 Joseph Hedley, of Woodham, son of Michael Hedley (a Roman Catholick)
  • 22 Feb 1752 Robert [Davison/Preston], of Ayckliff, son of William Davison & Mary Preston
  • 2 Nov 1755 Isaac Arras, of Woodham, son of Joseph & Margret Arras

Sample marriages – there is a smattering of abodes in 1702-1705, then abodes and witnesses appear regularly from 1754 onward, with an occasional mention of bachelor/spinster/widow/widower:

  • 31 Oct 1655 John Dickon married Mary Heighington
  • 30 Apr 1705 John Sawhell [Sawkell] married Ann Swainston (of Brafferton)
  • 20 Jul 1714 Mr. Trollop married Mrs. Price
  • 8 May 1731 Tho. Litster married Margery Brandling
  • 29 Apr 1754 William Parnaby (of the parish of Aycliffe) married Mary Oates (of the parish of Brancepeth), by banns
    Witnesses: Thomas Robinson; John Croft
  • 3 May 1775 Robert Wetherell (widower) married Rachael Scaife, both of this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: Ralph Moor; Mary James
  • 7 Jul 1798 James Clement (Jun’r) married Margaret Bentley (widow), both of this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: Thomas Robinson; Maria Henderson; Edward Henderson
  • Banns: 22 Dec 1799 Jacob Simpson (of this parish) & Anne Park (of the parish of Darlington)
    [Note: date of last banns publication; not married here.]

In the burials, abodes are provided occasionally in the 1650s and 1660s, in most burials from March 1702 to March 1707 and then again from 1738 onward, but generally not outside those periods. Relationships are stated in about half of the burials from 1651 to 1707. Between 1707 and 1738, there are almost no abodes or relationships stated. In some periods, the relationship is not specified but the two parties are named – for example, a burial will say something like “John of Joseph Shotton” or “Mary of James Smith”. For these, we have added “[son]” for a deceased male and “[daughter or wife]” for deceased females and indexed the named male as the father, figuring that will be right more often than not. Sample burials:

  • 29 Sep 1651 Beley [Isabella] Wycliff, wife of Mr. Francis Wycliff
    [Note: entered in Christenings but clearly says “buryed”.]
  • 31 Mar 1663 Elioner Moody, daughter of John Moody (deceased)
  • 13 Jun 1674 Margarett Crosyer, wife of Thomas Crosyer
  • 3 Jul 1692 Ann Bennett, [daughter or wife] of William Bennett
  • 31 May 1700 Mary Lisle, wife of Jo. [John] Lisle (Vic’r)
  • 10 Dec 1706 Thomas Friswell, of Woodham, a servant
  • 1 Feb 1721 Winnafrid Cowley
  • 6 Jul 1738 Wm. Fogg, of Ayckliff, son of Katherine Fogg (widdow)
  • 15 Jun 1759 Eliz. Peacock, of Brafferton, widow
  • 23 Oct 1761 John Scot, of Aycliffe, son of Patrick Scot

Here’s an unusual one:

  • 13 Dec 1652 Jane [blank], of Brough Close House, the concubine of Hugh Haswhittle

Sometimes the parish register was a place to record notable happenings, other than birth, marriage, and death. Along an inner margin of the baptism register in 1715, this note was written: “The Rebellion in Lanchashire & Scotland was this year.” , and in the burial register in 1729: “This year 1729, corn was so scarce that a famine would have ensued, but that it pleased God to send us Dantz-Rie to supply our need. Laus Deo.”  Across England and Ireland, the harvest of 1728 was a poor one, caused by colder-than-usual temperatures and increased rain and flooding at the wrong time. This caused famine in the following year, resulting in a higher death rate from various infections (whooping cough, chicken pox,smallpox, influenza, pneumonia) attacking the weakened people. Aycliffe was part of a nationwide mortality crisis – one of the biggest mortality crises known to have occurred since the 16th century, with death rates up to 100 per cent above normal for three consecutive years. Partial salvation was provided in the form of “Danzig Rye”, grain shipped from Gdansk on the Baltic Sea.

Easington St. Mary baptisms 1701-1768, marriages 1701-1797, banns 1701-1812

We have filled some gaps at Easington St. Mary the Virgin (in Easington district) that we have long wanted to fill:

  • 2,003 baptisms covering 1701-1768. We now have a continuous run of baptisms here from 1571 to 1952.
  • 672 marriages covering 1701-1797. We now have a continuous run of marriages here from 1570 to 1948.
  • 75 records of “banns called here but not married here” covering 1701-1812.

Abodes mentioned in the baptisms besides Easington include Beacon, Beggars Bush, Black Hills, Coop House, Easington Lee, Easington Mill, Eatherdakers (also called Edderacres, Ether Dacres, Etheracres), Eden (which might mean Castle Eden), Ellimoor Grange, Fallowfield, Fleemin Field or Fleming Field, Haswell, Haswell Moor, Hawthorn(e), Hawthorn(e) Hive, Horden, Howledge or Howletch, Little Thorp, Low Hills, Oakside, Pespool, Shotton, Shotton Moor, Teat Hill, Tenless, Thorp(e), and Thorp(e) Moor.

In these baptisms, the father’s occupation is given in most baptisms from 1701 through 1706, then only in a handful through 1713, and almost none after that. Mothers are listed in nearly all of these. Samples:

  • 7 Mar 1701 Isabell Culley, of Easington, child of John (lame fidler) & Alice Culley
  • 21 Oct 1707 Robert Leightfoot, of Easington, child of Robert (butcher) & Ann Leightfoot
  • 11 Apr 1725 Joseph Farbrick, of Shotton, child of Joseph & Isabell Farbrick
  • 17 Dec 1747 Cuthbert Mowry, of Pespool, child of Robert & Mary Mowry
  • 3 Aug 1768 Ann [Pallot/Ghent], illegitimate daughter of Matthew Pallot (of Seaham) & Elizabeth Ghent (of Shotton)

Sample marriages – witnesses start in mid-1754, as usual:

  • 1 May 1701 Thomas Archer (labourer, of ye parish of Seaham) married Ellin’r Stern (of Hawthorn in this parish)
  • 25 Jan 1722 Wm. Burrell (of Har in poole [Hartlepool]) married Margaret Law (of this parish)
  • 3 Jun 1755 John Lyster married Hannah Maugham, both of this parish by banns
    Witnesses: Ralph Ferry; Eliz. Maugham
  • 8 Dec 1774 Alexander Hall (of the parish of Stockton) married Sarah Gilley (of this parish), by banns
    Witnesses: George Baxter; Thomas Gilley
  • 18 May 1797 John Galley (bachelor, of Cocksgreen in the chapelry of Pencher) married Ann Curry (spinster, of this parish), by banns
    Witnesses: Ralph Curry; Wm. Pearson
    [Note: The marriage says John Galley of the chapelry of Pencher, but the banns state he is of Cocksgreen in the chapelry of Painshaw.]

Banns:

  • 4 Mar 1764 Stephen Craggs (of this parish) & Ann Coultman (of the parish of Sedgefield), banns read February 19th, 26th & March 4th
    [Note: not married here.]

For your entertainment:

  • 6 Feb 1748 Ra. [Ralph] Ferry married Abigail Brandling (of this parish)
    [Note: Two bits of history regarding this couple: First, from the Newcastle Courant, January 30th 1693/94 – “Mr. Francis Brandling & Miss Abigail Wilkinson, both of Newcastle, married – Bp. Wearmouth Registers”. Second, from the Courant, February 13th 1748/49: “We hear from Easington, that, after eight months deliberation, the Treaty of Marriage betwixt Mr. Ralph Ferry, aged 90, and Mrs. Brandling, of the same place and age, was happily consummated, and the settlement for the issue of this marriage amicably adjusted, after having twice been at Church in that time and return’d without compleating the ceremony, on account of some lesser incidents occurring not properly fix’d for their former or future offspring, but at last settled to entire satisfaction.”]

Given their ages, we assume they were more concerned about “former offspring” than “future offspring” !!!

[Updated 25 Feb 2020 from research by Paul Wilson: “Evidence suggests that Ralph Ferry and Abigail Brandling were not actually 90 years old when they married as the Courant suggested. Ralph’s 1764 burial record says he was 91 when he died, which corresponds to his baptism as the son of Raiph Ferry of Kirk Merrington, on 15 June 1673. So he’d have been only 74 when he married Abigail in 1748/9. He’d been married twice before Abigail – firstly to Margaret Reah (1678-1704), with whom he had son John, then to Elizabeth Paxton in Feb 1711, with whom he had two daughters. Abigail, daughter of Robert and Margaret Wilkinson, was baptised at St Nicholas’s, Newcastle, in Jan 1668/9. She was actually a sprightly 79 when she married Ralph in Feb 1748/9. Her first husband was probably the Francis Brandling baptised at Bamburgh in Aug 1658, who would have been 89 or 90 when he died in 1747 – which might explain why the newspaper thought Abigail and Ralph were also 90.”]

Seaham Harbour St. John baptisms 1871-1880 updated

Updated 2,415 baptisms at Seaham Harbour St. John in Easington district, spanning 1871-1880, adding the child’s birth date, father’s occupation, abode, and any other information that had previously been omitted. From April 1878 onward, most baptisms gave the child’s birth date. This register does not give the child’s gender (i.e. son/daughter), so we have used “child” as the designator.

Samples before the update:

  • 08 Mar 1871 Ethel Ella Jane Anderson, child of George & Jane Anderson
  • 08 Dec 1875 John Cruddas, child of Isabella Cruddas
  • 01 May 1878 Mary Ann Hinds, child of Thomas & Ellen Hinds
  • 01 Dec 1880 Lydia Wilson Wood, child of William Wood & Mary Ann Wood

and the same baptisms after the update:

  • 08 Mar 1871 Ethel Ella Jane Anderson, of Seaham Cottages, child of George (engine driver) & Jane Anderson
  • 08 Dec 1875 John Cruddas, of Back South Railway St., Seaham Harbour, child of Isabella Cruddas (single woman)
  • 01 May 1878 Mary Ann Hinds, of Murton, born 12 Dec 1877, child of Thomas (miner) & Ellen Hinds
  • 01 Dec 1880 Lydia Wilson Wood, of Church St., Seaham Harbour, born 9 Apr 1880, child of William Wood (engine fitter) & Mary Ann Wood

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. Otherwise, if you have purchased a baptism at this church in this period, you should review it to get the new information and see if any other minor changes were made. Log in, click My Account, then click the My Orders tab to see your purchases. If you sort by the Modified column, records that have been changed in this update will appear at the top of the list.

This is part of our mission to update our Easington-district baptisms that are missing occupations, abodes, and sometimes birth dates.

Newcastle St. Nicholas baptisms & burials 1762-1797

From the Church of St. Nicholas in Newcastle-upon-Tyne:

  • 3,355 baptisms and 3,471 burials covering 1762-1797
  • 132 registrations of the births of dissenters from 1750 to 1837 (from 2 lists found at the end of the 1756-1791 and 1791-1812 registers). Most of these people had not been baptized in the Church, but some had baptism dates that were years after their births. They were often entered in family groups, as the parents registered all of their children at once, sometimes many years after they were born.

These are from a combination of the parish registers and the Bishop’s Transcripts, for maximum detail. Nearly all the baptisms give the father’s occupation, which wasn’t common in many other parishes. This register starts showing the mother’s maiden surname in baptisms as early as March 1794, which is interesting because that was not required until late 1797. Some of the dissenters’ birth registrations give the mother’s maiden surname and sometimes even her father’s name, which is very unusual.

Sample baptisms:

  • 6 Jan 1762 John Fell, son of Christopher Fell (flax dresser) & Jane (his wife)
  • 10 Feb 1771 Ann Greenwell, daughter of Thomas Greenwell (tallow chandler) & Ann (his wife)
  • 10 Mar 1782 George Adamson Mackey, son of John Mackey (stay maker) & Isabel (his wife)
  • 22 May 1791 William [Yardley/Bruce], supposed son of William Yardley (potter) & Sarah Bruce
  • 6 Apr 1794 Isabella Storey, daughter of William Storey (barber-surgeon) & Isabella formerly Smeaton (his wife)
  • 5 Nov 1797 William Lumsdon, born 12-Oct 1797, 2nd son of James Lumsdon (blacksmith, native of Kirkwhelpington, son of John Lumsdon) by his wife Thomasine Usher (native of the parish of Brancepeth in the county of Durham, daughter of Thomas Usher)

and 2 birth registrations of dissenters:

  • John Davidson, born 18 Jul 1750, son of Thos. Davidson (attorney at law) & Eleanor (his wife, one of the daughters of John Lowes, late of Ridley Hall in the Parish of Haltwhistle and County of Northumberland, gentleman, deceased), entered [with 5 siblings] on 6 Nov 1761 at the request of Thos. Davidson [the father], late an inhabitant of the Chapelry of All Saints in this Town, but now in this Parish
    [Note: this is on a list of births of dissenters at the end of the 1756-1791 baptism register.]
  • Frederick Patterson McKenzie, born 15 Jun 1814, son of the aforesaid Eneas McKenzie (printer) & Elizabeth late Patterson
    [Note: this is entered, with 3 siblings, on a list titled “Births of persons who have not been Baptized in the Church”, at the end of the 1791-1812 baptism register. The mother’s maiden surname and father’s occupation are taken from the first baptism in the group.]

Sample burials:

  • 1 Mar 1762 Isable Coats, widdow of Joseph Coats (tinplate worker)
  • 19 Nov 1773 Thomas Blenkinsop, son of Charles Blenkinsop (glassmaker)
  • 28 Dec 1781 Elizabeth Meggison, wife of George Meggison (butcher)
  • 22 Jan 1791 Samuel Alcock, innkeeper

and starting in Oct 1797, lots of useful detail:

  • 3 Dec 1797 Mary Shiner late Gray heretofore Alexander, of the Close, age: 42, wife of Christopher David Shiner (innkeeper & a glasscutter), died 1 Dec, ruptured blood vessel
  • 27 Dec 1797 Richard Dobson, of Westgate Street in St. John of this Town, age: 31, attorney at law, son of Michael Dobson (gentleman) & Margaret his wife, formerly Harrison, died 25 Dec, pulmonary complaint

Here’s the burial from a tragedy that is famous locally and in ballooning lore:

  • 21 Sep 1786 Ralph Heron, son of Ralph Heron (attorney at law), this amiable young gentleman and several others were assisting Mr. Lunardi in filling a balloon in the Spitall; on the Gass issuing through the plaform, they were alarm’d, and without his knowledge, let the balloon go. He unfortunately had the cord which opened the valve tied round his arm and was in an instant carried up into the air many feet, higher than the spire of St. Nicholas Church, fell upon his feet into Lord Mount Stewart’s garden & died about two hours after.

We intend to transcribe the extremely detailed baptisms and burials for 1798-1812 in the next few months, and also to extend this parish’s transcriptions back into the 1750s.

Herrington St. Aidan baptisms 1891-1966

At Herrington St. Aidan in the district of Houghton-le-Spring:

  • 4,489 baptisms spanning 1891-1966

The residences listed include East Herrington, Herrington Hill, Houghton-le-Spring, Middle Herrington, Mill Pit, New Herrington, Newbottle, Penshaw, Philadelphia, Shiney Row, Stonygate, Success, and West Herrington.

Nearly all of these give the child’s birth date. Samples:

  • 27 Jan 1891 Elizabeth Jane Riddell, of East Herrington, child of George (police constable) & Jane Riddell
  • 21 Jun 1906 Jane Helen McLaren, of Herrington Hill, born 26 Nov 1879, child of William McLaren (farmer) & Jane Bennett McLaren, received into the Church after Presbyterian Baptism
  • 6 Aug 1919 Dorothy Isabel Dixon, of 8 Surrey Place, born 6 Jul 1919, child of Thomas William Lishman Dixon (brakesman) & Margaret Elizabeth Dixon

Kelloe marriages 1693-1762

357 marriages at Kelloe St. Helen in Easington district, from the beginning of the first register in 1694 to Feb 1762. We now have all the marriages at this church from 1694 to 1858. There are no marriages recorded from May 1736 to Jan 1738. There were no “banns called here but not married here” in the banns register for this period (1754-1762).

Abodes mentioned besides Kelloe include Bishop Middleham, Chester-le-Street, Easington, Garmonsway, Houghton-le-Spring, Monk Hesleden, Trimdon, and Wingate. Abodes are provided for most marriages, except for a disturbing stretch from 1706 to 1733 where only a few marriages list abodes. Occupations of the grooms are given from late 1700 to mid-1704. Witnesses start in mid-1754, as usual.

Sample marriages:

  • 11 May 1693 Stephen Arrowsmith (of ye parish of Elwick) married Anne Wilson (of this parish)
  • 1 Nov 1701 John Grindwell (day labourer, Roman Cath., of this parish) married Elizabeth Tailor
  • 28 Apr 1725 Jon Batmunson married Ann Tate
  • 12 Jan 1755 Robert Emerson (batchelor) married Frances Younger (spinster), both of this parish, by banns, with the consent of the mother of the said Frances, she being a minor
    Witnesses: Samuel Thwayts; George Forster; John Atkinson

Dalton-le-Dale marriages & banns 1654-1812

343 marriages at Dalton-le-Dale St. Andrew in Easington district, from the beginning of the first register in 1654 to the end of 1812, plus 27 banns publications for 1754-1812. We now have all the marriages and “banns called but not married here” at this church from 1654 to the end of 1966.

There are no marriages recorded from June 1657 to Nov 1665 and Nov 1681 to Feb 1685, and quite a few single-year gaps, probably because this was not a large parish. There were many years with only a few marriages. Abodes mentioned besides Dalton (aka Daldon in this register) include Bishop Wearmouth, Cold Hesleden aka just Hesleden, Easington, Hawthorne, Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton-le-Spring, Murton (aka Moorton or Morton in this register), Pittington, Ryhope, Seaham, Shadforth, and Sunderland.

Most of these marriages list the abode of both parties. After 1768, most show marital status, but little other information (only a few fathers are listed, and 2 brides are declared to be minors). Samples:

  • 7 Dec 1654 Nicholas Denton married Isabell Jackson, both of the towne and parish of Dalton, married before Tho. Dallivall Esquire, of Hetton, one of the Justices of the Peace for this Countie
  • 25 Nov 1738 Goodchild Wilkinson (of Barnston [Barmston] in ye parish of Washington) married Mary Watson (widow, of Dalton)
  • 29 May 1781 Peter Wood (batchelor, of Hawthorn in the parish of Easington) married Barbara Blakiston (minor, spinster, of Cold Haselden in this parish), by licence with consent of the parents of the said Barbara Blakiston
    Witnesses: William Hutchinson; John Wood
  • 1 May 1804 George Storey (widower) married Elizabeth Doxford (widow), both of this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: Frances Lackenby; William Lowdon

Sample banns:

  • 3 May 1762 Philip Lovet (of this parish) & Dorothy Brough (of the parish of Whitburn), banns read April 18th, 25th & May 3rd