South Shields St. Cuthbert RC marriages 1850-1858

138 marriages at South Shields St. Cuthbert Roman Catholic church, from June 1850 to April 1858. This is the entire collection of marriages available from this church.

Marriages from 1856 through April 1858 were copied into the register of St. Bede’s, which replaced St. Cuthbert’s in early 1857. A few details that were missing from the St. Cuthbert’s register were transcribed from the St. Bede’s register and annotated. The St. Cuthbert’s register gives us both parents of the groom and bride, and the abode of the parents, but the St. Bede’s register lists only the fathers. The St. Cuthbert’s register is in English, while the St. Bede’s register is in Latin.

In the best case, you get a marriage chock-full of information, like this:

  • 11 Jul 1852 James MacKenry of Jarrow, son of Patrick McKendry & Jane Mulholland (Parish of Greenlough, Co. Derry) married Margaret Cassidy of Co. Durham, daughter of Francis Cassidy & Ellen MacPharlen (Mullabrack Parish, Co. Armagh)
    Witnesses: Robert Henry Smith, South Shields; Hannah Loury, South Shields

or, more commonly, without the mother’s maiden name:

  • 20 Nov 1854 Patrick Michael Roy [McIlroy] of South Shields, son of James Michael Roy [McIlroy] & Catharine (Parish of Maracloune, Co. Monaghan) married Catharine Duffy of South Shields, daughter of Philip Duffy & Barbara (South Shields)
    Witnesses: Patrick Conlon, South Shields; Margaret McCarrick, South Shields

Records from St. Bede’s will follow soon.

Whitfield baptisms & burials 1762-1876, marriages 1754-1876

From the rural parish of Whitfield in Haltwhistle district, in the southwest corner of Northumberland where Northumberland, Cumberland, and County Durham all come together:

  • 1,120 baptisms covering 1762-1876
  • 1,039 burials covering 1762-1876
  • 339 marriages covering 1754-1876, including 80 with full civil-registration-era details

Whitfield is an ancient parish and nowadays is dedicated to Holy Trinity, but the earlier church was dedicated to St John. Holy Trinity was dedicated in 1860 and replaced St. John’s church, which had been on the site since at least 1785 (and was preceded before that by another church; there is mention of a church here as early as 1180.) Many of the stones from St. John’s were used in the building of Holy Trinity. During the period covered, Whitfield was mostly uncultivated moorlands, sparsely populated by shepherds, farmers, lead miners and smelters.

These records are from a combination of the original register and the Bishop’s Transcript for maximum detail. For example, in 7 baptisms in 1794, the Bishop’s Transcript gave the mother’s maiden name where the original register did not, and few baptisms were found only in the Bishop’s Transcript, apparently having been added when that copy was created at the end of the year.

For 1798-1812, the clerk did a good job with the baptisms, generally providing parent birthplaces and mother’s father’s names and even some mother’s mother’s names. Sample baptisms:

  • 6 Apr 1762 James Hog, of Tod’s Burn, son of John & Isabel Hog
  • 6 Jul 1783 Hannah [Cowen/Bushby], of Dyke-row, natural daughter of John Cowen & Mary Bushby
  • 5 Jan 1794 John Fairlamb, of Parsonage, son of Hugh Fairlamb & Elizabeth Lowes (now Fairlamb)
    [Note: the mother’s maiden surname is from the Bishop’s Transcript; it was not provided in the original register.]
  • 14 Sep 1811 Jacob Bushby, of Water Meetings, born 7 Jul 1807, 4th son of Matthew Bushby (smelter, native of this parish) by his wife Mary Henderson (daughter of Thomas & Mary Henderson, native of Alston Moor, Cumberland)
  • 11 Jan 1824 Bridget Nixon, of Whitfield Toll Gate, daughter of John (collector of tolls) & Jane Nixon
  • 22 Feb 1852 William Loan, of Town Green, son of George (cartwright & farmer) & Mary Loan

Unfortunately, this clerk recorded the full details for only a few of the 1798-1812 burials, with only sporadic use of maiden names and dropping even those by 1807. However, he did continue including fathers and husbands and occupations until early 1821. Here are some sample burials:

  • 6 Jun 1762 William Stonebanks, of East Bank Head, the elder
  • 11 Feb 1798 Mary Stonebanks late Teasdale, of Woodhouse, Haltwhistle parish, age: 27, wife of John Stonebanks (junior, gentleman), died 9 Feb, decline
  • 26 May 1812 Nicholas Armstrong, of Ding Bell Hill, age: 73, smelter, native of this parish, died 23 May, accidental death having slipped his foot when passing a bridge over a small burn near the Laws and was drowned or killed by the fall
  • 20 Jan 1821 Hannah Summers, of Moscow, Alstone parish, age: 48, widow of Thomas Summers
  • 26 Jun 1837 Cuthbert Hudspith, of Ding Bell Hill, age: 84
  • 11 Jan 1854 Elizabeth Pattinson, of Agar’s Hill, age: 88
  • 10 Apr 1876 Matthew Summers, of Monk, parish of Allendale, age: 80

In the marriages, surprisingly, from 1786 to 1821, the clerk sometimes included the groom’s occupation, which is unusual (and helpful!) for this period. Sample marriages:

  • 24 Mar 1755 William Stonebanks (the younger) of this parish married Ann Shield of this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: John Laverick, the elder; John Laverick, the younger
  • 27 May 1797 Aaron Ellison (bachelor, woodman) of Hunter Gap, Allendale parish married Ann Edger (spinster) of North Dyke Row in this parish, by virtue of a licence
    Witnesses: William Alexander; Joseph Bell
  • 13 Aug 1855 James Lanchester (widower, butler), age 47, of Whitfield Hall, son of William Lanchester (labourer) married Hannah Robson (spinster, housekeeper), age 52, of Whitfield Hall, daughter of John Robson (labourer), by licence
    Witnesses: James Davidson; Mary Ann Davidson

Located near the border of Cumberland, Whitfield parish church was used by quite a few families from the Alston area. Abodes listed besides Whitfield (many of these places are in the nearby parishes of Allendale, Ninebanks,and Haltwhistle): Agar’s Hill, Allendale, Alston, Ashy Bank, Bankfoot, Bears Bridge, Black Cleugh, Bridge Eals, Burn Tongues, Burnmouth, Carrs Mill, Catton, Coanwood, Cook’s Houses, Craig Head, Cupola, Dean Row, Dews Green, Ding Bell Hill, Dod or Dodd Bank, Dryside, Dyke Row, Embley or Emly, Fell House, Frost Hall, Gorbet Hill, Haining Hall and Haining Head, Harsendale, Harsley, Hawk Steel, Hatlwhistle, Hay Leases or Hayleazes, Haydon, Haydon Bridge, Hexham, High Staward, Hinding-head, Hole House, Holly Bush, the Hope or Howp, Hunter Oak, Hunter Shields, Hunters Gap, Keenley, Kingswood,, Knaresdale, Laws, Limestones, Loaning and Loaningside, Lonning Head, Mains Rigg, Marshall’s Haugh, Monk, Morely Hill, Nent Head, Nine Banks or Ninebanks, Ousley or Oustly, Oustone, Park Head, Parmently Hall and Row, Pia Troon, Rowside, Side House, Tarry Back, Tod’s Burn, Water Meetings, Whamlands, White Ouston or Oustone, White Walls, Whitfield Hall (and Whitfield Lodge, Office, and Parsonage), Wide Eal or Eals, Wild Anton, Wood Foot, Woodhouse, and Wooley Green.

In an illustration of the variability of spelling in those days, the place now called Pia Troon was spelled Pye Truin, Pytroon, Pytrune, and Pyut Runn in these records.

Etherley burials 1902-1929

852 burials at Etherley St. Cuthbert in Auckland district, covering 1902-1929.

Abodes mentioned besides Etherley include Bishop Auckland, Chilton, Etherley Dene, Evenwood, Low Etherley, High Etherley, Morley, Phoenix Row, Pollard’s Lands, Quarry Heads, Ramshaw, Toft Hill, West Auckland, Windmill, Witton Park, Witton-le-Wear, and Woodside.

Sample burials:

  • 10 Apr 1905 Margaret Tweddle, of Toft Hill, age: 94
  • 24 Dec 1913 Mary Ann Crawford, of Hunter’s Hill, age: 77, died at Sleetburn Colliery
  • 3 Jan 1929 Agnes Hopkin Lawson, of 2 Hexham, Bishop Auckland, age: 82

Frosterley burials 1904-1946

802 burials at Frosterley St. Michael and All Angels in Weardale district, covering 1904-1946.

Abodes mentioned besides Frosterley include the Batts, Bishop Auckland, Bishopley, Bollihope, Bridge End, Broadwood, Bucklerdale, Dam Hill, Darlington, Hill End, Holmefield, Newcastle, Peakfield and Peakside, Stanhope, Stockley Burn, White Kirkley, Whitfield Brow, and Wolsingham.

Sample burials:

  • 10 May 1911 Annie Vickers, of Stockley Burn, Frosterley, age: 94
  • 30 Jun 1915 Alfred Dennison, of Frosterley, age: 27, died in Hospital from wounds received during the Great War
  • 20 Feb 1940 Jane Jopling, of Hill End, Frosterley, age: 91

Alnwick baptisms 1777-1791

1,019 baptisms at Alnwick St. Michael in Northumberland. This is our first foray into this parish, and more baptisms and burials from it will be arriving soon.

About half of these baptisms list the father’s occupation. Only a handful list the family’s abode. There are several entries for the births of dissenters (non-conformists). Here are some samples:

  • 8 Jun 1777 James & Elizabeth Musgrave alias Moscrop, twins of John Musgrave alias Moscrop & Ann (his wife)
  • 28 Feb 1787 Ann Kirk, daughter of George Kirk (porter at Alnwick Castle) & Frances (his wife)
  • Aug 1790 William Younghusband Wilson, born 24 Sep 1783, son of William Wilson (clothier) & Ann (his wife), diss’r [dissenter]
    [Note: entered in 1790 between 5 Aug and 15 Aug.]
  • 30 Oct 1791 John Keen, of Alnwick Abbey, son of John Keen (gardener) & Hannah (his wife)

Abodes mentioned include Brizlee, Caulledge or Cawledge Park, Denwick, Heckley, Hobberlaw, Holywell, Rugley, Rugley Firth, Shield Dykes, Snipe House, Upper Shields,, White House and White House Folly.

Site changes: name variants, middle names, secondary roles, reviewing purchases

Some changes have been made to the site:

  • Name Variants: We used to manually add multiple variants of each name in each data file that we uploaded. This was time-consuming, limited to just a couple of variants for each name, and depended on us remembering to do it (and I’m sure we missed some when we were tired.) The site has now been restructured to have a giant master table of names and their variants, which will be consulted by each search and updated by each new data file. Customers will see more results from their searches, as a wider variety of spelling variants will be consulted for each name. For example, a search for Amelia will find always find Emilia and Emelia, a search for Smurthwaite will always find Smurfit and Murthwhite, a search for Wandless will find always Wanlace and Oneless, and a search for Halliburton will always find Allyburton. Also, not having to manually index each new file should enable us to get data online more quickly.
  • Include Variants: New checkbox to turn on/off the use of the new variant tables, as described above. If you find that including variants produces too many results, you can always turn it off.
  • Include Initials: If you check this box, the search is expanded to include records where the name is just an initial. For example, a search for Robert Parker Brown will now also return records for Robert P. Brown, R.P. Brown, and R. Parker Brown. A search for Elizabeth Smith will also return records for E. Smith. Note that invoking Include initials automatically turns on Include Variants.
  • Middle names, which used to be searchable by entering a name in First Name and then checking a “search as middle name” checkbox, have been given their own Middle Name search box. You can still enter a first name and middle names in the First Name box (and the search engine will split them apart for you), or you can enter a middle name in the Middle Name box, which just seems a little clearer to us. Multiple middle names separated by spaces are allowed. Treating middle names separately allows us to search for variants of middle names, which was previously impossible, so now a search for “William Henry Parker” will now find a record that is entered as “Wm. Hy. Parker”.
  • Secondary role search expanded: A search will now find abbreviated names (such as Jas. for James) and other spelling variations (Jim, Jimmy, Jamie) in secondary roles (godparents, grandparents,  marriage witnesses, employers, and other people who are mentioned in the record but are not the primary person or their parents or a spouse).
    • A search for middle names will now find them in secondary roles. This is useful for finding people who have a family surname as their middle name, or an unusual middle name that is passed down through several generations of a family.
  • My Orders page
    • now changes the row color to a light blue gradient immediately after you have viewed a record. When you are reviewing numerous records from your list of purchases, this makes it easier to find your place in this table when you return to it after viewing each record. The highlighting persists until you log out or timed out.
    • now includes a column for the date a record was last modified, so when we announce changes to a data set (such as updates to our Easington district records), you can sort your My Orders table by the Modification date and see the recently-changed records at the top of the table, and then review them to see what changes were made.
  • Review Record has a new clickable link, below the record, to return to My Orders, My Matches, or the search results table, depending on where it was called from. This is more reliable than using the Back button and more efficient than clicking My Account and then My Orders or My Matches.
  • Search form: We rearranged the search form a little bit to make accommodate the new features. The checkboxes for searching in secondary roles and “include marriage bonds even when a District is selected” are now at the top of the Parish Record Filters section. The new “include variants” and “include initials” checkboxes are to the right of the First Name and Last Name area.

The new variant table is intended to compensate for the many ways clerks wrote names. It does not imply that all the variants are in fact the same name. For example, Raper and Roper have different origins, so they are not truly variants of the same name (as Smith and Smyth are), but clerks often wrote Raper for Roper (and vice versa), so they “appear” to be the same name. This can happen because the clerk didn’t correctly hear what the informant said, or didn’t know how to spell the name, or wrote it first on a scrap of paper and later transferred it to the register (or from a census schedule filled out by the householder to the census book), misreading it in the process, or it may simply be that a particular clerk’s handwriting makes the two names indistinguishable and we have observed that the same family is sometimes written as Raper and sometimes as Roper.

In making such sweeping changes to the search code, it is quite likely that we broke something, so please let us know if a search or anything else does not behave as expected – and please be patient while we fix any problems that occur.

Planned for the next code update:

  • on the My Orders page, you will be able to enter a note about each record, so you can keep track of whether it was relevant to your family, you’ve saved it to your tree, you’ve sent it on to your collaborators, this is Aunt Sally’s stepdaughter, or whatever you want to note about the record. This will probably include a button to show/hide all the Notes on the page.
  • the ability to delete searches that did not turn up any relevant records

Bishopwearmouth baptisms 1838-1841

1,810 baptisms at Bishopwearmouth St. Michael & All Angels in Sunderland district, covering 1838 to 21 Feb 1841 (the end of a register). This adds to our previous collection of baptisms at this church, which starts in 1567.

Abodes mentioned besides streets in Bishopwearmouth include Ayres Quay, Ballast Hills, Deptford, Hendon, Hetton Staiths, Humbleton Hill, Millfield, New Town, North Moor, Pallion, Pans, Southwick, Sunderland, and Sunniside.

Sample baptisms:

  • 7 Jan 1838 William Tinmouth Taylor, of Ballast Hills, son of Richard (fitter) & Isabella Taylor
  • 18 Aug 1839 Benjamin Tiffin Lowes, of Dunning Street, son of Tiffin (shipwright) & Alice Lowes
  • 27 Jan 1841 Dorothy Prudhoe, of South Street, daughter of Joseph (sawyer) & Elizabeth Prudhoe

We intend to keep extending this parish’s baptisms forward shortly

Whickham/Swalwell Garden House Cemetery burials 1916-1969

7,676 burials in Garden House Cemetery, located on the border of Whickham and Swalwell in Gateshead district. It is also called Swalwell Cemetery in some records. This cemetery was consecrated in February 1916, but this first register starts in July 1916 and runs to the end of February 1969.

Because it is a cemetery register rather than a church burial register, it offers more descriptive detail about the deceased. Here are some sample burials:

  • 9 Aug 1916 Benjamin Chipchase, of 77 Dunston, Dunston on Tyne, age: 70, retired colliery manager
  • 23 May 1925 Martha Gillender, of 20 Ridley Gardens, Swalwell, age: 65, married woman
  • 31 Mar 1931 Elizabeth Ann Hands, of 5 Holly Avenue, Dunston, age: 46, spinster
  • 11 Jun 1943 Thomas Saul, of 5 Holly Avenue, Dunston, age: 20, sergeant pilot R.A.F.
  • 17 Sep 1955 Lydia Dixon, of 28 Ravensworth Road, Dunston, age: 92, widow
  • 10 Feb 1968 Thomas Henry Fleming, of 52 Monkridge Gardens, Dunston, age: 76, retired publican

As we have seen in other cemetery registers, the names of the parents of stillborn infants are given:

  • 11 Jul 1938 [blank] Noble, of 17 Kelvin Gardens, Dunston, stillborn of Joseph & Winifred Noble

Abodes mentioned include Blaydon, Dunston, Gateshead, Gosforth, Lobley Hill, Low Fell, Marley Hill, Newcastle, Rowlands Gill, Scotswood, Sunniside, Swalwell, Wallsend, Whickham, Whitley Bay, Winlaton, and Winlaton Mill.

Newcastle St. Ann baptisms 1845-1877

3,793 baptisms at St. Ann’s in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, from the beginning of 1845 to the end of 1877.

We think whoever was in charge of the register in this period may have been a bit hard of hearing. We found numerous instances where a name (which could be verified by other records) was entered as something that sounded similar. For example, he wrote “pottle” for “bottle”, “Broudlock” for “Proudlock”, “Isaac Murray Lee” for “Isaac Moralee”, “Morgan” for “Morland”, and “Hopton” for “Octon”. And then there’s this one:

  • 4 Mar 1855 John George Pattinson, of Rye Hill, son of Henry Dale Pattinson (smith) & Frances Robertson Pattinson
    [Note: this surname is Featherstone in the GRO birth index and other baptisms to these parents.]

How do you get Pattinson from Featherstone?

Sample baptisms:

  • 22 Jan 1845 John Metcalf Cameron, of Carlisle St, born 20 Jan 1828, son of Ann Cameron (spinster)
  • 18 Nov 1860 Eleanor Osbourne Aiston, of Gateshead, daughter of Thomas Aiston (bricklayer) & Margaret Ann Aiston
  • 28 Nov 1877 Septimus Thackeray, of 8 Ouse Street, son of George (waterman) & Elizabeth Thackeray

The recorded abodes are mostly streets in Newcastle, but also include Ballast Hills, Byker, Byker Bar, Byker Hill, Gateshead, Mill Hill or Millers Hill, North Shore, Ouseburn, Red Barns, Shieldfield, St. Lawrence, and St. Peter’s.

Updated baptisms: Castle Eden 1852-1919 & Seaham 1852-1999

Updated baptisms in Easington district, adding the previously-omitted abodes and occupations of fathers, plus a few birth dates.

  • 1,056 baptisms from 1852 to the end of 1919 at Castle Eden St. James
  • 947 baptisms from 1852 to the end of 1999 at Seaham St. Mary the Virgin, plus we added 2 we’d missed

A sample baptism at Castle Eden before the update:

  • 17 Oct 1897 William Macdonald Sword, child of John & Annie Sword

and the same baptism after the update:

  • 17 Oct 1897 William Macdonald Sword, of The Gas House, Wellfield Station, child of John (gas man) & Annie Sword, twin

If you have purchased a baptism at these churches, we encourage you to review it to get the new information and see if any changes were made. Log in, click My Account, then click the My Orders tab to see your purchases. If a change (other than a minor spelling change) was made to a record you purchased, an email has already been sent to you with the correction.

This is part of our mission to update our Easington-district baptisms that are missing abodes, birth dates, or occupations. All of our baptisms from these two parishes now have all the details that are available in the register.