Hamsterley baptisms & Anabaptist births 1701-1746; marriages 1701-1797

Filling some gaps we had at Hamsterley St. James in Auckland district:

  • 1,193 baptisms covering 1701-1746, including many Anabaptist birth registrations. Anabaptists believed that a person should not be baptized until they were an adult who could express their own beliefs, but they often recorded the births of their children in the nearest Anglican register, to establish both a birth record and proof of residency in the parish.
  • 762 marriages covering 1701-1797. We now have all of the marriages here from 1580 to mid-1837.

The clerk used a unique abbreviation system for some of the primary towns, writing just “B” for Bedburn, “H” for Hamsterley, “L” for Lynesack, etc. Abodes (mostly farms) mentioned include Apeshield, Beckside, Bedburn, Bornley Row [Burnlea Row], Butterknowle, Craneraw [Crane Row], Didrish [Diddridge], Edgeknowle, Fitches, Hamsterley, Hoppyland, Howl Eel, Kays Lee, Lenton Hill, Lidgait, Linburn, Lynesack, Loop, Low Wham, Mayland, Moor Hill, New Raw or Row, Podge Hole, Potter Cross, Rackwood Hill, Ravens Ford, Redford, Rowntree, Shipley, Softley, South Side or Southside, Trow Lane, West Pitts, Wham, and Witton Parish.

Sample baptisms:

  • 6 Jul 1701 Ralph Dowthat, of H [Hamsterley], son of Ralph Dowthat
  • 7 May 1728 Richardson Blenkeship, of Linburn, son of William Blenkeship
  • 25 Jan 1747 Mary Trotter, of Mayland, daughter of Matthew & Elizabeth Trotter
  • Easter Hope, born 30 Jan 1723, daughter of Christopher Hope, born at Low Wham
    [Note: this is on a list titled “The Births of the Anabaptists”, entered in the register between 1720 and 1726.]
  • William Garthorn, born 29 Apr 1737, son of Michaell Garthorn
    [Note: this is on a list titled “Register of the Anabaptists June 19th 1733”, entered after a block of 1733-35 Anglican baptisms.]
  • Thomas Hodgson, of Lonton hill, born 30 Jul 1681, son of Anthony Hodgson
    [Note: this is on a list titled “Births of Anthony Hodgson children of Lonton hill”, entered in the register after April 1747. It is in the middle of a long list of Anabaptist births, so this family may also be Anabaptists.]

Sample marriages:

  • 4 May 1701 Gorg Emerson married Ann Hevesid
  • 7 Feb 1734 John Ritson (widower) married Elisabeth Blacket (widow), both of Hamsterley
  • 12 May 1754 Robert Thompson married Mary Wilson, both of this parish, by banns with consent of parents
    Witnesses: Christopher Parkin; William Blackett
  • 3 Oct 1797 Richard Fishwick (of the chapelry of St.John, Newcastle on Tyne) married Ursula Grey (of this parish), by licence
    Witnesses: Charles Whitfield; Michael Garthorn

This baptism register for 1701-1746 is very disordered – this is the order in which it appears:

  • baptisms 1701- Jan 1720
  • Anabaptist births 1714-1725
  • baptisms May 1726-Dec 1731
  • baptisms Nov 1725-Apr 1726
  • baptisms Apr 1735-Apr 1747
  • Anabaptist births Nov 1739-Jul 1746
  • Anabaptist births of several family groups 1680-1720
  • baptisms Jul 1719-Oct 1725
  • baptisms Apr 1733-Apr 1735
  • Anabaptist births Nov 1732-Apr 1739
  • baptisms Dec 1731-Mar 1733

If you put the list in chronological order, the coverage is actually pretty continuous, except there doesn’t seem to be a record of Anabaptist births between 1725 and 1732:

  • baptisms 1701- Jan 1720
  • baptisms Jul 1719-Oct 1725
  • baptisms Nov 1725-Apr 1726
  • baptisms May 1726-Dec 1731
  • baptisms Dec 1731-Mar 1733
  • baptisms Apr 1733-Apr 1735
  • baptisms Apr 1735-Apr 1747
  • Anabaptist births of several family groups 1680-1720
  • Anabaptist births 1714-1725
  • Anabaptist births Nov 1732-Apr 1739
  • Anabaptist births Nov 1739-Jul 1746

We are working on the baptisms forĀ 1747-1764, the burials for 1701-1764 and a separate Anabaptist register for 1746-onward, and we expect to have all those for you next week.