Durham St. Oswald baptisms 1580-1629

1,323 baptisms at St. Oswald’s in the city of Durham, from April 1580 to the end of 1629. There are no baptisms recorded from the end of the first register in March 1593 to the beginning of the next register in April 1598. (The “first register” is actually two registers bound together and lettered on the outside “No. 1”, containing the first book from 1538 to early 1580 and the second book from early 1580 to early 1593.)

Only one parent (the father or the unwed mother) is shown in most of these baptisms. Baptisms before March 1581 and from mid-1585 to early 1593 give us only the date and the child’s name. The father’s occupation is generally listed after 1613 and occasionally before then. A few baptisms have godparents named. About 200 of these show a residence, including Aldernedge (Aldernage), Borne Hall (Burnhall), Brome (Broom), Fenckley (Finchale), and various spellings of Shincliffe.

Sample baptisms:

  • 3 Apr 1580 Yzabell Carter
  • 28 Mar 1581 Jane Fereles, dowgter of Wm. Fereles
  • 13 Jun 1590 Oswalde Denen
  • 2 Sep 1598 Clement Ramshaw, sonne of Hughe Ramshaw
  • 3 Jun 1604 Margerie Herryson, daughter of Thomas Herryson (hynd to Mr. Rand)
  • 6 Jun 1613 Ann Brantingham [Frame], daughter of John Brantingham (of Gilligaite, mylner) beinge baisse begotten with Margery Frame (of this parish)
    Godparents or Sponsors: Robt. Robinson of Elvitt; Ann Stphenson [sic]; Katherine Kirsoppe
  • 11 Jun 1616 Esabell Herrison, daughter of Arthur Herrison (beinge the backhouse man)
  • 26 Dec 1629 Esabell Elstobb, of Shinckcliffe, daughter of Richard Elstobb (whelwright)

Sedgefield burials 1750-1769

717 burials at Sedgefield St. Edmund the Bishop in Stockton district, covering 1750-1769.

The burial register is in Latin until August 1755, when it switches to English. Sample burials:

  • 10 Jan 1750 Magister Rowlandus Burdon, of Sedgfield
  • 3 Jun 1753 Radulphus Craggs, of Butterwick, son of Georgii Craggs
  • 6 Jan 1758 Ralph [Atchison/Chambers], illegitimate son of Ralph Aitchison & Isabell Chambers
  • 19 Oct 1762 Dorothy Barker, of Sedgfield, wife of Francis Barker
  • 24 Aug 1767 Elisabeth Smurthwaite, of Old Acres, servant to Miss Spearman, killed by a fall from a cart
  • 22 Feb 1769 Mary Marsh, of Swalwell, daughter of George Marsh & Martha (his wife)

Abodes mentioned besides Sedgefield include Bradbury, Butterwick, Cowburn, Elmdon, Fishburn, Foxton, Hardwick, Hole House, Horse Shoe House, the Isle, Layton, Lizards, Low Swainston, Mordon, Murton, Old Acres, Sands, and Weeterton.

Durham St. Giles baptisms & burials 1701-71 & marriages 1701-90

From the parish of St. Giles in the city of Durham:

  • 1,191 baptisms spanning 1701-1771
  • 1,323 burials spanning 1701-1771
  • 537 marriages spanning 1701-1790

We now have all the baptisms and burials at St. Giles from 1584 through 1857 and all the marriages at St. Giles from 1584 to mid-1837. However, there’s a problem. A memo inserted by the Vicar after 1 Jan 1712, says (with his spelling retained):

“I find there has been a scandalous neglect of registring births, burials, marriages from the year 1711 to midsummer 1723 whereupon the curacy of St. Giles was entred upon by me – W. Forster”.

There follows an attempt to catch up, recreating the baptism entries from 1711 to 1723 in family groups, probably from the memories and personal records of the people involved, but we must assume that not all baptisms were recovered. There are also no marriages or burials recorded in this period, and apparently no attempt was made to reconstruct those records from memory.


There are 2 overlapping registers covering the first part of this data set. Baptisms from 4 May 1695 to 17 Sep 1706 appear at the end of Volume 3 and again in the beginning of Volume 4, but sometimes with different information. Volume 3 records baptism dates. Volume 4 usually lists the child’s birth date instead of a baptism date, and has additional births of dissenters, with some specified as Quakers or Papists. If a person appears with a birth date in one register and a baptism date in the other register, or appears in both registers with differing information, we have combined the two records into one and annotated it. For example:

  • 12 Sep 1703 Jane Greivson, born 2 Sep, daughter of Anthony Greivson (skinner)
    [Note: there are 2 overlapping registers for this period, with each register providing different components of this record, such as birth date and baptism date. We have combined the two register entries into one record for ease of research.]

As we were adding these new records, we realized that our earlier set of data from this church, which ended in 1700, had been transcribed only from Volume 3 mentioned above. We reviewed the same records in Volume 4 and added 16 baptisms to the 1695-1700 period. We also added birth dates and, in some cases, the father’s occupation and the mother’s name, to 87 baptisms in that period. If a baptism was changed that you had previously purchased, you have already been notified via email.

The first 5 years of baptisms had the most detail – father’s occupations, mother’s names, and child’s birth date appeared in many baptisms until the end of 1706. After that, we generally only see fathers and unwed mothers and sometimes an abode, with a few months here and there where the mothers were briefly named.

  • 26 Sep 1702 Richard Westmerland, of ye red house nr. Keepyer Sands, son of Mathew Westmerland (a poor colier), baptized privately
    [Note: there are 2 overlapping registers for this period. The record appears only in the later register, which starts in 1695.]
  • 1705 Ann Blamire, born 4 Dec 1705, daughter of Jonas Blamire (Dissenting Minister)
  • 24 Oct 1721 Andrew Reah, son of Andrew & Catherin Reah
  • 1 Jul 1750 Isabel [Coulson/Dobson], bastard daughter of William Dobson & Barbara Coulson
  • 5 May 1771 Christopher Lamb, son of the late Christopher Lamb


Many people came from elsewhere to be married in the city of Durham. There is a spate of occupations (of the grooms) in 1701-1706 and marital statuses in 1749-1760. Witnesses start as expected in mid-1754.

Marriage samples:

  • 11 Feb 1701 Mr. Thomas Sharp (Vicar, of Dalton) married Dorothy Paxton (of Dalton)
  • 16 Apr 1705 Michael Collin (butcher, of the parish of Darlington) married Mary Fenwick (spinster, of the Chappelry of All Hallows in Newcastle)
  • 31 May 1726 George Armstrong (of the parish of Whitworth) married Sarah Gibson, by licence
  • 1 Feb 1755 Benjamin Carr (widower) married Ann Moor (spinster), both of this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: John Ovington; John Ovington, the younger
  • 17 Jul 1791 John Skelton married Mary Conkerton, both of this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: John Robson; John Tilly
    [Note: entered in Nov 1790. The banns were read 14th, 21st & 28th November 1790, and the marriage was entered into the register in anticipation of the event, just waiting for the date and signatures, but for some reason they waited until the following July to marry, so this marriage is not in its proper place in the register.]


Many of the burials state a parent or spouse or occupation, and some are absolutely rich with detail (especially in the first 5 years), but unfortunately 1732-1745 is generally just names and dates. Here are some samples:

  • 22 Mar 1701 John Carr, son of Margaret Littlefair (whose husband’s name is William Littlefair, skinner & glover, who ran away)
  • 9 Sep 1701 William Hugall, son of Thomas Hugall (searcher to ye Company of Glovers), he was murthered on Sunday ye last of August at 12 at night by Jo. Lackenby & Thom. Dixon
  • 25 Mar 1702 George Liddell, of Hawthroren in the parish of Easington, labourer, who died by a suddain fall and departed about 30 hours after, being speechless all that time
  • 14 Mar 1710 Thomas Allinson, of the parish of St. Nicholas, son of James & Mary Allinson
  • 28 Dec 1729 Dinah Kell, wife of George Kell
  • 25 Jul 1744 James Greenshields
  • 22 Dec 1758 William Manners, son of Ann Manners (widow)
  • 11 Nov 1771 Elizabeth & Thomas Cooper, wife & son of John Cooper

Abodes most often mentioned besides St. Giles parish include the neighboring parishes of St. Nicholas and St. Oswald, Keeper or Keepyer, and Woodwell House

We’ll close with this note found in the register:

  • Memorandum that James Denton and Elizabeth Sharpp did penance the 2nd day of October 1707. Henry Parkinson senior did penance July ye 11th 1708 for committing fornication with the above named Elizabeth Sharpp.

Middleton St. George baptisms 1652-1767

589 baptisms at Middleton St. George in Darlington district, from the beginning of the first register in 1652 to the end of 1767. We now have all the baptisms at this church from 1652 to the end of 1871.

Before 1755, these baptisms are usually nothing more than the date, child’s name, and father’s name. Occasionally there will be a father’s occupation or abode. The register uses a mix of English and Latin from 1694 through 1697. Starting in 1755, the father’s occupation is present in most baptisms.

Here are some samples, starting with an unusual one that lists the father’s father:

  • 9 Sep 1656 Edenn Hutcheson, daughter of Thomas Hutcheson (the younger son of William Hutcheson)
  • 17 Jul 1697 Gulielmus Harrison, son of Gaskieogne Harrison
  • 24 Aug 1716 John Pecocke, son of Richard Pecocke
  • 18 Apr 1736 Allis Savill, daughter of Nichaell Savill
  • 25 Sep 1757 Thomas Hyenson, son of William Hyenson (blacksmith)
  • 9 Jan 1762 Mary Douglas, of Middleton One Row, daughter of Peter Douglas (labourer)

The few abodes mentioned include Middleton One Row and the parish of Egglescliffe.

We’ll be working on extending the marriages and burials backward from our existing collection at this church.

Haydon Bridge baptisms & burials 1743-1870, marriages 1813-1837

At Haydon Bridge St. Cuthbert in the Hexham district of Northumberland ( a new parish for this website):

  • 4,363 baptisms spanning 1743-1870
  • 3,257 burials spanning 1743-1870
  • 236 marriages spanning 1813-1837

Haydon Bridge, or just Haydon, is a chapelry in the parish of Warden. When the monks of Lindisfarne were forced by Danish raiders to take the relics of St. Cuthbert and leave their priory in the 9th century, Haydon Bridge is one of the places the monks rested. There is an ancient chapel there, dating to at least 1190 and possibly earlier. A new church, dedicated to St. Cuthbert, was built in 1796. In the register, the baptism of Cuthbert Snowball on 21 April 1799 is labelled “First baptism in Haydon Bridge Church”. This data set covers both churches, as the congregations ceased using the old church after the new church was built.

Abodes mentioned besides Haydon or Haydon Bridge include Allendale, Allerwiash, Altonside, Black Hills, Bounderlands, Branch End, Brokenheugh, Broomhill, Bush Fell, Catton, Chapel Hill, Chesterwood, Crag Shield or Grag Shield, Crindle Dykes, Cubstocks, Dean Raw or Row, Dinnetley, Elrington or  Ellerington, Ellfoot, Fourstones, Gingle Pot, Grays Hill, Greenhead, Grindon Hill, Grindon Shields, Haltwhistle, Harlow Field, Harsondale, Haydon Fell Cottages, Heugh Houses, Hexham, Hunter Crook, Keeper Shield, Ladysheel or Lady Shield, Landends, Lane Foot, Langley, Langley Castle, Langley Hill Top, Langley Mills or Smelt Mills, Lees, Light Birks, Lipwood and Lipwood Well, Low Hall, Mill Hills, Moralee or Morley, Moss Kennel, Newbrough, Newcastle, Nilston Rigg, Padpool, Page Croft, Peelwell, Plankey, Plenderheath or Plunderheath, Pryor House, Ratton Raw, Shankfoot, Sillawree or Sillawray, Simonburn, Standalone, Staward, Strother House, Stublick (and Stublick Hill, High Stublick, and Low Stublick), Thorngrafton, Threepwood, Tofts, Vause, Walkup Houses, Wall, Wark, Water House, Wharmley, Whinnetly, Whittoes Hill, Wood Hall, Woodhall Mill, and Woodhouse.

In these baptisms, usually only fathers (or single mothers) and abodes are listed until May 1785, when mothers start appearing consistently with the fathers. Birth dates start appearing in many baptisms in late 1790. For example:

  • 17 Apr 1743 Joseph Maughon, of Lipwood, son of the late Joseph Maughon
  • 28 Mar 1766 Robert Proud, of Mill Hills, bastard child of Ann Proud
  • 9 Oct 1785 Ridley Robson, of Langley, son of Hugh & Mary Robson
  • 5 Jun 1791 Joseph Pigg, of Haydon Bridge, born 30 Nov 1790, son of Joseph & Ann Pigg

1798 through 1812 presents the usual marvelous detail of that period: child’s birth date and birth order in the family, mother’s maiden surname, nativity of both father and mother, some maternal grandfathers, a few paternal grandfathers, and from April 1799 onward, the father’s occupation. For example:

  • 4 May 1800 Stephen Dodd, of Grindon Millhills, born 26 Mar, son of Stephen Dodd (shepherd, son of Edward Dodd of Millhills, labourer, native of the parish of Simonburn in Northumberland) by his wife Elspeth Allen (daughter of Thomas Allen, native of the parish of Haltwhistle in Northumberland)
  • 23 Nov 1812 Jane Elliott, of Hugh House, born 21 Nov, 2nd daughter of Edward Elliott (mason, native of this Chapelry) by his wife Jane Errington (native of the parish of St. John Lee)

From 1769 forward, this data set is a combination of the original parish register and the Bishop’s Transcript. At first, these two documents were very consistent with each other. In mid-1784, the responsibility for preparing the BT was handed off to a new Curate and a new Vicar, and the accuracy and completeness of the copying took a sharp plunge. From that point onward, until the end of 1812, this parish presents the most extreme variation between an original register and a Bishop’s Transcript that we have ever seen. Remember, the BT is supposed to be an exact copy of the register, made at the end of the year (or more commonly, at the old calendar end of the year, in late March) and sent to the Bishop of Durham. Of course there are errors and omissions made during the copying process – we expect some of that – but in this case, out of 785 baptisms between mid-1784 and the end of 1812, we found:

  • 68 baptisms in the parish register that didn’t get copied into the Bishop’s Transcript. Often this error resulted in two baptisms being combined in the Bishop’s Transcript, or the date from the missing baptism being used for the next baptism in the Bishop’s Transcript.
  • 8 baptisms that did not appear in the parish register but did appear in the Bishop’s Transcript – presumably added by the clerk when he was making the transcript.
  • In the 1798-1812 period, the Bishop’s Transcript often lists the the mother’s name, her father, and the child’s birth order (7th daughter, 4th son, etc.) , but the original register does not contain this information. This is very puzzling. It’s easy to understand how the clerk might have remembered a few baptisms at the end of the year and added them when making the Bishop’s Transcript, but it’s much harder to believe he could have remembered all of these details. Did he re-interview all the parents, or was he working from another register or another document that no longer exists? The latter seems more likely.
  • In that same period, the father’s occupation was often listed in the parish register but for some reason was not copied to the Bishop’s Transcript.
  • Even more puzzling, in some cases, the original register shows the mother’s nativity without her name (for example, it might say “by his wife, native of Chollerton”), and the Bishop’s Transcript shows her name but not her nativity (“by his wife, Ann Makepeace”).

For all of the baptisms, we have combined the complementary information from both documents – for example, in the last case above, you would see “by his wife Ann Makepeace, native of Chollerton”. Here’s a sample of a combined entry:

  • 8 Jun 1800 James Welton, born 26 Apr, son (1st son by her and 5th to the father) of Michael Welton (shoemaker, native of this Chapelry) by his wife Hannah Kirk [Waugh] (daughter of Isaac Waugh, native of Haltwhistle, Northumberland, relict of John Kirk, native of Haltwhistle)
    [Note: the register lists the mother as Hannah Kirk, but the Bishop’s Transcript provides her parentage and the explanation.]

There was a lot of conflict between given names in the original register versus the Bishop’s Transcript. The register might say “Ann, daughter of Mary” and the original register might say “Elizabeth, daughter of Ann”. In general, we consider the original register to be the primary source, but we found quite a few cases where, when compared to other baptisms in the family, the original register appeared to be wrong and the Bishop’s Transcript appeared to be right – in other words, the Bishop’s Transcript was correcting an error made in the original register. Because we can’t always tell which name is correct, we decided to include both versions and annotate these with explanations. For example:

  • 9 Dec 1798 John [Thomas] Sheel, of Page Croft, born 10 Nov, 2nd son of Thomas Sheel (native of this Chapelry) by his wife Jane Sheel (native of the parish of Chollerton in Northumberland)
    [Note: the Bishop’s Transcript calls the child Thomas.]

There were also many cases where the child’s birth order was stated differently in the Bishop’s Transcript; for those, we have used the birth order from the original register, thinking it is more likely to be correct – but birth order should always be taken with a grain of salt, as it was often mis-remembered by the parents, especially if they had lost one or more children earlier.

After 1812, the Bishop’s Transcript again mirrors the original register pretty closely, and the baptisms are straightforward:

  • 5 Feb 1815 Thompson Sparke, of Page Croft, son of William (pitman) & Jane Sparke
  • 9 Oct 1836 Mary Askew, of High Lipwood, daughter of Benjamin (hind) & Mary Askew
  • 5 Jan 1850 Mary Martinson, of Nilston Rigg, daughter of William (husbandman) & Margaret Martinson
  • 21 Mar 1860 Robert Benson, of Woodhall Mill, son of Septimus George Benson (farmer and millwright) & Mary Benson
  • 20 Oct 1870 John Teasdale Watson, of Haydon Bridge, son of George (railway porter) & Jane Watson

A note in the register in the middle of 1850 says that a sheet was omitted when the book was bound, so 16 baptisms between 22 June and 30 July are missing.

The burials exhibited similar differences between the original register and the Bishop’s Transcript between 1784 and 1812, so those too are a combination of the information found in each document. Out of 520 burials in that period, 34 didn’t get copied from the register to the BT, 10 were found in the BT that weren’t in the original register, and many burials had different pieces of information in each document, including many ages found only in the BT.  Samples:

  • 28 Mar 1743 Edward Heslop, of Dean Raw, son of Cuthbert Heslop
  • 25 Apr 1765 Mary Howdon, of Chesterwood, widow of the late William Howdon
  • 6 Jan 1786 Francis Garr [Carr], of Light Birks
    [Note: Garr in the original register; Carr in the Bishop’s Transcript.]
  • 13 Jul 1798 Benjamin Hindhaugh, of Haydon Bridge, age: 54, died 11 Jul, shoemaker
  • 2 Dec 1801 Margaret Urwin, of Haydon Bridge, age: 69, died 30 Nov, wife of John Urwin (labourer)
    [Note: this burial is found only in the Bishop’s Transcript, not in the original register.]
  • 30 Sep 1811 Ann Leach, of Haydon Bridge, age: 63, died 28 Sep, wife of Thomas Leach (white lead manufacturer)
  • 1 Mar 1820 Robert Makepeace, of Haydon Bridge, age: 81
  • 25 Feb 1834 John Fairlamb, of Haydon Bridge, age: 94
  • 26 Jan 1853 Matthew Robson, of Sudbury Hill, parish of Wark, age: 61
  • 22 Jun 1870 Mary Jane Errington Armstrong, of Albert House, Haydon Bridge, age: 15

Marriage samples (the marriages from 1 July 1837 to the end of 1837 have the full civil registration details):

  • 20 Nov 1819 John Robson (of this parish) married Ann Humble (of the parish of Jarrow in the County of Durham), by banns
    Witnesses: Matthew Pattison; Robert Woodman
  • 20 Dec 1837 Joshua Liddell (bachelor, butcher, full age, of Greenhead, parish of Haltwhistle, son of John Liddell, farmer) married Margaret Cowing (spinster, full age, of Low Hall, daughter of John Cowing, farmer), by licence
    Witnesses: Ralph Cowing; Ann Cowing

Finally, while we were checking some of these records against other sources, we happened upon the fascinating Flood Papers. In November 1771, there was a massive flood on the River Tyne and many of the residents in the communities along the river (including Haydon Bridge) sustained huge losses. Monetary subscriptions were taken up from those who could afford to help, and payments were distributed to those who had losses. Inventories and witness testimonies were submitted to describe and value each person’s loss, and those for Haydon Bridge can be seen here. This document provides a unique look into the lives of some of the residents in 1771-1772. For example, John Atkinson of Haydon Bridge had a timber yard and lost many valuable pieces of wood, Michael and Edward Topping of Mill Hills lost numerous sheep, John Coulson & John Oliver, joiners, lost their tools and wood, and several maltsters lost barrels of barley so they were unable to make ale (perhaps the most serious tragedy!). Many homes were emptied of furniture, clothing, and food, and many farmers lost their stock of hay and had trouble feeding their livestock over the winter. If you read further, you will find some personal accounts of how people survived the flood and how devastating it was for them. In the declaration of Adam Atkin of Newbrough, several people swore to the value of his loss and one wrote “Adam Atkin is a poor industrious man and has a family of several small children”.

Durham St. Oswald baptisms 1630-1699

2,229 baptisms at St. Oswald’s in the city of Durham, spanning 1630-1699

There are no baptisms in the register between January and December in 1645. Based on surrounding years, there are probably about 30 baptisms missing in that period, probably due to the chaos caused by the English Civil Wars and the plague, which ravaged the city of Durham during the summer and fall of 1645.

As in many parishes, starting in March 1647, the register was not kept up during the English Civil Wars and was reconstructed from memory or other documents at a later time. Baptisms are entered in groups with dates ranging from 1646 to 1653, with multiple children from one family all entered together with a range of baptism years. This continues for several pages to the end of this register in late 1653.

Due to the Parliament act that passed in August 1653 (“An Act touching Marriages and the Registring thereof; and also touching Births and Burials”), a new register, kept by a civil clerk instead of a Church clerk, started in Dec 1653, giving birth dates instead of baptism dates. This practice continued, gradually adding baptism dates and then, as the Church of England was restored to power, shifting over to just baptism dates by 1661.

The father’s occupation is usually listed in these, but abodes are sporadic. Mothers are generally not listed (unless they are unwed), except for a brief period in 1665. Birth dates are listed in nearly all the baptisms from mid-1653 to mid-1660 and 1695 through 1699. A few baptisms list godparents between 1630 and 1643.

Sample baptisms:

  • 13 Apr 1630 Susanna Kennall, daughter of George Kennall (feltmaker) baise gottin with Elizabeth Dun (spinster)
  • 1 Feb 1643 Richard Dickinson, son of John Dickinson (pewtherer)
    Godparents or Sponsors: Richard Whitfield, junior, Richard Kenleside & Mrs. Mary Jackson
  • George Hunter, born 15 Jul 1658, son of George Hunter (the younger, fuller, late deceased)
  • 28 Aug 1665 Heath Tempest, born 20 Aug, daughter of John Tempest (Esq.) & Elizabeth (his wife)
  • 5 Sep 1676 Henry Eden, of Shinkliff, son of Mr. Henry Eden (doctor of physick)
  • 27 May 1688 William Potts, of Aldernage, son of Michell Potts (yeoman)
  • 13 Jul 1699 Charles Didsbury, born 16 Jun, son of Mr. Godfrey Didsbury (attorney at law)

Abodes mentioned are Aldernage, Arbor House, Auton Field, Baxter Wood, Bent House, Brome or Broome, Brome Hall or Broomhall, Burne Hall or Burnhall, Elvet, Farewell Hall, Fenckley/Fencola/Fenkala/Fenkley, Heards House, Houghall, Old Durham, Relley/Relly, Shinckliffe or Shinkley, and White House.

Sedgefield marriages 1581-1812, baptisms 1754-1769

At Sedgefield St. Edmund the Bishop in Stockton district:

  • 2,354 marriages from the beginning of the first register in 1581 to the end of 1812
  • 649 baptisms from January 1754 to March 1769, meeting up with our existing collection which ran from March 1769 to the end of 1854

This marriage set includes banns that were called at Sedgefield from 1754 to 1812, but the couple did not marry there after the publication of the banns.

There are no marriages recorded from Nov 1594 to Nov 1595, July 1647 to Oct 1653, and Oct 1692 to Oct 1693. The marriage register is in Latin from 1581 to 1641, a mix of Latin & English from 1641 to 1664, and then Latin again to August 1754, after which it is in English. Before 1754, there is usually no additional information beyond the date, names of the bride & groom, and sometimes their abodes, but there is a surprising group of marriages with witnesses and abodes in 1654-1657.Thanks to Hardwicke’s Marriage Act, witnesses start appearing consistently in 1754. The marital status (bachelor, widower, spinster, widow) starts appearing in late 1792.

Abodes mentioned besides Sedgefield include Aycliffe, Auckland St. Andrew, Billingham, Bishop Middleham, Bishopton, Bradbury, Brancepeth, Butterwick, Croft, Dalton, Darlington, Durham, Elmdon, Elwick, Fishburn, Foxton, Great Stainton, Grindon, Hardwick, Hart, Heighington, Houghton le Spring, the Isle, Kelloe, Laton or Layton, Merrington, Monk Hedleden, Mordon, Norton, Nunstainton, Old Acres, Stockton, Stranton, Swainston, and Trimdon.

Sample marriages:

  • 5 Jul 1583 Richardus Wood (of Coplawe) married Katheryn Breakes (of Mordon)
  • 7 Nov 1625 Anthonius Hickson (of Sedgfield) married Margarita Moody (of Kello)
  • 18 Dec 1656 Thomas Searll (of Mordon) married Dorathie Conyers (of Mordon), married before Justis Wren att Henknolle
    Witnesses: George Conyers; Raiph Rawling
  • 7 Feb 1721 Johes Cutter (of the parish of Omn. Sact. de Vill Novi Castri super Tinam [All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne]) married Hanna Hixon
  • 13 Aug 1771 George Blackett (of this parish) married Isabel Lightfoot (of this parish), by banns
    Witnesses: Thomas Laws; John Emerson
  • 9 Sep 1797 William Fletcher (widower, of this parish) married Mary Hildrey (widow, of this parish), by banns
    Witnesses: George Wilkinson; Thomas Oswald
  • 30 Dec 1812 Samuel Ianson (bachelor, of Foxton West Farm in this parish) married Mary Harrison (spinster, of the parish of Bishopton), by licence
    Witnesses: Christo. Ianson; Dorothy Hardy

Sample of banns:

  • 21 Sep 1755 Andrew Dods (of this parish) & Ann Haswell (of the parish of Houghton le Spring)
    [Note: date of last banns publication; not married here.]

The baptism register is in Latin until August 1755, when it switches to English. Most of these baptisms list the abode, but not the father’s occupation. Mothers (other than unmarried mothers) are listed starting in June 1758. Sample baptisms:

  • 8 Feb 1754 Georgius Howden, son of Annoe Howden (peregrinoe [traveller])
  • 1 Mar 1755 Radulphus Emerson, of Fishburn, son of Johis Emerson
  • 25 Feb 1761 Jacob Hezlop, of Horse Shoe House, son of Thomas & Mary Hezlop
  • 8 Dec 1768 Mary Longstaff, of Sedgefield, daughter of The Rev’d Mr. William Longstaff (curate) & Mary (his wife)

Burials for 1754-1769 will follow in the next couple of weeks, after which we will continue working our way back to the beginning of the baptisms and burials.

Seaham Harbour St. Mary Magdalene Catholic marriages 1871-1910 updated

490 marriages from 1871 through 1910 at St. Mary Magdalene Roman Catholic Church in Seaham Harbour, Easington district, have been updated with the previously-omitted abodes and witnesses. These Catholic marriages do not provide the age and occupation for the parties involved. About 16% do provide the addresses of the fathers. We have also returned all of the names to their original Latin forms (previously they had been translated to English, and for some names, translation can be misleading).

Sample marriages before the update:

  • 27 Dec 1873 James Long (son of William Long) married Bridget Gettings (daughter of Patrick Gettings)
  • 29 Sep 1888 Peter Burns (son of John Burns) married Catherine Daly (daughter of John Daly)

and the same marriages after the update:

  • 27 Dec 1873 Jacobum Long (Seaham Harbour, son of Gulielmi Long) married Birgittam Gettings (of Seaham Harbour, daughter of Patritii Gettings), obtenta dispensatium apostolica mixto matrimonii [mixed marriage]
    Witnesses: Patritio Gettings, of Seaham Harbour; Elizabetha McAllister, of Seaham Harbour
  • 29 Sep 1888 Petrum Burns (Doctor Street, New Seaham, son of Joannis Burns, of Berwick on Tweed) married Catharinam Daly (of Doctor Street, New Seaham, daughter of Joannis Daly, of 59 Doctor Street)
    Witnesses: Joanne Farrell, of Australia Street; Maria Daly, of 27 California Street

If you have purchased a marriage at this church in this period, you should review it to see the new information and any error corrections. Log in, click My Account, then click the My Orders tab to see your purchases and click on the Modified column to sort the most recent changes to the top. If a significant change was made, such as a name or date, you have already been emailed.

We are working our way through our Easington-district marriage collection, one parish at a time, adding the information that was omitted when these were first transcribed many years ago.

Hartburn baptisms & burials 1813-1846, marriages 1805-1846

At Hartburn St. Andrew in the Morpeth district of Northumberland:

  • 1,037 baptisms covering 1813-1846
  • 579 burials covering 1813-1846
  • 345 marriages covering 1805-1846

These are from a combination of the parish register and the Bishop’s Transcript. This baptism set includes births from the Register of Dissenters. The really wonderful news is that, starting in 1816, the clerk included mother’s maiden surnames for most of the baptisms, long after this was no longer required!

Sample baptisms:

  • John Bryce, of Cambo, born 24 Mar 1828, son of Peter Bryce (baker) & Jane Hepple (daughter of John Hepple, native of Benthouse)
    [Note: this is in the Dissenter’s Register.]
  • 3 Jul 1813 Mary Ann Thornton, of Shafto Grange, child of Henry (farmer) & Mary Thornton
  • 26 Jun 1820 Elizabeth Ann Dagg, of Wallington Dove Cote, child of Matthew Dagg (mason) & Mary Black
  • 7 Apr 1834 Isabella [Green/Thompson], of Rufflees, daughter of William Green (husbandman, of Rufflees) & Isabella Thompson (single woman, of Rufflees)
  • 22 Nov 1846 Charles Phillips, of High Angerton, born 23 Oct 1846, child of Charles Phillips (servant) & Elizabeth Davies

Sample marriages:

  • 11 Jun 1807 Joshua Hall (of this parish) married Elizabeth Rochester (of the parish of Kirk Whelpington), by banns
    Witnesses: John Hall; John Rochester
  • 19 Nov 1842 Gilbert Swinburn (bachelor, pitman, full age, of Needless Hall Moor, son of Cuthbert Swinburn, labourer) married Jane Robson (spinster, full age, of Low Angerton, daughter of Robert Robson, labourer), after banns
    Witnesses: James Swinburn; Margaret Swinburn

Sample burials – just a few list a parent or spouse or have some sort of description:

  • 11 Jun 1813 Margaret Detchen, of Parkhead in the chapelry of Netherwitton, age: 90
  • 3 Jun 1828 William [Sinclair/Richardson], of High Angerton, age: 2 weeks, base born son of John Sinclair & Dorothy Richardson
  • 6 Jun 1838 Thomas Stoker, of Deen House Longwitton, age: 8, drowned in the Hart on May 21 as he was going to school & the river was swoln.
  • 19 Jun 1845 Joseph Hepple, of Black Heddon, age: 74

Abodes mentioned frequently besides Hartburn include Angerton (and Angerton Mill, Angerton Moor, Angerton South Steads, High Angerton, and Low Angerton), Cambo, Close House, Corridge (and East and West Corridge), Deanham, Donkin Ridge, East and West Shaftoe, Elf or Elph Hills, Gallows Hill, Green Leighton, Greenside, Hartburn Grange, Hartington, Hartington Hall, Harwood, Harwood Gate, High Fairnley, Highlaws, Kirk Hill, Longwitton and Longwitton Dean, Low Fairnley, Marlish or Marlishes (and East Marlish and West Marlish), Meldon Park Corner, Middleton (and South and North Middleton), Needless Hall and Needless Hall Moor, Newbiggin, Pitty-me or Pity Me, Raff Shield or Ralph Shield, Rothley (and Rothley East Shield, Rothley West Shield, Rothley Mill, and Rothley Park), Rugley Walls, Saugh House, Scarlet Hall, Shaftoe Grange, South Witton, Temple Thornton, Thornton, Thornton Moor, Wallington (and Wallington Broom House, Wallington Close House, Wallington Dove Cot, Wallington Garden House, and Wallington New Houses), West Thornton, Whitridge, and Witton Stone.

Pontop Hall & Lanchester St. Cuthbert: marriages 1829-1841, deaths 1819-1840, deaths at Shields 1784-1789; deaths 1778-1788 updated

From Pontop Hall & Lanchester St. Cuthbert’s Catholic chapels in Lanchester district:

  • 45 death records spanning 1819 to 1840 , and 15 records on a list titled “Deaths at Shields” (from 1784 through 1789) in the Pontop Hall register.
  • 9 marriages from 1829 to 1841 plus 3 marriages “at Shields” between 1784 and 1803

The marriages and deaths from 1828 to 1840 were found in a separate register as noted below in the first sample record. We also updated our existing collection of marriages and deaths from the Pontop Hall register, correcting errors and adding some small bits of information that had been omitted.

Sample marriage:

  • 15 Jun 1829 Gulielmum Liddle (of Burn House) married Margaritam Burdon (of Burn House), impedimento consanguinitatis auctoritate episcopi jamjam sublato [the impediment to the marriage of blood relations is lifted by the authority of the bishop]
    Witnesses: Joanni Liddle; Maria Liddle
    [Note: from a register called “Notes Relating to Deaths and Marriages 1828-1842” (RC/Brm 1/23 at the Durham Record Office). Since the Catholic Church did not have a license to perform marriages at this time, this wedding was purely ceremonial. This couple legally married at Lanchester on 15 Jun 1829.]

Sample death records:

  • 1789 Anna Grey, of North Shields, died 25 Feb, wife of Hen. [Henry] Grey
    [Note: this is on a page titled “Deaths at Shields”.]
  • 1826 Hannah Tone, of Pontop, age: 98, died 24 Nov
  • 1829 Thomas Liddle, of Iveston, age: 84, died suddenly 21 Dec
    [Note: from a register called “Notes Relating to Deaths and Marriages 1828-1842” (RC/Brm 1/23 at the Durham Record Office)]

Because Catholic churches did not have their own burying grounds in this period, the burial usually occurred at the nearest Anglican churchyard. The added value of a Catholic death record is that it provides the death date rather than the burial date (and tells you that the deceased was Catholic). We have rearranged the wording in these records to clarify that the date is the death date rather than the burial date, changing records from this format (where the date looks like the burial date because this record is categorized as a burial):

  • 18 Jan 1780 Margarita Punshon, of Bushblades, mother of Gul. [William] Punshon

to this format:

  • 1780 Margarita Punshon, of Bushblades, died 18 Jan, mother of Gul. [William] Punshon

We did not transcribe the following deaths into our database because they didn’t provide enough detail, so we’re making them freely available here in case they’re of use to someone:

1838 Dorothya Rodham
1838 Jacob Watson
1838 Maria Leyburn
1840 Salvator Medici
1840 Eliz. Liddle
1842 Ralph Wheatley of Broom Hill
1842 Jno. Knox of Hair Law
1842 Jno. Gallagher of Marley Hill
1842 Barbara Logan of Crook Hall