Netherwitton baptisms & burials 1696-1794, marriages 1706-1794, banns 1754-1794

At Netherwitton St. Giles in Morpeth district, from the beginning of the first register:

  • 1,416 baptisms spanning 1696-1794, including 100 births from the dissenters’ register for 1750-1794
  • 1,050 burials spanning 1696-1794, including 13 burials from the dissenters’ register for 1769-1778
  • 295 marriages spanning 1706-1794 and 31 “banns called but not married here” for 1754-1794

Abodes mentioned besides Netherwitton include Bellion, Birkheads or Brickheads, Boghall, Buckshaw, Clough Pitts, Coalhouses, Coatyards, Coldrife, Colt Park, Combhill, Divels, Doehill, Ewesley (a.k.a. Eusly or Ously or Usley) Folly House, Font Green, Gallowshaw, Garleside, Greenlapick or Greenlaw Pike, Healey and Healey Mill, Houndhugh or Hunshaugh, Keyhirst, Long Lee, Lanshaws or Longshaws, Longwitton Cleugh, Moor House, Nunnykirk, Old Park, Park Head or Parkhead, Park Wall or Parkwall, Reaburn, Ritton, Ritton White House, Roughlees or Rufflees, Shelley, Stanton and Stanton Hall, and Witton Shields.

There are no burials between 27 Aug 1706 and 17 Jan 1711 and no baptisms from May 1719 to Oct 1724. It looks like those pages are missing from the register.

Sample baptisms – mothers are named starting in 1749 and occasionally before that:

  • 5 Jul 1696 Isbell Bourne, of Hely, daughter of Thomas & Ann Bourne
  • 13 Mar 1718 Anne Hoye, of Landshamil [Lanshaw or Longshaws Mill], daughter of George Hoye
  • 13 May 1739 Margret Pye, of Healy Mill, daughter of Thomas Pye
  • 15 May 1753 William Fenwick, of Nunnykirk, son of John & Dorothy Fenwick
  • 21 Dec 1775 Joseph Johnson, of Stanton Hall, son of the Revd Henry & Margaret Johnson
  • 19 Jan 1794 Robert [Crosby/Gilfellon], of Parkhead, natural son of William Crosby & Mary Gilfellon
  • 1754 Luke Williamson, of Netherwitton, born 29 Oct 1754, son of George & Catherine Williamson
    [Note: this is from the register of births of dissenters, entered in a block with siblings whose births range over a number of years.]

Sample burials – atypically, many childrens’ burials contain the names of both parents, especially after 1749:

  • 13 Apr 1696 Cathrine Bourne, of Hely [Healey], daughter of Thomas & Ann Bourne
  • 11 Oct 1728 Mary Pridlick, of Netherwitton, daughter of William Pridlick
  • 23 May 1749 Edward Widdrington, of Colt Park, Esq’re
  • 3 Dec 1771 Mary Thornton, of Nunnikirk, wife of Luke Thornton
  • 9 Nov 1780 Cathrine Ferguson, a poor travelling woman who perished in a storm of snow
  • 29 Sep 1781 Margaret [Charlton/Thompson], of Roughleys, illegitimate daughter of Christopher Charlton & Mary Thompson
  • 10 Mar 1793 William Charlton, of Gallow shaw, age: 106

Sample marriages – some of the earlier ones are just names & dates, but many after 1710 have abodes, and witnesses start in 1754:

  • 30 May 1706 John Storrow married Margaret Shotton
  • 9 Jun 1713 Michael Burlyson married Elenar Moor (of Heaslly hirst)
  • 6 May 1730 John Shafto (of the parish of Hearthburn) married Mary English (of the chapelry of Netherwitton)
  • 8 Jan 1756 James Morrah married Margaret Cockburn, both of this chapelry, by banns
    Witnesses: John Cockburn; George Hall
  • 15 Sep 1789 Thomas Casely (of the parish of Long Horsley) married Martha Aynsley (of this chapelry), by banns
    Witnesses: Edward Aynsley; Andrew Gilfellen

Sample banns:

  • 8 Jun 1777 Robert Waller (of this chapelry) & Barbara Wilson (of the parish of Longhorsley)
    [Note: not married here; date is date of last banns publication.]

This register contained a lot of church business, some of which was interesting enough to share here. A memo dated 1 Apr 1700 listed these men as churchwardens and part of the “four and twenty” of Netherwitton:
Laton Eden, Vicar
Thomas Gibson, Curate
James Fenwicke
Robert Hedley
Arthur Wigham
James Pott
John English
Robert Currey
John Dixon
James Pearson
Robert Robson
Lionel Winshipp
Thomas Coxon
Thomas Lighton
John Joyse
William Joyse
Nicholas Joyse
John Nicholson
Thomas Pott

Some rules of the day were stated: The men above are bound to maintain the church and be taxed for its maintenance. Vagrants are to be removed from the chapelry by a constable. Anyone harboring a stranger does so at their own cost so the parish is not responsible for their maintenance. Begging by the poor is not allowed unless you have a certificate from the Curate, churchwardens, or overseers of the poor.

A child-support agreement: 15 Apr 1723 William Dobson promised “that ye present child, if born alive (now in the body of Mary Todd of Netherwitton), be taken care of and maintained, nursed, brought up without any charge or detriment to the parish of Netherwitton”. Witnesses: Thos. Bourne, Curate; John Trotter; William Currey

In 1726, money was disbursed to the following “poor pensioners”: Edward Towers, Gilbert Hunter, Gs. Brown, widow Foggen

Here is an April 1727 list of people who contributed to the Curate’s (Thomas Stockdale) salary, divided into “farmers” and “not farmers” and listed by location, serving as a sort of mini-census:

Not farmers

Birkheads: John Lough, Joseph Hutchison, Rodger Burlison, Michael Burlison, Richard Waler, Robert Morrow
Coltpark: Thomas Forster
Ritton: James Stevenson, John Steward
Whitehouse: Charles Kerr
Roughlees: Lues [Lewis] Wintrip
Useley [Ewesley]: James Wilson, John Brackus, Robert Hebron, Mark Poter
Comb hill: Thomas Lyhton
Healy: John Cutter, Henry Turner, William Wood
Coalhouses: George Finlee, Martin Jakson, John Pye, Robert Curle
Nunnykirk: Michael Clark
Coatside: Henry Armstrong
Dorehil or Doehill: Thomas Backster


Whitehouse: Thomas Bell, William Hogg, John Hogg, Widdow Hogg
Roughlees: Robert Tomson, William Wood
Useley: Henry Thornton, John Pots, William Bates, Edward Himmers, James Potes
Colnhill: John Wilson
Healey: Thomas English, James Heppel
Coalhouses: Andrew Hunter, John Hunter
Parkhead: Matthew Story, William Curry
Shelle: John Davison
Fontgreet: John Tod, Thomas Milburn
Old Park: Anthony Joycy
Healy Mill: John Legg
Coatsyd: Ben Dan
Ritton: Wm. Winship

Newcastle All Saints baptisms & burials 1791-1797

2,773 baptisms, 54 births of dissenters, and 971 burials at All Saints in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, spanning 1791-1797. Surprisingly, the mother’s maiden surname is given in baptisms from Feb through August in 1791.

Sample baptisms:

  • 20 Feb 1791 William Errington, son of Lancelot Errington (waterman) & Margaret Gilchrist (his wife)
  • 28 Aug 1791 Ann Stokoe, daughter of Robert Stokoe (coachmaker) & Margaret Houstie (his wife)
  • 28 Jul 1793 Isabella Skelton, daughter of Joseph Skelton (potter) & Isabella (his wife)
  • 24 Aug 1794 Isabella [Knipe/Blades], daughter of George Blades (lead miner) & Jane Knipe, illegitimate
  • 31 Dec 1797 Alexander Hay, born 4 Aug 1797, son of Alexander Hay (corkcutter) & Isabella (his wife)

The births of dissenters were all entered in the 1800-1812 time frame, so even if they occurred earlier, they have the high level of detail typical of that period. They are entered in family groups, with the parents reporting the births of all of their children (so far) at once. For example:

  • 1785 Margaret Reid, born 23 Oct 1785, 1st daughter of Christian Ker Reid (silversmith, native of Edinbro’) by his wife Margery Reid (daughter of William Fordyce, woolcomber of Wooler, Northumberland)
    [Note: this is entered, with 12 siblings, on a list of “Dissenters & others not baptized at this Church”, after 1812 baptisms.]

Sample burials:

  • 12 Jan 1791 William Betson, infant of Richard Betson (waterman)
  • 10 Oct 1792 William Allinson, attorney at law
  • 9 Jun 1794 Anne Carby, wife of John Carby (master mariner)
  • 13 Nov 1795 Edward Humble, musical instrument maker
  • 29 Oct 1797 Elizabeth Summerbell, age: 100, widow of William Summerbell (yeoman)

Post-1837 marriages: Hamsterley, Haughton-le-Skerne, Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton-le-Spring, Hurworth, Jarrow, Lamesley, Long Newton

We’ve been working on extending our marriage collection at each Anglican church from mid-1837 (where civil registration began and many of our transcripts currently stop) to the end of 1841 or later, depending on parish size and time available. These marriages are the same as a civil marriage record, with ages (or at least “of full age” or “minor”), fathers, occupations, marital statuses, and witnesses.

We are tackling the churches in alphabetical order. In this set we have 1,109 marriages spanning mid-1837 to the end of 1841 at these churches:

  • 48 marriages at Hamsterley St. James
  • 35 marriages at Haughton-le-Skerne St. Andrew
  • 132 marriages at Hetton-le-Hole St. Nicholas
  • 322 marriages at Houghton-le-Spring St. Michael & All Angels
  • 43 marriages at Hurworth All Saints
  • 411 marriages at Jarrow St. Paul
  • 70 marriages at Lamesley St. Andrew
  • and 48 marriages at Long Newton St. Mary spanning 1837-1861 because it had so few by the end of 1841

Sample marriages:

  • Hamsterley: 5 Jul 1840 William Race (bachelor, pitman, age: minor, of Southside, son of John Race, pitman) married Isabella Peart (spinster, full age, of Southside, daughter of Thomas Peart, miner)
    Witnesses: John Race; Nathan Race
  • Hetton-le-Hole: 16 Oct 1837 Henry Sutton (bachelor, grocer, age 23, of Hetton le Hole, son of John Sutton, pitman) married Martha Cowens (widow, age 28, of Downs Lane, daughter of Robert Reay, pitman)
    Witnesses: Robert Reay; George Wilkie
  • Lamesley: 22 Apr 1840 Matthew Lowry (widower, pitman, age 75, of Eighton Banks, son of Thomas Lowry, pitman) married Mary Wilkinson (spinster, servant, age 57, of Eighton Banks, daughter of John Wilkinson, pitman)
    Witnesses: Peter Elliott; Mary Harrison; Margaret Browell

Wingate Primitive Methodist Circuit baptisms 1877-1900 updated

Updated 896 baptisms on the Wingate Primitive Methodist Circuit in Easington district, spanning 1877-1900. We added the child’s birth date, father’s occupation, abode if it was missing, and any other information that had previously been omitted. Nearly all of these 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 designation.

Samples before the update:

  • 27 Oct 1888 Harriet Bissett, of Castle Eden Colliery, child of William & Charlotte Bissett
  • 26 Apr 1892 Isabella Cookson, child of George & Elizabeth Cookson
  • 22 Feb 1900 James Forbes, child of John Forbes & Mary Isabella Forbes

and the same baptisms after the update:

  • 27 Oct 1888 Harriet Bissett, of Castle Eden Colliery, born 6 Oct, child of William (labourer) & Charlotte Bissett
  • 26 Apr 1892 Isabella Cookson, of Trunk Row, Haswell Colliery, born 8 Apr 1892, child of George (miner) & Elizabeth Cookson
  • 22 Feb 1900 James Forbes, of Trimdon Grange, born 4 Sep 1898, child of John Forbes (miner) & Mary Isabella Forbes

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 from 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 birth dates. We are now working on the rest of this register.

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.]


  • 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

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