4,287 baptisms at St. Andrew’s church in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, covering 1869 through 1880.
As with previous baptisms in this period, this clerk continued to exhibit confusion about names. As with earlier entries in this register, he recorded some very odd variations of surnames, or used the mother’s maiden surname as the family surname, even when the parents had been married for several years. This caused us to do quite a bit of research in censuses and other records to find out what the names should be. In the examples below, our additions and annotations are in square brackets:
- 10 Dec 1872 Allan McNason [McMaster], of 2 Court, Prudhoe Street, child of John (blacksmith) & Ann McNason [McMaster]
[Note: McMaster in the GRO birth index and other baptisms to these parents.]
- 4 Oct 1876 Jane Isabella Sheepshank [Shanks], of 12 Prudhoe Place, child of Richard Sheepshank [Shanks] (painter) & Mary Ann Sheepshank [Shanks]
[Note: Shanks in the GRO birth index and another baptism to these parents.]
- 2 Jun 1880 Joseph Soppit Stott [Cryle], of 43 Bailey Street, child of Joseph Soppit Stott [Cryle] (joiner) & Isabella Stott [Cryle]
[Note: the GRO birth index shows Joseph Soppit Cryle in this quarter, with the mother’s maiden surname of Stott. Joseph Cryle married Isabella Stott in 1879 in Newcastle, so we don’t understand why this child is listed as Stott.]
Some (under 1%) of these show the child’s birth date, some reaching back a number of years if it was an adult baptism:
- 27 Dec 1880 Hannah Huntley, of 13 Northumberland St, born 8 Dec 1836, child of William (pavior) & Ann Huntley, [Hannah’s] surname now Hindmarsh
[Note: baptized the same day as her adult sister Elizabeth.]
Abodes listed are mostly streets in Newcastle, but also include (in Northumberland and County Durham) the Newcastle Barracks, Bentinck, Blakelaw, Brandling Village, Brunton, Bulman’s Village, Byker, Chimney Mills, Cox Lodge, Darn Crook, Elswick, Fenham, Gateshead, Gosforth, Heaton, Jesmond, Kenton, Longbenton, Prestwick, Prudhoe, Seaton Burn, Shield Field, Slatyford, Spital Tongues, Throckley, Walbottle, Wallsend, Washington, and West Moor.
This next bit is actually from an earlier release of St. Andrew’s baptisms, but it provides an interesting (and suspicious) example of a radical occupation change – we wondered if the clerk made an error in the 2nd baptism, or this father really was extremely versatile:
- 23 Jul 1856 Charles John Lindo Rogerson, of Prudhoe St, child of John Rogerson (comedian) & Melville Maria Rogerson
- 1 Feb 1858 Frederick William Edward Rogerson, of 32 Grainger St, child of John Rogerson (medical professor) & Melville Maria Rogerson
We decided to track this family further to see what the father was doing, and found them in the 1871 census of Liverpool under a completely different name: Lindo Courtenay, a comedian, and his wife Melville Maria, with the 2 children above, all with the surname Courtenay. Following them further showed that the father remained a comedian/actor or theatre manager, going by Courtenay, and as the children grew up, they mostly went by Courtenay, but Charles’s death record is listed under Charles J L C Rogerson and Rogerson pops up as a middle name or surname in some of their other records. We stopped before we figured out why. You can see how trying to answer one simple question can lead you down a rabbit hole into a bigger mystery! Such is the nature of doing genealogy.