Haltwhistle baptisms & burials 1798-1812

At Haltwhistle Holy Cross in Haltwhistle district, Northumberland, covering the marvelously detailed years of 1798-1812:

  • 1,270 baptisms
  • 672 burials

These are from a combination of the Bishop’s Transcript and the parish register. These two documents were mostly consistent with each other, but in a few cases, the Bishop’s Transcript listed occupations for fathers and husbands where the parish register did not.

The parish of Haltwhistle includes a chapel at Beltingham, built in the 15th century with some parts dating back to at least 1260. Many burials in this set were in the churchyard at Beltingham and are noted as such. Some children were also baptized there. The Beltingham churchyard is famous for its Roman and Saxon artifacts, and for its yew trees, one of which is estimated to be over 1000 years old.

Most of these baptisms list the mother’s maiden surname and the nativity of both parents. Starting in late 1809, many also show the mother’s father or both of her parents. Some samples:

  • 13 Jan 1798 George Humble, born 10 Jan, illegitimate son of Margaret Humble (of the Spittal, native of this parish, single woman)
  • 9 Feb 1805 Christopher Carrick, born 3 Feb, 1st son of Francis Carrick (farmer, native of this parish) by his 2nd wife Mary Robson (native of Simonburn)
  • 30 Dec 1810 Catherine Whitfield, born 9 May 1780, 2nd daughter of John Whitfield (joiner, a Quaker of the township of Coanwood) by his wife Elizabeth Snowdon (daughter of Robert Snowdon, farmer of the township of Coanwood, by his wife Catherine)

Sample burials:

  • 10 Jul 1798 Esther Nattrass, of Blenkinsop Castle, age: 44, wife of Thomas Nattrass (mason), died 8 Jul
  • 1 May 1803 Elizabeth Ridley, of Millhouse, age: 57, wife of George Ridley (blacksmith), buried at Beltingham, died 29 Apr
  • 25 Aug 1807 Mary Smith, of Caufield, age: 105, widow, died 22 Aug
  • 4 Dec 1811 Joseph Lee, of Burnfoot in the township of Featherstone, age: 18, son of William Lee (farmer), died 2 Dec of a bowel complaint, died in one fortnight’s illness, before which he had always been healthy and strong

Here’s an interesting margin note from the register:

  • “Sunday February 24th 1805 a Remarkable High Flood in ye River Tyne”.

Murton Holy Trinity marriages 1907-1928 updated

1,037 marriages at Murton Holy Trinity in the parish of Dalton-le-Dale in Easington district, ranging from 1907 through 1928, have been updated with all of the previously-omitted details: age, occupation, abode, father’s occupation, and witnesses.

After 1877, Murton Holy Trinity was the parish church of the parish of Dalton-le-Dale, which can be a bit confusing. Residences mentioned include Dalton-le-Dale, Dawdon, East Rainton, Easington, Eppleton, Horden, Hesledon, Hawthorn, Haswell, Hetton-le-Hole, Murton, Murton Colliery, New Seaham, South Hetton, Seaham Colliery, and Seaham Harbour.

Samples before the update:

  • 1 Dec 1913 Richard Elliott (son of Thomas Elliott) married Mary Ann Gray (daughter of James Gray)
  • 29 Nov 1919 Lancelot Dobinson Forster (son of Thomas Forster) married Mary Ellen McLean (daughter of David McLean)

and the same marriages after the update – look how young the first pair was:

  • 1 Dec 1913 Richard Elliott (bachelor, miner, age 16, of Dalton-le-Dale, son of Thomas Elliott, miner) married Mary Ann Gray (spinster, age 17, of Dalton-le-Dale, daughter of James Gray, miner)
    Witnesses: William Tullett; Barbara Gray
  • 29 Nov 1919 Lancelot Dobinson Forster (widower, engineer, age 45, of Dalton-le-Dale, son of Thomas Forster, grocer) married Mary Ellen McLean (spinster, age 29, of Dalton-le-Dale, daughter of David McLean, miner)
    Witnesses: David McLean; Margaret Ellery

If you have purchased a marriage at any of these churches, 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 entire Easington district marriage collection, one parish at a time, adding the information that was omitted when these were first transcribed many years ago. We intend to complete this parish’s marriages within the next few weeks.

Stella Sts. Mary and Thomas Aquinas baptisms 1781-1838

  • 997 baptisms at Stella Sts. Mary & Thomas Aquinas, a Roman Catholic church in the district of Gateshead that served Catholic families on both sides of the River Tyne, just west of Gateshead and Newcastle. This set runs from 1781 to Feb 1830 without any gaps, then jumps to 1832 where it lists baptisms in Jan and Feb only, and finishes with 1 baptism in 1837 and 2 in 1838.

Residences mentioned include Barlow, Bell’s Close, Bews Hills, Bladon or Blaydon, Blaydon Staiths, Bywell, Chopwell, Coalburns, Copperas House, Crawcrook, Denton, Dog Lope, Gateshead Fell, Greenside, Heddon on the Wall, Horse Croggs, Horse-gate, Kyo, Lemington, Liddel’s or Liddle’s Fell, Long Row, Long-rigg, Mickley, New Winning, Newburn, Ovington, Peth Head, Peth Head Mill, Quarry Burn, Ryton, Scotch Wood or Scotswood, Slaty Ford, Stella, Stephens Hall, Struthers, Swalwell, The Fold or Fade, The Folly, Throckley, Wallbottle, Whickham, White Cake Row, Winlaton, Woodside, and Wylam.

Most of these baptisms provide the mother’s maiden name, the child’s birth date, one or two godparents, and whether or not the parents were married. This register is in Latin, but along the outer margin of each page is a sort of index, with the Anglicized version of the child’s name appearing there. In this transcription, we have Anglicized most of the Latin names for ease of searching. In 1793, the priest started adding “M” for “mortuus” in the margin if the child had died in the following few months. Usually the burial can be found at the Anglican church of Ryton Holy Cross.

Sample baptisms – note that the middle two contain extra information about relationships and previous marriages:

  • 22 Apr 1781 George Strong, of Wall-bottle, born 21 Apr 1781, son of Anthony Strong & Ann olim Hunt (his wife)
    Godparents or Sponsors: Joseph Strong; Elizabeth Strong
  • 9 Feb 1794 Michael Wheatley, of Ryton Lane Head, born 19 Jan 1794, son of Thomas Wheatley & Mary olim Cook (his wife)
    Godparents or Sponsors: Michael & Mary Wheatley, avus & amita infantis [child’s grandfather and aunt]
  • 23 Dec 1810 John Heslip, of Bladon, born 11 Dec 1810, son of John Heslip & Catharine olim Pearson olim Watson (his wife)
    Godparents or Sponsors: John Watson; Ann Watson
  • 20 Feb 1832 Jane Farebridge, of Stella, born 28 Jan 1832, daughter of William Farebridge & Sarah olim Grey (his wife)
    Godparents or Sponsors: John Grey; Isabella Grey

In one puzzling case, a man named George Todd of Coalburns had 3 children between 1797 and 1802 inclusive, the first with a Jane Brown and the next two with a Jane whose surname is not listed but is quite likely Brown. Then, a George Todd of Coalburns had 4 children between 1801 and 1808 inclusive, with a woman named Frances whose surname is never listed. None of these baptisms say “conjugum”, meaning the parents were not married. Are these 2 different George Todds or one very prolific George Todd who didn’t feel like getting married?

Merrington baptisms & burials 1701-1761, marriages 1701-1790

We have filled an important gap in our collection of the records of Merrington St. John the Evangelist in Auckland district:

  • 1,438 baptisms covering 1701-1761
  • 640 marriages covering 1701-1790.  We also included 47 sets of banns for marriages that did not take place at Merrington (but the banns were called there) from 1754 through 1790.
  • 960 burials covering 1701-1761

This parish was also called Kirk Merrington or Church Merrington. Places of residence include Bishop Auckland, Broom Hill, Butcher Race, Chilton or Great Chilton, Ferryhill or Ferriers Hill, Fieldhouse, Hall Heads, Hett, the Howl, Leasingthorn, Little Chilton, Merrington, Merrington Mill, Middleston, Standalone, Thinford Lane, Thrundale, Tudhoe, Westerton, and Windleston.

There are no baptisms recorded for between July 1721 and January 1723. Sample baptisms:

  • 4 Jan 1701 Robert & Anthonie Hearing, of Ferryhill, children of Anthonie Hearing
  • [blank] Apr 1719 Thomas [Dobinson/Sedgwick], illegitimate son of Thomas Dobinson (carpenter of Merrington) & Frances Sedgwick (widow)
    [Note: entered after Apr 5th.]
  • 5 Oct 1740 Katharine Staffourd, of Thinford Lane, daughter of John Staffourd
  • 29 Nov 1761 Rebekah Gilespy, of Merrington, daughter of John Gilespy

While the marriages are supposedly indexed by the old IGI at FamilySearch.org, we found 99 marriages that are not present in that index, with no discernible pattern as to why they were omitted. There are no marriages recorded in 1721-1723. Sample marriages:

  • 23 Sep 1701 Richard Haswell (of Cornforth) married Mary Routledge (of Hett)
  • 19 Jul 1733 Joseph Walton (merchant, of the parish of Gateshead) married Anne Greenwell (of this parish)
  • 24 Nov 1754 Philip Battensby (of the parish of Bishop Middleham) married Anne Crow (of this parish), by banns
    Witnesses: John Sharp; William Jackson
  • 29 Nov 1789 George Beck (husbandman, of this parish) married Ann Carson (spinster, of this parish), by licence
    Witnesses: Thomas Blench; Thos. Rickarby

Sample marriage banns:

  • 23 Mar 1755 John Mayor (of this parish) & Anne Sleigh (of St.Hellen Auckland), banns published Mar 9th,16th & 23rd

There are no burials recorded for 1722-1723, Jan-Aug 1728, and Jan-Aug 1745. Burials in 1720 look incomplete (there aren’t many, and most are not dated). Sample burials:

  • 14 Jan 1701 Cuthbert Hopper, of Hett, son of Thomas Hopper
  • 23 Apr 1710 Ralph Adamson, of Hett, age: in the 105th year of his age
  • 21 Dec 1727 Elisebeth Benson, servant to Thomas Wheatle of Broomhill
  • 12 Aug 1737 Elizabeth Cockeron, wife of John Cockeron (merchant)
  • 16 Jun 1746 [blank] Johnson, of Ferryhill, mother of Ralph Johnson

We now have a complete set of baptisms, marriages, and burials in this parish from 1580 to 1884 inclusive.

Auckland St. Andrew marriages 1837-1841

257 new marriages at Auckland St. Andrew in Auckland district, from mid-1837 to the end of 1841. These are fully-detailed marriages, equivalent in content to the civil registration certificate you can buy from the government (but much less expensive).

Abodes mentioned include Bishop Auckland, Byers Green, Canney Hill, Coundon, Darlington, Etherley, Filand (Fyland’s) Bridge, Hunwick, Midridge, Newfield, Newton Cap, Rushyford, Shildon, South Church, Westerton, and Windleston(e).


  • 18 Dec 1837 Thomas Shepherd (bachelor, carpet weaver, age: minor, of Bishop Auckland, son of John Shepherd, whitesmith) married Mary Airey (spinster, age: minor, of Bishop Auckland, daughter of Richard Airey, labourer)
    Witnesses: William Airey; James Hutchinson
  • 21 Jul 1841 Charles Marsh (bachelor, currier, full age, of Guisborough, son of Thomas Marsh, innkeeper) married Eliza Watson (spinster, full age, of Byers Green, daughter of Ralph Watson, sadler)
    Witnesses: G. Maw, junior; James Hutchinson

Wallsend St. Luke baptisms 1901-1916

6,384 baptisms at Wallsend St. Luke in the district of Tynemouth, Northumberland, covering 1901-1916. Residences mentioned were mostly street addresses in Wallsend, but also include Bigges Main, Walker, and Walkerville. Nearly all of these baptisms include the child’s birth date.

This clerk seems to have had a problem understanding middle names, often recording them as part of the surname. For example:

  • 9 Jul 1904 John Joseph Laing-Mavin, of 19 Carville Gardens, born 23 Jun 1904, child of George (fitter) & Hannah Laing-Mavin
    [Note: GRO birth index shows John Joseph Mavin and other baptisms to this couple show the father as George Laing Mavin.]
  • 19 Sep 1914 Elizabeth Jane Cook-Ronald, of 97 Vine Street, born 28 Aug 1914, child of William Cook-Ronald (holder-up) & Elizabeth Jane Cook-Ronald
    [Note: registered with the surname Ronald, mother nee Cook.]

In this next one, the clerk seems to swapped the father’s given name with the surname:

  • 2 Jan 1904 Robert Edward [Knox], of Wear Street, child of Knox [Edward] (rivetter) & Hannah Edward [Knox]
    [Note: although it says Edward in the Surname box and Knox under Hannah in the parents’ Christian name box, we think the clerk swapped the surname with the father’s given name. The GRO birth index shows Robert Knox in this quarter and there are other baptisms to Edward Knox, a rivetter, and his wife Hannah on Wear St.]

Here is another example:

  • 10 Mar 1915 Kathleen Jane Mark [Hadnutt], of 11 Kitchener Terrace, born 28 Jan 1915, child of Hadnutt (plater’s helper) & Lily Mark [Hadnutt]
    [Note: this entry seems jumbled. The GRO birth index shows Cathlena J M Hadnutt, mother nee Smith. The marriage index shows John T Hadnutt & Elizabeth Smith married in Tynemouth district in 1914.]

Deaf Hill cum Langdale baptisms 1884-1909 updated

Updated 2,120 baptisms at Deaf Hill cum Langdale (St. Paul) in Easington district, from 1884 to 1909 inclusive, adding the missing abodes and fathers’ occupations and, from Dec 1895 onward, the child’s birth date. We also added 47 new baptisms to finish out 1909, and corrected any errors.

Abodes mentioned include Deaf Hill, Hurworth Bryan, Langdale, Station Town, Trimdon, Trimdon Colliery, Trimdon Foundry, Trimdon Grange, Wheatley Hill, and Wingate.

Samples – before the update:

  • 28 Mar 1886 John James Clark, of Wheatley Hill, son of Sefton & Annie Clark
  • 25 Jul 1897 Mary Isabella Longstaff, of Wingate Arms, daughter of William & Isabella Longstaff
  • 21 May 1908 Charles Henry Ashert Ebblewhite, son of Joseph Ebblewhite & Hannah Jane Ebblewhite

and the same baptisms after the update:

  • 28 Mar 1886 John James Clark, of Wheatley Hill, parish of Thornley, child of Sefton (butcher) & Annie Clark
  • 25 Jul 1897 Mary Isabella Longstaff, of Wingate Arms, Deaf Hill, born 7 Jul 1897, child of William (butcher) & Isabella Longstaff
  • 21 May 1908 Charles Henry Ashert Ebblewhite, of Church St., born 19 Apr, child of Joseph Ebblewhite (engineman) & Hannah Jane Ebblewhite

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 at 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.

This is part of our mission to update our Easington-district baptisms that are missing occupations and abodes. We are thrilled to be done with one more parish!

Newcastle St. Andrew baptisms 1849-1856

3,224 baptisms at St. Andrew’s church in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, covering 1849 through 1856. Abodes listed are mostly streets in Newcastle, but also include the Barracks, Chimney Mills, Cox Lodge, Cramlington, Felling, Fenham, Gateshead, Gosforth, Heaton, Jesmond, Kenton, Morpeth, Pandon Dean (Dene), Shield Field, Spital Tongues, Usworth, Wallsend, and Washington.

This register has several baptisms to single women where the father is named, then crossed out. We have included the fathers with a note, as they are probably correct. It was not customary to include the name of the father in the baptism of an illegitimate child, and we think the priest realized this later and crossed out the fathers.

Sample baptisms:

  • 14 Sep 1850 John Arnot, of Usworth, child of Mary Arnot (single woman), 9 months old. Wrong description given. Same child
    [Note: the previous entry, which is crossed out, appears to be the same child, and it names the child John Coulson, with a father Matthew.]
  • 9 Dec 1852 Mary Ann Stevens, of [the] Barracks, child of George (gunner in the Royal Horse Artillery) & Alice Stevens
  • 2 Nov 1856 John Baileff, of Benwell Park Farm, child of Robert (countryman) & Margaret Baileff

Bearpark burials 1909-1920

775 burials at Bearpark St. Edmund in Durham district, covering 1909 through 1920. Residences mentioned, besides Bearpark, include Auton  Stile, Broompark, Bearpark Colliery, Durham city, Deerness Junction, Esh Winning, Sleetburn Colliery, Ushaw Moor, and Witton Gilbert.

Sample burials:

  • 3 Mar 1909 George Collinson, of Moosley Bank, age: 39, Coroner’s Warrant
  • 14 Jun 1914 Adam Harvey, of 28 Aldin Grange Terrace, age: 38
  • 6 Apr 1918 Elsie Middleton, of 19 Whitehouse Lane, Ushaw Moor, age: 18, ceremony performed by Dora Forrest, Salvation Army
  • 28 Aug 1920 Mary Ann Hudson, of 8 Stobart Tce., Ushaw Moor, age: 85

Haltwhistle baptisms 1839-1858

1,836 baptisms at Haltwhistle Holy Cross in Haltwhistle district, Northumberland, covering 1839-1858, from a combination of the Bishop’s Transcript and the parish register. About 10% of the baptisms after 1850 (and a few before then) include the child’s birth date.


  • 10 Feb 1839 James Hetherington, of Low Byre, son of Thomas (clogger) & Margaret Hetherington
  • 19 Jan 1844 Margaret Graham, of Pasture Head, daughter of Elizabeth Graham (spinster), 6 yrs old
  • 1 Jul 1849 John Ridley, of Towhouse Green, son of John (publican) & Rachel Ridley
  • 24 Mar 1853 Margaret Glenwright, of Chesters, born 28 Oct 1849, daughter of Henry (pitman) & Barbara Glenwright
  • 15 Aug 1858 Mary Elizabeth Hindmarsh, of Wydon Cleughside, daughter of Joseph (gamekeeper) & Sarah Hindmarsh

Abodes mentioned besides Haltwhistle included Allens Green, Angerton Bankfoot, Archie’s Flat, Ashey Cleugh, Bank Top,  Bardon Mill, Beltingham, Bitchel Gate or Bitchfield Gate, Blenkinsopp Castle, Braidley, Briarwood, Brockalee, Broom Houses, Buff Head, Cairney Croft, Causeway, Chainleyford Mill, Chesters, Closeaburn, Clover Hill, College, Comb Hill, Crooks, Crow Hall Mill, Crushels, Dilacres, Double Dykes, East Calf Fields, Engine House, Featherstone Bridge End and Featherstone Castle, Fell End, Ferranees, Fogridge, Foul Town, the Gap, Gateshead, Glenwhelt, Gorbet Hill, Gorcock, Greenhead, Greenrigs, Hall Bank Head, Hallpeat Moss, Halton Lea Gate, Haltwhistle Mill, Hartleyburn, Henshaw, High Ramshaw, High Side, Hole House, Holm Head, Kellah, Langlands, Leases or Leazes, Linshield, Long Byer, Low Byer, Low House Mill, Maiden Way, Melkridge, Metal Bridge, Midgeholme, Mill Hill, Mill House, Milton Railway Station (parish of Brampton, Cumberland), New Angerton, Newcastle, Oakey Knowe, Ollalee, Park, Partridge Nest, Pasture Head, Plainmeller (Plenmeller), Redburn, Redpath, Ridley, Rose Hill, Rose Villa, Rowfoot, Runnerfoot, Shankhead, Smallburn, Sook Hill, Steel Rig, Stone Gap, Temmon Corrage, Thorngrafton, Toe or Tow House, Ulpham (Ulgham), Wall End, Wall Town, Wardoughan, Wardrew, Waterloo, Whitchester and Whitchester Tunnel,  Willimoteswyke, Woodhead, Wry Tree, Wydon and Wydon Eals.