Ford baptisms 1684-1852 & burials 1684-1851

From Ford St. Michael & All Angels in the Glendale district of Northumberland – a new parish and a new district for us:

  • 3,336  baptisms from the beginning of the first register in 1684 to 11 July 1852
  • 6,258 burials spanning 1684-1851

Abodes mentioned besides Ford or Foord include Akeld, Ancroft Moor, Barelees, Barmoor Ridge, Berriehill/Berryhill, Berrington Lough, Berwick, Birkenside, Black-Latch, Blinkbonny, Blue Bell, Bowsden, Brankston or Branxton, Breconside, Broomridge, Cartfordlaw (Catfordlaw), Copeland, Cornhill, Crookham, Darnchester, Divet Hall, Doddington or Dorrington, Duddo, Easington, East Ord, Eastfield, Eatel (Etal), Encampment, Erroll Hutt, Felkington, Fenton, Flodden, Ford Colliery, Ford Common, Ford Forge, Ford Hill, Ford Moss, Ford Wood, Gatherick, Greenlaw Walls, Grindon, Harper Rigg, Haslyside, Heatherslaw, Heaton, Heslyhouse, Humbleton, Keekout, Kerr’s-field Mains, Kilham, Kimmerston, Kyloe, Lanton, Leatham Hill, Linthaugh, Longdyke, Lookout, Lowick, Lowlynn, Marden, Milfield, Mindrum, Moneylaws, Mount Pleasant, Nesbit, New Etal, Norham, Oak Hall, Pallinsburn, Presson, Realup, Rhodes, Sclatraw, Shoreswood, Slainsfield, Spittal, Thornington, Tiptoe, Twizel, Wark, Watchlaw, West Field, Woodend, and Woodside.

There are several gaps in the earliest baptisms: Apr 1687 to Jan 1688, Mar 1688 to Apr 1689, Apr 1689 to Oct 1690, Oct 1690 to April 1692. In 1692, the new Rector left a note saying the register had been neglected from 1687 to 1692, and it looks like an attempt was made to add some baptisms from the memories of the parents. There is also a gap from  Apr 1750 to Apr 1751.

The Ford register has a higher-than-usual number of “Births of the children of dissenters”, probably mostly Presbyterians. These were generally recorded at the end of each register or in groups between certain years, but there were none recorded between 1699 and 1750, and we assume that many went unrecorded in other periods as well.

Most baptisms after 1694 show abodes, and mothers are named starting in Oct 1772. Mother’s maiden surnames start showing up in 1796, before they were required, and some baptisms in the 1798-1812 period give the names of the mother’s parents. Interestingly, even the dissenters adhered to the official Anglican format during this period, and because they tended to report several of their children’s births at one time, some of those births reach as far back as 1786 yet have the mother’s maiden surname or even her parents, as was required in 1798-1812. Examples:

  • 29 Jul 1684 Nickolis Arnot, son of Alexr. Arnot
  • 19 Mar 1699 Thomas Rankin, of Hetherslaw, son of William Rankin
    [Note: on a page titled “Dissenters children (christenings)”, placed after Dec 1698 in the register.]
  • 27 Aug 1710 Margaret Allan, of Kimmerston, daughter of John Allan (junior)
  • 30 May 1731 Cath. Marr, of Rhodes, daughter of Ja. [James] Marr
  • 11 Feb 1753 Francis Nesbit, of Gautherick, base born son of Ann Nesbit
  • 15 Jun 1781 Mary Wood, of Etal, daughter of Aaron & Phillis Wood
  • 25 Dec 1796 James Service, of Ford, born 4 Jun, son of John Service (labourer) & Isabella his wife formerly Spears, Dissenter, registered 25 Dec 1796
  • 1 Dec 1806 Ann Grey, of Slainsfield, born 30 Nov, 8th daughter (a twin) of Ralph Grey (pitman, native of the chapelry of Belford) by his wife Alice Spence (daughter of John and Ann Spence, native of Tiptoe, parish of Norham)
  • 6 Apr 1814 Rice Paxton Hair, of Mardon, son of Bartholomew (farmer) & Elizabeth Hair
  • 10 Dec 1828 Jane [Riddle/Foster], illegitimate daughter of William Riddle (husbandman of Chatton) & Jane Foster (spinster of Kimmerston)
  • 21 Feb 1852 John Dunn, of Oak Hall, son of Richard (gamekeeper) & Catherine Dunn


Similar to the baptisms, there are no burials in the register from August 1689 to April 1692 and only one between Nov 1687 and Jan 1689. From 1689 onward, most burials list an abode, and many offer the name of a father or husband. The 1798-1812 set is pretty good with the usual details – age, occupation, maiden surname of the mother of a deceased child, quite a few maiden surnames for deceased married women.

While it looks like the burial count was abnormally high compared to the baptism count, the register shows us that the burial ground at Ford serviced a much wider swathe of geography which included many adjacent parishes. The strong presence of dissenters in this area helps explain why the burial count is so much higher than the baptism count, as most dissenters were buried in the Anglican churchyard in this period. Some examples:

  • 17 Jan 1684 Margaret Tayler, wife of Henry Tayler
  • 5 Apr 1700 Joseph Ranken, of Crookham, son of George Ranken
  • 23 Aug 1720 Samuel Cuthbraith, of Eatel, a child, son of James Cuthbraith
  • 14 Feb 1741 Andrew Allen, of Hetherslaw, son of Widow Allen
  • 28 Sep 1760 Mrs. Elizabeth Jeffreys, of late of Hetherslaw, from Berwick, wife of Thomas Jeffreys
  • 18 Jan 1794 Jane Haggerstone, of Fenton, base born daughter of William Haggerstone
  • 28 Nov 1796 James Stuart, of Ford, shoemaker
  • 2 Jan 1801 Sarah Pinkerton, of Berwick, age: 34, died 30 Dec 1800, daughter of Thomas Pinkerton (Gentleman) & Ann his wife late Grieve
  • 18 Apr 1808 Jane Quarry late Mills, of the Chapelry of Lowick, age: 66, died 15 Apr, relict of James Douglas, wife of George Quarry (husbandman)
  • 13 Dec 1812 James Darling, of Horncliff Bankhead, parish of Norham, age: 37, farmer, died 11 Dec
  • 4 Jul 1823 George Green, of Broomridge, age: 103
  • 11 Oct 1846 Rachel Landles, of Crookham, age: 94

Ponteland baptisms & burials 1602-1694, marriages 1729-1768, banns 1754-1812

Working our way back to the beginning of Ponteland (Castle Ward district, Northumberland), we added:

  • 1,365 baptisms from the beginning of the first register in 1602 to the end of 1694
  • 771 burials: 1602-1694
  • 449 marriages: 1729-1768
  • 122 “banns called but not married here” from 1754-1812

The first register starts in 1602 and fluctuates between Latin and English. Between July 1630 and August 1677, there was no regular entry of baptisms; instead, that space was later used to “catch up”, with blocks of baptisms from the 1670s and 1680s entered there, often in family groups. In that period, there are no baptisms from July 1630 to Sept 1642 and only 5 between 1642 and 1672. Many pages are very damaged and some names or partial names or dates are missing (torn off, faded, blotted, water-damaged). We estimate that between 20 and 40 baptisms sprinkled throughout are completely unreadable. Sometimes it is impossible to tell if an entry is a baptism or burial of a child, because the designation of the event has been torn away, smudged, or faded. Where the register was unreadable, we have relied on H.M. Wood’s transcription of the register, made 100 years ago when the register was presumably in better condition – but not much, as he too marked many parts unreadable.

Example baptisms – just under half show the abode, and occasionally there are occupations and birth dates – no mothers named except in illegitimate births:

  • 27 Mar 1602 Isabella Erington, of Pont Iland, daughter of Marci Erington (armiger [gentleman, squire])
  • 3 Jun 1621 Antonius Sharpro, son of Gulielmi Sharpro
  • 8 Apr 1630 Richardus Gofton, of High Callerton, son of Roberti Gofton
  • 23 Jan 1677 Ralph Horsley, of Milburn Grange, son of George Horsley
    [Note: entered in a block with siblings whose births span 1676-1684.]
  • 20 Sep 1694 Dorothy Carneby, of Milburn Grange, daughter of Ralph Carneby

Similar to the baptisms, there are no burials shown between August 1630 and August 1678, but a few catch-up burials from 1676 to 1678 are entered near the end of 1682. The page damage makes many burials unreadable. There are no burials shown for 1692. Example burials:

  • 28 Feb 1603 Georgius Hepall, of Pont Iland, agricola [farmer]
  • 22 Dec 1613 Gulielmus Erington, of Pont I., son of Marci [Mark] Erington (armi. [squire])
  • 5 Apr 1624 Lucia Cooke, vidua [widow]
  • 31 Aug 1678 Mable Ogle, of East Brunton, buryed in woolen
  • 7 Jan 1686 Hannah Sisterson, of High Callerton, daughter of Jacobi Sisterson
  • 13 Aug 1691 Jana Donkine, of Dorishall [Darras Hall], wife of Radolphi Donkine

There are no marriages from Apr 1767 to May 1768. Example marriages:

  • 24 Apr 1729 Ozwald Dunn married Margaret Chanler
  • 29 Oct 1738 Wm. Whack (of the parish of Gateshead) married Ann Gee (of this parish)
  • 11 May 1758 John Airsbet otherwise Archbold married Mary Embleton, both of this parish, by banns
    Witnesses: Gilbert Cargey; Thomas Dobson
  • 5 Sep 1768 Joseph Thompson (of the parish of Sunderland) married Frances Forster (of this parish), by licence
    Witnesses: Patrick Blake; Richard Thompson; John Bell; Edward Dodd
  • Banns: 5 May 1754 John Rutlish (of this parish) & Elizabeth Stokoe (of the parish of Midford)
    [Note: not married here; date is last banns publication.]

Abodes mentioned frequently were Berwick Hill, Brenklo or Brinkley, Byer Hill, Carter Moor or Kartram Moore, Coldcoats, Darras Hall, Dinnington or Dunnington, Eland Hall, Hiecallerton or High Callerton, Hortingrange or Horton Grange, the Houl House or Houlhilhous, Kirkley (Kerklo, Kirklae, Kirkloe), Little Callerton, Marsfen, Mason or Marson, Milburne, Milburne Grange, Pont Island/Iland/Eland, and Prestick or Prestwick.

Here is some random church business that was documented in the register and might be interesting to someone:

  • 7 Oct 1698 and Nov 1699: money to be collected for the maintenance of the poor child Andrew Liverins belonging to the parish
  • 9 Apr 1705: Margaret Clennel of Stamfordham was cleared for keeping the orphans of this parish
  • 10 Aug 1709: Mrs. Alice Bonner, wife to Mr. William Bonner of High Callarton, gave to the Church a table and napkin for the Communion table
  • Apr 1743: Mr. John Coulter of Newcastle upon Tyne, feltmaker, deceased, left £20 to the parish of Ponteland, to be lent out at interest and the interest to be distributed annually amongst “poor housekeepers” living in the parish
  • 1754: Mrs. Dorothy Fenwick of Prestwick gave a crimson velvet cover the pulpit cushion

Here are the names & abodes of the “four and twenty” (local men responsible for parish government and operations) of Ponteland in 1700:

At Kirkley: Cuthbert Ogle, Thomas Ogle
At High Callerton: William Bonner, John Atkinson, John Fairfowl, William Sharper
At Milburne Grange: John Horsley
At Carter Moor: Mark Ogle
At Benridge: John Ward
At Prestick/Prestwick: Wm. Potts, Thomas Reay, Francis Anderson
At Horton Grange: Wm. Reay, Mark Reay
At Marsfen: Robert Fenwick
At Eland Hall: Aaron Gofton, John Cutter
At Higham Dykes: John Aynsley (crossed out and replaced by Robert Crow Jr.)
At Milburne town: Wm. Charlton
At Kirkley Thorn: John Readhead
At the Rectory: Robert Crow, Dr. John Cartwright (Vicar)
At Berwick Hill: Thomas Sickeram (crossed out and replaced by John Fenwick)
At Darras Hall: Ralph Donkin
At Brenkley: Mathew Laws Jr.
At Coldcoats: Robert Mavin or Mauin
At Dinnington: John Wilkinson

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.