Hamsterley baptisms & Anabaptist births 1701-1746; marriages 1701-1797

Filling some gaps we had at Hamsterley St. James in Auckland district:

  • 1,193 baptisms covering 1701-1746, including many Anabaptist birth registrations. Anabaptists believed that a person should not be baptized until they were an adult who could express their own beliefs, but they often recorded the births of their children in the nearest Anglican register, to establish both a birth record and proof of residency in the parish.
  • 762 marriages covering 1701-1797. We now have all of the marriages here from 1580 to mid-1837.

The clerk used a unique abbreviation system for some of the primary towns, writing just “B” for Bedburn, “H” for Hamsterley, “L” for Lynesack, etc. Abodes (mostly farms) mentioned include Apeshield, Beckside, Bedburn, Bornley Row [Burnlea Row], Butterknowle, Craneraw [Crane Row], Didrish [Diddridge], Edgeknowle, Fitches, Hamsterley, Hoppyland, Howl Eel, Kays Lee, Lenton Hill, Lidgait, Linburn, Lynesack, Loop, Low Wham, Mayland, Moor Hill, New Raw or Row, Podge Hole, Potter Cross, Rackwood Hill, Ravens Ford, Redford, Rowntree, Shipley, Softley, South Side or Southside, Trow Lane, West Pitts, Wham, and Witton Parish.

Sample baptisms:

  • 6 Jul 1701 Ralph Dowthat, of H [Hamsterley], son of Ralph Dowthat
  • 7 May 1728 Richardson Blenkeship, of Linburn, son of William Blenkeship
  • 25 Jan 1747 Mary Trotter, of Mayland, daughter of Matthew & Elizabeth Trotter
  • Easter Hope, born 30 Jan 1723, daughter of Christopher Hope, born at Low Wham
    [Note: this is on a list titled “The Births of the Anabaptists”, entered in the register between 1720 and 1726.]
  • William Garthorn, born 29 Apr 1737, son of Michaell Garthorn
    [Note: this is on a list titled “Register of the Anabaptists June 19th 1733”, entered after a block of 1733-35 Anglican baptisms.]
  • Thomas Hodgson, of Lonton hill, born 30 Jul 1681, son of Anthony Hodgson
    [Note: this is on a list titled “Births of Anthony Hodgson children of Lonton hill”, entered in the register after April 1747. It is in the middle of a long list of Anabaptist births, so this family may also be Anabaptists.]

Sample marriages:

  • 4 May 1701 Gorg Emerson married Ann Hevesid
  • 7 Feb 1734 John Ritson (widower) married Elisabeth Blacket (widow), both of Hamsterley
  • 12 May 1754 Robert Thompson married Mary Wilson, both of this parish, by banns with consent of parents
    Witnesses: Christopher Parkin; William Blackett
  • 3 Oct 1797 Richard Fishwick (of the chapelry of St.John, Newcastle on Tyne) married Ursula Grey (of this parish), by licence
    Witnesses: Charles Whitfield; Michael Garthorn

This baptism register for 1701-1746 is very disordered – this is the order in which it appears:

  • baptisms 1701- Jan 1720
  • Anabaptist births 1714-1725
  • baptisms May 1726-Dec 1731
  • baptisms Nov 1725-Apr 1726
  • baptisms Apr 1735-Apr 1747
  • Anabaptist births Nov 1739-Jul 1746
  • Anabaptist births of several family groups 1680-1720
  • baptisms Jul 1719-Oct 1725
  • baptisms Apr 1733-Apr 1735
  • Anabaptist births Nov 1732-Apr 1739
  • baptisms Dec 1731-Mar 1733

If you put the list in chronological order, the coverage is actually pretty continuous, except there doesn’t seem to be a record of Anabaptist births between 1725 and 1732:

  • baptisms 1701- Jan 1720
  • baptisms Jul 1719-Oct 1725
  • baptisms Nov 1725-Apr 1726
  • baptisms May 1726-Dec 1731
  • baptisms Dec 1731-Mar 1733
  • baptisms Apr 1733-Apr 1735
  • baptisms Apr 1735-Apr 1747
  • Anabaptist births of several family groups 1680-1720
  • Anabaptist births 1714-1725
  • Anabaptist births Nov 1732-Apr 1739
  • Anabaptist births Nov 1739-Jul 1746

We are working on the baptisms for 1747-1764, the burials for 1701-1764 and a separate Anabaptist register for 1746-onward, and we expect to have all those for you next week.

Murton Holy Trinity marriages 1929-1947 updated

1,021 marriages from 1929 through 1947 at Murton Holy Trinity in Easington district have been updated with all of the previously-omitted details: age, occupation, marital status, abode, father’s occupation, and witnesses.

Sample marriages before the update:

  • 26 Jan 1929 Bartholomew Dowell (son of William Dowell) married Eva McKillup (daughter of Robert McKillup)
  • 10 Sep 1936 James Hawkins (age 81, son of George Hawkins, deceased) married Ann Garrett (widow, age 72, daughter of John Dawson, deceased)
  • 6 Jan 1945 John Canterdale Metcalf (son of Joseph Metcalf) married Lilian Lunn (daughter of Arthur Lunn)

and the same marriages after the update:

  • 26 Jan 1929 Bartholomew Dowell (bachelor, window cleaner, age 30, of 2 Porter Terr., Murton, son of William Dowell, miner) married Eva McKillup (spinster, age 23, of 31 Church St., Murton, daughter of Robert McKillup, miner)
    Witnesses: Samuel Cromwell Turner; Eliza McKillup
  • 10 Sep 1936 James Hawkins (widower, farmer, age 81, of 13 Aged Miners Homes, Murton, son of George Hawkins, labourer, deceased) married Ann Garrett (widow, age 72, of 16 Dobson Terr., Murton, daughter of John Dawson, miner, deceased)
    Witnesses: Thomas E. Mains; Barbara Garrett
  • 6 Jan 1945 John Canterdale Metcalf (bachelor, Corporal H.M.F., age 36, of 36 Church St., Murton, son of Joseph Metcalf, miner) married Lilian Lunn (spinster, age 36, of 24 Calvert Tce., Murton, daughter of Arthur Lunn, police constable)
    Witnesses: James Cummings; Cora Wilson Metcalf

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.

Auckland St. Helen marriages 1837-1841

165 marriages at Auckland St. Helen in Auckland district, from mid-1837 to the end of 1841. Abodes mentioned besides Auckland St. Helen include Bildershaw, Butterknowl, Cockfield, Etherley, Evenwood, Motley, Oaks, Ramshaw, Spring  Gardens, Toft Hill, and West Auckland. These are fully-detailed civil-registration-era marriages. Some samples:

  • 26 Nov 1838 George Reed (bachelor, farmer, full age, of High Wham in the parish of Hamsterley, son of George Reed, shopkeeper) married Cicily Young (widow, full age, of West Auckland, daughter of David Jackson, tanner)
    Witnesses: George Reed; Thos. Summerson
  • 9 Oct 1841 Joseph Pedelte (bachelor, pitman, full age, of Evenwood, son of Simon Pedelte, pitman) married Mary Walker (spinster, age: minor, of Evenwood, daughter of William Walker, collier)
    Witnesses: Ralph Neesham; Wm. Davison

Tweedmouth baptisms 1800-1812

588 baptisms spanning 1800-1812 at Tweedmouth St. Bartholomew in the district of Berwick in northeast Northumberland. Some samples:

  • 18 May 1800 Peter McDougle, born 26 Apr, 1st son of Peter McDougle (baker, native of Crookham, Ford Parish) by his wife Jane late Addison (daughter of Robert Addison, native of Coldingham, North Britain)
  • 26 Feb 1812 William Carens, of Tweedmouth, born 31 Dec 1811, 5th son of Michael Carens (merchant taylor, native of this parish) by his wife Sarah late Lamb (daughter of James Lamb of Belford)

These are from a combination of the parish register and the Bishop’s Transcript, for maximum detail. The register, especially in 1809-1810, is in very poor condition with quite a bit of damage, and it looks like there might have been some pages removed in that period. We found some baptisms in the Bishop’s Transcript that were not in the original register, and a few that had more detail or differing information. For example:

  • 17 Jul 1808 Jane Crewther, of Tweedmouth, born 28 Jun, 1st daughter of Thomas Crewther (shipwright, native of Lowick) by his wife Jane late Simpson (daughter of Thomas Simpson, native of Berwick)
    [Note: some details were omitted in the original register but were included in the Bishop’s Transcript, which provided “shipwright, native of Lowick” and “daughter of Thos. Simpson, native of Berwick”.]

Since abodes were not required to be recorded in this period, many baptisms do not list them. The few abodes mentioned include Ancroft, Berwick, East Ord, Morton or Murton, Ord Moor, Scremerston, Spittal, and Tweedmouth.


Newcastle St. Andrew baptisms 1857-1868

3,959 baptisms at St. Andrew’s church in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, covering 1857 through 1868. Abodes listed are mostly streets in Newcastle, but also include Ballast Hills, the Barracks, Bentick, Benwell, Brunton, Bulman’s Village, Chimney Mills, Cox Lodge, Darn Crook, Elswick, Fenham, Gateshead, Gosforth, Jesmond, Kenton, Longbenton, Ouseburn, Seaton Burn, Shield Field, Spital Tongues, Usworth, Walker, Wallsend, and West Moor.

This clerk continued to exhibit a lot of confusion about names. As with earlier entries in this register, he confused middle names with surnames and sometimes used the mother’s maiden surname as the family surname, even when the parents had been married for several years. For example:

  • 14 Oct 1866 Isabella Walkinshaw [Thompson], of Spring Gardens, child of William (engineer) & Annabella Walkinshaw [Thompson]
    [Note: Isabella Thompson in the GRO birth index, and there are other baptisms to William Thompson & Annabella Walkenshaw. This couple married in 1863, but the clerk seems to have been confused and entered the mother’s maiden surname here instead of the father’s surname.]
  • 25 Mar 1865 John Thomas Potts [Pallan], of Kenton, child of Robert (labourer) & Mabel Potts [Pallan]
    [Note: clearly Potts, but this couple has other baptisms as Pallan, and the GRO birth index shows him in 2Q 1864 as Pallan with a mother’s maiden surname of Potts. The clerk must have gotten confused about the surnames.]
  • 24 Aug 1862 Thomas Inman Simpson, of Park Place, son of Robert (cartman) & Jane Simpson
    [Note: Thomas Inman in the GRO birth index. This family seems to use Simpson and Inman as a middle name and surname, in different combinations. In this baptism, Inman was crossed out in the Surname box and replaced by Simpson.]

What do you want to bet that these boys were the 7th and 8th children of this couple?

  • 12 Jun 1861 Septimus John Roxby, of Nixon St, child of William Wright Roxby (coal agent) & Mary Roxby
  • 12 Jun 1861 Harry Octavius Roxby, of Nixon St, child of William Wright Roxby (coal agent) & Mary Roxby

Houghton-le-Spring burials 1826-1903 updated

We’ve been discovering errors in our collection of burials at Houghton-le-Spring St. Michael & All Angels, which was transcribed many years ago before we had a rigorous review process in place, so we decided to review the entire file. We reviewed 10,285 burials ranging from 1826 to 1903 and added 69 burials that were missed the first time around, plus 115 burials to take us to the end of 1903 (previously our collection stopped in Feb 1903). Death dates were added to 403 burials. Many of the abodes had been shortened and have now been restored to their full length as per the register. For example, an abode that was previously transcribed as Houghton might now be listed as Houghton le Spring. Most of the other corrections were minor spelling errors and a few age corrections.

If a major change, such as a name, date, or age, was made to a record you purchased, an email has already been sent to you with the correction. Otherwise, if you have purchased a burial 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, and sort by Modified to see the most recent changes at the top of the list.

1851 Gateshead census

Added 4,045 people in the 1851 census of Gateshead to our census collection. This is part of piece 2402 (117 folios), containing part of the parish of St. Mary and part of the parish of St. John, including Bottle Bank, Charles Street, Church Street, Ellison Street, Grahamsley Street, High Street, Jackson Street, King William Street, Low Fell, and West Street.

Remember, the purchase of the record of any one person within a census household gets you the whole census household.

Here are some samples, each with an older parent connection:

Gateshead St. Mary, Bridge Street – Blue Bell (HO107/2402, Folio 254, Page 39 & Folio 255, Page 40)
William Cook, head, married, 36, brewer employing 2 men, born Newburn, Northumberland
Barbara Cook, wife, married, 34, born Newcastle, Northumberland
Elizabeth Cook, daughter, 10, scholar, born Gateshead, County Durham
William Cook, son, 7, scholar, born Gateshead, County Durham
Margaret Cook, daughter, 6, scholar, born Gateshead, County Durham
Annie Cook, daughter, 3, born Gateshead, County Durham
Mary Cook, daughter, 1, born Gateshead, County Durham
Margaret Cook, mother, widow, 66, bar attendant, born Ireland
Mary Sewell, servant, unmarried, 31, house servant, born Northumberland
Rebecca Mullen, servant, unmarried, 18, servant, born Blyth, Northumberland
Barbara Rowe, servant, unmarried, 18, servant, born Newcastle, deaf

Gateshead St. John, Low Fell (HO107/2402, Folio 351, Page 18)
Thomas Hutton, head, married, 52, coal miner, born Washington, County Durham
Dorothy Hutton, wife, married, 51, born Washington, County Durham
Ann Hutton, daughter, unmarried, 21, dressmaker, born Washington, County Durham
Elizabeth Hutton, daughter, unmarried, 18, born Gateshead Fell, County Durham
Roger Hutton, son, 14, coal miner, born Gateshead Fell, County Durham
William Hutton, son, 10, coal miner, born Gateshead Fell, County Durham
Elizabeth Hutton, mother, widow, 80, house property, born Usworth, County Durham
Ann Wylam, mother-in-law, widow, 94, parish relief, born Chester-le-Street, County Durham

Gateshead St. John, Low Fell (HO107/2402, Folio 346, Page 8)
George Surtees, head, married, 43, stonemason, born Lamesley, County Durham
Mary Surtees, wife, married, 43, born Gateshead Fell, County Durham
Ann Surtees, daughter, unmarried, 20, born Gateshead Fell, County Durham
Thomas Surtees, son, 14, mason, born Gateshead Fell, County Durham
Michael Surtees, son, 12, coal miner, born Gateshead Fell, County Durham
Ralph Surtees, son, 7, scholar, born Gateshead Fell, County Durham
Mary E. Surtees, daughter, 3, born Gateshead Fell, County Durham
George Surtees, son, 6 months, born Gateshead Fell, County Durham
Thomas Dent, father-in-law, widower, 79, retired cartwright, born Heworth, County Durham

We still have most of piece 2402 (625 folios) to transcribe before we are done with Gateshead. This is one of those background tasks that we get to when we have a few spare moments, and eventually it will be done!

Wallsend St. Luke baptisms 1917-1940

8,141 baptisms at Wallsend St. Luke in the district of Tynemouth, Northumberland, covering 1917-1940. Residences mentioned were mostly street addresses in Wallsend, but also include Bigges Main, Newcastle, Walker, Walkerville, and Willington Quay. Nearly all of these baptisms include the child’s birth date.

As with the previous set of records from this church, the clerk continued to have problems with middle names, often hyphenating them with the surname. For example:

  • 12 Jun 1918 James William Michael-Taylor, of 70 Elton Street West, born 24 May 1918, child of Thomas Michael-Taylor (labourer) & Florence Elizabeth Michael-Taylor
    [Note: James W M Taylor in the GRO birth index.]

Don’t worry, we index all hyphenated surnames as both surnames, so a search for Taylor will find this baptism.

Here are a few other sample baptisms:

  • 6 Jan 1917 Stanley Norman Featherstone, of 118 Woodbine Avenue, born 13 Dec 1916, child of Thomas (brass finisher) & Susannah Featherstone
  • 13 Jan 1917 William Tonks Fisk, of 68 Laurel Street, born 24 Dec 1916, child of Lizzie Fisk
  • 18 Mar 1940 Robert Vincent Irving, of 46 Kitchener Terrace, born 17 Apr 1914, child of Thomas Irving & Sarah Alice Irving, private baptism, adult

We’ll close with a confusing puzzle:

  • 27 Aug 1919 Frederick Griffiths [Taylor], of 145 Benton Way, born 1 Aug 1919, child of Frederick (soldier) & Ada Griffiths [Taylor]
    [Note: registered with the surname Taylor, mother’s maiden surname Swan. The same is true for 2 Griffiths siblings in this register. Two earlier children were baptized Taylor, with the father listed as Alfred, which corresponds to a 1912 marriage of Alfred Taylor & Ada Swan. Why all the name changes?]

Tweedmouth baptisms 1813-1845, burials 1813-1836

Here’s a new parish for us! At Tweedmouth St. Bartholomew in the district of Berwick in the far north of Northumberland (almost in Scotland!), from a combination of the parish registers and the Bishop’s Transcript:

  • 2,596 baptisms spanning 1813-1845
  • 2,559 burials spanning 1813-1836

Despite its distant location, Tweedmouth was actually part of County Durham until 1844. Abodes mentioned (many in adjacent parishes and some in Scotland) include Ancroft, Beal, Berry Burn, Berwick on Tweed, Bonner’s Stead, Bowsden, Bridge Mill, Cheswick, Cocklaw, Duddo, Dunse, East Allerdean, East Ord, Emerick, Eyemouth, Felkington, Fenham, Greenlaw Wells or Walls, Greenses, Grindon, Haggerston, Heathery Tops, Horncliffe, Letham or Litham, Longridge, Lowick, Morton or Murton, Norham, Ord Moor, Richardson’s Stead, Scremerston, Sea Water Haugh, Shoreswood, Slainsfield, South Ord, Spittal, Thornton, Tile Houses, Tweedmouth, Unthank, Unthank Engine or Old Engine, West Allerdean, and West Ord.

Sample baptisms:

  • 29 Apr 1815 Patience [Watson/Temple], of Unthank Engine, daughter of Ralph Watson (husbandman) & Grace Temple, the parents were clandestinely married in Scotland as declared by the mother of this child
  • 16 Nov 1825 John Joy, of Tweedmouth, son of George (Chief mate in His Majesty’s Revenue Cutter, the Mermaid) & Sarah Joy
  • 18 Mar 1837 Edward Edmondson Kennedy, of Thornton in the parish of Norham, illegitimate son of Ann Edmondson Kennedy (spinster)
  • 7 Dec 1845 Margaret Ainslie, of Spittal, born 18 Nov 1845, daughter of John (fisherman) & Margaret Ainslie

Sample burials:

  • 24 Aug 1814 Mary Suttey, age: supposed about 30, found suspended to a thorn by a shawl on 21st. Coroner’s verdict Lunacy., ceremony not used
  • 4 Jun 1820 John Strangeways, of Tweedmouth, age: 58
  • 19 Nov 1824 Alexander Sidey, of Berwick, age: 33, a native of Tweedmouth drowned in the River Tweed
  • 1 Mar 1831 Eleanor Douglas, of Spittal, age: 103

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”.