Newcastle St. Nicholas baptisms & burials 1762-1797

From the Church of St. Nicholas in Newcastle-upon-Tyne:

  • 3,355 baptisms and 3,471 burials covering 1762-1797
  • 132 registrations of the births of dissenters from 1750 to 1837 (from 2 lists found at the end of the 1756-1791 and 1791-1812 registers). Most of these people had not been baptized in the Church, but some had baptism dates that were years after their births. They were often entered in family groups, as the parents registered all of their children at once, sometimes many years after they were born.

These are from a combination of the parish registers and the Bishop’s Transcripts, for maximum detail. Nearly all the baptisms give the father’s occupation, which wasn’t common in many other parishes. This register starts showing the mother’s maiden surname in baptisms as early as March 1794, which is interesting because that was not required until late 1797. Some of the dissenters’ birth registrations give the mother’s maiden surname and sometimes even her father’s name, which is very unusual.

Sample baptisms:

  • 6 Jan 1762 John Fell, son of Christopher Fell (flax dresser) & Jane (his wife)
  • 10 Feb 1771 Ann Greenwell, daughter of Thomas Greenwell (tallow chandler) & Ann (his wife)
  • 10 Mar 1782 George Adamson Mackey, son of John Mackey (stay maker) & Isabel (his wife)
  • 22 May 1791 William [Yardley/Bruce], supposed son of William Yardley (potter) & Sarah Bruce
  • 6 Apr 1794 Isabella Storey, daughter of William Storey (barber-surgeon) & Isabella formerly Smeaton (his wife)
  • 5 Nov 1797 William Lumsdon, born 12-Oct 1797, 2nd son of James Lumsdon (blacksmith, native of Kirkwhelpington, son of John Lumsdon) by his wife Thomasine Usher (native of the parish of Brancepeth in the county of Durham, daughter of Thomas Usher)

and 2 birth registrations of dissenters:

  • John Davidson, born 18 Jul 1750, son of Thos. Davidson (attorney at law) & Eleanor (his wife, one of the daughters of John Lowes, late of Ridley Hall in the Parish of Haltwhistle and County of Northumberland, gentleman, deceased), entered [with 5 siblings] on 6 Nov 1761 at the request of Thos. Davidson [the father], late an inhabitant of the Chapelry of All Saints in this Town, but now in this Parish
    [Note: this is on a list of births of dissenters at the end of the 1756-1791 baptism register.]
  • Frederick Patterson McKenzie, born 15 Jun 1814, son of the aforesaid Eneas McKenzie (printer) & Elizabeth late Patterson
    [Note: this is entered, with 3 siblings, on a list titled “Births of persons who have not been Baptized in the Church”, at the end of the 1791-1812 baptism register. The mother’s maiden surname and father’s occupation are taken from the first baptism in the group.]

Sample burials:

  • 1 Mar 1762 Isable Coats, widdow of Joseph Coats (tinplate worker)
  • 19 Nov 1773 Thomas Blenkinsop, son of Charles Blenkinsop (glassmaker)
  • 28 Dec 1781 Elizabeth Meggison, wife of George Meggison (butcher)
  • 22 Jan 1791 Samuel Alcock, innkeeper

and starting in Oct 1797, lots of useful detail:

  • 3 Dec 1797 Mary Shiner late Gray heretofore Alexander, of the Close, age: 42, wife of Christopher David Shiner (innkeeper & a glasscutter), died 1 Dec, ruptured blood vessel
  • 27 Dec 1797 Richard Dobson, of Westgate Street in St. John of this Town, age: 31, attorney at law, son of Michael Dobson (gentleman) & Margaret his wife, formerly Harrison, died 25 Dec, pulmonary complaint

Here’s the burial from a tragedy that is famous locally and in ballooning lore:

  • 21 Sep 1786 Ralph Heron, son of Ralph Heron (attorney at law), this amiable young gentleman and several others were assisting Mr. Lunardi in filling a balloon in the Spitall; on the Gass issuing through the plaform, they were alarm’d, and without his knowledge, let the balloon go. He unfortunately had the cord which opened the valve tied round his arm and was in an instant carried up into the air many feet, higher than the spire of St. Nicholas Church, fell upon his feet into Lord Mount Stewart’s garden & died about two hours after.

We intend to transcribe the extremely detailed baptisms and burials for 1798-1812 in the next few months, and also to extend this parish’s transcriptions back into the 1750s.

Herrington St. Aidan baptisms 1891-1966

At Herrington St. Aidan in the district of Houghton-le-Spring:

  • 4,489 baptisms spanning 1891-1966

The residences listed include East Herrington, Herrington Hill, Houghton-le-Spring, Middle Herrington, Mill Pit, New Herrington, Newbottle, Penshaw, Philadelphia, Shiney Row, Stonygate, Success, and West Herrington.

Nearly all of these give the child’s birth date. Samples:

  • 27 Jan 1891 Elizabeth Jane Riddell, of East Herrington, child of George (police constable) & Jane Riddell
  • 21 Jun 1906 Jane Helen McLaren, of Herrington Hill, born 26 Nov 1879, child of William McLaren (farmer) & Jane Bennett McLaren, received into the Church after Presbyterian Baptism
  • 6 Aug 1919 Dorothy Isabel Dixon, of 8 Surrey Place, born 6 Jul 1919, child of Thomas William Lishman Dixon (brakesman) & Margaret Elizabeth Dixon

Kelloe marriages 1693-1762

357 marriages at Kelloe St. Helen in Easington district, from the beginning of the first register in 1694 to Feb 1762. We now have all the marriages at this church from 1694 to 1858. There are no marriages recorded from May 1736 to Jan 1738. There were no “banns called here but not married here” in the banns register for this period (1754-1762).

Abodes mentioned besides Kelloe include Bishop Middleham, Chester-le-Street, Easington, Garmonsway, Houghton-le-Spring, Monk Hesleden, Trimdon, and Wingate. Abodes are provided for most marriages, except for a disturbing stretch from 1706 to 1733 where only a few marriages list abodes. Occupations of the grooms are given from late 1700 to mid-1704. Witnesses start in mid-1754, as usual.

Sample marriages:

  • 11 May 1693 Stephen Arrowsmith (of ye parish of Elwick) married Anne Wilson (of this parish)
  • 1 Nov 1701 John Grindwell (day labourer, Roman Cath., of this parish) married Elizabeth Tailor
  • 28 Apr 1725 Jon Batmunson married Ann Tate
  • 12 Jan 1755 Robert Emerson (batchelor) married Frances Younger (spinster), both of this parish, by banns, with the consent of the mother of the said Frances, she being a minor
    Witnesses: Samuel Thwayts; George Forster; John Atkinson

Dalton-le-Dale marriages & banns 1654-1812

343 marriages at Dalton-le-Dale St. Andrew in Easington district, from the beginning of the first register in 1654 to the end of 1812, plus 27 banns publications for 1754-1812. We now have all the marriages and “banns called but not married here” at this church from 1654 to the end of 1966.

There are no marriages recorded from June 1657 to Nov 1665 and Nov 1681 to Feb 1685, and quite a few single-year gaps, probably because this was not a large parish. There were many years with only a few marriages. Abodes mentioned besides Dalton (aka Daldon in this register) include Bishop Wearmouth, Cold Hesleden aka just Hesleden, Easington, Hawthorne, Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton-le-Spring, Murton (aka Moorton or Morton in this register), Pittington, Ryhope, Seaham, Shadforth, and Sunderland.

Most of these marriages list the abode of both parties. After 1768, most show marital status, but little other information (only a few fathers are listed, and 2 brides are declared to be minors). Samples:

  • 7 Dec 1654 Nicholas Denton married Isabell Jackson, both of the towne and parish of Dalton, married before Tho. Dallivall Esquire, of Hetton, one of the Justices of the Peace for this Countie
  • 25 Nov 1738 Goodchild Wilkinson (of Barnston [Barmston] in ye parish of Washington) married Mary Watson (widow, of Dalton)
  • 29 May 1781 Peter Wood (batchelor, of Hawthorn in the parish of Easington) married Barbara Blakiston (minor, spinster, of Cold Haselden in this parish), by licence with consent of the parents of the said Barbara Blakiston
    Witnesses: William Hutchinson; John Wood
  • 1 May 1804 George Storey (widower) married Elizabeth Doxford (widow), both of this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: Frances Lackenby; William Lowdon

Sample banns:

  • 3 May 1762 Philip Lovet (of this parish) & Dorothy Brough (of the parish of Whitburn), banns read April 18th, 25th & May 3rd

Hurworth baptisms & burials 1701-1769

1,063 baptisms and 942 burials at Hurworth All Saints in Darlington district, filling a gap we had from 1701 to 1769 inclusive. We now have all the baptisms at this church for 1559-1885, all the burials for 1559 to August 1885, and we already had all the marriages for 1559-1837.

There are no baptisms recorded from Feb 1718 to Aug 1719, when a new register begins. Between Sep 1717 and Feb 1720, there are only 2 burials recorded, both in Aug 1719, which suggests that the register was neglected for a couple of years, perhaps because they didn’t have a new register book.

The registers are in Latin until late 1733. The baptisms are very terse, with very few abodes or other information except names, but at least the mothers are included, which is not always true of baptisms in this period. The burials are more helpful since they usually include the parents or father of a deceased child and the spouse of a deceased woman.

Sample baptisms:

  • 6 Apr 1701 Carolus Willy, filius [son] of Georgii & Margaretae Willy
  • 24 Jun 1732 Thomas [Stokehill/Golesbrough], filius spurius [illegitimate son] of Thomae Golesbrough & Annae Stokehill
  • 29 Jul 1739 Elizabeth Reed, of Neesham, daughter of Ralph & Ann Reed
  • 10 Sep 1769 Jane & Margaret Greathead, twin daughters of Jacob & Elizabeth Greathead

Sample burials:

  • 9 Mar 1707 Dorothea Gedling, primo vidua of Roberti Gedling, secundo vidua Humphredi Stedman
  • 29 Jan 1728 Jana [Stainforth/Linskill], spurius filia [illegitimate daughter] of Stephani Stainforth & Janae Linskill
  • 24 May 1743 Hellen Lunn, wife of Samuel Lunn
  • 5 Jun 1752 John Wheat, son of Leonard & Elizabeth Wheat
  • 20 Jul 1768 Sarah Bramwell, daughter of George Bramwell (clerk)

This is one of the only 2 burials with an age stated, and it’s an impressively high age:

  • 24 Apr 1725 Thomison Frear, etatis sue cent. et oct. aut circiter [aged about 108]

Hartlepool St. Mary Roman Catholic baptisms 1840-1853

566 baptisms at Hartlepool St. Mary Roman Catholic church, from the start of the first register in 1840 to the end of 1853. This is the same congregation that previously worshipped at St. Hilda RC church, so you will find many of those same families in this register.

This register is not in Latin. It is a pre-printed baptism register, similar to an Anglican register. It does not specify the child’s gender, and does not include the abode or the father’s occupation, or whether a child was illegitimate or not. It does include the mother’s maiden surname and the child’s birth date and 2 sponsors or godparents.

There was quite a lot of variation in the spellings of names – the following sets were each from a single family: Branny/Bronough/Branaff, Kilcade/Kincade, Campbell/Cameron, Goggins/Coghans, McVady/McVardy/McAvady, Dunwell/Dunlop, Halfpenny/Halpin/Appeny. We have annotated and cross-indexed many of these differences.

Sample baptisms – in the first one, there’s a bit of a mystery about the mother’s maiden surname:

  • 28 Feb 1841 Isaac Milner, born 21 Feb 1841, child of Thos. Milner & Cath. Rymer
    Godparents or Sponsors: Rich. Dennis; Chris. Goulding
    [Note: this mother’s maiden surname alternates between Rowntree and Rymer in other baptisms with this father.]
  • 11 Jul 1848 James Hall, born 9 Jul 1848, child of Robert Hall & Eliz. Pounder
    Godparents or Sponsors: James Pounder; Apolonia Stourton
  • 30 Oct 1853 Sarah Helen Gilmore [Garthwaite], born 13 Aug 1853, child of James Gilmore & Ann Gafwarte [Garthwaite]
    Godparents or Sponsors: John Riley; Susan Riley
    [Note: the civil birth index shows this child as Sarah Ellen Garthwaite.]

We do not think the records of this parish are available anywhere else online, so this data set may yield some useful discoveries for some of you.

Hartlepool St. Hilda Roman Catholic baptisms 1834-1840

91 baptisms at Hartlepool St. Hilda Roman Catholic church, from Jan 1834 to Oct 1840. After that date, the congregation re-dedicated their chapel to St. Mary, probably to avoid confusion with the established Anglican church of St. Hilda. (Baptisms at St. Mary will follow in the next few days.)

This register is in Latin and we have left the names untranslated (but a search for the English version will find them). Nearly all include the mother’s maiden surname and 2 godparents or sponsors. Sample baptism:

  • 4 May 1834 Maria Drury, born 1 May 1834, daughter of Simonis Drury by his wife Anna olim Cain
    Godparents or Sponsors: Jacobus Maguire; Francisca Collins

Ovingham baptisms & burials 1750-1761

763 baptisms and 434 burials covering 1750-1761 at Ovingham St. Mary the Virgin in the Hexham district of Northumberland, extending this parish’s collection backward in time.

Abodes mentioned besides Ovingham include Broad Oak, Cherryburn, Dukes Hagg, Edgewell, Eltringham, Hallyards, Harlah or Harlow Hill, Hedley, Hedley Fell, Hedley Wood, Hollands, Horsley, Ion’s Wood, Laiker Hall, Mickley, Nafferton, Ovington, Pruddoe, Pruddoe Castle, Rouchester, Weldon or Welton, Whittle, Woodheads, Wylam, Wylam March, Wylam Newrift, and Wylam Wood.

Sample baptisms:

  • 19 Jan 1750 Ann Slater, of Wylam Newrift, daughter of George & Ann Slater
  • 25 Mar 1753 John [Forster/Clarke], son of Ralph Forster (of Killingworth, parish of Long Benton) & Martha Clarke (of Pruddoe in this parish)
  • 25 Dec 1761 Robert Castlow, of Wylam March, son of John & Isable Castlow

Sample burials – only one gave an age, but most had a relationship or description:

  • 20 Jan 1756 Isable Simpson, of Ovington, age: 109, widow
  • 10 Jan 1750 Ann Armour, of Pruddoe, daughter of Nicholas & Ann Armour
  • 8 Aug 1756 Sarah Newton, of Ovingham Burn Miln, wife of James Newton
  • 12 Mar 1761 Joseph Hyslope, of Wylam, pitman, he was shot at Hexham among the rioters

Dunston St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic baptisms 1882-1894, burials 1882-1896, marriages 1884-1900

Our first offering from St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church in Dunston, Gateshead district:

  • 761 baptisms covering 1882-1894
  • 224 burials from January 1882 to March 1896
  • 135 marriages covering 1884-1900

The records are in Latin. Most of these baptisms have the child’s birth date, the mother’s maiden name, and one or more sponsors or godparents. Some have information about the baptizee’s later marriage and/or confirmation.

  • 15 Jul 1894 Terrentius McMannus, born 22 Jun 1894, son of Joannis McMannus & Dorothea olim Porthouse, confirmed in St Joseph’s at Birtley 16 May 1920. Married Winifrida Mellon at Birtley St Joseph’s 10 Nov 1919.
    Godparents or Sponsors: Patricius Molloy; Rosa Anna McManus

There is significant variation in some of the surnames within a single family:

  • 4 May 1884 Eduardus Moody [Mooney], born 27 Mar 1884, son of Johannis Moody [Mooney] & Catharina olim Hannan
    Godparents or Sponsors: Edwardus Hannan; Elizabeth Hannan
    [Note: the margin says “Moody or Mooney”. The GRO birth index says Mooney. This mother’s surname is Herron in the GRO birth index and in other baptisms to these parents.]

Abodes are given for most baptisms from the beginning of 1885 to the end of 1888:

  • 2 Sep 1888 Elizabetha Campbell, of 30 Walker Street, born 2 Aug 1888, daughter of Joannis Campbell & Margarita olim Riley, married Gulielmo Pomeroy 18 Sep 1914
    Godparents or Sponsors: Alexander McAllister; Anna Campbell

Burials are terse (typical of this period). Since this church did not have a burial ground, the funeral service was held at the church and interment took place at a nearby cemetery, whose name is included in most of these records:

  • 9 Nov 1882 Rebecca O’Brien, of 27 Carnabie Terrace, age: 35, died 5 Nov, buried at the Catholic Cemetery, Gateshead, having received last rites
  • 12 Nov 1894 Francesca Shillitoe, of Dunston, age: 50, died 10 Nov, buried at the Anglican Cemetery, Dunston, died suddenly [no last rites]
  • 19 Sep 1895 Edvardus Connor, of Teams, age: 34, died 16 Sep, buried at the Cemetery at Gateshead, having received last rites

These marriages do not list occupations or ages, but they do provide a parent for each party in the marriage, and sometimes a former spouse or a father’s abode:

  • 31 Oct 1885 Jacobum MacAllister (of Gateshead, son of Jacobi MacAllister) married Elizabetham MacKeown (relictam Davidis McKeown, of Gateshead, daughter of Gulielmi Mullender)
    Witnesses: Margaret McQuillan; Michael Hart
  • 28 Feb 1886 Johannam Croney (of Newcastle, son of Jacobi Croney) married Saram Moore (of Redhaugh, daughter of Jacobi Moore, of Byker)
    Witnesses: John Hart; Isabella Claugh

Marriages post-1837 at Elton, Escomb, Etherley, Gainford, Gateshead, Gateshead Fell, Great Stainton, and Grindon

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 942 marriages:

  • Elton St. John: 1839-1861 (17 marriages)
  • Escomb St. John: 1837-1841 (11 marriages)
  • Etherley St. Cuthbert: 1837-1841 (16 marriages)
  • Gainford St. Mary: 1837-1841 (91 marriages)
  • Gateshead St. Mary: 1837-1841 (581 marriages)
  • Gateshead Fell St. John: 1837-1841 (181 marriages)
  • Great Stainton All Saints: 1837-1862 (15 marriages)
  • Grindon St. James: 1837-1851 (30 marriages)


  • At Gateshead Fell: 3 Jul 1837 James Weightman (widower, publican, age 70, of Killingworth, Parish of Long Benton, son of Henry Weightman, husbandman) married Mary Crone (widow, dressmaker, age 43, of Low Fell, Gateshead, daughter of John Thompson, collier)
    Witnesses: Robert Hetherington; Cuth’t Young
  • At Gateshead St. Mary: 18 Mar 1840 Lionel Appleby (bachelor, house carpenter, full age, of Hillgate, son of George Appleby, agent) married Maria Stubs (spinster, full age, of Hillgate, daughter of Robert Stubs, farmer)
    Witnesses: Matthew Coatsworth; Elizabeth A. Lowson
  • At Elton: 23 Nov 1854 James Hops (bachelor, labourer, age 21, of Elton, son of John Hops, labourer) married Ann Cruddas (spinster, age 18, of Elton, daughter of Robert Cruddas, labourer)
    Witnesses: William Mohun Elcoate; Ann Almond