Surname list ready for May

Since it is the last day of the month I have updated the starring system on my surname list that indicates the newest names. Stars have been removed from the names added in March. A single star now highlights names added in April. All new names that I add in May will have double stars until the month end. Here is a summary of the names that were new to my genealogy database in April:

Pedigree: Hunter, Other: Air, Burke, Clark, Garland, Lochead, Luckhurst, Marsh, Morgan, Morris, Tiller, Tomlin, Wood, Zulfi

114 years ago today

John Henderson drowned 1898 in Amble Harbour

On 29 April 1898 John Henderson, age 38, fell into Amble Harbour while trying to fix the tiller on a boat. An extensive search was carried out, but John was not found until several days later when the tide washed his body back into the harbour. The photo shows his grave in Amble East Cemetery.

John left behind his pregnant wife Mary and two children: David, age 4, who was later killed in WWI and baby Isabella. Their posthumous child, named John after his Dad, died in September 1899 age 10 months.

I have several John Hendersons in my tree. This John, who met the tragic harbour death, was my granny’s uncle, the eldest son of my 2x great grandparents John Henderson and Margaret Stavers.

Where my readers live

Top countries reading my blog in March and April 2012

Since WordPress started publishing country statistics at the end of February I have readers from 23 countries. Some just with one view, who have dropped in and moved on. The picture shows those countries with more than 5 hits. I have to confess that Norway is top of the list because of some of my own views when I have been looking up something and was not logged in as admin. It is nevertheless encouraging to see that somebody else out there in the big wide world is reading. Even more encouraging that some of these readers have established contact and we are now collaborating on common lines of research.

107 years ago today

Harriet Rutter (née Henderson) - early 1930s at The Drift

Harriet Rutter (née Henderson) – early 1930s at The Drift

This photo shows “Auntie Harriet”, my grandmother’s younger sister. I am dating it as early 1930s as the bottom half of the photo (cropped off here) shows two small girls who were born in 1930 and 1931. Since the caption written on the back by my granny tells me it was taken “at our Harriet’s door” I am assuming it to be taken at The Drift (Chevington Drift). Note the tin bath hanging on the outside wall – used for baths in front of the fire in pit houses.

My great-aunt Harriet Anne Henderson was born 28 Apr 1905 at Amble in Northumberland.  Her parents were Archibald (Archie) Henderson and Margaret Jane Thornton. She married twice, first to John Rutter in 1928, then to Thomas (Tommy) Lindsley in 1977. My mother was very close to her Auntie Harriet who used to visit us regularly and bring her granddaughter to play with me. We alternated between them coming to see us in Amble and us going to see them at the Drift or later in Ferneybeds.

The Christian name Harriet recurs frequently among my Henderson relatives and seems to have been passed down from my 3x great-grandmother Harriet Miller Newton, born in Cullercoats in 1814.

April achievements

As April enters its last weekend I took time out from digging to reflect on what fruit this month’s activities have born. Thanks to the Easter break this has been a good month for my genealogy research. Among my April achievements are:

  • Birth record for 2x great grandfather William Cracket after 2 years of searching
  • 3x great grandparents William Cracket and Isabel (Isabella) possibly Gowans
  • Possible 4x great grandparents William Gowans and Isabella Thompson
  • 4x great grandparents Gabriel Hall and Hannah Hunter (and a lead on a possible earlier wife for Gabriel)
  • New contacts established with researchers that are now collaborating with me on Cracket, Hall and Webb

All in all an acceptable April accomplishment. I wonder if May with its bank holidays will prove as successful.

Another marriage for Gabriel Hall?

A new found contact yesterday has suggested that my 5x great grandfather Gabriel Hall may have had a previous wife before my 5x great grandmother Hannah Hunter in 1765. We are currently looking into whether the 1748 marriage between Gabriel Hall of Elsdon and Jane Hedley refers to the same Gabriel.

Adam Cracket / Adam Crackett

As part of my QA of all the Cracket and Crackett entries in my genealogy database I plan to tackle each first name and reconcile the count and details back to census and BMD records. This should help me to resolve duplicates and connect the dots where there are currently some missing links. To make the task easier I am starting with some of the less common names. If I can confirm them first then their parents and children should fall into place more easily. I picked Adam Cracket / Adam Crackett as the first name to try this exercise. Take a look at my Crackett/Cracket page if you are interested in any of the 6 Adams I found.