I have now found a new second cousin-in-law who I am hoping may be able to help me to figure out whether any of my living Spears or Smailes relatives have a treasure trove of documents from my Webb line hidden away in a cupboard. Maybe one step close to finding the clue that will knock down the brick wall behind Robert Webb and Edmund Webb.
Mary Jane Tweddle died 53 years ago today aged 71. Mary Jane, known in the family as Polly, married my great uncle Leonard Crackett. The picture shows their grave in Amble West Cemetery.
Uncle Len and Aunt Polly lived at Chevington Drift and had one son, Ralph Crackett. It is also interesting that Polly’s brother Ralph married Len’s sister Dorothy Ann Crackett, my great aunt.
On my Crackett/Cracket page I have set up an overview of the migratory patterns for Cracket from 1841 to 1911. Bear with me until I figure out how to make the table look tidier by getting rid of some of the “air” between rows. I nearly lost the whole thing by recovering a wrong autosave, so I am not going to play with it any more tonight in case I delete it by mistake and have to start again :) Maybe I need to refresh my memory of html. Understood it about 10 years ago when I used to publish frontpage articles to knowledge bases.
On my Crackett/Cracket page I have added an overview of the number of each variant from 1841 to 1911. Figures show the total for England, Wales and Scotland. Interesting to see how the TT variant takes over as time goes by.
My Mam & Dad, George William Crackett & Margaret Jane Webb (George & Peggy) were married on 18 April 1942 at Amble Methodist Church. You can see from the attire that it was a wartime wedding, and the festivities were no doubt a little dampened by the loss of my Dad’s brother Syd just a couple of weeks earlier. The officiating minister at the wedding was great uncle Will (the Rev. William Robinson Turner) brother of my granny Crackett. Shortly after the wedding my Dad went off to serve in India for 3 years and my Mam returned to live with her parents in Radcliffe for the duration of the war.
I have been testing out the hypothesis that since she had a son named Mark Gowans Cracket my 3x great grandmother Isabel (Isabella) Cracket may have had the maiden name Gowans and have come up with the possibility that her parents may have been William Gowans and Isabell Thompson married at Eglingham, Northumberland in 1792. I would welcome comments that either confirm or disprove this theory which you can find in more detail on my Brick Walls page under the heading “Theory about 3x great granny Cracket : need advice / confirmation”
Reconciled my surname list against my tree this evening and made some updates. Getting close to the 400 mark now with nearly 40 in the direct line.
I have now identified 6 children for my 3x great grandparents William Cracket and Isabel (Isabella). Places in Northumberland for their baptism and birth include Lowick, Kyloe and Rock. Since one of the children has the middle name Gowans this gives a possible lead to follow in tracing Isabel. More information can be found on my Crackett / Cracket page.
(This is the catch-up post for Friday 13th April when I missed my postaday. I am not caught up for all the days I missed due to the Easter period and hope to keep up the tempo of posting daily from now on.)
I believe I have found a Lowick baptismal record for my great great grandfather William Cracket indicating that he was born in Kyloe in 1812 to William Cracket and Isabel, making them my 3x great grandparents. Both were born in the 1790s, William in Lowick and Isabel/Isabella in nearby Holburn. Take a look at my Crackett/Cracket page if you want to see more about how I arrived at this conclusion.
(This is a catch-up post for Thursday 12th April when I missed my postaday).