114 years ago today

My 3rd great grand aunt Barbara Rennie, née Barbara Murray, died at St. Nicholas in Aberdeen on 16 May 1898. In some earlier records her name is given as Barbra Murray. Barbara, who was the widow of tailor William Rennie, had suffered from influenza for 10 days prior to her death. Take a look at the two posts I made yesterday and you will see that Barbara’s death was only one day out from being 2 years after her brother George Murray and 3 years before her niece and namesake Barbara Murray who was my great great granny.

111 years ago today

Turner family plot in Amble East Cemetery

My great great grandmother Barbara Turner, née Barbara Murray, died at Amble in Northumberland 15 May 1901. This was 5 years to the day after the death of her father George Murray. Barbara was born in Alford in Aberdeenshire, lived part of her life in Coldstream on the borders and lived her married life and raised her son in Amble. She is buried in the Turner family plot in Amble East Cemetery.

This post about great great granny Barbara has the honour of being a milestone in my blogging, bringing me to a total of 100 posts and 45 pages. It also counts as a catch-up post for having missed my postaday yesterday 14th May.

116 years ago today

George Murray, Agnes Dickson Murray and William Murray in Lennel churchyard

On my Easter break I flew into Edinburgh as Ryanair have now stopped their Oslo-Newcastle route. I used the opportunity for a leisurely genealogy research afternoon, driving down the A68 and A697 so I could stop off at Coldstream on the Scotland/England border to hunt for my Murray ancestors. I found 3x great grandfather George Murray, his son William and his 2nd wife Agnes Dickson in Lennel graveyard just outside Coldstream. The headstone leaning over close to the ground is theirs and old George attacked me with a nettle sting as I tried to get underneath to photograph the inscription. He died on 15 May 1896 at Amble in Northumberland, so I was a little surprised to find his name in Lennel graveyard. I plan to publish more photos of the headstone and tell a litte more about his story at the weekend.

71 years ago today

George Murray Turner and Sarah Ann Carr

My great granny Sarah Ann Turner née Sarah Ann Carr died in Amble, Northumberland on 13 May 1941. Sarah Ann is buried in the family plot in Amble East Cemetery along with her husband George Murray Turner, several of their children, her parents-in-law, a son-in-law and a grandson. Her residence at the time of her death is given as being in Rowlands Gill, where I believe she moved to be with her daughter Lily Smith, but the place of death is given as the home of another daughter, my grandmother Nellie Crackett, in Amble. None of the few photos we have of Sarah Ann show her with a smile on her face which is perhaps understandable looking at the tragedies she had to face. Two of her 10 children died in infancy and she lost a teenage daughter in a fire accident. This picture shows her together with great granda George. I have no idea where or when the photo was taken. They both lived to a good old age, but looked old even in earlier photos when they must have been in their 40s or 50s judging by the ages of others they are with. What really amazed me when I saw this photo is that if I had seen her out of context (without George) I might easily have assumed it was a photo of my granny, her daughter.

169 years ago today

My 3x great grandfather Robert Parkinson died 12 May 1843 at Walker in Northumberland. Robert was a pitman. Robert married my 3x great grandmother Mary Anne Reay in 1819 and they had 7 children that I know of. Their 4th child was my great great grandfather John Parkinson born in 1826 in Walker. The informant on Robert’s death certificate was a William Parkinson. I am guessing that this was his son William born in 1821.

My Parkinson line hits its brick wall with Robert’s birth somewhere around 1792. So if any of you out there has information about his birth or his parents I would be pleased to hear from you. Drop me a message in the comment box and I will get back to you.

88 years ago today

Edmund Webb – Amble West Cemetery – age 9 months

My Mam’s baby brother, Edmund Webb, died in Radcliffe in Northumberland on 11 May 1924. Edmund was only 9 months old when he died of broncho pneumonia. I remember my granny taking me to put flowers on two graves at Amble West Cemetery when I was little. One was her aunt, the other I believe to be that of her little boy. On my first photo shoot in the cemetery I had forgotten all about him, so I wasn’t even looking for him. I later sent my brother and nephew to follow my vague directions to find him, but they had no success. On a new trip this Easter I had a flash of inspiration and think I have found him. There is no name, but the “monument” fits very well with my childhood memories of place and size and follows the norm of older baby graves there being near the paths. So I hope this photo is of the right grave, but even if it isn’t, I think little Edmund still deserves a thought. There are no living relatives I can think of who knew him during his short life as his only surviving sister was born 6 years after his death.

My baby uncle Edmund shares his name with two others. My granda’s brother Edmund Webb (1897 to 1916) and my great great grandfather Edmund Webb who is one of my most frustrating brick walls. He was probably born around the 1830s, perhaps originates from Cornwall and then moved to Lancashire where he produced great granda Robert Webb who is also a mysterious chap. 2x great grandfather Edmund may have been a tin miner, a coal miner and a stonemason. If any of you out there have any ideas on how to pin him down I would be thrilled to hear from you. Drop me a comment and I will get back to you.

112 years ago today

My great great grandfather Thomas Carr died at Hirst in Northumberland on 7 May 1900. Thomas and his wife Ellen or Eleanor or Ellenor had 5 daughters. Their youngest daughter was my great grandmother Sarah Ann Carr born in 1860. I have had no luck in tracing a marriage record for Thomas and Ellen. The birth certificates for their girls have inconsistent spellings of their mother’s name so I am looking for all possible combinations:

  • Ellen Reid
  • Ellen Read
  • Ellen Reed
  • Eleanor Reid
  • Eleanor Read
  • Eleanor Reed
  • Ellenor Reid
  • Ellenor Read
  • Ellenor Reid

If any of you out there can shed any light on who she may have been drop me a comment and I will get back to you to discuss it.