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).
My initial step in trying to find vital records for William Cracket born in Kyloe, Northumberland between 1807 and 1814 was to track him through the census. I found him at 4 different locations, all mining communities, in each census from 1841 to 1871. To find out more about William’s migration through the mining areas of Northumberland and see how his family grew take a look at my Crackett/Cracket page.
Having identified a new 5x great grandmother Hannah Hunter I have now added Hunter to the surnames in my pedigree and established a Hunter page. I am hoping to find a birth record for Hannah around the 1740s to be able to develop the line further.
(This is a catch-up post for Saturday 7th April when I missed my postaday)
I have now identified a new set of 5x great grandparents: Gabriel Hall and Hannah Hunter of West Todholes, Elsdon, Northumberland. They were married 12 December 1765, so I am now going to look for birth records in the 1740s. The reasoning behind my conclusion that Gabriel and Hannah belong in my tree can be found on my Hall page.
(This is my catch-up post for Friday 6th April when I missed my postaday)
I have now confirmed by viewing microfilm of the parish records that my 4x great grandparents Joseph Hall and Eleanor Thompson had 7 sons and 3 daughters. A full list of their children with baptism dates can be found on my Hall page.
(This is my catch-up post for Tuesday 3rd April when I missed my postaday)
This Easter is the second anniversary of my genealogy activities. It is two years since my first trip to Woodhorn and I think I may have broken through a brick wall yesterday. I believe I may have found my Cracket 3x great grandparents. Still have a couple of things to check before I can confirm the theory.
I expected to find the odd cosmetic adjustment to age somewhere in my tree, but I find that the most creative and irritating of all my age adjusters is great grandfather Robert Webb who either could not count or told big fibs. The few official documents I have managed to find for him indicate that he is the son of Edmund Webb and that he was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1849, 1850, 1854, 1857 and 1861
For more information on this intriguing conundrum take a look at my Brick Wall page.
I have now begun to develop the Thornton page under My Family. The first Thornton in my pedigree is Margaret Jane Thornton born in 1871 in Choppington, Northumberland. I have traced the family further back to Newburn and Hartburn. Margaret Jane Thornton is my matrilineal great grandmother.
How I wish that my ancestors had been more diligent about identifying people and dates on photographs. Looking at my four grandparents and how they tackled naming of the photos they left behind of their parents and siblings I have the following results:
- Crackett – my granda never gave a thought to this sort of thing so what information I do have is gleaned from others, mainly from my father’s cousin who helped to identify a huge heap of photos and gave me some amazing insights.
- Turner – my granny had no time for naming photos either, but fortunately there were a few in her pile that were received from other family members and had been annotated. We have about 50 Turner photos that are now the subject of guesswork.
- Webb – no photos of my granda’s family exist to name. I strongly suspect that my granny consigned what he did have (if any) to the bin at some stage. I wonder if anyone anywhere will ever be able to fill the gap.
- Henderson – even here there are big gaps in putting names to ancestral pictures, but my granny did send photos of her children and grandchildren to relatives around the world with captions on them so subsequent generations are well documented.
A good example of the challenges that all this causes is the photo at the top of my blog. I have all 12 names, but not all of them can be tied in to the right individual. More about that another day.
I only have one Young in my pedigree so far, but hope to find more. Margaret Young born about 1812 in Seghill in Northumberland is my 3x great grandmother.