193 years ago today

My 3x great grandparents, Robert Parkinson and Mary Ann Reay, were married on 22 May 1819 at All Saints, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. They had 7 children. Their middle child, John Parkinson, was my great great grandfather. The transcription of the marriage record on both findmypast and freereg gives her name as Mary Ree. Additional notes on freereg say that the bride’s name was recorded as Mary Reay on the banns. Both are stated to be “of this parish”. Witnesses were James Gordon and Jonan. Scott. I have no information on whether the witnesses may have been friends or relatives. Unfortunately, neither site gives any more information about their abode or fathers’ names.

149 years ago today

My 20 year old great great grandparents Randle Thornton and Mary Oliver, both resident at Barrington Colliery, were married 6 May 1863 at Morpeth Register Office in Northumberland. Their marriage certificate shows Randle to be a coal miner. Their fathers are John Thornton, farm labourer, and Andrew Oliver, coal miner. Witnesses were William Allison and Andrew Oliver. I have no idea yet whether William Allison was a relative or friend. The Andrew Oliver who signed as witness must have been Mary’s father as her brother Andrew was only 10 at the time.

Trying out the scheduled publishing functionality with this post, so I hope it appears on the right day.

70 years ago today

1942 – George Crackett & Peggy Webb

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.