Several of my non-conformist relatives were married at the Scottish border to avoid being married in the parish church. This makes it much more tricky to track down marriage records for them. I found 4 Cracket marriages in Vol II of Irregular Cross Border marriages.
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.
- Confirm the correct father for Margery Hall born 1803 in Elsdon, Northumberland, since we have found conflicting information in various transcripts
- Try to confirm which Isabella Cracket married Garnet Caisley
- Integrity check on the various Adam Cracket and David Cracket births and marriages in the early 1800s. I think I may have some errors in my data.
- Take a closer look at the Olivers of Netherton and Hauxley
- Try to find a marriage record for Thomas Oliver born 1800 in Hepscott and his wife Alice
- Try to find parents for Robert Parkinson born 1792, probably somewhere around the Walker area.
- Look for a marriage record for William Reay born 1776, possibly somewhere around the Walker area
- Look for a marriage record for Thomas Carr born 1815 in Willington and Ellen Reed (Reid or Read) born 1822 and try to find her parents
Ambitious plans, and if previous experience is anything to go by, I will no doubt get sidetracked onto something completely different but equally useful.
My great great grandfather William Cracket died on 21 March 1880 at Choppington in Northumberland. Cause of death was registered as old age. He was about 70 at the time, but I have no definite date of birth for him, although I am reasonably certain that he was born in Kyloe. It was tricky finding the correct death record as there were several namesakes of a similar age in the same area. William’s death informant was George Douglas, stepson, which is consistent with the 1871 census showing William living with a Mary Douglass after my great great grandmother Elisabeth Cracket (née Tait) died in 1862. I have no evidence that William and Mary ever married.
After a couple of years of wondering how to produce a table in my blog I have finally realized that the solution is to link up Windows Live Writer to WordPress. If this proves successful then I will be able to improve the readability of several pages. Testing out the table functionality with some statistics about my research database: Continue reading