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.

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.