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.

Books I have bought

A while ago I set up a publications page with a view to keeping track of some of the books, magazines and other publications that I have found useful in my genealogy research. I have added 10 books to the list tonight. They range from a guide to family history through techniques for dating photographs to fairly specific local Northumbrian history and photograph collections. I started with a mix of 10 to give a flavour of the type of book I find useful. There are many more on my bookshelves which will be gradually added to the list.

114 years ago today

John Henderson drowned 1898 in Amble Harbour

On 29 April 1898 John Henderson, age 38, fell into Amble Harbour while trying to fix the tiller on a boat. An extensive search was carried out, but John was not found until several days later when the tide washed his body back into the harbour. The photo shows his grave in Amble East Cemetery.

John left behind his pregnant wife Mary and two children: David, age 4, who was later killed in WWI and baby Isabella. Their posthumous child, named John after his Dad, died in September 1899 age 10 months.

I have several John Hendersons in my tree. This John, who met the tragic harbour death, was my granny’s uncle, the eldest son of my 2x great grandparents John Henderson and Margaret Stavers.

107 years ago today

Harriet Rutter (née Henderson) - early 1930s at The Drift

Harriet Rutter (née Henderson) – early 1930s at The Drift

This photo shows “Auntie Harriet”, my grandmother’s younger sister. I am dating it as early 1930s as the bottom half of the photo (cropped off here) shows two small girls who were born in 1930 and 1931. Since the caption written on the back by my granny tells me it was taken “at our Harriet’s door” I am assuming it to be taken at The Drift (Chevington Drift). Note the tin bath hanging on the outside wall – used for baths in front of the fire in pit houses.

My great-aunt Harriet Anne Henderson was born 28 Apr 1905 at Amble in Northumberland.  Her parents were Archibald (Archie) Henderson and Margaret Jane Thornton. She married twice, first to John Rutter in 1928, then to Thomas (Tommy) Lindsley in 1977. My mother was very close to her Auntie Harriet who used to visit us regularly and bring her granddaughter to play with me. We alternated between them coming to see us in Amble and us going to see them at the Drift or later in Ferneybeds.

The Christian name Harriet recurs frequently among my Henderson relatives and seems to have been passed down from my 3x great-grandmother Harriet Miller Newton, born in Cullercoats in 1814.

152 years ago today

William Cracket, coal miner, died at Broomhill, East Chevington on 23 April 1860. I believe this William to be my great granduncle, born in Lowick in 1840 to my great great grandparents William Cracket and Elisabeth Tait. William had suffered from consumption for several months. The informant on the death certificate is William Cracket of Broomhill, East Chevington, who I am assuming to be his Dad.

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.

Theory about possible Gowans line

I have been testing out the hypothesis that since she had a son named Mark Gowans Cracket my 3x great grandmother Isabel (Isabella) Cracket may have had the maiden name Gowans and have come up with the possibility that her parents may have been William Gowans and Isabell Thompson married at Eglingham, Northumberland in 1792. I would welcome comments that either confirm or disprove this theory which you can find in more detail on my Brick Walls page under the heading “Theory about 3x great granny Cracket : need advice / confirmation”