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.
Much of today’s effort has been devoted to trying to tie down my connection to the Doleman family. My grandfather Jonathan Doleman Webb had several Doleman “cousins” in Amble in Northumberland, but I have been unable to work out exactly where the relationship lies. I cannot find any appropriate Webb-Doleman marriages to tie the connection to his paternal line or Davis-Doleman marriages to tie it to his maternal line. I have now traced the Amble Doleman line back to Bilston in Staffordshire in the hope that this may shed some light.
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.
My great grandmother Mary Crackett, née Mary Parkinson, died 81 years ago today (19 March 1931) in Radcliffe, Northumberland. She was born 26 March 1852 and was just a week short of her 79th birthday when she died of senile decay. One of her living grandchildren remembers her as a rather stern woman which would seem to be consistent with photos of her later in life. Mary is the matriarch in the centre of the large family which is pictured in the banner of my blog.
Mary’s daughter-in-law Emily Crackett, née Emily Thompson shares the same death date 18 years later. Emily died in 1949 at age 75.
As promised I have started to add information on my Places page about key locations in my family story. First on the list had to be Amble, Northumberland where I was raised and which is the starting point for tracing my Crackett, Henderson and Turner lines.
A useful link for anyone researching Elsdon in Northumberland is The Register of Baptisms, Marriages & Burials solemnized in the Ancient Parish Church of Elsdon in the County of Northumberland from A.D. 1672 to AD. 1812, Transcribed by the Reverend Thomas Stephens, Vicar of Horsley, Redesdale. This has helped me with my Hall research.
Just added a page under My Family to start collecting Smith relatives. I have found one so far in my direct line, but do have a several more scattered around various branches of the tree. My 3x great grandmother Rachael Smith 1785 married Caleb Carr in Longbenton in Northumberland in 1808.