130 years ago yesterday

Oops, missed the day. Should have posted this yesterday. My great grandparents, George Murray Turner of Amble and Sarah Ann Carr of Radcliffe, were married 8 July 1882. The ceremony took place in the Wesleyan Chapel at Alnwick in Northumberland by certificate. The certificate shows them both as age 21 which is in accordance with the information I have on their birth dates. Sarah was born in October 1860 and George in May 1861. Their fathers are recorded as William Robinson Turner, shoemaker, and Thomas Carr, miner. However, I now know George to be the illegitimate son of Barbara Murray who married William Robinson Turner in 1864. The witnesses to George and Sarah’s marriage were Sarah Elizabeth Rogers and Leonard Watson. I currently have no idea whether these were friends or relatives.

71 years ago today

George Murray Turner and Sarah Ann Carr

My great granny Sarah Ann Turner née Sarah Ann Carr died in Amble, Northumberland on 13 May 1941. Sarah Ann is buried in the family plot in Amble East Cemetery along with her husband George Murray Turner, several of their children, her parents-in-law, a son-in-law and a grandson. Her residence at the time of her death is given as being in Rowlands Gill, where I believe she moved to be with her daughter Lily Smith, but the place of death is given as the home of another daughter, my grandmother Nellie Crackett, in Amble. None of the few photos we have of Sarah Ann show her with a smile on her face which is perhaps understandable looking at the tragedies she had to face. Two of her 10 children died in infancy and she lost a teenage daughter in a fire accident. This picture shows her together with great granda George. I have no idea where or when the photo was taken. They both lived to a good old age, but looked old even in earlier photos when they must have been in their 40s or 50s judging by the ages of others they are with. What really amazed me when I saw this photo is that if I had seen her out of context (without George) I might easily have assumed it was a photo of my granny, her daughter.

112 years ago today

My great great grandfather Thomas Carr died at Hirst in Northumberland on 7 May 1900. Thomas and his wife Ellen or Eleanor or Ellenor had 5 daughters. Their youngest daughter was my great grandmother Sarah Ann Carr born in 1860. I have had no luck in tracing a marriage record for Thomas and Ellen. The birth certificates for their girls have inconsistent spellings of their mother’s name so I am looking for all possible combinations:

  • Ellen Reid
  • Ellen Read
  • Ellen Reed
  • Eleanor Reid
  • Eleanor Read
  • Eleanor Reed
  • Ellenor Reid
  • Ellenor Read
  • Ellenor Reid

If any of you out there can shed any light on who she may have been drop me a comment and I will get back to you to discuss it.