My family history event for January 19th is the birth of Percy James Crackett in 1899 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was one of 8 children, some born in London and some in Northumberland. His parents were David Crackett (1862-1924) and Sarah Alice Meadows Gillies. By 1911 the family were living in Stakeford. I have traced this line back to Lowick in the late 1700s/early 1800s, but have still not managed to make the paper trail connection to my own Cracketts who were living in the same area at the same time.
My family history events for January 18th include:
1950: Death of Lily Evelyn Crackett (née Lily Evelyn Allison) at Barrington in Northumberland. Actual date of death is a little uncertain as this was a curious case of manslaughter. Lily was killed by her husband David Robert Sinclair Crackett. If you would like to know more about this tragic tale then you can read about the “Murder at Barrington“. She was last seen alive in November 1949, but her death certificate states body found 18th January 1950. The court returned a verdict of manslaughter, not murder.
1789: 227 years ago today was the baptism of my 4th great uncle, Ralph Bainbridge, at Longbenton in Northumberland. Ralph was the son of William Bainbridge and Mary Coxon.
I have several family history events for January 17th. The most significant is the the marriage of my great grandparents:
1874: 141 years ago today my great grandparents, Leonard Crackett (Cracket) and Mary Parkinson, married at Morpeth in Northumberland. The banner picture at the top of my blog shows Len and Mary and their 10 children who all reached adulthood.
1900: My first cousin twice removed, James Edward Doleman Simmons, was born at Amble in Northumberland.
1916: Nora Graham, the wife of my first cousin twice removed Edmond Hanson, was born.
1794: 221 years ago today my 4th great uncle, Thomas Bainbridge, was born in Longbenton, Northumberland. Thomas was baptized two days later on 19th January.
As usual with tree pruning it is easy to get sidetracked. Although I was planning to tackle marriages first, I found it easier to jump into tidying up death records. Of course, any death record requires further analysis and so losing focus is par for the course.
However, despite the loss of focus, it has been a worthwhile effort:
- 10 new people added to the tree
- Current person count reduced by 5 where I have found enough information to comfortably merge duplicates
- Found death records for 15 people who were showing as living
- 69 citations added to confirm that I am on the right track
- 5 new sources added
- Amendments to 36 individuals
- 6 people who do not belong have been deleted
Not bad for a weekend’s effort, but still a long way to go with the pruning.
I have identified two areas where I need to do some pruning and tidying of my tree:
I realised that I have been losing some ancestors from all profiles when importing gedcoms to Genome Mate Pro. This is due to inconsistencies in my registration of marriage records in the tree. I am now planning to review direct line marriages this weekend to resolve this issue.
Looking at the statistics for my tree on Ancestry today I noticed it is time for a review and update of death records. I have a number of people still showing as living who are unlikely to still be with us. I am going to start by reviewing all of those who would now be centenarians if they are still living, then perhaps cover all of those born before 1920.
My family history event for 15th January is the marriage of Jane Cracket and William Jordison in 1862 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. I am still researching whether or not Jane belongs in my tree. She is the daughter of John Cracket and Elizabeth Dixon and was baptized in Tynemouth in 1832. Family Christian names would suggest there is a connection, but I have not yet figured out who John’s parents were.
My family history event for January 14th is:
- 1827 – Baptism of Mary Cracket on 14th January 1827 at Lowick, Northumberland. Mary’s parents were James Cracket and Elizabeth Henderson. I am still trying to figure out how this little branch attaches to my tree, but they have the right name, timeframe and location to be a strong possibility for relatives.