End of line ancestors – more updates

Added brief profiles for the following end of line ancestors:

  • Thomas Thornton – 5th great – probably born before 1750, possibly Hartburn
  • Jane Nichol – 4th great – probably born before 1771
  • Hannah Hunter – 5th great – born about 1740, maybe Elsdon
  • William Thompson – 5th great – born about 1738, maybe Elsdon
  • Isabel Hedley – 5th great – probably born before 1748, maybe Elsdon
  • Andrew Oliver – 5th great (tentative) – probably born before 1759, maybe Hartburn
  • Alice Carr – 4th great – probably born before 1791, maybe Wallsend area

End of line ancestors updated

Added brief profiles to the following end of line ancestors:

  • Archibald Henderson – 4th great – may have been baptized in Ovingham in 1790
  • Jane Turnbull – 4th great – probably born before 1792
  • Thomas Newton – 6th great – probably born before 1719, maybe Felton
  • Lancelot Wilson – 7th great – probably born before 1687, maybe Shilbottle
  • Mary Wilson – 7th great – probably born before 1687, maybe Shilbottle
  • William Johnson – 6th great – probably born before 1726, maybe Shilbottle
  • John Stavers – 5th great – probably born before 1762, maybe Woodhorn, maybe Simonburn
  • Dorothy Charlton – 5th great – probably born before 1762, maybe Woodhorn, maybe Simonburn
  • Ann Laidler – 4th great – probably born before 1792, maybe Rothbury
  • Margaret Young – 3rd great – born about 1812 at Morpeth Banks. Parents may be Thomas Young and Margaret Storey. Working to confirm this theory.

End of line ancestors

I have added a new page “End of line Ancestors” under My Family. I have now 61 ancestral lines under research which is a big step forward from the half dozen I had when I first started. During the next few days I will be adding a brief profile to each of the names giving a synopsis of facts and theories about each individual in the hope that it may attract interest from other researchers who have stumbled across or are unting for the same people.

Surname list update

My surname list was well overdue an update to bring it into line with my published tree. I have added 85 new names. Those which are direct line ancestors are: Brewhouse, Brown, Farside, Gowans, Harmsworth, Hutchinson, Johnson, Laidler, Mason, Milne, Moreis, Mories, Nichol, Piery, Pullen, Turnbull and Wilson.

Maternal Margarets and Marys

I have now added three more generations to my direct maternal line. Got stuck for a couple of years at Margaret Watson as the name was so common, but have now pinned her down. So far my maternal line is confined to Northumberland, but I expect it may cross the border to Scotland or hop over to Ireland if I can get further back. This is what I have at present, taking me back 8 generations to 6th great grandmother Margaret Brewhouse.
  • Margaret Jane Webb, 1921 -1999, born Radcliffe, Northumberland
  • Margaret Jane Henderson, 1899 – 1982, born Amble, Northumberland
  • Margaret Jane Thornton, 1871 – 1912, born Choppington, Northumberland
  • Mary Oliver, 1842 – 1911, born Netherton, Bedlington, Northumberland
  • Margaret Watson, 1818 – 1895, born Ulgham, Northumberland
  • Mary Hutchinson, 1791 – ?, born Felton, Northumberland
  • Mary Brown, 1769 – ?, born Felton, Northumberland
  • Margaret Brewhouse, bef 1747, probably somewhere around Felton, Northumberland, but could be from further North or from Scotland.
As you can see, my ancient grannies did not have much imagination in choosing Christian names for their girls. Thankful that my Mam decided to break the mould and I did not end up as the fourth in a row of Margaret Janes.

John Henderson, 1811, Haydon Bridge – Incredible luck

My 3rd great grandfather John Henderson has had me running round in circles for about five years. The 1851 census told me he was born about 1812 in Cullercoats. I traced and followed several John Hendersons from the Tynemouth area without making the correct connection. Initially I was not observant enough to pick up on the conflicting birth place of Haydon Bridge shown in the 1871 census. After purchasing his death certificate I set off on the trail of a John Henderson baptized about 1811 in Haydon Bridge. Since the family were non-conformist I assumed that my problems in finding him meant that he was baptized in a Presbyterian or Methodist chapel somewhere in that area. After several years of banging my head against this brick wall I tried a new tack and took a closer look at his siblings. There was slow process there too, but finally I decided that Archibald Henderson baptized in Haydon Bridge could be his brother. This gave parents Archibald and Jane, so I set off in pursuit of other children who might share these parents. This lead me to two baptisms in Kirkwhelpington in 1813 for Ruth and John. My immediate reaction was that this ruled out this family as belonging to my John due to the date discrepancy. No further information was forthcoming online so I was stuck again. On my next visit to the Northumberland Archives I dug out the Kirkwhelpington records to view these baptisms on 19 December 1813 and I struck gold. The minister had made an annotation in the margin of the register which told me: “John born 1811 Haydon Bridge. How lucky can you get?

Happy New Year 2015

It has been a while since I have concentrated on my genealogical research or posted to my blog as life has been fairly busy. I am now planning to pick up the threads again and increase the level of activity. I hope that those of you who have left comments will bear with me as I work through them all and respond.