Calendar Comments – January 18th

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 Snip Lilyuncertain 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.

Calendar Comments – January 17th

LC-MP restore 5I 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.

Calendar Comments – January 15th

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.

Calendar Comments – January 14th

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.
I also have three more recent events on January 14th, two Cracketts and one from a Turner collateral line in the USA.

Calendar Comments – January 13th

My family history events for January 13th include:Dad

  • 1978 – My Dad, George William Crackett, died on 13th January 1978 in Ashington hospital. He was just a few months older than I am now.
  • 1925 – My 1st cousin 4 times removed Ann Lemcke (née Rennie) died in Aberdeen.
  • 1836 – My 4th great aunt Jane Murray married William Mitchell at Monquhitter in Aberdeenshire. Jane was the daughter of my 4th great grandparents George Murray and Anne Ruddiman.
  • 1791 – My 5th great grandparents, Joseph Hutchinson and Mary Brown, married at Felton in Northumberland.

Calendar Comments – January 12th


Snip Elizabeth CrackettAmong my family history events for January 12th are:

  • 1753- My 5th great uncle, John Nisbit, was baptized 12th January 1753 at Groat Meeting House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His date of birth was 7th January.
  • 1875 – My great aunt, Elizabeth Crackett, was baptized 12th January 1875 at Morpeth in Northumberland. Her date of birth was 6 Dec 1874. She is one of the young ladies in the banner picture at the top of my blog, but I am not sure which one. Most likely back row 2nd from left or front row left.
  • 1884 – Birth of Clayton Percy Ash in Ontario, Canada. He is not a biological relative, but is the brother of Ernest Casler Ash who I mentioned in yesterday’s post.

Calendar Comments – January 11th

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My family history event for January 11th is the birth of Ernest Casler Ash (Ernest Castler Ash) on January 11th 1886 in Ontario, Canada. His parents were Clayton Fletcher Ash (known as Fred) and Victoria Ann Scott. Ernest is not one of my own biological relatives. He was the paternal grandfather of my deceased Canadian 1st cousin, James Murray Ash jr. (1943-2011). My other Canadian relatives are beginning to be interested in family history so we are collaborating on their research.