Who was William Crackett of the Royal Navy?

William Crackett seaman probate 1806Wills and probate records are a valuable resource that I have not paid enough attention to. so far. Browsing through Cracket / Crackett probate records today I came across a William Crackett, Royal Naval Seaman, who died in 1806. Another interesting little conundrum.

Which William was this? Is he one of mine? Where did he travel to? Did he leave any little Cracketts in distant lands? I may have to invest in a copy of the will to see if it will give me any more clues.

DNA: George Murray and Anne Ruddiman

DNA match iconAnother DNA success story gives me an additional level of comfort that I am on the right track with my 4th great grandparents George Murray and Anne Ruddiman who married 31 March 1811 at Alvah, Banffshire, Scotland. I have previously been a little concerned about this couple as the name George Murray is very common in that part of the world. I now feel more confident that I have found the right George. If you are interested in knowing more about this match take a look at the article: “MRCA: George Murray and/or Anne Ruddiman” on my page DNA plus paper.

DNA: John Henderson and Harriet Miller Newton

DNA match iconMy second DNA success is a match that gives me increased confidence about my 3rd great grandparents John Henderson and Harriet Miller Newton. My match on AncestryDNA is descended from their daughter Elizabeth and I am descended from their son John. It was interesting to see that Ancestry only thought we had Harriet in common. The reason for this is that John was a bit of an enigma. My match has him documented with information from the census, as being born in Haydon Bridge. This is what I started out with too, but I have subsequently found a baptismal record in Kirkwhelpington which makes reference to his birth in Haydon Bridge. For more information about this match take a look at the article: “MRCA: John Henderson and/or Harriet Miller Newton” on my page DNA plus paper.

DNA : John Thornton and Margery Hall

DNA match iconThe first DNA result that I was able to make sense of gave me an increased confidence that my paper trail back to 3rd great grandparents John Thornton and Margery Hall is correct. John and Margery were married at Hartburn in 1822. I have found 8 children for them. The DNA match is between my maternal aunt and a descendent of their son Hall Thornton, born 1838, who emigrated to Lackawanna, Pennsylvania. To read more about this match take a look at the article: “MRCA: John Thornton and/or Margery Hall on my page DNA plus paper. This article explains the lines of descent.

Collateral lineage

Tree I have begun to set up information about how my many collateral lines tie into my tree. I have added a new page Collateral Lineage under the menu for My family.

My first few entries cover the following branches: Ash, Baston, Cole, Dann, Edge, Fear, Giles, Hetherington, Kussman and Lemcke. I plan to add to the list with a branches at a time as I am also using the opportunity to refresh my memory and check some facts at the same time. This will contribute to more complete information as a basis for analysing my DNA matches. The surnames I am reviewing here are among those I may expect to see on my match lists.

Fifteen possible little Browns

I have several large  families with 10 plus offspring in my tree, but I am now looking into what may turn out to be 15 children. The will of my 5th great grandfather Henry Miller of Whitley makes reference to his daughter Hannah Brown “the wife of Robert Brown of Southwark in the County of Durham Blacksmith”. Further investigation suggests that Robert Brown may actually have been born at Southwick.

Robert and Hannah married 13 October 1800 at Tynemouth in Northumberland and appear to have a flock of children baptized at Bishopwearmouth and St. Peter’s Monkwearmouth in Durham. Some of the transcriptions on my Brown search on familysearch.org can be confirmed as belonging to my tree since they give the mother’s maiden name as Miller, but others do not specify. I also know that there were a couple of other marriages for a Robert Brown to a Hannah in the same area and timeframe. I have therefore ruled out children baptized in Stanhope.

My next task is going to be to look at other sources to confirm whether all of these children belong to my relatives: John 1801, Elizabeth 1802, Jane born 1804 bapt 1807, Margaret 1805, Ann 1808, Robert 1807, Robert born 1808 bapt 1811, Elizabeth 1811, Hannah 1811, Mary 1813, Henry 1815, Isabella 1817, Hannah 1818, Sarah 1821, John 1825. If my theory is correct, then I also have some infant death records to chase up as some of the names have been recycled. Hannah Miller was born in 1779, so she would have been 46 when she popped out the last one if they are all hers. This little bunch of Browns should keep me out of mischief for a while.