With a little help from my friends

I was planning to figure out where my Cullercoats ancestors might be buried before my next trip to Northumberland so I could plan a photo shoot. However,  a chance conversation with a friend who mentioned that there was a cemetery near Billy Mill roundabout that he passes on his way to his allotment triggered my curiosity and answered my question. It turns out, after he has investigated further, that  a section of Preston Cemetery has been set aside for headstones moved from Cullercoats. Does not sound very promising with respect to legibility, but there could be some little research gems hidden under the ivy. Among the names I will be looking for there are Henderson, Newton and Miller.

A late addition to this post: Forgot to mention before I hit the publish button that the post title not only reflects the topic, but was chosen because the friend who checked this out for me likes Joe Cocker.

58 years ago today

William Spears died on 7 June 1954. William was the husband of my grandmother’s big sister Mary Henderson. William and Mary had 8 children and since these cousins were quite close to my granny I can remember quite a few of them and their families from my childhood.

114 years ago today

My 3rd great grand aunt Barbara Rennie, née Barbara Murray, died at St. Nicholas in Aberdeen on 16 May 1898. In some earlier records her name is given as Barbra Murray. Barbara, who was the widow of tailor William Rennie, had suffered from influenza for 10 days prior to her death. Take a look at the two posts I made yesterday and you will see that Barbara’s death was only one day out from being 2 years after her brother George Murray and 3 years before her niece and namesake Barbara Murray who was my great great granny.

111 years ago today

Turner family plot in Amble East Cemetery

My great great grandmother Barbara Turner, née Barbara Murray, died at Amble in Northumberland 15 May 1901. This was 5 years to the day after the death of her father George Murray. Barbara was born in Alford in Aberdeenshire, lived part of her life in Coldstream on the borders and lived her married life and raised her son in Amble. She is buried in the Turner family plot in Amble East Cemetery.

This post about great great granny Barbara has the honour of being a milestone in my blogging, bringing me to a total of 100 posts and 45 pages. It also counts as a catch-up post for having missed my postaday yesterday 14th May.

116 years ago today

George Murray, Agnes Dickson Murray and William Murray in Lennel churchyard

On my Easter break I flew into Edinburgh as Ryanair have now stopped their Oslo-Newcastle route. I used the opportunity for a leisurely genealogy research afternoon, driving down the A68 and A697 so I could stop off at Coldstream on the Scotland/England border to hunt for my Murray ancestors. I found 3x great grandfather George Murray, his son William and his 2nd wife Agnes Dickson in Lennel graveyard just outside Coldstream. The headstone leaning over close to the ground is theirs and old George attacked me with a nettle sting as I tried to get underneath to photograph the inscription. He died on 15 May 1896 at Amble in Northumberland, so I was a little surprised to find his name in Lennel graveyard. I plan to publish more photos of the headstone and tell a litte more about his story at the weekend.

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.