My direct maternal line

I can now go 8 generations back on my direct maternal line. All of the ladies listed here were born in Northumberland, England. As you can see they did not apply much imagination to naming their daughters. I am grateful my mother decided there had been enough Margarets and Marys by the time they got to me.

My mtDNA haplogroup is U5a1b1*. The asterisk indicates that there are not enough people tested who share the exact mutations to be able to assign the next level. The last three on the list are shown with “unknown confidence” as I do not yet have DNA evidence to confirm my paper trail. Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 16.45.26

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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.

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.

End of line ancestors – more profiles

Latest additions to the brief profiles for my end of line ancestors:

  • William Watson – 4th great grandfather, born about 1792 at Ryle, Northumberland
  • Joseph Hutchinson – 5th great grandfather, probably born before 1773, maybe near Felton, Northumberland
  • Thomas Brown – 6th great grandfather, probably born before 1747, maybe near Felton, Northumberland
  • Margaret Brewhouse – 6th great grandmother, probably born before 1747, maybe near Shilbottle, Northumberland

More details of their marriages and children and any relevant census information can be found on my end of line ancestors page.