Census records for great great grandfather William Cracket

My initial step in trying to find vital records for William Cracket born in Kyloe, Northumberland between 1807 and 1814 was to track him through the census. I found him at 4 different locations, all mining communities, in each census from 1841 to 1871. To find out more about William’s migration through the mining areas of Northumberland and see how his family grew take a look at my Crackett/Cracket page.

Irregular cross border marriages

Several of my non-conformist relatives were married at the Scottish border to avoid being married in the parish church. This makes it much more tricky to track down marriage records for them. I found 4 Cracket marriages in Vol II of Irregular Cross Border marriages.

Happy Easter

This Easter is the second anniversary of my genealogy activities. It is two years since my first trip to Woodhorn and I think I may have broken through a brick wall yesterday. I believe I may have found my Cracket 3x great grandparents. Still have a couple of things to check before I can confirm the theory.

Planning next archive trip

I have been doing some planning this evening for my next trip to Woodhorn Archives and NDFHS at Percy House. Among the checks I want to make if I have time are:

  • Confirm the correct father for Margery Hall born 1803 in Elsdon, Northumberland, since we have found conflicting information in various transcripts
  • Try to confirm which Isabella Cracket married Garnet Caisley
  • Integrity check on the various Adam Cracket and David Cracket births and marriages in the early 1800s. I think I may have some errors in  my data.
  • Take a closer look at the Olivers of Netherton and Hauxley
  • Try to find a marriage record for Thomas Oliver born 1800 in Hepscott and his wife Alice
  • Try to find parents for Robert Parkinson born 1792, probably somewhere around the Walker area.
  • Look for a marriage record for William Reay born 1776, possibly somewhere around the Walker area
  • Look for a marriage record for Thomas Carr born 1815 in Willington and Ellen Reed (Reid or Read) born 1822 and try to find her parents

Ambitious plans, and if previous experience is anything to go by, I will no doubt get sidetracked onto something completely different but equally useful.

132 years ago today

My great great grandfather William Cracket died on 21 March 1880 at Choppington in Northumberland. Cause of death was registered as old age. He was about 70 at the time, but I have no definite date of birth for him, although I am reasonably certain that he was born in Kyloe. It was tricky finding the correct death record as there were several namesakes of a similar age in the same area. William’s death informant was George Douglas, stepson, which is consistent with the 1871 census showing William living with a Mary Douglass after my great great grandmother Elisabeth Cracket (née Tait) died in 1862. I have no evidence that William and Mary ever married.