Calendar Comments – October 16th

Margaret Jane Webb (1921-1999)

Today would have been my mother´s 95th birthday. She was born at Radcliffe in mam-30-jan-1940Northumberland on 16th October 1921. This photograph was taken in her late teens on 30th January 1940, a couple of years before she married my Dad, George William Crackett.  As the third in a line of Margaret Janes, she went by the name of Peggy to distinguish her from her mother, Meggie.

 

Calendar Comments – March 12th

George William Crackett (1916-1978)

My Dad, George Crackett, was born 100 years ago today in Amble, Northumberland. He was the eldest of the three children of George Crackett and Elleskann0017nor Turner (Nellie). He went to the Duke’s Grammar School in Alnwick and made the break away from our mining heritage when he took a clerical job in the offices of building contractors R. Carse & Sons Ltd. He married Margaret Jane Webb (Peggy) in 1942 and then served in India for 3 years during the war, leaving his young bride at home with her parents. On his return from India they bought a house in Central Avenue, Amble where they raised my brother and I. Dad continued to work for Carse in clerical and management positions for the rest of his working life. We lost him much too early, when he was just a little older than I am now.Dad

Calendar Comments – January 19th

My family history event for January 19th is the birth of Percy James Crackett in 1899 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was one of 8 children, some born in London and some in Northumberland. His parents were David Crackett (1862-1924)  and Sarah Alice Meadows Gillies. By 1911 the family were living in Stakeford. I have traced this line back to Lowick in the late 1700s/early 1800s, but have still not managed to make the paper trail connection to my own Cracketts who were living in the same area at the same time.

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 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.