New Crackett 4th cousin twice removed

LinkedIn snipThe power of social media :)  A young man viewed my LinkedIn profile today because we share an uncommon surname: Crackett. I looked at his profile, recognised the name and looked him up in my tree and found that he is my 4C2R. The ancestral couple that we share are my 3rd great grandfather, William Cracket, born about 1791 in the Lowick area and his probable wife Isabella Gowans, shown on some documents as Bell Cracket, born about 1795 at Holburn in Northumberland. Since they are his 5th great grandparents that gives us the “twice removed” from the two generation difference in our relationship to them.

Looking at a problem with fresh eyes

20150901_205116I treated myself to a new pair of specs a couple of week ago. Perhaps they will give me some new insight into this little conundrum. I am trying to find proof of whether my theory about a Gowans connection is correct. This death certificate is for William Gowans, aged 74, who died of typhus fever at Alnwick on 12 June 1841. His death was witnessed by Eleanor Gowans. I am trying to figure out whether William was my 4th great grandfather. This hinges on whether or not my probable 3rd great grandfather William Cracket married an Isabella Gowans. If that theory is correct, then the next question to work on is whether William was her father. Paper trail for these folks in the border lands is a bit thin and so far there is nothing substantial popping up in DNA matches to say yea or nay.

Surname list update

My surname list was well overdue an update to bring it into line with my published tree. I have added 85 new names. Those which are direct line ancestors are: Brewhouse, Brown, Farside, Gowans, Harmsworth, Hutchinson, Johnson, Laidler, Mason, Milne, Moreis, Mories, Nichol, Piery, Pullen, Turnbull and Wilson.

April achievements

As April enters its last weekend I took time out from digging to reflect on what fruit this month’s activities have born. Thanks to the Easter break this has been a good month for my genealogy research. Among my April achievements are:

  • Birth record for 2x great grandfather William Cracket after 2 years of searching
  • 3x great grandparents William Cracket and Isabel (Isabella) possibly Gowans
  • Possible 4x great grandparents William Gowans and Isabella Thompson
  • 4x great grandparents Gabriel Hall and Hannah Hunter (and a lead on a possible earlier wife for Gabriel)
  • New contacts established with researchers that are now collaborating with me on Cracket, Hall and Webb

All in all an acceptable April accomplishment. I wonder if May with its bank holidays will prove as successful.

Theory about possible Gowans line

I have been testing out the hypothesis that since she had a son named Mark Gowans Cracket my 3x great grandmother Isabel (Isabella) Cracket may have had the maiden name Gowans and have come up with the possibility that her parents may have been William Gowans and Isabell Thompson married at Eglingham, Northumberland in 1792. I would welcome comments that either confirm or disprove this theory which you can find in more detail on my Brick Walls page under the heading “Theory about 3x great granny Cracket : need advice / confirmation”

Children of William & Isabel Cracket

I have now identified 6 children for my 3x great grandparents William Cracket and Isabel (Isabella). Places in Northumberland for their baptism and birth include Lowick, Kyloe and Rock. Since one of the children has the middle name Gowans this gives a possible lead to follow in tracing Isabel. More information can be found on my Crackett / Cracket page.

(This is the catch-up post for Friday 13th April when I missed my postaday. I am not caught up for all the days I missed due to the Easter period and hope to keep up the tempo of posting daily from now on.)