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.

My most complete quarter

The quarter of my tree that has proven easiest to follow through on paper trail is from my maternal grandmother, Margaret Jane Henderson (1899-1982), born in Amble. Perhaps this is because she was the one who knew most about her own ancestors so she gave me lots of good clues when I had to prepare a family tree at school when I was eleven.

In the composite picture of my 4 grandparents on the right hand panel of the blog she is at the bottom left.

Here is a snippet showing the first few generations. It is the only section of my tree where I can get to 4th great grandparents with no gaps, and as you can see from the little black arrows I can go even further on 9 lines.

My Henderson tree

If any of these couples belong to you to then please drop me a line as that means we are cousins.

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.