In the latter half of the 1700s my Cracket / Crackett relatives were agricultural labourers in the Lowick, Kyloe, Shoreswood and Norham area of North Northumberland. With the opening of pits around that area many of them moved into the mines. It is interesting to see that as old pits closed and new pits opened they migrated south en masse to the Chevington, Barrington, Bedlington and Choppington collieries. My granda George Crackett (1890-1978) grew up in the hamlet of Choppington Colliery.
This undated photo is of Barrington Colliery. I do not have a full overview of which of my Cracketts may have worked there, but one who most likely did is my granda’s uncle George, born 1833 at Cornhill-on-Tweed. In the 1871 census this George Crackett is living in the hamlet of Barrington Colliery and has the occupation coal miner. (Thanks to Geoff on the facebook group: Sixtownships History Group for allowing me to borrow his photo.)
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.)
I believe I have found a Lowick baptismal record for my great great grandfather William Cracket indicating that he was born in Kyloe in 1812 to William Cracket and Isabel, making them my 3x great grandparents. Both were born in the 1790s, William in Lowick and Isabel/Isabella in nearby Holburn. Take a look at my Crackett/Cracket page if you want to see more about how I arrived at this conclusion.
(This is a catch-up post for Thursday 12th April when I missed my postaday).
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.
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.