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.

Cullercoats Family History Research Group

20150803_143954 1During my summer holidays I visited the Cullercoats Family History Research Group to see if they could help me with my Henderson, Miller, Newton and Oliver families from that area.

They are a very hospitable group of folks. They have local information and photos organised both by surname and by street. Worth a drop-in if you have Cullercoats ancestors. They are open on Monday afternoons and evenings at the Community Centre on Belle Vue Street.

End of line ancestors updated

Added brief profiles to the following end of line ancestors:

  • Archibald Henderson – 4th great – may have been baptized in Ovingham in 1790
  • Jane Turnbull – 4th great – probably born before 1792
  • Thomas Newton – 6th great – probably born before 1719, maybe Felton
  • Lancelot Wilson – 7th great – probably born before 1687, maybe Shilbottle
  • Mary Wilson – 7th great – probably born before 1687, maybe Shilbottle
  • William Johnson – 6th great – probably born before 1726, maybe Shilbottle
  • John Stavers – 5th great – probably born before 1762, maybe Woodhorn, maybe Simonburn
  • Dorothy Charlton – 5th great – probably born before 1762, maybe Woodhorn, maybe Simonburn
  • Ann Laidler – 4th great – probably born before 1792, maybe Rothbury
  • Margaret Young – 3rd great – born about 1812 at Morpeth Banks. Parents may be Thomas Young and Margaret Storey. Working to confirm this theory.

With a little help from my friends

I was planning to figure out where my Cullercoats ancestors might be buried before my next trip to Northumberland so I could plan a photo shoot. However,  a chance conversation with a friend who mentioned that there was a cemetery near Billy Mill roundabout that he passes on his way to his allotment triggered my curiosity and answered my question. It turns out, after he has investigated further, that  a section of Preston Cemetery has been set aside for headstones moved from Cullercoats. Does not sound very promising with respect to legibility, but there could be some little research gems hidden under the ivy. Among the names I will be looking for there are Henderson, Newton and Miller.

A late addition to this post: Forgot to mention before I hit the publish button that the post title not only reflects the topic, but was chosen because the friend who checked this out for me likes Joe Cocker.

Newton in my pedigree

I have now started a Newton page under My family. Tracing my Newton “granny” is one example of where the first names of descendants gave me a clue to which was the correct bride. My Newtons were seafaring folk in Cullercoats in Northumberland, who later ventured North to Amble after Harriet Miller Newton married into the Henderson family.