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.
One of my matches on AncestryDNA has indicated a connection through our respective Carr lines. This has prompted me to do some checking on the integrity of the Carr information in my tree and to develop further some of the lines that descend from my 3rd great grandfather Caleb Carr. Caleb was baptised at Longbenton in Northumberland on 23 Feb 1772, His parents were Adam Carr and Jane Nesbitt.
My efforts today have taken the total of Caleb’s children to 17 and I am still not sure I have found them all. The mothers of these children were:
Mary Vardy (no marriage found)
Elizabeth Young (marriage 1796)
Elizabeth Hume (no marriage found)
Rachael Smith (marriage 1808)
At the moment I am not sure if Elizabeth Young and Elizabeth Hume are one person or two.
The result of today’s Carr activity is over 40 new Carr people in my tree plus spouses for several of them. Pleased with the result of this Carr chasing stunt, but I know I still have a long way to go to document this very prolific branch of my tree. They did not apply much imagination to naming their children either, so the repetitive names and similar dates and locations add to the confusion in resolving this puzzle.
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 Ellenor 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.
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 uncertain 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.
1827 – Baptism of Mary Cracket on 14th January 1827 at Lowick, Northumberland. Mary’s parents were James Cracket and Elizabeth Henderson. I am still trying to figure out how this little branch attaches to my tree, but they have the right name, timeframe and location to be a strong possibility for relatives.
I also have three more recent events on January 14th, two Cracketts and one from a Turner collateral line in the USA.
Among 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.
My family history event for January 10th is the birth of my father’s cousin John Thomas Crackett in 1910. In the 1911 census he is shown as the youngest child of John Thomas (Jack) Crackett, living at Chevington Drift, Northumberland. Mother Emily and older siblings Isabella, Mary, Leonard and Robert also appear on the census. His father Jack is in the banner picture for my blog (back row, 3rd from left).
Having now found an alternative method for following up dates in my tree I can now also report another event 231 years ago for January 10th. My 5th great grandparents, Archibald Henderson and Ruth Weymes, married at St. John’s church in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on January 10th 1785. There are many variant spellings of Weymes. One site gives the names on their marriage record as Archibold Henderson and Ruth Weans.