The first DNA result that I was able to make sense of gave me an increased confidence that my paper trail back to 3rd great grandparents John Thornton and Margery Hall is correct. John and Margery were married at Hartburn in 1822. I have found 8 children for them. The DNA match is between my maternal aunt and a descendent of their son Hall Thornton, born 1838, who emigrated to Lackawanna, Pennsylvania. To read more about this match take a look at the article: “MRCA: John Thornton and/or Margery Hall on my page DNA plus paper. This article explains the lines of descent.
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.
Added brief profiles for the following end of line ancestors:
- Thomas Thornton – 5th great – probably born before 1750, possibly Hartburn
- Jane Nichol – 4th great – probably born before 1771
- Hannah Hunter – 5th great – born about 1740, maybe Elsdon
- William Thompson – 5th great – born about 1738, maybe Elsdon
- Isabel Hedley – 5th great – probably born before 1748, maybe Elsdon
- Andrew Oliver – 5th great (tentative) – probably born before 1759, maybe Hartburn
- Alice Carr – 4th great – probably born before 1791, maybe Wallsend area
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.
My Welsh cousin is looking for her Northumbrian Ormston ancestors but not having much luck.Looking at the census I see it is a more common surname than I initially thought. We have had a couple of days at Woodhorn and found some. Based on the information gathered so far we then tried several churchyards but had no success. No Ormston headstones at Lowick St. John, Kyloe St. Nicholas, Norham St. Cuthbert, St. Mary Belford, Beadnell St. Ebba, Bamburgh St. Aidan or North Sunderland.
If you are researching Ormston from Northumberland drop me a comment and I can put you in touch with my cousin.
My granda, Jonathan Doleman Webb, was born 9 July 1899 at Radcliffe in Northumberland. I never heard anyone call him Jonathan. It was always Jont or Jonty. Jonty was an intelligent man, but growing up in a mining family in the early 1900s he had little opportunity for education and spent his working life down the pit. This photo shows him ready for work. Take a look at the kneepads for crawling through the pit and the carbide lamp hanging from his pocket. I scanned it in situ in the album because the caption underneath is written by my granny. I remember this bike. He used to call it “Sputnik”.
He never talked much about his childhood and now, knowing what my genealogy research has taught me, I realise it must have been a tough one. His Dad Robert Webb was a pitman, and from the few family tales that have survived was clearly not an easy man to live with. Jonty was only two and a half when his Mam, Mary Davis, died of surgical shock after suffering a brain tumour for 8 months. I can only assume that big sister Annetta, who was about 9 at the time, had to roll up her sleeves and help out with toddler Jonty and four year old Edmund. Five years later their Dad married a widow Isabella Sharp and by the time of the 1911 census father, stepmother and the two boys were together but Annetta had left home to live with other relatives. At 14 Jonty started his working life down the pit which continued until he retired from Hauxley Colliery. I suppose I can be thankful that his young age and his occupation in the mines spared him from WWI in which he lost his big brother Edmund.