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.
If any of these couples belong to you to then please drop me a line as that means we are cousins.
As April enters its last weekend I took time out from digging to reflect on what fruit this month’s activities have born. Thanks to the Easter break this has been a good month for my genealogy research. Among my April achievements are:
Birth record for 2x great grandfather William Cracket after 2 years of searching
3x great grandparents William Cracket and Isabel (Isabella) possibly Gowans
Possible 4x great grandparents William Gowans and Isabella Thompson
4x great grandparents Gabriel Hall and Hannah Hunter (and a lead on a possible earlier wife for Gabriel)
New contacts established with researchers that are now collaborating with me on Cracket, Hall and Webb
All in all an acceptable April accomplishment. I wonder if May with its bank holidays will prove as successful.
I have been testing out the hypothesis that since she had a son named Mark Gowans Cracket my 3x great grandmother Isabel (Isabella) Cracket may have had the maiden name Gowans and have come up with the possibility that her parents may have been William Gowans and Isabell Thompson married at Eglingham, Northumberland in 1792. I would welcome comments that either confirm or disprove this theory which you can find in more detail on my Brick Walls page under the heading “Theory about 3x great granny Cracket : need advice / confirmation”
My great grandmother Mary Crackett, née Mary Parkinson, died 81 years ago today (19 March 1931) in Radcliffe, Northumberland. She was born 26 March 1852 and was just a week short of her 79th birthday when she died of senile decay. One of her living grandchildren remembers her as a rather stern woman which would seem to be consistent with photos of her later in life. Mary is the matriarch in the centre of the large family which is pictured in the banner of my blog.
Mary’s daughter-in-law Emily Crackett, née Emily Thompson shares the same death date 18 years later. Emily died in 1949 at age 75.