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
My 3x great grand aunt, Margaret Hall, was born 10 July 1800 at Elsdon in Northumberland. Margaret was the sixth child of my 4x great grandparents Joseph Hall and Eleanor Thompson.
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.
I have added a Thompson page under My family. So far I have Eleanor Thompson 1769 and William Thompson about 1740. Eleanor lived in Elsdon in Northumberland.