Robert Nicholson, fell foul of, and was ‘presumed consumed by natives’ circa 1792 in the Pellew Islands. He was the husband of Jacobina Nicholson (his cousin), famed for passing notes to her brother in the toes of stockings.
Richard Robson, of Greenhill, near Bamburgh was killed at Lucker station 16th February 1850, crossing in front of a train.
And most bizarrely of all, a descendant of the Taylor family, one Mr Robert Taylor a plasterer and slater was killed at Ord Hill on 26th June 1912 ‘by a hen running into his bicycle’.
- date of burial
- name of the deceased
- Name and occupation of spouse (if a married woman)
- In the case of a child the name of both parents, the father’s occupation and sometimes the maiden name of the mother
- Date of Death as well as burial
- Place of Residence
- Native Parish
- And even sometimes the cause of death
Thomas Straker, 3rd son of John Straker of Ancroft Mains, Farmer, native of Long Framlington in the County of Northumberland by his wife Frances widow of Robt. Glendinning, Salmon Cooper, Berwick upon Tweed and daur of Wm. Taylor formerly of Lowick in Coun. Dur. Born Jan. 22, Bap. 29th Anno 1800.
Isabella Davidson of the Roads, parish of Ford, House-Keeper, dau. of Richard Davidson, Husbandman by his wife Isabella, late Runcheman. Died April 28. Age 42 yrs. Consumption.
- Inward Migration (not natives of the parish), there are examples from Bywell, Gateshead, Arbroath, Westmoreland and as far away as Oxfordshire. Extremely useful when tracing earlier generations, wills etc.
- Cross-border movement of individuals and families – quite common
- Occupations indicate the demographic composition of the parish – largely rural, but with a school, Inn and transport links.
- Moral standards – there is quite a high percentage of illegitimate births
- Duration of occupancy – some families remained in the parish for many generations
- Causes and ages at death.
George Middlemas, 1" son of George Middlemas, Hosteler, native of Coldstream, by his wife Ann Purves, dau. Of Thos. Purves, native of Coldstream. Baptised Jan. 5, 1798.
1795, a community of forty repatriated Poor Clares needed refuge, he offered them Haggerston Castle as a temporary home. He forgot to tell the chaplain but when the nuns arrived on Christmas Eve they were very well received by the priest and by the local population. People brought them little presents, and the estate-workers gave them every assistance. The nuns opened a school to educate young ladies 'to form the good Christian and the industrious Housewife'; they took 'poor children gratis'. They also provided a form of out-door relief for the poor who would come to the porch of the castle to be fed. This latter activity introduced small-pox into the community from which two nuns died.
(Gooch, Leopold (1989) From Jacobite to Radical : the Catholics of North East England, 1688-1850., Durham theses, Durham University. Available at Durham E-Theses Online: http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/1422/)
In the churchyard, just to the west of the tower, is a headstone marking the grave of several Poor Clare nuns who fled from Rouen in France during the Revolution and who had received shelter from Sir Carnaby Haggerston of Haggerston Castle. The village was visited by the Plague in the 17th cent. The mounds in the field over the road from the church are all that remain of the old village, each house having been burnt down after its inhabitants had died in an attempt to contain infection.
28th June 1796 - Mary Cascelles one of the French emigrant nuns residing at Haggerston
19th January 1799 - Eleanor Chadwick one of the Emigrant nuns who resided at Haggerstone. Died Jan. 17,
21st January 1799 - Charlotte Smith one of the Emigrant nuns who resided at Haggerstone, died Jan. 19, Buried 21, aged 51
And one born in America:
28th February 1806 - Elizabeth Hagan an American born, one of the emigrant nuns residing at Haggerston, aged 75 years
Links to further Information
Register of Catholic Estates https://archive.org/details/northumbriandocu00staprich
Roman Catholic records at Northumberland Archives
Northumberland Archives - microfiche and pdf for sale
Church of England, St Annes, Ancroft https://www.achurchnearyou.com/ancroft-st-anne/