‘In Entry no. 121 col. 4 omit David Sutherland and in col. 6 omit General Labourer corrected on the 2nd October 1919 by me C.w. Anderson Deputy Superintendent on production of a statutory declaration made by Sarah Sutherland & Mary Watson.’
Reporting this information back to Australia, again met with some surprise. Carol had always known her aunts Cissy and Doris by the surname Watson and was astounded to see them appear in the 1939 register as Sutherland. At this point another piece of family legend came to light, that Thomas Samuel Watson, second husband of Sarah Ann Curry, was the father of the renowned Tyneside boxing legend ‘Seaman Tommy’ Watson by a previous marriage.
Further investigation indeed indicates this could be the case. ‘Seaman Tommy’ was born Thomas Samuel Watson at 56 Cannon Street, Elswick on the 2nd of June 1908 the son of Jane Eleanor Laws and Thomas Samuel Watson a colliery stone man. Interestingly when Anthony Wilkinson re-examined the genealogical results of a DNA test taken a few years ago, he found 8 matches are linked to the surname Watson, and Sutherland returned a big fat zero!
If you think you can help Anthony and Carol in their quest, please get in touch through this website and I shall pass your details on to them in confidence.