When I got the wills I had little hope of finding family. After two months of doing nothing and preparing to go to Auckland and Research Centre and Archives, my guilty conscience made me take those wills with me. How thrilled I have been to get immersed in this wider family - historically and current. Drive me harder Susie.
- William Rotherham Wood b. 24.1.1786 (17). Lieut 90th Regt. Died 3.4.1809 in the West Indies (possibly in Martinique).
- Agnes Wood b. 2.9.1787 (16). Died Newcastle March 1819.
- Margaret Wood b.12.12.1788 (14) Died at Elwick 25.12.1810
- Richard Wallis Wood b. 16.12.1789 (13) Killed in a steeple-chase, buried at Carham 21st May 1814. He was living at Thornton at the time, some six years prior to his sister’s marriage.
- Elizabeth Wood Nicholson b. 1821 – d. 1901, unmarried.
- Harriett Agnes Nicholson b. 1827 – d. 1903. Married her 1st cousin Ralph Nicholson Wornum, keeper of the National Gallery in London. She was his 2nd wife and bore him four children, taking his total to fourteen.
- Mary Wood Nicholson b. 1824 – d. 1895 married William Smith snr of Windywalls, b. 1814 – d. 1901, the parents of William Rotherham Smith and other children in the earlier chart, which brings us nicely back to their descendants in New Zealand and Australia. What many researchers may not realise is that William and Mary were also related before their marriage, through other Nicholson, Smith and Middleton lines. It is far too complex to outline here, but I am sure it will provide hours of entertainment for those with the patience to work it out! It is a perfect example of how interconnected historical family pedigrees can be, with sometimes two or even three generations of marriages between cousins.
‘It was reported among the villagers that he was the Devil in person who had come for “the wicked squire” and had now got him! The ghost of his unfortunate master was said to haunt Budle and there are several “authentic” accounts of his appearance in the old house shortly before it was pulled down at the beginning of this century.’ [19th century. The present Budle Hall was built for Grieve Smith in 1810.]
On the tragic morning, while one of them was giving instructions to a ploughboy, in one of their fields, the other brother approached, and asked “are you ready?”. Being answered in the affirmative, they left the field together, and were shortly afterwards discovered within a few yards of each other, having their throats cut and razors lying near their bodies
History of Northumberland Vol I, Parish of Bamburgh, Bateson 1893 https://archive.org/stream/historyofnorthum01nort#page/n9/mode/2up
History of Northumberland Vol II, Embleton, Ellingham, Howick, Longhoughton & Lesbury. Bateson 1895
The Wornum and Nicholsons http://www.bordersancestry.co.uk/blog/kissing-cousins
Other Smith of Galagate Relatives http://www.bordersancestry.co.uk/blog/hasties-and-a-home-coming