#11 William MILLS – 52 Ancestor Challenge

#11 William MILLS – 52 Ancestor Challenge

No Story Too Small – Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge of 52 Ancestors this year, has been the inspiration to writing up my family history stories.

My 3rd great grandfather William MILLS was baptized at All Saints, Staplehurst, Kent on 26 November 1815.  Parents are William MILLS and Catharine CRASSINGHAM.

When William MILLS married in 1845 he was listed as a labourer.

His children with his wife Harriet, were all born in Staplehurst; George 1847, Ellen, 1850 and Mary Jane in 1859.

He worked as an agricultural labourer or farm worker his whole life, until he passed away in 1889.

#10 Harriet BURR – 52 Ancestor Challenge

#10 Harriet BURR – 52 Ancestor Challenge

No Story Too Small – Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge of 52 Ancestors this year, has been the inspiration to writing up my family history stories.

My 3rd great grandmother Harriet BURR was baptized at Chart Sutton, Kent on 11 August 1816.  Parents are Benjamin BURR and Sarah BARDEN.

On 06 September 1835 Harriet baptized a daughter Ann Pearson BURR.

At the 1841 census which was taken 06 Jun 1841 at Staplehurst, Kent, she is with her father Benjamin, mother Sarah, brother Stephen, brother William and her daughter Ann 6.

On the 6 April 1845, Harriet baptized her son Edward BURR.

Later that year, 22 November 1845, Harriet BURR married William MILLS at All Saints Church in Staplehurst.

The couples first son George was born 1847, then came daughter Ellen in 1850 and Mary Jane in 1859.

William MILLS passed away on 9 September 1889 at Marden, Kent.

In 1891, she is living as Harriet MILLS, a widowed pauper in Marden.

The death of Harriet MILLS on the 20 March 1892 at Marden, Kent, from senile decay and congestion of lungs, was witnessed by her daughter Ann AVERY.

 

#9 Jane DAWSON – 52 Ancestor Challenge

#9 Jane DAWSON – 52 Ancestor Challenge
No Story Too Small – Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge of 52 Ancestors this year, has been the inspiration to writing up my family history stories.

My 3rd great grandmother Jane DAWSON was baptized at Lesbury, Northumberland on 10 January 1813. Parents are George DAWSON and Jane GUTHRIE.

On 20 January 1840 at the Warkworth Parish Church in Northumberland, Jane DAWSON wed Michael HALL.

Daughter Mary Ann was baptized on the 20th of April at Warkworth.
Son Thomas Dawson was baptized in 1842 at Kelloe, Durham.
Daughter Jane b 1846 Merrington, Durham.
Son John George b 1849 in Merrington, Durham.
Daughter Isabella b 1850 at St Helens, Auckland, Durham.

The 1851 census has the entire family living in West Auckland but only three months later Thomas Dawson HALL was buried.

Jane HALL is buried 22 August 1852. I have ordered her death certificate to see the cause of death.

#8 Mary COXON – 52 Ancestor Challenge

No Story Too Small – Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge of52 Ancestors this year, has been the inspiration to writing up my family history stories.

Today I am looking at my 4th great grandmother, Mary COXON who was baptized on the 10 August 1777 at Gateshead, Durham, England as the daughter of Thos COXON.  It did not list her mother’s name but we know that Mary FORD married Thomas COXON two years earlier.

The next we know about Mary COXON is her marriage to John HALL at St Mary’s, Gateshead on the 14th day of May.

Only six months later, the couple baptize their son Thomas HALL in Washington, Durham, which is about six miles away.

Two years later, Susannah arrived and then two years after that Mary was born but by this time they were at Fatfield, Durham

Then came three sons all baptized at Penshaw – John 1804, William 1807 and Michael 1809 who was my 3x great grandfather.

Twin girls Elizabeth & Margaret were born in 1811 and then Sarah in 1813.  This entry shows that her father is a pitman in the mine.

I haven’t found Mary HALL on the 1841 census but the 1851 census at Washington, Durham, shows her as age 76 born Gateshead, head of house, widow pauper.

I had trouble finding Mary in 1861 but then stumbled across an entry for John HALL 56, A HALL 56, W HALL 19 and M HALL 86 b Gateshead.  This fit perfectly with what I knew about her son and family but was thrown off by initials only.

Then I found her death on 7 Dec 1864 at Washington, Mary HALL  was age 90, widow of John HALL a coalminer.