Sunday, 30 August 2015
Thursday, 23 April 2015
Friday, 13 March 2015
I wonder if you can help me, please?
I understand that there is a history of the Knowe Chapel where I believe the
above John Anderson Smith was ordained in 1873. I understand he moved to the
North UF Church in New Castleton from about 1876 until 1898. I have some
details from census returns indicating he had 2 sons to his first wife and
one son to each of his subsequent wives before he died in 1911. Some of my
a) is the history of Knowe Chapel still available?
b) does it contain any information about John Anderson Smith?
c) his 1st wife, Jane Watson Steele died in 1878; is she buried in New
Castleton and in which cemetery?
d) his eldest son, William, born in 1874, Forfar, appears as an apprentice
lawyer in 1891 census and thereafter I can find no trace. Did he ever return
to New Castleton?
e) did John Anderson Smith continue in his ministry between leaving New
Castleton and his death in Bishopbriggs?
If you know any answers or can point me in the right direction, I might be
able to tie up a few loose ends. If not, no matter, I shall struggle along
and one of these days may even manage a visit to the area.
Where to begin! I am completely lost at the moment, swamped in a mountain of ancestry information.
Sunday, 21 July 2013
My seasonal job at the Eyemouth Museum and Visitor Information Centre (which houses a genealogy centre as it happens) ends in early November, so maybe I'll do an official relaunch at that time. Surely this will warrant a baking of my mother's Cumbrian Current Cake recipe? Now that I have been living in Northumberland and Scottish Borders over the last few years, I realize it is essentially a Border Tart. In fact, I recently saw a recipe for Eyemouth Tart (in the new EBLiving magazine).
I left things hanging back on 29 June 2007 with this post:
Mary Ewart's Family Tree
However, I never did. So I will start there, aided by this comment from Tom in December of that year:
Joseph was one of Twin sons born to Robert Forster and his wife Mary Ewart. Henry his Twin died in Dec. 1846 [age 3 years ] at Crookburn. Thus Joseph and Elizabeth Forster [ 1828 - 1909 ] were brother and sister.
Meanwhile, sitting in my inbox since January, is an email from Moira, which I will respond to today:
I thought you may like to know I am Moira the daughter of Joseph Elliot (Whintingstown) & the late Barbara. I have 2 brothers Keith & Trevor. Would be interested to hear from you.
So, as they say, I'll be back.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
My Das's family are from Carlisle/Borders area and I recently found a Bewcastel line.
John Harrison b1781, Bewcastle (Married to Ann Dixon of Stanwix)
His parents were John Harriosn of Bewcastle b 1756 and his mother was Mary Davison of Bewcastle b1758.
Mary Davisons parents were George Davsion b1730 and Elizabeth Scott b1734, both of Bewcastle.
George Davison's father was another George Davison.
Elizabeths father was Thomas Scott.
John's parents were John Harrison of Bewcastle b1727 and his mum was Elizabeth Nixon of Bewcastle b1714
Elizabeth Nixons father was James Nixon of Bewcastle b1703
James Nixon's parents were Thomas Nixon and Elisabeth Routledge both of Bewcastle.
On another branch of my dad's family is Mary Turnbull of Bewcastle b1790. Parents were Robert Turnbull and Jane Forster.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Bewcastle. I enjoyed your blog, and saw many of our family names
(Armstrong, Nixon, Potts, Elliot, and Story)
My Great Grandfather was William Nixon and his wife Elizabeth (she went by
Bella) was a Granddaughter of William Lauder the minister of Bewcastle. My
Grt-Grandfathers Dad was also William Nixon and was a partner with Paul
Nixon in their contracting business. The brothers Paul and William Nixon
were stone masons, who built bridges and churches in the north of England.
Their Father was a William Nixon who had a brother, a John Nixon, who had an
Esq. behind his name, (and I'm not sure why). John and William's father was
called the "Laird of Mire or Mitre - (I can't quite make out the spelling).
There is a Thomas Nixon who married a young lady by the last name of Story
at the age of 80 plus. They kept the news note from the Carlisle Patriot,
and Grt Grandpa has a note beside it the says "Nixons, eternally young". I'm
not quite sure if he is an Uncle, father or brother to William and John
Nixon, but was hoping you might know.
My Grt Grandpa William came to America in 1881, and my grandfather and he
worked as building contractors in Streator Illinois, USA. Attached is a
picture that was mailed to Grt Grandpa Nixon sometime after 1881, and
Grandpa has noted "George Nixon in Suit, and Tom with hat and beard." Would
you mind posting this picture to see if anyone recognizes others in the
photo? Another relative living in America has a photo like this one, and it
has a note from "Lizzie" on the back.
Also, do you know if there are any photos of the Lauder, Story, and Nixon
gravestones in Bewcastle?
Thanks so much,
Friday, 25 February 2011
My name is James and I live in Montreal, Quebec. I've been researching my family history for about a year. I always thought that all of my great-grandparents had emigrated from Europe to Canada, but I found soon enough that one great-grandfather had been born in Canada. It's this line that I've been focusing on researching and that has led me, figuratively speaking, to Bewcastle.
It was relatively easy to work my way backward from my great-grandfather to my GGG grandparents Alexander Cockburn and Mary Ewart, thanks to Canadian censuses and the Drouin collection. But then I got stuck on the Ewarts. There are quite a few Ewarts in the 1852 census of Lower Canada (now Quebec) but no Mary. There is a Mary Ewerd, but the date of birth didn’t match with what I know from her obituary in the local newspaper’s archive, and I couldn’t find any info to match up Mary Ewerd to Mary Ewart. There were also many Hawarts, Awarts, Hawards, Yewarts, Uarts, Yeowards, and others, some of whom were probably Ewarts in actuality but whose names were mispelled by the census-taker. Still, Mary Ewerd had several siblings, so I looked to see what I could find for them. Luckily, the Drouin collection has many records for various Ewarts who share names with the Ewerds, and several of them mention the parents’ names John Ewart and Sarah Boston. The parents of Mary Ewerd on the 1852 census are John Ewerd and Sarah Boston. Aha! But, even more confirmation came when I found a marriage certificate for Sarah J. Ewart, daughter of John and Sarah, witnessed by Mary Cockburn. That was Mary Ewart’s married name. They must indeed be siblings.
James Ewerd (really Ewart) is listed as having been born in England on the 1852 census. How could I make the leap to the old country when immigration records were so sketchy at the time? I went back to that local newspaper archive (The Huntingdon Gleaner, and a very valuable resource!) and I found an obituary for another sibling of Mary’s, Annie Ewart Sullivan. It mentions that she was the daughter of John Ewart and the granddaughter of Thomas Ewart, who came to Canada in 1795. More digging through the Gleaner’s archives led me to a few more Ewarts who, based on dates of birth, were probably siblings of John’s. What’s more, John’s death notice and that of his likely brother Robert mentioned that he was a native of Cumberland, England. OK, so now I had the county, but not the place.
I searched on a few different websites, but finally, FamilySearch.org had the info I was looking for. I searched for Ewarts born between 1799 and 1820 with the father’s name of Thomas in Cumberland, England. What came up, on the first page of results, were records for George, John, Thomas L., Ann, and Robert Ewart, all born to Thomas and Violet Ewart in Bewcastle, Cumberland, England, and with dates of birth that match up with various obituaries from The Gleaner. Even better is that the name Violet shows up a couple of times among Canadian Ewarts. It must be a family name.
To sum up, what I know about "my" Ewarts in Bewcastle starts with Thomas and Violet Ewart, who had, according to FamilySearch.org, children George (b. 8 Jan 1802), my GGGG grandfather John (b. 12 Sep 1806), Thomas Lander (b. 1810), and Ann and Robert (twins, b. 29 Jun 1812). I also know from the Ewart family forum at genealogy.com that Thomas and Violet's eldest son was James (b. approx 1799). The dates of the various family members' immigration are unclear. Annie Ewart Sullivan's obituary says that Thomas Ewart came to Canada in 1795, but he had at least five children in Bewcastle between 1802 and 1812. Perhaps he came to Canada as a young man, returned to England, and then his children emigrated when they were older.
On the 1852 census John Ewart and Sarah Boston (who was born in Upper Canada) had 10 living children: James (aged 21), Mary (19), Thomas (18), John (16), Hugh (14), Robert (12), Elisabeth (10), Violette (8), Ann (5), Sarah J. (3). In addition, John's siblings had many children. They all lived near to each other in the Huntingdon area of Quebec and many of the cousins share names and have similar dates of birth. For instance, there are three Thomases, two Jameses, two Violets, and two Elizabeths and a Betsy. This makes it difficult to sort out who is related to whom when looking through baptismal, marriage, and death certificates.
I will be spending more time in the future sorting through the various branches of the Ewart family, both in Canada and in England. I look forward to putting the pieces together, especially if I can make the connections between what I know about "my" Ewarts and the other Ewart families that I've already read about on this site.
Friday, 22 October 2010
Hello! Andrew Ewart and Catherine Armstrong are my great3x Grandparents through their second son John born 1829.
I hope the following may help to illuminate another branch of the Ewart family from Bewcastle.
John Ewart, second son of Andrew and Catherine Armstrong emigrated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada and married Mary Munro February 14, 1855. Their first son Andrew Holmhead Ewart was born Dec 24, 1855,and married Ruth Rowen, December 1884. He died Sept 1927 in Birkenhead, Chesire, U.K. He was a shipboard cattleman who apparently made many trips back and forth across the Atlantic between Montreal, his first home and Liverpool where he eventually resided. Next of John Ewart's children was Annabell born July 2, 1857, died September 1868 followed by Alexander, born September 25, 1859 (believed to have not survived childhood but no record found thus far), followed by John (Jack) Ewart born March 22, 1861, (married Jessie Herald and made his fortune in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada as a merchant in advance of the trans Canadian railway, had ill health and died in 1893 in Medicine Hat, leaving two children, Maclaren (married Susan Anglin) and Jacqueline (married Hector Duggan)).
My great grandmother Grace Ewart, was born June 7, 1862, married Henry Crowe Blair February 13, 1882,and died March 23, 1949, Truro, Nova Scotia,Canada (having three children, Caroline (my gmother, Georgina, Dorothy (died 5 yrs age) and James (kia WW1)) Born after Grace Ewart was Joseph William Ewart, born October 4th, 1863, died October 14th, 1863, followed by Catherine Alexandra, born February 4, 1866, died September 18, 1867.
John Ewart himself, died October 29, 1868 and Mary Munro, his wife, 3 weeks later November 22, 1868. They had seven children and 3 survived the loss of their young parents.
Also, some may already know, and others find it interesting that Joseph Ewart born 1831, younger brother of William Ewart, born 1827 (of Andrew and Catherine Armstrong of Holmhead and Woodside) and the above mentioned John Ewart of Montreal, Canada, became Sir Joseph Ewart M.D.,J.P., (knighted by Queen Victoria upon the recommendation of Prime Minister Gladstone)
and after a distinguished career in India, mayor of Brighton U.K.. He succeeded Andrew Ewart, his father to Holmhead and Woodside and his younger sister Grace, who never married, kept house for him after the death of his wife Madeline Lister, daughter of Major T. St. George Lister, 6th Dragoon Guards. Sir Joseph and Madeline's two children also died at this time (1863, shipboard from India). My uncle has a letter in his possession which Sir Joseph wrote his nephew in 1901, (also named Joseph), willing Holmhead to this particular nephew. After Sir Joseph's death this nephew then supposedly sold Holmhead and it was later purchased by Joseph Telford (and a brother of Joseph Telford's) married to Mary A. Ewart born 1834, daughter of Andrew and Catherine Armstrong (1891 Census shows Mary and Joseph's family at Dirtup) It was said that Joseph and Mary's son Joseph Ewart Telford married Anna Elliott of Bewcastleand my uncle states in his notes on the Ewart family, " The result of this union, James and Mary Telford were living at Holmhead when visited by Dr. Ewart B. (living) some fifteen years ago(1970)". (Note: Dr B. is my Uncle's first cousin and also a direct descendant of John Ewart and Mary Munro through his grandmother Grace Ewart Blair.) Dr. B found out that earlier in the same year Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut on the moon's surface, visited the same Telfords in search of his own roots.
I also noticed a posting earlier acknowledging the passing of Aurea Elliot Telford, who with her husband, farmed at Holmhead many years. I expect that she was a relation in some way to the above mentioned Telfords?
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Was given the book "new" in 1961 but in addition to title, do not recall author or publisher except all the essays were by the same author and book was published in U.K. and contained no illustrations. There were about ten short essays and the only other one I remember dealt with "the greenwood" or "the forest" again in a lyrical or philosophical way.
Any suggestions would be most welcome.
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
What with one thing and another, I took quite a break from my family history research. Unfortunately, I have not yet got all my Bewcastle materials here. But, hopefully, when I visit the States in February, I can carry back with me all my copies of the Bewcastle Journal, the Knowe church record transcript, the St. Cuthbert's transcript and more. (A lovely photo of St. Cuthbert's can be found on the church profile, linked on the Bewcastle site.)
I have spent a bit of time during my half-term week (I am back working in a school), updating this blog. I think you will receive notification of any new posts on the blog, if you sign up as a follower. The link is on the left hand side of this page.
I believe I am distantly descended from the Haughans of Bewcastle and wonder if anyone more closely connected to the family can shed any light on the family group.
My mother was a Simpson who was distantly related to one James McKay Jnr who was a quarry owner in the Dalston area of Cumberland. James McKay Jnr was born in Bromfield, Nr Wigton on 9th April 1837.
His father was James McKay Snr who was born in Ireland some time around 1800.
James McKay Snr married a Sarah Haughan on 10 November 1827 in Bromfield, Cumberland . Although they married in Bromfield Sarah came from Bewcastle. She was christened on 23 July 1800 at the Scotch Church , Bewcastle and her parents were William and Margaret Haughan.
I wonder if anyone may know more about William and Margaret Haughan and the extended Haughan family. I guess William Haughan may have been born some time around 1775 to 1780 given he married in 1800.
I noticed some interesting material on the Haughans of Bewcastle on this site and would be most grateful to receive any relevant information on email@example.com
Many thanks in anticipation.
Monday, 26 October 2009
This photograph, from the Bewcastle page of the Geograph website, was taken by Peter McDermott. It shows the "Round House" at Roanstrees Farm.
The Bewcastle Journal tells us, "The Shawhead Storys built the 'Round House' in the yard at Roanstrees farm, said to be a great achievement in architecture at the time."
Robert Story, my 2xgreat grandfather, and his sons were "The Shawhead Storys". His eldest son was Thomas, my Grandma's father, who died in 1898, aged 44 years.
This tradition has continued into the present. My uncle Frank Rogers, the son of Maggie Goodfellow Story, became a stonemason, as did his son, my cousin Ian Rogers.
This adds up to six known generations of stonemasons in the Story line. There was a gap in my grandmother's generation, as her brother Willie worked in the grocery business and Robert became a farmer.
Thomas Story born 1757
John Story born 1787
Robert Story born 1821
Thomas Story born 1855
Frank Rogers born 1930
Ian Rogers born c. 1962
Sunday, 25 October 2009
I was very interested to read your blog about your family and realised that the Robert and Betty of Harpers hill are also in my family tree!!!
My Great grandmother was Sybella Kyle 1859-1937 born at Peela Hill Bewcastle and later living at Harpers Hill 1881 with parents Robert and Jane Kyle and siblings William Catherine and Margaret
However I cannot find and trace of them in the 1871 or 1861 census.
I do have them in the 1851 census at Peela Hill Robert and Jane (parents) have Mary Ann Jane Elizabeth Agnes Isabella and Sybella although this Sybella is 10 years too old to be the one I am looking for.
You obviously have a lot of info about the area and I wondered if you could shed any light on what happened at Harpers hill during my missing years.
My Aunt remembers Betty Robert and Evelyn Kyle and also mentions William and Robert as being their brothers
She is sure that the Kyles were at Peela hill or Harpers hill and did not move anywhere else but I am very puzzled about this gap on the census
Hoping you can help to solve this puzzle that is driving me mad!!!!
Thomas' parents were: Henry Routledge (b 30 Jul 1720 Oakshaw) and Margaret Tweddle (b 6 Mar 1728 Ringing Hills Lanercost).
Elizabeth's parents were: George Routledge (b 17 Apr 1729 Todhills) and Grace (Grizzel) Routledge (6 Sep 1741 Oakshaw).
Henry's parents were: William Routledge (b c 1672 Oakshaw) and Grizzel Routledge (b c 1688)
Margaret I am leaving out as she was from Lanercost
George's parents were: George Routledge (b 10 Mar 1692 Stubb) and Margaret Routledge (?)
Grizzel's parents were: Thomas Routledge (b c 1712 Oakshaw) and Elizabeth Storye (d 2 Apr 1763)
Thomas Routledge (1712) and Henry Routledge (1720) were brothers.
I have a letter which George Routledge (son of Thomas and Elizabeth Routledge) wrote to Archibald Armstrong in 1839 from Ontario, Canada and I could include a transcription if you like.
Member, Association of Professional Genealogists
Guild of one-name studies #4600 - LAMBDEN, PINCOMBE and SIDERFIN
Friday, 27 February 2009
There is an Isabella Proudlock b. five miles from Lamesley at Heworth in 1840 but, although also living alone, she is described as a widow. She died in 1880 in the Gateshead r.d. There is a record of an Isabella Woodruff marrying a Bryan Robinson Proudlock in the March 1/4 of 1862 in the Gateshead registration district. "Oh, what a tangled web.....!"
I do seem to have rattled on a bit for which I beg your pardon. Once started on the subject of Catherine Haughan it is a bit difficult knowing when to stop!
The purpose - or should I say, the original purpose - of this email was to enquire after the Haughan family of Bewcastle and district, many of whom you will by now have gathered, moved over the border to County Durham, in particular to the Birtley area, during the 19th century.
Sadly, I have no photograph of Catherine. However, I have one of her brother William and family, the same brother to whom she was sent when she first moved to Shincliffe and a few others if you are interested.
I notice in my records a surname which will be familiar to you. A James Armstrong married Nan Haughan in Bewcastle in June of 1745 and had nine children: Elizabeth (1742-1742), Christopher (1744), Jane (1747), Sarah (1749), Mary (1751), Agnes (1753), another Elizabeth (1754), Andrew (1756), Alexander (1757), James (1760), Francis (1761), another Andrew (1763), Margaret (1764), Eleanor (1766-1767) and John (1768-1751). Perhaps someone else may find a familiar name amongst these?
Kind regards, Sue Barnes
William 1821 Haughan and Family:
John Haughan (of John and Ruth):
Wm. Haughan 1821:
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
I think this is Shawhead on the left (where Gran's paternal grandfather lived and then Gran grew up there, and Shawhead Cottage on the right where her father and his two brothers lived as young men.
Thursday, 31 January 2008
Thanks to Rosemary for letting me post.
This has not all been completely proven by documentary evidence.
James ELLIOT (this could be him - The Bewcastle Parish Register shows James ELLIOT was the s/o John & Mary (nee HUNTER) ELLIOT of Roanstrees. He was a joiner)
chr 2 Aug 1805 Bewcastle
d 23 April 1880 aged 73; Nether Oakshaw, Bellbank, Bewcastle CUM
1841 census Newcastleton Village Castleton ROX
1861 Castleton ROX
marr 1 16 Nov 1833 Aspatria CUM ENG Spouse Mary BROWN. d 8 April 1837 aged 29 (Cem record)
marr 2 Bewcastle CUM ENG 13 Feb 1839 Spouse 2 Helen HEWITSON/HOTSON/HUDSON b Newcastleton abt 1815; d 1895 Hawick ROX, SCT
Children of first marriage of James & Mary
1. John ELLIOT b abt 1833 ENG
d 7 Feb 1892 Nether Oakshaw, BEW; aged 61 years
1861 census Castleton ROX
1881 census Nether Oakshaw, Bewcastle CUM farmer 39 acres
marr Jane ; d 30 Dec 1919 at Shaw Head; aged 79
2. Elizabeth ELLIOT
b 15 Aug 1834 Bewcastle CUM (IGI to James ELLIOT & Mary)
1841 census Castleton Newcastleton Village, ROX, SCT
3. Mary ELLIOT
?d in infancy
Children of second marriage of James & Helen (Ellen):
4. William ELLIOT- my direct line
b abt 1838 in either Castleton, ROX or Bewcastle CUM
marr 30 Nov 1866 Teviothead Smithy ROX Spouse Christina POW (marr. cert. names his parents as James ELLIOT & Helen HEWITSON)
5. Robert ELLIOT
b to James ELLIOT & Helen nee HUDSON
chr 29 March 1840 Bewcastle ENG (IGI)
1841 census Castleton Newcastleton Village
1871 census Broadlie Castleton
1881 census 7 Whitchester St Castleton; rly lab
marr 27 May 1870 Middlebie, DUM; Spouse Agnes CARRUTHERS b abt 1847 to Wm CARRUTHERS (joiner) & Helen
Children of Robert & Agnes
a) James Graham b 30 June 1870 7 p.m. at Breadlie, Castleton
b) William C b abt 1873 Castleton
c) Nelly b abt 1875 Castleton d. Mary b abt 1878 Castleton
6. Isabella ELLIOT b. 7 Aug 1842 Castleton ROX
1861 census North Hermitage St, Castleton marr (IGI)aged 26 at marr;
marr 12 Sep 1868 Bewcastle Spouse Robert KYLE
Children: all born in ROX a) Nelly KYLE
b) Adam KYLE
c) James KYLE
d) Mary KYLE
7 James ELLIOT b abt 1847 Castleton ROX
1861 census North Hermitage St, Castleton
d 8 March 1880 aged 33 years; at Kinkry Hill
8. Mary ELLIOT
b abt 1850 Castleton ROX (or 28 April 1850 Bewcastle to James ELLIOTT & Ellen)
1861 census North Hermitage St, Castleton
d Dec 12 1870 aged 21 years
9. Esther ELLIOT
b ??7 Oct 1855 Bewcastle to James ELLIOTT & Ellen
d 23rd April 1882 Nether Oakshaw, Bewcastle, CUM; aged 27
1861 census North Hermitage St, Castleton
1881 census with bro John on farm at Nether Oakshaw
10. Jane ELLIOT
b 13 Jan 1858 Newcastleton
1861 census North Hermitage St, Castleton marr 19 yrs;
marr 20 OCT 1877 Bewcastle, Cumberland Spouse John IRVING (IGI); aged 20 yrs at marr Children a. Sarah (IGI) chr 10 March 1878 Bewcastle
11. Robina ELLIOT
b 29 March 1861 Newcastleton
1861 census North Hermitage St, Castleton - 1 month
1881 census with bro John on farm at Nether Oakshaw
marr 12 Dec 1885 Bewcastle Spouse Joseph FOSTER (IGI)
I was also given the following info from a Cumberland lister which I believe refers to my ELLIOTs:
About 1819 James Elliot of Newcastleton acquired Nether Oakshaw in right of his wife Mary Little the 1831 Bewcastle Valuation Book says "Mary, the eldest daughter of William Little who was heir to her brother[Richard, who was mortgagee to N.O for £250 so the Littles got it because the mortgager could not repay the £250], is proprietor of the Customary part and also One Third of the Freehold allotment of Common as Coheir with her Two younger Sisters" [Elizabeth and Alice]. And between 1826-29 the land tax lists show Mary Little as owner.
In October 1830 James and Mary mortgaged Nether Oakshaw to John Scott, and in April 1831 mortgaged again this time to James and Margaret Douglas for £350. In 1844 the property was held by John Scott "in Trust for the children of James Elliot" About 1857 N.O passed to John Elliot & William and Elizabeth Little.
Monument No.262 in Bewcastle Churchyard:-
Erected in memory of Mary, wife of James Elliot of Netheroakshaw, who died April 8th 1837, aged 29 years.
Also Mary, daughter to the above, who died in her infancy.
Also of the above James Elliot, who died at Nether Oakshaw, April 23rd 1880, aged 73 years. Also of Mary, their daughter, who died December 12th 1870, aged 21 years.
Also of James, his son, who died at Kinkry Hill, March 8th 1880 aged 33 years.
Also of Esther, his daughter, who died at Nether Oakshaw, April 23rd 1882, aged 27 years.
Also of John, his son, who died Feby.7th 1892, aged 61 years.
Also of Jane, widow of the last named John Elliot, who died at Shaw Head, Decr. 30th 1919, aged 79 years................
My line ended up in ROX, SCT. William's daughter, Helen Dickson ELLIOT married John GARDNER. In 1913 they emigrated to Australia with their family. The youngest son of William, Gavin Pow ELLIOT, emigrated to Australia as a single man in 1899.
Hoping to find some connections.
Reading the DODGSON info online, I feel as if there is a connection there. The odd thing is that my sister, married a DODGSON here in Australia, but I'm not sure if his family is from Cumberland.
Judy in Australia
Monday, 28 January 2008
I'm doing research on the Ewart Family and My great grandfather was Thomas Alexander Ewart.He was born in Plympton Township, Lambton County, Ontario, Canada on December 21,1873 to Thomas and Margaret Ewart. His father was the grandson of Thomas and Violet Ewart, who immigrated to Canada around 1820. I'm interested in tracing the Ewarts that stayed in England. I saw Mary Ewart Family tree on the June 28,2007 blog and interested in any information that she or anyone else can tell me about the Ewart Family.Thank you
Sunday, 27 January 2008
My g.g.g.grandmother was Jane Goodfellow (b.1833/4) in Stapleton parish in Cumbria. She died on 28.11.1911 (78) in Pelaw, Gateshead. She married Thomas Coulson on 24.4.1861 in Haltwhistle. Jane's father was John Goodfellow (b.1804/5) at Floweryhirst (or Floneryhirst), Lanercost, Cumberland. He was an agricultural labourer and died 16.3.1884, aged 80 yrs. He died at The Crooks, Thirlwall, nr Haltwhistle. Jane Goodfellow's mother was Mary Blaylock (b.1804) in Kirkandrews on Esk, Cumberland and she died 30.12.1883 (aged 79 yrs). I suspect (no proof apart from the fact that the families are adjacent to each other on the 1841 census sheet) that her father was Francis Blaylock (b.1765 in Kirkandrews on Esk) and who died 14.2.1860 (aged 94 yrs) at Low Sowerbies, Bewcastle. A David Faulder, (who has been in touch via Ancestry.co.uk has advised me that he has found the following memorial inscription: Erected in memory of Francis Blaylock who died at Low Sowerbies/Sourbies in Bewcastle 15 February 1860 aged 94 years, Mary Ewart, wife of Francis Blaylock, in Riddings who died October 4 1809 aged 33 years. Also John, grandson of the above and son of George Blaylock who died at Sowerbies in Bewcastle July 30 1837 aged 13 years.
Jane (my g.g.g.grandmother) seems to have had several brothers and sisters: Mary (b.1829/30, at Sowerby, Elizabeth (b.1832/3 Stapleton), then comes Jane, Anne (b.1834 Bewcastle), John (b.1835 at Nichol Forest, died 1917 (77 yrs) in Haltwhistle, Hannah (b.1838 at Nichol Forest), George (b.23.3.1841 at High Sheldhill (or Shieldhill), Bewcastle, Hector (b.1843 at Nichol Forest - a gamekeeper) and Ellen (b.1848 at Greenhead).
Many of these names, e.g. Goodfellow, Ewart, Hector, etc., seem to feature on your website. Can you throw any light on where "my lot" might fit in with what you have already established?
John, brother of Jane (g.g.g.grandmother) was married to Margaret Nixon (b.abt. 1838 in Thirlwall, nr Haltwhistle) and seems to have had two children, Barbara (b.1869) and Mary Jane (b.1871).
Any assistance you can give would be very much appreciated.
I don't know if you can help, but I'm trying to find out any information on the Potts families of the Bewcastle / Lanercost area. I believe my Potts line to be through Leonard b1677, David b1749, William b1806, William b1839. I believe some Potts families lived at Wintershields and Lines Farm.
My great great grandfather William Potts b1839 Bridge End, Askerton married Ann Walton and lived in Walker, Northumberland, they had several children, including my great grandfather Joseph Cornelius Potts.
My grandfather and his three siblings were orphaned when their father Joseph Cornelius died during World War 1 in 1917 and their mother from influenza the following year (my grandfather was a baby). The children apparently went to live with their grandparents for several years, until grandad's two sisters left for New Zealand, aged 14 and 16. He and his brother went on to live with an Aunt in Northumberland.
He and his brother never saw their sisters again, but I managed to track down the families of his two sisters in April last year and we have been in regular contact since.
We have certificates for my great grandfather Joseph Cornelius Potts - his birth certificate gives his parents to be William Potts and Annie Walton. On the census it shows William to have been born 1839 Lanercost.
We have a birth certificate for William and it indicates he was born at Bridge End, Askerton, his father was William Potts (an innkeeper at this time) and his mother Jane Smith. Neither William or Jane appear together on any of the census data, which makes things a little tricky! William we believe died between 1861-1871.
As my grandfather and his siblings were so young when they were orphaned they knew very little of their family, which has made things a little more difficult. The fact that there just seemed to be so many Potts's in the Bewcastle and Lanercost area makes matters worse, it's difficult to work out who belongs to who!
I would be eternally grateful for any information relating to Pott's in the area which could help to piece the jigsaw together!
I am personally unable to respond to specific queries, but others may well be able to do so. (I also can't do any more welcomes, but you are welcome anyway!) So if you sent me an email requesting help, post your question on the blog, and see what others have to say. I have just realized that great information has been posted here. Thank you all. Some of you have emailed me records and research. I don't have the time to place it on the blog. Please try to do it yourselves because it will be of interest and help to others.
Thanks for all your interest and happy digging!
My paternal Grandmother was Mary Forster, the youngest of 4 children, born to Joseph Forster [1843 - 1890 ] and his wife Frances Ann Armstrong.
Joseph was one of Twin sons born to Robert Forster and his wife Mary Ewart. Henry his Twin died in Dec. 1846 [age 3 years ] at Crookburn.
Thus Joseph and Elizabeth Forster [ 1828 - 1909 ] were brother and sister and my software calculates that you and I are third cousins once removed.
Recently [ 27th Nov. I believe ] two photos of "Elizabeth Forster Goodfellow" were posted on your blog by June. Would I be correct in taking this Lady to be "Elizabeth Forster" [ 1828 - 1909 ] the daughter of Robert Forster and Mary Ewart. She married William Routledge Goodfellow in November 1851 ??
As I said at the start I find your blog really interesting, it has given me lots of leads in developing this part of my Tree.
You mentioned Joan Robson and Aurea Telford earlier in the blog, these two ladies really started me on the Paternal side of my Family Tree. Joan gave me a huge Dodd Tree and Aurea gave me lots of information, both written and verbal. She also allowed me to copy the book "The Dodgsons of Dodgsonstown" which takes some branches of my family way back into the 1600s.
Reading the recent Post about her (June's) visit to Greystead made me sit up when she mentioned "Redsyke" farm. A 2xgreat grandaunt of mine Isabella Dodd married William Armstrong Goodfellow in March 1852 at Greystead and while she died in 1858 William and others in the Goodfellow family were still farming at Redsyke in the 1901 census. Unfortunately I do not know of any connection with the Whintingston Goodfellows.
Back to Aurea -- We are 2nd Cousins once removed, her Grandmother Mary Potts and my Great - Grandmother Rosanna Potts were sisters.
Tuesday, 4 December 2007
Sunday, 2 December 2007
Elizabeth, married Thomas Story = 7 children; Mary Jane, married John Ewart = 2 sons; Robert, married Elizabeth Innes = 1 son; Catherine, married George C. Mossman = 4 children;
Joseph, married Frances Armstrong = ? children; Margaret Ann (Maggie), married William Kyle = 6 children.
Hector Goodfellow died at Redsyke, March 23, 1863 aged 81 years and Margaret Armstrong, widow of the above died Bellbank, June 10, 1867aged 76 years
(plus more names not noted)... This churchyard deserves another visit at some point!
The bleak croft of Redsyke (now ruined and in the middle of the new 'forest') was family home to Goodfellows..... I do not know how this Hector fits in to the Goodfellow tree..
i.e. was he an uncle to William Routledge Goodfellow?
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Friday, 13 July 2007
I'm trying to sort out some pics from mum's collection so that faces can be put to names, but I will need some help with some of them. Mum wasn't too good at writing the names/dates/info etc on the back of the pics!
Really love this Blog - well done Rosemary.