Wednesday, 17 August 2011


The CUMMINGS FH Research to date.
     Apologies for the pathetic layout which is taking an inordiate length of time to get right after the transfer from Windows live spaces to Wordpress which was just as bad. So now it's here on good old blogspot. While aboard 'Piano' -see sister blog for adventures-I spend quite a bit of time digitally enhancing images of Parish Records, newspapers and censuses.  Not all are finished -yet, more apologies. As usual I begin at the farthest back and continue to the present. Great excitement in October 2008 I resorted to transcribing the Prs for St James Deeping, Lincolnshire so that I could search at leisure for Comings ancestors. Well it all paid off I have found the marriage of James (my 6 times Great Grandfather) to Elizabeth Wait by Banns on the 1st of January 1753/4

their first child was a daughter whom they Christened Letitia she was baptised on the 9th of June 1754.
Then follows the birth of James (my 5 times great grandfather) on the 6th February 1756/7

And 2 years later the birth of second son John 27th March 1758.  Unfortunately he died young 31 months and 25 days later. This was also found in Deeping St James The third child was called Mary and was christened on the 10th of August 1760.  She also died young on the 21st of November 1760.  The last child found in this parish is another John who was christened on 27 March.  1763 We are now into the era of Year change.  The old “ Julian“ Calendar which ran from March 25th  around to March 26th was changed in 1752 to the Gregorian Calendar with a loss of eleven days together with the labourers' pay for those days.  It also put the tax system at odds with a salaried year , and even bigger problems with the clergy- not least the incomprehension of problems faced by present day historians! To relate it to our system entries between December 31st and March 26th are shown with both old and new years!
[I have also found a birth of John Cumming January 1746 and his death 9 months later 5th October 1747 his parents were John and Susannah. Father John was a mason married *ear Cainbridge aged 32/52 when he died. This may give clues to the parents of James at a later date!]
James married Ann Farmery by Banns on the 2nd, June 1772 at Sleaford both of this Parish, he signed she left a mark with consent of her mother. Ann a minor. 

Pam Baille, a very kind soul who has helped me greatly by doing look-ups at Lincoln Record Office, found this in Sleaford Parish Register.  It is highly likely that Ann was only 17 when she married since she had her mothers consent,  also fits with burial Register in Sleaford she being buried 13th June 1827 age '75'. as Ann CUMMIN James and Ann then settled down to have a family as follows…
   First Rebecca 27th November, 1772, (so Rebecca was conceived four months before the wedding!)  Next Sarah 16th August 1777.  Third Elizabeth 14th, February 1779.
Fourth Robert 28th, October 1781. Although this entry says Robert son of James and Mary Commins so needs further checking.  Fifth . Richard Cummings, (my 4 times Great Grandfather) Baptised 19th July 1784 at Sleaford son of James and Ann (Source Parish Register Sleaford). 
We follow Richard through since he is my direct ancestor he married Sarah.  It is not conclusive as we have a wedding 3 years after his birth so something is wrong!
He is the direct line to me. The name is spelt “Commens”.  Sixth came Michael born 6th February 1786. Name spelt Commins.
Seventh-Elizabeth,23,February 1789, I expect the first named Elizabeth died young but I have found no certificate yet.  Eighth and last of all found so far came John born 14th October 1795. The surname has now become Commings! So we are getting closer...   James a labourer, living somewhere near Grantham died aged 58 on 24th November 1842.  This gives a birth of about 1784. Ann died on 13th July 1827 Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

Incidentally,  I found a marriage for William and Sarah Mason at Grantham St Wulfram's on 25th December 1845. She is a widow and her maiden name was Wise. It looks as though her father John Wise, was present at the wedding. So that begs the question were the children in the 1841 census from her previous marriage ?
In the transcription William spells his name CUMMINS.  See below 1841 for this couple.
William was baptised on the 4th of July 1813 in the parish of Grantham. The vicar was
the Reverend W.P. Thackray.

Second Richard was baptised on the 29th of May 1815 Third came Elizabeth baptised on the 11th of May.
Fourth came Thomas (my Great, Great, Great Grandfather, baptised on the 27th of February 1820

Fifth, Sarah, baptised on the 30th of January 1822 by a new Vicar; Reverend Gilbert.
Sixth, James, baptised on the 17th of May 1824.
Seventh came Mary Ann, baptised on the 10th of November 1826.
And finally came Martha their eighth child who was baptised on the 13th of April
1830 by another vicar the Reverend H.W.Crick Not only do we have neatly written Parish records but we also have the Government Censuses I list as the sources which I used to research the family.

1841 Census [HO107/625/5 Grantham Union Workhouse] Richard,(40) Mary Ann (12) & Eliza,(10) in the Union Workhouse at Grantham.

1841 census [HO107/625/5] for Grantham, Spittlegate shows Thomas
(20) and his younger brother James, (17) who are both Agricultural Labourers.

1841 has William (27), with his wife Sarah (27), and their children
Richard (8), William (4), and Sarah (3). They are living at Back Street
Grantham. Williams’ brother Richard (25) is also married -just—to Mary (20) and they have a baby daughter Clara (1). They are living in a caravan! At Woolsthorpe

My highlighting here will assist later in the knotty problem 'WE' are now unraveling!

Thomas Cummins

Thomas was born on the 27th February 1820 son of Richard and Sarah,
Christened at St Wolframs Church, Grantham. His early childhood is spent living with his parents and siblings. By the first census (’41) he is 17 living and working with his brother Richard.    
1851 [HO 107/2103] 

Thomas living with his sister Elizabeth and her family at Wood Hill Grantham.   He says he is 22- but is mistaken he was really 32 and this has caused me alot of bother!  He chops and changes his age like the weather!  Fortunately he reverts to a more reasonable estimate in the 1861 Census when he says he is 40.

It was a bonus to find Elizabeth's marriage and family. She has married Robert REAR and is living at Wood Hill Grantham. They have two daughter’s Mary Ann (12), and Sarah (4).  It would be nice to find that Roberts mother was also called Mary but my time is short and it is not high on my list of priorities.
Thomas met Sarah Maria during 1842. Their first child was Elizabeth Tyler Farrington born 26th January 1842, in Grantham before the marriage.
Sarah Farrington was born in Market Deeping about 1801.  How she and Thomas met are a mystery, her father Richard was a coachman so may have known the local horse breaker.  Whatever -  they were married in Church on the 30th August 1842.
“Thomas CUMMINGS bachelor Horse breaker of Grantham (father Richard-Labourer) and Sarah Maria FARRINGTON spinster of Grantham (father Richard Coachman). Both of age, she signed, he made his mark-witnesses Mary LEE, & George WOOD” (both signed).  I Also have the GRO certificate for this marriage.
Sarah Emma was born on 16th March 1844, in Grantham.
They must have then moved to Manchester since their next three children were born there, they lived at 16, Tib Lane, Manchester. 

[While, looking through the 1871 Census I found Mary daughter of Thomas aged 29       ( so born 1842) the housekeeper, could this be the same person ????? Or a twin of Elizabeth, or as Lynn thinks it is Elizabeth just calling herself Mary !  Anyway she appears to be married to Thomas Greenwood (22)  Thomas Hollingworth (9) and his brother Daniel (6) are Grandsons –of which Thomas ? I haven’t quite tied them in yet]
Third was Thomas Edwin (my Great Grandfather) born 9 Oct 1846 Manchester.   No Pr here but GRO certificate as evidence.
 Fourth child was Alfred Richard born 12th May 1849.  I have him on a later Census married.  Lastly was Sarah Maria born 31st, December 1856 but she died three months later on 25th, February 1857.
 In 1861 [RG9/2941] taken midnight 7/8th April

has Thomas (40) an Ostler, living in Manchester.  It looks like Great Newark Street, St James.  His wife Sarah Maria (40) daughter Elizabeth (19) is a nursemaid, Thomas Edwin (14) is a ?? Letterpress with his younger brother Alfred Richard (11) 
The 1871 census [RG10/4015] 

This was taken midnight Sunday/Monday 2/3rd June and Thomas did not have Sarah Maria with him. March 2005 I found Sarahs’ death in Reading Record Office March 1871 8a 89 Macclesfield. Sarah would have been 70 So she died just before the Census was taken. He is still living at Broughton Salford , but has moved to 12, Chapel Street.  Here the other members of the house are Thomas Greenwood (22) his son-in-law who is also a groom! Mary is down as his daughter – so I conclude that she has married Thomas Greenwood and is the housekeeper, she is 29.  Charles Sonnen? A gardener is a border with them (21), as are Thomas (9) and Daniel (6), Hollingworth - both scholars who are grandsons of Thomas.  They are the children of Sarah Emma who married John Hollingworth.  I have found their marriage entry in Manchester March 1861 8d 403. (and I have still to find out what happened to this couple) 
1881 Census [RG11/4027] 

Shows Thomas in Crumpsall Workhouse aged 59 years. He is still sane since he knows the answers to the enumerator, telling him he was born in Grantham and used to be a groom.

Alfred Richard Cummings
He deserves a mention. He was born 12th May 1849 -just before the 1851 Census in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England.

1871 Census [RG10/4015] shows Alfred R (21) and wife Mary Nee Littler (20) living at Broughton,
Salford. Alfred must have married soon before the Census since between 1771 and the 1881.

1881 [RG11/3955] Alfred Richard a Carter, aged (31) is living at 1, Walker street,
Broughton, Manchester with Mary Ellen their eldest is their daughter Emily (9),
next is Tom (6), Joe (5), Elizabeth (2), and last Maria (1), Nephews Daniel and Thomas Hollingworth have now moved from living with old Thomas to this house, remember Thomas is in the Workhouse at the moment.  1886 Alfred and Mary have another son James Fardinand born 30th November, they are still resident in Chapel Street Broughton.  
 I found his birth certificate while sorting out my research notes where it has been since 1981 when I first began the research. It was found in the Family book The Cumyns & The Bruces.  Grandfather must have ordered it while doing his own research in some hope that it would lead back to Scotland and the family fortune! or as you will read later another branch of money! Anyway it is so rewarding to find an obscure piece of the tree, which confirms the research.  It is similar to getting a piece of jigsaw done.
 Of course this begs the question of what went on in the years between 1871 and 1881. I must wonder...Maybe Mary and Thomas Greenwood fell on hard times and could no longer have Thomas living with them, I’ll have to look for Greenwood on the 1881. Meanwhile - Lynn has reviewed the 1871 census entry and what she has in her file. She came to the conclusion that 'Mary' Greenwood in the census is in fact Elizabeth nee Farrington because of her age and relationship to Thomas. 
Lynn deduced that Elizabeth married Thomas Greenwood December 1869 so in the less than 2 years between the marriage and the 1871 census she would have needed to die AND for  Thomas to remarry. Not impossible. The new wife wouldn't have been a daughter of Thomas C unless he had another daughter born in the same year. Nil to suggest twins, and anyway that would be illegal thinks Lynn. Perhaps the name Mary is a mistake or maybe she liked to be known as Mary. Her mother Sarah Maria appears on a couple of documents as Sarah Mary.  We all know how the family like to be known as anything but there own name!
 Anyway to get back to James Fardinand I found his birth certificate while sorting out my research notes where is has been since 1981 when I first began the research. It was found in the Family book The Cumyns & The Bruces. Grandfather must have ordered it while doing his own research in some hope that it would lead back to Scotland and the family fortune! Anyway it is so rewarding to find an obscure piece of the tree, which confirms the research.  It is similar to getting a piece of jigsaw done.

Thomas Edwin   (my Great Grandfather) was born 9th October 1846 in the registration District of Manchester;sub-district Market Street, County of Manchester Thomas Edwin ‘married’ Loretta Josephine formerly Snelham (or Snaylam)
but no certificate found yet (2007). Have tried most spellings of Loretto/Lauretta and Snaylam/Snelham. Evidence so far is from the unreliable Ancestral File AFN : 3SSL-OP Born 18 Mar 1875 in West Derby Liverpool and more reliable GRO birth 1875 8b 240. died 31st July 1961 Ashford Kent. Have also tried FreeBMD for both parties.  They too lived in Manchester and had a fine family. I need the 1891 Census for Thomas Edwin !! to see if he will be married yet . First born was Annie Loretto on the 3rd of March 1894, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire.
Now have GRO birth for firstborn Annie Loretto which shows Thomas EdwARD as father living at 8 Rainsough Brow Rainsough Prestwich. He is a fireman at Works. Second came her sister Edith born 21st March 1896, Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire.  She married Louis Rosen 12th February 1916 and died in 1931 Third came my grandfather Edwin Gordon (my Grandfather) born 15th, April 1898. More of him later. Fourth came Leah Winifred born 21st of Jun 1900. Fifth there was Amy born 7th February, 1902 again Pendleton Salford Lancashire. Sixth was Elizabeth Ellen born 20th May 1904 at 34, North James Henry Street, Salford.  She lived most of life in Hingham, Massachusetts. USA. She was a Naturalized US citizen, and formerly a Canadian Citizen.   She remarried (without divorce) to John Webster Fergusson.  
1986 Elizabeth Ellen has sworn an affidavit confirming her ancestry and that of James Winstanley Cummings and sees that she is entitled to a share of his estate. It seems nothing was gained by Elizabeth Ellen paperwork is in her multimedia file as at 2013. Incidentally she was then living at 31, Highland Avenue Cohasset, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and was married to Charles Casey.   Further she believes that she is related to James Winstanley Cummings son of William and Jessica Selina Cummings (Nee Brown), but has not found his birth certificate!  She died of a stroke  29th, November 1981.
Now in 2013 we agree that Thomas Edwin had no brother William which fits with Elizabeth Ellen's findings.  We  also know that their Grand-father Thomas DID have a brother called William!
Seventh was my uncle Stanley Joffre born 24th September 1915.
Uncle Chump says he remembers Stanley living at 45, High Street Sandwich, when he was ill with Consumption -now known as Tuberculosis.  Good that an octogenarian has memories from when he was 6 years old. He also had the clipping from the local paper probably The Gazette.

“On July 15th ,at Deal Memorial Hospital, Stanley Joffre, of 45, High Street Sandwich age 17 years. 
Eighth came Frances who was born on the 15th, April, 1919 Manchester Lancashire. Just after the 1st World War.  She married John Savage 14th February 1942 and  had 4 children 
1*Christine Margaret Josephine
2* Elizabeth Mary
3*Glynis Wendy Theresa
4*Jonathan Francis
She was only 62 when she died.

  2013 UPDATE see latest below!

Aunty June wrote “As for Aunt Olive - she was always an enigma to me. I remember when I was quite young; she came back from Canada and brought me some slippers, which were too small." She was mad on swimming and used to walk down the bay very early in the morning and used to take Peter with her (Mary's brother who was a good swimmer) The Twymans lived opposite Also Frances, Dad's younger sister came to stay once. A very devout Catholic and she knelt to say her prayers every night
by the bed (she slept with me in the back room.) That's all I remember about the Cummings family - in those days people didn't travel any further than Canterbury.

I have a snap of Aunt Olive and have tried researching her, more follows the October Meeting.
1901 census [RG13/3713 p6] showing Thomas Edwin & Loretta with children Annie Lorreto (7) Edith (5), Edwin Gordon (2), and Leah Winifred (9 months).

       Wow! Can I believe it ? In January 2013 I had an email from a second cousin! Angela who had stumbled across this blog and told me of many more living relations.  I have since been working with Lynn, and Wendy and can now put some more detail into the blog!
Firstly, Angela and Lynn are Elizabeth Ellen ( nee Cummings) grand-daughters.  Far better was that they actually knew Aunt Olive and Aunt Frances!!!  Well, the next email was from Wendy, whose grand-mother was Child number 11 Frances! I am hoping to meet them all when I return to the UK in October. 

The October meeting.
  After a miserable drive through motorway spray and driving rain,my new iPad app finally delivered me to Lynns House.  After introductions Lynn took us all for lunch where we began in earnest.  I met Wendy her husband Peter and amazing dog 'Ted'. Unfortunately they had another appointment so left soon after lunch. 

Lynn, Wendy,Sue & Angela

 Angela Lynn and I continued through the afternoon, into the evening and again the next morning.  My cold had almost cleared but had taken my voice with it!  I left with much to research and update.  Here is the jist.
At some point in time a firm of solicitors (called GEDDES) made enquiries into our Cummings line to verify if we were connected to an heir whose estate they were managing.   A letter was written by Tom to Edwin Gordon sometime after 1950, which , while of interest doesn't help with untangling the knot.  Elizabeth Ellen, swore an affidavit to the effect that she thought she was related to a William CUMMINGS, brother of her father Thomas Edwin and that James Winstanley CUMMINGS (the one the solicitors were interested in ) was his son.  Neither Elizabeth Ellen, Edwin Gordon, or anyone who knows the story has been able to find a birth certificate for him.  This includes all those at the family gathering.  We would all love to find out this characters credentials but have hit another brick wall!  In other words the jury is still out.

   Now then as far as Aunt Olive is concerned Olive born 23 Jun 1912. She married William Charles Jones in 1937, not sure where but in England. She didn't like his boring name of Jones so they changed it to Randolph before they married. Her 2 children, David and Stephanie were born in England before they all moved to Canada. At some stage they changed their name from Jones to Randolph, so Stephanie is Stephanie Randolph, but she was married in Canada and has a daughter.

Edwin Gordon CUMMINGS

Born 15th April 1898 in the registration district of Salford, Manchester. The family were living at 43, Russell Street Pendleton, Salford.
Edwin Gordon joined the Army when he was 14 (yes he lied) and fought in the 1914 - 1918 War and survived. For this he has a war record at Kew Archives. The Medal card of Cummings, Edwin G Corps: Lancashire Fusiliers Regiment No: 1958 282691
Rank: Private. 1914-1920 [WO 372/5] He received 3 medals; 
Victory Roll H/1/101B32 Page 6740
British            “”   “”
15 Star H/1/53B3 page 211.
He probably met Nan (Kathleen Rigden) while he was at Port Richborough at the secret army depot. He married ‘Kath’ on the 19th March, 1924, it was Solemnized in the
Parish of St Clement in the County of Kent. Edwin Gordon, was a bachelor aged 25, and had been living at 13, New Street, Sandwich.  Kathleen Edith was a spinster aged 25 years, and had been living at Strand Street Sandwich.  The witnesses were Walter Rigden and A. Powell.

Sunday, 14 August 2011


The WATSON Family History research to date

Michael WATSON of Ushaw Moor (1694-1773) (My 5x Great Grandfather) Married Elizabeth of Ushaw Moor and has three children:- William (26 December 1762) John (3rd June 1765 and Michael Watson of Hamstels (24 April 1736)
-  he was a labourer -My 4x Great Grandfather.  He married Elizabeth Logan  on the 19,  JAN 1762
Children:- Michael  (24 April 1768 died 6th June 1773) Sarah (17 July 1774 – 26 March 1781 died Hamsteels)  George
( 25 August 1776 – 3rd August 1777 died Hamsteels) Elizabeth  (15 July 1778)
Michael  (17 July 1774) – (My 3x Great Grandfather) I am unable to verify his death yet as it is not available on line
MARRIAGE: " Michael Watson & Mary Wilkinson both of this parish were married in this church by banns this 20th day of August 1796 by me John Ashbridge, Curate. In the presence of us Jane Archer, Thomas Pallister (signed by both)
Auckland St Andrews
    "This parish, which comprises the townships of St. Andrew's Auckland, Bishop Auckland, Pollards's Land, Coundon Grange, part of Binchester, and part of Newton Cap, is bounded on the north by Byer's Green, on the north-west by
Hunwick, on the west by Escomb, on the south-west by St. Helen's Auckland, on the south by Heighington, on the south-east and east by Shildon, and on the north-east by Coundon and Whitworth. The township of Middlestone, not
incorporated in any of the newly formed chapelry districts, but which formerly constituted the north-east extremity of the parish of St. Andrew's Auckland, was in April 1845 annexed to the parish of Merrington. This district abounds in coal and lime; the soil is generally well suited to the production of corn, turnips, &c.; and the scenery is finely diversified by hill and dale, woodand water.
    "St. Andrew's Auckland Township, in the parish of the same name, comprises 1186 acres, and its annual value is £12,74  "The village of Auckland St. Andrew, or South Church, as it is now usually called, is situated on the river Gaunless, which is at this place crossed by a stone bridge of one arch, and is one mile south from Bishop Auckland, and eleven south-south-west from Durham. It contains a brewery, and manure factory, formerly occupied as a foundry, but situated in the township of Bishop Auckland. The Gaunless sometimes overflows its banks at this village and causes
considerable damage."
Michael and Mary had the following children:-
Elisabeth 25 January 1797
John 28 September 1798
Jane and Michael (twins) 21 September 1808 Jane died three months later 1st December 1808.
On the 17th June 1832 Michael married Cicely Margaret Kipling probably at St Cuthbert’s Church, Forcett , Yorkshire.
The Ancient Parish of FORCETT
 "FORCETT, a parish in the wapentake of Gilling West. and liberty of Richmondshire; 8 miles N. of Richmond. The church is dedicated to St. Cuthbert (see Churches for photograph); the living is a perpetual curacy in the patronage of  the vicar of Gilling. Here are the remains of a Roman entrenchment, extending East and West
of the village to Gatarby moor. Pop. 86." "BARFORTH, in the parish of Forcett, wapentake of
Gilling West, and liberty of Richmondshire; 2¾ miles NNW. of Forcett, 12 miles N. of Richmond, a small township situated on the banks of the Tees. This township, which is the property of the Earl of Harewood, comprises Old
Richmond, but nothing now remains except the ruins of an old chapel, and a few irregularities in the neighbouring fields, which, together with the stones and other relics that are occasionally dug up, prove it to have been a place of
considerable extent. Pop. 141.
 [Description(s) edited from Langdale's Yorkshire Dictionary (1822) and Baines's Directory of the County of York (1823) and other sources.]
Michael WATSON (My 2x Great Grandfather)
First son William born <1834> no trace found yet, and Joseph (<1838>) except for census in 1841. Mary (1835),
Thomas Wilkinson (1839), James (1841), Cecily Margaret (1843), Michael (1844), Anne Elizabeth (1845), Marmaduke (1846), Henry (1847), Jane Hannah (1849), Osythe Martha (1850), Procter George (1851) lastly:
Robert Cummings WATSON (1852).

Occupation: Pigots Directory has him as Master of Gosforth School in 1834.According to a Ward's Durham & Northumberland Directory of 1850, Michael WATSON was secretary of the Schoolmasters Association in Newcastle. He may be the same Michael WATSON who was master of Gosforth Parish School, according to the same Directory. Also listed at the same school was a Miss Eliza LOWES WATSON - perhaps she may have been a sister to Michael?? It will be worth viewing the prs 1841:Michael was an enumerator for the Census. I have the printout showing his certification on the 9th day of June 1841,it has been co signed by the registrar and the Superintendent Registrar. (Michael has the best handwriting.) Page 1 for the South Gosforth schedule has him top of the list together with Cecily Margaret his wife of 8 years ,their son William (7) daughter Mary (6) John (5), Joseph (3) and Thomas Wilkinson (2).  They are living at Gosforth School House, and Michael is a schoolmaster. During my research I had help from Michael Hoy:-
  “Hi my names Michael Hoy from Gosforth and at present researching Gosforths’ history, and came across the 1842 Childrens’ Employment Commission, and in it dated may 10th 1842 is a report from Michael Watson Schoolmaster at Gosforth. The schools in the area at this time were far and few between, so this is more than likely to be the man you are looking for?” (Thank-You so much Michael!)
The same Richard Welford was the Chairman of South Gosforth Local Board which was formed on 20th September 1872, the book sites Michael Watsons’ son as clerk to this same Board!
1851: Census of Gosforth has him living at school House South Gosforth, with Cecily his wife, William their son (17), Mary (16) John Kipling (15), Joseph (13) Thomas Wilkinson (11), James (9) Anne Elizabeth Marmaduke (4) Henry (3) Jane Hannah (2) Osythe Martha (1) and Procter George (3 months).

He has also signed as an enumerator for the 1851 census on the 4th of April.

1861:RG9: RG9/3834: Michael Watson, Head Superintendent of Cemetery Cecily Margaret (49), wife born Yorkshire Hutton.Joseph (23), son, Ann E (15), Marmaduke (14), Apprentice joiner, Henry (13), Apprentice Engineer, Jane H (12), scholar, O'sythe Martha (11), Scholar, Robert C (8), scholar, Frances B, (7), scholar.

DEATH: Cutting from the Newcastle Daily Journal, Tuesday 3rd August,
"Aged 61, Mr. Michael Watson Superintendent. Interment on Thursday at 3 o'clock. Friends please accept this invitation."
The Memorial Inscription reads
The Burial Place of Michael and Cecily Margaret Watson.
Cecily Margaret their daughter died June 27th 1858, aged 15 years.
Proctor George, their son died September 13th 1851, aged 9 months.
The first named Cecily Margaret Watson died June 15th 1862, aged 50 years.
O’sythe Martha their daughter died August 28th 1868, aged 19 years.
In life beloved, in death lamented.
"The above MICHAEL WATSON died August 2nd 1869,
aged 61 years. (He was Supt of Jesmond Cemetery.)
   Respected by all who knew him.
William their eldest son died December 4th 1871, aged 38 years."
Also Robert Watson, who died Dec 28th 1918, aged 68
Also Michael Watson died November 17 1957, aged 80 years.

During 2006 I went to a College Reunion at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham, Lincolnshire. The weather was superb and we continued North to Lincoln to visit Pam Baille at Lincoln Record Office to pick up some Parish Register printouts for my Cummings Research. We then went further North and Camped just outside Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. We made daily trips into the Library and various places like the Parish Churches and Cemetery where Michael was Superintendent. The biggest find was his gravestone with all the family engraved on it! We had to clear the ivy, which was growing on it, and I have been trying to restore the image I took using Photo shop.

The weather was so good we continued up to Hadrians’ Wall and did some walking then drove home via Kendal where we visited Steve & Elaine Wilkinson and Sheffield where we visited Lucy & Paul.
Robert Cummings Watson  (My Great Grandfather) was born on the 14th July 1852 How amazing is this name!!! I sent for his birth certificate 12th August 2006.
1861 RG9 3834 Census shows Robert (8), is living at home with his parents and siblings.  There is only Francis Barbara younger than him by a year. He probably lives here until he grows up, since he is still here in the 1871 census with his elder brother James and his family.

1871 census [RG10/ 5108] for the Old Cemetery Lodge Jesmond,

This has James (29) and his wife Frances E (30), with their two daughters Cecily? (10) and O’sythe Martha (3). With them is living brother Robert (19), who is unmarried and an apprentice plumber.
 Susannah or Hannah as she called herself is about to meet and marry Robert Cummings Watson.
He probably drops in to the pub for a drink on his way home from work.. The Cradle Well Inn must be close because they are both in the same enumeration district for the census. I pulled the map to have a look while up in Newcastle
and saw how close it was.  He must have moved in with his other brother Henry soon after the ’61 census because it is here that he is living when he marries Hannah a year later. They marry on the 30th January 1872. In the Registry
office Newcastle -Upon-Tyne. He is now a fully-fledged Plumber of 23 years and she being 21 is a spinster. She has been living at Newgate Street and says her father is Robert Cameron a joiner. (This fits with the Census) Their witnesses are Francis Barrafs, George Forster and Samuel Carr.
1871 census [RG10/ 5097]. For All Saints, Newcastle. Shows Henry (23) is living at 15, Napier Street with his wife Helen (21) and sister Frances Barbara (17) who is a visitor. Henry is an engraver and Frances is a sewing machinist.

1881 Census [RG11/5070] for 20, Brandling Village, Jesmond Newcastle - Upon -Tyne 

Living at number 20, Brandling Village we have Robert Watson the plumber (28), and his wife Hannah (29), together with their three sons Robert (6), a scholar, Michael (4), and Marmaduke (2), Robert says he was born in Gosforth Northumberland and Hannah in Cockermouth Cumberland. However this does not fit with what I have found out about her family in Tanfield,

1891 Census [RG12/4219] for 53, Brandling South Front, Jesmond, Newcastle - Upon -Tyne 

Robert is still a plumber but the family have moved to 53, Brandling South Front, ten years on and there are more additions: Michael is now 14, Marmaduke 12, Cecily Margaret only 9, Frances 6, and Hannah 1,
1901 [RG13/4781] Census for Clayton Road, Jesmond, Newcastle - Upon -Tyne. 
Refer to Census sheet RG13/4781 page 90.

Another ten years on and Robert is still working aged 50. Cecily has moved out but Frances now 16 has become a dressmaker, Hannah is still only 11 and the latest addition is my Grandmother Osythe Martha who is five years old. Osythe Martha Watson born 1895 Gosforth, Bykker.
Robert died 28th December 1918 aged 68 years.
Osythe Martha (my Grandmother)
Osythe Martha Watson born 1895 Gosforth Bykker. She is the third lady with this name alive in the same family!
By 1901 census she is 5 years old living at 8, Clayton Road, Jesmond, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. She trained and became a nurse, probably doing her training at Newcastle General Hospital. She nursed at Brooke hospital, Black Heath, London, during the 1914 - 1918 War. She also went to Gibraltar during this War as a nurse.  In 2009 we visited Gibraltar (aboard 'Piano') and I spent an afternoon at the Army Archives. I searched all the nursing records but found no trace of my grandmother.  This may mean that she was not nursing at the Army Hospital but a private one. There were no records to search.
In 1928 she married James Newcombe Mortimer at Faversham 29th September when she was 33 years old and he was 47. He had been married previously to "Phyllis". (It was Phyllis who painted the two watercolors now with my mother in Sandwich)
First and only child Pauleen was born 1930 in Liverpool. O’sythe had gone to stay with her sister and her husband while she had the baby. All three sisters Frances, Hannah and ‘Sythe were trained nurses. James and O’sythe lived at 7, Dulverton Road, Aikbuth. Later moved to Ealing, 31, Ransleigh Road South Ealing next door to her friend June Dodge.
Then to 31, Brunner Road, Perrivale, Ealing. O'sythe did private nursing at Sturry (Near Canterbury) and at Folkestone.  James Newcombe had a stroke they moved to 469, Margate Road, Ramsgate.  Then to Kings Avenue Ramsgate where James died.  Her final move was to 2, Morden Cottages, Wilson’s Road, Ramsgate

Saturday, 13 August 2011


If you have got this far then you are interested in MORTIMER Genealogy and you may even find that we are connected genetically. I have already placed some documents into the public folder if you can't access them let me know and I'll add you to the list of networks friends. I apologise to those of you who are colour-blind - I have highlighted my direct line in RED.  If you can spot an ancestor of your own then I'd like to hear from you and this is probably best done as a comment on the blogsite. For a full idea of how busy my life is you may also like to follow the links to the ‘Piano’ blogsite. Let me also apologise for not replying to comments promptly. If we are on the high seas we may not have Internet access so please be patient.
Before you read further I have got as far back as I am able between the start and my 6X Great Grandfather George b 1668 I only have transcribed and searchable evidence from the Hugh Wallis site. I expect in another ten or so years time when more has been uploaded I will have to redo this earliest section.
I begin then with The Earliest MORTIMER who I have yet to find born in the early 1500's
I suspect he had the following children:
Robert b 5th October 1583
Walter b c May 1585
Joan b 17 June 1589
Thomas b 31 October 1590
Gyles b 4th April 1592
Joan b 22 April 1593
Nathanaell b 22 April 1596  This is my 8 X Great Grandfather !
Nathanaell married Wilmot Narles 14th May 1633 and they had the following children Marie (b12Jan 1632), Wilmote ( b 12 May 1633), George (b 1st Jan 1634), John ( b 6th Dec 1635), Nathanaell (b 23 apr 1637)  and lastly Joan (b 8th Mar 1639).
George Married Wilmot 14th May 1667 only had
George Mortimer. He will be my 6 x Great Grandfather!
With the help of Daniel Morgan I have managed to find the baptism of George (14th April 1668 )  with the evidence that his father was also called George! His subsequent marriage to Ann(a) Soper on the 20th October 1698 which fits nicely with the birth of their first child in 1699.
     George and Ann have 5 children.  The first born George (I presume) died in infancy, born 28th September 1699 and died 19th November 1699 both at Dunsford , Devon. Next there is a christening for George (second) 26th December 1700 Dunsford. John the third child is born 18th March 1702/3, and brother
(my 5 Times Great Grandfather) born 3rd January 1705/6
with the youngest  Henry born 14th March 1707/8 –he died 13th June 1711 Dunsford. This Richard is my line.

Richard MORTIMER son of George MORTIMER and Anna.  He marries Anne SYRCOMBE daughter of Richard SYRCOMBE on the 5th May 1731, at Dunsford. Anne SYRCOMBE is one of Daniel MORGAN's forebears so we have linked up and I am his cousin 5th removed! (Having mentioned him twice now I should tell you that Daniel is the on – line Parish Clerk for the Dunsford area and has details posted on Genuki) Richard and Ann have one son and four daughters, but only three are still alive at his death. He dies around 1774 since his will is proved then and he is followed by his wife Ann ( my 5x great grandmother) who leaves a will in 1778

1774. Richard MORTIMER of Dunsford, 20th Nov 1768

He gives his son George the Dunsford Mills and the Marshes adjoining, “being part of court,” charged with 20s per annum to “my three daughters” To Ann wife of said George, £1 1s. To daughters Elizabeth and Ann MORTIMER, £70 each and to daughter Mary, wife of John CONNETT, £20, and one guinea to her husband. Wife Ann to have life interest both in the mill and messuages.  She is residuary legatee and sole executrix Proved 29th July 1774.
     This gives me the names of his children and where they have married their married names. The George who benefits here is my direct line– he gets Dunsford Mill which will be worth looking into further. Interestingly he also has another daughter Susannah who is born in 1745  - too late to benefit from Georges will.
Ann dies later that year. This gives me the children Elizabeth, Ann & Mary, plus George who must have died and his wife Anne.  Next Richards' wife Ann dies a few months later and leave articles to her children and their families. This now tells me who the girls are married to and yes they fit with what I have already researched!
1778. Ann Mortimer of Dunsford, 3rd Feb 1778.
To Eliab (Elizabeth) wife of James CONNETT, £40, and one guinea, instead of a gold ring, six silver teaspoons and all the “chainea” .  To daughter Mary wife of John CONNETT £40 to daughter – in – law Ann MORTIMER £1.1s  To George and Ann CONNETT she gives inter aliis, “my best looking glass and mynew prayer book with all the tea dishes saucers and basons belonging to making of tea, except the spoons”  Her son George being dead, she gives the residue of the lease of Dunsford Mills to her daughter in law Ann MORTIMER, with reversion, for the 99 years, terminable on the death of brother John MORTIMER” to George, John, Elizabeth, and Richard, Children of deceased son George
Proved 3rd July 1778
Note refer to July 29th, 1774, ante.
I still need to find out if this Susannah is a new person wife of John MORTIMER and if John MORTIMER here is Richards brother too : 1766. Admon to the effect of Susannah MORTIMER of Dunsford, granted to John MORTIMER her husband July 15th 1766 1778. Admon    George Mortimer of Dunsford, intestate, granted 2nd Feb 1778, to Ann the widow. Map of Ide available on Genuki.Crediton
Holy Cross Church notes and image are on Genuki
I now have a transcription of the Parish Record for the birth of "George MORTIMER born 14th February 1768 Dunsford "

Also have the 1841 Census for Pynes Farm Ide where he is living with Richard
aged <25> ish. I wonder what the relationship between them is?

   Next- evidence of George MORTIMER of Crediton living at Tedburn Saint Mary
with his wife Elizabeth. They have a large family.  John born 24th April 1794 Have found a transcription of his baptism at Tedburn Saint Mary and a brother George born 14th July 1795 however I suspect that he died young (but no death evidence yet) since the next son they have has also been called George which I believe is my line! Next is a daughter Eliza born 15th November 1796 I think she also died young.  Daughter Mary was born 10th October 1798 then came Elizabeth born 14th August 1800, Mary Ann born 10th August 1802, Harriet born 12th June 1804 and Charlotte born 20th May 1806. The next son is also named George to replace the one, which died, and I believe that he is my direct ancestor; he was born on the 3rd August 1808.  I have an image from the Parish Record but he is too young for the GRO certificate.  The last son Richard is born 18th September 1810.
     By Harriet's wedding they must all have moved to Ide since she is married at the Parish Church ?? I need to check.
DEATH: 1851 Ide Devon, see Will, which put him as 84 years old when he died. This is the last Will and Testament of me George MORTIMER of Ide in the County of Deven [sic] yeoman.  I give and devise to my son John MORTIMER all that messuage farm and lands situate in the parishes of Holcombe Burnell   and
Dunsford in the County of Devon called or commonly known by the name of Storidge to hold the same unto my said son John MORTIMER his heirs and assigns for ever.  I also give to my said son John MORTIMER the sum of three hundred pounds.  I give to my son George MORTIMER the sum of one hundred pounds.  I give to my daughter Eliza the wife of Richard LEE the sum of one hundred pounds.  I give to my daughter Harriet Northcott widow the sumof one hundred pounds.  I give to my daughter Charlotte the wife of Thomas Lee the sum of one hundred pounds.  I give to my grandson Richard Lee now living with me the sum of two hundred pounds to be paid by my executor when he attains the age of twenty-four years but without any interest in the meantime and if he die before attaining that age then the said legacy shall sink into my residuary estate. I give to Francis LEE the father of the said Richard LEE the sum of ten pounds.  And I direct that all the said several legacies except the saidlegacy to Richard LEE shall be paid within twelve months from my decease. I give to each of my grandchildren George Mortimer LEE, Francis LEE. Thomas LEE and Charlotte LEE the children of my daughter Mary Ann LEE the sum of nineteen guineas to be paid to them when and as they shall respectively attain the ageof twenty one years and in case any or either of them shall die under the saidage his or her legacy shall sink into my residuary estate.  All my farm and lands called Ford and Wayhouse in Holcombe Burnell aforesaid and all the rest residue and remainder of my messuages lands hereditaments and real and personal estate of what nature and kind I give devise and bequeath unto my sonRichard MORTIMER his heirs executors administrators and assigns for his and their own benefit subject to the payment of my debts and funeral and testamentary expences.  I also give and devise to him all messuages and hereditaments and estates in mortgage to me or vested in me as trustee for any person whomsoever to hold the same to my said son Richard MORTIMER and his heirs upon the trusts and for the purposes to which the same are respectively liable.  And I hereby declare that the provision hereby made for my said children and that issue and what I have already during my life supplied to them shall be deemed and taken in full and in lieu of all and every claim and interest to which they might be respectively entitled under the Bond or Settlement made on my marriage with their mother my late wife. And lastly I appoint my said son the said Richard Mortimer sole executor of this my Will hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time made.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the fourth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty.
Signed sealed published and declared by the said George MORTIMER as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present together at the same time who in the presence of the said testator and of each other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses.  William Simpson, T? (J?) E Drake?
Proved at London 6th November 1851 before the Judge by the oath of Richard MORTIMER the son the sole executor to whom admon was granted having been first sworn by Comon duly to administer
Transcribed for me from a downloaded copy by Dave Woolven, HOLCOMBE BURNELL notes and image can be found on Genuki.

My Great Great Grandfather George MORTIMER was born in Tedburn St Mary's parish, Devon in 1808
to George of Crediton and Mary his wife. His marriage, to Elizabeth NEWCOMBE on 1st May 1839, was at the Parish Church of Samford Courtney.  Her father Simon NEWCOMBE was present together with
Georges' Father George both of whom were Yeomen.  Elizabeth must have been about twenty years old.
I next pick them up in the 1841 Census for Dunsford district 1.

They are living at Meadhay and with them Elizabeth's mother Mary NEWCOMBE (50) and various other farm workers.  Their first son (my Great Grandfather)
George Newcombe MORTIMER has just been born  (aged 1 here) Mary Legge Mortimer is born later this year, she is probably named after Georges mother.  Next is Richard born 1844, then Ann Elizabeth born 1846, John 1848, and Emma born  October 1849.

The 1851 Census has George the Yeoman living at Uton Barton with his wife and family, which so far consists of George Newcombe (1840) Mary Legge (1841), Richard, 7  (1844), Elizabeth Ann,5  (1846), John 3,  (1848), and Emma 6 months (Oct 1849). Mary NEWCOMBE is living with them so her husband must be dead…? Needs to be checked. and two servants Maria TUCKER (23), born Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon) and Charlotte WESTCOTTE (17 born Dunsford Devon.) They also had Four agricultural servants, William WORRISH (25 Colebrook Devon), George PARKER (22 Exeter Devon), James MARTIN (18 Crediton, Devon) and Francis SEARLE .
Elizabeth NEWCOMBE Birth Pr Marriage of my Great Great Grandfather George to Elizabeth NEWCOMBE May 1st 1839 

1861 RG9/1473 page 18 (above) tells me that my Great Grandfather George Newcombe MORTIMER is now a farmer of 250 acres employing 6, labourers and 3 boys. Living at Uton Barton, Crediton, Devon, England. He has also increased his family. William Henry is now 8 (), Emma 6,(), Robert Legge 5,(), Louisa 3,().  Mary Newcombe is quite happy still living with them. However they also have Nephews George Richard, 11 (), Samuel Archer,9(), and niece Elizabeth Archer 7,(). They have 5 servants too. They have three farm servants Walter ANSTY  (20) born 1841 Crediton, James BULLEY (20) born 1841     Crediton and John FIELDING (13) born, Crediton 1848 , Other servants are Ann SETTER (17) House maid born
Crediton 1844 and Mary WELLACOTTE (28) the cook, born Kings Nympton 1833.
 In my archives I have the following evidence to support my work.
GRO Cert 1851 Death of George MORTIMER St Thomas Devon 84 years old.
1853 GRO Birth  Samuel Archer MORTIMER, Crediton, Devon.
1855 GRO birth Elizabeth Archer MORTIMER Crediton, Devon.
1861 Census for George & Elizabeth MORTIMER
1864 GRO Marriage for Thomas Mortimer & Mary Legge Mortimer.

Here is some background on Mary Legge MORTIMER
    Mary Legge MORTIMER was baptised October 13th 1841, Dunsford Devon, England. Her GRO birth Certificate confirms all. GRO has birth Registered 1841 Sept 10, 1942 St Thomas. I also have the Parish Register film Certificate 856 in brackets at the side Meadhay - which fits perfectly!
1861 census Mary is living at home with her family and says she is 18 years old, she is not out working although may be helping out on the farm... This is reconciled with the date of the census.  She married in 1864 to Thomas Mortimer ( he shares the same Grandmother  so a cousin definitely) They married at the Parish Church Crediton Devon. He was a bachelor, of full age and a yeoman from Kenn. His father was John Mortimer who was also a yeoman.  Mary Legge was a spinster of full age living at Uton Barton, her father was present , George, also a yeoman.  The witnesses were George Mortimer, George Newcombe Mortimer and Annie Mortimer (probably Ann Elizabeth  her sister.)
1871 census has her as wife to Thomas MORTIMER (35). They are atBrown's Farm, Kenn. Thomas is a farmer of 328 acres employing 6 men and 2 boys. He was born at Dunsford. Living with them are son George (6) and daughters Mary E (4), Edith (3), and Alice (1). Mary Newcombe is visiting them and is down as grandmother presumably to Thomas! But she is also Mary's grandmother!
     Quite recently I have found descendants of Mary and Thomas namely Beryl Whidden (nee MORTIMER). I hope soon to be able to fill in this branch of the tree with help from that side of the family. After meeting Beryl (January 2009 I now have a picture of Mary and Thomas on their 60th Wedding Anniversary at Brown’s Farm – with all their children and grandchildren!
1871 Census for George & Elizabeth Mortimer

 The 1871 Census  for Uton Barton Devon has George (says he was born at Crediton) and Elizabeth living with them are their sons George Newcombe (30), and Richard (26),  John (23), William Henry (18) farmers son, Robert Legge (10), George R (Richard?) nephew (20)? Charlotte NORTON a dairy maid aged 18
?Ellen PAPMORE ? A domestic servant aged 18 and James??? 12 a farm servant. All difficult to read from the original.

On 15th August 1879 my Grandfather James Newcombe MORTIMER was born and Registered at St Thomas Alphington, Dunsford, Devon.
1881 Census Rg11 2146/7 page 8
For George Newcombe MORTIMER & Family. Meadhay, Dunsford, Devon.

By 1881 My Great Grandfather George Newcombe MORTIMER has taken over the farm from his father he is Head of household Farm (Meadhay) of 150 Acres employing 3 labourers and 1 boy. The census lists George and his wife Jane living at Meadhay, Dunsford, with their children Florence( 5), George Pearce (4),
Mabel Jane (3), James Newcombe (1) and Elizabeth Legge (10 weeks).
     They employ three labourers and 1 boy. Indoors, Kathleen BABBAGE is a boarder 20, years old and is the governess, she was born in Cornwall. Sarah J. SERCOMBE is their General domestic servant.  She is 17 years old and was born in Dunsford. Finally there is William EWENS 11, years old born in Dunsford who is a farm servant.
Source Information:
Dwelling Meadhay Census Place       Dunsford, Devon, England Family History Lib 134517
PRO Ref RG11 Piece/Folio          2146/7 Page 8
1891 Census for Alphington, Matford Barton

Here we have my Great Grandfather George Newcombe MORTIMER (49), head of the
house , a farmer and with him Jane (39), his wife, their sons George Pierce (14), James (11),  and daughters, Florence (15),      Mabel Jane (13), Elizabeth (9), Constance Rose (3). With such a  large family and a farm to run it’s no wonder they needed servants. Jane had two, Jessie FANT who was a domestic Cook and Ann DAVEY adomestic housemaid.
At this point  it is worth looking at the actual Census.  The two Mills on either side of the farm. Matford Mill above has the BABBAGE family, which is so coincidental with Kathleen BABBAGE who was a servant in the 1881 Census…..
1891 Census for Brown Farm Kenn.

    Thomas is now 56, and running the farm. With him are his wife  Mary Legge now 47, their sons  George (26), Fred (18), and James (8), and their daughters Edith (22), Alice (20), Bertha (11), . They have a farmer visiting them on the night of the census a John DURRANT (27), and a farm servant Charles NEIL (18).
1901 census for Church Road.

Now at 60 George Newcombe is a retired farmer and not living on the farm. His wife Jane is still only 45, with them are their daughters Mabel (20), who is a shop assistant, Elizabeth Legge (16), an apprentice B/ bookkeeper? And Constance Rose (12) at home.  My mother remembers‘Aunt Connie’ Their son James R which I think should read N for Newcombe !(19) is an engineer. This fits with what my mother told me about her father. All the children were born in Dunsford or Alphington; this is an administrative area for GRO Devon.
GRO Marriage for James Newcombe MORTIMER and O'sythe Martha WATSON.
James Newcombe Mortimer married O'sythe Martha WATSON on 29th September when she was 33 years old and he was 47. He had been married previously to Lilly Sidlaw who had a daughter by her previous marriage.The daughter was called Phyllis and that is all I know of her apart from two watercolours, which she painted and are my only heirlooms.She was still alive in the 1910 census and using her Sidlaw name - I await ideas as to what this can of worms will reveal.
    James and O’sythe were married in 1928 at Faversham Parish Church. At first they were living at 79, Ealing Road, Ealing at the time of Marriage. Their first and only child Pauleen was born 1930 in Liverpool because O'sythe's sister Fanny was a midwife.  They all lived at 7, Dulverton Road, Aikbuth later moving to Ealing, 31 Ransleigh Road South Ealing next door to Pauleens’friend June DODGE.  Then to 31, Brunner Road Perrivale Ealing.  James Newcombe had a stroke they moved to 469, Margate Road Ramsgate.
Then to Kings Avenue Ramsgate where James died.  Final move for my Nan was to 2, Morden Cottages Wilson's Road Ramsgate.
For more on my WATSON branch see the WATSON blog entry.
Pauleen married my father Malcolm John (‘Jim’) CUMMINGS – and so this line of MORTIMER has ended.