Friday, 8 April 2011

Ralph Brown 1806-1855 and Mary Hall 1810-1866

Ralph Brown was born at Howden Dock in the parish of Wallsend, Northumberland, England on 13 March 1806, the son of John and Martha Brown. His family moved south into County Durham during his childhood.

Mary Hall was born in Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, on 29 June 1810. She was the daughter of George Hall and Mary Haswell.

Ralph married Mary on Christmas Eve, 1830 at St Michael's Church, Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham. The couple settled in Easington Lane, close to Ralph's parents.

On the 1841 census they are shown living at Brick Garth, Easington Lane, with four children:

Anne born 1831
Martha born 1833
John born 1839
William born 1840

Ralph was working as a coal miner.

By 1851 the family had moved to Coxhoe, Co Durham. There was another child, George, born 15 January 1842 at Brick Garth. Daughter Martha had died in 1850, and son William isn't on the census with them, but I haven't yet been able to trace what happened to him. Ralph was recorded on the census as an overman (supervisor) at the local colliery.

Ralph died on 20 February 1855, a few weeks short of his 49th birthday. Mary continued to live in Coxhoe, and was shown on the 1861 census with sons George (a coal miner) and Ralph (a 9 year old scholar) and also William Hall - listed as a boarder but possibly a relative. Mary died on 24 August 1866 at only 56, and was buried with her husband in St Helen's Churchyard, Kelloe.

I need to do more work to fill in the gaps in this family. Looking at the dates of birth, there must have been more children born in the 1830s, and probably in the 1840s, but I haven't been able to find any birth or baptism records for the children I know about. I need to follow up on the disappearance of William Brown. I'd also like to find out who William Hall is.

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