I do not know whether this will help, but 5 generations back I have an ancestor who was living in Newcastle. His name was George Dewar and he was born around 1777. He had a brother John Dewar who I think was an anchor and chain smith, but I am not absolutely sure on this.
George was apprenticed as a seaman on 30 April 1789 and his apprenticeship ended on 21 February 1803. He joined the Royal Navy as an able seaman around 1813, was appointed Gunner on H.M.Sloop 'Variable' on 22 December 1815. He continued as a Warrant Officer in the Royal Navy until 16 May 1831, serving as a gunner on a number of different ships.
He married Sarah, but I have not been able to track down her maiden name, or the date of their marriage. He died on 19 May 1832 and his widow was awarded an Admiralty pension of £25 per annum.
I think he had five children, George, John, William, Susan and possibly one other that I have virtually no information on at the moment. William was my great great grandfather and by the time of his birth, the family was living in the Naval town of Deptford. He was born on 2 May 1821 and married Mary Anne Sophie Johnson on 2 August 1846. So far as I am aware he on had one son, George Richard, born 4 May 1847, my great grandfather.
George Richard had four children, Alfred, George William, Ada and Florence. George William born 30 July 1874. He married Clara Elizabeth Heaney on 1 August 1896 and he was my grandfather. They had two children George William, born 4 March 1900, my father, and Clara Ellen. George William was my father.
Do any of your ancestors tie into this? I would particularly like to find out more about Alfred, Ada and Florence, as well as the John Dewar who lived in Newcastle around 1770. If you have any information, you can e-mail me for a few more days on email@example.com, after that I will be using a different address.
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