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John's Family in Durham County, England
Posted by: Steve Urwin Date: January 16, 2002 at 07:25:12
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The following is a portion of a letter received by John Urwin, in Gallia Co., sometime around March or April 1859, following the trascript I have listed what I have gleaned from this letter. This info is all that I have on my family in Durham Co., I am hoping that something here looks familiar to a fellow researcher.

"... Mother, well dear uncle you know at the time when you received our last letter, your dear mother was living at the North Moor in tyne, but she was getting so old and was not fit to be left by herself therefore we brought her to hetton to stay with us about 10 months ago that is last May 1858 but dear uncle if you had seen her when she came to our house to stay you would have seen a great change in her body likewise she nearly lost her memory she had to walk with a stick, though many a time she talked about her son in America she gradually got weaker until December 30, 1858 when she died which i trust she has gone to a better world where sickness and Death canot reach."

page 2

"there has many hundreds gone out to the coal districts to Astralia some has done well, and has got a little gold others has got nothing as for your brother we have never got a letter from him likely we will never get one from him when i tell you that he went away and never came to bid us god bye i think this was very unkind of him we have heard that there has a letter comed to the wifes friends in tyne and he is doing very well the wife and two children is with him, they are two girls your sister Mary (and Frank) is living at Sunderland now the family is all married 6 girls and 2 sons your sister Jane and her husband William Greives is living at Hesson beside us there family is five daughters and three sons one daughter married your sister Isabella Taylor my mother has three sons two daughters all married but myself my father is still working in the pits but is sore failed i am presently working at Easington lane at some new school building i am a foreman mason 27 shillings per week miners wages are some way about the same, coal trade is very brisk here, your nephew John Waugh is still alive but enjoys very bad health his brother and sister is dead his father Peter Waugh is living..."


Oh to have the rest of this letter! I wonder how much more was on page 3!!

It looks as if John had 5 siblings at least:

1) a brother who went to Australia with his wife and 2 daughters.
2) a sister Mary who married a man by the name of Frank, this couple lived at Sunderland and had 6 girls and 2 boys all of whom were married by 1859.
3) a sister Jane who married a William Grieves (a "cousin" in Durham found this marriage to be at
Houghton le Spring on 5-25-1834) this couple lived at Hetton and had 5 girls and 3 boys with one
daughter being married by 1859.
4) a sister Isabella who married a man by the name of Taylor, they also lived at Hetton and had 3 boys
and 2 girls all married but one by 1859. Mr. Taylor is a coal miner and the son (letter writer) is a
mason foreman working at Easington Lane on a school building for 27 shillings per week
5) a sister (deceased) that married a Peter Waugh (living) this couple has a son John who is still alive but
not in good health and a son and daughter that are deceased.

Also his mother would have died at Hetton on 12-30-1858 and is probably buried there as well since the young man's father would have been paying for te burial and his health was not the bet.

I have not been able to find North Moor on the Durham Co., maps but I have found all of the other places mentioned here. If Hetton is Hetton le Hole or if he means South Hetton both are between Houghton le Spring and Easington Lane and not all that far from Sunderland.


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