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Durham / Luke Bolam died 1808?
« on: Friday 20 December 13 10:54 GMT (UK)  »
I came across the following newspaper report:

Bournmoor Colliery, Fencehouses, 6 miles [9 km] NNE of Durham
Edinburgh Weekly Journal. 6 April 1808
On Saturday week, at Bournmoor Colliery, as Luke Bolam, a sinker, was in the act of descending into the workings, by negligence of the driver the gin was suffered to run ? and the poor man precipitated to the bottom at such violence as to give him little hope of recovery. One of the horses was killed.

Unfortunately I cannot find a death or burial record, maybe he did survive after all?

Can anyone help?


Northumberland Lookup Requests / Luke Bolam or maybe Boland
« on: Thursday 19 December 13 17:47 GMT (UK)  »
I wonder if any one can help with a baptism record for Luke?

What I know is Luke BOLAND & Margaret Jopling married by banns 6 October 1787 Chester le Street, Durham. They had 10 children all of whom were baptised as BOLAM.
Abode 1788 – 1791 Lumley, 1788 Luke a Farmer. 1791-1793, a Sinker. (On first four baptisms)
Abode in 1816/1819 Great Lumley (On Luke & Margaret, Bolam (juniors) burial records)

Nothing then until 1841 census, age 87 (1754). He was an Ag. Lab. Abode Woodman’s Place, Great Lumley, Chester Le Street, Durham. However he was not born in County Durham.

Luke Bolam– (Death 25 Mar 1842, aged 86; husbandman; old age: Elizabeth Boland, daughter, in attendance of Great Lumley. Burial 28 Mar 1842, age 86, (1756) Chester Le Street, Durham)

Another  Luke Bolam was buried St John's Chapel, Weardale, County Durham, 24 May 1785, Abode Fieldhead.

So the question is where was he born?
My best guess is that the answer will be in Northumberland.

A number of Ancestry members have a Luke Bolam in their family trees, he was baptised 2 Nov 1758 Lanchester, County Durham, parents Andrew Bolam & Mary. However the 1841 census notes that he was not born in the Durham.

I found Luke Bolam baptised HARTBURN, NORTHUMBERLAND 7 Jun 1761 (Only child)
Parents Charles Bolam & Jane Scott - married 29 Nov 1759 HARTBURN, NORTHUMBERLAND.

Charles must have died some time after Luke was born as Jane Bolam married Peter Robinson
31 Aug 1767 at Hartburn. They then moved to Stanhope, Durham and had children there. I assume Luke went with them. My feeling is this is the one who died 1785 in Weardale?

None of the above parents names are included in Luke & Margarets family, their boys being George,
John & William, and the baptism dates are some way off the burial record/census years, although I realise that these are not always accurate.

There are a number of records without the Christian name, one in particular which may be a possibility, I wondered if anyone had access to the records for GROAT MARKET MEETING - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NORTHUMBERLAND, a Male Bollum born 26 June 1755 baptised 26 June 1755. Father: George Bollum.

Or any other suggestions.
Sorry this is so long.


Durham Lookup Requests / George Boland born 1857 died 12 Oct 1902
« on: Tuesday 17 December 13 18:50 GMT (UK)  »
I am carrying out some research for a friend and descendant of the above. Apparently he was killed, some say murdered on 12 October 1902. There was an inquest and an open verdict was found. Then some time later it was changed to a closed verdict. The family does not know why.

 The 1901 census is not exactly precise in naming the location where George, a gardener, general worker & family of 3 are living. It is simply noted as Cottages, 4 entries after the Travellers Rest public house. All of the neighbours are miners. The enumerator describes the general area as west of the viaduct in Pelton Fell Lane & south of the Dene at Pelton Fell, in the parish of St Mary and St Cuthbert, Chester Le Street, Durham.

Therefore I think this is now called Bluehouse Bank (B6313). The nearest pub is the Moorings, so either it was the Travellers Rest or the latter no longer exists?

I cannot find anything directly about the death of George and the death cert did not help but I wonder if the comment noted below, which I happened to stumble across, might be related?

It relates to a report around the same time on Pelton Fell Council Boys' School.
An entry showed the dangers of living near to the colliery. "Owing to an escape of Carbon Monoxide from a large tipping heap of colliery refuse situated to the West of the village, a whole street of houses has been emptied of its tenants, two of the occupants having died from the fumes. As many of the boys lived in the said street they have been temporarily removed to other parts of the village and some to other other villages, thus causing this week's attendance to be much lowered." 

Can anyone add anything to the above?



Warwickshire Lookup Requests / St Michael, Coventry
« on: Sunday 03 November 13 16:26 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone have access to the marriage records for the above? I am trying to locate a marriage for Robert Orton to Mary about 1665 +/- 2. I have a feeling they may have married there.


Warwickshire Lookup Requests / Robert Orton born 1642 +/- 5 years
« on: Sunday 27 October 13 17:41 GMT (UK)  »
I have been researching my Orton ancestors for some years but I'm stuck at Robert who was probably born about 1642, during the Civil War.
From 1667 he was in Holy Trinity, Coventry, no trace of his marriage to first wife Mary but from the birth of their first child in 1667 I have all later records.

By coincidence one of the first references to the Orton name at Holy Trinity is the burial of Richard Orton of Coventry on 18 Mar 1658, I also have his will, it  is difficult to read. The only names that seem to be mentioned, is his wife Susanna and Ann Boston, Kooman? £?, Elizabeth King, goddaughter £3 & ANO illegible. - So no mention of any children.

The only marriage I can find, which may be him, is to  Shusanna Swinfeild 23 Nov 1635 Exhall (near Coventry). Sadly the baptism records, which are on Ancestry, in the following years are not great but there does not seem to be any mention of the family name as I can see.

I addition a general search for Roberts birth with the above parents or any others has proved negative, one of the problems is that transcribers seem to have difficulty with the name in this period because of old English script.

Is this the end of my Orton road or could someone point me in the right direction?


Warwickshire Lookup Requests / Bishops Transcripts
« on: Tuesday 27 August 13 13:26 BST (UK)  »
Since Ancestry added the Warwickshire parish records I have had some good results in progressing my ORTON ancestors. However prior to 1650 transcribers have difficulty in the name when written in Old English script.
Despite that I have managed to narrow down the fact that the next generation I am looking for was probably born in Kingbury or Coleshill in the 1580s, the problem is that the records for both parishes are virtually illegible in that period.

I was wondering where I might locate the Bishops Transcripts, for the above, as they may be of some help?



Warwickshire / William Orton - Vicar of Sheldon
« on: Monday 22 July 13 12:35 BST (UK)  »
William Orton was Vicar of Sheldon Parish Church 1625 - 1628, I have a lot of information on him. Recently I discovered a reference to his will. This incorrectly shows Sheldon, Shropshire, England and the will location as  Shropshire: Lichfield - Wills and Administrations, 1516-1652, Series V.-1624-1652.

Can anyone advise where I might be able to obtain a copy?



Worcestershire Lookup Requests / Phillip Orton Marriage 1707
« on: Sunday 12 May 13 11:08 BST (UK)  »
I wonder if anyone can help trace the record for the marriage of Phillip Orton, his first wife died in Bickenhill, Warwickshire in 1704 he then had a son Thomas who was baptised there in 1709.

The only remarriage I can find is on find my past, sadly my membership has lapsed after I rejoined Ancestry!

According to the above he married in Kings Norton, Worcestershire in 1707 but I cannot trace the record anywhere else, can anyone help?


Pembrokeshire / Jane Reynolds born 1826/1827
« on: Saturday 20 April 13 11:37 BST (UK)  »
My Great Great Grandmother died in Aston, Birmingham in 1887, census records 1841/1851 indicate that she was born 1826 and 1861 – 1881, born 1827.

She married in the Parish Church, Llandilofawr, Carmarthen in 1845. Her Husband George Norton was a Bachelor and Jane a Spinster, both were of full age, living in Llandilo Town. The record states that her father was James Reynolds he was a Hatter. Not noted as deceased but I think he died before 1837.

Places of birth on census returns are inconsistent:

1851 - Narberth, S Wales.
1861 - Monmouthshire, Newport.
1871/1881 - S. Wales,  Cardiff.

The only Jane Reynolds, which fits the bill, I can find in 1841, is living at Church St.  Narberth, with I assume her mother Anne, a Baker. There are 5 other children, it list's Jane as third eldest, she is the only one not born in the county of Pembrokeshire. However I think she may have been baptised in Narberth on 26 August 1841.
I have tracked most of the names on the 1841 census but no later connections emerge. Her mother Anne was in Water St. in 1851 and died before 1861. Jane went on to have 10 children in Ireland & Birmingham 3 of the names of those children appear with her on the 1841 census.

The question is where was Jane Reynolds born?

There is a gap in her parent’s activities in Narberth, from 3 May 1823, when Jane’s brother Thomas was buried and the birth of her sister Anne about 1828 but she was not baptised. The next baptism in Narberth was Elizabeth 24 July 1829.

Can anyone help?



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