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Durham / Desperately Seeking Mary Jane
« on: Sunday 16 November 14 21:09 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all,
I am desperately hoping that someone get help get over a hurdle.

I have just received a last and testament of one of my great grandfathers, and instead of giving me answers, it's just thrown up more questions.

He is/was Thomas Johnson born 1901 Wheatley Hill, Co.Durham and died 1970 in Hartlepool.

Hi will says that he was married to Mary Jane Johnson and had two sons, James Richard Johnson and Kenneth William Johnson. It also names his brother Robert Johnson and his  grandson, Martin Andrew Johnson, son of James.

What would really like to know is what was the maiden name of Mary Jane. I would like to get their marriage certificate.

Any help would be appreciated.


Devon / River Dart Drowning - Irene T Tollitt
« on: Sunday 02 November 14 21:38 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all,

I am wondering if anyone is able to help me find out if there is a newspaper article of the inquest held for the death of Irene T Tollitt who drowned 11th April 1981 in the River Dart at Steamer Quay, Totnes, Newton Abbot, Devon.

Unfortunately I am unable able to travel to a library local to there because it would a 400 mile round trip for me, so any help would be appreciated.

Many thanks,


Armed Forces / Decipher statement of service of Henry A Cranney of Hartlepool.
« on: Tuesday 09 September 14 11:18 BST (UK)  »

Is anyone able to help me decipher this part of my ancestor's service record. He was Henry A Cranney of Hartlepool.

Cumberland / William Johnston of Ireby
« on: Friday 01 March 13 20:07 GMT (UK)  »

Can anyone help me to locate the death of William Johnston born circa 1778 in Wigton, Cumberland. He married Mary Dalton in Bromfield, Wigton in 1795 and was living in Ireby between 1795 and 1806 where his children were born. His son George's marriage certificate states that his father was a Shoemaker.
I have found him and Mary in the 1851 census still living in Ireby which states his occupation as 'Pauper late Shoemaker.' Unfortunately I have not been able to find a death for him even though Ireby only had a population of around 500 people. There are many deaths for William Johnstons' in Wigton, but that is a common name, so that is not surprising.

Many thanks,


Durham Lookup Requests / Death at mine recorded in newspaper?
« on: Tuesday 12 February 13 17:25 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all,

I have come across an ancestor's death at

"Johnson, James, 06 Apr 1927, aged 37, Stoneman, killed by a fall of stone"

Does anyone know if this would have been reported in a newspaper, and if so, where would I look?

Many thanks,

Paul Johnson

Durham Lookup Requests / Durham Electoral Register look-up please.
« on: Saturday 02 February 13 13:10 GMT (UK)  »

I would greatly appreciate some help to find out who was registered to vote living at 12 Third Street, Horden, Co. Durham in 1967.

Also, would anyone be able to tell me where  a Thomas Johnson or a Mrs Nattress lived in Monk Hesleden, Co. Durham around 1963. I know that it sounds like you would find thousands of names but, the population of Monk Hesleden is pretty small.

Many thanks,


Armed Forces / Help with document please
« on: Saturday 18 August 12 19:41 BST (UK)  »

I am hoping that you will be able to help me with this document that I have been sent. I am not good with these military documents, and don't understand what most of it says.
There are few things that stand out to me though. I notice that on page two it states "Attested 8.11.15", then on 12.5.16 "Discharged. Henry made a misstatement as to age on enlistment.............." & "age 16 1/2, But on the last page it states date of discharge 4.2.19 aged 19. Could these two pages be for different people?

Durham Lookup Requests / Electoral Registers for Co. Durham
« on: Wednesday 01 August 12 22:04 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

Do any of you have access to the electoral registers for County Durham (or know where I will be able to view them).

I am trying to find out who was living with Thomas Johnson in Front Street, Hesledon in 1930.

Who was living at 30 Single Burden Street, Hesldon,

Also, was there anyone with the surname Natrass in Hesledon at that time (it is only a small place).

And the last one, who did William Dawkins live with in South Terrace, Hartlepool in 1847

I appreciate any help you can give.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Transcribe naval record
« on: Thursday 26 July 12 09:34 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

Are any of you able to help me transcribe this naval record and what the parts mean.

Any help will be gratefully appreciated.


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