Can you help? - family tree and genealogy research
This section is available for anyone who would like to ask genealogy or other queries of Trimdon families. It relies on others reading the page and being able to provide information, so is basically a self-help message board. Use the contact form to send your message, which will be added to the list below:
Can you help?
Wednesday, May 2nd 2013 at 7:30 pm.
I would like to know if there are any Cloggs in the Trimdon area, I think we are related through the Hadfeilds, which I have a lot of information about if anyone is interested. Alan Hepworth
Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at 10:30 pm.
I am searching for information about my Great, Great Uncle Aaron Barratt and his wife Maria (nee Attwood), on 1911 census they lived at Jasper House, Deaf Hill, Trimdon. After spending almost 50 years in Australia they returned to Trimdon in 1959, where Aaron died in 1960. Their nephew, S Cairns is named on the death certificate, is there anyone still living in Trimdon by that name, I would be most grateful for any information, many thanks Jayne Jones.
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 at 2:00 pm.
Can anyone help? My name is Brian Harvey, and I am trying to research my Mothers past. Her name was Violet Eleanor Newton who was born in Trimdon on the 6/7/1914 and lived at 17 OVERMANS ROW. Her fathers name was Fred Allen Newton Born in Darlington in 1890, and lived in the RISE CARR area. In fact the Newtons lived in that area for more than 40 years prior to the 1911 census. Violets Mothers name was Margaret Mary Ann Robinson Newton, late Ashcroft, formally French. She was born in Minton Durham in 1885, her father being Thomas French.
Following the death of Margaret Newton when Violet was quite young, it would appear that father and daughter moved to Hampshire where they spent the rest of their lives.I'm sure there must be a lot of long lost relatives in the Darlington area, so any information that can enlighten the past would be appreciated. Thank you, Brian Harvey on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 9:11 pm.
My great grandfather James Hadfeild and his brother Isaac Hadfeild lived at Trimdon Colliery in the late 1860s and early seventy’s, Isaac went to Australia, but James stayed in the Trimdons, and later lived at Wingate, is there anyone who is a Hadfeild or related to James, it would be nice to find out. Many thanks, Alan Hepworth. on email@example.com
Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 6:11 pm.
Hi readers. SCOTT family. My father, Thomas Lamb Scott, was born at The Pharmacy, Front Street, Trimdon (owned by his father) in 1905 but he moved away from the area, marrying my Mum, Nellie May Wassell 1902. I would be delighted to hear ( firstname.lastname@example.org) from anyone knowing of this family, Thomas Lamb Scott 1869 (born Trimdon Grange Colliery), Ann Payne 1863, Thirza Ann Scott 1897, Sarah Turnbull Scott 1903, Thomas Lamb Scott 1905. Thanks, Peter Wassell Scott
Wednesday, May 30th 2012 at 11:30 am.
Can anyone help? My name is Trevor Howard, I am looking for my cousins whose names are John Carter, Mary Henderson and Jeannie Willis. If anyone can contact them ask them to call or email (Click here to request contact details) I have not seen them for 10/15 years, need to get in contact and my wife wants to meet them.
Thank you, Trevor
30/05/12 : DS will try and get a message to John, Jeanie or Mary and let them know you are trying to contact them
31/05/12: Hi, I'm a reporter at the Hartlepool Mail and write a weekly column that tries to reunite people. Would you like an article in the newspaper? Please let me know at
Monday, May 14th 2012 at 10:30 am.
Looking for Hendersons in the Trimdon area. I am descended from John Henderson born 1856 Trimdon whos parents were Matthew Henderson and Ellen nee Oliver. John had a half brother Matthew living in the area at the time of WW1. Jennifer.email@example.com
Thanks, Jennifer Sharpe
Thursday, February 28th 2012 at 11:45 pm.
Can anyone help with a name, a Nicky Sedgwick, believed to be related to me, Dennis Sedgwick in America has not heard from her for some time, emails are going unanswered, someone is applying for same birth and death etc certificates as me for the Johnson to Sedgwick family, my late grandad John Johnson married Hannah Elliott, but his parents of Stokesley were John Johnson and Annie Sedgwick, believed to be Annie’s father John also and going back generations believed to be related to the famous Sedgwick family, namely Kyra Sedgwick married to Kevin Bacon the actor in USA, Kyra is into acting too, her cousin Edie, hung out with Andy Warhol in the 1960s, she committed suicide, and she was friendly with popstar Bob Dylan, there are Sedgwicks too who bought Blackpool pier, where do they all fit in, be lovely to find out who is related to who. I am continuing with research, also does anyone know or related to Jane Allison who married George Elliott farmer, in 1850s, acob was their son who had the Black Bull pub in Trimdon Village from the 1880s, and then William their son took over till 1950s.
I highly recommend anyone to do their family tree, its amazing what you come up with and who you are related to, I am getting certificates so if you are related to me copies can be given of anything, will be doing a book when all this is uncovered properly.
Thank you in advance for all your help. Good luck to anyone doing their family tree.
Linda Francis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 3rd at 10:20 pm.
NOBLE FAMILY. I am researching my husbands ancestors on his mothers side. Hannah Noble, Alice, Humphrey, Jim, Martha - descendants of Humphrey (Dad).
I am told there were quite a few Nobles related in Trimdon Village. We have an address South Cedar Road and Dyke Street and William Street, Trimdon. Ancestors were Humphrey and Ann Dawson. One of the Nobles had been married before and they had about 10 children -all girls. I am told a Thomas Noble was in the family too. Don't know if these are your in your tree?
Thank you; Jill Love Email: email@example.com
Reply from Ian Noble, 9th July 2012;
NOBLE FAMILY - Having read your request for information regarding the Noble family, the names you mentioned are I think my families relatives. My name is Ian Noble (Trimdon Village) My late father was Albert Noble born Low Hogg Street, Trimdon Colliery 1908 , I believe that Humphrey , Charlie, Hannah, Martha, Jimmy, and Annie are my fathers brothers and sisters. Hope this is of some help. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Friday, December 16th, 2011 at 9:47 pm.
I am trying to trace my husband's family tree but have a missing link. His mother was Jesse Corner b 1908 who grew up in Trimdon and I have managed to trace nearly all her brothers and sisters, but cannot find out what happened to brother Stanley Corner. Does anyone out there know where he disappeared to, or into which hospital or home he ended up in? Many thanks, Gill
Thursday, October 06th, 2011 at 9:18 am.
I am looking at family history for for the Johnstone family, i understand there was Willliam a brother and three sisters.Their dad was killed in Wingate pit in or around 1938.
Thanks for for any help, David Johnstone
Wednesday, October 05th, 2011 at 10:18 am.
I am researching the history of White Hurworth farm and any connection it may have had with an Ambrose Heighington who lived at White Hurworth ca 1680. He married the daughter of Sir Edward Musgrave of Hayton Castle, Cumberland. He had four children including two sons I think, one called Musgrave, the other William. Musgrave went on to become organist at St Nicholas, Gt Yarmouth in 1733. His brother, William was a commoner at Queen's College, Oxford.
Thanks, Andrew Hayden
Reply from Linda Francis, firstname.lastname@example.org
In reply to the enquiry of Ambrose Heighington re White Hurworth in 1600s, check with north country diaries ebook north, it was the wife Frances Heighington who purchased the White Hurworth land in 1656, her hubby died in 1893, Nov 11th, Musgrove was the son of Ambrose and was into organ music etc. Got the dates etc if you would like to send me email and I will send all info I have.
Monday, October 03rd, 2011 at 12:10 am.
I am trying to research my dad's side of the family from Trimdon Colliery. My great Grand mother was Eliza Langlands, ( Bowen ) she was brought up by her mother's family Leonard and Bella Ritson. Does anyone have any photos of Trimdon from back in the 1800's? Does any one know of my family? Thanks, Michele Henderson
Reply from Colin Langlands, 24th June 2012
I have a Eliza Langlands (Bowen) in my family tree born in Washington USA in 1884 Died 1953, married to William Langlands born in West Rainton. Leamside in 1882 Died 1963. They married at Sedgefield Registry Office 11 June 1903 and had nine children Eliza (1903-) Isabella (1906-) Elizabeth (1908-1999) Anthony (1910-1998) Ralph.B. (1912-1960) Sarah Sally (1915-) Joseph Todd (1917-1978) Mary (1923-) William (1925-1982). Hope this is some help.
I would love to hear from you as we are researching the same family tree. Eliza was my G. Grand mother and Sarah/Sally was my grand mother.
Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 6:42 pm.
I am looking for any information regarding my grandfather, William Pattison who was born in Coxhoe and married Ellen ? in Trimdon and had a boy John and girl Jane. Ellen died in 1898 and he move to Gateshead and remarried. I believe he had a brother John Amos and two sister who remained in Trimdon. Any help appreciated. Thanks, Thomas Cleugh
Monday, September 05th, 2011 at 9:27 am.
I'm looking for, or about my family in TRIMDON, my grandfathers name was Beb Hovells, sons Jackie, Terry William Henry, daughters Georgina, (my mother) Kitty and 4 more girls, I think my grandfather had whippets and greyhounds. I live in GERMANY any info would be great, also my father came from Trimdon his name was JOHN MURPHY, they moved to BOSTON England, and LONDON in the 50's. Thanks, E. Murphy
Thanks to Michael Hovvels for his reply which was forwarded on 5th Oct 2011
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 2:18 pm.
I'm looking for ASPINALLs living in the parish of Trimdon. JOSEPH ASPINALL born 1875 +/- 1 moved from Trimdon to Haydock, Lancashire. One address is possibly 7 Burn Rd Fighting Locks, Durham when he was 5. If this is correct his father would have been called THOMAS ASPINALL (born 1851) and his mother ALICE A ? from Leeds (born 1856). If anyone has any Aspinall family in the area I would love to exchange information. Thanks, Mark Harrison
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 1:52 pm.
Does anyone know of my mother Elizabeth Ede? Her maiden name was Moore and she was born in Trimdon Grange in December 1900. Her father was Hugh Moore. She moved to Wingate after her marriage. Thanks, Richard Ede
Saturday, May 28th, 2011 at 1:16 am.
Chaytor Ancestors: I was looking into my grandmothers family and was happy to find more information than I ever expected. However, I have information regarding Anne Chaytor Barber who left for the US approximately in 1913. She was a twin and left with three children - Nancy, Frederick and Emily. My mom, Elizabeth, was born in Illinois in 1915. She passed away in 2010. I am very interested in learning more about the Chaytor and Barber families. Thank you, Darlene Hammond
Saturday, April 16th, 2011 at 08:10 pm.
Hi, I am descended from the Ortons of Trimdon, who lived in North Plantation Row and Surgery Row in the early part of the last century. Families who married into the Ortons were:
Richardsons; Welchs'; and Soulsbys'.
This photo (click to open) is from the booklet Where Explosions; the chap on the extreme left I am convinced is an Orton. Perhaps someone can help to identify him?
Any relatives up there feel free to get in touch! Thanks, Mark Orton email@example.com
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 at 12:10 pm.
I am trying to find out If there are any Henderson Relatives still in the Trimdon area. My Great grandfather John was born in Trimdon 1856 he came from a long line of stone masons. I know he had a half brother Matthew whos son George died in WW1 . John came to the midlands with his uncle John Oliver and settled here. Thanks, Jennifer Sharpe
Sunday, March 06th, 2011 at 12:08 am.
I live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S. My great, great, grandfather, Thomas Paisley, according to the 1861 Census in England, was born in Blesck Green, Durham, England in 1832. Civil Parish was Trimdon in Durham. He married Jane Elizabeth Bowen in 1856; my guess at a church in Trimdon. Thomas, his wife, and son, John Thomas, age 1, emigrated to the U.S. in 1863. I know this is a long-shot, but if you are a Paisley or a Bowen or know someone with that surname, please contact me.
Wendel L. Paisley Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at 12:16 am.
Hi, my name is Diane. I'm looking for information on my fathers side. His name is George Paul, and his parents were Jack and Martha(Brown), they had 3 sons. George, John(deceased) and David. I know Jack was owner of Trimdon Motor services where he met Martha. If anyone knows anything plz email me I'm very interested in learning more about this. My Dad(George) married Georgina Walton.
Thanks, Diane, Email: email@example.com (Canada)
Thursday, February 17th, 2011 at 2:19 pm
I am looking for anyone who might be doing family research on the SIMPSON or FARMER families.
Clara SIMPSON b 12 Oct 1895 Kelloe Winning DURHAM (father James SIMPSON, mother Sarah Armstrong). I believe Clara to be the youngest of about 12 children - her father James was a Colliery fireman.
Clara qualified as a teacher at Ripon Training College. She married John William FARMER (father Noah, mother Margaret) at St Pauls Deaf Hill cum Langdale Co Dur in 1922. She taught at Trimdon Grange.
The couple emigrated to Australia in 1926 where Clara worked as a teacher and John worked as a Clerk in Sydney. John died in 1974 and Clara died 1984/5.
Clara was also known as Jenny . A niece Emily Harrison who lived at Wingate communicated regularly. Also Emily's granddaughter Kay who used to correspond with her Aunt Jenny. If anyone knows of any descendants of these families still in the Durham area. I would like to make contact, especially with Kay. Cheers
Reply from Billy Willis, July 16th 2012
Hi Narelle, Clara was my Grandads sister. My mother, Una, Clara's neice is living in Trimdon Village, let me know if you would like any further information, thanks, Bill Willis
Reply from Thomas R Cleugh September 14th, 2011
To Narelle Richardson: Some help with the Farmer "Tree" .John Wm Farmer had one sister Lillie b1898, his father (Noah) had 6 siblings one (Selvey) was my grandmother who married Wm Pattison at Gateshead then moved to Canada.
They came from Mexbourgh Yorkshire, Noah's father was Thomas R Farmer 184501902, mother Jane Haycock b1832.
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 at 6:47 am.
Hi, I am working on my family tree, and have been for a few years.
With the exception of myself and my father, all previous generations from my grandad backwards came from the Trimdon area.
My grandfather Robert Orton 1912-1990, was born at 9 North Plantation, and before leaving the area sometime in the 30's, worked for a short time at Fishburn Colliery.
His father, also Robert, 1877-1950, was under manager, then manager at one of the Trimdon Collieries I was always told, though he started as a hewer.
His father Joseph 1853-1933, was also a mine manager and he lived in a place called Surgery Row.
I am guessing that there must be cousins I have never met still in the area, as I was always told that Orton is a bit like Smith in that part of the world. I would be so interested if anyone has any info either on any members of my Trimdon family, or indeed, what life must have been like for my grandad in Trimdon in 1930 (when he turned 18) in the mining trade. I knew him well but he never really spoke about that time.
I wonder also what the life of my great grandad, initially a hewer must have been like, and what the plantation was like- my dad who is 69 this year can just remember it as a boy, and said it was a grid system of houses for mining workers, built around the collieries themselves.
I guess it has something to do with trying to understand your roots.
Anyway thanks in advance,
Mark Orton, Norfolk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, December 04th, 2010 at 12:19 pm.
I am trying to find out more info about my grandparents, the information I have says that they lived at 28, South Plantation Row, Trimdon in the late 1890's Their names were Jim and Esther Learoyd. Any information about them or any Learoyds would be gratefully appreciated.
Thanks, Esther Salmon nee Dodsworth
Request for help sent to the Station Road Community Centre website ( Trimdon.net/Welfare ) :
Can anyone help - I am researching my family history, my mother was born in Trimdon, her name is Margaret Ann Kitchen, she has brothers Robert (Robbie) and George (Geordie) another great uncle of mine was John George Yates who enlisted at Deaf Hill for WW1 and he was killed/missing at Flanders France whilst serving with 15th Battalion the Durham Light Infantry, what I am asking is, is there anyone living in the area with the names Yates/Kitchen who would probably be a relative?
If anyone has any information please contact the community centre
01429 882200 or email@example.com
Whilst researching for an enquiry for the Museum of Policing in Cheshire ( www.museumofpolicingincheshire.org.uk ) I have come across a John Austin McHALE, born 1856 Old Trimdon, Durham, he having left his home town initially served in the Liverpool police and in March 1881 joined the Cheshire Constabulary where he remained until 1913 attaining the rank of Superintendent, (local man makes good). Anyone interested in obtaining his details may make contact through the above site which has an enquiry form. Thank You Jim Talbot, Trustee and Researcher Museum of Policing in Cheshire.
From Linda Francis;
A lady called Elva MORTON keeps sending me messages through Genes Reunited but I can't access them, or send her reply, she claims she knows both my late parents Ralph and Nancy Calvert of Trimdon. Anyone who knows her please tell her I would love to hear from her, and give her my email address. (Contact Trimdon Times)
Thanks from Linda
I am researching my husband's family history and need information on James Patrick Rookes who was born 1927 in Blackhall, but his father James Rookes was born in 1898 in Trimdon. I know they lived at 35 Cuthbertson Street, Trimdon - I am not able to find the street. James Patrick Rookes was in the army when he got married in 1948. All information will be appreciated.
Thanks - Mrs H K Daly 18 May 2010
Reply from Danielle Farrell 16 June 2010.
I am currently trying to research my grandad who went by the name James Patrick Shaw; however I recently found out that his real name was actually James Partick Rookes; I don’t know if it is the same person but the name is so familiar. He lived in Liverpool, but I am aware that he was originally from West Hartlepool.
Even if it is not the right person could you please let me know.
Kind regards, Danielle Farrell
Reply from Linda Wilkinson: 14 Jun 2010
I am not 100% sure, but think Cuthbertson Street was the houses that were behind what is now North Moor Avenue
Reply from Harninder K Daly: 12th July 2010
re Danielle Farrell response I would need more information before I could dismiss his grandfather not being the James Patrick Rookes that I am looking for. 1 why did he change his name? 2 when did he move to Liverpool?
Reply from Danielle Farrell 16 July 2010.
I have further information to believe he may be the same person.
I can confirm that his name was James Partrick Rookes and later went by James Patrick Shaw. He was born in May 1927 in Durham. If you require any additional information please feel free to contact me via my personal email held by Trimdon Times. Kind regards.
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I wonder if anyone could help me, I am looking for anyone who is related to George Brown born 1875 died 1946 his wife was Catherine Carr, they married at Langdale in 1900. Both of them are buried at Deaf Hill cemetery. The children were Robert born approx 1900 and died in 1996, Thomas born 1903 death unknown, Margaret Alice born 1905 died 1991 she married John Edward Pearson,George William b 1906 death unknown, Nicholas b 1908 death unknown, Florance b 1911 d 1952, Norah b 1914 death unknown, Ralph Gowland b 1917 D1941. If anyone could help me i would be most greatful. Thanks, Vera 17 May 2010
Reply from Valerie Banks 29th June 2011
Vera, In reply to your request for information from the descendants of George Brown and Catherine Carr.
I am the daughter of Nicholas Brown. He was born in September 1908 and died in July 1978.
I've managed to trace the Carr side of the family back quite a few generations but I get stuck on the Brown side! Valerie
Reply from Alan Robinson: 2nd Sept 2010
Vera: in answer to your questions there's a Mary Rand (nee Pearson) at Fishburn & Tom Pearson. Catherine died last year. I can remember a Vera when i was small (thought she was a aunty ??) John Pearsons wife Joyce lives in Trimdon Village, Pearleens at Fishburn, Thomas died 2yrs ago. Ralph (Georges son) lives at Deaf Hill. Myself, I live in the Village. Hope this helps. Alan.
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My dad died recently and he often spoke of Trimdon Colliery, his name was Bill Crosby, my nannas maiden name was Langly, he was a footballer in his younger days. I would like to know if any family members remember him. Thanks - Val 14 May 2010
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Does anyone remember a Thomas Noble born Aycliffe 1886 and died Trimdon 24 Dec 1975. He was one of 11 siblings and his father was the foreman at Aycliffe Limestone quarry. He worked in Jaques and Jaques drapers shop in Darlington and retired to Trimdon,
I don’t know if there was a Mrs Noble or if the lady he lived with was one of his spinster sisters. He was my father's guardian 1922-1934 and I would like to know more about him if possible and if there are any living relatives. He must have had many nephews and nieces.
Any information would be much appreciated. Thanks - Dani
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