Trimdon 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.
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Trimdon Family Information Requests

October 12, 2017 1:51 pm
Subject: Brown / Hall family from Deaf Hill
I’m researching my family tree. My grandfather was Thomas Whaley Brown (b 1874) of 19 Station Lane and then of Deaf Hill Terrace. His wife was Isabel ( nee Hall ), and they had 4 kids between 1903-1919.
Margaret died in 1907 when she fell down a well aged 4. Others were Frank, Elsie and Jack – my dad who later moved to Thornley. He was a sparky at the pit.
Anyone know anything about them ? Franks family still live in the area, I believe his great granddaughter Courtney runs a riding school there. I live in Somerset and would love to hear about my family.
Thanks, Colin S Brown

Saturday 29th July 2017
Subject: I am a relative of the late Albert John Elvin and his wife Jeanie Hartforth Elvin. Any info you can give me would be appreciated. Thanks Mrs.J.M.Hargreaves

July 21, 2017 1:14 pm
Subject: 1905 street names
Hi, does anyone know if there was a Clark street in Trimdon in 1905? and also a Pit Street in the same year. I cant find either of these streets on any old maps I have viewed. Thanks, Sarah Bell

Thursday July 20, 2017
Subject: John William Oslar Scott
John William Oslar Scott was the grandson of John William Scott from Deaf Hill Trimdon. J W Oslar Scott was born in 1898, who were his parents please. Thank you, K. Scott

  • Sunday July 30th 2017
    I saw the request for information on the parents of John William Oslar Scott from K Scott. I am interested in Trimdon families so I did a little research to see if I could help.
    I believe the grandparents are John William Scott, b:1837 – Thornley and Isabella Hall b: 1838 – Hetton – le – Hole. They married in June 1856. I believe they had eight children, Ruth, John William, Richard Halls, Isabella, Elizabeth Ann, Mary Jane, Margaret Ann and Mark. The last two were born in Trimdon, the others in Quarrington Hill.
    The 1901 Census shows that Elizabeth age 28 and Mark age 21 are still at home with their parents. J.W.O Scott age 2 is shown as a grand child, born Trimdon Foundry.
    I suspect that the child is Elizabeth’s who is listed as a daughter (not married). My suggestion is that K Scott purchase a copy of the child’s birth certificate from Durham County Council. They have it listed as: SCOTT, John William O 1898.
    Hope this helps, John Robinson

Friday 19th May 2017

William Coates or John William Coates
Hello, I am seeking the baptism of an ancestor William Coates or John William Coates, he states he was born in Trimdon 1791 -1793. HE was well educated, from his letters and writing but his birth and parents are a mystery. I have checked Segefield records with no luck. Help needed please.
Thank you, Rosie

Thursday 20th April 2017
Trace my nieces
I would like to trace my nieces Susan Ann Towns and Linda Towns who were born in Trimdon in !963 and !965.Their parents were Robert Gerrard Towns (my brother) and Jean nee Thornton. I would be very grateful if anyone knows of their whereabouts so I can get in touch.
Regards, Ann Simpson

Saturday 15th April 2017
John James Duddin
Hi, I am trying to trace family of my late father in law, John James(Jack)Duddin. DOB 1915, born in Trimdon, was a miner then joined Royal Navy in WW2. His Mother was Jane Frances Duddin. I have no other information.
Regards, Jo Duddin.

  • Friday 7th July 2017
    My family were also named Duddin and lived nearby perhaps we are related?
    Fiona Lettice

Tuesday 28th March 2017
Trying to trace the McHale family
My uncle, John McHale, was landlord of the ‘Fox and Hounds’ pub in Trimdon Village in the1950s/60. He married Winifred Cunningham of Sedgefield.I don’t know anything about his family who may have lived in Trimdon before that time. Any information gratefully received.
Regards, Monica Waters

  • Tuesday 4th April 2017
    I vaguely remember the McHale Family and seem to remember they had a son John about the same age as my youngest brother.
    A quick search on the Family Search. org website shows that John McHale was born June Q 1908 and Winnifred May Cunningham June Q 1907. The 1911 Census shows that john’s parents were John and Margaret ages 36 and 39 respectively both born in Turlough parish , Co Mayo, Ireland. Children Mary Tirothea age 10 and Margaret aged 8 born in Turlough, son John in Trimdon. Another son William born 1912 in Trimdon after the census.
    Believe John and Margaret Berry were married in 1899.
    There was another McHale family in Trimdon, Martin and his wife Mary, also from Co. Mayo. This family shows in the 1871 and later census and had at least 11 children. I could not make any connection between these families which could lead to further research.
    John Robinson, Canada
  • Friday 7th April 2017
    Many thanks to John Robinson of Canada who replied so promptly to my request….just to add that I am the niece of Winifred May Cunningham and the cousin of her son John. The Cunninghams of Sedgefeld were, like the McHales, Irish by descent, and had connections in the 19th. century to the City Of Durham. I’ll follow up the leads you gave. Regards, Monica Waters


Friday 17th March 2017
Thomas William Howell
Hello, I am trying to find out more information about my great grandfather Thomas William Howell. He was living in Low Hogg Street, Trimdon in 1910 where my grandmother Elizabeth Ann Howell was born. My grandmother had a sister Evelyn and a brother Thomas William Howell born 1914. Sadly my Great Grandfathers wife Elizabeth Howell died shortly of the birth of their son. Thomas William Howell went on to re-marry Mary Bellis in 1916. My Grandfather worked in the mines in the Trimdon area. My grandmother moved down to London around the age of 16 and i believe contact was lost so my mother did not get to meet her grandfather, I would love to find maybe a photo of Thomas William Howell for my family tree and any information about his life in Trimdon.
Would love to hear from anyone who could help.
Regards, Susan Mitchell

Thursday 16 March 2017
John Smith born 1926 –
Hi, I am trying to track down relatives of my grandfather John Smith who died in 2002. He was born in Trimdon in 1926 and the only other information I have is his mother’s maiden name was Davidson. Any help would be gratefully received.
Regards, Mark Smith

Monday 7th November 2016
Liddle Family
Hi, I’m trying to find info on the Liddle family who moved from Gales, North Yorks moors area in early 1800’s. The 2 sisters were in service in Durham city later to a clockmaker called Thomas O Neil (I have grandfather clock with his name on it.)
I should imagine the Liddle family moved from North Yorks moors area to Trimdon in the early 1800’s maybe around the time the pit was opening. I’m guessing the father was a farm labourer.  As far as I can make out one girl was born at Trimdon & she was called Mary.
kind regards, Colin Hodgson (South Yorks)

Monday 26th September 2016
John Nicholson and wife Elizabeth Gilroy
John was a journeyman mason, in Whitby later on. He came from Old Trimdon, Durham in 1853/4, birth year. Can anyone tell me anything at all?
Thanks, Linda Drew

Saturday 10th September 2016
Family tree of a father I never knew;
I am hoping that someone can help share some information about a John ( Jack ) Storey.
I know he was born at Trimdon Colliery, I am led to believe he had 4 brothers and 1 sister. His mum Ellen/ Eleanor lived on (Heather Send Road? in Fishburn) I believe Jack moved to Dorset and did have a son from that I know nothing more if anyone knew of this family or has any old photographs I would be so grateful to hear from you.
Thank You, Ronald

Friday 19th August 2016
John Jackson who died at Trimdon Grange Colliery on 8th May 1863My family has a memorial cut out in memory of John Jackson who died at Trimdon Grange Colliery on 8th May 1863. He is son of John and Annabella Jackson although it wrongly says Isabella. This must have been devastating, but there is no mistake as it is with the family Bible and has been passed down for generations. Wondered if there was any record of John”s death or Burial?
Thanks, Kerrie Bennett

Tuesday 26th July 2016
Hill/Brown family
I’m looking for information on the Hill/Brown/Briggs family. My granddad was William Robinson Hill and grandma was Mildred Brown she was born in 1899 I think at South Views. She married William in 1921 and died in 1981. They lived in Jasmine Crescent. If anyone has information or knows of any living relatives please contact me.
Regards, Katherine Gellatly

  • Friday July 21, 2017 8:05 pm
    Hi Katherine just to let you know William and Millie were my aunt anduncle Millie being my Mams sister. If you want any more info let me know. Alan Walker (email address available)


Friday July 22nd 2016
Wardle family from Trimdon Colliery
My great great grandfather, Arthur Joseph Wardle (b 1847) (aka Joseph Wardle) married Charlotte (née Smith) at Trimdon Colliery in 1869. He, Charlotte and children were detailed in the 1881 Census in Kippax near Leeds. In 1886, Charlotte married George Kimber in West Hartlepool.
To date, I have not found out what happened to Arthur Joseph. George and Charlotte’s daughter, Mary (Polly) was born in 1891 in Trimdon Colliery. In 1893, the family emigrated to Louisville, Boulder, Colorado. My great grandfather, Thomas Wardle, had already moved back to Staffordshire well before the family emigrated. If anybody can enlighten me on the fate of Arthur Joseph/Joseph, I would be most grateful.
Regards, Colin Sproston

Thursday June 23rd 2016
Hi there. I am trying to find out any information on TMS member Eric Holmes(My father). He would have been a member in the late 50’s and he resided in Bolton UK. If you can supply me with any information I would be extremely grateful,
Regards, George Holmes

Sunday May 22nd 2016
Hi, I am researching my family history and know one of our names is Greenwood, who ran a public house in Trimdon Grange. If anyone has any other information or even photographs I could see I would be extremely grateful. Thanks, Anita

  • Saturday 28th May 2016
    Henry Curry Greenwood married Emily Moore/ Birkett stepdaughter of my g-g uncle Adam Birkett. Emily is listed as Birkett on every record I have found, but her mother Anne Moore was an army wife in Gibraltar before marrying Adam. I have more family info if of interest.
    Lesley Austen

Sunday 16th April 2016
I’m trying to find more information on John Glaister, born 1853 and Mary Carlyle, born 1849 in Cumberland. They married in 1870 and had several children. At some time I believe they moved to Trimdon, the children are Ann, George, Willam, John, Robert and Elizabeth according to the 1881 census. If anyone could help with other information it would be very much appreciated. Regards, Dawn Meakin

  • Thursday 22nd December 2016
    D Meakin looking for Glaisters – it’s my family, please get in touch and I will help, or go to
    Dr. Alan Bell


Tuesday 15th March 2016
Trying to trace someone;
I am trying to trace a Doreen Scott, who lived in Trimdon, the family home was a terraced house which stood on the right at the bottom end of the village, that is when you traveled from the road that led into Sedgfield. I think her father owned a butchers shop at the time, I think she also had a brother. This was 50 years ago.
Thanks, Keith Rennie

  • Sunday 1st May 2016
    Keith Rennie asked about Doreen Scott, Trimdon Village. Doreen is my cousin on my dads side (Wardell) she did live in what’s is known as Hillcrest, Trimdon Village when she was living at home with her parents Wilf and Maggie Scott, Maggie was my aunt. Doreen had two brothers George who had the Butchers business in Triimdon Village and Kelloe where he lived and still does,, and Alan who lives in Trimdon Village. All three now in their 70’s. Doreen is now called Smith and lives in Newton Aycliffe.
    Rita Blakey


Tuesday 29th December 2015
Lydia and George Robinson :
I have a postcard from a Mrs. Lydia Robinson at 12 St Albans Terrace, Trimdon Grange. The photo card of a child was sent to my grandmother in the US (New Mexico) I expect around 1910-1915. There is a record that Lydia died in 1916. I cannot find a record of her husband George, however. Looking for information about the husband George Robinson (who was a British citizen born in Silver City, New Mexico, around 1888) and perhaps a small girl (apparently a son died in 1923 at age 9)

Thanks, Mary Harris

Wednesday 4th November 2015
Hello I’m researching my family tree and know that my great grandfather John Glaister was in Trimdon in 1901,his parents are Robert Glaister and Alice Gofton if anyone can help with any information regards D Meakin

  • Tuesday 10th November 2015 at 6.15pm
    If you would like to get in touch with me, I may have some information for you. Linda Wilkinson

Monday 26th October 2015
John (Jack) Anderson, New ZealandJohn (Jack) Anderson : Hello there from New Zealand! My name is Anjali Prasad and I am from the tiny island of Fiji, now residing in Wellington. I have been a nurse in this Rest Home for the past 7 years and last week admitted an 80 year old lovely gentleman by the name of John (Jack) Anderson. He has short term memory loss but my word he told me all about his wonderful young life in his village of Trimdon Grange, County Durham. He is still single and is missing his 4 younger brothers who he left behind many years ago in Trimdon. He has no money to visit them but one day I have promised him to reunite him with his family. Hope you could help. I will get more information re: names of his brothers. Thought you may be interested, Bye for now, Anjali

Saturday 24th October 2015
Whist browsing through the galleries I noticed a shot of Jimmy Welch driving a horse drawn Landau, does anyone know if he was married to the local Midwife/district Nurse who covered the area in the 1920s to 50s? My mother used to do some work for Mrs Welch and as child I used to go with her, and Jimmy was in poor health and I knew him well. I think he died in the late 1950s. Thanks, George Lodge

  • Thursday 19th October 2017
    I’m replying to the inquiry by George Lodge on 24/10/15 regarding the photo of Jimmy Welch driving a Landau carriage. I believe Jimmy was my grandfather (although he died before I was born) my grand mother was called Ethel Welch and she was the midwife / district nurse for the area in the 20’s. The address I have for that time is 5 St Albans Terrace, Trimdon.
    My father was also Jimmy Welch (James Hedley Welch) born in the 1920’s. I have researched quite a bit of information about Jimmy’s (snr) service in WW1 etc. Also in the photo album containing the photo George refers to, there are pictures of the Knights of the Golden Horn jewels. I have a number of these and have always wondered what they were about.
    Sadly I have very little information about my family from Trimdon. I believe that my grandfather may have had a brother but have been unable to find any further information about this. My dad worked for Trimdon Motor Bus company prior to WW2 as a fitter before joining the RAF.
    Kind Regards, Tony Welch

Monday 19th October 2015

Tracing Stephenson family members ;
Trying to find out more about my father’s family. Mother Elizabeth Stephenson, 20 South Plantation Road. Died about 1929. Father possibly Hezekiah William Stephenson. Any information would be gratefully received. Thanks, Graham Stephenson   

Tuesday 6th October 2015
I’m researching my family tree and have ancestors who lived in Trimdon. Robert Bell who married Rebecca fricker Barron in 1845,also Robert Bell Jr who married Catherine Hewitison in 1875. John Bell who married Margaret Jane Abbot in 1897. Any help in connection with the family history will be greatly appreciated. Regards, Dawn Meakin

  • Saturday 28th May 2016
    Rebecca Frickers daughter Roseanne Bell married my 3x cousin James Dixon ( son of Thomas Dixon and Roseanna Birkett – my g- g aunt) I have more family info if of interest.
    Lesley Austen

Saturday 5th Sept 2015
My Great Grandfather Albert John Elvin died in WW1 aged 33. He lived at 4 Dunston St Trimdon Colliery. Married to Jeanie HartforthElvin. He was the son of Albert George and Sarah Elvin. Any information please? Thanks, Vanessa Davis

  • Friday 9th Oct 2015 at 2pm
    Thank you for the information regarding my Great Grandad Albert John Elvin. I have seen the memorial with his name on it on the Trimdon Times remembrance photos 2014. My granddad Benjamin Whitley Scott Elvin (Alberts son)came to London as he didn’t want to work down the pits. He was a very successful businessman had his own removals company moving people overseas to Australia, South Africa etc. My granddad died in 1981 of cancer. I wonder how many Elvins are still in Trimdon. Very moving seeing Alberts name on the memorial. I know where his war grave is in France. Grandad never spoke much about his family he was only 3 when his dad died so never knew him. So sad. Thanks, Vanessa Davis
  • Thursday 24th Sept 2015
    Name: John Robinson (email address available – please ask)
    I believe that Albert John Elvin was the son of George Albert Elvinand Sarah Terrington, married 1884 Gateshead. I believe they had about six children, 1901 Census shows: Albert John, Ann Elizabeth, George,Samuel, Walter and Evelyn.. George Albert was previously married toMary Weldon, 1879 Tynemouth. George and Mary had a daughter Elizabeth Hannah born in 1880. Elizabeth Hannah married John Morgan in 1889 who were the grandparents of Doris Morgan. Elizabeth Hannah re-married in1942 to David Simms. There is a picture of Elizabeth Hannah and David Simms and a story by Doris Morgan on the Trimdon Times website.
  • Sunday 6th Sept 2015
    Vanessa Davis…this may be of interest to you,
    Marriages, Sunderland District – Record Number: 420234.1  Location: Monkwearmouth
    Church: Venerable Bede  Denomination: Anglican
    31 Dec 1904 Albert John Elvin (bachelor, miner), age 19, of 188 Roker Ave, son of Albert George Southgate Elvin (miner) married Jeanie Hartforth Scott (spinster), age 18, of 17 Monk St, daughter of Ebenezer Scott (tailor)
    Witnesses: Anna E. Elvin, Alexander Bruce Scott.
    Taken from Durham Records Online…Hope this is of some help…also this from the CWG commision…,%20ALBERT%20JOHN
    Peter Skelton

Thursday 26th March 2015
I am looking for any information about my grandfather, Henry Stone who was living in Cooperative Terrace Trimdon at the time of the 1911 census. He was a shot firer and presumably worked in one of the local pits. Any information would be much appreciated. Thanks, Mike Stone

Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Chaytor and Austin family research
Hi, I am hoping that someone may be able to help me with information about my great grandparents, Ralph Chaytor and Jane Austin. They were married 25th December 1875 at the registry office in Lanchester and residence at the time was Leadgate. My grandfather was William Austin Chaytor born 14th April 1877 at Bradley Brickworks Medomsley. I am trying to trace the death of Ralph who we believe was killed in an accident, my great grandmother Jane emigrated to New Zealand where she had family and she remarried there in 1885 and from there to Australia around 1890, she died in Sydney in 1936. Any information at all would be a great help in finding out what happened to Ralph. Thanks in advance, Dot Sweeney

Friday 25th April 2014
Fred Carter (died 1940)
Sergeant Robert Frederick Carter was an RAF pilot who was killed in action in April 1940. He is buried in Deaf Hill Cemetery. I would like to contact any family members. One reason is to try to establish whether he was engaged to Peggy Richardson, an aunt of mine. Thanks, Bill Richardson

Friday, 18th April 2014
Memories of Trimdon between 1962 and 1966:
Hello! I am the young boy (no more now,) who came to Trimdon from France for holidays a long time ago in Doctor Caldeira’s. Does anyone remember me? If yes,please be in touch.
Thank you. Jean-François CHAPELAIN (France)

Tuesday, 15th April 2014
I am trying to find any relatives of Joe and Mary Rowley, my grand parents. My parents were Bill and Nellie Stewart. I am John (Jack) living in Bradford. I wonder if there is anyone reading this who could help me.
This came to me out of the blue. A picture of NUM Durham area Trimdon Grange Colliery. From a councillor George Stewart, chairman of Policy and Res Committee of Trimdon Parish Council, to cousin Billy and wife Pudsey, 1988 to 1989. I wonder if there is any way you could help me to trace any one. Living in hope,
Yours, Jack Stewart, 34 Wharncliffe Road BD18 2AD

Friday, 7th March 2014
I have recently found out about my great-grandfather who was the Waste Manager at Trimdon & Deaf Hill Colliery (c1900?) Photo here. His name was Wilkinson (I don’t know his Christian name) possibly born in 1860s? – his daughter Ruth was my grandmother (born late 1880s?), she married Albert George Furness (born in 1883), their eldest son was my father – also Albert George Furness (born 1914). I don’t know anything more about any other Wilkinson relatives I might have still in Trimdon? Do these names ring a bell with anyone?
Thank you, Fiona Furnes

Wednesday, 12th February 2014
Ms. J Dawkins identified her grandad Jessie Lockett on the right of a picture on the Welch album on our photo July 2012. Mildred Thompson, who provided the photos would like to contact you if possible. Please contact the Trimdon Times if this is possible.

Saturday, January 25th 2014
Subject:Arthur Skelton.  A Mr Whitehead is searching for Mr. Arthur Skelton, formerly of Trimdon Grange, who was a Store man at 6 Command R.E.M.E. Workshops, Flagstaff Road, Colchester, in 1956 to 1958 believed to be living in Nottingham. Arthur was a miner in Trimdon prior to joining the army, he will be about 76/77 or maybe slightly older. If anyone has any information about this Arthur Skelton, would they please in the first instance contact Trimdon Times.

Saturday, January 18th 2014
Subject: Mathew Asselbrough: I would like to hear from any of the  Asselbrough family and would like a photograph of Mathew if anyone has one. He was my grandad’s cousin, my granda was Christopher Asselbrough son of Christopher Asselbrough and his mother was Catherine Asselbrough formerly Richardson nee Cairns

Tuesday, December 31st 2013
I’m researching my family history on my mother’s side and I’m trying to locate people who are related to Catherine Bell who was born in 1902 at Trimdon, her father was John Bell and she married John Glaister in 1920. Catherine could have been christened at St Pauls church at Trimdon Colliery as I know a family member was married there.
I would be grateful for any help anyone can give me as I live in Stoke on Trent, I have been told that she was known as Kitty, I now believe I have found her on the 1911 census as Katie.
Regards, Dawn Meakin, email:

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at11:30 am.
My name is Marion Kendrick (nee Hamilton) and I was born in Trimdon, but moved away many years ago.

I am trying to find some information about this photograph and the people in it.  Front row on the left is my granddad, John George Hamilton, and his wife Isabella (nee Salley).  They were a Methodist family and lived in Sycamore Crescent, Trimdon, until their deaths in the early 1960s. I remember my grandfather spending a lot of time playing snooker in the early 1950s. There were four children:
John George (known as Jack),
William (my father)
Emily (Mills after marriage)
and Mary hamilton who died in 1927

If you are on this photograph or recognise anyone on it, I’d love to hear from you.  Many thanks.  Marion K.

*** 2nd Nov 2014: Marion’s response to a message forwarded via this website: Quote:
“Dear *****,
What a surprise.  Yes, Gladys and Bill were my parents.  I immediately remembered your name, and as living at numbers 54 and 55, so we must have been there a few years.  I was born in 1939, then left Trimdon School when I was 11 and moved from Trimdon to Wingate – in 1954, if my memory serves me right. Did your Na-Na live in the steel houses?  Can’t think why I remembered that and might be wrong.
I left Wingate in 1958 to work in the South, returning briefly in 1960 to get married.  I became a PE and swimming teacher.  My husband is a Wing Commender in the Air Force so we travelled the world and had a wonderful life.
We have two married sons and two grandchildren.  we recently moved from Somerset to Salisbury – closer to our younger son.  Ron lost his lovely wife years ago and now lives in Cornwall.  His son now lives in the NorthEast with his family and we have recently visited them.”

Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at10:30 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

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

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 ( 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 (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.
Thanks, Jennifer Sharpe
**  Update 4th Feb 2014: Thank you so much, due to my message I have now managed to contact living descendants in Trimdon of my 2 x great grandfather Matthew Henderson. I am planning a visit soon.
Jennifer Sharpe in the Midlands

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,

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:

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,
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.
Colin Langlands.

Michele Henderson;
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

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:

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:   (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
Narelle Richardson

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:

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 ( ) :

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
Whilst researching for an enquiry for the Museum of Policing in Cheshire ( )  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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