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.

17th Oct 2020 reply from: Mr Jack Wetherell
My great grandma was Eliza Bowen Langlands born 1903. She had 1 daughter, father unknown, but apparently was an affair in the family. My nana born 1935 is her daughter formerly known as Beatrice Bowen Langlands.

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:

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