Hot off the press! My mum has now discovered this: In 1711, a certain William Charlton was involved in a quarrel with Henry Widdrington of Buteland and the latter as killed. His body was taken to the church and buried by the door of the Charlton’s pew which would require Charlton to step over the grave every time he attended church. That he was put off entering church may have been no great sacrifice Source. A William Widdrington was one of the executors of John Thirlewall’s will!
My Silver Surfing Mother has discovered his family tree just click here
I am the Great Granddaughter of Esther Elizabeth Caswell (nee Charlton). I was given her chest early in 2014, its contents include photos, a diary, letters, wills plus a number of funeral cards. Some date back almost 200 years!! Its original owner was Esther Elizabeth Caswell (nee Charlton b.1876-1951) and she left if to her daughter Edith Caswell. It passed to her niece and she has very generously passed it on to me. Yesterday (4th July 2014) I visited Woodhorn archives (http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/family-history/) where I met Keith (an archivist at the centre) and he suggested that I do a blog on the contents………so it begins!