|10||At Shotley Bridge with Copland and at Medomsley Shop with the Horse Stormy|
|Fri||11||At Medomsley with Copland and the Tythe rent gatherer|
|S||12||At home stormy|
|S||13||At Coal Burns with Jame Mews and Green Sids|
|M||14||At Medomsley with Mr Lister from the station. Stormy.|
|Tu||15||At Medomsley and Leadgate got summons from the Countess of Derwentwater|
|Wed||16||At Shotley for the Sommons for Jackson and Leadbitter|
|17||At Medomsley and at Home|
|18||At Hedley for my fathers x at Broom Hill|
|19||At the sale and at home Stage House|
|S||20||At Chopwell to see Bolam|
|M||21||At the Sale at Castledean|
|Tu||22||At Leadgate and Consett with M Copland and home|
|W||23||At Home Layon manure|
|Th||24||At Alendale for cement and at home.|
|F||25||At Home very Stormy|
|S||26||To Consett and Dickinson got stones out the field 26 Load|
|M||28||At Home Leading stones very wet in the afternoon|
|T||29||At Home Leading stones very fine|
This is an image of the inside front cover and first page of the diary. It actually solves a little bit of a mystery! In the lower left hand corner there is the address of a John Charlton. This is actually William’s older brother, I knew that his family had moved to the US – but didn’t know where – until I received the diary. What a discovery!!
One of the most numerous document types in the chest are Funeral Cards. Sometimes there are more than one copy of the same card, I can only assume that they were made by a member of the family and they had a few spares.
This first one is for Esther’s mother – Margaret Charlton (nee Hedley). Her Funeral card reads as follows.
Front: In Loving Memory
Her toils are o’er, her work is done,
And she is fully blest,
She fought the fight, the victory won,
And entered into rest.
Robert Jackson Printer, Consett
IN LOVING MEMORY
Widow of the late William Charlton, of Station Hotel, Ebchester,
Who died Sept. 30th, 1907,
AGED 74 YEARS
Interment at Christ Church, Hamsterley,
Oct. 4th at 4 p.m.
Esther Elizabeth’s father had been married before (To Elizabeth Braban) and had had a daughter also called Esther Elizabeth who sadly died aged only one year. This funeral card remembers both of the children from this first marriage.
In Affectionate Remembrance at
MARY ANN CHARLTON
Who died Jan. 2nd 1860, Aged 7 Years.
Esther Elizabeth Charlton
Who died Oct. 19, 1858, Aged 1 Year.
Ere sin could blight, or sorrow fade,
Death came with timely care,
These opening buds between conveyed,
And bade them blossom there.
This is the funeral card of a Mr Thomas Wilson who died on the 7th May 1886. He resided at Broomhill, Ebchester.
I don’t know of any family connections to him but I did find him on the 1881 census:
This reveals that he was a farmer at Broomhill. This is interesting because William Charlton (Esther’s Grandfather) had been a farmer at Broomhill – as shown in the 1851 census:
Perhaps they rented the same piece of land from the Duke of Northumberland? Perhaps his name will come up when I investigate the diaries more….
Incidentally, according to the 1881 census – both Esther and her brother William were born at Broomhill – although the family were not living there in either 1871 or 1881
So there is cerainly a strong family connection with Broomhill!
This beautiful little girl is Margaretta Caswell, she is the daughter of Esther Elizabeth Charlton and Frederick Henderson Caswell. She was born on the 2nd June 1908, in Villa Real Hospital, Leadgate, Co. Durham. Which seems quite unusual as most of her siblings are believed to have been born at home. A large portrait used to hang in the home of Esther – Balfour House, Medomsley Road, Consett – but alas it is no longer in the possession of the family.
She died on the 17th January 1914, my mum believes that the cause was diptheria, but she isn’t sure so I am going to have to investigate. Diptheria is an upper respiratory tract infection which typically affects the nose and throat. Today all of my children hve been vaccinated to help prevent them from contracting this devastating disease, but back in Margaretta’s time there was no such prevention available.
She was buried on the 21st January, 1914 in Medomsley churchyard, Consett. Esther had seven children in total (including a set of twins). Margaretta was the only one not to survive to adulthood.
This was her funeral card:
Within the chest is a tiny band of black ribbon with the initial ‘M’ threaded onto it. I have discovered that it is most likely an Edwardian mourning wrist band. I imagine that Esther had it made after the death of her precious daughter, so that she would always be with her.
This is quite an unusual Christmas card. It is addresses to Madge – who ‘could’ be Margaret Charlton nee Hedley (Esther’s mother). From an Aunt Mary – Not entirely sure.
However, what makes it somewhat unique is that it is an envelope marked:
Martins Bank Ltd 18 Oct 1951, Consett
Although I do suspect that the two were not paired together initially.
Inside the Christmas card is a lovely verse:
A Happy Christmas
Gladness be with you
And sunshine o’er you
Love light the pathway
That stretches before you.
From Aunt Mary
Slipped into the card is a photograph of a grave and a tiny slip of newspaper which reads:
Our darling child has gone to sleep,
Her little head is free from pain,
And now for her we mourn and weep
On earth she’ll never wake again.
Ever remembered by her loving father and mother.
Unfortunately, I don’t really know anything about Aunt Mary or her lost daughter – but I shall endeavor to try to find out.
Within ‘The Chest’ is the Probate of the Will of Esther’s Father – William Charlton. It is quite a large document and even has a seal. The paper feels quite waxy to the touch.
What I like most about the Will, is that unlike other Wills I have read over the years, this is the first one to divide the Estate equally between his two children: William and Esther. Esther was not only the youngest child, but she was (obviously) a girl. I think that a will dividing the Estate in this way would have been very unusual. Gender equality in 1896 – William Charlton was considerably ahead of his time!
In the High Court of Justice Durham Probate Registry
Probate of the Will
William Charlton deceased
Dated 28th January 1897
Extracted by J.W. Welford
Probate The District Registry at Durham
In Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice
BE IT KNOWN, that at the date hereunder written, the last Will and Testament (a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed) of William Charlton of the Station Hotel Ebchester in the County of Durham Licensed Victualler deceased, who died on the ninth day of October 1896, at The Station Hotel aforesaid, and who at the time of his death had a fixed place of abode at The Station Hotel aforesaid within the District of the County of Durham was proved and registered in the District Probate Registry of Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice, at Durham and that Administration of the personal estate of the said deceased was granted by the aforesaid Court to Margaret Charlton, Widow the Relict of the said deceased and Charles David William Balleny, the Executors named in the said Will, they having been first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same.
And it is hereby certified that an Affidavit for Inland Revenue has been delivered, wherein it is shewn that the gross value of the personal estate of the said deceased within the United Kingdom (exclusive of what the said deceased may have been possessed of or entitled to as a Trustee and not beneficially) amounts to £580:18:6
And it is further certified that it appears by a Receipt signed by an Inland Revenue Officer on the said Affidavit that £45:2:2 for Estate Duty and interest on such duty has been paid, the duty being charged at the rate of £3 per cent.
Dated the twenty eighth day of January 1897
(side note: Extracted by J. W. Welford, Solr, Consett)
This is the last Will and Testament of me William Charlton of Ebchester in the County of Durham Farmer and Publican made this _________ day of ____________ one thousand eight hundred and ninety two. I appoint my wife Margaret Charlton and my friend Charles David William Balleny Exectutors and Trustees of this my Will I devise herein before named upon trust to pay my funeral and testamentary expenses and all my first debts and subject to the payment of the same to pay the net annual income of my estate to my wife for her life or so long as she shall continue my widow upon her death or second marriage whichever shall first happen I direct that my estate shall be divided in equal shares between my son William Hedley Charlton and my daughter Esther Elizabeth Charlton as tenants in common and not as joint tenants for their sole use and benefit I further direct that my Executors and Trustees shall not be responsible the one for the acts of the other I revoke all former and other Wills by me heretofore made In witness whereof I the said William Charlton have to this my Will set my hand _____ Signed by the said testator as his last Will in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence and his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
William Charlton Sept 5th 1896
This is one of my mum’s favourite documents in the chest and she suggested that I Blog about it next. It is a most unusual document as it is sewn into the pages of a newspaper! It is a will of a gentleman called John Thirlewall of Newbegun (assume Newbiggin?, Northumberland) who died in 1699. The dates on the newspaper indicate that it was published in 1844. I do not know of any family connection with the Thirlewall family. Why it is in the chest, I have no idea, and quite probably will never know – however it does make for interesting reading! Attached is a scan of the original document together with my transcription (as far as possible the original punctuation, spelling, capitalisation have been copied). Just clock the link below.
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! There must surely be some connection to my family of Charltons.
My Silver Surfing Mother has also discovered his family tree just click here
I love this photograph. It is of William Turnbull who was born in 1801 (he was baptised at Ebchester on the 12th April 1801). He is Esther’s Grandfather.
On the reverse of the photograph is printed:
Photographed by R. Von Dix. 10, Mount Pleasant, Consett
Someone has written in pencil on the back:
Wm. Charlton Farmer Rowley
Son William Charlton Ebchester
Was first on farm Blackhall Mill
Milkwellburn Farm (maybe he was visiting his son?)
Note to self: Will have to research Blackhall Mill, it is about 2 miles north of Ebchester, Durham,