JOHN PREST was born March 20th 1811 in Frosterley.

He married ELIZABETH STEPHENSON on 30th December 1834 in Durham St. Nicholas.

ELIZABETH STEPHENSON was the daughter of Matthew Stephenson and Mary Bland. 
She was born in Durham City on April 18th 1810.

JOHN PREST was an engine wright at the Londonderry Colliery in Pittington.

He died in the colliery from a lung disease on March 22nd 1855.

The children of John and Elizabeth PREST were all born in Pittington.
They are:-

Thomas born 1836
Matthew born 1832 christened at St. Lawrence October 1832. Buried there November 23th 1867.
Mary born 1840
Henry born 29th December 1841 christened St.Lawrence Church 23rd March 1845
Margaret born 1844 christened St. Lawrence Church 23rd March 1845
Elizabeth born 1846
Luke born 1849 died Easington 1920
Charles Simpson born 1851 christened 1st April 1851, St Lawrence Church.

Thomas Prest, born 1836 in Pittington married Elizabeth Davison on July 6th in St. Lawrence Church, Pittington.  She was born in Pittington.
They had a daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1857 at Littleton.
Elizabeth was christened on 6th September 1857 at St. Lawrence Church, Pittington.
I am unable to find this family on the 1881 census.

Mary Prest, born 1840 in Pittington, married John Cowley on May 4th 1861 in St. Lawrence Church Pittington.

Here is their entry in the 1881 census

Pittington, Durham.
John Cowley Coal Miner 46 Pittington
Mary Cowley Wife 41 Pittington
George Cowley Son, Coal Miner 19 Pittington
John Cowley Son, Coal Miner 18 Pittington
Margaret Cowley Daughter 14 Pittington
Matthew Cowley Son 11 Pittington
Robert Cowley Son 8 Pittington
Elizabeth Cowley Daughter 5 Pittington
Thomas Cowley Son 2 Pittington
Matthew Stevenson Lodger 62 Chester

Henry Prest, born 29 December 1841, Pittington, married Mary Jane Wilson on September 14th 1865 at St. Cuthberts, East Rainton

Mary Jane Wilson was born April 7th, 1847,  in Middle Rainton, she was the daughter of Joseph Wilson and Elizabeth Lumsden.

Here is her family on the 1881 census
106 Andersons Row, West Rainton

Joseph Wilson Coal Miner 60 West Rainton
Elizabeth Wilson Wife 57 Washington
Andrew Wilson Son, Coal Miner 16 Belmont, Durham
James Crake Relative, Coal Miner 60 Shiney Row, Durham

Here are Henry Prest and Mary Jane on the 1881 census

Londonderry Row, Pittington<

Henry Prest Colliery Engineman(Driver) 39 Pittington
Mary J. Prest Wife 33 Middle Rainton
Hannah W. Prest Daughter 12 Pittington
John Prest Son 11 Pittington
Elizabeth J. Prest Daughter 9 Pittington
Charles S. Prest Son 7 Pittington
Sarah Prest Daughter 5 Pittington
William H. Prest Son 3 Pittington
Joseph Prest Son 1 Pittington

Henry Prest died on 13th June 1917.

Henry, Mary Jane and Arthur Prest are all in a large grave near St. Cuthberts Church.

Luke Prest, born 1849, Pittington married Isabella. 

Here is their entry in the 1881 censu

Short Row, Pittington      
Luke Prest Colliery Engineman (Driver) 32 Pittington
Isabella Prest Wife 28 Sherburn Hill
Ann Prest Daughter 5 Pittington
Elizabeth Prest Daughter 2 Pittington
John Prest married Isabella Cook on 12th April 1902 in Seaham.
He died 10th February 1919 as a result of influenza at his home in Low Moorsley.
He and Isabella, who died in 1944, are buried in a joint grave in St. Cuthbert's Churchyard along with 4 children who died during the same epidemic.

William Henry Prest married Eva Lodge in St. Michaels Church Houghton le Spring.

Arthur Prest Married Madge in 1852.

Margaret Prest Married John Cope on 5 March 1877 in St. Mary Shincliffe - John was born in Darlston Staffs.
Their children were John Cope born 1877 Thornley and Margaret Cope born 1880, Shotton

The children of John Prest and Isabella Cook are
Barbara Prest Born 1904 Died 24 February 1977
William Henry Prest Born 1908 Died 1963
Sarah Prest Born 1908 Died February 1919
Joseph Thomas Prest Born 18 June 1910 Died 4th October 1979
John Prest Born 1915 Died 1970
Mary Jane Prest   Died February 1919
Elizabeth W Prest   Died February 1919
Matthew Prest Born 1918 Died February 1919

William Henry Prest married Edna, they had a daughter, Enid and Son Peter. Peter died in May 2003.

Joseph Prest married Muriel Makepeace on 2nd January 1943.

Last updated August 2006