William and Elizabeth Wignall had ten children by the time of the 1881 census. John, Born 1854; Thomas, 1858: Sarah Ann, 1862; Eliza, 1864, Elizabeth, 1865; William, 1867; James, 1868; George, 1871; David, 1873 and Walter, 1875
Wignall married Ellen Jane Ritchie at the Register Office,
Durham on 31st December 1880, her father George Ritchie was a Labourer.
They are not shown on the 1881 census.
John died 5 October 1929.
Thank you to Mary Keesler (nee Wignall) for this information.
Frances and the children arrived in United
States 30th November 1894 ( Ellis Island)
She joined Thomas in Mayfield and they had 3 more children, John and
Thomas jr. died. Olive was born 19th November 1905.
Thomas died 18th September 1926 in Mayfield but Frances lived to be 93 and died in Mayfield in 1954.
Ivy Pearl Weller on 20th October 1910. She was born 7th September
1889 in Aristes, Pa. She died 7 August 1943.
He died 14th May 1964 in Clarkes Green, Pa.
Will and Esther never married and continued to live in their home near the
church in Shotton until they died in the 1970's.
Aunt Sarah and Aunt Olive also lived in Shotton with their families.
John and Robert are brothers.
Their children were
Edward born 1888 - Sherburn Hill
William born 1894 - Sherburn Hill
Simon born 1895 - Sherburn Hill
Elizabeth born 1899 Sherburn Hill
Simon married Sarah Ann Gregory on April 15th 1916
Their son Edward married Sarah Ann Withington Barker
Edward and Sarah had 6 children
John, Mary, James, Edward, Elizabeth and William
This information was given to me by Denise Harker Cross, William Harker's daughter
Lizzie Harker raised Edna Makepeace when her mother died in 1915.
Their are several burials of Harker infants in Shadforth Churchyard, I do not know which sister was their mother.
|Margaret Elizabeth Harker||2 August 1886 age 2 days|
|William Harker||7 November 1890 age2 months|
|Eliza Harker||3 December 1890 age 22 months|
|Eliza Harker||3 June 1892 age 9 months|
|Eliza Harker||28 October 1896 age 3 years|
|Elizabeth Harker||5 October 1897 age 17 weeks|
|Elizabeth Wignall was also buried in that churchyard on November 1892 - age 57 years.|
Wignall married John Allen, a miner from Dinnington, at Shadforth
on 14 July 1888. I think this is her photo, Aunt Liza at Wideopen.
They had a daughter Ruby who we used to visit in Byker, Newcastle.
William Wignall married in 1895
James Wignall and Elizabeth Ann Gillhespy married at Shadforth
on 9th July 1898.
James died 19th February 1919.
George Wignall married Mary Young 13th April 1895. She was born in 1870 and died in 1902 age 29.
Wignall married Lilly and they had a daughter Janet in 1900?.
They kept a guest house in Barnard Castle and I spent many happy holidays with them as a child.
Janet died in childbirth but her child survived and lived in Barnard Castle with his father and a second wife. They moved to York and Aunt Lilly went to live with them after Uncle Walter died.
David Wignall never married. He was cared for in his retirement by my grandmother and died on 16th March 1948. I knew him as "Pete" for some reason.
Last updated August 2006