Fourth Generation

18. Robert Thomas4 Walker (Thomas5)(160) was born in Newbridge Cottages, Snettisham, Norfolk 21 August 1848.(161) Birth Certificate registered 3 September 1848 by mother Catherine Walk er who made her mark. Record No. 268. Robert died 15 August 1934 in 5 Church Chare, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham, at 85 years of age.(162) Copy Certificate issued 3 February 1994. Original issued 15 August 1934. entry No. 15 of Chester-le-Street Sub-District. Described a a Retired gardener (Domestic). Age 78 at death but should be 85. His body was interred 17 August 1934 in Chester-le-Street Cemetery, Co. Durham.(163) No gravestone Plot H634. Granddaughter Annie Bertha Walker also interr ed in same grave.

He married Ann (Annie) Blacket(t) in St Hilda's Parish Church, South Shields, Co. Durham, 31 December 1872.(164) Copy certificate issued 6 September 2005. Robert is aged 25 a Coachman and Annie is aged 26 with no occupation shown. Robert's father Thomas is described as a Gardener and Annie's father Thomas as a Master Mariner. The Blackett surname is spelt with 2 t's but her Daughter' Violet's birth certificate has Blacket with 1 t.

Ann was born in Windmill Hill, Westoe, South Shields, Co. Durham 25 September 1841.(165) Ann(166) was the daughter of Thomas Blackett and Jane Tully. Ann died 21 April 1915 in 5 Church Chare, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham, at 73 years of age.(167) Her body was interred 25 April 1915 in Chester-le-Street Cemetery, Co. Durham.(168) She was listed as head of household in the 1851 census in Adelaide Street, South Shields, Co. Durham.(169) HO 107 Piece 2399 Folio 518 Page 44 shows mother Jane Blackett aged 43 a sailor's wife, daughter Mary 15, daughter Jane 12, daughter Annie 9, daughter Ellen 7, son William 4 and son Thomas 1, all born at South Shields, and lodger James Tully 52 master mariner, probably Jane's brother.

She was listed as head of household in the 1861 census in 55 Cambridge Street, South Shields, Co. Durham.(170) RG09 Piece 3789 Folio 17 Page 28 shows Jane a seaman's wife aged 48, Jane 20 dress maker, Annie (now Anne with additional middle name Wright) 18, Eleanor 16 and Thomas 11.

She was listed as head of household in the 1871 census in Haughton Castle, Humshaugh, Northumberland.(171) RG10 Piece 5153 Folio 15 Page 23 shows Ann aged 25 a housemaid for the Cranshay (should be Crawshay) family.

She was listed as head of household in the 1881 census in Theatre Road, Wells Next Sea, Norfolk.(172) RG11 Piece 1988 Folio 37 Pages 1516. Robert aged 31 (should be 33), a nurseryman, Annie 31, Annie B 7 born Killingworth, Northumberland, Violet 4 months born Seaham Co. Durham and George H 2 born Seghill Northumberland. Probably lived at The Nurseries - house by this name still exists.

She was listed as head of household in the 1891 census in Silkeys Lane, Chirton, Northumberland.(173) Census RG12 Piece 4224 Folio 114 Page 47. Robert aged 42 a gardener, Annie 43 shown as being born at North Shields instead of South Shields, Violet 14, George H (shown as Henry G) 12 and Sydney (shown as Sidney V) 8. Sydney's birth place is Wells, Norfolk with the others shown as in the 1881 Census.

She was listed as head of household in the 1901 census in 52-53 Gilesgate, Durham.(174) RG13 Piece 4682 Folio 44 Page 15. Robert aged 47 but 1891 Census said 4 2, occupation gardener not domestic born Snettisham. Annie aged 50 born S outh Shields, Violet 23 born Seaham, Harry 21 a coachman (not domestic) b orn Killingworth and Sydney 18 a Footman (domestic). born Wells

She was listed as head of household in the 1911 UK Census in 5 Church Chare, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham.(175) RG14 PN30091, RG78PN1738, RD554, SD1, ED7, SN27 shows Robert a domestic gardener aged 60 and Anne 61 married for 39 years, 4 children 1 of whom has died.

He was baptized in Snettisham, Norfolk, 24 September 1848. Religion: religion unknown.(176) Entry 435 Page 55 of Register - fiche seen

He was listed as head of household in the 1851 census in Snettisham, Norfolk.(177) HO107 Piece 1827 Folio 340 Page 26 shows Thomas aged 40, occupation gardener, Catherine aged 38, George aged 9 and Robert aged 2

He was listed as head of household in the 1861 census in Lynn Road, Snettisham, Norfolk.(178) RG9 Piece 1249 Folio 115 Page 14. Thomas aged 58 instead of 51, occupation gardener (master), Catherine 48, George 19, occupation gardener, Robert 12, Betsy 9 and Walter 7.

He was listed as head of household in the 1871 census in Low Fell, Gateshead, Co. Durham.(179) RG10 Piece 5062 Folio 29 Page 5. Robert an agricultural labourer aged 23. Whilst the writing is difficult to read it appears to say his birthplace was Snettisham, Norfolk.

He was listed as head of household in the 1881 census in Theatre Road, Wells Next Sea, Norfolk.(180) RG11 Piece 1988 Folio 37 Pages 1516. Robert aged 31 (should be 33), a nurseryman, Annie 31, Annie B 7 born Killingworth, Northumberland, Violet 4 months born Seaham Co. Durham and George H 2 born Seghill Northumberland. Probably lived at The Nurseries - house by this name still exists.

He was listed as head of household in the 1891 census in Silkeys Lane, Chirton, Northumberland.(181) Census RG12 Piece 4224 Folio 114 Page 47. Robert aged 42 a gardener, Annie 43 shown as being born at North Shields instead of South Shields, Violet 14, George H (shown as Henry G) 12 and Sydney (shown as Sidney V) 8. Sydney's birth place is Wells, Norfolk with the others shown as in the 1881 Census.

He was listed as head of household in the 1901 census in 52-53 Gilesgate, Durham.(182) RG13 Piece 4682 Folio 44 Page 15. Robert aged 47 but 1891 Census said 4 2, occupation gardener not domestic born Snettisham. Annie aged 50 born S outh Shields, Violet 23 born Seaham, Harry 21 a coachman (not domestic) b orn Killingworth and Sydney 18 a Footman (domestic). born Wells

He was listed as head of household in the 1911 UK Census in 5 Church Chare, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham.(183) RG14 PN30091, RG78PN1738, RD554, SD1, ED7, SN27 shows Robert a domestic gardener aged 60 and Anne 61 married for 39 years, 4 children 1 of whom has died.

Robert Thomas Walker and Ann (Annie) Blacket(t) had the following children:

child 19 i. Annie Bertha3 Walker(184) was born in Killingworth, Northumberland about 1874.(185) Checked 1837 Online from January 1872 to December 1875 but no record of birth. Annie died 6 October 1886 in 52 Brussels Street, Gateshead, Co. Durham, at 12 years of age.(186) Copy Certificate issued 28 December 1983. original issued 9 October 1886. Entry No. 35 of Gateshead Sub-District. Father described as a Gentleman's Coachman. Her body was interred 11 October 1886 in Gateshead, Co. Durham.(187) I cannot recall from where I obtained this information.

She was listed as head of household in the 1881 census in Theatre Road, Wells Next Sea, Norfolk.(188) RG11 Piece 1988 Folio 37 Pages 1516. Robert aged 31 (should be 33), a nurseryman, Annie 31, Annie B 7 born Killingworth, Northumberland, Violet 4 months born Seaham Co. Durham and George H 2 born Seghill Northumberland. Probably lived at The Nurseries - house by this name still exists.

child 20 ii. Violet Jane Walker(189) was born in Tempest Place, Seaham Harbour, Co. Durham 1 May 1876.(190) Copy certificate issued 31 August 2005. Ref. Easington 10a 510. Violet died 1 February 1939 in Durham North district, at 62 years of age.(191) Free BMD has an entry Ref. Volume 10A Page 604 for a Violet J Lowes sh owing her age 62. Copy of death card sent by Angie Walker, great grandd aughter, gives exact date and confirms aged 62. Address was Hazelmont, Highfield, Chester-le-Street. Her body was interred 4 February 1939 in Chester-le-Street Cemetery, Co. Durham.(192) Information from great granddaughter. She married William Lowes in St Giles Church, Durham, 25 December 1902.(193) Free BMD site has an entry for both parties ref. Durham 10a 595. Copy o f marriage certificate sent by Angie Walker showing exact date and plac e of marriage. William aged 23 clothier and Violet 23 of no occupation. H er address was 52 Gilesgate, Durham. The witnesses were George Harty Th omas Walker and George Lowes.

William was born in Ferryhill, Co. Durham about 1879.(194) (Additional notes for William Lowes(195)) William died 3 September 1945 at 66 years of age.(196) His body was interred 3 September 1945 in Chester-le-Street Cemetery, Co. Durham.(197) He was listed as head of household in the 1911 UK Census in 85 Front Street, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham.(198) RG14 PN30094, RG78PN1738, RD 554, SD1, ED10 shows William aged 32 a Clothing and Mersey Manager and Dealer born Ferryhill, Violet Jane 34 born Seaham Harbour, Queenie 6 born Durham City, Willam 2 and Ernest 11 months both born Chester-le-Street. Married for 8 years with 3 children.

She was baptized in Easington, Co. Durham, 1876. Religion: religion unknown.(199) Durham Records Online has an entry Ref. 61689.0.

She was listed as head of household in the 1881 census in Theatre Road, Wells Next Sea, Norfolk.(200) RG11 Piece 1988 Folio 37 Pages 1516. Robert aged 31 (should be 33), a nurseryman, Annie 31, Annie B 7 born Killingworth, Northumberland, Violet 4 months born Seaham Co. Durham and George H 2 born Seghill Northumberland. Probably lived at The Nurseries - house by this name still exists.

She was listed as head of household in the 1891 census in Silkeys Lane, Chirton, Northumberland.(201) Census RG12 Piece 4224 Folio 114 Page 47. Robert aged 42 a gardener, Annie 43 shown as being born at North Shields instead of South Shields, Violet 14, George H (shown as Henry G) 12 and Sydney (shown as Sidney V) 8. Sydney's birth place is Wells, Norfolk with the others shown as in the 1881 Census.

She was listed as head of household in the 1901 census in 52-53 Gilesgate, Durham.(202) RG13 Piece 4682 Folio 44 Page 15. Robert aged 47 but 1891 Census said 4 2, occupation gardener not domestic born Snettisham. Annie aged 50 born S outh Shields, Violet 23 born Seaham, Harry 21 a coachman (not domestic) b orn Killingworth and Sydney 18 a Footman (domestic). born Wells

She was listed as head of household in the 1911 UK Census in 85 Front Street, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham.(203) RG14 PN30094, RG78PN1738, RD 554, SD1, ED10 shows William aged 32 a Clothing and Mersey Manager and Dealer born Ferryhill, Violet Jane 34 born Seaham Harbour, Queenie 6 born Durham City, Willam 2 and Ernest 11 months both born Chester-le-Street. Married for 8 years with 3 children.

child 21 iii. George Henry (Harry) Thomas Walker(204) was born in Killingworth or Seghill, Northumberland about 1879.(205) Birthplace and year taken from 1881 Census when aged 2. 1881 and 1891 s ay Leghill or Seghill but 1901 says Killingworth. Note only 1 mile beyw een them. No birth entry ties up with George died 16 August 1912 in 96 Elvet Bridge, Durham City, Co. Durham, at 33 years of age.(206) Copy certificate issued 13 December 2012 shows George Henry Thomas Wal ker 33 a cab driver died of"delirium, exhaustion following severe injur ies accidentally caused on the 13th day of August 1912 by being thrown f rom his driving seat and dragged through one of the horses he was drivi ng having shied and fallen and that he was then in the course of his em ployment as a cab driver. In the informant column it says "Certificate r eceived from John Graham Coroner for Chester Ward. Inquest held August 1 7th 1912" Not certain if 'Chester Ward' means the accident happened in C hester-le-Street which is 6 miles from Durham. He married Jane Ellen Walmsley Nee Reay in St Giles Church, Durham, 16 August 1903.(207) Copy certificate shows George with an additional forename Thomas. He is aged 24, ocupation groom, living 52 Gilesgate, Durham. Jane is aged 40 a widow, living at Chambers Yard, 27 Claypath, Durham.

Jane was born in Carrville, Co. Durham? March 1862.(208) Jane(209) was the daughter of John Reay. Jane died March 1942 in Sunderland, Co. Durham, at 80 years of age.(210) She was listed as head of household in the 1881 census in 16 Littleburn Lane, Brandon & Byshottles, Co. Durham.(211) RG11 Piece 4952, Folio 76, Page 6 shows Jane Ellen Reay 19, born Carville,domestic servant for Michael & Margaret Cooke. Because of software limitations, Jane is shown in error as head of household.

She was listed as head of household in the 1911 UK Census in 96 Elvet Bridge, Durham City, Co. Durham.(212) RG14 PN29972, RG78PN1733, RD551, SD2, ED11, SN1 shows H Walker aged 32 a groom in livery stables born Hampshire (this is believed to be incorrect as previous censuses say Killingworth, Northumberland), J Walker aged 45 (shoulf be 49) born Durham and A Walker aged 7 born Durham. None show the first name. They have been married 8 years and have 1 child.

He was listed as head of household in the 1881 census in Theatre Road, Wells Next Sea, Norfolk.(213) RG11 Piece 1988 Folio 37 Pages 1516. Robert aged 31 (should be 33), a n urseryman, Annie 31, Annie B 7 born Killingworth, Northumberland, Viole t 4 months born Seaham Co. Durham and George H 2 born Seghill Northumb erland. Probably lived at The Nurseries - house by this name still exis ts.

He was listed as head of household in the 1891 census in Silkeys Lane, Chirton, Northumberland.(214) Census RG12 Piece 4224 Folio 114 Page 47. Robert aged 42 a gardener, A nnie 43 shown as being born at North Shields instead of South Shields, V iolet 14, George H (shown as Henry G) 12 and Sydney (shown as Sidney V) 8. Sydney's birth place is Wells, Norfolk with the others s hown as in the 1881 Census.

He was listed as head of household in the 1901 census in 52-53 Gilesgate, Durham.(215) RG13 Piece 4682 Folio 44 Page 15. Robert aged 47 but 1891 Census said 4 2, occupation gardener not domestic born Snettisham. Annie aged 50 born S outh Shields, Violet 23 born Seaham, Harry 21 a coachman (not domestic) b orn Killingworth and Sydney 18 a Footman (domestic). born Wells

He was listed as head of household in the 1911 UK Census in 96 Elvet Bridge, Durham City, Co. Durham.(216) RG14 PN29972, RG78PN1733, RD551, SD2, ED11, SN1 shows H Walker aged 32 a g room in livery stables born Hampshire (this is believed to be incorrect a s previous censuses say Killingworth, Northumberland), J Walker aged 45 ( should be 49) born Durham and A Walker aged 7 born Durham. None show th e first name. They have been married 8 years and have 1 child.

George participated in the Inquest event 17 August 1912 in Workhouse, Durham City.(217) The Northern Echo of 19 August 1912 article says "SAMARITAN NEEDED. CabmanX™s Death After Road Accident. INJURED MAN UNTENDED. At Durham Workhouse on Saturday morning an inquest was held on George H enry Thomas Walker, aged 33, of Elvet Bridge Forge, Durham, who died un der peculiar circumstances. George Brown, foreman at the Waterloo Livery Stables, Durham, said that a t 11 oX™clock on 12 Aug he gave Walker an order to convey a gentleman na med Curry to his residence at Thornley, 10 or 12 miles distant. Walker had been in the service of Mr Peele for eight or nine years, and t he horses were perfectly reliable and steady. When he left with the ca b at 11 oX™clock he was quite sober. The witness did not see him again u ntil half-past six the following morning, when he drove the horses into t he yard. Walker reported that he had had an accident. He stated that when betwe en Byers Garth and Long Myers the off-side horse XśshiedXť at something w hich came out of the hedge - he thought it was a rabbit - and forced th e near-side horse into the ditch, half overturning the cab. Finding himself in an almost helpless position so far as getting the ho rses back on to the road was concerned, he went to the farm of Mr Jordi son, near by, and asked him to render assistance. He refused, however. T he witness remarked that he understood he gave no reason for so doing. Mr JordisonX™s Affair The Coroner: That requires an explanation. This is Mr JordisonX™s affai r. The witness, proceeding, said that the horse remained in the ditch for o ver two hours and Walker, who had been thrown from the box seat and had b roken his arm, remained near the horses until five or six oX™clock, when a m otor wagon containing three men arrived on the scene. They at once ren dered the assistance that was required, and Walker was soon upon the bo x seat again and driving away to Durham. Replying to the Coroner the witness stated that Walker when he arrived h ome was suffering from shock and injuries. He bore an excellent charac ter. Robert Smailes Copeland, of Castle Eden, who is employed by Messrs. Nim mo, brewers, told the jury that on Tuesday morning he and two others st arted away from Castle Eden at four oX™clock for a journey to Langley Mo or and Sacriston. About five oX™clock, when between Byers Garth and Lon g Myers, he came across an overturned cab and the man Walker, who was s tanding near to his horses. Assistance was at once rendered, and he wa s able to continue his journey to Durham. Died After Delirium Dr Jack, of Durham, who is assistant to Dr H. Smith, said that Walker v isited his surgery. He asked for attention for injuries sustained the p revious evening in a cab accident. The witness found him suffering fro m a fracture of the arm, scrapes and bruises of both hands, a large abr asion of the face from the right temple to the chin, discolouration of b oth eyes, and severe shock. After the arm had been set his condition s eemed to improve, but he became violent and delirious, and on Thursday n ight tore away all splints and bandages, and had to be held down by thr ee men. He died suddenly six hours later. In the witnessX™s opinion, d eath was due to exhaustion brought on by delirium following the acciden t on Tuesday morning. Summing up, the Coroner said he did not know how Mr Jordison would expl ain himself, but he would say that it was very regrettable that he did n ot go to the assistance of Walker when he asked for it. Mr Jordison wo uld be a different man from what he believed him to be if he was not mu ch saddened that he did not render assistance. He could not speak too h ighly in praise of the motor men who acted the part of the Good Samarit ans. Mr Jordison was notified of that inquiry, but he had not come. H e (the Coroner) thought he would have been only too glad of any opportu nity to attend. A verdict was returned that Walker met his death accide ntally."

child + 6 iv. Sydney Claude Walker was born 5 January 1883.

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