Ann Middlemas

The curse of the butchery trade?

Died Oct 4th 1849   


                                                                       The 1841 Census return for Ann Middlemas

Ann was the wife of John Middlemas, and was born about 1805. Hence she was probably aged 44 when she died of cholera on October 4th 1849. She was born in Alnwick, and her mother was called Margaret Appleby.

Ann married John Middlemas on 7th January 1827,or 1828 according to which records are looked at. John was born on 23/10/1801 and baptised a month later. He was the son of the impressively named Henry Elder Cornwell Middlemiss, and Mary Sanderson. They were married on 29th August 1801, just two months before he was born.

Middlemiss was born to John and Jane Middlemiss on 3rd July 1780, in Longhoughton. This entry in the register was followed by the birth of Isabel Elder Middlemiss with no date, so she was probably  born later.

On the 1841 census John and Ann were living in Teasdale’s Yard where he was a butcher. They didn’t appear to have any children.. Several of her neighbours died too. Was it to do with the filth of the butchery trade? as there were other butchers who died in the outbreak.  Was it living in Teasdale’s yard, one of the worst slums in Alnwick ? She was buried in a mass grave at the rear of St. Michael’s Church.

In 1851 John was still living in the same area with his mother in law, Margaret for company. She was a widow, born in Warkworth but she must have moved to Alnwick before her daughter Ann was born.

John outlived his wife by nine years, dying in October 1858.

1849 Cholera Outbreak
Ann Allison George, Susan and Isabella Anderson Ann Appleby John Douglas Arnott John Balmer Ann Bamburgh Isabella Bell Jane Berkley Sarah, Robert, Sarah Black Dorothy and Jane Brankston Ann Brown Isabella Burn Elizabeth Burnett Sarah Burnett Mary Carr Thomas Carr John Cavenah Julia Dixon, Appalina Cooper Harvey and Catherine Cross Edward Davis George and Jane Davison William Dick John and Sarah Dickman Isabella Dixon Adam Dixon Rebecca Dobbs John Douglas Jane Douglas Jane Duncan Robert Duncan Ann Egdell Ralph Emmerson Ann Fawdon, Ann Fawdon Mary Ann Featherstone Henry and Ellen Mary Ferguson Isabella Flannaghan George and Eleanor Forster Robert Gardner Elizabeth Gray Dorothy Grey Robert Grey Thomasine Grey Mary and Henry Hedley Mary Henderson James and Ann Hindmarsh William Howey Ann Hudson, Ann Hudson George Hume, Alice Hume John Hunter Dorothy Jameson, Jane Jackson Joseph Jamison Thomas Jeffrey Elizabeth Jobson Mary Joicey James Keen, Margery Keen Frances Laing George Lindsay, John Lindsay Catherine Lockey James Lockey Ann Lough Patrick Macone Margaret Marshall Mary Maule Latitia McLaughlin James McMillan Thomas McMillan Neil McNab Elizabeth Mennim Catherine Metcalf Ann Middlemas Margaret Millar Mary Mills Margaret Moffit Jane Morrison Ann Nesbitt Ann Newton John Newton James Paxton Ann Pearson Mary and Isabella Pickard George Pike Rebecca Quin Mary and William Ramsay George Reed Thomas and Ann Robarts Michael Sanderson James Skelly George Slight Elizabeth Smails John Smith Sarah Smith John Snowdon Jane Snowdon Robert Stansfield John Stocker Robert Tate Dinah and Charlotte Tate George Taylor Grace and Jane Taylor Mary Thew Thomas Thompson Jane Thompson Henry Tinson John Walker Robert Wallace Alice Wardhaugh John and Robert Wardle Thomas Wilkinson James Williams Mary Wilson Elizabeth Wood Appendix-James Wood