Ann Pearson

On the Breadline in Correction House Yard

Died Oct 12th 1849   

Ann Rickaby Pearson was born on 16th August 1827. Her father George Lorimore Pearson was ill when she was born and died five months later on16th November 1827, aged just 41. He had worked as a cooper and had lived in Green Batt before ending his days in Bondgate, possibly Correction House Yard.

George had married Charlotte Brown in St. Michael’s Church on 2/3/1817. He signed, but Charlotte made a mark. They had four daughters, Eleanor was baptised on 10/5/1818 when they were in Green Batt; Jane was also born there, and was baptised as Jane Lorimer on 2/9/1821; Charlotte Brown Pearson was baptised on 30/6/1824 when they had moved to Bondgate; and finally Ann Rickaby was born. So this was a very female family for Ann to grow up in.

On the 1841 census Ann’s family was in Correction House Yard and living without an income. Her mother just was recorded as a widow. Jane had left home before the census, possibly working as a house servant for Joseph and Jane Forster in Green Batt Cottage, Alnwick. Ann died in Correction House Yard aged 22 on October 12

By 1851 Charlotte was 60 and a widow with daughters Ellen (32) and Jane living with her. There was no sign of Charlotte. Ellen married later that year on 8th December 1851, to James
Shotton, a butcher from Amble. They lived, probably above the butchers shop, in Queen Street, Amble. They also had three daughters, Mary Ann, Eleanor and Isabella.

Jane had already married and was now Jane Hindmarsh (24). Her son Thomas was 2 months old, born in Lesbury. Jane died in the 1
st quarter  of1858, after giving birth to several more children. Her husband married twice more. One of his daughters was called Appalina, which is quite a rare name. Appalina Cooper and her mother Julia Dixon also died in the Alnwick cholera outbreak, so their must be a connection, somewhere!


Charlotte lived alone in the same house in Correction House Yard until her death in 1872, age 86. She had been a widow for 45 years.

1849 Cholera Outbreak
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