Dorothy Brankston, Jane Brankston

Died Sept 24th, October 6th 1849


                                   Above: The two fathers’ thumb prints on the marriage bond.

Jane Brankston was a 73 year old widow when she died in 1849, in the cholera outbreak. Her husband, George Brankston was a butcher in Clayport. He was born in Alnwick in about 1775, son of another George Brankston of Tuggel, Bamburgh, who was a joiner and Mary Taylor from Preston. Mary and George married on 1st January 1761. Mary died on 22/10/1797, the year before her son George married Jane Henderson

Jane was only 19 and George was 22 when they married in Alnwick. Both fathers, George Brankston and George Henderson (county miller) had to complete a Marriage Bond. They put their thumb prints on the sworn entry in the marriage register, on 31st July 1798.(See above))

We could only trace three children born to George
Brankston, mis-spelled Brankstone and Jane mis-spelled Jean. These were:
George Jnr. baptised 14/7/1799 in
Pottergate Church in Alnwick:(See over): Jean baptised 9/8/1801 and Michael Henderson baptised 2/4/1804, baptised in the same place. Jane’s husband, George died age 33 on 12/1/1808, so she was a widow for many years before she died in the Cholera outbreak, on October 6th. This was two weeks after her daughter-in-law Dorothy, died in the same outbreak.

Dorothy was born in 1797 and married George Brankston butcher, sometime before 1824 when their first daughter Margaret Henderson Brankston was baptised on 8th February 1824, in Embleton. George Henderson Brakstone (sic) was baptised on 30/10/1825, William Brakstone on 30/12/1827, Hannah Brankston on 27/6/1830, Jane Henderson Brankston on 24/6/1832, Dorothy on 6/12/1835 and Elizabeth 4/11/1838.

George had his name in the newspaper several times saying about the quality of the livestock he had butchered, the quality of his meat etc; especially one Christmas when he slaughtered a prize-winning heifer grazed by the Duke of Northumberland, and was selling it in both his and Mr
Straughan’ premises.(1836)

The Brankstons were living in Clayport at that time, and on the 1841 census, all the children above are listed apart from Margaret. George Senior was a butcher, and George Jnr. was an apprentice cabinet maker, like his great grandfather.

Mother Dorothy died of cholera on Sept 24th  two weeks before  grandmother Jane, who we assume was living with the family in 1849. Jane’s other son had been a tinsmith or whitesmith, in Alnwick but his business went bankrupt in May 1849. So 1849 was a disastrous year altogether for the family.

Two years later, George the butcher, was living with three of his daughters, Hannah (20), Dorothy (16) and Elizabeth (15). William Bowey, (2) a grandson was there too. We believe he was Hannah’s
son, born on 1/7/1849 to her as a
a single mother. This William stayed in Alnwick and became a “moulder”, but died young in 1877 age 28.

George died before the next census in 1861 and the family disbanded. Son William married a Sarah and became a railway signalman in Newcastle. By 1891 he was widowed and an inmate of Elswick Union Workhouse. He died in 1896 age 69.

Daughter Dorothy married John Hall, a quarryman, and had three children before they emigrated to Australia before 1864. Decima their four year old daughter died in Berrima New South Wales in 1867. They had at least four more children in Australia, and Dorothy died there in 1898, (See below)- a long way from where her mother, Dorothy died of cholera in Alnwick.

Further Information from Australia concerning daughter Dorothy : 


 John, Dorothy & their sons John & Richard arrived in Keppel Queensland 12th July 1866, on the ship The Great Pacific.  All men on board were to be employed as labourers to work on the railways.


Daughter Decima was born on board the ship in June that year. However, once arriving they found that there was no work available on the railway. Decima died in the following year in Berrima New South Wales, which suggests that the family travelled south in search of work. From there they moved to the Bell / Lithgow region, west of the Blue Mountains. Im not certain of the work John carried out, but Lithgow was a coal mining area, so its possible that he & the children worked in that type of industry.



 Hope this helps. If I come across any other useful information will pass it on to you/ Cheers,


Vicki Maslen

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