Dorothy Grey

Died October 6th 1849

                                            Above : A ropewalk such as Charles would have worked in  (there were two in Alnwick).

Dorothy Grey was married to Charles Grey, a roper living in Clayport Street when she died aged 48, from cholera on 6th October 1849. We found them on the 1841 census, when Charles was a 50 year old roper, Dorothy was 40, William 7, Thomas 4 and Margaret 4.

Dorothy  married Charles on 14th March 1836 but they had both been married before, as they were both “widowed”. She was Dorothy Mckenzie when they married in St Michael’s Church. Her first husband was James Mckenzie and they had two sons: James born 1825 and William baptised 3/11/1830. These two boys were also on the 1841 census for Clayport. It looked as though they were living next door but we could now see it was one big extended family.

Charles had three daughters with his first wife. He had married Isabella before 1823, when their first daughter, Ann was baptised on 23/7/1823, Isabella was next on 4/3/1827 and Elizabeth was baptised on 10/10/1830. William, aged 7 on the 1841 census was also born on 20/4/1834 before his first wife died, on 27/11/1834 leaving Charles with a 7 month old baby boy and three young daughters to care for.

Two other children were both 4 years old in 1841 so they were from the second marriage. They were Thomas, baptised on 12th February 1837 and Margaret baptised June 1838 -so not twins. Margaret died in 1841 just after the census. So when Dorothy died from Cholera in October 1849 she left Charles with a mixture of offspring to look after.

The 1851 census informs us that Charles was still working as a rope and twine maker, his daughter Isabella keeping house. Son William (19) was a skinner and James (14) was a tobacconist apprentice. Sadly William died later that year. There was no sign of any of these children later in Alnwick, maybe they went to London or abroad to start new lives.


                                                         Above: Dorothy marries Charles Grey (note, she signs with cross).

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