George Reed

Died September 29th 1849   

                                                    Above: George’s wedding record   

George Reed (or Reid) died when he was age 36. His death was recorded in the Newcastle Courant, which also said he was a ‘clogger’ or clog maker. This was useful information when we tried to find more about George due to the confusion with his surname.

He was born about 1813, but not in Alnwick. He  was probably from Scottish Ancestry. He married Ann Anderson in St Michael’s Church, on 21st December 1835 (see above) . She couldn’t write as she and her brother who was a witness, both signed with a cross. Ann had been born in Brizlee to shepherd Thomas and Elizabeth Anderson.

By the time of the 1841 census the family were living on the south side of Narrowgate Street. George and Ann were both recorded as age 25 and they had a son John, who was 3. This George was a clogger, so we knew this to be the right family.

George and family were living in Fenkle Street when he died on 29th September 1849, during the first week of the cholera outbreak. Like many others, he was buried in an unmarked grave at the rear of St Michaels Church. Ann was pregnant with their fourth child at that time, as Jeremiah Reed was born in the 4th quarter of 1849, just after his father died.

By the 1851 census Ann and her family were still running the clog making business in Fenkle Street, at the upper end near the Angel Inn. She employed a man and a boy to help her. She was recorded as a 35 year old widow and a “
clogger mistress”. John her eldest boy was now 12 and an apprentice clogger. Elizabeth was 8, born in 1843, and Thomas was 5, born in 1846. Then came Jeremiah who was only one.

By 1861 the family had broken up. We assumed Ann had died but couldn’t find a record in Alnwick. John, Elizabeth and Thomas also disappeared, but we found Jeremiah Reid living with uncle William (42), born in Scotland and aunt Elizabeth (37) Campbell, born in Alnwick with no children of their own. They were living in Victoria Street, Gateshead. This must have been a new and growing area at that time.

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