James and Ann Hindmarsh

Died September 30th & 30th 1849

James Hindmarsh was a retired tinsmith and plumber of Paikes St, aged 81 years old and his wife Ann was aged 75 when they died, either on the same day or a day apart, depending on the various records. (NB We have used the death dates quoted on the official Rawlinson report rather than that on their stone or other records.)

They are two of the small number of the 136 victims who were properly buried and had a good-quality headstone.



It was erected by their “eldest daughter Jane”.*  This is an indication of the family’s affluence, as is the fact that they lived in Paikes St, one of the “better” areas of Alnwick.

We were not sure originally whether they had in fact died of old age, so we sent for James’s death certificate. This clearly says  “cholera morbus”.


James married Ann Harrison on the 25th November 1804 in St Michael’s  church Alnwick. Ann had been born in 1775, the daughter of Thomas and Jane Harrison. Thomas was also a plumber.  In the 1820’s James was recorded as a “plumber and glazer of Bondgate” on the children’s baptism records.

James and Ann had three sons- all plumbers, and several daughters. On the 1841 census James and Ann were living and working in Green Batt, Alnwick. Their unmarried son, Thomas Harrison Hindmarsh, aged 20 was living with them and working as an apprentice plumber. The family must have moved to Paikes St after 1841 and before 1849 when James and Ann died there.

On the 1851 census Thomas was still living in Paikes St with his sister Jane, who was unmarried at 30.

James’s obituary (see below) described him “as a decent hearty old man.”  The Hindmarsh family was extensive and well-established in Alnwick, and several branches were quite wealthy, both tanners and drapers. Luke and Michael Hindmarsh were both on the Board of Health doing their best to help the situation, during the cholera outbreak.


   * In the obituary, Jane is quoted as their sister, but this is believed to be an error. 


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