James Paxton

Died September 28th 1849 

                             Above  Six Emmersons  crammed into  Union Court, one of the  worst areas of Alnwick In 1841

There is confusion as regards James’s surname, so we have used the Rawlinson Report version as per all our listings of the dead, but tried to explain the anomalies. James Paxton was 20 years old when he died on 28th September 1849, one of the worst days during the cholera outbreak. He was recorded as James Paxton on the Rawlinson Report, but in the Bishops Transcript burial records, he was recorded as James Emmerson, alias Paxton- see below.

Ralph Emmerson –see his separate entry in this folder- died on the same day, so even though James’ name was recorded as Paxton, we think James was one of Ralph Emmerson’s sons.

James Emmerson  was baptised on 10th February 1828 . He was born to Ralph Emmerson and Jane Patterson. (Perhaps “Patterson” was misheard, and is the origin of this otherwise puzzling listing of Paxton). In any case James appears on the 1841 census for Union Court, off Clayport, Alnwick. We therefore think that father and son were buried together in a mass grave at the rear of St Michaels church.

                                                           Below: James Emmerson referred to as “Alias Paxton”  on his burial record



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