Jane Thompson

Died 28th September 1849

                                                  Above: The 1841 census entries for Jane, John and their children

We know that Jane died in the cholera outbreak, and that she was then 60 years old. Much about her is, however, less clear.

For example, we learnt from her obituary in a Newcastle newspaper that Jane was married to John Thompson, a “joiner”. This was somewhat misleading or possibly “fake news”, as there was only one John and Jane Thompson about the right age in Alnwick by the time of her death, and he was a tanner. It could have been a case of misreading, illegible writing. We don’t know.

There were also two different Janes married to a John Thompson at the time we were interested in. A Jane Young married a John Thompson on 13/6/1811, so she would have been about 21 then or  Jane Caldwell married a John Thompson on Christmas Day 1811, and she would have been 21 at that time as well!

John Thompson the tanner and Jane had two children at least. The only two on the 1841 census (see above) were sons Henry Thompson, born 1828 and  David Thompson, born 1831. The family was all living in Green Batt. note that for this first census only, adult ages were confusingly rounded to the nearest 0 or 5, so for example, both John and Jane appear (wrongly) to be exactly 50 years old.

Jane Thompson died on 28th September 1849, when the cholera outbreak in Alnwick was at its worst. She was living in Percy Street at the time.

Two years later on the 1851 census, John the tanner was recorded as widowed, which fits in. Son Henry had left for work in Cumberland, ending up in Carlisle. John had only David at home in Pottergate now.

John died in 1860 and David went to live in Bishopswearmouth in County Durham. By coincidence, both Henry and David had sons who became joiners.

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