John Douglas

Died 26th September 1849


                                                              Above : Johns baptism record.

John Douglas was born on 15th August 1819 to Thomas and Sarah Douglas, a shoemaker living in Clayport. Thomas’s  ancestors were possibly from Scotland, as John was baptised in the Scotch Church in Pottergate two weeks later on 29th August (see above). There is no sign of a marriage for Thomas and Sarah in Alnwick. From a later census we know they were both born in Alnwick, in 1782.

John was the eighth child born to Thomas and Sarah between 1803 and 1819, all baptised in Pottergate, they were: Mary Ann b 6/10/1803: Margaret b 24/2/05: John b 17/2/07 and died age 1 on 23/2/08: Thomas b 4/3/09: Sarah b22/5/1811: William b 1/8/13 and George b 1/12/1815. Robert was the only one younger than John, born on 27/3/1825. He sadly died age 12 on 10/5/37 in Alnwick, so they must have still been living in Clayport then.

When we found them on the 1841 census, Thomas and Sarah were still living in Clayport but all their children had flown the nest, including John. The only John Douglas about the right age we could find was living in Newcastle, and was a cordwainer. He was possibly working an apprenticeship with other young men. He returned to Alnwick before dying from Cholera on 26th September 1849.

John was buried in a mass grave at the rear of St Michael’s Church. He was just 29, and we don’t think he had married. In 1851 Thomas and Sarah were still living in Clayport, near Burn’s Yard. Son George and his wife Charlotte were also in Clayport, nearby, where he was a fell monger. This work entailed working with leather before selling it for shoe making. Sarah died on 22nd February 1855.

On the 1861census, Thomas was 79 years old and still working as a shoemaker. He was now living with George, Charlotte and their family. Thomas died in 1866 .

Son Thomas followed his father to become a shoemaker, first in Narrowgate and later in Pottergate.

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