John Newton

Died 23rd October 1849 


              Above and Below: Two documents that tell a sad story. Johns birth and his mothers death


John Newton was baptised John Middlemas Newton on 20th March 1848. He was born to parents with the distinctive names of  Mr Rice Atkinson Newton and wife Isabella. (We were hoping she was Isabella Middlemas  to provide a link to the maternal line, but no such luck!)
Isabella died due to complications in childbirth, we assume, and was buried on 22nd March 1848, age 36. 

The family were living in Green Batt at the time of Isabellas death, and father and son were still there when one year old John suffered from cholera and died on October 23rd 1849. He was one of the last victims of this outbreak in Alnwick, dying along with Thomas Thompson of Clayport. Poor Rice Atkinson Newton had gone from a married man with a wife and son to a man on his own again in 18 months.

We found a Rice Newton mentioned in 1858, when he was fined £2-10s for using snares and taking game in Christon Bank.

By 1871 Rice Newton was 51 and married to a Diana aged 56. They were recorded as both born in Alnwick, but now living in South Shields where he was working as a labourer. This was where he died in 1878, age 59. 

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