Julia Dixon, Appalina Cooper 

Died 1st and 5th October 1849 

Above: The George Pub Alnwick now, where mother and daughter died

With the (then) unusual name of Julia and knowing she was married to an innkeeper, John Dixon, we thought Julia Dixon would be easy to trace. She was 55 when she died  on the 1st October in Bondgate, Alnwick so was born around 1794. But we didn’t know her maiden name, or where she was born.

Looking at the list of marriages we eventually found Julia Gibson married John Dixon, by
licence in Alnwick, in 1833. So, she was 39 when she married but she was a widow. So Gibson was not her maiden name either!

We then found another marriage for Julia Cooper marrying Robert Gibson on 27th October 1830. Julia was then 36 and already a widow, so she had been married at least twice and widowed twice, before her 36th birthday!  Robert from Abbey Mill, Alnwick, and  was to live only one and a half years after marrying Julia, dying in 1832, aged 51.

But we knew that a woman called
Appalina Cooper was also on the Cholera Deaths list, dying on the 5th October, so was she related to Julia Cooper?  Appalina was also of Bondgate, and Market Passage on some records. So that meant Julia Dixon and Appalina Cooper were related, surely? And the name Appalina was not at all common!


                                                 Above: Appalinas death certificate

We found that Appalina was baptised in St Aidan’s church in Bamburgh in 1824, to mother Julia and Father John Yellowly Cooper, a surgeon. Appalina’s surname was Walker Cooper. Perhaps Julia’s maiden name was Walker? If so we couldn’t find a record in Northumberland. 

We did, however find a obituary for an Appalina Cooper saying that she was buried with her grandparents in St Michaels. These grandparents were John and Appalina Woodhouse, so now I had Julia’s actual maiden name.


Julia had married John Yellowly Cooper in Alnwick in 1821 when she was a spinster called Julia Woodhouse. Finally we have come to her first marriage. Her surnames were therefore in order Woodhouse, Cooper, Gibson and Dixon

Her first husband John died, in Embleton and was buried in 1825 aged 26. Julia had another daughter after his early death. This daughter, Maria Jane Cooper-was born in Embleton in 1826 and baptised on the 12 April 1826 –exactly nine months since her husband’s death..

This daughter survived the cholera outbreak, and in 1851 she was already married to Michael
Archbold, a white smith in Greenbatt, Alnwick. By 1861 they had moved to one of the yards in Clayport and had 6 children including, Maria Julia Archbold, Jane Yellowly Archbold and Appalina Cooper Archbold,

This Appalina married George Dallas in Newcastle and had 3 daughters. Maria Jane Cooper Dallas and Appalina Walker Dallas were both born in Alnwick before they moved to Gateshead, where their third daughter was born and died in 1877.

This last Appalina married a Major Gaunt Lofthouse, and when she was 37 they emigrated to Quebec in Canada.  Lofthouse, however turned out to be a bounder, and abandoned Appalina and her children in the cold of  Canada, where they almost died. They were only saved by the kindness of the native indians, a story which is at least a touching end to all this bad fortune. 


                                                      Above : Appalina Lofthouse

We have been in touch with a descendent of this line of Appalinas in Canada, who kindly provided much of the above information. She is called Heather though, not Appalina!  

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