Margaret Millar

Died 28th September 1849


Above and Below: Two tragic burial records at a time of many

In the obituaries in the Newcastle Courant, Margaret Millar was the wife of John Millar, baker. She died aged just 30.

She was born Margaret Anne Dixon, on 5th May 1819, to George and Mary Dixon of “Necessity”, in Hulne Park. George was a labourer, possibly in the Park, and therefore for the Duke of Northumberland. Another two children were born to the couple when living in Felton. They were Robert Dixon Millar b.20th August 1821 and Isabella born exactly a year later on 20th August 1822. All three children were baptised in Pottergate Chapel,Alnwick.

Margaret Anne Dixon married John Millar on 18th April 1847. Her father was now called Major Dixon, though still a labourer!  Johns father was another John, and a carpenter. Both bride and groom were living in Alnwick at the time, although John Millar Jnr was born in South Shields, Durham, in 1824, so 5 years younger than Margaret. By the time of the 1841 census, he was an apprentice baker working for Mr Robert Purvis, a Baker in Paikes Street.

There were too many Margaret Dixons age 20 on the 1841 census to know for sure, where she was then. After their marriage in 1847, however they lived in Clayport and John was a master bread baker.

On 4th August 1849, just before the Cholera outbreak in Alnwick their son, Thomas Finlay was born.

Happiness was short lived though, as Margaret Anne died on 28th September, leaving John with an eight week old baby to care for.
Margaret Anne Millar was buried in a mass grave at the rear of the Church, that day according to the Bishops Transcripts.

Sadly Thomas Finlay only lived another two weeks only, and died on 11th October 1849. He was not recorded as a Cholera victim but cholera was still raging in Alnwick, the last recorded victim dying on 23rd October. Perhaps the son was buried with his mother.


Poor John Millar, losing his wife and son in such circumstances. He carried on baking bread, living as a lodger first in Alnmouth , then in Bailiffgate before marrying again, to an Ann in 1890 but again his happiness was short lived, as he died the following year age 70.

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