Margaret Moffit

Died 23rd September 1849    


                                                    Above: Margarets heavily weathered gravestone

Margaret Moffit (also spelt Moffatt and Moffat) died on the first day of the Alnwick cholera outbreak, September 23rd 1849.  It was reported in the Newcastle newspaper that she was 53, and the wife of Ralph Moffatt, a mason.

We believe that Margaret was born in Alnwick about 1796, but we couldn’t find a birth record, as we couldn’t find Margaret’s maiden name. Ralph Moffatt was born in Chatton about 1793. On the 1841 census Margaret and Ralph were living in Clayport, which was the worst affected area of Alnwick during the cholera outbreak.

Margaret was buried in a marked grave at the front of St. Michael’s Church, but her stone (above) has weathered  so badly that it yields little useful information, apart from confirming her death in the period of the outbreak.

Two years after her death, Ralph was lodging with the Balmbra family, who ran a grocer shop in Clayport, near where he had always lived. Mary Balmbra was the widow of John Balmbra from
Hobbelaw, and had three grown up children living there too. Mary had been born in Bamburgh but died in Alnwick in 1858.

In 1861 Ralph
Moffatt was still lodging with the Balmbra family, but he died on 19/11/1869 , twenty years after his wife Margaret had died from cholera.

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