Mary Thew

Died 5th October 1849 


                                             Above: Joseph and George, curriers in the 1850 trade directory

Mary Thew was about 71 when she died in the Cholera epidemic, so she was born about 1778. She married into the Thew family, which was a huge local family going back quite a few generations.

Mary married Joseph
Thew, who was born on 2/3/1777 to Edward Thew (8/7/1744-1787) and Sarah nee Rennison (1746-1799). They had been married in Alnwick on 13/6/1763.

Edward was a butcher in the Market Place, Alnwick. An area of the marketplace was made up completely of butchers and was called the Shambles. These butchers slaughtered the animals there, on site, so it must have been disgusting, awash with blood and dung. The area was improved in 1827 with the building of the Northumberland Hall with shops underneath, but still called the shambles.

Edward and Sarah
Thew had four sons and a daughter before Edward’s early death age 43. George Thew b.1766 married Eleanor Young and they had 6 children; Edward Thew (1769-1853) married Isabella Pringle  and had 4 children; Joseph and  John (1780-1859) who married Elizabeth Tindall and had 3 children; and Sarah (1786-1790).


                            Above: A Thew family gravestone, unfortunately no longer upright.


The Thew brothers were obviously hard-working, becoming tanners, grocers, ropers and brewers, Freemen of Alnwick and prominent members of Alnwick community. Joseph married a Mary Stanfield. We think the marriage took place in Holborn, London, but this may be the wrong Joseph. The wedding details say both bride and groom were residents of London, but this record is the only one we could find, for a Mary Stanfield and a Joseph Thew, in 1801.

Joseph was a currier, or maker and dealer of leather and animal skins, when their first daughter Isabella was baptised on 26/4/1812, in Alnwick. The family were then living in Back Way, later renamed Dispensary Street. Another daughter, Hannah was baptised on 7/7/1818 and a third daughter, Jane was baptised on 7/4/1820 when they were still living in Back Way.

On the 1841 census for Clayport Mary and Joseph, ages rounded (as were all adult ages in this census) to 60 were living with just Jane at home, age 20, and still single.

Mary died on October 5th from cholera. Her sister in law Elizabeth Thew died two days later, but this is not recorded as from cholera.

In 1850 and1855 Joseph advertised in the directories as a currier, so he was still working.

In 1851 Joseph and two unmarried daughters, Hannah 32 a dressmaker, and Jane 30 a milliner, were still living in Clayport. There was no trace of Isabella. On the 1861 census they were missing but we know Joseph died in January 1862 age 85.

His daughters Hannah and Jane did not marry so there were no more
Thews from this line.

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