Ralph Emmerson

Died September 28th 1849 

Ralph Emmerson died on 28th September 1849, age 53.

We know that Ralph was born about 1796, as he was 45 on the 1841 census. He was married to Jane Patterson on 19th July 1818 in Felton Church. The bride and the two witnesses Joseph
Emmerson and Joseph Junior each signed with a cross.

By 1841, there was daughter Margaret (20): Joseph (15) an agricultural labourer like his father: James (13) and Ralph(1), living in Union Court, Alnwick

There is an issue regarding son James, as he is probably the James Paxton whose cholera death is described separately in this record, as James Paxton was the name used by Robert Rawlinson in his report. 


                                      Above: James as mentioned in the Emmerson family census return

                                       Below: Emmerson alias Paxton on Jamess burial record


Ralph Jnr was probably the illegitimate son of Margaret, as he was   baptised 8/3/1840 with only his Mother’s name in the register. (On Bishops transcripts it says “single woman”).

After Ralph senior’s death in 1849 his widow, Jane was living with her widowed mother, Margaret Patterson, both from Ellingham, and a Ralph (7). This is possibly the same Ralph reported as born in1840. They were living In Thompson’s Yard in Clayport Street, where they were laundresses.

Meanwhile eldest son Joseph
Emmerson had married Ann, and was a carter, also living in Clayport . Yet another Ralph Emmerson was baptised on 19/4/1846. He was the son of Joseph and Ann Emmerson, now of Canongate, Alnwick.

This Ralph later trained to be a blacksmith. He married Isabella Corniston from Durham and they had 5 children, all born in Alnwick. Ralph and Isabella lived and worked in Clayport, Alnwick all their lives and Ralph died in 1905. They had 3 sons, Thomas, John and of course, a Ralph.


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