Sarah, Robert and Sarah Black

  Three from the same family

Died on the 29th and 30th September 1849

Union Court, one of the worst areas of old Alnwick

In just 2 days, three members of the same family succumbed to the cholera. Sarah Black died on the 29th September, the same day as her three year old son Robert. Her 18 month old daughter, also Sarah, died the following day. Their poor father, Joseph was left with their two older children to bring up. The two children who died were both born in Alnwick.

Joseph Black was born in Cumberland about 1817 and trained as a stone mason. After marrying Sarah their first child, John was born in South Shields and baptised there on 29 October 1843, making him about 6 years old when his mother died. His brother Joseph was born in Wooler 2 years later.

After the tragedy, on the 1851 census Joseph was living in Monkhouse’s Square, Alnwick where he had housekeeper to help him look after his boys, while he was working as a stone mason.

By the next census in 1861, father and sons were living in Bondgate Within, Alnwick and all three were working with stone. By 1871 Joseph
Jnr was living in lodgings at 6, Hotspur street where he was a woodcutter and unmarried.

By the 1891 census John had married a Susan, and had three children. His brother Jo was living with them in Union Court, in Clayport. This was one of the worst slums in Alnwick. 
John died in March 1897 aged 53, but his son, another Joseph was, by 1911, still living  in two rooms in Union Court with his wife Sarah, two young children and a 3 day old as yet unnamed baby. Joseph was a boot mender by trade..


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