Thomas Thompson

Died 23rd October 1849

Thomas Thompson has the unenviable distinction of being the last person recorded by Rawlinson to die in Alnwick from cholera in the 1849 outbreak.

Thomas was a shoemaker, or cordwainer, born in Alnwick in September 1797, but not baptised until the following April, on 15/4/1798. He was the fourth son of Thomas Thompson from Howick and “Mar” (presumably Margaret) from Embleton. Her maiden name was

Jnr was also a shoemaker when he married Eleanor Luke in St. Michael’s Church on 19th June 1825. They were living in Pottergate Place when daughter Jane was born in 1827, when son Robert was baptised on 7/10/1831 and when son Benjamin was baptised on 17/10/1832. The family had moved to Lisburn St. when sons William ( baptised 6/4/1835) and James (1837-79) were born.


Son Thomas was born when the family was living in Percy Street, in 1840. This was a newly developing area at that time. What made them move once more, to Clayport?, we wonder. It was the wrong decision to move, because Clayport was the worst affected area when the cholera struck in 1849. Thomas was 52 when he died from cholera leaving a wife, one daughter and five sons to manage without him.

By the 1851 census for Clayport Street, Eleanor and Jane (24) were dressmakers, Benjamin (18) was a tobacconist and James(14) was an errand boy, so they were all earning. Benjamin married Hannah Barber in 1858, and lived in Lisburn Street until after the 1871 census. He was still a tobacconist when they moved to Newcastle before 1881, and then up to Scotland.

Son James moved to the opposite end of the country, to Ashford in Kent. He became a coach painter by trade and lived in Drum Lane, Ashford with his wife and daughter. Sadly he died young in 1879, age 42.  Mother Eleanor and daughter Jane lived together until Eleanor died in 1879, age 74. They both worked as dressmakers in Clayport and later in Chapel Lane.

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