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George NEWTON
Male 1797 - 1836

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  • Birth  1797  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Baptism  1 Jul 1797  All Saint's Church, , Penshaw, Houghton le Spring Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence  1836  Low Downs, Hetton, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried  1836  St Michael and All Angels, Houghton le Spring, Co Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Fact 1  Bef Jan 1836  [7
    converted to Roman Catholicism 
    Occupation  Blacksmith  [8
    _UID  B0F3D4A249E15141A129095620AA0335005D 
    Died  28 Jan 1836 at 1.30pm  Downs Pit, Eppleton Colliery, Hetton, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Cause: .Killed in an explosion 
    Person ID  I691  British Roots
    Last Modified  19 Jan 2010 
     
    Family  Ann WATSON,   b. Abt 1801, Hetton le Hole , Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1853, Houghton Le Spring, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  31 May 1823  Houghton-le-Spring, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Children 
    >1. James W NEWTON,   b. Bef 14 Dec 1823, High Downs, Hetton.Co Durham Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Ann NEWTON,   b. Abt 1826, Hetton, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. John NEWTON,   b. 1828, Hetton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863
     4. Margaret NEWTON,   b. 1831, Hetton le Hole Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. George NEWTON,   b. Nov 1834, Hetton Pit Houses, Hetton Downs, Houghton-le-Spring, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1912, Grey Hospital, Greymouth, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F191  Group Sheet
     
  • Documents
    1841 census Hetton-le-Hole
    1841 census Hetton-le-Hole
    Enumerators Page from the 1841 census of Hetton-le-Hole showing Ann Newton-nee Watson with her five children. She is shown to be of independent means. George Newton her husband had died recently.
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S106] Ian Piner (Reliability: 2).

    2. [S363] Joanna Tulip GR (Reliability: 2).

    3. [S393] Durham Records Online (Reliability: 2).

    4. [S395] report of mining accident (Reliability: 2).
      reported to be 39 years old

    5. [S108] Durham Mining Museum Website (Reliability: 2).

    6. [S108] Durham Mining Museum Website (Reliability: 2).
      Newton, George, aged 39, of Low Downs, left a wife and five children, Buried: St. Michael & All Angels, Houghton-le-Spring

    7. [S366] Baptism record into the Roman Catholic Church of son George in Feb 1836 (Reliability: 2).

    8. [S365] Marriage Certificate of George Newton(1834) and Eleanor Cummings (Reliability: 3).
      Date of Marriage 12 March 1854.George Newton Bachelor.Boilermaker of New Grey Street,Sunderland and Eleanor Cummings Spinster of New Grey Street,Sunderland.
      Father of George Newton: George Newton Blacksmith-deceased. Father of Eleanor Cummings:John
      Cummings Hawker. Witnesses Charles Cummings and George Lord
      Both parties signed.

    9. [S364] Durham Mining Museum (Reliability: 2).
      Date: 28th January 1836 at 1.30pm
      Colliery: Hetton, Downs Pit (Eppleton)
      Cause: Explosion
      Lives Lost: 20


      Description

      An awful explosion occurred in the celebrated Hetton colliery, near Houghton-le-Spring, by which twenty human beings lost their lives, and another was so dreadfully scorched as to afford but faint hopes of his recovery. Upwards of one hundred persons were employed in the pit at the time the explosion occurred, but owing to the accident being confined to one of the workings, namely the Downs pit, the number of victims was less than might have been expected. From the evidence adduced on the coroner's inquest it appeared that the explosion was caused by the negligence or inattention of a boy who had the charge of a trap door, and whose duty was to keep it shut as much as possible, in order that the part of the pit where the men were working might be purified by a current of air. From the evidence of several witnesses experienced in the management of mines, (including Mr. George Hunter, of Painsher, viewer to the marquess of Londonderry), there existed no doubt that the general ventilation of the pit was excellent. The whole of the evidence tended to shew that, had the men been working with the Davy lamp, instead of candles, no explosion would have occurred; but, it was stated that the men, even in situations where danger existed, had an antipathy to its use, because from candles they had a better light.
      Source: Local Historian's Table Book of Remarkable Occurrences Connected with the Counties of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northumberland and Durham by M.A. Richardson. Published in five volumes in 1844.


      Fatalities


      Costdle, William Henry Blake, aged 17, of High Downs, single
      Cowens, James, aged 25, of Downs Lane, left a wife and child
      Cummings, Anthony, aged 10, Trapper , of Downs Lane
      Dodds, Edward, aged 13, of Hetton, brother of Mark, taken out alive but subsequently died
      Dodds, Mark, aged 18, of Hetton, brother of Edward
      Findlay, Richard, aged 31, of High Downs, left a wife and two children, brother of Thomas, Buried: St. Michael & All Angels, Houghton-le-Spring
      Findlay, Thomas, aged 27, of High Downs, brother of Richard, Buried: St. Michael & All Angels, Houghton-le-Spring
      Gardiner, John, aged 16, of Hetton
      Gleghorn, John, aged 30, of High Downs, left a wife, cousin of the other John Gleghorn & son of Surtees and Elizabeth Gleghorn, Buried: St. Michael & All Angels, Houghton-le-Spring on 30 Jan 1836
      Gleghorn, John, aged 24, of High Downs, cousin of the other John Gleghorn and son of William and Margaret Gleghorn, Buried: St. Michael & All Angels, Houghton-le-Spring on 30 Jan 1836
      Halliday, William, aged 19, of High Downs
      Harland, Robinson, aged 23, of Hetton, single, taken out alive but subsequently died
      Kay, Thomas, aged 38, of Downs Lane, wife due to give birth to her eighth child, lost child on hearing of accident, man and child buried together
      Milburn, John, aged 23, of Hetton, left a wife and child
      Newton, George, aged 39, of Low Downs, left a wife and five children, Buried: St. Michael & All Angels, Houghton-le-Spring
      Surtees, William, aged 17, of High Downs, single
      Tate, Simon, aged 31, of Hetton, left a wife and three children


      Walton, John, aged 14, of Downs Lane, taken out alive but subsequently died
      Ward, William, aged 20, of Hetton, single, taken out alive but subsequently died
      Wears, William, aged 27, of Houghton, left a wife and two children
      All names found
      Youngest: 10 years old ; Oldest: 39 ; Average: 23

    10. [S70] International Genealogical Index (R) (Reliability: 2).
      George Newton
      Male
      Marriages:
      Spouse: Ann Watson
      Marriage: 31 MAY 1823 Houghton Le Spring, Durham, England

    11. [S98] Durham Records Online (Reliability: 2).
      Record Type District Forename Surname Birth Year Event Year s) or
      (parish recs)
      Marriages Houghton-le-Spring George Newton 1823 birthplace this parish

  

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