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Isabella Crosby [c.3]

Isabella Crosby was the third child of Thomas Crosby & Isabel Holborne, born at Bishop Middleham & christened on May 18th, 1777.

She married George White, who was born c1776 at Sedgefield. The entry in the Bishop Middleham parish records reads:

George White of this parish and Isabel Crosby of the same parish were married in this church by publication of Banns this first day of January in the year 1798 by me, Robert Waugh, vicar.
This marriage was solemnized between us George X White and Isable X Crosby in the presence of John Robinson, Margaret Legg, Robert Palmer, Eleanor Palmer and John Potts (X = their mark)

Isabella & George, a labourer, had 9 children including triplets! Eight of the children were boys!

Their first child, James, was born September 1798. Second son Thomas was christened March 7th, 1801 and then followed the birth of triplets in 1803, the parish record stating:

William Benjamin and John sons of one birth of George and Isabella baptized February 26th 1803

3 more boys followed – George (1806), Jacob (1808) & Joseph (1811). Finally in 1815, on December 7th they had a baby girl, Charlotte.

Father George died in 1820 (aged 44).

In 1841 widowed Isabella was living with her son Benjamin at Bishop Middleham. She was described as a pauper & Benjamin was an agricultural labourer. Mary Ridley, aged 6, was living with them. Next door was Isabella’s sister Mary Crosby with 2 of her children, Mary & Thomas.

By the time of the 1851 census 73 year old Isabella was described as a pauper and was living at Bishop Middleham with 2 of the triplets, Benjamin (48) a turnpike labourer and John, an agricultural labourer. Two granddaughters were living with them, Isabel White (22), an agricultural labourer & Margaret White (12), a pauper.

Isabella died aged 78 & was buried on September 29th, 1855 at Bishop Middleham.

In 1861 Benjamin & John, both labourers, were still unmarried & living together at Bishop Middleham and with them was niece Isabel Carr (32) & her family George (5) James (3) & Benjamin (2); also still with them was niece Margaret White (21), now housekeeper. The other triplet, William White had married and was living with his wife Dorothy at Bishop Middleham in 1861 & in 1871. William was a quarryman, his wife a dress maker. Another neighbour was brother Jacob, a quarryman and his wife Mary and their 3 children. Son Joseph had married Mary Reynolds in 1837 & in 1861 they & their family were living in Station St, Coundon, Co Durham where Joseph was a colliery platelayer. By 1881 widowed Joseph had retired & was living in Shildon & with him was daughter Charlotte & husband William Wright & their family.

In 1881 Benjamin at the age of 78 had left Bishop Middleham and was living at Toadpool, West Auckland, with his niece Mary who had married a traveling pot hawker by the name of Sopworth Marley!! There were 6 Marley children present. Benjamin died in Oct-December 1887, aged 84.

The children of Isabella Crosby & George White were:

c.3.1 James White christened September 14th, 1798 at Bishop Middleham, died June 30th, 1849
c.3.2 Thomas White christened March 7th, 1801 at Bishop Middleham
c.3.3 William White christened February 26th, 1803 at Bishop Middleham, died June 19th, 1878
c.3.4 Benjamin White christened February 26th, 1803 at Bishop Middleham, died 1887
c.3.5 John White christened February 26th, 1803 at Bishop Middleham, died December 6th, 1864
c.3.6 George White born July 12th, 1806, ch. July 15th, 1806 at Bishop Middleham; died August 8th 1838
c.3.7 Jacob White born August 9th, 1808, ch. August 13th, 1808 at Bishop Middleham; died 1890
c.3.8 Joseph White born June 5th, 1811, ch. June 15th, 1811 at Bishop Middleham; died Oct-December 1886 at Auckland
c.3.9 Charlotte White born December 7th, 1815, ch. December 7th, 1815 at Bishop Middleham; died 1841.


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