Mary Ann Earnshaw was the first child of John Earnshaw & Sarah Thurlbeck born February 25th, 1847 at Seaham Harbour, Co Durham.
In 1851 Mary Ann & her parents were living at John St, Dawdon, Co Durham where her father was a stone mason.
Mary Ann was still at home in 1861 at 4 Back John St & she now had a younger brother, John Pickering.
Mary Ann gave birth to an illegitimate child in 1869 who was christened Sarah Jane on March 31st, 1869 at St John’s, Seaham.
Mary Ann married Thomas Fletcher on April 12th, 1869, at Christ Church, New Seaham. Thomas was born March 1848 in Seaton, Co Durham, the son of Jane & John Fletcher, a coal miner.
By 1871 Mary Ann & Thomas were living at Hazelrigg Square, Killingworth, Northumberland where Thomas was a coal miner. With them was Mary’s daughter Sarah (now Fletcher) aged 2 & son John W, 2 months old.
In 1879 Thomas emigrated to the USA to be followed by Mary Ann & family in 1880.
They were living at New Straightsville, Perry, Ohio in 1880 with daughter Sarah, son John W & new additions Ellen (8) & Mary (5). All the children had been born in England. Thomas was working as a coal miner.
Daughter Elizabeth was born in Ohio in December 1881.
The 1900 US census shows Thomas & Mary still living in Straightsville Village, now Coal Township, Perry, Ohio. Only daughter Elizabeth was at home & it was noted that Mary had had 9 children, only 5 of whom were still living.
Thomas & Mary were again living in Coal Township in 1910 but Thomas was now a green house florist. Daughter Lizzie was still living at home & working as a telephone operator. Also there was a 2 year old granddaughter, Florence.
By 1920 Thomas, aged 71, had retired & he & Mary were still living in Coal Township, in East Ball St. Daughter Lizzie continue to live at home & was still a telephone operator. Listed with them were 2 granddaughters, Florence Yarger (11) & Wilma Christy (7).
Mary Ann died, aged 74, on January 26th 1922, & was buried in New Straitsville Cemetery, Ohio on January 29th 1922.
Thomas died on December 5th, 1924 & was also buried in New Straitsville Cemetery, Ohio.
The children of Mary Ann Earnshaw & Thomas Fletcher were:
e.22.214.171.124 Sarah Jane Fletcher (Earnshaw) christened March 31st, 1869 at St John’s, Seaham, Co Durham
e.126.96.36.199 John William Fletcher born February 1871 in Burradon, Northumberland
e.188.8.131.52 Ellen Fletcher born April-June 1872 in Tynemouth
e.184.108.40.206 Thomas Fletcher born April-June 1874 in Tynemouth; died July-September 1874 in Tynemouth
e.220.127.116.11 Mary Fletcher born April-June 1875 in Tynemouth
e.18.104.22.168 Elizabeth Fletcher born December 1881 in Straitsville, Ohio, USA