Margaret Hall was the fourth child of John Hall & Margaret Slack christened May 11th, 1845 at South Hetton, Co Durham.
Margaret was living at South Hetton in 1851 with her parents, 3 brothers & 1 sister. Her father was a coal miner.
She was still at home at South Hetton in 1861 with 2 brothers & 2 sisters.
Margaret married Henry Sayer in Jan-March 1868, the marriage being registered at Sunderland. Henry was born April-June 1846 at Kendal, Westmorland. Henry was the son of Jane & William Sayer, a green grocer. The Sayers were living at Thornley, Co Durham at the time of the 1861 census & at that time Henry was working for his father as a grocer’s assistant.
In 1871 Margaret & Henry were living at Flat Engine, Warden Law, Co Durham where Henry was now an engine driver. They had 2 children – William (3) & John Hall (2 months).
By 1881 Margaret & Henry had moved to Front St, Whitburn, Co Durham & Henry was now described as an engineman. They now had 6 children – William, John Hall, Mary Ellen (8), Margaret (5), James (2) & Henry (3 months).
Margaret & Henry had moved once more by the time of the 1891 census & were living at 31 Thorpe St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland where Henry was working as an engineer fitter. At home were William, a blacksmith, John, a general labourer, Mary Ellen, Margaret, James, Henry, Joseph (7) & Frederick (3).
Son William, a farrier, married Jane Horshin on February 14th, 1894 at Venerable Bede Church, Monkwearmouth. Daughter Margaret married George Youll Pyle, a cabinet maker in 1897 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne & in 1910 Margaret, George & family emigrated to Australia.
In 1901 Henry & Margaret were in Southwick, Sunderland & were living at 12 Keats Avenue. Henry’s occupation was given as engine minder at colliery. Son James was still at home & was a blacksmith at the shipyard, & son Joseph was a shipwright’s apprentice. Frederick was also still living at home.
Son Joseph married Susannah Henderson in 1909 in Sunderland & like sister Margaret he also emigrated to Australia.
In 1911 Margaret was living with her daughter Mary Ellen, who had married Alfred Frame Armstrong in April-June 1894, & their 3 children. They were living at 42 Grosvenor St, Southwick, Sunderland where Alfred was a linotype operator. Margaret’s status in the census was given as married, but Henry could not be found.
Margaret died in April-June 1917, aged 72, at Sunderland.
There is a death for Henry Sayer, aged 78, of 33 Grosvenor Street, Sunderland in Jan-March 1925.
The children of Margaret Hall & Henry Sayer were:
ha.4.1 William Sayer born Oct-December 1868 at Quarrington Hill, Co Durham
ha.4.2 John Hall Sayer born Jan-March 1871 at Warden Law, & christened April 2nd, 1871 at Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham; died February 20th, 1931at 14 Diana St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
ha.4.3 Mary Ellen Sayer born June 15th, 1873 at Thornley, Co Durham
ha.4.4 Margaret Sayer christened December 19th, 1875 at Bishop Middleham, Co Durham
ha.4.5 James Sayer born Oct-December 1878 at Sunderland, Co Durham
ha.4.6 Henry Sayer born Jan-March 1881 at Sunderland, Co Durham
ha.4.7 Joseph Sayer born July 19th, 1883 at Sunderland, Co Durham; died July 17th, 1969 in New South Wales, Australia
ha.4.8 Frederick Sayer born June 23rd, 1887 & christened July 12th, 1887 at Southwick, Sunderland, Co Durham