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Thomas Pallister [p.]

Thomas Pallister was the fourth child Thomas Pallister & Sarah Dodds born c1824 at Windlestone, Co Durham.

In 1841 Thomas was still living at home with his parents at Windlestone, Co Durham where his father was a gamekeeper.  John was working as a joiner’s apprentice.

Thomas’ family had moved to Middridge, Shildon, Co Durham by 1851 & Thomas was still living at home & working as a shoemaker journeyman.  Living with the family at that time was William Hodgson (22), also a journeyman shoemaker.

Thomas married Margaret Hodgson on May 23rd, 1858 at Shildon.  Margaret was born c1822, in West Thickley, Shildon, the daughter of Ralph Hodgson.

In 1861 Thomas & Margaret were living at Middridge next door to the cordwainer’s shop & Thomas was described as a publican & boot & shoe maker.

They were still living in Middridge in 1871 & Thomas was now a master shoemaker employing one man.  Living with them was Margaret’s widowed mother, Mary Hodgson, who was widowed & described as formerly farmer’s wife.  Also lodging with them was James Ridley, a shoemaker born in Windlestone.

Thomas & Margaret appear to have had no children & the 1881 census shows them still in Middridge & Thomas was still a shoemaker.  With them was a 20 year old niece, Hannah Hodgson & a 10 year old niece, Mary Allison.  James Ridley was still lodging with Thomas.

Margaraet & Thomas were living at 40 Middridge Village in 1891 & Thomas had the same trade.  Niece Mary Allison was still living with them as was James Ridley & there was also a 4 year old grandson, Ralph H Allison.

Margaret died aged 78 in Jan-March 1900, her death being registered in Darlington, Co Durham & was buried on February 15th, 1900 in Shildon.

By 1901 widowed Thomas had moved to Heighington, near Darlington, & was living on his own & still working as a boot & shoe maker with his own account at the age of 76.

Thomas died in April-June 1903 aged 80, his death being registered in Darlington. 





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