Jane Pallister was the fifth child Thomas Pallister & Sarah Dodds born at Windlestone, & christened December 11th, 1826 at Merrington, Co Durham.
In 1841 Jane was still living at home with her parents at Windlestone, Co Durham where her father was a gamekeeper.
Jane was working as a house servant for a 70 year old spinster, Elizabeth Johnson, at 27 North Bailey, St Mary le Bow, Durham City in 1851.
Jane married Thomas Oliver, a widower, on September 14th, 1856 at St Michael & All Angels, Bishopwearmouth, Co Durham. Thomas was born c1820 in Durham.
In 1861 Jane & Thomas were living at the Three Horse Shoes public house, Framwellgate, Co Durham. Thomas was described as a mason & innkeeper.
Thomas & Jane were still at the Three Horse Shoes, Framwellgate in 1871 & Thomas was described as a mason & licensed victualler. With them at the time of the census were 2 nieces – Sarah Raine (16), a dressmaker, & Margaret Raine (9). These were the daughters of Jane’s sister Eleanor & her husband Thomas Raine.
Thomas died at Framwellgate in 1875 & was buried on August 23rd at St Cuthbert’s, Durham.
It appears that Jane married again & in 1881 she & second husband John Thompson were living at 64 Framwellgate & John was described as an innkeeper. Jane’s niece Sarah Raine was still living with her. John was born c1833 at Gateshead Fell, Co Durham.
In 1891 Jane & John were living at Red Briar, Framwellgate & John was described as living on own means.
John & Jane were still living in Framwellgate in 1901, now at Front Street & John was now described as a retired miner!
Jane died in 1903 at Pity Me & was buried on July 12th at St Cuthbert’s, Durham.
In 1911 widowed John was still at Front St, Pity Me, Framwellgate & now described as retired publican. With him were 3 nieces – Clara, Matilda & Jane Thompson, all born in New South Wales, Australia.
John died at 4 Thompsons Buildings, Pity Me in 1921 & was buried on August 1st at St Cuthbert’s, Durham.