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Ralph Speed Pallister [p.]

Ralph Speed Pallister was the fourth child of William Speed Pallister & Mary Bellwood born April-June 1870 at Shotton, Co Durham.

Ralph & his family were living at Railway Row, Shotton in 1871.

In 1881 the family were living at 1 Whitley Row, Whitley, Northumberland.

By 1891 Ralph was still living at home with his parents & brothers & sisters at 26 Melton Terr, New Hartley, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland. Ralph was a coal miner.

Ralph married Jane Swinburne in Jan-March 1894, the marriage being registered at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Jane was born September 28th, 1871 at Newburn, Northumberland, the daughter of Jane & William Swinburne, a coal miner.

In 1901 Ralph & Jane were living at 10 Hawthorn Terr, Walbottle, Northumberland & Ralph was now a stationary engineman. They had 3 children – William (6), Elizabeth (3) & Mary (1).

Ralph & Jane were still at North Walbottle, Newburn in 1911 & were now living at 1 Coaly Hill Terrace. Ralph was an engineman above ground working with air compressor & fan engine. Son William was an underground rope boy at the colliery working with ‘endless rope' – a steel cable used to connect the coal tubs for moving around. Lizzie & Mary were both at school & they now had 3 more daughters – Jane (10), Violet (7) & Ada (2).

Ralph died on August 27th, 1913, aged 43, at 1 Coaly Hill Terrace, Walbottle & was buried at Lemington Cemetery, Newburn on August 31st.  His death was notified by son William Pallister.

Daughter Mary married Robert H Hall, an electric tram driver, in July-September 1920 & the 1939 register shows them living at 49 Glenthorne Rd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  With them was Mary’s sister Ada who was working as a retail dealer in groceries.

Son William emigrated to Canada on a £10 migrant ticket on August 24th, 1929.  He sailed from Greenock in Scotland to Quebec on the ‘Doric’ & gave his occupation as engineman & his last address as 18 Richmond Terrace, Walbottle, Newburn.

The 1939 register shows widowed Jane living at 18 Richmond Terrace, Newburn & described as incapacitated.  With her was daughter Violet who was a cashier & book keeper at a boot factory.  Also with her was daughter Elizabeth & her husband Matthew N Temperley, an electric crane driver.

Jane, of 18 Richmond Terrace, died April 5th, 1946, aged 74, & was also buried at Lemington Cemetery on April 8th, 1946.  Son-in-law Matthew Temperley was present at her death.

Daughter Ada married George Gray in November 1949 in Northumberland South.

There is a record of William Pallister born March 28th, 1895 returning from Montreal, Quebec, Canada  to the UK, arriving at Greenock on May 16th, 1960.  With William who was retired was a wife, Frances C Pallister, born September 30th, 1895.  The couple were both Canadian citizens and intended to visit the UK for 3 months, the address being given as 12 Kinnaird Avenue, Denton Burn, Newcastle.

The children of Ralph Speed Pallister & Jane Swinburne were:

p. William Pallister born April-June 1895 at Newburn, Northumberland
p. Elizabeth Pallister born July 2nd, 1897 at Newburn, Northumberland
p. Mary Pallister born July 14th, 1899 at Newburn, Northumberland Jane Pallister born Jan-March 1902 at North Walbottle, Newburn Violet Pallister born February 25th, 1904 at North Walbottle, Newburn; died April-June 1989 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne Ada Pallister born August 15th, 1908 at North Walbottle, Newburn; died Jan-March 1991 in Darlington, Co Durham


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