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Isabella Pallister [p.]


Isabella Pallister was the sixth child of Robert Pallister & Rachael Blakey born August 28th, 1855 at Burradon, Newcastle-upon-Tyne & christened May 19th, 1857 at All Saints, Newcastle.

In 1861 Isabella was living with her parents & 3 sisters & 1 brother at the Grey Horse Inn at Killingworth. The head of the household was her grandmother Elizabeth Blakey, a 74 year old inn keeper.

Isabella was working as a domestic servant for Annie & William Bell, a butcher, at 28 Westmorland St, Westgate, Newcastle in 1871. Her parents had moved north to the Morpeth area.

Isabella married Robert Allan on August 31st, 1872, at Cambois, Morpeth. Robert was born Jan-March 1851 at Belford, Northumberland, the son of Eleanor & Robert Allan, an agricultural labourer.

By 1881 Isabella & Robert were living at 6 Sinkers Row, Cambois Colliery, Bedlington, Morpeth & Robert was a miner at the colliery. They had 3 children Robert (7), Elizabeth (5) & Ellen (2). (Robert & Isabella had had another son, Robert, who had sadly died in infancy on November 29th, 1872.)

Isabella & Robert were still at Cambois in 1891, now at 22 Store Row, with children Robert, a coal miner like his father, Elizabeth, Ellen & new additions Peter (10), Rachel (5) & Maggie (1).

In 1901 Isabella & Robert were still living at 22 Store Row & Robert was now a deputy overman at the coal mine. Children at home were Robert & Peter, both coal miners, Helen (Ellen), Rachel, Maggie, Jane A (9), Bella (8) & May (5). Also with the family was grandson William Watson (4).

In 1911 the family were still living at the same address in Cambois Colliery & Robert was a deputy overman working underground at the colliery. Son Peter was a hewer at the coal mine, Jane Ann was a dressmaker, Isabella & May were both domestics at home & their most recent child, Pallister Allan, was at school. The census shows that Isabella & Robert had had 11 children, 10 of whom were still living. Since their home had just 4 rooms, conditions must have been very cramped for such a household!

Robert died on February 13th, 1934 at 22 Store Row, Cambois & was buried on February 17th at St Peter’s, Cambois.  Probate was granted on August 8th, 1940 in London to son Peter Allan, miner.  Robert’s effects were £271.9s.

The 1939 census shows widowed Isabella still living at 22 Stone Row.  She was noted as incapacitated. Living with her were son Pallister, a colliery deputy overman, son Peter who was described as incapacitated war pensioner & daughter Margaret, doing unpaid domestic duties. 

Isabella died on April 5th, 1942 at 22 Store Row, Cambois & was buried April 8th at St Peter’s, Cambois.  Administration of her estate was granted in Llandudno on April 28th, 1942 to son Peter Allan, miner.  Her effects were £270.


The children of Isabella Pallister & Robert Allan were:

p.  Robert Allan born Oct-December 1872 at Cambois; died Oct-December 1872 at Cambois

p. Robert Allan christened March 8th, 1874 at Cambois, Northumberland

p. Elizabeth Allan christened August 19th, 1876 at Cambois, Northumberland

p. Ellen Allan christened July 21st, 1878 at Cambois, Northumberland

p. Peter Allan born October 21st, 1881 at Cambois, Northumberland

p. Rachel Allan christened September 4th, 1887 at Cambois, Northumberland

p. Margaret Allan born November 5th, 1889 at Cambois, Northumberland

p. Jane Ann Allan christened July 12th, 1891 at Cambois, Northumberland

p. Isabella Allan born 1892 & christened May 7th, 1893 at Cambois, Northumberland

p. May Allan born Jan-March 1897 at Cambois, Northumberland

p. Pallister Allan born May 26th, 1901 & christened June 27th 1901 at Cambois, Northumberland; died Oct-December 1984 in Northumberland




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