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Robert Pallister [p.]

Robert Pallister was the fifth child of Robert Pallister & Margaret Speed christened May 19th, 1816 at Longbenton, Northumberland.

Robert married Rachael Blakey in September 13th, 1845 at Longbenton. Rachael was christened May 4th, 1823 at Warwick, Cumberland, the daughter of Elisabeth Turner & William Blakey, a gardener.

There is a record that suggests that a Robert Pallister & Rachael had a daughter, Hannah, christened at Holy Trinity, Wingate Grange on January 5th, 1844.  Around this time Robert’s brothers William & Ralph were miners recorded as living in this area of Co Durham, so it is likely that Robert too was working around Wingate.  However there is no further record of this child found to date therefore Hannah has not been included in the list of their children.

In 1851 Robert & Rachael were living with Rachael’s widowed mother Elizabeth Blakey (64) who was an innkeeper. Their address was Camperdown, Longbenton & with them were children Elizabeth (4) & Margaret (1). Robert was a coal miner.

In 1861 Robert, still a coal miner, & Rachael were still living with Rachael’s mother who was now the innkeeper at the Grey Horse Inn, Killingworth. They had 5 children with them at this time – Elizabeth (14), Margaret (11), William (8), Isabella (5) & Rachael (2).

By 1871 the family had moved to 1 Country View, Cambois, Morpeth, Northumberland. Robert was still a coal miner & still at home were William, a coal miner, Rachael, & Mary Ann (5).

At the time of the death of son William in 1873 the family were living at Benton High Row.

Robert died in 1879 at Tynemouth, aged 64.

The children of Robert Pallister & Rachael Blakey were:

p. Elizabeth Pallister born 1845 at Tynemouth, buried March 24th, 1846 at St Bartholomew’s, Longbenton, Northumberland
p. Elizabeth Pallister born June-September 1846 at Tynemouth, christened August 8th, 1847 at St Bartholomew’s, Longbenton
p. Robert Pallister born October 7th, 1848 at Longbenton, died October 8th, 1848, Longbenton, buried October 8th, 1848 at St Bartholomew’s, Longbenton
p. Margaret Pallister christened July 21st, 1850 at Longbenton; died September 1930 at Stockton
p. William Pallister born at Burradon & christened December 24th, 1853 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne; died July-September 1933 at Tynemouth
p. Isabella Pallister born August 28th, 1855 at Burradon, & christened May 19th, 1857 at All Saints, Newcastle; died April 5th, 1942 at 22 Store Row, Cambois, Northumberland
p. Robert Pallister born January 1858, buried August 29th, 1858 at St Bartholomew’s, Longbenton
p. Rachel Pallister christened November 27th, 1859 at Longbenton; died April-June 1891 at Spennymoor
p. William Speed Pallister born 1863, buried January 13th, 1874 at St Bartholomew’s, Longbenton
p. Mary Ann Pallister born April-June 1865 at Tynemouth, died May 23rd, 1897 at 34 Edgar St, Jarrow


Widowed Rachael was living at 3 Davison St, Cowpen, nr Morpeth in 1881 with her son William. Rachael was a dressmaker & William a coal miner. Daughters Rachel & Mary Ann were living with Robert's cousin Joanna Pallister, now married to Peter Burn Davison, a publican. Rachel was a general servant & Mary a barmaid. They were living at Catherine St, Whitworth, Spennymoor, Co Durham.

Rachael remarried in April-June 1887 at Gateshead. Her new husband was John O’Neill, born c1830 at Dukenfield, Cheshire.

In 1891 Rachael & John were living at 14 Chapel St, Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where John was a boilersmith. Daughter Rachel Pallister was still living with Peter Burn Davison, now widowed, at Spennymoor, but she sadly died in the early summer of 1891, at the age of 31.


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