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William Pallister [p.]

William Pallister was the fifth child of William Pallister & Isabella Blackburn born at Oxclose, near Washington & christened June 9th, 1793 at Washington, Co. Durham .

William married Eleanor Forster on November 13th, 1814 at St John the Baptist, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Witnesses at the wedding were William Pallister & Robert Pallister. Eleanor was born March 3rd, 1790 at North Shields, & christened May 2nd, 1790 at St John, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, the daughter of Eleanor & John Forster.

At the time of the births of their children, William was a cordwainer (shoemaker) & they lived in the Gateshead/Newcastle area. In 1822 when sons Robert & William were christened the family lived at Byker Bar, east of Newcastle.

Robert & William's christening records in 1822 at All Saints, Newcastle

By the time of the 1841 census William had become a millwright & he & Eleanor were living at Walker Saw Mills, Walker, Newcastle. They had a 12 year old servant, Ann Wheeler. Daughter Isabella married John Campbell, a copperas maker. They & their 2 children, Eleanor & William, were living near to Isabella's parents at Low Walker South Field, Copperas works. (Copperas was a green iron sulphate which was used as a fixative in the dyeing process.)

In 1851 William (60) & Eleanor (62) were living at 27 Low Benwell, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle & William was still employed as a millwright. With them were grandchildren Eleanor (14) & William (12) Campbell. These were the children of daughter Isabella who had married John Campbell, a copperas worker.

Eleanor died in April-June 1858, her death being registered at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The children of William Pallister & Eleanor Forster were:

p. Isabella Pallister born June 19th, 1815, christened October 22nd, 1815 at Gateshead

p. William Forster Pallister christened June 28th, 1817 at All Saints, Newcastle

p. Robert Blagburn Pallister born August 12th, 1818 at Byker Bar & christened July 2nd, 1822 at All Saints, Newcastle; died October 4th, 1891 at 44 Brunel Terrace, Elswick, Newcastle

p. William Pallister born February 23rd, 1821 at Byker Bar & christened July 2nd, 1822 at All Saints, Newcastle

William remarried in Oct-December 1858 at St John the Baptist, Newcastle. His second wife was Hannah Shayler. Hannah was born Hannah Dutton c1813 at Northleach, Gloucestershire, the daughter of Margaret Dutton. Hannah had married Daniel Shayler on October 19 th , 1829 at Turkdean, Gloucestershire. The 1851 census shows Hannah, Daniel & their 2 children living in Cheltenham where Daniel was a gingerbread & biscuit baker. Daniel died in Oct-December 1853, the death being registered in Birmingham.

In 1861 William & Hannah were living at Robin Adairs Public House on Scotswood Rd, Elswick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne & William was still a millwright. Living with them & listed as a relation was William Pallister (16), also a millwright. The ‘Robin Adair pub' became well known the following year when the song ‘The Blaydon Races' was first performed in 1862. The second verse is as follows:

We flew past Armstrong's factory

And up by the Robin Adair

But gannin ower the Railway Bridge

The bus wheel flew off there

The lasses lost their crinolenes

And veils that hide their faces

I got two black eyes and a broken nose

In gannin to Blaydon Races

By 1871 William, now 79, & Hannah (57) had moved to a cottage in Bath St, Westoe, South Shields, Co Durham. William was unemployed. Living with them was son Robert B Pallister (52), an unemployed master mariner, & his wife Isabella (52).

William died on June 6th, 1876, aged 85, at South Shields.  His will was proved on October 16th, 1876  by son Robert Blagburn Pallister of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, gentleman,  & Robert Reavley Glover of South Shields, auctioneer’s clerk.  His effects were under £50.

In 1881 widowed Hannah was living at 94 John Williamson St, Westoe & her occupation was described as ‘formerly dressmaker'. Living at 92 John Williamson St was a relative of Hannah's, Mary Ann Dring (nee Dutton) who was born at Turkdean, Goucestershire & her daughter Eliza A Dring (14).

In 1891 Hannah was still at the same address, as was Mary Ann Dring & her husband William Gibbs Dring, a seaman & cartman. Hannah was described as living on her own means.

Hannah died on November 24th, 1892 at John Williamson St, South Shields, aged 78.  Probate was granted on December 17th, 1892 to her son Reuben Shayler, a boot & shoe maker.  Her effects were £75.14s.



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