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William Pallister [p.]

William Pallister was the first child of Peter Pallister & Catherine Gerry born at Southwick, Sunderland & christened March 30th, 1823 at St Hilda’s, South Shields.

In 1841 William was still living at home with his parents & brothers & sisters at Gateshead, Co Durham. He was a coal miner.

William married Sarah Harker on July 9th, 1848, at Gateshead Fell. Sarah was born in Felling, Co Durham & christened March 29th, 1829 at Heworth, Co Durham, the daughter of Margaret & James Harker, a miner.

In 1851 William & Sarah were living at High Road, Lamesley, Co Durham & William was still a coal miner. They had 2 children – Margaret (1) & Peter (1 month). Visiting was Sarah’s younger sister Margaret Harker (12).

The family had moved to Heworth Colliery by 1861 & they now had 6 children – Margaret, Peter, a coal screener, Catherine (8), James H (5), Elizabeth Ann (4) & Hannah (2).

In 1871 William & Sarah were found at Railway Row, Usworth, Co Durham where William continued to work in the mines. At home were Peter, James H, Elizabeth Ann, Hannah, William (10) & Sarah (8).

William died at the age of 48, & was buried on December 17th, 1871 at Holy Trinity, Usworth.

The children of William Pallister & Sarah Harker were:

p. Margaret Pallister born at Eighton Banks & christened July 22nd,1849 at Lamesley, Co Durham; died April-June 1934 at Chester-le-Street
p. Peter Pallister born at Eighton Banks & christened March 26th, 1851 at Lamesley, Co Durham; died Oct-December 1875 at Stockton
p. Catherine Pallister born Oct-December 1852 at Heworth, Co Durham
p. James Harker Pallister born Oct-December 1855 at Heworth, Co Durham; died April-June 1884 at Ferryhill, Co. Durham
p. Elizabeth Ann Pallister born Jan-March 1857 at Heworth, Co Durham; died Oct-December 1918 at South Shields
p. Hannah Pallister born March 10th, 1859 at Heworth, Co Durham; died Jan-March 1942 at Cassop, Co Durham
p. William Pallister born July 27th, 1861 at Heworth, Co Durham
p. Sarah Pallister born May 4th, 1863 at Heworth, Co Durham

p.  John Robert Pallister born April-June 1865 at Gateshead; died 1869 at Waterloo, Co Durham & buried March 18th, 1869 at Usworth, Co Durham

Sarah remarried on September 18th, 1874, at Brancepeth, Durham. Her new husband was James Hall who had previously been married & his wife Elizabeth had died in Jan-March 1873. James was born c1830 at Houghton, Co Durham & was a coal miner.

In 1881 Sarah & James were living at Tunstall, near Sunderland, Co Durham with Sarah’s children William, a coal miner, & Hannah Pallister. There was also a grandchild, Peter Pallister, aged 3 who was born in Usworth, the illegitimate child of Sarah's daughter Elizabeth Ann. Also with them were some of James’s children from his previous marriage – Robert (18), a coal miner, Alice (13), Jane (11) & James (8).

Sarah & James were still living at Tunstall in 1891, at 12 George St. At home were Alice & James Hall, William Pallister & grandson Peter Pallister, all 3 boys were coal miners.

James died in Jan-March 1895, aged 64, the death being registered at Sunderland.

In 1901 widowed Sarah, aged 72, was living with her son William & his wife Sarah (nee Reynoldson) (36) & baby daughter Mary (1) at 12 George St. Still also living with them was Peter Pallister, now described as William’s nephew.

Son William, a coal miner hewer, & his wife Sarah were living at 38 Mary St, Silksworth in 1911 with daughters Mary (11) & Ethel (8).

The 1939 register shows son William & his wife Sarah living at 2 Londonderry Terrace, Sunderland & William was described as a shifter in the coal mine retired.


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