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William Pallister [p.1.6.3]

William Pallister was the third child of Peter Pallister & Hannah Garthwaite christened May 28th, 1757 at All Saints, Lanchester, Co. Durham.

William married Isabella Blackburn (Blakeburn) on June 4th, 1785 at Lanchester. Isabel(la) was christened May 9th 1762 at Lanchester, the daughter of Robert & Alice Blackburn. Witnesses at the wedding were John Pallister, William Robson, William Watson & Jane Blakeburn.

William & Isabella's marriage from Bishop's Transcripts for Lanchester 1785

At the time of the birth of their first child Robert in 1786 William & Isabella were living at Ousterly, Co. Durham. By the time of the arrival of the second child Cuthbert two years later their address was given as Harraton, Co Durham & William was described as a horse keeper.

Son Cuthbert's baptism from Bishop's Transcripts of Chester-le-Street 1788

William & Isabella later lived in the Lanchester area & William was noted as a farmer of Iveston, Greencroft & Preston on the birth registers of his later children. These places are all near to Lanchester.

By March 1803 William & family had moved north to Wallsend, Northumberland.  In this month sadly daughters Isabella & Alice died, aged just 5 and 2 respectively, & another child, Cuthbert was born.

Isabella died in 1806 & was buried on April 2nd, 1806 at St Peter’s, Wallsend.  The burial record states that she was the wife of William, a pitman.

The children of William Pallister & Isabella Blackburn were:

p. Robert Pallister born at Ousterly & christened April 23rd, 1786 at Lanchester, died October 1821 at Burradon Colliery, Northumberland & buried October 22nd, 1821 at Longbenton
p. Cuthbert Pallister born at Harraton & christened April 13th, 1788 at Chester-le-Street, died 1797 at Iveston, & buried June 6th, 1797 at Lanchester

p. William Pallister born c1789, died at Old Stables, Washington & buried February 10th, 1790 at Washington
p. Hannah Pallister born at Old Stables, Washington & christened February 20th, 1791 at Washington, Co. Durham; died at Wrekenton & buried October 6th, 1823 at Holy Trinity, Washington
p. William Pallister born at Oxclose, nr Washington & christened June 9th, 1793 at Washington, Co. Durham; died June 6th, 1876 at South Shields
p. Peter Pallister, born 1796 at Iveston, christened January 10th, 1796 at Lanchester, buried July 18th, 1871 at St Thomas’, Eighton Banks, Gateshead
p. Isabella Pallister born November 13th, 1797 at Greencroft, christened December 24th, 1797 at Lanchester; buried March 8th, 1803 at St Peter’s, Wallsend
p. Alice Pallister born October 7th, 1800 at Preston, christened November 9th, 1800 at Lanchester; buried March 26th, 1803 at St Peter’s, Wallsend
p. Cuthbert Pallister born March 13th, 1803, christened June 19th, 1803 at Wallsend, Northumberland, died 1885

William married again on November 2nd, 1807 in Chester-le-Street. His second wife was Eleanor Welsh (nee Manners) born at Fatfield & christened December 8th 1771 at Chester-le-Street, the daughter of Ralph & Elizabeth Manners. William signed the marriage register & Eleanor made her mark. They were both of the parish of Chester-le-Street. A witness at the wedding was Thomas Pallister.

William & Eleanor's marriage from Bishop's Transcripts for Chester-le-Street 1807

Eleanor had previously been married to John Welsh, their marriage having taken place on May 13th, 1798 at Washington. John & Eleanor Welsh had 3 known sons - Ralph Welsh born Jan 30th, 1799 & christened April 7th at Longbenton, Peter Manners Welsh born 1803 & Robert Welsh born 1804, both christened at Chester-le-Street. On the IGI list of marriages for Chester-le-Street William is noted as marrying Eleanor Welsh.

William benefited from the will of his uncle William which was proved in 1800 & his father’s will which was proved in 1809. In his uncle’s will it was mentioned that William was of Iveston, nr Lanchester.

William & Eleanor had 4 children but unfortunately the first son John died at age 18 months, the cause of death being given as ‘weakness’. At the time of his second son’s birth in 1810 William was described as a merchant of Birtley & in 1812 he was noted as a shop keeper. At the time of the birth of daughter Mary in 1814 William & Eleanor were living at Eighton Banks, a colliery hamlet between Birtley & Gateshead.

Eleanor died in 1825 & was buried on August 8th at Washington, Co. Durham.

A court case reported by the Newcastle Courant of August 16th, 1828 shows that William had become a man of some substance owning property.  On giving evidence, William stated that he was 72 years of age & lived in Gateshead Fell.  The case involved theft of a pocket book & 5 one pound notes from William by a tenant, Ann Barras, who owed him rent on his property in Sandgate.  On going to the house to collect the rent William was robbed whilst there.  The jury returned a verdict of guilty & the girl received a sentence of hard labour in a house of correction for 1 year.

William made a will on March 28th, 1834 at which time he was a yeoman. 

William died, aged 80, in February 1837 at Wrekenton, the informant of his death being son John.  He was buried on February 22nd, 1837 at Holy Trinity, Washington.

Probate of William's will was granted on March 31st, 1837.  In his will William left to son William his freehold house in Sandgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  To sons Robert & family & Cuthbert & family he gave £20 each.  £20 was also given to son-in-law John Welsh who had married daughter Hannah.  To son Joseph he gave a plot of land in Gateshead Fell held on lease from the Lord of the Manor, and also a plot of land given to son Peter held under Deed of Gift.  The residue of his lands in Gateshead Fell he gave to son John, together with his dwelling house, barns & stables, also his carts, hearse, implements of husbandry & all stock & crop, subject to payment of £100 to daughter Mary 1 year after his death.  Mary additionally received a clock & case, a pair of high drawers, mahogany tea table, feather bed & bedding.  Son Joseph also received a feather bed & bedding, a desk bed & round table.  Finally son John was also given a feather bed & bedding & the remainder of the furniture except linen which was to be shared between John, Joseph & Mary.  The executors of his will were son John & Joseph Thompson of Gateshead Fell, yeoman.  Only son Peter appears not to have received anything in the will.

The children of William Pallister & Eleanor Manners were:

p. John Pallister born August 21st, 1808, christened October 9th, 1808 at Chester-le-Street, died February 12th, 1810 & buried February 14th, 1810 at St Mary & St Cuthbert, Chester-le-Street
p. John Pallister born May 3rd, 1810 at Birtley, christened July 1st, 1810 at Chester-le-Street; died March 29th, 1892 at Wrekenton, Gateshead
p. Joseph Pallister born June 2nd, 1812, christened July 19th, 1812 at Chester-le-Street; died August 3rd, 1840 at Wrekenton, Gateshead
p. Mary Pallister born June 11th, 1814, christened July 17th, 1814 at St Andrew, Lamesley; buried April 4th, 1872 at St Mary's, Heworth, Gateshead


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