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Hannah Pallister [p.]

Hannah Pallister was the first child of Thomas Pallister & Frances Lamb (nee Brown) born January 7th, 1837 at Birtley, Co Durham.

In 1851 Hannah, her parents & 2 brothers were living at Look Out, Birtley.

Hannah married Mark Pratt on November 14 th , 1857 at the parish church of St Mary & St Cuthbert, Chester-le-Street. Both were living at Lumley at the time of the marriage & Mark was a collier. Hannah signed the register but Mark was only able to make his mark. Mark was born November 20 th , 1832 at Portobello, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, the son of Margaret Peal & John Pratt, a collier. Witnesses were John Tennant & John Burnip (parish clerk).

In 1861 Hannah & Mark were living at Colliery Houses, Sherburn with a 1 year old son Thomas who had been born at Pittington. Mark was a coal miner.

In 1871 they were still at Colliery Cottages, Sherburn Village & Mark was still a coal miner. They had 3 children with them – Margaret (8), Frances J (4), & John (1). Son Thomas had died in 1862 & sadly John also died later in 1871 & Margaret in 1873.

Hannah & Mark were living at the same address in 1881 with children Frances J & Margaret A (6).

In 1891 they continued to live at Sherburn Village & at home were daughters Margaret A & Mary (9). Mark was still a coal miner. Daughter Frances Jane had married Thomas Grayson, a coal miner, in 1889.

Mark died on October 25th, 1893, aged 60, at Sherburn & was buried on October 27th at Sherburn, Co Durham. It appears from a report in the Durham County Advertiser of November 3rd, 1893 that an inquest recorded a verdict of death from blood poisoning due to an injury to George’s arm.  George sustained the injury whilst working as a deputy at the Lady Durham Pit, Sherburn, which resulted in his gradual decline.

In 1901 widowed Hannah was living with her daughter Margaret A, who had married Henry Burn, a coal hewer, in 1896, & their 2 young children. They were living at Hall Garth Lane, Sherburn. Daughter Mary was working as a housemaid at Bede College, Durham at this time & was to marry Henry Mogerley in 1904.

Hannah died in August 1904 at Sherburn aged 67, & was buried at Sherburn.

The children of Hannah Pallister & Mark Pratt were:

p. Thomas Pratt born May 28th, 1859 at Sherburn, died August 16th, 1862 at Sherburn
p. Margaret Pratt born June 19th, 1862 at Sherburn & christened July 31st, 1862, died August 14th 1873 at Sherburn
p. Frances Jane Pratt born May 3rd, 1866 at Sherburn, died June 23rd, 1934
p. John Pratt born July 1st, 1869 at Sherburn, died October 13th, 1871
p. Margaret Anne Pratt born January 12th, 1875 at Sherburn & christened February 11th, 1875, died January 29th 1971
p. Mary Pratt born May 30th, 1881 at Sherburn, died Jan 31st, 1967


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