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Jane Pallister [p.]

Jane Pallister was the fifth child of Robert Pallister & Mary Anne Cook born Oct-December 1858 at Birtley, Co Durham.

In 1861 Jane, her 2 sisters & 2 brothers & parents were living at Belmont Colliery, Pittington, Co Durham.

By 1871 the family were living at Perkinsville, Pelton, Co Durham where Jane’s father was a coal miner.

Jane had left home by 1881 & was working as a housemaid at Picktree House, Picktree, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham. 

Jane married Watson Young in June-September 1884 at Chester-le-Street.  Watson was born July-September 1859 at Birtley, Co Durham, the son of Ann Hepple & Edward Watson Young, a blacksmith.

In 1891 Jane & Watson were living at 29 Camborne Grove, Gateshead, Co Durham.  Watson was an assistant superintendent of an insurance company.  They had a one year son, Arnold V.  Sadly Arnold died in 1892.

By 1901 Jane & Watson were living in Scotland, at 17 Highburgh Road, Partick, Govan, Lanarkshire.  Watson was described as a district manager of a life insurance company.  They had a daughter, Elsie M, aged 7.

Watson & Jane had returned to the northeast of England by 1911 & were living at Arladale, Lyndhurst, Low Fell, Co Durham.  Watson was now a house & estate agent.  Daughter Elsie Mary was still living at home.

Jane, aged 60, died on July 12th, 1918 at Arladale, Low Fell & was buried at Saltwell Cemetery on July 16th.

Daughter Elsie Mary married Percy Lloyd Selfe in Oct-December 1919 at Chester-le-Street.

The 1939 register shows widowed Watson living at 14 South Parade, Whitley Bay, Northumberland.  He was now a retired estate agent.

Watson of 6 Helena Avenue, Whitley Bay, lived to the age of 92 & died in March, 1951. Perhaps his long life was partly due to his hobby of bowling.  An article in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle of September 22nd, 1943 reported on his having played in the Tom Read Challenge Cup at the Rockcliffe Club, Whitley Bay on his 84th birthday.  This was the second year in succession that he had won the 4-bowl handicap.  A party was thrown in his honour on his 90th birthday by the Rockcliffe Veterans Bowling Club with a game being played after tea. His other hobbies included learning shorthand & he was a keen film fan. (Shields Daily News, September 20th, 1949) Also in his retirement Watson spent 2 days a week collecting subscriptions for the Poor Childrens’ Holiday Association & rescue Agency.  The Newcastle Evening Chronicle (October 6th, 1944) reported that he had collected for its work £5,000 since his retirement. A memorial plaque to Watson was placed in the Rockcliffe Bowling Club & he was claimed to be the oldest bowler in the north.

The children of Jane Pallister & Watson Young were:

p.  Arnold Victor Young born July-September 1889 at Pelton, Co Durham; died July-September 1892 at Chester-le-Street, Co Durham
p.  Elsie Mary Young born July-September 1893 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne; died May 5th, 1936 at 14 South parade, Whitley Bay, Northumberland




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