Catherine BROWN

Female 1809 - 1866  (57 years)    Has 27 ancestors and 151 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Catherine BROWN 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born 28 Sep 1809  Blyth, Earsdon, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Place from 1851 census, date from baptism register
    Baptised 22 Oct 1809  St. Michael and All Angels Church, Newburn, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From transcription of PR entry - "22 Oct 1809 Catherine Brown, of Blythe, born 28 Aug, 2nd daughter of Robert Brown (blacksmith, native of Earsdon parish) by his wife Barbara Hutchinson (native of this parish)".
    Gender Female 
    Died 8 Oct 1866  Old Row, Washington, Co. Durham, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Died of Asiatic cholera, 6 hours.
      The death certificate shows that the death was registered by Margaret Dodds, present at death. I wonder if this should be Margaret Todd, a daughter-in-law. (Margaret made her mark rather than signing her name, so it is probably just what the registrar heard) I'm sure the family were needed to do the caring and would have wanted to, but if it was Margaret Todd she was running quite a risk, as not only might she have caught cholera, but she had two young children, one no more than a few months old, to whom she could have passed it on.     

      GRO ref: Emmerson, Catherine q4 1866 Chester le Street RD 10a 247; GRO online index shows age at death as 56

      1866 was the year of the last major outbreak of cholera in Britain.
      The deaths have been studied in a report written by the Registrar General the following year, which gives figures and other information broken down by Registration district and sub-district.
      Washington was in the Harraton sub-district of Chester-le-Street District, and in that sub-district, out of a population of thirteen and a half thousand only 30 deaths were considered due to cholera, with a further 23 from diarrhoea that could have been due to cholera. After single deaths from the disease in each of the months from July to September, it took hold in October when Catherine was amongst 14 fatalities, all coal miners or their families. Nearly as many died in Novermber and the last death was on 18th December.
      The worst scenario, that all 53 were cholera, would mean just under 0.4% died of the disease - about 1 in every 250 people, so Catherine was definitely unlucky.
      That said, it was a significant number to die from one epidemic, and of course many others would have suffered from the infection but survived, and it led to the Washington Coal Company improving the water supply to all of their cottages.
      The Registrar reported that most of the sub-district obtained their water from wells, but Washington township, along with Waterloo in Usworth township, were supplied with water pumped from the Washington colleries. Since it was at least half a mile from the homes, it was taken to them (to be sold) in barrels. By the time of the report, in November 1867, the Washington Coal Company had laid pipes to their cottages.
      This response was held up for honourable mention in a section at the front of the report looking at 11 "cholera fields" where it was noted that a total of 353 people had died from cholera during the 1866 epidemic in the whole of the county of Durham and that "The water supply of the colliery districts of the county is generally bad, and the sanitary arrangements of the colliers' dwellings, and (to use an Indian term) the conservancy, is in a high degree unsatisfactory."

      Although after commending the Washington Company the report ended the section "It would be well if all the other great colliery companies and firms would go and do likewise" piped water in their homes was something not to be enjoyed by many mining families for many a year.

      Catherine's granddaughter Dorothy Bailey (nee Robinson), my great grandmother, who was not born until 4 years after the epidemic, in reminiscing about life in Marsden when the pit village was being demolished in the 1950s recalled buying water that was delivered in barrels.

      [This account © Teresa Goatham; if Catherine is on your tree please don't copy en bloc; do feel free to provide a link if you wish]
    Death certificate for Catherine Brown
    Death certificate for Catherine Brown
    Notes 
    • (Research):several possibles on Family Search.
      Look for siblings, look for families on 1841 census - look for any indication they lived in Blyth.
    Person ID I2188  Teresa's tree | Teresa's direct ancestor, Descendants of Henry Bailey and Dorothy nee Robinson
    Last Modified 9 Apr 2019 

    Father Robert BROWN,   b. Abt 1786,   d. Bef 1851  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Barbara HUTCHINSON,   b. Abt 1782, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1858, Smith’s Court, Prudhoe Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Marriage License 10 Jun 1807 
    Married 16 Jul 1807  St. Michael and All Angels Church, Newburn, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 7 children 
    Family ID F11034    |  Family Chart

    Family Matthew EMMERSON,   b. 6 Dec 1806, Birtley, Co. Durham, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1872, Washington, Co. Durham, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 23 May 1829  St. John’s Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Married by N A Dodd, curate, Matthew and Catherine both made their mark, both otp. Witnesses were John Wilkinson and Henry Cockburn. By banns, no consent filled in (presumably implies both were of age) Have seen the register entry (m.film at Ashington) - no father's names or other info given.
    Children 12 children 
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F1114    |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Sep 1809 - Blyth, Earsdon, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 22 Oct 1809 - St. Michael and All Angels Church, Newburn, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Barbara EMMERSON - Abt 1828 - Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Thomas EMMERSON - Abt 1829 - Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 May 1829 - St. John’s Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Jane EMMERSON - Abt 1833 - Benwell, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Robert EMMERSON - 18 Aug 1833 - St. Michael and All Angels Church, Newburn, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Dorothy Emma EMMERSON - Abt 1836 - Benwell, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Margaret EMMERSON - Abt 1837 - Benwell, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elizabeth EMMERSON - Dec Q 1839 - Benwell, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Robert EMMERSON - 28 Jan 1842 - Benwell, Northumberland, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Thomasina EMMERSON - Dec Q 1845 - Oxclose, Washington, Co. Durham, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Thomas EMMERSON - Sep Q 1847 - Oxclose, Washington, Co. Durham, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Mary EMMERSON - Mar Q 1850 - Pelton Fell, Co. Durham, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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