Ancestors of Joseph W EMMERSON (1882 - 1971)

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The EMMERSON Family

"The surname EMERSON is derived from Aimeric / Aimerick / Haimerico / Emericus / Aimeri / Emeric / Aimery / Emery /Aimeris / Emry / Emries / Eimery / Emerie / Imrie (these all being slight differences of script or dialect for Haimericus) + son. Emerson, like other 'son' names is only to be found inthe parts of britain colonized by the Danes and Northmen ie. always in the North of england, never in the south save by migration. Haimericus, the oldest form I have found in any English authorities is a derivative from Haime and Rike... Haim meaning home, dwelling, estate and Rike - ruler, power, kingdom."
"The English Emersons" by P H Emerson. First published 1898. pg 1
 

My grandmother Sarah Elizabeth EMMERSON, born in November 1904, was the daughter of Joseph William EMMERSON and Elizabeth LANGLEY. Joseph and Elizabeth were married on September 5th 1903 at the Parish Curch in Ferryhill. Both resided at Denebridge, Ferryhill at the time of their marriage. Joseph was 23, a bachelor, working as a miner and the son of George EMMERSON, also a miner, who was deceased at the time of their marriage. Elizabeth was 19 at the time of her marriage and the daughter of Moses LANGLEY, a miner.

 

As well as Sarah, their other children were John Langley EMMERSON (b 1906)(known as Jack), Isabella (b 1911) and two other boys Harry and William (birth dates not known at present).

 

Joseph William EMMERSON

Joseph William EMMERSON was the son of George EMMERSON and Sarah Elizabeth FOX.   He was born on 11 Feb 1882 at 4 Nelson Street, Willington, Durham.  His father died shortly afterwards and his mother, Sarah, remarried a widower called Henry BELL who already had several children of his own.  Sarah herself died within a few years (see below for further details) and in the 1891 Census the orphaned Joseph is with his stepfather's family in Oakenshaw:

 

1891 Census, Durham District Stockley 1891 Census, Oakenshaw Colliery, 6 Old Row

Henry Bell, Head, widowed, 34, Coal Miner, born South Church, Durham

Ralph Bell, son, 13, Coal Miner, born Sunnybrow, Durham

Frances A. Bell, daughter, 8, Scholar, born Sunnybrow, Durham

John W. or H. Bell, son, 7 months, born Oakenshaw, DurhamJoseph W. Emmerson, stepson, 9, Scholar, born Willington, Durham

Mary Ann Bell, niece, 17, Female Servant, born Sunniside, Durham  

 

It appears that Henry BELL's first wife was Alice EMMERSON, daughter of Ralph EMMERSON and Frances PERCIVAL (see below for further details).  Sarah married her widowed brother in law.  After Sarah's death, Henry appears to have married and been widowed again as there is a 7 month old child in the house.

 

In the 1901 Census, Joseph is living with his uncle Henry COOK and his wife Mary (George Emmerson's older sister Mary) at 37 Albert Terrace, Esh.  He is twenty years old and a coal miner.   

 

Twenty years earlier in the 1881 census this family were living at the same address where Joseph was born less than a year later.

Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability 

Henry COOK Head M Male 37 Durham, England  Coal Miner

Mary A COOK Wife M Female 34 St Helens Auckland, Durham, England 

Sarah J. COOK   Daur      Female   9   Sunnybrow, Durham, England   Scholar      

George W. COOK   Son      Male   7   Sunnybrow, Durham, England   Scholar      

Hannah COOK   Daur      Female   5   Sunnybrow, Durham, England   Scholar      

John H. COOK   Son      Male   2   Sunnybrow, Durham, England       

Source Information:  Dwelling   Nelson St No 4 Census Place Willington, Durham, Family History Library Film 1342192 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece/Folio 4959/27 Page Number 52

 

In the same census, Joseph's own parents were both living at 8 Percy Street, Helmington Row, Durham.  George EMMERSON was 18, a Coal Miner living in the Household of his widowed father Ralph EMMERSON.  Sarah E. FOX was 16, and the domestic servant.  (for more on Sarah See under FOX further down the page).  Also in the household were his older brothers Joseph and William.  

 

Ralph EMMERSON   Head   W   Male   57   Wearhead, Durham, England   Coal Miner    

Joseph EMMERSON   Son   U   Male   37   West Auckland, Durham, England   Coal Miner    

William EMMERSON   Son   U   Male   22   Beechburn, Durham, England   Coal Miner    

George EMMERSON   Son   U   Male   18   Bullcragg, Durham, England   Coal Miner    

Sarah E. FOX   Housekeeper   U   Female   16   Darlington, Durham, England   (Dom) Servant Housekeeper    

Source Information:   Dwelling   8 Percy St  Census Place Helmington Row, Durham, Family History Library Film   1342184 Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   4924 / 36 Page Number   8

 

George EMMERSON and Sarah Elizabeth FOX married on the 26 Nov 1881 in Auckland, Durham.   

George EMMERSON died aged 22 on 11 July 1885.  Despite the discrepancy in dates, the following record from the Durham Mining Museum website may also tie in:   

10 Sep 1885 at Willington Colliery - EMMERSON, George aged 22.  Hewer.  Died in a fall of stone at the face of a broken jud.   

It also appears that just before his death George and Sarah had a second child, Ralph EMMERSON, born 5 July 1885.  Unfortunately this second child appears to have been stillborn.  It is difficult to contemplate how this double loss would have affected Sarah.   

(many many thanks to my cousin Sandra for tracking down this a lot of this information).   

 

 

The FAIRLESS Family

THE FAIRLESS LINE   

Hannah FAIRLESS married Joseph EMMERSON on 20 May 1809 at Stanhope. She was born in 1785 and christened on 15 Oct 1785, the daughter of William FAIRLESS and Elizabeth RODHAM. They had married on 7 Apr 1785 in Stanhope.

As well as Hannah, their eldest child, they had Edward (b 1787), Elizabeth (b 1789), John (b 1792), William (b 1794), Hugh (b 1797) and Joseph (b 1801)   

William FAIRLESS was born in 1761 and christened on 19 Dec 1761 at Stanhope, the son of Edward FAIRLESS and Sarah RAVEN. They were married on 20 Apr 1749 at Stanhope.  He seems to have been their only child.   (See below for more on the RAVENS)

I have no further information on Edward FAIRLESS at present.    

(Thanks to Kevin Fairless for confirmation of some of the above and some additional information)

Ralph EMMERSON

Ralph EMMERSON married Frances PERCEVAL in the October Quarter of 1841.  Together they had 9 children. 

Joseph EMMERSON b 1843 in West Auckland, Durham.  Married Hannah HESLOP in 1887.

Mary A EMMERSON b 1845 in Auckland St Helen, Durham.  Married Henry COOK in 1864.

Hannah EMMERSON b 1853 Chilton, Durham

Anthony EMMERSON b 1854 Chilton, Durham.  Died 04 May 1871 in Sunniside, Durham of Bright's Disease.

William EMMERSON b 1856 Bitchburn, Durham

Alice EMMERSON b 1859 Chilton, Durham.  Married Henry BELL in 1875.  Died c. 1885

Sarah Jane EMMERSON b 1861 Chilton, Durham

George EMMERSON b 1863 Chilton, Durham

Sarah Jane EMMERSON b 1866 Howden, Durham  

 

The Family in the 1861 Census:    

1861 Census, Stockton District  Chilton 1861 Census, Little Chilton Colliery Village

Ralph Emmerson, Head, married, 37, Coal Miner, born Stanhope, Durham

Frances Emmerson, Wife, married, 37, born Nenthead, Cumberland

Joseph Emmerson, son, 17, Coal Miner, born West Auckland, Durham

Mary A. Emmerson, daughter, 15, born St. Helen Auckland, Durham

Hannah Emmerson, daughter, 7, Scholar, born Chilton Colliery, Durham

Anthony Emmerson, son, 6, Scholar, born Chilton Colliery, Durham

William Emmerson, son, 4, Scholar, born Bitchburn, Durham

Alice Emmerson, daughter, 1, born Chilton Colliery, Durham

Sarah J. Emmerson, daughter, 1 month, born Chilton Colliery, Durham 

 

and in the 1871 Census:   

1871 Census, Auckland District Crook & Billy Row 1871 Census, Sunniside

Ralph Emmerson, Head, married, 47, Coal Miner, born Low Ridge, Durham

Frances Emmerson, Wife, married, 48, born Nenthead, Cumberland

Joseph Emmerson, son, 27, Coal Miner, born West Auckland, Durham

Hannah Emmerson, daughter, 17, born Chilton, Durham

Anthony Emmerson, son, 16, Coal Miner, born Chilton, Durham

William Emmerson, son, 14, Coal Miner, born Bitchburn, Durham

Alice Emmerson, daughter, 11, born Chilton, Durham

George Emmerson, son, 8, b Chilton, Durham

Sarah Jane Emmerson, dau, 4, b Howden, Durham

 

Ralph EMMERSON was the son of Joseph EMMERSON and Hannah FAIRLESS    Joseph EMMERSON and Hannah FAIRLESS were married on 20 May 1809 at Stanhope (for more on Hannah's line, see under FAIRLESS). Their children were:   

Thomas EMMERSON b 18 Feb 1810 at Heathery Cleugh, Durham.  Married Elizabeth CLENNING?

Betty EMMERSON b 25 Dec 1813 at Wham, Durham

William EMMERSON b 25 Dec 1813 at Wham, Durham

Nancy EMMERSON b 27 Apr 1816 at Wham, Durham

Joseph EMMERSON b 20 Sep 1818 at Low Rigg, Weardale, Durham

Hannah EMMERSON b 4 Feb 1821 at Low Rigg, died 1826

John EMMERSON b 27 Dec 1823 at Low Rigg m Ann BRIDDICK (see below)

Ralph EMMERSON b 27 Dec 1823 at Low Rigg m Frances PERCEVAL   

The family in 1841 Census:

 

1841 Census, Weardale DistrictWeardale, Stanhope Forest - Whain or Wham, HO 107 308/10 - Folio 48 - Page 4

 

Hannah Emmerson, 60

John Emmerson, 25, Lead Miner

Ralph Emmerson, 20, Lead Miner

-- same house, separate family --

Hannah Emmerson, 15, Female Servant 

 

 

John EMMERSON and Ann BRIDDICK (for more on Ann's line, see under BRIDDICK) were married on 28 August 1842 at Auckland St Andrew.  They had six children:
John EMMERSON born between 1842 and 1845
George EMMERSON born 1845 at Auckland St Helen.
William EMMERSON born 1846 and christened 15 Jul 1846 at Auckland St Helen. He married Jane HARKER on the 22 Dec 1870 at Auckland St Helen.
Hannah EMMERSON born 1848 at Auckland St Helen
Catherine EMMERSON born 9 Jul 1852 at Auckland St Helen
Margaret EMMERSON born 19 May 1854 at Auckland St Helen 

The EMMERSON's in 1851 Census
1851 HO 107 2385 St Helen Auckland Dur Fol 417
EMERSON John 27 b Weardale, Durham
EMERSON Ann 24 b Westerton
EMERSON George 6 b St Helen
EMERSON William 5 b St Helen
EMERSON Hannah 2 b St Helen

 

Joseph EMMERSON was the son of Thomas EMMERSON & Ann FEATHERSTONE who married 4 Jun 1767 at Stanhope.   

 

Thomas EMMERSON

Thomas EMMERSON was born abt 1740  and  baptised on  16 Apr 1743 in Ettersgill nr Middleton in Teesdale.    He died in 1818 aged 78 and left a Will 

This the last Will & Testament of me Thomas Emerson of Wham in the Parish of Stanhope in the County of Durham, miner, Made this twenty eighth day of September 1816 I give and bequeath to my wife Ann Emerson all my money, goods and chattels of what nature and kind soever to be held and enjoyed by her during the term of her natural life And after her decease I will and devise all my money, goods and chattles in manner and form following. I give to my daughter Jane Peart the sum of fifty pounds. But if she does not survive me and my wife I give the said fifty punds to her husband Emerson Peart. I give to my daughter Mary Humble the sum of fifty pounds. But if she does not survive me and my wife I give the said fifty punds to her husband George Humble. I give to the children of my late son Thomas Emerson the sum of fifty pounds to be equally divided amongst them. I give to my two grandsons, the sons of Cuthbert Peart, the sum of ten pounds each and incase of the decease of either before the death of me and my wife I give to the surviver the sum of twenty pounds. I give to my two grandaughters, the daughters of the said Cuthbert Peart, the sum of fifteen pounds each. and incase of the decease of either of them before the death of me and my wife, I give to the surviver the sum of thirty pounds, to be paid them when they arrive at twenty one years of age respectively, with interest from the decease of me and my wife, till they come to twenty one years of age. I give to my two daughters Jane Peart and Mary Humble two featherbeds, bedsteads and bedding there unto belonging with all my china and delf, and also all the wearing apparel of my wife, to be equally divided between them. And the remainder of my household furniture I give to my son Ralph Emerson. All the residue and remainder of my money, goods and chattles I give equally amongst my three sons, John Emerson, Joseph Emerson, & Ralph Emerson, whom I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint joint Executors of this my last Will and Testement and declare all former Wills by me at anytime to be null and void.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written His mark Thomas X Emerson Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Thomas Emerson, the testator, as and for his last Wll and testement in the presence of us, who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. ( signed ) Phebe Whitelock ( signed ) Sarah Fleming The 22nd day of April 1820 Phebe Whitelock one of the two subscribing witnesses to this Will was sworn to the due execution thereof by the testator and John Emerson of Wham within mentioned, miner Joseph Emerson of Lowrigg in the Parish of Stanhope, miner, and Ralph Emerson of Lowrush, in the same Parish miner, the executors therein named were sworn to execute and preform the same as usual / under (Sterling) 300, before me. Edward Whitelock A/comissioner     

The children of Thomas EMMERSON and Ann FEATHERSTONE were: 

Mary EMMERSON born abt 1768. Married George HUMBLE on 10 Jun 1791 at Stanhope. They had the following children, all in Stanhope: Thomas (b 1792), Peggy (b 1793), Emerson (b 1799), John (b 1801) George (b bef 1805), Ralph (b bef 1805), Mally (b 1808) Joseph (b 1810)   

Joseph EMMERSON born abt 1769 died 1774  

Thomas EMMERSON born abt 1770 and married Esther PEART on 26 May 1792 at Stanhope. He died in 1806 age 36. They had the following children: John (b 1794), Peart (b 1800), Thomas (b 1803), Joseph (b 1806).   

Nancy EMMERSON born abt 1774 and married Cuthbert PEART on 28 Mar 1795 Stanhope. She died 27 Aug 1807 age 34. They had the following children: Emerson (b 1796), Nancy (b 1798), Joseph (b 1801), Esther (b 1804).  

John EMMERSON born 16 Jul 1778 and married Hannah FEATHERSTONE on 18 Sep 1806 Stanhope. He died in 1836 age 59  

Jane EMMERSON bapt 20 Sep 1779 and married Emerson PEART in Stanhope on 18 May 1799. She died 29 Mar 1831 age 57. They had the following children: Emerson (b 1800), Esther (b 1802), Thomas (b 1804), Nancy (b 1806), Hannah (b 1808), Mary (b 1811)  

Joseph EMMERSON born abt 1783 died 1829 age 46 (see above for details)  

Mathew EMMERSON bapt 13 Aug 1785 at Ireshopeburn Presbyterian church.   

Ralph EMMERSON bapt 13 Nov 1788. Married Jane RACE on 8 Jun 1811 and died 14 Mar 1863 age 74  

(Thanks again to John Emmerson for this information)     

Thomas EMERSON was the son of Joseph EMERSON and Mary ROBSON who were married on 19 Jun 1728 at Middleton in Teesdale, Durham.

I have no further information on Joseph EMERSON at this time.     

 

The FOX Family

Sarah Elizabeth FOX was born in Darlington on 8th Aug 1864, the daughter of James FOX and Ann RIDLEY.

In the 1871 Census she is listed in Crook, in the household of her grandfather Richard FOX.

1871 Census: Crook: South Street

FOX Richard Hd Mar 55 b Spurle or Sporle, Norfolk.  Coal Miner

FOX Sarah Wf Mar 54 b Spurle or Sporle, Norfolk

FOX James Son Wid 31 b Spurle or Sporle, Norfolk

FOX Sarah Gdau 7 b Darlington, Durham.

in 1881 she was enumerated at 8 Percy Street, Helmington Row, Durham in the household of Ralph EMMERSON, a domestic servant.  Her future husband George EMMERSON was also enumerated in the household, aged 18.

George EMMERSON and Sarah Elizabeth FOX married on the 26 Nov 1881 in Auckland, Durham.

Their eldest son (my great grandfather) Joseph William EMMERSON was born on 11 February 1882 in Willington, Durham.

 George EMMERSON died aged 22 on 11 July 1885.  Despite the discrepancy in dates, the following record from the Durham Mining Museum website may also tie in: 

10 Sep 1885 at Willington Colliery - EMMERSON, George aged 22.  Hewer.  Died in a fall of stone at the face of a broken jud.

 

It also appears that just before his death George and Sarah had a second child, Ralph EMMERSON, born 5 July 1885.  Unfortunately this second child appears to have been stillborn.  It is difficult to contemplate how this double loss would have affected Sarah.

Sarah remarried, to Henry BELL on 8th Feb 1886 in Sunderland.  Sadly, just two years later on 3rd Aug 1888, she died of pulmonary tuberculosis. 

James FOX and Ann RIDLEY were married in the December Quarter of 1860 (awaiting certificate).  James is described as a widow in the 1871 census so Ann must have died between 1864 and 1871.  There is a death in the September quarter of 1869 that might be hers but this has yet to be confirmed.

In the 1861 Census they are at 38 Jackson Street in Whitworth Colliery.

1861 Census, Auckland District
Class: RG9; Piece: 3710; Folio: 96; Page: 21; GSU roll: 543176.

Spennymoor, Whitworth & Old Park 1861 Census, Whitworth Colliery, 38 Jackson Street
James Fox, Head, married, 23, Coal Miner, born Spawl(?), Norfolk
Ann Fox, Wife, married, 18, born Staindrop, Durham

James FOX was born in 1838 in Sporle, Norfolk, the son of Richard FOX and his wife, Sarah.  In 1841 he is listed in Sporle with his parents and his grandmother, Elizabeth.

1841 England Census Source Citation: Class: HO107; Civil Parish: Sporle with Palgrave; County: Norfolk; Enumeration District: 2; Page: 1; Line: 10; GSU roll: 438860

Source information: HO107/773/23 Registration district: Swaffham Sub-registration district: Saham Toney ED, institution, or vessel: 2 Page: 1 Line number: 10 GSU Number: 438860

Elizabeth Fox abt 1781 Norfolk, England Sporle with Palgrave Norfolk

Richard Fox abt 1816 Norfolk, England Sporle with Palgrave Norfolk

Sarah Fox abt 1821 Norfolk, England Sporle with Palgrave Norfolk

George Fox abt 1823 Norfolk, England Sporle with Palgrave Norfolk

James Fox abt 1838 Norfolk, England Sporle with Palgrave Norfolk

In 1851 he is living with his parents in lodgings in Hackforth, Yorkshire.

1851 Census: Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 2378; Folio: 36; Page: 1; GSU roll: 87668.

Name: Richard Fox Age: 34 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1817 Relation: Lodger

Spouse's name: Sarah Gender: Male Where born: Sporle, Norfolk, England

Civil Parish: Hackforth County/Island: Yorkshire Street address: In the household of Robert TODD

Occupation: Labourer

Registration district: Bedale Sub-registration district: Bedale ED, institution, or vessel: 3 Household schedule number: 2

Household Members: Name Age

James Fox 11

Richard Fox 34

Sarah Fox 33

 

 

 

The RAVEN family

The RAVEN Line

Sarah RAVEN was born in 1725 in Stanhope, baptised 01 Feb 1725 in Stanhope and was the daughter of Anthony RAVEN and Elizabeth.  She was the youngest of six children: her siblings were Elizabeth, Jane, Catherine, Anthony and Thomas.

Anthony RAVEN was born in 1691, baptised 20 May 1691 in Allendale, Northumberland, the son of William RAVEN and Jane WATSON.  He had at least two siblings, Sarah and Jacob.          

Page created 07 Apr 2007.  Last updated 12 Oct 2008

The PERCEVAL Line

Frances PERCEVAL was born in 1822 in Nenthead, Cumberland, the daughter of Joseph PERCEVAL, miner.  I don't have much more information on this family as yet.