Children of Joseph and Sarah Watson

01. Lucy Watson

1836-01-01 b. Claremont Place, Gateshead; witnesses included Henry Brady, surgeon of Gateshead TNA: PRO RG 6/404, /1149; Joseph Foster (1871) Pedigree of the Forsters and Fosters of the North of England. privately printed
1841 of Summerhill Terrace, Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, living with family and two female servants PRO HO 107/824/10 f20 p33
1849-01 of Newcastle; started at Castlegate Friends’ girls’ school, York The Mount School, York. List of Teachers and Scholars 1784–1816, 1831–1906 (1906) York: Sessions
1850-12 of Newcastle; left Castlegate Friends’ girls’ school, York
1851 living with family and two house servants at 2 Gresham Place, Saint Andrew, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland HO 107/2405 f74 p68
1851 a teacher at the Newcastle Friends’ Sabbath School Minutes of Friends’ Sabbath School, Newcastle, Tyne & Wear Archives Service MF 208
c. 1853 with her brother Robert, spent a fortnight at their great-uncle James Foster's summer house at Shorncliffe Lodge, Sandgate, Kent Robert Spence Watson (1969) Reminiscences of the late Rt Hon. Robert Spence Watson. York, privately printed, p. 9
1854 with her father and her brother Robert went for a fortnight to Holland and Belgium. Visited the field of Waterloo Spence Watson (1969), p. 21
1859-06-15 Newcastle Monthly Meeting appointed Daniel Oliver, Henry Brady & Edward Backhouse to report on the proposal of Alexander Corder and Lucy Watson to marry minutes of Newcastle Monthly Meeting, TWAS MF 170
1859-07-13 cleared to marry
1859-07-20 of Bensham Grove, Gateshead; m. Alexander Corder (1831–1924, linen draper of 5 Hutchinson Buildings, Bishopwearmouth), at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Friends' meeting house marriage digest; The Friend; The British Friend XVII.VIII:219-20; GRO index
 

We quote the following from a Newcastle paper:—

Interesting Marriage at the Friends’ Meeting House.

— Yesterday morning much interest was excited by two marriages which took place at the Friends’ Meeting House, Pilgrim Street; the brides being sisters, and the daughters of our much respected townsman, Joseph Watson, Esq., solicitor. The Meeting House was crowded, and all watched the proceedings with the most lively interest. A large crowd assembled in the street, to witness the arrival and departure of the wedding parties, who occupied about twenty carriages. The betrothed couples, with their friends, assembled in adjoining rooms, and went in procession into the Meeting House. George Richardson, Esq., who may truly be designated the patriarch of the Society, he being eighty-six years of age, Jonathan Priestman, Esq., and a few others of the elder members, took their seats on the platform, in front of which, facing the congregation, sat the happy pairs about to be united in wedlock, viz. Mr. Alexander Corder, of Sunderland, draper, and his bride, Miss Lucy Watson; and Mr. Henry Clapham, of Newcastle, merchant, and his bride, Miss Esther Mary Watson. Between them sat Mr. & Mrs. Watson, the parents of the brides, and on the same bench were the two groomsmen, Mr. Hadwen Priestman and Mr. R.S. Watson. The bridesmaids, of whom there were ten, viz., Miss Brady, Miss Wigham, Miss Corder, Misses Harris, Misses Watson, Miss Clapham, Miss Thompson, and Miss Dodshon, occupied seats near. There was a large number of Friends present, but the great bulk of the congregation were not members of the Society – the ladies greatly preponderating. A short period was passed in silence, and then Mr. Jonathan Priestman offered up prayer.

A few minutes afterwards —

Mr. Henry Binns, of Sunderland, rose and addressed the meeting as follows:—’ [quoted in full]

After a short interval of silence, the marriage ceremony, which was brief and simple, was gone through. The bride and bridegroom rose, and taking each other by the hand, made the usual declaration, promising, through Divine assistance to be faithful to each other until severed by death.

The marriage certificates were read by Mr. Henry Brady and Mr. George Pumphrey, after which a number of the friends signed their names to the same.

Mr. Jonathan Priestman then gave a short exhortation, urging upon his hearers the necessity of seeking Divine assistance to enable them to resist the temptations which beset their path through life.

Mr. Binns then engaged in prayer, after which the congregation began to retire. Many persons, however, before leaving affixed their signatures to the marriage certificates. These documents in future years will, no doubt, be referred to with great interest.

Northern Daily Express.

The British Friend XVII.VIII:219–20
 

FRIENDS' MARRIAGE IN NEWCASTLE.

On Wednesday there was a double marriage at the Friends' Meeting-house, Pilgrim-street, in this town. The occasion drew together a vast concourse, chiefly of the ladies of the town, who filled the meeting-house. The brides were Miss Esther Mary and Miss Lucy Watson, daughters of Joseph Watson, Esq., solicitor. There were present many of the leading members of the society, of this town, and Sunderland and Darlington. Among others were George Richardson, Esq., and Jonathan Priestman Esq. The bridal parties drew up in a great number of carriages, and these were followed by others—the cortege altogether numbering fifteen carriages. The leading friends having taken their seats on the platform, the bridal parties took theirs in front:—Mr. Alexander Corder of Sunderland, draper, and his bride, Miss Lucy Watson: and Mr. Henry Clapham, of Newcastle, merchant, and his bride, Miss Esther Mary Watson. Between them sat Mr. and Mrs. Watson, the parents of the brides, and on the same bench were the two groomsmen, Mr. Hadwen Priestman and Mr. R.S. Watson. The bridesmaids, of whom there were ten, viz., Mss Brady, Miss Wigham, Miss Corder, Misses Harris, Misses Watson, Miss Clapham, Miss Thompson, and Miss Dodshon, occupied seats near. The brides wore very neat bonnets—not exactly of orthodox shape,—of white straw, trimmed with satin and lace veils, French grey silk dress and lace mantles. The proceedings were begun with a lengthened address from Mr. Henry Binns, of Sunderland; after which the ceremony took lace. The plighting of troth is exceedingly simple and brief. We may be pardoned reciting it here. It is to this effect: The bridegroom says (taking the hand of the bride):—Friends, I take this my friend (naming her) to be my wife, promising to be to her a faithful and kind husband, until it pleases the Lord by death to separate us. The bride then makes the like declaration, and the ceremony is complete.—The marriage certificates were read by Mr. Henry Brady and Mr. George Pumphrey, after which a number of the friends signed their names to the same. Mr. Jonathan Priestman gave a short exhortation, and Mr. Binns then engaged in prayer, after which the congregation began to retire. The wedding parties proceeded to the residence of Mr. Watson at Bensham Grove. A marquee was erected on the lawn, in which about seventy of the relatives and friends partook of a sumptuous breakfast. At a subsequent part of the day the newly-married pairs proceeded on their wedding tours; Mr. and Mrs. Corder to Carlisle, and Mr. and Mrs. Clapham to Edinburgh.

Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury, 1859-07-23
Children: Robert Watson (1860–1930), Walter Shewell (1861–1933), Percy (1863–1927), Herbert (1864–1937), Ernest (1866 – after 1935) births digest; The Friend; The British Friend; The Times; GRO index; Bootham School Register; RG 13/4448 f180 p9
1860-05-28 first child born, at Bensham Grove, Gateshead; husband of Sunderland The British Friend XVIII.VII:179
1861 living with husband (linen draper), son, a cook, and a nurse, at 17 St Bedes Terrace, Bishopwearmouth PRO RG 9/3772 f45 p45
1863-08-09 of Sunderland Mosscroft visitors' book
1863-12-25 of Sunderland
1865-05-25 of Sunderland
1865-08-22/ -24 of Sunderland; stayed at Mosscroft
1865-10-21/-23 of Fawcett Street; stayed at Mosscroft
1866-01-10 son b. Fawcett Street, Bishopwearmouth The Friend VI.62:8
1866-09-06

So now we seem settled down quietly for the winter, & if only dear Lucy was well again (she is now ill at Hendon) our family happiness would not have much to mar it. We trust she is recovering, although her progress is slow, & it is a sad thing for her poor husband, & five little boys.

Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1867-01-15

Our Christmas would have been a very happy one, if the shadow of poor Lucy's illness had not constantly been there . . . .

1867-04-04 admitted to The Retreat Lunacy Patients Admission Registers
1867-12 visited by Robert and Elizabeth Spence Watson at the Retreat—"dear Lucy was most affectionate" Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1871 no occupation, patient, The Retreat, Gate Fulford, Yorkshire RG 10/4753 f60 p63
1873-05-19 in Florence with Robert, attending to Joe letter from Robert to Mabel Spence Watson, TWAS Acc. 213/13
1873 Christmas (after mother's death that year:) "Poor Lucy bore up bravely, though breaking down once or twice." Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1881 wife of grocer, inmate, lunatic, of The Friends Retreat Lunatic Asylum, Gate Fulford, York; as 'L.C.' RG 11/4727 f68 p8
1884 visited at the Retreat by Elizabeth Spence Watson Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1891 no occupation, lunatic, of The Friends Asylum for the Insane, Fulford, Yorkshire; as "L.C." RG 12/3895 f107 p4
1901 lunatic, of Friends Retreat, Walmgate, York; as 'L.C.' RG 13/4448 f180 p9
1911 patient, Hospital for Insane, Heslington Road, York; insane; as 'L.C.' RG14PN28424 RD517 SD2 ED0 SN4
1918-07-26 of Sunderland; d. at The Retreat, York The Friend LVIII:490, 1918-08-02; Annual Monitor; GRO index
  bur. York fbg FindaGrave
  A notable living descendant is Francis Michael Longstreth Thompson (1925- ), former Director of the Institute of Historical Research.  


Robert Spence Watson 02. Robert Spence Watson (Bob)


Esther Mary (Watson) Clapham 03. Esther Mary Watson (Etty)

1838-12-13 b. Township of Westgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; father (informant) of 10 Summerhill Terrace, Westgate birth certificate; Joseph Foster (1871) Pedigree of the Forsters and Fosters of the North of England. privately printed; Sandys B. Foster (1890) Pedigrees of Wilson of High Wray & Kendal. London, p. 157
1841 of Summerhill Terrace, Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, living with family and two female servants TNA: PRO HO 107/824/10 f21 p33
by 1849-02-23 had collected £1 3s. 6d. for the Sailors' Home Fund Newcastle Courant, 1849-02-23
1850-08 of Newcastle; started at Castlegate Friends’ girls’ school, York The Mount School, York. List of Teachers and Scholars 1784–1816, 1831–1906 (1906) York: Sessions
1851 scholar, at 1 Castlegate, York PRO HO 107/2353 f526 p20
1855-12 of Newcastle; left Castlegate Friends’ girls’ school, York The Mount School, York. List of Teachers and Scholars 1784–1816, 1831–1906 (1906)
1859-07-20 of Bensham Grove, Gateshead; m. Henry Clapham (1827–1883) at Newcastle Friends' meeting house; witnesses John Foster Spence draper North Shields, Joseph Spence draper North Shields. After a reception at Bensham Grove, the couple honeymooned in Edinburgh. marriage certificate; The British Friend XVII.VIII:219-20, The Friend; Foster (1871); Foster (1890); Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury, 1859-07-23
 

We quote the following from a Newcastle paper:—

Interesting Marriage at the Friends’ Meeting House.

— Yesterday morning much interest was excited by two marriages which took place at the Friends’ Meeting House, Pilgrim Street; the brides being sisters, and the daughters of our much respected townsman, Joseph Watson, Esq., solicitor. The Meeting House was crowded, and all watched the proceedings with the most lively interest. A large crowd assembled in the street, to witness the arrival and departure of the wedding parties, who occupied about twenty carriages. The betrothed couples, with their friends, assembled in adjoining rooms, and went in procession into the Meeting House. George Richardson, Esq., who may truly be designated the patriarch of the Society, he being eighty-six years of age, Jonathan Priestman, Esq., and a few others of the elder members, took their seats on the platform, in front of which, facing the congregation, sat the happy pairs about to be united in wedlock, viz. Mr. Alexander Corder, of Sunderland, draper, and his bride, Miss Lucy Watson; and Mr. Henry Clapham, of Newcastle, merchant, and his bride, Miss Esther Mary Watson. Between them sat Mr. & Mrs. Watson, the parents of the brides, and on the same bench were the two groomsmen, Mr. Hadwen Priestman and Mr. R.S. Watson. The bridesmaids, of whom there were ten, viz., Miss Brady, Miss Wigham, Miss Corder, Misses Harris, Misses Watson, Miss Clapham, Miss Thompson, and Miss Dodshon, occupied seats near. There was a large number of Friends present, but the great bulk of the congregation were not members of the Society – the ladies greatly preponderating. A short period was passed in silence, and then Mr. Jonathan Priestman offered up prayer.

A few minutes afterwards —

Mr. Henry Binns, of Sunderland, rose and addressed the meeting as follows:—’ [quoted in full]

After a short interval of silence, the marriage ceremony, which was brief and simple, was gone through. The bride and bridegroom rose, and taking each other by the hand, made the usual declaration, promising, through Divine assistance to be faithful to each other until severed by death.

The marriage certificates were read by Mr. Henry Brady and Mr. George Pumphrey, after which a number of the friends signed their names to the same.

Mr. Jonathan Priestman then gave a short exhortation, urging upon his hearers the necessity of seeking Divine assistance to enable them to resist the temptations which beset their path through life.

Mr. Binns then engaged in prayer, after which the congregation began to retire. Many persons, however, before leaving affixed their signatures to the marriage certificates. These documents in future years will, no doubt, be referred to with great interest.

Northern Daily Express.

The British Friend XVII.VIII:219–20
 

FRIENDS' MARRIAGE IN NEWCASTLE.

On Wednesday there was a double marriage at the Friends' Meeting-house, Pilgrim-street, in this town. The occasion drew together a vast concourse, chiefly of the ladies of the town, who filled the meeting-house. The brides were Miss Esther Mary and Miss Lucy Watson, daughters of Joseph Watson, Esq., solicitor. There were present many of the leading members of the society, of this town, and Sunderland and Darlington. Among others were George Richardson, Esq., and Jonathan Priestman Esq. The bridal parties drew up in a great number of carriages, and these were followed by others—the cortege altogether numbering fifteen carriages. The leading friends having taken their seats on the platform, the bridal parties took theirs in front:—Mr. Alexander Corder of Sunderland, draper, and his bride, Miss Lucy Watson: and Mr. Henry Clapham, of Newcastle, merchant, and his bride, Miss Esther Mary Watson. Between them sat Mr. and Mrs. Watson, the parents of the brides, and on the same bench were the two groomsmen, Mr. Hadwen Priestman and Mr. R.S. Watson. The bridesmaids, of whom there were ten, viz., Mss Brady, Miss Wigham, Miss Corder, Misses Harris, Misses Watson, Miss Clapham, Miss Thompson, and Miss Dodshon, occupied seats near. The brides wore very neat bonnets—not exactly of orthodox shape,—of white straw, trimmed with satin and lace veils, French grey silk dress and lace mantles. The proceedings were begun with a lengthened address from Mr. Henry Binns, of Sunderland; after which the ceremony took lace. The plighting of troth is exceedingly simple and brief. We may be pardoned reciting it here. It is to this effect: The bridegroom says (taking the hand of the bride):—Friends, I take this my friend (naming her) to be my wife, promising to be to her a faithful and kind husband, until it pleases the Lord by death to separate us. The bride then makes the like declaration, and the ceremony is complete.—The marriage certificates were read by Mr. Henry Brady and Mr. George Pumphrey, after which a number of the friends signed their names to the same. Mr. Jonathan Priestman gave a short exhortation, and Mr. Binns then engaged in prayer, after which the congregation began to retire. The wedding parties proceeded to the residence of Mr. Watson at Bensham Grove. A marquee was erected on the lawn, in which about seventy of the relatives and friends partook of a sumptuous breakfast. At a subsequent part of the day the newly-married pairs proceeded on their wedding tours; Mr. and Mrs. Corder to Carlisle, and Mr. and Mrs. Clapham to Edinburgh.

Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury, 1859-07-23
Children: Henry Foster (1860–1860), Ethel (1861–1925), Lionel (1863–1916), Philip (1865–1866), Maud (1869–1927), Norman (1872–1947), Herbert Watson (1873–1873), Henry (1880–1940) death certificates; births & burials digests; GRO index; The Friend; The British Friend; Annual Monitor
1860 of Summerhill Grove, Newcastle-upon-Tyne The British Friend XVIII.VII:179, XVIII.XI:277
1861 living with husband (coal merchant), visitor and two servants at 5 Summerhill Grove, Westgate, Newcastle on Tyne PRO RG 9/3812 f45 p8
1861-07-25 daughter b. at 5 Summerhill Grove Newcastle Journal, 1861-07-27
1863-02-25 son b. at Summerhill Grove The Friend III:98
1863-09-19 of Newcastle on Tyne Mosscroft visitors' book
1863-12-25 of 5 Summerhill Grove
1866-03-19 son Philip d. at 5 Northumberland Terrace, Tynemouth, where husband Henry resident death certificate
1867-01-10 of Holly House, Gateshead Mosscroft visitors' book
1867-11-29 with her husband, present at the laying of the foundation stone of the Abbot Memorial Buildings, to be used by the Northern Counties' Orphan Institution Newcastle Journal, 1867-11-30
1868-01-13 of Holly House, Gateshead Mosscroft visitors' book
1868-05-24 of Holly House
1868-12 visited the Newcastle Town Mission Bazaar, at the Mechanics' Institute Newcastle Courant, 1868-12-18
1869-09-08 of Holly House, Gateshead Mosscroft visitors' book
1869-11-26 of Gateshead
1870-01-11 of Holly House, Gateshead
1870-04-20
1870-06-18
1870-12-28 of Holly House, Gateshead; "found all charming including host!"
1871-02-01 of Holly House, Gateshead
1871 living with husband, three children, and four servants at Holley House, Gateshead RG 10/5051 f13 p20
1871-09-27 of Holly House Mosscroft visitors' book
1873-04-25 son b. at Holly-house, Gateshead-on-Tyne London Daily News, 1873-04-29
1873-07-03/-07 stayed at Mosscroft on way from Grasmere Mosscroft visitors' book
1873-08-26 son Herbert d. at Holly House, Gateshead The Friend NS XIII.Oct:264
1873-12-18/-20 with family, stayed at Mosscroft; "a houseless wanderer resulting from the fearful gale on the 16th" Mosscroft visitors' book
1873-12-25 of Bath Terrace, Tynemouth
1874-01-07 of Holly House
1874-08-22 of Holly House, Gateshead
1877-07-06 visiting Rothbury with family Newcastle Courant, 1877-07-06
1877-11-13 directed a sale of work at the YMCA, in the Central Hall Newcastle Courant, 1877-07-13
1878-06-20 present at the annual examination and distribution of prizes at the Royal Free Grammar School, Newcastle Newcastle Courant, 1878-06-21
1880-04-09 son Henry b. at North Ashfield, Newcastle-on-Tyne The Friend XX.June:179
1881 of North Ashfield, Elswick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, living with family, cook, waiting maid, housemaid, nursemaid, and kitchenmaid RG 11/5051 f89 p1
1881-07-13 of North Ashfield Bensham Grove visitors' books
1882-01-12
1882-12-25 of Jesmond Cottage, Newcastle on Tyne
1883-02-18 of Newcastle on Tyne
1883-08-13 of Jesmond Cottage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; co-executor of husband's will National Probate Calendar
1883-09-25 of Backworth Bensham Grove visitors' books
1885-09-30 of Eslington House East
1888 of Eslington House East, Newcastle; consented to act as a receiver of toys, &c., in aid of Christmas trees for poor children Newcastle Courant, 1888-12-01
1891 living on her own means, at 5 Osbourne Rd, Jesmond, Newcastle on Tyne, with family, cook, waiting maid, and housemaid RG 12/4218 f132 p37
1896-04-09 present at niece Mabel Spence Watson’s wedding at Pilgrim Street Friends' meeting house; signed marriage certificate RSW Cuttings
1896-12-25 of Newcastle Bensham Grove visitors' books
1896-12-31

NOTICE is hereby given that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us. the undersigned Esther Mary Clapham, Richard Ball Rutter, George Eugene Macarthy and Leonard Macarthy carrying on business at No. 9 Dean-street, Newcastle-on-Tyne as Steamship Managers and Brokers under the style or firm of Henry Clapham and Company has this day been dissolved by mutual consent. Notice is hereby also given that the said G. E. Macarthy and Leonard Macarthy will continue to carry on the said business at No. 9 Dean-street aforesaid under the said style of Henry Clapham and Company.

 

The London Gazette, 1897-01-08
1897-11-30 of Osborne Road Bensham Grove visitors' books
1900-12-25 of 5 Osborne Road
1901 widow, living at 5 Osborne Rd, Jesmond, Newcastle, with 3 children, sick nurse, cook, waiting maid, and housemaid RG 13/4781 f130 p7
1901-12-25 of Osborne Road Bensham Grove visitors' books
1902-04-04 of 5, Osborne Road, Newcastle-on-Tyne The Friend XLII:256
1902-12-25 of Newcastle Bensham Grove visitors' books
  a Minister Annual Monitor
1903-12-03 of 5 Osborne Road, Newcastle-on-Tyne; d. aged 65 years National Probate Calendar; The Friend XLIII:838; Annual Monitor; GRO index
1903-12-05

After it [Joseph John Gurney's funeral] we went to lunch at the Claphams. They were tremendously brave, and even went to Uncle John’s funeral, as well as their Mother’s. The day was fine, but bitterly cold.

At Aunt Etty’s Father read ‘Lord thou hast been our dwelling place through all generations’, and there was some beautiful speaking.

letter from Mary Spence Watson to Frank Pollard, 1903-12-05
1904-01-28 will proved at Newcastle by sons Lionel & Norman Clapham; effects £7514 15s. 9d. National Probate Calendar
  Notable living descendants are Imogen Stubbs, Lady Nunn (1961 – ), actress, and Alexander Armstrong (1970 – ), comedian, actor and TV presenter.  


04. Joseph Watson (Joe)

1840-03-28 b. Township of Westgate, Newcastle birth certificate; Annual Monitor; Bootham School Register (1971); Joseph Foster (1871) Pedigree of the Forsters and Fosters of the North of England. privately printed
1841 of Summerhill Terrace, Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, living with family and two female servants TNA: PRO HO 107/824/10 f21 p33
1851 scholar, living with family and two house servants at 2 Gresham Place, Saint Andrew, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland PRO HO 107/2405 f74 p68
1852/1855 at Bootham school Bootham School Register
1861 iron ship builder, of Bensham, Gateshead, living with parents, with three domestic servants and two visitors PRO RG 9/3800 f39 p27
1863-12-25 of Bensham Grove Mosscroft visitors' book
1866 of the firm of Clarke, Watson and Gurney, Victoria Engine Works, Gateshead The Friend
1868-04-15 Newcastle Monthly Meeting, held there: Notice, Joseph Watson junr of Newcastle & Lucy Fenwick, attender. William Wilson & Frederick Clark to enquire, Frederick Clark to give notice at Newcastle minutes of Newcastle Monthly Meeting 1867–74, Tyne & Wear Archives Service MF 170
1868-05-13 Newcastle Monthly Meeting, held at Sunderland. Notice had been given at Newcastle on -04-19. Liberated. Henry Clapham & Francis Corder to ensure good order minutes of Newcastle Monthly Meeting 1867–74, TWAS MF 170
1868-05-17 of Bensham Grove Mosscroft visitors' book
1868-05-20 engineer, of the firm of Clarke, Watson and Gurney, Victoria Engine Works, Gateshead; m. Lucy Fenwick (1838–1918, youngest daughter of William Fenwick, of The Cottage, Stanhope) at Newcastle Friends' meeting house marriage digest; minutes of Newcastle Monthly Meeting 1867–74, TWAS MF 170; The Friend VIII.6:174; The British Friend XXVI.7:192; Foster (1871); Edward H. Milligan (2007) Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775–1920. York: Sessions Book Trust; Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury, 1868-05-23
 

Soon after we came from Grasmere Robert's brother Joe was married to Lucy Fenwick, after a long six years engagement. The meeting was a very solemn & impressive one with a beautiful sermon from Thos. Hodgkins, & a fervent prayer from Isaac Sharp. After the wedding breakfast at Lucy's brother's J.G. Fenwick's, the newly married went off to Edinburgh, thence to proceed to the Orkneys. They are now settled in their nice little house in Seymour St.

Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1868-06-28 of 4 Seymour Terrace Mosscroft visitors' book
Children: Lucy Fenwick (1869–1950), Joseph Stanhope (1870–1934), Myles Foster (1872–1938) birth certificates; GRO index; The Friend
1869-03-21 engineer of 4 Seymour Terrace, Heworth, Gateshead; daughter b. there birth certificate; The Friend NS IX.100
1869-09-08 of Gateshead on Tyne Mosscroft visitors' book
1870-08-18 engineer of Seymour Terrace, Heworth, Gateshead; son b. there birth certificate; The Friend NS X.Sept:228
1871 engine manufacturer, living with wife, two children and two servants at 9 Seymour Terrace, Heworth, Northumberland RG 10/5048 f6 p5
  member of firm of Clark, Chapman and Watson, Engineers, Gateshead; of Gateshead Bootham School Register
1871-07-14 of G'Head Mosscroft visitors' book
1872-06-04 mechanical engineer; son born at 9 Seymour Terrace, Heworth, Gateshead birth certificate
1873-05-12

Joe was the only one of the family not at home, & on his birthday Herbert was laid in the grave, poor Joe quite unconscious even of his illness—far away in Egypt. And now I must go back a little to explain that we had been anxious about Joe's health, his lungs being somewhat affected, & it was recommended that he should go to Egypt for a few months. He was there therefore when all this took place. Latterly the accounts of him were not very good, & Robert set off to Naples to meet him on his way home, & bring him up to North Italy, where his wife will join him, to stay until the weather is sufficiently settled for him to return home. Robert has been away a fortnight, & has had a great deal of trouble & anxiety, the telegrams wh were sent to him, for some unexplained cause, failing to reach him, & he being consequently left in complete ignorance as to Joe's movements. Joe left Naples Alexandria later than he intended, & so Robert had a week's anxious delay in Naples, but now we have heard that at last all is right, that the brothers have met, & Joe is better.

Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1873-05-19 ‘I have had so much to do for poor Uncle Joe’; expects to be at least 2 weeks. Is being attended by Lucy & Robert letter from Robert to Mabel Spence Watson, TWAS Acc. 213/13
 

Then my brother Joe had been very poorly for some time. It was evident that his chest was affected, and Charley Pease and his wife were going up the Nile, and offered to take him with them in their Dahabieh and we hoped that it would do him great good. The last letters were most encouraging and then there came one from Alexandria which showed that he was laid up there in a very dangerous state. I at once told my father that I would go out and meet him at Naples. He had requested in his letter that someone might meet him. I went out to Naples and was there for twelve days but I never got a letter or a telegram from him or home or anything of the kind, and I was coming away from Napes in despair when I saw a ship I had not known of coming into the bay, and he was on it. He had been very ill, and a young fellow who had met him had tried to get him a first class passage to Naples, but finding that it was impossible, had given up his own first class cabin and got a second berth second class, and brought him through and looked after him. The doctor I consulted said at once that he was dying, and that I could not move him at all, but I managed to take him about a little in the splendid weather, and he was much interested in everything that he saw though he was very weak. I got him on to Rome with great difficulty. After two or three days in Rome I took him on to Florence. That was then a terrible journey of fifteen hours, and how we got through it I cannot imagine. Fortunately everyone saw how ill he was and they avoided getting in to to trouble us. He had bad dysentery in addition to lung disease. At Florence, with much difficulty and after great trouble, I came upon a Scottish doctor who had just come there from India, having himself been cured of a similar sort of complaint in India. He took us to a most excellent pension kept by Miss Earle, the daughter of an officer, and there we had every possible comfort, and a large room for Joe which I used to make a complete bower of roses for about 1½d. a day. I used to go out in the morning and come back with my arms full of roses—so full that I could hardly carry them. It was a splendid place.

Then my father and sister Gertrude, and my brother Willy came out and brought Joe's wife with them, and then I came home again. He lived about three weeks longer, but when I parted I could tell, even though the doctor did not say so, that there was no chance whatever of our meeting again.

Robert Spence Watson (1969) Reminiscences of the late Rt Hon. Robert Spence Watson. York, privately printed, p. 65
1873-06-24 engineer, of 4 Seymour-terrace, Gateshead, and of Via degli Strozzi No. 4, Florence, Italy; d. at Florence, of lung disease, aged 33 death certificate; burials digest; National Probate Calendar; The Friend NS XIII.July:190, The British Friend July:182; Annual Monitor; Ann Craven (2004) ‘Elizabeth Spence Watson: a Quaker working for peace and women’s suffrage in nineteenth century Newcastle and Gateshead’, MA dissertation, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
 

Robert returned home from Italy after a month's absence, & as soon as Lucy & others of the family had gone out to poor Joe. The accounts grew worse & worse, & at last Father & Gertie set out. In about 10 days after their arrival—on the 24th of June, dear Joe was released from all his pain. He had suffered much in various ways, but had throughout borne all his sufferings with the most wonderful patience. He was quite ready, even eager to go, & the last words he wrote in his journal were, "Oh Jesus, come soon"! Growing weaker & weaker, he was at length just able to say "Farewell darling" to his wife who stood by his side, & then he quietly passed away to his rest. On the 26th he was buried in the Protestant Cemetery at Florence among the dark cypresses & the bright roses. Those of us at home, who unable to be present at that last sad time, had a little meeting here at our house. Several of Joe's friends were also here, & we also had the company of R. Butler who spoke very beautifully & impressively. The little party from Florence returned home at the end of the following week—a sad returning. Poor Lucy shews the greatest fortitude in her terrible loss. May God comfort her, as He only can, & may she find her sweet little children grow up to cheer & help her. They live close by us, at the opposite side of the lane, wh is very pleasant for us all.

Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1873-06-26 18:00 iron ship builder and engineer, Clark, Chapman & Watson, Engineers at Gateshead; bur. Protestant cemetery, Florence burials digest; Mosscroft visitors' book
  JOSEPH WATSON/ ENGLAND/ Watson/ Giuseppe/ Giuseppe/ Inghilterra/ Firenze/ 24 Giugno/ 1873/ Anni 33/ 1219/ Joseph Watson, Angleterre, Rentier, fils de Joseph Watson/ GL23777/1 N̊ 458 Burial 26/06 Rev Clark/ JOSEPH WATSON/ OF GATESHEAD ON TYNE ENGLAND/ DIED AT FLORENCE/ SIXTH MONTH/ 24 1873/ AGED 33 YEARS// WHICH HOPE WE HAVE/ AS AN ANCHOR OF THE SOUL/ BOTH SURE AND STEADFAST/ HEB. VI.19/ E16D www.florin.ms/cemetery4.html [accessed 2006-01-12]
1873-11-04 will proved at Durham by widow Lucy Watson and brother Robert Spence Watson, executors; effects under £7000 National Probate Calendar


05. William Joshua Watson (Willie)

1841-10-11 b. Township of Westgate, Newcastle birth certificate; minutes of Newcastle Monthly Meeting, Tyne & Wear Archives Service MF 169
1851 scholar, living with family and two house servants at 2 Gresham Place, Saint Andrew, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland TNA: PRO HO 107/2405 f74 p68
1854/1857 at Bootham School, York Bootham School Register (1971)
1859-02 paid a visit to Birket Foster and family Jan Reynolds (1984) Birket Foster. London: Batsford
1861 nurseryman, of Bensham, Gateshead, living with parents, with three domestic servants and two visitors PRO RG 9/3800 f39 p27
1863-07-20 of Fenham Mosscroft visitors' book
1863-12-25 of Bensham Grove
1867-01-25

WILLIAM JOSHUA WATSON'S

DESCRIPTIVE SEED CATALOGUE

FOR 1867,

Free on Application

AT

TOWN HALL BUILDINGS

ROSES, VINES, FRUIT, FOREST, and ORNAMENTAL TREES, EVERGREEN, and FLOWERING SHRUBS, HERBACEOUS and ALPINE PLANTS, STOVE and GREENHOUSE PLANTS, &c.

AT

WILLIAM JOSHUA WATSON'S,

THE HALL NURSERIES, FENHAM,

AND

NEW AND GENUINE VEGETABLE AND FLOWER SEEDS,

AT

THE SEED WAREHOUSE, TOWN HALL BUILDINGS

Newcastle Journal, 1867-01-25
1868-05-20 one of the bridegroomsmen at his brother Joseph's wedding Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury, 1868-05-23
1869-11-26 of Gateshead Mosscroft visitors' book
1870-01-01 first-footed at Mosscroft
1870-06-22 of Newcastle; "Left & wept"
1871-02-01 of Bensham Grove
1871 nurseryman, of Bensham Grove, Bensham Road, Gateshead, living with his family, an uncle, a domestic servant, a house servant, and a cook RG 10/5051 f64 p25
1871-03 & -04

Wm. Jos. Watson’s Garden Seeds

Wm. Jos. Watson’s Flower Seeds

Wm. Jos. Watson’s Agricultural Seeds

Wm. Jos. Watson’s Fruit, Forest, and Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, Roses, &c.

Catalogues of the above are now ready and will be forwarded post free on application to the Town Hall Buildings, Newcastle.

Nurseries, Fenham, near Newcastle.

 

The Friend NS XI.Mar:Ads 7 & Apr:9
1871-07-14 of Bensham Grove Mosscroft visitors' book
1872-01-01 of Bensham Grove; first-footed at Mosscroft
1873-04 subscribed 5s. to E.J. Saleebey’s Schools at Lebanon The British Friend XXXI.Apr:81
about 1873-06 went to Florence for his brother Joe's final illness Robert Spence Watson (1969) Reminiscences of the late Rt Hon. Robert Spence Watson. York, privately printed, p. 65
1873-12-25 of Bensham Grove Mosscroft visitors' book
1875-05-16

Our brother Willie is engaged to Fanny McAllum, & so he too is happily settled. They are to be married on the 8th of July.

Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1875-07-08 m. Frances Jane Fenwick McAllum (1856–1933), at Newcastle-upon-Tyne The Friend NS XV.Aug:2245; The British Friend; Bootham School Register; GRO index; FreeBMD
1876-03-21 "Our brother Willy has been very ill since his marriage—he is now at Bournemouth with his wife, daily gaining strength we hope." Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
Children: Muriel (1877–1940), Gladys Frances (1881–1936), Leslie (1882–1898), Esther (1884 – after 1909) GRO index; Annual Monitor; RG 13; information from Ian McAllum; www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=348906.0, accessed 2009-11-24
1881 nursery and seedsman employing 8 men and 4 boys, of 10 Regent Terrace, Gateshead, Durham, living with his family, a cook, and a housemaid RG 11/5035 f37 p4
1881-12-18 of 10 Regent Terrace, Gateshead Bensham Grove visitors' books
1882-09-09 of 6 Fern Avenue, Newcastle
1882-12-25 of Fern Avenue, Jesmond
1885-12-25 of Fern Avenue
1886-12-25 of Fern Avenue, Newcastle
1891 seed merchant and nurseryman, of (Bank Head), Watling Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, living with wife, three children, governess, cook, and housemaid RG 12/4246 f23 p11
1896-01-07 seedsman, of 3 Graingerville-north, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; d. at Newcastle National Probate Calendar; The Friend XXXVI:48, 1896-01-17; The British Friend V Feb:48
 

DEATH OF MR. W.J. Watson

The death occurred on Monday night, at his residence, 4, Graingerville North, Newcastle, of Mr William Joshua Watson, son of the late Mr J. Watson, solicitor, Bensham Grove, Gateshead, and brother of Dr Spence Watson. Deceased, who was one of the best known seedsmen and florists in the North of England, and had occupied business premises in or near the Newcastle Town Hall for upwards of thirty years, was taken ill last November with lung troubles, and succumbed, as stated above, on Monday to an attack of pleurisy, at the age of 54. He was a very successful exhibitor at the leading English and Scottish horticultural exhibitions, a few years ago, and gained a large number of awards. He took a lively interest in the Newcastle Flower Show, and was a member of the committee of management. Some years back he was an enthusiastic angler, and spent a good deal of time, with his brother Dr Watson, in following the gentle craft in the Rothbury district. He was a Liberal in politics, and a member of the Newcastle club. He married a daughter of the late Dr D.L. McAllum, of Gosforth, and leaves a widow, three daughters, and a son. The funeral will take place at St Andrew's Cemetery, North Road, on Friday, at three o'clock.

RSW Cuttings, Vol. 6
1896-04-01 will proved at Newcastle by brother Robert Spence Watson and brother-in-law Henry Richardson; effects £3359 18s. 2d. National Probate Calendar
1902 [late] seed importer London Metropolitan Archives, St Jude, South Kensington, Register of marriages, P84/JUD, Item 006, entry for daughter's marriage


06. Sarah Jane Watson

1842-11-14 b. Township of Elswick, Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne birth certificate
1848-05-12 d. at Gresham Place, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in her 6th year Annual Monitor; The Friend VI.67:136, July 1848; The British Friend; GRO index


Emily (Watson) Richardson 07. Emily Watson

1844-04-06 b. 6 Elswick Villas, Elswick, Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne birth certificate
1851 living with family and two house servants at 2 Gresham Place, Saint Andrew, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland TNA: PRO HO 107/2405 f74 p68
1859-07-20 "Misses Watson" among the ten bridesmaids at the wedding of their sisters Lucy and Esther Mary The British Friend XVII.VIII:291–20
1861 scholar, of Bensham, Gateshead, living with family, with three domestic servants and two visitors PRO RG 9/3800 f39 p27
1863-07-20 of Bensham Grove, Gateshead Mosscroft visitors' book
1865-08-10 of Bensham Grove, Gateshead; m. Henry Richardson (1841–1914, Forest Hall, near Benton, Northumberland), at Newcastle Friends' meeting-house GRO index; Annual Monitor; marriage digest; The Friend 1865-09-01, p. 203, The British Friend 1865-09-01, p. 234
 

. . . on the 10th Emily Watson, my sister in law, was married to Henry Richardson my first cousin. The day went off very satisfactorily—the bride looked lovely, & spoke well, the bridesmaids looked very pretty in their light floating white muslins—the breakfast was excellent, partaken of in a tent in the field, & the afternoon drive to Gibside, & evening party very enjoyable. The young couple went off to Derby, thence to Devonshire. They are now settled in their pretty home at Forest Hall near Benton—

Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1866-08-24/25 of Forest Hall, Benton Mosscroft visitors' book
Children: stillborn child (c. 1867), Henry (1868–1868), Harold Joseph (1869–1911), Helen (1871–1902), Olive Mary (1881–1956) Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'; birth & death certificates; Annual Monitor; The Friend; GRO index
1868/1871 of Backworth Lodge, Earsdon, Tynemouth, Northumberland children's birth certificates; The Friend
1868-04-06

My other sister (sister in law) Emily lost her little baby, born about a fortnight before these others. It was a very great trial both to her & her husband, for the first little baby had been born dead, & now to lose a second, when all had gone on well apparently, & when the child lived for three days, did seem very hard. But Emily bore it very well & bravely, although for the second time she had to lay aside all the carefully, beautifully prepared baby clothes, which to every mother's heart, have such an indescribable charm, & with them to bury all the bright hopes so long & fondly cherished -

Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1868-08-05 one of the ladies presiding at a public tea at St Alban's church, Earsdon Morpeth Herald, 1868-08-08
1869-09-08 of Backworth Lodge Mosscroft visitors' book
1870-01-11
1870-12-28
1871 of Backworth Lodge, Backworth, living with husband, two infants, ladies nurse, cook, nurse, and housemaid RG 10/5128 f30 p24
1871-07-14 of Backworth Lodge Mosscroft visitors' book
1872-04-23
1876-03-21 "Harry & Emily R. are also there with their children" [in Bournemouth] Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1879-08-16 present at the laying of the memorial stones of the new Wesleyan Chapel at Backworth Shields Daily Gazette, 1879-08-25
1881 of 5 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, living with her family, a governess, and three servants RG 11/5070 f17 p27
1881-06-03 the ladies of the Newcastle Bible Society invited a party of about 50 Chinese to tea at the British Workman, Scotswood Road, after which Mrs Henry Richardson presented each of them with a copy of the New Testament printed in Chinese Shields Daily Gazette, 1881-06-06
1881-11-04 of Backworth and 5 Osborne Road, Jesmond Bensham Grove visitors' books
1883-03-16 of Backworth Lodge
1883-08-10 of Backworth
1883-11-07 of Backworth Lodge
1883-12-25
1885-12-25 of Backworth
1886-12-25 of Backworth Lodge
1887-12-26 of Backworth
1888-01-24
1891 not found in census  
1895-04-24 of 4 Windser Crescent Bensham Grove visitors' books
1895-08-23
1895-12-25
1897-03-06 of Newcastle
1897-11-30 of 4 Windsor Crescent
1898-12-26 of Backworth
1899-06-28 of Tudor Lodge
1899-06-29 with her husband, gave Jessie Corder a Salviati vase as a wedding present Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1899-06-29
1899-12-25 of Tudor Lodge, Newcastle - Tyne Bensham Grove visitors' books
1900-12-25
1901 living at Tudor Lodge, Osborne Rd, Jesmond, Newcastle, with husband, cook, waiting maid, and a housemaid; nephew Percy Corder visiting RG 13/4782 f172 p47
1902-04-04 late of Tudor Lodge, Newcastle The Friend XLII:256
1903-07-02 of 89 Ashley Gardens, Westminster, S.W. Bensham Grove visitors' books
1904 of 89 Ashley Gardens, London, S.W.; gave Frank & Mary Pollard a tea set, for their wedding present Mary S.W. Pollard, list of wedding presents
1911 not found in census  
1913-10-17 of Scalebore Park, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire; d. Burley-in-Wharfedale National Probate Calendar; The Friend; Annual Monitor; GRO index
1913-10-20 "I went to funeral at Burley. Percy, Uncle Alec, Aunt Gertie, etc. there. I drove with Uncle A. & Bernard Pumphrey. Aunt E. is buried close to W.G. Forster & his wife." diary of Mary S.W. Pollard
1914-10-30 administration granted at London to daughter Oliver Mary Macartney; effects £86 National Probate Calendar


08. Charles John Watson

1846-05-14 b. Elswick Villas, Elswick, Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne birth certificate; The British Friend
1846-06-28 d. of atrophy 3 or 4 weeks certified, at Elswick Villas, Elswick, Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne death certificate; The Friend; The British Friend
1846-06-30 bur. Westgate Hill General Cemetery, Newcastle upon Tyne burials digest


09. Helen Watson (Nellie)

1848-03-05 b. Gresham Place, Saint Andrew, Newcastle upon Tyne birth certificate; The British Friend
1851 living with family and two house servants at 2 Gresham Place, Saint Andrew, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland TNA: PRO HO 107/2405 f74 p68
1859-07-20 ‘Misses Watson’ among the 10 bridesmaids at the wedding of their sisters Lucy and Esther Mary The British Friend XVII.VIII:291–20
1861  scholar, of Bensham, Gateshead, living with family, three domestic servants and two visitors PRO RG 9/3800 f39 p27
1861-08 of Newcastle; started at Castlegate Friends’ girls’ school, York The Mount School, York. List of Teachers and Scholars 1784–1816, 1831–1906 (1906) York: Sessions
1863-07-20 of Bensham Grove Mosscroft visitors' book
1863-12-25 of Bensham
1864-12 of Newcastle; left Castlegate Friends’ girls’ school, York The Mount School, York. List of Teachers and Scholars 1784–1816, 1831–1906 (1906)
1866-06-13 of Bensham Grove Mosscroft visitors' book
1868-09-31
1869-03-17 of Bensham
1869-05-12
1869-11-26
1869-12-22
1870-03-11
1870-06-07 of Bensham Grove
1870-07-27 m. Joseph John Gurney (1846–1903, mechanical engineer of 43 Westgate Hill, Newcastle, son of Joseph Gurney) at Particular Baptist Chapel, Rye Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne, by certificate; witnesses Edward Tritton Gurney, Gertrude Watson; of Bensham Grove, Gateshead marriage certificate; GRO index
1870-12

Since Nellie's marriage with John Gurney, they have had a good deal of trouble. First John was ill of gastric fever—then Nellie took it, & they are both so much weakened that all gaieties are to be forsworn for this winter, to Nellie's great disappointment.

Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1871 living with husband in his father Joseph Gurney’s household at Birdhurst, Kingston Road, All Saints, Wandsworth (JG shorthandwriter to the 2 Houses of Parliament); household includes a needlewoman and three servants RG 10/708 f39 p11
1871-05-29 of 43 Westgate Hill Mosscroft visitors' book
1872-04-12 of 277 Westgate Hill
1872-04-23 of 277 Westgate Road
1872-07-17
1873-04-28 of 11 Northumberland Terrace, Tynemouth
1873-06-25/-27 of Northumberland Terrace, Tynemouth; stayed at Mosscroft
1873-12-25 Tynemouth
1874-05-08/-09 of Tynemouth
Child: Helen Mary (1874–1954) birth certificate; RG14PN30607 RG78PN1753 RD558 SD3 ED29 SN96; National Probate Calendar; FreeBMD
1874-07-18 daughter b. 11 Northumberland Terrace, Tynemouth, Northumberland birth certificate
1881 living with family at 14 Bewick Road, Gateshead, with two servants and two visitors RG 11/5034 f125 p55
1882-12-25 of Rodsley Bensham Grove visitors' books
1883-03-16
1883-04-01
1883-10-04
1884-04-29
1884-09-18 of Rodsley, Gateshead
1884-12-25 of Rodsley
1886-04-17 of Rodsley, Gateshead
1886-12-25 of Rodsley, Gateshead-on-Tyne
1887-12-26 of Rodsley, Gateshead
1891 living at Rodsley House, Gateshead, with family, a cook, two domestic servants, and a visitor RG 12/4177 f4 p2
1894-12-25 of The White House Bensham Grove visitors' books
1896-04-09 of The White House, N.C.; present at niece Mabel Spence Watson’s wedding at Pilgrim Street Friends' meeting-house; signed marriage certificate; gave couple table lamp and sideboard cloth RSW Cuttings; Bensham Grove visitors' books
1896-12-25 of Newcastle Bensham Grove visitors' books
1898-07-23 of The White House, Newcastle
1898-12-26 of N.C.
1899-06-28 of The White House
1900-11-14
1900-12-25 of Newcastle
1901 living with husband and daughter at Carn Begg, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, a lodging house RG 13/1033 f3 p52
1901-12-25 of The White House Bensham Grove visitors' books
1902-12-25
1904 of The White House, Grainger Park Rd, N/C; with her daughter, gave Frank and Mary Pollard a clock, for their wedding present Mary S.W. Pollard, list of wedding presents
1911 living with daughter, sister-in-law, cook, waiting maid, and housemaid, in 15 rooms at The White House, Newcastle-on-Tyne RG14PN30607 RG78PN1753 RD558 SD3 ED29 SN96
1916-07-01/-10-31 had subscribed £20.0.0 (@£5 a month) to the Friends’ Ambulance Unit The Friend, supp: iv-viii, 1916-11-17
1922-10-12 of the White House, Grainger Park-road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; d. there, very suddenly, aged 74 National Probate Calendar; The Friend LXII:740, 1922-10-20; GRO index
  bur. Jesmond Old Cemetery, Newcastle Find a Grave
1923-01-08 will proved at Newcastle by daughter Helen Mary Gurney; effects £2751 2s. 9d. National Probate Calendar


10. Sarah Anna Watson

1849-07-01 b. 1 Gresham Place, Saint Andrew, Newcastle upon Tyne birth certificate; The British Friend
1849-09-09 d. Newcastle-on-Tyne burials digest
1849-09-10 bur. Westgate Hill Gen’l Cemetery, Newcastle


Herbert Watson 11. Herbert Watson

1852-03-31 b. 2 Gresham Place, Saint Andrew, Newcastle upon Tyne birth certificate
1861 scholar, of Bensham, Gateshead, living with family, three domestic servants and two visitors TNA: PRO RG 9/3800 f39 p27
1863-07-20 of Bensham Mosscroft visitors' book
1864-04-01 began at Bootham In Memoriam Sarah Watson
1864/1868 at Bootham School Bootham School Register (1971)
1865-03-20 "Thou hast, I think, been very happy at Bootham, and more free from care than in after life can be hoped for." In Memoriam Sarah Watson
  articled clerk with his father, J. & R.S. Watson, Solicitors Bootham School Register
1869 autumn toured in Germany with Robert & Elizabeth Spence Watson, Alice Mary Richardson, and a friend Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1869-11-26 of Bensham Mosscroft visitors' book
1870-09 visited Hamburg with Robert & Elizabeth Spence Watson and Alice Mary Richardson Robert Spence Watson (1969) Reminiscences of the late Rt Hon. Robert Spence Watson. York, privately printed, p. 47
1871-01-01 first-footed at Mosscroft Mosscroft visitors' book
1871 solicitor’s clerk, of Bensham Grove, Bensham Road, Gateshead, living with his family, an uncle, a domestic servant, a house servant, and a cook PRO RG 10/5051 f64 p25
1871-05-29 visited Mosscroft; "épris" Mosscroft visitors' book
1872-07-29 of Bensham Grove
1872-10-20 of Bensham
  Prelim. Exams. Incorporated Law Society; studied in London with W.S. Lean Edgar B. Collinson, ed. (1935) Bootham School Register, 2nd edn
1873-01 "Robert's brother Herbert has come home from London where he has been during the last quarter. He seems a good deal out of health & Robert has gone with him to Ilkley where he will probably stay some time." Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1873-03-25 d. about 5pm, at Bensham Grove, Gateshead, of pneumonia 3 days certified death certificate; Annual Monitor (which says he died at Glasgow)
 

The year 1873 was in many respects a very sad year for us. My youngest brother, Herbert, had a very bad attack of pneumonia in March which took him away. We were both of us in Glasgow where I was endeavouring to recuperate, after a serious attack of diphtheria from which by heroic methods I had cured myself.

Spence Watson (1969), p. 64
 

Since writing the above, our darling Herbert has been taken from us. His health did not improve at Ilkley, & after about a fortnight's stay there, he returned home. At home he worked away at the Office, & the doubts & troubles wh had perplexed him, gradually passed away. This was, in great part, owing to Robert's constant help & sympathy; he never wearied, but with unfailing devotion helped him in every trouble. Just when our dear boy seemed to have conquered all his difficulties (which were throughout only those arising from a rare conscientiousness) he caught a cold wh settled on his chest, & gave us some cause for uneasiness. At this time my dear husband was ill with a very bad sore throat, & Herbert, in his great anxiety to be useful, went out to the office, when perhaps he should have stayed at home. When Robert was sufficiently recovered we left Newcastle, to go to Glasgow for a few days, partly for a little change for R. partly to see our friend Dr Merz who had been very ill of the measles. We left on the 22nd of March, & had spent two very pleasant days when we were recalled home by Herbert's alarming illness. He had been seized with Inflammation of the lungs, & the Dr said the danger was imminent. We returned on Tuesday the 25th in time to be recognized by our darling brother. He had been very delirious, & soon became so again, but his beautiful face had a kind smile for everyone who came near him, & even in his wanderings he seemed full of thoughtfulness for others. I had been watching beside him, with some of the others, for a short while, &, as my sister Allie was at Moss Croft, I thought I would leave him for a little & go home to tea. We had only been seated a moment or two when were hastily summoned to his bedside. As fast as possible we ran through the garden, & soon we all stood round the bed, to watch the life of him we so much loved, fast ebbing away. He died in perfect peace & quietness, not a sigh or a struggle to shew the moment when he passed from life to death—from death to life. His last words were "Lord it belongs not to my care Whether I die" then the faint voice ceased for ever, the rest of the verse remained unsaid. Before this he had repeated parts of the Lord's prayer & of some hymns, & tried to sing one verse. It was about 5 o'clock on the evening of the 25th of March that he passed away. His beautiful face looked exquisite in death, "the peace which passeth understanding" had come to him. He was laid in Jesmond Cemetery beside his dear mother, on the 28th a large band of friends & relations following him to the graveside. A very impressive meeting in the meeting house succeeded, Richard Butler relating the circumstances of his last illness & death. In the evening most of the members of the family circle met at Bensham Grove, where a sad & yet most comforting little meeting was held. And now he is gone for ever from our sight, our dearly-loved Herbert—loved not by us only, but by all who knew him. "And he is in his grave, but oh The difference to me". Robert & I had seen so much of him lately, & we had always had such a mutual fondness for each other, that we felt him in some respects almost more like a child than a brother. Poor Father feels it a terrible blow, & for Gertie, who was quite wrapt up in him, it is perhaps as hard as for any one. We have, in all our sorrow, the sure consolation of our darling's being perfectly happy & at rest. Joe was the only one of the family not at home, & on his birthday Herbert was laid in the grave, poor Joe quite unconscious even of his illness—far away in Egypt.

Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1873-03-28 bur. Jesmond cemetery, Newcastle burials digest


Gertrude (Watson) Edmundson 12. Gertrude Watson (Gertie)

1854-10-15 b. Gresham Place, St Andrew, Newcastle on Tyne birth certificate
1859-07-20 "Misses Watson" among the 10 bridesmaids at the wedding of their sisters Lucy and Esther Mary The British Friend XVII.VIII:291–20
1861 scholar, of Bensham, Gateshead, living with family, three domestic servants and two visitors TNA: PRO RG 9/3800 f39 p27
1863-09-19 of Bensham Mosscroft visitors' book
1863-12-25 of Bensham grove
1866-01-14 began school In Memoriam Sarah Watson
1866-01 of Gateshead; started at Castlegate Friends’ girls’ school, York The Mount School, York. List of Teachers and Scholars 1784–1816, 1831–1906 (1906) York: Sessions
1870-01-11 of Bensham Grove Mosscroft visitors' book
1870-06 of Gateshead; left Castlegate Friends’ girls’ school, York The Mount School, York. List of Teachers and Scholars 1784–1816, 1831–1906 (1906)
1870-07-27 witnessed sister Helen’s marriage at Rye Hill marriage certificate
1870-12 "R.'s sister Gertrude, has also been ill of the same complaint [gastric fever]—for 7 weeks—but is nearly well again now." Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1871 (no occupation shown), of Bensham Grove, Bensham Road, Gateshead, living with her family, an uncle, a domestic servant, a house servant, and a cook PRO RG 10/5051 f64 p25
1871-07-14 of Bensham Mosscroft visitors' book
1871-11-09
1872-07-29 of Bensham Grove
1872 autumn had been unwell Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
about 1873-06 went to Florence for her brother Joe's final illness Robert Spence Watson (1969) Reminiscences of the late Rt Hon. Robert Spence Watson. York, privately printed, p. 65
1873-10-12 of Bensham Grove Mosscroft visitors' book
1873-12-10
1874-01-02

Much has happened since my last entry in this book—unexpected sorrows & trials, & yet also, the fulfilment of a long cherished wish. To relate all in order, I must begin with the engagement of our dear sister Gertrude to my old friend Johnnie Edmundson, whom I first knew as a delightful & beautiful boy of 11, & who has retained all his old characteristics with the added graces of manhood & strength. We have but one objection to this happy engagement, & that is that we shall have to part with our dear Gertie to Dublin, & how we shall all miss her, I cannot say.

Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1874-02-17 played Hymen in As You Like It at Mosscroft Mosscroft visitors' book
1874-03-04 played Malcolm in Macbeth at Mosscroft
1874-04-01 played Jessica in Ye Marchand of Venyse at Mosscroft
1874-05-11 played the King of France in King Lear at Mosscroft
1874-07-21 of Bensham Grove
1874-08-03, -04 among reps from Gateshead attending Conference of the Friends’ First-day Schools Association at Darlington The Friend NS XIV.Aug:273
1874-08-07 of Bensham Grove

of Bensham Grove

Mosscroft visitors' book
1874-10-18
1875-02-24 m. John Wigham Edmundson (1847–1922, of Dublin), at Newcastle-on-Tyne The Friend XV.Apr:107; GRO index; Bootham School Register (1971)
 

On the 24th of February our sister Gertrude was married to John W. Edmundson. It was a time of very mingled feelings, recent sorrows weighting heavily upon our hearts, & yet we rejoiced in the prospect of her happiness, & of her being safely cared for now, her when deprived of a father's care. We miss her very much—she was is beloved by all who know her—but we know she is happy, & has a husband who will be loving & faithful to her.

Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
Children: Herbert Watson (1875–1950), Gertrude Mary (1877–1947), John Edgar (1879–1920), Sarah Watson (1880–1952), Cyril (1883–1957), Eva Lucy (1888–1969) The Friend; The British Friend; Bootham School Register
1875/1880 children born at Rothbury, Fox Rock, Co. Dublin The Friend; The British Friend
1876 Christmas "It was a great pleasure to welcome Johnnie & Gertie Edmundson, who came over from Ireland to spend a week here—leaving their little boy with Cousin Mary E." Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1881 not found in census  
1881-12-26 of Mosscroft Bensham Grove visitors' books
1882-03-10
1883-01-02 son Cyril born at Moss Croft, Gateshead The Friend XXIII.Feb:49; Elizabeth Spence Watson's 'Family Chronicles'
1883-12-25 of Mosscroft Bensham Grove visitors' books
1884-01-01
1887-12-26 of Gateshead
1888-11-17 daughter Eva Lucy born at 2 Claremont Place, Gateshead The Friend XXVIII Dec:336
1891 not found in census  
1895-03-07 of 3 Claremont Park Bensham Grove visitors' books
1895-06-15 of Gateshead - Tyne
1896-04-09 present at niece Mabel Spence Watson’s wedding in Newcastle; signed marriage certificate source misplaced
1895-08-27 of 3 Claremont Park Bensham Grove visitors' books
1895-12-25
1896-02-01
1896-05-28 of 1 Shaftesbury Place
1896-12-25
1897-07-02 of Shaftesbury Place
1897-11-30 of 1 Shaftesbury Place
1898-07-23
1898-12-26 of 1 Shaftesbury Place - Gateshead
1899-06-28 of 1 Shaftesbury Place
1900-04-26
1900-07-18 of Gateshead
1900-10-03 of 1 Shaftesbury Place
1900-12-25
1901 of 1 Shaftesbury Pl, Gateshead, living with husband and two children, with a cook, a housemaid, and a visitor RG 13/4760 f16 p23
1903-06-05 of 1 Shaftesbury Place Bensham Grove visitors' books
1903-07-29 of 1 Shaftesbury Place, Gateshead The Friend XLIII:430, The British Friend XII Aug:245
1904 of 1 Shaftesbury Place, Gateshead; gave Frank & Mary Pollard kitchen scales and 2 mats, for their wedding present Mary S.W. Pollard, list of wedding presents
1910-12-11 of Shaftesbury Place, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead-on-Tyne; wrote to The Friend on ‘Women Friends and Reform.’ The Friend NS I:850, 1910-12-16
1911 living in an 11-room house at 245 Prince Consort Rd, Gateshead, with husband (incandescent lamp manufacturer, managing director of the Sunbeam Lamp Co. Ltd), two daughters, and a general servant RG14PN30472 RG78PN1748B RD557 SD2 ED62 SN169
1922-11-10 co-executor of the will of her husband John Wigham Edmundson National Probate Calendar
1925-10-09 had donated £5.0.0 to the New Premises Appeal The Friend LXV:Supp. 4
1930-10-03 of Rothbury, 212 Wingrove Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland; d. there The Friend; GRO index
1930-12-03 will proved at Newcastle by son Herbert Watson Edmundson and son-in-law Lawrence Richardson; effects £4441 12s. National Probate Calendar


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