Children of Cuthbert and Elizabeth Wigham

01. William Wigham

02. Mary Wigham

1726-04-10 bapt. Haltwhistle, Northumberland "England Births and Christenings, 1538–1975," database, FamilySearch: 6 December 2014, Mary Wigham, 10 Apr 1726, citing HALTWHISTLE, NORTHUMBERLAND, reference FHL microfilm 0252510, 0252513, 0252510-0252513

03. Thomas Wigham

1727/8-02-29 bapt. Haltwhistle, Northumberland "England Births and Christenings, 1538–1975," database, FamilySearch: 6 December 2014, Thomas Wigham, 29 Feb 1728, citing HALTWHISTLE, NORTHUMBERLAND, reference FHL microfilm 0252510, 0252513, 0252510-0252513
1762 m. Dorothy Myres (1734–1784, b. Yorkshire) digest of Durham Quaker burials: index; George Richardson (1848) Some Account of the Rise of the Society of Friends in Cornwood, in Northumberland. London: Charles Gilpin; Maurice Richardson: 'Family Tree of the Wighams of Coanwood', original in possession of Ron Nicholson
Children: Elizabeth (1763 – ?), Thomas (1764–1832), Mary (1766 – ?), all b. Bournhouse, Coanwood, Northumberland; Dinah (1768–1831), b. Coanwood; Mathew (1769 – ?); Dorothy (1771–1808), William (1773 – ?), both b. Linshiel, Conwood; and Isaac (1777–1855), b. Walls End, near North Shields, Northumberland TNA: PRO RG 6/424, /1066, /1245, /1271; Maurice Richardson: 'Family Tree of the Wighams of Coanwood'; Green-Wood; wigham
1771 of Linshiel in Conwood PRO RG 6/1271
1775 moved to North Shields with his family, responding to his wife's sense of duty

The family residence was in a part of the town of North Shields where the children would be exposed to corrupting association. Their father appeared to be a man of little influence, and probably was unequal to the duty of restraining effectively his sons, some of whom turned out wild lads.

Richardson (1848)
1777 farmer, of Wallsend, Northumberland PRO RG 6/1245; digest of Durham Quaker births: index

To be LET on a Lease for six Years,

On Thursday the 31st instant, at the Coffee-Room in North Shields, betwixt the hours of two and four in the afternoon, and to be entered on at Lady-day next,

A Farm, called Preston Farm, containing about 84 acres of good arable, meadow, and pasture Ground, situated within one mile of North Shields, in the county of Northumberland.

For further particulars, apply to Thomas Wigham, the present tenant, who will shew the premises.

Newcastle Courant
1785-11-21 of North Shields, Northumberland; d. RG 6/485, /1150
1785-11-24 bur. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland

04. Mabel Wigham

1730-06-14 b. "England Births and Christenings, 1538–1975," database, FamilySearch: 6 December 2014, Mabell Wigham, 22 Jun 1730, citing reference FHL microfilm 0252510, 0252513, 0252510-0252513; TNA: PRO RG 6/485, /1150; William Evans and Thomas Evans, eds (1854) Piety Promoted, in a collection of dying sayings of many of the people called Quakers . . . . Philadelphia
1730-06-22 bapt. Haltwhistle, Northumberland FamilySearch
1756 m. Thomas Wigham (1729 – ?) Evans and Evans, eds (1854)
Children: Cuthbert (1751–1822), Mary (1753 – after 1794), William (1755–1762), both b. Coanwood, Northumberland; Thomas (1758–1789, b. Allendale MM), Elizabeth (1760 – ?, b. Coldshield in Conwood); Mabel (1763–1816); Hannah (1767–1826), both b. Conwood; Abraham (1770 – ?, b. Coldsheel in Conwood); Esther (1773 – ?, b. Woodhouse in Conwood); and Ann (? – ?) PRO RG 6/965, /1047, /1271, /1614; Annual Monitor; Maurice Richardson: 'Family Tree of the Wighams of Coanwood', original in possession of Ron Nicholson; digest of Durham Quaker burials: index
1760 of Cold Shield, Coanwood RG 6/1271
1762 visited the meetings in Northumberland and Durham George Richardson (1848) Some Account of the Rise of the Society of Friends in Cornwood in Northumberland, especially in connexion with the family of Cuthbert Wigham. London: Charles Gilpin
1763/1767 of Coanwood RG 6/1271
1764 after attending a few meetings within the compass of Durham Quarterly Meeting, proceeded to Scotland and Cumberland, where she appears to have had extensive service Richardson (1848)
1766 visited the northern and eastern parts of Yorkshire:

In the course of this journey, she appears to have felt at times like a vessel filled to overflowing; the power of God so presiding over, and covering some of the assemblies, that the everlasting gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, was preached in the power and authority thereof; and owned in the souls of many, by the gracious descendings of love and life amongst them, which led her, as she expresses it, on the bended knee of body and soul, to acknowledge the goodness of God; giving glory to Him, who ever remains to be the Author of all good.

She sometimes, according to her sense of the states of the people, found it her incumbent duty to utter close and hard things; but it appears to have been her watchful desire, to dwell under a humble sense of divine mercy, and of gospel love; so as that when required to speak thus closely to states, it should neither hurt nor scatter.


proceeded through the county of Durham, and the eastern parts of Yorkshire, to the Quarterly Meeting at York; after which, by way of Hull, through Lincolnshire, into Norfolk; and so southwards to London. In this journey she appears to have had good service; but her memorandums when travelling, are in an imperfect, unfinished state

1773 of Woodhouse, Coanwood RG 6/1271

removed with her husband and family, to within the compass of Newcastle Monthly Meeting. They resided for some time at Sunderland, and afterwards in the neighbourhood of Newcastle. Her religious service appears to have been very acceptable to Friends wheresoever she went.

Richardson (1848)

visited Ireland; on her way, attending the Quarterly Meeting at Lancaster, and the Circular Yearly Meeting for the Northern Counties, held there. One of the meetings which it was her lot to attend, was held in the open air; in which several ministers were engaged, labouring harmoniously in the wisdom of Truth. In the meeting for conference, the gospel spring soon arose, flowing as from vessel to vessel; yea filling even the empty vessels—the careless ones being closely reasoned with.

In some of the public meetings which she thought it her duty to appoint, in the course of this journey, she remarks, the gospel of Jesus Christ was preached to the glory of God, and good of souls.

On her dying bed, she was enabled to look back upon her journey through Ireland with much comfort. In one of her memorandums, she commemorated the goodness of her Divine Master, who gave her tongue and utterance, power and ability, to do His will; adding, "Glory be to His excellent Name, saith my soul."

In some places, it was her lot to lay open the hidden works of darkness, without having had any outward information; and in the presence of some of the Roman Catholic Priesthood, to declare the freeness of the gospel ministry; that Christ's ministers, having received freely, are required to give freely. On one of these occasions, she remarks, "I humbly hope that the nobility of the Truth was set forth in a clear light, to enlighten this dark people, but it was trying to myself. My knees bowed in supplication, and I do not remember ever being more favoured with strength and power. The fear of man was taken away, and the wisdom and power of truth was above all."

At Ballitore, she remarks that the morning meeting felt very heavy and dull; "in the afternoon, my spirit was set at liberty to declare the mighty works of God, and the tender dealings of the Lord with his people. The meeting ended well, to the comfort of many. Sixty of the scholars belonging to Richard Shackleton's school were present."

"Visited a widow—a very exercising time, wherein I had to speak very closely to the unthinking youth—those who neither number their days, nor apply their hearts unto wisdom. After this exercising day, I returned to R. Shackleton's; but, before supper, I was deeply engaged in prayer, both for my own family, and for that of R. Shackleton."

. . . [11 more pages follow]

1781-11-09 of Ballast hills, near Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland; d. RG 6/485, /1150; Evans and Evans, eds (1854); Richardson (1848)

Thursday at her dwelling-house near Newcastle upon Tyne, Isabel Wigham, an eminent Preacher among the people called Quakers; her conduct was steady and exemplary in the relative and social duties, being a tender and loving wife, an affectionate parent, and a good neighbour, her life and conversation adorning her doctrine. In great esteem she was held by those of her own religious perswasion, and respected by her acquaintance amongst others, her benevolent disposition being extended to all denominations: Thus living beloved, she died lamented by all her relations, friends and acquaintances.

Newcastle Courant, 1781-11-10 [the following week's issue corrects the name to Mabel Wigham]
1781-11-13 bur. Newcastle-upon-Tyne fbg RG 6/485, /1150; Evans and Evans, eds (1854); Richardson (1848)

MABEL WIGHAM, a member of Newcastle meeting, was the daughter of Cuthbert Wigham, of whom an account has been given at p. 112, and was about six years of age when her parents were convinced, and a meeting settled at Cornwood, the place of her father's abode.

In her youth she discovered a warm affection for Friends, and, as she expressed to some of her near friends, tender desires were raised in her mind, after an inward acquaintance with that life and virtue which she was favoured to hear livingly testified of, by her worthy father and many other Friends, who at that time were concerned to visit that meeting. Being in a good degree preserved in an innocent frame of mind, and attending to the reproofs of instruction, that she might be favoured to find the way of life, she was often drawn into solitary places to pour forth her supplications before the Lord, that he would in mercy, make himself known to her as the good Shepherd of Israel; whose voice she might hear and distinguish from the voice of the stranger.

The fruit of her humble, seeking state of mind soon discovered itself in her growth in ardent love to truth and Friends, and in her great desires to attend our religious meetings and opportunities of worship at home, as also monthly and quarterly meetings. In all these she was a good example, by her silent, humble waiting upon the Lord; where often in much brokenness of spirit, she dropped her silent tears, and the good effects thereof were manifested in the reach it had on others present.

A few years after her marriage to Thomas Wigham, of Limestone, in Cornwood, she appeared in testimony in a few words, which were sweet and savoury. By humbly depending on the Lord for renewed strength, she came to experience a growth in her gift; and was drawn forth to visit the churches, for which service she was qualified in a particular manner, being truly a daughter of consolation. For notwithstanding her temporal concerns, having a large family, and being only in low circumstances, she firmly trusted in the Lord who called her, and freely left all and followed him; often saying, 'The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.'

After her return from visiting the meetings in London, about the Sixth month, 1779, her health became impaired, and a gradual decay took place, so that she was confined for many weeks. Her strength reviving, she got out to meetings again for some time, where she had close and deep service; and, for change of air, she went into her native county, which gave her an opportunity of visiting her near relations, much to their satisfaction and her own peace and comfort, and of taking a last farewell of her friends and neighbours in that county.

After her return from Cornwood, her disorder made great progress, and wasted her fast, and she was not able to get to meetings.

During her confinement, several of her friends went to visit her, in which many precious opportunities were witnessed, to the melting and humbling their spirits before the Lord, so that they could truly say the Prince of Peace was there.

She bore her illness with exemplary fortitude and resignation; and with a cheerful composure she mentioned her dissolution, and often said, 'The way seems clear, and I have no doubt, if the last conflict was over, but I shall be admitted to my Master's rest, and the joy of the Lord.'

Much seasonable and tender advice she gave to her children, encouraging them to seek and serve the Lord in their youth; and that, if they were chiefly concerned to attain heavenly treasure, the Lord would provide for their bodies; adding, 'Oh what satisfaction and peace I feel, in having dedicated my youthful days in seeking the Lord, and freely spending myself in his service.'

As she lived, so she died; in love, peace, and unity with her brethren. She departed this life, without a sigh, the 9th of the Eleventh month, 1781; and her remains were interred at Newcastle-on-Tyne, the 13th of the same; aged fifty-two, and a minister twenty-five years.

Evans and Evans, eds (1854)

05. Hannah Wigham

1732-02-24 bapt. Haltwhistle, Northumberland "England Births and Christenings, 1538–1975," database, FamilySearch: 6 December 2014, Hannah Wigham, 24 Feb 1732, citing reference FHL microfilm 0252510, 0252513, 0252510-0252513
1732-05-23 d.

06. John Wigham

c. 1733 b. TNA: PRO RG 6/741, /900
1733-06-07 bapt. Haltwhistle, Northumberland "England Births and Christenings, 1538–1975," database, FamilySearch: 6 December 2014, John Wigham, 07 Jun 1733, citing HALTWHISTLE, NORTHUMBERLAND, reference FHL microfilm 0252510, 0252513, 0252510-0252513
1764 m. Hannah Thistlethwaite (1741–1811, b. Pontefract, Yorkshire, d. of William and Hannah (Parker) Thistlethwaite) Annual Monitor; George Richardson (1848) Some Account of the Rise of the Society of Friends in Cornwood in Northumberland, especially in connexion with the family of Cuthbert Wigham. London: Charles Gilpin
Children: Elizabeth (1765 – ?), William (1767–1832), John (1769–1832), all b. Allendale MM; James (1772–1857), b. Coanwood, near Haltwhistle, Northumberland; Hannah (1774–1838), b. Allendale MM; Mary (1776–1833), b. Hill, Coanwood; and Cuthbert (1779–1860), b. Hill, Coanwood TNA: PRO RG 6/304, /940, /1271; Annual Monitor; Maurice Richardson: 'Family Tree of the Wighams of Coanwood', original in possession of Ron Nicholson; Edward H. Milligan (2007) Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775–1920. York: Sessions Book Trust
1765 of Conwood, Northumberland PRO RG 6/1271
  of Coanwood, Northumberland RG 6/785
  of Ackworth, Yorkshire Maurice Richardson: 'Family Tree of the Wighams of Coanwood'
1787-10-05 of Pontefract; d. RG 6/741, /859, /900
1787-10-08 bur. Pontefract fbg RG 6/741, /900

07. James Wigham

1739-07-11 b. Bournhouse, Cornwood, Northumberland TNA: PRO RG 6/1271
1771-07-07 m. Jane Robson (cal 1750 – 1828), at Lee St John, Northumberland "England Marriages, 1538–1973," database, FamilySearch: 10 February 2018, James Wigham and Jane Robson, 07 Jul 1771, citing Lee St John, Northumberland, reference index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, FHL microfilm 95,002; "England, Northumberland, Parish Registers, 1538–1950", database with images, FamilySearch: 22 August 2018, Jane Wigham
  disowned by Society of Friends source misplaced
Children: William (1772–1812), Barbara (1774 – ?), Elisabeth (1777–1806), Edward (1780–1852), and James (1784 – after 1810), all bapt. Lee St John GRO index; FamilySearch; Northumberland and Durham burials

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