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Help with the Weatherhead family please.

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MarieCeleste Report 9 Jun 2013 13:13

Sheila, I'm the other side of the river from South Shields - I remember in the 60s often staying with my gran in very similar housing (the family had been in the same home from 1897). My mum and all her siblings were brought up there. All any of us remember is the fun of playing in the back lanes.

Going back to David jnr - you could always get his death certificate to see who registered it. Wouldn't be surprised if the cause of death had something to do with his liver ......


Sheila Report 9 Jun 2013 13:00

Thank you Marie, it looks a horrible place,but there were lots of dwellings like this years ago.....there were plenty in my home town.But thank goodness these places are long gone.

All in all..things and life were very hard for our Ancestors unless they were lucky enough to have been born into a rich family.
Mine were at the back of the queue I am afraid, and not moved very far along even now !!!!

But glass is half full.!

Thank you again you have help me so much.

Best Regards



MarieCeleste Report 9 Jun 2013 12:22

You're very welcome Sheila.

I don't know how well you know South Shields but I believe Foster Street is long gone. This link is from 1931 and it looks like the street was in the process of being demolished:


Sheila Report 9 Jun 2013 11:31

Hello MarieC, thank you for all the help.
I received all the papers you sent and the criminal record.

Yes a troubled soul,and light fingered with it!!!

What a funny old life it must have been.But he found a kindred soul in Charlotte,I bet they made a right pair.!!

Best Regards



MarieCeleste Report 8 Jun 2013 23:32

Sheila, I think we should be charitable and say he had a troubled soul!

If you want to send me a pm with your email address then I'll send you the original newspaper articles.



Sheila Report 8 Jun 2013 20:35

Hello Eileen, Ann Corson was born in Scotland,and she had three husbands.

She had nine children all together five of them were Weatherhead's.

I don't think there will be a marriage for David..he didn't have time for such a thing,he was always getting his collar felt...and ending up in police cells.

He spent so much time there it must have saved him a packet in rent !!!!




Sheila Report 8 Jun 2013 20:25

Hello MarieCeleste.
Blimey what a villain,..he spent more time in court than he did at home.

This is a great find,...but what a rogue,I reckon the family wouldn't have wanted to know him. I don't even know if I do !!!!
I wanted to know if he had any children...he didn't have the time,he was to busy breaking the law.!!!!

Thank you for all your time.




MarieCeleste Report 8 Jun 2013 14:53

The service records for David Weatherhead show he was discharged medically unfit in July 1900 and was going to 12 Foster Street so most of the articles tie in.

Crime, Prisons & Punishment

First name: David
Last name: Weatherhead
Age: 20
Year of birth: 1878
Occupation: Labourer
Date the court session started: 27 Jun 1898
Court: Courts Durham
Area of court: Durham
Victims: Charles Harold Greenwell
Record source: A Calendar Of Prisoners Tried At The General Quarter Sessions Of The Peace
The National Archives reference: HO140/183

Shows various crimes from 1895 to 1897


MarieCeleste Report 8 Jun 2013 14:38

Headline: Before the Bench.
Publication:Shields Daily Gazette

Publication date:Thursday 12 May 1904

Article text:
"THEFT. David Weatherhead made his 28th appearance at South Shields, being charged with stealing shawl, the property of Margt. Roberts, on the 9th inst. He was committed to prison for one month."


MarieCeleste Report 8 Jun 2013 14:32

Headline: The Police Courts.
Publication:Shields Daily Gazette

Publication date:Monday 20 May 1901

Article text:"Today in South Shields, David Weatherhead (27), labourer of 12 Foster Street was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Price Street, and with assaulting P.C. Morgan."

Fined 5s and 1 month in prison.


MarieCeleste Report 8 Jun 2013 14:29

Publication:Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette

Publication date:Friday 06 May 1898

Article text:
"Two youths John Jones and David Weatherhead, were charged with stealing £10 worth of carpet"

They were committed to the quarter sessions.

The report from the quarter sessions gives Weatherhead's age as 20. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.


MarieCeleste Report 8 Jun 2013 14:25

Headline: The Police Courts.

Publication:Shields Daily Gazette
Publication date:Monday 07 April 1902

Article text:
"to-day David Weatherhead (26), labourer of 104 Wapping Street was charged with being drunk and disorderly last night, and further with assaulting PC McCrann. The officer stated that he saw the defendant very drunk and creating disturbance in Wapping Street"

Weatherhead admitted being drunk but denied the assault. Fined 5s.


MarieCeleste Report 8 Jun 2013 14:20

Publication:Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
Publication date:Thursday 07 November 1889

Three boys David Weatherhead, John Weatherhead and Joseph Wright were charged with stealing jackets which they then pawned and with the proceeds bought, amongst other things, a football.

The two Weatherheads were sent to an industrial school until the age of 16 and Wright was cautioned.


MarieCeleste Report 8 Jun 2013 14:15

Publication:Shields Daily Gazette

Publication date:Thursday 09 November 1899

Article text:
A Deserter - at So shields yesterday David Weatherhead was charged with being a deserter from the Durham Light Infantry whilst stationed Newcastle Barracks on the 6th inst. He was remanded to await escort.


MarieCeleste Report 8 Jun 2013 14:12

Shield Daily Gazette - 26 July 1902

"Breachers of the Peace"

In South Shields yesterday, David Weatherhead, Charlotte Swinburne (23), John George Swinburne (66), and Sarah Swinburne (56) were charged with committing a breach of the peace in Heugh Street on the 20th inst. After hearing the evidence the Bench fined the two former 20s and the latter (who were parents of the young woman) were dismissed.
David and Charlotte were exceedingly abusive in court and had to be forcibly removed.


Philip Report 8 Jun 2013 13:32

So were was Ann Corson come from plus what year did they get married ,did they have more children or not . Eileen


Sheila Report 7 Jun 2013 15:28

Hello David's parents were David Weatherhead and Ann Corson.
I do have a lot of information about this family....but it puzzled me as to why I couldn't find David junior's marriage.
I would like to have seen if there were any children to him and his wife....I haven't had any luck. maybe there were none to be found.

Thank you for asking.



Philip Report 6 Jun 2013 13:20

Hello Mary .
What are the names of David Weatherhead parents as I have a friend who as helped me a lot to find other people s family even if they are not my relations .,do you have any of the Weatherhead s on your G R Family tree .
Regards Eileen


Sheila Report 1 Jun 2013 22:18

Hi Eileen, thank you for your look ups on David Weatherhead.

Yes it does seem that he never married, and he did live in South Shields,so it could well be his death you have found.

Thanks again



Philip Report 29 May 2013 18:42

FOUND THIS IT COULD BE YOUR RELATION ,David Weatherhead died in the District of South Sheilds in 1906 age 28 years old , I have been trying to find a marriage for him but not any luck there maybe he just lived with the Jane you have mention .
from Eileen Beverley