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        It took a while, but I eventually found the marriage registration for Andrew WEATHERSTON & Elizabeth PALMER - 
        they were married in the December Qtr. of 1864 in Norham, nr. Berwick, Northumberland.  
        On finding this and the birth registrations for their children, it was soon obvious that the 1881 England Census
        transcription is slightly wrong in the spelling of their surname - I had been looking for WEATHERSON;
        I should have been looking for WEATHERSTON.

        Andrew & Elizabeth's marriage certificate presents more questions than answers:

           Andrew WEATHERSTON, Post Messenger and Shoemaker of Norham, Berwick on Tweed, married Elizabeth PALMER, 
           Nurse, of Wooperton, Glendale, on 15 November 1864 at the United Presbyterian Church, Norham in the District 
           of Berwick.  

           Andrew's father was Robert WEATHERSTON, occup. Shoemaker.  
           Elizabeth's father, Stephen PALMER's occupation was given as"Engineer in Agricultural Implement factory".  
           There is no indication if he was present at the marriage as he didn't sign the register.

       Andrew & Elizabeth's children were:

Robert born March Qtr. 1866 in Berwick,Northumberland
Stephen Leander. born December Qtr. 1867 in Berwick, Northumberland
Elizabeth A. born December Qtr. 1869 in Berwick, Northumberland
Isabella Orkney. born September Qtr. 1875 in South Shields, Co. Durham
On the 1881 U.K. Census [RG11 Piece 5020 Folio 8 Page 12] we find Andrew, Elizabeth, their 4 children and Elizabeth's father, Stephen PALMER, living at King Street House & Shop, South Shields, Durham
5020/12 Andrew WEATHERSON H M 43 Boot & Shoe Dealer Northumberland
. Elizabeth WEATHERSON Wf M 44 . Suffolk
. Robert WEATHERSON Son U 15 . Northumberland
. Stephen L. WEATHERSON Son U 13 . Northumberland
. Elizabeth A. WEATHERSON Daug. U 11 . Northumberland
. Isabella A. WEATHERSON Daug. U 6 . South Shields, Dur.
. Stephen PALMER Father-in-Law M 67 Millwright [B.S.] Spain
Thanks to a WEATHERSTON descendant of this family, I now have the 1871 England Census entry for Andrew & Elizabeth. They were living in Well Square, Tweedmouth, Northumberland:
12/76 **Miria PALMER Lodger U 17 none noted Ramsey, Hunts.
. Andrew WEATHERSTON H M 33 Shoemaker Norham,Northumberland
. Elizabeth WEATHERSTON Wf M 34 . Gasley,Suffolk
. Robert WEATHERSTON Son U 5 . Norham, Northumberland
. Stephen WEATHERSTON Son U 3 . Norham, Northumberland
. Elizabeth A. WEATHERSTON Daug. U 2 . Norham, Northumberland
**Miria [read Maria/Mary - Elizabeth's younger sister] More to come on page as time permits.
May 2004 - I have managed to
find an old postcard showing
King Street, South Shields
c. early 1900s..
King Street, South Shields, Co. Durham - c. early 1900s [11KB] **Click on the picture
for a larger image [31KB]*
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This page created 11 June 2002 & amended/updated 16:28 09/11/2013