Tim Sunter's family history

A web log of my family history research


1883 Isabella Sunter Dies in Howden – home of Jane Ann Snowball!

1883 Isabella Sunter Death Originally uploaded by timsunter Address is given as High Street, Howden. Isabella was 32 years old when she died and cause of death is given as “Phthisis 3 months”. Joseph Sunter is the informant and also gives his address as High Street Howden. Phthisis is the old term for TB. The […]

1877 Hannah Pedley Sunter Birth

1877 Hannah Pedley Sunter Birth Originally uploaded by timsunter Hannah Pedley Sunter was born to Joseph and Isabella Sunter in 1877 in Bishop Auckland. I ordered this certificate to find out where the Sunter’s were living in Bishop Auckland and to further investigate what the relationship was to Jane Ann Snowball and the Hulls. There […]

Gunnerside web links

There are some fantastic resources about Gunnerside on the web.  To read what is happening on the Census data Marion Hearfield has a wonderful website http://www.johnhearfield.com/Swale/USwD.htm This includes information about occupations, immigration and emigration, transport links…just fantastic. I have emailed her to say thank you. The site gives a superb feel for what it must […]

The Sunter story so far…

1841…Thomas and Mary Sunter, knocking on a bit at 60, live in Lodge Green, Gunnerside, Melbecks, Yorkshire.  They have a 15 year old son called William and the family earns its trade in the lead mining industry.  Thomas and Mary Sunter are my great, great, great grandparents. 1851 William Sunter has married Hannah.  They are […]

1861 Census Joseph Sunter

Forgive me whilst I jump around a bit here.  Stick with me and it will make sense. First of all in 1861 in the Hamlet of Lodge Green, Gunnerside, Melbecks (and each of these names are used to fill in census forms between 1841 and 1901) we have the following data: William Sunter, 37, head, […]

1891 Census Joseph Sunter

I remember from my year working in the archives that the reading of names can be very difficult.  Here is a good example.  The transpcription of the 1901 census showed Jane A Sunter as coming from Leadgale.  The 1891 Census transcription has it that she is from Seadgate.  In fact I believe the answer is […]

1911 Census – Charles Sunter and Emma Marsh

1911 Census Charles Sunter And here it is.  The 1911 Census entry for 14 West Row Stockton on Tees. Whatever did we do before Google?  Now a Google Search confirms that Unicorn Yard and West Row were in the same place.  Google Earth shows that the location of this, and John’s birthplace in Brunswick Street […]

Brunswick Street and Unicorn Yard

Lofty was born at 62 Brunwick Street Stockton on Tees.  Google Earth shows that the street is still there and, unsurprisingly, it looks like a very industrialised area. Jane Marsh, who registered Lofty’s birth lived at Unicorn Yard.  There is no record of this on Google Earth, however, near Brunswick Street you can see Blue […]

HMS Mars

According to John Sunter’s birth certificate his father, Charles Sunter, served as a stoker on HMS Mars.  If you click on this link you will find more information about this troup mover together with some pictures.  The website says: “HMS Mars of the Majestic Class battleships. Mars served with the Channel Fleet in the winter […]