I visited Sunderland with three of my family to see where my grandparents were married and where by mother was born and baptised.
We have many people to thank, Acorn Guest House and Marmot Hotel to begin with. Monkwearmouth Station Museum, who then directed us to the City Library and Arts Centre, especially the Local Studies Department who found Census entries for 1881 and 1891 and began an ancestral chart for us. Staff also photocopied maps of this period.
My grandparents Patrick Kelly and Elizabeth, nee Lockwood, were married in St Benet’s Church on May 7, 1881. Their address at this time was 18 Cornhill Road, Southwick. We think that was the house of my gran’s parents; as when my mother Elizabeth was born on December 29, 1897, they lived at 22 Cornhill Road. I enclose a photo of us in that road, taken by a kind passing postman.
Very special thanks to Mrs Olive Milward who kindly showed us her house in Cornhill Road. It was beautiful and comfortable unlike, I believe, the old miners’ rows with outside loos would have been.
Finally, thanks to Father Oliver Keyes, of St Benet’s Church, who showed us the parish baptismal record. Everyone in Sunderland was so kind and interested in why we had come.
We cannot research Grandad Kelly’s line any further back as the record just gives place of birth as Ireland. If anyone can throw light on Gran Lockwood’s family we’d be delighted. Apart from her name and address before moving to Scotland we only have her father’s name, Edward, who was a quarry man. She was 18 on her date of marriage. They had their last daughter in October 17, 1903, near Cambuslang, Scotland.
On the 1911 Census she is 52 years old and four children are still at home. It records they had nine children born alive, of whom six were still alive. By this time they lived in Lochore, Fife where I was born on November 2, 1928. Gran Kelly died aged 50 on January 28, 1916. Grandad followed on March 8, 1941, aged 85 years.
Mrs Marion Kelly,