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Anne BELL

Anne BELL

Female 1782 - 1819  (37 years)

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  • Name Anne BELL 
    Born 1782 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1819 
    Buried 19 Jan 1819  Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • All Saints: Ann Laidman, Pilgrim Street, 37 years
    Person ID I2369  Our Family History
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2008 

    Family William LAIDMAN,   b. Abt 1780,   d. 8 Oct 1845, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 20 Sep 1807  London, LND Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • St Katherine by the Tower
    Notes 
    • [ The Year 1807. ] Page 365

      No 1515. } William Laidman Bachelor of th Parish and
      Ann Bell Spinster both of this Precinct were
      Married in this Church by Banns
      this twentieth Day of September in the Year One Thousand eight Hundred
      and seven By me G.F.L. Nicolay, Minister.
      This Marriage was solemnized between Us { Wm Laidman
      { Ann Bell
      In the Presence of { Robt. Hall
      { Wm. Robson

      It may seem strange to find these two in London for their wedding but there are one or two clues which make me think that this is indeed William Laidman N1047. 

      First, St Katherine by the Tower was a "special" church. It had a "peculiar jurisdiction granted to it by which it claimed immunity from the bishop’s jurisdiction. Called a Royal Peculiar, St Katherine's by The Tower [of London] claimed exemption from all jurisdictions except that of the sovereign. It lies immediately east of the City of London but is considered to be in the county of Middlesex, even with its close proximity next to the city proper." There may have been a particular reason why the couple should have married here - maybe another church would have refused them for some reason...

      2. The words "of this Parish" have been deleted and the addition "both of this precinct". This at least seems to show they were not resident in the parish, which of course would make sense.

      3. One of the witnesses is a William Robson, very much a Northumberland name, and although there were no doubt Robsons in London, this witness's name combined with the other points in this argument tip the balance in favour of this marriage being for N1047.

      4. Their first known child, Margaret, was “age 2 years” on her death in 1810, which fits in perfectly with the marriage.
    Children 
     1. Margaret LAIDMAN,   b. Abt 1808,   d. 5 Dec 1810  (Age ~ 2 years)
     2. William LAIDMAN,   b. 24 Mar 1810, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1871, Chirton, NBL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     3. Margaret LAIDMAN,   b. 3 Apr 1812, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. J1887, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     4. Jane LAIDMAN,   b. 3 Mar 1814, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. M1894, Newcastle upon Tyne RD, NBL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. Anne LAIDMAN
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F177  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Sep 1807 - London, LND Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 19 Jan 1819 - Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    All Saints, Newcastle, 1998
    All Saints, Newcastle, 1998
    where Anne was possibly buried in 1819. It was built by David Stephenson in 1786-1796, and succeeded a medieval church of the same name.

  • Notes 
    • Anne’s name has been taken from her son William’s Presbyterian baptism of High Bridge, Newcastle (PRO RG8/86): 1810: William Laidman native of Morpeth & Anne Bell native of Seaton Sluice Parish of Earsdon Northumberland his Wife ...

      The Baptism Register of All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne shows the following entries:
      1816 May 5, LAIDMAN, William, son of William and Anne. Mason.
      1816 May 5, LAIDMAN, Anne, daughter of William and Anne. Mason.

      The Northumberland Burial Index of All Saints, Newcastle lists:
      19 Jan 1819 Ann LAIDMAN of Pilgrim Street age 37.
      This could refer to this Anne Laidman. The chances of proving this connection would be greater had she been referred to as "widow". The 1851 census return for Morpeth (HO107/2418 folio 157) lists an Ann Laidman, widow, aged 75, pauper, born in Ulgham, Northumberland [in 1776].

      Pilgrim Street (one of the only clean streets of Newcastle, according to MacRitchie in 1795), where William Laidman and his wife Anne were living in 1816, is now a slightly shabby, wide street extending from Northumberland street (the main pedestrian precinct) down to the Tyne bridge. Medieval Pilgrim Street was transformed in the 1920’s, and is now dominated by large, offensive 20C buildings, although there are two or three remnants of 18C houses, identifiable from their upper storeys, the ground floors now turned into shop fronts. Without any doubt, Anne Laidman would have great difficulty in recognising her home territory today!

      All Saints church, where Anne was buried, is at the bottom of Pilgrim Street, and I had some difficulty in finding it. No one I asked had any knowledge of a church in Pilgrim Street, and it is so dominated by the neighbouring Tyne Bridge and hideous modern office blocks that it is no wonder that the inhabitants seem to have forgotten its existence.

      It was built by David Stephenson in 1786-1796, and succeeded a medieval church of the same name. Constructed of golden sandstone, it has a beautiful tower and spire, over a Doric portico. The body of the church is oval. In 1983 it was deconsecrated and converted into offices and an auditorium, apparently successfully, although I could not view the interior.

      ALL SAINTS CHURCH is situated on the brow of a steep bank, on the south side of Silver-street, at the foot of Pilgrim-street. It was erected on 1796, at a cost of £27,000, on the site of the former church of All Saints, which was erected previous to the year 1284, but the precise date is not known. It is an elliptical structure of 86 feet by 72, and in the Grecian Style of architecture, the spire having an elevation of 202 feet. This elegant edifice is constructed of freestone, and the pews are all formed of mahogany. ... The register commences in 1600.
      [From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855]

      Anne was probably buried here in 1819, and their son, also William (1810-1871) was baptised in this church. It was in the earlier, medieval church of All Saints that Robert Mitford married Isabel Grey in 1592, ancestors of Christian Mitford who was to marry Rev. John Laidman just over a century later.


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