Elizabeth Crosby was the second child of Mary Crosby, christened April 8th, 1803 at Bishop Middleham.
Elizabeth married Thomas Earnshaw on September 6th, 1824 at St Michaels church, Bishop Middleham. Witnesses at the wedding were George Earnshaw (Thomas’ brother), Jane Stephenson (her mark) and John Wilson. Thomas Earnshaw was presumably unable to write as he made his mark on the marriage certificate. Thomas was born April 6th 1801 at Muggleswick, the first son of Jane Wales & John Earnshaw, a farm labourer.
It appears Thomas was initially a farm labourer. By 1841 Thomas and Elizabeth
were living at Dawdon Hall, Dawdon, Seaham Harbour, Co. Durham & Thomas
was a coal trimmer – a dirty and dangerous job.
According to Durham Records Online Dawdon Hall was a fairly derelict building at this time. It had just 4 families living there; by 1851 there were only 3 families and it was abandoned as a habitation by the time of the 1861 census. By 1841 Thomas and Elizabeth had 4 sons – John (15), Thomas (10), George (8) and Robert (1) and 2 daughters – Jane (5) and Elizabeth (3). Also living with them was Elizabeth’s brother Robert Crosby (30), a cartman.
In 1851 the family were living in William Street, Dawdon. Thomas was still employed as a coal trimmer and children living at home were George (20) a railway labourer, Jane (16) a house servant, Elizabeth (14) a house servant, Robert (11) and Mary (8). A visitor was recorded at this time, William Ducker Taylor (27), a mariner born Thorne, Yorkshire, presumably a relative (brother?) of Thomas Ducker Taylor who married Elizabeth’s sister Isabella. A separate family were living in the same house – John (coal trimmer) & Isabella Stamp and their 3 children.
Thomas died December 23rd 1860 at Seaham Harbour and was buried at St Andrews, Dalton-le-Dale, Co Durham.
In 1861 widowed Elizabeth (57) was living at 28 William St, Dawdon and recorded as head of the house. Sons George (30), a parish clerk and Robert (21), a miller and daughter Mary (18) were still at home. Also living there was Elizabeth’s sister, Isabella Taylor (nee Isabella Crosby) (45) with her son George Crosby Taylor (20), a shipsmith. A boarder was also recorded there – John Robinson (38), a railway labourer, born in Bishop Middleham.
In 1881 Elizabeth (77) was still at 28 William St, Dawdon. Sister Isabella (Taylor) was again living with her, along with husband Thomas Taylor (67), a master mariner. Elizabeth’s granddaughter Mary E Hall (10) was visiting.
Elizabeth died in 1887, her death being registered at Easington.
The children of Thomas Earnshaw and Elizabeth Crosby were:
e.1.1 John Earnshaw born 1825 at
Cornforth, Co. Durham; christened May 1st, 1825 at Bishop Middleham;
died Jan-March 1897 Dawdon
e.1.2 Thomas Earnshaw born c1829 at Haswell, Co. Durham
e.1.3 George Earnshaw born c1831 at Dawdon, Co. Durham
e.1.4 Jane Earnshaw born c1836 at Dawdon, Co. Durham; died Oct-Dec 1904
e.1.5 Elizabeth Earnshaw born c1838 at Dawdon, Co. Durham
e.1.6 Robert Earnshaw born January 11th 1840 at Dawdon, Co. Durham; died November
21st, 1909, buried St Aidans cemetery, Grangetown
e.1.7 Mary Earnshaw born c1843 at Dawdon, Co. Durham