Elizabeth Earnshaw was the second child of Thomas Earnshaw & Mary Elizabeth Clark born January 28th, 1902 at 6 Stockton Terr, Grangetown, Co Durham.
Elizabeth's birth certificate
From 1909-1912 Elizabeth lived at 11 Leechmere Rd, Grangetown with her family.
By 1913/14 the family had moved to 29 Leechmere Rd, Grangetown.
An abstract from the Grangetown Parish Magazine in 1929 showing Elizabeth's musical talents
Abstract courtesy of Rob Shepherd, author of a publication on the Centenary of St Aidan's Church, Grangetown
On April 17th, 1933 Elizabeth married Joseph Brandon, a widower, of 19 Markham St, Grangetown. Elizabeth was living with her mother at 29 Leechmere Rd, Grangetown at the time of the wedding, her father having died in 1925. Witnesses at the wedding were John P Brandon, Joseph’s brother, R. Earnshaw, Mary Evelyn Earnshaw, Elizabeth’s sister. Joseph was born c1893 at Ryhope, the son of Elizabeth & Joseph Brandon, a mill sawyer. Joseph’s first wife was Hannah Sofia Moore whom he married in Oct-December 1914, the marriage being registered at Houghton. Joseph & Hannah had a daughter Susan, born April-June 1921, the birth being registered at Houghton. Hannah died in 1930.
The following information about Joseph Brandon was kindly supplied by David Sloan whose website (www.tunsilk.co.uk) contains records of men who fought in WW1 & were connected to Silksworth & Tunstall, Co Durham.
Joseph enlisted into the 3rd (Northumbrian) Brigade RFA on November 28th, 1914. He served in France as a gunner & The London Gazette of April 17th, 1917 notes that Joseph was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. Joseph was wounded in action at Epricourt in January 1918 & shortly after rejoining his battery he was captured at Fleurs & taken prisoner of war on March 24th, 1918. He was held at Neuhammer, Germany & was with the Royal Naval Division at this time.
Joseph photographed in 1918 when Prisoner of War
Courtesy of David Sloan (see above)
Joseph died on March 24th, 1947, aged 54, at 8 Hugh Terrace, Ryhope Colliery. Probate of his estate was granted to widow Elizabeth on July 1st, 1947 & his effects were £659.18s.7d.
Elizabeth died in April-June 1972, her death being registered at Sunderland.