Ann Pallister was the eighth child of William Speed Pallister & Mary Bellwood born April-June 1878 at Earsdon, Northumberland.
In 1881 the family were living at 1 Whitley Row, Whitley, Northumberland where Ann’s father was a miner.
By 1891 Ann was living at home with her parents & brothers & sisters at 26 Melton Terr, New Hartley, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland.
In 1901 Ann was still living at home at North View, Walbottle with her parents & brothers & sisters. She was a dressmaker with her own account working from home.
In July-September 1903 Ann married John Bell, the marriage being registered in Castle Ward, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
There is a death recorded for John Bell (aged 27) of Coquet House, Blucher Pit, Walbottle, coal miner, on January 7th, 1906 at the Royal Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Administration of his estate was granted to widow Ann Bell & his effects were £113.11s.3d. The Durham Mining Museum site describes an accident occurring to John on December 20th, 1905 while working in the Brockwell seam. A blue metal stone measuring 6ft long, 3ft wide & 20 inches thick, known as a horse back, fell from the roof onto him.
The 1911 census shows Ann (known as Annie) had been widowed. She & her 5 year old son, John, were living at 2 Belmont Cottages, Westerhope, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Annie was still a dressmaker with her own account working at home.
The children of Ann Pallister & John Bell were:
p.18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 John Bell born April-June 1906 at Newburn, Northumberland