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William Pallister [p.]

William Pallister was the third child of John Pallister & Sarah Thompson born at Marsfield & was baptised by his grandfather Joseph Thompson on October 26th, 1820 at All Saints, Lanchester.

William's baptism

In 1841 William was living at Hornsby Hill, Lanchester with his parents & 8 brothers & sisters. William was described as a mason.

William married Margaret Thompson on December 3rd, 1848 at Gateshead, Co Durham. Margaret was born c1825 at Low Thornley, Co Durham, the daughter of Dorothy & John Thompson, a farmer.

In 1851 William & Margaret were living at Lanchester where William was a master stone mason.

They were living at Blackhill, Benfieldside, Co Durham in 1861 & William was now described as a mason & stone cutter. They had 2 children – Dorothy (9) & John (7).

In 1871 William & Margaret were living at Ormsby Hill, Lanchester with their 2 children. Also living with them was Clara Pallister, a granddaughter aged 1year old. This was the illigitimate daughter of Dorothy. Neighbours of William were his brothers James Peace Pallister & his family & Joseph Thompson Pallister & his family. Both James & Joseph were stone masons. Also living nearby was another brother, Thomas & his family, who was a farmer & butcher.

William died on August 9th, 1873, aged 52, at Ormsby Hill & was described as a stone cutter on his probate record.  His will was proved on September 12th, 1873 by his brother Thomas Pallister, butcher of Ormsby Hill.  His effects were under £100.

Widow Margaret was living with her brother Adam Thompson, a farmer of 75 acres, & sister Elizabeth Thompson at Winlaton, Co Durham in 1881. By 1881 William & Margaret’s daughter Dorothy was married to William F Thain, a butler to Thomas S Clarke, a barrister & Justice of the Peace. They were living at East Bolton, Northumberland with their 4 children & also Dorothy’s daughter Clara Pallister, aged 11. Dorothy’s brother, John, was living with his uncle James Peace Pallister at Ormsby Hill, & was unmarried & working as a mason & sculptor.

In 1891 Margaret, recorded as Paliester on the census, was still living with her brother & sister at Thompson’s Farm, Winlaton. Son John (Palliser on census), still single, was boarding with Matthew Brown & family, a contractor in the building trade, at 12 Hawthorn Terrace, Blackhill, Benfieldside, Co Durham & working as a mason.

Margaret died on June 27th, 1893, aged 68, at Low Thornley Farm, Winlaton, Co Durham.  Probate was granted on October 21st, 1893 to William Maughan, builder and her effects were £25.

There is a death for John Pallister, aged 39, registered in April-June 1893 in Lanchester.

The children of William Pallister & Margaret Thompson were:

p. Dorothy Pallister christened June 1st 1851 at Lanchester, Co Durham; died July 5th, 1929 at The School House, High Heworth, Co Durham
p. John Pallister christened April 30th, 1854 at Lanchester, Co Durham; died April-June 1893 at Lanchester


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