James Freeman PUNSHON [1906 - 1991] was a twin to George Ernest. Jimmy was apprenticed as a wheelwright in South Shields, but during the depression, the work he found was as a boiler operator at the Power Station at Dunston.

His parents were John William PUNSHON [1867], a coal miner and Caroline Winsper FREEMAN[1867].

John William was the son of Sarah Isabella PUNSHON, but was raised by his grandparents, John PUNSHON [1826], a coal miner and his wife Ann SIMPSON [1832]. They lived in the Sheriff Hill area of Gateshead.


Septimus HAILES [1914-1974] was born at Waldridge Fell near Chester le Street. He was the 7th son of John Thomas HAILES [1875], a coal miner, and Sarah Elizabeth HARDY [1875]. The famiy moved to Whickham in 1926. Sept worked in the coal mines and was a deputy and a shotfirer. He also served in the army during WWII.

John Thomas's parents were Richard HAILES [1845], a coal miner, and Elizabeth SANDERSON [1845]. Richard was the son of William HAILES [1812] a hatmaker and his wife Mary MARSHALL, who moved from the Whitehaven area of Cumberland to Gateshead in about 1839.

Sarah Elizabeth was the daughter of Joseph HARDY [1845] and Sarah VINTON [1846]. Joseph's father was David HARDY a hairdresser - in those days, a barber-surgeon. David HARDY was also a Freeman of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Joseph's mother was Sarah NEATE [1805].


Annie Jeffrey HARWOOD [1913 - 2006] was always known as Nancy. She was born in Durham City, third child of Bartholomew William HARWOOD [1886], a civil servant, and his wife Margaret GRAHAM [1886]. Bart worked as a photographer, and as a result there are many old family pictures around.

They moved to Dunston when Nancy was a young child.

Bart's parents were Thomas HARWOOD [1839], a coke burner, and Jane GASCOIGNE of Derwenthaugh near Swalwell.

Thomas was the son of Thomas HARWOOD [1813] and Jane OXNETT, of Swalwell. Thomas [1813]'s parents were TAYLOR HARWOOD [1789], originally from Barnard Castle, and Jane TAYLOR [1790].


Doris Mair Huntley HAMILTON [1912] was born in South Shields, daughter of Ada Amelia HUNTLEY [1885]. Ada married Joseph HAMILTON [1869] after WW I.

Ada's parents George HUNTLEY and Annie Sarah PEW were from York City.

Nancy with Jake and Carla, Saskatoon, August 2006.

Other names

Our famlies mostly lived in the area around Gateshead, Dunston, Whickham, Blaydon and Winlaton, on the south side of the Tyne, near Newcastle.

Other names of interest include John and Annie [AINSLEY] Charles and Elizabeth [FORSTER] JEFFREY, Adam and Isabella [HEDLEY] FORSTER, Adam and Margaret [SPOOR] GRAHAM, William and Jane [ROBSON] SPOOR, William and Margaret [SPOOR] DARLING, Thomas and Mary [HANDY] HARWOOD, Matthew and Elizabeth [STOKER] SANDERSON.