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Dorothy Surtees

Female abt 1772 - 1856  (~ 84 years)



  • Name Dorothy Surtees  [1, 2
    Birth abt 1772  Redworth House, Heighington Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 4
    Marriage Aug 1796  St Michael, Heighington Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 5
    John Thomas Christopher,   b. 11 Jul 1772, Narrow St, Limehouse Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1803, Crook Hall, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death Dec 1856    [6
    • d 1858 per DS tree
    Notes 
    • not found in any census or BMD index; except possibly = Dorothy Leslie? Marsden?, mother-in-law, widow, 78 b Heighington, resid Mar 1851 census at Old Elvet, Durham, with her daughter Dorothy Marsden née Christopher & family.
    Person ID I1758  Tatham | Christopher branch | Spouse
    Last Modified 09 Mar 2013 

    Father Crosier Surtees,   b. abt 1739, Northumberland? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1803, Linburn Beck Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Jane Surtees,   b. abt 1751, Co Durham? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage 12 Sep 1769  Heighington Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Notes 
    • When Robert married Dorothy Lambton, of Hardwick, in 1744, his father - Edward of Mainsforth - was so displeased that he disinherited him. To spite his dad, Robert bought and rebuilt Redworth Hall, near Heighington. Robert's heiress was his daughter, Jane. Whoever married her would gain a fortune of £20,000 and Redford Grove. According to Hilary Jackson's history of Heighington, she was only 17 in 1769 when, urged on by her mother, she "rashly married her cousin Crosier Surtees, of Merryshields, who was a son of her father's brother". (Merryshields is probably near Hexham.) Says the Rev. Jackson: "Crosier was a mean and grasping man who had a brief and undistinguished career in the Durham Militia, the forerunner of Durham Light Infantry." His cap and portrait are on display in the DLI museum.
      Crosier, who was 13 years older than his wife, treated her cruelly. In 1800, after 31 years of marriage, they separated - probably because Crosier was carrying on with a local farm lass. He lived out the end of his days with her in Pennington Rake, an isolated farm on the moors above the forest. Jane, meanwhile, took up with a clergyman. Crosier's days ended quite suddenly. In 1803, he was returning, very drunk, from a banquet with Lord Barnard in Raby Castle. Somewhere on the moors, his horse failed to negotiate a stream properly. He tumbled from the saddle, fell into the water, and froze to death."
      [Northern Echo, Feb 6, 2008 cited in Swindale Family History Notebook accessed 28 Nov 2010]
      Note: Crosier was, in fact, living at Ewdean House very close to the site of the later Redford Grove. The stream where Crosier is said to have been found is Linburn Beck.
    • 7 children in all. He then had 4 illegitimate children with Jane Shaw. [from Swindale Family History Notebook accessed 28 Nov 2010]
    • Crosier Surtees, esq., of Merrysheales in Northumberland, who then became also "of Redworth, in Durham". By his wife Jane Surtees, he had, to survive infancy, three sons and four daughters, namely,
      I. Robert, his heir.
      II. George.
      III. James.
      i. Jane, married to George Charles Mensforth, esq. an officer in the army.
      ii. Dorothy, married to John Thomas Christopher, esq.
      iii. Lambton, married to William Williams, esq., of Durham. [unlikely to = William Williams, father in law of Henry Tatham & of Charles Heathcote Tatham]
      iv. Phillis, married to William Horne, esq., of London.
      Mr. Surtees died 21st December, 1803, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Robert Surtees, esq., of Redworth.
      [John Burke; A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank: but uninvested with heritable honours; vol 2, p. 658; London: Henry Colburn; 1835]
    Family ID F0143  Family Group Sheet

    Family John Thomas Christopher,   b. 11 Jul 1772, Narrow St, Limehouse Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1803, Crook Hall, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Marriage Aug 1796  St Michael, Heighington Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 5
    Children 
    +1. Dorothy Christopher,   b. 14 May 1797, Crook Hall Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1881, 44 Victoria Terrace, Bowdon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +2. Jane Georgiana Christopher,   b. 03 Mar 1799, Bishop Auckland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1865, 31 Lupus St, Pimlico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +3. John Danby Christopher,   b. 04 Mar 1801, Bishop Auckland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1859, 30 Penton Place, Pentonville Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    Last Modified 09 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F0142  Family Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Andrew, Bishop Auckland (IGI), 03 Oct 1801.
      son John Danby Christopher

    2. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    3. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, George Christopher, 31 Dec 1853.

    4. [S01] Census, UK, 1851.
      age 78 b Heighington

    5. [S03] Family Members, LN.

    6. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.
      MS additions to copy in SoG