are three main lines of research that I am currently working on.
Sancaster born approximately
1820 Penrith, Cumberland.
approximately 1823 Dunstun, County Durham.
approximately 1872, Newcastle upon Tyne.
The first, I have
tried to locate his father in the Penrith area but have very little information
to go on, his name according to Thomas’ marriage
certificate was John Sancaster but it could be any of the variants we have become
used to but on the certificate it also says that he was a Miller. Now that should be
an useful clue to follow but so far I have not been successful.
The second has
been more interesting and seems to be bearing fruit. If you look at the 1841
Census there was an Elizabeth Foulthorp age 35 and a Michael Foulthorp age 5
staying with Elizabeth and Thomas Sancaster at the time of the Census. Sadly
that census did not give the relationship of those in a household. The 1841
census gave ages to the nearest 5 years except those under the age on 5.
Sadly I found
their deaths within 3 years of 1841. Michael died on 11th July 1843
at Rabbit Banks of Consumption age 7. He was noted on the death certificate as being the son of
Elizabeth Foulthorp, Single Woman. This means that Michael was probably illegitimate.
Sadly Elizabeth died on the 8th of November 1844 at Piperwellgate again
consumption. Her age was given as 44. Which is older that the census just 3
years previous. It also notes that she was a singlewoman and that Elizabeth
Sancaster was present at her death. I therefore suspect that Elizabeth
Foulthorp was Elizabeth’s mother
but I have no way of proving that at
We can therefore
look for Elizabeth Sancaster’s (Foulthorp) birth. If we assume she was 17
in 1841, in the 1851 census she is 27. Therefore she was born about 1824. I
have found an entry for a birth of Elizabeth Carrick or Fulthorp 20th
April 1822, with the christening taking place on the 22 May 1822 in Whickham, County
Durham. Father John Carrick and Mother Elizabeth Fulthorp. The Carrick or
Fulthorp may indicate an illegitimate birth. Now we can look for the birth of
her mother. We now have conflicting information in 1841 she is 35 and in 1844
she is 44. I will go with the 35 only because it would have been her that gave
the census information at the time. We are therefore looking for a birth about 1806, and few
years either way. Now there was an Elizabeth Fulthorp born 23rd July
1809 with a christening on the 03 September 1809 at Whickham, County Durham.
Father given as John Fulthorp and mother Jane Smart. In the Joiner Marriage
index John Fulthorp married Jane Smart in Whickham on the 19th May
All of the above is research only and I do
not have the documentation at the moment to prove it.
My third avenue
of research is Robert Sancaster born 1872 son of Robert and Emily Sancaster.
Why am I looking for him, because if he had children his line will be the
senior Sancaster line but I can find little information regarding Robert. He
appears in the 1881 census age 9 and again on the 1891 census living with his parents
in Tenby age 19. After that nothing, I cannot find a birth certificate,
marriage certificate or death certificate he has just disappeared. I suspect that he did not have children as nobody has come
forward from his line.
I thought that maybe he was like Emily, Robert's "daughter" who was in fact his brothers daughter
but brought up by him and his wife. So I looked for something similar. Strangely enough a Robert Lancaster Armstrong (a
child of Elizabeth Armstrong (Sancaster)? I thought) was registered about the right time but by checking following
few Census' it does not fit.
any idea what happened to him.