Thank you for the interesting feedback – it gave me something to work on.
Here’s a bit more information in the order I came across it:
1851 Census: Waterside House:
Mary Thompson. Head. Unmarried. Grocer. Born about 1816, Jarrow. Wrong, should be 1799, as you will see later.
Isabella Pelch. Sister. Married. Assistant. Born about 1818, Jarrow. Wrong, should be 1803, as you will see later.
Dorothy Chapman. Servant. Born about 1833, Jarrow.
1861 Census: Waterside House:
Mary Thompson. Head. Unmarried. Retired Grocer. Born about 1816, Jarrow.
Dorothy Chapman. Servant. Born about 1833.
I checked the marriage for Isabelle:
Marriage: 23 November 1844, Tynemouth:
Isabella Thompson, daughter of Tristram Thompson
William Petch, son of Robert Petch.
Death Register: South Shields District: 1860:
Isabella Petch. Aged 57 years.
I looked for the births of Mary and Isabelle Thompson to Tristram Thompson and found:
Tristram Thompson (Grocer & Tea Dealer) & Dorothy Jackson, married 7 Sep 1793, Sunderland
Mary Thompson. B.8 April 1799, Christened 25 Dec 1799, Heworth.
Isabella Thompson. Christened 25 Dec 1803, Jarrow.
So, we can see that the Censuses were showing the wrong dates of birth, and the following information is correct:
NEWCASTLE JOURNAL, 7 JUL 1862:
Death at Whitley on the 3rd July aged 63, Miss Mary Thompson of Hebburn Colliery.
This would make Miss Thompson born about 1799.
TYNEMOUTH: September Quarter 1862, aged 63, Mary Thompson.
WILL: 28 MAY 1863:
Mary Thompson late of Hebburn in the county of Durham Spinster deceased who died 3 Jul 1862 at Whitley in the County of Northumberland was proved at Durham by oaths of Thomas Easton [Barrister] of Nest House in the Parish of Heworth in the said County of Durham Coalowner [Hebburn Colliery] and James Easton [Colliery Viewer] of Nest House aforesaid Coalowner [Hebburn Colliery] the Executors.
Effects under £3,000
Mary couldn't leave anything to her sister Isabella, as Isabella had died in 1860.
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