James THOMPSON 2
The eldest surviving son, James was a mason in Alnwick. He emigrated to Australia (without his family), and was last heard from in 1867 when he wrote from Brisbane to say that he was planning to move on to New Zealand. He had two children with his wife Eleanor Rutter (qv), both educated at the Duke and Duchess' Schools in Alnwick: Mary (qv), and James, who trained as a chemist but was drowned in the River Coquet at the age of 28, shortly after marrying and deciding to study for the church. James jnr had one son also named James, who became a blacksmith in Newcastle upon Tyne.
James married Eleanor RUTTER, daughter of Robert RUTTER and Eleanor WRIGHT, on 31 Mar 1850 in Holy Trinity, Embleton, Northumberland.1 (Eleanor RUTTER was born in Newton by the Sea, Northumberland 5, christened on 21 Jul 1816 in Holy Trinity, Embleton, Northumberland,6 died on 15 Apr 1889 in Warkworth, Northumberland 7 and was buried on 19 Apr 1889 in St Lawrence, Warkworth, Northumberland 8.)
1 GRO (England and Wales), Certified Copy of Entry of Marriage MA822631.
2 GRO (England and Wales), Certified Copy of Entry of Birth BC949152 (daughter Mary).
3 Census, 1851 Census (microfilm) - HO107/2419 f555 p18.
4 R A Pitchforth, Pitchforth FH (1973) Unpublished notes, Letter dated 19-1-1867 from Brisbane, Australia.
5 Church Register, Embleton, Northumberland County RO ref Mf M695 (baptism).
6 Church Register, Embleton, Northumberland County RO ref Mf M695.
7 GRO (England and Wales), Certified Copy of Entry of Death DYA086755.
Church Register, Warkworth, FHL(L) ref 2193521.