J is for John Curry

Thanks to Linda Curry for giving me permission to post this on the CurryAus blog.

The Curry Apple Orchard

John Curry was born in Ancroft, Durham, England in 1831.  The 1841 Census shows that he lives with his parents James and Elizabeth and his two sisters and four brothers.  Their home is in Adderstow, Bells Hall, Bamburgh, Northumberland.  In 1851 he is 20, still living at home and is now an agricultural labourer, like his father and three brothers.  The remaining sister is a farm servant and the youngest boy is still a scholar.  They have a servant living with them but whether she works for them or the estate is not clear.

Ten years later John is a married man of 30.  He is now a coal miner in Weetslade in Northumberland at Seaton Burn Colliery House.

Seaton b Seaton Burn Colliery from Seaton Burn Memories Project

His wife Margaret Patton is two years his senior and gave birth to Andrew in Doddington in 1852, two years before their marriage. …

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