Thomas Albert Douglas


29th May 1959
Carlisle, Northumberland

Margaret Mary Douglas is born to Thomas Albert and Patricia Alice Maude Douglas (formerly Hoskin).


10th February 1923
3 Bell's Place, Bedlington, Morpeth, Northumberland

Thomas Albert Douglas is born to Mary Jane Douglas (formerly Nicholson) and an un-named father. Some of the family (Patricia Douglas) believes that his father was not Thomas Armstrong who Mary had married 13 years before, and recent research has cast the role of Thomas Armstrong Douglas as Mary's husband into doubt. Furthermore it is not clear if Mary and Thomas Armstrong Douglas are still together at this point, or if Thomas Armstrong is even alive. Thomas Albert joins a Catholic school, so Mary who is suffering from cancer can receive the attention of the nuns.


28th June 1910
Register Office, Morpeth, Northumberland

Thomas Armstrong Douglas (28) and Mary Jane Nicholson (22) are wed. At the time, Thomas is a coal miner living at 6 1/2 Poplar Street, Hirst and his father Moses Douglas is a yeast merchant. Poplar Street doesn't appear in the 1891 census. Mary is also a Coal Miner as well, but lives at 10 Market Street, Hirst. Her father, Thomas Nicholson, who was also a Coal Miner, is deceased. They are married by John Dowson, Registrar and John Donnelly, Superintendent Registrar in the presence of Robert Vincent Halloran and Bridget McKie. Mary and Thomas quickly have two children (Jack and Isabella) and maybe one other with several years gap before Thomas Albert Douglas is born.

Moses Douglas is proving difficult to trace, with no such person present at High or Low Hirst in the 1891 census, and with a raft of Moses Douglas from around the region appearing in the 1901 census. Future searches of this census must look for someone between the ages of 34 and 70. Additional searches for the birth of Thomas Armstrong Douglas, looking for Thomas Douglas, must wait until it is clarified that Thomas Armstrong is part of this Douglas/Nicholson line. Previous searches for this person between 1880 and 1884 have not yielded success.

1. Carlisle is not in Northumberland. So, Carlisle?, or Northumberland?

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