Our connection to the Forrest family is through my Grandmother

Emma Winter (nee Forrest)


John Forrest married Mary Bell (daughter of George Bell and Hannah Hodgson of Allendale) in Stanhope 1869.

1871 Census:-  John, Mary, Hannah (10months) and Henry Bell (boarder and Mary’s brother) living in Stanhope. John is listed as a Plate Layer.

1881 Census:- has the family living at Thimbleby Hill where John is a Limestone Quarry worker. The family now consists of Hannah 10, John William 8, Mary Jane 6, Sarah Ann 4 and George 1.

1891 Census:- they are living at Wards Villa Farm John now a farmer and gamekeeper. Hannah 20, Hannah’s son Albert 2, John William 18, Sarah Ann 14, George 11, Emma 9, Thomas 7, Maria 6. During the following years Hannah marries Frank Wilkinson in 1892.

1901 Census:- the family are now living at Shittlehope Burn Farm with John a farmer, Sarah 24, George21, Emma 19, Maria 16, grandson Albert 12 and Hannah’s daughter Mary Hannah Wilkinson 4. During the next 10 years Sarah marries Thomas Martindale(1901) Geoege marries Annie Byers in 1906, and Emma marries John Winter in 1910 and they emigrate to Australia.

1911 Census:- John is still a farmer living at Shittlehope Burn Farm. Sarah Ann (Martindale) has 3 children and living in Stanhope. Thomas 27, grandson Albert 22 a farmer, Maria 26 and granddaughter Mary Hannah Wilkinson 14. 1913 John, Mary, son Thomas, daughter Maria and new husband Thomas B. Coulthard sail to Sydney, Australia aboard the ’Orsova’. It is unknown why they deceided not to buy a farm and settle in Australia, as in a short time later  John, Mary and son Thomas returned to England, sailing from Brisbane onboard the “Otway” arriving in London on 18th July 1914, they resettle at Ivy Cottage. Frome Street, Castleside co.Durham.



JOHN FORREST born Allendale, Northumberland 7th November 1847  to Jane Forrest and father George Baty. His early years were spent living with his grandparents Marmaduke and Sarah Forrest. His mother Jane did not take a part in his upbringing because in 1851 she lived and worked as a housekeeper to a William Parker of Stanhope, later she married William and had another family. In 1869 John lived at Ashy Bank, Stanhope and was a game watcher, he married Mary Bell in Stanhope on the  18th December in the same year.

MARY FORREST (nee Bell) born Highham, Allendale Northumberland 1846. She was one of twelve children born to George and Hannah Bell (nee Hodgson).

Hannah Forrest  born 1871 in Stanhope co.Durham the first of eight children. At the age 18 (1889) she had a son, Albert to an unknown father. She remained living with her parents and young son until 1892 when she married her first cousin Frank Wilkinson of Haydon Bridge, Northumberland. After marrying Frank they remained in Stanhope where she had two more children, John born 1894 and Mary Hannah 1897. It is not certain if young Albert was part of her new family or not, as in 1899 Hannah and Frank have another daughter Edith and now live a short distance away in Tow Law. The 1901 census lists Albert and Hannah’s second child Mary Hannah living with their grandparents in Stanhope, only Frank, Hannah, John S. and Edith are living in Tow Law. This seems to be a permanent arrangement as Albert and Mary Hannah remain with their grandparents until Albert leaves for Australia in 1912 and Mary Hannah (Poly) dies in 1915 aged 19. Frank, Hannah and family move to the Tyne and Wear area of co.Durham where Hannah dies in 1908 aged 39. Frank then marries Jane Waugh in 1909 and lived in Rolands Gill co.Durham.

John William Forrest  born 1872 in Stanhope co.Durham  After his school years John becomes a limestone quarryman until he marries Annie Hall (b.1865) of Wolsingham in Stanhope 1894. They settle in Wolsingham near Annie’s parents where their first child Sarah Ann was born in 1895 followed by John Joseph 1896. A few short years later Elizabeth is born 1898, sadly she dies soon after her birth. The family move on to West Hartlepool and reside at 56 Suggitt Street where John works as a Railway Shunter. 1906 sees the birth of their fourth child Laura and in 1911 Census they are at 8 Osborne Rd, West Hartlepool. During 1914 John Joseph joins the Royal Army Medical Corps and is sent to Egypt in December 1915. Nothing is known of John Joseph’s war record as they were destroyed during WW2. His Medal Card states he was awarded the Victory, British and 14/15 Star. In 1920 he marries Ada Dale of South Shields in Middlesborough, Yorkshire while Sarah Ann marries Joseph Taylor Simpson in 1914 at Teesdale. During 1924 John William and Annie move to 26 Mitchell Street, West Hartlepool. Laura marries William Nicholson Tones sometime during the 1920’s. John William died in 1946 and Annie in 1940, both in Hartlepool.

Mary Jane Forrest born 1875 in Stanhope. Jane married  William J Barker in 1904. By 1911 at the age of 36 she was a widow and domestic servant to Johnathon Branner widower, aged 49, Railway Clerk living in Hexham, Northumberland. Mary Jane died in 1925 and is buried in the family grave at Castleside. She had no children.

Sarah Ann Forrest b.Stanhope 1877 she was the third eldest child of John & Mary. In 1901 She married Whitfield Martindale b.Stanhope 1875, son of Obadiah Martindale and Sarah Jackson of Stanhope. Following her younger sister Emma, she and her family also migrate to Australia. They departed London in October 1912 on the MV Zealandic and arrived in Sydney the Christmas of the same year. Whitfield and Sarah had four children, Florrie b.1901, Frederick b.1903, Mabel b.1906 and Laura b.1909. The settled in the same area as Emma & John and become farmers. In 1922 their son Frederick drowns at the age of 19 in Byron Bay. Florrie married William Henry Hayter, after a short marriage William died in 1953, they had no children. Florrie died in Ballina in 1964. Both Mabel and Laura were spinsters and lived together and worked as cleaners at the same Lismore hospital. Mabel died in 1983 while Laura remained working until she was 87, she passed away at the age of 98 in 2007.

George Forrest b. Stanhope 1879. In 1906 he married Annie Byers b.Leadgate 1878, daughter of Ralph Byers and Isabella Scott of Leadgate, Castleside. George worked as an electrician at the local Iron works in Consett. Little is known of George and Annie only that they had no children. George bred Chinchilla rabbits and was a well known show judge of the North Durham area, he died in 1958 and Annie in 1971.

Emma Forrest b. Thimbleby Hill, Stanhope 1881. Emma married John Winter in 1910, she was 29 and John 30. After the marriage they emigrate to Australia sailing on the Ophir, arriving in Sydney January 1911. We are not sure if they stayed in Sydney for a short time or travelled directly to the Richmond District of Northern NSW. They must have known someone from Stanhope who had emigrated before them and settled in the same area, as they did share farming before buying their own farm at Rosebank. In 1913 their first child Doris Mary was born, followed by Madge in 1915 and son Albert Henry in 1916. They remained on the farm until the late 1930’s before moving to Mascot in Sydney where they operated a convenience store and then managed a residential hotel in Kings Cross before retiring  to live in an old federation home at 43 Albert Parade Ashfield. Emma passed away in 1961, aged 80 years. John died after moving to Greenacre with his daughter Doris in 1973, he was 93.

Thomas Forrest b. Thimbleby Hill, Stanhope 1884. Married Hilda Priestman in Stanhope 1917, they settle in Lanchester. Their son John Gordon was born 1919, Thomas dies 1st October 1925 just before the birth of their daughter Nancy. Sometime after Thomas’s death Hilda moves to Newcastle. John G. never married as he cared for his mother Hilda until her death in 1956, John G. was a Shipyard Workshop manager until he died in 1989. Nancy married Kenneth Tollett in Newcastle in 1950.

Maria Forrest b.Thimbleby Hill, Stanhope 1885. Married Thomas Bainbridge Coulthard in1913. They migrated to Australia in the same year and settled in Cardiff, Newcastle NSW. Thomas’s occupation is not known, he died in Cardiff 1964, aged 80 years. After Tom’s death Maria went to live with her brother-in-law John Winter and niece Doris Eggins in Ashfield. In 1971 she passed away at 86 years in a Burwood Nursing home.









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