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Ralph Kirton Thompson                      1808-1862
Ralph was born 8 June 1808 and Christened on 4 September 1808 at Holy Trinity Church of Sunderland, the third son of Robert Thompson and Elizabeth Beaney. He was a tailor. He Married Ann Pickering on 1 March 1833 in St. Peter Parish Church Monkwearmouth. He died on 9 January 1862, at age 53.
Ann Pickering                                       1810-1895
Ann was born in Sunderland, 5 July 1810, the daughter of John Pickering and Ann Reay. A story that has been passed down through the family, is that Ann was a servant in the Thompson household, and young Ralph managed to make her pregnant, prompting him to do the honorable thing by marrying her, to the displeasure of the rest of the family.
I have found the following children:
  Dorothy Ann Born abt 1833   Bishopwearmouth Married Isaac Tyson
Elizabeth Born abt 1836   Bishopwearmouth Married William Chisholm
Margaret Born 4 Jan 1839   Monkwearmouth Married John William Moss
John Henry Born 7 Sep 1842   Bishopwearmouth Married Cicely Elizabeth Thornton
Mary Born 19 Jul 1845   Bishopwearmouth Married Robert Robson
Ralph Born 30 Oct 1848   Bishopwearmouth Married Elizabeth Emma Preston
Robert Born 29 Nov 1850   Bishopwearmouth Died in infancy
Sarah Jane Born 23 Oct 1851   Bishopwearmouth Married Richard Davison

Grand-Daughter - Daughter of Mary Thompson
Dorothy Born 11 Mar 1867   Ryhope Married John Thomas Jane

Birth of Parents
Ralph Kirton Thompson b: 8 Jun 1808  c: 4 Sep 1808       Holy Trinity, Sunderland
3rd son of Robert Thompson, Keelman, of this Parish, and Elizabeth Beaney, of this Parish

Ann Pickering b: 5 Jul 1810  c: 5 Aug 1810       Holy Trinity, Sunderland
of John Pickering, Cordwainer, of Chester le Street and Ann Reay of Stannington (Placey)

Marriage
1 Mar 1833
Ralph Thompson
Ann Pickering
St. Peters, Monkwearmouth, County Durham
Bachelor, of this parish
Spinster, of this parish
by Banns, B. Kennicott, Minister, Wit: William Miller and A. Robson

Children
Dorothy Ann Thompson b: abt 1833 c: 25 Dec 1833       St Michael, Bishopwearmouth, County Durham
of Ralph Thompson and Ann Pickering, Tailor
Elizabeth Thompson b: abt 1836 c: 6 Apr 1836       St Michael, Bishopwearmouth, County Durham
of Ralph Thompson and Ann Pickering, Tailor
Margaret Thompson b: 4 Jan 1839 c: 24 Feb 1839       St. Peter's, Monkwearmouth, County Durham
of Ralph Thompson and Ann Pickering, Tailor         1839 1Q Sunderland 24 249

1841 Census HO107-321 7 June 1841 Bishopwearmouth, County Durham
George Street Born in this County?
Ralph Thompson
Ann (Wife)
Dorothy
Elizabeth
Margaret
Age 31
Age 30
Age 7
Age 5
Age 2 Mo.
Tailor Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
8 Jun 1808
5 Jul 1810
abt 1833
abt 1836
4 Jan 1839

John Henry Thompson b: 7 Sep 1842 c: 24 Jan 1843       St Michael, Bishopwearmouth, County Durham
of Ralph Thompson and Ann Pickering, Tailor, Numbers Garth
1842 4Q Sunderland 24 248
Mary Thompson b: 19 Jul 1845 c: 31 Mar 1850       St Thomas, Bishopwearmouth, County Durham
of Ralph Thompson and Ann Pickering, Tailor, Numbers Garth
1845 3Q Sunderland 24 274
Ralph Thompson b: 30 Oct 1848 c: 31 Mar 1850       St Thomas, Bishopwearmouth, County Durham
of Ralph Thompson and Ann Pickering, Tailor, Numbers Garth
1848 1Q Sunderland 24 318
Robert Thompson b: 29 Nov 1850 c: 29 Nov 1850       St Thomas, Bishopwearmouth, County Durham
of Ralph Thompson and Ann Pickering, Tailor, Numbers Garth
1850 4Q Sunderland 24 318        Died 1850 4Q Sunderland 24 171

1851 Census HO107-2395 31 March 1851 North Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland, Eccl. Dist. St. Thomas
39 Numbers Garth
Ralph Thompson
Ann (Wife)
Elizabeth
Margaret
John Henry
Mary
Ralph
Age 41
Age 40
Age 15
Age 12
Age 8
Age 5
Age 2
Tailor
 
 
Scholar
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Sunderland
Sunderland
Bishopwearmouth
Bishopwearmouth
Bishopwearmouth
Bishopwearmouth
Bishopwearmouth
8 Jun 1808
5 Jul 1810
abt 1836
4 Jan 1839
7 Sep 1842
19 Jul 1845
30 Oct 1848

1851 Census HO107-2418 31 March 1851 Morpeth, Newbiggin, Northumberland
Village
Jane Johnson (W)
Jane (Dau)
Emily (GrDau)
Laura Louisa (GrDau)
Florence (GrDau)
Charlotte (GrDau)
Dorothy Thompson
Age 76
Age 35
Age 16
Age 8
Age 6
Age 10
Age 17
Annuitant
Annuitant
Annuitant



House Servant
Bigbury
Plymouth
Swansea
Newbiggin
Plymouth
Morpeth
Sunderland
Devonshire
Devonshire
Glamorgan
Northumberland
Devonshire
Northumberland
Durham
abt 1774
abt 1815
abt 1834
abt 1842
abt 1844
abt 1840
abt 1833

Sarah Jane Thompson b: 23 Oct 1851 c: 31 May 1854   39 Numbers Garth, Bishopwearmouth, County Durham
of Ralph Thompson, Tailor, and Ann Thompson, formerly Pickering
North Bishopwearmouth District, Bishopwearmouth North, County Durham
1852 1Q Sunderland 10a 292

1861 Census   8 April 1861 North Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland, Eccl. Dist. St. Thomas
11 Numbers Garth
Ralph Thompson
Ann (Wife)
John Henry
Mary
Ralph
Age 52
Age 51
Age 18
Age 16
Age 11
Tailor
 
Blacksmith
Housemaid
Scholar
Sunderland
Sunderland
Sunderland
Sunderland
Sunderland
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
8 Jun 1808
5 Jul 1810
7 Sep 1842
19 Jul 1845
3 Oct 1848

1861 Census RG9-3779 8 April 1861 Sunderland, County Durham
1 Horns Lane
John W. Moss
Margaret (Wife)
John G.
Margaret A.
Sarah J. (SisLaw)
Age 25
Age 22
Age 1
Age 1 Mon.
Age 9
Ship Joiner Journeyman Sunderland
Monkwearmouth Shore
Sunderland
Sunderland
Bishopwearmouth
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
abt 1835
4 Jan 1839
abt 1859
abt 1861
23 Oct 1851

Death
Ralph Kirton Thompson Died 9 Jan 1862  Age 53         1862 1Q Sunderland 10a 242
11 Numbers Garth, Sunderland, Tailor Journeyman,
Asthma (3 years), Valvulux disease of heart (12 months), Dropsy (14 days)
Burial at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery, 12 Jan 1862, Rev. J. P. Eden
Grave number "Ward 1, A-1573", There is no monument.

Dorothy Thompson b: 11 Mar 1867               Ryhope, County Durham        1867 1Q Sunderland 10a 523
daughter of Mary Thompson, of 107 Turners Yard Road

1871 Census RG10-5010 3 April 1871 Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland, Eccl. Dist. St. Thomas
11 Nile Street
Ann Thompson (Wid)
Mary
Dorothy (G-dau)
John Allan (G-son)
Age 61
Age 25
Age 4
Age 18
Annuitant
Laundress
 
Blacksmith
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Sunderland
Sunderland
Ryhope
Sunderland
5 Jul 1810
19 Jul 1845
11 Mar 1867
8 Dec 1852

1881 Census RG11-4986 4 April 1881 Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland, Eccl. Dist. St. Thomas
8 Bridge Street
William Hunter
Isabella (Wife)
George O. H.
Minnie May
Clara Jane
Arthur C.
Sarah E.
Mansell W.
Emma Davidson (Sister) (u)

Ann Thompson (Visitor)
Jas. Spencer (Boarder)
Chas. Spencer (Boarder)
Wm. Goland (Boarder)
Age 47
Age 40
Age 13
Age 10
Age 9
Age 6
Age 4
Age 1
Age 21

Age 71
Age 46
Age 12
Age 34
Joiner & Innkeeper

Scholar
Scholar
Scholar
Scholar
Scholar

General Servant

Widow
Ship Captain

Engine Fitter
Catterick Bridge
Stockton-on-Tees
Saltburn-by-Sea
Saltburn-by-Sea
Saltburn-by-Sea
Middlesbro
Hartlepool
Hartlepool
West Hartlepool

Sunderland


Middlesbro


York
York
York
York
Durham
Durham
Durham

Durham
America
America
York
abt 1833
abt 1840
abt 1867
abt 1870
abt 1871
abt 1874
abt 1876
abt 1879
abt 1859
5 Jul 1810
abt 1834
abt 1868
abt 1846

1891 Census RG12-4059 6 April 1891 Hartlepool, County Durham
2 High Street
Dorothy Ann Tyson (Widow)
Ann Thompson (Mother)
Mary A. Thompson (Visitor)
Age 58
Age 80
Age 33
Tobacconist
Living on own Means
Sunderland
Sunderland
Sunderland
Durham
Durham
Durham
abt 1833
5 Jul 1810
abt 1857

Death
Ann (Pickering) Thompson Died May 18 1895, Age 84,   Hartlepool              1884 2Q Hartlepool 10a 84

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS
DEATH
  Thompson,- At 2, High-street, on the 18th, Ann Thompson, aged 85 years. Cortege to leave at 2:30 on Wednesday. Friends please accept this (the only) intimation.
In
Affectionate Remembrance
Of
RALPH THOMPSON
WHO DIED JAN 9TH 1863 (sic)
AGED 52 YEARS (sic)
INTERRED AT SUNDERLAND

ALSO OF ISAAC TYSON
DIED JUNE 23RD 1890
AGED 58 YEARS

ALSO ANN THOMPSON
WIFE OF RALPH THOMPSON
DIED MAY 18TH 1895
AGED 85 YEARS.
Middlesbrough, SPION KOP CEMETERY
PHOTO BY T.G. WHITE
SPECIAL THANKS  to T. G. White, and Carol Whitfield, of Sunderland, a descendant of Dorothy Thompson (1867-) and John Thomas Jane (1866-), for many of the details provided above.