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Simpson and Telfer Of Cumberland, and 'Catsbit' Rowansburn.

Updated December 22, 2001


Welcome to my family tree, I have only been researching it for a short time and the information so far is mainly from family documents I have from my grandparents and other family members.
Joseph Simpson and Mary Ann Telfer were married at Carlisle Registry office Feb 02 1868 and at the time lived at Trinity Buildings, Carlisle. I think they were both born in Cumberland but havent found where. They gave birth to a son Joseph Simpson (my grandfather) on March 22 1868 and at this time they lived at 'Catsbit' Rowansburn, Dumfries, Scotland.I have visited Catsbit and found two cottages, photos were taken but I also would be interested in any history of the buildings.
The 1881 census records a family living at Moor Row, Barforth York,England and all names match my own records so they seem to have moved here sometime. Joseph b22/03/1868 was my great grandfather and my grandfather when alive told of his father comming from 'Catsbit' Bellingham, Northumberland. Obviously some confusion here but I think they must have left 'Catsbit' Rowansburn and maybe moved to Bellingham before York.
Joseph moved to Evenwood County Durham and it is here that the family lived in Chapel Street. Joseph met Ann Welch and married Aug 17 1898 at Bishop Auckland.Talking to family I gather my great grandmother Ann came from Tanfield, South Garesfield colliery, Co Durham, and again using the 1881 census I found a family matching what I know, so hopefully this is correct.
I have a lot of interest but little knowledge in finding out about my great great grandparents especially where they lived or where they were born before marrying at Carlisle. I know they were both born in Cumberland, any advice on finding and proving where would be welcome.
I would be gratefull of any help or advice in the next step, especially in finding where Joseph Simpson ( b1844 abt d27/05/1911 )was born. Also his wife Mary Ann Telfer ( b1845 abt d23/05/1913 both in Cumberland.

Christopher Paul Race

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