Cumpston Research

Raymond Laing wrote to me about his research and this relative:

On 8th June 1918, my Father's Auntie Mary Jane Laing married John George Cumpson in the Church at Fatfield, Durham. He is shown on the Marriage certificate as a Miner, at present serving in the Army. I wondered if he was the same John G Cumpson on your awards page.

Mary Jane died on the 2nd November 1972 and John G on the 15th September 1976.

Although I have their Death and wedding certificates I am lacking some information about their early married Years. It appears they went to Canada from 1923 to 1928 and if the chap on the awards page is my relative I can account for him up to 1920. '

Hall Pit was at Fatfield.
6 miles [10 km] SSE of Newcastle
Like many pits, there was a long history of explosions, making this a very dangerous environment for the miners.

18th Aug 1708 Explosion, 69 lives lost
1763 Explosion, 39 lives lost
17th Mar 1767 Explosion, 39 lives lost
28th Sep 1813 Explosion, 32 lives lost
3rd Jul 1825 Explosion, 11 lives lost

You can read more at
Explosions in Coal Mines by W. N. & J. B. Atkinson, published in 1886

In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Fatfield like this:

Fatfield, hamlet with school, 4½ miles NE. of Chester-le-Street, N. Durham; P.O.

Check out A Vision of Britain through Time.

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