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John George CUMPSON b. 1892 Easington, Co. Durham

Births 19th April 1892   CUMPSON  John George    Easington  10a 469

The son of Charles and Jane Hannah CUMPSON

Marriage 8 June 1918  

CUMPSON  John George age 26 bachelor miner but at present serving in the Army.  Residence Fatfield.  Father Charles CUMPSON miner. 


Mary Jane LAING  age 23 spinster Residence Penshaw father Joseph LAING deceased, miner.

Witnesses Charles CUMPSON and Marshall LAING

Chester-le-S.  10a 889 The Parish Church Fatfield.



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. '

Mary Jane CUMPSON death 2 November 1972 Ryhope General Hospital, Sunderland.  Home address 11 Gladstone Terrace, New Penshaw, Houghton le Spring.  Cause of death bronchopneumonia; arteroscler Parkinsonism.  Certified by Sumil Kumar MB


John George CUMPSON death 15th September 1976 General Hospital Sunderland.  Birth 19 April 1892 Easington Durham.  Coal miner retired.  Home address 11 Gladstone Terrace, Penshaw, Sunderland.  informant Frederick Kilburn CLARKE nephew of 9 Milburn Terrace Sunderland.  Cause of death Myocardial infection.  Certified by BW Toms MB



A note about the colour codings on this website.


Yellow is the birth of the individual

Pink is marriage entry

Green is death entry

Red is an alert to a query or new data to be confirmed.

Medal card of  CUMPSON John G Corps: Royal Field Artillery Regiment No: 115006 Rank: Gunner


Births Mar Q 1894 (4th December 1893)  LAING  Mary Jane     Houghton  10a 459    She married John George.


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  


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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.

1901 Census


John G CUMPSON was aged 9 years, the son of Charles and Jane H CUMPSON. Check out his parents on their own page, with a tree going back to 1841. He was shown as born at Shotton Colliery, Durham.  


Census - Civil Parish Harraton, Ecclesiastical parish, Fatfield St George, Chatershaugh, Durham.


Charles [Junior] age 40 and Jane H age 38

Mary A age 18 Birth Jun Q 1883 Easington 10a 441

William age 16 Birth Mar Q 1885 Easington 10a 415

Charles age 12 Birth Mar Q 1889 Easington 10a 400

Dorothy age 10 Birth Dec Q 1890 Easington 10a 410

John G age 9 Birth Jun Q 1892 John George Easington 10a 469

Elizabeth age 7 Dec Q 1893 Easington 10a 541

Barbara age 5 Mar Q Easington 10a 420

Joseph T age 2 Joseph Turpin Birth Sep Q 1898 Chester le S 10a 571

James S age 1 James Stephen Birth Jun Q 1900 Chester le S 10a 567


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