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‘of Deanry’ , South Church, County Durham : 1775

Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:19 am

Research into my family tree has led me to a family in Auckland St Andrew ( South Church ), County Durham in the mid 1700s. A headstone in the Churchyard mentions a Stephen Charlton of ‘Deanry’ who died aged 32 in 1775 as well as a brother in law (my direct ancestor) who died in 1801 and his wife, who must have been the sister of this Stephen Charlton. I wondered whether the mention of ‘of Deanry’ on the gravestone referred to a place/farm or whether it related to something else .
Can anyone help with this ?

Re: ‘of Deanry’ , South Church, County Durham : 1775

Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:26 am

Most likely the Deanery, residence of the Dean of Durham. Could he have been a servant there?

Re: ‘of Deanry’ , South Church, County Durham : 1775

Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:56 am

Burials, Auckland District - Record Number: 910127.2
Location: Auckland
Church: St. Andrew
Denomination: Anglican
12 Aug 1773 Stephen Charlton, of Deanery, son of Thomas Charlton

This is the entry from Durham Records online, a fee paying site.

NB it gives the burial year as 1773 and helpfully the Father as Thomas Charlton

Re: ‘of Deanry’ , South Church, County Durham : 1775

Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:10 am

According to TheNationalArchives mostof the records for the Dean and Chapter are held by Durham University library

Re: ‘of Deanry’ , South Church, County Durham : 1775

Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:11 am

I'm picking up references in Google to somewhere in County Durham called Chester Deanry.

For instance this page in Google Books refers to a "John Headworth of Chester Deanry, Esquire" - possibly an MP
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=y_AGAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA681&lpg=PA681&dq=%22Chester+Deanry%22+durham&source=bl&ots=QGpoS3yvVT&sig=ACfU3U0V8yUAl957fb3C0NiJVSkmMCu4Ew&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwijt9749aHgAhUSqXEKHcmwBf0Q6AEwAXoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22Chester%20Deanry%22%20durham&f=false

Also this newspaper report referring to horses for sale:
https://sites.google.com/site/drajhtoo/Home/newspapers/papers/newcastle-journal

Apparently Mr Hedworth's seat at Chester Deanry, Co. Durham, was 5 miles from Durham, according to p.248 in this book:
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=0qlfAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA247&lpg=PA247&dq=deanry+durham&source=bl&ots=XexuSCaamJ&sig=ACfU3U0Fix2RySLY-I5DXFGMWxUC08z36A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi0gviW9aHgAhXcTxUIHdyICI4Q6AEwCXoECAAQAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false

I suspect that may be a better bet - if he lived in The Deanery (as a servant), wouldn't one carve "The Deanery"?

Re: ‘of Deanry’ , South Church, County Durham : 1775

Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:24 am

I can't find a place of that name near Durham on modern Google Maps, but it must be near Chester-le-Street. This place is a few miles north of Durham and I see that there is an area called 'Castle Dene' to the east of the town.
On one of Adrian's links there is a reference to Mr Hedworth, the MP, having died in his carriage, and being buried in the church at Chester-le-Street. The 'Street' part of the name tells us that this was settled in Roman times.

Re: ‘of Deanry’ , South Church, County Durham : 1775

Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:33 am

"In the Church of England and many other Anglican churches a deanery is a group of parishes forming a district within an archdeaconry. The more formal term, rural deanery, is less often used, though the superintendent of a deanery is the Rural Dean."

The above is the definition of Deanery in 1770s.

Auckland St Andrew church was part of the Rural Deanery of Darlington.

Adrian - the Deanery you are referring to is , I think, Chester le Street Deanery, which is north of Durham.

I think it is going to be very difficult to pinpoint what deanery means in the case of Stephen EXCEPT I could not find a marriage for him, and his burial record mentions his Father and not a wife so PERHAPS he was a member of the clergy?? Tenuous I know but I would check.

Re: ‘of Deanry’ , South Church, County Durham : 1775

Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:37 am

Mr Hedworth's seat may be the name of a specific house or hall, therefore it may be necessary to look at a more detailed map - and that will fail if it's been flattened!

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Re: ‘of Deanry’ , South Church, County Durham : 1775

Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:47 am

10 Aug 1773
Inscription Stephen son of Thomas & Mary CHARLTON of "Deanery" 10.8.1773 aged 32; Mary 17.4.1781 aged 76; Thomas 29.9.1786 aged 75; William brother of aforesaid Thomas, and James RICHMOND who died Sep 1842 aged 38?, all sons of Thomas and Margaret RICHMOND of South Church (NB despite contradictory surnames the above is correctly copied) - Reverse side William RICHMOND late of South Church brother in law to Stephen CHARLTON 18.4.1801 aged 66; Elizabeth wife of William RICHMOND & sister of Stephen CHARLTON 9.5.1810 aged 69; Thomas RICHMOND son of William & Elizabeth RICHMOND 9.9.1819 aged 49; Thomas son of Thomas RICHMOND 26.11.1822 aged 18; ,,,es (James?) brother of above.......RICHMOND 28.3.1827

The full memorial inscription for Stephen and Family

Re: ‘of Deanry’ , South Church, County Durham : 1775

Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:57 am

AdrianB38 wrote:I suspect that may be a better bet - if he lived in The Deanery (as a servant), wouldn't one carve "The Deanery"?


They could be trying to keep cost down, by not carving The :D
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