NameMary HARPER, 2164
Birthca 1815, Hartley, NBL
Death7 Jun 1875, Chirton, NBL
Death Memo23 William Street
BurialNorth Shields, NBL
Burial MemoPreston Cemetery
FatherJohn HARPER , 1239 (1790-)
MotherJane SURTEES , 2746 (ca1779-<1861)
Misc. Notes
Mary's youngest child James Harper Laidman's birth certificate confirms her maiden name to have been HARPER ("Mary Laidman formerly Harper"), and establishes the "Harper connection," the Christian name used for sons over two subsequent generations.

1841 census return: HO107/820/17 folio 33, page 13
Hartley, [no address]:
William Laidman, 30, Tailor, Y
Mary Laidman, 25, Y
Thomas Laidman, 2, Y
William Laidman, 11 Months, Y
[Note: This family was living next door to that of John Harper (ID 2908), whose sister Mary Harper married William Laidman in 1838]

1851 Census Returns HO107/2412 folio 228 page 14
Town of Hartley, Northumberland
William Laidman, head, married, 41, Master Taylor 2 Apprentices, born Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
Mary Laidman, wife, 37, born Hartley, Northumberland
Thomas Laidman, son, 11, scholar, born Hartley, Northumberland
William Laidman, son, 10, scholar, born Hartley, Northumberland
Jane Laidman, daur. 6, scholar, born Hartley, Northumberland
J. Harper Laidman, son, 4, born Hartley, Northumberland
J. Glensly Laidman, son, 2, born Hartley, Northumberland
James Harper Laidman, son, 2 months, born Hartley, Northumberland
Elizabeth Softly, servant, unmarried, 15, House Servant, born Hartley, Northumberland

1861 census return: RG9/3840 folio 23 page 41
7 Sidney St, Tynemouth
William Laidman, Head, Mard, 51, Tailor, born Northd. Newcastle
Mary Laidman, Wife, Mard, 47, do’s wife, born Northd. Hartley
Jane Laidman, Daur, Unmd, 16, born Northd. Hartley
George Laidman, son, Unmd, 12, Scholar, born Northd. Hartley
James Laidman, Son, Unmd, 10, Scholar, born Northd. Hartley
Ann Isabella Laidman, Daur, 8, Scholar, born Northd. Hartley
Margaret Laidman, Daur, 3, born Northd. Hartley

1871 census return: RG10/5114 folio 50, page 75.
23 William Street, North Shields
William Laidman, head, married, 61, Tailor, born Newcastle upon Tyne
Mary Laidman, wife, married, 57, born Northumberland, Hartley
Jane Laidman, daughter, unmarried, 26, born Hartley
George G. Laidman, son, unmarried, 22, Printer/Compositor, born Hartley
James H. Laidman, son, unmarried, 20, Iron Ship Plater, born Hartley

Mary Harper's death certificate shows the cause of death as "Phthisis Pulmonalis 3 months/Exhaustion." Phthisis (consumption) was also the cause of the premature death of her daughter Margaret. George Grahamsley Laidman was present at the death. Her age is stated to be 61, making her birth in 1814.

Mary Laidman's will dated 25 November 1874 leaves all her assets to her daughter Jane, sole executrix. This may have been common practice in the case of unmaried female issue: Hannah Head also left her estate to her unmarried daughter Norah Kathleen (Mary Laidman's granddaughter).

The monumental inscription in Preton Cemetery, North Shields, reads:

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM LAIDMAN
OF NORTH SHIELDS,
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS JULY 23rd 1871
AGED 61 YEARS.
ALSO OF WILLIAM, SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AT HAVANNA JUNE 21st 1861,
AGED 21 YEARS.
ALSO ANN ISABELLA, HIS DAUGHTER
DIED APRIL 18th 1864 AGED 11 YEARS.
ALSO JOHN HARPER, HIS SON
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 28th 1867,
WHILE ON HIS PASSAGE CRONSTADT
AND IS INTERRED THERE,
AGED 21 YEARS.
ALSO MARGARET, HIS DAUGHTER
DIED AUGUST 29th 1869,
AGED 12 YEARS.
ALSO MARY, HIS WIFE
DIED JUNE 7th 1875, AGED 61 YEARS.
ALSO GEORGE GRAHAMSLEY, FOURTH
SON OF THE ABOVE, DIED AT HEATON MERSEY
MAY 29th 1882, AGED 42 YEARS.
THOMAS, ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE,
DIED AT SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
MAY 29th 1902, AGED 63 YEARS
JAMES HARPER LAIDMAN, YOUNGEST SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED NOV. 11th 1920, AGED 69 YEARS.
Spouses
1William LAIDMAN, 1165, O1051
Birth24 Mar 1810, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL
Birth MemoPresbyterian Meeting, Baptisms 1765-1837, Newcastle on Tyne, High Bridge
Baptism15 Apr 1810, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL Age: <1
Bapt MemoHigh Bridge Presbyterian Church. Presbyterian Meeting, Baptisms 1765-1837, Newcastle on Tyne, High Bridge
Baptism5 May 1816, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL Age: 6
Bapt MemoAll Saints: William Laidman and Ann. Mason
Death23 Jul 1871, Chirton, NBL Age: 61
Death Memo23 William Street
BurialNorth Shields, NBL
Burial MemoPreston Cemetery
Occupation1834, 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1873: Tailor
FatherWilliam LAIDMAN , 484, N1047 (ca1780-1845)
MotherAnne BELL , 2369 (1782-1819)
Misc. Notes
The Presbyterian baptism register of High Bridge, Newcastle (PRO RG8/86): 1810: William Laidman native of Morpeth & Anne Bell native of Seaton Sluice Parish of Yearson [sic, for Earsdon] Northumberland his Wife had a Son born in the Parish of All Saints Newcastle upon Tyne 24 March Baptized 15 April 1810 named William Witnesses John Surtess [sic] Jacob Hedley & Cong[regation]. This gives William’s mother’s maiden name and states his father, William, to be “of Morpeth”, which almost certainly confirms the link with the other Laidmans of Morpeth - Rev. William, Francis the surgeon etc.

The local vicar may well have insisted William also be baptised into the Church of England, hence his second christening. The Baptism Register of All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne shows the following entries:
1816 May 5, LAIDMAN, William, son of William and Anne. Pilgrim Street. Mason.
1816 May 5, LAIDMAN, Anne, daughter of William and Anne. Pilgrim Street. Mason.

This probably refers to the baptism of this William Laidman as his father's occupation is mason. A sister Anne was baptised at the same time.

Newcastle is described in the Rev. William MacRitchie's (1754-1837) "Diary of a Tour through Great Britain in 1795" (edited by David MacRitchie, London, Elliot Stock, 1897) as follows: "Newcastle a very ugly, large, irregular town.... Great coal trade the staple of this town. Ships of two masts come up here, but not in great numbers. Vessels of considerable burden are built here, but not so large as those built at Shields.

After breakfast take a walk to the Quay. Thence up the north side of the river to the Northumberland Glass Warehouse, through a narrow, dirty street, if it may be so called, as most of the streets here, except Dean Street and Pilgrim Street, are.... Walk up the north bank of the Tyne to get a prospect of this nasty, sooty, smoky chaos of a town. The views of the river, the bridge, and the boats sailing down with the tide, with the country on each side of the river to the west, are, however, not unpleasant.... From the top of the north bank, about half a mile above the bridge, you have perhaps the best prospect of the place. This dark hulk of a town is seen here on your left hand rising abruptly from the north side of the river; the bridge with all its arches appears before you, connecting Newcastle with the village of Gateshead on the Durham side, which also rises steep and sudden from the south side of the river. Through the arches of the bridge you descry the shipping for a great way down the river, which winds away out of sight under steep banks. The new church.... here appears to great advantage in the face of the background, which rises to a considerable height, cultivated to the top, and adorned with enclosures, hedge-rows, trees, villas &c.

After viewing the most considerable streets and lanes of the place, take a turn to St. Nicholas' Church and view its inside. Nothing very striking about it;-nor indeed about this place. The inhabitants here, like those of Sheffield, have in general got a tincture from the soot of coal-engines, founderies, glass-works, &c."

1834 Pigott's Directory of the North of England
Seaton Sluice, Hartley, Holywell, Monk Seaton
Tailors
LAIDMAN, Wm. (& draper) Hartley

1838-1857: Hartley, Tynemouth, Northumberland
1864-1867: 37 Stanley Street, North Shields
1869: Rudyard Street, Chirton, Northumberland
1871: 23 William Street, Chirton, Northumberland


1841 census return: HO107/820/17 folio 33, page 13
Hartley, [no address]:
William Laidman, 30, Tailor, Y
Mary Laidman, 25, Y
Thomas Laidman, 2, Y
William Laidman, 11 Months, Y
[Note: This family was living next door to that of John Harper (ID 2908), whose sister Mary Harper married William Laidman in 1838]

"Master tailor" is the profession mentioned for William Laidman on both James Harper Laidman's birth and marriage certificate, and in the 1851 ("Master Taylor 2 apprentices") and 1881 census returns. On his daughter Margaret's birth certificate he is described as "Merchant Tailor".

1851 Census Returns HO107/2412 folio 228 page 14
Town of Hartley, Northumberland
William Laidman, head, married, 41, Master Taylor 2 Apprentices, born Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
Mary Laidman, wife, 37, born Hartley, Northumberland
Thomas Laidman, son, 11, scholar, born Hartley, Northumberland
William Laidman, son, 10, scholar, born Hartley, Northumberland
Jane Laidman, daur. 6, scholar, born Hartley, Northumberland
J. Harper Laidman, son, 4, born Hartley, Northumberland
J. Glensly Laidman, son, 2, born Hartley, Northumberland
James Harper Laidman, son, 2 months, born Hartley, Northumberland
Elizabeth Softly, servant, unmarried, 15, House Servant, born Hartley, Northumberland

1861 census return: RG9/3840 folio 23 page 41
7 Sidney St, Tynemouth
William Laidman, Head, Mard, 51, Tailor, born Northd. Newcastle
Mary Laidman, Wife, Mard, 47, do’s wife, born Northd. Hartley
Jane Laidman, Daur, Unmd, 16, born Northd. Hartley
George Laidman, son, Unmd, 12, Scholar, born Northd. Hartley
James Laidman, Son, Unmd, 10, Scholar, born Northd. Hartley
Ann Isabella Laidman, Daur, 8, Scholar, born Northd. Hartley
Margaret Laidman, Daur, 3, born Northd. Hartley

1871 census return: RG10/5114 folio 50, page 75.
23 William Street, North Shields
William Laidman, head, married, 61, Tailor, born Newcastle upon Tyne
Mary Laidman, wife, married, 57, born Northumberland, Hartley
Jane Laidman, daughter, unmarried, 26, born Hartley
George G. Laidman, son, unmarried, 22, Printer/Compositor, born Hartley
James H. Laidman, son, unmarried, 20, Iron Ship Plater, born Hartley

Ann Isabella's death certificate in April 1864 shows the family living at 37 Stanley Street, Chirton, North Shields, and her sister Margaret's death certificate in August 1869 show them at Rudyard Street in the same town. The 1871 and 1881 census returns show the family at 23 William Street, Chirton, North Shields.

The terraced house in Stanley Street, still standing (and for sale in July 1997), appears to be a "two-up-and-two-down" in a row of identical houses. It is built of brick painted pale pink, with a large panelled window downstairs and two smaller panelled windows upstairs. Two square columns with stepped capitals surround the front door. It has no garden but a back yard. It is now not in a very agreeable part of the town, but then where river pilots and master mariners lived.

William Street is parallel to Stanley Street. I could scarcely credit it when I saw the size of the houses here. They are in depressing terraced rows, two-up-and-two-down, and even one-up-and-one-down! It was in the Stanley Street house that poor little Anne Isabella Laidman died in 1864 of scarlet fever at the age of 11. Her sister Margaret Laidman died at the same age of consumption in 1869 at the house in Rudyerd Street, and both William himself and his wife Mary Harper died in the house in William Street. The misery can only be guessed at: the William Street house is minute, a two-up-and-two-down split into two separate houses, with two separate entrances.

William's death certificate states the cause of death to be "Enteritis". The informant was his son George Grahamsley Laidman, "present at death", at the family home at 23 William Street, Chirton, North Shields.

The monumental inscription in Preston Cemetery, North Shields, reads:

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM LAIDMAN
OF NORTH SHIELDS,
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS JULY 23rd 1871
AGED 61 YEARS.
ALSO OF WILLIAM, SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AT HAVANNA JUNE 21st 1861,
AGED 21 YEARS.
ALSO ANN ISABELLA, HIS DAUGHTER
DIED APRIL 18th 1864 AGED 11 YEARS.
ALSO JOHN HARPER, HIS SON
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 28th 1867,
WHILE ON HIS PASSAGE CRONSTADT
AND IS INTERRED THERE,
AGED 21 YEARS.
ALSO MARGARET, HIS DAUGHTER
DIED AUGUST 29th 1869,
AGED 12 YEARS.
ALSO MARY, HIS WIFE
DIED JUNE 7th 1875, AGED 61 YEARS.
ALSO GEORGE GRAHAMSLEY, FOURTH
SON OF THE ABOVE, DIED AT HEATON MERSEY
MAY 29th 1882, AGED 42 YEARS.
THOMAS, ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE,
DIED AT SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
MAY 29th 1902, AGED 63 YEARS
JAMES HARPER LAIDMAN, YOUNGEST SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED NOV. 11th 1920, AGED 69 YEARS.
Marriage25 Aug 1838, Earsdon, NBL
Marr MemoEarsdon Parish Church
Misc. Notes
1838. Marriage solemnized at Earsdon in the Parish of Earsdon in the Count_ of Northumberland
No. 74
When married: August 25 1838
William Laidman, of Age, Batchelor, Draper, Hartley, [father] William Laidman, Mason
Mary Harper, of Age, Spinster, [no profession], Hartley, [father] John Harper, Merchant Sailor
Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by me, Henry Warkman / Minr. of Earsdon
This marriage was solemnized between us,
William Laidman
Mary Harper
in the Presence of us,
James Warkman
Clement Kell[?]
ChildrenThomas , 2165, P1056 (1839-1902)
 William , 2166, P1057 (1841-1861)
 Jane , 2167, P1058 (1845-1931)
 John Harper , 2168, P1059 (1847-1867)
 George Grahamsley , 2169, P1060 (1849-1892)
 James Harper , 1163, P1061 (1851-1920)
 Ann Isabella (Died as Child), 2179, P1062 (1853-1864)
 Margaret (Died as Child), 2180, P1063 (1857-1869)
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