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About The Andrew Family of Staithes
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The purpose of this site is to trace and record all the descendants of Thomas Andrew and Jane Corner who married in 1620, in Hinderwell, North Yorkshire. I encourage all invitees to the site to add/amend their own immediate family and also to leave a message in the Guestbook. However, I would ask you NOT to extend the tree to include the ancestors of spouses. I trust that you understand my desire to retain this site for recording the descendants of Thomas & Jane, exclusively. If you notice errors in other parts of the tree, or if you have additional information on any ancestor, then please let me know the correction/addition required & I will investigate & amend. If you have old photographs or documents that you would like to make available, then please scan as a pdf or jpeg file & email to me & I will upload them. Please do email me any of your family stories & I will publish them here and do return to the site from time to time, as I am adding stuff on a regular basis. I emphasise that this is a private site, for the benefit of our family, viewable by invitation only. If you are descended from this Andrew(s)line, then do please request access. OUR SEAFARING HISTORY I have traced the Andrew, later Andrews, line back to the marriage of Thomas Andrew & Margareta Hesleton in in 1601 in the parish church in Hinderwell, on the north east coast of Yorkshire. Regrettably, this marriage was childless and Margareta died in 1619. Thomas then married Jane Corner in 1620 & from his second marriage, this Andrew dynasty was born. Back in these far off days, the family were Quakers probably joining the Church of England at the beginning of the 18th century. Then, in 1834, another Thomas Andrews, my Gt.x2 Grandfather,and his family converted to the Roman Catholic faith. They made their first Holy Communion on Ascension day, 1834 at Gateshead, in County Durham. A brave action, happening only 5 years after the religious emancipation bill of 1829 passed through Parliament. This gave Catholics the right to practice their faith in public once again, having been discriminated against, for almost 150 years. It was Thomas's father, Newark, who added the's';being born Newark Andrew in 1749 but baptising all his children as Andrews. It is not known why he did this, other than, perhaps, to differentiate the family from John Andrew, a well known smuggler from Saltburn, another fishing village a few miles further up the coast. This John Andrew has no connection with our 'Andrew' family, he having moved into the district from Scotland around 1770. Newark became a very wealthy man. His grandfather William had been a fisherman, a common occupation in the coastal village of Staithes, North Yorkshire, which has it's own natural harbour. However, by the 1740's, Newark's father Richard (1714-1784), started to take advantage of the growing demand for coal in London, by shipping it from the port of Shields, near Newcastle. Newark expanded this venture over the next 30 years, such that his ships were sailing all over the world, including to St.Petersburg in Russia and Norway, (the Baltic trade); the Cape of Good Hope & North America. During this period, the world was far from settled, Britain was intermittently at war with France, Spain and Holland and then the United States, as the latter demanded independence. There is substantial evidence that at least one of his ships, The Charlotte, was used as a supply ship in the action at Quebec and that it was later in the Mediterranean defending Corsica from the French revolutionaries. During this time, (1790's) the battle of Calvi ensued. (this was the battle which cost Lord Nelson his eye) Siege of Calvi-Wikipedia Shipping at this time must have been a very risky business. Indeed, a newspaper report of 1800, states that the Charlotte, en route from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Britain, was captured by a French privateer and taken to Spain. It must have been recovered however, as by 1807 it is sailing once again under Newark's ownership and in 1810 he insures the boat and the cargo for the sum of £1,000 with the Sun Insurance company of London. (Of course it may have been insured earlier but there is no evidence to confirm that this was so.) In 1797,when Newark was 50 years of age, he bought a farm at Simonside, Jarrow (regrettably now the centre of a modern housing estate) and gradually settled down to farm, although initially, it was rented out as an investment and indeed he did not sell his last ship until about 1822. There is a very detailed plan of what the tenants must grow in each field at the farm, dated 1799. The reason for switching to farming, was probably partly, to do with his advancing years; he was simply getting too old to be at sea and Thomas, his youngest son,(and the only one to produce a family & live to old age) was prone to epilepsy and therefore unsuitable for a life at sea. In addition to Newark & Charlotte's six children who died in infancy, they also lost several close family members to the sea. Newark's brother Richard drowned in the West Indies in June 1794, his brother in law, William Trattles (husband of sister Alice) was lost at sea in 1788, his nephew Richard Trattles was killed during the battle of Calvi in Corsica in 1794, and sons John & Peter were lost in 1790 (age 17) & 1806 (age 34) respectively. In fact, although Newark & his wife Charlotte (Burnickle) had 12 children, only 4 made it to adulthood and only Thomas had any grandchildren. Thomas would appear to have been a very meticulous man. He was educated privately, it is said in London, although regrettably the name of his school is not known. However his school book (see Stories) written in his own hand, signed Thomas Andrews and dated September 16th 1801, shows that he studied, in addition to the usual principles of mathematics; bookeeping & accounts, tare & tret, simple interest, commission, brokerage, insurance, purchase of stocks, compound interest, rebate & discount, equation of payments, single fellowship or fellowship without time, double fellowship or fellowship with time, barter, loss & gain, foreign exchange & trade with different countries, vulgar fractions, & decimals. Clearly he was being prepared by his father for a life in business & commerce. Of course most of the above nowadays would be undertaken by calculator or computer in seconds but in 1801 (when he was aged 11) one had to know the principles and method of calculations. He sets out in immaculate copperplate handwriting, firstly a definition of each subject, followed by the 'rules', followed by carefully worked examples often over several pages.
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