I was interested to find a copy of an artilcle on your web site written by Percy Reay. Percy was a first cousin of my Grandmother, Elizabeth Mary Florence Reay. Her Father was John Tone Reay.
I have lots of photos of the Family from the early part of last Century if they are of any interest to you.
I know that the family lived in Blue Row in Heddon in 1895 but they then moved to Falcon Terrace in Wylam.
David Payne recently contacted the web site with the following message:
On our transcript of graveyard memorials, the stone (numbered 173) reads:
There are just two Commonwealth War Graves in St Andrew's Churchyard in Heddon on the Wall and I had often wondered how Pilot Officer Trotter of the Royal Australian Air Force came to be buried here. Rev. Audrey McCartan put me in touch with Jean's daughter, Jenefer Creamer, who kindly helped fill in the story.
In 2012, at a private family gathering in St Andrew's Churchyard in Heddon, overseen by Rev. Audrey McCartan, the ashes of a lady, Jean Bainbridge Cummings, who had recently died in Canada, were buried between the Commonwealth War Grave of her first husband, Pilot Officer J A Trotter and the unmarked grave of her father, Thomas Matthew Scott.
Gillian Massiah recently sent me more information and some photos of this family, her relatives.
As described here, Oakwood Lodge, west of Houghton on the Hexham Road, in 1911 was the home of Henry James Chapman (49) working as Head Gardener. Sharing the lodge was his wife, Elizabeth (46), and six sons. He had been employed for his experience in propagation and cultivation of orchids, a passion of Norman Charles Cookson (Tyneside Industrialist, 1841-1909) at Oakwood House. One of the greenhouses still exists today and is to be restored by its current owners.
From Left to Right Standing:
William Henry Chapman (b.1893; colliery clerk); Harold Thomas Chapman (b.1896; school); Wallace Chapman (b.1900, school); George Lewis Chapman (b.1894, teacher)
Henry James Chapman (b.1862, gardener): Frederick Charles Chapman (b.1905, school); Elizabeth Chapman (nee Lewis; b.1865, married 20 years)
Albert Edward Chapman (b.1903, school).
The dog is either Digger or Trencher.