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Thomas 620 married Margaret and they lived nearby at Crook & Billy Row near Howden. They had 8 children including:
George 1558: became sergeant-major of the Salvation Army in Crook
Agnes 1562 married
Elizabeth 1555 married Edward Evans
Elizabeth 1555 m Edward Evans marriage certificate from the Parish church.
Addison's Colliery in Ryton opened before 1864 and employed 378 people in 1898.
Willington Colliery opened before 1778 and employed 410 people in 1898
In 1898 30m and 10m tons of saleable coal were mined from Durham and Northumberland respectively
740,000 people worked in mines in the UK, 72,000 of them in Durham. The reason for growth in Durham coal was the proximity of ironworking in Cleveland, requiring significant quantities of coal and coke.
By 1898 the death rate had dropped from 1 in 1000 pa to 1 in 5000 pa.
Source: Durham Mining Museum and The History, Topography, and Directory of the County Palatine of Durham by Francis Whellan. Second edition published in 1894.