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Message 571 - Michael Collins | mikecollins~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Many thanks for the hard work in creating this website.
3 /March /2014----11 :08 :16 - Coalville, Leics

Message 570 - Edward McCabe | edsurf58~AT~aol~DOT~com
Message for Brian Scollen.

Hi I am tracing my family tree and our family's cross paths, My great great Grandfather was Patrick McCabe who was married to Mary Rose Scollen.


Ed McCabe
20 /February /2014----20 :45 :20 - Lymington, Hants

Message 569 - janet jefferies | janetjefferies57~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I am looking for information on Sisters of Mercy Ryhope where my grandmother Jenny Hanlon was sent in the late 1890's after her parents died. Any photos would be wonderful. She also had 2 brothers Joseph and Henry but I have no idea what happened to them.
17 /February /2014----13 :53 :59 - London

Message 568 - Keith
Just a bit advice

I have noticed that visitors are asking questions on the guestbook and getting replies. Some are making reference to other posts in the guestbook and cross referencing.we have a forum for such things and it will make your use of this site far easier if you were to use the forum as this is why it was put there.

However if you prefer to do it this way please continue. But please remember its much easier to follow threads on the forum as opposed to here in the guestbook
17 /February /2014----01 :00 :10 - seaham

Message 567 - Ian Thirlwell | fh~DOT~thirlwell~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
George, there's a Martin Tempest Watson born Sacriston, age 12, in the 1911 census. Is this your granddad? The brothers' names match, and there are six, not five brothers!
13 /February /2014----22 :49 :46 - Portsmouth

Message 566 - george robinson | george~DOT~robinson716~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
re.martin tempest watson sacriston mothers name alice fathers name thomas a pit deputy my grandad martin had five brothers 1. william.g 2.thomas3.john.r 4.james.w 5 grandad.martin tempest 6 frank.g his father thomas born in stanley but no referance anywhere about him help anyone please
10 /February /2014----12 :31 :45 - doncaster

Message 565 - Liz Maddock | lizmaddock~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Ref. Message 519.
Hi Su,
I'm a bit foggy about details but I had a relative (Great-great - Aunt?) called Olive Thomson who had a husband known as Jack. I believe that my grandmother was a Schmeichen so it seems to tie up. Olive lived in Whitley Bay close to her sister Elizabeth, known as 'Tizzy' . Does this sound familiar to you?
10 /February /2014----09 :24 :48 - Sevilla, Spain

Message 564 - alan plummer | alan~DOT~plummer~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
now living in east kent after time n the army 25 years and 18 years working for the Royal British Legion.I left seaham in 1955 for nat service.I wonder if any of my mates from our teenage years are still around.If so i would like to hear from them.
6 /February /2014----14 :41 :18 - Nr.Margate Kent

Message 563 - John Routledge | john~AT~apexconstruction~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Would be interested in hearing from people who remember me
29 /January /2014----17 :55 :48 - United Kingdom

Comment:   It may help people if you were to give your age/schools you attended as there were a few Routledge familys on Seaham

Message 562 - Joan Nicholls | Joan~DOT~nic~AT~fsmail~DOT~net
looking for old friend.Valarie O'Connor.lived in Tees street, Seaham Co Durham.my grandma was mrs McGrath who lived in Henry Street,seaham.I used to visit for the 6 weeks school holidays,and became friends with Valarie.I lived in the west midlands,still do.have great memories of the O'Connor family.I heard she may have gone to live in Canada,not sure.anyone able to help would appreciate it.
26 /January /2014----16 :09 :55 - Stourbridge,west midlands

Comment:   Yes they Moved to Canada and I vagueley remember the McGrath family

Message 561 - Mick Smith | mick~AT~homecookedrecords~DOT~com
Is that a new front end on the site?
Nice image and a nice change.!
15 /January /2014----19 :09 :53 - France

Comment:   Yes Mick it is the New look

Message 560 - neal chip carver | chipcarverlondon~AT~gmail~DOT~com
From seaham now london alrite to anyone who remembers me also anyone got man u away ticket lol ftm chip carver from the harbour
14 /January /2014----19 :12 :40 - london

Message 559 - Anne Wilson | awilson645~AT~comcast~DOT~net
Brilliant site. Just finished reading Up The Ladder. Once I started I could not stop reading!
9 /January /2014----19 :40 :19 - Oregon USA

Message 558 - Keith
we are having a few issues with parts of the photograph gallery and hope to have this sorted ASAP

Keith (admin)
4 /January /2014----12 :58 :34 - seaham

Message 557 - Brian Slee | brian~DOT~slee1~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
John Holland - I have a copy 1897 map of Ryhope and it shows Taylor Street west from the Toll Bar, I'll try and scan it for you later so you can have an image of the map area. I'll check my postcards and images of Ryhope but doubt I'll have any showing Taylor Street as I would have sent copies to Dave for this site.
Good luck in your request.
I'll attach the scan and send via your email.
1 /January /2014----20 :53 :00 - Seaham

Message 556 - John Holland | JHoll49642~AT~aol~DOT~com
Happy New Year, I am looking for my father,s family, he lived in Ryhope, but his family came from Seaham. He had three sisters Kitty, Peggy and Molly.
Also can anyone tell me where Taylor Street was in Ryhope, and are there any photos.
1 /January /2014----20 :11 :23 - Rochdale

Message 555 - Frederick Gordon | fkg~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I have spent a long time viewing this grand site and it can be considered to be the definitive history of the proud town of Seaham. May I wish the contributors and custodians of the site the compliments of the Season and a healthy and prosperous 2014
30 /December /2013----05 :32 :36 - Sunderland

Message 554 - john mccormack | johnmccormack3~AT~sky~DOT~com
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Harbour folk and anyone who remambers me.
Please ask Dave if he still has my cricket photo of Dawdon CWCC in 1967 as it has never appeared on the site.
Always a Harbour lad.
19 /December /2013----17 :07 :27 - harrogate

Message 553 - g.robinson | george~DOT~robinson716~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
re.martin tempest watson he was born 1899 worked at vane tempest colliery I was told he helped to sink the shaft but cannot verify that
19 /December /2013----12 :20 :44 - doncaster

Message 552 - Jean Armfield | jean~DOT~armfield~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
A very Happy Christmas to all my friends in Seaham. Jean.
16 /December /2013----12 :52 :34 - United Kingdom

Message 551 - Lucy | luc176~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
To all who visit this Guest Book I wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New
16 /December /2013----11 :24 :17 - Seaham

Message 550 - Jack Fraser | louisee88~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Dave, do you remember me? We were in the same class at the SMS
15 /December /2013----21 :15 :34 - Derbyshire

Message 549 - george robinson | george~DOT~robinson716~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
tried to find my grandads family he was christened martin tempest watson born in sacriston co durham had five brothers went to seaham for work he was the son of thomas watson born in stanley but i can't find any reference there help anyone thank you
27 /November /2013----13 :40 :46 - doncaster

Comment:   Maybe you could add some dates to this message and narrow it down. I myself had an uncle by the name of Edward (Ted) Watson he lived in Henry Street Seaham in the 50's and 60's I do not know where his family originated, he was married to my maternal grandmothers Sister Dora Hindmarch

Message 548 - Michael Cole | tatchleybooks~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I imagine Norman Kirtlan has kept you informed of my emails to him, regarding a Victorian album in my possession, originally belonging to Ellen Pemberton [b.1857].
I sent him a photograph of a strange looking mansion, probably taken c.1870, which exactly corresponds with one he sent me. He identified it as Pemberton House or Hall, Bishopwearmouth. which is indeed where I though Ellen lived.
How much do i need to tell you? The census for 1871 shows the Pembertons at Hawthorn Tower.
13 /November /2013----16 :54 :48 - Cheltenham, Glos

Message 547 - Bill Reynoldson | bill~AT~carlos-fandango~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I would like to contact. Ian Walker we were both crew members on SS Hendrik and tanker MV. Athellaird 1962/3 I don't know where Ian lived in Seaham. We met up through friends /Workmates when I was at Murleys Bakery. I was living in Ryhope then
12 /November /2013----19 :57 :44 - Pickering North Yorks

Message 546 - Robert Harrison | rwharrison~AT~fsmail~DOT~net
Just a word of thanks to Brian Scollen, for his time and effort in
showing us and explaining all the work and effort in bringing back
the George Elmy to Seaham. Those of us who lived in Seaham
on that fatefull day will never forget the disaster.
3 /November /2013----18 :31 :10 - Heathfield East Sussex.

Message 545 - jim hebden | mary~DOT~hebden~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
i am trying to do my family tree my mothers name was alice lincoln and she lived in seventh street horden she had a bother named fred his father was allso called fred and her mother was called sarah. so if any body called lincoln and think they maybe some relation i would love to here from you.all the best. jim hebden.
31 /October /2013----20 :57 :11 - whitby north yorkshire

Comment:   Jim I Have a number of People on another site who live in Horden so I have put a request out for information .You may also like to go to this group page where there are at least two people of the name LIncoln who lived in Horden :-https://www.facebook.com/groups/37053937468/members/?order=default&query=lincoln

Message 544 - Jean Thirtle Searson | jeanexbrit~AT~aol~DOT~com
I was born in Seaham Harbour in 1941, my parents were John Dixon Thirtle and Georgina Johnston Thirtle. I know I have relatives still there but have lost touch with them. My fathers brother was George Thirtle of Dawdon Colliery and his wife's name was Hannah, they had two daughters, Audrey and Olive, if anyone knows their whereabouts, please contact me, would love to hear either about them or from them.
22 /September /2013----17 :38 :54 - Simpsonville, SC, USA

Message 543 - Michelle Thornton | michellethornton1789~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Chris Temple
I have not yet found the photo I would love to see it myself I am also on the Seaham Harbour guestbook I found out off someone off there and my mam confirmed it, I have been searching on google and other sources would be amazing to find it.
Thank you so much for all your help I really appreciate it
22 /September /2013----07 :24 :19 - Peterlee

Message 542 - Ruth | blonde~DOT~roots~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Interesting to see so many messages on here from people who are descended from George Scott b1806 and Elizabeth Halliday b1808. They are my great great great grandparents too as my family line comes through their daughter Elizabeth Scott b1834 who married Thomas Partis Haswell.

20 /September /2013----19 :24 :05 - Nottingham

Message 541 - Chris Temple | divechris~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi Michelle, I have asked a old friend at the dive club to ask old members if they were friends of your dad or uncle Ian and to look on this site . If I get any contacts I will let you know. Where did you find photo ? I would like to see it. regards Chris
20 /September /2013----18 :10 :51 - Scotland

Message 540 - Colin Shaw | shawsyftm73~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hello Dave at east durham history. this site is a credit to you,and all who help in it. just wondering if you would be intrested in my grandfathers and his brothers fight records for your sporting section. They were all boxers from Seaham, and had write ups in the sunderland echo. they were the Devlin brothers. Andy was my Grand father. if you would be intrested please contact me by email. thanks again. and keep up the good work.
15 /September /2013----07 :55 :32 - Seaham

Comment:   Thanks Colin, I knew one of the Devlin brothers and his wife years ago, really nice people. They were very friendly with my father too.
I will contact you by email.

Message 539 - Michelle Thornton | michellethornton1789~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Chris Temple

Hi Chris I have recently found out that my uncle Ian was in the newspapers, he had been diving and came across an old cargo ship he found a really old Newcastle brown ale bottle and was photographed with it but his face was covered but his name was mentioned. If you have any info on this please get back to me.
11 /September /2013----12 :16 :14 - Peterlee

Message 538 - Brian Slee | brian~DOT~slee1~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Keith, this Luddite (as you called me!) is now liking it, I've come off the fence! Thank you.
8 /September /2013----01 :00 :19 - Seaham

Message 537 - Seaham lass | f~DOT~burgin~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
How neat the side bar looks much easier to use brill.
18 /August /2013----17 :30 :59 - Houghton-le-Spring

Message 536 - Jack Barrow | jackbarrow54~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I prefer the New Navigation much better to find what you want ,every thing is at hand . click on a menu and pick form the list easy

Ps Great Site Thank you
16 /August /2013----18 :37 :40 - SEAHAM

Message 535 - mick maratty | m~DOT~maratty~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
any photos of pupils from st mags or st josephs from 1950 onwards , thanks
15 /August /2013----15 :39 :05 - brighton

Comment:   If you click the (search this site Link at the left then type in GW 096 it will take you to a photogragh of pupils from ST Josephs from that era

Message 534 - Patricia claughlin | Margeret800~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Any photo,s of st cutch rest seaham
14 /August /2013----21 :01 :16 - Hemel Hempstead

Comment:   I am sorry but I do not know what you are referring to. Can you be more specific please

Message 533 - Lucy | luc176~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Love the new Format especially the (Search this site) Good work Keith .This should be a great help to those who are new to the site and looking for a particular family, they can type name in and if there is anything recorded under that name they can easily find.
14 /August /2013----09 :35 :49 - Seaham

Message 532 - Dave Angus | dave~AT~east-durham~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Thanks Mick but nothing to do with me really, it's Keith dragging me kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
13 /August /2013----22 :14 :42

Message 531 - Mick Smith | mick~AT~homecookedrecords~DOT~com | homecookedrecords.com
Like the new sidebar Dave. Good work!
13 /August /2013----20 :52 :20 - France

Message 530 - Lucy | luc176~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
This guest book is not for ADVERTISERS of any kind,If any get posted they will be deleted.
11 /August /2013----13 :23 :33 - Seaham

Message 529 - Lisa Thompson | thomplt21~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I am trying to find my dad and uncles family. Had some success few years back but seems Internet connection failed us.

My dad is Alan Thompson age 53 and my Uncle Gary Thompson age 56 ish.
There parents were Thomas Thompson and Mary Skir. Both deceased now which is why I would like to find some family. Both were born in Seaham. My Grandad Thomas worked until my dad (Alan) was 5 in the mines.

If they could be any relation pls contact me.
4 /August /2013----16 :29 :42 - Cambridge

Message 528 - Jean Armfield [nee Wilkinson] | jean~DOT~armfield~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Just seen this message Avril. Are you OK?
I have been trying to get in touch with you for ages!!!!!
Where are you???
I sent lots of e-mails to your friend but no replies.
Please get in touch. Love Jeanxxx
2 /August /2013----09 :14 :57 - London

Message 527 - Avril Stacey (maiden name Ritson) | avril1943~AT~outlook~DOT~com
Hello my name is Avril daughter of Billy and Greta Ritson and sister of Kath. I was born in 1943 and went to school at the grammar school in the 1950's. It would be nice to hear from any of my friends from this time if you remember me?
23 /July /2013----14 :12 :41 - Shepshed, Leicestershire

Message 526 - Edith Smithyman ne Wright | alex~DOT~smithyman~AT~sky~DOT~com
would love to here from anyone who remembers my sister Audrey and I, Born in seaham fathers name Samual Wright he had a sister Maggie Macintosh and brother dick who lived at the hall lodge for many years Myself and audrey went to school in ryhope , lived with granny hannah craike formely Mordecai have cousins in ryhope and seaham , visited seaham often to see aunt ivy and uncle tom peel in Grants Crescent and magalene court , still in touch with all my cousins there
Wonderful childhood memories.
23 /July /2013----12 :14 :14 - Maltby Rotherham

Message 525 - Margaret Kent née Donnelly | Bobnmarg~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Does anyone know any Donnellys from Seaham or Deneside...
20 /July /2013----12 :50 :23 - Australia

Message 524 - Ray Curtis | raycurtis70~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Message for Ian Paul,Just read your 485 etc,My Fathers parents were also from Norfolk.What may be of interest to you is the 1871 census shows my GreatGrandfather also from Norfolk, was lodging in Back NorthrailwaySt Seaham,with his sister Hannah and her husband Charles Paul.Also there were two children Mary and Alice.Charles birth address is in Norfolk,but icannot make out the village could be Bigate?
15 /July /2013----15 :46 :45 - Seaham

Comment:   Charles was born in Bradfield, Norfolk.

Message 523 - Lisa Vickers | lisavickers1108~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi I am trying to find any family connections in the Easington area, if anyone knew of my father Gordon Vickers, any information would be very much appreciated.

Thank You
1 /July /2013----10 :44 :14 - Peterlee

Message 522 - Michelle Thornton | michellethornton1789~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Chris Temple

My dad passed away back in 1994 I was 7, now that I am older I want to find out more about him and family in Seaham.

Thank you so much, definitly going to look into it.

29 /June /2013----20 :01 :13 - Peterlee

Message 521 - Chris Temple | rosemountbb~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I knew of Geoff as a friend of my brother I knew Ian better and I went to school with Janette .I remember them both as really good guys , both were members of Seaham sub aqua club they may be able to help you more.
29 /June /2013----18 :21 :39 - Scotland

Message 520 - Michelle Thornton | michellethornton1789~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi i am trying to find out more about my dad Geoffrey Thornton son of Maurice and Joan Thornton, he lived at Longnewton street Dawdon Seaham, had a brother Ian now deceased and a sister Janette.
He went to Camden Square Garden School during or ending 1974.
If anyone new him or my family please contact me
29 /June /2013----11 :17 :21 - Peterlee

Message 519 - Norma Taylor | norstay~AT~googlemail~DOT~com
Wear Water Cottage, was occupied or owned by the Davison fam' 1880s
but I can't find them in 1881 census, I was told that my ancestors lived here then, it sold herbal beer & people would sail up the river in the summer, to have tea in thier gardens
25 /June /2013----23 :28 :14 - Castletown, Sundreland

Message 518 - keith | www.east-durham.co.uk/seaham/lifeboats/George%20Elmy%20returns%20to%20Seaham/index.html
george elmy gallery
25 /June /2013----02 :03 :36

Message 517 - keith
George Elmy gallery

25 /June /2013----01 :56 :03 - seaham

Message 516 - Lucy | luc176~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Today is the day for George Elmy to come home .He should arrive sometime between 12 noon and 2pm
23 /June /2013----09 :20 :24 - Seaham

Message 515 - Lucy | luc176~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Weather permitting The George Elmy Lifeboat will sail into Seaham on June23rd 2013 between 12 noon and 2 pm. If weather not good then it will sail the following week on the 30th June
7 /June /2013----07 :28 :14 - Seaham

Message 514 - Joanne Galley | jogalley57~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Hi I've just come across your site. I am trying to trace my fathers (Galley) maternal side of the family (Early), they lived at 12 Railway Terrace, Hetton le Hole at the 1911 census. Have old post card photos but putting dates to some of them is difficult, wondered if it would be worth putting on the site? My great grandfather James Early worked in the colliery, my grandmother Winifred looks to be about 3 so it must be around 1899. Other photos maybe 1920's?
2 /June /2013----08 :12 :57 - Adelaide South Australia

Comment:   Hello Joanne, sorry I missed your post back in June, I can't help with your Hetton ancestors but maybe someone from the area will contact you.
Re your postcards and photographs, any scans would be very welcome and could maybe turn up some info for you.
Thanks, Dave

Message 513 - Eric Braley | ricebarley1~AT~bigpond~DOT~com
WOW! What a great website and so many memories of the Lifeboat disaster. I was admitted to Seaham Hall Hospital about mid day with a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) after leaving my ship in an emergency in Manchester the day before to travel home to Sunderland by myself. Although I was in poor shape and barely conscious I vividly remember the rockets lighting up the dark afternoon sky and all hell breaking loose at the hospital as the staff and local patients realised that maybe their friends and kin were in terrible strife on a foul and unforgettable day. I was at the hospital for about 3 weeks after emergency surgery that evening. Thankfully I made a full recovery all due to the wonderful devoted and talented staff. I have lived in Australia for the past 45 years but still think of that terrible day and am very pleased to have found this site so I can see what really happened.
1 /June /2013----06 :50 :15 - Drysdale Victoria Australia

Message 512 - Simon Chapman | simon~DOT~chapman1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Please check your captions of Dalton/North Dalton pumping stations. These were two separate places only a short distance apart but the captions are mixed up. Dalton is the big Victorian station currently in a slow process of repair and part-conversion to housing. North Dalton is of much later date and still in use as a water pumping station.
29 /May /2013----21 :13 :21 - Cleveland

Comment:   Thanks Simon, I apologise for caption errors, these were pointed out to me over a year ago by Stafford Linsley along with all necessary corrections.
Unfortunately I struggle to find time
these days but I will get around to the corrections eventually. Dave

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