My chosen Black Sheep is John Elstob Hutton. He is my 1st cousin 4 x removed and he lived in Hartlepool, Durham from 1834 to 1866. John was the second son of Robert Elstob Hutton (1804-1858) the brother of my bigamist 3x great-grandfather Fred. Robert, unlike his brother, appears to have made a good life for himself, moving to Hartlepool from Sunderland in around 1840. He was a master mariner, ship's captain, ship owner and in later life a local councillor. The family lived on Cliff Terrace, near to the church of St Hilda on the headland.
|Cliff Terrace, Hartlepool (from Geograph © Copyright Andrew Curtis and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence)|
|1858 Post Office Directory for Durham, entry for Hartlepool (from Historical Directories)|
However my next encounter with him was on the British Newspaper Archive (BNA) website.
|York Herald 1 Dec 1866 (from BNA)|
John was not married and I can find no further sign of him in this country. Was the responsibility of the job(s) too much for him? What did he do with the money? I wonder where he went?
Fortunately for his family there were still several other respectable sons who continued to support their mother until her death. They did seem to move from Hartlepool though, to London, Darlington and South Shields - maybe to get away from the gossip?