Kirkwhelpington - I'd never heard of it before I found it mentioned on one of the Harle baptisms last week.
|From the baptism of Sarah Harle in Gosforth 1805 (from Family Search)|
On the baptism of John Harle in 1809 Daniel's origin is fine tuned a little more - this time he is noted as a native of "Great Bavington".
|Snip from Kirkwhelpington Parish Register showing Daniel Harle's baptism in 1781 (from Family Search)|
|St Bartholomew's, Kirkwhelpington (from Google Maps)|
|Map of Kirkwhelpington and Great Bavington (from Bing maps)|
Great Bavington is about four miles south of Kirkwhelpington; the map snip above shows a bridle path that seems to follow a shorter route than either of the roads - though when I Google map'd the roads they were pretty narrow.
Interestingly the Genuki listing for Kirkwhelpington quotes from an 1855 Topography of Northumberland that "instances of longevity are not at all uncommon" - well that sounds good. Unfortunately the same source notes that the population was in decline from as early as 1821, "in 1811, 814; in 1821, 793; in 1831, 789; in 1841, 705; and in 1851, 679 souls" and a Bartholomew's Gazetter I have notes that in 1963 the population was 230. Wikipedia says that the village had a school between 1858 and 1972, but it is now a private house. A memorial hall was built in 1924 to the men from the village who died in the First World War. I can see four men from WW1 and one from WW2 on the Commonwealth War Graves site - there may be others whose inscription doesn't mention the village by name or who came from the surrounding hamlets.
|Great Bavington from the north east, on the road from Kirkwhelpington (from Google maps)|
|Newcastle Courant 13th January 1781 (from Find My Past)|
|1919-24 Bartholomew's map of Kirkwhelpington (from National Library of Scotland)|
|Morpeth Herald Saturday 10 September 1881 (from Find My Past)|
A "Mr John Harle of Great Bavington" is buried at Kirkwhelpington in 1788, when Daniel would only have been seven years old. He was John Harle's eldest son to Sarah, however there are some baptisms where the father is a John Harle, without a mother's name mentioned, recorded between ten and twenty years before Daniel's birth, so he may have been a younger son to a second wife and not entitled to any inheritance from his father. He could have left Great Bavington and Kirkwhelpington as quite a young man to find work in the collieries around Newcastle. Daniel marries Isabella Penman in Gosforth in 1804 and his first child Sarah is born in 1805.
More about Daniel sometime soon.