Elstob is a popular middle name in my Hutton line and originates when Ann Elstob (1768-1827 and previously married to George Donkin) marries Robert Hutton, the ropemaker, in 1797.
Ann was one of four siblings, but her three brothers, Thomas, John and Reuben were all dead by 1811, leaving a number of grandchildren who were mentioned in the 1816 will of John Elstob, Common Brewer, their father, which I had obtained from Durham University's Probate Records collection.
|A snip from the will of John Elsbob, Common Brewer, 1816 (from North East Inheritance)|
"In trust for my grandson Thomas Elstob the only child of my late son Thomas Elstob his executors administrators and assigns. And as to one other equal fourth part of the same residue or overplus in trust for my grandchildren Thomas Wilson Elstob, Ann Elstob, Catharine Elstob and William Hodson Elstob the children of my late son John Elstob in equal shares and proportions to take the same as tenants in common and not as joint tenants their respective executors administrators and assigns. And as to one other equal fourth part of the same residue or overplus money In trust for my grandchildren William Thompson Elstob and Isabella Elstob the children of my late son Reuben Elstob in equal shares ..."
As you can see the will mentions Thomas Elstob, the son of Thomas Elstob and I had long suspected that the Master Mariner I had found on the census returns was this man, but I had no proof.
Last night, investigating the DVD "Where did my ancestors live? Sunderland" that I had bought last week, for the first time (I've been washing and gardening since we got back on Friday) I found an entry in a trade directory section for 1846.
|1846 Trade Directory Elstob entries in Sunderland (Sunderland Antiquarian Society disk)|
|1851 census for 13 Sunderland Street, Bishopwearmouth (from Ancestry)|
|1857 map snip showing Sunderland Street (from Sunderland Antiquarian Society Maps)|
|1827 Pigot's Directory showing Thomas Elstob in the Ship's Masters Category,|
the asterisk indicates he is a Ship Owner too (from Sunderland Antiquarian Society disk)
Now knowing that this Thomas is a member of my family I back tracked to look up his Master Mariner records on Ancestry and Merchant Seaman's Records on Find My Past. He has entries in both record sets.
|Thomas Elstob's Claim for a Master's Certificate of Service (from Ancestry)|
Thomas's birth place and date of birth is noted at the top of this claim form - Sunderland 12th Janry 1801. I notice that on the certificate he is issued, which is also available on Ancestry this has been copied across as 12th June 1801. The entry I have for his baptism on Family Search states that he was born on 7th January 1800, son of Thomas Elstob and Eleanor Reay and this is supported by the image from the Durham Bishop's Transcripts also on Family Search.
|1800 baptism entry for Thomas Elstob (from Family Search)|
Either the transcription is wrong (and BT's are not always accurate) or Thomas didn't know his birthday!
Newspapers are another fruitful source now we have more clues about Thomas.
|Newcastle Journal 21 September 1833 (from Find My Past - Newspapers)|
Thomas, now a widower, and Catherine appear in the 1861 census still at 13 Sunderland Street. He is a 61 year old Dock Gate Man and Catherine is a teacher. In an 1865 directory on the disk I bought, Catherine is listed at the same address, running a Seminary.
I'm sure I remember a mention of a Captain Elstob working as a Dock Gate Man in something I've read ... but I can't lay my hands on the source today. It does sound like a good land based job for a retired ship's captain.
By 1871 Thomas is alone but for a lodging teacher (a friend of Catherine's maybe?), Catherine herself having died in 1866. He is still working as a Dock Gate Man and he is 70 years old.
Thomas dies in 1872 and is buried from Sunderland Street in Sunderland Cemetery. His branch of the Elstob line dies with him.