Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Absconded

When my 5x Great Grandfather Charles Clementson was around 15 years old, his mother gave birth to his sister, Abigail. She was born when the family lived at Lumley Park, Durham and was baptised at Chester-le-Street on 23 February 1783. The Clementson family then went to live in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and some members of the family later moved to Tynemouth.




On 22 August 1807, a notice was printed in the Newcastle Courant on the front page in the 'General Hue And Cry' section.




"ABSCONDED, on Monday Morning, 17th instant, from Easington, County of Durham, WILLIAM COLLIN and ABIGAIL CLEMENTSON, both hired Servants to T. Hunter. William Collin has left his Wife and Child, is about 27 Years of Age, 5 Feet 9 Inches high; had on when he went away, a dark double-breasted Coat, a patent Cord Waistcoat, and had with him a short blue Coat and a Pair of Trowsers. Abigail Clementson is a good looking Woman, pitted with the Small Pox, is about 25 Years of Age, speaks the Newcastle Dialect, and has taken away with her a Quantity of her fellow-servant's Cloaths. Whoever will give information of one or both of the Offenders, so that they may be brought to Punishment, shall receive a Reward of TWO GUINEAS for each, on application to the Rev. A. Garthorne, Treasurer to the Easington Association.
N. B. It is supposed they are gone South, for the Sake of working at the Harvest."

Abigail gave birth to an illegitimate son the following month, although his birthplace is unknown. He was baptised in October 1808 at Tynemouth. She gave birth to a second illegitimate son in 1812 and he was also baptised at Tynemouth.