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Family of James BURKE and Mary TURNBULL

Husband: James BURKE ( - )
Wife: Mary TURNBULL (1890- )
Children: James BURKE (1919- )
Ann BURKE (1921- )
Irene BURKE (1923- )
Alice Mary BURKE (1926- )
Robert BURKE (1928- )
June BURKE (1930- )
Marriage 9 Mar 1918 Catholic Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Washington

Husband: James BURKE

Name: James BURKE
Sex: Male
Father: -
Mother: -


Sex: Female
Father: John SCOTT (1863- )
Mother: Annie TURNBULL (1874- )
Birth 27 Nov 1890 South Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland

Child 1: James BURKE

Name: James BURKE
Sex: Male
Birth 1919

Child 2: Ann BURKE

Name: Ann BURKE
Sex: Female
Birth 1921

Child 3: Irene BURKE

Name: Irene BURKE
Sex: Female
Birth 1923

Child 4: Alice Mary BURKE

Name: Alice Mary BURKE
Sex: Female
Spouse: Reginald Walter DAVINE (1925-1999)
Birth 29 Sep 1926 Chester-le-Street, Durham

Child 5: Robert BURKE

Name: Robert BURKE
Sex: Male
Birth 1928

Child 6: June BURKE

Name: June BURKE
Sex: Female
Birth 1930

Note on Husband: James BURKE - shared note

1. Very little is known of the origins of James Burke. His marriage certificate says that he was aged 27 in 1918, but the name is too common for that to lead anywhere. In the 1901 census there is no James Burke born 1889-1892 in Co. Durham. Of the others born 1888 or 1893 I haven't found a family with the sibblings noted below.


2. His daughter Alice records that he had 3 sibblings - John, Mary and Sarah. Of these, John is described as having been 'a bit of a hobo' and having died in a convent.

Note on Wife: Mary TURNBULL - shared note

1. I have the birth certificate for Mary on 27/11/1890 where no father is recorded. Her mother Annie Turnbull is a Finisher at Paper Mill and the place of birth is Blue House Yard, Sunderland.


2. I can find no plausible record of either Mary or her mother in the 1891 census, but both appear in the registration district of Chester-le-Street in 1901 and 1911. (See the record for her mother Annie Turnbull for details.)


3. Her first marriage (probably) as taken from the BMD index was to John Bradshaw in 3rd Qtr 1909 at Lanchester. Her first 4 children were all Bradshaws.


4. She then married James Burke in 1918 and there were a further 6 Burke children.


5. Somewhere in the later 1920s or early 1930s the whole family, with the exception of the eldest daughter Margaret, came south to London on one of the miners' 'Hunger marches'. James Burke was able to find work and settle in London, but for a brief period he was unable to support the family and they were taken in to one of the London workhouses.