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John Patterson
born 2–6 April 1807
  in Philadelphia, Co. Durham
died very roughly 1877

1834: described as 'of this parish' in the Houghton-le-Spring marriage register.

1838: Birth of son George at Collier[y] Row, Houghton-le-Spring. Occupation is given as pitman.

1841 census: living with wife and two children at Colliery Row, Houghton-le-Spring. Occupation is given as coal miner. Age is 2529, born in county.

1846: described as a pitman at the time of his wife's death.

1851 census: living at Grange Row, Carrville, with wife, children and step-children. Occupation is given as coal miner. Age is 43 and place of birth is Philadelphia.

1859: Present at son George's first marriage, where his occupation is given as husbandsman.

1861 census: living at Grange Row, Belmont [Belmont and Carrville are adjacent], with wife, son and step-daughter. Occupation is given as coal miner. Age is 54 and place of birth is 'Pensher'.

1869: Profession given as bailiff on son George's second marriage certificate. NB that 'bailiff' was a term for a foreman or overman in mining. See also this 1888 Times article.

1871 census: living at Pump Row [I failed to note where], with wife, and son. Occupation is given as coal miner. Age is 63 and place of birth is Philadelphia.

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