Andrew Jemson and Priscilla Wraith

St Andrews Hexham

Andrew Jemson / Jamison was born in October 1798 in Hexham, Northumberland. he was baptised on 14 October 1798 at the parish church St Andrews, Hexham.

He was the son of  31 year old mother Mary Jemson / Jameson, with no father listed on the baptism record.


Mary, b 1767  was the daughter of Thomas Jameson (1740-1798) and Dorothy Bell (1743-1808). In 1798 Mary was living at the home of her brother or uncle John Bell in Hexham, a shoemaker, and paid 6d in tax on the property on 4 June 1799.

At the age of 29 Andrew married Priscilla Wraith on 28 January 1828 at St Hildas, Market Place, South Shields, Durham.

St Bees Cumbria

Priscilla was born in St Bees near Whitehaven, Cumberland in 1803, the daughter of Matthew Wraith (1780-1831) and Isabella Brown (1781-1858).

She was baptised there on 14 October 1803. Matthew was an iron ore miner and pitman.


Andrew and Priscilla had eight children –

  1. 1829 Mary b Chirton, North Shields
  2. 1831 Matthew b Chirton, North Shields, d 1909 Tynemouth, married Ann Stephenson
  3. 1833 Thomas b Chirton, North Shields, d 1901 Hexham,  married Margaret Barrass
  4. 1835 Hannah b Chirton, North Shields, d 1928 Hamsterley, married William Wraith
  5. 1838 Priscilla b Chirton, North Shields, d 1868 Tynemouth, married John Cooper Reed
  6. 1841 William b Chirton d 1890 Brotton, married Priscilla Wraith
  7. 1844 Isabella b Chirton, North Shields, d 1866 Tynemouth, married Joseph Baker
  8. 1846 Andrew b Chirton, North Shields, d 1931 British Columbia, married Ann Knox

CHIRTON, a township in Tynemouth parish, Northumberland; on the river Tyne and the North Shields railway, ¾ of a mile W of North Shields. It has a post office under North Shields. Acres, 1, 730. Pop., 5, 544. Houses, 1, 047. There were extensive collieries here; but they have been worked out. (1870 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales)

Andrew made his living as a tailor, and appears in the trade directories for Chirton over many years including 1834, 1847,

Andrew Jemson 1834 Pigots directory of Chirton tailor Ancestry

In 1841 the family were living in Middle Chirton, and Andrew was a tailor. He is listed with his wife Priscilla and their children Mary, Matthew, Thomas, Hannah and Priscilla.

an old tailor


Ten years later in 1851 Andrew and Priscilla were still living in Chirton, North Shields and had seven children living with them.

The oldest daughter Mary was not living at home, she was out working as a domestic servant with the Spence family.

In 1861 the family were living in Chirton village, with only three unmarried sons Thomas a brass founder, William a blacksmith, and Andrew Sand Mill labourer.


Andrew Jemson died on 7 January 1864 in Chirton due to heart disease. His occupation was given as master tailor, by his son Matthew. He was 65 years old. He is buried in the Tynemouth General cemetery.

Priscilla Jemson died in Chirton on 29 March 1870 of cancer aged 66 years. She is also buried in the Tynemouth General cemetery.