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From: "arperry" <>
Subject: Re: JOHN EDWARD FORSTER
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 14:14:04 -0500
I envy you going to Durham but after reading about the possible closing for
a month and the delay that has already occurred in the Durham County
Records Office I trust it will be open when you get there. I received a
deal of help from the South Moor records. The Church of England was called
St. George's and there were 3 chapels. St. George's is still there but only
I hope you go to see Stanley and South Moor. The Stanley flower displays
are beautiful. Older people in Stanley may still refer to turning left at
the arch to go to South Moor but the arch was taken down years ago.
You go down the hill (or in the local dialect, the bank) from Stanley to
South Moor (more often referred to just as the Moor) and then up the bank at
the other side to get to Quaking Houses (You have to turn to the right at
the top of the bank). That's where I was born.
It used to be a little community of just four streets of miner's houses but
now I believe there's only two. I know that First Street was completely
removed but perhaps only part of Second Street. Up near the top end of
fourth Street there is an old CWS (co-op) shop and I was born in the house
almost opposite the Co-op, number 60. I think it was in the house four
doors down (which would be number 56) that there was a family of Forsters.
(It used to be sounded without the "R").
I don't know the names of the father or most of the children but I know that
his wife was Jeanette Harvey and two of the sons were Ted (probably Edward)
and Eric. They were probably born about 1927 and 1930.
I have census records for a George & Margaret Forster in South Moor born
about 1851 and for John and Margaret in Shincliff, born about 1846.
It may not be the prettiest area in Durham but it was my home area for the
first nine years of my life and I loved it. For me it was full of Aunts,
Uncles, cousins grandparents and warmth.
Have a wonderful trip and go home with lots of gems about your genealogy.
From: sheila <>
Date: Friday, February 05, 1999 1:39 AM
Subject: JOHN EDWARD FORSTER
>Hello to all on list, I am searching for information on the
>above person John Edward FORSTER, in 1902 he lived at
>11 Mitchell Terrace Stanley. Durham UK.
>John Edward FORSTER was married to (Grandfather)
> Margaret FORSTER formerly BIRRELL) (Grandmother)
>On 13th May 1902 they had a son Joseph FORSTER (My Father)
>who married in 1922 Mary CAIN. (My Mother)
>they married at South Moor in Co Durham.
>Joseph's birth was registered at Tanfield Durham on 29th May 1902.
>I have the birth certificate of John Edward FORSTER
>and the marriage certificate of Joseph FORSTER/Mary CAIN
>I am looking for 1. siblings of Joseph FORSTER
> 2. Further details of John Edward FORSTER
> and Margaret FORSTER ( BIRRELL)
>My Wife and I are coming to the UK, and will be in the
>Durham area in possibly May this year, and need a starting point
>to search for my family, would appreciate any guidance you could offer
>me. Searching from Australia is quite difficult.
>I lived in Billingham until a small boy, when my parents separated
>and I was taken to London to live, I saw my father last about 1948.
>Please reply to my wifes e-mail address.
>Matthew Forster. Queensland Australia.