2 Oct 1808 - d. 12 May 1894
ancestor = fmfm
was the eldest child of William and Elizabeth Orton (nee Dodsworth) who
were married at Wolviston, Billingham on 27 April 1807
1808 Oct 2
baptised at Hutton Rudby, N.Yorkshire. Her father
William Orton was a butcher and a son of a William Orton
owner of property in the village which might have
included a substantial Georgian
house, now known as The Elms,
Northside. Alice Barrigan who wrote "Remarkable, but
still True" has generously provided author's notes which give an indication
of the property's history, see Flounders-Orton-Tweddle.
house was sold by the Ortons to Thomas Tweddle, and almost immediately
passed to Tweddle's daughter
Margaret Flounders wife of James Flounders, farmer of Sexhow.
So, what became of the Ortons, and where did they live ?
The Elms, Hutton Rudby
at York Assizes, Mary's father William
Orton of Hutton Rudby was
sentenced to Death for the offence of passing an
bank note (preceding link is
However he was not hanged
but 'transported' to serve a life sentence as a convict
in Australia. He was carried by the ship Minerva
tons; built Scarborough) which departed from England
on 26 July 1821 and arrived in Sydney, Australia on 26 Mar
days at sea. 172 convicts were delivered. There
be something shady about the character of William
Orton - - viz, the source of this story shows that he tried to
alias in the Court proceedings, his true identity having to be
confirmed by a
neighbour of Hutton Rudby. Now
1831 Aug 15
Mary Orton married
William Brown at Stockton-on-Tees, St Thomas. Each of them
signed the record with their 'mark'.
1833 daughter Margaret born Stockton-on-Tees
1834 son George born Stockton-on-Tees
1836 son Robert born East Thickley (New Shildon)
Mary's husband was on the team led by John Hackworth (16) which
delivered a locomotive engine made in Shildon to the Emperor of Russia
at St Petersburg.
Mary and husband William Brown were at home with young Robert
6, in East
Thickley, (aka New Shildon).
On the day of the census their other children, Margaret 9, and George
7, were living with their maternal grandmother at The Elms in
Rudby. This lady, Mary's mother, Elizabeth (Dodsworth) Orton
was enumerated as F.S. (female
servant) employed by James Flounders, retired farmer. So it seems that
following the sale of The Elms in 1815, and her husband's disgrace (
& 1845 )
Elizabeth was able to return to the old homestead as a
housekeeper. However her time there was curtailed by
death of her employer in the month
following this (1841) census.
1841 July 23 daughter Jane
was born at East Thickley
is news of Mary's 'transported'
father, continuing the saga of 1821
1845 Sep 17 At Maitland, nr Sydney, NSW, William
Orton, was indicted for
having, at Black
Creek, on the 20th of April 1845, passed certain forged orders, each for £1, drawn on
John Welsh, with intent to defraud William
Jones. The jury found a verdict of guilty,
but in consequence of
a most excellent character, the judge sentenced him to the lightest punishment which the law allowed, namely, two years imprisonment
in Parramatta gaol. (This was surely William's last fling as a
fraudster, by the end of his sentence he would have been 69.)
Ann born Shildon
1850 son William born Shildon
1885 Oct 19
Mary's husband William, engine-driver, died aged 82 at Company
Cottages, New Shildon.
Informant on the death certificate was John Dunning his son-in-law.
1891 census shows
Mary living at the home of her daughter Ann
Dunning, High Side
House, nr Heighington [NGR : NZ2401922643]. (High Side
House deserves special mention
in these pages, so please turn to : www.g4fas.net/highside.html
Three years later :
1894 May 12, Mary died aged 86yrs at Moor House,
Lane, Royal Oak, Durham [NGR : NZ2146623528]. She had
from the nearby Highside House along with her daughter's family.
Today, the hamlet of Royal Oak is marked on the maps as a junction at
northern end of the B6275, part of "Dere Street", an old
1901 Census Moor House
was still in the occupation of John Dunning and family. John was the
'informant' on the death certificates of both of his wife's parents.
(1885 & 1894). He died (69) 1911 Q1, probably at Moor House.
Moor House appears to be
a typical Georgian farmhouse, and very similar to The Elms
Hutton Rudby which was I believe, the birth-place of Mary Orton.