My family came from there & here is the information I have on our line (much more on later generations in USA too, if you wish to see them they are online at my genealogy website at http://www.sonic.net/~darosahttp://www.sonic.net/~darosa: 2. Joseph ALLEN. (worked in Coal pits, lived in Newcastle on tyne) Joseph married Sarah. ( I don't know sarah's maiden name)
They had the following children:
3i. Joseph (1881-1961)(emigrated to USA 1905-6, my gr grandfather, m. Mary Ann Bell b.1886, ofWaterhouses, Durham co. England
4ii. Thomas (1886-)m. Hillan (helen) Shepard (of USA)
iii. Frank.Frank married Maud Armstrong.(emigrated to USA 1905-6, my gr uncle & returned to England by 1930's)
viii. Mary. (I have letters from mary to Joseph above from Newcastle on Tyne in 1920-37)
ix. Annie. Annie died in 1895.
9x. Robert (-1895)
xi.Olive. Olive died in 1914.
In letters from Gr AUnt Mary, there were other cousins listed named Phyllis, b. ca 1908, Gertie, Gwynn, & Olga (b. May 7, 1903) - oLGA had two little brothers, Bobbie b. ca 1916 and Frank, b. ca 1918
THe letter from Mary also states there were cousins in sacriston in 1920, one named Joe, b. in 1907 or 8, don't know his parents.
Thank you Suzanne Babkirk - da Rosa email@example.com