I found out from birth certificates that William J Louden was a labourer - a copper worker. He was living in Hebburn at this time and there was a big copper works there. There is lots of information on the Hebburn website: www.hebburn.org.uk.
His wife was Ellen Jane Darragh, and they were both born in Kilrea, Co. Derry. To find out more further back, we'd have to go to Derry Genealogy Centre. I've found a few Darraghs in that area, but no definite links. I can't find any Loudens, which makes me think there's a Scottish connection - Louden being a Scottish name.
Their first two children were born in Glasgow - so they must have gone over for work. Possibly there was family there.Maybe they married there - who knows.
1) Bridget Louden - born 1873 (later working as a domestic servant) and 2) George Louden - born 1874 (later working as a steam engine maker).
The next children were born in Hebburn - so again they must have moved south for work.
3) William Louden - born 1877 (grocery assistant age 14 in 1891 census) 4) James Louden - born 1880 5) & 6) Hugh and Bernard were twins born 18 May 1882. I never knew that Bernard was a twin (or Barney as he was known). There's no mention of Hugh in the next census so he must have died as a child.
The next children are:
7) Mary E. - born 1885 8) Clive F. ? (hard to read on the census)- born 1889 9) Henry - born 1891.
I cannot find Bernard Louden on the 1901 census - maybe he was in the pub! But that year he married my grand mother Rosella Kane on 17 October at St Aloysius RC Church in Hebburn.
I haven't got details of all their children, although obviously one was Helena (Lena) my mother born 1919.
I know there was another Rosella, who lived in London with her husband John Lake. They also had twin boys Frankie and Johnny.
I think Bernard had a son called John, and possibly one called Theo.
What was your husband's grandfather's name? And are you still connected with the North East?