Hi! I have been researching the history of my Reay Family for some years now and have only just achieved a breakthrough back beyond 1845 when the family moved from Newcastle to Sunderland.
My family history starts with myself John William born in Sunderland and my father John William B:Sunderland 1907 Married Mabel Alice Whittle B:1906.
G.father William B:Sunderland 1881 Married Alice Wylam B:1882.
GGGrJohn B:1845 married Sarah Carter B:1847 both from Newcastle
" " Jonathan B:1815 married Mary Young B:1814
" " Jonathan B:1790 married Isabella Harper B:1790.
" " William B:1767 married Jane Marshall B:1768.
" " John B:1742 married Sarah Hare B:1742?
" " Robert B:1719 married Margaret Walker B:1721.
" " George B:1696 married Elizabeth Hudson B:1696?
" " Robert B:1674 married unknown ?
" " Roger B:1649 married Anne Green B:1653.
" " John B:1619 married Anne Waike B:1626.
" " Jasper B:1588 married Unknown
Here my search must remain until I make the journey from Dorset, where I now live, to Newcastle to investigate any further records, but in the meantime if you think we may have a connection please get in touch.