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Christopher BlackettAge: 27 years17111738

Christopher Blackett
Given names
Birth before May 15, 1711 26 26
Christening May 15, 1711
Death of a fatherChristopher Blackett
September 13, 1712 (Age 15 months)
Burial of a fatherChristopher Blackett
September 16, 1712 (Age 16 months)
Marriage of a parentFrancis SmartAlice HiltonView this family
September 29, 1715 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a half-sisterElizabeth Smart
before September 9, 1716 (Age 5 years)
Christening of a half-sisterElizabeth Smart
September 9, 1716 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a half-sisterMartha Maria (Bellasyse) Billasyse
before March 8, 1721 (Age 9 years)
Christening of a half-sisterMartha Maria (Bellasyse) Billasyse
March 8, 1721 (Age 9 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherMary Errington
January 1730 (Age 18 years)
Burial of a paternal grandmotherMary Errington
February 2, 1730 (Age 18 years)

MarriageElizabeth CrasterView this family
after July 10, 1731 (Age 20 years)
Death August 27, 1738 (Age 27 years)
Burial August 1738 (Age 27 years)
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: July 18, 1708St. Andrew, Lamesley, Co. Durham
16 months
elder brother
18 months
Mother’s family with Francis Smart - View this family
Marriage: September 29, 1715St. Mary the Virgin, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Co. Durham
11 months
Mother’s family with Thomas Bellasyse - View this family
Family with Elizabeth Craster - View this family
Marriage: after July 10, 1731Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham
John Watson + Elizabeth Craster - View this family
wife’s husband
Marriage: November 13, 1740Holy Island, Nthmd.
2 years


Parents Christopher Blackett & Alice. Died, aged 27, without surviving issue. Inscription stone in St. Mary's, Staindrop of his father has as a further inscription "Christopher Blacket dyed ye August 27 1738 Aged 27." At marriage described as "gentleman of Haughton [le-Skerne?] Will of Christopher Blackett of Newham dated 24 Aug 1738, appointed wife sole executrix. "Seized of ... one third ... of Newham. All freehold and leasehold lands to wife for life, "John Forster of Adderstone trustee for my said wife", remainder to his half-sisters, but if his mother, Mrs.Alice Bellasyse should "give or cause to be given any disturbance or molestation" to his wife about the possession of his lands, then the lands to go to his kinsman, William Blackett of Newcastle, fitter [hostman]. Died possessed of freehold and leasehold estate and manor at Newham, Nthmd. (Hall and mill were freehold.) Held 3 leases, including a lease granted about 1725 to Samuel Burton of Keverston (husband of his aunt) "as acting trustee of Christopher Blackett then an infant of tender years" of 290 acres. Prior to his death most of his freehold and leasehold land was let, though the hall and a small farm were reserved for his own use. The Newham estate, or possibly Christopher's share of it, was sold by a Mrs. Blackett (possibly Christopher's widow, who had married again and was Mrs. Watson) for £11,500 to the Duke of Northumberland in 1790. In 1789 Newham Hall had been conveyed to the Duke by John Blackett of Wylam. The Duke was thus the sole owner of Newham. A Chancery suit was brought by Christopher's half-sisters and reversioners under his Will, Martha Maria Bellasyse (then Mrs. Bowes) and Elizabeth Smart, against Christopher's widow and executrix, Elizabeth, (by then Mrs. Watson) in 1741. John Blackett of Wylam pretended that the testator was not of sound mind when he executed his will, and that "when the witnesses thereto were dead he would set up a title to the freehold estate as heir at law". Christopher left debts of about £1,500.


Licence dated 10 Jul 1731. Christopher Blacket (gentleman), of Haughton[-le-Skerne?], Elizabeth Craister, of Shoreswood, Norham, [Northumberland], directed to Chester-le-Street. Surety: John Mylott, esquire, of Whithill.