Gwen’s plea for more family history

GWEN Blakey has hit a brick wall in her family tree research – and she is hoping Hartlepool Mail readers can help.

The Hartlepool woman has been a genealogist since 2005 and said: “Like many of your readers, I look forward to reading anything to do with family history.

“I have been researching for about seven years and had many false starts.”

She added: “I wanted to see if any of your readers can help me in my efforts to trace my grandmother.”

She wants to know what happened to Jessie Hardy nee Slight, circa 1874, born in Scotland but appeared within the 1901 Census as living as a boarder in Murray Street, West Hartlepool, with my grandfather Edward Charles Hardy, born 1874 in Jarrow and my father George, aged one month.

Gwen has discovered that another child called Charles Edward was born to Jessie and Edward Charles in 1904 while they were living in Alma Street.

But she added: “I can find no further evidence of what happened to either of them.”

She does know that her grandfather Edward Charles married Emily E Stacey in 1906 and they had four children.

She added: “In the 1911 Census, Edward and Emily are listed as living in Darlington Terrace, West Hartlepool, with my father George, now aged 10 and two of the new family. There is no mention of either Jessie or the infant child Charles Edward.”

Gwen does know that her grandfather Edward Charles died in a 1931 accident aged 56.

According to the death certificate, he was found dead in the hold of the SS Coalby, in West Hartlepool Dock, while working as a dock labourer.

“There is no evidence of what caused him to fall. He suffered a fractured skull.”

Gwen has researched back to 1800 on her father’s side but admits she had “no evidence as to what happened to either Jessie or my late father’s sibling Charles Edward.”

Can you help?

Contact Chris Cordner by writing to him at New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, via email to or by calling (01429) 239377.