The history of the Besfords

George Turnbull and Mary Turnbull (née Barron) both 1841-1926

George Turnbull and Mary Turnbull (née Barron)

George Turnbull and Mary Barron were the parents of Mary Turnbull, who married David Besford in December 1887.

They were married on 19th February 1864 at the Church of Scotland, Under Samieston, in the parish of Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland. They were both aged 23 and were working as farm servants at the time of their marriage. Their daughter Mary Turnbull was born the following year (9th February 1865) at Eckford in Roxburghshire. 

By the Summer of 1866 they had moved to Northumberland where their second daughter, Janet, was born (16th August 1866) at East Chevington.

The 1871 census records the family living at Birling, a small village just to the north of Warkworth. They now had two further children, Margaret and John, both aged 1, so presumably twins.

The 1881 Census records them at Brainshaugh Farm, Guyzance, Northumberland, still both working as farm servants. They were both aged 40 by this time and had had a further four children.

1891 found them at Red Stead Farm, Howick, Northumberland (part of the Howick Hall Estate near Craster).

In 1901 they were at Houndalee Farm, Widdrington.

George Turnbull and Mary Turnbull (née Barron)
George Turnbull and Mary Turnbull (née Barron)

The 1911 census records them as retired and living with their daughter Janet and her husband Willie Clark. This remained the case until their deaths. My mother Dora Hornsby (née Besford) remembered visiting them regularly with her father Jack Besford, whom they always called John.

George and Mary both died in 1926, aged 85, Mary on 6th January and George on 22nd May.

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