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Descendants of Robert Darling of Berwickshire


Generation: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

First Generation

1. Robert Darling married 29 Apr 1701, in Chirnside, Berwickshire, Agnes Aitchesone.
Children:
2. i George Darling.

Second Generation

2. George Darling baptised 15 Jun 1707, Duns, Berwickshire, (son of Robert Darling and Agnes Aitchesone), married 11 Nov 1743, in Bunkle, Berwickshire, Mary Wilson, born 30 Nov 1715. George died 24 May 1775.
Children:
i Ann Darling born 30 Dec 1745, Duns, Berwickshire, buried 20 Jul 1776, Belford, Northumberland.
3. ii Robert Darling born 11 Mar 1746.
iii Florence Darling born 13 Jun 1748, Duns, Berwickshire, baptised 19 Jun 1748, Bunkle & Preston, Berwickshire.
iv Elizabeth Darling born 28 May 1750, Duns, Berwickshire, baptised 7 Jun 1750, Bunkle & Preston, Berwickshire.
v Margaret Darling born 17 Apr 1752, Duns, Berwickshire, baptised 19 Apr 1752, Bunkle & Preston, Berwickshire.
vi Mary Darling born 31 Aug 1755, Duns, Berwickshire, baptised 15 Sep 1755, Bunkle & Preston, Berwickshire.
vii Jane Darling born 25 Oct 1758, Duns, Berwickshire, baptised 9 Nov 1758, Coldingham, Berwickshire.

Third Generation

3. Robert Darling born 11 Mar 1746, Duns, Berwickshire, (son of George Darling and Mary Wilson), baptised 19 Mar 1746, Bunkle & Preston, Berwickshire, occupation Lighthouse Keeper, married 2 Sep 1769, in Belford, Northumberland, Elizabeth Clark, born 12 Oct 1744, died 14 Aug 1813, Brownsman Light, buried Belford, Northumberland. Robert died 25 Sep 1815, Brownsman Light, buried Belford, Northumberland.
Children:
i Margaret Darling baptised 19 May 1770, Warenford, Northumberland.
ii Michael Darling born 19 May 1771, Belford, Northumberland, baptised 28 May 1771, Warenford, Northumberland, d. 3 Sep 1775, buried 9 Sep 1775, Belford, Northumberland.
iii George Darling born 23 Feb 1774, Belford, Northumberland, baptised 1 Mar 1774, Warenford, Northumberland, d. 30 Jul 1776, buried 1 Aug 1776, Belford, Northumberland.
iv Elizabeth Darling born 7 Jun 1777, Belford, Northumberland, d. 11 Nov 1790, buried Belford, Northumberland.
v Robert Darling born 22 Feb 1779, Belford, Northumberland, died London. Descendants include George Darling Thomsett (born 14Nov1864, Greenwich, Kent), whose granddaughter Joanna Dessau wrote the book "Amazing Grace" published in 1980.
vi Isabella Darling born 20 Jan 1781, Belford, Northumberland, married John Gibson.
vii Christian Darling born 12 Dec 1783, Belford, Northumberland, d. 13 Oct 1841, Bamburgh, Northumberland.
4. viii William Darling born 7 Feb 1786.

Fourth Generation

4. William Darling born 7 Feb 1786, Belford, Northumberland, (son of Robert Darling and Elizabeth Clark), occupation Lighthouse Keeper, married 1 Jul 1805, in Bamburgh, Northumberland, Thomasin Horsley, born 27 Feb 1774, Bamburgh, Northumberland, (daughter of Job Horsley and Grace) died 16 Oct 1848, Bamburgh, Northumberland, buried 20 Oct 1848, North Sunderland, Northumberland. William died 28 May 1865, Bamburgh, Northumberland, buried 30 May 1865, North Sunderland, Northumberland. Assistant Keeper, Brownsman Light (1812-15); Keeper, Brownsman Light (1815-1826); Keeper, Longstone Light (1826-1860).
Children:
5. i William Darling born 6 Apr 1806.
ii Thomasin Darling born 7 Aug 1808, Bamburgh, Northumberland, baptised 14 Aug 1808, Bamburgh, Northumberland, d. 13 Aug 1886, Bamburgh, Northumberland, buried 16 Aug 1886, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
6. iii Mary Ann Darling born 7 Aug 1808.
iv Job Horsley Darling born 30 Dec 1810, Bamburgh, Northumberland, baptised 27 Jan 1811, Bamburgh, Northumberland, d. 6 Dec 1830, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland.
7. v Elizabeth Grace Darling born 15 Aug 1812.
8. vi Robert Darling born 29 Mar 1814.
vii Grace Horsley Darling born 24 Nov 1815, Bamburgh, Northumberland, baptised 17 Dec 1815, Bamburgh, Northumberland, d. 20 Oct 1842, Bamburgh, Northumberland, buried 24 Oct 1842, Bamburgh, Northumberland.
DARLING, GRACE HORSLEY, whose death occurred on October 20, 1842, was the daughter of William Darling, the keeper of the Longstone lighthouse, situated on a group of the Farne Islands, on the coast of Northumberland, and was born in 1815. She was only twenty-two when the incident occurred which has made her name famous. The "Forfarshire" steamer, bound from Hull to Dundee with a valuable cargo, and having on board forty-one passengers, was completely wrecked in a terrible storm, which occurred September 5, 1838, off the Farne Islands. All but nine of the crew were drowned, and these managed to cling to the wreck, hoping if they could hold out long enough that someone would come to their rescue. The Darlings could see these poor people from the lighthouse, but William Darling thought it was impossible to get any boat through such a raging sea, and it was only Grace's urgent entreaties that made him consent to start with her on their perilous journey. The difficulties of the undertaking were almost insurmountable; but father and daughter rowed on with tremendous courage and determination, and at last reached the survivors, whom they took back to the lighthouse, where, owing to the continuance of the storm, they had to remain for several days. A subscription of £700 was raised for Grace, and was invested for her benefit under the trusteeship of the Duke of Northumberland and Archdeacon Thorpe, besides which she received numerous testimonials of greater or less value from admiring strangers. She died of consumption at the house of her sister in Bamborough, in which place she is buried. [Ward, T.H.; Men of the reign of Queen Victoria; 1885]
Grace Horsley Darling
9. viii George Alexander Darling born 14 Aug 1819.
10. ix William Brooks Darling born 14 Aug 1819.

Fifth Generation

5. William Darling born 6 Apr 1806, Bamburgh, Northumberland, (son of William Darling and Thomasin Horsley), baptised 11 May 1806, Bamburgh, Northumberland, occupation Lighthouse Keeper, married 1837, in Belford, Northumberland, Ann Cobb, born 1812, Newham, Northumberland. William died 5 Nov 1869, Longstone Light, buried 9 Nov 1869, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
Children:
i William Cobb Darling born 1839, Alnwick, Northumberland, married 10 Apr 1865, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, Mary Burn, (daughter of John Burn).
ii Job Horsley Darling born 1840, Alnwick, Northumberland, occupation Seaman. Crew member of "Gloriana", at Milton in Gravesend, Kent at time of 1881 Census.
11. iii Grace H. Darling born 1844.
iv James Darling born 1846, Bamburgh, Northumberland.
v Robert Darling born 1851, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, occupation Lighthouse Keeper, died 1914. According to "Amazing Grace", by Joanna Dessau, Robert was the last member of the Darling family to keep the Brownsman Light
vi William Darling born 1854, Coquet Island, Northumberland, occupation Lighthouse Keeper, married Fanny Quin, born 1857, Pembroke Dock, Pembroke.
6. Mary Ann Darling born 7 Aug 1808, Bamburgh, Northumberland, baptised 14 Aug 1808, Bamburgh, Northumberland, (daughter of William Darling and Thomasin Horsley), married 18 Nov 1832, George Dixon Carr, born 1808, died 28 Apr 1840. Mary died 31 Aug 1843, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
Children:
i Mary Carr born 16 Apr 1833, died 1833.
ii Thomasin Carr born 14 Jun 1834, died Sep 1835.
iii Margaret Carr born 1838.
iv Job Darling Carr born 26 Jul 1839, died 1840.
12. v Georgiann Dixon Carr born 11 Jul 1840.
7. Elizabeth Grace Darling born 15 Aug 1812, Bamburgh, Northumberland, (daughter of William Darling and Thomasin Horsley), baptised 6 Sep 1812, Bamburgh, Northumberland, married 1835, John Maule, occupation Merchant. Elizabeth died 31 Dec 1844, buried North Sunderland, Northumberland.
Children:
i James Walter Maule born 8 Apr 1837, died 18 Jan 1853.
ii Thomasin Maule baptised 24 Mar 1839, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
8. Robert Darling born 29 Mar 1814, Brownsman Light, (son of William Darling and Thomasin Horsley), baptised 12 Jun 1814, Bamburgh, Northumberland, occupation Stone Mason, married 1838, Elizabeth Pye, born 1803, Gateshead, County Durham. Robert died 10 Aug 1877, Alnwick, Northumberland.
Children:
i Elizabeth Grace Darling born 1 Mar 1847, Alnwick, Northumberland, married 3Q 1847, Alnwick, Northumberland, John Stokoe, born 1849, West Allen, Northumberland. (Possibly also known as Grace Horsley Darling.) Grace died 1923.
9. George Alexander Darling born 14 Aug 1819, Brownsman Light, (son of William Darling and Thomasin Horsley), baptised 18 Aug 1819, Bamburgh, Northumberland, occupation Ships Carpenter, married Jane Martha Hall, born 1818, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland. George died 20 Apr 1903, buried North Sunderland, Northumberland.
Children:
i Thomasin Darling born 27 Dec 1838, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland.
ii William Darling born 28 Feb 1841, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, occupation Ships Carpenter, buried 12 Oct 1884, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
iii Grace Horsley Darling born 1843, baptised 12 Mar 1843, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
iv Mary Ann Elizabeth Darling born 1845, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
v Elisabeth Grace Darling born 1846, North Sunderland, Northumberland, baptised 27 Dec 1846, North Sunderland, Northumberland, died 1855.
vi Jane Martha Darling born 1848, North Sunderland, Northumberland, baptised 10 Dec 1848, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
vii Isabella Walker Darling born Feb 1851, North Sunderland, Northumberland, baptised 2 Mar 1851, North Sunderland, Northumberland, buried 15 Oct 1869, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
viii Georgiana Darling born 1853, North Sunderland, Northumberland, baptised 1 May 1853, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
ix Catharine Ann Darling born 1853, North Sunderland, Northumberland, baptised 1 May 1853, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
x Margaret Horsley Darling born 1855, North Sunderland, Northumberland, baptised 6 Nov 1855, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
xi George Alexander Darling born 1857, North Sunderland, Northumberland, baptised 28 Jun 1857, North Sunderland, Northumberland, buried 4 Nov 1862, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
xii Robert Hall Darling born 1859, North Sunderland, Northumberland, baptised 3 Jul 1859, North Sunderland, Northumberland, buried 7 Feb 1867, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
xiii Elizabeth Grace Darling born Nov 1861, baptised 16 Mar 1862, North Sunderland, Northumberland, buried 28 Dec 1862, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
10. William Brooks Darling born 14 Aug 1819, Brownsman Light, (son of William Darling and Thomasin Horsley), baptised 18 Aug 1819, Bamburgh, Northumberland, occupation Lighthouse Keeper, married 30 Oct 1840, in North Sunderland, Northumberland, Jane Downey, born 1818, Dean Bridge Gate, Northumberland, (daughter of Thomas Downey). William died 24 Dec 1870.
Children:
i William Swann Darling born 19 Aug 1841, Lesbury, Northumberland, d. 30 Jun 1861, Esquibo River, British Guiana, buried Demerara, West Indies. Died on board ship, of fever, interred in a new cemetery near Demerara, West Indies
ii Thomas Downey Darling born 14 Nov 1842, died 17 May 1843, North Sunderland, Northumberland, buried 19 May 1843, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
iii Job Darling born 24 May 1844, Longstone Light, baptised 5 Jun 1844, North Sunderland, Northumberland, d. 9 Oct 1864, buried 11 Oct 1864, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
iv Robert Darling born 1846, Longstone Light, baptised 5 Jun 1846, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
v William Brooks Darling born 13 Nov 1848, North Sunderland, Northumberland, baptised 8 Dec 1848, North Sunderland, Northumberland, died 21 Aug 1864, buried 23 Aug 1864, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
vi George Alexander Darling born 17 Apr 1851, Belford, Northumberland, died 27 Aug 1864, buried 29 Aug 1864, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
vii Mary Jane Darling born 1851, baptised 11 May 1851, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
viii Thomas Darling born 17 Nov 1853, baptised 30 Nov 1853, North Sunderland, Northumberland, died 10 Jun 1859, Longstone Light, buried 6 Jun 1859, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
ix Thomasine Darling born 1856, baptised 30 Mar 1856, North Sunderland, Northumberland.

Sixth Generation

11. Grace H. Darling born 1844, Bamburgh, Northumberland, (daughter of William Darling and Ann Cobb), married Thomas Owen Hall, born 1839, St Ann's Low Light, Dale, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire (son of John Hall and Elizabeth Wyles). Thomas died 1899, Flamborough, Yorkshire.
Children:
i Elizabeth Ann Hall born 1866, Tynemouth, Northumberland.
ii John W. Hall born 1870, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
iii William Hall born 1873, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
iv Thomas Hall born 1876, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
v Robert Hall born 1880, North Sunderland, Northumberland.
12. Georgiann Dixon Carr born 11 Jul 1840, Bamburgh, Northumberland, (daughter of Mary Ann Darling and George Dixon Carr), married William Dixon.
Children:
i William George Dixon.

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