I've traced my Family back to Westerdale in the 18th Century. William BARKER (Yeoman/Farmer) had a son in 1771 RICHARD BARKER, who later moved from the area to North Shields to become a Solicitor around 1800.
I would really like to find out more about the Barker family in Westerdale, and plan to visit in June 2008 - any help appreciated - please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Barkers family occupied New House Farm and Hill House Farm, I believe possibly over a number of generations up to the late 19th century - it would be nice to know if anyone has any information about these 2 locations, and/or indeed if any 'Barkers' are still resident in the village. Apologies if I am intruding on your website.
Post by westerdale news on Aug 4, 2008 22:15:24 GMT 1
That's interesting Malcolm. I don't believe any Barkers live in Westerdale now, the two farms mentioned face each other across Stockdale Beck. New House Farm had become rather derelict after being unoccupied for many years, but considerable work has been done to the house recently. It has a new roof an is weathertight again thank goodness. Hill House Farm is still part of a working farm but there is a holiday let there too - www.eskvalley.com/hillhouse/index.html
Living in the West of Scotland.... I wonder if someone local to the village would be so kind to assist me in my family history research?. I would like to obtain digital photos of all the BARKER family graves in Christ Church. I would be more than happy to reimburse cost for time spent etc. Thank you!! e-mail : email@example.com
My family is definately from this town, my Uncles have been here. Someday I will come there and see where my ancestors originated. I would love to meet some Westerdale's from there. I live in Michigan and there are many Westerdale's all over the U.S. See you someday soon! - Jill Westerdale Martin
My family is definitely from this town, my Uncles have visited this beautiful quaint town. Someday I will come there and see where my ancestors originated and soak up the beauty of the Moors along the ocean. I would love to meet some Westerdale's from there. I live in Michigan and there are many Westerdale's all over the United States. Hope to See you someday soon! I have a facebook page titled -The Westerdale Clan. Please feel free to join! - Jill Westerdale
Post by westerdale news on Oct 8, 2012 9:30:36 GMT 1
Hi Jill, for whatever reason it seems to be unusual as a surname locally, in fact I don't know of any 'Westerdale' families here. It may well be that the name became adopted principally after leaving of course?
I don't believe that our surname was adopted from the village after leaving for the states. I do know that we retained the name from before the immigration as well as having at least one account of a confirmed ancestor, Sir John Westerdale, who live in Yorkshire some time ago.