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The Simpsons of Shields

The sons of Henry Simpson

The sons of Henry L Simpson

Judith Craxford

Judith Craxford Associate Editor

The Blue Pages are dedicated to the families of my wife Judith. With the increasing wealth and depth of articles from this part of the family tree I am now very pleased to be able to split the section in two. Judith's father was the oldest son of sea captain and assistant harbourmaster Henry L. Simpson. A Tyneside family born and bred they have their roots in the sea. There has also been a strong involvement in education and Judith herself was a teacher in an earlier life.

Donald Simpson

Donald Simpson Associate Editor

This latest venture is largely due to the efforts of Donald Simpson, Judith's Uncle and the last surviving of the four brothers. Despite failing health he has been an enthusiatic contributor and raconteur, building up a vivid series of word pictures of his brothers and his life experiences. We have spent several fascinating afternoons committing fact, history and anecdote to tape prior to its transcription for these pages. His only regret is that it was not possible to record similar conversations with his mother and aunts while they had still been alive.

"Family history research is very interesting. I mean we've been just thinking back 30 or 40 years here but a long term history of the family could go 200 years back when they were living in a completely different way. My Grandmother Welch and I used to talk on a Friday night and she told me a lot about her childhood. She would walk from South Shields to Westoe Village and it was all rural. I also said to my mother on one or two occasions that we should record conversations with her. It's a pity really otherwise we might have had a lot of detailed memories of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, the First World War and all the rest of it" - DMcDS: July 2007

He also recognised the value and importance of identifying and cataloguing the family photograph collection, documents and other items of interest. These have been instrumental in illuminating several generations of forebears and many pages right across his family tree. Two pictures in particular (those of his great- and great, great grandfathers) were featured on our pages and resulted in a reconnection with a long-lost branch of the family.


Added: July 28th 2007
Last update: October 1st 2013


Irene Simpson: graduate of the Open University, 1990

Irene Simpson (née Georgeson) (1925-2013)
(Added February 20th 2013)


It is with much sadness that we record the death of Irene, Judith's aunt on February 19th 2013. She passed away peacefully at home after a long illness. We send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to her sons Michael and Andrew and their familes. - ADC

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Dec 5, 1928 - Aug 16, 2007

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Donald Simpson: In Memoriam DONALD SIMPSON: IN MEMORIAM
They roamed the hills of Northumberland very much in the manner of the actors in "Last of the Summer Wine".

Ellen Offenberg: Access the article OF OFFENBERGS AND WELCHES
"Boys, whatever you do, never let a girl into your tent"

Wylam Welch sketch: Access the sketchbook OUR WELCH FAMILY SKETCHES
The sketches are delightful in their simplicity; they are a record of life in the early 1900s.

During the same decade Robert set up the local newspaper “The Free Press and Advertiser”.

Young Donald Simpson: Part 1 of his autobiography ME AND MY BROTHERS 1 - FORMATIVE YEARS
"I would have gone into the top stream except that was when the war broke out ..."

Donald Simpson, schoolboy: Part 2 of his autobiography ME AND MY BROTHERS 2 - EVACUEE!
"It is a very hard woman who can turn away a young boy with curly blond hair and a very miserable look ..."

Exercise book: Part 3 of his autobiography ME AND MY BROTHERS 3 - EDUCATION! EDUCATION!! EDUCATION!!!
"What have we here? The Black Hole of Calcutta?"

Dover Castle: Part 4 of his autobiography ME AND MY BROTHERS 4 - GRADUATION, SEPARATION, CONSOLIDATION
They decided that I might be less of a danger to the British Army if I were to teach boys who couldn’t read or write

Uncle Ossie: Part 5 of his autobiography ME AND MY BROTHERS 5 - WE ALL FALL OFF THE LADDER SOMETIME
The number of children had fallen so badly because people just weren't having families.

Wynyard College Journal: Part 1 of Irene Simpson's story LESSONS IN EDUCATION 1: WYNYARD COLLEGE
"Much to my surprise, I was elected to the position of editor of the house magazine at Wynyard College.".

Backworth school photograph: Part 2 of Irene Simpson's story LESSONS IN EDUCATION 2: BACKWORTH AND BEYOND
"It was one of the children that I found out has been sewn into brown paper underneath her dress.".

The OU graduate: Part 3 of Irene Simpson's story LESSONS IN EDUCATION 3: GETTING AHEAD OF MYSELF
"When I went back to King Edwards School, the cabinet was still there (although the locust wasn’t!) ".

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