Ellen Pidgeon (1880 – 1961)

This post is going to take a brief look at Cathy’s Grandma Chute who started life in Wallsend as Ellen Pidgeon before marrying her husband Thomas Chute in 1906 and setting up home in Tynemouth.

Both Patrick Pidgeon and Ellen Graham were from IrelandWe believe Grandma’s dad, Patrick was born in Ireland, in about 1837, although at this stage in our research we do not know exactly where.  Perhaps around the Wexford area, although Cork and Dublin are other possibilities … still more work to do there before we can be sure!

Her mum, we understand was another Ellen, Ellen Graham born in Leitrim, Ireland.

From the 1881 Census we know that Patrick and Ellen Pidgeon were living at Nº 20 Birket Street in Wallsend, with Ellen’s mother, Bridget (Graham), at that time an 82 year old widower, and young Ellen’s two brothers Lawrence (6) and Thomas (5).

There are at least 5 other families showing at the same address, so perhaps this was a block of flats.

Patrick’s occupation was shown as a “Holder Up Shipyard”, this was a big industry in the North East of England at that time.

By the 1891 Census the family were living at Nº 6 South Street in North Shields with an additional child, Patrick (4).  There is no mention of Bridget who would have been about 92 years old then – perhaps she had passed away by this time.  Again, we think a block of flats as 6 other families are listed at the same address.  Lawrence was 16 and must have followed in his father’s footsteps, working in the shipyards as (what looks like) a “Heater to Riveters”

Taken from Google Maps, this is 45 Nile Street in August 2009In 1901 they are still living in North Shields, but this time at Nº 7 Front Street, with 5 other family units – on of which looks like it could be her older brother, Thomas and his wife Margaret.

About 5 years later Ellen married Thomas Chute and when the 1911 Census was prepared they were living at Nº 45 Nile Street, North Shields with their first two children, Thomas Lawrence (2) and Paul (10 months).  Ellen’s mum, now a widow, was also living with them.  Ellen’s husband, Thomas was described as a “Sea Going Engineer”.

This time the dwelling was only share with one other family, the Campbells.

Looking at the front page of the Census document, the Enumerator has shown the head of the household as being “Thos. Shuet” – is it any wonder that people have difficulty tracing families!

One Response to Ellen Pidgeon (1880 – 1961)
  1. cathy

    It is really interesting doing the family tree and even though I never knew my grandparents, I now feel much closer to them, it is a wonderful feeling XX

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