Martha Annie Runciman1,2,3

(bet. Jun 1886 - Sep 1886 - bet. Mar 1935 - Jun 1935)
Father*John Runciman1 (bet. Mar 1858 - Jun 1858 - aft. 1911)
Mother*Mary A Dowdle1 (circa 1858 - aft. 1911)


     Martha Annie Runciman was born bet. Jun 1886 - Sep 1886 Coxhoe Bridge, Dist of Stockton, DUR, ENG.1,2
     Martha Annie Runciman married John Bell bet. Mar 1906 - Jun 1906 reg. Dist of Sedgefield, DUR, ENG.4,5
     Martha Annie Bell died bet. Mar 1935 - Jun 1935 Dist of Sedgefield, DUR.6
There are (at least) two Martha Ann(ie) RUNCIMANs of an age in Durham.
One registered 1886 Q3 in Stockton, the other reg. 1887 Q3 in Gateshead.
Also one death of an infant (aged 0) in 1888 Q2, registered Gateshead.
The family of John & Mary A (DOWDLE) RUNCIMAN's Martha appears with them in at least one census, at Coxhoe, and in 1911, a Martha Annie, born Coxhoe appears with husband John BELL.
At least one tree has the Gateshead Martha with the same date of death as other trees assign to the Coxhoe Martha, but assigned to the tree of John's nephew John Thomas (marr. to Catherine POTTER) instead.
As John Thomas and Catherine's children were registered at Gateshead, and no Martha appeared with them in any census, it seems safe to assume that they can account for the 1887 birth and 1888 death of the Martha Ann, with John & Mary's Martha being the one married to John BELL and probably dying 1935 as Martha A BELL, registered Sedgefield.
Only certificates will confirm these assumptions however.4,3,2,7,6


     Martha Annie Runciman appeared on the census of 1901 Blackgate, Coxhoe, Dist of Sedgefield, DUR, ENG, in the household of John Runciman and Mary A Dowdle as daughter of John.1
     Martha Annie Runciman appeared on the census of 1911 on Conforth Lane, Conforth, Dist of Sedgefield, DUR, ENG, with John Bell, enumerated as BELL: Mr John 34 Labourer Colliery b Conforth Lane, DUR; wife Mrs Martha Annie 24 b Coxhoe, DUR, marr. 7 yrs 3 children, all living; Children: Albert William 4, Fredrick 2, John Runcimara (sic, indexed as Runaimara) 1 all b Conforth Lane.4

Names/other info

     Martha was also known as Maria Martha Annie Maria being a mistranscription of Mrs, given husband John is Mr John Bell.4,8
ChartsLineage 1d: Alexander & Janet (HENDRIE) RUNCIMAN of Dunbar, ELN
Lineage 2b: John & Isabella (PALMER) RUNCIMAN of Dunbar, ELN
Wanted: Thomas and Mary (Redpath) Runciman
Last Edited29 May 2014


  1. [S213] 1901 Census images, England & Wales, via, Coxhoe, Sub Dist Cornforth, Dist Sedgefield, DUR RG13/4632 ED 5 F 102 Pg 4 Sched 173, hsehold of John & Mary A RUNCIMAN, extracted Feb 2010.
  2. [S1599] Findmypast online at, Birth 1886 Q3 Martha Annie RUNCIMAN, reg. Stockton, DUR, 10a/107, extracted May 2012.
  3. [S1599] Findmypast online at, Birth 1887 Q3 Martha Ann RUNCIMAN, reg. Gateshead, DUR, 10a/821, extracted May 2012.
  4. [S1599] Findmypast online at, 1911 Par./Sub Dist Conforth, Dist Sedgefield, DUR, RG14PN15233 RG78PN921 RD323 SD2 ED11 SN134, hsehold of John & Maria Martha Annie BELL, extracted May 2012.
  5. [S1599] Findmypast online at, Marr. 1906 Q2 Martha Annie RUNCIMAN & John BELL, reg. Sedgefield, DUR 10a/237, extracted May 2012.
  6. [S1599] Findmypast online at, Dth 1935 Q2 Martha A BELL, aged 48, reg. Sedgefield, DUR 10a/220, extracted May 2012.
  7. [S1599] Findmypast online at, Dth 1888 Q2 Martha Ann RUNCIMAN, aged 0, reg. Gateshead, DUR 10a/439, extracted May 2012.
  8. [S3] Lorna Henderson, "RUNCIMAN Analysis", May 2012.
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