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The earliest connection with James Hills is in 1778 in the parish register of Kirby Knowle, which has a reference to "James Hill of Newcastle-upon-Tyne". James was a waterman, and his abode was given in 1702 as Sandgate (abbreviated to "Sgt") when one of his daughters was baptised. Sandgate was (still is today) close to the waterfront at Newcastle, in All Saints parish. James presumably plied his trade on the River Tyne as far inland as Blaydon, which gained extra traffic in the 1690's when Ambrose Crowley transferred his manufacturing empire from Sunderland to Winlaton, and later to Swalwell. There is nothing to explain how his daughter Catherine came to marry Christopher Harrison, who was born at Kirby Knowle, which is quite some distance away from the Great North Road and the nearest port. Perhaps Christopher tried his hand at factory work at Swalwell, before returning home with his bride.
[HILL621] James Hills m. possibly Elizabeth . [HILL632] Catherine Hill m. [HARR631] Christopher Harrison
[HILL621] James Hills and his wife (possibly Elizabeth) had at least four children baptised at Newcastle, All Saints, as follows:
John (baptised 30th January 1698), died young;
[HILL632] Catherine ("the only daughter of James Hills of Newcastle-upon-Tyne", baptised 1st September 1700), married (at a place unknown) [HARR631] Christopher Harrison (born 1707, see HARRISON);
Dorothy (baptised 22nd November 1702), presumably died young;
John (baptised 14th September 1704).
Newcastle All Saints Church
The Kirby Knowle 1778 baptism entry suggests that Catherine was "the surviving" [not "the only"] daughter of James, and that after James' death, his widow could have gone to Kirby Knowle to live with her married daughter, Catherine Harrison, which would account for Elizabeth Hill, “widow”, died at Sutton under Whitestone Cliff (November 1720).