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Board Name: England Genealogy
Wallace Turnbull Newcastle upon Tyne May 15, 2003
Great news! On behalf of a friend, I have successfully traced Paul Fairless (born Newcastle upon Tyne, 1970), the son of John David Fairless (born Co. Durham) and Sheila Fairless (nee Turnbull, born Newcastle upon Tyne 1931). I have met Paul and he's now in touch with a relative that he didn't know existed.I now have copy birth certificates for Paul and Sheila. I also have obtained a copy marriage certificate for Sheila and John. Sheila sadly died in 1999 and I have a copy of her death certificate. John has died too.

Sheila's parents were William Robson Turnbull and Alice Maud Turnbull (nee Ives). They had a newsagent's shop in Clarence Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle until about 1963 after which they moved to Trevelyan Court, Longbenton. Alice Maud's name is shown as Elsie (a nickname for Alice) on all documents except Sheila's marriage certificate.

Paul has not met any of his family since he was a very young child and, with the exception of my friend, he doesn't know where any of his relatives live. However, he knows that his mother Sheila had a half brother, Wallace Turnbull,who may have died in the late 1970s or early 1980s. I have discovered that a Wallace Turnbull was born in this area (registration district: Tynemouth) in the second quarter of 1926. His father was a William R. Turnbull and his mother's maiden name was (unusually) Turnbull too. I've noticed this kind of thing several times and wonder if people often married cousins in the earlier part of the 20th century. I'm working on the theory that the William R. is William Robson Turnbull. I will need to verify this this theory by obtaining a copy birth certificate.

Unusually, William Robson Turnbull married Elsie in the same quarter. It's possible that he divorced a previous wife at the time of Wallace's birth, maybe just after the birth. I have noticed that a William R. Turnbull married an Adeline Turnbull in 1924 and the registration district was Morpeth, Northumberland. Morpeth is only about 13 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne. I will need to obtain a copy of the marriage certificate.

If anyone can help me trace Wallace's children and/or grandchildren (if any), please get in touch. I'm also trying to find a lady whose maiden name was Christina Dix. She lived in Clarence Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle in the 1950s and her parents had a shop there, near Turnbull's newsagency business. She will probably be in her early to mid seventies and she was a friend of Sheila Turnbull.
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