Family Trees start with the most recent descendant or the furthest back ancestor, this one starts somewhere in the middle as the two central characters are related by birth or marriage to all those who get a mention.

Matthew and Emma 

The story begins with Matthew Baty and Emma Osborne who married in the Parish Church of Chollerton, St. Giles on the 31st July 1895.

Matthew Baty photo maybe (2)     Emma Baty maybe

     Matthew Baty                                                               Emma Osborne

(photos supplied by John S Baty, grandson)DSCF5734

St. Giles, Chollerton

marriage Emma and Matthew

Marriage Certificate supplied by Jane Pett (great granddaughter)

By 1881 the family had moved to Birtley where his younger siblings were born, there are two Birtley in Northumberland, this story is in Birtley village.


st giles birtley     birtley village

Parish Church of St Giles & main road into Birtley Village 

After their marriage Matthew and Emma took up residence in Birtley Village, he continued to work in the family business which had passed to his brother Isaac, who lived near The Percy Arms with his own wife and family.

By 1911 the Baty Osborne Family consisted of 5 children, Isaac born 1896, Lilian 1898 Winifred born 1900, Thompson born 1904 and Matthew born 1909.

On the 12th April 1915, after the outbreak of The Great War, Matthew, as were many, was called up to serve his country, by now he was 44 years of age and whilst he joined the Durham Light Infantry, 26th Battalion, he was classed as unfit for active service abroad.

During this period, Emma fell pregnant with Isabel Regina, born 24th May 1917:

Isobels birth certificate

Certificate supplied by Paul Desgris, her son

For the family it was a sad year, their daughter, Winifred died on the 5th April in Haltwhistle, aged 17, whilst working at The Grange, Thorngrafton for a Thomas Hall.


09 April 1917 – Newcastle Journal – Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England

“BATY —On April Sixth 1917. aged 17 years. Winifred, younger daughter of Matthew and Emma Baty. Birtlev. North Tyne. Interment at Birtley (Monday). April 9th; at 4 o’clock.*All friends invited. “

Emma’s mother Jane, had died in February – her story will be told later.

I offer my sincere thanks to all those of the family who have shared photos and stories in order for this website to be compiled. 

As the reader, if you have old photos or memories of the people described herein, please contact me via the Contact form at the top of the page. 

Paul Desgris


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