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Thursday 23 July 2015

James Nelson Trainer, 1818-1890

From Elizabeth Trainer:

James Nelson Trainer's Gravestone
My dad always said we had a beadle of Berwick in the family, so doing our family tree, have found out.

He was my 3 greats grandfather, James Nelson Trainer, 1818-1890.
His father, William Trainer, died in 1847, and James took over as borough beadle, a position he kept until a few years before he died at the age of 72. He was a member of the Primitive Methodist Church.  He was also keeper of the exchange in the Town Hall, and keeper of the 'lock-up'.

He was an original member of the Borders Union Lodge of Good Templars.
His wife, Eleanor, born about 1820, was from Spittal and they married in or about 1839.
He lived in Pilgrim Street, Newcastle then in Church Street, Berwick. They had 2 sons; one, William, died in India in 1875 and 6 daughters.

Do you have a picture of James or William ?
Are you connected to the family ?

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