Searching for Barker connections from Duham England 1850's onwards

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Looking for information on Barker Family - Father: John Barker = Coal Miner at Sleetburn Colliery, resided at Hepworth St, Brandon, Durham england; born 1856 in Normanby, Yorkshire.  Wife: Margaret Barker - Maiden name Sewell; born in 1862, Durham.

Had children: Alice born 1885, and Robert born 1887, then my Grandmother - Margaret born in 1891 : all Durham England.

Information gathering as my Grandmother immigrated to New Zealand in 1912.

Appreciate any information, thank you for your time and consideration.
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In both the 1871 & 1881 Census John is listed as John William Barker born 1855 Normanby, first as a servant in Whitton, Co Durham then wife Margaret, living in Great Ayton, where John was a ironstone miner. Ther marriage was registered in Stokesley in 1880 (Stockesley 9d/781 q September 1880) John William Barker & Margaret Ann Sewell. In 1891 the family were in Sleetburn, whilst John was lodging in Skelton in Cleveland in the 1901 Census and described as a widower & a deputy mining manager.

Whilst there are a number of Normanby's in Yorkshire, the Normanby/EstonGreat Ayton//Skelton connection to ironstone mining is the most likely. John William Barker's birth was registered in Guisborough in 1854 (Guisborough 9d/408 q June 1854), whilst his christening was conducted on 29 April 1854, Eston, Yorkshire, the son of Robert Barker & Elizabeth. (
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Thank you Ron, a great help and very much appreciated for a prompt response. L
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Name: John William Barker
Age: 6
Estimated birth year: 1855
Relation: Son
Father's name: Robert Barker
Mother's name: Elizabeth Barker
Gender: Male
Where born: Eston, Yorkshire, England
Civil Parish: Normanby and Ormesby
Ecclesiastical parish: North Riding York
County/Island: Yorkshire
Country: England

Street address:


Condition as to marriage:


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Registration district: Guisbrough
Sub-registration district: Kirk Leatham
ED, institution, or vessel: 8
Neighbors: View others on page
Household schedule number: 110
Piece: 3654
Folio: 32
Page Number: 25
Household Members:
Name Age
Robert Barker 34
Elizabeth Barker 33
John William Barker 6
George Vasey Barker 5
Mary Hannah Barker 3
Joseph Christopher Barker 9/12
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Margaret Sewell in 1871 Census with her parents:

Name:Margaret SewellAge:8Estimated birth year:abt 1863Relation:DaughterFather's name:James SewellMother's name:Catherine SewellGender:FemaleWhere born:Durham, EnglandCivil Parish:St GilesEcclesiastical parish:St GilesTown:DurhamCounty/Island:DurhamCountry:EnglandRegistration district:DurhamSub-registration district:St NicholasED, institution, or vessel:10Household schedule number:94Piece:4967Folio:12Page Number:18Household Members:

Name Age
James Sewell 30
Catherine Sewell 28
Margaret Sewell 8
Mary Ann Sewell 2
William McManus 21
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