Thomas leaves Etal for a time:
At one time after marriage, Thomas left Carr's service. Note their children are born elsewhere to Etal in 1754 to 1761.
Thomas got a position as "Supervisor of Excise" at the Cheshire Salt Works. This would be Middlewich salt works, Cheshire.
Note their child died at Middlewich in 1757.
Sir William Carr's daughter Isabella Carr married in 1762 to James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll.
Sir William Carr wanted Thomas back and made him "Land Steward" at Etal.
Thomas' children are born at Etal again in 1763 onwards.
Thomas and Margaret's daughter Mary
became a maid probably 1770 to
dau of Sir William Carr
and wife of 15th Earl of Erroll.
Sir William Carr died 1777. Etal was inherited by his son-in-law James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll.
Thomas and Margaret continued working for a short time in the service of the Earl of Erroll.
Thomas was "land steward" at Etal. Margaret was "housekeeper" or "lady's maid".
The 15th Earl of Erroll died 1778.
Thomas and Margaret retired with a pension from the Earl of Erroll. They apparently retired by 1780.
Their daughter Mary
married the Earl's valet
Thomas is listed at his daughter's marriage 1780 as "merchant", of Berwick (presumably Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland).
They lived in old age "in the Black Horse Entry" (unidentified) in Durham.
When their dau Mary's husband Henry Noltie was away on the Continent, his business in Edinburgh failed and Mary returned in c.1792-93 to her parents in Durham with her child.
Margaret died Durham, 25 Apr 1796, age 66 yrs.
Thomas died Durham, think c.1810, age c.86 yrs.
Thomas and Margaret had issue:
1761 Poll Registration, Durham.
There is a Thomas Hopper listed as "Mercer" (a dealer in textile fabrics) at Market-place, Durham.
We know our Thomas left Etal around this time.
There is no real evidence this is him, but it is possible.
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