Israel was born in September, 1824, in a
small parish called St Mary's Cray in Kent, to a family of
agricultural labourers. He was one of 13 children.His wife, Dorothy Ann Miller, who was the
daughter of a master mariner. They married in 1848 at St
Hilda's Church in Shields and went on to have six children.
A week before
Christmas, two years into the reign of Queen Victoria, Israel
Venus signed as an apprentice to the sea.
His employer, a South Shields ship owner, was a woman,
Elizabeth Gare - not unusual in 1839 - and Israel's indentures
show that he was responsible for providing his own
sea-bedding, clothes and other necessaries, while at the same
time refraining from dice and cards, and frequenting taverns
unless on his mistress's business.
After four years, during which he earned a total of £30 -
equivalent to about £1,300 today - he had completed his
apprenticeship to Mrs Gare's satisfaction.
the summer of 1861,there was a report in the Shields Gazette
of an inquest held at the Crown and Anchor Inn in Thrift
Street, on the riverside. It stated that Israel had been found
hanging in his tripe preparer's premises in Saltwell Lane,
which used to be between Ferry Street and the Market Place.
(About the area where the house is on the corner of Coble
Landing and River Drive)
It was reported that he had been drinking in the days
beforehand and had been in a "low state of mind".
Israel's daughters, Charlotte and
Dorothy, along with their mother, kept the tripe business
going after Israel's death.
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daughter Charlotte died at the age of 80 in 1935, at the
hospital in the East Riding of Yorkshire where had been a
patient for more than 20 years.
similar to the Mary Anna. A brig was a
two-masted sailing ship with square rigging on both
masts. Brigs were used for both naval and mercantile
purposes. As merchant vessels, they plied mostly coastal
trading routes, but oceanic voyages were not uncommon;
some brigs were even used for whaling and sealing
gravestone of Dorothy Ann Venus in Westoe Cemetery.
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