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Israel Venus hanged himself in his own tripe preparer's shop near the Market Place in Shields. He was 37

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.

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.

In 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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His 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.

A Brig 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

The gravestone of Dorothy Ann Venus in Westoe Cemetery. Click the image below to view.

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