The surnames that could inherit a fortune from unclaimed estates across the North East

You could be “sitting on a goldmine”, with more than 200 estates of people who died in the North East waiting to be claimed.

When somebody with no written will, or any known family, dies, their estate is passed to the Crown. Relations then have the right to make a claim for a share of the estate.

The time limit to make a claim is 30 years, so some of the unclaimed estates in the North East date back years.

If an estate is still unclaimed after 30 years, it becomes permanent property of the Crown and the Treasury.

There were 233 unclaimed estates belonging to people from the North East as of October 15 – and 24 have been added to the list kept by the Government so far this year.

These include:

  • George Ernest Linsley, born on January 14, 1949, who died on August 26, 2020, in Sunderland
  • Kathleen Peacock, born on March 19, 1926, in South Shields, who died on June 11, 2020, in South Shields
  • Gerard Hugh Francis Cunningham, born on March 18, 1965, in Newcastle, who died on July 14, 2020, in Newcastle
  • Joseph McIntyre, born on December 13, 1936, who died on April 28, 2020, in Hebburn
  • Marjory Froggatt, who died on March 15, 1996, in Berwick.

The list of unclaimed estates is held by the Government’s Bona Vacantia Division and updated daily. A person’s estate is usually made up of money, property, or personal effects.

As of October 15, there were 7,853 unclaimed estates in England and Wales on the list.

Forbes Solicitors – specialists in wills and estates – analysed the list, and estimated that, with an average value of £150,000 per estate, £1.2bn could be waiting to be claimed.

Tom Howcroft, partner at Forbes Solicitors, said: “Some people might not know that they are sitting on a goldmine. These 8,000 people will have relatives, somewhere, they just need to be found.

“Wherever you are in the country, there are millions of pounds sitting unclaimed. A lot of potential beneficiaries don’t claim because they think it would be a difficult task, but we try and make the process as seamless as we possibly can.”

If the person has left no will, their spouse or children have the first claim on their estate.

In the event of no spouse or children, any person who is directly descended from a grandparent of the deceased has the right to make a claim for a share of the estate. This includes siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Claim seekers who are related to the person via marriage are not entitled to claim for the estate.

Adopted relatives have the same rights and stake to a claim of an estate as blood relatives, and vice versa – only the adoptive family can make a claim on the estate if the person who died was adopted, and adopted people have no rights to the estate of any of their original birth family.

However, someone who is not a direct relative may still be able to put in a claim for a grant from the estate, for example, if they lived with or cared for the deceased.

To prove a claim on an estate, a claimant will have to show a family tree highlighting the relationship with the deceased and two pieces of identification. Birth, marriage, or death certificates may also be required.

Unclaimed estates in the North East

FORENAME(S)SURNAMEDATE OF DEATHPLACE OF DEATH
CharlesKeating25/04/1999North Tyneside
MargaretSimpson07/07/2003Ashington, Northumberland
Harry HedleyCoatsworth08/11/1994Barnard Castle, Co Durham
RosemaryHenderson26/10/2010Berwick, Northumberland
Thomas WilksThompson16/10/2004Berwick, Northumberland
Mary BeatriceGraham18/07/1997Bishop Auckland, Co Durham
William ForsterSlater23/07/2006Blaydon,Gateshead
CatherineBarnes29/09/1998Blyth, Northumberland
ReginaldThomson04/03/2004Blyth, Northumberland
Erna FredaRobinson17/07/2004Chester-le-Street, Co Durham
AllanCoverdale21/06/2002Consett, Co Durham
GeorginaRidley10/03/1995Corbridge, Northumberland
John LawrenceO’Brien05/04/1993Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland
HarryRichardson29/06/1996Darlington, Co Durham
LeonSushko06/05/1999

Darlington, Co Durham

Kathleen AnneFairweather07/10/2001

Darlington, Co Durham

JosefPanas26/01/1999

Darlington, Co Durham

Michael ThomasReilly29/10/2003

Darlington, Co Durham

JanosCsizmadia09/01/2001

Darlington, Co Durham

William PatersonGreen05/12/1993

Darlington, Co Durham

LancelotStephenson12/09/1991

Durham, Co Durham

ElizabethJackson19/04/1998Durham, Co Durham
JurisZeme17/12/1999

Durham, Co Durham

EleanorHoward02/10/2002

Durham, Co Durham

Lancelot LeslieStephenson12/09/1991

Durham, Co Durham

ThomasTaylor24/04/1992

Durham, Co Durham

Jean BalfourHall20/06/1991

Durham, Co Durham

JohnScott28/04/2002

Durham, Co Durham

VioletScott25/10/2000

Durham, Co Durham

Mark AnthonyTurner15/03/2008

Durham, Co Durham

AnneFraser31/05/2003Fenham, Newcastle
DouglasAshley27/11/1995Gateshead
ElizabethBell08/05/1999

Gateshead

James MichaelCampbell11/08/2004

Gateshead

Jean McKalvieElrick11/09/1997

Gateshead

James GeorgeMcCormick04/04/2009

Gateshead

MargaretScott09/10/1999

Gateshead

NormanStobbs21/08/2000

Gateshead

MichaelWalsh05/12/2006

Gateshead

EthelWatts11/10/2003

Gateshead

Leonora ThelmaLeeson22/02/2002

Gateshead

Winifred ChristinaElliot19/08/1991Gosforth, Newcastle
JoyceSimpson11/10/2006Gosforth, Newcastle
KarenCullen10/01/1995Hartlepool
Robert ThomasDavies24/05/1996

Hartlepool

AnneRoy16/03/2003Hebburn, South Tyneside
JohnMaughan23/12/1990Hexham, Northumberland
MagdaBurnhope18/03/1996Houghton-le-Spring
Frederick AndersonCallaghan13/01/1992Morpeth, Northumberland
ElizabethStewart08/10/2005Morpeth, Northumberland
RobertThompson03/02/1992Morpeth, Northumberland
WalterThornton04/03/1999Morpeth, Northumberland
MargaretScott27/07/1999Newcastle
RobertBailes30/10/1993

Newcastle

MichaelDumphey21/05/1994

Newcastle

RobertHenderson23/06/1992

Newcastle

ElsieSparrow17/12/2000

Newcastle

RobertWilson11/06/1991

Newcastle

RaymondClark22/03/1995

Newcastle

Margaret BridgetGraham13/08/2005

Newcastle

WladyslawGumula25/10/1995

Newcastle

Colin StuartMacdonald29/03/2010

Newcastle

Agnes IsabellaRobison16/09/2005

Newcastle

ChristineSimpson15/04/2004

Newcastle

ThomasSmith08/07/1997

Newcastle

MarySwan26/10/1996

Newcastle

Philip HaddonWade04/12/2011

Newcastle

MichaelWard20/07/2009

Newcastle

RonaldHorne07/07/1996

Newcastle

VincentyKwiatkowski24/02/1993

Newcastle

MichaelO’Carroll06/04/2006

Newcastle

FrederickHarrison06/12/1997

Newcastle

AryeeJackson26/12/2007

Newcastle

MaryLogan25/12/1999

Newcastle

StuartMcPherson04/05/1994

Newcastle

MargaretStephens23/03/2003

Newcastle

WalterSmith06/10/1992

Newcastle

HarryClark13/01/1998

Newcastle

James WilliamDavidson02/08/2005

Newcastle

GeorgeCraig08/12/2000

Newcastle

John EdwardStirling01/12/1996Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham
HannahBeale24/06/1996Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham
William AlanForman18/04/1995North Shields, North Tyneside
Diana ClareWard11/09/2009

North Shields, North Tyneside

John JosephO’Neill22/11/1999

North Shields, North Tyneside

Maria MagdalenaRowntree24/02/2011

North Shields, North Tyneside

Veda MariaWilson14/02/1991Northumberland
Evelyn JoanBlackmore02/03/2011Northumberland
LilianGriffiths13/08/1998Northumberland
JosephMurphy15/05/1997Northumberland
JamesSmith06/02/1992Northumberland
AnthonyClarke21/09/2006Peterlee, Co Durham
AnnieMoor11/05/1993Rothbury, Northumberland
Joseph FernandezBell14/12/1996Ryhope
RoseConlon14/10/1999Sedgefield, Co Durham
James ErnestBaker27/10/2010South Shields, South Tyneside
AnneCairns23/05/2003

South Shields, South Tyneside

WilliamPalmer21/05/2010

South Shields, South Tyneside

Ernest HenrySimpson05/09/1993

South Shields, South Tyneside

CatherineWarner23/06/1994

South Shields, South Tyneside

IreneDunn13/05/2010

South Shields, South Tyneside

Thomas JosephRyan10/01/1994Stannington, Northumberland
JoannaAndrews10/07/2011Sunderland
OliveConway29/10/2001Sunderland
WalterDixon20/01/1995Sunderland
HelenElliot25/10/1993Sunderland
LeslieFerguson25/10/1998Sunderland
Margaret JuanitaGrieff23/11/1992Sunderland
JohnJohnson09/01/1997Sunderland
Sheila ElizabethMackey23/01/2009Sunderland
CatherineMelville24/04/1998Sunderland
ChristineMiller04/08/1996Sunderland
JohnPotts23/07/2000Sunderland
Percival SamuelTurner28/04/2001Sunderland
RobertWood11/11/2008Sunderland
Ingeborg Dorothea HildeYoung25/12/1999Sunderland
John DennisHaylett29/01/2001Sunderland
Catherine IsabellaHumphrey30/07/1995Sunderland
MargaretMarsh14/12/2006Sunderland
MarjorieThompson03/04/2009Trimdon Station, Co Durham
EstherBrown06/09/2001Trimdon, Co Durham
JohnMoran05/12/2007Sunderland
SarahHolmes01/03/2003Wheatley Hill, Co Durham
MaryCarroll12/09/2007Whitley Bay, North Tyneside
George ErnestLinsley26/08/2020Sunderland
KathleenPeacock11/06/2020South Shields, South Tyneside
Gerard Hugh FrancisCunningham14/07/2020Newcastle
JosephMcIntyre28/04/2020Hebburn, South Tyneside,
MarjoryFroggatt15/03/1996Berwick, Northumberland
Alfred AlanLamb14/04/2020South Shields, South Tyneside
Thomas ColemanJohnson05/03/2019Newcastle
David WilfredBrown09/05/2020Cleveland
MichaelMackenzie06/05/2016Gateshead
BrianSaunders04/04/2020Southwick, Sunderland
MaureenClark05/09/2019Sunderland
JamesHenry24/07/2014Gateshead
AlanHardy18/01/2020Gateshead
David JohnBray06/06/2019Sunderland
MichaelLawson01/07/2017Darlington, Co Durham
GordonElliott14/04/2015Ushaw Moor, Co Durham
HarryDixon24/11/2019Sunderland
George AlexanderMacgill22/04/2019Newcastle
Kathleen ElizabethDenne27/05/2018Hexham, Northumberland
Brian GerrardMurray25/01/2017Newcastle
Kathleen MarySisterson08/09/2018Hexham, Northumberland
WilliamKelly14/05/2018Newcastle
Percy JosephAdamson25/07/2005Hartlepool
ThomasCook22/12/2010Newcastle
PeterPetruczek12/02/2019Blyth, Northumberland
CarolCox03/02/2019South Shields, South Tyneside
Reginald JosephMcGarry27/04/2009Newcastle
Joan AliceWard30/12/2013Sheriff Hill, Gateshead
MaryLange08/07/2018Newcastle
AnthonyDixon05/09/2018Sunderland
CatherineKennedy23/05/2018South Shields, South Tyneside
KeithTaylor29/05/2018Gateshead
Tucker Emmanuel IanSwartz11/07/2018Houghton le Spring
Koon YauChan12/05/2018Cramlington, Northumberland
LydiaThompson19/01/2018Prudhoe, Northumberland
DavidGillespie12/12/2017Newcastle
NorahMurray19/04/2016Newcastle
GerrardMcEntaggart22/03/2007Darlington, Co Durham
RaymondGill11/10/2016Durham, Co Durham
Margaret MacMillanOphield14/12/2015Sunderland
PenelopeClark24/03/2016Sunderland
Eileen PatriciaCampbell09/11/2016Cramlington, Northumberland
Thomas VincentBurns25/08/2016Sunderland
GilbertWilson04/03/2009Sunderland
Monica JanePrice10/03/2016Bishop Auckland, Co Durham
John MichaelMartin20/02/2015Darlington, Co Durham
Mary LindsayWaugh21/02/2015North Shields, North Tyneside
ArvindPatel23/04/2014Hartlepool
Heather MiriamJefferson30/04/2014Ashington, Northumberland
MarjorieSimkins20/01/2014Darlington, Co Durham
PatrickFreeman16/03/2014Newcastle
RobertGibson18/01/2014Newcastle
Peter BrianMason04/04/2014South Shields, South Tyneside
DoreenGibson28/12/2006Durham, Co Durham
AntoninaHarley28/03/2012North Shields, North Tyneside
Stephen ChristopherKing05/07/2013Newcastle
Stanya WandaRichardson30/09/2000Gateshead
John AndrewDavies28/12/2012Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham
Maria MargaretO’Connor06/08/2006Dudley, Northumberland
RamiroGomez02/10/2012Ashington, Northumberland
RobertRobson23/10/2012North Shields, North Tyneside
John AllanJones07/10/2012Newcastle
DavidTerry20/06/2011Durham, Co Durham
Christopher AnthonyLongstaff08/11/2012Darlington, Co Durham

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