1840 Moves to Murton Like many families of the era, the Robsons move to find work. Mary Ann finds it difficult to settle at her new school and make friends. Shortly after the move, her father falls to his death down a mineshaft.
1843 Mother remarries Mary Ann's widowed mother marries George Stott. She doesn't get along with her new stepfather.
1849 Leaves home Sixteen year old Mary Ann leaves the family home and seeks work as a nurse at Edward Potter's home in South Hetton - a position she keeps for 3 years.
1852 Marries William Mowbray The pair marry in Newcastle, but move to Plymouth. Mary gives birth to five children - five of whom die of gastric fever.
24th March 1873 Hanged at Durham Jail Convicted of murder, Cotton swings from the gallows at Durham.