Newspapers are a fascinating resource for research. They can give some interesting information sometimes. As well as providing announcements of births, marriages and deaths over the years, occasionally they may provide clues to your ancestors lives.
And so, this is the first in a series of posts with transcripts from some newspapers.
From the 16th March 1855 edition of the Liverpool Mercury:
Petty Sessions – These sessions were held in the Town Hall, on Tuesday last, before William Pilkington Esq. (Chairman), and Richard Pilkington, Esq. – Thomas Jenkins – Duke-street, beerseller, was fined 10s and costs for having his house open during prohibited hours.- Mr Charles Thrush, Eccleston, builder, was fined 5s for an offence under the improvement act, in leaving a sewer, in course of construction in St. Thomas-street, uncovered and unprotected, thereby subjecting passers-by to risks of accidents.
From the 8th January 1946 edition of the Lancashire Evening Post:
Husbands and Wives
Stated to be a case in which a demobilised Service man had not returned to his wife. Preston magistrates, to-day, granted an order for 30s. a week to Mrs Eleanor Isabella Oswald. of Miles-street, Preston, who summoned her husband, David Richard M Oswald, of Calder-street, Preston, for desertion.
From the 2nd November 1921 edition of the Cornishman:
For not sending their children to school Robert Maddern, of St. Just, was fined 2s. 6d.; William Rowe, of St. Just, was fined 2s. in each case for not sending his five children to school; Cassandra Rowell, of St. Buryan, 5s.; John Nicholas, St. Buryan, 5.; James Martin, St. Buryan, 15s.; John Strick, St. Levan, 5s.; Sidney Hicks, Ludgvan, 2s. 6d.; Philip Prowse, Ludgvan, 5s.; Benjamin Holland, Madron, adjourned for two months for better attendance.
From the 1st May 1946 edition of the Lancashire Evening Post:
CHAPMAN – On April 27th, ELIZABETH, the beloved wife of EDWARD CHAPMAN, aged 79 years. 10, Kenmure-place, Preston. Funeral service in St. Thomas’s Church on Wednesday, at 2 15 p.m.
“Peace, Perfect Peace”.
And, finally for this post, from the 5th May 1860 edition of the Westmorland Gazette:
On the 2nd inst., at Currier Cottage, Sawrey, of Consumption, Mr. Thomas Willison, aged 30 years; and a few hours later the same night, Mrs. Elizabeth Willison, mother of the above, of bronchitis, aged 63 years.