More research notes

As usual with these posts, not all those names listed below are linked to me, however, at the time I noted them down it was a possibility that there could have been a link.

Buried at Preston Cemetery, Lancashire, England:

Non Conformist Grave NC/K/1192, bought by John William Chapman of 15 Thorn Street, Preston

Sarah Barnet aged 65 buried 22nd November 1913

John Thomas Barnett aged 72 buried 27th September 1940

From English and Scottish electoral registers:

1904 – George Beaver registered at 66 Park Road, Preston, Lancashire, England

1912 – William Henry Best registered at 66 Park Road, Preston, Lancashire

1955 – Mary A Paterson, Margaret Blaikie, Charles Bland and Helen C Bland, Catherine Connory and James Connory, Frederick Elkington and Margaret Elkington and David D Hadden, Dorothy K O’Dea and Thomas O’Dea, Beatrice Reilly, David Riley, Margaret Riley, Susan Thomson Joseph H Woods and Martha Woods and Peter Inglis registered at 7 St. Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

1948 – Sophia Brown and Agnes Brown registered at 102 Skeffington Road, Preston, Lancashire.

1955 – Percy Knapper and Hannah Knapper, Henry Brown, Mabel Brown and John Campbell registered at 4 Oddfellow Street, Blackpool, Lancashire

1954 -George Jones, Dorothy Jones and John Campbell registered at 16 Chapel Street, Blackpool, Lancashire

1952 – David Marr, William Marr, William Marr, Thomas Dailly, Elizabeth B Carabine and Raymon B Carabine, James Cunningham and Susan Cunningham, Davina P G Goldie and Dennis Goldie, Helen O’Connor, Isabella O’Connor, John E O’Connor and Robert A C O’Connor  registered at 6 Harewood Road, Craigmillar, Scotland

1952 – Catherine Healey, James Healey and James Healey Jnr. , Hugh Dorian, Thomas Cashin, John Newsorne, Martin Poper, James Prendergast and Thomas Curtis registered at 31 Pembroke Road, Bootle, Lancashire, England

1900 – Betsy Chapman registered at 27 Wellfield Road, Preston, Lancashire

1900 – Ann Heaton registered at 26 Wellfield Road, Preston, Lancashire

1900 – Edward Chapman registered at 11 Kenmure Place, Preston, Lancashire

1900 – Charles Henry Ernest Chapman registered at 132 St. Paul’s Road North, Preston, Lancashire

1912 – Walter Chapman registered at 27 Wellfield Road, Preston, Lancashire

1921 – John Walter Chapman and Mary E Chapman registered at 27 Wellfield Road, Preston, Lancashire

1929 – Edward Chapman and Dinah Chapman registered 13 Cooper Street, Preston, Lancashire

1929 – Eleanor Chapman registered 35 Norris Street, Preston, Lancashire

1929 – John W Chapman, Mary E Chapman, Ernest Chapman, Nellie Chapman and Catherine Chapman registered 27 Wellfield Road, Preston, Lancashire

1930 – Thomas Chapman and Cecily Chapman registered 82 Miles Street, Preston, Lancashire

1930 – Eleanor Chapman registered 35 Norris Street, Preston, Lancashire

1931 – Henry Kelly, Ellen Kelly and Eleanor I Chapman registered 5 Gibbs Entry, Edinburgh, Scotland

1932 – Eleanor I Chapman registered 5 Gibbs Entry, Edinburgh

1935 – Eleanor I Chapman registered 12 Beaumont Place, Edinburgh

1945 – Mary E Chapman, Ernest Chapman, Catherine Chapman, Mary E Chapman (Jnr.) and Hester M Chapman registered 27 Wellfield Road, Preston, Lancashire

1945 – Samuel Murray, Francis G Fox and Hilda Fox, Cicely Chapman and William Chapman registered at 72 Brook Street, Preston, Lancashire

1948 – Edward Chapman, Richard Wallace and Amy Wallace registered 10 Kenmure Place, Preston, Lancashire

1961 – Walter Chapman and Gladys Chapman registered at 498 Blackpool Road, Preston, Lancashire

1900 – John Coxhead registered at 37 Annis Street, Preston, Lancashire

1953 – Liam Stewart, Frances McGee, Elizabeth Lyons, Thomas Delaney, George Flinn, Patrick Hayes, Edward Moody, James O’Brian, Alexander Parkinson, John Parkinson and George Dunn registered at 31 Pembroke Road, Bootle, Lancashire, England

1945 – Ann Heaton and Elizabeth Eccleston registered at 34 Wellfield Road, Preston, Lancashire

1945 – Henry Heaton and Doris H T Heaton registered at 35 Wellfield Road, Preston, Lancashire

1948 – Eleanor I Oswald,Harold Kirby and Doris Kirby, Alexander Gilfillan and Margaret Gilfillan registered at 114 Miles Street, Preston, Lancashire

1900 – Susannah Hind registered at 41 Skeffington Road, Preston, Lancashire

1945 – Alfred Hull (Senior) and Elizabeth A Hull registered at 26 Wellfield Road, Preston, Lancashire

1945 – Joseph Jackson and Ada Jackson and Alice Norcross registered at 19 Miles Street, Preston, Lancashire

1930 – Caroline Jones registered at 114 Miles Street, Preston, Lancashire

1949 – Lionel Keast and Beatrice E Keast registered at 11 Lower Trewellard, Pendeen, Cornwall, England

1946 – Eleanor I Oswald, Harold Kirby and Doris Kirby and Edith Wilson registered at 114 Miles Street, Preston, Lancashire

1947 – Eleanor I Oswald, Harold Kirby and Doris Kirby registered at 114 Miles Street, Preston, Lancashire

1931 – Robert Mather registered at 82 Miles Street, Preston, Lancashire

1921 – Walter Mitchell registered at 114 Miles Street, Preston, Lancashire

1931 – Walter Mitchell registered at 35 Norris Street, Preston, Lancashire

1939 – Harry Arthur Wigg and Catherine Wigg registered at 114 Miles Street, Preston, Lancashire

1903 – Charles Yates registered at 27 Wellfield Road, Preston, Lancashire

From Trade directories:

1892 Barrett’s directory – John Brown (j) – Painter – 98 Skeffington Road, Preston, Lancashire

1892 Barrett’s directory – John Coxhead – lorry driver – 10 Derby Street, Preston, Lancashire

1944 Barrett’s directory – D. Cowell (soldier) – 114 Miles Street, Preston, Lancashire

 

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Bootle (Near Liverpool)


The Bootle area played an important part in my mum’s early years.  It’s situated in the north west of England, close to Liverpool, and other nearby places include Seaforth, Litherland, Thornton and Crosby, as you can see from the map.

Donald Lewis, the son of Joseph Lewis and Esther Simpson, was born on the 21st July 1925.

He married Susan Waters, the daughter of John Henry Waters and Mary Brown at the registry office in Bootle on the 7th June 1947.

Donald and Susan adopted mum in 1953 and lived at 18 Browne Street, Bootle with people the adoption papers describe as “two adult female cousins of the female applicant”  (Mum remembers them by the surname of Kelly, as “aunties”)  however, the marriage didn’t last, and mum apparently lived at Bailey Drive with Donald, and his parents, Joseph and Esther until about 1957.

Mum can remember living with the Lewis family at Bailey Drive, and walking to school.  We think it was probably “Roberts School” that she would have gone to while living there.

Joseph, Esther and Donald are listed living at 18 Bailey Drive, Bootle on the 1939 National Register.  Joseph was a linotype operator, Esther’s occupation is listed as “unpaid domestic duties”.

There is some sort of note with the adoption papers which looks like it shows that Donald was seeking custody of mum in the October of 1956.  Mum’s birth mother, Beatrice (or Betty) Maddern (nee Chapman) had only died that January.

Beatrice/Betty lived at 31 Pembroke Road, Bootle for a short time between about 1952 and 1953, with a Catherine Healy, and lots of other people.

On the 1939 National register at 16 Pembroke Road, Bootle are James (a dock labourer), Catherine and Mary Healy (notes that she went on to marry someone called Lamb), George E Flynn (hammerman in shipyard), James O’Brien (builder’s labourer), Thomas Duffy (ARP shelter erector), John Hughes (dock labourer) and George (ship’s steward) and Ada Prentice.  A few of those other names seem familiar to the ones who were living at 31 Pembroke Road, Bootle in the early 1950s.

There’s always been a bit of a mystery as to why Beatrice headed for Liverpool, and Bootle.  Was there other family in the area?  Mum’s adopted mother knew about things that happened after the adoption, is that unusual?  There doesn’t seem to be any obvious link between the Chapman, Waters and/or Lewis families looking at the family tree.  Could it be the case that mum’s adopted mother knew about Beatrice’s death as they’d been keeping in contact?

If you remember Donald, Joseph and Esther, the Kelly sisters who lived at Browne Street, or Beatrice then please do get in touch if you’d like to via this link.

Interesting/Useful links related to the Bootle area (Some relate to the wider area) include :

History of Bootle from Historic Liverpool

Bootle Times

The City of Liverpool Online Parish Clerks

Liverpool Archives

Lancashire Archives

HistoPic – Historic pictures of Liverpool