Mary Walker (1786 – 1846)

Courtesy of Cumbria Archives, another ancestor puzzle has been cleared up this past week.  But there is still more to find out, as is usually the case.

Mary Walker was my 5th great grandmother.  I have yet to discover her birth or baptism, but I believe I now at least know a little more about her life.

On the 14th September 1812, Mary Walker and William Benson married at Millom, Cumberland, England.  The witnesses were Mary Dobson, Ellenor Walker and John Newton.

My 4th great grandmother, Eleanor Benson, was baptised to William and Mary at Millom on the 5th November 1812.

I found an announcement in the 15th December 1849 edition of the Kendal Mercury of Eleanor’s marriage to my 4th great grandfather, Robert Holme(s), but interestingly her uncle, George Benson, rather than her dad’s name was mentioned in the announcement, leading me to believe that her dad, William Benson, at least must have died, possibly also her mum, Mary Walker by the December of 1849.

It had been difficult trying to find a William and/or Mary Benson in any census, after all, quite some time had passed between Eleanor’s birth in 1812 and the first available census in 1841 and there were no obvious possible candidates in the 1851 census.  William and/or Mary could have easily moved to another area by that time.

I decided to try and look for a marriage of a Mary Benson, and found one.  A Mary Benson married a John Swainson at Whicham, Cumberland on the 13th May 1826, but could this possibly be my Mary Walker?

I contacted Cumbria Archives to ask about this marriage, who were only too happy to help.  They found the details from the marriage, which I greatly appreciate:

JOHN SWAINSON of Dalton-in-Furness, and MARY BENSON, widow, married by banns in the presence of William Walker, Hannah Robinson and William Robinson.

I found John and Mary Swainson in the 1841 census at Broughton West, Lancashire.  John, aged 48, an agricultural labourer, not born in Lancashire, and Mary, aged 55, also not born in Lancashire.

John Swainson appears as a widower in the 1851 census, and I found a death registered in the Ulverstone registration district in 1846, so all available evidence appears to support my theory that both William Benson and Mary Walker had died before their daughter Eleanor’s marriage at Whicham in 1849.

It seems Mary Walker was born in about 1786, most likely somewhere in Cumberland, possibly in the Millom or Whicham areas.  The Ellenor Walker who was a witness to Mary’s first marriage, and the William Walker who was a witness to the 2nd marriage were possibly siblings, or cousins.  Do you know anything about these Walkers?  Please do contact me if you’d like to share any information.

More newspaper notes

Some more snippets from newspapers that i’m sharing here.

A marriage announcement from the Saturday 16th August 1862 edition of the Westmorland Gazette:

At the Parish Church, Ulverston, on the 5th inst., John only son of Mr John Holme, farmer, Mansriggs, to Margaret, daughter of Mr John Park, farmer, Broughton Beck.

And another marriage announcement, from the Saturday 13th November 1824 edition of the Lancaster Gazette:

Since our last, Mr Reuben Pimm, to Miss Ann Bradshaw, both of this town.

From the Saturday 24th June 1899 edition of the Liverpool Mercury:

Banruptcy Acts

Receiving Orders

Charles Wright, Park Road, and Higher Parr Street, St. Helens, provision dealer.

Adjudications in Bankruptcy

Charles Wright, Park Road and Higher Parr Street, St. Helens, baker and provision dealer

From the Thursday 3rd November 1904 edition of the Cornishman:

The internment of the late Mrs. Maddern, who died at Boswedden Road on Sunday, October 23, took place at the Church Cemetery on Thursday.  The coffin was of polished pitchpine, with brass furnture, and bore the inscription:  “Amelia Maddern, Died October 23 1904, aged 69 years.”  A pretty cross was placed on the coffin in token of sympathy.  The bearers were:  Messrs. J. Angwin, W. Oats, S. Rowe, J. Rowe, R. Hocking, T. Rowe, J. Lugg, W. Davey, W. Sampson, J. Rowe, J. Ellis and R. Vibert.  Among those who preceeded the coffin were:  Capts. J White and T. S. Tregear, Messrs. J. Thomas (Victoria Road), J. Thomas (Prince’s Street), J. Williams, and J. E. Hallo.  There was a large number of mourners, including Mr. M. Maddern, Mrs Clemo, Mr. T. Maddern and Miss Maddern (sons and daughters), Mr Clemo, Mr Dennis, and others.  The service was pathetically conducted both in the church and at the graveside by the Rev. T. Taylor, vicar.  The undertaker was Mr. J. Rowe of Fore Street.

From the Wednesday 29th October 1879 edition of the Liverpool Mercury:

HENDERSON – Oct. 16, at 35, Aughton Street, Everton, aged 36, Fanny, wife of William Henderson, and youngest daughter of Strethill Foden.

From the Monday 31st July 1899 edition of the Liverpool Mercury:

A WOMAN’S BIGAMOUS MARRIAGE

Harriet Sutton, a well dressed woman, surrendered to her bail and pleaded guilty to having contracted a bigamous marriage with Frederick William Thrush, at Rainford. – Mr. T. Swft appeared for the Crown, and Mr. Rigby Swift addressed the court on behalf of the prisoner.  He said she was first married in 1891, and about four months afterwards her husband began to treat her with persistent cruelty, which lasted all the time they lived together.  For four years after she left him she heard nothing of him, and this she told the second husband. – His Lordship thought there were exceptional circumstances in the case, and that he should be justified in ordering the prisoner to be bound over to appear if called upon.

And finally, for this post, a death notice, from the Saturday 7th June 1930 edition of the Burnley Express:

CHAPMAN – On the 30th ult., Reuben Pym Chapman, beloved husband of Jane Chapman, aged 71 years.  At rest.

-From his sorrowing Wife and Family, 20, Ferndale Street

Some more research notes

Various notes on bits of paper i’ve gathered over the years.  As always in these posts, not all of these people are related to me, but I noted these things down at the time as they could have been.

From the Staffordshire BMD indexes:

Hannah Pointon death registered 1871 Newcastle under Lyme, Audey sub district, ref. AUD/011/41

Hannah Pointon death registered 1877 Newcastle under Lyme, Audley sub district, ref. AUD/014/4

George Pointon death registered 1888 Newcastle under Lyme, Audley sub district, ref. AUD/018/99

Thomas Stockton married Mary H Grocott – St. Margaret, Wolstanton – 1873 – ref. C30/12/450

Alfred Stockton married Kate Lightfoot – St. Mary, Knutton – 1884 – ref. C15/1/101

Samuel Stockton married Jane Hughes – St. Mary, Knutton – 1887 – ref. C15/1/175

Alexander Stockton married Ellen Dickin – St. Luke, Silverdale – 1892 – ref. C26/1/458

William J Stockton married Elizabeth Key – St. Mary, Knutton – 1893 – ref. C15/1/383

Thomas Stockton married Rosalina Stubbs – St. Mary, Knutton – 1895 – ref. C15/1/408

From St. Mary, Lancaster, Lancashire parish registers:

Baptisms to John and Peggy Woodhouse –

Nancy on the 30th June 1791

Agnes on the 15th January 1789

Jane on the 3rd January 1799

Mary on the 3rd January 1796

Betty on the 11th April 1793

John on the 15th August 1802

Margaret on the 3rd April 1800

Thomas Dickinson on the 26th August 1805

From the GRO Index:

Alice Pedder death registered Lancaster March quarter 1843, ref. 21 362

Peter Pedder death registered Preston September quarter 1845, ref. 21 354

Mary Ann Bradshaw death registered Lancaster March quarter 1850, ref. 21 382

James Docker death registered Ulverston March quarter 1857, ref. 8e 428

Isabella Willison death registered Ulverston March quarter 1895 aged 69, ref. 8e 641

James Holme death registered Kendal March quarter 1840, ref. 25 331

James Holme death registered Ulverston March quarter 1868, aged 67, ref. 8e 472

From the 1841 England Census

36 Bridge Lane, Lancaster –

William Bradshaw – 37 – Blockmaker – born Lancashire

Mary Ann Bradshaw – 37 – born Lancashire

Edward Bradshaw – 11 – born Lancashire

Margaret Bradshaw – 5 – born Lancashire

Betsy Bradshaw – 9 months – born Lancashire

12 St. George’s Quay, Lancaster –

Christopher Bradshaw – 65 – Burtons mariner – born Lancashire

May C. Bradshaw – 60 – born Lancashire

Agnes Bradshaw – 20 – born Lancashire

Under Gardens, Damside Street, Lancaster –

Edward Bradshaw – 32 – currier & leather dealer – born Lancashire

Margaret Bradshaw – 32 – not born Lancashire

William Bradshaw – 9 – not born Lancashire

John Bradshaw – 7 – not born Lancashire

Elizabeth Bradshaw – 6 – born Lancashire

Hannah Bradshaw – 2 – born Lancashire

Margaret Bradshaw junior – 8 months – born Lancashire

From the 1851 England Census:

Parr Stocks, Parr –

Peter Cundliffe – Head – coal miner – 56 – born Parr

Mary Cundliffe – Wife – 55 – born Parr

Joseph Cundliffe – Son – coal miner – 16 – born Parr

Saml. Cundliffe – Son – coal miner – 13 – born Parr

John Cundliffe – Son – wid. – coal miner – 35 – born Parr

Miles Cundliffe – Son – wid. – coal miner – 32 – brn Parr

Mary Cundliffe – G. Dau. – scholar – 8 – born Parr

John Cundliffe – G. Son – scholar – 10 – born Parr

Ralph Cundliffe – G. Son – scholar – 8 – born Parr

Mary Cundliffe – G. Dau. – scholar – 6 – born Parr

And from the 1861 England Census:

Park Road Beerhouse, Parr  –

Thomas Francis – Head – marr. – 40 – Beerseller – born Parr

Esther Francis – Wife – marr. – 40 – born Parr

Wm. Francis – Son — 18 – born Parr

John Francis – Son – 15 – born Parr

Ellen Francis – Dau – 8 – born Parr

Elizth. Francis – Dau. – 2 – born Parr

Samuel Francis – Son – 4 mths. – born Parr

 

 

Some more newspaper notes

This is the second in a series of posts looking at excerpts from newspapers.

From the Saturday 15th December 1849 edition of the Kendal Mercury:

At Whicham, Millom, on the 6th inst. , by the Rev. G. Wilkinson, rector, Mr Robert Holme, huntsman to G. Woodburne Esq. Thurston Ville, to Eleanor, niece of Mr G. Benson, Rallies, Whicham.

From the 21st October 1854 edition of the Lancaster Gazette:

Ulverston – On the 14th instant, at the Parish Church by the Rev. S. Robertson, curate, Mr Joseph Holmes, husbandman, Hazelrigg, Cartmel, to Miss Ellen Lowis of Newland, near Ulverston.

From the Saturday 9th July 1836 edition of the Staffordshire Advertiser:

To be imprisoned three months – Randle Pointon, for stealing from the person of Thomas Cooper, at Audley, two half-crown pieces, his property.

From the Saturday 12th March 1836 edition of the Staffordshire Advertiser:

To be imprisoned three calendar months – Jane Darlington, stealing a piece of Kenseymere Cloth, and other articles, the property of John Harding, at Audley.

From the Monday 19th July 1897 edition of the Liverpool Mercury:

Fatal Accident to a St. Helens Boy

Samuel Francis, 13 yrs old, son of Wm. Francis, a collier, of 296, Park Road, St. Helens, died on Saturday night from injuries received on the previous Thursday afternoon.  Francis was in the employ of Councillor Ryder, mineral water manufacturer, and accidentally fell from a mineral water waggon at Burtonwood.  He alighted on his head, and it was afterwards found that he had fractured the base of his skull.  He gradually sank, and expired as stated.

From the Thursday 29th April 1937 edition of the Cornishman:

Mr M. Maddern, St. Just

The death occurred at his residence, 19 Pleasant Terrace, St. Just, on Wednesday, of Mr. Matthias Maddern.  He was well known in agricultural circles, having farmed at Botallack for many years.  He retired from farming within the last two years.

Mr Maddern was held in high esteem by all who knew him, and much sympathy will be extended to the widow and family in their irreparable loss.

The internment took place on Sunday afternoon at the Parish Church, St. Just, in the presence of a large number of sympathizers.  The service was conducted by Rev. A Tampsett (curate)

The mourners were:  Mrs Maddern and Mr R. Maddern (widow and son), Mr W. E. Maddern and Mrs M. E. Oats (son and sister), Mr J W Maddern and misses May and Mary Maddern (grandson and grand-daughters), Mr T. Maddern and Misses Hetty and Iris Maddern (brother and grand-daughters), Mr C. Maddern and Miss M. Oats (nephew and niece), Mr T. Maddern and Mrs R. Collins (cousins), Mr J. Maddern and Mrs W. E. Maddern (cousin and daughter in law), Mr W. Tregear and Mrs C. Maddern (cousin and niece), Mr F. Hocking and Mrs T. Maddern (cousins), Mrs J. Hocking and Mr J. T. Williams (sister-in-law and friend), Mr and Mrs J Hosking (niece and nephew), Mr B. Oats, Miss M. A. Oats and Mrs W. Hosking (cousins), Mrs T. Trevorrow, Mrs B. Hocking, Miss M. A. Pascoe, Mr J Dennis, Mrs W. Boase, Mrs J Hosking (cousins), Mr and Mrs H. Harry, Mr W. Harry, Mr T. Harry, Mr and Mrs Pope (friends) and others.

Floral tributes were:  “Whith love.” from his sorrowing wife;  “In loving memory,” from Robert, Hettie, Jim and family;  “To dear father, with love,”  from William Eddy and Rosie;  “To dear Grandad,” from May, Mary, Hetty and Iris;  “To darling granda, with little Maureen’s love”;  “With deepest sympathy,” from R and T Collins, Newlyn;  “With deepest sympathy,” from Mary, Ben and Florrie;  “In loving memory,” from Willie Mabel and Elizabeth;  “In affectionate remembrance, and with deepest sympathy,” from John and Lottie;  “In loving memory,” from M.S.H. Harry and Henry;  “With sincere sympathy,” from B. Lugg;  “With deepest sympathy,” from Mr and Mrs Pope, Barwis Terrace, Penzance;  “With deepest sympathy,” from Mrs Scutt and Eileen.

The bearers were Messrs. P. Rickard, P. Thomas, C. Gilbert, F. Stephens, R. Grenfell, and J. T. Williams.

The coffin was of unpolished panel elm, with solid brass furniture, with the inscription:

“Matthias Maddern, died 21st April 1937, aged 72 years.”

The undertaking arrangements were satisfactorily carried out by Jas. Roberts and Sons, St. Just.  The motor hearse was supplied by Mr Hawken, Penzance, and the cars by Mr. H. Eddy, St. Just.

From the Saturday 18th June 1859 edition of the Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser:

ENGLISH PATENTS

Robert Lloyd Burrowes, of St. Helen’s, professor of Music, and John Knowles, jun. , of the same place, mine surveyor, for improvements in the construction of pianoforts and organs.  Dated December 9, 1858.

 

Crosthwaite and Lyth

The area known as Crosthwaite and Lyth shown in the map above.

As you can see from the map, it lies between Windermere in the Lake District national park and Kendal.  It is now commonly assumed to be in the county of Cumbria, however, like many administrative post 1974 changes in England and Wales, the historic country of Westmorland continues to exist alongside the administrative area of Cumbria.Tarnsidefarmcrosthwaite

Crosthwaite is a beautiful area.   There is some great walking to be done around the area, and some good photo opportunities to be had in the region as a whole.

My most recent direct ancestor who lived in Crosthwaite at any point was Robert Holme.

Robert Holme was baptised at St. Mary, Crosthwaite on the 29th March 1816 to John and Agnes. (nee Burrow)  By 1841, he’d moved on and was a servant at Newby Bridge.  In 1849 he married Eleanor Benson, the daughter of William (a farmer, like Robert’s dad) at stmarycrosthwaite2Whicham, near Millom.

Two of Robert and Eleanor’s daughters survived, Mary, and Eleanor.  I’m descended from Mary, who was baptised at Cartmel in 1852, and who married John Coxhead in 1876 in Penwortham, near Preston, Lancashire.  The family moved to Kirkham in Lancashire, and Robert Holmes, formerly a huntsman, was buried at Kirkham parish church in 1892.

Direct line ancestors of Robert who lived in and around the Crosthwaite and Lyth area include:

John Holme and Agnes Burrow who married in 1805.

James Burrow and Elizabeth Atkinson who married in 1782.

Robert Jackson and Elizabeth Story who married in 1722.

James Burrough/Burrow and Agnes Cartmell who married in 1750.

William Burrow and Mary Garnett who married in 1727.

Isaac Cartmell and Agnes Barrow who married in 1720.

And the family of Leonard Townson (buried at Crosthwaite in 1667) and his wife Jenett

Some of the place names mentioned in documents such as wills, and baptism records from the area include “Broad Oak”, “Moss Side”, “Nook”, “Tarnside”, “Cartmel Fold”, “Birks” and “Green”.

Here are a few sites of interest for the Crosthwaite and Lyth area:

The Parish of Crosthwaite and Lyth – includes lots of historical information, and individuals’ names.

GENUKI Crosthwaite & Lyth page

History of Crosthwaite in South Lakeland and Westmorland

Westmorland Damson Association

Crosthwaite and Lyth – British History Online

Cumbria Family History Society

Cumbria Archive Service