David Ritchie Masterton Oswald

David was the second husband of my two times great grandmother, Eleanor Isabella Coxhead.  He was born in Wemyss, Fife, Scotland on the 18th April 1914 to James Oswald and Janet Reid Ritchie Masterton.

His parents had both previously been married to others.  James Oswald, the son of James Oswald and Margaret Paterson had been married to an Elizabeth Tweeddale, and Janet Reid Ritchie Masterton, the daughter of Robert Masterton and Ann Ritchie Hill, had been married to a James Doddes Picken.

It was quite a surprise to find the marriage in Edinburgh when we visited some years ago, as we were looking for a possible marriage for Eleanor’s daughter, Frances Eleanor Chapman.  At that time we had no idea that Eleanor’s first husband, Henry Chapman, had died in 1928 in Rotterdam.

David R M Oswald and Eleanor I Chapman nee Coxhead married at the Nicolson Street Church of Scotland church in Edinburgh on the 26th July 1935.  The service was carried out by William Galbraith Taylor, minister.  The witnesses were Malcolm Mattocks of 321 West Port, and Elizabeth Lewis of 55 Home Street.

At the time of the marriage, David was a railway porter aged 21 of 12 Grange Court, Edinburgh, and Eleanor, a widow, aged 56 of 12 Beaumont Place, Edinburgh.  Although her age is listed as 49 on the marriage certificate.  She must have looked young for her age.

Apparently David wasn’t living with my grandmother, Beatrice, and her grandmother, Eleanor Isabella at the time of the 1939 national register at 2A Greenside Place, he had possibly signed up for military service by that time.  The next thing we hear of him is from a newspaper clipping from 1946:

DRM Oswald desertion from Eleanor Tuesday 8th January 1946 LEP
From the Tuesday 8th January 1946 edition of the Lancashire Evening Post

This would tie in with him not appearing on the electoral register at 114 Miles Street, Preston with Eleanor Isabella for a couple of years.

Eleanor Isabella Oswald died on the 7th January 1951 of 114 Miles Street, Preston;  and was buried with her parents, John and Mary Coxhead (nee Holmes) at Preston Cemetery.

By October 1951, David was living at Bath Street in Newton Heath, close to Manchester.  On the 3rd October 1951, he married a Clara Davidson (maiden name Jackson), a raincoat machinist, also at that time widowed, daughter of Joseph Jackson at Manchester Register Office. The witnesses were J Jackson and J Mellor.

At some point David and Clara moved upto Scotland, and were living in Bonnyrigg.

David Ritchie Masterton Oswald died in 2009, aged 94.

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Some newspaper notes

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:

St. Helens.

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:

SCHOOL CASES

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.