Transcript of the will of Nicholas Wright 1845

Nicholas Wright, born in about 1765, was one of my five times great grandfathers, via my paternal grandad’s mother, Ann Wright, Wife of Frederick Pointon.  Although there is no substantial evidence that his parents were John Wright and Ann Barton, I believe it to be the case, both through discounting others, naming traditions and due to the fact that I have managed to confirm a DNA link back to John Wright and Ann Barton, via one of Nicholas’s supposed siblings.

Nicholas was a farmer who lived in North Meols, Lancashire, who married twice.  The first time to Anne Boond, the second to Alice Howard.  My ancestor is, I believe, Nicholas and Anne’s only child, John Wright born in about 1790/1.  Anne Boond died shortly after  giving birth to John,  and Nicholas went on to have another 7 children with his second wife, Alice;  Jenny, James, Ann, Peggy, Elizabeth, Alice and Mary.

All 8 children are named in Nicholas’s will, who died on the 11th January 1849, of Little London, and who was buried at St Cuthbert’s, North Meols on the 15th January.  Probate was granted on the 1st February 1849.

This is the last Will and Testament of me Nicholas Wright of Little London within North Meols in the county of Lancaster Farmer made this second day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty five (being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding)

First I order and direct the payment of my just debts funeral and Testamentary expences from and out of my personal Estate and Effects Then I give and devise my Messuage or cottage situate in Seabank road in South Port within North Mels aforesaid with the appurtenances thereto belonging which I hold by Lease under Peter Hesketh Fleetwood Esquire, unto my Sons and Daughters hereinafter particularly mentioned viz. John, James, Jane, the children of my daughter Ann late wife of James Rimmer Farmer, Margaret wife of Peter Rimmer, and Alice wife of James Ball their respective heirs executors administrators and assigns Share and Share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants.

And the issue of such of them as shall be then dead each set of children to take the share which their parent would have taken if then living

I do order and direct that my hereinafternamed executors shall as soon as convenient after my decease make sale of the whole of my Household Furniture Farming Stock Goods Cattle Chattels by Public Auction for the best price and most money that can be got for the same and with the money to arise from such sale my executors shall pay divide and apportion the same unto and amongst my Sons and Daughters hereinaftermentioned into eight equal shares and proportions (that is to say)

– One eighth share thereof unto my Son John his heirs and assigns – One eighth share thereof unto my Son James – One eighth share thereof unto my Daughter Jane – One eighth share thereof unto the children of my Daughter Ann late wife of James Rimmer Farmer aforesaid – One eighth share thereof unto my Daughter Margaret – One eighth share thereof unto my Daughter Alice – One eighth share thereof unto the children of my Daughter Betty late wife of Peter Rimmer of Little London – One eighth share thereof unto the child of my Daughter Mary late wife of Thomas Ball Blacksmith South Port

-It is my will and mind and I order and direct that in case any of my said Daughters shall be dead at the time of the division and apportionment as aforesaid Then the share of such Daughter so dying before that time to be paid and payable unto her children share and share alike

-I do hereby nominate and appoint my said Son James and my said Son in law – Peter Rimmer of Birkdale Executors of this my Will and I do hereby declare that they their Executors and administrators shall be chargeable only for such monies as they shall respectively actually receive by virtue of this my Will that they shall not be answerable for each other’s acts –

And I do declare that the receipts of my said executors shall be good and sufficient discharges and I direct them to retain out of my Effects all costs they may be put unto in the execution of this my Will:-  And revoking all other wills or testamentory dispositions made by me at any time or times heretofore:-  I do declare this present writing contains in one sheet of paper to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written

[Nicholas Wright signature] [seal]

Robert Ball

John Ball

James Coxhead

 

 

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Transcript of the will of John Middlehurst 1802

Windleshaw Chantry, Lancashire, England
Windleshaw Chantry, Lancashire, England

John Middlehurst (Abt. 1740 – 1803) is one of my 6 times great grandfathers, via his daughter, Elizabeth Middlehurst (Abt. 1770 – 1832)

Elizabeth was one of 8 children of John, the others being Thomas, William, Alice, Mary, Ann, John and Martha.  The family were Catholic.

John was a farmer who lived in the Windle area of what is now known as St. Helens, Lancashire, England.

He died on the 18th August 1803, and was buried at Windleshaw Chantry.

Unusually for wills of this time that i’ve seen so far, there are paragraphs, commas and full stops.

I John Middlehurst Senior of Windle in the County of Lancaster, Farmer, being of perfect Mind, and Memory, make this my last Will, and Testament.

I order, and direct, that all just Debts due from me, together with my Funeral Expenses, and the Probate of this, my last Will and Testament, shall be first discharged and paid out of whatever Estate and Effects I may happen to die possessed of.

The Rest, Residue, and Remainder of whatever Estate and Effects I may happen to die possessed of, I give and bequeath to my Wife Mary Middlehurst, to enjoy the same during the Term of her natural Life, provided she keep herself unmarried, but not otherwise.

And, at the Death of my said Wife, or if she marry again, then at the Time of such Marriage, I give and bequeath the Rest, Residue and Remainder of whatever Estate and Effects I may happen to die possessed of, to my Son Thomas Middlehurst, of Windle aforesaid, Delf Man, my Grandaughter Mary Middlehurst, of Windle aforesaid (who is the Daughter of my Son William Middlehurst of Manchester, in the said County, Blacksmith), my Daughter Mary Boardman, Wife of Thomas Boardman, of Windle aforesaid, Farmer, my DaughterElizabeth Molsdale, of Parr in the said County, Widow, my Daughter Anne Birchall, Wife of William Birchall, of Sutton in the said County, Farmer, my Son John Middlehurst, of Windle aforesaid, Delf Man, my Daughter Alice Middlehurst, of Windle aforesaid, and my Daughter Martha Middlehurst, of Windle aforesaid to be divided amongst them the said Thomas Middlehurst, Mary Middlehurst, Mary Boardman, Elizabeth Molsdale, Anne Birchall, John Middlehurst, Alice Middlehurst, and Martha Middlehurst, equally, Share and Share alike, but with this Distinction, whereas my said Son Thomas Middlehurst, my said Son William Middlehurst (Father of the within mentioned Mary Middlehurst) my said Daughter Elizabeth Molsdale, and my said Daughter Anne Birchall have severally had certain Sums of Money from me, I order and direct that the said Sums of Money shall be deemed as a Part of my Estate, and Effects, and whatevermy said Son Thomas Middlehurst, my said Daughter Elizabeth Molsdale, and my said Daughter Anne Birchall have had from me shall be stopped out of whatever their Shares may amount to, by such Division as aforesaid, and whatever my said Son William Middlehurst has had from me shall be stopped out of whatever the Share arising to my said Grandaughter Mary Middlehurst may amount to by such Division, as aforesaid.

If at my Decease, my said Son John Middlehurst wish to have my Watch, I order that he have it, provided he leave his own Watch in the Place thereof.

And I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint Hugh Ainscough, of Ormskirk, in the said County, Liquor Merchant, William Young, of Windle aforesaid, Farmer, and my said Wife Mary Middlehurst, to be the Executors, and Executrix of this my last Will, and Testament, into whose Hands I commit whatever Estate, and Effects I may happen to die possessed of, for the within mentioned Purposes, and no other, in any wise;  and I do hereby utterly revoke, disallow, and disannul all former Bequests, Wills, and Legacies by me heretofore in any wise left, or made, declaring, ratifying, and confirming this, and no other, to be my last Will, and Testament.  In Witness whereof, I have hereunto set my Hand, and Seal, this twenty first Day of June, in the Year of our Lord one Thousand, eight Hundred, and two.

[John Middlehurst signature] [Seal]

Signed by

[Joseph Rylands]

[Joseph Cook]

[William Glover]

 

Transcript of the will of William Glover 1818

William Glover (abt. 1746 – 1819) is one of my 6 times great grandfathers, via my great grandfather, William Bibby.

William Glover was a husbandman of Rainford, Lancashire, England, at the time of his marriage to Ruth Sephton, daughter of Hugh Sephton (1710 – 1793) at Rainford on the 2nd October 1773.

William and Ruth had 9 children – Hugh (my line), Thomas, Elizabeth, John, William, Ann, Ruth, Joseph and James.

He was buried at St Thomas the Martyr, Upholland, Lancashire, England on the 22nd August 1819.

This is the last Will and Testament of me William Glover of Balcony House within Upholland in the Parish of Wigan and County of Lancaster made and published the sixth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight Hundred and eighteen in manner following that is to say

I order and direct all my just debtes funeral Expenses and the charges of the probate of this my will to be paid by my Executrix and Executors hereinafter named out of my Personal Estate as hereinafter mentioned.

I give and devise unto my Sons Joseph Glover and John Glover and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the Executors and administrators of such Survivor All that my Messuage or Dwelling house and Tenement Outbuildings and the several Closes Closures or Parcels of Land or Ground thereunto belonging situate lying and being in Pimbo Lane within Upholland aforesaid and called or known by the name of Ambroses Estate part whereof is in the possession or occupation of my Son Thomas Glover as Tenant thereof and the remainder in my own occupation upon Trust to permit and suffer my Dear Wife Ruth to receive and take the yearly Rents Issues and Profits thereof and of every part thereof to and for her own use and benefit for and during the Term of her natural life or until her intermarriage And from and after the decease or intermarriage of my said wife Ruth which shall first happen.

I give and devise all that the said Messuage or Dwellinghouse and Tenement Outbuildings and Closes Closures or Parcels of Land or Ground Hereditaments and Premises unto my said Sons Joseph Glover John Glover my Daughter Ruth Fairclough and my Son James Glover To hold to them their respective Heirs and assigns for ever as Tenants in Common and not as joint Tenants Subject nevertheless and I do hereby charge and make chargeable the same Estate called Ambroses with the payment of the Yearly Rent Charge or Sum of Five Pounds to my Son Hugh Glover and his assigns for and during the Term of his natural life the first payment thereof to become due and payable to my said Son Hugh Glover at the Expiration of Twelve Months after my said wife’s death or intermarriage

And in default of payment of the said Rent Charge or Sum of five Pounds to my said Son Hugh Glover I do hereby order and direct that he shall have liberty to enter upon the said Premises and distrain for the same as if it were Rent due upon Lease.

I give and devise all those my Cottages or Dwellinghouses with the appurtenances situate lying and being in Upholland aforesaid and called or known by the name of the Tontine Houses unto my Son William Glover his Heirs and assigns for ever.

I order and direct my Executors hereinafter named to permit and suffer my said wife Ruth to take such part of my Household Goods Beds Bedding and Furniture Plate Linen and China as she shall think necessary which I hereby direct shall be enjoyed by my said wife until the time of her decease or her intermarriage which shall first happen they my said Executors taking an Inventory of the same and as to the residue and remainder of my Household Goods and Furniture Implements of Household Beds Bedding Plate Linen China live and dead stock I order and direct my Executrix and Executors hereinafter named to sell and dispose of the same within Twelve Months after my decease

And I further order and direct my Executrix and Executors hereinafter named to collect get in and receive all my ready Money Money out at Interest as well Mortgage as otherwise and all other my Outstanding Debts of what nature or kind soever and by and with the Money arising therefrom and from the Sale of my Household Goods and Furniture and other things as aforesaid in the first place to pay all my just debts funeral Expenses and the charges of the Probate of this my Will and the Surplus thereof pay and divide the same unto and equally among my said Sons James Joseph and John and my Daughter Ruth Fairclough equally share and share alike

nevertheless it is my will and mind that in case my said Three Sons and Daughter can agree to occupy the Farm which I now carry on they may do so and let my Stock and other Things remain thereon for their joint benefit and from and after the decease or intermarriage of my said wife I order and direct my Executors hereinafter named to sell and dispose of all the Household Goods Beds Bedding Plate Linen and China so to be enjoyed by her my said wife as aforesaid and the Money arising therefrom to pay and divide the same unto and among my said three Sons James Joseph and John and my said Daughter Ruth equally share and share alike

Nevertheless I do herebyy declare that I have already advanced to my said Son James One Hundred and thirty Pounds and to my Daughter Ruth Fairclough One Hundred Pounds which I do hereby direct shall stand as debts owing by them and the said Sums of One Hundred and thirty Pounds and One Hundred Pounds shall go in advancement of my Personal Estate.

I give and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my Personal Estate and Effects not hereinbefore disposed of unto my said four children James John Joseph and Ruth equally share and share alike And it is my will and mind thatin case any of my said Children shall have departed this life before they shall received their shares of the same leaving lawful Issue such Issue shall be entitled unto and shall receive his or her deceased Father or Mothers share

And I do herebydeeclare that the Receipt or Receipts of my Executrix and Executors hereinafter named shall be good and sufficient discharges for all payments to be made to them by virue of this my Will and I do hereby declare that the reason that I have not made any Devise or Bequest to my Son Thomas Glover and my Daughter Elizabeth Tasker is because I have already advanced to them their shares in full of my Property

And lastly hereby Revoking all former and other Will or Wills by me at any time heretofore made I publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament and do nominate constitute and appoint my said Wife Ruth and my said Sons Joseph Glover and John Glover Exectrix and Executors thereof

Nevertheless it is my will and mind and I do hereby expressly declare that they my said Executrix and Executors or any of them or any of their Heirs Executors or Administrators shall not be charged or chargeable with or answerable or accountable for more money than they shall severally actually receive or which shall come to her his or their respective hands by virtue of this my will nor with or for any loss which shall happen so as the same shall happen without her his or their wilful neglect or default nor the one of them for the other or others of them but only each of them for her his and their own Acts Deeds Receipts neglects default and disbursments only

And I further declare that they my said Executrix and Executors shall be allowed to retain and reimburse themselves and himself all reasonable Costs Charges and Expenses for their trouble in and about the Execution of this my Will

In Witness whereof I the said William Glover the Testator have to the three first sheets of this my last will contained in four sheets of paper set my hand and to this being the fourth and last sheet thereof my hand and seal the day and year first above wriiten

[William Glover Signature] [Seal]

[Thomas Hall signature] Clerk to Mr Bretherton Wigan

[John Kenyon signature] of Upholland

[Lewis Foster signature] of Upholland

 

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 research notes

Some more random notes from the various bits of paper and notebooks I have, from various sources.  Note, as always, not all of the following are related to me but at the time I noted them down, they were possibilities:

Hannah Salkeld Slinger born June qtr. 1859 East Ward, Westmorland, England.  Ref. 10b 546.  Married William Gaskarth (58) father Thomas 23rd June 1896 Dunham Massey, Cheshire.

Hannah Salkeld Gaskarth of Drumlin, Windsor Terrace, Kendal, widow died 30th July 1923.  Admin Carlisle 7th September 1923 to Martha Wharton wife of James.  Effects £10482 13s 2d

Jane Annie Rawsthorne of Beckside, Old Hutton, Westmorland, spinster died 12th March 1923.  Probate Carlisle 29th May 1923 to Isabella Thompson wife of Robert & Robert Simpson baths manager.  Effects £1622 16s 7d

1851 Census – Broad Lane, Stapeley, Cheshire, England

John Hough – Head – 69 – Ag. lab. – born Wales

Ann Hough – Wife – 61 – born Acton, Cheshire

Sarah Edge – Niece – Unmarr. – 26 – Seamstress – born Liverpool

Ann Hough wife of John of Stapeley buried aged 64 on the 26th April 1853 at Wybunbury, Cheshire

1861 Census – Marsh Lane, Nantwich, Cheshire, England

Aaron Jones – Head – 37 – labr. – born Nantwich

Elizabeth Jones – Wife – 37 – born Audlem, Cheshire

Jane Jones – Dau. – 12 – scholar – born Nantwich

Aaron Jones – Son – 1 – born Nantwich

Aaron Jones – Father – 70 – Tanner – born Llangollen, North Wales

1841 Census – Wall Lane, Nantwich, Cheshire

Aaron Jones – 45 – Tanner – Not born Cheshire

Elizabeth Jones – 45 – Not born Cheshire

John Jones – 25 – Not born Cheshire

William Jones – 20 – Not born Cheshire

Aaron Jones – 15 – Born Cheshire

Samuel Jones – 9 – Born Cheshire

Ann Hough – 13 – F. S. – Born Cheshire

Elizabeth Lowe baptised 23rd January 1788 Market Drayton, Shropshire, England to John

From 1911 England Census Summary book:

Rev. Hopton at 18 Spring Lane, Radcliffe, Lancashire

On the 13th April 1899 at Emmanuel Church, Preston, Lancashire, England:

George Dunkley Coxhead aged 24, a gardener, bachelor of Cop Lane, Penwortham, father William Dunkley Coxhead (deceased), gardener.  Married Bertha Duffell aged 19, domestic servant of 34 Barlow Street.  Witnesses James Woodburn and Rachel Duffell

On the 27th February 1892 at St. Mary, Penwortham, Lancashire, England:

Robert Orritt aged 27 a farm labourer of Hutton, father Robert, a shoemaker.  Married Alice Coxhead, aged 28, spinster, mother Elizabeth Coxhead a farmer.  Witnesses John Sutton and Ellen Coxhead

On the 13th February 1816 at St. Mary, Lancaster, Lancashire, England:

George Austin, a seaman of Lancaster married Maria Pimm a spinster also of Lancaster.  Witnesses Alice Bradshaw and Anthony Marshall.

On the 7th September 1863 at St. Mary the Virgin, Prescot, Lancashire:

Jesse Bibby, of full age, a collier, widower of Whiston, father Jonathan a labourer.  Married Nancy Finch, of full age, a widow of Prescot, father Henry Critchley a labourer.  Witnesses Thomas Jones and Jane Erlam.

1901 Census – 11 Starkie Street, Leyland, Lancashire:

Hugh Wilson – 44 – Insurance agent – born Leyland

Sarah Wilson – 42 – Wife – born Longton

Harold C Wilson – 16 – Son – Commercial Clerk – born Leyland

Walter H Wilson – 12 – Son – born Carlisle

Vera J Wilson – 9 – Dau. – born Leyland

Frank Wilson – 4 – Son – born Leyland

From St. Andrew, Longton Lancashire burials:

Betty Fairhurst aged 87 of Longton buried on the 20th January 1870

And finally, a couple of St. Just in Penwith, Cornwall burials:

James Maddern aged 72 of Cape Cornwall Road buried on the 18th June 1907

William Charles Allen Dungey aged 37 of Pleasant Row, St. Just in Penwith buried 18th June 1918

 

The Pim/Pym family

Betsy Pimm, the daughter of Reuben and Ann (nee Bradshaw) was born on the 16th March 1839, and baptised at St. Mary, Lancaster/Lancaster Priory, on the 9th June that same year.  Reuben was a white smith.

Betsy went on to marry John Walter Chapman “son of Thomas and Sophie”, a carpenter, at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Lancaster in 1857.  They are one set of my three times great grandparents.

Betsy’s grandparents were Reuben and Margaret (nee Blaickow) who had married at St. Mary, Lancaster in 1785, both were of Skerton at the time of their marriage.  Reuben had previously been married to a Jane Butler at Lancaster  in 1782, at that time of the 47th regiment of foot.

On the first October 1817, a removal order was issued that stated “Reuben Pym and Margaret his wife” should be removed from Lancaster, to their “lawful settlement….of Banwell in the County of Somersett”

Reuben was buried at St. Mary, Lancaster on the 9th September 1821, aged 71, from the age given at his burial, we can guess that he was born in about 1750, and we can observe that clearly, Reuben and Margaret were not removed to Banwell in Somerset, or if they had been, had made their way back to Lancaster to live out the last years of their lives with their children surrounding them.

However, it does potentially give us a clue as to Reuben’s origins, Banwell in Somerset.

The Ancestry website has recently added some new records, interestingly, for Somerset, so I decided to do some searching for any potential clues.

There is a baptism of a Reuben Pim recorded at Banwell, Somerset.  But, it is in 1744, 6 years earlier than Reuben’s approximate date of birth, to William and Frances on the 18th May 1744.

This Reuben appears to have married an Anstice Kitching in 1765, then as a widower, to a Mary Quick in 1769.  And this is where it gets interesting.

On the 5th January 1783, there are 2 baptisms to Reuben and Mary at Banwell, Somerset.  William, aged 5 years 6 months, and Phillip, aged 19 months.

At 22 Marton Street, Lancaster, Lancashire on the 1851 Census are the following family:

Philip Pimm – Head – Mar. – 76 – Ship Carpenter – born Bristol, Somerset

Margaret Pimm – Wife – Mar. – 66 – born Lancaster, Lancashire

George Pimm – Son – Unmarr. – 24 – Cordwainer – born Lancaster

Robert Pimm – Son – Unmarr. – 17 – Tailor – born Lancaster

William Pimm – Grandson – 8 – scholar – born Lancaster

Maria Pimm – Grand dau – 3 – born Lancaster

This Philip Pim is most likely the same Philip who was baptised at Banwell, Somerset to Reuben and Mary, and due to the removal order naming Banwell, Somerset as the “lawful settlement” of Reuben and Margaret, it is highly likely that these families were closely linked in some way.

The Reuben baptised in 1744 at Banwell was either the same Reuben who went on to marry Jane Butler, then Margaret Blaickow in Lancaster, or, he was the Reuben who married Anstice Kitching, then Mary Quick in Somerset.

Could the 2 Reubens have been cousins?  The families must have known each other.

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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.

If you know of David or any of the other people mentioned above, i’d be pleased to hear from you.  Please click here to get in touch.