The mysterious Elizabeth Harrison

Nan with father (2)My great grandmother, Elizabeth Harrison was apparently born on the 25th October 1903, to Frederick Harrison and Theresa Travis in St. Helens.  However, things don’t seem as they initially appear.

Although the family have always believed it to be the case that my great grandmother was the daughter of Frederick and Theresa, no birth certificate has been located.  By this sort of time, civil registration had been established for quite some time, and other children of Frederick and Theresa were registered.

There was only one Elizabeth Harrison listed whose birth was registered in the December quarter of 1903 in the General Register Office index, and who appears on the Lancashire BMD index as being born in St. Helens.

This Elizabeth was the daughter of Peter Harrison and Margaret Ann Lewis, born at 46 Victoria Street, St. Helens on the 15th September 1903.  The birth was registered by Margaret on the 2nd October 1903.

There was another Elizabeth Harrison born in what was known as Newton in Makerfield (now Newton le Willows), at 25 Birch Street, Newton on the 12th September 1903 to John Henry Harrison and Margaret Jones.  The birth was registered on the 12th October 1903.

I considered another option, the possibility that one of Theresa Travis’s sisters may have been nan’s mum, I did a search on the Lancashire BMD site for an Elizabeth Travis/Traverse born in St. Helens, there was only one registered in 1903, however, that was a cousin of my great grandmother, daughter of Thomas Henry Travis and Alice Ann Harrison who was born on the 2nd December 1902, and whose birth was registered by Alice Ann on the 13th January 1903.

My great grandmother appears on the 1911 census, intriguingly listed as aged 5, daughter of Frederick and Theresa at 12 Sandon Street, St. Helens.

Elizabeth Harrison, daughter of Peter and Margaret Ann appears on the 1911 census at 12 Peel Street, St. Helens.  So this Elizabeth wasn’t adopted by Frederick and Theresa as their own.

There is an Elizabeth Harrison listed on the 1911 census aged 7 as a very likely candidate for the daughter of John Henry Harrison and Margaret Jones.  Her father is listed as “Henry”, and widowed, the family are living at 44 Haydock Lane in 1911, so,once again, this doesn’t appear to be nan.

Elizabeth Travis/Traverse, daughter of Thomas Henry and Alice Ann was also lised on the 1911 census, at 99 Eldon Street, St. Helens.

My great grandparents, Elizabeth Harrison and William Bibby married on the 19th April 1924 at St. Peter’s in Parr.  Nan, aged 20 gave her dad’s name as “Frederick Harrison”.

I have had a couple of DNA matches with people from Theresa Travis’s side of the family, but as yet, no matches with anyone known through my research into the Harrison family.

UPDATE 4th July 2016 – All Elizabeths born in the St. Helens area in the December quarter of 1903 have now been accounted for.  There are no possible births registered for an Elizabeth, whose death wasn’t registered before the 1911 census , or who wasn’t otherwise accounted for on the 1911 Census born on the correct date.

UPDATE 22nd October 2016 – Received the birth certificate of an Elizabeth Harrison born on the 17th October 1905, this Elizabeth was born at 8 Blackhorse Street, St Helens to Joseph and Mary Ann Harrison (nee Wallace), and I think this Elizabeth died in 1909, buried at St. Helens cemetery in a public grave.

 

 

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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.

 

Transcript of the affiliation order of Henry Burrows

Henry Burrows is one of my 5 times great grandfathers through his daughter, Eliza, who married Charles Thrush in Eccles, Lancashire in 1832.

He was born on the 21st November 1787 in Parr, baptised at St. Helens church, Prescot on the 9th December 1787 to Mary Burrows.

Due to Henry’s dad, Samuel Hill being linked to my paternal nan’s family line, and Charles and Eliza Thrush being linked to my paternal grandad’s family line, Henry is related to both my dad’s mum and dad, being my grandad’s 3rd great grandfather, and a half 3rd great grand uncle of my nan.  (Nan and grandad are 3rd cousins once removed to each other)

The Order made by Thomas Lyon Esquire and Edward Owen Clerk two of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace and Quorum in and for the said County under their hands and Seals bearing date the Thirtieth day of January last Wherein and Whereby Samuel Hill of Winwick with Hulme in the said County Labourer is Declared and Adjudged to be the Reputed Father of Henry a Male Bastard Child born upon the Body of Mary Burrows of Parr in the said County Singlewoman and he thereby ordered forthwith to pay or cause to be paid unto the Overseers of the Poor of the Township of Parr aforesaid the sum of One Pound and nineteen shillings which they have Expended and been put unto by Reason and on Account of the said Mary Burrow’s lying in and in Maintaining the said Bastard Child to the time of Making the same Order

And Also to Pay or Cause to be Paid unto the Overseers of the Poor of the Township of Parr aforesaid for the time being or some of them the Sum of One Shilling and Sixpence in money weekly and every Week from that time for and during so long time as the said Bastard Child shall be Chargeable to the same Township for and towards the Relief and Keeping of the same Bastard Child is by this Court Ratified and Confirmed no appeal being made and due Service of the said Order Proved upon the Oath of James Naylor.

Samuel Hill went on to marry Isabella Simpson on the 7th June 1790 at St. Helens, Lancashire, their son, Isaac Hill being the 3 times great grandfather of my nan, and Mary Burrows went on to marry John Bickerstaff on the 8th October 1792 at St. Mary the Virgin, Prescot.

Transcript of the will of Ellen Coxhead

Ellen Hesketh, wife of Edmund Coxhead is one of my 7 times great grandmothers, and was baptised to George and Jane (nee Birchall) Hesketh of Scarisbrick, on the 28th September 1712 at St. Peter and St. Paul, Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Mother to Alice, Ann, James, John, George, Thomas and William, she died in 1788, and was buried on the 3rd August 1788 at St. Peter and St. Paul, Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Ellen’s will was written on the 28th June 1788, and probate was granted on the 29th January 1789 to James and Thomas Coxhead.

In the Name of God, Amen I Ellen Coxhead of Ormskirk in the County of Lancaster Widow do make my Will as follows____

I give to my Daughter Anne the Sum of Forty Pounds with so many of my Household Goods and, Furniture and suck parts of my Linen as she shall chuse to accept of which said Pourniary (?) Legacy I order to be paid in Six Months next after my Decease____

I give to the Children of my late Son George The Sum of Five Pounds a Piece And all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate and Effects (Subject to the Payment of any Debts Funeral Expenses and the said Raipothire (?) Legacy ) I give and bequeath to my Sons and Daughters James, John, Thomas, William, Anne and Alice, equally amongst them share and share alike

And Lastly I revoke all former Wills and nominate and appoint my said Sons James and Thomas Executors hereof

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the twenty eighth Day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight

The mark of

X

Ellen Coxhead

John Smith

 

Transcript of the will of Edmund Coxhead

The mark of Edmund Coxhead 1781Edmund Coxhead (Surname variants appearing in documents at various times through this family including Cockshead, Cockshutt, Cockshoot, Cockshott, Cockshot, Cockshut, Coxed, Coxsed and Cockside) is one of my seventh great grandfathers, via his son, John and his wife, Alice Harrington.

Edmund was born in about 1709, and is listed on the 1767 papist returns/resusants rolls for Scarisbrick as a husbandman aged 58.

To date no baptism has been found for Edmund, but through naming traditions and others living in the area, we can say with a certain amount of certainty that his parents were most likely James Cockshead and Margaret Morecroft, who married at St. Peter and St. Paul, Ormskirk on the 20th December 1703.    We know that he married Ellen Hesketh at Walton on the Hill, Lancashire on the 14th November 1730.  At the time of their marriage both were of the parish of Ormskirk.

Edmund died in the December of 1781 aged about 72, and was buried at St. Peter and St. Paul, Ormskirk, Lancashire on the 26th December 1781.

His will was made on the 14th April 1781, and probate was granted to Ellen, George and Thomas Coxhead in 1782.

In the name of God Amen I Edmund Coxhead of Scarisbrick in the county of Lancaster yeomanbeing of sound mind memory and understanding (Blessed be Almighty God for the same) do for the settling my temporal concerns make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following.  (that is to say)

First I order and direct that all my just debts funeral expenses and the charge of the probate hereof shall be paid and discharged out of my personal estate and after payment thereof respectively I give and bequeath to my loving wife Ellen Coxhead the legacy or sum of two hundred and fifty pounds of lawfull British money and to be paid to her her executors and administrators out of my personal estate within six calendar months next after my death.

I also give to my said wife such and so many of my household goods and furniture as she shall chuse to accept of to and for her own distinct use and benefit for ever and I order and direct that such household goods and furniture as my said wife shall take for her self shall not be subject or liable to the payment of my debts funeral or other expenses or the legacies afore and after mentioned or any of them or any part thereof.    I give and bequeath unto my sons George Coxhead John Coxhead Thomas Coxhead and William Coxhead the legacy or sum of forty pounds a piece to be paid to them their executors and administrators out of my personal estate within twelve calendar months next after my decease.  I give to my daughter Anne Coxhead the sum of thirty pounds to be paid to her her executors and administrators out of my said personal estate in two calendar months next after my decease.

I give to my grandson James Linekar the sum of five pounds to be paid to him when he shall attain the age of twenty one years.  I give and bequeath to my executors herein after named the sum of thirty pounds upon trust and confidence that they and the survivors and survivor of them and the ex ors and admors of such survivor do and shall pay to my daughter Alice Linekar wife of James Linekar of Scarisbrick aforesaid labourer the sum of forty shillings a year only (without interest) untill the whole of the said sum of thirty pounds last mentioned shall be run up and fully disbursed and paid the first payment thereof to commence and be made at the end of twelve months next after my decease and after the death of my said daughter Alice and the said James Linekar her present husband shall happen to survive her and the whole of the said sum of thirty pounds shall not be then run up and paid.

Then upon trust and confidence that my said executors and the survivors and survivor of them and the exors and admors of such survivor do and shall pay to my said son in law James Linekar the like sum of forty shillings a year out of the residue of the said sum of thirty pounds which shall be undisbursed and unpaid at the death of my said daughter Alice –

And after the decease of the said James Linekar my son in law and the whole of the same sum of thirty pounds shall not be then run up and discharged then upon trust to pay out of the residue of the said sum of thrity pounds the like sum of forty shillings a year unto and amongst the child and children of the said James Linekar begotten or to be begotten upon the body of my said daughter Alice equally share and share alike until such residue shall be fully disbursed and paid and to and for no other use intent or purpose whatsoever.

I also give and bequeath unto my said wife Ellen and my said sons George Coxhead and Thomas Coxhead all that my leasehold messuage and tenement with the apputenances and the several closes and parcels of land theretobelonging situate and being in Scarisbrick aforesaid which I some years since purchased from the said James Linekar my son in law to hold to them their heirs exors admors and assigns from the june of my decease for and during all my farm estate and interest therein or thereunto upon special trust and confidence that they my said trustees and the survivors and survivor of them and the exors and admors of such survivor do and shall as soon as conveniently may be after my decease sell and absolutely dispose of the said messuage tenement lands hereditaments and premises and every part thereof for the most money and best price that can be reasonably had or gotten for the same and the money arising by sale thereof do and shall divide distribute and pay unto and amongst my son James Coxhead and my said sons and daughter George John Thomas William and Anne and their respective exors and admors equally share and share alike and not otherwise.

And I order and direct that my said trustees and the survivors and survivor of them his or her exors and admors shall and may retain and satisfy out of my estate and effects all reasonable and necessary costs and expenses which he she or they shall pay sustain or expend in the execution of the trust hereby created or anything relative thereto.

I also give to my said sons and daughter George John Thomas William and Anne the sum of four pounds ten shillings a piece to be paid to them within twelve months next after my death out of the part or share of my estate and effects herein before and herein after by me given to or intended for my said son James Coxhead and I do direct my executors to retain deduct and pay the same out of such share as my said son James shall take and be entitled to under this my will any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

And all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate and effects of what nature or sort soever I give and bequeath to my said sons James George John and William and my said daughter Anne and their respective exors and admors share and share alike.

And lastly I do hereby revoke and make void all former wills by me made and do nominate and appoint my said wife Ellen and my said sons George Coxhead and Thomas Coxhead executors and executrix of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I the said Edmund Coxhead the said testator have hereunto set my hand to the first two sheets and to the last my hand and seal this fourteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty one.

The Letter or Mark of

[Mark]  [Seal]

Edmund Coxhead

Mary Irving

Susanna Cropper

John Smith

 

 

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

 

 

Frances Eleanor Chapman

I thought it might be a good idea, given recent updates, to list all that we know in relation to my great grandmother, Frances Eleanor Chapman.

Frances was born on the 18th November 1905, the address listed on the birth certificate was “Back of Woodclose Cottage Bembridge R.D.”, on the Isle of Wight.

Her parents were Henry Chapman, a “marine stoker”, and Eleanor Isabella Chapman nee Coxhead.  The birth was registered on the 22nd December 1905.

On the 14th January 1906, she was baptised at the Holy Trinity Church of England Church in Bembridge.

By 1911, Henry, Eleanor Isabella and Frances Eleanor had moved up to Preston, Lancashire.  They appeared on the 1911 census at 96 Wellfield Road with Eleanor Isabella’s mother, Mary Coxhead nee Holmes, who had been born at Hazel Ridge, near Cartmel in 1852, her husband John had died that year, and Mary would die the following year, and be buried with him at Preston cemetery.

On the census, Henry Chapman is stated as working as a second engineer on a Preston corporation dredger, while Eleanor Isabella is listed as a weaver at a cotton mill.

The records of employees working on the dredgers are very delicate, however, it could be established that in 1911 Henry was working on the “Gilbertson” dredger.

On the 25th September 1912, Frances Eleanor was admitted to St. Matthew’s C of E school in Preston, the address they were living at was 11 Cavendish Road.  Henry appeared in Barrett’s directory of Preston in 1917 at the same address, listed as an “engnr.”

But, Frances wouldn’t be staying at that school for very long, indeed, under “Remarks”, the word “Removed” is given.

The family had moved to Edinburgh at some point between being listed in the trade directory in 1917, and “Harry Chapman” appearing on the 1920 valuation roll at 61 Home Street, Edinburgh.  Frances would have been 15 in 1920.

Frances, a restaurant waitress, had met somebody in the latter part of 1924, and had a baby girl, my grandmother, Beatrice Eleanor Chapman on the 8th August 1925 at the Elsie Inglis Memorial Maternity Hospital not far from Holyrood. The address given on the birth certificate was 61 Home Street.

According to the Lothian Health Service archives entry for the birth, Frances intended to marry the father, but no father’s name is given anywhere.

It must have been tragic for the family to hear the news from workmates who’d travelled with Henry on the ship “Borthwick”, that he’d died of acute sepsis at a hospital in Rotterdam on the 20th August 1928.

It is most likely that Henry, the second child that we know of, of Frances Eleanor, then in domestic service, gave birth to in Edinburgh towards the end of 1930, was named after her dad.  She gave 5 Gibb’s Entry, Edinburgh as her address.  In 1930 her mum, Eleanor Isabella, was listed on the valuation roll at 17 West Richmond Street, Edinburgh.

Beatrice was placed in an orphanage in about 1932, as i’ve mentioned before, and Henry told me that he was fostered to a family in Scotland.

This is all that we know of Frances Eleanor Chapman to date.

UPDATE – 7/6/2016 – Frances Eleanor Chapman born 1905 does not appear on the 1939 Scottish National Register.

If you recognise any of the above, please do get in touch by clicking here, would be pleased to hear from you.

UPDATE – 4th July 2016 – Rechecked through all Frances E Chapmans who marred in England and Wales, cross crecking birth dates with 1939 England and Wales national register.  No matches.

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.

Some more research notes

Yes, I have lots of notes, so, here are some more that are floating around on bits of paper.  As with all in this series of research notes, not all of these individuals are related, I jotted  things down at the time just in case they might be related.

 

From the Lancashire records office:

Reference QSP/2942/50 Date – 7th October 1830

Petitions – Kirkdale – Epiphany 1831

File Sutton – Order of filiation and maintenance of James, bastard child of John Allcock of Eccleston, labourer and Ellen Sherratt, singlewoman.

Reference DDX2743/MS5106

Lancaster: Order from 2 J.P.s of Lancaster to the Churchwarden and Overseers of the the Poor of Lancaster, to Convey Reuben Pym and Margaret, his wife to Banwell, Co. Somerset, their place of legal settlement. Copy 1 of 2

Dated 1st October 1817

 

1841 Census returns:

At Hindley Row, Burtonwood, Lancashire, England

Geo. Pownall – 65 – Weaver – born Lancashire

Betty Hill – 40 – widow – born Lancashire

Joseph Hill – 9 – born Lancashire

At Collins Green, Burtonwood

Wm. Hill – 25 – Joiner – Born Lancashire

Mgt. Hill – 25 – Born Lancashire

John Hill – 3 – Born Lancashire

Also at Collins Green

Wm. Hill – 75 – pauper – Born Lancashire

Ellen Whittle – 35 – Born Lancashire

Henry Hill – 12 – B’smith app – Born Lancashire

Mary Hill – 7 – Born Lancashire

Alice Whittle – 5 – Born Lancashire

Ann Whittle – 3 – Born Lancashire

Emma Whittle – 1 – Born Lancashire

At High Street, Newton, Lancashire, England

Moses Hill – 45 – Clogger – Born Lancashire

Ann Hill – 45 – Born Lancashire

Ann Hill – 15 – Born Lancashire

At Dallam Lane, Burtonwood, Lancashire

Thomas Parr – 50 – Ag lab. – Born Lancashire

Martha Parr – 50 – Born Lancashire

Vulcan Foundry, Newton, Lancashire

James Hill – 35 – labr. – Born Lancashire

Elizth. Hill – 30 – Born Lancashire

Mgt. Hill – 11 – Born Lancashire

Thomas Hill – 9 – Born Lancashire

John Hill – 7 – Born Lancashire

James Hill – 4 – Born Lancashire

Samuel Hill – 1 – Born Lancashire

Also at Vulcan Foundry

Isaac Hill – 25 – labr. – Born Lancashire

Charlot Hill – 25 – Born Lancashire

Samuel Hill – 7 – Born Lancashire

Mgt. Hill – 4 – Born Lancashire

John Hill – 3 months – Born Lancashire

 

From the probate index:

Thomas Chapman the elder died on the 3rd September 1865 at Ampthill.  Will proved at the Principal Registry by oath of Thomas Chapman of Ampthill the son & sole executor.  Effects under £3000

 

From the index of deaths:

March quarter 1959 – George W Pim – 59 – Burnley – ref. 10b 933

September quarter 1955 – Henry E Pimm – 9 – Blackburn – ref. 10b 320

December quarter 1953 – Elizabeth A Pim – 60 – Nelson – ref. 10e 516

December quarter 1952 – Herbert H Pym – 78 – Preston – 10f 292

March quarter 1952 – Amelia Pym – 80 – Fylde – 10c 302

December quarter 1949 – Alfred Pym – 86 – Lancaster – 10c 546

September quarter 1947 – Isabella Pym – 78 – Lancaster – 10c 422

March quarter 1947 – Jane A Pimm – 74 – Lancaster – 10c 780

December quarter 1946 – William Pym – 81 – Clitheroe – 10c 54

 

From St. Helens, Lancashire electoral registers, registered at each address on the 15th April 1923:  (Spellings as per the electoral register)

31 Tickle Street – Francis, Ellen and William Bibby

2 Francis Street  – Thomas Poynton and Abigail Poynton

19 Robins Lane  – George Charles Pointon and Elizabeth Pointon

37 Sandon Street – Mary Caroline Carney, George Carney, Frederick Harrison Snr. and Frederick Harrison Jnr.

 

From the 1891 Census:

At 172 Parr Stocks Road, Parr

William Bibby – 46 – Head – Coal miner – Born St. Helens, Lancashire

Elizabeth Bibby – 53 – Wife – Born St. Helens, Lancashire

Annie Sharrocks – 8 – niece – Born Chowbent, Lancashire

At 57 Appleton Street, Sutton (All born St. Helens, Lancashire)

Will Harrison – 42 – Head – Collier

Alice Harrison – 38 – Wife

John Harrison – 18 – Son – Coal miner

Alice A Harrison – 15 – Daughter – [I started to write something then scribbled it out]

Fred K Harrison – 13 – Son – Drawer pusher – glass

Sarah Harrison – 10 – Daughter

Louisa Harrison – 8 – Daughter

Ellen Harrison – 6 – Daughter

Florence Harrison – 4 – Daughter

Robert Harrison – 1 – Son

 

And finally, some notes from the probate index:

Abraham Poynton died 11th August 1924 of 7 Laburnum Cottages, Crawshawbooth, Lancs.  Admin 20th September 1924 to Norman Poynton cotton piecer.  Effects £347 15s 8d

Thomas Pointon of 2 Francis Street, St. Helens died 8th Jan 1927.  Admin Liverpool on the 24th March 1927 to Abigail Pointon widow.  Effects £50

Jane Poynton of Netherfield Road North Liverpool (Wife of Wm. Henry) died 8th April 1904 Admin Liverpool to Wm. Henry, a carter.  Effects £84 13s 4d

Mary Pointon of Miles Grn. Audley, Staffs. (Widow) died 5th September 1904.  Probate Lichfield 16th February 1905 to Thomas Pointon miner.  Effects £138 16s

Ellen Bibby of 229 Nutgrove Road, St. Helens, Lancs. widow died on the 24th July 1933.  Probate London on the 8th August 1933 to Albert Winstanley, blacksmith and Ronald Maxwell, solicitor.  Effects £343 5s 11d

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Walter Chapman

Chapman family Ampthill 1841
1841 Census – Grange, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England

John Walter Chapman, my 3 times great grandfather, was born between about 1835 and 1837, we believe in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England.  All the available evidence to date points to his parents being Thomas Chapman and Sophia Money, who married at Ampthill in 1819

However, there is a certain amount of mystery surrounding him, and a story which some of the descendants of John Walter Chapman have had passed down to them via their parents, grandparents etc…

We can say that the approximate birth date is most likely correct, as that is pretty much consistent throughout all the available census returns, and matches up pretty much to his age at his death in Preston, Lancashire in 1895.  The birthplace of Ampthill, Bedfordshire is also consistently given.  However, no record of a baptism has been found to date.

We can also say with certainty that John was a joiner.

The wife of a 2nd cousin twice removed has carried out quite a bit of research in the past into the Chapmans from the Ampthill area, and these can be traced several hundred years back to Steppingley, also in Bedfordshire.  Among her research is information related to poor relief, which lists John as a child of Thomas.

On the 1841 Census, John Chapman aged 4 is listed living at “Grange”, Ampthill alongside others with the surname Chapman;  Thomas – Ag. Lab. (60), Sophia (50), Thomas (15), William (15), Sophia (10) and Joseph, aged 7.

The residence before in 1841 lists another Chapman family – Thomas (35), Mary (30), Jane (2) and Emma (10 months)

John Walter Chapman Ingrave Essex 1851 census
1851 Census – Ingrave, Essex, England

In 1851 John is no longer in Bedfordshire, and is living with a family called Skinner in Ingrave, Essex, he is listed as a scholar, and there is no relationship given to the head of the household.

The head of the household at Ingrave is Edwin Skinner, aged 42, a school master born in Brede, Sussex.  His wife is listed as Ann, aged 33 a school mistress born in Fittleworth, Sussex, their children being Sarah aged 9, Richard aged 7, Walter aged 5, Robert aged 3, and William aged 1.  It is interesting that they have a son called Walter, given that Walter does not seem to appear anywhere else within either the immediate Chapman or Money families.

In the June quarter of 1841 there is a likely marriage for Edwin Skinner, to either a Harriet Bowles, Mary Budd or Martha Ann Hamman in the Chichester registration district.

I have found a possible baptism of Martha Ann Hamman to Luke Hamman and Elizabeth Farley on the 29th March 1818 at Burton Roman Catholic church in Sussex.

This could be significant, potentially.  The family story I briefly mentioned earlier is that John Walter was born out of wedlock, and if he remained as a Catholic he would get some money from the Catholic Church for his upkeep.  Apparently, he did not remain so, and, money went to the “little sisters of Nazareth”.

John married Elizabeth/Betsy Pym/Pimm at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic church in Lancaster, Lancashire in 1857, and although no father’s name appears on the marriage certificate that can be ordered, St. Peter’s church have in their records a note with the marriage saying that John was the son of Thomas and Sophie.

So is this conclusive proof?

Well, we cannot say with 100% certainty.  What can be hoped for however, is that eventually the descendant of an aunt or uncle of John Walter does a DNA test, and we can then compare our results.

One other potential clue, is that living with John Walter Chapman and family in Preston, Lancashire in 1871 is a George Chapman, a nephew, aged 17, an iron works labourer born in Gawcott, Buckinghamshire, England.

There is a possible baptism for a George Chapman, to a James and Amy Anne at Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire on the 4th February 1855.

There is another potential baptism of a George Chapman at Paulerspury, Northamptonshire (Not very far away at all) to a William and Elizabeth on the 25th December 1854.

John, possible son of Thomas and Sophia did have a brother called William, however, there are baptisms to seemingly the same William and Elizabeth at Paulerspury going back to 1848, and William Chapman (brother of the possible John Walter Chapman) son of Thomas and Sophia is currently thought to appear on the 1851 census as a single man, at Oliver Street, Ampthill.

Perhaps time will eventually confirm or deny that John Walter was possibly a grandson of Thomas and Sophia, via an illegitimate birth, with the father being a Chapman, and the mother possibly being a Hamman/Hammon/Hammond or a Skinner.  (I’m thinking Martha Ann Hamman was the likely wife of Edwin Skinner.)

If there are any descendants of any of the Hamman/Hammon/Hammond and Skinner families reading this, you may hold the keys to unlocking this mystery in your DNA.

Until then, I will continue checking my matches regularly.

Update 2nd June 2016 – I have been informed that a baptism record has been located at Ingrave, Essex.  John was baptised to Thomas and Sophia.

Update 4th July 2016 – According to the records of Thorndon Hall RC Chapel, West Horndon, Essex, John Walter Chapman, son of Thomas and Elizabeth was born on the 14th March 1837 and baptised on the 19th April 1851.  Research courtesy of P. Chapman