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

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.

 

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.

 

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.