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

 

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 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.

An alternative great grandfather theory

Following on from yesterday’s post

When my great great grandmother, Eleanor Isabella Chapman (a widow aged 57) remarried in 1935 to a David Oswald (aged 21)  in Edinburgh, there was a witness called Elizabeth Lewis.

I’m thinking Elizabeth Lewis was possibly someone who Eleanor knew, rather than a friend of David’s.  And so, I took that thought, and decided to do a search of the Scottish 1911 census to see if I could find an Elizabeth Lewis, possibly the same generation as Eleanor, in the Edinburgh area.

There is one I feel could be a possible, Elizabeth Lewis, wife of James, born in about 1864  in Lanarkshire.  I found their marriage, her maiden name was Caldwell, and her parents were William Caldwell and Christina Anderson.  James Lewis’s parents were James Lewis and Jane Reid.

James and Elizabeth Lewis were living with 2 sons in Edinburgh in 1911, James (aged 22) and William (aged 8)

William married in December 1924 in Edinburgh, while I couldn’t find a marriage for the right James, born in about 1889.

Jane Reid’s name is interesting, as the Reid surname crops up in relation to David Oswald as well, 2nd husband of Eleanor Isabella.  David’s mum was called Janet Reid Ritchie Masterton, born in 1874 in Lanarkshire to Robert and Ann (nee Hill)

I have searched the matches I have on Ancestry DNA, and there are a few who have Andersons in their trees.

The case continues……

If you’ve heard of any of these people, especially Frances Eleanor Chapman, and have any stories, or photos that you’d be willing to share, then please do get in touch by clicking here.