Thomas Chapman (1860 – 1947) and family

Thomas Chapman

Thomas Chapman, brother of my great great grandfather, Henry Chapman, was born to John Walter and Betsy (nee Pimm/Pym) on the 22nd November 1860 in Blackburn, Lancashire.

On the 28th October 1883, Thomas married an Elizabeth Ann Baxter (daughter of William Baxter) at St Mary’s, Lancaster.  The couple had 7 children, cousins of Frances Eleanor Chapman, Reuben and John Edward Chapman;  They were Mary Ann, Elizabeth, William, Helen, John, Thomas and Lillian.

John Chapman (1893 – 1917)


Sadly, 2 sons of Thomas – John and Thomas lost their lives in world war one. John died  in Ypres, Belgium on the 9th October 1917, while Thomas junior lost his life in Somme, France on the 9th August 1916.

Thomas Chapman (1897 – 1916)



Thomas appears to have worked as a stoker according to the 1891, 1901 and 1911 census.



He died on the 26th November 1947 of West Road, Lancaster, and was buried at Lancaster cemetery on the 29th November 1947.




James Burrow (1820 – 1882)

James Burrow (1820 – 1882)

James Burrow, son of James and Isabella (nee Fleming) was baptised at St Mary, Crosthwaite, Westmorland on the 3rd February 1820.

The elder James was the brother of my 5th great grandmother, Agnes Burrow, who went on to marry a John Holme at Crosthwaite in 1805.

James (the younger) was listed in the Oxford University alumni, and was the vicar of Hampton, Middlesex from 1862 to 1882.

The above photo was a copy kindy sent to me by the church at Hampton.

John Edward Chapman (1898 – 1974)

John Edward Chapman 1898 – 1974

John Edward Chapman, son of Reuben and Jane (nee Sandham) was born  in Leeds, Yorkshire on the 4th September 1898.

He was the brother of Reuben, nephew of my great great grandfather, Henry Chapman, first cousin to my maternal  great grandmother, Frances Eleanor Chapman.

(Also first cousin to John and Thomas Chapman)

Reuben, Jane and family family moved to Burnley, Lancashire from Leeds at some point in the early 20th century.

This photo of him, from the Burnley Express in an article about John being missing during world war 1.  There is another article about John returning home in a later edition.

John Edward went on to live until he was 75, and died in Burnley



Reuben Chapman (1895 – 1918)

Reuben Chapman (1895 – 1918)

It is rare that I have any photos linked to my Chapman relatives (mum’s maternal grandmother’s family).  This is one copy of a photo I have from the 20th April 1918 edition of the Burnley Express.

Reuben son of Reuben (brother of my great great grandfather, Henry/Harry) and Jane (nee Sandham) was brother to John Edward and a first cousin to my great grandmother, Frances Eleanor Chapman, (also cousin to John and Thomas Chapman) born in Lancaster, Lancashire, England on the 22nd January 1895.

The photo goes alongside a report on the death of Burnley man, Reuben Chapman  in France during World War 1.

Reuben was born on the 22nd January 1895 in Lancaster, Lancashire, England, and was killed on the 1st April 1918 in France.

He was sadly one of an estimated 37 million people (both civilians and military) killed during that war.


Eleanor Holmes (1854 – 1927)

Eleanor Salisbury nee Holmes

Eleanor/”Ellen”, sister of my 3 times great grandmother, Mary Holmes, daughter of Robert (a huntsman) and Eleanor (nee Benson) was baptised at Cartmel on the 30th April 1854.

Eleanor Salisbury

At some point, the family moved from Canny Hill (just to the south of Lake Windermere) to Kirkham in Lancashire.

Ellen married a Thomas Salisbury in Kirkham, Lancashire, on the 22nd May 1879.

Thomas Salisbury (1854 – 1927) and Eleanor “Ellen” Salisbury nee Holmes (1854 – 1927)

Thomas and Ellen had 5 children, born between 1880 and 1892;  Robert, John, Sarah Eleanor, Henry and May.

The family moved to Bury, Lancashire at some point, and Eleanor died there in February 1927, being buried at Bury cemetery on the 1st March 1927.




Louisa Pointon (1899 – 1995)

Louisa Pointon (1899 – 1995)

Louisa, daughter of Thomas and Abigail (nee Stockton), and sister of my great grandfather, Frederick Pointon, was born in Wrinehill, Staffordshire on the 4th November 1899.

Louisa Pointon (1899 – 1995)

She went on to marry a John/”Jack” Webb in Sutton, St Helens in 1941.

Louisa Pointon (1899 – 1995)

Louisa died in Cheshire in 1995.

Fred and Ann Pointon with Jack and Louisa Web, and daughter
Jack, Louisa Webb and daughter


Elizabeth Thrush Wright (1889- 1974)


Lizzie and Ann in fancy dress

Elizabeth/”Lizzie”, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth, sister to my great grandmother, Ann Wright, was born on the 13th December 1889 in St Helens.

Florence Lavinia Wright, Elizabeth Thrush Ryan (nee Wright), Elizabeth Wright (nee Francis) seated with unknown child and Joseph Ryan

Lizzie went on to marry a Joseph Ryan in 1912 in St Helens.

She died in St Helens in 1974.


Esther Ellen Wright (1883 – 1956)

Esther Ellen

Esther Ellen/”Nelly”, sister of my great grandmother, Ann Wright, was born on the 12th March 1883 in St Helens, Lancashire to Charles and Elizabeth (nee Francis).

Esther on the left

She married a Henry Partington at Holy Trinity,  Parr Mount on the 20th August 1906.

Esther standing with sister, Ann, and nephews

The couple went on to live in Hall Street, St Helens and took in lodgers.  I believe occasionally some of their lodgers would be performers at the local theatre.

Nelly Wright Hall Street
Nelly and Harry

Esther Ellen died in August 1956, and was buried at St Helens cemetery.