Featherstone, Yorkshire

Featherstone, as you can see from the map above, lies in Yorkshire.  Nearby places include Pontefract, Wakefield, Normanton, Ackworth, Wragby, Crofton and Brotherton.

The most recent ancestor in the family tree from Featherstone is one of my 5 times great grandfathers, John Thresh, who was baptised at Featherstone on the 4th March 1759.

John married Sarah Senior in 1781, and the couple had 10 children;  Ann, Mary, Elisabeth, Sarah, Joseph, Charlotte, Thomas, William, Martha and Elmira.  At some point after the baptism of Elmira in 1802, Sarah must have died, as my 4th great grandfather, Charles Thresh was born to John and Ann Thresh at Wragby on the 22nd October 1805.

However no possible marriage as yet beeen found between John Thresh and someone called Ann/Hannah or any obvious variant between 1802 and 1805.

By the 1830s Charles had moved to the Manchester area, appearing in documents as Charles Thrush, and married Eliza Burrows, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth at Eccles on the 4th March 1832.

On the 1851 census, at Russell Street, Eccleston in Prescot, a William Banks appears with Charles (a joiner/carpenter), Eliza Thresh and family, aged 45, brother in law to Charles, born in Brotherton in Yorkshire.  William was the husband of Elmira Thresh, they’d married at St. Michael, Wragby on the 26th September 1825.  This would be the clue that I needed that would eventually tie Charles in with the other Thresh family members from Yorkshire.

Charles and Eliza’s daughter, Sarah, baptised in Manchester in 1833 is my line, she went on to marry Nicholas Wright, son of John Wright and Sarah Robinson in 1853 at Farnworth near Prescot, then to Thomas Johnson in 1874 at Holy Trinity, Parr Mount, St. Helens.  Thomas had previously been married to the sister of Nicholas, Jane Wright.

Interesting and useful websites related to the Featherstone area (some relate to the wider area) :

GENUKI: Featherstone

History of Featherstone – A Vision of Britain Through Time

Featherstone Town Council – History of Featherstone


Pontefract and District Family History Society

Wakefield Historical Society

Wakefield and District Family History Society

West Yorkshire Archive Service

Yorkshire BMD