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FOUND IN A CHARITY SHOP
This photograph was found behind a picture that someone bought in a charity shop for the frame. (Click the photo to see it full size) Does anyone recognise it? The original is waiting to be claimed. Please contact the .
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If you have any of the following people on your family tree please let Jean know.
An enquirer is researching the life of the actress, Joan CARRINGTON, who featured in several
productions at the Victoria Theatre, Burnley in 1928/29. Is there anyone who has this theatre’s records or
programmes for these years?
Inman WHITAKER (1852 – 1928)
His great grand daughter is tracing Inman and his family and would love to hear from anyone also tracing him.
Inman was born in Bolton by Bowland, the son of Abigail WHITAKER.
In 1873 he married Mary Jane HARTLEY at St Bartholomew’s church, Colne.
He had many different occupations during his lifetime, joiner, watch & clock repairer, music teacher, bandsman and photographer. After marrying, he lived in Nelson until moving to Bournemouth c 1910, where he died in 1928.
Howard is trying to determine where in Scotland his maternal 2 x great grandfather,
William FORSYTH, was born. In 1851 he was living at Union Row, Higher Booths, aged 37, labourer at
Print works, with his wife Lucy and 9 children, his place of birth just Scotland and all other census
up to 1911 says, just Scotland.
He married Lucy CHADWICK in 1831 at Church Kirk.
Also looking for a David FORSYTH, possibly his brother, who married a Betsy PROCTER in 1828, at Church Kirk.
PARKER Family 1802 Burnley – 1852 NSW Australia
Margaret Hope is researching the PARKER Family who resided in Burnley.
Over the past few years she has collected a lot of information of their Australian life but would like assistance with further research in Burnley.
John Parker* born c 1776 died 1852 NSW Australia. He married Jane (Surname unknown) or possibly a Jenny SMITH.
They had the following children:
(* denotes convicts transported to Australia)
John Parker Senior, Ambrose, John Junior, William and Thomas were all transported to Australia.
William and Thomas to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) and the father and two sons, Ambrose and John Junior
to New South Wales. Transportation occurred during 1835 to 1838.
According to records, it appears that Jane, the mother, had passed away prior to 1835 as John Senior was referred to as a widow on his transportation records.
Margaret would love to hear from anyone also tracing this family but is particularly interested in finding what happened to Jane/Jenny PARKER. She has found a burial of a Jane Parker at St Peter’s Church Register, Burnley on 14 January 1833 but is hoping to verify that she is actually the wife of John PARKER Senior.
EDMONDSON AND DOWNHAM Families 19th and early 20th centuries in Burnley
Heather is researching both these families and would like to contact anyone else researching these lines.
Both families lived in Burnley during 19th and early 20th century before some of them moved to Blackpool
c.1920. She has found reports in the Burnley newspapers of two of the Downham boys who were killed in WW1.
Samuel DOWNHAM kept the Craven Heifer pub in Briercliffe, Burnley.
She also has a photograph of Baby James with his parents outside Edmondson’s sweet shop1900’s,
probably in Blackpool, as a sign reads “Blackpool rock for sale”.
Heather is happy to share the information she has about both families.
Richard writes that his wife is a descendant of Elijah CLEGG, born c1823, Colne and Richard Clegg, born c1862 , Burnley
Richard and his wife are planning a visit to our area in March and would
be really pleased to contact anyone researching this family.
John SPENCER family, Clockmakers of Colne 18th century
If there is anyone tracing this great clockmaking family, the SPENCERs, who lived at Birchenlee, Colne would you please contact Jean.
GREEN and RIGBY
Michaela is hoping that someone will be able to date this photo (left - click for full size) in order to help her identify the boys. It was amongst her grandparents collection, and although the photo, to Michaela’s knowledge, isn't of her grandfather, she believes it must have some family connection.
She has been advised that it could be a Catholic Boys Brigade photo, which was taken by J R Brunton, Burnley. It is the post card type, with no stamp markings on the reverse, other than a typed name of the photographer.
Her grandmother's name was Rose Ellen Green, Rose’s father was Thomas Green. In the 1911 census they lived at Leyland Road, Burnley. Her grandfather was Joseph Rigby, and his father was William Henry Rigby. In 1911 they lived in Whitpark Street. Her grandparents married at the St John the Baptist Church, Ivy Street.
Mary Teressa POLLARD, maiden name KEELEY (1860 – 1937)
A request for information on Mary's descendants. My wife is Mary's grand daughter. Mary lived most of her life in Colne.
She was born in Dublin and her family moved to Manchester 1860's.
Mary married Joseph William Pollard in Colne in 1878, they had four children, all born in Colne: Annie, Hartley, Arthur and my wife’s father, Frank, who was born in 1899. The POLLARDs lived at various addresses in Colne, namely, Crawshaw, Colne Lane and lastly, Essex St.
We have never seen a photograph of Mary, we are hoping that one of her descendants may still have one and that they would be willing to contact us.
James ROBINSON (1831 – 1900)
Susan P. Moss is descended from ROBINSONs who lived in the Whalley/Colne/Nelson area of Lancashire. She has traced her ancestors back to a James ROBINSON (1831-1900) who married Betty BROWN (DRIVER) (1845-1917). She understands that James’s father was William ROBINSON (1811 - ?) who married a Sarah BAILEY (1811- ?).
However she is having problems tracing details of William’s parents and further back – too much choice! She wonders if she has made a false link somewhere. Can anyone help please?
Secondly, there appear to be very few descendants from the marriage of the James ROBINSON (1831-1900) mentioned above,
consequently she is not in touch with any “current generation” Robinsons! Possible siblings of James are:
Mary (b 1833), John (b 1836) and Susan (b 1840). They may have married and have descendants alive today.
Susan would love to be in touch with any ROBINSONs from this lineage and/or members of the BROWN and DRIVER
families who have connections by marriage.
Dennis AYRE’s 3x Great Grandfather was probably Robert HAIR/AIRE born in Colne 5th November 1807 and
baptised 8th March 1809 at St. Bartholomews. He was the child of Ann AIRE. Robert married Mary FIRTH
in Bradford in April 1831 and died in 1890, possibly in Horton, near Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Whilst Dennis is hoping to contact anyone also tracing this particular family, he is keen to hear from others researching any AIRE/AYRE/HARE + it’s many other variations.
Are you tracing Henry EDMONDSON born Haggate, Briercliffe 1830 ?
Henry/Harry EDMONDSON was born 4th August 1830, son of Robert EDMONDSON, a cordwainer.
His birth is recorded in the Haggate Baptist Chapel registers. Henry became a power loom weaver
but also liked to do a bit of game poaching.
He was well known to the Game Keepers of Charles Towneley’s estate, causing them a lot of trouble. According to a newspaper report, on a few occasions, he had been reprieved when he had given up the tools of the trade (dog, gun, ferrets and nets) and promised not to re-offend. In the early 1860’s he decided to emigrate to New Zealand and eventually settled in Akaroa. There he married Ann McGowin in 1868 and they had one son. Henry died in 1911 aged 80 years.
If Henry is on your family tree, please contact Jean who will pass your information to his great, great grand daughter, Sandra, in New Zealand.
Thomas ROBINSON born Barrowford c1834/SPENCER
Katie Robinson writes that she found this photograph (shown on the left) in her husband's family collection. The following was written on the back of the picture. "Your Aunt Elizabeth and me taken in the yard at 6 Cromwell Terrace, Barrowford. will send some more soon" She is assuming that this is a relative of her husband's Great Grandfather, Thomas ROBINSON, a stone mason who was in the Barrowford area for the 1871, 1881 and 1891 census and born in Barrowford. He married Ann Elizabeth SPENCER in the State of Indiana in 1863. Passenger lists show that he travelled to the United States in 1871 and 1893. Katie hopes that someone will recognize the people in the photo or identify the approximate time period of the photo. She is also searching for the parents of Thomas ROBINSON.
[Jean’s note:- Cromwell Terrace was built c 1900]
Bridget is searching for the baptism of her ancestor, Samuel TOWLER. The 1851 Census says he was born in Colne c.1765. He became a "slubber" in Gildersome, Leeds which is where she had always thought her branch of the TOWLERs originated. Samuel was 90 when he died (Confirmed in his Burial record at Holbeck church,Leeds in 1855). The 1851 census is the only firm link to Colne as she is unable to find either Samuel or his wife, Mary, on the 1841 census. The Non-Conformist chapels in the Colne area have already been checked but no sign of Samuel.
William Waddington PULLAN 1820 - 1849
The family I am searching is William Waddington PULLAN and his wife Dorothy. From a child’s Birth registration in Burnley, they were in the area (Robert Barnes Pullan born 1847) and I also know that the father William Waddington Pullan died aged 29 in Burnley in 1849. By 1851 his widow Dorothy is back in Bradford with her mother.
William, Dorothy and son Henry in the 1841 census were living in London Road Liverpool where William is a watch manufacturer. Several children are born also in Liverpool during the years 1841 – 1846. As the couple are originally from Bradford I want to know if there are any records which will tell me if William was employed in Burnley or its local area as a watchmaker /jeweller.
Arthur Edmund PLATT (b 1932) and Sydney PLATT (b 1934)
Arthur and Sydney Platt were evacuees sent to Trawden from Hulme near Manchester about 1939/40. They may have attended Trawden school during their temporary stay in the village.
Were you at school with them?
Do you know where they were billeted?
Any information about them would be appreciated by Arthur’s son.
Please contact Jean if you can help.
Arthur Robert HITCHEN (1887 – 1977)
Any information on this family post 1914 would be appreciated.
Arthur married Lily BARKER (1886 – 1979) at Holy Trinity, Burnley in September 1911.
They had one daughter, Doreen, born in 1914 in Burnley.
Sarah CHADWICK (1799 – 1865)
Seeking the baptism of Sarah CHADWICK, born Foulridge c 1799 (according to 1851 and 61 census).
She was married in 1819 to John STARKIE at Newchurch in Pendle and lived at Higher Blackmoss in 1851.
She died in 1865 and is buried at Newchurch in Pendle.
Sarah may have had a brother named Richard Chadwick also born Foulridge about 1801.
JEWISH COMMUNITY IN BURNLEY
An enquirer is researching the history of the Jewish community of Burnley. He already has quite a lot of
information from newspaper sources, the Census and BMD. Any further information about the community would
be very welcome. He, particularly, wants to find the location of the synagogue which he believes to have
been on Sandygate, but there may have been a second one which was probably built or was a refurbished existing
building, sometime in the 1920s. According to Wikipedia, a synagogue was established in 1895 and continued
till 1934. Any further information about the community or any photographs would be really welcome?
GOING UP “SWANNEE”
My father’s family home was in Brierfield, near the crossroads of King’s Causeway, Walverden Rd, Halifax Rd and
Higher Reedley Rd. This area was always referred to by the family as Swannee (or Swanny) and whenever returning
home they would say “I’m going up Swannee”. I would be really interested to know if this area was widely known
as Swannee or could it just have been some ‘joke’ within our family. I never got the sense that this was connected
with the expression “going down the swanny” or with the well-known American song! If indeed the name was local,
does anyone know why it was called this?
LENNOX, SAUNBY and TRAYNOR
Looking for information on William and Maria LENNOX (nee SAUNBY) who lived in Burnley from 1882 to about 1890. William’s birth place was Aberford, Yorkshire. Maria was born in Lincolnshire.
Also would like any information on any LENNOX family living in Greenvale St, Burnley in 1877/78. There was
a Susan LENNOX (mother’s maiden name TRAYNOR) of this address age 4 months buried in Burnley cemetery in 1878.
Albert Edward WILSON
Albert is presumed to have been born in Burnley c. 1877 and emigrated to Canada about 1902. Wife, Frances Ann (maiden surname unknown)
Please would Rachel, the lady, enquiring about this family contact me again as I have some more
information to pass on to her.?
STARKIE and HUDSON
James STARKIE born at Woodend Salterforth c. 1805. (Father also James
STARKIE). Married Elizabeth HUDSON in Barnoldswick in 1827. Son,
Edmund STARKIE. James is buried in Baptist burial ground at Ogden,
Newhey, Oldham. Who was James (Senior's) father?
Joseph BUCKLEY and DEWHURST
Joseph BUCKLEY was born in Bury 1876 and was living in Burnley in 1891.
Married Mary Ann DEWHURST 1897 at St. John the Baptist, Burnley. His
father George BUCKLEY and her father Eli DEWHURST.
CLEGG or SMITH
Mary Elizabeth CLEGG (may have been Mary Elizabeth SMITH), possibly born
Burnley 1879/1880. Her mother’s maiden name, Mary SMITH, born
1854. Both of them emigrated to Fall River, Massachusetts USA Mary
Elizabeth married Evariste LARRIVEE at Fall River in 1900.
LAMBERT and WINDLE
John LAMBERT born 1826 in Barnoldswick but baptised at Chapel in Horton in
Craven. He became a school master at Denaby, South Yorkshire. Later
was a publican in Crank, Lancashire. His parents were John LAMBERT,
place of birth unknown and Jane WINDLE birthplace, Roughlee,
Lancashire. John (senior) and Jane LAMBERT and family living at
Cowling Hill, Yorkshire in 1841. John (senior) died between 1841 and
Geoff is interested in the SHARPLES families of Cliviger and Burnley,
particularly prior to mid 1800s. He has found that several of his
ancestors were born in Cliviger but baptised, married and buried at
St. Peter’s, Burnley.
William Growdon LANGFORD born 1828 in Cornwall. He and his family moved to
Burnley between 1871 and 1881. In 1881 census was living in
Habergham Eaves and in 1891 was in Ightenhill area.
Russell Clark has this photograph (shown on the left) from his late mother-in-law’s collection. (Click the photo to see it full size) He thinks it could be Eliza Ann Roberts, her parents and brother. Eliza is his wife’s great grandmother. She married Petherick Williams in Burnley in 1884 and moved to Australia shortly after (suspect 1887).
Does anyone recognise this family?
MATHER and EDMONDSON
Walter MATHER from Nelson married Annie EDMONDSON of Brunshaw House, Burnley at
St. Stephen’s church, Burnley in 1894.
Penny, great granddaughter of the couple, has photographs from her great grandparent’s collection taken about 100 years ago. The photographs, of family members and neighbours, are dated and have the names of the people featured on them. Penny would love to hear from other descendants of Walter and Annie and is willing to share any of these photos.
BROUGH FAMILY IN BURNLEY
Mrs Ashley writes: I am trying to trace my ancestors who, it seems, originated from Burnley:
My grandmother, Jane BROUGH born 1871 Co. Durham, married David Clidsdale FERGUSON 9/3/1892 in West Hartlepool, Co. Durham.
My great grandfather was Henry Brough born c1832 in Burnley, Lancs. He was a Carpenter/Joiner and married Mary Ann GEE June 1861 in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland and moved to West Hartlepool c 1871. In 1861 he was a boarder in a house in Newcastle upon Tyne so I presume he moved from Burnley some time prior to this date.
My great great grandfather was also Henry Brough born, I presume, Burnley Lancs. He was a Mason working in Burnley at the time of his son's birth. Whether there were other children I do not know and know nothing further about him.
If anyone has any information on the Brough's in Burnley I would be pleased to hear from them.
Cliff writes from Australia.
"My great grandfather was Samuel NUTTER, born in Nelson Lancashire in 1892 and emigrated to Australia in 1910. His branch of the Nutter ancestry included Harry (Henry) NUTTER who set up Nutter’s Mineral Water Works in Moseley Street, Nelson. Henry married Sarah Anne DUCKWORTH and had nine children including Job NUTTER.
Job Nutter married Mary Elizabeth SMITH in 1898 and had five children; Henry, Albert, Charley, Ivy and Christina. However Mary appears to have brought seven children to the marriage; Samuel, Rosina, Sarah, Joseph, Violet, Olive and Ruby. All of these seven children are listed as Smiths. Rosina married Walter COCKETT Snr and they had a fruiterer’s shop at 71 Pendle Street Nelson for many years. Rosina emigrated to Australia with her son and family in 1948. Are you descended from this family?.
Similarly we would be pleased to have contact with anyone from the SMITH, NUTTER, BRASSINGTON, EDELSTONE, HARDMAN, NUTTALL, HILL, GREEN, etc families, who have knowledge of our family history"
The photograph on the left (date and location unknown) is of two members of the RUTH family, who were ice cream makers in Burnley from about 1915 to the 1960s. Do you know where the photograph was taken? The RUTHs had a shop at 30 Curzon St. and at one time the family lived at 1 Starkie St. in the Sandygate area of the town. Apparently, in early maps, the house was the only building on the south side of the railway. Click on the photo for a full-sized image.
One of their descendants, Mark, is looking for any information about the family and would love to see a photograph of the old house in Starkie St.
(Sapper) DEAN TOWNSON
Way back in the October 2009 Gazette we published a query asking for
information regarding any descendants of Dean TOWNSON of Colne born 1887 and awarded the military Medal
and Bar in WW1. Dean married Bertha PARSONS and had a son, Harry D TOWNSON born in 1920.
Will the person who made this enquiry please contact Jean INGHAM who now has some information to pass on?
DO YOU RECOGNISE THESE PEOPLE?
Allan thinks they are the DAWSON family of Burnley. His great aunt, Elizabeth Jane CASSLEY married Alexander
Atarah DAWSON in 1908 at Holy Trinity, Habergham Eaves, Burnley. They had a son, Thomas, (born 1909) who
married Mary Alice IVESON at Holy Trinity in 1932. The question is "Who are the people in the photographs?"
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REPLIES TO QUERIES
Our “Research Enquiries” Section on the Message Board does work, as evidenced below. Replies to queries aren’t always instant though, sometimes a couple of years or more later!. Worth the wait if you are put in touch with someone who can just provide that elusive bit of information you have been looking for.
Some time ago we published a query (and photograph) about RUTH’s Ices in Burnley. Mark Ruth has since had two responses to his query and one of them was from a distant relative. They are now corresponding and sharing information.
NUTTER (Nutter’s Mineral works Nelson)
One of our members is connected with this family and has replied to Cliff in Australia and they are now able to share information.
Arthur and Sydney PLATT (Evacuees)
This very recent query was answered almost immediately by a member, who gave me the address of one of the Trawden evacuees also from Hulme. Although this gentleman couldn’t actually remember the boys, he very kindly wrote a letter about his very happy time in the village. This is really appreciated by Chris, Arthur’s son, as he previously knew nothing about his father and uncle being billeted at Trawden during the war.
Last year we received a query from Julie Dugdale regarding the family of Thomas STUTTARD and
Elizabeth ANDERTON. One of their sons, Ernest STUTTARD who married in Barnoldswick c 1935.
Ernest’s maternal niece recently replied and we were able to put her in touch with Julie.
FOULDS, DUERDEN, BAXTER
Another success story. Over two years ago a researcher in Australia asked for help with his FOULDS, DUERDEN and BAXTER ancestors. Last month a lady, also in Australia, asked to be put in touch with this person and they are now exchanging family history information.
PENDLE CEMETERIES DEPARTMENT
Pendle Cemeteries department has moved to Fleet Street, Nelson
The following information is from Pendle Council's website ..
Grave Searches in Pendle Cemeteries
We offer historical grave searches within our six cemeteries and hope to have this service offered as a direct on-line facility in the near future. At present please contact the Bereavement Services Section directly for search requests
You can request a search online, or call using the contact details further down this page. The records are kept at our Fleet Street Office and can be viewed by the public by appointment. There is currently no charge for this service
Parks and Recreation Services
Fleet Street Depot, Fleet Street
Nelson, Lancashire BB9 7YQ
Telephone: 01282 661593 / 661586
Fax: 01282 661610
Office opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm