Richard Cleasby is my 4 x Great Grandfather, I know little about him apart from a few facts:
He was born in 1751, I know this from his death record which gives his age as 74. I know he is my ancestor by tracking back from my Great Great Grandmother Sarah Sellers I also have DNA matches that connect me to the Cleasbys. He died in Manchester and was probably living with his daughter Isabel/Isabella at the time, as she reported his death. Richard’s wife Ann (Cannon) died before the move to Lancashire probably in 1802 in Arkengarthdale.
Some family trees give a birth for him at Mallerstang, Kirby Stephen, Westmorland but I don’t have proof this is correct, seems plausible though and ties him in with another family branch that went to Salford.
Burial: 13 Nov 1825 Cheetham Hill Chapel, Crumpsall, Lancashire, England
Rich. Cleasby –
Age: 74 yrs.
Abode: Manchester, Lancashire
Proprietors: Jas. Farr; Isabella Farr
Cause of Death: Bowel complaint
Buried by: Saml. Gibbons
Register: Burials 1823 – 1837, Page 49, Entry 1150
Source: LDS Film 560880
Richard was married to Ann Cannon in West Witton in 1774, they had a large brood of children. In this blog I have tried to track down these branches a couple of generations, it doesn’t make the most exciting reading but hopefully any descendants will appreciate my detective work. First generation are in bold second in brown and third in green.
William Cleasby 1776 – 1840
John Cleasby 1778 -1856
Richard Cleasby 1780 – 1840
This Richard married an Alice and also had numerous children but died pre-census, he was buried at St Mary the Virgin, Prestwich, Lancashire, England.
His children were James, John, Joseph, Mary, Ann, Alice, Richard and Sarah.
- James Cleasby died young.
- John Cleasby never married, he was a “general agent”, not sure what this means, maybe sales?
- Joseph Cleasby was a fruiterer and beer seller, he married a considerably younger woman and had one son Thomas Edward Cleasby when he was forty years old.
- Mary Cleasby also never married, she lived with various siblings, I expect she did housework for her keep.
- Ann Cleasby married Henry Holcroft a wheelwright and had three children, Alice Julia Holcroft who never married but ran a shop, Lucy Holcroft who married Samuel William Perkin and had several children and Henry Holcroft who married his Uncle’s widow, more of him shortly.
- Richard Cleasby was an innkeeper, he married a Frances Whittles, they didn’t have children, after Richard’s death Frances married Richard’s nephew Henry Henshall Holcroft when she was 56 and he was 23, they seemed to have the family’s blessing as Henry’s sister Alice Julia Holcroft was one of the witnesses. In the 1881 census Henry has gone from Wheelwright to Beer House Keeper, if he married Frances for her money then the plan failed (not that it seems she had much) young Henry died in 1887 aged 32, Frances who for some reason reverted to the Cleasby surname outlived him by eight years living to a good age of 78.
Richard had a thief at his public house according to newspaper accounts, I’m not sure if this indicates that the Cleasbys were unlucky or too trusting or more inclined to involve the police (see Jane Cleasby).
Margaret Cleasby 1782 -1834
Margaret is my proof that I am descended from the Cleasbys as I have DNA matches from some of her descendants in the states. She married an Edmund Dinsdale and had several children
- William Dinsdale 1807–1854 he married twice, firstly Jane Iveson with whom he had three daughters, Peggy, Jane and Nancy Dinsdale. Secondly he married Mary Sunter and had six children, Elenor, Margaret, Edmund, Mary, Sarah Ann and Elizabeth Dinsdale.
- Nancy Dinsdale 1808–1881 married Thomas Fawcett in 1847, they had no children but had a couple of Dinsdales living with them in various censuses, in 1851 John Dinsdale is described as a nephew, in 1861 there is probably the same John again (described as farm servant) with a Mary Dinsdale (house servant). In 1871 Nancy is living with just her husband and no servants. By 1881 she is widowed and living in Lancashire with her sister Sally/Sarah and family.
- Richard Dinsdale 1810–1875 married Nanny Taylor and had six children, Christopher, Margaret, Owen, Nancy, Richard Cleasby and William Dinsdale.
- Jane Dinsdale 1811–1872 married James Charnley and too moved to Lancashire, she had two children William and Mary Ann Charnley.
- Thomas Dinsdale 1812–1875 stayed in Yorkshire, married Elizabeth Metcalfe and had a daughter, Margaret Dinsdale.
- John Dinsdale 1813–1884 was a builder/stone mason he married Elizabeth Spencely, they had no children. He appears to have stayed in Yorkshire, although for some reason I previously had him recorded as dying in the USA.
- Edmund Dinsdale 1815–1819
- Jeffery Dinsdale 1817–1861 the census of the year of his death describes him as a farmer of 140 acres. He married a Jane Metcalfe and had a large family, several of whom ended up in Montana and who share DNA with me.
A DNA match and direct descendant of Jeffrey, shared this information (Old Jeff is son of this Jeffrey)
“My family’s living memory goes back to Jeffrey Dinsdale (1861–1941) who in our family was known as “Old Jeff”. He would be Margaret’s grandson. He and his wife and baby son Edward emigrated from England to Montana, USA in 1888. In the coming years, 4 of his sisters and a brother would also come, and they all homesteaded in Montana, near a small town called Red Lodge. They were farmers, ranchers and miners. Old Jeff was one of Red Lodge’s first policemen after the town was founded.”
- Owen Dinsdale 1818–1834 the consensus seems to be that Owen died without marrying.
- Sarah (Sally) Dinsdale 1822–1891 Sarah is called Sally on many family trees but I can find no documents where she is called anything other than Sarah. I can only presume this is what she was called by the family. Sarah married a William Coates and had a large family. They moved to Haslingden in Lancashire, many of the children only survived infancy but those that remained generally stayed in the Lancashire area with a few exceptions going to the other extreme and emigrating to Australia and New Zealand. Several of the women didn’t marry but lived to a good age. Generally their employment was related to textiles, working in the mills and in later generations as a milliner or tailor/costumier.
Mary Cleasby 1784 – ?
I don’t know what happened to Mary, if she remained unmarried there are a few deaths that could be her in Arkengarthdale in the late 1830s/early 1840s
Emanuel Cleasby 1786 -1864
Emanuel is the shepherd Uncle who my Great Great Grandmother Sarah Sellers kept house for sometime between 1841 and 1851. In 1841 Emanuel is living with his wife Alice (nee Allan) and a young woman Ann Garth, whether Ann kept house for them and/or was a relative also, I don’t know. I wonder if Alice was ill and that is why the extra help was needed. In 1851 Emanuel had been widowed and is now married to an Elizabeth (nee Willis) they have a granddaughter Jane Walker aged eight living with them, research shows she is daughter to Emanuel and Alice’s daughter Jane, whether she had been orphaned I am unsure. In 1861 Emanuel is 75 and living with Elizabeth and their one year old son Thomas Cleasby! Emanuel died in June 1864 and the same quarter Elizabeth married David Horner. For the 1871 census Thomas (Emanuel’s son) had changed his name to Horner, but he reverted back to Cleasby after he married.
- Thomas Cleasby 1860 – ? Thomas married an Isabella Whittaker and eventually emigrated to British Columbia, Canada.
Emanuel also had several children with his first wife Alice, they were:
- Jane Cleasby 1815 – 1849 was born in Widdle Harry, Yorkshire. Jane was the only one of the children with Alice who married (as far as I can tell). She married Joseph Walker a shoemaker and had two children: Jane Ann Walker (staying with her Grandfather Emanuel in 1851) and Catharine Cleasby Walker (living with her father and a housekeeper Bella James in 1851).
- Richard Cleasby born 1817 Aysgarth died April 1846 in Askrigg.
- Emanuel Cleasby born 1821 Wensley, Leyburn, to July 1839 Leyburn, Yorkshire.
Ann Cleasby 1788 – 1804
Betty Cleasby 1788 – ?
Born in 1788, was she Ann’s twin? She may well have married a William Pratt in Aysgarth in 1812 but can’t be sure it is the same Betty.
Sarah Cleasby 1790 – 1829
My direct ancestor! Sarah married James Pickard in 1814 in Aysgarth, he died in 1826 and it seems that they had no children. Sarah married Joseph Sellers, school master in 1827 in Middlesmoor, she died giving birth to their only child Sarah Sellars in 1829.
Isabel Cleasby 1791 – 1859
Isabel was a “working woman” describing herself as a dairy woman in both the 1841 and 1851 census. I wonder if it was her that Sarah Sellers stayed with sometime between these censuses, in both censuses Isabel had a young woman described as servant to the house living with her and one of these is another niece Alice Cleasby. Isabel married first Thomas Beverley in Manchester in 1815, Thomas died in 1817 and Isabel remarried in 1820 a James Tarr, they had one son:
Thomas Cleasby 1793 – 1870
A character who bulks up the family tree a bit! He married Deborah Blades 12 OCT 1816 in Lunds, North Yorkshire, they had several children.
- Agnes Cleasby born 1818 died in 1900 inWest Derby, near Liverpool. She married a Thomas Skirrow in Liverpool and had a son Thomas Cleasby Skirrow who died in infancy and a daughter Deborah Blades Skirrow. Deborah married James Fort and had three sons and three daughters they all lived to adulthood. Son James William Raymond Fort was a shipping clerk who joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and died in 1919. Son Samuel Richard Skirrow he was a commercial clerk in 1911 and was a full time Air Raid warden in WW2, he never married. Dora Cleasby Skirrow also remained single and in 1939 is keeping house for brother Samuel Cleasby Skirrow and another maiden sister Esther Mabel Skirrow a clerk in the National Health Service. Sister Bertha Winifred Skirrow married the flamboyantly named Devenport Warren Dixon and had a son, called unflamboyantly, Eric. Brother Kenneth Pendle Skirrow married Muriel Evelyn Holt, he became a grocer and ended up in Bolsover Derbyshire, he was a voluntary ARP, it seems they remained childless.
- Deborah Blades Cleasby born 1819 in Lunds, Yorkshire died on 30 December 1887 in Liverpool, Lancashire, she married in Yorkshire a William Tunstall, and had three sons and two daughters. Isabell Tunstall was born and died in Yorkshire but was working as a servant in Birkdale, Lancashire in 1901, she didn’t marry. Son Robert Tunstall a Liverpool cowkeeper married a Wensleydale girl, Isabella Kirby, who ran a grocer’s shop after his death The couple had two sons and two daughters, of the two children who survived infancy: son, Robert Parkin Tunstall remained unmarried, he was a farm labourer in the 1939 census, again I presume he was involved with cow keeping. Daughter, Isabella Tunstall married a John Rice and had three daughters, all remained in the Liverpool area. By 1939 John Rice had died and Isabella was living with her three daughters and brother Robert, one of the daughters worked on the Football Pools and Isabella was an office cleaner. Thomas Tunstall was a shop porter and died in 1881 aged just 25. Agnes Tunstall also never married and spent her days as a servant in Walton village and Toxteth Park. The last of the family, William Tunstall a dairyman died in 1818, again without marrying.
- Richard Cleasby was born in Yorkshire and died 1 June 1846 in Blades’s Farm, Lunds. He seems to have worked on his father’s farm.
- Ann Cleasby was born and died in 1824 in Blades’s Farm, Lunds.
- William Cleasby born 1829 in Lunds, died 1865 in Moorcock Inn, Hawes, he married Elizabeth Longstaff in 1849. They had daughter Mary Hewitson Cleasby born July 1852 in High Abbotside, Yorkshire, she married Edward Allen a surgeon, they live in Poulton Le Fylde Lancashire but were residing in Harrogate in 1911. Another daughter, and another Deborah Blades Cleasby, was born about 1856. Deborah married Joseph Slater and had three daughters and one son, she died in Dec 1923 in Sculcoates, Yorkshire East Riding. son William Cleasby Slater died in WW1 in Bagdad in 1917. Ann Slater was a governess in 1911 and later married Charles Greenslade Sallai something of a war hero, they had one daughter Patricia who married a John Knox. In the 1939 census widowed Ann is living with Patricia and her sister Mabel Slater born 1887, a nursing sister. Third sister Bella Slater was also a governess to a surgeon’s young children, all on holiday in Southport for the 1911 census, I don’t know what became of her.
- Elizabeth Ann Cleasby was born in 1858 in Lunds, Yorkshire, England, she never married and worked as a housekeeper, I can’t find her in 1911 but she died in 1931 leaving her money to niece Annie, not sure why she got preference over Mabel who was definitely still alive.
Jane Cleasby 1795 – 1854
Jane was another working woman, described as a butcher and beer seller, (apparently the two professions went together), she married fellow Yorkshire man Robert Slinger in Manchester in 1821, he was a butcher and after his early death she continued the business, not successfully though as a newspaper article finds her in debtors court and by 1851 she is back living with her nephews John and Joseph and various other family members. I think Jane was a witness at Sarah Cleasby’s wedding and was probably one of the Aunts who Sarah Sellars stayed with. Jane died in 1854, but had four children who lived to adulthood, two girls and two boys. I feel sorry for Jane she seems to have had a raw deal, even had her house broken into and I don’t suppose she had much worth stealing. I am a DNA match to at least one of Jane’s descendants.
- Elizabeth Jane Slinger was born in 1823 in Salford, Lancashire, she remained in Lancashire and died in 1871. She married a Richard Cadman and had four sons and three daughters. William Timothy Cadman born 1844 in Manchester died in 1885 in Blackburn, married Louisa Valentine Sanford and had one child Fred Sandford Cadman. Ellen Cadman born 1854 Pendleton, Lancashire married Luke Winstanley and had two sons William and Luke, the family moved to the USA in 1892 and settled in Massachusetts she died in 1920. Edwin Cadman born 1856 in Pendleton, Lancashire was a butcher like his grandparents, he married Mary Ann Holt and had one daughter Edith, he died aged 35 in 1891. Elizabeth Cadman born 1858 in Pendleton, Lancashire, it seems she never married and died in 1922. Mary Esther Cadman was born in Pendleton in 1860 she is still unmarried in 1901 and working as a servant, I don’t know what became of her. Robert Joseph Cadman born in 1862 in Salford and died in 1929 in Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire, He married Phoebe Kershaw and had two daughters and a son, they stayed in the Lancashire/Cheshire area, son Charles Cadman was born in 1864 in Pendleton, Salford, he followed his sister out to the USA in 1900 and in the 1900 census is living with them in Rhode Island and working as a clerk in a machine shop. By 1910 he is working as a postmaster in Pollock Idaho on the other side of the states. He remains in Idaho until the 1930 census, in his fifties and unmarried, still a postmaster. This all presumes I have the right Charles Cadman, I am going on the fact that the postmaster arrived in the USA in 1900 from England as well and the name is not that common.
- Ann Slinger was born in 1828 in Salford, Lancs she died on 14 June 1884 in Salford Union Infirmary, Pendleton, Salford. Ann married John Bentham on 7 Apr 1846 in Eccles, Lancaster, they had several children. The first three died before adulthood. Robert Thomas Slinger was born 1 February 1846 in Cow Lane, Salford, he died on 14 Oct 1859 at the Dispensary, Salford from an accidental death, I wonder what happened? Robert was born before his parents marriage but was baptised as Robert Bentham. Jane Ann Bentham died aged four in 1851 at 10 Sackville Street, Salford. Isabella Bentham born 15 Jan 1850 in 10 Gaythorne Street, Salford she died before her first birthday on 24 Apr 1851 in 10 Sackville Street, Salford. Jane Bentham was born on 25 Feb 1852 in 2 Gaythorn Court, Salford. She married Adam Smith and had a small family. William Bentham was born on 5 Sept 1855 in 1 Gaythorne Court, Gaythorne Street, Salford, he died on 28 Sept 1893 in 1 South William Street, Salford. was born on 16 Nov 1858 in 1 Gaythorne St, Salford, he died in 1892 in Salford he married Mary Ann Jennings and had a large family. Elizabeth Bentham was born on 16 November 1858 at 1 Gaythorne St, Salford, she never married and died in 1892 in Salford. Robert Edward Bentham was born on 29 Mar 1863 in 1 Gaythorne Court, Gaythorne Street, Salford he died on 13 Jan 1865. Ann married for a second husband James Woodall on 5 November 1866 in St Simon’s Parish Church, Salford, they had one daughter Mary J Woodall born in 1864 in Salford.
- Francis Slinger was born in 1829 in Salford, Lancs he died in 1884 in Prestwich.
- John Cleasby Slinger born about 1830 in Salford, he died in January 1886 in Barton Upon Irwell, Lancashire, he was a successful grocer employing staff. He married Phillis Douglas and had a large family, three boys and nine girls. Alfred Douglas Slinger was born in 1854 in Manchester and died on 16 Oct 1917 in Manchester, Barton Upon Irwell, Lancashire. He married a Canadian woman named Lily Annette Townley had several children, his eldest son Robert Slinger became a surgeon. John Slinger born in 1856 married Alice Barber and had one son Ernest Cleasby Slinger a leather seller, John died on 30 Dec 1921 in Manchester. Robert Slinger was born in 1857 and died a year later. Mary Slinger was born in 1859 in Manchester, she died on 29 May 1920 in Lancashire. She married an Edward William Jones and they had a son Percy Cleasby Jones, there is a tribute to Percy’s life on Ancestry, he sounds delightful, loving photography and the poetry of Kipling. Phillis Jane Slinger was born in 1860 in Manchester, she never married but became a nurse, dying on 24 Jun 1925 in Cheshire. Annie Slinger was born in 1863 in Manchester, she married a Frederick William Moss and had a daughter Phillis Joan, she died 5 May 1945 in Cheshire. Elizabeth Slinger was born in 1867 in Manchester she married a Vicar named John Wesley Locker (a sort of nominative determinism) and they had two children, she died on 31 Jan 1938 in Sussex. Florance Slinger was born in 1869 in Manchester, she never married and may well have kept house for her three, unmarried, teacher sisters, she died on 17 November 1943 in Denbighshire. She is living with sisters Amelia, Maude and Edith in the 1911 census, I don’t know how she ended up in Wales. Frances Slinger another nurse was born in 1869 in Manchester, Lancashire, she died on 25 Mar 1952 in Cheshire. Amelia Gurtha Slinger a teacher, was born in 1874 in Manchester, Lancashire, she died on 9 Mar 1934 in Caernarvonshire, Wales. Maude Slinger another teacher, was born in 1876 in Manchester, and died on 11 Mar 1949 in Cheshire, England. In the 1939 census she is living with her sister Edith. Youngest of the family Edith Cleasby Slinger was an art mistress rather than a teacher, I’m not sure what the difference was. Edith was born in 1877 in Manchester and died on 29 May 1947 in Cheshire.
Nanny Cleasby 1795-1804
Alice Cleasby 1797-1838
The last of Richard and Ann’s brood, it seems likely that Alice died unmarried in 1838.
So while Richard Cleasby started life in the country and followed his family to the big city of Manchester, just across the Pennines; his descendants are scattered across the world, including the UK, Australia, Canada and the USA, from employment as farmers and dairy workers they moved on to being butchers, grocers, publicans and shopkeepers, from there they became salesmen, policemen, nurses and teachers, even a surgeon (although perhaps not such a large leap from butchery).
Some of Richard’s descendants have discovered they are DNA matches, I wonder what he would have made of it all? If you think he would be shaking his head or his fist because I’ve got something wrong then let me know and I’ll make suitable amendments, equally if you are a descendant and have more to add, then please get in touch.