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52 ancestors – Rachel Halden/Willis

Rachel Halden is my Great Great Grandmother, she was baptised on 2 September in Milwich, Staffordshire. On the 1841 census she is living with her parents Edward, a school master and Jemima, she also has older sisters Elizabeth, Mary and Jemima.

The family move to the USA sometime between 1841 and 1850 she is living in Chicago with her widowed mother Jemima, brother Edward a butcher and sister Mary.

Rachel married Thomas Willis in 1852 and went on to have eight children, sadly only two survived Katie Elizabeth (my Dad’s Great Auntie Kitty) and his Grandmother Eleanor Eaton (Nellie).  In 1860 she is living with her mother and husband Thomas Willis a carpenter.  By 1870 Jemima has died but there is the addition of Kitty aged 7 to the family and they have a visitor, Thomas’s half sister Katherina aged 17 is staying with them.

I understand that Rachel died in childbirth when she was about 44 and Thomas returned to his native Yorkshire with Kitty and Nellie.

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Nellie Eaton was born on the corner of Clarke and Laselle Street, so Rachel must have live there, this is a picture of that area in Chicago

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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52 ancestors – Sarah Pickard/Sellars

Sarah Pickard is my Great Great Great Grandmother, all I know about Sarah is that she married Joseph Sellars in 1827 in Middlesmoor North Yorkshire, Joseph was a school master but Sarah couldn’t write so “left her mark” on the entry. Witnesses were Thomas Pickard and James Rayner. She had one daughter Sarah who was born on 17th October 1829 the date of Sarah Pickard’s death in Lofthouse, North Yorkshire.

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Middlesmoor

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2015 in family history, genealogy, Wensley

 

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52 ancestors – Mary Hyslop/Stevenson

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Swanland, Urr Mary Hyslop’s birthplace

I know little about Mary Hyslop as she only lived until she was 19 years old when she died giving birth to my Great Grandmother Mary Hyslop Stevenson. Mary was the daughter of Andrew Hyslop and Flora Swan. We find her in the Scottish census in Urr Kirkcudbrightshire in 1851 just 8 days old, she must have been her parents’ eldest child. By 1861 she has been joined by siblings James, Flora and Henrietta and is living in Tinwald Dumfriesshire. She married William Gibson Stevenson (Red Rob) in 1868 and died on 10 July 1870 at Kirkbean Kirkcudbrightshire.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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52 ancestors – Kezia Parker/Kenyon

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Annesley Church

Kezia Parker is my Great Great Grandmother, she was born in Anneseley, Nottinghamshire in 1839. It appears that her mother Sarah, a washer woman was a single mother, although on her marriage certificate Kezia lists a deceased father, William Parker a gardener.

In 1841 she is living with her mother, Grandmother and Uncle Joseph.

Kezia appears twice in the 1851 census, I can only presume there was some confusion as to where she was on that particular night. On one return she is listed with her married sister Martha Osbourne Martha’s husband Luke and their children John, Elizabeth and another Kezia. On another census she appears again with her mother Sarah, Grandmother Kezia and Uncle Joseph but with the addition of younger children, Elizabeth and John, John is Kezia’s brother and I presume Elizabeth is her sister but on the census she is simply listed as Granddaughter to Kezia so I can’t be certain.

In 1861 Kezia now aged 21 has left home and is working as a general servant for a William Hardstaff and his family.

Kezia married George Kenyon on 24th December 1868 at St John’s Church, Sheffield, witnesses were William Hand and Mary Fox.

In 1871 we find Kezia married to George Kenyon and they are parents to one year old Annie and are living in Dinnington, Yorkshire.

Kezia died in 1878 giving birth to her fourth daughter another Kezia, or Auntie Kezzie as my mother remembers her. The other daughters were Ada (who ended up living in London after a period as lady’s maid to Lady Leontine Sassoon in Brighton) and Alice my Great Grandmother.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Times have changed, thank goodness

The next four women in my blog are all direct ancestors who died in childbirth, we have much to be thankful for in modern medicine or even not so modern, things got so much better when you could call the midwife.

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Posted by on January 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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52 Ancestors – William Booth, fancy weaver, weaver or bobbin winder

William Booth is my 4 x Great Grandfather, he was christened at Cumberworth St Nicholas, near Huddersfield 23 September 1792 son of John Booth and Charlotte Lockwood.

St Nicholas Cumberworth

He married Mary Barrowclough on 3 January 1819 at Kirkburton All Hallows witnesses were JI (?) Booth, John Shaw and Jonathan Barrowclough.

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By 1841 he is widowed (Mary died in 1838) and he is living with sons Jabez and William plus married daughter Elizabeth and her husband Seth Shaw (my G x 3 Grandparents, he is described as a Fancy Weaver and living in Lower Cumberworth.

A fancy weaver as the name suggests would be skilled enough to weave patterns in colour. They worked on looms fitted with a Jacquard system.

The purpose of the Jacquard was to bring the selected colour to the surface of the cloth during the weaving process, to produce patterns which the Jacquard slats did by means of programmed pins. The Fancy Weavers were better paid but it seems that they suffered more during financial crises and were involved in industrial action.

In 1846 William Booth marries widow Sarah Crossland (nee Gill) at Kirkburton All Hallows, his occupation is given as weaver (maybe he gave up the fancy work), witnesses at the wedding were William Fitton and Jonathan Gill (Sarah’s brother).

By 1851 William is again widowed and with an addition to his family, son John Gill aged 1 (I think Sarah died in childbirth). This census is confusing as the “ditto” marks imply that he (and most of the street) are bobbin winders. I am not sure if this means his career has gone further downhill.

By the 1861 census William has died, I am not sure when, there are several William Booths in the area that died between 1851 and 1861.

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2015 in family history, Gasworks, genealogy

 

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