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Which Elizabeth Halden?

I have drifted from writing about my direct ancestors for this blog post. It serves merely to alert any Halden researchers worldwide (and they are worldwide) that two Elizabeth Haldens have become, understandably, confused with each other.

I have always known via my Grandmother that her Grandmother Rachel Halden had two sisters and one brother. She also told me that Rachel, her siblings and parents had emigrated to the USA. The brother had run away, never to be seen again but the oldest sister had married and had children and the second may have done.

Through census research I found the family in 1841, minus the brother and with the addition of another sister. So there are Elizabeth, Mary (guess Elizabeth is the elder as ages rounded for census) Jemima (who sadly died in 1845) and Rachel.

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The next census finds the family in the USA, Edward has died, brother Edward has joined them but eldest sister Elizabeth is not with the family.

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I thought it was likely that Elizabeth had married by 1850 and that was the reason she was no longer living with the family. I looked for marriages in the USA and even for English Elizabeths living nearby, but to no avail.

It did occur to me that Elizabeth may have married in England before leaving for the USA or maybe my Grandmother was wrong and she never left England at all.

There were two possible marriages Elizabeth Halden to Joseph Briscoe  on 18 Apr 1844 at Saint Chad, Stafford and Elizabeth Holden/Halden to Thomas Hiden 21 Jul 1844  Rugeley, Staffordshire.

I looked at the original marriage record for the Halden/Briscoe marriage and found this to be the daughter of Joseph Halden, Tailor. Interestingly both Elizabeth’s and Joseph’s names were originally recorded as Hawthorn and then changed to Halden.

Joseph is in fact cousin to Edward Halden, the father of the family who went to America and my GGG Grandfather. Joseph’s father William and Edward’s father Roger were brothers, their Grandparents in common were Thomas Halden and Dorothy.

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So eventually I looked at the record for Elizabeth Holden and Thomas Briscoe which I had dismissed earlier for some reason. It shows this Elizabeth to be daughter to Edward and his occupation is given as schoolmaster and hers as governess, a seemingly unlikely profession for someone marrying a coal miner.

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If further proof were needed that this is my GG Grandmother’s sister, she named her daughters Elizabeth, Jemima and Rachel like herself and two of her sisters.

So how did people get confused? Well currently there seem to be no baptism records for either Elizabeth. Elizabeth daughter of Joseph is not living at home in 1841 and there are a couple of possible female servants that may be her but the only definite Elizabeth Halden is daughter of Edward. Then when it comes to marriages there is only one Elizabeth Halden marriage, the Joseph Briscoe one, the other is mistranscribed (quite reasonably) as Holden.

By 1851 both Elizabeths are married, Elizabeth Briscoe is well reported appearing in censuses up until 1901 and not dying until 1907, she spent her latter years living with her daughter Mary Elizabeth who married a Samuel Walker. However Elizabeth Hiden and family disappear from the censuses, so what became of them?

Something for another blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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52 ancestors – James Walker “owd Jim”

James Walker my mother’s Grandad Jim was born in 1877 in Barnsley, West Yorkshire, his parents were Elizabeth Gillett a Yorkshire lass and the rather grandly named George James Archer Walker who was born in Welney, Cambridgeshire. Grandad Jim had said that his ancestors were farmers in Huntingdonshire and research has proved him right, it seems that his father came to Yorkshire to work on the railway.

Although Jim was born in Barnsley his sister Elizabeth, born a year later, was born back in Welney, maybe on a holiday or perhaps a failed attempt to return to Cambridgeshire, whate13090616_10153893652199279_352476208_over the reason, Jim’s other siblings brothers Alfred and Herbert and sisters, Emily, Harriet and Edith were all born in Yorkshire.

The first job that he had that we have a record of is listed on the 1891 census as a Down Quilt Weaver, I don’t think he ever mentioned this in later years, he lived and breathed (not too much we hope) gas.

By the 1901 census Jim is newly married, living in Featherstone, Yorkshire and working as a gas stoker. I think he was moved to Featherstone by the gas board.

JamesHannahJaneHowever, he was promoted and moved again with Jane and baby daughter Hannah to Clowne, Derbyshire where he spent the rest of his days.

The 1911 census finds them at 7 Station Road, Clowne with the addition of James born 1904 to the family. Jim’s occupation is Colliery Gas Manager.

I am now going to hand over the blog to my mother who has written down her memories of her Grandfather, her words in blue, I have added notes in red.

My memories and some history of my grandfather. He was a father to me from my being five years old which makes him rather special in my eyes.

Most of his life was spent in Clowne (Derbyshire) but still maintained that ‘aura’ of a Yorkshire lad – which indeed he was!

Working in the gas trade, he took a promotion to work and move to Clowne. Gas was being fitted nationally and expanding. Jim worked placing pipes all over the village. He also was a “jack of all gas trades” in this small outfit – stoker, fitter, collector etc. He had been given a house with the job. It was very near the mine and the gas works. His wife Jane hated it at first and longed for Yorkshire. They had a daughter Hannah and later two sons.

This house was 7 Station Road as mentioned above. The sons were James and Lesley, James died of flu in 1912, Lesley was born the day after James’ death.

Photo 05-11-2014 18 35 51His wife Jane discovered that a detached four bedroom house belonging to the gas company was vacant and badgered Jim to ask for it. He was succesful. “71” became a very happy home until the end of the 1940s.

Jim became known locally as “owd Jim” as the years progressed and was very popular.

I remember him working on Sundays for extra money – this was stoking – in other words making gas. My sister and I often took him a pint of beer to refresh him.

I would be six or seven years old and was fascinated to see the red hot coals being dragged from the very long retorts on to the ground with a special long pole, they were immediately drenched in cold water and the result was ‘coke’ which was used in industry and some heating processes. My Grandad was the one using the long rakes or poles in this furnace.

The other work I remember him doing and I watched some times was when the coal for the furnaces came in wagons, from the station nearby. There was a small private link railway line from there to the works. There had to be people to move the lines on to the private track, Jim was one of them. (This was in the years after the mine was closed; originally the mine itself would be providing coal to make the gas.)

Mum also told me that she on several occasions would be walking along the street and would see her Grandad’s head pop out from a hole in the road where he was fixing a pipe.

He was a member of the Constitution Club to which he dressed in his suit and tie to look smart, perhaps once or twice a week. He did not go to the local pubs at all. His friends there were his manager from work – Arthur Seston (Jeanne Smith’s Dad) and Dr Knowles. This was where he took his brothers-in-law when they visited – they were Caleb Butterfield (Geoff Green’s Grandad) and Fred Spivey (Joyce’s Grandad) from Pontefract and Heckmondwike, Yorkshire. They came back slightly tipsy and very amusing. Caleb was a wit and a comic, Fred a little slow getting the jokes (more hilarity!)

Grandad gave my mother the complete run of the house both financially and housekeeper, after my Grandma died.

He actually used to give her his wages and just keep a bit of spending money for himself.

He suggested one day that she sent me for Elocution lessons, what his idea was – we did not know – but I went and it – drama – became a big slice of my life, (Molly Francis, teacher of Speech and Drama).

Mum had had Speech and Drama lessons in Clowne but when war started her teacher joined the forces and the classes finished. “owd Jim” kept reading out the advert in the local paper, “Molly Francis, teacher of Speech and Drama” until eventually Hannah said “do you want our Mollie to go for lessons? He said “yes” and that was that.

I had a few boyfriends who were allowed to visit. If however they touched my hand at all a cough was heard from “owd Jim”.

As a very young girl he’d give me some pennies and always told me to get “acid drops” a tease because he knew I hated them!

It was actually “get me a ha’porth of acid drops”. He also used to ask Mum how July Palmer was, he knew perfectly well that her name was June.

When Spring showed its head he often told my mother that “Stella has got her anniversary dress” – a hint that she should get hers and mine. (Stella was a glamorous, smart lady at our church!) He always hinted, never was dogmatic.

This was for the church and Sunday School anniversary when everyone had new outfits specially for the occasion.

He worked until 68 or 69 and had a few years retirement. He did see me in a play in rep in Wellington – so glad he did. 

After he had retired, occasionally gasworks employees would knock on the door to ask about the location of gas pipes in Clowne. Jim had a map of them in his head.

A true and gentle – man.

And a final added note…

He only put his teeth in when he wore his jacket and tie!

And a couple of other things, Jim could tinker out a tune on the piano by ear, (his sister Harriet could play well).

He would not be drawn into discussions on politics, he said “all I will say is we all have to Labour”. When Mum asked him what Conservative meant he said “leave it alone”. Is that what Laissez Faire means? He was pretty shrewd I think.

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He always carried things behind himself rather than in front.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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52 ancestors – John Collier, benefactor of Bescote

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John Collier is my 7 x Great Grandfather, all that I know about him can be gleaned from his will which I have done my best to transcribe below.

We learn that he had seven children, each of them received 20 shillings (a pound) in his will as well as anything stated below. So his offspring were:

Ann Scott I think she was married to a Richard Scott.

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William Collier, he was given £10 for funeral expenses.

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Joseph Collier

Mary Podmore my 6 x Great Grandmother, she was married to John Podmore.

Eleaner Collier, who appeared to be the favourite and inherited £100, a bed and a chest of linens, maybe she looked after him after his wife died.

He also gave twenty shillings to Mary Collier of Woodford his daughter in law, I don’t know which son she was married to, maybe she was a widow of an unnamed son.

He gave £10 a year to the poor of the parish to be given at Christmas Day by the church wardens. I hope it was used wisely.

 

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The transcription

In the name of God Amen I John Collier of Bescot in the County of Stafford yeoman being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect memory thanks be to God for it do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (Viz) first I commend my soul to God that gave it hoping for salvation through the merits of Christ my savor and my body to the earth to be decently buryeed at the discretion of my executor herein after named and as for all the worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with after my funeral expenses and just debts are paid and discharged I give and bequeath in manner and forme following
I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elenar one hundred pound and one chest of linnens and one bed. Item I give to the poor of the parish of Gnossall ten pounds to be laid out upon security by the parish church wardens
and overseers of the parish aforesaid at my decease & to their successors for ever
and it is my will that the use of the said ten pounds shall be given
and distributed to the poor by the churchwardens and overseers of the aforesaid
parish yearly and every year upon the Nativity of our savior Commonly called
Christmas Day Item I give unto my son William Collier ten pounds
Towards his charge in expenses for my funeral. Item I give and bequeath
Unto every one of my children that is to say Ann Scott John Collier William Collier Thomas Collier Joseph Collier Mary Podmore Eleaner Collier and my daughter in law Mary Collier of woodford the sum of twenty shillings
a piece and I do nominate and appoint my son William Collier
the executor of this my last will and testament and do hereby revoke
all former wills by me heretofor made. In witness whereof I have
hereunto put my hand and sealed this fourth day of March in the second
year of the Reign of our sovereign Lady Queen Ann over England
the Queen and in the Yeare of our Lord God 1703/4

The mark of John Collier

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2015 in Bescote, Collier family, Gnossall, Uncategorized

 

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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 – 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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