Month: May 2011

Surname Saturday – Astin

I have only seven Astin’s so far in my family tree – it is a name I haven’t researched very much.  The earliest Astin is my 3x great grandfather Robert who was born about 1805 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.  The other six are Robert’s children including my 2x great grandmother Ann who was born about 1831 in Rough Lee, Lancashire.

According to surnamedb Astin is of Old Scandinavian (Norse) origin, and is a Norman form of the Old Norse personal name “Asketill”.  It was apparently a popular male personal name before the Norman Conquest of 1066, having been introduced by Viking invaders many years earlier.

The name can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Aschil”.  There is a Robertus filius (a son of) Astin mentioned in 1219 in the Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire.

The surname itself was first recorded in the early 13th Century, and one Hugh Astyn was listed in the Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire in 1297.  Also John Asketyn and William Hastin were both noted in the Assize Court Rolls of Kent in 1317.

Recordings from London Church Registers include: the marriage of Ales Astin and Amys Allin at St. Margaret’s, Westminster, on April 13th 1602, and the marriage of Henrie Astin and Jane Ginninges on October 16th 1615, at St. Dunstan’s, Stepney. There is a William Astin buried in the parish of St. Michael’s, in the Barbadoes, on July 30th 1678.

Modern day variants  include Askin, Astins, Ashken, Haskin, Haskins and Hasting. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Astin, which was dated 1230, in the “Pipe Rolls of Devonshire”

On this day … 19th May

1862 … Christina Boyle and Joseph Booth Espley married in Prestbury, Cheshire. Joseph is my wife’s great grand uncle.

1923 … Harry Dawson was born in Yorkshire to parents Joseph Dawson and Alice Hurtley. He is my dad’s brother and my uncle.

Tombstone Tuesday – Fred and Florrie Musgrove

This is the headstone at the grave of my maternal grandparents Fred and Florrie Musgrove. They are buried at Clitheroe Cemetery in Lancashire.

Fred Ainsworth Stowell Musgrove was born 1st February 1898 in Clitheroe, Lancashire and Florrie Musgrove was born 6 January 1897 at Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire.

They were married on 16 September 1917 at the United Methodist Church, Moor Lane, Clitheroe.

Over the next 18 years Florrie and Fred had eight children

Kathleen Musgrove (born 1918)

Thomas Musgrove (born 1920)

Joseph Harry Musgrove (born 1922)

Hazel Musgrove (born 1925)

Elizabeth Musgrove (born 1927)

Stowell Musgrove (born 1929)

Alice Musgrove (born 1930) – my mum

Mary Musgrove (born 1935)

The marriage lasted almost 54 years until Florrie passed away on 18 May 1971 – forty years ago tomorrow. Fred survived another four years and passed away on 12 September 1975.

Linton – Postcard #6

This is a postcard of St Michael and All Angels Church at Linton in the Yorkshire Dales. It is a real photograph published by Walter Scott, Bradford. The postcard is unused and is in very good condition.

The church must be one of the most individual of all Dales’ churches. It dates from the 12th century, during the period of church building that characterised Henry II’s reign (1154-1189), and is very squat without a tower. The church was extensively altered in the 14th century, but it still retains parts of the earlier church.

The church is located quite a distance from the village and occupies a wonderful position on a bend of the River Wharfe. The graveyard stretches right to the banks of the river.

According to the church guide it stands on an old pagan site, but in the 7th century it was Christianised by either St Wilfred or St Paulinus. There is good evidence for this because, in the field opposite, there is what could be part of a pagan stone circle.

It is estimated that over 10,000 people have been buried in the churchyard, over the centuries, going back to pre-Christian time. I managed to find the graves and headstones of two of my ancestors.

It is also said that the church is haunted by a monk who had lived at a nearby abbey.

Here’s the photograph we took on our recent visit.

St Michael's and All Angels, Linton

St Michael's and All Angels, Linton

Surname Saturday – Gawthrop

The surname Gawthrop features in my paternal line.  My 2x great grandmother is Ellen Gawthrop (1824-1892) and my 3x great grandfather is Martin Gawthrop (1800-1860). I haven’t yet been able to find any concrete evidence for Martin’s parents but continue to research the name.

According to surnamedb  the name is of Old Norse origin, and is a locational name from either of two places in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Gawthope near Dewsbury is recorded as “Goukethorpe” in the 1274 Wakefield Court Rolls, and Gawthorpe near Huddersfield is recorded as “Goutthorp” in the 1297 Subsidy Rolls.

The derivation of the placename is from the Old Norse “gaukr”, cuckoo, and “thorp”, enclosure, hamlet, village; hence, “village where cuckoo’s frequented”.

During the Middle Ages, when migration for the purpose of job-seeking was becoming more common, people often took their former village name as a means of identification, thus resulting in a wide dispersal of the name.

The surname has many variant spellings ranging from Gawthrope, Gowthrop and Gawthrop, to Gawthorp, Gawthorpe and Gowthorpe. Recordings of the surname from Yorkshire Church Registers include: the marriage of Beatrice Gawthorpe and Henry Leigh, which took place at Howden, on May 10th 1572; the marriage of Richard Gawthorpe and Elizabeth Holroyd, which took place on February 14th 1573, at Halifax; and the christening of Robert, son of Thomas Gawthorpe, on August 28th 1580, at Aberford.

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Jane Galthorpe, which was dated August 15th 1540, when she married Roger Belman, at Rotherham, South Yorkshire, during the reign of King Henry V111.