Month: July 2011

On this day … 13th July

1818 … Martin Gawthrop and Ann Kighley were married at St. Andrew’s church in Kildwick, West Yorkshire.  They are my 3x great grandoarents.

1934 … Ruth Bentley was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire to parents Albert Bentley and Ruth Halstead.  She is my 2nd cousin.

Tombstone Tuesday – Ruth Bentley (1906-1977)

This is the gravestone of Ruth Bentley, she is my 1st cousin 1x removed.

Ruth was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire on 26th January 1906 to parents Robert Halstead and Ellen Musgrove.  She married Albert Bentley sometime in the third quarter of 1933 and the marriage is recorded in the Clitheroe registration district.

The grave is in Clitheore cemetery.

Espley One Name Study – Update #8

Ahead of schedule I completed transcribing the 1901 England, Wales and Scottish census into my spreadsheet records yesterday afternoon.

That’s all the England & Wales births, marriages and deaths completed and the census returns for 1841 through to 1901.  I feel well chuffed.

I started an interesting thread on the GOONS forum yesterday asking for advice from other researchers about how they assign unique ID numbers to each person.  There has been quite a lot of replies and a good number of different methods for keeping track of each person.  I will need to give some thought to what is the best option for me.

As I said in my last update I am now looking forward to trying to match people into family groups.

This is only the start of course.  There are many more records available in the UK including wills, ships passenger lists and prison records.

The bigger goal is to look globally and also for the variant names included in my study – Epsley and Aspley.

On this day … 10th July

1796 … John Dawson was buried at St. Andrew’s church in Kildwick, West Yorkshire.  He is my 3x great grand uncle.

1828 … William Dawson and Mary Overton were married at St. Andrew’s church in Kildwick, West Yorkshire.  William is my 3x great grand uncle.

1922 … Ada Buckley (nee Smith) died in Keighley, West Yorkshire.  She is the wife of my great grand uncle.

Surname Saturday – Spink

The surname Spink in my family tree is from my paternal line.  At the moment I have 27 people with this surname.  The earliest person is my 4x great grandfather William Spink who was born about 1764, probably in the Linton area of the Yorkshire Dales.

According to surnamedb the name Spink is of Anglo-Saxon origin.  It is said to derive from a nickname given in the first instance to someone thought to resemble a finch in some way.  Possibly with reference to its brightly coloured plumage or sweet singing voice.

A large number of early medieval surnames were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames, given with reference to a variety of characteristics, such as

- a person’s physical attributes or peculiarities

- mental or moral qualities

- a fancied resemblance to an animal’s or bird’s appearance or disposition

- habits of dress, or

- occupation

The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Roger Spinc dated 1133 in the “Chartulary of Ramsey Monastery”, Bedforshire.  Other early recordings are :-

Thomas Spink listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1256; the marriage of Edmonde Spincke and Alice Madison in Stepney, London on 5th September 1604; and the marriage of Stephen Spink and Ann Ring on 29th October 1696.

On this day … 8th July

1599 … Elinor Millward and Edward Skelding were married at Halesowen in Worcestershire.  They are my wife’s 9x great grandparents.

1907 … James Henry Espley was born in Chester.  His parents were James Henry Espley and Mary Elizabeth Dodd.  He is my wife’s 3rd cousin 1x removed.