Wedding Wednesday

Wedding Wednesday – Who’s that girl?

This is a photograph from my own collection.  I have to admit up front that I don’t know the happy couple.  Well, what I mean is that I know who the groom is but I never met either him or the bride (as far as I know) and I am not related to them.

The photograph is in one of those little fold over covers that you get from photographers.  There is a description on the cover written by my dad – it says

‘Harold Crossland’s wedding.  Dad’s best friend from Rotherham’

The ‘dad’ referred to in the description is my granddad – Joseph Dawson.  He is the chap second from the left – I am guessing that he was ‘best man’.

So I did a search on Find My Past and came up with a couple of possibilities.

There is a marriage in the December quarter of 1943 between Harold Crossland and Marian Jenkinson  in the Rother Valley registration district.

There is also a marriage in the June quarter of 1947 between Harold Crossland and Marian Smith in the Sheffield registration district.

For those who don’t know the area Rotherham and Sheffield are not a million miles apart.  I know that my grandparents lived in Brinsworth (part of Rotherham) for a while and I guess that this is where Joseph made friends with Harold.

Of course the wedding could have been held somewhere else completely and I am way off the mark.

My granddad was born in 1903, so, if I am right then he would be either 40 or 44 when these photographs were taken.  I am really bad at trying to estimate ages – what do you think?

Are there any clues from the style of clothes?

Leave a comment if you think you can help.

Wedding Wednesday – Another Mystery Couple

Here is yet another photograph of a newly married couple and again I have no idea who they are.

There are even less clues than the photograph I posted two weeks ago.  This time there is no photographer name or any indication of location.

The couple look really happy and it seems like they have just enjoyed their reception meal.

I think that the period is maybe late 1940′s or early 1950′s.  I am going to take the advice from readers who commented on my last wedding photograph of a mystery couple and try to research the fashion of the 1940′s and 1950′s.  Also perhaps post it on a family history forum and see what happens.

Anyway, whoever they are I hope that they had a wonderful life together.

Wedding Wednesday – Mystery Couple

This photograph is from a large collection inherited from my grandparents when they died. Unfortunately most of them are not attributed in any way. So it is a challenge trying to work out who people are. I am resigned to accepting that I will never know for sure but I can still enjoy the images all the same.

This photograph has the photographers name and address embossed in the bottom right hand corner. It looks like F. Shuttleworth, West Lane, Haworth. This certainly puts the happy couple in the geographical area of my Dawson ancestors from around Keighley in West Yorkshire. So perhaps they are relatives.

There is no indication as to when the photograph was taken. I have seen other photographs by F. Shuttleworth on internet auction sites and they all seem to be from the 1920′s. And that would also be my guess for when this wedding took place – or maybe even a little earlier. Does anyone have an alternative suggestion?

Wedding Wednesday – Thomas Turner & Mary Jane Carradice

My 2x great grandparents married today 139 years ago.

Thomas Turner was born in Kendal, Westmorland about 1847 although I haven’t yet been able to find a definite record of his birth.

Mary Jane Carradice was born on 8th November 1854 also in Kendal.

They married on 29th June 1872 at Kendal Register Office.  The witnesses were Miles Barry Harker and Hannah Harker.

I had never come across the name Harker before in my family tree.  So while preparing this post I decided to see if I could find any connection between Miles and Hannah and Thomas and Mary Jane.

The only link I have been able to establish is that all four appear on the same page of the marriage register – which clearly suggests to me that they were married on the same day at Kendal Register Office.

Presumably Miles Barry Harker and Hannah Fisher tied the knot first given the witness names on Thomas and Mary Jane’s marriage certificate.  I wonder if Thomas and Mary Jane performed the role of witnesses for Miles and Hannah.  Maybe they were all friends or perhaps this was the first time they had even met.

The lack of family witnesses has me thinking that perhaps Thomas and Mary Jane married without their families consent – or am I reading too much into this.  I guess that I will never know.

Whatever the circumstances of their marriage they went on to have at least ten children:-

  • Elizabeth Ann – 31st May 1873 (my great grandmother)
  • John – c1877
  • Thomas and William – 27 August 1878 (William died the same day and Thomas ten days later)
  • Ellen – 10th November 1879
  • Mary Jane – 8th January 1882
  • Alexander – 27th November 1884
  • Isabella – 24th February 1887
  • James – c1892
  • Ivy – c1897

Over the years the family migrated south to Clitheroe in Lancashire.

Thomas died on 7th December 1916 and Mary Jane on 18th April 1917.

Wedding Wednesday – Flapper Girl?

I found this photograph in a tin I brought from my mum and dad. There are loads of photographs – some old and others more recent. I know some of the people, can guess at a few of the others and have no idea about the majority.

I have on my “to do” list getting my mum to go through the photographs and trying to put more names to faces.

Anyway, this particular photograph falls in to the category of “I have no idea who they are”.

I thought that I had struck lucky when I turned the photograph over and saw an inscription on the back. Then I read “This is us leaving the church after the wedding” – well I think I could have made quite a good stab at that myself. I just wanted to shout why didn’t you sign it “with love ….” or something.

I am guessing that the period is sometime in the 1920′s. Is the bride’s dress and head ware a bit “flapperish”? It looks like it to me.

So, whoever you are I hope you enjoyed your wedding day and had a happy life together. I might find out more about you in the future.

Wedding Wednesday – Daniel Owen Espley & Betsy Skelding

Daniel Owen Espley and Betsy Skelding were married on 20 April 1908. They are my wife’s grandparents.

Owen was born on 14 March 1886 in Biddulph, Staffordshire. His parents were Frederick Espley and Frances Owen.

Betsy was born one year and one day later on 15 March 1887 in Lye, Staffordshire. Her parents were Imri Skelding and Sarah Anne Darby.

By the time of the 1901 census Owen and Betsy were both living in Smallthorne, Staffordshire. I checked on Google Maps and their addresses are fairly near to each other. However we have no knowledge about how they first met.

They were married at the Salem Methodist New Connexion Chapel in Smallthorne. The marriage was registered in the district of Leek, Staffordshire. We took the photograph below when we visited the area a few years ago.

Salem Methodist Chapel, Smallthorne

The minister conducting the service was James E Woodfield.

The two witnesses were Samuel Skelding (Betsy’s brother) and Rose Espley, who I believe is the wife of Owen’s brother Richard Henry Espley.

At the time of their marriage Owen was working as a coal miner. There is no occupation for Betsy on the marriage certificate.