All the torrential rain and flooding in Cornwall recently prompted me to dig out the newspaper clipping below. This is an extract from the local paper in Clitheroe (Lancashire) published in 2000. This particular piece looks back 50 years to 1950. My dad, Graham Dawson (1930-2008) gets a mention – perhaps his first claim to fame.
To say my dad was a bit accident prone is perhaps an understatement. Mind you the accidents were not always his fault. However, enough for now – I will post again about my dad and mishaps.
St James Church, Clitheroe
Today in 1880 my great grandparents married in the Parish Church of St. James in Clitheroe, Lancashire.
Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove was 20 and Ellen Stowell was 19.
Thomas was a bachelor and worked as a spinner. Ellen was a spinster and her occupation is described as a carder. At the time of their marriage they were both living in Clitheroe, although Thomas was born in Darwen (about 16 miles away) and Ellen was born in Burnley (about 11 eleven miles away).
The two witnesses at the marriage were John Simeon Lord and Sarah Ellen Aspin. I don’t know anything about these two people. They don’t appear in my family tree so I am guessing that they were either friends or relatives that I haven’t traced yet.
In the 1891 census they were living at 79 Moor Lane, Clitheroe. Thomas was working as a cotton cloth marker and Ellen still as a cotton carder. In 1901 they were living at 62 Moor Lane, Clitheroe and Tomas was a cotton spinner.
Thomas and Ellen had seven children
Mary Alice 1886-1952
Fred Ainsworth Stowell 1898-1975 – my grandfather
Joseph Ainsworth Stowell 1888
Happy anniversary Thomas and Ellen.