I took this photograph on a recent visit to the Cowling Hill Baptist chapel graveyard in Cowling, West Yorkshire.
The grave is the resting place of Thomas Dawson (my 1st cousin 4x removed), his wife Jane (nee Emmott) and their son Watson Emmott Dawson.
Thomas was born in Cowling in 1851 to parents John Dawson and Elizabeth Benson. The census returns show that Thomas worked as a warp dresser, a worsted weaving overlooker and also an engine tenter in a local factory. In 1911 he was working as a farmer.
Sometime in Q1 of 1877 Thomas married Jane Emmott, also from Cowling. I haven’t done any research on Jane yet so have no information about her family. Although the Emmott family name has a long tradition in and around Cowling.
Thomas and Jane had at least three children:-
• Albert Frederick – born 8 February 1883
• James Willie – born 17 May 1885
• Watson Emmott – born 24 June 1887
If you follow the link above you will see that I wrote about Watson Emmott in a recent Military Monday post.
Thomas died on 18 January 1926 at the age of 74 and Jane died aged 90 on 2 February 1949. In between their deaths Watson Emmott passed away at the age of 57 on 14 October 1944.
1829 … Joseph Snowden and Mary Whitaker were married in Kildwick. Joseph was the 1st cousin 1x removed of the wife of my 2nd great grand uncle.
1834 … Elizabeth Benson and John Dawson were married at Kildwick Parish Church. John Dawson is my 3rd great grand uncle.
1857 … James Buckley and Sarah Tattersall were married at Bingley parish church. They are my 2x great grandparents.
In Affectionate Remembrance of…..
This gravestone marks the resting place of John Dawson, his wife Betty and two children who died in infancy.
I spoke very briefly about John Dawson in November last year. He was the second of three generations of John Dawson’s (a father, son and grandson) to look after the water wheel and engine at Ickornshaw Mill.
John was born on 4th February 1812 in Cowling, West Yorkshire to John Dawson and Ann Watson. He was the youngest of nine children. Elizabeth (Betty) Benson was born 27th December 1812 but I don’t have any information about her parents.
John and Elizabeth were married on 26th April 1834 at St. Andrews Parish Church, Kildwick, West Yorkshire.
Between 1835 and 1853 they had seven children
Ann – born about 1835
John – born about 1838
Elizabeth – born about 1841
Alice – born about 1843
Matthew – born about 1846
Thomas – born about 1852
Martha – born about 1853
The two children who died young were Elizabeth (c 1850) and Alice (c1847). I haven’t researched this family in much detail yet so I do not have any information about the cause of death.
As mentioned above John was employed as an “engine tenter” for a number of years, eventually passing this role on to his own son John. In the 1841 census his occupation is “weaver” and in 1881 he was working as a “clock dresser”.
Elizabeth died on 5th July 1882 aged 69 and John on 29th February 1888 at the age of 76. They are buried at Cowling Parish Church.