This gravestone is at Holy Trinity church in Cowling, West Yorkshire.
Buried here are Thomas Thompson, his wife Alice (nee Dawson) and their daughter Mary Ellen.
Alice Dawson is my 2nd cousin 3x removed – our common ancestors are my 4x great grandparents John Dawson and Ann Watson. She was born on 18 November 1848 to parents James Wright Dawson and Mary Thompson.
Alice married Thomas Thompson sometime in Q4 of 1870. They had at least five children:-
• Mary Ellen – c1872
• James – c1880
• Sarah Lizzie – c1884
• William – c1886
• John David – c1888
Thomas worked as a warp dresser most of his life.
Alice passed away on 9 October 1926 at the age of 77. Thomas survived for almost another nine years until he died at the age of 85 on 8 May 1935. Their daughter Mary Ellen didn’t marry and she passed away on 12 November 1959 aged 88.
This headstone is at the grave of James Harker and his wife Dinah (Dawson) at Holy Trinity church, Cowling, West Yorkshire.
Dinah is my 2nd cousin 3x removed – our common ancestors are my 4x great grandparents John Dawson and Ann Watson. Dinah was born in Cowling on 5 May 1853 to parents James Wright Dawson and Mary Thompson.
Sometime in Q3 of 1874 Dinah married James Harker, also from Cowling. I haven’t done any research on James so at the moment I can’t tell you who is parents are.
James and Dinah had at least two children – Martha (c 1878) and Edith (c1880).
Between 1881 and 1911 James worked as warp loomer, presumably in one of local mills. Dinah worked as a weaver until in the 1901 census she is described as ‘confectioner, own account’. In 1911 her occupation is ‘confectioner sweets’. I have this image of Dinah running her own sweet shop – you know the sort I mean, with large jars of sweets of all different kinds.
In 1911 the family was living at 121 Keighley Road, Cowling (see photograph below). I wonder if Dinah was running her confectionery business from this address.
James died on 28 July 1924 at the age of 73 and Dinah passed away on 9 September 1932 aged 79.
1845 … James Wright Dawson and Mary Thompson married at St. Andrew’s church in Kildwick, West Yorkshire. James is my 1st cousin 4x removed.
1909 … Frank Webster was born at Hawkswick to parents Matthew Heseltine Webster and Betsy Paley. He is my 1st cousin 2x removed.
1909 … Robert Webster was born at Hawkswick to parents Matthew Heseltine Webster and Betsy Paley. He is my 1st cousin 2x removed.
1919 … Joseph Spink died. He is my 2nd great grand uncle.