Musgrove

What’s in a name?

I was recently browsing through the list of names in my family tree and noticed quite a few occurrences of surnames becoming first names. It got me wondering how common this was and I suspect that certainly in the 18th and 19th centuries it was seen more often – but that is just a guess. The tradition in my family seems to have stopped for the most part, although I haven’t explored many lines into the last century.

So I though it would be interesting to post some examples from my tree.

Mason Buckley is my 2 x great grand uncle. His parents are Thomas Buckley and Henrietta Mason – my 3 x great grandparents.

Watson Dawson is my 3 x great grand uncle. His parents are John Dawson and Ann Watson – my 4 x great grandparents. The name Watson was also carried on in to subsequent generations.

Daniel Owen Espley is my wife’s grandfather. His father Frederick married Frances Owen.

John Bentley Hurtley is my first cousin 3 x removed. His parents are Thomas Hurtley and Maria Bentley.

Bracewell Kighley is my second cousin 3 x removed. His father is Isaac Kighley who married Sarah Bracewell.

Greenwood Lonsdale – is the son of Thomas Lonsdale and Sarah Greenwood.

Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove is my great grandfather and his parents are John Musgrove and Catherine Ainsworth.

My grandfather Fred Ainsworth Stowell Musgrove got his name from his parents Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove and Ellen Stowell.

My uncle Stowell is the last in that particular Musgrove line to carry on the tradition.

John Robert Turner Musgrove is my grand uncle. His parents are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner.

George Wigglesworth Nightingale – his parents are Thomas Nightingale and Ann Wigglesworth.

I really like the tradition and it’s quite sad that it has stopped.

How common is this tradition in your family?

Tied the knot 130 years ago today

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

Ellen 1881-1961

Mary Alice 1886-1952

Harry 1889-1976

Annie 1895-1989

Fred Ainsworth Stowell 1898-1975 – my grandfather

Robert 1885

Joseph Ainsworth Stowell 1888

 Happy anniversary Thomas and Ellen.

Hello world!

Welcome to my new blog about my family history.  I have been researching my family for about 16 years now.  I haven’t found anyone famous or even infamous – yet!  Just good solid working folk.

Some pages have information already and others are work in progress.

I hope you will find my stories sometimes interesting and ocassionally humorous.  All comments welcome.

Let me hear from you especially if your name is Dawson, Musgrove, Hurtley, Paley….or any of the other family names that crop up in future.