Wedding Wednesday – James William Woods and Darnella Turner

Darnella Turner is my 1st cousin 2x removed. Her parents are Alexander Turner and Jane Alice Brotherton. Our common ancestors are Thomas Turner and Mary Jane Carradice – my 2x great grandparents.

Darnella was born on 7 September 1915 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

On 18 September 1937 Darnella married James William Woods at Mount Zion Chapel, Clitheroe. The wedding was announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 24 September 1937 (image from

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At Mount Zion Chapel, Clitheroe, on Saturday, much interest was taken in the marriage of James William Woods, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Woods, of 26 Longworth Road, Billington, and Miss Darnella Turner, 20 Whipp Avenue, Clitheroe.
The bride who was given away by her brother, Mr. J. Turner, wore a royal blue dress, with hat and shoes to tone, and a spray of pink carnations. Miss G. Turner was bridesmaid and she was attired in an air-force blue dress with hat and shoes to tone, and had a spray of pink carnations.
Mr. William Turner carried out the duties of best man and Mr. Reginald Davies was groomsman. Mr. J. H. Shaw officiated, and after the ceremony a reception was held at the bride’s home. The presents included gifts from operatives at Sun Street mill and S. Longworth and Sons, Ltd., Whalley.

Wedding Wednesday – Frank Price and Audrey Veronica Peters

Frank Price is my 1st cousin 1x removed. His parents are Edward Price and Leah Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner – my great grandparents.

Frank was born on 27 March 1925 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

On 27 December 1947 Franck married Audrey Veronica Peters at St. Leonard’s Church, Langho, Lancashire. Details of the wedding were published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 2 January 1948 (image from

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At St. Leonard’s Church, Langho, on Saturday, the Rev. H. Townsend performed the marriage of Miss Audrey Veronica Peters, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Peters, Sunnyside Avenue, Billington, and Mr. Frank Price, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Price, 24 Larkhill Cottages, Langho.
Given away by her father the bride wore a gown of white crepe satin, with train, her full-length veil being held in place by a coronet of orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of anemones.
Miss Annie Peters, sister of the bride, and Miss Ruth Garrett, friend of the bride, were bridesmaids; the former being attired in pale pink crepe-de-chine, and the latter in dusky pink crepe-de-chine. Both carried silver muffs and had haloes to match.
Miss Barbara Price, sister of the groom, was a small attendant, and wore a full-length dress of pale-blue satin, with matching Juliet cap, and carried a silver muff.
Mr. W. Procter acted as best man, and Messrs. W. Peters and G. Price were groomsmen.
The hymns “The voice that breath’d” and “Lead us heavenly Father” were sung. Mr. D. H. Stiff being at the organ.
After a reception at the Black Bull Hotel, Old Langho, the newly-married couple left for a their honeymoon, the bride travelling in a rust brown dress and tweed coat, with accessories to tone.
Wedding gifts included a set of cutlery from the bride’s colleagues on the office staff of Messrs. Rd. Briggs and Sons, Ltd., Bankfield Works, Clitheroe; and a set of carvers from the bridegroom’s friends at the Lancashire War Agriculture Department, Ribchester.
Mr. and Mrs. Price will make their home at Sunnyside Avenue, Billington.

Wedding Wednesday – Arthur Riley and Mary Proudfoot

Mary Proudfoot is my 3rd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Arthur Proudfoot and Ellen Ann Myers. Our common ancestors are William Stowell and Ellen Lane – my 3x great grandparents.

Mary was born in Burnley, Lancashire on 27 February 1909.

On 26 June 1943 Mary married Arthur Riley at the Bradshaw Street Baptist Church in Nelson, Lancashire. The wedding was announced in the Nelson Leader on Friday 2 July 1943 (image from

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The marriage was solemnised at Bradshaw Street Baptist Church on Saturday between Miss Mary Proudfoot, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Proudfoot, 146 Hibson Road, Nelson, and Mr. Arthur Riley, son of Mrs. and the late Mr. J. E. Riley, 44 Hargreaves Street, Nelson.
The bridegroom, employed as a winding overlooker at Clover Mill, is well known as a member of Nelson cricket team. The bride is a pirn winder, also at Clover Mill.
The bride, who was given away by her sister, Mrs Harold Moore, wore a blue and grey check costume with navy blue accessories and carried a spray of tea roses. She was attended by Mrs. Nancy Smithson, who was attired in green with black accessories and held a spray of pink carnations.
Regtl. Sergt. Major Fred Smithson was the best man.
Following the ceremony, which was performed by Mr. W. E. Thornber, the guests were entertained at the bride’s home, and Mr. and Mrs. Riley afterwards left for a honeymoon at Blackpool. Their future residence is 44 Hargreaves Street.

Wedding Wednesday – James Paley Webster and Mary Slinger

James Paley Webster is my 1st cousin 2x removed. His parents are Matthew Webster and Betsy Paley. Our common ancestors are James Paley and Mary Ann Spink – my 2x great grandparents.

James was born 16 April 1903 at Hawkswick, near Settle in Yorkshire.

On 28 March 1933 James married Mary Slinger at Gisburn Parish Church, Lancashire. The wedding was announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 31 March 1933 (image from

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The wedding took place at Gisburn Parish Church, on Tuesday afternoon, of Mr. James P. Webster, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Webster, of Wytha Farm, Rimington, and Miss Mary Slinger, the youngest daughter of the late Mr. E. H. and Mrs. Slinger, of Lower Gills Farm, Rimington. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. Heslop, Vicar of Gisburn. The wedding was of a very quiet nature because of the recent death of Mr. Slinger. The bride, who was given away by Mr. Rycroft, of Rimington, was attired in a dress of ivory satin, with a wreath and veil, and carried a sheaf of lilies. The bridesmaid was Miss Rose Slinger, sister of the bride, who wore a blue floral silk dress with black hat, and carried a bouquet of pink carnations. The best man was Mr. Colin Wiseman, of Manor House, Twiston. A reception was held at Hollins Farm, Rimington. Later, Mr. and Mrs. Webster left for the honeymoon which was being spent at St. Annes. Among the numerous presents was a silver cake basket from members of the Sunday School at Stopper Lane Methodist Church.

Wedding Wednesday – Stanley Turner and Grace Park

Stanley Turner is my 1st cousin 2x removed. His parents are Alexander Turner and Jane Brotherton. Our common ancestors are Thomas Turner and Mary Jane Carradice – my 2x great grandparents.

Stanley was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire in 1924.

On 31 March 1948 Stanley married Grace Park at Moor Lane Methodist Church, Clitheroe. The wedding was reported in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 2 April 1948 (image from



At Moor Lane Methodist Church on Wednesday, Miss Grace Park, of 13 Montague Street, Clitheroe, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Park, Elswick, near Blackpool, was married to Mr. Stanley Turner, youngest son of Mrs. Turner and the late Mr. Turner, of Whipp Avenue, Clitheroe.
The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. Robert Park, was attired in a navy costume with white accessories and had a spray of pink carnations. She was attended by Miss J. Turner, sister of the bridegroom, who wore a brown dress with tan accessories and also had a spray of pink carnations.
The best man was Mr. W. Turner, brother of the bridegroom, and Mr. N. Park, brother of the bride, was groomsman.
During the service which was conducted by the Rev. F. Smith, the hymns “The Voice That Breathed O’er Eden” and “O Perfect Love” were sung. Mr. W. Taylor was organist.
After a reception at the bride’s home, Mr. and Mrs. Turner left for Blackpool. They are to reside at 13 Montague Street.
Among the wedding gifts were household utensils from work friends of the bride at Messrs. Woolworths, Clitheroe.

Wedding Wednesday – William Lord and Marjorie Lord (nee Musgrove)

Marjorie Musgrove is my 1st cousin 1x removed. Her parents are James Musgrove and Edith Jane Hibble. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner – my great grandparents.

I posted about Marjorie’s wedding to John Edward Lord – here.

Sadly John Edward was killed fighting in WW2 on 20 February 1944 – see blog post here.

On 20 October 1945 Marjorie married William Lord at Clitheroe Congregational Church, Lancashire. A report of the wedding was in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 26 October (image from

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Mr. William Lord, only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lord, 9 Castle View, Clitheroe, was married at Clitheroe Congregational Church on Saturday to Mrs. Marjorie Lord, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Musgrove, 51 Woone Lane, Clitheroe.
Given away by her father, the bride wore a light-blue woollen two-piece with black accessories. Mrs. Kirk (friend of the bride) was matron-of-honour, whilst the bride’s daughter, Miss Pat Lord, was bridesmaid. Mrs. Kirk had a navy-blue wool two-piece, and Miss Lord a pale-green wool dress. Both wore sprays of carnations.
Mr. Sydney Burridge was best man, and Mr. Tom Hibble, groomsman. The Rev. C. J. Guildford officiated.
The reception was held in the Co-operative Guild Room. Mr. and Mrs. Lord are to reside at 27 Chatburn Road, Clitheroe.

William passed away in 2005 at the age of 85. And Marjorie lived until the age of 96 before she passed away on 12 February 2018.

Military Monday – Edmund John May (1893-1975)

Edmund John May is my 3rd cousin 1x removed. His parents are John May and Mary Ellen Buckley. Our common ancestors are Thomas Buckley and Henrietta Mason, my 3x great grandparents.

Edmund was was born on 20 April 1893 in Keighley, West Yorkshire. By the time of the 1911 census the family had moved to Stanningley – a district in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Edmund is described as a “solicitors clerk”.

I have found some surviving military service records for Edmund on Find My Past, but these have been partially damaged by fire.

Edmund had a medical examination in Leeds on 30 August 1916. His occupation is listed as “clerk” – possibly in the same job he had at the time of the 1911 census. His height is given as exactly 5 feet and he weighed 108lbs.

On enlistment Edmund was assigned to the army reserve. Then on 31 October 1916 he was mobilised and posted to the 2/5th Highland Light Infantry with a regimental service number of 5977.

Although the documents are not very easy to read it looks like Edmund was promoted to Acting Corporal on 7 August 1917. Some eight months later on 23 April 1918 Edmund reverted to the rank of Private but two days later he was appointed Lance Corporal. However the note suggests this was unpaid – so perhaps he had the rank but not the pay!

As far as I can tell Edmund was then transferred in October 1918 to the Royal Engineers as a Lance Corporal with a new service number of 327966. Th following year, on 9 October 1919, Edmund was issued with his Protection Certificate and Certificate of Identity (for soldiers not remaining with the colours).

Edmund returned home to Leeds where he married in 1922 and had one son. He passed away in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, in 1975.

Wedding Wednesday – George Dacre Crewdson and Clara Shackleton

Clara Shackleton is my 2nd cousin 2x removed. Her parents are James Shackleton and Mary Elizabeth Haworth. Our common ancestors are William Stowell and Ellen Lane – my 3x great grandparents.

Clara was born on 20 April 1900 in Burnley, Lancashire.

On 30 August 1922 Clara married George Dacre Crewdson at Holy Trinity Church, Habergham Eaves, Lancashire. The wedding was announced in the Burnley News on Saturday 2 September 1922 (image from

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The marriage took place at Holy Trinity Church on Wednesday of Miss Clara Shackleton, of Church Street, Briercliffe, and Mr. George Crewdson, of Burnley. Both are well known as local vocalists, Miss Shackleton as a soprano and Mr. Crewdson as a tenor, the latter having been a member of Trinity choir for over twenty years.
The bride, who was given away by her cousin, Mr. H. Thornton, wore a grey floral crepe dress and a silver grey Hatters plush hat, and her bouquet consisted of Madonna lilies and pink carnations. She was attended by her cousin, Miss Winifred Corrin, and a little niece. Mr. J. W. Crewdson, brother of groom, acted as best man. Mr. J. Armistead, Mus.Bac., presided at the organ and played suitable music.
After the ceremony tea was served in the Harle Syke Cafe, and the evening was spent in dancing, etc. Mr. and Mrs. Crewdson were the recipients of numerous presents. The honeymoon is being spent at Bispham.

I have written previously about the early death of George – here

Military Monday – Alexander Stowell (1876-1912)

Alexander Stowell is my 1st cousin 3x removed. His parents are Alexander Stowell and Margaret Colbridge. Our common ancestors are William Stowell and Ellen Lane – my 3x great grandparents.

Alexander was born in Padiham, Lancashire – his birth is registered in the March quarter of 1876.

In the 1881 and 1891 census returns Alexander was living with his parents and siblings at 50 Pendle Street, Padiham. In 1891 his occupation is described as a cotton weaver.

Alexander subsequently joined the 2nd Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 5 January 1892 – his service number was 10153.

He was serving in India when he married Mignonette Frances Sybil Kerr on 31 January 1907 at St Joseph’s Cathedral, Allahabad, Bengal. As far as I can establish Mignonette was from a military family who had been serving in India for at least a couple of generations.

The following year Alexander was initiated as a Freemason on 12 September 1908 in the Ubique Lodge at Barrackpore, Bengal. His army rank at this time was Staff Sergeant.

I haven’t yet been able to find any information about the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in India during the time that Alexander was serving there.

Alexander died on 24 August 1912. The burial record below shows that he died of pneumonia.

Alexander Stowell (1876-1912) - Burial

The Register of Soldiers Effects show that Alexander and Mignonette had two children – Alexander Alfred and Olivia Kathleen.

Alexander Stowell (1876-1912) - Soliders Effects


Black Sheep Sunday – Wallace Walker Wilkinson (1899-1946)

Wallace Walker Wilkinson is my wife’s 3rd cousin 2x removed. His parents are William Walker Wilkinson and Annie Gostelow. Wallace and my wife’s common ancestors are David Gostelow and Susannah Sewell (my wife’s 4x great grandparents.

Wallace was born on 28 September 1899 – his birth is registered in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

On 21 June 1920 Wallace married Louisa Elizabeth Hazel in Grimsby. Just over three years later things had started to take a wrong turn for Wallace and Louisa. The Hull Daily Mail ran the following story on 20 August 1923 (image from

Wallace Walker Wilkinson - Hull Daily Mail - 20 Aug 1923STOLE £14 AND DESERTED WIFE AT GRIMSBY

At the Grimsby Borough Police Court this morning, a gardener named Wallace Walker Wilkinson (23) was sentenced to four months hard labour for stealing £14, the property of Jack Thompson, a grocer, from the house, 106 Earl Street, between August 7th and 11th.
The evidence showed that Mrs Thompson put £14 into a cash box, which she locked and put in a drawer in the front bedroom. The key was placed in another drawer. Two days later defendant, who had been lodging at the house with his wife and child, left the house and did not return. Two days after that Mrs Thompson missed the money.
Detective Watson arrested the man in Grimsby last week, and Wilkinson admitted taking the money and going to Rochester.
Superintendent Whitty said that defendant, who had been to a reformatory school and Borstal, had said that differences with his wife led him to commit the theft and go away. Defendant had left a letter to his wife, saying that he was going away for good, and that if any attempt was made to follow him he would “do himself in.” and his child as well.
“I’ve nothing to say; let’s get it over,” was defendant’s only comment in court.

The following extract from the Police Gazette of 9 August 1918 shows that Wallace had been arrested and was awaiting trial at Wiltshire Quarter Sessions on 8 October 1918 for stealing a jacket and other items. It also suggests that he had previous convictions for burglary and larceny in Grimsby and Leigh (Lancashire).

Wallace Walker Wilkinson - Police Gazette - 9 Aug 1918

At his trial in October 1918 Wallace was sentenced at Marlborough Court to six months in prison.

I can’t find any later reports of Wallace being in trouble again.

He passed away sometime in the September quarter of 1946 – his death is registered at Skipton, Yorkshire.