Month: April 2011

On this day … 24th April

1929 … Geoffrey Melville Smith was born.  His parents were John Melville Smith and Essie Gomersall.  He is my 3rd cousin 1x removed.


On this day … 23rd April

1567 … John Skelding died in Saltbrook, Worcestershire.  He is my wife’s 11x great grandfather.

1838 … James Buckley was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire.  His parents were Thomas Buckley and Henrietta Mason.  He is my 2x great grandfather.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Restaurants

This is the 16th challenge in a weekly series from GeneaBloggers called 52 weeks of personal genealogy and  history, suggested  by Amy Coffin,  that invite genealogists to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.  Week 16 – Restaurants.

This is going to be a short post.

I don’t have any recollection of going to restaurants in my childhood. It was just something that we didn’t do in our family.

A regular and favourite meal however was fish and chips from the local chippie – it was called Berts. Take out fish and chips wrapped in newspaper – wonderful.

When I was in my teens and out in Leeds with my mates we would often eat at a Wimpy bar and we thought we were really cool!!

I didn’t start going out to restaurants until I was much more grown up!!

Wedding Wednesday – Daniel Owen Espley & Betsy Skelding

Daniel Owen Espley and Betsy Skelding were married on 20 April 1908. They are my wife’s grandparents.

Owen was born on 14 March 1886 in Biddulph, Staffordshire. His parents were Frederick Espley and Frances Owen.

Betsy was born one year and one day later on 15 March 1887 in Lye, Staffordshire. Her parents were Imri Skelding and Sarah Anne Darby.

By the time of the 1901 census Owen and Betsy were both living in Smallthorne, Staffordshire. I checked on Google Maps and their addresses are fairly near to each other. However we have no knowledge about how they first met.

They were married at the Salem Methodist New Connexion Chapel in Smallthorne. The marriage was registered in the district of Leek, Staffordshire. We took the photograph below when we visited the area a few years ago.

Salem Methodist Chapel, Smallthorne

The minister conducting the service was James E Woodfield.

The two witnesses were Samuel Skelding (Betsy’s brother) and Rose Espley, who I believe is the wife of Owen’s brother Richard Henry Espley.

At the time of their marriage Owen was working as a coal miner. There is no occupation for Betsy on the marriage certificate.

Tombstone Tuesday – Priscilla Dawson and John Smith

This gravestone is at Holy Trinity Church, Cowling, West Yorkshire. It is the resting place of Priscilla Dawson, my 2x great grand aunt and her husband John Smith.

Priscilla was born in Cowling on 3 May 1824 to parents Thomas Dawson and Margaret Snowden. She was the third of nine children – 4 boys and 5 girls.

From the census returns it looks as though John Smith was also born around 1824 in Cowling. I haven’t done any research at all about John or his parents.

Priscilla and John married sometime in Q2 1848 and the marriage was registered in the Skipton district.

They had at least seven children between 1849 and 1867. I say at least because some of the gaps between the years suggest that there may have been other children born in between census returns that I have not yet found and who died as infants.

James – c1849

Ann – 1850

Peter William – c1855

Thomas – c1857

Joseph – c1859

John – c1860

Margaret – c1867

John appears to have worked either at home or in the local mill throughout his working life. His occupations included twister, overlooker in worsted factory, and warp dresser.

Priscilla died on 30 October 1891.

John survived for just over twelve more years and died on 24 January 1904.