Month: April 2011

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.

On this day … 26th April

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.

On this day … 18th April

1785 … Elijah Snowden was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire.  His parents were James Snowden and Mary Bracewell.  He is the grand uncle of the wife of my 2nd great grand uncle

1785 … Elisha Snowden was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire.  Her parents were James Snowden and Mary Bracewell.  She is the grand aunt of the wife of my 2nd great grand uncle

1831 … Sophia Shuttleworth Kitching and John Spink were married at Rylstone, North Yorkshire.  They are my 3x great grandparents

1905 … Amelia Ellison Marriott was born in Chorlton, Lancashire.  Her parents were Ellis Marriott and Mary E Espley.  She is my wife’s 3rd cousin 1x removed

1917 … Mary Jane Turner (nee Carradice) died in Clitheroe, Lancashire.  Her parents were John Carradice and Ann Ridley.  She is my 2x great grandmother

On this day … 16th April

1816 … Edward Bentley was born at Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire.  He is the maternal grandfather of my wife’s 4th cousin 1x removed.  His parents were David Bentley and Dorothy Gill

1857 … James Dawson was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire.  His parents were John Dawson and Ellen Gawthrop.  He is my great grandfather

1868 … Harrison Musgrove died in Kendal, Westmoreland.  His parents were William Musgrove and Harriot Francis.  He is my 2x great grandfather

1928 … Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove died in Clitheroe, Lancashire.  His parents were John Musgrove and Catherine Ainsworth.  He is my great grandfather

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Sports

This is the 15th 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 15 – Sports

I was quite sporty as a child. I played football (soccer) for my school team and during sports lessons I also played cricket and rugby. My other sporting passion at school was athletics. I was pretty quick at the sprint events – 100 and 200 yards (before we became all continental and changed to meters). I also held the school record for my age group at the long jump. I competed in Leeds school events at swimming and athletics – and have some certificates to prove it.

Running Certificate

Outside of school me and my brother played in a rag tag of a local football team made up of friends and other hangers on. We weren’t very good as a team but it was still good fun.

After I left school and got a job I played football for my works team and also for a team called North Park in the Bradford Red Triangle league.

I stopped playing football in my late 20’s – apart from the odd 5-a side game.

Perhaps all this sporting activity is one reason why I now have dodgy knees and according to the GP will need at least one of them replaced before too long.

My local football team is Leeds United. I have supported them since the mid 1960’s when I went to my first game at their Elland Road ground. We had a brilliant team for about ten years up to 1975 winning domestic and European competitions. Since then the fortunes of the club have been really up and down. Right now the club is on the rise again and I think within two or three years we might be back and holding our own in the English Premier League. Here’s a link to The Mighty Mighty Whites website – the definitive history of Leeds United.

My dad was more of a rugby league fan and he supported the Leeds team. This is seen as more of a northern working mans game – unlike that cissy game of football, at least that’s what my dad thought. Every time Leeds United lost he would utter the immortal phrase “bloody mugs” and try to get me and my brother to switch our support to the rugby team. We still often repeat that phrase when Leeds United lose – and I’m sure dad will be smiling each time.

In 1996 the rugby league game in England had a bit of a makeover and the Super League was created. They switched from playing in the winter months to playing in spring and summer. All the teams were required to change their names – so the local team was now Leeds Rhinos. They compete against teams like Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants.

This commercial transformation has certainly helped the sport and I must admit that I quite enjoy watching the games on TV now.

I don’t recall my mother ever having a passion for sport. Although she does quite easily get caught up in the moment especially when the family is together watching a game involving one of the local teams on the telly. She can shout and scream with excitement at the players when they do something daft or at the referee when he makes a “wrong” decision.

My wife is a big tennis fan and we have been to the Wimbledon Championships a few times over the years and to see the Great Britain team in the Davis Cup competition.

These days we are armchair sports fans – although Jayne does run round the block regularly . We will watch most things on TV – football, rugby, cricket, tennis, golf, motor racing, snooker, swimming, athletics, speedway, show jumping, American Football, baseball and even darts if their is nothing else.

I am really looking forward to the Olympics coming to London in 2012. We are hoping to get tickets in the public ballot. I’d like to get to see the athletics in the Olympic Stadium but I guess that is going to be extremely popular and over subscribed. So we will need to have some other options – perhaps gymnastics, swimming, equestrian events or even beach volleyball. Whatever we get to see the experience will be amazing.