Month: October 2011

Tombstone Tuesday – Joseph Musgrove (1866-1933)

This headstone marks the grave of my great grandfather Joseph Musgrove.  Also his son Joseph and daughter Isobel.

My great grandfather was born 1st December 1866 in Kendal, Westmorland.  His parents were Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking.  From what I have been able to establish Joseph was  the youngest of at least five children.

His first occupation described on the 1891 census is agricultural labourer.

In April 1893 Joseph married Elizabeth Ann Turner and before long they moved to Horton in Ribblesdale near Settle in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.  They lived at Foredale Cottages on the outskirts of the village.  The cottages were built for the workers at the local limestone quarry and that is where Joseph was employed.  Here’s a link to more information.

By 1901 the family had moved to Clitheroe in Lancashire where Joseph continued to work as a quarryman and they spent the rest of the lives raising a family of ten children.

Joseph died on 30 September 1933 and is buried at Clitheroe Cemetery.

As you can see from the headstone Joseph junior died as an infant in 1904.  And Isobel died 95 years old in 2001.

Madness Monday

It’s Mental Health awareness week here in the UK from 9-15 October.  So I just wanted to do a short post to ask everyone to take a few minutes to remember our ancestors who were described in the census returns as recently as 1911 as either lunatic, idiot, imbecile or feeble-minded.

I certainly can’t begin to imagine how awful life must have been for my ancestors who found themselves in one of the 19th or even 20th century asylums.

Kent County Lunatic Asylum (now flats) - Credit: llamnudd on Flickr