Month: April 2017

Black Sheep Sunday – George Astin (1835-1867)

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George Astin is my 2nd great grand uncle – brother of my 2x great grandmother Ann Astin. He was born in Burnley, Lancashire, about 1835 to parents Robert Astin and Nancy Dyson, my 3x great grandparents.

George died at the young age of 32 and was buried on 5 November 1867 in Burnley Cemetery.

Trawling the newspaper archives I came across the following article in the Burnley Advertiser of 7 October 1865.

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A REBELLIOUS SON – George Astin, who did not appear, was summoned for an assault upon his father, Robert Astin. The complainant said that on the Wednesday before, his son struck him twice, once on the shoulder and once on the body. The assault was in Gas Street, and the father was struck because he would not let his son break the window out. They had had a good deal of trouble with him the last three years. He kept leaving his work and going drinking. He was not drunk when he struck the blows, but he had had some drink. Complainant wanted protection from him. Fined 10s and costs; in default to be committed to prison for one month, with hard labour.

I can’t help wonder what was the cause of George’s rebellious behaviour.

Sadly, two years later he was dead and buried. Did Robert and George ever mend their relationship?

Black Sheep Sunday – Martha Espley (1839-1908)

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Martha Espley is my wife’s 1st cousin 3x removed. She was born about 1839 to parents John Espley and Sarah Johnson. Martha’s grandparents, James Espley and Martha Silvester, are my wife’s 3x great grandparents.

As far as I can tell Martha had three children “out of wedlock”:-

John Espley – born 12 December 1859
Charles Espley – born 15 March 1862
Samuel Espley – born about June 1870

Shortly after Charles was born Martha found herself in court on a charge of “attempted child murder”.

Below are two extracts from the Chester Chronicle of 9 August 1862.

The first is part of the address to the grand jury at Chester Crown Court on Monday 4 August by Mr Justice Channell.

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There was another case upon the calendar in which a woman was charged with attempting to murder her child, of about three weeks old; the case was a very short one; it appeared that the mother had been delivered at the Workhouse, and left of her own accord, taking the child with her, and on the day in question she must have tied up the child’s mouth with a bandage in a way which the prosecution suggested was intended to produce death by suffocation. The woman’s account was that she was in distress, and she proposed to go to the adjoining village to get some refreshment either by begging or some way or another, intending to return to the child, but she denied the charge of attempting to murder it. It might be that the woman bound the bandage round the child’s mouth for the purpose of preventing it from crying, and not to produce the effect which the prosecution attributed to it. A necessary ingredient in the case was whether the intention existed of murdering the child, and if they found that this did not exist, they should ignore the bill. He did not invite them to do so, but merely mentioned it for their consideration. His Lordship referred to an Act of Parliament which made it a misdemeanour to expose any child under two years of age.

This second extract reports on the verdict of the jury.

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CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED CHILD MURDER

Martha Espley, 22, was charged with attempting to murder a male child of the age of three weeks, of which she was the mother, by fastening a bandage round its mouth and nose, and throwing it into a field and deserting it, at Buglawton, on the 3rd April.

Counsel for the prosecution, Mr Swetenham; for the prisoner, Mr Brandt.

The jury, after a brief consultation, returned a verdict of Not Guilty.

The image below is from the Criminal Register showing that Martha was acquitted.

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Martha subsequently married Samuel Hazeldine sometime in the September quarter of 1875. They had at least five children together over the next ten years.

Martha died, at the age of about 69 in the last months of 1908.

Sunday’s Obituary – Edith Bailey (nee Harker 1879-1952

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Edith Harker is my 3rd cousin 2x removed. She was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire, on 21 July 1879 to parents James Harker and Dinah Dawson. Our common ancestors are John Dawson and Ann Watson, my 4x great grandparents.

I have been able to find Edith in all the census returns from 1881 to 1911 and on the 1939 Register.

In the first census after leaving school (1901 census) she is described as a “baker”. At that time she would be working for her mother who ran a bakery and confectionery business at 121 Keighley Road, Cowling.

Edith married John Bailey sometime in the June quarter of 1908.

In the 1911 census John’s occupation is given as “butcher”. By the time of the 1939 Register John and Edith had taken over the bakery and confectionery business from Edith’s parents.

Edith passed away on 4 January 1952 and her obituary can be found in the Barnoldswick & Earby Times of 11 January 1952.

Barnoldswick & Earby Times 11 January 1952 - Edith HarkerDeath of Mrs Edith Bailey.

The death occurred last Friday at her home, of Mrs Edith Bailey, 14 Green Street, Cowling. Aged 72 years, and the widow of the late Mr John Bailey, Mrs Bailey was a well known and very highly esteemed Cowling lady. She was the younger daughter of the late Mr and Mrs James Harker, and for 31 years along with her husband conducted the business of bakers and confectioners, Keighley Road, Cowling, which business was founded by her parents 54 years ago. Mr and Mrs Bailey retired from the business seven years ago, and Mr Bailey died five years ago. Of a very kindly and generous disposition, Mrs Bailey was popular amongst a large host of friends, and throughout her business life was renowned for her cheerful manner. Except for a few years in Keighley she had resided in Cowling all her life. Mrs Bailey has been a lifelong Methodist worker, and prior to her marriage was actively associated with the Ickornshaw Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Choir. After her marriage to Mr John Bailey, she linked up her interests with the Methodist cause at the Bar Methodist Church, where her husband was Choirmaster for many years, and both Mr and Mrs Bailey gave many years loyal service to the Church. Right up to the time of her death Mrs Bailey was a loyal worshipper and member of the Cowling Methodist Church. She was also a keen Liberal worker for the Cowling Women’s Liberal Association. The funeral took place on Tuesday, when services at the home and at the Church were conducted by the Rev F Blundred, who paid a sincere tribute to Mrs Bailey’s noble character, saying that the Church fellowship would be considerably the poorer for her passing. There were many floral tributes, and the many friends present at the Church was an indication of the great respect and esteem in which Mrs Bailey was held. Mr James E Fort played appropriate music at the organ.

Sunday’s Obituary – Martin Gawthrop (1892-1951)

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Martin Gawthrop is my 2nd cousin 2x removed. His parents are Fred Gawthrop and Margaret Ann Slater. Our common ancestors are Martin Gawthrop and Ann Kighley (my 3x great grandparents).

Martin was born on 4 March 1892 and his birth is registered at Burnley, Lancashire.

He first appears in the 1901 census living with his parents in Embsay, near Skipton, Yorkshire. Ten years later the 1911 census shows the family living at 7 Sawley Street, Skipton. Martin is working as a “cotton warp dresser”.

Early in 1912 Martin married Isabella Brierley. The marriage is registered in Skipton in Q1.

Martin and Isabella had four children:-

Harold – born 3 July 1912
Martin – born 1916
Irene – born 1924
Vera – born 1925

The family are still living in Skipton at the time of the 1939 Register at the outbreak of WW2 and Martin continues to work as a “warp dresser”.

Sadly Isabella died before the end of 1943 at the age of 51 – her death is registered in Q4 at Keighley, West Yorkshire

Martin then remarried about a year later to Sarah Hannah Cooper – this marriage is registered in Skipton in the December quarter 1944.

The following article from the Barnoldswick & Early Times of 13 July 1951 reports on Martin’s death.

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Mr Martin Gawthrop

We regret to report the death of Mr Martin Gawthrop, of 58 Emmott Lane, Laneshawbridge, which occurred on July 7th. Mr Gawthrop was 59. The interment took place at Skipton Cemetery on Tuesday, the Rev W E Burkitt officiating.

Floral tokens were sent by the following:- Mrs M Gawthrop; Mr and Mrs H Gawthrop; Mr and Mrs Lynch; Mr and Mrs Cooper; Mr and Mrs Hodgson; Mr and Mrs Whitaker and Mr Barker; Mr and Mrs Swales and family; Mr and Mrs Varley and Mrs Dobson.

The undertakers were Colne Co-operative Society.

Sarah lived for nearly four more years and eventually passed away at the age of 65 on 23 February 1955 in the Reedyford Hospital, Nelson, Lancashire.

Sunday’s Obituary – Elizabeth Ann Gawthrop (nee Ratcliffe) 1886- 1946

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Elizabeth Ann Ratcliffe married Johnnie Gawthrop (my 2nd cousin 2x removed) sometime in the September quarter of 1908, the marriage was registered at Burnley, Lancashire.

Elizabeth was born on 28 December 1886 at Foulridge, Lancashire.

In the 1911 census Elizabeth and Johnnie were living at 8 Robinson Street, Foulridge, Colne, Lancashire. Her occupation was “cotton weaver”.

On her 27th birthday in 1913 Elizabeth gave birth to her son, Clifford.

By the time of the 1939 Register at the start of WW2 the family were living at 22 Skipton Old Road, Foulridge, Colne, Lancashire. The whole family, Johnnie, Elizabeth and Clifford gave their occupations as “cotton weaver”.

The following article appears in the Barnoldswick & Early Times of 31 May 1946

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The funeral took place at Foulridge Church on May 18th of Mrs Elizabeth Ann Gawthop, wife of Mr Johnnie Gawthrop, of 22 Skipton Old Road, Foulridge, who passed away on the 16th inst., at the age of 59 years. She is survived by her husband and one son, the latter having been recently demobbed after serving in the Forces for five years and a half, part of which has been spent in Germany. The deceased lady was well known and much esteemed. She was connected with the Foulridge Church. The Rev Llew P Burnett officiated throughout at the funeral. Floral tributes were sent by the following:- “Love’s last gift,” her sorrowing Husband and Son; Mrs Bowden and family; Mr and Mrs Hird and Elsie; all at Breeze House and Celia: David and Sarah and Niece Mary; Mr and Mrs J Hall; Lizzie, Maggie and Wilfred; all at Winewall; the employees of J H and F Roberts, Ltd., Foulridge; Mary Sarah, Mary, Albert and Eric; Mr and Mrs Kneller and Joyce; Sarah Alice and Willie; Mr and Mrs Starford; Evelyn, Millicent and Edna; Mr and Mrs Walker and family; Tom and Betty; Mr and Mrs J Hook senior. Mr W R Yates, Hill Top, Foulridge, carried out the arrangements.