Month: March 2018

Sunday’s Obituary – Bridget Maria Musgrove (nee Grainger)

Bridget Maria Musgrove (nee Grainger) was the wife of my great grand uncle, Joseph Musgrove.

,Bridget has had a few mentions in my blog previously – herehereherehere, and here.

She was born on 23 February 1867. After marrying Joseph on 16 May 1891 in Clitheroe, Lancashire, the couple had eleven children between 1892 and 1911.

Bridget passed away on 10 November 1956. The following death notice was published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 16 November 1956.

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MRS B M MUSGROVE

One of the oldest members of the Mothers’ Union at Clitheroe Parish Church, Mrs Bridget Maria Musgrove, of 35 Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe, died at her home on Saturday.

Born in West Leigh, Somerset, 89 years ago, Mrs Musgrove came to Clitheroe as a child. Her husband, the late Mr Joseph Musgrove, was a Corporation halberd bearer for many years.

A service was held in the Parish Church prior to interment at Clitheroe Cemetery on Wednesday. The Vicar, the Rev S Birtwell, and the curate, the Rev I D H Robins, officiated.

Mrs Musgrove leaves three sons and three daughters to whom general sympathy will be expressed.

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Wedding Wednesday – John Park and Helen Stowell

Helen Stowell is my 3rd cousin 2x removed. Her parents are Dent Stowell and Helen Gordon. Our common ancestors are John Stowell and Ann Riddeoff, my 4x great grandparents.

Helen was born on 21 July 1921 in Wayne, Michigan, USA. She came to England with her family in 1933.

Before joining the W.R.E.N.’s in 1940 Helen worked at Marks and Spencer’s branch in Wolverhampton.

While serving in the W.R.EN.’s in Scotland Helen met and married John Park. A report of their marriage is in the Burnley Express of 29 November 1941.

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Naval Wedding

A guard-of-honour of Wrens and naval ratings was formed at Bon Accord Church of Scotland, Aberdeen, for the wedding of Mr John Park (R.N.), son of Mr and Mrs Park, 78 East Crescent, Troon, Ayrshire, to Miss Helen Stowell (W.R.N.S.), daughter of Mr and Mrs D Stowell, 40 Accrington Road, Burnley.

Given away by her friend, Mr A Bengie, of Aberdeen, the bride was charmingly attired in white stiff lace with satin edgings and a veil with a headdress of orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of pink and white chrysanthemums. The bridesmaid, Miss Adeline Downie, who is also serving with the W.R.N.S., wore a white lace with cyclamen edgings and a shepherdess hat of white net. The mixed flowers of her posy toned with those on her dress and hat.

The groom’s friend, Mr Felix Clark (R.N.), was best man.

After a reception at the bridesmaid’s home Mr and Mrs Park left to spend their honeymoon in Wolverhampton, the bride travelling in uniform.

Sunday’s Obituary – Joseph Musgrove (1864-1948)

Joseph Musgrove is my great grand uncle – in other words, brother of my great grandfather. His parents are John Musgrove and Catherine Ainsworth – my 2x great grandparents.

Joseph was born on 13 April 1864 in Darwen, Lancashire.

I have Joseph on all the census returns from 1871 to 1911 and in the 1939 Register. For most of these years his occupation was given as “labourer”. So I am guessing that he had a very hard working life.

On 16 May 1891Joseph married Bridget Maria Grainger at St. James Church, Clitheroe, Lancashire.

James and Bridget had eleven children between 1892 and 1911. The local paper published a story marking their golden wedding anniversary in 1941 – see blog post here.

Joseph passed away on 3 June 1948 and details of his death were published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 11 June 1948.

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MR JOSEPH MUSGROVE

Mr Joseph Musgrove of 66, Wilkin Street, Clitheroe who died yesterday week in his 85th year was one of the town’s best known characters.

He was a native of Darwen, but had spent most of his life in Clitheroe and a for a long number of years was employed in the Highways Department of the Corporation, retiring in 1932. For many years he was one of town’s halberd bearers.

Mr Musgrove was keenly interested in cricket and football and in April travelled to Rochdale to watch Clitheroe Football Club’s last away match of the season.

He was a member of the Royal Castle Lodge Ancient Order of Foresters and members of the order were present at the interment on Tuesday at St Mary’s Cemetery, conducted by the Rev J T Hall.

Mr Musgrove leaves a widow, three sons and three daughters who will have general sympathy in their bereavement.

Sunday’s Obituary – Elizabeth Ann Whiting/Musgrove (1873-1946)

Elizabeth TurnerElizabeth Ann Turner is my great grandmother – she was born on 31 May 1873 in Kendal, Westmorland. Her parents are Thomas Turner and Mary Jane Carradice.

Libby Ann married Joseph Musgrove on 12 April 1893 at the Register Office in Settle, Yorkshire.

After Joseph died in 1933 Libby Ann married Albert James Whiting on 22 Jun 1935 at the Register Office in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

On the 29 November 1946 Libby Ann passed away and was buried in Clitheroe Cemetery four days later.

Details of her death were published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 6 December 1946.

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MRS ELIZABETH A WHITING

The death occurred last Friday of Mrs Elizabeth Ann Whiting, aged 73, wife of Mr James Whiting, of 13 Whalley Road, Clitheroe. Mrs Whiting was particularly well known throughout the country districts as far as Settle, but having been twice married, was better known as Mrs Musgrove. She had travelled the district with drapery. She leaves eight daughters and eight great-grand-children. The interment at St Mary’s Cemetery on Tuesday was conducted by the Rev H Y Burnett.

Wedding Wednesday – Joseph Musgrove and Bridget Maria Grainger

Joseph Musgrove is my great grand uncle (the brother of my great grandfather Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove).

Joseph was born on 13 April 1864 to parents John Musgrove and Catherine Ainsworth (my 2x great grandparents).

On 16 May 1891 Joseph married Bridget Maria Grainger in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Bridget had been born on 23 February 1867 in Devon.

On the 9 May 1941 the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times published an article celebrating the golden wedding anniversary of Joseph and Bridget.

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FAMILY OF ELEVEN

REARED ON £1 A WEEK

GOLDEN WEDDING MEMORIES OF MR. & MRS. J. MUSGROVE

An insight into conditions of life which obtained fifty or more years ago was given in an interview by Mr and Mrs Joseph Musgrove, of 66 Wilkin Street, Clitheroe, who will celebrate their golden wedding on Monday next. They were married on May 12, 1891, at St James’s Church, by the curate, the Rev Mr Ince.

STARTED WORK WHEN SIX!

Seventy-seven years of age and a native of Darwen, Mr Musgrove came to Clitheroe at the age of six and a half years, and started work in the spinning room at Messrs Dewhurst’s Salford Bridge Mills on attaining his eighth year. He was employed full time at eleven. When sixteen, he went to the print works at Barrow, but left there in 1896 to enter the employ of Clitheroe Corporation highways department, continuing for thirty years, except for a break of six years during which he worked as a mason’s labourer.

All his life, Mr Musgrove has taken a keen interest in both football and cricket, rarely missing a match either at Shaw Bridge or at Chatburn Road. For fifty-six years he has been identified with Court “Royal Castle” (No. 8549) of the Ancient Order of Foresters, and still holds the post of senior door beadle. For eleven years he was one of the borough’s halberdiers. “We had to buy our own top hats and white gloves in those days,” he said, adding: “There were none o’these fancy cloaks and three-cornered hats!”

SIXPENCE A WEEK!

Mrs Musgrove, whose maiden name was Miss Bridget Maria Grainger – she is a sister of the late Mr Luke Grainger, formerly of West View – was born seventy-four years ago near Taunton, Somerset, and came to Clitheroe at the age of sixteen. She learnt to weave at Salford Bridge Mill, where Mr Musgrove learnt spinning, but she had not had charge of two looms long when the mill closed down, and she was accordingly out of work for some time.

“Of course, I had been working for years before I came to Clitheroe,” she said. “Maybe you won’t believe me when I tell you that when eight years old, my wage was sixpence a week.”

Mrs Musgrove added the information that this remuneration was for looking after the smaller children of a well-to-do family, who also provided her with meals. “They regarded the sixpence as spending money, but my mother had to clothe me out of it,” she added.

Speaking of old times, Mrs Musgrove said: “Yes, they were hard, I can’t say I would like to live them over again – not under the same conditions, at any rate.” She went on to say that it was a big problem to bring up a family of eleven on £1 a week. “I can’t tell you how we managed, but we did. It was a hard struggle, but we were fortunate in having good health.”

SUPREME SACRIFICE

Of a family of eleven children, seven – three daughters and four sons survive. Of four sons who served in the last Great War, two made the supreme sacrifice.

All their married life Mr and Mrs Musgrove have been associated with St Mary’s Parish Church. Mrs Musgrove being one of the oldest and a founder member of the Mothers’ Union. Their golden wedding anniversary will be celebrated quietly at home, with just a few relatives and neighbours for tea. “Lord Woolton won’t let us do much more.” Mrs Musgrove said with a laugh.

In conjunction with their many friends, we wish them health and many more years of happiness together.

Sunday’s Obituary – John Robert Turner Musgrove (1891-1944)

John Robert Turner Musgrove is my grand uncle – in other words my grandmother’s brother. His parents are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner, my great grandparents.

John was born on 2 November 1891 in Giggleswick, Yorkshire. He was baptised almost two years later on 5 October 1893 at Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire. He was the oldest of at least ten children.

By the time of the 1901 census the family had moved south to Lancashire and were living in Clitheroe. When the next census was taken in 1911 John was working as a “bleacher” in a calico cloth print works.

In 1915 John married Phoebe Scott. They had three children:-

John Robert Turner Musgrove – 17 July 1916
Greta Musgrove – 2 May 1918
Joseph Frank Musgrove – 2 November 1925

When the 1939 Register was taken John’s occupation is given as “shoe repairer”. The family were living at 32 Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe.

John died on 27 February 1944 and his death was reported in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 3 March 1944.

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MR J R T MUSGROVE

The death occurred on Sunday of Mr John Robert Turner Musgrove, 32 Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe, at the age of 52. A native of Giggleswick Mr Musgrove came to Clitheroe when in his teens, and for some time he was employed at Barrow Printworks. Later, he began business as a clogger in Shaw Bridge and in recent years he had worked in the quarry. Mr Musgrove, who was wounded in the last war, was a member of the British Legion. Another brother, Thomas, made the supreme sacrifice, whilst a younger brother is serving now. Mr Musgrove’s two sons are both in the Forces.

Sincere sympathy will be given to his wife, sons and daughter in their bereavement. Mr Musgrove was associated with the Moor Lane Methodist Church, whose minister, the Rev J E Storey, officiated at the interment, yesterday, at St Mary’s Cemetery.