Month: May 2018

Wedding Wednesday – Leonard Miller and Elizabeth J Musgrove

Elizabeth Musgrove is my 1st cousin 1x removed. Her parents are James Musgrove and Edith Jane Hibble. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner, my great grandparents.

Elizabeth was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire in 1920 – her birth is registered in the June quarter.

Elizabeth married Leonard Miller on 27 December 1941 at Clitheroe Congregational church. The wedding was reported in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 2 January 1942.

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MILLER – MUSGROVE

The wedding took place at the Congregational Church, on Saturday, of Mr Len Miller, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Miller, of Stalybridge, and Miss Betty Musgrove, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Musgrove, of 51 Woone Lane, Clitheroe. The bridegroom is a member of the Halifax Police Force, whilst the bride is a nurse at the Halifax General Hospital. The ceremony was performed by the Rev J A Sinclair.

Given away by her uncle, Mr Fred Hibble, the bride was attired in an ice-blue two-piece suit, trimmed with fur, with brown hat and accessories, and a spray of pink carnations. As matron of honour, Mrs M Lord, the bride’s sister, wore a blue two-piece suit, trimmed with fur, and had brown accessories and a spray of pink carnations. Mr Stanley Miller was best man and Mr Jack Black was groomsman. A reception was held at the Starkie Arms.

Mr and Mrs Miller will reside at Halifax.

I assume that Elizabeth (Betty) was given away by her uncle because her father was away on military service in WW2.

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Wedding Wednesday – Richard Jacomb Pitt and Diana Fay Lovel Mack

Diana Fay Lovel Mack is my 4th cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Lovel Durant Mack and Hilda Muriel Watkinson. Our common ancestors are Anthony Mason and Mary Brayshaw, my 4x great grandparents.

Diana was born in Liverpool, Lancashire in 1925 – her birth is registered in the December quarter.

A report of Diana’s marriage to Richard Jacomb Pitt on 16 March 1946 was published in the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette on 23 March 1946.

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MARRIED IN LONDON

CHESHIRE BRIDE FOR LT. R J PITT

A large number of friends of Col. and Mrs R B Pitt and their family travelled from Bath last Saturday to attend the wedding in London of Lieut. Richard J Pitt, MBE, RN, to Miss Diana Fay Lovel Mack.

The bridegroom is the eldest son of Col. and Mrs Pitt, who live at Middle Twinhoe Farm, Midford, and his bride is the only daughter of Mr and Mrs Lovel Mack, Massey Lodge, Sandiway, Cheshire.

The bride was on the staff of the Foreign Office during the war. Lieut. Pitt’s MBE was awarded for bravery and skill in damage control in the assault area off the Normandy beaches during the invasion of the Continent. He was serving on a destroyer.

The choral ceremony took place at St George’s, Hanover Square, the Rev F E S Jacomb-Hood, cousin of the bridegroom, officiating, assisted by the vicar.

The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a lovely gown of silver brocade, with a train of white satin trimmed with true lovers’ knots in silver brocade, and white heather. She had fresh white flowers in her hair and carried a bouquet of white spring flowers. Her jewellery consisted of a blue zircon ring, brooch and earrings.

She was attended by two bridesmaids, Miss Susan Clarke (her friend) and Miss Josephine Pitt (only sister of the bridegroom). They wore white velvet dresses, with head wreaths and bouquets of fresh white flowers. Their naval brooches were gifts from the bridegroom.

The best man was Mr Simon Pitt, Welsh Guards (brother of the bridegroom), and among the eight groomsmen were Mr Paul Lovel Mack (brother of the bride), and Mr Robin Pitt (brother of the bridegroom). There was a guard of honour of naval officers outside the church.

The reception was held at Claridge’s, and was attended by 250 guests. Many friends of the bride and her family travelled from Cheshire, and among the Bath party were directors of Stothert and Pitt Ltd, of which Col. Pitt is managing director.

The bride travelled afterwards in a blue frock and fawn tweed coat.

Lieut. and Mrs Pitt are making their home at Petersfield, Hants, where the former is doing a year’s signalling course.

The bride and bridegroom received many beautiful presents. There were gifts, among others, from Mr Lovel Mack’s shipping firm, from the directors of Stothert and Pitt, and from the farm and domestic staffs at Middle Twinhoe.

Sunday’s Obituary – Sophia Paley (1861-1947)

Sophia Paley is my great grand aunt – in other words the sister of my great grandmother Ellen Paley.

Sophia was born on 31 July 1861 and baptised on 25 August 1861 in Rylstone, Yorkshire.

I haven’t been able to find Sophia on the 1871 census – she is certainly not at home with her parents. And I have checked the census returns for her grandparents and she is not there either.

In 1881 she is a domestic housemaid servant for a County Magistrate and cotton manufacturer in Skipton, Yorkshire.

By 1891 Sophia had moved south to Bromley in Kent, still working as a domestic housemaid servant – this time for a barrister. She remained in Bromley at least until the next census in 1901 when she was a parlour maid for a retired dealer in stocks and shares.

At some point over the next ten years Sophia had presumably earned sufficient money to leave domestic service. She had moved to Colne in Lancashire and was living in her own home. Her occupation is given as house keeper – own account. So I’m thinking she is maybe running a bed & breakfast type establishment – she has one person staying with her at the time.

Finally Sophia appears in the 1939 Register at Craven Cottage, Keighley Road, Colne and her occupation is described as occasional nursing.

Sophia passed away on 13 March 1947 at 2 Mayfield Avenue, Halifax, West Yorkshire. In her will she left effects totalling £647 18s 4d to Ernest Pearson, a solicitors managing clerk and Walter Pickles, a cotton manufacturer.

In the Barnoldswick & Earby Times of 11 April 1947 the following advert appears for the sale by auction of all Sophia’s household items.

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CRAVEN COTTAGE                                           OFF KEIGHLEY ROAD, COLNE                 (Heifer Lane Bus Stop)

Fred Smith, Auctioneer and Valuer, instructed by Executors of Miss Sophia Paley, will sell by Auction, at CRAVEN COTTAGE, COLNE, on SATURDAY, APRIL 12th, 1947: One Oak Dining Room Suite in green velvet, one Mahogany Drawing Room Suite in old gold figured velvet, one Inlaid walnut Bedroom Suite, one Maple Bedroom Suite, wardrobe and linen cupboard combined, full-length dressing mirror and commode; one Oak Gateleg Table, one Oak Antique Table, one Card Table, one Occasional Chair, one Mahogany Rocking Chair, one Antique Mahogany Table, one Inlaid Walnut Bedroom Suite, one Stand Table, one Walnut Fire Screen, one 4ft 6in Oak Bedstead, Spring Mattress and Hair Overlay, one Mahogany Plant Stand, one Maple Bedroom Table, one 4×3 Tapestry Carpet, one 4×3 Axminster Carpet, one 3×21/2 Axminster Carpet, one 3×3 tapestry Carpet, 2 Axminster Rugs, 12yds Wilton Stair Carpet, one Chrome-plated Carpet Sweeper, one Kitchen Leaf Table, one Onward Gas Oven, two Stools, one Night Commode, one China Tea Service (40 pieces), half Tuscan China Tea service (21 pieces), 15 Antique Tureens, Vases, Plates and Ornaments (Willow pattern), one part Dinner Service, one part Tea Service and various Cups, plates, Jugs, Pans and other Kitchen Utensils, Bed Linen, Sheets, Towels, Table Cloths and Window Curtains.

Sale at 1 o’clock.

The Auctioneer wishes to call your attention to this sale of very good Household Furniture.

Intending purchasers are requested to produce their Identity Cards.

View today (Friday, 2 to 4pm.

Fred Smith, Auctioneer & Valuer, Church Street Sale Rooms 9opposite Church), Colne.

A life sold by auction!

Wedding Wednesday – Edward Musgrove and Rebecca Cockshutt

Edward Musgrove is my 1st cousin 2x removed. His parents are Joseph Musgrove and Bridget Maria Grainger. Our common ancestors are John Musgrove and Catherine Ainsworth, my 2x great grandparents.

Edward was born on 8 March 1903 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

On the 2 November 1940 Edward married Rebecca Cockshutt at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Clitheroe. A report of the wedding was published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 8 November 1940.

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MUSGROVE-COCKSHUTT

The wedding took place on Saturday, at St. Mary’s Parish Church, of Mr. Edward Musgrove, the fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Musgrove, of 66, Wilkin Street, and Miss Rebecca I. Cockshutt, daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. G. Cockshutt, of 6, Chatburn Road, Clitheroe. The Rev. W. S. Helm, M.A., performed the ceremony.

Given away by her brother, Mr. George Cockshutt, the bride was attired in a pale blue edge-to-edge coat, a floral gown with navy accessories, and had a spray of pink carnations. The bridesmaid, Miss Hilda Gates (niece), wore a similar ensemble in a darker shade. The best man was Mr. Tom Musgrove, and the groomsman Mr. John Smalley.

A reception followed at Briggs’s cafe, the bride and bridegroom afterwards leaving for Blackpool. They are to reside at 6, Chatburn Road, Clitheroe.

Black Sheep Sunday – James Bowes (1888-1973)

James Bowes is my 3rd cousin 2x removed.

James was born on 27 December 1888 in Burnley, Lancashire, to parents James Bowes and Ada Welsh. Our common ancestors are John Stowell and Ann Riddeoff, my 4x great grandparents.

James married Gerty Roberts sometime in the March quarter of 1915.

In 1939, at the outbreak of World War Two James and Gerty were living at Clifton Street, Nelson, Lancashire.

It is common practice during wartime for a blackout to be introduced. People who failed to keep their homes or premises in darkness were liable to stringent legal penalties.

On 6 June 1941 the Nelson Leader carried a report that James was in breach of the lighting regulations.

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Black-Out Offence

For a breach of the lighting regulations, James Bowes (52), 18 Clifton Street, Nelson, was fined 10s, by the local magistrates on Saturday. P.W.R. Jolly said he was in Chapel Street at 11.50pm on Saturday, May 17th, when he saw a bright beam of light shining from the back kitchen window of defendant’s home. He found that the window was screened only by light brown curtains, and these were about three inches apart down the centre. Defendant said it was an oversight, he had blacked-out the front of the house, and forgotten to draw the dark blind in the kitchen.