Month: September 2019

Workday Wednesday – Samuel S Stobbs

Samuel S Stobbs is the husband of my 1st cousin 2x removed, Mary Ellen Musgrove.

Mary Ellen was born on 3 January 1893 at Horton in Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales. Her parents are George Albert Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Stoup. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Mary Ellen and Samuel married in Clitheroe, Lancashire sometime in the June quarter of 1919. In the 1939 Register they were living at Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe. At that time Samuel was working as an asphalt / tarmac mixer on the highways.

About ten years earlier Samuel was working at the local lime works in Clitheroe and was involved in an accident with a conveyor. Details were reported in the Burnley News on 3 March 1928 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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LIME WORKS ACCIDENT

At Horrocksford Lime Works, Clitheroe, on Wednesday afternoon, Samuel S. Stobbs, 33 Hayhurst Street, was caught by a conveyor – an endless chain of buckets used for taking broken stone from one part of the works to the other. He had been lifted off his feet when a work-mate, W. Preston, ran to the machine and stopped it.
When extricated, Stobbs was found to have dislocated his ankle. After attention by Dr. Cooper he was taken to Blackburn Infirmary.

I can’t help thinking this could have been a lot worse for Samuel if his work-mate had not seen what was happening and acted very quickly to shut down the machine.

Sunday’s Obituary – Esther Ann Salt (nee Espley) 1866-1935

Esther Ann Espley is my wife’s 3rd cousin 2x removed. Her parents are John Espley and Emma Gibson. Their common ancestor is John Aspley – my wife’s 4x great grandfather.

Esther was born on 12 December 1866 – her birth is registered in Leek, Staffordshire. Esther’s mother Emma Gibson came from Spalding in Lincolnshire. So eighteen months after Esther’s birth the family travelled over 100 miles to Lincolnshire where Esther was baptised at a small village called Cowbit – about three miles from Spalding – on 14 June 1868.

Just over twenty years later, on 17 July 1888 Esther married Alfred Salt at Saints Philip & James, Milton, Staffordshire. Over the next 22 years Alfred and Esther had 11 children.

Esther passed away on Friday 24 May 1935. Details of her funeral were published in the Tamworth Herald on Saturday 1 June 1935 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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FUNERAL – The funeral took place in the Amington Cemetery on Wednesday, the Rev. H. Chamberlain officiating, of Mrs. Alfred Salt, who passed away on Friday, at School Lane, Amington, aged 68 years. She was highly respected, having resided in Amington for over 35 years. The chief mourners were: Mr. Alfred Salt (widower); Messrs. John William Salt, Alfred Salt, Albert Salt, Joseph Salt, Frederick George Salt (sons); Mesdames J. Smith, S. Chappell, A.W. Chappell, Mrs. G. Hill (daughters); Mr. and Mrs. A. Allcock (brother and sister-iin-law); Mrs. L. Kelsey (sister-in-law, Hanley); Messrs. J. Smith, S. Chappell, G. Hill (sons-in-law); Mrs J. W. Salt (daughter-in-law); and Mr. W. Kelsea (nephew, of Hanley). There was a large number of beautiful floral tributes from the family, the neighbours, and the Amington Liberal Workingmen’s Club, of which Mr. Alfred Salt, jun., is the secretary. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. H. Starkey, of Tamworth.

Wedding Wednesday -Barbara Eccles and Edwin Charles Ross

Barbara Eccles is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Joseph Eccles and Martha Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Barbara was born on 11 February 1925 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. She was the only child of Joseph and Martha.

In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2), at the age of 14, Barbara was working as a “warehouse clerk” for a textile firm.

Three years later on 14 September 1942 Barbara married Edwin Ross at St Paul’s Church, Clitheroe. Details of their wedding were in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 18 September (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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ROSS – ECCLES

Miss Barbara Eccles, only daughter of Mr and Mrs J Eccles, of 8, Franklin Street, Clitheroe, was married on Monday, at St Paul’s Church, Low Moor, to Mr Edwin Charles Ross, second son of Mrs and the late Mr I Ross, of 12, Western Road, Aldershot.
Given away by her father, the bride wore a white satin gown with a headdress of orange blossom, and carried a bouquet of pink carnations. As bridesmaid, Miss A Stobbs (cousin of the bride) wore a gown of mauve slipper satin, with headdress to tone, and carried a bouquet of pink rosebuds. Cpl. A Pitt was best man, and the ceremony was performed by the Rev I Pugh, with Mr J Ford at the organ.
The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a canteen of cutlery and a gold necklace, whilst he also gave a gold necklace to the bridesmaid. The bride gave the bridegroom a gold signet ring.
Following a reception at Carey’s Cafe, Mr and Mrs Ross left for London and Aldershot, the bride travelling in a burgundy dress, with a blue coat and hat to tone.

Black Sheep Sunday – Elizabeth Espley (nee Stanier)

Elizabeth Stanier is the wife of my wife’s 3rd cousin 2x removed, Joseph Espley.

Joseph was born sometime in the September quarter of 1881 in Leek, Staffordshire. His parents are John Espley and Emma Gibson. The common ancestor of John and my wife is John Aspley – my wife’s 4x great grandfather.

Joseph married Elizabeth Stanier sometime in the December quarter of 1907 – the marriage is registered at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. There were four children born over the next five years:-

May – 1908
Joseph – 1909
Reginald Joseph – 1911
Doris – 1912

In the 1911 census the family are living at Percy Street, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent and Joseph is working as a “tailor marker”.

In the summer of 1925 Joseph died – his death is registered in the third quarter of that year.

Three years later Elizabeth found herself in the Hanley Stipendiary Court as reported in the Staffordshire Advertiser on 8 September 1928 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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At Hanley Stipendiary Court, on Monday, Elizabeth Espley, a widow, residing in Anchor Road, Longton, was sentenced to six weeks’ imprisonment on a summons for knowingly making a false representation for the purpose of obtaining an additional allowance under the Widows and Orphans’ Pension Act. Defendant did not appear, but a solicitor, who prosecuted on behalf of the Ministry of Health, stated that she signed a declaration that her daughter, Doris, aged 16, was still attending a day school, whereas the girl had left school. As a result of the untrue statement defendant had wrongfully obtained the sum of £13 5s.

Elizabeth didn’t remarry and she died in early 1955 – her death is registered in the March quarter in Stoke-on-Trent.

Sunday’s Obituary – Charles Neville (1877-1955)

Charles Neville (often spelt as Nevill in official records) is the husband of my wife’s 2nd cousin 2x removed, Sarah Jane Espley.

Sarah’s parents are Henry Espley and Ellen Hannah Clewley. The link with Sarah is from my wife’s 3x great grandparents James Espley and Martha Silvester.

Charles was born on 1 June 1877 in Lichfield, Staffordshire. He married Sarah Jane sometime in the fourth quarter of 1897 in Lichfield.

Charles passed away on 17 September 1955. The Lichfield Mercury carried his obituary on Friday 23 September 1955 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Former Member of Bower Committee

LICHFIELD DEATH OF MR. C. NEVILLE

A native of the city Mr. Charles Neville (78), 137 Sandford Street, Lichfield died on Saturday.
Mr. Neville was born in Beacon Street, but at an early age his parents moved to Sandford Street where he had resided ever since. A painter and journeyman, Mr. Neville had been employed by Lichfield City Council and after retiring four years ago he obtained a situation on the maintenance staff of the Wiltell Works in St. John Street.
Mr. Neville was a keen supporter of local football and was trainer for the Lichfield Phoenix club when they played on a ground at Gaia Fields. He had also served in a similar capacity with Lichfield United, whose ground was at the Barn Field in St. John Street. His interest in the sport never waned and up to the time of his death he followed the St. Chad’s club going to most of the away matches. For many years he was a member of the Greenhill Bower committee and rendered good service particularly with the decoration of tableaux.
Mr. Neville is survived by his wife, four daughters and five sons. The funeral took place at Christ Church on Wednesday, the vicar (Rev. G. H. Maydew), officiating.