Author: mike

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.

Joseph Frank Musgrove (1925-1987) – Cycle Accident

Joseph Frank Musgrove is my 1st cousin 1x removed. His parents are John Robert Turner Musgrove and Phoebe Scott. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner – my great grandparents.

Joseph was born on 2 November 1925 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. In the 1939 Register, taken at the outbreak of WW2, Joseph was living with his parents and brother at Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe.

In September 1941 Joseph was involved in a motor accident while riding his pedal cycle. Details of the accident were reported in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 19 September (images from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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An accident occurred on Friday, at the junction of Duck Street and Shaw Bridge Street, when a pedal cyclist, Joseph Frank Musgrove, a bobbin turner, residing at 32 Hayhurst Street, was knocked down by a motor car driven by John Brandwood, of 4 Rawley Street, Burnley. The unfortunate man’s left arm was fractured, or splintered. After receiving attention from Dr. Cooper he was taken home.

The case came to court on Thursday 25 September 1941 and the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times reported the outcome the next day.

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Collision Sequel

CONFLICT OF EVIDENCE: CASE DISMISSED.

“As there appears to be a conflict of evidence, we have decided to dismiss this case,” said Councillor French, presiding at the Borough Sessions, yesterday, when John Brandwood, a fitter, of 4 Rowley Street, Burnley, was summoned for driving without due care and attention and for failing to conform to a halt sign.
It was stated that defendant’s vehicle collided at the junction of Duck Street and Lowergate with a cycle ridden by Joseph Frank Musgrove (15), bobbin worker, of 32 Hayhurst Street, who was thrown from his machine, fracturing his left arm and bruising his leg.
Evidence was given by Mrs. Ida Gradwell, of Shaw Bridge House, and Thomas Ainsworth, of 44 Shaw Bridge Street, that defendant, who proceeded out of Duck Street, did not stop at the halt sign.
Defendant, who was represented by Mr. C. S. Corder, of Manchester, maintained that he did stop, but not at his usual place, because of the position of two other vehicles, and that Musgrove, who was riding at a fast speed, collided with his vehicle when it was travelling at only two miles an hour.
Corroborative evidence was given by John Wood, 31 Bank House Street, Burnley, and Eric Heyworth, 35 Myers Street, Burnley, who were passengers in defendant’s car.

Seems to me that Councillor French and others on the bench decided to take the easy option here.

Wedding Wednesday – Dudley Greaves Harrison and Marguerite Thornton

Dudley Greaves Harrison is my 3rd cousin 1x removed. His parents are George Holroyd Harrison and Florence Shaw Hurtley. Our common ancestors are Thomas Hurtley and Hannah Braidley – my 3x great grandparents.

Dudley was born on 2 December 1903 in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He was baptised on 13 March 1904 at St. Michael’s Church, Headingley, Leeds.

Dudley Harrison and Marguerite Thornton

Dudley and Marguerite

On Thursday 16 June 1932 Dudley married Marguerite Thornton at Wetherby Parish Church, Yorkshire. Details of the wedding were announced in the Yorkshire Evening Post on the same day (images from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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A WETHERBY BRIDE

Miss Marguerite Thornton and Mr. D. G. Harrison

The wedding took place today, at Wetherby Parish Church, of Mr. Dudley G. Harrison, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Harrison, of Rydal Bank, Roundhay, Leeds, and Miss Marguerite Thornton, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Thornton, of Brentwood, Wetherby (late of Dewsbury).
Miss Thornton is the lady captain of the Wetherby Golf Club, and Mr. Harrison is associated with the firm of George H. Harrison and Sons, colour printers, of Leeds and London.
The service was choral, and the Rev. G. T. Shettle, vicar of Hunsingore, officiated.
The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a close-fitting gown of cream satin, with an antique Limerick lace veil held in place by clusters of jessamine and myrtle, and carried Harrisii lilies.
Miss Doris Knowles and Miss Anne Himsworth (cousins of the bride), and Miss Dorothea Harrison and Miss Cynthia Harrison (sisters of the bridegroom), attended her in blue taffeta with net puff sleeves, and gold tissue caps, trimmed with rosebuds. They carried bouquets of roses.
There were two child attendants – Master Geoffrey George Russell Harrison and Miss Diana Cynthia Harrison, nephew and niece of the bridegroom. Mr. Leonard Harrison, of Newcastle, was the best man, supported by three groomsmen, Mr. Robert Thornton, Mr. Leslie E. Booth and Mr. A. Gordon McCandlish.
A reception was held at Brentwood, Wetherby, after which the couple left for a motoring tour in the South of England.