Sunday’s Obituary

Sunday’s Obituary – Susannah Musgrove (1856-1869)

Susannah Musgrove is my great grand aunt – a sister of my great grandfather Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove.

Susannah was born on 2 August 1856 at Over Darwen, Lancashire. She was the first of five children born to my 2x great grandparents John Musgrove and Catherine Ainsworth.

I had known for a long time that Susannah died young at the age of 12. However I have only just found a newspaper article with details of the circumstances of her death. This report is from the Preston Herald of 6 February 1869.

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A GIRL KILLED AT THE BELGRAVE PAPER STAINING WORKS

On Monday afternoon a fatal accident happened to a girl named Susannah Musgrove, aged 12 years, daughter of Mr John Musgrove, who was employed as a short time tearer in connection with the block printing department. It appears that she had been to school on Monday afternoon, and on returning called at the print shop to see if her master was there, and was seen playing about in the room on the second floor. About 5.40pm a man named Joseph Riding had occasion to use the hoist, which is in one corner of the room, and used for the purpose of raising goods from one room to another. As the hoist did not descend lower than the second floor, the man Riding went to see what was the cause. On getting there he found the deceased laid down on her belly on the floor, with her head underneath the hoist. The hoist was at once raised, but the unfortunate girl was dead. She must have been in the act of looking down the hoist way into the lower room, and therefore could not see the hoist when descending. An inquest will be held on the body.

You know sometimes you just wonder how much tragedy one family can have.

Susannah’s grandfather, Joseph Musgrove (my 3x great grandfather) died in 1858 as the result of a fall at home when he dislocated his neck. I blogged about this here.

John Musgrove, Susannah’s father, committed suicide in 1884 – see blog post here.

Of the five children that were born to John Musgrove and Catherine Ainsworth only two survived to adulthood – Thomas and Joseph.

Susannah died as the result of the accident. Her brother George died on the day he was born 20 August 1857. And another brother, James, died at three months old in 1868.

So sad.

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Sundays Obituary – Susannah Gawthrop (1830-1907)

Susannah Gawthrop (nee Benson) is the wife of my 2nd great grand uncle. In other words she married a brother of my 2x great grandmother (Ellen Gawthrop)

Susannah Benson was born on 16 October 1830 in Cowling, West Yorkshire.

Sometime in the September quarter of 1852  Susannah married Joseph Gawthrop. Over the next twenty years Joseph and Susannah had eight children.

Their first child, John, became a well known Wesleyan Methodist minister. I have written about John before – here and here.

Joseph and Susannah lived in Cowling all their lives. Joseph’s occupation in the census returns from 1861 to 1891 was a farmer at Green Syke, Cowling.

On 25 April 1900 Joseph passed away and was buried three days later at Holy Trinity Church, Cowling.

According to the census return for 1901 Susannah was still living at Green Syke with her youngest son Alfred and his family – Alfred now appears to be running the farm.

Very sadly tragedy struck on Friday 22 November 1907. The Bradford Daily Telegraph published the following story on 25 November.

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Bradford Daily Telegraph taken from British Newspaper Archives

BURNING FATALITY AT COWLING

OLD LADY’S SAD DEATH

On Friday night Mrs Susannah Gawthrop, of Cowling, was reading a newspaper by candle light, when the paper caught fire.

In a few minutes she was in flames, and sustained severe injuries, being badly burned about the neck, face and arms. Death took place on Saturday night.

Mrs Gawthrop who was in her 76th year, was the mother of the Rev. John Gawthrop, a popular Wesleyan minister at Huntingdon.

The tragic incident has caused quite a sensation in the village, and general sympathy has been extended to the relatives on all hands.

A Coroners Inquest was held at the Cowling Liberal Club on 25 November 1907. The verdict was that death was caused “By misadventure, set fire to her clothing causing death by shock the next day”.

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Coroners Notebooks 1852-1909 taken from http://www.ancestry.co.uk

Susannah was buried on 28 November 1907 at Holy Trinity Church, Cowling.

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!

Sunday’s Obituary – Eleanor Jane Gawthrop (1896-1898)

Eleanor Jane Gawthrop is my 3rd cousin 2x removed. Her parents are Benjamin Gawthrop and Emily Ann Thurlow.

Eleanor’s birth is registered in the Barnsley district in the March quarter of 1896. Sadly her death is registered in the September quarter of 1898 in Hendon, Middlesex.

I recently found the following newspaper article in the Hendon and Finchley Times dated 19 August 1898.

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A CHILD SCALDED TO DEATH

Mr Walter Schroder, deputy coroner, held an inquiry at the District Council Offices, Hendon, on Thursday, concerning the death of Eleanor Gawthrop, a child of between two or three years of age, living at 5, Murray Road, Mill Hill. Mr F Smith was chosen foreman of the jury. Emily Gawthrop, mother of the deceased, deposed that on Sunday, the 14th inst., the child was in her usual health and was playing with the baby on the floor. That was about ten minutes past twelve. There was a saucepan of stew on the fire, and witness was engaged in her domestic duties. She heard a crash and on turning round she saw deceased lying on the floor and the saucepan was upset. Her father picked deceased up. She found deceased much scalded, and immediately called her neighbour, Mrs Low, and sent for Dr Martin, who attended the child till its death. Questioned by the coroner witness said there was no guard in front of the fire, but there was a good sized fender, although it was not very high. Benjamin Gawthrop, father of the deceased, said he was at home on Sunday last, and the children were playing on the floor. The deceased left the baby and ran across the room to him. She stumbled near the fire place and catching the saucepan handle with her arm, upset the content over herself. He picked her up and the doctor was sent for. The deceased’s life was not insured. Dr Henry Martin, of Mill Hill, stated that he was called at about one p.m. on Sunday. He went to Murray Road and there saw deceased. He found her well nourished and strong. Two thirds of the back, the right arm, and part of the chest had been badly scalded. Deceased was quite sensible, and was suffering from the effects of the scald. He looked upon it as a serious cases, and the child died on Monday, about 30 hours after the occurrence. Previous to his arrival at the house the parents had done all in their power to alleviate the pain, and they gave him practically the same account of the accident as given that morning. Mrs Rose Amelia Low, the wife of a labourer living in the same house as the Gawthrop’s, said she was called on Sunday, and found deceased badly scalded. She covered the child with flour, and afterwards saturated her with linseed oil, which she obtained from a neighbour. She believed the parents were both very careful with the children. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death.”

Benjamin and Emily had four children between 1896 and 1904. 

In addition to Eleanor Jane they had Alice Harriet, Jack and Nellie.

Alice Harriet married Archibald Reed in 1922.

Jack was killed on 2 April 1918 in France during WW1

Nellie died shortly after birth in 1904.

Incredibly Emily also died at the young age of 36 in 1911. 

Benjamin survived for another 17 years before his death at the age of 57 in 1928.

Sunday’s Obituary – Albert Musgrove (1896-1946)

Albert 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.

Albert was born on 16 March 1896 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. He was baptised at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Clitheroe on 12 April 1896.

Sometime in the March quarter of 1921 Albert married Ivy Hargreaves.

Albert died at the age of 49 on 25 January 1946. The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times published a brief obituary on 1 February 1946.

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MR ALBERT MUSGROVE

After a long illness the death took place last Friday of Mr Albert Musgrove, aged 49, of 6 Pendle Road, Clitheroe. He was a native of the town. For many years he was employed at Dawson’s Bakery, his last place of work being Whiteside’s wine merchants, Clitheroe. He is survived by a widow, two daughters and a son. The interment was at St Mary’s Cemetery on Tuesday.

Sunday’s Obituary – Mary Alice Musgrove (1887-1952)

Mary Alice Musgrove is my grand aunt – in other words my grandad’s sister. Her parents are Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove and Ellen Stowell, my great grandparents.

Mary was born on 14 December 1887 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

I have Mary in all the census returns from 1891 to 1911 and in the 1939 Register. I can see from these documents that Mary was employed all her working life as a “cotton weaver”.

Mary passed away on 31 October 1952.

The following two articles were published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 7 November 1952.

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Neighbour’s Find

When Miss Mary Alice Musgrove (65), of 11 Brownlow Street, Clitheroe, did not go to work as usual on Friday morning, neighbours became worried and at lunch time one of them broke into the house and found her lying dead at the foot of the stairs, still in her night attire.

Miss Musgrove lived alone and was employed as a weaver at Sun Street Mill.

A post mortem was held but an inquest was found to be unnecessary.

 

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The cremation took place at Skipton on Wednesday of Miss Mary Alice Musgrove of 11 Brownlow Street, Clitheroe, who died suddenly, after a short illness, at her home on Friday. In accordance with her wish, her ashes were later scattered on Pendle Hill.

Miss Musgrove, who was 65, was employed for most of her working life at Jubilee Mill. She worked for some time at Foulsykes Mill, and, since it closed 10 years ago, she had been a weaver at Sun Street Mill.

Her two brothers and two sisters will have deep sympathy in their loss.

Sunday’s Obituary – Sarah Alice Cockshoot (1892-1906)

Sarah Alice Cockshoot is my 2nd cousin 2x removed. Her parents are William Cockshoot and Dinah Harwood. Our common ancestors are Joseph Ainsworth and Jane Cottam – my 3x great grandparents.

Sarah Alice was born in the market town of Darwen, near Blackburn in Lancashire. Her birth is registered in the June quarter of 1892.

Sadly Sarah Alice died at the age of 13 and her death is registered in the March quarter of 1906 in Blackburn.

However her short life was not without incident. I found the following article in the Blackburn Standard of 3 September 1898.

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FRACTURE OF A CHILD’S LEG AT DARWEN – On Tuesday, whilst a number of children were playing in Duckworth Street, opposite Brookside Hotel, an empty crate, which had been used for conveying a plate glass window, was upset, and a little girl named Sarah Alice Cockshoot, aged six years, of 18 Brook Street, was knocked down and her right leg fractured. PC Shaughnessy carried the child home, where it was attended to by Dr Du Cane.