Sunday’s Obituary

Sunday’s Obituary – William Henry Watkinson (1860-1932)

William Henry Watkinson is my 2nd cousin 3x removed. His parents are Thomas Watkinson and Harriet Mason. Our common ancestors are Anthony Mason and Mary Brayshaw – my 4x great grandparents.

William was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire – his birth is registered in the June quarter of 1860.

On 5 June 1889 William married Emma Crabtree at the Baxter Congregational Church, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. They had four children:-

Gwendolen – 1890
Arthur Stanley – 4 August 1891
Hilda Muriel – 17 May 1895
Geoffrey Lionel – 20 July 1899

William was an extremely successful and distinguished university professor of engineering. He died on 14 February 1932 and an obituary was published in the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer on Tuesday 16 February 1932 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Distinguished Northern Engineer

Professor William Henry Watkinson, a past-president of the Liverpool Engineering Society, has died at his residence in Bromborough, Cheshire, at the age of 71.
Professor Watkinson was a native of Keighley and had only an elementary school education. He worked as a half-timer in a mill and later served his apprenticeship to the practical side of engineering in a workshop in the town. Evening classes at the Keighley Institute provided the foundation of his scientific training. Following a period during which he worked in Bradford, he entered Glasgow University in 1882, becoming one of the assistants of Sir William Thomson, afterwards Lord Kelvin.
As assistant to Sir William Thomson and Professor Fleming Jenkin, he played a part in superintending the manufacture and laying of two Transatlantic cables.
He was at Glasgow University for five years, holding the Thomson Research Scholarship from 1885 to 1888 and the Whitworth Scholarship in 1886. Later he was Lecturer in Engineering at Sheffield and Professor of Engineering at Glasgow and the West of Scotland Technical College. He was Professor of Engineering at Liverpool University for 20 years, and was the inventor of superheaters and internal combustion engines.
Among his publications were papers read to the Institution of Naval Architects and other institutions.

Further reading about William is available on Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History – here.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Alexander Turner (1884-1940)

Alexander Turner is my great grand uncle – a brother of my my great grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Turner. His parents are Thomas Turner and Mary Jane Carradice (my 2x great grandparents).

Alexander was born on 27 November 1884 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

In the 1901 census Alexander has an occupation as “rope minder (or winder) in coal mine”. He was listed as a patient in Leeds General Infirmary. I haven’t been able to find any information as to why he might have been in hospital – perhaps following an accident at work?

In the December quarter of 1904 Alexander married Jane Alice Brotherton in Clitheroe.

By the time of the 1911 census he was a labourer in a bobbin mill. Then in the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) he is described as a “wood turner”.

Over a period of 22 years – from 1905 to 1927 – Alexander and Jane had 12 children.

On 17 February 1940 Alexander passed away and was buried 4 days later at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Clitheroe. A brief notice of his death appeared in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 23 February 1940 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Mr. Alexander Turner, 20 Whipp Avenue, who died on Saturday, had spent much the greater part of his fifty-five years in the service of Mr. Holden at the Albion shuttle and bobbin works, Back Common. The service at Wednesday’s interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery was conducted by the Rev. J. E. Storey, M.A. Mrs. Turner, left with six sons and four daughters, will have general sympathy.

Sunday’s Obituary – John Smith (1860-1940)

John Smith is my 1st cousin 3x removed. His parents are John Smith and Priscilla Dawson. Our common ancestors are Thomas Dawson and Margaret Snowden – my 3x great grandparents.

John was born on 28 June 1860 at Cowling, West Yorkshire. He was baptised at the age of 15 on 28 December 1875 at Holy Trinity Church, Cowling. Sometime in the September quarter of 1883 John married Sarah Annie Snowden.

I have John in all the census returns from 1861 through to 1911 (together with Sarah after their marriage). In 1881 he was described as a “cotton warp dresser”. In the following two census returns for 1891 and 1901 he is a “butcher and grocer”. And finally in 1911 he is described as a “cotton manufacturer”.

In the 1911 census living with John and Sarah are their three children – Francis Herbert, Lilian and John Melville.

Sometime over the next 28 years the whole family moved to Blackpool, Lancashire. In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) John and Sarah are with their daughter Lilian and her husband John Whitehead at Leicester Road, Blackpool. John is described as a “retired butcher”.

Just over seven months later John passed away on 9 May 1940 at his daughter’s home. His obituary was published in the Barnoldswick & Earby Times on Friday 17 May 1940 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Death at Blackpool.
Cowling people heard with regret of the death at Blackpool, yesterday week, of Mr. John Smith, butcher, of Breek Road, Blackpool, and formerly of Cowling. He was 80 years of age, and he passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Whitehead, in Leicester Road, Blackpool. He was a native of Cowling, and was formerly in business for many years as a butcher at Bradford House, Cowling. It is nearly thirty years since he left the village to take up business as a butcher in Blackpool, where he was president of the Blackpool Butchers’ Association. He was a well-known judge of live stock. He is survived by his widow, two sons and one daughter. His youngest son is Mr. J. Melville Smith, a tenor vocalist who has broadcast on several occasions. The funeral of the deceased gentleman took place at Carlton Cemetery, Blackpool, on Monday.

In his will John left effects valued at £437 10s to his daughter Lilian Whitehead.

Sunday’s Obituary – Matthew Webster (1870-1946) and Robert Webster (1909-1946)

Matthew Webster is the husband of Betsy Paley – my great grand aunt. Her parents are James Paley and Mary Ann Spink – my 2x great grandparents.

Matthew was born on 19 February 1870 at Aysgarth, Yorkshire and Betsy was born on 19 December 1871 at Hetton, Yorkshire.

Betsy and Matthew married sometime in the second quarter of 1900 – the marriage is registered at Skipton, Yorkshire. Over the next ten years they had six children:-

Annie – 8 March 1901
James Paley – 16 April 1903
John – 1905 (died 1906)
Richard – 15 December 1906
Frank – 3 September 1909
Robert – 3 September 1909

Matthew was a farmer at Hazel Head Farm, Hawkswick, Skipton. In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) Annie and Robert were still at home with their parents.

Betsy died on 3 June 1941.

Tragedy struck the family again at the end of February 1946. The youngest son Robert was injured in an accident on the farm and died a few days later at Whinfield Hospital, Skipton on 27 February at the age of 36. The very next day his father, Matthew, died.

Father and son were buried on 2 March 1946 at Arncliffe, Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer reported on their deaths on Friday 1 March 1946 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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The death took place yesterday of Mr. Matthew Webster, of Hazel Head, Hawkswick, Skipton, which he had farmed since 1901. His death, in his 77th year, followed the death of his son, Mr. Robert Webster, in Skipton and District Hospital on Wednesday. Mr. Robert Webster last week-end fell on a hay fork when working on a hay mow at the farm. Father and son will be buried together at Arncliffe Cemetery, tomorrow.

Sunday’s Obituary – Horatio Andrew Louis Smith (1869-1941)

Horatio Andrew Louis Smith is the husband of my wife’s 1st cousin 2x removed, Bertha Espley.

Bertha was born on 4 April 1872 in Congleton, Cheshire. Her parents are Richard Booth Espley and Sarah Jones. Bertha and my wife share ancestry with Martha Espley – my wife’s 2x great grandmother.

Horatio was born on 2 April 1869 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. By the time of the 1871 census Horatio had moved to Nottingham with his family.

On 26 December 1896 Horatio and Bertha married at All Saints Church, Nottingham.

Over the next 40 or so years Horatio worked as a commercial traveller. He died on 10 November 1941 at Basford Hospital, Nottingham. The Nottingham Journal of Friday 14 November 1941 published an obituary (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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REDHILL FUNERAL

The funeral took place yesterday at Redhill Cemetery, of Mr. Horatio Andrew Smith, of 5 Greys Road, Woodthorpe, who died on Monday at the age of 72.
In his young days Mr. Smith was a playing member of the Nottingham Forest Football Club. He was also a member of the Notts. Amateur Boxing and Notts. Swimming Clubs, and well-known in amateur billiards circles.
In his later years he took a keen interest in the Nottingham Institutes movement, being associated with the Mapperley Institute.
Mr. Smith was an old Nottingham High School boy.
He leaves a widow, three sons and one daughter.

Sunday’s Obituary – John Metcalfe Spink (1869-1938)

John Metcalfe Spink is my 1st cousin 3x removed. His parents are Joseph Spink and Isabella Hannah Metcalfe. Our common ancestors are John Spink and Sophia Shuttleworth Kitching – my 3x great grandparents.

John was born in early 1869 at Burnsall, Yorkshire. His baptism was on 16 February 1869 at neighbouring Conistone.

By 1891 John had moved to Garforth, near Leeds, West Yorkshire and was employed as a “butchers assistant”.

Sometime in the last quarter of 1897 he married Emma Barber – the marriage is registered at Tadcaster, Yorkshire.

In the 1901 census John and Emma and their son Jack are living at Manston Road, Barwick in Elmet, Yorkshire. John is now described as a “butcher”.

Ten years later and the family had moved to Newton on Rawcliffe, near Pickering, North Yorkshire. John was now an “innkeeper” at the Newton Inn.

From what I can tell John remained an innkeeper until his death on 3 May 1938 – when he died at the White Horse Hotel, Pickering, where he had been the proprietor for 25 years. Details of his death were announced in the Leeds Mercury on Wednesday 4 May 1938 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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DEATH OF PICKERING LICENSEE

The death took place yesterday at the White Horse Hotel, Burgate, Pickering, of Mr. John Metcalfe Spink, who had been the proprietor for 25 years.
He settled in the Pickering district from Cross Gates, Leeds, where he had a butchering business in 1910, and was formerly licensee at the White Swan Hotel, Newton, Pickering.
Mr. Spink also dealt in cattle and sheep, and was widely known in the Whitby district. He was a keen all-round sportsman.

In his will John left effects valued at £433 7s 7d to his son Jack Beevors Spink.

Sunday’s Obituary – Philip James Neale (1904-1969)

Philip James Neale is the husband of my wife’s 3rd cousin 1x removed, Florence Neville. My wife and Florence share common ancestors in James Espley and Martha Silvester (my wife’s 3x great grandparents).

Philip was born on 4 August 1904 in Lichfield, Staffordshire. He married Florence in 1931 – the marriage is registered in the September quarter.

When the 1939 Register was taken, at the outbreak of WW2, Philip and Florence are living at 165 Lower Sandford Street, Lichfield. Philip’s occupation is given as “builders labourer” and Florence’s occupation is described as “unpaid domestic duties”.

Some time around 1955 Philip took over running the Queens Head in Lichfield.

The Lichfield Mercury of Friday 17 January 1969 carried Philip’s obituary (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Death of licensee

Mr. P. Neale

Mr. Philip James Neale, licensee of the Queen’s Head, Lichfield, died on Sunday morning at the age of 64.
Mr. Neale, who had been ill for some time, was licensee of the Queen’s Head, in Sandford Street, for nearly 14 years.
He was born in the same street and educated at the old Frog Lane School, after which he became a maintenance worker for the South Staffs Water Works, where he was employed for over 37 years.
Before taking over the “Queen’s,” Mr. Neale was a keen gardener, and his later hobbies included darts and dominoes.
He leaves a widow and two daughters, and is also survived by one brother and a sister.
The funeral will take place today (Friday) at Christ Church at 2.30p.m.