Sunday’s Obituary

Sunday’s Obituary – Benjamin Lawrence (1904-1916)

Benjamin Lawrence is my wife’s 2nd cousin 1x removed. His parents are John Lawrence and Frances Maria Pritchard. The common link between them is William Darby and Maria Bingham – my wife’s 2x great grandparents.

Benjamin was born in Worcestershire in 1904 – he was baptised on Boxing Day 1904 at Lye, Worcestershire.

In the 1911 census the family had moved to Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Benjamin’s father, John, was a coal miner, so he presumably had to move there to get work.

John and Frances had lost two children while they were living in Worcestershire:-

John Leslie born in 1901 – died in 1904
Florrie May born in 1908 – died in 1909

Very sadly tragedy would strike again in 1916.

The following report is from the Sheffield Daily Telegraph of Monday 1st January 1917 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Benjamin Lawrence (12) left his home, 133 Barnsley Road, Stairfoot, on Saturday afternoon, and a little later was found drowned in a ditch by the side of Barnsley Road. He was lying face downwards in four or five inches of water, and artificial respiration proved of no avail.

It’s hard to imagine the effect all these deaths of their children would have had on John and Frances.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Jeffrey Jacques (1937-1950)

Jeffrey Jacques is my 5th cousin. His parents are Allan Jacques and Mary Elizabeth Williamson. Our common ancestors are John Dawson and Ann Watson – my 4x great grandparents.

Jeffrey was born in 1937 – his birth is registered at Skipton, Yorkshire in the third quarter. Sadly Jeffrey died with “tragic suddenness” on 7 December 1950 at the age of 13. The Barnoldswick & Earby Times reported his death on 15 December 1950 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Master Jeffrey Jacques

The death occurred with tragic suddenness on Thursday evening week, of Master Jeffrey Jacques, aged 13 years, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Jacques, of Cragside Farm, Cowling. The death took place at the Keighley Victoria Hospital, where Jeffrey had been admitted earlier in the day in a grave condition. Widespread sympathy has been felt and expressed with Mr. and Mrs. Jacques, and their elder son, Brian, in their sad bereavement. Jeffrey was a likeable lad, very cheerful, and of a sunny disposition. Very fond of outdoor life, he was happiest when out and about on the farm with his father. He was a scholar at the Keighley Boys Grammar School and at the Cowling Methodist Sunday School. At the funeral, which took place on Monday, a contingent of Jeffrey’s form-mates, with their Form Master, and accompanied by the Headmaster of the Keighley Boys Grammar School, Mr. Hind, were present at the Cowling Methodist Church. Services at the house and at the Cowling Methodist Church were conducted by the Rev. Joffre R. Smith, and among the many floral tributes was one from the Keighley Boys Grammar School, and one from the Cowling Methodist Sunday School. A memorial service will be held on Sunday morning at the Cowling Methodist Church.

Sunday’s Obituary – George Ernest Jackson and Elizabeth Ann Jackson (nee Gawthrop)

Elizabeth Ann Gawthrop is my 1st cousin 3x removed. Her parents are Israel Gawthrop  and Mary Ann Hargreaves. Our common ancestors are Martin Gawthrop and Ann Kighley – my 3x great grandparents.

Elizabeth was born on 4 April 1864 at Higham, near Padiham, in Lancashire.

At the age of 25 she married George Ernest Jackson on 19 June 1889 at St Nicholas Church, Sabden, Lancashire.

George and Elizabeth had three children:-
Harry – born 18 November 1890
Florence Mary – born 20 May 1893
Ernest J – born 7 May 1897

George and Elizabeth lived in Padiham where George was a cotton manufacturer and owned a mill there. When George retired from the business they moved to Lytham St Annes, near Blackpool.

George passed away on 10 July 1933. The Burnley Express of 15 July 1933 carried a brief obituary (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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DIED IN RETIREMENT

FORMER PADIHAM MANUFACTURER

Formerly a cotton manufacturer in Padiham for about 22 years, the death occurred at his residence, “The Anchorage,” East Beach, Lytham St. Annes, last Tuesday night, of Mr. George Ernest Jackson. He was a native of Sabden, and was the managing director of the Sabden Calico Printing Company. At Padiham he owned the Industry and Enterprise Mills, and was well-known as a great lover of horses. Retiring 22 years ago, he went to Lytham, and was a member of the Lytham Conservative Club. He was a past president of the Lytham Subscription Bowling Club, and a past captain of Lytham Green Golf Club. Mr. Jackson is survived by a widow, two sons and a daughter.

Elizabeth moved to Ripon after the death of her husband. She died in January 1936 and the Burnley Express reported this on 25 January 1936 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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DIED IN RIPON – Many people in Padiham will regret to learn of the death at her residence in Ripon of Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Jackson, widow of Mr. George Ernest Jackson, a former well known cotton manufacturer, of Enterprise Mills, Padiham. Mrs. Jackson, who was 70 years of age, had resided in Ripon about three years. She is survived by two sons and a daughter. The interment took place in the family vault in St. Cutherbert’s Churchyard, Lytham.

Sunday’s Obituary – Jane Dawson (nee Hargreaves) 1855-1922

Jane Hargreaves was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire about 1855.

Sometime in the September quarter of 1877 Jane married my great grand uncle Isaac Dawson in Keighley, West Yorkshire. Isaac’s parents are John Dawson and Ellen Gawthrop – my 2x great grandparents.

For much of their married life Isaac and Jane lived at Steeton with Eastburn, near Keighley. They had six children but three died young – only Matthew, Annie and Maggie lived until adulthood.

By the time of the 1911 census Isaac, Jane and Annie had moved to Morecambe, Lancashire. Isaac was employed as a “Company housekeeper”.

Jane passed away on 17 February 1922. The Morecambe Guardian published the following obituary (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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THE LATE MRS JANE DAWSON

On Tuesday afternoon the Rev. F Etherton Blake conducted the funeral service of the late Mrs Dawson, 39 Clarendon Road, in the Parliament Street Church, W.E. The Dawson family, some ten years ago, came from their Yorkshire home at Eastburn to Morecambe. They have life-long associations with Primitive Methodism, and to that extent the Church suffers the loss of a valuable devotee. Since Christmas Mrs Dawson has suffered acutely, and ever since been under the shadow of death. On February 17th she passed away at the age of 67 years and leaves a sorrowing husband, bereft son and two mourning daughters.

Sunday’s Obituary – Jane Fletcher (nee Musgrove) 1884-1949

Jane Musgrove is my 1st cousin 2x removed. Her parents are George Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Stoup. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Jane was born in Westmorland on 18 September 1884. She was the first of five children.

The family gradually moved south from Westmorland eventually settling in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

On 12 February 1908 Jane married Walter Fletcher. They were married for 41 years and had three daughters.

Jane passed away on 25 March 1949. The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times reported her death on 1 April 1949 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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MRS JANE FLETCHER

The death occurred at her home on Friday of Mrs Jane Fletcher, of 7 Chester Avenue, Clitheroe, at the age of 64.
Mrs Fletcher, who was born at Leighton Beck, Westmorland, came to Clitheroe 50 years ago. She was keenly interested in the Clitheroe Women’s Unionist Association of which she was a member for many years.
Her husband, Mr Walter Fletcher, and her three daughters and three sisters, will have much sympathy in their loss.
The interment took place at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Tuesday, after a service at the house. The Vicar of Low Moor, the Rev. I Pugh, officiated.

Sunday’s Obituary – Gordon Fitzgerald (1928-1938)

Gordon Fitzgerald is my wife’s 3rd cousin. His parents are William Edward Fitzgerald and Emily Wilkinson. Their common ancestor is Martha Espley – my wife’s 2x great grandmother.

Gordon was born in Burnley, Lancashire. His birth is registered in the June quarter of 1928. At some point in the mid to late 1930’s the family moved to Warwickshire. In the 1939 Register they are living at Perrywood Road, Birmingham.

Gordon does not appear in the 1939 Register – he died in a tragic accident the previous year. The following article is from the Midland Daily Telegraph of 7 December 1938 (image taken from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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BOY’S BATHROOM PRANK

Hanged After Reading Strip Cartoon

At an inquest, in Birmingham, today, on a ten-years-old boy, who was found hanging in the bathroom, the theory that he was experimenting after seeing a strip cartoon in a boys’ periodical was put forward. The boy was Gordon Fitzgerald, of Perry Wood Road, Great Barr, Birmingham.
A magazine, which the father said his boy read occasionally, was produced in court. It contained a strip cartoon showing one of the characters with a lasso drawn tightly round his neck.
An illustration of how the string was fastened round the boy’s neck proved that it could not have got there by accident.
Mr Fitzgerald said that the boy must have put his head into the loop, deliberately leaving a very narrow margin of safety, and, when he tried to draw his head out of it, pulled the loop tight and increased the pressure around his neck.
Returning a verdict of “Death from misadventure,” the Coroner (Dr W H Davison) said that there was nothing suspicious about the case. The boy’s death was the result of a childish prank, probably stimulated by something he had read.

Perhaps this is a 1930’s example of what we regularly refer to today as the negative and dangerous influence of social media on young children.

Sunday’s Obituary – James Ambler Feather (1915-1952)

James Ambler Feather is my 4th cousin 1x removed. His parents are Arthur Feather and Sarah Ethel Ambler. Our common ancestors are Anthony Mason and Mary Brayshaw – my 4x great grandparents.

James was born on 26 August 1915 in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

In the 1939 Register, taken at the outbreak of WW2, James was living at Coleridge Place, Bradford, West Yorkshire. He was employed as a “textile engineer”.

Sometime afterwards James became a State Registered male nurse.

Tragically, James died on 19 November 1952. A report of his death was published in the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer on 20 November 1952 (image taken from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Male nurse found dead in hotel

James Ambler Feather (36), of Lane Ends, Oakworth, near Keighley, who was reported missing from home earlier this week, has been found dead in a Salisbury hotel.
Feather, a State registered male nurse employed in Leeds, lived alone at Oakworth, where he was last seen on Sunday.

I suspect that there might have been an inquest, depending on the circumstances of his death. But I have not been able to find a report if there was.