Happy Christmas 2012 to all my blog followers and readers.
I thought I would just have a look and see what family events have taken place on Christmas Eve in the past. I discovered at least three weddings within a seven year period between 1859 and 1866.
Benjamin Gawthrop & Elizabeth Eastwood
Benjamin is my 2nd great grand uncle and he married Elizabeth Eastwood in 1859. According to the record in Ancestry they were both 21 years old. The marriage is registered in Colne, Lancashire. The grooms father was Martin Gawthrop (my 3x great grandfather) and the brides father was Richard Eastwood.
Benjamin and Ann had at least two children – Ann and Benjamin.
Ellen Carradice & Robert Brockbank
Ellen is my 2nd great grand aunt and she married Robert Brockbank in 1864. According to the marriage certificate they were both 24 years old. The marriage took place at Kendal parish church in Westmorland. The grooms father was Samuel Brockbank – a woollen spinner and the brides father was John Carradice (my 3x great grandfather) who was a weaver.
Margaret Dawson & Abel Ellison
Margaret is my 2nd great grand aunt and she married Abel Ellison in 1866. Abel was about 28 years old and Margaret one year younger. The marriage took place at St. Andrew’s church in Kildwick, West Yorkshire. The brides father was Thomas Dawson (my 3x great grandfather).
What a magical time to be getting married. I hope they all had wonderful celebrations.
Here’s a rather understated tombstone and I think that the family gave quite a lot of thought to it with the little scroll effect at the bottom.
In Loving Memory of
wife of Isaac Gawthrop
of Crow Nest Farm, Colne
Died Jany. 16th 1922
Aged 60 years
Alice Gawthrop (nee Snowden) is the wife of my first cousin 3x removed.
She was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire sometime in 1862. As yet I don’t have any information about Alice’s parents. To be honest I haven’t looked – it isn’t one of the priorities on my to do list.
Alice married Isaac Gawthrop in the first quarter of 1885 and the marriage was registered at Skipton in North Yorkshire.
The first time that they appear on a census together is 1891. They had moved to Trawden in Lancashire – only a short distance away. Isaac is shown as a farmer. Sometime over the next ten years they moved to 28 Market Street, Colne, still in Lancashire and Isaac is now working as a stonemason.
Between 1887 and 1898 Alice and Isaac had four children
– Johnny (c1887)
– Edith Ann (c1890)
– Joseph (c1892)
– Ida (c1898)
Given the six year gap between Joseph and Ida I have wondered if there was at least one other child who didn’t survive – but I haven’t looked at the death records to try and confirm this.
Alice’s tombstone suggests that sometime after 1901 they had moved again and that perhaps Isaac was farming at Crow Nest Farm.