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Sunday’s Obituary – Dorothy Pickles (nee Hutchinson) 1864-1942

Dorothy Pickles (nee Hutchinson) is the wife of Frederick Pickles – my 2nd cousin 3x removed.

Frederick was born on 2 January 1863 in Cowling, West Yorkshire, to parents John Pickles and Elizabeth Dawson. Our common ancestors are John Dawson and Ann Watson (my 4x great grandparents).

Frederick Pickles and Dorothy Hutchinson married on 6 November 1886 at Holy Trinity church, Cowling. They had two children:-

Norman Edward – born 21 December 1891
Edith May – born 4 November 1895

In the 1911 census Dorothy was described as a “baker and confectioner”. She carried on this business for many years.

Frederick died on 3 August 1918 at the age of 55. He was buried at Holy Trinity, Cowling five days later.

Dorothy lived for a further 24 years until her death on 24 August 1942. She too was buried at Holy Trinity, on 27 August 1942.

The Barnoldswick and Earby Times reported Dorothy’s passing on Friday 28 August 1942 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

Death of Mrs. Dorothy Pickles
Much regret has been expressed in the village at the death, which took place suddenly on Monday morning, of Mrs Dorothy Pickles, of Queen Street, Cowling. The deceased lady was 77 years of age, and she had carried on business as a baker and confectioner in Queen Street Dining Rooms for many years. On Monday morning she was following her usual business when she collapsed and died. She was a member of the well-known Cowling family of Hutchinson, who had occupied Fold Farm, Cowling, for many years. She was one of eleven children, and the eldest of seven daughters. Actively interested in the Methodist cause throughout her life, she was associated with the Walton Street Methodist Church. She was also an advocate of the Liberal cause and was a member of the Women’s Liberal Association. Her late husband, Mr. Fred Pickles, who died 24 years ago, was a well-known musician, being an organist and a pianist of some repute. The funeral took place yesterday and the Rev. S. P. Hadley conducted a service at the house and the Rev. E. Betenson performed the last rites at the Cowling Parish Church, where the interment took place. Mrs. Pickles is survived by one son and one daughter, these being Mr. Norman Pickles, of Sutton, and Mrs. Harry Dracup, of Keighley.

In her will Dorothy left effects totalling £1261 3s 2d to her son Norman Edward Pickles and to her daughter Edith May Dracup and her son-in-law Harry Dracup.

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 – 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.

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.

Workday Wednesday – John Dawson (Engine Tenter)

Workday Wednesday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

Here’s a way to document your ancestors’ occupations (they weren’t all farmers), transcripts of SS-5s, photos and stories of ancestors at work, announcements of retirements, etc.

John Dawson is my 1st cousin 4x removed. His parents are John Dawson and Elizabeth Benson. Our common ancestors are John Dawson and Ann Watson, my 4x great grandparents.

John married Sarah Hopkinson sometime in the Summer of 1857. The marriage is registered in Q3 at Skipton, Yorkshire.

John’s main occupation as described in the census returns for 1871, 1881 and 1891 is “engine tenter”. I have mentioned John in an earlier post here.  He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather (my 4x great grandfather – John Dawson) of looking after the machines and engines at Ickornshaw Mill in Cowling, West Yorkshire.

I must admit I hadn’t given much thought to how difficult and dangerous the job of “engine tenter” might be – that is until I came across the following article from the Burnley Express of 6 March 1886.

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ACCIDENT – On Friday week, John Dawson, engine-tenter, Barrowford, met with an accident. He and three or four other workmen were fixing a new beam-key in the engine-house at Mr Barrowclough’s mill, when suddenly the jenny chain which had been used for raising the beam broke, and the beam fell with a force of over ten tons on Dawson’s left hand, cutting off two fingers, and holding the man fast with the long finger, which had subsequently to be amputated. The accident happened in the chamber of the engine shed, and Dawson, realising his position, kept from falling below. A new chain was procured, and Dawson was released. The hand has been dressed by Dr Pim.

As it turned out 1886 would continue to be a difficult year for John – he appears in the next two instalments of Black Sheep Sunday together with his wife Sarah.

Sunday’s Obituary – Edith Bailey (nee Harker 1879-1952

Sunday’s Obituary is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Sunday’s Obituary, post obituaries along with other information about that person.

Edith Harker is my 3rd cousin 2x removed. She was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire, on 21 July 1879 to parents James Harker and Dinah Dawson. Our common ancestors are John Dawson and Ann Watson, my 4x great grandparents.

I have been able to find Edith in all the census returns from 1881 to 1911 and on the 1939 Register.

In the first census after leaving school (1901 census) she is described as a “baker”. At that time she would be working for her mother who ran a bakery and confectionery business at 121 Keighley Road, Cowling.

Edith married John Bailey sometime in the June quarter of 1908.

In the 1911 census John’s occupation is given as “butcher”. By the time of the 1939 Register John and Edith had taken over the bakery and confectionery business from Edith’s parents.

Edith passed away on 4 January 1952 and her obituary can be found in the Barnoldswick & Earby Times of 11 January 1952.

Barnoldswick & Earby Times 11 January 1952 - Edith HarkerDeath of Mrs Edith Bailey.

The death occurred last Friday at her home, of Mrs Edith Bailey, 14 Green Street, Cowling. Aged 72 years, and the widow of the late Mr John Bailey, Mrs Bailey was a well known and very highly esteemed Cowling lady. She was the younger daughter of the late Mr and Mrs James Harker, and for 31 years along with her husband conducted the business of bakers and confectioners, Keighley Road, Cowling, which business was founded by her parents 54 years ago. Mr and Mrs Bailey retired from the business seven years ago, and Mr Bailey died five years ago. Of a very kindly and generous disposition, Mrs Bailey was popular amongst a large host of friends, and throughout her business life was renowned for her cheerful manner. Except for a few years in Keighley she had resided in Cowling all her life. Mrs Bailey has been a lifelong Methodist worker, and prior to her marriage was actively associated with the Ickornshaw Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Choir. After her marriage to Mr John Bailey, she linked up her interests with the Methodist cause at the Bar Methodist Church, where her husband was Choirmaster for many years, and both Mr and Mrs Bailey gave many years loyal service to the Church. Right up to the time of her death Mrs Bailey was a loyal worshipper and member of the Cowling Methodist Church. She was also a keen Liberal worker for the Cowling Women’s Liberal Association. The funeral took place on Tuesday, when services at the home and at the Church were conducted by the Rev F Blundred, who paid a sincere tribute to Mrs Bailey’s noble character, saying that the Church fellowship would be considerably the poorer for her passing. There were many floral tributes, and the many friends present at the Church was an indication of the great respect and esteem in which Mrs Bailey was held. Mr James E Fort played appropriate music at the organ.

Madness Monday – Watson Emmott Dawson (1877-1944)

Madness Monday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Madness Monday simply create a post with the main focus being an ancestor who either suffered some form of mental illness or an ancestor who might be hard to locate and drives you mad.

Watson Emmott Dawson is my 1st cousin 3x removed.  Our common ancestors are my 4x great grandparents John Dawson and Ann Watson.

Watson was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire, on 24 June 1887 to parents Thomas Dawson and Jane Emmott.

I have written about Watson before – Military Monday and Madness Monday. He also gets a brief mention in Tombstone Tuesday and Sunday’s Obituary.

I recently came across these articles in the Burnley Express of 23 January 1915 and the Burnley News of 17 February 1915.

Burnley Express

Burnley Express - 23 January 1915CAUGHT IN HUT – At the Colne Police Court, on Thursday, a farm labourer named Watson Dawson, of Cowling, was charged with breaking into the shooting box used as a warehouse and stealing a bottle of whisky, the property of Mr W F J Green-Emmott, JP. – Mr A Bracewell defended. – Martin Ogden, gamekeeper, said that on the 13th December he went to the shooting box and heard a noise. After waiting a few minutes he saw accused come creeping through the window. Prisoner said, “I have got a bottlee of whisky here it is.” Witness lighted a candle, and accompanied by accused, they re-entered the shooting box and found that the cupboard door had been broken, the lock having been sprung off. There was another bottle of whisky inside, and a quantity of the contents had been consumed. – Cross examined by Mr Bracewell, witness admitted that he had been on very friendly terms with accused. On the very day of the offence Dawson had his tea at his (witness’s) house. Dawson’s family had offered to make reparation for the damage done. He knew that accused had been in an institution for the mentally deficient. In his application for bail, Mr Bracewell said that Dawson was a member of a very highly respectable family. A few years ago accused had the misfortune to meet with a serious injury, and this had resulted in his having been sent to an asylum. – Dawson was committed to take his trial at the Preston Quarter Sessions, bail being allowed.

Burnley News

Burnley News - 17 February 1915THEFT AT COLNE

FARM LABOURER BOUND OVER

REMARKABLE STORY OF A PASSION FOR WANDERING

A remarkable story was told at Preston Sessions, on Monday, in a case in which Watson Dawson (27), farm labourer, pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of whisky from a shooting hut at Colne, on December 13th.

Mr Yates, prosecuting, said accused was seen by a keeper climbing out of the window of a shooting hut on the moor. He had a bottle of whisky in his pocket.

Mr Hodgson said Dawson was the son of respectable parents, and up to six years ago had never caused them a moment’s anxiety. He was then employed in a cotton mill. He was always extremely fond of shooting, and spent much of his time on the common moor, over which there was free shooting of grouse. One day he was found lying unconscious on the moor, and it was thought that he had been sun-struck. He had to be taken to the Menstone Asylum, and the medical superintendent there said he had had a violent blow on the head. It was now believed that somebody who had shot at a bird at the same time as Dawson had quarrelled with him as to whom the bird belonged, and that in the quarrel Dawson had been struck on the head with the butt end of a gun. The result of this injury was such that his parents were advised that he must live an open-air life. They took a farm at Cowling, and defendant and the whole family worked there.

Defendant also developed a passion for wandering, and about the same time every year he wandered away with the clothing he was then wearing, and without a word of warning to anybody. He would stay away for a month or two and then come back. His parents had been warned by the medical superintendent at the asylum that he was likely to develop these wandering fits. During these journeys he had wandered away to Ireland and even to France, and apparently supported himself by casual employment. He left home early in December in his usual way, and was lost sight of until he was seen by the keeper getting out of the window of this hut on the moor, which was close to his own home, where plenty of food and shelter awaited him. The keeper, who knew defendant well, took him to his own house and gave him some tea. Dawson then left to go home, as the keeper thought, but he was not seen again until December 31st when he returned home in a bad state of health.

The Chairman said he was sorry to see defendant there in this trouble. He would be bound over to come up for judgment if called upon.

These newspaper stories provide some background to why he might have been in the West Riding Mental Hospital in 1939 (High Royds / Menston) – see Madness Monday post mentioned above.

I’ve also located Watson in the Lunacy Patients Admission Register on ancestry.co.uk. The image below shows that he was admitted to Menston on 19 August 1908 and released on 26 April 1909.

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I am now on the hunt for any patient records that may exist for the West Riding Mental Hospital. I know that some records are available at the West Yorkshire Archives just up the road from where I live. However because the records I am interested in are less than 100 years old then there will need to be a Freedom of Information request to the relevant NHS Trust. I will also need to demonstrate my relationship to Watson and my right to access the records. Does being a 1st cousin 3x removed qualify me as having a right to access the records? At the moment I don’t know the answer to that question.