George Musgrove

Wedding Wednesday – Walter Fletcher and Jane Musgrove

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. A report of the wedding was in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 14 February 1908 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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FLETCHER – MUSGRAVE

Considerable interest centered in a wedding which took place in the Congregational Church on Wednesday afternoon. The contracting parties were Mr Walter Fletcher, youngest son of Mr and Mrs G Fletcher, Wilson Street, and Miss Janie Musgrave, Grafton Street. The bride, who was given away by her uncle, Mr S Stoupe, Accrington, was attended by Miss Belle Musgrave (sister) and Miss Janie Marsden as maids, and the duties of best man were discharged by Mr D Fletcher (brother). The Rev. H Chamberlain performed the ceremony. The bride was becomingly attired in crepe de Chine, trimmed with ecru lace and pink ribbon velvet, with a crinoline hat trimmed with ostrich feathers. Miss Belle Musgrave was dressed in a navy blue coat and skirt with a pale blue voile blouse and a leghorn hat trimmed with pink roses. Miss Marsden wore a fawn costume and a silk blouse with a white felt hat trimmed with Autumn foliage. After the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of the bride. Among the large number of presents received was one from Messrs. J Southworth and Sons, a silver-plated set of fire-irons from the office staff of the Jubilee and Brooks Mills, and a tea service from the warehousemen and overlookers, etc., at the two mills.

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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 – 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.

Sunday’s Obituary – John Musgrove (c1833-1884)

John Musgrove is my 2x great grandfather. He was born c1833 to parents Joseph Musgrove and Jane Dewhurst.

On 6 October 1855 John married Catherine Ainsworth at the Parish Church in Blackburn, Lancashire. They had at least 5 children:-

Susannah – born 2 August 1856 – died 1 February 1869
George – born 20 August 1857 – died 20 August 1857
Thomas Ainsworth – born 12 December 1860 – died 16 April 1928
Joseph – born 13 April 1864 – died 3 June 1948
James – born 5 August 1868 – died 23 November 1868

I have found John on the 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1881 census returns. His occupation varied over the years and he was described as a crofter, a carter and a general labourer. In the 1871 census Catherine is living at 18 Ellen Street, Over Darwen, Lancashire and I assume that John was away from home at the time of the census.

On the 2 December 1858 tragedy struck the family when John’s father, Joseph Musgrove, died as the result of a fall at home. Here’s a blog post about his death – Sunday’s Obituary – Joseph Musgrove

Ever since I started my interest in genealogy and researching my family history my mother has regularly told me of a story about a suicide by hanging somewhere in the past. So I was aware that at some point I may find the evidence.

Back in August this year I finally got round to ordering a copy of John Musgrove’s death certificate. And now I have the confirmation of the family story – cause of death was “suicide by hanging – unsound mind”.

John Musgrove - Death Certificate

According to the death certificate John died at Railway Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire, on 17 September 1884. An inquest was held by the Deputy Coroner J C Anderson on the same date.

The family story was that John returned home one night and the door was locked. Whether he had been drinking, whether John and Catherine had argued, I guess I will never know. Catherine refused to let him in and John replied that he might as well kill himself. If the story is to be believed then Catherine threw him a rope.

Despite my best efforts I have not been able to find any record of the inquest. I have tried Clitheroe library and been to Blackburn library to search the newspaper archives. I’ve also spoken with the Blackburn Coroners Office.  There is a death notice in the local Blackburn paper but no report of the inquest. I discovered during this search that inquest records/reports were considered to be the property of the coroner and were most likely destroyed when the coroner retired.

So sadly it seems I will never learn any more about the tragic events of Wednesday 17 September 1884.

Black Sheep Sunday – Harrison Musgrove (Part 5)

On Saturday 1 August 1863 Harrison and his brother George were mentioned in the Kendal Mercury as part of a report of the Kendal Magistrates meeting.

It seems that the brothers had gone away to Carlisle leaving their wives and families to seek help from the Kendal Union. According to the newspaper article this wasn’t the first time either.

The transcript is here:-

Saturday 25 July Kendal Mercury Aug 1863

Before J J Wilson and Wm. Longmire, Esqrs.

Harrison Musgrove and G Musgrove, two sawyers, were apprehended at Carlisle on a charge of leaving their wives and families chargeable to the Kendal Union. As they had been committed before on a similar charge they were sent for two months to the House of Correction with hard labour.

On this day … 20th August

1779 … Sarah Kighley was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire to parents George Kighley and Ann Edmundson.  She is my 4x great grand aunt.

1857 … George Musgrove was and died in Blackburn, Lancashire.  His parents were John Musgrove and Catherine Ainsworth.  He is my great grand uncle.

1952 … James Dawson died in Keighley, West Yorkshire.  He is my grand uncle.