Harrison Musgrove

Wedding Wednesday – Alan Crossley and Mary Dorothy Hanson

Alan Crossley is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. His parents are John Crossley and Isabella Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Alan was born on 17 March 1914 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. By all accounts Alan was an exceptional musician, organist and choirmaster – this will be the subject of a future blog post all on its own.

On 9 September 1939 Alan married Mary Dorothy Hanson at St. Helen’s Church, Waddington, Lancashire. Details of the wedding were in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 15 September 1939 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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CROSSLEY – HANSON

Many friends were present at St. Helen’s Church, Waddington, last Saturday, to witness the wedding of Mr. Alan Crossley, organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Church, Low Moor, and Miss Mary Dorothy Hanson, organist at St. Catherine’s Church, West Bradford.
The nuptials were performed by the Rev. W. G. Jones, M.A., vicar of Waddington, assisted by the Rev. I. Pugh, vicar of Low Moor. The service was fully choral. Mr. Harry Dyson was at the organ, and the choir was composed of representatives of St. Mary’s Parish Church, Clitheroe, St. Paul’s, Low Moor, St. Helen’s, Waddington, and St. Catherine’s, West Bradford.
The bride, given away by her brother-in-law, Mr. F. Tomlinson, wore a dress of mist blue with petunia sash, spray of fuchsia to tone, light blue hat, and accessories to match. She carried an ivory backed prayer book, the gift of Sunday School teachers and scholars at St. Helen’s.
As bridesmaid, Miss Mary Boothman (friend of the bride) was dressed in a pastel shade of pink, with spray of cream roses, brown hat, gloves, and shoes, and she carried a handbag to tone, which was the bridegroom’s gift.
Mr. J. R. Barnes, a member of the choir at St. Paul’s, was best man, and Mr. H. Tomlinson, nephew of the bride, groomsman.
The numerous presents received included and eiderdown from the bride’s employer, Mr. Peter Harrison; a dinner service from the bridegroom’s colleagues of the Inland Revenue Staff, Nelson; a duet piano stool from the members of the Clitheroe String Orchestra; a pair of exhibition pictures (by J. Hindle Higson) from St. Paul’s Church Choir; and a set of Pyrex dishes from St. Catherine’s Choir.
On their return from the honeymoon, which is being spent at Harrogate, Mr. and Mrs. Crossley will reside at 18 Hargreaves Street, Nelson.

Workday Wednesday – Samuel S Stobbs

Samuel S Stobbs is the husband of my 1st cousin 2x removed, Mary Ellen Musgrove.

Mary Ellen was born on 3 January 1893 at Horton in Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales. Her parents are George Albert Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Stoup. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Mary Ellen and Samuel married in Clitheroe, Lancashire sometime in the June quarter of 1919. In the 1939 Register they were living at Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe. At that time Samuel was working as an asphalt / tarmac mixer on the highways.

About ten years earlier Samuel was working at the local lime works in Clitheroe and was involved in an accident with a conveyor. Details were reported in the Burnley News on 3 March 1928 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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LIME WORKS ACCIDENT

At Horrocksford Lime Works, Clitheroe, on Wednesday afternoon, Samuel S. Stobbs, 33 Hayhurst Street, was caught by a conveyor – an endless chain of buckets used for taking broken stone from one part of the works to the other. He had been lifted off his feet when a work-mate, W. Preston, ran to the machine and stopped it.
When extricated, Stobbs was found to have dislocated his ankle. After attention by Dr. Cooper he was taken to Blackburn Infirmary.

I can’t help thinking this could have been a lot worse for Samuel if his work-mate had not seen what was happening and acted very quickly to shut down the machine.

Wedding Wednesday -Barbara Eccles and Edwin Charles Ross

Barbara Eccles is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Joseph Eccles and Martha Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Barbara was born on 11 February 1925 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. She was the only child of Joseph and Martha.

In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2), at the age of 14, Barbara was working as a “warehouse clerk” for a textile firm.

Three years later on 14 September 1942 Barbara married Edwin Ross at St Paul’s Church, Clitheroe. Details of their wedding were in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 18 September (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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ROSS – ECCLES

Miss Barbara Eccles, only daughter of Mr and Mrs J Eccles, of 8, Franklin Street, Clitheroe, was married on Monday, at St Paul’s Church, Low Moor, to Mr Edwin Charles Ross, second son of Mrs and the late Mr I Ross, of 12, Western Road, Aldershot.
Given away by her father, the bride wore a white satin gown with a headdress of orange blossom, and carried a bouquet of pink carnations. As bridesmaid, Miss A Stobbs (cousin of the bride) wore a gown of mauve slipper satin, with headdress to tone, and carried a bouquet of pink rosebuds. Cpl. A Pitt was best man, and the ceremony was performed by the Rev I Pugh, with Mr J Ford at the organ.
The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a canteen of cutlery and a gold necklace, whilst he also gave a gold necklace to the bridesmaid. The bride gave the bridegroom a gold signet ring.
Following a reception at Carey’s Cafe, Mr and Mrs Ross left for London and Aldershot, the bride travelling in a burgundy dress, with a blue coat and hat to tone.

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.

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.

Sports Centre Saturday – Lewis Coles

Lewis Coles is my 3rd cousin. He was born sometime in the fourth quarter of 1938 – his birth was registered at Darwen in Lancashire. Lewis is the second child of Lewis Charles Coles and Irene Fletcher. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

In the 1939 Register Lewis’s parents are living at 9 Hollies Road, Blackburn, Lancashire. His father’s occupation is “schoolmaster”.

I know from the newspaper article below that Lewis attended Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, where his father was an English master. It seems that Lewis was a bit of a star at athletics and was awarded the Victor Ludorum Cup in 1955.

This is an extract from the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of Friday 15 July 1955. – taken from the British Newspaper Archives website.

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Master’s Son Is Grammar School Victor Ludorum

Sixteen-year-old Lewis Coles, of Hollies Road, Wilpshire, son of Mr L C Coles, English master at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, became this year’s Victor Ludorum at the school’s annual sports at High Moor, on Tuesday.
Coles, who had 11 points, was presented with the Victor Ludorum Cup by a former physical training master at the school, Mr D W Spencer.
He had earlier set up two new school records running 100 yards in 10.6 seconds, and 220 yards in 24.6 seconds.

The following year Lewis was runner up to Colin David Ford – only one point separated them.

If I say so myself I was also pretty nippy as a runner at school and won both the 100 and 220 yards races for my “house”. I also represented the school at West Leeds Schools athletic events. Now I’m lucky if I can manage to run a bath!!

Running Certificate

Sunday’s Obituary – Joseph Musgrove (1866-1933)

Joseph Musgrove is my great grandfather. He was born on 1 December 1866 in Kendal, Westmorland, to parents Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking.

Joseph was the youngest of eight children. He was baptised on 21 April 1867 in Kendal. Less than a year later his father (Harrison) died on 16 April 1868. Then when Joseph was six years old his mother (Jane) died on 12 April 1873.

I guess that Joseph would have been looked after by his older siblings after the death of their parents. And in the 1881 census he is boarding with his eldest sister Agnes and her husband David Hutchinson at Albert Hill in Settle, West Yorkshire.

By the time of the next census on 5 April 1891 Joseph was back in Westmorland working as an agricultural labourer and living on a farm in Duke Street, Holme – about 10 miles south of Kendal.

Just over two years later Joseph married Elizabeth Ann Turner on 12 April 1893 at Settle Register Office.

Not sure what it is about the month of April but all the previous significant events happened in that month!!!

Anyway, Joseph and Elizabeth journeyed south to Clitheroe in Lancashire – stopping off on their way for three or four years at Horton in Ribblesdale, West Yorkshire, where Joseph worked in the limestone quarry. Their first three children were born and baptised here.

At this time the family lived at Foredale Cottages – in the photograph below you can see the cottages on the hillside below the quarry.

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In the 1901 and 1911 census returns Joseph is still working as a limestone quarryman – now at the local Clitheroe quarry.

Over a period of about 20 years Joseph and Elizabeth had ten children:-

John Robert Turner Musgrove – born 2 November 1891
Thomas Musgrove – born cMarch 1894
Florrie Musgrove – born 6 January 1897
Mary Elizabeth Musgrove – born 22 August 1899
James Musgrove – born 9 April 1901
Joseph Musgrove – born cSeptember 1903
Leah Musgrove – born 28 July 1905
Isabel Musgrove – born 12 July 1906
Alice Musgrove – born 23 August 1910
Joseph Musgrove – born 23 October 1912

Sadly Joseph developed stomach cancer and he died at home on 30 September 1933. He was buried at Clitheroe Cemetery on 4 October 1933.

The archives for the Clitheroe Advertiser & Times have recently been added to the British Newspaper Archives website. I just discovered the following obituary.

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A further death we have to record is that of Mr Joseph Musgrove, of 28 Russell Street. Mr Musgrove, who was sixty-six years of age, died on Sunday after a brief illness. Since the war Mr Musgrove had carried on business as a general dealer and was particularly well known among the farming community, his business bringing him into contact with farmers at the Clitheroe Auction Mart. A native of Kendal he had lived in Clitheroe for forty years, and for more than twenty years resided in Salford. At one period he was employed as a quarryman at Bold Venture Quarries. He leaves a widow, three sons and five daughters. The interment took place at St Mary’s Cemetery on Wednesday, the Rev S E Harper officiating.