John Robert Turner Musgrove

Sunday’s Obituary – John Robert Turner Musgrove (1891-1944)

John Robert Turner Musgrove is my grand uncle – in other words my grandmother’s brother. His parents are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner, my great grandparents.

John was born on 2 November 1891 in Giggleswick, Yorkshire. He was baptised almost two years later on 5 October 1893 at Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire. He was the oldest of at least ten children.

By the time of the 1901 census the family had moved south to Lancashire and were living in Clitheroe. When the next census was taken in 1911 John was working as a “bleacher” in a calico cloth print works.

In 1915 John married Phoebe Scott. They had three children:-

John Robert Turner Musgrove – 17 July 1916
Greta Musgrove – 2 May 1918
Joseph Frank Musgrove – 2 November 1925

When the 1939 Register was taken John’s occupation is given as “shoe repairer”. The family were living at 32 Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe.

John died on 27 February 1944 and his death was reported in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 3 March 1944.

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MR J R T MUSGROVE

The death occurred on Sunday of Mr John Robert Turner Musgrove, 32 Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe, at the age of 52. A native of Giggleswick Mr Musgrove came to Clitheroe when in his teens, and for some time he was employed at Barrow Printworks. Later, he began business as a clogger in Shaw Bridge and in recent years he had worked in the quarry. Mr Musgrove, who was wounded in the last war, was a member of the British Legion. Another brother, Thomas, made the supreme sacrifice, whilst a younger brother is serving now. Mr Musgrove’s two sons are both in the Forces.

Sincere sympathy will be given to his wife, sons and daughter in their bereavement. Mr Musgrove was associated with the Moor Lane Methodist Church, whose minister, the Rev J E Storey, officiated at the interment, yesterday, at St Mary’s Cemetery.

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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.