Priscilla Dawson

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.

On this day … 12th July

1813 … Priscilla Dawson and Joseph Hindle were married at St. Andrew’s church in Kildwick, West Yorkshire.  Priscilla is my 3x great grand aunt.

On this day … 25th May

1846 … Elizabeth Belton was born in Pontefract, Yorkshire.  She is the mother in law of my 3rd cousin 2x removed.

1859 … Isaac Gawthrop was born in Cowling, Yorkshire.  His parents were Joseph Gawthrop and Susannah Benson.  He is my first cousin 3x removed.

1889 … John Snowden died.  He is the second cousin of the wife of my second great grand uncle.

1903 … Priscilla Dawson was buried in Cowling, Yorkshire.  She is my first cousin 1x removed.

1987 … Alice Dawson (nee Hurtley) died in Leeds, Yorkshire.  She is my paternal grandmother.

Tombstone Tuesday – Priscilla Dawson and John Smith

This gravestone is at Holy Trinity Church, Cowling, West Yorkshire. It is the resting place of Priscilla Dawson, my 2x great grand aunt and her husband John Smith.

Priscilla was born in Cowling on 3 May 1824 to parents Thomas Dawson and Margaret Snowden. She was the third of nine children – 4 boys and 5 girls.

From the census returns it looks as though John Smith was also born around 1824 in Cowling. I haven’t done any research at all about John or his parents.

Priscilla and John married sometime in Q2 1848 and the marriage was registered in the Skipton district.

They had at least seven children between 1849 and 1867. I say at least because some of the gaps between the years suggest that there may have been other children born in between census returns that I have not yet found and who died as infants.

James – c1849

Ann – 1850

Peter William – c1855

Thomas – c1857

Joseph – c1859

John – c1860

Margaret – c1867

John appears to have worked either at home or in the local mill throughout his working life. His occupations included twister, overlooker in worsted factory, and warp dresser.

Priscilla died on 30 October 1891.

John survived for just over twelve more years and died on 24 January 1904.

On this day…..29th March

1749     John Skelding and Mary Sadler were married in Old Swinford, Worcestershire.  They are my wife’s 5x great grandparents.

1793     Priscilla Dawson was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire.  She was the daughter of John Dawson and Ann Watson and is my 3rd great grand aunt.