Ruth Margaret Bentley

Wedding Wednesday – John Stuart Tomkins and Ruth Margaret Bentley

Ruth Margaret Bentley is my 2nd cousin. Her parents are Albert Bentley and Ruth Halstead. Our common ancestors are Thomas Musgrove and Ellen Stowell – my great grandparents.

Ruth was born on 13 July 1934 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Very sadly Ruth’s father, Albert, died at the age of 28 on 6 June 1937, when Ruth was one month away from her third birthday.

On 15 September 1956 Ruth married John Stuart Tomkins at Moor Lane Methodist Church, Clitheroe. The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times reported the wedding on Friday 21 September 1956 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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TOMKINS – BENTLEY

The wedding took place at Moor Lane Methodist Church, Clitheroe, on Saturday, of Mr. John Stuart Tomkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tomkins, of ‘Quarry Bank,” Lower Abbott’s Brow, Mellor, near Blackburn, and formerly of Waddington, and Miss Ruth Margaret Bentley, daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. A. Bentley, of 1 Curzon Street, Clitheroe.
Given away by her uncle, Mr. Gordon Bentley, the bride wore a gown of ivory satin brocade with a short circular veil of embroidered net surmounted by a pearl and floral headdress. Her bouquet was of red roses.
Miss Christine Bentley, cousin of the bride, and Miss Marie Jackson, a friend, were the bridesmaids. They wore full-length dresses of pale blue brocade and wreaths of pink roses on their heads and carried matching bouquets.
Mr. Luke Porter, a friend of the bridegroom, was best man, and the duties of groomsman were shared by Messrs. Tom Hunt, H. T. Proctor, and John Howard.
During the ceremony which was performed by the Rev. G. H. Fenton, the hymns “The Lord’s My Shepherd” and “O Perfect Love” were sung. Mr. Donald Hartley was at the organ.
After a reception at the Starkie Arms Hotel, Clitheroe, the couple left for a honeymoon in London, the bride travelling in a tweed coat with red dress, handbag and shoes.
Among the gifts were a cheque from the bridegroom’s colleagues at Brockhall Hospital and a hand-embroidered tablecloth from the bride’s workfriends at the Brockhall staff school.
Mr. and Mrs. Tomkins will make their home at “Quarry Bank,” Lower Abbott’s Brow, Mellor.

Like her father, Ruth also died at a young age. She passed away on 28 December 1969 at only 35 years old. I posted a photograph of her tombstone here.

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Wedding Wednesday – Albert Bentley and Ruth Halstead

Ruth Halstead is my 1st cousin 1x removed. Our common ancestors are Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove and Ellen Stowell – my great grandparents.

Ruth married Albert Bentley on Wednesday 5 July 1933 at Moor Lane Methodist Church, Clitheroe, Lancashire. A report of the marriage was published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 7 July (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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BENTLEY – HALSTEAD

A large congregation of personal and other friends assembled in the Moor Lane Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon to witness the wedding of Mr Albert Bentley, elder son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Bentley, of Moore Street, Burnley, and formerly of Barrow, to Miss Ruth Halstead, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert Halstead, of 1 Curzon Street, Clitheroe. The bride has been for some years a prominent member of the choir at Moor Lane and her services as a soprano soloist have been freely utilised by other churches and on the concert platform. She was also identified with the Parish Church Amateur Operatic Society. The bridegroom is well known in local cricket circles, having played in turn for Barrow, Whalley and Burnely St. Andrews.

Several fellow choristers of the bride were in the choir and led the singing of the hymn “Crown with Thy benediction.” The ceremony was performed by the Rev. P S Johnson, and the duties of organist were fulfilled by Mr G Cowgill.

The bride, who was given away by her father, looked becoming in a long ivory satin dress which had a yoke and puff sleeves of embroidered net, her veil, also of embroidered net, being crowned with a circlet of orange blossoms and pearls. Her bouquet was composed of pink roses.

Miss Bertha Procter was in attendance on her cousin, wearing an ankle length dress of yellow spun silk which had a cape collar, the skirt being relieved with narrow frills. A yellow crinoline hat trimmed with velvet ribbon, and a bouquet of mauve sweet peas, completed her toilette.

Mr Cyril S Aspden, of Colne, was the best man, and Messrs T R Halstead and G Steer the groomsmen.

A reception followed at the Starkie’s Arms Hotel. For the journey to Douglas, where the honeymoon is being spent, the bride travelled in a Lido blue silk dress and grey coat which had Lido blue revers, grey hat and shoes to tone. On their return Mr and Mrs Bentley are to reside at 9 Wellesley Street, Lowerhouse, Burnley. They were the recipients of numerous presents. The bridegroom’s gift to the bridesmaid was a wristlet watch.

Albert and Ruth had one daughter, Ruth Margaret Bentley on 13 July 1934.

I have previously written about Ruth and Albert here. And about Ruth Margaret here.

Tombstone Tuesday – Ruth Margaret Tomkins (1934-1969)

This is the gravestone of my 2nd cousin, Ruth Margaret Bentley.

Ruth was born on 13th July 1934 to parents Albert Bentley and Ruth Halstead.

Sometime in the third quarter of 1956 Ruth married John Stuart Tomkins.  The marriage is recorded in the Clitheroe registration district.

You can see from the inscription that Ruth was only 35 years of age when she died in 1969.  Her husband John survived for almost a further 33 years until December 2002.

I took the photograph on a recent visit to Clitheroe cemetery in Lancashire.