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Rossendale Branch Newsletter April 2000

Rossendale Ancestry

1. Graham Jackson of Penny Cottage, 13 Markfield Road, Groby, Leics. LE6 DFL has recently joined the society. He has a marriage 2 Sept. 1885 showing Elizabeth LEWIS 20, marrying Robert ENTWISTLE 25, at Dean in Lumb. Elizabeth's father, John was living at Spring Gardens, Newchurch in 1881 but had died by 1885. Any info. would be welcome.

2. Miss C. Dee, 21 Brockfield Close, Offerton, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4NA. has written to tell me about her WILKINSON, PERRIER, TOMLINSON & WORSWICK families.

James WILKINSON and his wife Isabella came to Waterfoot from Earby in Yorkshire in 1859. From 1963, James occupied a position with the Newchurch spinning Co. He was connected with the Baptist Church at Waterfoot, where he was the teacher of the young men's class for over 20 years.

His wife Isabella died in 1914 aged 80. Where were they both buried? Their son John Fredick was born in 1857, he married Lydia Perrier (a British Subject born in France) in 1893 at Bethel Baptist Church. John had lost an arm in a cotton mill, he later became a school master. He gave lectures in the area on English and maths. In 1903 he invented a perpetual calendar, the book describing this is kept in the British Library in London.

John F's elder brother Arthur went to Sydney, Australia in 1883. He introduced Trickett's slippers into that country, where he had a market stall. On a visit to England in 1923, he died and was buried at Earby Cemetery.

Charles Singleton WILKINSON, a younger brother worked at Trickett's . He was the first Secretary and Cashier of the firm, for many years before retiring to Southport. His wife was Emma WORSWICK. He died before his daughter married Walter TOMLINSON in 1923. John Frederick's other brothers and sisters were Albert, Annie, Lilla and Ellen Ann. Walter TOMLINSON was born in 1898, the son of John William TOMLINSON. Miss Dee has provided me with a family tree and some presscuttings. She would be pleased to hear from anyone who remembers this family or who can give any extra information.

3. Barbara J. Oldroyd, 2 Glenavon, Annewood Park, New Milton, Hants. BH25 6TU would like information on her maternal ancestors:

James HEAP of Heald and Alice LORD of Doals married at St. Nicholas' Church 28 July 1834. In 1851 they were at Haslingden Road, Bacup, aged 48 and 45. Their children were John (16), Alice (12), James (7) and Jonathan (3). Father James & son John were both cordwainers. John later moved to Nantwich.


As I have decided to retire as Secretary for the whole LFHHS, I will no longer be the Representative of this Branch on the Executive Committee. Can anyone spare 4 evenings a year to attend a meeting and report back? We do need to be represented.

Coming events, talks, conferences, exhibitions.

Thursday 13th April

Thursday 11 May

Monday 22nd May

Lancashire Record Office is holding a series of brief presentations giving an introduction to the following computer software:

- Family Search (on CD-Rom)

- 1881 National Census Returns (on CD-Rom)

- Finding Folk (on CD-Rom)

There will be demonstrations of Family Search and Finding Folk at 3-45pm followed by the 1881 National Census returns at 4-30pm. All sessions will be suitable for people with little or no experience of using a personal computer. To book a place contact the LRO on 01772 263038.

Saturday 13th May

LFHHS One Day Conference and AGM at the University of Central Preston. 10.00am - 1.00pm (2 Speakers) Anna Watson, Lancs. R.O. and W.J. Taylor, our President


2.15pm (1 Speaker) Derrick Walkden, Heraldry in the Shire Hall, Lancaster.

3.45pm AGM followed by tea & departure Bookstalls, IGI etc.

Full Day £14.50. AGM only, Free. Full details were in your journal.

Saturday 9th September

The North Wales Family History Fair Conference Centre, Llandudno 10.30am-4.30pm

Did you miss....

Our Internet Evening?

It was good to see so many beginners and "experts" crowded round the 9 available computers. A list of useful websites was published in our last newsletter. If anyone would like to add to this list, please let me know. For those of you who tried to find the Lancashire Record Office Website this should have read www.Lancashire.com/lcc/edu/ro/index/htm

The Cunliffe Letters

In my last newsletter. I described the letters of Jonathan Cunliffe, which had been purchased by a local man. Jonathan wrote the letters to John Cunliffe of Hareholme from 1830 - 1848.

I have found that John Cunliffe was 74 in 1841, his wife Lucy was 71. Still at home were Ruth 25 and Henry 15. John Cunliffe married Lucy Hopkinson at Bury 12th Sept. 1799.

One of our members David S. Cooper, of Powys tells me that Jonathan was his great Grandfather. He married Mary Ann Bogg, whose father was a Battery Sergt. Major, who had fought in the Penisular War. Jonathan's service record shows that he enlisted in the Royal Marines in 1830. He sailed in 7 different ships before he retired as a colour serjeant in 1850. The records also relate that he was under fire off the coast of Syria viz. " at the bombardment of Beyrout, Sidon and the taking of St. Jean, D'Acre." In 1881 he was living in Burnley. In 1871 & 1861 he was in Whitworth.