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Rossendale Branch Newsletter April 2002


Branch AGM & Reflections on the "Haworth" surname - Susan Haworth

1st May Gloria Oates OBE will tell us about her year of Office as High Sheriff of Lancashire.

5th June Quakers in Rossendale. Julia Hoyle

3rd July Out visit to Rochdale Town Hall.

7th August Research Evening.

4th September The other 1851 - Rossendale census

2nd October Members’ Miscellany.

6th November On board HMS George V -WW2. Norma Cowpe.

4t December Christmas Celebration,

Coming Events

Saturday 18th May

North West Family History Conference will be held at the Woodford Community Centre, Cheshire. Booking is essential. Application forms are available from Mrs. Rita Walters, Windy Ridge, Jacksons Lane, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 5JW. John Dalton has a limited number of leaflets.

Saturday 25th May

LFHHS One Day Conference and AGM University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

3 good speakers. see your February Magazine for details.

Sunday 2nd June

Hyndburn Group will have a Family History Stand at Oswaldtwistle Mills. Any assistance will be appreciated, even for only an hour or two to allow people time off.

Rossendale Ancestry:


In November last year, I did a report in the newsletter regarding a visitor to our Branch exhibition, she had appeared with a sheet of wallpaper which commenced "In 1660 the Hargreaves Family came to Bacup from Clitheroe...." I have recently had emails from two members who have the same family tree. They would very much like to make contact with the lady mentioned above.

Susan Gibb and David Hargreaves both tell me that there were several copies distributed to members of the family.

David calls it "he white horse tree"; because it states that the original George Hargreaves, who was a slater, came from Clitheroe on a white horse, slating all the farms in Dean.

Susan says the tree "was drawn up by Lily Hargreaves, daughter of Abraham Hargreaves of Parrock Mill, sometime during the 1950s, at which time it was given to my father Frank Hargreaves. I understand that Mr. Percy Atkinson, a local architect drew up the original. It would be nice to know the name and address of the visitor, to compare notes - or to hear from anyone else who has a copy."

Emails: Susan psgibb@internet.com

David david@twodogsyork.freeserve.co.uk


Deb Francis writes from Australia. She is seeking information on the Southwell Family of Cambridgeshire and Lancashire in particular: "John Southwell b. 1850 Wimblington, Cambridgeshire who had a brother Joseph b. 1846 Cambs and mother Susannah/Susan Southwell born 1831 Cambs. I suspect John married Susan Jane. The above is mentioned in the Lancashire strays index of 1861 and I would love any further information." tdjrfrancis@bigpond.com

This family were living and Burnley in 1881 and Deb had them on the 1861 census in Rossendale.


Vicky Barlow says In my search for information on my great aunt Sarah Ann Hey/s who brought up my grandfather and his siblings when they were orphaned, I recently sent for a death certificate. Alas, it was not the right aunt Sarah. If anyone in the branch has links to -

Sarah Heys, died October 1897 at 14 Ashworth Street, Cloughfold aged 46, who was married to Richard Heys, a stone mason (journeyman), and who had a daughter Mary A. Heys - I would be very glad to send it to them.

Email vickybarlow@btinternet.com


Last month I reported on the discovery of a letter sent by Mary Hindle to her husband and family from Australia on November 12th, 1827. Mary had been transported for her part in the handloom weaver riots of April 1826.

Several of us decided to try to trace her family background and see whether she had any living descendants. This is proving far from easy.

HOLDEN. Mary Holden was born about 1799. Holden is a very common name in the Haslingden area and we have found four possible baptisms at St. James Church, Haslingden. We know that when she was transported her mother was living and that she had brothers and sisters.

HINDLE. Mary married George Hindle, a weaver at St. James Church, Haslingden on July 26th 1818. They both signed the registers with a ‘X ‘. In 1826 they were living at Pleasant Street, Haslingden.

Mary and George had a daughter Elizabeth baptised at St. James March 21st 1819. Two children are recorded in the burials, they do not appear to have been baptised. Abraham on 10th January 1822, aged 1 year and Robert on 17th December 1823, also aged 1 year.

It is has been supposed that George Hindle’s father was Abraham Hindle, a wealthy business man, In 1818, Abraham was described in a local trades directory as a "Carrier" transporting woven pieces and other goods to Bury and Manchester. In 1824 he was also landlord of "The Hare and Hounds" and a Churchwarden at St. James. He was an investor in property and built "Hindle Street" and "Pleasant Street".

There is a vault in St. James Churchyard for Abraham Hindle, carrier, who died 29th November 1841, aged 59. Also in the grave is Peggy, his wife who died 17th December 1840 aged 61, Ann Hindle of Blackburn, who died 25th March 1852, aged 67 and James Anderton "who was brought up with Abraham Hindle" died aged 12, 24th October 1835.

In her letter Mary Hindle, tells her husband "give my love to your father and mother." So they were both living at the time, However, it is unlikely to be the above Abraham. I have checked his will, which was probated 4th May 1842. He divided his estate (estimated as under £3000) in two parts. One moiety to his brothers and sisters, George, Susan, Alice, Ann, James and Robert (as shall be living) The other moiety was left to the brothers and sisters of his late wife. (Unfortunately these were not named). He had married Peggy Riley at St. James in January 1804.

There is a possible baptism for Abraham Hindle at Blackburn 7th June 1782. His parents were William and Mary. Perhaps George was a nephew of Abraham. If anyone is researching these families please let us know.

CHEW. Mary Hindle’s only surviving child Elizabeth married Roger Chew at St. James Church in 1837. She gave her place of residence as Radcliffe Fold. In 1841 she was living nearby at Bell Street. In 1851 they had moved to Dearden Gate. Roger was aged 34, a powerloom weaver, Elizabeth was 42. Her surviving children were Mary, Edward, Hiram, Sarah Ann, Elizabeth and Eliza Chew (twins). Hiram’s twin Peter born in 1844 had died. There are other children in the registers, Theophilas and Dorothy born 5th May 1852.

By the next census Elizabeth had died and Roger was living on Chapel Street with a 2nd wife Isabella. It would appear that there must be many descendants of Mary and George Hindle.

The letter from Mary to George was very fragile the original has been deposited at the Lancashire Record Office.

Further information on the loom breakers can be obtained in "Riot!" by W. Turner. Lancashire County Books, Preston. 1992.

1901 Census online - update

This information was dated 20 March 2002.

It was issued by the Federation of Family History Societies. The PRO reissued their previous ‘state of progress’ announcement on 18th March with its wording unchanged i.e. ‘the 1901 online service will not be available at designated centres for a few more weeks’.

A series of written questions were asked in the House of Commons.... these are referred to in our ‘Latest News’ web page. This can be visited from our link at the top of our home page at www.ffhs.org.uk to help any society or individual in the UK to compose a suitable letter to their MP we have prepared a suggested draft, which they may use as a basis. This too can be viewed on our ‘Latest News’ web page.