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Rossendale Branch Newsletter December 2003

Programme: 2003

Wednesday 4th December - Welcome to our Christmas Celebrations By popular demand We are once again having a CHRISTMAS SOCIAL with FUN - GAMES and POTATO PIE SUPPER.

Programme: 2004

Wednesday 7th January - Research Evening and Sale of Book Stock. Due to a change in our buying policy and lack of storage space, It has been decide to have a clearance sale of our new and old stock of books and pamphlets.

Wednesday 5th February - Anecdotes from a marrying man. Not to be missed.

Wednesday 3rd March - Tracing your Army Ancestors. Jonathan Ali

Wednesday 7th April - AGM and Heirlooms.

Volunteers Wanted

Two Officers are resigning from the Executive Committee at the next AGM. Volunteers are urgently required to fill the posts of Treasurer and Membership Secretary.

If you think you have the necessary qualities to undertake either of these jobs contact Tony Foster, email: chairman@lfhhs.org.uk

The Straits at Oswaldtwistle. It is proposed to transfer the Society’s stock of books and magazines to our premises at The Straits to make a Resource Centre. If this is to be a success it will be necessary for members to staff the centre. If you can help for just half a day per week, please contact the chairman at the address given above.

St. Mary’s and All Saints, Goodshaw

Baptisms of "Chance Children"

18th May 1760 Thos. son to Betty HARGREAVES wife of Jas. Hargreaves at Godshaw or steward (sic), which she had in her husbands absence while he was a soldier; by John SPENCER at Crawshawbooth.

30th April 1778 Abram son to Alice EASTWOOD at Bonfire Hill near Goodshaw Chappel, a chance child begotten by one LORD.

1st Oct 1778 Thos. son to Grase (sic) HEYS from Burnley being a bastard child born at Goodshawfold in Rossendale.

13th Feb 1780 Ormerod Meen of Mary WILD, Hades. (is this Hades a reference to Hell ?)

submitted by Wilf Day.

1901 Census RG13/3848 - Rawtenstall The transcript of this Enumerator’s District has disappeared from Rawtenstall Library. If anyone has taken it to type, please notify me ASAP, or it will have to be redone

Rossendale Ancestry


"I have just become an member of the LFHHS and recently received my introductory pack. and am looking forward to becoming an active member in due course. Although being resident in Idle, Bradford, it may prove a little difficult.

My ancestors, it appears hail from the Bury/ Haslingden area At this juncture I am stuck on my paternal GGGGrandparents. They are JOHN & MARY NUTTALL (nee WHATMOUGH) I have a hunch, and it's a pretty good one, that they were married in 1840. The IGI website has thrown up their marriage as being in 1840 and the details as "OF HASLINGDEN."

This marriage actually appears in the IGI as having taken place at Bury St. Mary, 1th February 1833.-ed.

If any member who may have a similar interest in these two individuals, would like to contact me then I would be delighted to share any common interest.

I am a Lancastrian and very proud of it, although I am now living in the white rose county. I was born in ASHTON-under-LYNE, in 1951, the second child and eldest son of Ronald and Elsie (nee SUNDERLAND) Nuttall. Sadly my mother passed away in 1999, but my father remains active and still resides in the same house he moved to in 1954/5."

My contact details, for those who wish to contact me are as follows - email: idledave@aol.com


When I was at the NW Family History Fair in Manchester, I was given the following details, from Mrs. Edna Crowther, 2 Greensnook Terrace, Bacup, Lancs OL13 9DG (member 7359).

"My Gt Gt Grandfather was Samuel Law of the Parish of Whalley whose marriage to Ellen Lord of Spotland took place at St. Chad’s, Rochdale on the 25th of August 1826.

All their children were baptised at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Bacup". Mary (1826) was born at Heightside; Samuel (1827); George (1829); Richard (1830) James (1831); Robert? (1832); James (1833) were all born at Meadows.

Edmund Law (Mrs Crowther’s ancestor) was born at Jeffery Barn in 1835. Then Betty (1836) and Ellen (1838).

1841 - 1861 they were living at Dykes Barn, Bacup. Samuel was a weaver/farmer born c1799/1800. Ellen was 4 years older. Samuel died in 1868. Ellen in 1869, both are buried in Bacup cemetery".

Mrs Crowther will be happy to give further information on this family. She has census details for Edmund up to 1891.

If you have Rossendale Ancestry, you may send details of your research for inclusion in our monthly newsletter. We are also happy to print short articles and queries on the neighbourhood, as space allows. Please add your membership number.

Tangled Relationships

Mary Davison picked up this diabolical quiz on one of her travels.


1. Father’s Brother’s Uncle’s Sister?
2. Grandmother’s Nephew’s Daughter?
3. Aunt’s Mother’s Father’s Wife?
4. Mother’s Aunt’s Grandson?
5. Brother’s Son’s Sister’s Mother?
6. Cousin’s Aunt’s Daughter’s Brother
7. Sister in Law’s Father in Law’s Grandson?
8. Sister’s Father’s Stepson’s Mother?
9. Uncle’s Father’s Mother’s Husband.
10. Niece’s Father’s only Brother.
11. Aunt’s Husband’s Sister’s Daughter
12. Aunt’s Mother’s Granddaughter’s Only Sibling.

Unfortunately Mary didn’t pick up the answers, so you can argue it out among yourselves.