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Rossendale Branch Newsletter February 2004

Programme: 2004

Wednesday 3rd March

Tracing your Army Ancestors.

Jonathan Ali

Wednesday 7th April

AGM and Heirlooms.

Wednesday 5th May

D Day - 60th Anniversary.

Clifford Barcroft

Wednesday 2nd June

To be arranged

Coming Events

Saturday 13th March 2004

North West Group of Family History Societies Annual Conference

This year’s conference is being organised by the LFHHS, so you are urged to attend.

Venue: University of Central Lancashire, Preston in the Greenbank Lecture Theatre, Adelphi Street & Victoria Street. Time: 9.30am - 4pm.


Michael Gandy. Quaker Records with specific reference to the North West.

David Smail. The Outlaw John Taylor.

Peter Park. In good faith and truthful ignorance; researching bigamy.

Cost: (including conference, buffet lunch and refreshments) £17.50. Forms are available.

Saturday 20th March 2004

Irish Ancestry Group Mini-Conference.

Venue: Resource Centre, 2 The Straits, Oswaldtwistle, Programme

10.30 Registration, Tea/Coffee

11.00 Pat McAvoy. Was Your Ancestor in Care?

12.15 Lunch Tea/Coffee Provided

13.45 Jo McCann. Irish Townland Records.

15.00 Joan Gill. Ireland All Mapped Out.

16.15 - 6.30 Tea/Coffee Please Note:- As last year, numbers are limited. Please let me know if you wish to attend. Payment £5.00 each may be made on arrival. Bring a packed lunch, or if preferred, lunch may be bought locally. Bookings and Enquiries to Miss M Purcell, 128 Red Bank Rd., Bispham, Blackpool FY2 9DZ Tel 01253 353909

Please let me know if you would like a few copies of the programme for interested members. - Margaret Purcell.

Book Review

The Water-Spinners. A new look at the early cotton trade.

Chris Aspin has spent more than 14 years on this book; much of the information in its 496 pages is from previously unpublished material.

The author has located the sites of 200 Arkwright type mills. He discusses the development of the machines and looks at the early cotton trade from many vantage points.

The spinners of the title include Sir Richard Arkwright and his many followers and also those many thousands who laboured in the new factories. Much of the new material describes the lives of the pauper apprentices, who were taken by the mill masters of the North from workhouses in London and other parts of the country.

Hardback copies are £33.50 plus £5.00 p&p

Paperback copies are £24.95 plus £4.00 p&p

Order from Helmshore Local History Society, 4 East Street, Helmshore, Rossendale BB4 5DL

Rossendale Ancestry


Pauline Barnes has found a Family Bible, in a box of books; she is moving from Wrexham to South Wales in the near future and would like to pass the Bible on to anyone with an interest in the family.

A signature at the front of the Bible says "William Lord of Underbank". It is dated October 1851. Pauline says this is probably the same William Lord who was born July 13 1820, son of Richard and Ann Lord of Cloughfold. He married Rachel Sutcliffe on October 29 1850 at Cloughfold Chapel. Rachel was the daughter of George and Rachel Sutcliffe of Newchurch Road, Bacup. They had sons John, William and George Lord. George married Martha Ann Greenwood in Todmorden although her parents lived in Bacup. Their first child Rachel was born in Didsbury, the family then moved to London. The last entry is for Rachel Lord who died in 1940 as a result of enemy air action.

I have located this Lord family on the 1881 census. William Lord had died. His widow Rachel was living at 2 Goose Hill, Newchurch. She was a dressmaker aged 52, born in Halifax. She had two sons living with her, Thomas aged 23, an unemployed grocer’s clerk and George aged 19, an accountant’s clerk.

If you think you have a connection with this family please let me know and I will put you in contact with Pauline Barnes.


Maureen Roberts (member No 7728) writes "I began my search into the Scott family over three years after being given a photograph of a man named Emmanuel Scott. It was thought that he was my great grandfather. Curiosity led me to confirm this and then search further back. Never having done anything like this and being computer illiterate, it was slow progress until I discovered 2Haslingden Roots" and this led to contact with the LFHHS".

With a tremendous amount of help from various members of these groups I was able to trace back the Scott line to George, born about 1745. I was unable to find out little about George other than his marriage to Ann Houghton. I have since managed to trace back to Ann’s grandfather John Houghton, yeoman of Haslingden born about 1681. He married Elizabeth Hoyle in 1703. Their son Giles was the father of Ann.

I have traced many descendants of George and Ann Scott. My 3X grandfather was John who married Margaret Whittaker in 1913. Margaret died in 1839 but I can not find anything further about John Scott.

I would like to hear from any member working on the Houghton, Scott or Benson family (from Kirby Malham)

The Scotts were staunch Methodists and in latter generations Emmanuel was a lay preacher. His eldest son George married Mary Hannah Lord, daughter of the first Mayor of Rawtenstall. They lived at Cowpe until George’s death in 1951.

Email: maureen@cmhk.freeserve.co.uk

1901 Census RG13/3852 - Part of Bacup - missing page.

I recently purchased the Lancashire 1901 census from S & N British Data Archive Service. I realised there was a page missing from RG/3852. I notified S&N and they very quickly replaced the CD. However, as it was the final page in this registration area, it is possible that any of you trawling through Bacup for a missing ancestor may not have noticed the omission.

For your benefit, I am listing the missing information:

3 Forest St.

Mary Anne Jones- Head-Widow 67 born Bacup. Also her Bro. in Law, son and 3 daughters and Martha Jane Kershaw Dau. in Law aged 6 (sic).

4 Forest St.

John McDonough- Head-Mar-52- Unemployed- born Ireland. Also his wife Catherine and six children.

Recreation Ground.

William Hy. Brearley. Head- Widr.- 54- Caretaker Recreation Ground born Bacup. Also Frances Nuttall- Housekeeper Mar 51 born Bacup Bankside

Chief Constable’s House

John Harland- Head- Mar. 50- Chief of Police- born Yorks. Richmond. Also his wife Ann Margt. 48- Whitby, and 3 children

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.

No reasonable offer refused. Please "haggle" with Maureen Hodgkinson.