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Rossendale Branch Newsletter January 2008

Programme: 2008

Wednesday 2nd January

Stage and Mail Coaches.

Gerrald Schofield.

Wednesday 6th February

Research Evening.

Wednesday 5th March

Heraldry for the Family Historian.

John Mackie

Wednesday 2nd April

AGM followed by a short talk

(to be arranged)

Was your ancestor an inventor or innovator?

Bob Dobson has a number of Patent Specifications for sale. Listed below are the Rossendale Applicants, 1908 - 1910

1908 22000 Wm HARTLEY, Rawtenstall.brushes for painting etc 4pp

1909 1744 Tom SANDERSON, Haslingden.potato peeling machine 4pp

1909 21342 Wm ARMITAGE, Acre, Haslingden.preventing tampering with valves 3pp

1909 21504 Wm RILEY, Bacup.automatic stop motion for carding engines 2pp

1909 23488 Joseph BURTON & Joseph Henry NELSON, Rawtenstall.frogs of fast reed looms 2pp

1910 11212 Wm LEACH, Rawtenstall.variable-expansion pulleys 3pp

1910 24726 Robert SALISBURY, Edenfield.step-ladders, trestles 3pp

They are available at £5 each post free,. They are approx A4 size, unbound, having been taken from a book. Some have been stapled for security. They were printed by HMSO for The Patent Office and bear the Patent Office Reference Number, which should be quoted, along with the year, when being ordered. The number of pages (pp) of text is shown, but not the number of accompanying drawings, which all of them have. Most bear a library's stamp. They will be sent on approval to ensure the customer's satisfaction before payment is made.

Bob Dobson, 3 Staining Rise, Staining, Blackpool FY3 0BU Tel/Fax 01253 895678 email: landypublishing@yahoo.co.uk

Rossendale Miscellany:

News, notes and queries

At our last meeting, we combined our Christmas Festivities with a celebration of Mary Davison's 80th birthday. Mary has asked me to thank everyone for the cake, presents and best wishes.

Can you help?


David Riley- Member No. 8708 tells me that he has just found some information about his Great Grandfather John Riley born in Higher Booths in 1834. He was married to Mary Wolstenholm in 1854 and attended a Baptist Chapel in Goodshaw Fold, known as Reothath Chapel. Can anyone give him any information regarding this chapel? Are there any records in existence?

David has inherited John Riley family Bible with all the dates of his eleven children - their birth marriage and death recorded. Mary's DoB is also there.. He has photographs of them all passed down. The information which mentions the Rehobath chapel is on a large sheet of paper and is an attempt at a family tree. The hand writing is that of his Aunt, Mary Riley (b 1900) who was interested in family history.


Newchurch in Rossendale Parish Registers.

Update from Craig Thornber.

He writes:

Last week I finished a table of burials from 1723 to 1772, in alphabetical order, similar to that for the baptisms. The LPRS version of baptisms, marriages and burials is finished with all the indexing and just needs the introduction. In the New Year I will produce alphabetical versions of the marriages too.

Missing and Dilapidated BTs.

On my last trip to Preston. I checked the BTs [Bishops' Transcripts] for the second volume up to the end of 1788. One or two sections of BTs are missing from the film version and this must have caused difficulties for many family historians. I have also been looking at a paper register held at Manchester Central Library which is in a very dilapidated condition but covers some baptisms from the 1780s and 1790s and burials from that period up to 1812. The edges are badly damaged with loss of dates in many places even since the time that Milton Ormerod looked at them. From the checking so far, these versions are very similar to the BTs, in part because the spellings of surnames and place names are less variable at this time. There are still ten more years of BTs to do before I reach the point where the registers restart.

Rakefoot Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Crawshawbooth.

Late and Adult Baptisms 1836 - 1837

It is clear from the Rakefoot registers that there was a campaign to have members baptised prior to the advent of Civil Registration on 1st July 1837.

At that time a copy register had to be sent to the Public Record Office.

RUSSEL The children of Archibald Russel (sic) of Lower Holmes, Lower Booths, Parish of Whalley, Lancashire, Calico Printer and Mary his wife

a) James Russel Born 4th August 1826

b) Alexander Russel Born 15 June 1831

c) William Russel Born 28th February 1833

d) Jane Ann Russel Born 21st April 1836 Baptised 4th December 1836. and

e) Marian Russel Born 26 December 1827 Baptised 21st February 1837.

There must have been quite a crowd of friends and family in the chapel on 6th June 1837.

HARGREAVES. The son of James Hargreaves of Constable Lee, Holmes, Manufacturer and Farmer, Lower Booths.. and Hannah, his wife.

a) John Hargreaves (Butcher) of Lower Holmes Born December 1801 and Baptised 6th June 1837

FENTON. The children of John Fenton (Spring Side of Reids Holme) Higher Booths, Grocer and Sarah, his wife a) James Fenton, Grocer of Spring Side or Reids Holme Born 14th November 1814.

b) Edward Fenton (Block Cutter) Spring Side or Reids Holme, near Crawshawbooth Born 8th March 1817.

c) Elizabeth Fenton of Spring Side or Reids Holme Born 8th October 1819. Baptised 6th June 1837

PARKER. The daughter of Peter Parker of Reids Holme, Higher Booths, Block Cutter and Jennet, his wife

a) Mary Parker Born 23rd January 1818, Baptised 6th June 1837.

WHITAKER. The children of John Whitaker of Reeds, Lower Booths, Farmer and Betty, his wife a) Alice Whitaker (Reeds) Born 22nd September 1794.

b) Ann Whitaker (Reeds) Born 2nd October 1800 c) Henry Whitaker (Reeds, Weaver) Born 21st Sept. 1817 Baptised 6th June 1837.

INGHAM. The son of Richard Ingham, Crawshawbooth, Higher Booths, Farmer and Betty his wife a) James Ingham, Crawshawbooth (Colour Mixer) Born 15th February 1816. Baptised 6th June 1837

BRITCLIFFE. The son of Alice (or Elice) Britcliffe, Pinner, Sunnyside, Higher Booths. a) Thomas Britcliffe (Pinner), Sunnyside Born 5th May 1819. Baptised 6th June 1837.

LORD. The son of William Lord, Reeds Holme, Higher Booths, Gatherer of Rags and Ellin, his wife

a) James Gregson Lord, Reeds Holme, Machine Back Tenter. Born 10th April 1815, Baptised 6th June 1837.

BRIDGE The daughters of Abel Bridge, Sloethorn Barn, Lower Booths and Margaret his wife,

a) Ann Bridge Rishton (Sloethorn Barn) Weaver, Power Loom. Born 12th January 1809. Baptised 27th June 1837.

b) Isabella Bridge (Sloethorn Barn) Born 19th April 1811. Baptised 27th June 1837.

WOOD (Eligitamate) sic Son of Martha Hoyle Wood, Higher Booths. Born 18th July 1828 Baptised 4th July 1837.