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Rossendale Branch Newsletter July 2006

Programme: 2006

Wednsday 5th July

What you didn’t see on TV.

Following a number of enquiries Rita Hirst and Jackie Ramsbottom will talk about the background research involved in the production of the Jane Horrocks episode of "Who do you think you are".

Wednesday 2nd August

Research and Enquiries Evening.

Non members welcome.

Wednesday 6th September

The Witches of Pendle.

A talk by Mrs. M. Stopworth.

Wednesday 4th October

Slides of Old Haslingden. Derek Russell

N.B. This is a change to the original programme.

Coming Events

Saturday 15th July

at the Straits, Oswaldtwistle Irish Ancestry Group meeting Advice and Research Workshop. 1 pm - 4.30 pm

contact Celia Boylan email irish@lfhhs.org.uk

Sunday 8th October

Society Dinner

To be hosted by Blackburn & Darwen Branch

Whitehall Hotel, Darwen

4.00 "Welcome" & Drink

Speaker: Peter Park- "A different look at the Records".

6.00 - Dinner or Buffet

(Full details next "Lancashire" magazine)

Jurors’ Lists - transcripts

Transcripts for 1800 and 1810 Higher Booths (Continued from last month) O - W

1800 Ormerod, George, Goodshaw Fold, Shopkeeper, 48
1810 Ormerod, George, 64, Goodshaw Church, Shopkeeper, 64
1800 Ormerod, John, Gambleside, Gent. 28
1800 Ormerod, William, Heyhead, Farmer/ Yeoman, 60
1800 Ramsbottom, George, Goodshaw Fold, Yeoman, 68
1800 Rishton, George, Crawshaw Booth, Cotton Manufacturer, 38
1810 Sanderson, Edmund, Crawshaw Booth, Inn Keeper, 36
1800 Sanderson, James, Crawshaw Booth, Shopkeeper, 63
1810 Sanderson, John, Goodshaw Church, Housekeeper. 28
1800 Whitehead, John, Meadowhead, Farmer/ Yeoman, 64
1800 Winterbottom, Henry, Goodshaw Fold, Yeoman, 46
1810 Winterbottom, Henry, Goodshaw Church, Gent. 57


The Pendle and Burnley Branch have completed two excellent transcriptions which have been produced by the Society as CDs. These can be borrowed from our library by members or purchased from Dorothy Haworth. email: fiche@lfhhs.org.uk


CD 004 - Parish Church of St. Peter, Burnley, Lancashire. Memorial Inscriptions & Burial Registers 1813 - 1982, contains 17,119 burials sorted by both Date & Name plus 730 MIs with plot numbers in the churchyard.

This was the main burial ground for Burnley & Habergham Eaves before the opening of the cemetery.

CD 005 - The Borough of Pendle, Lancashire. 1901 Census Index. Piece Nos. (RG13) 3868 (pt), 3876 (pt) 3879 to 3891 inclusive, 4027 & 4028: as enumerated and surname order.

Rossendale Ancestry

Rowstron/ Rawstron/ Rostron et al


It all started when an Aunt of mine lent me Great Aunt Rene’s diary. Family members, births and dates back to 1832, I was hooked, and at first opportunity went to my County Library and borrowed the Lancashire IGI. I though this should not be too difficult, after all it was not a common name, how naive can you get?

I looked up "Rowstron" and up came, "see Rawsthorne", funny, I looked up Rawsthorne and low and behold, all the variations you could ever dream of. After several hours I printed off a few pages and went home to study them and have a think.

I decided to have a more in-depth look at the name, the "Directory of British Surnames" said:- ROWSTRON -v- RAWSTHORNE. RAWSTHORN, RAWSTHORNE, RAWSTRON, ROSTEN, ROSTERN, ROSTERNE, R0STHORNE, ROSSON, ROSTON, ROSTRON. The "Directory of Surnames (Oxford)" said:- RAWSTHORNE - English habitation name from Rostherne in Cheshire. Vars - RAWSTHORNE, ROWSTRON, etc. I then realised what I was ‘up against’, but at least I did know where the name came from !.

In the diary, Aunt Rene’s father, Nathaniel Rowstron was born on December 27th. 1834 in Rawtenstall, he went to Spain where he married on March 9th.1862 at the British Consulate in Bilbao, the certificate has his age as 25 yrs. which would put his birth date about 1837, a three year difference. Civil registration stated in July 1837 so if that date is correct I thought there might be a chance of a birth certificate, if so, I have not been able to find it. Nathaniel’s profession, was a "contractor", (he was involved in building the railway from Santander to Coruña), and his father was James, he was also a "contractor".

On his death Certificate, from the British Consulate at La Coruña, the name is spelt with an "A" Rawstron and this has been the story of my search, if ‘they’ can’t get it right on the death Cert. well!!!, and with all the spelling variations, knowing if the one you have is the "right" one is a real nightmare.

I have been trying to find Nathaniel’s birth or reference to any other family members with James as father for about nine years. A Nathaniel did turn up on the 1851 census in Lower Booths at Rawtenstall Fold. He was aged 19, a road worker, born Warwickshire, living with his Uncle Nathaniel Rostron aged 49, and family, all of whom were born in Rawtenstall. Though the age did not tie up with the information, I had. it could have been my Nathaniel. In 1841, the Uncle was registered as Rowstron with his age as 33.

Following it up brought a ‘clutch’ of Rowstrons in the Foleshill/Coventry area and a family member in Australia, I passed the details on to my sister-in-law in Australia. She had several conversations with the Brian Rowstron I found, he is also "doing" his family history. They have established that we are not related to his branch of the Rowstron family - nor are we related to Roy Rowstron, also of Australia, but they have established a link between the Roy and Brian families way back in the late 1800's, all from the Coventry area. In the 1881 census Roy's family name is spelled RAWSTON - here we go again !! It is very frustrating to have been ‘stuck’ for so long with no leads at all - or am I missing something?

I would like to get information on the birth of Nathaniel, of Rawtenstall Fold born c1802 - 1808. I might then be able to discover whether he had a brother James, who could be father of my Nathaniel. Email: p.rowstron@virgin.net

Rossendale Strays

Submitted by Brenda Kershaw.

Extracts from St. James Parish Registers, Wardle, Near Rochdale. 1858 - 1879

1861, 2nd March. Burial CRAWSHAW, Elizabeth Alice, Infant, Booth Fold, Newchurch
1865, 25th February. Burial MARKHAM, James, aged 2 Rawtenstall.
1865, 30th March. Burial MARKHAM, Sarah Jane, aged 5, Rawtenstall.
1871, 3rd August. Marriage HEYWORTH, James Hay-Slacks, Bacup & CROSSLEY, Mary.
1876, 22nd September. Burial, Mary HEYWORTH, age not given, Old Clough, Newchurch in Rossendale.
1876, 23rd June. Burial, JACKSON, James aged 84, Stacksteads.


Haslingden Roots has left St. James’ Church. From the 2nd July 2006 meetings will be held in Haslingden Library, Higher Deardengate, every Tuesday, 6.30 - 8.30.

For further information contact Jackie Ramsbottom. Tel. 01254 394794 Email: jax@grane92.freeserve.co.uk