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Rossendale Branch Newsletter March 2012

Programme: 2012

Wednesday 7th March

A talk by Norman Hindley

Wednesday 4th April

AGM Followed by a short talk by Rita Hirst

"Love across three Continents

Wednesday 2nd May

Research Evening

Wednesday 6th June

‘And in flew Enza’

a talk by Tony Foster

Research and Advice Sessions at Haslingden
Library every Monday 5.30 – 8.30 pm
Note: the doors to Haslingden Library close at 7.30 pm.

and at Rawtenstall Library every Tuesday 1.30 – 3.30 pm

We may be able to do simple look-ups for distant members. When contacting us with an enquiry, please include your membership number

The LFHHS Resource Centre.

The Society’s Resource and Research Centre at 2 Straits, Oswaldtwistle, BB5 3LU is open every Thursday from 1.00pm – 5.00pm and 1st Saturday of each month 1.00pm

Coming Events

Saturday 17th March 2012

Lancastrians Abroad A one day conference held at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston (UCLAN). 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Lancashire militia units in the 1798 Irish Rebellion.( Martin O'Cathain)
A Liverpudlian at Ladysmith (Peter Park)
Wesham & the War: the people of a Lancashire village 1914-18(Jennifer Lewis)
Lancashire & Africa: from colonial servants to expats ,1945-95 (Billy Frank)
£27 for non-members, £22 for 'concessions and students', £18 for members- including buffet lunch)
Cheques to:- UCLAN and sent to Susan Bailey, ILFH, The University, Preston PR1 2HE lfhistory@uclan.ac.uk Tel. 01772 893053

Sunday 25th March 2012

Local History Day, hosted by the Helmshore Local History Society at Haslingden Cricket Club. Starts 11.00 pm. Various local groups will have stalls. There will be two or three booksellers and refreshments will be available.

Saturday 31st March 2012

Family History Road show hosted by the Friends of Carnforth Station, Visitor Centre (platform 1 on the railway station. Road show admission £2. Refreshments available. Present will be LFHHS, Cumbria FHS, Furness FHS, Keighley FHS, Lancashire Library, Lancashire Record Office, Family History Partnership bookstand, Lancashire Registration Service.

Saturday 31st March 2012

Dorset Family History Society

A Family History Day to celebrate the Society's Silver Jubilee will be held at Parkstone Grammar School, Sopers Lane, Poole BH17 7EP 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. FREE admission and FREE parking. The LFHHS will be represented at this event.

Saturday 7th April 2012

Family History Festival
Hosted by the museum of Lancashire, Preston. This event is a celebration of family history and will be attended by various groups and organisations that can help people with their genealogical research, whether they are complete beginners or have just hit a 'brick wall in their research.

Saturday 21st April 2012

Sheffield & District Family History Fair, to be held at “Centre in the Park” Norfolk Heritage Park, Guildford Avenue, Sheffield S2 2PL 10.00am – 4.00pm Admission free.
The LFHHS will be represented at this event.

Saturday 28th April

Family History Day, Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawsons Corner, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS28 5TA 10.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
The LFHHS will be represented at this event.

New Society CD's

There have been 2 new CDs issued by the Society, which you may purchase if you need them for your research, or access them at The Straits. The first CD is a record of the Grave Books for St John the Evangelist in Gt. Marsden, (Nelson). The second CD is 'Yoxall of Brierfield, Burnley & Nelson – A Family of Substance, by James Wignall

Will Transcriptions Online www.willtranscriptions.co.uk

This is a free to use website which has over 3,000 transcribed wills and can be searched by surname or county. It is easy to submit a transcription and it is possible to contact the individuals who have submitted an entry.

Rossendale News, Notes and Queries

Rossendale Branch AGM

Next month we have our AGM. All the existing committee are willing to stand again but we would welcome extra volunteers to join us. If you are interested, please give your names to our Chairman, John Dalton, or myself. All our new members are invited to tell us some details of their researches.

Below is an article by David Butterworth of Bath. (Member 10025)

Ormerod Butterworth

My story starts with the marriage at Whalley in 1742, of Henry Butterworth and Margaret Howarth, both of Rossendale. I believe they settled in Hapton, where between 1745 and 1761 they had seven children, all christened at Padiham.

Most of the children married at Padiham and had families starting in Hapton then moving to Habergham Eaves in Burnley.

One son, Edmund, born 1756, married Lucy Ormerod at Burnley in June 1778. No recorded family ensued and no further trace of Edmund has been found. Lucy lived on until June 1834 when she died at Higher Gate Field, Habergham Eaves, recorded at Burnley. Another son, Thomas, born 1761, married Alice Raingill at Padiham in June 1783. They lived in Habergham Eaves and had three children before Alice died in December 1794. Thomas did not remarry until July 1801, in Rochdale, to Ann Howarth. They had two children (James born May 1801, before the marriage, and Ormerod born in March 1803). Both were christened in April 1803 at Padiham.

Ormerod Butterworth married Margaret Horn at Padiham in November 1824 before they moved to Scarfoot, Crawshawbooth where he was a butcher and had three children, one of which was my Great Grandfather William. The next child to be born, in Jan 1835, shortly after Ormerod’s Aunt Lucy Butterworth (nee Ormerod), died, was also named Ormerod Butterworth. Later they lived at other locations in Rossendale and had a total of nine children before moving to Padiham where most were baptised as adults (with birth dates declared). Census returns show the birth places.

So I surmise that Lucy (nee Ormerod) had a big role to play in the rearing of Thomas’ children from his first marriage and was honoured by the use of her Maiden name as first names of sons for the next three generations.
Email: d.butterworth@tiscali.co.uk

Rossendale Coalfields by Jack Nadin

A Book Review

Title: The Rossendale Coalfield
Author: Jack Nadin

Were you ancestor a collier in the Rossendale area? There was a time when numerous small-scale pits were to be found dotted around the bleak moorland areas of South East Lancashire. These small private mines used methods of mining hundreds of years old. They came into being to provide fuel for local needs. Jack Nadin, himself a former miner recalls an industry now long gone.

According to Mr. Nadin these were not deep shaft mines but mainly “breast high” literally a tunnel driven into the hill side, the height of a man’s breast.

Covering an extensive area this book lists mines not only in Rawtenstall and Bacup, but also in Birtle, Rochdale, Heywood and Littleborough The mines are listed alphabetically commencing with Ap Top, Whitworth and Acre Hoyle, Bacup and ending with Wolstenholme Fold, Rochdale.

Using modern-day technology, grid references have been given for all these mines (where known), so it is still possible to locate the old workings and any remaining archaeology.

The author tells us of the owners and the men who toiled in these mines. There are extracts from local papers and inquests on the many men and boys who lost their lives in tragic accidents.

There is an alphabetical index of all the names mentioned in the book.

Published 2012 - Price £12.99 by:
The History Press
The Mill,
Brimscombe Port,
Gloucestershire GL5 2QG - Price £12.99