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Rossendale Branch Newsletter Septembers 2002


4th September The Other 1851 - Rossendale Census. John Dunleavy will talk about the Ecclesiastical Census of 1851.

2nd October Members’ Miscellany. Members are invited to talk for for about 10 minutes on a subject of their choice. Have you undertaken an interesting piece of research? Have you found an unusual source? Or maybe, you would like to tell us what prompted you to start researching your family in the first place.

6th November On board HMS George V A WW2 talk by Norma Cowpe.

Good News -

1901 Census Online. It is now possible to access the 1901 census online.

The PRO have set up a test site at www.census.pro.gov.uk

The site is available from 9.00 - 19.00 GMT +1 hour

Good Luck.

The LDS Library at Rawtenstall

We have just heard that the Family History Centre, Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall will close on the 13th September. If you have films ordered, these can be consulted up to this date, money will be refunded for unfilled orders. The nearest LDS centre is now at 33-41 Water Street, Chorley PR7 1EE Tel. 01257 233687. It is essential to book in advance.

Coming Events:

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September

Quaker Meeting House,

Crawshawbooth To celebrate the 350th Anniversary its foundation this historic Meeting House will be open to the public.

Wednesday 18th September at 2.00pm or Monday 23rd September at 7.00pm Lancashire Record Office Bow Lane Preston

User Consultation Open Meetings

The LRO would like to hear your views about various aspects of its service and in particular

Making the Record Office more approachable for new users; Standards of service; The Record Office Volunteer Programme.

RSVP to 01772 263027; email: record.office@ed.lancscc.gov.uk

Friday 4th October

LFHHS Annual Dinner hosted by Pendle and Burnley Group, at the Bay Horse Inn, Blacko Bar Road, Roughlee. £17.00 per head. Please book early. There are limited places available. Booking Form in the May magazine or contact David Taylor 01282 438713.

Saturday 12th October

A Local History Seminar will be held at the Rolls Royce Social Club, Skipton Road, Barnoldswick. 10.00am - 4.30pm.

This event is hosted by the Earby & District Local History Association. Speakers: Eric Higham - Migration of Dales families to the mill towns. Susan Wrathmell - Traditional architecture of the area. Then a choice of Jean Ingham- A Family History work-shop or A tour of Bancroft Mill Engine Museum. Fee: £12.50 including lunch. Further details from Lynda Simmons 01282 816100 and from local libraries and tourist information centres.

Sunday 27th October

This year the annual Family History Fair hosted by the N.W. Group of Family History Societies will be held at Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester. 10.30am - 4.30pm There will be the usual variety of stalls. Also Refreshments and Free street parking. Admission £2 - children free. Volunteers are need to help run our stall at this event.

Please contact Ron Chapman, Chairman of the Exhibitions Sub Committee; 01257 453087

LRO - Open more hours

A letter has been received from the Archivist at the Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston.

As from 2nd September 2002, the Record Office will be open every week, i.e. no longer having a closed week but of course it will still be closed at certain holiday periods. To check tel. 01772 263031

Opening Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm Tuesday (late night) 9.00am - 8.30pm

Rossendale Ancestry:


Chris Mitchell with be travelling to Rossendale from Australia, this November. He is hoping to find more information on his family.

Elizabeth Trippier of Pipping Bank, Bacup married Joseph Edward Mitchell, 2nd January 1861 at Longholme Methodist Church. Joseph was a schoolmaster, formerly from Todmorden but then living in St. Helens. Elizabeth’s father was James Trippier, a cotton mill manager. We cannot find her family in the 1861 census. In 1851, her parents James and Alice were living at Acre Mill (about a mile below Pipping Bank) Elizabeth was not with them. I think she was living with her maternal grandparents, where she had been wrongly indexed as "Elizabeth Cropper - daughter - aged 10 years" In 1841 the Trippiers were living with the Croppers at Lower Rockcliffe Farm. James and Alice Tripyer were given as aged 20, Elizabeth was 5 months. Chris has obtained her birth certificate. email: Chris.mitchell@senet.co.au


Phil Lea writing from Cambridgeshire says "I noticed that you have now posted a photo, of an artist’s painting of Hugh Edge Farm, on your website. This is extremely interesting to me and to my cousins Ann Stocker and Clare Staveley. Our common ancestors are Joshua (1807- ?) and Millicent Haworth (nee Birtwistle). They were known to live at the farm in the 1850s. I am descended from their son Richard, Ann is descended from Joshua and Clare from Thomas."

Phil says he would be intrigued to know the history of the photograph and whether anyone knows the history of the farm, or anything more about these Haworths? He would be grateful if they could contact him at email: phil_lea1954@hotmail.com


John Tyldesley says he is hoping for a miracle, his initial research into his mother’s Ormerod family took him back to 1816, then "I stumbled upon a book by Milton Ormerod, published by your society in 1996, in an instant most of my queries were answered. Milton Ormerod is a third cousin of my late mother and my researches plugged into his seamlessly."

John would now like to know "what happened to the descendants of my gt. gt. grandfather Lawrence Ormerod (1816 - 1877) of Holden Clough and in particular the descendants of John Ormerod (1854 - 1931) and his wife Mary Ellen. John was twin brother to my gt. grandfather Edmund Ormerod". email: john.tyldesley@talk21.com

Milton Ormerod’s book "The Ormerods" 2nd Impression with addendum, LFHHS, 2002 is available from the Book Sales Officer, LFHHS, 2 The Straits, Oswaldtwistle, Lancs BB4 3LU £12.50 plus P&P - UK £1.80, Overseas: (surface) £2.90 (airmail Europe) £2.90 ( airmail worldwide) £5.70.


John Riley is wondering whether there is any possible connection between the family of David Whitehead (the industrialist) and his Riley Family. "It seems he was living in the farmstead where my ancestors were living, Meadowhead near Gambleside and according to the records my nxgt. grandmother acted as midwife to the Whiteheads who were born there and at Hapton".

John added "The Goodshaw Baptist records are sketchy and do have gaps. I was told that this was because they had been found scattered around inside the old chapel some years ago. However, those that have survived have been transcribed and copies are in Rawtenstall library. In view of the many potential connections to me, I have been copying these into a PC database. The baptism records in particular often list ‘Present at Birth’ (one of whom would have been the midwife - and it is a fair guess from the names that repeat just who this would be- in one case it appears to have been the doctor’s wife) They also list the doctor and a selection of those present at baptism". email: rileyjl@attglobal.net

Stepping Stones - 1841 Census

Each branch has been issued with a copy of this census for Lancashire. Owing to problems with my CD drive, I have not been able to check the Rossendale pages. They appear to have been indexed under "Whalley Parish".


Some people can trace their ancestry back 300 years but can’t tell you where their children were last night.

from the Daily Mail 2nd August