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Rossendale Branch Newsletter September 2003


Wednesday 3rd September - Private William Tomlinson and the Opium Wars. - W.J. Taylor

Wednesday 1st October - Members Miscellany. (Short talks by members on a subject of their choice)
Please inform Kathleen Ashburner, if you can give a ten minute talk on any relevant topic - your family, a local church or area - an interesting source or piece of research etc. We need at least 4 volunteers.

Wednesday 5th November - The Lancashire Cotton Famine (1862 - 1865) - Fred Holroyd

Wednesday 4th December - Christmas Celebrations.

Coming Events

Saturday 13th September

The Great North Fair Gateshead Stadium, Neilson Road, Gateshead
10.00 am - 4.30pm. adults £2.50, children free.
The new national event for Family Historians, supported by the History Channel and the 2003 Genealogy Project. Saturday

8th November - The North West Family History Fair will be held this year at Manchester Velodrome.

Friday 3rd October The Society Annual Dinner will be held on 3rd Oct 2003 and is hosted by the Preston Branch. There are still a number of limited places available. Booking forms were issued with the May journal but if you have misplaced it and still wish to attend then please contact Shirley Benson on 01772 735197 during 7pm - 9pm.

The venue has had to be changed. It is now at the South Ribble Banqueting Suite Leyland . The cost is £17.00. David Hunt curator of Leyland Museum and well known author on local history is the speaker. If you propose to attend bookings are need immediately.

Irish Ancestry Group Meetings at 2 The Straits, Oswaldtwistle.
20 September 2003 and 4 October 2003
Advice & Research 1pm - 4.30pm

with a short talk on Griffiths Valuation at 2pm. At both meetings refreshments will be available. Cost £1.00 per person.

Please let Margaret Purcell know which afternoon you will attend.
Margaret Purcell, 128 Red Bank Rd., Bispham, Blackpool, Lancs., FY2 9DZ
E-mail mpursell@redbankmp.fsnet.co.uk

Rossendale Ancestry


Dale from Bournemouth, email: Get2dah@aol.com is seeking information on

(1) James Harrison born about 1811. He was married to Betty Heyworth in 1836 at Newchurch. In 1857 they were living at Isle of Man, Lumb. He only knows of 2 children (there must be more); Sarah born 1840 who married Samuel Lord and William born 1857 (his g. grandfather).

(2) Robert Ashworth father of Sarah Ashworth (2xg grandmother) born 1831 who married Hiles Varley.

Lancashire BMD - Hyndburn and Rossendale

The first 3,701 marriages from the Hyndburn Offices went live on the internet on Sunday 31st August. The project which will eventually see all birth, marriages and deaths from 1837 to 1950 is going extremely well. A team of volunteers from both The Rossendale and Hyndburn Branches of the LFHHS have been working very hard. both indexing and checking the marriages over the last 2 months, but more volunteers are needed especially with the checking procedure which involves spending a couple of hours in the local registrars each week.

If you can help or for more information contact Jackie Ramsbottom on 01254 394794

or email to jax@grane92.freeserve.co.uk

LFHHS - Draft Constitution

Some concern was expressed about the wording of our present constitution. A new draft has been prepared which based on the Charity Commissioner’s new model; it retains our aims and objectives.

Copies of the new draft are available for consultation. Any comments should be made to your Executive Representative (Kathleen Ashburner) who will take them to the November Executive meeting. It will be submitted to the Charity Commission for their views and with Executive’s agreement it will be presented to the 2004 AGM for its approval.

Civil Registration - Proposed

Changes The Government’s long awaited public consultation document on the proposed changes to the Civil Registration Services in England and Wales was issued on 10th July 2003. Copies can be downloaded from www. statistics.gov.uk/registration/whitepaper/default.asp

A summary of the changes has been prepared by Tony Foster (LFHHS Chairman) . He has attempted to highlight the essential changes as they relate to family historians. It no way negates the need to consult the original document. Pages 90 - 130 are of particular relevance, paragraphs (6.1.1 - 8.3.30).

Individual responses to the proposals need to be made by 24th October to Lorraine Cole. Civil Registration Review Consultation, Room 126, General Register Office, Smedley Hydro, Trafford Road, Southport PR8 2HH.

Copies of the proposals are available for you to take home and consider. The Society will be making its own response, comments should be made to Tony Foster by 20th September.

Haslingden Marriages which took place at Longholme Methodist Church, Rawtenstall

1899 Anderton, George E. Wyld, Alice Has/Cl’fold
1882 Aspinall, James H. Ashworth, Fanny Has/Raw
1902 Barnes, Butterworth Jackson, Jane Kilnf/Helm
1901 Bond, John Pickup, Ada Raw/Has
1870 Buckley, George Dawson, Mary J. N’ch/Has
1862 Catterall, William Catterall, Ellen Bax/Has
1896 Clarkson, Hugh Tasker, Alice Has/Dews
1890 Dewhirst, William Marshall, Eliz. E.Has/Raw
1887 Dugdale, William Massey, Mary Has/Has
1872 Emmett, William Pounder, Eliz. Has/Raw
1900 Greenwood, Chas W. Hoyle, Emily Has/Has
1895 Hargreaves, Ashworth Whittam, Ann Raw/Has
1889 Henry, Harry Hanson, Phoebe Has/Has
1880 Hindle, James Ramsbottom, Eliz.A
1896 Holden, William Hall, Norah Raw/Has
1867 Holden, Thomas Warburton Marg.F Has/CB
1872 Holden, Henry Read, Elizabeth Has/Raw
1858 Holt, John Hartley, Jane Has/N’ch
1852 Hoyle John Whitaker, Janet Has/Has
1875 Johnson, James Dewhirst, Alice Bax/Raw
1881 Joy, Arthur J. Coupe, Helen Has/Raw
1902 Kenyon, Herbert J. Holden, Betty Ed. Has/Has
1862 Law, Samuel Haslam, Mary Has/Has
1869 Law, Thomas Sutcliffe, Betsy Has/Raw
1903 Lindsay, Ernest Dawson, Ada B. Has/Raw
1871 Martin, John Barnes, Sarah J. Has/Has
1879 Martin, John W. Chadwick, Hannah Has/Has
1902 Morris, John W. Riley, Alice A. Raw/Has
1887 Pearson, Edward Johnson, Hannah Has/Has
1895 Riley, Abraham Chesters, Emma Has/Has
1869 Slater, John Holgate, Eliz. Acc/Has
1885 Sutcliffe, Nathan Nuttall, Sarah Has/Has
1878 Tattersall, John Sutcliffe, Ann EwBge/Raw
1858 Walmsley, John Lindsay, Esther N’ch/Has
1896 Woods, James Thomas, Martha Has/Raw

Abbreviations: Has.- Haslingden Acc. - Accrington; Bax. - Baxenden; CB - Crawshawbooth; Cl’fold - Cloughfold; Dews. - Dewsbank; Ewbge - Ewood Bridge; Helm. - Helmshore; Kilnf ? N’ch - Newchurch; Raw. - Rawtenstall;

Submitted by K. Ashburner

How Odd! From the Bolton Chronicle 22 Feb. 1834

Burial of an Odd Woman- The first funeral by the society of Independent Odd Women at J. Hargreaves the Golden Cup Inn, Haslingden, and which has been founded four years, took place on Wednesday 12th Inst. The procession headed by the Rev. W. Gray and a band of music and consisting of 140 sisters, presented the most solemn scene that has ever been witnessed in the town.- The regularity and decorum observed both by the procession and the bystanders reflected the greatest credit on them.

They didn’t name the lady. How odd!