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Rossendale Branch Newsletter April 1999

Helmshore Fair

Thank you to everyone who attended our stalls at the Helmshore NW Regional Fair on Saturday 21st March. As well as selling books and microfiche we were able to offer help and advice on a wide range of family research problems. There were a lot of people interested in taking up our hobby. I hope that some of them will be inspired to attend their local branches


Michael Hiluta will be giving his Project Organiser's report tonight but he has particularly asked me to include this plea:

We are requesting volunteers to continue with checking monumental inscriptions at St. Nicholas' Newchurch and to continue with MIs at St. Mary's Crawshawbooth.

Perhaps you can spare a lovely morning, or perhaps a sunny afternoon, or would you prefer some enchanted evening! (In June it stays light until 10pm) Please let Rita know, or myself.

He is being very optimistic about the weather. Do come, it can be fun even in the rain.

Did you miss ...

Bill Taylor's talk on the War Memorials of Rossendale. Bill said he had information on 64 War Memorials and Rolls of Honour. He showed us a selection of slides which included civic , church, business and private memorials. They ranged from small plaques to one in Stubbins of 400 acres of land. One slide showed the very first WW1 war memorial to be erected in this country (in Rawtenstall Cemetery) which Bill would like to have registered as a listed building, another showed the memorial at Weir, which didn't quite qualify as the highest village memorial in the country. They all told the same tragic story.


I have finally been persuaded that I should be on the internet and consequently I have acquired an e-mail address. RitaHirst@ukgateway.net. I would be grateful if those of you who already have e-mail addresses would let me have them. Would any of you (with or without e-mails) be willing to undertake research for me, checking census or registers in Rawtenstall Library.

Coming Events. Talks, Conferences, Exhibitions.

Saturday 17th April 1999. NW Group of Family History Societies. 22nd Annual Conference hosted by Liverpool & SW Lancashire FHS at the Western Rooms, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral St. James' Mount, Liverpool. There is ample parking space at a fee of 31.00 for the day payable on arrival. Fee £13.50 to include all lectures, coffee on arrival, buffet lunch and afternoon tea. Send to David Guiver, 11 Bushys Lane, Formby, Liverpool, L37 2DX. Bookings to arrive by 27th March.

I only received a limited number of programmes but if you are interested please look at the notice board for details.

Saturday 24 April 1999. Computers in Family History Conference. The Society of Genealogists and the Manchester & Lancashire Society will be hosting a one day conference in the Chapman Building of the University of Salford.

Saturday 1 May and Sunday 2 May 1999 Society of Genealogists. Annual Fair, London.

Our London and South Branch will have a table on the Sunday and would welcome visits from any of our members.

Saturday 8 May LFH&HS One Day Conference and AGM at the University of Central Lancashire Preston. 10.00am -5.00pm £14.00. Details enclosed in your February magazine.

Friday 15 October. The Society's annual dinner will this year be hosted by the Lancaster and Morecambe Group. The details will be available in your May magazine.

Saturday 30 October 1999 NW Group Family History Fair (sometimes known as the Stockport Fair) will this year be held at the Guild Hall, Preston.

Rossendale Ancestry.

1. Walter Coupe, 192 Chestnut Hill Road, Chepachet, Rhode Island 02814 USA is researching the COWPE Family of Haslingden. He is interested in the ancestors of Edmund Cowpe and Betty Harwood who had a son Robert born at Hud Rake 9 October 1837. e-mail wcoupe@efortress.com. member 4835.

2.Tony Foster of our Bury Group is researching James BILLSBORROW who founded the Independent (Congregational) church about 1776 in his house at High Street, Haslingden and his links with the SMALLEY family of Darwen.

3. Daphne Anderson, 13 Pinewood Avenue, Brookhouse, Lancaster. LA2 NU Tel. 01524 770498. is seeking information on David PICKUP died 18-2-1891 and widow Mary Ann of 22 Peel Street, Cloughfold.. Michael has given her details of his grave.

4. RG Harrison 92 Wood Lane, Sonning Common, Reading, Berkshire RG4 9SL is researching the family of Thomas CLUTTON who was a confectioner at 31 Deardengate, Haslingden. His wife was Priscilla Rothwell who died in 1913 aged 30. She was the daughter of Hindle ROTHWELL, Innkeeper. Mr Harrison wants to know whether Thomas stayed in Haslingden after 1915. We can not trace a burial for him.

5. Wilf Day has replied to the enquiry from Mrs. Paulett in Australia who is researching the family of Richard HEAP, born 1832 at Goodshaw. He has found that they have a common ancestor.

6. Audrey Wood, 48 Westbourne Park, Scarborough, N.Yorks YO12 4AT has been researching the family of Thurstan IRELAND of Stacksteads. She is now seeking information on Thurstan's wife Sarah Hannah ALLSOPP dau. of Alice Ashworth ACTON and Francis ALLSOPP. (They mar. Haslingden Registrationa area 1879) She also would like someone to help her find her grandfather John ACTON, born Liverpool, he was orphaned around 1879. He married in Stubbins 1900 and is believed to be with his aunt Alice Ashworth ALLSOP at Stacksteads as a young boy. She can't trace him on the 1881 census, and would like someone to check 1891.