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Rossendale Branch Newsletter April 2006

Programme: 2006

Wednesday 5th April

AGM - Followed by a short talk by Mary Davison on her early days in the Police Force.

Wednesday 3rd May

Alms Houses and Abductions:

The Turner Family

A talk by Barbara Riding.

Wednesday 7th June

Out-Visit: Internet Evening.

Jackie Ramsbottom will demonstrate how you can research your family tree on the net.

Booking is essential and priority will be given to members who regularly attended the Rossendale Branch. Give your names and telephone numbers to Kathleen Ashburner.

The venue not yet been confirmed. It will probably be at Accrington and Rossendale College. Details will be given on the website and in the next newsletter.

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".

Addition to the Branch Library. CD003

The ‘Western’ Parishes of South Ribble, Preston, Lancashire: The 7 census of 1841, 51, 61, 71, 81, & 1901 covering the parishes of Hutton, Longton, Little Hoole, Much Hoole and Walmer Bridge

Coming Events

Friday 21st April

A Village Story Continued.... by Kathy Fishwick at Goodshaw Baptist Church. 7.00 pm A further look at the history of Crawshawbooth and Goodshaw. The talk and slide presentation will be followed by supper. Admission free.

Saturday 6th May 2006

The North West Group of Family History Societies. Spring Conference. Who, What & Where?

Hosted by the Southport Group of the Liverpool & SW Lancashire Family History Society at Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport.

Fee £13.50 inclusive of refreshments & buffet lunch.

3 speakers 9.30am - 3.15pm.

Send name & address, telephone number and cheque made out to Liverpool & SW Lancs FHS to: Mr. Ian White, 23 School Fold. Hesketh Bank, West Lancs PR4 6RE by 16th April.

Saturday 27th May

Society’s AGM and mini conference

10.00am - 5.00pm at the Foster Theatre, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.


Registration and Coffee. Two talks in the morning:

Melvyn Hirst (remember him from the AGM held at Rawtenstall?) continues his talk about James Greenaway, Calico Printer of Over Darwen; part 2. entitled -

"Where strumpets meet to be brought to bed". If you don’t remember the original talk he will refresh your memory.

Audrey Jones and Abbey Ashby will tell a tale of anguish. deceit, and violation at the domestic hearth under the title of "The Shrigley Abduction".

1.00pm Lunch. Followed by the AGM.

There is an application form in your January magazine. Please complete before 6th May

Friday 1st September to Tuesday 5th September

International Conference

Putting Flesh on the Bones: a study of the Common Man. University of Northampton,

Full details on the notice board.

Haslingden Roots

The next meeting of Haslingden Roots will be on Monday 24th April at 7.00 pm, St. James Church, Haslingden. There will be no meeting on 1st May Subsequent meetings will be held every Monday (except Bank Holidays) until further notice.

Rossendale Ancestry

Tattersall/ Howarth/ Hargreaves

Joscelyn Rothwell needs a marriage prior to 1816 for Richard Tattersall to Alice Howarth. Richard was born c1788 in Edenfield. Alice was born c1790 in Rossendale. They had five known children, four were listed on the IGI as being registered at Cloughfold Particular Baptist Chapel.

These were Alice, 25 April 1816; Elizabeth, 4th June 1818; Jane 8th January 1820 (born Rossendale -1851 census) Hannah 25th April 1827 (born Edenfield -1851)

Joscelyn’s ancestor George, baptised 6th January 1822 at Hope Street Particular Baptist Chapel Rochdale. (born Rossendale). There were 2 other possible children registered at Hope Street Chapel, Henry in 1831 and Mary in 1834. Their mother was given as Alice Hargreaves so Richard may have married twice or "Howarth" could be a mistake as there is a marriage at Bury, of Richard Tattersall to Alice Hargreaves 11 Oct. 1813.

In 1851 Richard, Alice and two daughters were living at Sudden in Castleton, Rochdale. He was a grocer. George was living nearby at Lower Place. if you can help email Joselyn at jocelyn@speedmail.co.uk

Bolton/ Ashworth/ Whittaker/ Taylor

Pat Barker has written from Northwich in Cheshire. Her family moved to Cheshire from Rossendale in the early 1920s. She and her daughter Vikky Foster are researching their Waterfoot ancestors.

Pat says "My mother was Elizabeth Ashworth Bolton. her sister was Alice Craven Bolton and her brother Roland Bolton. They were the children of Robert Herbert Bolton and Hannah Whittaker They lived at 166 Cedar Bank, Waterfoot and my grandfather was part owner of Bolton Brothers, Slipper Manufacturers, Mill End Works, Waterfoot".

The Bolton brothers bought Mill End Mill in 1889. They still had it in 1921, In 1923 it became Byron Shoe & Slipper Co. Then in 1924 it reverted back to its original name.

Robert Herbert Bolton born 1871 married Hannah Whittaker born 1865. He was the son of James Bolton, a joiner, born 1831 in Bacup. James married Elizabeth Ashworth in 1852. They moved to Burnley Road, Newchurch c1860. Their other children were:

John (1855) mar. Isabella Taylor: Sarah Ann (1857), William (1860 - 1875) Mary Alice (1862) mar. Dick Whittaker. Betty/ Betsy (1864); James, (1866); Arthur (1869); George Henry (1875);

Vikky tells me she has her G.G, Grandfather James Bolton’s joinery workbook dating back to 1866 with all the work he did on houses and coffins in the area. James was buried at Newchurch in 1884.

email vikkyfoster43@hotmail.co.uk

Valerie Miller- Donation

Paul Miller of Waterfoot has given us a splendid donation of books, magazines and other material in memory of his late wife Valerie.

Valerie came to Rossendale from Little Lever. Her father was John Hilton born 1912 and her mother was Annie McNally. Valerie who was a regular attender at our Longholme meetings, died unexpectedly last November aged 65.

She was a meticulous researcher and the material deposited reflects her interests. Many of the books cover the Lancashire area, in particular Bolton, Salford, Little Lever and Ashton in Makerfield, She also had ancestor’s from the Midlands, in particular from Wednesbury. Also, there are several books on Irish research and a wealth of magazine material and leaflets on Family History etc.

Regretfully, we can not add all this material to our branch library, so we propose to give branch members the first option to purchase them at reasonable prices.

I have made a list of all the items from this donation and have brought along a few books tonight If you would like to see any other items, let me know and I will bring them along to the next meeting.

BBC Timewatch -

The influenza epidemic of 1918

Can you help with this proposed TV programme? Timewatch is the BBC's flagship history series - we are currently making a programme looking at the 1918 Influenza epidemic.

If you know that your family was significantly affected by influenza in 1918, then we'd like to hear from you.

It might be that you have parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles who died or were orphaned as a result of it - or that you've discovered family archive or an interesting family story about it. We would also like to hear from anyone who has a family member who might remember the influenza outbreak.

If you'd like to get in touch, please contact Emma Parkins, BBC Timewatch on 020 8752 6179, or by email - emma.parkins@bbc.co.uk

The programme is at the early research stage at the moment and all conversations are in complete confidence

Maggie Loughran Administrator, Federation of Family History Societies