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Rossendale Branch Newsletter February 2000

Rossendale Ancestry

We have had several requests for information this month.

1. Mr White in Melbourne is interested in the White Family of Bacup. His ancestor Abraham White emigrated to Australia in 1852, leaving his widowed father John White in Bacup. We believe he married again between 1851 and 1861. There were two Johns born in 1805 so he needs the marriage. diswhite&tpg. com.au

2. Mrs B. Robinson was tracing a family of Hoyles and Heyworths. They were living at Bankside Bacup. James Heyworth widr. farmer & mason of Bacup had married Ann Hoyle a widow (father John Hardman) at Newchurch 14 Nov. 1841. Mrs Robinson is descended from Ann's son John. His father was Thomas Hoyle. Valerie Maxwell has done some work on this line for me but if you have further info. please inform me or Valerie.

3. Wilf Day has been assisting me with yet another Haworth (possibly Howarth) enquiry. Ernest Haworth was born 20 Feb. 1879 at Crawshawbooth, baptised at Providence Methodist Church, Loveclough son of John Henry and Clara Jane Haworth. John Henry appears to be son of Dionysius and Jane. He had two brothers William and Samuel. In 1881 he had his uncle and cousin living with him. John Firth Holden aged 39 (born Helmshore) and John William Holden. In 1881 Jane Haworth had married Thomas Nelson. She was born in Helmshore. Information is sought by Edna Bownes, 2 Carnarthen Close, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 1LP.

4. Rosalind Hamlin has 2 Haworth lines. One was at Sherfin- George born 1814, a farmer is given variously as born Whitworth and Shuttleworth (1851 & 1861 censuses) and the other also named George born 1814, was at Wellbank Haslingden. In 1871 and 1881. According to the censuses he was born at Higher Booths. I believe his father was Edmund.

Mrs Hamlin has found a list of names and dates

Ann Haworth 15th ?1810, Olive Haworth 1812, George Haworth Jan 12th 1814, Robert Haworth Oct. 26th 1815, Betty Haworth Oct. 10th 1817, John Haworth Dec 13th 1819, Sarah Haworth Feb 27th 1823, Henry Haworth Feb 3rd 1827, Mary the daughter of Olive Haworth 9th Mary 1833. (bapt. Hasl. 16th June 1833)

Apart from the last entry the baptisms do not appear in the Haslingden St. James registers.

Coming events, talks, conferences, exhibitions.

Saturday February 12th.

Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston

10.00 am - 4.30 am

60th Anniversary Open Day

Admission Free, Refreshments provided

Conservation demonstrations, Exhibitions, Family History Advice Tel. 01772 263039

Saturday March 4th.

NW Group/PRO joint day conference, Manchester Conference Centre, UMIST, Sackville St. Manchester.

"The Nations best kept Family History Secrets-tracing your family history in the Public Record Office" Cost £14. Details from Mr. E. Gullick, 4 Lawrence Ave. Simonstone, Burnley, Lancs. BB12 7HX

Saturday March 25th.

Federation of Family History Societies. NW

Millennium Conference.

From Manuscript to Website

Hosted by Catholic FHS N.W. at Liverpool Hope University College

9.45 Welcome Address

10.00 Religion, Live and Love in NE Lancashire in the MiddleAges. Dr. Paul Booth

11.15 Religion, Records and the People. The Tudor and Stuart Parish. Dr. Janet Hollinshead

12.30 Lunch

2.00 Non-Conformist Records and the Family Historian Dr. Michael Mullett

3.00 What next? Mr Michael Gandy Fee £15 to include all lectures, coffee on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea at 4.00pm.

Did you miss....

our talk by Ken Bowden and Ken Simpson entitled "Oddities from the Nat".

The Kens brought a collection of weird and wonderful artifacts from Bacup Natural History Museum. We will never forget the "Marmalade Cutter." the steamer for asthma suffers, the strange toaster and the horrific denistry tool.

As well as domestic, industrial religious and military items the museum holds a collection of around 2000 books and bound copies of Bacup newspapers from 1863.

The museum which is situated at 24 Yorkshire Street, Bacup, is open to the public on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm


Is there anyone who can help me with Bacup enquiries? Almost every request I receive at the moment is for Bacup, an area which causes me great difficulty. What I need is someone (ideally with email facilities) who can answer questions about the area.

I realize that the census records are in Rawtenstall and I can deal with these but I can't answer questions about mills, farms, and long gone streets. Correspondents want to know which records cover which area and where they can find them. Have any MIs been done for Bacup? Where is the boundary between Newchurch and Spotland? etc. etc.

Currently, I have a request for the whereabouts of Hill Street and where might someone living there have worked- he was a cotton twister? Where might someone who died at New Line before 1946 be buried?

An Ashworth who has spent a small fortune on certificates and genealogists wants someone to search for a marriage of John Ashworth to Ann, daughter of Joseph Gill of Bacup pre 1840.