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Rossendale Branch Newsletter January 2003




Tonight - 8th January 2003 Research Evening.

Wednesday - 5th February Britannia Coconutters.

LFHHS - Irish Ancestry Group

The Irish Ancestry Group will hold a Mini-Conference at 2 The Straits, Oswaldtwistle, Lancs., BB5 3LU on Saturday, 8th March 2003,

from 10.30 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Cost - £5.00 per person. Please bring a packed lunch.

Programme: 10.30 a.m.

Registration, Tea/Coffee 11.00 a.m.

Lecture - Irish Research on this side of the Irish Sea. Marie McQuade.

12.15 a.m. Lunch - Tea/Coffee provided.

02.00 p.m. Lecture - Old Age Pension Returns. Maureen Fitzgibbon.

02.45 p.m. Advisory Panel. Marie McQuade, Maureen Fitzgibbon, Jo. McCann

03.30 p.m. Tea

04.00 p.m. Close

Please Note Numbers are limited. Bookings and enquiries to Miss M. Purcell, 128 Red Bank Road, Bispham, Blackpool, Lancs.

FY2 9DZ Tel. 01253 353909

Let Margaret know if you intend to be present at the conference and include SAE for acknowledgement and directions. Payment may be made on arrival.

Membership has increased slightly this year. We still have around 70 members who have nominated Rossendale as their branch of choice. You are reminded that your subscriptions for 2003 are now due. You should have received a membership form in your November "Lancashire" magazine.

Payment should be made to our Branch Treasurer, Maureen Hodgkinson or to the Society Treasurer, Vicky Barlow. New members may obtain a form from Maureen or download one from the Society web site http://www.lfhhs.org.uk

Book Review

The Spirit of Haslingden & Helmshore: the 20th Century in pictures, by Chris Aspin & John Simpson. 2002. Ashbourne, Derbyshire, Landmark Publishing.

This is the first Lancashire book in Landmark's "Spirit of......" series. (The Spirit of Rawtenstall will be published soon).

The 300 photographs in this book are all well annotated and described. The first part of the book covering Haslingden includes scenes from the old town and illustrates the changes which took place over the last century. There is a section which covers the many interesting men and women who contributed to the growth of Haslingden and gave it its unique personality. It is perhaps of most interest to those who grew up in the old town and who remember it as it was. These are the people who will remember the personalities, groups and events portrayed. Two of our own branch members are to be found in these photographs, Mary Davison and Kathleen Ashburner.

The authors of the book are both well known as local historians. Chris Aspin, a retired journalist was joint founder of Helmshore Local History Society. He has written many books on local, Lancashire and textile history. John Simpson lives at Helmshore, he is a graduate of Durham University and currently works for Lancashire County Library Service. He has also written several books on the district. The book is hardback, it is available from local libraries and shops. £17.95. For more information email: lancashire@clara.net or check the web site www.landmarkpublishing.co.uk

Rossendale Ancestry:


It can be very difficult to trace a family when the spelling of the surname is variable. Terry Sudders has just picked up his family tree again after a two year break. His family were concentrated in the Higher Booths area (Goodshaw and Crawshawbooth). He has had a lot of help from Wilf Day and Jackie Ramsbottom who sent him some information back in 2000. His search took him to William Sudders b1864 d1938. He married Anne Westwell and they had 13 children from 1887 to 1906.

In 1881William Sudders together with his brothers John (aged 18) and Thomas (aged 15) were living with their widowed mother Ann (aged 39) at Parsonage Terrace, Higher Booths. This was the home of Ann's parents Henry and Mary Heys.

In 1871 they were living at the same address but were listed as "Suthers." Also present were Ann's brother and sister Susannah. Apart from Mary Heys who was born in Gambleside, the rest of the family were born at Goodshaw.

In 1861 William's parents were still unmarried. Ann Heys was living at home with her family at Goodshaw. She was then 19. It is thought that her future husband was James Sutherst then aged 30. He was living at Broading in Crawshawbooth with his widowed mother Hannah (52). His siblings were Ann (28), William (26) and Sarah (19). All born Higher Booths.

In 1851, this James was at Loveclough and was entered as Sudders. He was aged 20 and was living with his parents John (44) and Hannah (45). John Sudders is given as being born in Accrington.

In 1841 John Southerst aged 30 Calico Printer and Hannah 30 were living Gooseham Fold with children James 10, Ann 9, William 7 and Henry 4. All born Lancs.

Also at Gooseham Fold was James Sudders 55, a farmer and Ann Sudders aged 53.

Along with the others in the area the main employer seems to be the Calico Print Works and Terry wonders if anyone has any information on this?

email: tsudders@sudderst.fsnet.co.uk