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Rossendale Branch Newsletter March 2001

Our Programme for 2001

Postponed from last month,

David Fitzpatrick will tell us tonight, the History of Calderstones Hospital and Graveyard.

April 4th - AGM and Photographs from your family albums.

Please bring along photographs of your ancestors, places where they lived etc. and be prepared to tell us your stories and memories of the people portrayed.

May 2nd - Violet’s story, part 2. by Denise North.

June 6th - Who was my uncle Bilsborrow? by Tony Foster (Society Chairman)

July 4th Our Out Visit. A visit to St. James Church and (weather permitting) a walk round Haslingden.

11th August - Research Workshop in Longholme Chapel.

5th September - The Amish Story. by Mrs. Lewis.

3rd October - Rawtenstall Library. A look at the resources of the library and help with your research.

7th November. Uncle Fred, Mary Davison and Jean Harrison will tell us about Fred Harrison.

5th December. Christmas Social.

Did you miss... February’s talk "Passing Trade"

Raymond Wolstenholme stood in at short notice to give his talk, originally scheduled for tonight. He told us his experiences as a Funeral Undertaker in Accrington.

Mr Wolstenholme told us that he went to work for his father, fifty years ago, when he was 15. At that time there were 27 funeral directors in Hyndburn. They were principally joiners, wheelwrights and wood workers. Few had their own vehicles, these were hired for the occasion from a carriage proprietor. He described how circumstances had changed over the years, Funeral directors now have their own premises and transport.

At one point he passed round samples of the wood used in coffins and even some handles for us to examine. This unusual talk prompted many questions from the group.

Group AGM 4th April.

Would anyone wishing to stand for any office on the Committee, please give their names to our Chairman John Dalton.

Haslingden Library

On the evening of Sunday, January 14th, Haslingden Library was damaged in an arson attack. The library is now offering a limited service but all the microfilms have been temporarily transferred to Rawtenstall library. For further information telephone Rawtenstall Reference Library 01706 227911.

Rochdale Local Studies Library

The local studies library has been relocated at Champness Hall, The Esplanade. For opening times etc. telephone 01706 864921.

LFH&HS Vacant Posts

There are vacancies for a Minute Secretary, a Project Co-ordinator and a Librarian Interested? Contact Tony Foster 0161-764-7642821

Rossendale Surnames

A synopsis of a talk given at Rawtenstall library, 10 September 1975. 

By Alan Hitch FLA continued from our February Newsletter

Extracted from "Lancashire" October 1975.

....The period 1850 1900 saw the greatest influx of people into the Valley. Hundreds came from all over England, particularly Yorkshire, Cheshire, East Anglia and of course from Ireland and Scotland.

Some of the names from East Anglia and the Isle of Ely include Maskell, Collen, Bacon, Horsley, Hitch, Collings and Nicholls.

Good sources for this period are local newspapers, death columns and church histories.

Some information on display at the above talk



New Hall Hey: Nuttall, Ramsbottom, Crawshaw - Over Lench and Hall Carr: Townley, Nuttall -  Rawtenstall: Pickup, Shepherd, Heap - Constabelee: Priestley, Haworth, Ingham, Schofield - Gambleside: Ormerod - Oakenhead: Ramsbottom, Hey, Haworth - Bacup: Lord, Whittaker, Bridge, Tattersall - Dedwin Clough: Pickup, Bridge, Crawshaw, Holt, Nuttall,- Whitworth, - Tunstead: Duerden, Law, Pilling, Tattersall

Rossendale Ancestry:

1. PICKUP/ CHADWICK/GREENHALGH Mrs. E.M. Paul 11 Beechwood Park, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 SN is tracing the above names in the Edenfield area. James PICKUP bn c 1828 at (1891-1861) Spotland, Shuttleworth, Walmersley, Bury- respectively married c1850 Harriet bn c1830 (1891 - 1861) Birtle, Ashworth, Ashworth, Heap-respectively. She needs to find their marriage

James and Harriet had a son John c1860 bn (1891- 1871) Tottington Higher End, (1861) born Bolton. The family were living at T-H-E in all the censuses.

John PICKUP married Mary Ellen.... at Stubbins Congregational Church 11 November 1891. Mary Ellen has always been assumed to be the daughter of Edmund and Eliza Chadwick, of Edenfield. She is given as their daughter on the 1871, 1881 and 1891 censuses.

However on her marriage certificate she is given as Mary Ellen Greenhalgh, no father listed. On her son’s birth certificate, she gives her maiden name as "Greenhalgh". The Chadwicks are on all censuses from 1851 - 1891 at Edenfield but Mary Ellen is given as "born Swinton." Can anyone help with this knotty problem? Mrs Paul can not trace a birth certificate for Mary Ellen Greenhalgh. I am assuming that she was adopted but given that the Chadwicks already had a large family, we need a Greenhalgh connection.

Coming Events ....

Saturday 24th March 2001

"We seek them here, we seek them there"

A Family History Day -hosted by The Family History Society of Cheshire for the North West Group of the Federation of Family History Societies. It will be held at the Manchester Metropolitan University Crewe + Alsager Faculty on the Alsager Campus. I have a few application forms and leaflets.

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd April

"The Cup of Love2 - the Spring Conference of the Federation of FHS will be held at Leicester University, Oadby. The theme of the conference will be to explore some of the more extraordinary goings-on of our ancestors you can contact Mrs. Y J Bunting, Federation Conference, Firgrove, Horseshoe Lane, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hampshire GU12 5LL Please enclose a stamped A5 envelope.

5th - 6th May London, SOG FH Fair.

12 th May at Preston, University of Central Lancs.LFHHS Conference and AGM

25th June York FH Fair

27th October FFHS Fair, Preston Guild Hall