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Rossendale Branch Newsletter May 2009

Programme: 2009

Wednesday 6th May

Shaw’s Ribble Valley Journey No. 2

A pre 1914 slide show. - Jim Halsall.

Wednesday 3rd June

Curiouser and Curiouser

Margaret Curry.

Wednesday 5th August

Advice and Research Evening

Wednesday 2nd September

Out Visit to Bacup Natural History Society.

LFHHS Annual Dinner

Friday 5th June

This year the Society’s Annual Dinner is being hosted by the Fylde Branch. Details in your February "Lancashire" magazine.

LFHHS AGM & Conference

Saturday 6th June

The Society AGM, this year will held at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Lytham Road, Preston PR2 3AR. This change of venue has resulted in reduced costs for the AGM & Conference.

There will be three speakers at the Conference.

DAVID LAMBERT speaks to the title: "In the Name of God – Amen." Wills and probate records explained.

JOHN MARSDEN whose talk is: "A History of Cremation" Significant milestones in its development and acceptance.

PETER MARSHALL speaks on: "Heraldry from Hatching to Despatching" Funeral Hatchments described and explained.

The Conference with Buffet Lunch is £12. The Conference without lunch will be £5.

1911 Census Vouchers

The LFHHS has made a bulk purchase of 1911 Census Vouchers through the Federation of Family History Societies. The vouchers have a face value of £5.00 and are available by post from the Treasurer at £4.50. The vouchers can be ordered directly from him and will be sent following receipt of an order accompanied by a cheque and a stamped addressed return envelope. The vouchers are credit card sized cardboard so only a small standard envelope is required. They will be posted back by return mail - first or second class according to the postage provided on the SAE. Send orders to Stephen Benson 32 Slater Lane Leyland Lancashire PR25 1TN. All cheques must be made payable to L.F.H.& H.S. No post-dated cheques please. There is no expiry date on the vouchers but once it has been activated by you adding it to your FMP/1911 account, then you will have 90 days to spend your units. Each five pound voucher contains 40 units, There is no minimum order but the cost of two lots of postage and effort involved should be kept in mind

Federation General Meeting 29 August 2009

The Federation of Family History Societies will be holding it's General Meeting at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham University, in the afternoon of 29 August 2009. This meeting is open to Member Societies and their Members so if you are a member of a Family History Society you are welcome at this meeting. For information about FFHS go to www.ffhs.org.uk

The venue for this meeting has kindly been provided by the Halsted Trust, coinciding with their conference 'Open the door and there are the people', 28 to 31 August 2009.

Details of this event can be found at www.openthedoor.org.uk including accommodation.

David Smetham Communications Officer FFHS communications@ffhs.org.uk

Rossendale: News Notes and Queries

The Rossendale Branch held its AGM in 1st of April 2009. Veronica Slater has become a welcome addition to our committee. We are pleased to have someone else from Rawtenstall on the committee, as many of us are from the Haslingden area. Unfortunately we have not had anyone to represent Bacup since Ken Simpson resigned last year. Veronica has agreed to oversee our Tuesday afternoon sessions at Rawtenstall library. These are proving very successful, we have people dropping in for advice and we are able to help with small searches for members not living in Rossendale.

Trish Barnfield has recently been appointed to the post of Community History Manager for Rossendale Libraries. Trish has been very supportive to our group and in return we are happy to help with some of the genealogical enquiries she has received.

Haslingden Library has now reopened following its recent refurbishment. The Local Studies room, now renamed the Community History room, has been supplied with 2 computers, in addition to the microfilm readers. Not all the material has yet been restored to the room but it is available on request. No decision has yet been made regarding future meetings of Haslingden Roots.

William Nuttall, Edenfield

I have a personal enquiry regarding William Nuttall, born in Edenfield 25th September 1832, son of Thomas and Ellen Nuttall. William’s parents moved to Horwich. In 1851 he was described as a block cutter. On 30th September 1855, he married Catherine Murphy at The Catholic Chapel, Pilkington Street, Bolton. He then went to live in Manchester, where he was described as a "stamp maker". William died in 1884 and is buried in Manchester.

I would very much like to make contact with any descendants of William Nuttall, as he crops up twice (in a very mysterious way) in some other research I have been undertaking.

Newchurch Parish Registers- Notes from the Margins.

It was June 2008 when I compiled the first part of these notes. I did not anticipate that it would take so long to complete them. This is because of the many articles and enquiries articles contributed by branch members

Part 2.

The Rev. John Bartholomew Phillips was incumbent of Newchurch in Rossendale from 1860 – 1890. Towards the end of the 1860s, he commenced to jot down comments in the margins of the registers. Below are some of these margin notes taken from the burial register. Here is information you won’t find on the death certificates. I have listed the official entry first followed by the comment.

James STOTT, Rawtenstall, 28th February 1877 aged 88. "Born November 30th 1788".

John (Bartholomew) PHILLIPS, Newchurch, 17th March 1877 aged 88 [Minister William Whitworth]

"Registered in the baptismal register of St. Woolas, Newport Wales, as John Phillips. Born Jan? 14th 1788"

Joseph TAYLOR 29th December 1877 aged 23

"Joseph Taylor was married Oct. 1877, buried Dec. 29th 1877".

James BARNES, Newchurch, 22nd July 1878 aged 44. Killed in Cloughfold, July 12th, a fall from a ladder.

Robert HALSTEAD, Newchurch, 17th January 1879 aged 56. "For twenty two years the much and deservedly esteemed sexton of this church".

John WHITAKER, Servant, 9th April 1879 aged 54 "John Whitaker weighed 17 score 15lbs [355lb], stood 6ft 3 inches , his coffin was in length 6ft 8 inches by 2ft 5 inches, 16 ½ inches deep. He was weighed within a fortnight of his death".

John BARCROFT, Boothfold, 24th September 1886 aged 85. "Served as churchwarden from 1856 until his death".

Ann INGHAM, Newchurch, 1st February 1890 aged 52. "Late Ann Holt".

The Phillips Gravestone.

Situated in the Old Yard at St. Nicholas identified by a rustic cross with 4 shields round the base.

In loving memory of Mary Ann wife of/ the Rev. John Bartholomew PHILLIPS/ who died January 5th 1889, aged 67 years. Also of Ada Marian, their daughter who died April 1st 1926 aged 79 years [right side] Erected by John Bartholomew PHILLIPS M.A. for forty years, Rector of this parish. Born 16th July 1815, interred at St Brelade’s church-yard, Jersey, 2nd January 1900 [back] In loving memory of/ John PHILLIPS Esq./ of Whitson Court, Mon.- Burford Oxon- who died March 11th 1877, aged 88 years. Also of Jemima his wife, who died February 25th 1872 aged 78 years [(left side] In loving memory of John Llewellyn born July 1st 1844, died April 2nd 1846, Also of Arthur Hamilton/ born May 16th 1855, died January 20th 1858, infant sons of John Bartholomew & Mary Ann PHILLIPS, [separate shield] In loving memory of/ George Herbert PHILLIPS, eldest son of J.B. PHILLIPS, born June 10th 1849, died at Bath, April 15th 1911. Also of Laura wife of the above, died February 13th 1925, aged 72 years. Also of O’Neil third and youngest son of the above G.H. PHILLIPS, born February 19th 1884, died at Montreal Canada, March 1st 1911.