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Rossendale Branch Newsletter October 2004

Programme: 2004

Wednesday 6th October

Slides of old Rossendale.

Harry O’Neil

Wednesday 3rd November

Short talks by members.

Another chance for those of you unable to bring your heirloom in April..

Wednesday 1st December

Christmas Celebrations

Wednesday 5th January 2005

To be announced

Coming Events

Saturday 9th October

Rawtenstall Library - Family History Workshop Drop-in between 10am & 3pm.

Help and advice in tracing your family tree - free. Refreshments.

Saturday 16th October 2004 Advice and Research into tracing Irish Ancestry here and in Ireland

Venue The Resource Centre, 2 The Straits, Oswaldtwistle, Lancs. BB5 3LU 1 pm to 4.30 pm

Full details are given in the Irish Ancestry Group's Branch News and programme section of the recent August issue of the Society's Journal.

Enquiries/bookings to Margaret Purcell, 128 Red Bank Rd., Bispham, Blackpool, Lancs., FY2 9DZ. Tel 01253 353909 E-mail Margaret Purcell - mpurcell@redbankmp.fsnet.co.uk

Thursday 21st October; Tuesday 2nd November; Thursday 18th November 2004

Lancashire Record Office. 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Family History Online: An introduction to Web Resources. These sessions are free, please call the Record Office and book 01772 533039.

Rossendale Census Indexes

1851 Census. Continuing this series from last month

This census is available in booklet form. It covers surnames and folio numbers only. HO 107/2247 Vol. 24. - Whitworth. This is an area you might easily overlook. It covers that part of Bacup which falls within the Ancient Parish and Registration area of Rochdale. It also covers the area to the east of Cowpe and south of Newchurch. So if you can’t find your Stacksteads/Bacup ancestors, try here.

HO 107/2248 Vol. 30 - Newchurch.

This very large Township lies to the north of the road from Rawtenstall to Bacup. It includes Deadwen Clough (with the Hamlet of Cloughfold and Newchurch Village; Wolfenden and Tunstead Booths with the hamlets of Waterfoot, Booth Fold and Tunstead; That part of Bacup and Stacksteads which came within Haslingden Registration area.

HO 107/2249 Vol. 31 - Rossendale and Edenfield.

"Rossendale" includes the Townships of Higher Booths (Crawshaw Booth and Goodshaw Booth); Lower Booths includes Oakenhead Wood, and Rawtenstall "Edenfield" is actually Tottington Higher End. A part of the ancient parish of Bury which is in Haslingden Registration area. It covers the hamlets of Stubbins, Chatterton and Irwell Vale together with the village of Edenfield.

HO 107/2250 Vol. 32 - Haslingden and Accrington.

This volume covers Haslingden, including Grane, Henheads, Stonefold and Rising Bridge and also the areas known as Old Accrington and New Accrington.

Haslingden World War II - Book of Remembrance

Haslingden historian William (Bill) Taylor has almost completed his new book, which lists 99 Haslingden men known to have been killed during World War II. There are no names on Haslingden’s impressive war memorial in Greenfield Park.

Mr Turner has collated his list from official sources, from local newspapers and from individual church and chapel war memorials. He has collected details about these men, their families and where they died etc.

However he is left with four men who remain just names. These are:

Richard Ashworth - St. James’ Church
James Clarke - St. James’ Church
Albert Davies - St. Peter’s (Laneside) Church Laurence
W. Entwistle - Ebenezer Baptist Chapel.

If you have any idea who these men were, then please write to Mr. Turner at 53 Bamford Crescent, Accrington BB5 2PQ or you can email me and I will pass on the details.

Rossendale Ancestry

Tattersall/ Greenwood/ Ashworth

Erie Matthews has just joined the society . Writing from Canada she tells me that her husband’s maternal grandfather was John Henry Tattersall. He was born at Union Street, Bacup, 22 August 1854. His parents were John Tattersall and Sarah Greenwood.

John Tattersall was living in Union Square prior to his marriage to Sarah. He was living with his mother Mary, aged 51. She was given as born Blackburn. Her son John was given as aged 21, a factory worker. I was amused to see that the enumerator had written "born in this house." The rest of the family were indicated by this "helpful" enumerator only by their initials A (Abraham) 16; I (Isaac) 14; J(Jacob) 10. There was also a son-in-law Harrison Haworth (who turned out to be Hargreaves Haworth) 26, his wife Susanna 26 and their daughter Eliza aged 6.

The family were listed in 1841 at Bacup HO509/12. The names were given in full. There was an additional child Ashworth aged 18. John, senior was 50, his wife Mary aged 42, John junior was 12.

The 1861 census gives John Tattersall, aged 31, a cotton weaver, his wife Sarah aged 29, a charwoman, his brothers Isaac, 23 ad Jacob 20, also cotton weavers. John and Sarah had only one child listed John Henry aged 6. They were all born Bacup except for Sarah who was born in Yorkshire.

It appears from the baptisms that John’s parents were Wesleyan Methodists. John Tattersall married Mary Ashworth 29th December 1823 at Newchurch.

John Henry joined the Royal Highlanders in May 1873. He served in Great Britain for a short period and then East Indies until 1881 and then back to Great Britain [serving in England, Ireland and Scotland] retiring in 1894.

He married Emily Jane Hicks, d/o of Joseph Hicks, [sailor] and Lavinia Budd Dec. 25, 1881 at St. Simon's Church, Southsea in the Parish of Portsea, County of Southampton. He died 12 Oct. 1918 Eastney, Kingston & East Southsea, Portsmouth Emily Jane died 28 Apr. 1926 at the same location.

They had nine children, born in seven different locations.

Mrs Matthews says she would like more information about John Henry’s mother Sarah Greenwood. Her father was given on her marriage certificate as Simeon Greenwood. She would also like to know when and where Sarah and John died. Of course any new information would be welcome.

email: e.mathews@golden.net

Seville Family Crawshawbooth and Goodshaw

I met Mr Seville at the NW Family History Fair in Manchester. He told me that he had traced the Seville family back to the 18th century in Higher Booths and Rossendale. He is willing to share this information with anyone who has an interest in the name. He can be contacted by email at m.jseville@tiscali.co.uk

Hopwood Family - Rawtenstall

I met another man at the NW Family History Fair who was purchasing our 1871 census index on microfiche. I offered to give him some information on the areas covered by the fiche. He wrote down his email address but evemail.net keep returning my mail. He will have to contact me if he you wants this information or Dorothy Haworth email fiche@lfhhs.co.uk

Haslingden Roots:

Autumn and Winter Opening Hours

Monday night - St. James’s Church. 7.00pm - 8.45pm

11th October 2004; 1st November 2004

7th February 2005; 7th March 2005;

From 4th April - every Monday except Bank Holidays.

Lancashire BMD update for September

4710 Civil Marriages for Hyndburn and Rossendale have been added covering the years 1908-1925. Please note that these include marriages which took place in non-conformist churches and Catholic churches which were not licensed for marriages.


I was indexing the marriages for Ebenezer Baptist Church in Haslingden, when I started to ponder on the name Ebenezer. Why is the name given to so many Baptist Churches? Has the name ever recovered from the disservice done to it by Charles Dickens with his Ebenezer Scrooge?

Michael Hiluta heard me pondering and a few days ago at the Society dinner in Whalley, he gave me the following explanation:

Ebenezer - from 1 Samuel chapter 7 verse 12.

Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpah and Shen and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying "thus far has the LORD helped us."

I thought this needed greater clarification, so I looked in my own Bible. Israel was at war with the Philistines. Samuel had repeated called on God for help and the Philistines had been repulsed, having been chased out of Mizpah, they did not invade again. Ebenezer literally means stone of help.