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Rossendale Branch Newsletter October 2011

Programme: 2011

Wednesday 5th October

Advice & Research Evening

Wednesday 2nd November

Lost on the Lusitania

A talk by Bill Taylor

Wenesday 7th December

Christmas Social

Wednesday 4th January 2012

Research Evening

Research and Advice Sessions at Haslingden Library

every Monday 5.30 – 8.30 pm

Note: The Haslingden Session has been extended by one hour to 8.30 pm, to enable workers to attend.

Rawtenstall Library every Tuesday 1.30 – 3.30 pm

We may be able to do simple look-ups for distant members. When contacting us with an enquiry, please include your membership number

The LFHHS Resource Centre.

The Society’s Resource and Research Centre at 2 Straits, Oswaldtwistle, BB5 3LU is open every Thursday from 1.00pm – 5.00pm and 1st Saturday of each month 1.00pm

Coming Events

Saturday 29th October 2011 North West Group of Family History Societies Annual Fair

10.00am – 4.00pm

The Bowlers Exhibition Centre.
Longbridge Road,
Trafford Park,
Manchester M17 1SN

Admission £3.00 Young Persons under 16 will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult.

The Lancashire Family History Society will have a stall at this event as also will the other North West Family History Societies..

There will also be talks arranged by the Federation of Family History Societies

11.00am Martin Edwards First World War Memorials and the Men on Them
1.00pm Luke Smith Imperial War Museum. – Researching First World War Lives.
2.15pm Mike Coyle. War Memorial Trust. War Memorials in Danger.

Please note seating for the talks is limited to 60 and will be issued on a first come first served basis.

e-petition requesting Research Copies for Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates for Genealogical Research Purposes.

"We request that this House enacts legislation to allow the General Register Office of England and Wales the ability to issue "uncertified" research copies of birth, marriage and death certs - with a notice on the copies that they are uncertified, and have no legal authority - and that these may be obtained at a much lower cost than the current £9.25 per cert (eg £2) when ordered on-line and the GRO Index Ref is Provided, and that these may be issued in a electronic (email) format or a plain paper in the same way as The Rep. of Ireland; this would enable family historians to buy many certs for their research at a lower cost"

In the Republic of Ireland you can ask for an uncertified copy from Roscommon (their version of GRO) for €4. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/1792

1851 Map of Lancashire (CD016)

CD £5.00,(plus p&p) Paper A1 size £7.50 (plus p&p)

Researching in Lancashire can be complicated due to the number of different administrative boundaries. This 1851 Map of Lancashire helps overcome these problems. The map was produced by Andrew Todd in 1983, a second edition with small amendments was produced in 1991. The society is now able to reissue it in this format. The map shows: registration Districts of Births, Marriages & Deaths Registration Sub-Districts; Parishes; Townships; and all Anglican churches in existence in 1851 with their dedications and dates of their earliest registers Available direct from the society www.lfhhs.org.uk or through GENfair or Parish Chest.

LancashireBMD Updates

Hyndburn & Rossendale Registration Area

Haslingden Deaths 1912 - 1938

Rossendale News, Notes and Queries

This month I have two enquiries both originated on the LFHHS members forum.

Henry Pilkington

Joan Pilkington (6493) asks for your help with a brick wall she has encountered..

She says:

“Has anybody lost a Henry Pilkington from their family tree?

I have started tracing my husband’s ancestors and I have worked my way back to a Henry Pilkington. In the 1787 Quarter Sessions records for Croston, Henry has a bastardy order against him for a son by Margery Sutton. It is three years before he actually marries her (5 December 1790 at Croston Parish Church). I don’t know whether he went away during that period or just didn’t get around to marriage.

Henry was a farm labourer, he died in 1832, age given as 68, suggesting a date of birth around 1764.

The only Henry Pilkington I can find around that period was born in Haslingden on 16 September 1764, son of James Pilkington and Mary Whittaker, baptised at St James, Haslingden. The family lived at Hollingbank, Musbury. Is there anyone out there who can claim this Henry as theirs? If so did he carry on living in Haslingden or did he disappear from the area. I hope there is someone out there who can help. Thanks”

email: jrpilkington1@virginmedia.com

John Haworth of Rawtenstall, Plumber and Glazier 1805 - 1863

When John Haworth died in Australia in 1863, his death certificate was surprisingly informative. Not only did it list the children from his second marriage to Ann Schofield, it also gave the names of three children by his first wife Sarah and the names of his parents John and Alice Haworth. Trish Ryan, a New Zealand member, would like to make contact with the descendants of the children her great grandfather left behind in England. They were George born 1823, William born 1826 and Hannah born 1828.

We have found that George was baptised at St. Mary’s and All Saints Church, Crawshawbooth and both William and Hannah were baptised at St. Nicholas, Newchurch. As was Robert Schofield Haworth born 1833 and Mary Haworth born 1835 from his second marriage. In all cases John was described as a plumber and glazier of Rawtenstall. Shortly afterwards John moved to the Crompton area where he was living with his wife’s parents in 1841 and then by 1851 he had moved to York Street, Heywood. He emigrated to Australia sometime in the 1850s, leaving his first family behind in Rossendale.

John’s son George was married on the 24th December 1848 at St. Mary’s and All Saints, Goodshaw. He was described as aged 24, an engraver of Crawshawbooth, his father was John Haworth, Plumber and Glazier. His wife was Sarah Fenton aged 22. Her father was John Fenton, Grocer. The witnesses were John Fenton and Hannah Haworth. In 1851, George and Sarah were living at Crawshawbooth. Both were born in Rawtenstall. They had no children.

It appears from the Goodshaw registers that John Haworth was baptised 6th October 1805. His parents were George and Alice Haworth of Reeds, Crawshawbooth. George and Alice had a number of other children. These can be found by checking the baptisms on the Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerk website.

In 1841, George Senior was living at Reeds farm. His age was given as 60 [a rounded down age] with Alice also given as 60 and a Hannah Haworth given as 25.

By 1851 George was given more accurately as aged 74, a widower and farmer of 80 acres He was living at Edge End Farm with his daughter Hannah who was 48. Both born at Higher Booths.

Wilf Day has given me the following details from a table gravestone at the south side of the church:

Sacred / to the / memory / of / GEORGE HAWORTH of Edge - End / who departed this life Novem / ber 27th 1853 aged 77 years / also ALICE the wife of / GEORGE HAWORTH who departed / this life June 6th 1846 aged / 67 years / Also of BETTY the daughter / of GEORGE & ALICE HAWORTH of / Edge - End who departed this / life on the 16th day October / 1838 aged 25 years / affliction sure, long time she bore / physicians skill were vain / till God above in his great love / releas'd her from her pain / Also of HANNAH HAWORTH / daughter of GEORGE & ALICE / HAWORTH late of Crawshawbooth / who died November 20th / 1861 in the sixtieth year of / her age.//

According to the Jurors’ lists there was a Richard Haworth, Farmer at Reeds in 1800 aged 56.

If you think you could be a descendant of John Haworth the plumber, or if you have connections to the Haworths of Reeds or Edge End Farm, Trish would love to hear from you and exchange information.
email: Trish at clarabella@ihug.co.nz

For a map of Crawshawbooth in 1845 go to the LFHHS website, follow the links on the Home Page to the LCC Old Maps website.