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Westmorland / Re: Children of John Wilson 1773 - 1856
« on: Friday 30 November 18 22:45 GMT (UK)  »
MIs are Memorial Inscriptions - the words on a gravestone or other memorials.

Westmorland / Re: Children of John Wilson 1773 - 1856
« on: Tuesday 27 November 18 18:17 GMT (UK)  »
re gravestone 317
The churchyard at Heversham is large and somewhat complicated (the plans of the churchyard cover 10 different sections) , and I'm not surprised you ask where exactly the grave is.
The grave is in the  "north-west corner of main churchyard, behind church".  This section is bounded on the west by the footpath leading from the Lych Gate to the Old Schoolroom, and on the north by the wall of the Old Schoolroom.  Once you have found this area, the MI is not far from two large monuments - one a "casket" to Alexander Forbes (also a servant at Levens Hall) and one a cross to various members of the Milne family. Having wandered round many churchyards in the past, winter is the best time to go searching, before everything starts growing again.  It might also be a good idea to buy a copy of the MI booklet from Cumbria FHS (see their website for publications) and have it with you when you visit.  Good hunting.

Westmorland / Re: Children of John Wilson 1773 - 1856
« on: Tuesday 27 November 18 12:56 GMT (UK)  »
I've just been looking at the MIs of Heversham (published by Cumbria FHS in 2005 and very helpful, and probably still in print) and found the following:
317.   Headstone
In affectionate remembrance of Thomas Wilson of Leasgill.  Born Decr 19th 1805, died Sepr 3rd 1884, for 65 years a faithful servant on the Levens estate.  Also Sarah wife of the above who died Septr 15th 1884 aged 73 years.  Also of Selina daughter of the above died Decr 19th 1859 aged 6 years.

There's also one of a John Wilson (and wife Eleanor).  He died 1854 aged 79 and she died 1850 age 59.  They were from Leasgill, but formerly in his case of "Longsleddle".  Wilson is a very common surname in the north-west and I - and no doubt others - know only too well!

Lancashire / Re: Findmypast "Lancashire Collection"
« on: Thursday 23 August 18 13:11 BST (UK)  »
I've also been browsing through the Lancashire Parish Registers section of FindMyPast and found the burial registers for Lancaster Borough Cemetery.  Looks interesting and I will explore that one further.
FindMyPast also corrects some of Ancestry's errors - e.g. Ancestry have the marriage registers of Christ Church, Glasson Dock under Christ Church, Lancaster (but no marriages for the latter!)  FindMyPast differentiates the two - and we finally get the marriage registers of both parishes.  Also more registers for parishes in the Lune Valley.  It's worth having a look if you, like me, have many Lancashire connections.

Lancashire / Re: Lancaster Castle: a prison in 1851?
« on: Sunday 08 April 18 19:57 BST (UK)  »
Hi Maggie
If you're looking for details of the court cases which put your ancestor in prison, have a look at the Lancaster newspapers.  They're available for the 19th century on at least two well-known websites.  It's worth doing - you find out a great deal, sometimes (as you hint) more than you want.  I've many ancestors in the Lancaster area and I have stopped being surprised just how many of them appear at Quarter Sessions - often for quite trivial things.

Devon / Re: William Westacott of Chittlehampton
« on: Friday 08 December 17 15:57 GMT (UK)  »
Just in case anyone is interested - since posting this, I have discovered that William Westacott became an habitual criminal.  It's a rather sad life of offending, trial, conviction and prison sentence repeated over and over again.  He had spells in various prisons (including Dartmoor) and the most recent record I have of him is in 1917 (List of Habitual Criminals) where he was at HM Prison, Camp Hill, Isle of Wight.  What proved hard to locate him was the fact that he used several aliases - John Johnson, John Williams, William Saunders and finally William Johnson.  I was greatly helped by discovering him on a Calendar of Prisoners (Quarter Sessions in West Bromwich in 1902) which gave a detailed list of his twelve previous convictions back to 1877, and the alias he used each time.  But still not found his death.  He was due to be released in 1918.

Westmorland / Re: Frank Ripley Pearson born 1931
« on: Sunday 19 November 17 19:00 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks for this suggestion. i hadn't considered it.  Certainly there is no MI for her in Arnside cemetery though there is for TA Pearson and his (second?) wife.

I'll keep looking... the obvious thing would be to spend 10, or whatever it is, and order a copy of Frank Ripley Pearson's birth certificate - which would tell me for definite the names of his parents.  Next time I'm in the NW I'll go to see the Arnside Baptism Register at the Kendal archives, and hope to find him there.

Westmorland / Re: Frank Ripley Pearson born 1931
« on: Sunday 19 November 17 17:16 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks to you all.  Yes, the fact that his entry appears shows the the 1939 Register folk think he is deceased.
I've gone back and found several Pearson - Kershaw marriages before 1931.  There's an interesting one in 1927 for Thomas A Pearson and Dorothy Kershaw in Birmingham South. 
Lucy Dickinson nee Pearson had a brother called Thomas Alfred Pearson, and although I definitely have a marriage for him in the Kendal district in 1935, I was told by a friend (who knew Arnside people well), that this was his second marriage and that he had been divorced.  So I am wondering if this could be TAP's son from his first marriage and now living with his Aunt Lucy.  (Also there's a Lucy B Pearson born Kendal district 1927 from this Pearson - Kershaw marriage - haven't located her yet).  No definite proof, but a possibility.

Westmorland / Frank Ripley Pearson born 1931
« on: Sunday 19 November 17 16:08 GMT (UK)  »
I found this person on the 1939 Register in Arnside staying with Lucy and George Dickinson.  It looks as though he was an evacuee.  But my question is this:  Lucy Dickinson was nee Pearson (born Arnside 1903) so is this young man one of her Pearson relatives?  I have not found him in researching the Pearsons of Storth, Arnside, Milnthorpe etc from the 18th century onwards.  All I can say is that his mother was called Kershaw (from freeBMD) - but that doesn't help me either.  Does anyone know of him?
Any help would be appreciated

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