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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

I've got the printed transcript of the Burton in Kendal Registers (1653-1837).  The actual entry does give a bit more information:
1) the marriage was by licence - the marriage bond should be at the Lancashire Archives in Preston and may well tell you more about William
2) the two witnesses were J. Wilson and Jane Clarke.

Hope that info is helpful.


Lancashire / Re: Catherine Fitzpatrick (nee Duggan) Court or Police Records?
« on: Friday 24 February 17 20:31 GMT (UK)  »
I'm a retired archivist and now spend one day a week sorting out Petty Sessions and Quarter Sessions Case Papers in our local Record Office - and incidentally often having a fascinating time.
I've compared a few cases with the reports in the local press (in this case available on FindMyPast) and together they can make an historical document very useful for the family historian.

Lancashire / Re: Catherine Fitzpatrick (nee Duggan) Court or Police Records?
« on: Friday 24 February 17 09:06 GMT (UK)  »
In my experience the local newspapers are pretty good at reporting the local Police Court (aka Petty Sessions) as well as Quarter Sessions and the Assizes.  The official court records (if they survive - try the local Record Office / Archives) usually only contain details of the verdicts and the witness statements, but the newspaper often includes the court banter and the magistrates' comments and reasons for heavy / light sentencing. 
You can be both entertained and shocked at the same time!!

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