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Yorkshire (West Riding) / Sheffield Domestic Servants
« on: Thursday 29 July 21 14:22 BST (UK)  »
Hi everyone, I cannot find a post anywhere so I do not think I have asked this question before.

I am aware that before WWII my grandma, who is now deseased, left Eckington for the bright lights of Sheffield. I thought I had found a 1939 survey with her name on but I cannot find it in my files and have recently ended me subscription to the site I would have gotten it from due to my current funds. I am just looking for the address she lived at if possible.

My grandma was Ruth Davies (later Jones) and her date of birth was 27th October 1923. I know that one of her sisters joined her at some stage working with the same family but I think it was some time after the survey.

Many thanks, Luke

Lancashire / Who was Martha Ann Gittens?
« on: Friday 09 July 21 19:01 BST (UK)  »
Hi everyone, I was recently sent some access to a family Bible. I doesnt have many names in the Bible but they are as follows.
Bought by Richard (b.20.11.1837) & Charlotte Millington (b.21.12.1832) for their daughter Charlotte (27.04.1867) and her husband Samuel Andrew (b.09.04.1853).

- Richard and Charlotte are my great great great great grandparents and Charlotte was the sister of my great great great grandmother.

The bible then mentions
Gertrude Marion Morris b.08.07.1918
Raymond James b.24.07.1935
Ronald James b.06.01.1924
Mildred James b.03.11.1928

Gertrude was the neice of Charlotte and Samuel,
Raymond, Ronald and Mildred were siblings and cousins of Gertrude.

The final name in the book, on a page of its own reads
'Martha Ann Gittens born July 21st 1887'

Can anyone help me find out who she was and if she was related at all please (Charlotte Millington's previous married name was Brown and her maiden name was Dolman).

Any help would be great,

thanks, Luke

The Common Room / Stupid Question
« on: Tuesday 29 June 21 12:55 BST (UK)  »
I know this seems a stupid question but I have a fair few original documents in bad condition and I'm worried about them surviving to be passed down to other generations - is lamination a mortal sin or is there a better way to save them for the future???

Many thanks, Luke

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Few Words on the back of a picture
« on: Tuesday 29 June 21 12:53 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I was recently left a photo within some papers of a relative but I do not know who it is and cannot read the words written on the back properly. I can see the second word is Oldham, the town my relative Mildred Hardaker nee James lived in. I suspect the picture is of her brother Ronald James who died in his early 20s. Any help would be greatly appreciated,
thanks, Luke

Lancashire / Looking for Evidence against the odds in Blackpool
« on: Wednesday 10 February 21 20:56 GMT (UK)  »
Hi guys, to keep myself busy in Lockdown I'm trying to look through a few of the more difficult leads I have to follow.

My great grandfather Thomas Entwistle was born in Oldham in 1882, he married Elizabeth Dale and had several children. I have lots of information about him, his birth, marriage and death certificates etc. I know that my grandfather, Harold, lived with him and his wife for a time when Harold's sister was born unwell. I was told by my grandad that his grandfather went to Blackpool for several years to work there, coming back some weekends to visit (somewhere around 1930 - though he is in Oldham on the 1939 Survey). On the paperwork I can find nothing with any mention of Blackpool - all of the certificates are for Oldham.

My question is, is there any proof of his time there. My aunt seems to believe there may have been a second family there but this may b pure speculation. I think I have posted about this before a number of years ago but did not find anything - it may be that there is nothing out there to be found, even if he did work in Blackpool for several years.

Thanks, Luke

Yorkshire (West Riding) / Farmer of Skelmanthorpe
« on: Tuesday 05 January 21 12:10 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, I wonder if anyone can help at all please. I am trying to see if I can find any further information on one of my relatives, Patrick Kelly - all I have for him so far is some information from his sons wedding certificate. The certificate is as follows;

Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church of High Hoyland, in the County of York, 23rd April 1844
Groom: Joseph Kelly      
Age: 20 years, bachelor    
Profession: Surveyor   
Address: Skelmanthorpe   
Grooms father: Patrick Kelly      
Profession: Farmer      
Bride: Harriet Scanlon   
Age: 20 years, spinster       
Profession: Blank      
Address: Skelmanthorpe         
Bride’s father: Charles Scanlon                   
Profession: Farmer
Witnessed by: John Early, William Allot

I have no census information for Patrick or Joseph in 1841 and in 1851 Joseph is with his own family. Sadly I do not know the name of the farm for either father. The 1851 Census for Joseph is as follows;

1851 Census, 30th March
Address:   Paulden Street, Waterhead, Oldham
Name: Esther Kelley            Born: Saddleworth, Yorks   Age: 5
Relation to House Owner: Daughter   Born about: 1846
Name: Harriet Kelley            Born: Saddlewoth, Yorks   Age: 26
Relation to House Owner: Wife      Born about: 1825
Name: James Kelley            Born: Oldham, Lancs      Age: 1
Relation to House Owner: Son      Born about: 1850
Name: John Kelley            Born: Oldham, Lancs      Age: 3
Relation to House Owner: Son      Born about: 1848
Name: Joseph Kelley            Born: Ireland         Age: 26
Relation to House Owner: Head      Born about: 1825      
Occupation: Painter

Many thanks, Luke      

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Abode when married - High Hoyland York
« on: Monday 04 January 21 17:07 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone make out this 'Residence at time of Marriage please, it was at High Hoyland in the county of York apparently.
Many thanks.

Lancashire Lookup Requests / Death of a Hawker Newspaper Lookup
« on: Monday 04 January 21 13:51 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, one of my relatives (Joseph Kelly) ran a pub for a short time, the George IV in Oldham. A book about local pubs says that in 1855 one of his lodgers, a hawker named Robert Shaw, was found dead at the pub and a year later Joseph's licence was withdrawn due to this and after hours drinking.

I wondered if anyone is able to find any articles about this for me please?

Many thanks, Luke

Lancashire / Is there any obituary
« on: Saturday 21 November 20 21:27 GMT (UK)  »
Hi everyone, I'm just looking through some of the information I have on a relative of mine, Uriah Halsall. With some help I've found lots of info on him but I've not found any obituary. I know most people back then didnt have one but I thought it was worth asking just incase. This is Uriah's death certificate;

Death Certificate
Date and Place of Death: 20th Dec 1859, 5 Woodville Terrace, Weston, Everton.
Name and Sex: Uriah Halsall, male      Age: 84 years
Occupation: Gentleman         Informant Name: Uriah H Jones
Informant Address: 94 Chatsworth Street, West Derby.
Qualification: Present at death      Date of Registration: 23rd Dec 1859
Causes of Death: Bilious Fever 8 Weeks, Retention of Urine 6 Weeks

He is buried at St Mary’s Church, Walton on the Hill, Liverpool
Grave Number: 9 3/20B         Date of Interment: 26th December 1859

He left effects of below £450 in his Will.

Can anyone help please?

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