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My gt-gt-aunt Rebecca Fairey married Thomas Benson in 1867 in London.  They emigrated to Kansas and had several children before she died in childbirth in 1877.  Thomas must have sent an SOS back to her family, as her younger sister Rachel quickly came out to Kansas, followed by her mother and brother. Rachel married her widowed brother-in-law Thomas in 1878, the year following her sister Rebecca's death, and went on to have a large family with him.  Thomas and Rachel were a highly respected couple in the community and nobody seems to have been too shocked at the man who married his dead wife's sister.  Needs must, I expect, in what was then a fairly primitive society, or maybe there were different rules in the US.

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Huntingdonshire Lookup Requests / Re: Baptism at Spaldwick for Stephen Pearson
« on: Wednesday 12 June 19 10:54 BST (UK)  »
There was a thriving Baptist church in Spaldwick at that time.  If Stephen's family belonged to it there would be no christening record for him, as he would have to wait till he was old enough to make his own decision in the matter.  Hunts record office have some information about births recorded by Spaldwick Baptist church, which is helpful in that they give the actual birth dates of new children. 

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Lancashire / Re: Daniel Bolton at Knott Booth farm
« on: Wednesday 12 June 19 10:28 BST (UK)  »
Thanks, Maiden Stone. :)   Another clue for me to follow up.

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The Common Room / Re: Soot dealer
« on: Tuesday 11 June 19 16:47 BST (UK)  »
Not that I'm suggesting that you could make a living out of selling the amount of soot required to clean teeth!

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The Common Room / Re: Soot dealer
« on: Tuesday 11 June 19 12:37 BST (UK)  »
Didn't people clean their teeth with soot at one time?

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Lancashire / Re: Daniel Bolton at Knott Booth farm
« on: Sunday 09 June 19 15:52 BST (UK)  »
Maidenstone
You have certainly set a lot of questions for me to answer!
Daniel's fatherJames was a cotton mill worker throughout his life.  He and his wife Grace came from near Sowerby, Yorkshire and moved to Lancashire with their young family around 1860.  In 1851 he is described simply as a weaver.  I don't have any information about Grace's parents and I haven't been able to find a record of her birth/christening, though I believe she was born in Erronden, Yorks.  Her family may well have been Baptists, (hence no christening) as her son Daniel certainly was - he was married and buried along with his wife Betty in Ogden Baptist churchyard, where their daughter ( my grandmother) and my grandfather were married (he was the organist).

As a committed Baptist I can't see him as a gambler (but you never know).  Don't know if he was member of the Co-op.  I would guess that the farm was a sheep farm, bearing in mind the land round there.  From a map High Knott looks rather remote, but roads have changed and stations have closed over the last 100 years.

I will try to find out more about the mills.  At one stage the family was actually living in a millyard, but I don't think the mill was named.

Frankly I don't see the family as being in a financial position to take on a farm, also I can't find any farming connections in the family.  I was very surprised to see Daniel's change of profession, but maybe the friendly millowner did offer him a tenancy on one of his properties.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

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Lancashire / Re: Daniel Bolton at Knott Booth farm
« on: Saturday 08 June 19 15:53 BST (UK)  »
Yes, Millipede, that's more like it.  The transcription on Family Search was obviously very wrong in giving Daniel's age as 4 in 1861!  Daniel's death is registered in Rochdale in Sep Q 1910, age 67.  He may have relished the fresh air at Knott Booth, but the farm work would have been just as hard as factory work, even with the help of his son.  And where did he get the money from to take on a farm tenancy, I wonder?

Incidentally, all Daniel's children worked in mills from the age of 10 and most of them, my grandmother included, died young of respiratory illnesses, even James, born 1870, who apparently helped him on the farm later.

On his daughter's marriage certificate from 1896 Daniel's occupation is also given as farmer.

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Lancashire / Daniel Bolton at Knott Booth farm
« on: Saturday 08 June 19 15:31 BST (UK)  »
My great-grandfather, Daniel Bolton, was born in Yorkshire in 1843 and later moved with his parents James and Grace to the Rochdale area.

Census returns show him thus:
1851 age 8 with parents in Soyland, W. Yorkshire
1861 in Rochdale with parents.  There is an odd entry shown on Family Search  RG09/3050/65 which gives father as "Jones", not James, and Daniel age 4!  He should be 18 and is nevertheless described as a Cotton Worker.  Can anyone view the entry page?
1871 millworker age 28 with wife and family in Newhey/Butterworth area of Rochdale
1881 millworker age 38 with wife Betty and family in Newhey
1891 millworker age 48 in Crompton area with family
1901 farmer age 58 at Knott Booth, Burnedge with son James, farmer's son

in 1896 his daughter married and his address then was also Knott Booth farm. I am wondering what kind of circumstances would lead a millworker to become a farmer, as I consider it to be a profession which is handed down from father to son in the main.  His wife's family were also millworkers.

Knott Booth Farm still exists and is a Grade 2 listed building with mullioned windows and other attractive sounding features.  I have found records of farmer William Witham (no relative) living there in 1879.

Any ideas where I could look to see exactly when beteen 1891 and 1896 he moved to Knott Booth and how he came to be a farmer?  He died in 1910.

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Lancashire / Daniel Bolton of Knott Booth Farm, Burnedge
« on: Saturday 08 June 19 15:21 BST (UK)  »
My great-grandfather, Daniel Bolton, was born in Yorkshire in 1843 and later moved with his parents James and Grace to the Rochdale area.

Census returns show him thus:
1851 age 8 with parents in Soyland, W. Yorkshire
1861 age  in Rochdale with parents (there is an odd entry shown on Family Search  which shows father as "Jones", not James, and Daniel age 4!  He should be 18 and is nevertheless described as a Cotton Worker.
1871 millworker age 28 with wife and family in Newhey/Butterworth area of Rochdale
1881 millworker age 38 with wife Betty and family in Newhey
1891 millworker age 48 in Crompton area with family
1901 farmer age 58 at Knott Booth, Burnedge with son James, farmer's son

in 1896 his daughter married and his address then was also Knott Booth farm. I am wondering what kind of circumstances would lead a millworker to become a farmer, as I consider it to be a profession which is handed down from father to son in the main.  His wife's family were also millworkers.

Knott Booth Farm still exists and is a Grade 2 listed building with mullioned windows and other attractive sounding features.  I have found records of farmer William Witham (no relative) living there in 1879.

Any ideas where I could look to see exactly when beteen 1891 and 1896 he moved to Knott Booth and how he came to be a farmer??

Sorry, somehow I managed to print this twice
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