14 December

Just the one today: a Yorkshire Oxley who frustratingly disappears, though he seems to have married at the same church where I was baptised in Leeds.

14 December 1845
My ggg uncle Thomas Oxley was baptised at Barnsley, Yorkshire, the son of Thomas Oxley and Sarah Grist: his baptism says his father was a labourer. By 1851 Thomas’s father had died, and Thomas is in Worsbrough with his widowed mother and siblings. They had moved into Barnsley by 1861 and 16 year old Thomas was a glass blower. I suspect he is the Thomas Oxley from Barnsley who married Mary Anne Collins in Leeds in 1866, as their marriage certificate says his father was Thomas Oxley brickmaker, and at least one of his brothers became a brickmaker. The marriage, coincidentally, took place at the same church where I was baptised. Thomas and Mary Ann are living off Kirkstall Road in 1871 with 2 children, Thomas a labourer at a foundry. In 1881 Mary Ann Oxley, with 2 sons, is at the same location but there is no Thomas with her, though the census entry says she is married. By 1891 she is a widow, living with 1 of her sons. I can’t find a death registration for Thomas or a census entry for him after 1871, so he’s a puzzle.

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