21 January

Just two Yorkshire ones today: an Oxley from Barnsley who married a coal agent and moved to Rochdale, and an Athorn from Barnsley who was a gas fitter.

21 January 1827
Baptism of Mary Oxley at St Mary’s Barnsley, Yorkshire, daughter of my gggg uncle William Oxley and Elizabeth. William is described as a coal miner on Mary’s baptism record. In 1841 Mary was a servant on a farm in Thurgoland, working for a 65 year old farmer with no-one else in the houshold – there were a few people her age on neighbouring farms who I hope she had contact with, otherwise it would have been a lonely life. Mary married coal miner Solomon Gledhill at Silkstone in 1847. I can’t find them in the 1851 census, but in 1861 Mary is a visitor with her widowed mother in Barnsley and Solomon is a coal agent in Castleton, Rochdale. Mary and Solomon are in Castleton in 1871, and there is no evidence that they had any children. Mary died in Rochdale in early 1878 at age 51, and her husband remarried about 18 months later.

21 January 1899
Birth of Henry Athorn registered in Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of my gg aunt Hester Green and John Amberson Athorn. He was baptised in March that year at Monk Bretton and his parents’ address was given as Cobden Terrace, Silver Street, Barnsley. In 1901, however, he is with his parents and a baby brother in Carlton, boarding with his mother’s married sister Lily Saxton. In 1911 Henry is with his grandmother Margaret Green nee Oxley and his aunt Sarah Green in Crookes Street, Barnsley – his parents, with 4 children, are not far away in Longcar Street. Henry’s father died in 1912, and in 1913 his mother remarried. Henry Athorn married Clara Smith in Barnsley in 1923 and at the time of his marriage was a gas fitter. They had 4 children. Henry died age 76 in 1899, in Barnsley.

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