Tag Archives: Firth

2 March

In Ayrshire, a Wilson I haven’t traced beyond birth and a Strachan coal miner who died of bronchitis. In Yorkshire, my ag lab Simpson gggg grandfather, an Adams of Brodsworth, and a Firth farmer of Royston.

2 March 1763
Baptism of my gggg aunt Mary Wilson at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of James Wilson and Agnes Smith. I don’t know what became of her: there are no marriages for a Mary Wilson in Stevenston within the right time frame, and too many within Ayrshire to know if any of them are for the right Mary.

2 March 1780
Baptism of my gggg grandfather John Simpson at Royston, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Simpson and Mary. In 1892 he married Mary Stainton of Notton, and on the marriage record is described as a husbandman – and early word for a farm worker or agricultural labourer. They had 7 children baptised in Royston. John Simpson is in the 1841 census in Royston, an ag lab living with his wife and youngest son who was also an ag lab: next door is his married son George, my ggg grandfather, who was a linen weaver. John Simpson died in 1848 aged 68 and was buried at Royston on 11 February 1848. In the 1851 census his widow is in the census at Royston as a pauper, so was receiving parish relief.

2 March 1784
Birth of my ggggg aunt Maria Adams at Brodsworth, Yorkshire, daughter of Mark Adams and Elizabeth Dixon. Her father was a stay maker. Maria didn’t marry, and probably lived with her parents. In 1841, 1851 and 1861 she is in Brodsworth living with her widowed sister and a female servant. Her sister is described as a retired farmer but there is no occupation given for Maria.

2 March 1800
Baptism of my gggg uncle Joseph Firth at Royston, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Firth and Hannah Fisher. I’ve had trouble tracking him down, but in 1851 he was a farmer of 11 acres at Royston, married to Sarah, with a grandson living with them. He remained a farmer of 11 acres in 1861 and 1871, died in 1873 age 73, and was buried at Royston.

2 March 1816
Birth of my ggg uncle Samuel Strachan, son of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson, who was baptised at Riccarton, Ayrshire on 17 March 1816. His mother died in about 1825 and his father remarried at Dundonald, which probably means he worked at Shewalton Colliery. Samuel married Margaret Jamieson at Dundonald on 2 March 1838 (his 22nd birthday): his wife was the sister of Janet Jamieson who married Samuel’s brother Munro, and they may have been related to Hugh Jamieson who married Samuel’s sister Jean. In 1841, Samuel and Margaret, with their first child, are at Perceton Cottages, Dreghorn. Samuel was a coal miner and they were living in the same row as Samuel’s brother Andew, uncle Robert and cousin John. They had moved to Coursehill Square, Dreghorn by 1851 and had 6 children, including a set of twins. Samuel was to remain in Dreghorn for the rest of his life and had 11 children. He died in 1877 age 62 of bronchitis.

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25 December

Christmas Day was busy for my Yorkshire ancestors, as it was the day so many of them were baptised or married. From Royston, there’s early Haigh who became a dyer in Leeds, a Firth who married an ag lab and lived in Ackworth, and another Haigh whose husband became a farmer at Haw Park, between Royston and Wakefield. At the other side of Barnsley, in Worsbrough, there’s a Green who became an innkeeper, as did many of his relatives; my gg grandfather, cabinet maker Joseph Green who moved into Barnsley town; a Green who became a butcher in north Barnsley; and a Green gg aunt who remained unmarried and who my mother remembered. Finally, 25 December was the birthday of my aunt, my mother’s sister, who died in February this year.

25 December 1796
Birth of my ggggg uncle Robert Haigh, son of Joseph Haigh and Ann Savile of Royston, Yorkshire and who was baptised in January 1797 at Royston St John the Baptist, Yorkshire. He married Hannah Hampshire in 1817 at Wakefield, and in 1841 is in Alverthorpe, near Wakefield, with wife Hannah and 5 children and his occupation is listed as labourer. However, by 1851 he is a dyer living at Whitecote, Bramley, in Leeds, and the 2 daughters still at home are stitchers at a dye house. He is at the same address and doing the same job in 1861 and 1871, with just his wife, and probably died there as he was buried in March 1877 at Bramley St Peter at age 83.

25 December 1802
Baptism of my gggg aunt Hannah Firth at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Firth and Hannah Fisher. She was married at Royston in 1818 to husbandman John Elliott of Ackworth, and they had 7 children baptised at Royston. In 1841 they are at Moor Top, Ackworth, John an ag lab, and are still there in 1851, John a farm labourer. Interesting change in language here, as husbandman, agricultural labourer and farm labourer are all terms for much the same thing: John worked on farms but did not have his own farm. John Elliott died at Moor Top in 1856, and in 1861 Hannah is a visitor in Meadow Lane, South Leeds where her youngest son James was working as a butcher’s boy. She seems to have stayed in Ackworth, however, as she’s there in 1881 with an unmarried son, and died in August 1881 at Moor Top age 78.

25 December 1813
Baptism of my gggg aunt Jane Haigh at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of linen weaver Joseph Haigh and Hannah Atkinson. She married Anthony Hepworth at Royston in 1833 and they spent their entire married life at Haw Park, which is between Royston and Wakefield. In 1841 Jane’s husband is an ag lab, but by 1851 he is a farmer of 18 acres. He has 13 acres in 1861, just 3 acres by 1871, and is an ag lab in 1881, but one of his son’s lived next door and was a farmer and grocery dealer, so perhaps they shared the land. Jane and Anthony had 9 children, all born at Haw Park. Jane died in 1888 age 74 and her burial record of January 1999 says she was of Haw Park and was buried at Felkirk with Brierly St Peter.

25 December 1825
Baptism of John Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of my ggggg uncle George Green and Hannah Ellis. In 1841 he is with his publican parents at Ward Green, Worsbrough, and is with his widowed innkeeper mother at Ward Green in 1851, working as a labourer. In April 1851 he married Alice Challenger at Darton Parish Church, and is described as an innkepper. John and Alice at Worsbrough Common in 1861: he is an agricultural labourer and they have 2 childen and 3 lodgers. Interestingly, the lodgers are all named Senior and come from Carlton, the home of my great grandmother Charlotte Senior, who married Joseph Green of Worsbrough in 1881, so there was clearly a connection between the Green and Senior families long before Charlotte and Joseph met and married. John Green took over the Ward Green inn after his mother died, and so in 1871 is an innkeeper at Ward Green with 5 children. He died in 1875 and in 1881 his widow is a farmer of 6 acres at Ward Green living next door to an innkeeper. It does seem that the inn the Green family kept in Ward Green had a small farm next to it, which they also ran.

25 December 1843
Baptism of my gg grandfather Joseph Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of William Green and Sarah Firth. However, he was born in early 1841 as he is in the census with his linen bleacher father and family, living two doors down from the Rose & Crown Inn at Worsbrough where his grandfather was the innkeeper. By 1851 his grandmother had died, and Joseph’s parents and siblings had moved into the Rose & Crown. But in 1871 he is with his family at Worsbrough Common, his father a linen bleacher again and Joseph, age 20, working as a cabinet maker. In 1862 Joseph Green married Margaret Oxley at Barnsley. and in 1871 they at Green Row, Worsbrough with 2 children and Joseph a cabinet maker, an occupation he followed for the rest of working life. By 1881 they had moved in Barnsley and were at Newton Street with 3 children at home, at Spring Street in 1891 with 3 children at home, and at Crookes Street in 1901 with 2 children still at home. They had 7 children altogether, but 3 died in infancy. Joseph was at the Gawber Road Workhouse in Barnsley in 1911, formerly a cabinet maker, which was probably due to ill health as workhouses had infirmary wards, and Gawber Road is now the site of Barnsley Hospital. His wife is still at Crookes Street with a daughter and nephew. Joseph Green died in 1912.

25 December 1843
Baptism of my ggg uncle William Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of William Green and Sarah Firth – so he was baptised at the same time as his older brother. William must have been only days old, however, as his birth wasn’t registered until the first quarter of 1844. He is with his parents in Worsbrough in 1851 and 1861, and by age 17 was working as a butcher. He married Mary Ann Scholey in Barnsley in 1868 and they had 3 children – the first seems to have been born before they married. In 1871 William, a butcher, with Mary Ann and 2 young children are in Old Town, Barnsley North. Mary Ann died in 1873, and in 1881 William is at Green Foot Lane, Barnsley North, a butcher, with his 3 children and his sister Sarah as his housekeeper. Green Foot Lane is where his widowed mother was a shopkeeper in 1871: she died in 1874 and it seems William may have taken over the shop then. He’s still there in 1891, with his 2 sons working as a butcher and butcher’s assistant, plus with 20 year old daughter, and he’s also there in 1901 with 1 butcher son, who died in 1902. William Green died in 1905 age 62.

25 December 1864
Baptism of my gg aunt Sarah Ann Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Green and Margaret Oxley. Sarah did not marry and is with her parents in all but one census: I can’t locate her in 1881 but she was probably working as a domestic servant as that was her occupation in 1891. By 1901, however, she had become a down quilt machinist, and in 1911 is still a machinist living with her mother and a nephew. There are two deaths for Sarah Green in Barnsley, in 1926 and 1936. I suspect the latter one is the correct one, as my mother remembered having an Auntie Sarah in Barnsley who they visited occasionally.

25 December 1919
Birth of my aunt Marjorie Fraser at Kirkstall, Leeds, Yorkshire, sister of my mother and daughter of James Fraser and Clara Green. Marjorie married Gerald Gill, had two sons, became an infant school teacher, and lived in Leeds. She died in February 2013 age 93, had a long and happy life, and lived to get to know her 2 great grandchildren.

9 October

Today, two who disappear from the records and a Yorkshire ancestor who was a boat hauler on the Barnsley Canal.

9 October 1791
Birth of my ggg uncle Robert Murphie at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of Duncan Murphie and Jane Wilson. Unfortunately that’s all I know: there is no marriage record in the OPRs and nothing in the 1841 or later census.

9 October 1796
Baptism of Sarah Fisher at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle Timothy Fisher and Mary Kaye of Tankersley. Unfortunately I can’t find any further records that could be her.

9 October 1797
Baptism of my gggg uncle Thomas Firth at Royston, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Firth and Hannah Fisher. In 1821he married Amelia Morton at Royston, and they had large family of 11 children, although not all survived childhood. In 1841 they can be found in the census at Royston, Thomas working as a boat hauler, which would have been on the Barnsley Canal which opened in 1799, ran to the east of Royston, and was designed to carry coal. He is still hauling boats in 1851, but which time only one child, a son, remains at home, and remains a boat hauler in 1861. He died in the 1860s.

7 October

I’m up to date again! So what does today have in store? A Yorkshire ggg grandmother, a Fraser who migrated to Canada and then went to Michigan, USA, and a Strachan cousin in Ohio.

7 October 1811
Baptism of my ggg grandmother Sarah Firth at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Firth and Hannah Fisher. She was baptised at St John the Baptist, Royston and came from a local family, and married linen bleacher William Green from Worsbrough at Darfield on 23 May 1831. William Green is in the 1835 Poll Tax Book at King Well, Worsbrough. In 1841 William Green bleacher and wife Sarah are at Worsbrough Common with 5 children, living two doors down from William’s father, publican Joseph Green. By 1851 William and Sarah, with 6 children, are living with widowed Joseph Green at the Rose and Crown Inn, Worsbrough. By 1861 Joseph had died and William, still a linen bleacher, and Sarah are at Worsbrough Common with 4 children still at home. Sarah’s husband died in 1865, and in 1871 she is at 16 Greenfoot Road, Barnsley North, a shopkeeper, with her married daughter Elizabeth and Elizabeth’s husband John Elstone. Sarah Green died age 63 in 1874, and in 1881 her widowed son William, his children and Sarah’s unmarried daughter Sarah are at the shop at 16 Greenfoot Road, Willilam a butcher.

7 October 1921 (born 1884)
My half gg uncle Alexander Fraser was born in 1884 at the Fraser family croft of Mosside near Hatton, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, and was the son of Alexander Fraser and his second wife Margaret Booth. He’s at Mosside in 1891 with his parents a lot of siblings, and in 1901, at age 16, is a horseman at West Gibseat Farm, Old Deer. In 1911 he sailed to Canada to work as a farm labourer, but returned to Scotland, then went back to Canada in 1913 taking with him his younger brother Harry. They were going to Winnipeg to work in farming. Alexander Fraser married Jeanie Robertson, who was also from Scotland, at St Boniface, Manitoba in on 7 October 1921. They then seem to be in the 1930 census for USA at Wayne, Michigan, Alexander Fraser a labourer at a college with wife Jean and two daughters, Margaret and Marie: it says they entered USA in 1923 and their eldest daughter was born in Canada. They are still in Wayne in 1940, still with 2 daughters, and Alexander is a gardener at a private school.

7 October 1960
A cousin in Ohio is having a birthday today. Happy birthday Harry!

On 1 August

A Firth ancestor from Yorkshire, a great uncle Strachan in Ayrshire, and a female Green ancestor from Barnsley who left £3,000 when she died in 1904.

1 August 1774
Baptism of my ggggg uncle John Firth at Royston, Yorkshire, son of James Firth, mother’s name not known, and brother of my gggg grandfather Joseph Firth. Beyond that I have no idea as I’ve not been able to find anything in the records that could be him – party due to John Firth being such a common name.

1 August 1878
Birth of my great uncle Colin Haddow Strachan at Taiglum, Ayrshire, son of Joseph Strachan and Jeanie Haddow. In 1881 and 1891 he is with his parents in Cookedholm and he became a coal miner. In 1899 his son Henry was born illegitimate to Agnes Porter, and Colin’s address is given as his parent’s home at 6 Braehead, Crookedholm. His son died at the age of five months, and in the 1901 census Colin is living with his widowed mother at Schoolhouse Road, Crookedholm. Colin then married Agnes Porter in 1901 at Guard Lane, Kilmarnock, and later that year they had a daughter born at Sandbed Street, Kilmarnock. A son followed in 1903, born at 15 Douglas Street, Kilmarnock, and then a daughter in 1908 born at Crookedholm, but she died at nine months old. Their fourth child, Elizabeth Black Strachan, was born on 26 February 1910 and Colin’s wife Agnes died six days later of puerperal scepticaemia. Baby Elizabeth was taken in by a neighbouring childless couple, John and Mary Gibson, as she can be found with them in the 1911 census in Crookedholm described as adopted daughter. Colin is at 41 Mill Lane, Crookedholm with his remaining two children, Robert and Agnes. In 1913 Colin married Maggie Graham, who worked at a lace factory, in Galston. I haven’t yet researched whether they had children but they probably did. Colin Strachan died in 1953, his death registered in Hurlford.

1 August 1869
Baptism of Annie Green at St Mary’s, Barnsley, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Green and Mary Ann and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Joseph Green and Mary White. Her father was a fruit merchant. Annie is with her parents in Barnsley in 1781, 1881 and 1891: latterly they lived at 7 Blucher Street, now demolished. She married James Mitchell, an insurance agent, in November 1892 at Barnsley St George. The 1901 census has them at 31 Pitt Street, Barnsley with no children: James Mitchell is a supervisor in an insurance office and was born in Mirfield. Annie Mitchell died on 8 January 1904 at her parents’ home at 7 Blucher Street, and probate was granted for her will in 1910. She left just over £3,000 to her husband, which was a considerable sum in those days.

On 28 June

Another quiet day in ancestor land. A good day for the Brits at Wimbledon, though – so it’s now “Come on Laura and Andy!”

28 June 1795
Baptism of Sarah Firth at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Firth and Hannah Fisher and my gggg aunt: her sister married William Green of Worsbrough. As she has a sister also named Sarah, born in 1811, I assume the Sarah born in 1795 died in childhood.

On 19 June

A another sad case of suicide today, brought on by depression, plus a Yorkshire gggg grandfather.

19 June 1770
Baptism of Joseph Firth, my gggg grandfather, at Royston, Yorkshire, son of James Firth of Chevet Moorgate, which is north of Notton. Joseph married Hannah Fisher, although I can’t find a marriage record, and they had 7 children baptised at Royston St John from 1795 to 1811, the youngest of whom was my gggg grandmother Sarah Firth who married Wiliam Green of Worsbrough. Joseph must have died before the 1841 census, though his wife Hannah is in Royston and is a baker, and there is no burial record for him, although there is one for his wife Hannah in 1850 at Royston.

19 June 1842
Birth of Thomas Hamilton at Moorefield Fireworks, Kilmaurs, son of John Hamilton and Janet Strachan and grandson of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan and Elizebath Nisbet. By 1851 the family are at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn, father John a coal miner and 8 year old Thomas at school. In 1861 they are are Knockitiber Farm, Kilmaurs, and 18 year old Thomas is a coal miner, as is his father and older brother. His father died in 1869 and in 1871 he is living with his brother John at Kilmaurs Road, Kilmarnock, a few doors up from his widowed mother and younger siblings. In 1881 he is living with his mother and a niece and nephew. His mother died in July 1889 at Gilmour Street, Kilmarnock and Thomas, of the same address, was the informant on her death certificate and was present when she died. This may have contributed to why, on 24 October 1890, Thomas Hamilton committed suicide. His usual address was 16 Gilmour Street, but he killed himself in the grounds of a priory behind his brother’s house on North Hamilton Street, Kilmarnock. The death certificate says he’d been suffering from melancholy (what today we’d call depression) and the precognition report says he cut his own throat. Very tragic.