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Great Grandfather found in trade union records

FindMyPast have released a limited amount of digital trade union records. These include the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters & Joiners, so as this was my Yorkshire great grandfather Joseph Green’s occupation, I looked to see if he was recorded. And yes, he was.

He joined the trade union in 1911 in Leeds, by which time he and his growing family had moved to Kirkstall. He was then excluded in 1915 due to being in arrears – in his defence, there was a war on at the time! But he was re-admitted in 1916 so must have paid his dues. He’s then recorded in a register for 1924. The union recorded his death in September 1925.

None of this tells me anything new or surprising, but it’s always good to see your ancestors’ mentioned in any records. And it pays to keep a close watch on what’s being released, as newly digitised records are coming online almost every day. I subscribe to a genealogy news blog, also subscribe to Who Do You Think You are magazine and receive email alerts from the websites I regularly use, which keeps me up to date without too much effort on my part.

10 March

Two today, both Yorkshire ancestors from the 1700s: a schoolmaster and an innkeeper/parish constable.

10 March 1719
Baptism of my ggggggg uncle John Savile at Royston, Yorshire, son of school master Robert Savile and Martha Senior. I can’t find a marriage for him or baptisms for any children. However, in 1773 there was a burial at Royston of John Savile schoolmaster of Cudworth which could well be the same John Savile.

10 March 1782
Baptism of my ggggg uncle George Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of innkeeper Joseph Green and Alice Rock. Piecing together the rather scant entries in the OPRs for Worsbrough, it seems that George married Sarah Linley in 1804 but they did not have any children. Sarah died, date unknown, and at some stage George “took up” with Hannah Ellis, who bore his illegitimate child in 1820. However, George Green and Hannah Ellis were married at Worsbrough in 1825 and had another 3 children. The 1834 Pigot’s Directory lists George Green as the innkeeper of the Horse & Jockey at Ward Green, and he is also listed in the 1835 Barnsley Poll Book as residing in Ward Green. He is in the 1841 census at Ward Green as a publican, with wife Hannah, 4 children and a female servant. He appears in the Poll Books of 1841 and 1848 and is on the 1848 Electoral Roll at Ward Green. His death is recorded on a monumental inscription at St Mary’s Worsbrough which commemorates his parents: it says “George Green, his son, who succeeded him at Ward Green, and was many years constable and relieving officer, died in 1850 aged 63 years”. The job of a parish constable at that time a part time one, linked to the church, the constable being responsible for the maintenance of law and order within the parish boundaries and also for sorting out beggars and vagrants who passed through the parish. They were also involved in tax collection. It was therefore a responsible position, and George Green must have been a respected member of the parish.

28 February

One of my Yorkshire gggg grandmothers’ today, a pair of Yorkshire twins, an Aberdeenshure Hutcheon/Hutchison who disappear from the records, and my nephew who lives in Australia.

28 February 1775
Baptism of my gggg grandmother Sarah Hattersley at Royston, Yorkshire, the daughter of John Hattersley of Carlton and Elizabeth Milner. She married carpenter William Senyer or Senior at Royston in September 1801, and they had 5 children baptised in Royston. Her husband William died in 1817 at age 45. The 1822 Bains Directory lists a Sarah Senior wheelwright living in Carlton, which may well be her. Sarah Senyer died in Carlton at age 59 and was buried in Royston in April 1834.

28 February 1802
Baptism of twins Joseph and John Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, sons of my ggggg uncle John Green and Mary Addey. It looks as though they did not survive infancy as nothing further can be found for them.

28 February 1867
Baptism of John Hutcheon at Cruden, son of my gggg uncle Keith Hutcheon and Ann McPherson and grandson of Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce. His father was a tailor and letter carrier who lived in Hatton, and John is with his parents and siblings in 1871 and 1881: in the latter, at age 14, he is an apprentice baker. In 1891 he’s a boarder at Old Meldrum, age 24 and a baker and after that he seems to disappear as I haven’t been able to find him in the available records.

28 February 1972
Happy birthday to my nephew in Australia!

21 and 22 February

Nothing on the 21st. On the 22nd there’s an Adam from Ayrshire who died at age 10, a Strachan from Ayrshire who also died young, and a Green who was born in Berkshire but lived in London.

22 February 1827
Birth of Francis Thomson Adam at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of my ggg aunt Margaret Haddow and Francis Adam. He died in Stevenston in 1837, age 10.

22 February 1829
Birth of Samuel Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. As nothing else can be found for this Samuel, I assume he died young.

22 February 1835
Baptism of Louisa Green at Reading, Berkshire, daughter of m gggg uncle Samuel Green and Mary. In 1841 she is with her family at Baldwin Street, City Road, London where her father is a licensed victualler. In 1851, 16 year old Louisa is a house servant in John Street, Westminster, working for publican William Stables, his wife and children: her parents are not far away as they have moved to Westminster. Louisa and her sister Amelia are both working as barmaids in 1861 for Thomas Neal, licensed victualler, at Kings Road, Chelsea. She seems to have married house agent James Brett, as she is with him and a 4 year daughter in 1871 in Islington, but then can’t be found until 1901 when she is a visitor with her younger sister Amelia in Hammersmith. She died in 1907, her death registered at Islington.

14 February

An Aberdeenshire female who married a police constable and then disappears from the records, and my Yorkshire great aunt Charlotte who died in early childhood.

14 February 1837
Baptism of Ann Cowie Davidson at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg aunt Margaret Hutcheon and farm servant Charles Davidson. She is with her family at St Fergus, Banffshire in 1841, and at Rora, Longside in 1851 when she was 14 and employed at home. She marriage James Smith at Longside in August 1858 and they had a child born in Longside then a child in Fyvie. In 1861 she is in Fyvie with her husband and 2 children: her husband is a police constable and the family’s address is the Police Station. The youngest child died in 1861, and Ann and her husband disappear from the records, although their daughter is with her maternal grandparents in 1871.

14 February 1901
Birth of my great aunt Charlotte Green at Hope Grove, Armley, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Green and Charlotte Senior. Her parents moved to Kirkstall not long after her birth, and she was baptised in 1904 at St Stephen’s, Kirkstall. Charlotte died at age 3 in January 1905 and was buried at St Stephen’s. Her father was a carpenter, and my mother said the family story was he made Charlotte’s coffin in the cellar and cried as he worked on it.

13 February

An early Strachan about whom nothing is known, a few who died very young, and a McInanirney shoemaker (or whatever that name was) who seems to have died as a result of alcoholism.

13 February 1793
Birth and baptism of my gggg uncle Thomas Strachan at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, son of Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander. Nothing else found, unfortunately. There is a marriage of Thomas Strachan and Elizabeth Nisbet in Riccarton in 1816 but I’ve attributed that to Thomas son of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson (and therefore nephew of the Thomas born in 1793).

13 February 1803
Baptism of my gggg uncle John Simpson at Royston, Yorkshire, son of John Simpson and Mary Stainton. He died at age 1 and was buried in June 1804 at Royston, his burial record saying he died of a sore throat.

13 February 1809
Birth of William Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. I can’t find anything else for him – trees on Ancestry have him married to Marion Donald but they are wrong as that was a different William Strachan.

13 February 1899 (born about 1845)
My gg uncle William McInairney was born in about 1845 at Muirkirk, son of John Mcinairney and Sarah Marshall. His father died not long after William was born, and the 1851 census has the family at Low Church Lane, Kilmarnock. In 1861 they are at 19 Fore Street, Kilmarnock and 16 year old William is a boot closer. He then disappears as I can’t find him in the 1871, 1881 or 1891 census – bit he turns up in 1899 when he died at Kyle Union Poorhouse age 50. His death certificate says he was a shoemaker, single, lived in Muirkirk and died of multiple neuritis. This could have been due to alcoholism.

13 February 1874
Baptism of my gg aunt Mary Green at St Mary’s Barnsley, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Green and Mary Oxley. She died later the same year.

30 and 31 January

The only ones on these two days are all from Yorkshire: a Savile ancestor born 287 years ago who was a schoolmaster, a Green and a Haigh both of whom disappear from the records, and a Senior ancestor whose father was a sub post master and farmer.

31 January 1727
Baptism of my ggggggg uncle George Savile at Royston, Yorkshire, son of Robert Savile and Martha Senior. It seems that he became a school master, as in July 1759 George Savile of Royston schoolmaster was married by licence to Elizabeth Twitty of the parish of Wath, and his brother Samuel was one of the witnesses. They had children baptised in Royston, but then there is a burial at Royston in July 1770 of George Savile schoolmaster of Cudworth.

30 January 1820
Birth of George Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of my ggggg uncle George Green and Hannah Ellis. He is living at Ward Green, Worsbrough with his parents and siblings in 1841 and is a warehouseman: his father is a publican and the family employs a female servant. In 1851 George is unmarried, a labourer, and still at Ward Green with his mother, who is a widow and innkeeper, and his younger siblings. I can’t find a anything for him after that so don’t know what became of him.

31 January 1847
Baptism of Ann Haigh at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of my gggg uncle John Haigh and Hannah Allen. Her baptism record gives John Haigh’s occupation as boatman, and not long after Ann’s birth the family moved to Pollington, where John Haigh worked as a boatman on the Knottingly and Goole Canal. Ann is with her parents and siblings in Pollington in 1851 and 1861 but I can’t find anything for her after that, though my research has been no means exhaustive.

30 January 1891
Birth of Ethel Senior at Carlton, daughter of my ggg uncle James Senior and Selina. Her father was the sub post master at Carlton as well as being a farmer, but by 1911 had moved to Ivy Farm where 20 year old Ethel was working in the dairy. She married Herbert Howell at Carlton in 1921.

26 January

The 26th was a popular day. A Green gggg uncle was born in Yorkshire but ended up in London; a Strachan was born in Ayrshire and lived in the usual coal mining places; a Haggerty was born in Ayrshire and went to the USA; a Green from Yorkshire was married to a coal miner; and a descendent of the Marshalls of Ayrshire was born in Kent and became a bookkeeper.

26 January 1800
Baptism of my gggg uncle Samuel Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of innkeeper Joseph Green and Ann Cox. He was married to Mary, who was born in Oundle, Northampton, but I haven’t found a record of their marriage so don’t know where they were married. The first baptism I can find for one of their children took place in 1833 at Sonning in Berkshire, a second daughter was baptised in 1835 at Reading, a third in St Martins in the Field, London in 1837 and a fourth in Chelsea, London in 1839. The family is in the 1841 census at Baldwin Street, City Road, London, Samuel a licensed victualler with a male and a female servant. They are at Marsham Street, Westminster in 1851, Samuel a general cartman with the youngest daughter still at home. They had a late arrival when a son was born in 1851 and registered at Westminster. When his eldest daughter married in 1860, she gave her father’s occupation as a spruce merchant and when his daughter Amelia married in 1862 she gave her father’s occupation as publican, so it seems he had several strings to his bow. The 1861 census sees Thomas with wife Mary and young son at Grosvenor Terrace, Westminster with his occupation as traveller. He died between 1861 and 1871, as in 1871 Mary Green is a widow with her son living in Bloomsbury.

26 January 1841
Baptism of James Strachan at the Relief Congregation Kirk, Irvine, Ayrshire, son of Andrew Strachan and Elizabeth Howat and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. He is age 6 months in the 1841 census, at Perceton Cottages, Dreghorn, with his coal miner father, mother and siblings: several members of the extended family also lived at Perceton Cottages. His mother died in about 1845, and in 1847 his father remarried but she too died in about 1850. In the 1851 census James aged 11 and a coal miner is at MacReadie’s Land, Dreghorn with his father, 7 siblings and a cousin, 22 year old Elizabeth Strachan, who was a domestic servant looking after them all. Elizabeth gave birth to an illegitimate daughter with James’ father in 1852, and in 1854 his father married for a third time. James, age 20 and a coal miner, is in Riccarton in 1861 with his father, stepmother, siblings and a domestic servant. In 1862 James Strachan married Mary Lindsay in Dreghorn and they are at Kyleshill, Stevenston in 1871 with 4 children. By 1881 they had moved to Plann Row, Kilmaurs and had 6 children at home, their eldest working as a female servant on a nearby farm. In 1891 they are in the same location, this time named Hemphill Row, Plann Road, and James is a miner of shale: he and Mary have 4 children still at home plus a grandson and a boarder. By 1901 James is a retired coal miner at Colquhoun’s Land, Kilmaurs with wife Mary and grandson Robert. James Strachan died in 1910 at the Co-operative Building, Crosshouse age 69 years of cancer of the colon.

26 January 1842
Birth of Hugh Muir Haggerty at Dundonald, son of my ggg uncle Hugh Haggerty and Janet Muir. His father died in about 1848 and in 1851 Hugh is at Boat Stabs, Dundonald (now considered part of Irvine) with his grandmother Ann Muir, his mother, his siblings and an aunt. By 1861 he has become a coal miner and is at Bensley Square, Kilwinning with his mother, grandmother and siblings: they were neighbours of many Strachan relatives. Hugh Haggerty, age 23 and a miner, sailed to New York in January 1866 and is in the 1870 US census at the coal mines at Russell, Kansas. In the 1880 census he is at Judsonville, Contra Costa, California with his mother and younger brother Adam, and is on the 1880 Contra Costa voters’ list which says he was naturalised in July 1880. I’ve been unable to find anything for him in the records after 1880, or for his mother and brother.

26 January 1890 (born in 1860)
Hannah Green was born in Barnsley in 1860, daughter of my ggg uncle John Green and Sarah Wigfield. Her father was a linen yarn bleacher and Hannah is with her parents and older brother at New Street, Barnsley in 1861. By 1871 the family had moved to Ardsley and Hannah, age 11, is at school, but they were back in Barnsley by 1881 at Back Street, and 21 year old Hannah is a power loom weaver. Hannah’s mother died in 1883 and in 1886 her father remarried. In 1890 Hannah married miner William Burrows at Silkstone and they both gave their address as Station Street, Barnsley, which is where they are in the 1891 census. There is a birth of a daughter in 1898, and then Hannah died age 39 in 1899 at Barnsley.

26 January 1920 (born in 1884)
Christina Jardine Cambell was born in Thanet, Kent, the daughter of Christina Jardine and James Campbell. Her mother came from Galston, Ayrshire and was the granddaugter of my ggg uncle Alexander Marshall, a saddler, and Christina Wallace. Christina’s mother had married a engine fitter at Galston but had moved to Kent by 1881. Christina is with her family in Ramsgate, Kent in 1891 and 1901, after which her father died and the family moved to Clapham, London. In 1911 Christina, age 26 and a clerk for a grocer, is with her mother and siblings in Clapham, and with them is a friend Mr Carter age 32, a merchant of provisions. This could be who Christina married, for in January 1920, at Clapham, she married Mark Henry Carter who was a 44 year old manager of a grocery store in Catford. Christina was age 35 and a bookkeeper.

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.

20 January

Some interesting ones today: my Yorkshire great grandfather Joseph Green, plus the illegitimate daughter of an Ayrshire ggg grandmother and a William Fraser from Aberdeenshire who needs more research.

20 January 1871 (born about 1821)
My half ggg aunt Jean Pollock was born in about 1821 at Irvine, according to the census, but no baptism has been found. She was the illegitimate daughter of my ggg grandmother Jean Orr who had been married to Joseph Haggerty, but Jean was born after Joseph had died. Jean’s father was called Robert Pollock. In 1841 Jean is in Irvine as a domestic servant to a cotton hand loom weaver, and then in 1844 she married John Richmond at Dundonald – he was a coal miner so probably worked at Shewalton Colliery. According to the birthplaces given for their children in the census, Jean and John were in Kilwinning for a couple of years, then went to Airdrie, Lanarkshire in 1848/49, moved back to Kilwinning by 1850, and were at Kenneth’s Row, Corsehill in 1851 with 4 children and a lodger (and lots of relatives as neighbours). They are still at Kenneth’s Row in 1861 with 8 children and a boarder. Jean Richmond nee Pollock died in January 1871 at Neil’s Land, Hurlford of pthithis (tuberculosis) at 50 years of age.

20 January 1866
Birth of William Fraser at Old Deer, son of my ggg uncle William Fraser and Barbara Cordiner and grandson of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. William is with his father and siblings in Kinknockie, Old Deer where his father was a master shoemaker employing a journeyman and an apprentice – on census night his mother was visiting her parents in Peterhead. At 15, in 1881, William is still at school and with his parents at Kinknockie. He then becomes a mystery as I can’t find him anywhere in the records, though I haven’t yet made an exhaustive search.

20 January 1868
Birth of my great grandfather Joseph Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Green and Margaret Oxley. At the time of his birth, his parents were living in Worsbrough Common and his father was a cabinet maker. Joseph is with his parents in Green Row, Worsbrough Common in 1871, but the family had moved into Barnsley by 1881 and lived at Newton Street. In 1888 Joseph, by then also a cabinet maker, was married in Royston to Charlotte Senior, whose family came from Carlton near Royston. The Green family had family connections in Royston, which is possibly how Joseph and Charlotte met. Their first two children were baptised in Barnsley, with Joseph being described as a wagon joiner and a miner: I suspect he worked at a mine but was a carpenter, fixing and making wooden wagons. In 1891 he and Charlotte are at James Street, Barnsley in a small stone terrace house that still exists (I’ve driven past it and also seen it on Google street view). Their next two children was baptised at Mapplewell, to the north of Barnsley: Joseph was a cart repairer at a colliery and the family lived at Spark Lane. When their next child was baptised they were back in Barnsley, but in around 1899 they moved to Leeds and Joseph can be found on the electoral roll living at Hope Grove, Armley (a street that has since been demolished but which was next to Gott’s Park). The 1901 census finds Joseph, Charlotte and 7 children at Hope Grove with Joseph working as a carpenter and joiner. They then had 3 children baptised together in 1904: by then they were living at Stack Cottages, Abbey Road, Kirkstall and in 1905 Joseph is on the electoral roll in a dwelling house at Kirkstall Forge, Abbey Road. It would seem that he had taken a job at Kirkstall Forge, no doubt as a carpenter joiner. Kirkstall Forge was founded by the Cistercians monks of Kirkstall Abbey in the 13th century, so had a long history. The electoral roll then places Joseph and his family at 7 Vicarage Avenue, Kirkstall from 1906 – the houses that comprise the Vicarages were terraces that had been recently built as they are not on the 1895 Ordnance Survey map. By 1911, with more children having been born and the eldest now young adults, Joseph and family had moved to a larger house just round the corner on Station Parade, but were back at 7 Vicarage Avenue from 1915. During WW1 Joseph served in the Royal Engineers at Aldershot from 1917 to 1918 though he doesn’t seem to have enjoyed his time there, as his army record refers to him being disciplined for appearing on parade unshaved, appearing on parade with dirty equipment, and using insubordinate language to an NCO! He went before a medical board in 1918 and was declared unfit for further service. Sometime after 1921, with most of their children married and off their hands, Joseph and Charlotte moved to a house in the Cragsides, where the photograph of them in their garden was taken. Joseph died in 1925 age 57 of cancer of the throat. Widow Charlotte had, so my mother said, never really settled in the Cragsides and so moved back to the Vicarages. Photographs of Joseph Green can be found on this blog at http://wp.me/p34D39-hA