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Johnson Family (Cheshire)

Origins

The surname Johnson shares the same origins as Jones, Johns, Joynes, Jennings, Jakes, Jackson, Fitzjohn, Hancock, Jacklin and many more, namely the Hebrew name Johanan, meaning "Jehovah has favoured", which was usually latinised to Johannes in early documents. This became John in English, while the feminine form was Joan. The two names were originally pronounced identically, so the surname may derive from either, although male patronyms are more common.

There are countless unrelated Johnson families in the English-speaking world: my direct ancestors include a totally separate line originating in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

Hazel Grove

The place now known as Hazel Grove was historically made up of three separate townships: Norbury, Torkington and Bosden-cum-Handforth. In 1560 a certain Richard Bullock built a smithy on the corner of what is now Torkington Park, and this building later became the Bullock Smithy Inn, giving the village its old name of Bullock Smithy. This name understandably fell out of favour with residents, who grew tired of having fun poked at them, and in 1835 it was decided that the village would be known as Hazel Grove. (An area called Hassel Grave near High Lane appears on a map of 1674, and an area near Poise Brook was locally known as Hazel Grove. )

There was an unconsecrated chapel in Norbury from the end of the sixteenth century, but the area did not have its own parish until 1834, when the church of St Thomas was consecrated at Norbury. Prior to this the parish church for Bosden and Handforth was St Mary, Cheadle, while Norbury and Torkington formed part of the parish of St Mary, Stockport. There was also a strong local non-conformist movement, and several of my Johnson relations were christened in the Wesleyan Methodist chapel in Bosden.

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Thomas Johnson 1
Thomas Johnson

The first record of our Johnson line in Cheshire is the marriage of Thomas Johnson, a tailor, to Elizabeth Neaden (or Neden) at St Mary's Church, Cheadle on 30 March 1779. They had six children, all born in Bosden and baptised at St George's Church, Poynton:

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2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

Thomas Johnson

George Johnson

Ann Johnson

Sally Johnson

John Johnson

William Johson

(1779-1864)

(1782-1845)

(1783-1858)

(1784-1784)

(1787-?)

(1790-1852)

m. Alice Marsland, 1803

m. Hannah Bradley, 1814

m. Thomas Rothwell, 1814

William was possibly living in Brinnington in 1851, working as a twister of cotton yarn. If it is the same man, he was unmarried and died the following year.

Although Neden (and its assorted spelling variations) is an unusual surname, there is no obvious record of Elizabeth's birth locally. A butcher named Thomas Naden and his wife Elizabeth Brown lived in Bosden and baptised seven children at St George's Church, Poynton between 1749-1764: it seems plausible that Elizabeth was connected to this family. 

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Second generation
Thomas Johnson 1779
Thomas Johnson

Thomas Johnson, oldest son of Thomas Johnson and Elizabeth Neden, was born in Bosden and baptised at St George's Church, Poynton on 26 September 1779.  He worked as a weaver and married Alice Marsland at St Mary's Church, Cheadle on 2 January 1803. Alice was born in Bosden in about 1784, and like Thomas practised the local trade of silk weaving. They had two children who were born in Bosden and baptised in Bullock Smithy Wesleyan Chapel:

1.
2.

(1803-1885)
(1809-1879)

m. Joel Pownall, 1828
m. Mary Ann Bridge, 1831

They also raised a third child, described on one census as their daughter, but probably an illegitimate grandchild, as no father is named on her marriage certificate:

3.

Alice Johnson

(1825-1908)

On her children's birth certificates, the younger Alice usually gave her maiden name as Johnson, but for one child she gave it as Pownall - Elizabeth Johnson's married name.

Thomas and Alice lived in Chapel Street, Bosden, close to several of their children and grandchildren, many of whom initially worked in the silk weaving trade like themselves. Later, the majority of their male descendants worked in the Norbury and Poynton coal mines - often from a frighteningly young age - while the women were spinners, weavers and factory hands in the cotton industry.  

Alice died of dropsy and chronic bronchitis on 4 September 1854 and was buried at the local parish church of St Thomas Norbury. Thomas was buried there on 10 January 1864, and a large number of their descendants were also buried in this cemetery.
 

George Johnson 1782
George Johnson

George Johnson, second son of Thomas Johnson​ and Elizabeth Neden, was born in Bosden and baptised at St George's Church, Poynton on 10 March 1782. Like his older brother, he worked as a weaver for all his working life. He married Hannah Bradley at St Mary's Church, Cheadle on 11 July 1814 and had six children, all born in Bosden and baptised at St Mary's Church, Stockport:

1.
2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

Sarah Johnson

William Johnson

George Johnson

Margaret Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Martha Johnson

(1815-1831)

(1815-1816)

(1817-1881)

(1819-1899)

(1822-1822)

(1823-1839)

m. Harriet Oldham, 1843

m. John Broom, 1840

Hannah died aged 41 and was buried at St Mary's Church, Stockport on 21 August 1824. Although he was left with at least two young children on his hands, George did not remarry. He died at the age of 63 and was buried at St Mary's Church, Stockport on 26 April 1845.

Ann Johnson 1783
Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson, daughter of Thomas Johnson​ and Elizabeth Neden, was born in Bosden and baptised at St George's Church, Poynton on 24 August 1783. She married Thomas Rothwell, a weaver, at St Mary's Church, Eccles on 21 February 1814 and the couple spent all their married life in the Pendlebury area. They had six sons:

1.
2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

Samuel Rothwell

Joseph Rothwell

Thomas Rothwell

John Rothwell

William Rothwell

George Rothwell

(1814-1880)

(1816-1817)

(1818-1891)

(1821-?)

(1823-1912)

(1823-1891)

m. Mary Fletcher, 1835

m. Elizabeth Berry, 1848

 

m. Frances Barlow, 1848

Ann died in 1858 at the age of 74 and Thomas (who was nine years younger than his wife) outlived her by twenty years, dying in Salford Union Workhouse in 1878.

Elizabeth Johnson 1803
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Third generation
Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson, oldest child of Thomas Johnson and Alice Marsland, was born in Bosden on 6 October 1803 and baptised at Bullock Smithy Wesleyan Chapel on 10 January 1804. She was a silk weaver and married Joel Pownall, a tailor, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle on 19 January 1828. Joel was the son of Thomas Pownall and his wife Sarah Hallworth and was born in Bramhall on 28 May 1802 and baptised at Bullock Smithy Wesleyan Chapel on 18 July 1802.

Elizabeth (known as Betty) was probably the mother of Alice Johnson, born in about 1825, and raised by Elizabeth's parents.  

Joel and Elizabeth had seven children, all born in Bosden:
 

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2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

(1829-1889)
(1832-1908)
(1834-1856)
(1836-1886)
(1839-1913)
(1841-1903)
(1844-1923)

m. Robert Hallworth, 1848
m. Jane Pott, 1854

m. Elizabeth Bailey, 1856
m. Matthew Ridgway, 1863
m. Elizabeth Belfield, 1863
m. Mary Daniels, 1871

 

Joel was buried at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 8 July 1860. Elizabeth died on 6 January 1885 and was buried in the same churchyard three days later.

James Johnson 1809
James Johnson

James Johnson, only son of Thomas Johnson and Alice Marsland, was born in Bosden on 22 April 1809 and baptised at Bullock Smithy Wesleyan Chapel just over two weeks later on 7 May 1809. Like many of his relations, he was a silk weaver until the trade fell into recession, when he became a labourer. He married Mary Ann Bridge at St Mary's Church, Cheadle on 12 December 1831 and lived for many years in Chapel Street, Bosden, next door to his sister Elizabeth and her husband Joel Pownall, and close to his parents and other relations.

James and Mary Ann had eight children, all born in Bosden:

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2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

Betty Johnson
Thomas Johnson
Hannah Johnson

Martha Johnson

Alice Johnson
Mary Ann Johnson
John Johnson
James Johnson

(1835-1865)
(1838-1868)
(1841-1903)

(1844-1845)

(1846-1846)
(1847-1858)
(1851-1925)
(1854-1933)

 

 

m. Shadrach Ashton, 1878

m. Martha Bennett, 1882
m. Jane Blundell, 1886

 

James died in Bosden in 1879, and Mary Ann in Stockport in 1880.

George Johnson 1817
George Johnson

George Johnson, oldest surving child of George Johnson and Hannah Bradley, was born in Bosden and baptised at St Mary's Church, Stockport on 16 March 1817. He worked as a silk hand loom weaver and married Harriet Oldham, another silk weaver, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle on 1 October 1843. Harriet was born in Bosden and baptised at St Mary's Church, Stockport on 27 February 1820: she and George were living with her widowed father George in 1851.

George and Harriet had nine children:

 

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2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

John Johnson

Hannah Johnson

Betty Johnson

Female (twin) Johnson

Joseph Johnson

Oswald Johnson

Reuben Johnson

George Johnson

Enoch Johnson

(1843-1867)

(1846-1897)

(1849-1853)

(1849-1849)

(1852-1932)

(1855-1911)

(1857-1923)

(1860-?)

(1862-1897)

 

m. John Wild, 1865

 

m. Jane Bennison, 1873

m. Sarah Bennett, 1880

m. Sarah Hallowell, 1880

m. Mary Kemp, 1881

m. Maria Adshead, 1882

Harriet died in Bosden in 1877 and George in 1881.

Margaret Johnson 1819
Samuel Rothwell 1814
Margaret Johnson

Margaret Johnson, daughter of George Johnson and Hannah Bradley, was born in Bosden and baptised at St Mary's Church, Stockport on 31 October 1819. She worked as a silk hand loom weaver and married John Broom, another silk weaver, at Manchester Cathedral on 13 August  1840. John was born in Bosden on 14 March 1818 and baptised at Bullock Smithy Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on 10 June 1818.

The couple spent their maaried life in Bosden and had seven children:

 

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2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

(1840-1841)

(1842-1857)

(1845-1912)

(1847-1896)

(1849-1914)

(1851-1906)

(1859-1941)

 

m. James Dawson, 1868

m. Thomas Bennett, 1866

m. Joseph Warburton, 1867

m. John Bennett, 1872

m. Margaret Holt, 1884

John died in Bramhall on 16 September 1890 an Margaret died there in 1899.

Samuel Rothwell

Samuel Rothwell, oldest child of Thomas Rothwell and Ann Johnson, was born in Clifton, Lancashire and baptised at Swinton Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on 14 October 1814. He worked as a coal miner and married Mary Fletcher at St Mary's Church, Radcliffe on 13 September 1835, when Mary was aged 19.

The couple had twelve children, but only five survived past infancy:

 

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2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

Hannah Rothwell

Ellen Rothwell

Joseph Rothwell

William Rothwell

Emma Rothwell

Hyrum Rothwell

John Rothwell

Sarah Rothwell

Samuel Rothwell

Parley Rothwell

Betsy Rothwell

Ephraim Rothwell

(1836-1836)

(1837-1921)

(1839-1921)

(1843-1914)

(1844-1872)

(1846-1847)

(1848-1855)

(1850-1850)

(1851-1851)

(1852-1852)

(1853-1854)

(1855-?)

 

m. John Crofts, 1855

m. Agnes McDonald

m. Jane Smith

m. Henry Sydall, 1862

Samuel and Mary converted to the Mormon faith soon after the first LDS missionaries arrived in England in 1837. They named three of their sons after church leaders of the time: Joseph and Hyrum were probably named after Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saints movement and his brother Hyrum, while Parley Pratt was one of the original missionaries to England.

 

In 1856 the couple emigrated to America along with their surviving children and their oldest daughter's husband as part of a larger group of Mormon converts. The family settled in Illinois, where they were later joined by Samuel's younger brother Thomas and his family.

Towards the end of his life Samuel moved to Salt Lake City where he died on 15 October 1880.

Thomas Rothwell 1818
Thomas Rothwell

Thomas Rothwell, son of Thomas Rothwell and Ann Johnson, was born in Clifton, Lancashire in about 1818. He was working as a coal miner when he married Margaret Seddon at St Mary's Church, Prestwich on 20 September 1840.

The couple had three children:

 

1.
2.
3.

Samuel Rothwell

George Rothwell

George Rothwell

(1843-1912)

(1845-1846)

(1847-1847)

m. Selina Naomi Healer, 1870

Sadly the two younger children died in infancy and Margaret died in childbirth or shortly afterwards at the age of 26: she was buried in Swinton on 7 March 1847.

Thomas then married Elizabeth (or Betty) Berry at St Mary's Church, Eccles, and had a further six children with her:

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

John Rothwell

Thomas Rothwell

Betsy Rothwell

Emma Rothwell

Richard Rothwell

Mary Ellen Rothwell

(1848-1931)

(1853-1853)

(1856-1856)

(1857-1923)

(1860-?)

(1863-1934)

m. Mary Shepherd, 1882

m. Herman William Koeppe, 1882

m. Robert Cones, 1882

In 1865 the family emigrated to America, joining Thomas' older brother Samuel in Illinois. Elizabeth died in Decatur on 3 April 1890 and Thomas on 29 December 1891.

George Rothwell 1823
George Rothwell

George Rothwell, youngest child of Thomas Rothwell and Ann Johnson, was born in Pendlebury and baptised at St Peter's Church, Swinton  on 5 October 1823. He worked as a coal miner like his older brothers and married Frances Barlow at St Mary's Church, Eccles on 7 February 1848.

The couple spent the early years of their married life in Pendlebury, before moving to Sutton, near St Helens. They had five children:

 

1.
2.
3.
4.

5.

Sarah Ann Rothwell

Alice Rothwell

Nathan Rothwell

George Rothwell

Emily Rothwell

 

(1851-1927)

(1852-1868)

(1855-1856)

(1858-1943)

(1861-1918)

m. William Knight, 1872

 

m. Elizabeth Winstanley, 1890

m. Harry Garner, 1894

Frances died in St Helens in early 1883 and George in late 1891.

 

Sarah Pownall 1829
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Thomas Pownall 1832
Sarah Pownall

Sarah Pownall, oldest child of Joel Pownall and Elizabeth Johnson, was born in Bosden on 28 January 1829 and baptised at Bullock Smithy Wesleyan Chapel on 3 June 1839.  At the age of 10, she was already employed as a cotton reeler and contributing to the family finances. She married Robert Hallworth at Manchester Cathedral on 18 December 1848 and the couple settled in Bosden, where they lived with Sarah's parents for a while. Robert, a coal miner, was born in Norbury on 10 January 1824.

Robert and Sarah had twelve children (including two sets of twins), all born in Bosden:

 

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2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

(1850-1910)
(1851-1917)
(1856-1885)
(1857-1924)
(1860-1906)
(1862-1933)
(1864-?)
(1866-1911)
(1866-1934)
(1869-1919)
(1871-1942)
(1871-1931)

m. Hannah Wood, 1872
m. Samuel Millward, 1872
m. Ellen Smith, 1874

m. William Dean, 1877


m. Sarah Gosling, 1888

 


m. Albert Gleave, 1892
m. Harriet Hadfield, 1900
m. Jane Thatcher, 1892
m. Sarah Hannable, 1893

Sarah died in Bosden on 3 November 1889 and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.  Robert was buried in the same churchyard after his death on 23 May 1897.

Thomas Pownall

Thomas Pownall, son of Joel Pownall and Elizabeth Johnson, was born in Bosden in about 1832 and learned the trade of silk weaving in his youth. However, after the silk trade fell into recession he became a coal miner like his brothers. He married Jane Pott at St Mary's Church Cheadle on 20 February 1854 and the couple settled in Bosden, where they lived close to other family members in Chapel Street.  They had thirteen children:

 

1.
2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

(1854-1900)
(1856-1928)
(1858-1925)
(1860-1905)
(1862-1932)
(1864-1921)
(1866-1888)
(1866-1869)
(1868-1929)
(1870-1951)
(1872-1875)
(1875-1958)
(1878-1937)

m. David Hallworth, 1873
m. Thomas Hobson, 1876
m. Samuel Arnold, 1877
m. Ellen Marsland, 1884
m. Alice Hatton, 1884
m. Mary Ellen Smith, 1885
m. Martha Dawson, 1884

m. Moses Ridgway, 1887
m. Samuel Smith, 1897

m. Rhoda Webb, 1897
 

Jane died on 12 November 1897 and Thomas on 2 March 1908. They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard, along with their daughter Sarah.

John Pownall 1836
John Pownall

John Pownall, son of Joel Pownall and Elizabeth Johnson, was born in Bosden in about 1836 and spent his working life as a coal miner. He married Elizabeth Bailey at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1856 and set up home in Chapel Street Bosden next door to his brother Thomas.

The couple had nine children, three of whom died in infancy:

 

1.
2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

Female Pownall
Moses Pownall
Fanny Pownall
Walter Pownall
John Pownall
Joel Pownall
Miriam Pownall
Harry Pownall
Dora Pownall

(1856-1856)
(1858-1917)
(1860-1916)
(1862-1904)
(1865-1865)
(1866-1922)
(1868-1929)
(1870-1944)
(1872-1874)


m. Annie Barnett, 1880
m. Daniel Hallworth, 1883
m. Mary Hall, 1888

m. Sarah Adshead, 1891
m. Alfred Brown, 1890
m. Edith Barnett, 1894

Elizabeth died at the age of 36 on 17 January 1874, about two weeks before her youngest daughter Dora, and John died on 21 February 1886. Elizabeth and John are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.

Betty Pownall 1837
George Pownall 1841
Betty Pownall

m. Edith Clayton, 1884


m. John James Lowe, 1890
m. John Broadhurst, 1901
m. May Bann, 1893
m. Samuel Wild, 1904
m. Joseph Smith, 1898
m. Eliza Bann, 1898
m. Ethel Warburton, 1906
m. Mary Hannah Smith, 1908
m. Laura Jane Potts, 1909

Betty Pownall, daughter of Joel Pownall and Elizabeth Johnson, was born in Bosden in about 1837 and like many of the women in her family worked in the cotton trade before her marriage. She married Matthew Ridgway, a coal miner, at St Mary's Church, Stockport in 1863 and the couple lived in Matthew's home village of Worth, near Poynton. Matthew was born in Worth in 1838 and was the son of coal miner Thomas Ridgway and his wife Catherine.

Before her marriage, Betty had an illegitimate son who subsequently took the surname Ridgway: his true relationship to Matthew is unknown. The couple had ten more children after their marriage:

 

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2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

(1861-1930)

(1864-1865)
(1865-?)
(1867-1922)
(1870-1955)
(1872-1950)
(1874-?)
(1877-1959)
(1879-1940)
(1881-1952)
(1883-1954)

Betty died in Worth in 1913 and Matthew in 1922.

George Pownall

George Pownall, son of Joel Pownall and Elizabeth Johnson, was born in Bosden in 1841 and was a coal miner for all his working life. He married Elizabeth Belfield, daughter of Joseph Belfield and Ann Orme, at St Mary's Church, Stockport on 24 May 1863 and the couple lived close to other family members in Chapel Street, Bosden. They had six children, the first of whom was born before their marriage and brought up by her maternal grandmother. She was registered in her mother's maiden name of Belfield, but her baptismal record names George as her father:

 

1.
2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

Sarah Belfield

Ezra Pownall
Mary Pownall
Joseph Pownall
Alice Pownall
Annie Pownall

(1862-1937)

(1866-1937)
(1868-1868)
(1875-1950)
(1877-1877)
(1878-1878)

m. William Henry Wilson, 1884

m. Elizabeth Gatley, 1890

m. Sarah Bowden, 1895

Elizabeth was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 28 November 1885 and George was buried there on 25 August 1903.

James Pownall 1844
James Pownall

James Pownall, youngest son of Joel Pownall and Elizabeth Johnson, was born in Bosden in 1844 and became a coal miner like his brothers. He married Mary Daniels at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1871 and the couple lived in Bosden and Bramhall near the rest of the Pownall family. They had four children:

 

1.
2.
3.
4.

Annie Pownall
Dora Pownall

Sarah Ann Pownall
Arthur Pownall

(1871-1947)
(1875-1957)
(1877-1951)
(1880-1944)


m. William Horsfield, 1899
m. Timothy Walker, 1903
m. Minnie Wood, 1903

James died on 21 December 1923 and Mary on 12 October 1937. They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.

Hannah Johnson 1842
Hannah Johnson

Hannah Johnson, third child of James Johnson and Mary Ann Bridge, was born in Bosden in 1842 and worked in the cotton industry as a cop winder, winding processed yarn on to conical bobbins known as cops. She had an illegitimate daughter, born in Bosden, who also worked as a cop winder: 

 

1.

Bertha Johnson

(1871-1939)

m. William Edward Hibbert, 1905

Hannah married Shadrach Ashton on 22 July 1878 at St Mary's Church, Stockport, and Bertha appears on later census returns with the surname Ashton. Shadrach was born in Droylsden in 1843, son of David and Emma Ashton, and two of his brothers were given the "companion" Old Testament names Meschach and Abednego, referring to the story recounted in the book of Daniel of three Hebrew men who were thrown into a fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, when they refused to bow down to his image.

 

Shadrach was a coal miner and the couple lived in Chapel Street, Bosden near many of their relatives.

They had one daughter who died in infancy:

2.

Margaret Ashton

(1879-1879)

Hannah was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 5 May 1903 and Shadrach was buried there on 31 January 1925.

John Johnson 1851
John Johnson

John Johnson, son of James Johnson and Mary Ann Bridge, was born in Bosden in 1851 and worked as a coal miner. He married Martha Bennett at St Thomas' Church Norbury on 26 December 1882 and lived near the rest of the family in Bosden. Martha was was a widow, born in Bosden in about 1852, and had previously been married to Charles Clough. She had four children with her first husband and then a daughter whose father is unknown, born seven months before her second marriage: Hannah was registered with the surname Clough, but was also known as Johnson.

Martha had seven more children after her marriage to John:

 

1.
2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

Hannah Clough 

Betty Johnson
Bertha Johnson
Dora Johnson
James Thomas Johnson
Susannah Johnson
Shadrach Johnson
Charles Johnson

(1882-1957)

(1883-1886)
(1884-1955)
(1885-1922)
(1888-?)
(1890-1972)
(1891-1967)
(1893-1918)

m. Arthur Isaac Fewtrell, 1906


m. William Arthur Hallworth, 1905

 


m. William Henry Price, 1915
m. Hannah Dewhust, 1930

Charles Johnson enlisted in the 9th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment early in World War I, and after training was posted to France on 19 July 1915. He held the rank of lance-corporal when he was killed in action near the village of Sarcy on 31 May 1918. His name is recorded on the Soissons Memorial, which commemorates almost 4,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom forces who died during the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne in 1918 and who have no known grave.

Martha was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 15 March 1919 and John on 3 February 1925. Their unmarried daughter Dora shares the same grave.
 

James Johnson 1854
James Johnson
James Johnson

James Johnson, youngest son of James Johnson and Mary Ann Bridge, was born in Bosden on 11 July 1854 and unlike his brothers and cousins worked on the railways rather than in the coal mining industry, becoming a plate layer. He married Jane Blundell at St Mary's Church, Toxteth Park on 15 March 1886 (although the marriage record wrongly names his father as "William" Johnson), and the couple had three children, all born in Liverpool and baptised at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church - although brought up a Methodist, James appears to have converted to his wife's Catholic faith:

 

1.
2.
3.

James Blundell Johnson
John Francis Johnson
Lilian Mary Johnson

(1887-1970)

(1889-1905)

(1896-1971)

m. Agnes J Cassin

m. Thomas Joseph Enright, 1918

In 1908, James Blundell Johnson emigrated to Canada, followed two years later by his parents and sister. All the family settled in Toronto, Ontario, where Jane died on 3 November 1932 and James on 20 October 1933.

Hannah Johnson 1846
Hannah Johnson

Hannah Johnson, second child of George Johnson and Harriet Oldham, was born in Bosden in 1846 and as a young woman was employed in the silk trade as a hand loom weaver. She married John Wild, a farmer, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle on 19 November 1865, but the marriage was very brief: John died in early 1866 aged just 21. The couple's only child was born at about the same time, but died within a few months:

 

1.

John Wild

(1866-1866)

Hannah returned to live with her parents before marrying Arthur Richardson, a wheelwright, in Stockport in 1874. She had six children with her second husband, all born in Bosden:

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

Sarah Richardson

Elizabeth Richardson

George Richardson

Edith Richardson

William Richardson

Arthur Richardson

(1874-1942)

(1876-1942)

(1879-1879)

(1880-1948)

(1882-1949)

(1884-1884)

m. George Aspinall, 1894

Elizabeth, Edith and William, who never married, lived together until at least 1939.

Hannah died in Bosden in 1897 and Arthur died in Stockport in 1927.

Joseph Johnson 1852
Joseph Johnson

Joseph Johnson, son of George Johnson and Harriet Oldham, was born in Bosden in 1852 and worked in the local hatting industry as a hat blocker. He married Jane Bennison in Stockport in 1873 and had three children:

 

1.
2.
3.

Oswald Johnson

Leonard Johnson

Harriet Ann Johnson

(1873-1942)

(1880-1916)

(1884-1961)

Leonard Johnson worked as a proofer at Christys' Hat Works in Stockport until he enlisted in the Cheshire Regiment on 24 October 1915. After training, he was posted to France on 10 July 1916, only to die of wounds at Abbéville hospital less than two months later on 27 August 1916. He had been badly wounded in the shoulder and lung.

Jane died on 16 January 1930 and Joseph on 14 September 1932. They were buried in the same grave at St Thomas' Church, Norbury and their unmarried children Oswald and Harriet were later interred with them. Leonard, who was buried at Abbéville, is remembered on the family headstone.

Reuben Johnson 1857
Reuben Johnson

Reuben Johnson, son of George Johnson and Harriet Oldham, was born in Bosden in 1857 and became a hatter. He married Sarah Hallowell at St Peter's Church, Prestbury on 20 September 1880 and had two daughters:

 

1.
2.

Ann Johnson

Mary Johnson

(1882-1948)

(1886-1961)

m. Leonard James Vivian Rawlinson, 1912

Reuben died in Bosden and was buried at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 4 August 1923. Sarah was buried in the same grave on 25 July 1933, followed by their unmarried daughter Ann on 14 September 1948.

George Johnson 1860
George Johnson

George Johnson, son of George Johnson and Harriet Oldham, was born in Bosden in 1860 and worked as a hatter like his brothers. He married Mary Kemp at St Paul's Church, Portwood on 4 August 1881 and had one child:

 

1.

Annie Johnson

(1882-?)

George died in Stockport in 1903 at the age of 43. His daughter Annie possibly died there unmarried in 1923.

Enoch Johnson 1862
Enoch Johnson

Enoch Johnson, youngest son of George Johnson and Harriet Oldham, was born in Bosden in 1862 and followed his older brothers into the hatting trade. He married Maria Adshead at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1882 and the couple had six children:

 

1.
2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Sarah Johnson

George Johnson

Minnie Johnson

May Johnson

Alice Johnson

Arthur Johnson

(1882-1883)

(1885-1955)

(1891-1957)

(1893-1967)

(1895-1978)

(1897-1969)

 

m. Amy Wood, 1914

m. John Rhodes, 1914

m. William Gledhill, 1919

m. Ralph Maddock, 1924

m. Annie Coggins, 1924

Enoch was only 35 when he died in Bosden in 1897. Maria did not remarry, and outlived him by over forty years: she died in Stockport in 1941 at the age of 78.

Sarah Johnson Broom 1845
Sarah Johnson Broom

Sarah Johnson Broom, oldest surviving child of John Broom and Margaret Johnson, was born in Bosden and baptised at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 5 January 1845. She worked as a silk weaver and married James Dawson, a railway labourer, at St Mary's Church, Stockport in 1868. The couple lived initially on Bramhall, where all their seven children were born, and later in nearly Hazel Grove.

 

1.
2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

John Dawson

Hannah Broom Dawson

Martha Dawson

George Arthur Dawson

James Dawson

Harry Dawson

Herbert Dawson

(1868-1938)

(1873-1931)

(1875-1922)

(1879-1961)

(1882-1948)

(1884-1886)

(1887-1949)

m. Martha Elizabeth Owen, 1893

m. Elisha Bowden, 1899

m. Alice Hallworth, 1906

m. Ethel Potts, 1913

m. Alice Hadfield, 1929

During World War I, Sarah and James' youngest son Herbert served in the Royal Naval Air Service - subsequently merged with the Royal Flying Corps to become the RAF.

 

James died in Hazel Grove in 1902 and Sarah in 1912.

Martha Broom 1847
Martha Broom

Martha Broom, daughter of John Broom and Margaret Johnson, was born in Bosden and baptised at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 3 January 1847. She worked as a silk weaver like her sisters and married Thomas Bennett, a joiner, at St Mary's Church, Stockport in 1866. The couple had seven children, all born in Hazel Grove:

 

1.
2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

Walter Bennett

Isaac Bennett

David Bennett

Margaret Mary Bennett

Thomas Arthur Bennett

Martha Emma Bennett

John Ernest Bennett

(1867-1947)

(1869-1935)

(1872-1944)

(1874-1948)

(1878-1879)

(1880-1966)

(1885-1964)

m. Elizabeth Ann Higginbotham, 1891

m. Ellen Beswick, 1894

m. Martha Ellen Thorniley, 1898

m. Ernest William Rossiter, 1897

m. George Hogg, 1913

m. Lily Hallowell, 1918

Martha died in Hazel Grove in 1896 and Thomas remarried two years later with Lucy Snelson: there were no children from his second marriage. Thomas died in Stockport in 1929.

 

Susannah Broom 1849
Susannah Broom

Susannah Broom, daughter of John Broom and Margaret Johnson, was born in Bosden and baptised at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 8 January 1849. She worked in the silk trade before her marriage to  Joseph Warburton at St Mary's Church, Stockport on 11 March 1867. Joseph was born in Torkington in 1842 and was a watchmaker by trade.

The couple had six children:

 

1.
2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

(1867-?)

(1869-?)

(1871-1938)

(1873-1926)

(1877-1954)

(1880-1899)

m. Henry Marshall, 1896

m. Samuel Platt, 1894

m. Elizabeth Wood, 1891

m. Thomas Davenport, 1896

m. Mary Ann Elizabeth Sockett, 1900

Joseph died in Hazel Grove in 1901 and Susannah in 1914.

 

Elizabeth Cookson Broom 1851
Elizabeth Cookson Broom

Elizabeth Cookson Broom, daughter of John Broom and Margaret Johnson, was born in Bosden in 1851 and worked as a silk weaver both before and after her marriage. She married John Bennett, a hatter, at St Mary's Church, Stockport on 12 August 1872. John was born in Norbury in 1849 and although he has the same surname as Thomas Bennett, who married Elizabeth's older sister Martha, the two do not appear to be closely related.

 

John and Elizabeth had two children:

1.
2.

Susannah Bennett

Joseph Bennett

(1873-1955)

(1875-1955)

m. Herbert Brookes, 1897

m. Mary Moss, 1901

Elizabeth died in Hazel Grove in 1906 and John in 1925.

 

George Broom 1859
George Broom

George Broom, youngest child and only surviving son of John Broom and Margaret Johnson, was born in Bosden on 16 October 1859 and although his siblings were baptised as infants, George was baptised at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 13 June 1877 at the age of 17. He spent his working life as a warehouseman in the Stockport hatting industry and married Margaret Holt at St Peter's Church, Prestbury in 1884.

 

Earlier generations of the family spelled their surname as Broom, but by the time George married he was using the spelling Broome.

George and Margaret had five children, all born in Hazel Grove:

1.
2.

3.

4.

5.

Hannah Broome

Elizabeth Broome

Charles Broome

Margaret Broome

Sarah Alice Broome

(1885-1921)

(1887-1938)

(1889-1965)

(1895-1918)

(1902-1971)

m. Harold Andrew Anderson, 1914

m. Harold Andrew Anderson, 1922

m. Henrietta Yare, 1925

m. Frank Williamson, 1930

Charles joined the Royal Army Medical Corps on 1 September 1914 and was drafted to Egypt just over a week later. From there he went to Galliopoli, where he was wounded in the chest on 19 July 1915. After treatment locally and later in England, he was transferred to the Army Reserve and finally discharged as medically unfit on 16 March 1918.

 

Elizabeth died in Hazel Grove in 1906 and John in 1925.

 

Sarah Ann Rothwell 1851
Sarah Ann Rothwell

Sarah Ann Rothwell, oldest child of George Rothwell and Frances Barlow, was born in Pendlebury in 1851 and worked in the local cotton trade as a young woman. She married William Knight in Manchester Cathedral on 19 May 1872 and the couple settled in Middleton. Over the years William had a number of jobs, including carter, painter, ostler and  general labourer.

William and Sarah had seven children, but only two survived past infancy:

 

1.
2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

George Willie Knight

John Knight

Harry Knight

John Knight

Ann Knight

William Knight

James Knight

(1876-1927)

(1878-1878)

(1881-1882)

(1883-1887)

(1887-1966)

(1889-1889)

(1892-1892)

 

 

 

m. Thomas Jagger, 1907

William died in Middleton in 1897 and  the following year Sarah married Thomas Warburton at St Leonard's Church, Middleton. She was widowed for a second time in 1902 and subsequently lived with her unmarried son George until her own death in 1927.

 

George Rothwell 1858
George Rothwell

George Rothwell, the only son of George Rothwell and Frances Barlow to survive to adulthood, was born in Sutton, Lancashire on 12 October 1858 and spent all his working life as a coal miner. He married Elizabeth Winstanley in St John's Church, Ravenhead on 8 April 1890 and the couple settled in St Helens, where they spent all their married life. They had five children:

 

1.
2.

3.

4.

5.

Peter Winstanley Rothwell

Esther Rothwell

Elizabeth Alice Rothwell

George Rothwell

John Rothwell

(1891-1970)

(1892-1973)

(1895-1946)

(1897-1976)

(1900-1967)

m. Harriett Ralph, 1919

m. Lambert Dawson, 1919

m. John Henry Farrimond, 1930

m. Eliza Key, 1930

m. Minnie May Mansell, 1927

During the First World War, Peter served in the Army Cyclist Corps and George Jr in the Manchester Regiment.

Elizabeth died in St Helens in 1935 and George in 1943.

Emily Rothwell 1861
Emily Rothwell

Emily Rothwell, youngest child of George Rothwell and Frances Barlow, was born in Sutton, Lancashire in 1861 and worked as a domestic servant as a young woman. When she was 22 she had a daughter whose father is unknown:

 

1.

(1883-1965)

m. Harry Whatmough, 1903

In 1894 Emily married Harry Garner, a cotton spinner, in Oldham. They had three sons, who all sadly died in infancy:

2.

3.

4.

Thomas Garner

James Albert Garner

John Garner

(1894-1894)

(1896-1896)

(1897-1898)

Harry died in Oldham in 1898 at the early age of 33, and Emily then married Richard James Savory at Holy Trinity Church, Shaw on 10 February 1900. Richard was born in Child Okeford, Dorset on 25 October 1850 and worked as a railway signalman. He and Emily had one child:

 

5.

Agnes Savory

(1900-1982)

m. Louis Weymouth Harvey, 1940

 

Emily died in Oldham in 1918 and Richard died in Middleton in 1939.

 

Bridgewater Canal at Lymm
Fifth generation
William Hallworth 1850
William Hallworth

William Hallworth, oldest son of William Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1850, and like most of the men in his family worked as a coal miner. He married Hannah Wood in St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1872 and lived all his life in Chapel Street/London Road, Bosden near many of his relatives. William and Hannah had seven children:

1.
2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

Isaac Hallworth

James Hallworth
Frank Hallworth
Philip Hallworth
William Hallworth
Emma Hallworth
Enoch Hallworth

(1872-1873)

(1874-1951)
(1879-1954)
(1882-1970)
(1885-1955)
(1888-1889)
(1892-1963)

 

m. Esther Adshead, 1917
m. Edith Fidler, 1902
m. Florence Oldham, 1905
m. Sarah Poole, 1906

m. Margaret Pearson, 1913

Hannah died on 20 May 1905 and William on 22 April 1910. They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.

Hannah Hallworth 1851
Hannah Hallworth

Hannah Hallworth, daughter of Robert Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1851 and married Samuel Millward, a coal miner, at St Mary's Church, Stockport on 23 September 1872. Samuel was born in Macclesfield in 1851 and was the son of Mark Millward (another coal miner) and his wife Hannah Edge. Hannah and Samuel had nine children, all born in Hazel Grove:

1.
2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

William Millward
Sarah Ann Millward

Male Millward
Bertha Millward
James Millward
Alice Millward
Mary Millward
Elizabeth Millward
Martha Millward

(1875-1850)
(1876-1959)

(1877-1877)
(1880-1963)
(1883-1952)
(1885-1967)
(1887-1961)
(1890-1966)
(1892-1972)

m. Mary Ann Bennett, 1895
m. Samuel Potts, 1899


m. William Heaps, 1904

 


m. James Eccles, 1908
m. William Henry Rushton, 1924
m. Harold Hardy, 1916

Samuel was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 17 August 1907 and Hannah on 22 January 1917.  

Samuel Hallworth 1856
Samuel Hallworth

Samuel Hallworth, son of Robert Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1856, and by the age of 15 was already a coal miner like his father.  He married Ellen Smith at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1874, and the couple lived in Hazel Grove, where their six children were born:

1.
2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

(1879-1946)
(1880-?)
(1881-1904)
(1882-1956)
(1883-1950)
(1885-1963)

m. Annie Bullock, 1907

 


m. Annie Smith, 1905
m. Hannah Jane Wainwright, 1921
m. Edith Bailey, 1910

Samuel died a few months before his youngest son was born, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury Churchyard on 22 February 1885.  Ellen was left a widow with six young children at the age of 30, but rather unusually did not remarry and raised them on her own. She was buried in St Thomas Norbury Churchyard on 8 September 1920. 

Mary Hallworth 1857
Mary Hallworth

Mary Hallworth, daughter of Robert Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1857 and by the age of 14 was working as a throstle spinner in the local cotton industry. She married William Dean, a railway labourer, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1877 and had seven children, all born in Hazel Grove:

1.
2.
3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

Betty Dean
George Thomas Dean
Mary Alice Dean
James Dean
Sarah Dean
Enoch Dean
Robert Dean

(1877-1951)
(1879-1883)
(1881-1956)
(1883-1961)
(1886-1975)
(1889-1918)
(1891-1912)

m. Arthur Sykes, 1900

m. Allan Butterworth, 1911
m. Annie Ashton, 1907
m. Harry Pearson, 1913
m. Mary Leonard, 1910
 

Mary died on 30 June 1924 and was buried in St Thomas Norbury Churchyard in the same grave as her father-in-law Thomas Dean and her sons Enoch and Robert. William was also buried there after his own death on 25 October 1927.

James Hallworth 1862
James Hallworth

James Hallworth, son of Robert Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1862, and like most of his male relations became a coal miner. He married Sarah Gosling, a cotton weaver, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1888.  Sarah was born in Norbury in 1856, and was the daughter of coal miner Samuel Gosling and his wife Sophia Hadley. (It is unknown at present whether there is a connection between this family and our main Gosling line.

James and Sarah had two daughters, one of whom died in infancy:
 

1.
2.

Mary Elizabeth Hallworth
Sarah Hallworth

(1889-1942)
(1891-1891)

They also helped bring up their nephew Charles Frederick Hallworth, son of James' younger brother Matthew.

Sarah died on 14 April 1911 and James on 29 January 1933. They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard, along with their daughter Mary (who never married), Charles' first wife Annie, and her infant son Frederick.

Elizabeth Hallworth 1866
Elizabeth Hallworth

Elizabeth Hallworth, daughter of Robert Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1866, and worked as a cotton weaver from a young age.  She married Albert Gleave, a coal miner, at St Augustine's Church, Brinksway in 1892, and the couple set up home in Sarah's childhood home in London Road, Bosden.  Albert was born in High Lane on 20 December 1867 and was the son of David Gleave and his wife Martha Cadman.

Albert and Elizabeth had one daughter:
 

1.

 

Evelyn Gleave

(1894-1975)

Elizabeth was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 19 June 1934 and Albert on 9 January 1950. Evelyn never married, and was buried with her parents on 13 June 1975.

Matthew Hallworth 1869
Matthew Hallworth

Matthew Hallworth, son of Robert Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1869 and became a coal miner like his father and brothers. He married Mary Elinor Rubery at St Mary's Church, Stockport on 31 August 1895 and the couple had two children, one of whom died in infancy:

1.
2.

(1896-1896)

(1898-1972)

 

m. Annie Hammond, 1920

Sadly, Mary died when their son was just a year old, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 23 May 1899.  On 14 October 1900, Matthew married Harriet Hadfield at St Mary's Church, Stockport, and had another son:

3.

Harold Hallworth

(1902-1970)

m. Martha Shaw

Charles is recorded with his father and stepmother on the 1901 census, but by 1911 Matthew and Harriet seem to have separated, as Matthew is "single", boarding with a family in Nottinghamshire, while Harriet and Harold are living with her widowed mother in Stockport, and Charles is living with his uncle James Hallworth.  

Matthew was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 10 May 1919 at the age of 50, while Harriet died considerably later, in 1944.
 

Noah Hallworth 1871
Elizabeth Pownall 1854
Noah Hallworth

Noah Hallworth, youngest son of Robert Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1871 and became a coal miner like the rest of the men in his family.  He married Sarah Hannable at St Paul's Church, Portwood in 1893, and although they were living in Bardsley, Lancashire when the 1901 census was taken, their three children were all born in Hazel Grove:

1.
2.
3.

Samuel Hallworth
Robert Hallworth
Gertrude Hallworth

(1894-1956)
(1898-1965)
(1904-1986)

m. Amelia Conway, 1914

m. Sidney Clement Everett, 1941

Noah was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 23 January 1931 and Sarah died in Stockport in 1944.

Elizabeth Pownall

Elizabeth Pownall, oldest daughter of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bosden in 1854 and worked as a cotton reeler as a young girl. She married David Hallworth, a coal miner, at St Mary's Church, Stockport on 24 November 1873 and the couple set up home close to other family members on London Road, Bosden. David was born in Bramhall in 1855, and was the son of Joel Hallworth and his wife Martha Fowden.

Although David and Elizabeth spent nearly all their married life in Hazel Grove, the second of their nine children was born in Dodsworth, near Barnsley:

 

1.
2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

Mary Alice Hallworth

Joseph Hallworth
Thomas Hallworth
James Hallworth
Jane Hallworth
Joel Hallworth
Washington Hallworth
Joel Hallworth
Annie Hallworth

(1874-1940)
(1877-1949)
(1879-1937)
(1881-1945)
(1883-?)
(1885-1885)
(1886-1939)
(1889-1950)
(1890-?)

m. John William Wainwright, 1895
m. Emma Dawson, 1896
m. Sarah Pearson, 1908

m. William Weatherby, 1921

m. Hannah Clough, 1915

m. Margaret Roach, 1917

Washington Hallworth served as a private with the South Lancashire Regiment during the First World War. He was probably not among the earliest volunteers as he did not go overseas before the end of 1915. His younger brother Joel probably served in the Labour Corps, although as only the record of his medal entitlement has survived, it is possible that it refers to their paternal uncle Joel, born in 1873.

Elizabeth and David both died in 1900: the former on 27 January and her husband on 11 September. They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.

Alice Pownall 1856
Alice Pownall

Alice Pownall, daughter of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bosden in 1856 and like her older sister Elizabeth worked in the cotton industry before her marriage. In 1876 she married Thomas Hobson, a pavior, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle, and the couple lived in Chapel Street, Bosden close to other family members. They had nine children:

 

1.
2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

James Hobson
Harriet Hobson
Thomas Hobson
Jane Hobson
Sarah Hobson
Isaac Hobson
Annie Hobson
John Hobson
Ernest Hobson

(1876-1932)
(1877-1944)
(1880-1884)
(1884-1942)
(1886-1964)
(1889-1891)
(1892-1972)
(1894-1894)
(1895-1952)

m. Florence Ada Turner, 1894
m. John Henry Sleigh, 1895

m. Robert Bennett, 1904


m. Joseph William Goostrey, 1910

m. Mary Ann Wood, 1931

Alice was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 28 November 1928 and Thomas on 8 December 1943.

Mary Pownall 1858
Mary Pownall

Mary Pownall, third daughter of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bosden in 1858 and worked as a cotton spinner as a young girl. She married Samuel Arnold, a coal miner, at St Paul's Church, Portwood in 1877 and the couple spent their married life in Hazel Grove. They had five children:

 

1.
2.

3.

4.

5.

Dora Arnold
Martha Arnold
George Thomas Arnold
John Arnold
Samuel Arnold

(1877-1942)
(1879-1880)
(1881-1932)
(1883-1932)
(1886-1927)

m. William Etchells, 1897

m. Annie Clayton, 1908
m. Florence Henshall, 1907
m. Edith Harris, 1913

By 1901 Samuel had left the coal mines to become a fish dealer.  

Mary died on 30 March 1925 and Samuel on 31 January 1937. They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.
 

James Pownall 1860
James Pownall

James Pownall, son of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bosden in 1860 and is recorded on the 1871 census at the age of 11 as a "spinner of thread". However, he quickly became a coal miner like most of the other men of the family, and worked in the mines until his death. He married Ellen Marsland at St Paul's Church, Portwood in 1884 and the couple lived in Hatherlow Lane, Hazel Grove. They had one child:

 

1.

Jane Pownall

(1888-1962)

James died at the young age of 45 on 2 November 1905 and Ellen on 16 March 1937. They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard, along with their daughter Jane, who never married.

John Pownall 1862
John Pownall

John Pownall, son of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bosden in 1862 and worked as a coal miner like most of his male relatives. He married Alice Hatton at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1884 and the couple lived in Hazel Grove near the rest of John's family. They had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

Ellis Pownall
Arthur Pownall
Isaac Pownall
Alice Hannah Pownall

(1884-1929)
(1889-1889)
(1892-1892)
(1899-1957)

m. Florence Royle, 1911

 


m. Fred Bowden, 1941

Alice died at the age of 47 and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 23 December 1909.  John was buried in the same cemetery on 19 October 1932.

Albert Pownall 1864
Albert Pownall

Albert Pownall, son of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bramhall in 1864 and as a youth worked as a pavior's labourer before following his father and brothers below ground as a coal miner. He married Mary Ellen Smith at St Peter's Church, Prestbury in 1885 and the couple lived in Hazel Grove near other family members. They had two children, one of whom died as a child:

 

1.

2.

Sarah Elizabeth Pownall
Sam Pownall

(1888-1892)
(1894-1959)


m. Dora Massey, 1919

Albert was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 23 November 1920 and Mary was buried with him after she died on 30 July 1933. Their son Sam and his wife were also buried in the same grave.

Isaac Pownall 1866
Isaac Pownall

Isaac Pownall, son of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bramhall in 1866 and by the age of 14 was already working as a coal miner. He married Martha Dawson at St Paul's Church, Portwood on 10 August 1884 when he was 18 years old and his bride just 17.

 

The couple had three children:

 

1.

2.

3.

(1884-1953)
(1886-1970)
(1888-1960)

m. Mildred Bann, 1916
m. Frank Royle, 1913
m. John Johnson, 1916

Isaac died at the tragically young age of 22 and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 18 August 1888, less than two weeks before his youngest child was born. Martha and the children went to live with her widowed mother and brothers for a while, and she subsequently married Gervis Henry Daniels at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1897.  

Maria Pownall 1868
Maria Pownall

Maria Pownall, daughter of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bramhall in 1868 and worked in the cotton industry before her marriage: the 1881 census records her as a "half-timer" in a cotton mill at the age of 12. She married Moses Ridgway, a coal miner, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1887 and the couple spent their married life close to the rest of their extended family in Hazel Grove. Moses was born in Worth, Cheshire in 1866 and was the son of Charles Ridgway and his wife Rachel Jackson.

Moses and Maria had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

Ernest Ridgway
Jane Ridgway
Martha Ridgway
Samuel Ridgway

(1887-?)
(1889-?)
(1893-?)
(1897-1989)

m. Madeline Bennett, 1920

Ernest Ridgway, who worked as a clerk in a shipping office, served in the Navy from 1917-1919.

 

Maria was buried at St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 15 April 1929 and Moses on 1 August 1930.

Jane Pownall 1870
Jane Pownall

Jane Pownall, daughter of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bramhall in 1870, and like her sister Maria worked in a cotton mill from a very young age. In 1897, she married Samuel Smith, a coal miner, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle and the couple set up home in Hazel Grove, where the 1901 census shows them living next door to two of Jane's married brothers, with her parents and a married sister in the next two houses.

Samuel and Jane had two sons:
 

1.

2.

Walter Smith
John Thomas Smith

(1898-?)
(1907-?)

Samuel was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 7 March 1936 and Jane on 9 November 1951.

William Pownall 1874
William Pownall

William Pownall, twelth child and youngest son of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Hazel Grove on 17 December 1874 and was a coal miner like his father and brothers. He married Rhoda Webb at St Martin's Church, Low Marple in 1897, and the couple lived in Hazel Grove near the rest of the family. They had one child:

1.

Nellie Pownall

(1902-?)

The family later moved to Yorkshire, where William died in 1958 and Rhoda in 1966 at the age of 91.

Moses Pownall 1858
Moses Pownall

Moses Pownall, oldest son of John Pownall and Elizabeth Bailey, was born in Bosden in 1858 and by the age of 13 was already working as a coal miner. He married Annie Barnett, daughter of John Barnett and Frances Taylor, in 1880 and the couple set up home in Hazel Grove.

Before her marriage, Annie had an illegitimate daughter, Edith Barnett (b. 1877), who married Moses' younger brother Harry Pownall.

Annie died on 9 April 1906, and a year later Moses married Dora Elizabeth Normansell at Edgeley Methodist Church. Moses died on 19 September 1917 and Dora on 26 September 1915: they were buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard, where Annie is also buried.
 

Joel Pownall 1866
Joel Pownall

Joel Pownall, son of John Pownall and Elizabeth Bailey, was born in Bosden in 1866 and became a coal miner by the age of 14.  After the death of his parents he lived for a while with his older brother Moses, before marrying Sarah Adshead, daughter of David Adshead and Alice Minshall, at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 18 July 1891. The couple had eight children, all born in Hazel Grove, but the four who survived past infancy were christened together on 10 July 1904 in Portwood:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

John Pownall
Alice Pownall
David Pownall
Frank Pownall
Moses Pownall
Fred Pownall
Doris Pownall
Ada Pownall

(1891-1898)
(1893-1917)
(1895-1962)
(1897-1899)
(1899-1899)
(1900-1901)
(1901-1993)
(1904-1951)

 

m. Edwin Bramhall, 1917

m. Minnie Calvert, 1926

 


m. John Monks, 1921
m. Samuel Leigh, 1925

Joel died in Stockport in 1922.

Miriam Pownall 1868
Miriam Pownall

Miriam Pownall, daughter of John Pownall and Elizabeth Bailey, was born in Bosden in 1868 and was a cotton weaver. She married Alfred Brown, a baker and confectioner, in Stockport in 1890. Alfred was born in Bosden in 1868 and was the son of Peter Brown, a cotton spinner, and his wife Sarah. The couple had seven children, all born in Hazel Grove:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

Arthur Brown
Harry Brown
John Dobson Brown
Edith Ann Brown
Sarah Elizabeth Brown
William Brown
Fred Brown

(1891-1951)
(1893-1948)
(1895-1969)
(1900-1907)
(1902-?)
(1905-?)
(1910-?)


m. Martha Moss, 1915
m. Catherine Mather, 1920

Alfred was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 30 March 1929 and Miriam was buried there later the same year, on 7 November 1929.

Harry Pownall 1870
Harry Pownall

Harry Pownall, youngest son of John Pownall and Elizabeth Bailey, was born in Bosden in 1870, and like at least one of his siblings, lived with his married brother Moses for a while after the death of their parents. He was a coal miner and married Edith Barnett (illegitimate daughter of Moses' wife Annie) at St Matthew's Church, Stockport in 1894. They had six children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Hannah Pownall
Annie Pownall
Moses Pownall
Dora Pownall
Arthur Pownall
Walter Pownall

(1894-1894)
(1896-1961)
(1897-1978)
(1899-1912)
(1905-1965)
(1906-1983)


m. James Chatterton, 1923
m. Alice Furness, 1920

Edith died in Stockport in 1922 and Harry in 1944.

James Ridgway 1862
James Ridgway

James Ridgway was born in Bosden in 1862 about eighteen months before his mother Betty Pownall married Matthew Ridgway. His birth was registered in his mother's maiden name of Pownall, but he took the surname Ridgway after her marriage, and was known by that name for the rest of his life. He worked as a coal miner and married Edith Clayton at St Peter's Church, Prestbury in 1884. The couple lived in Worth Clough, next door to James' parents, and had six children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Matthew Ridgway
Fred Ridgway
Catherine Ridgway
Ethel Ridgway
Selina Ridgway
Seth Ridgway

(1885-1930)
(1888-1968)
(1889-1950)
(1892-?)
(1894-1929)
(1898-1961)

m. Sarah Hooley, 1917
m. Lillian Nockton, 1916
m. Samuel Hallam, 1916
m. John William Walker, 1914
m. Frederick Daniels, 1918
m. Lizzie Hartley, 1933

James died in Worth in 1930.

Catherien Ridgway 1865
Catherine Ridgway

Catherine Ridgway, daughter of Matthew Ridgway and Betty Pownall, was born in Worth in 1865 and is recorded on the 1881 census as a 15 year-old domestic servant in Heaton Norris. She married John James Lowe, a grocer's assistant, at St George's Church, Poynton in 1890 and the couple had five children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Agnes Lowe
Jessie Lowe
John Ridgway Lowe
Edith Lowe
George Lowe

(1891-?)
(1893-?)
(1895-1897)
(1897-?)
(1897-1972)

m. Jessie Gresswell, 1934

John died in 1897, at about the same time his twins were born, and in 1901 two of Catherine's unmarried siblings were living with her and the children.

George Lowe was called up for military service in an unknown branch of the Army on 20 May 1916 and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 17 February 1918, where he acted as a clerk (his peacetime occupation).

Catherine possibly died in Manchester in 1957 aged 92.

Thomas Ridgway 1872
Thomas Ridgway

Thomas Ridgway, son of Matthew Ridgway and Betty Pownall, was born in Worth on 25 June 1870 and was a coal miner like most if the men in his family. He married May Bann at St George's Church, Poynton in 1893 and the couple had one child:

 

1.

Nellie Ridgway

(1893-1962)

m. William Potts, 1927

In addition, May had an illegitimate daughter Mildred Bann (1891-1958), who married David Pownall in 1916.  

May was the daughter of James Bann and his wife Eliza Daniel: her younger sister Eliza married Thomas' brother Cornelius in 1898.

May died in Prestbury in 1930 and Thomas in Macclesfield in 1955.
 

Eliza Ridgway 1874
Eliza Ridgway

Eliza Ridgway, daughter of Matthew Ridgway and Betty Pownall, was born in Worth in 1874 and worked as a cotton weaver. She married Joseph Smith, a blacksmith, at St George's Church, Poynton on 18 April 1898, and the couple had two daughters:

 

1.

2.

Elizabeth Ella Smith
Gladys Smith

(1898-?)
(1903-?)

Cornelius Ridgway 1876
Cornelius Ridgway

Cornelius Ridgway, son of Matthew Ridgway and Betty Pownall, was born in Worth on 27 December 1876 and became a coal miner. He married Eliza Bann, daughter of James Bann and Eliza Daniel, at St George's Church, Poynton on 21 September 1898: she was the younger sister of his brother Thomas' wife May Bann. Cornelius and Eliza had three children, but only one survived past infancy:

 

1.

2.

3.

Minnie Ridgway

Cornelius Ridgway

Samuel Ridgway

(1899-1968)

(1901-1901)

(1907-1908)

m. Ernest Edwin Simms, 1923

At some point between 1911 and the beginning of the Second World War the family moved to the Rotherham area of Yorkshire. (Cornelius' younger brother Charles also moved there in about 1912.) In 1939 Cornelius, Eliza, Minnie and Minnie's husband Ernest Simms were living together in Wath-upon-Dearne not far from Charles' family. 

Eliza died in 1953 and Cornelius in 1959.

 

Seth Ridgway 1879
Seth Ridgway

Seth Ridgway, son of Matthew Ridgway and Betty Pownall, was born in Worth in 1879 and unlike his coal mining brothers worked as a railway engine stoker. He married Ethel Warburton at Park Lane Methodist Church, Poynton in 1906 and the couple had two children, one of whom died in infancy:

 

1.

2.

Sydney Ridgway

Annie Ridgway

(1907-1985)

(1909-1910)

m. Gladys Broadbent, 1931

Ethel died in Poynton on 23 December 1925 and the following year Seth married Florence Kirk at Poynton Methodist Church.

Seth died in Macclesfield in 1940 and his widow married William Isaac Mottershead Davenport in 1942. She died in Macclesfield in 1979.

 

Charles Ridgway 1881
Charles Ridgway

Charles Ridgway, son of Matthew Ridgway and Betty Pownall, was born in Worth on 23 October 1881 and like most of his brothers worked as a coal miner. He married Mary Hannah Smith at Park Lane Methodist Church, Poynton in 1908 and the couple had two children, both born in Wath-upon-Dearne, Yorkshire:

 

1.

2.

Lilian Ridgway

Betty Ridgway

(1913-?)

(1924-1995)

m. Edmund Baker, 1936

m. Alfred Wolstenholme, 1952

Charles died in Wath-upon Dearne in 1952 and Mary on 16 February 1956.

 

Samuel Ridgway 1883
Samuel Ridgway

Samuel Ridgway, youngest son of Matthew Ridgway and Betty Pownall, was born in Worth on 6 November 1883. As a youth he worked in the coal industry, but he later joined the police force. He married Laura Jane Potts at Park Lane Methodist Church, Poynton in 1909, and had one child:

1.

Elsie Elizabeth Ridgway

(1910-1995)

m. Wilfred Naylor, 1936

Laura died in Moston, Lancashire on 13 March 1949 and Samuel died in Harpurhey on 29 March 1954.

 

Sarah Belfield
Sarah Belfield

Sarah Belfield was born in Bosden on 7 April 1862, a year before her mother, Elizabeth Belfield, married George Pownall, but George is named as her father on her baptismal record. She was brought up by her maternal grandmother, working as a cop reeler as a young woman. Sarah married Henry William Wilson, a carter, at St Mary's Church, Stockport on 2 June 1884 and had three children:

1.

2.

3.

Henry William Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson

John Wilson

(1884-1963)

(1886-?)

(1891-?)

m. Jane Hannen, 1916

John Wilson was called up for military service on 23 March 1916, initially with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, but after a few weeks he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. He was drafted to Mesopotamia on 11 February 1917 and later served in Egypt. Like many soldiers who participated in these campaigns he contracted malaria, for which he received a temporary invalidity pension after his demobilisation in 1919.

John's brother Henry joined the Royal Flying Corps on 26 March 1917 and was drafted to France on 13 October 1917. He formed part of the service's ground crew, acting as a storeman/clerk.

Sarah died in Hazel Grove in 1937 and Henry in Stockport on 16 June 1949.

 

Ezra Pownall 1866
Ezra Pownall

Ezra Pownall, older son of George Pownall and Elizabeth Belfield, was born in Bosden on 17 May 1866 and worked as a machine setter in a hat works. He married Elizabeth Gatley at St Matthew's Church, Stockport in 1890, and the couple had one child:

1.

(1893-1956)

m. Margaret Berrisford, 1920

Elizabeth was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 30 July 1930 and Ezra on 22 December 1937.  

 

Dora Pownall 1875
Dora Pownall

Dora Pownall, daughter of James Pownall and Mary Daniels, was born in Bramhall in 1875 and worked as a hatter's furrier before her marriage to William Horsfield at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 15 April 1899.  William, a blacksmith, was born in Hazel Grove in 1876, and was the son of James Horsfield and his wife Hannah Hallworth.  (His maternal grandmother was a Pownall from Bosden, so he may have been distantly related to Dora.)

William and Dora had five children:
 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Nellie Horsfield
James Horsfield
Arthur Horsfield
Annie Horsfield
Amy Horsfield

(1901-1901)
(1903-1980)
(1905-1976)
(1907-1979)
(1913-1980)

 


m. Sarah Mattocks, 1930
m. James Hallworth, 1927

m. Thomas Crompton Davy, 1939

William died on 19 October 1913 and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.  Dora died on 5 April 1957 and was buried with her husband.

 

Sraha Ann Pownall 1877
Sarah Ann Pownall

Sarah Ann Pownall, daughter of James Pownall and Mary Daniels, was born in Bramhall on 12 November 1877 and worked as a hat trimmer before her marriage. She married Timothy Walker, a coal merchant, at Wesley Street Methodist Church, Hazel Grove in 1903. Timothy was a widower, whose first wife Martha Garner had died shortly after the birth of their son, who himself died at the age of four weeks.

Timothy and Sarah had two children:

1.

2.

Mary Ellen Walker
Frank Walker

(1905-1958)
(1907-1961)


m. Hilda Price, 1928

Timothy was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 26 June 1944 and Sarah on 11 April 1951.

 

Hannah Clough
Hannah Clough

Hannah Clough was born in Hazel Grove on 25 May 1882, seven months before her mother Martha Bennett, widow of Charles Clough, married John Johnson. She married Arthur Isaac Fewtrell at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 14 April 1906, and the parish register gives her father's name as "John Clough".  Arthur, a labourer, was born in Birstall, Leicestershire in 1881 and was the son of William Fewtrell and his wife Elizabeth Elsdon.  

The couple lived in Hazel Grove, and in 1911 Hannah's parents and unmarried siblings were living with them. They had one daughter:
 

1.

Susannah Fewtrell

(1910-?)

m. William Cooper, 1930

Arthur died at the early age of 33 and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 13 January 1916.  

 

In 1920 Hannah married her second cousin once removed, Washington Hallworth, son of David Hallworth and Elizabeth Pownall, at Tiviot Dale Methodist Church, Stockport. There were no children from this marriage and Washington was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 1 August 1939. Hannah died in Stockport on 15 February 1957.

 

Bertha Johnson 1884
Bertha Johnson

Bertha Johnson, daughter of John Johnson and Martha Bennett, was born in Hazel Grove on 7 April 1884 and worked as a cotton spinner. She married William Arthur Hallworth in Macclesfield in 1905 and the couple lived in Hazel Grove for a few years before moving to the Barnsley area. William was born in Poynton on 2 June 1883 and was the son of Thomas Hallworth and his wife Sarah Jane Roberts.   

The couple had seven children:
 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

Dora Hannah Hallworth
Dennis Hallworth
Thomas Hallworth
Lawrence Hallworth
Hilda Hallworth
Mildred Hallworth
Shadrack Hallworth

(1907-1994)
(1908-1989)
(1911-1996)
(1916-1987)
(1919-1998)
(1922-1992)
(1924-1995)

m. Edwin Ward, 1927
m. Ada Armitage, 1935
m. Hilda Boyt, 1933
m. Muriel Hallsworth, 1933
m. Herbert Dransfield, 1941
m. Jack Caunt, 1942
m. Kathleen Hinchcliffe, 1945

Bertha died in 1955 and William in 1961.

 

James Blundell Johnson
James Blundell Johnson

James Blundell Johnson, oldest child of James Johnson and Jane Blundell was born in Liverpool on 8 March 1887 and became a carpenter. He emigrated to Canada in 1908, settling in Toronto, and was joined there two years later by his parents and sister. He married Agnes J Cassis and had one known child:

 

1.

Mary Johnson

(1923-2016)

Agnes died in Toronto on 29 December 1934 and James on 13 December 1970.

 

Sarah Richardson 1874
Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson, oldest child of Hannah Johnson and her second husband, Arthur Richardson, was born in Bosden on 2 November 1874 and worked as a trimmer in a mill as a young woman. She married George Aspinall, a felt hat planker, at St Thomas' Church, Stockport on 13 January 1894 and the couple had nine children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

Mary Aspinall

Edith Aspinall

William Aspinall

Ethel Aspinall

Elizabeth Aspinall

Frank Aspinall

Florence Aspinall

Alice Aspinall

George Aspinall

(1894-1963)

(1896-?)

(1898-1898)

(1899-?)

(1902-1959)

(1905-1905)

(1906-1984)

(1907-1981)

(1914-1979)

m. Walter Boothroyd, 1920

m. Thomas Berry, 1942

m. William Armitage, 1946

m. Szczepan Jan Glod, 1948

m. Vera Makin, 1938

George died in Stockport in 1923 and Sarah on 18 August 1942.

 

Mary Johnson 1886
Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson, younger daughter of Reuben Johnson and Sarah Hallowell, was born in Bosden on 25 November 1886 and worked as a cotton weaver. She married Leonard James Vivian Rawlinson, a book keeper, at Hazel Grove Congregational Church in September 1912 and had two daughters:

 

1.

2.

Ethel Rawlinson

Alice Rawlinson

(1917-1992)

(1920-2007)

Leonard attested with the Cheshire Regiment on 1 December 1915 and was mobilised on 5 August 1916. However, during the early part of his training he developed an infection in his ankle when blisters caused by marching became septic, and this caused permanent damage to the connective tissue. He was discharged from the army on medical grounds on 31 July 1917.

Leonard was buried at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 28 January 1930 and Mary on 10 June 1961.

 

m. James Frederick Carter, 1969

m. John Tymn, 1946

Minnie Johnson 1891
Minnie Johnson

Minnie Johnson, daughter of Enoch Johnson and Maria Adshead, was born in Bosden on 17 February 1891and like many of her female relatives worked as a cotton weaver. She married John Rhodes, a journeyman joiner, at Edgeley Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on 12 August 1914 and the couple had two children:

 

1.

2.

Edna Rhodes

John Thomas Rhodes

(1917-1992)

(1920-2007)

Minnie died in Bredbury in 1957 and John died in Romiley on 8 July 1962.

 

m. Arthur Edward Powell, 1939

m. Freda Parker, 1941

May Johnson 1893
May Johnson

May Johnson, daughter of Enoch Johnson and Maria Adshead, was born in Bosden on 2 May 1893 and as a young woman worked as a cop winder in the cotton weaving industry. She married William Gledhill, a journeyman joiner, at Edgeley Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on 9 August 1919 and had fivechildren:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Gladys May Gledhill

Rita Gledhill

(possibly living)

(possibly living)

(possibly living)

(1920-2006)

(1926-2004)

William died in Stockport in 1964 and May died in Bredbury in 1967.

 

m. John Matthew Downs, 1949

John Dawson 1868
John Dawson

John Dawson, oldest child of James Dawson and Sarah Johnson Broom, was born in Bramhall in 1868 and worked as a felt hat finisher. He married Martha Elizabeth Owen at St Peter's Church, Priorslee on 16 July 1893: she was born in Snedshill in 1869.

The couple lived in Hazel Grove and had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

Margaret Dawson

Gertrude Dawson

Richard Owen Dawson

Martha Ann Dawson

(1895-?)

(1896-?)

(1899-1985)

(1902-1992)

m. Freda Phillips, 1926

Martha died in Hazel Grove in 1910 at the age of 40, and soon afterwards all four children went to live with various relatives. John did not remarry and died in Stockport in 1938.

 

Hannah Broom Dawson 1873
Hannah Broom Dawson

Hannah Broom Dawson, second child and oldest daughter of James Dawson and Sarah Johnson Broom, was born in Bramhall in 1873. She worked as a silk weaver and married Elisa Bowden, a hatter, at St Thomas' Church, Norbury in 1899.

The couple had just one child, who sadly died in infancy:

 

1.

 

 

Harry Bowden

(1902-1902)

Hannah died in Stockport in 1931 and Elisha in 1935.

 

James Dawson 1882
James Dawson

James Dawson, son of James Dawson and Sarah Johnson Broom, was born in Bramhall on 28 March 1882 and worked in the hatting industry. He married Ethel Potts at Bramhall Lane Methodist Church in 1913 and had one daughter:

 

1.

 

Jessie Dawson

(1916-1998)

m. Bert Beswick, 1941

James died in Stockport in 1948 and Ethel outlived him by over thirty years, dying at the age of 96 in 1980.

 

Walter Bennett 1867
Walter Bennett

Walter Bennett, oldest child of Thomas Bennett and Martha Broom, was born in Hazel Grove on 12 September 1867 and became a joiner like his father. He married Elizabeth Ann Higginbotham at St Thomas' Church, Stockport on 18 May 1891and had three children:

 

1.

2.

3.

 

Thomas Bennett

Sydney Bennett

Lizzie Bennett

(1892-?)

(1894-1974)

(1899-1956)

m. Elizabeth Ellen West, 1920

m. Eva Caldwell, 1924

m. Walter Henry Atkinson, 1925

Thomas volunteered for the Army soon after the outbreak of World War I, joining the Royal Engineers on 14 December 1914. After training, he was drafted to France on 10 October 1915  and was fortunate enough to avoid major injury or illness until 27 May 1918, when he was wounded in the knee by shrapnel. He received a temporary invalidity pension after discharge, and the 1921 census shows him still under hospital treatment and unable to work.

Elizabeth died in Stockport in 1946 and Walter in 1947.

 

Isaac Bennett 1867
Isaac Bennett

Isaac Bennett, son of Thomas Bennett and Martha Broom, was born in Hazel Grove on 12 September 1867 and baptised at Napier Street United Methodist Free Chapel along with his two younger siblings on 27 October 1874. He worked for at least ten years as a railway engine stoker and later as a milk retailer. He married Ellen Beswick at St Thomas' Church, Stockport on 24 March 1894 and had three children:

 

1.

2.

3.

 

Clifford Bennett

Lucy Bennett

Annie Bennett

(1894-1954)

(1905-?)

(1909-1941)

m. Jessie Mackay Miller, 1924

m. David Rankin Craig Millar, 1937

In 1911 the family emigrated to Australia, settling in Bankstown in New South Wales. Isaac died there on 5 April 1935 and Ellen died in Burwood on 22 February 1941.

 

David Bennett 1872
David Bennett

David Bennett, son of Thomas Bennett and Martha Broom, was born in Hazel Grove on 23 July 1872 and baptised at Napier Street United Methodist Free Chapel along with his siblings Isaac and Margaret Mary on 27 October 1874. He worked in the local hatting industry and married Martha Ellen Thorniley at St Thomas' Church, Stockport on 5 February 1898.

The couple had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

 

Annie Bennett

Nellie Bennett

Raymond Bennett

Edith Bennett

(1898-1998)

(1903-1974)

(1905-1988)

(1910-1973)

m. Alfred George Mead, 1922

m. Edith Woodend, 1929

David died in Stockport in 1944 and Martha in 1960

 

Margaret Mary Bennett 1874
Margaret Mary Bennett

Margaret Mary Bennett, daughter of Thomas Bennett and Martha Broom, was born in Hazel Grove on 12 July 1874 and baptised at Napier Street United Methodist Free Chapel along with her older brothers Isaac and David on 27 October 1874. She worked in the cotton industry before her marriage to Ernest William Rossiter, a draper's assistant,  at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 15 September 1897.

The couple had two children:

 

1.

2.

Charles William Bennett

Eleanor Marguerite Bennett

(1899-1983)

(1910-1986)

The newly-married couple lived for a short time in Bramhall, where their first child was born, before emigrating to Canada in 1906. 

Ernest died in Montreal in 1941 and Margaret in 1948.

 

Margaret Warburton 1869
Margaret Warburton

Margaret Warburton, daughter of Joseph Warburton and Susannah Broom, was born in Hazel Grove on 27 August 1869 and baptised at Napier Street United Methodist Free Chapel on 17 October 1869. She worked as a cotton weaver and married Samuel Platt in Stockport in 1894.

The couple had three children, all born in Hazel Grove:

 

1.

2.

3.

 

Hilda Platt

Phyllis Platt

Irvine Platt

(1894-1972)

(1896-1980)

(1898-1964)

m. James William Clayton, 1917

m. Richard Barlow Hobson, 1923

m. Nellie Rayner, 1921

Samuel worked at different times as a cotton weaver, an insurance agent, and a general labourer: the 1911 census shows him lodging in Rochdale and working in a cotton mill while Margaret and the children were living with her mother in Hazel Grove. 

Margaret died in Stockport in 1919 and Samuel died in Oldham in 1936.

 

William Warburton 1871
William Warburton

William Warburton, son of Joseph Warburton and Susannah Broom, was born in Hazel Grove on 6 July 1871 and baptised at Napier Street United Methodist Free Chapel on 20 August 1871. He became a shoemaker and married Elizabeth Wood at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1891.

The couple had  five children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

 

Maggie Warburton

Ellis Warburton

Edwin Warburton

Elsie Warburton

Edith Warburton

(1892-1953)

(1895-1973)

(1898-1899)

(1901-1963)

(1904-1999)

m. Leonard Hartley, 1915

m. Cecilia May Korsman, 1926

m. Alfred Horatio Ridgway, 1925

m. James Moss, 1927

The family lived initially in Hazel Grove, before moving to High Lane in the late 1890s.

Ellis volunteered for the Army early in World War I, joining the East Lancashire Regiment on 2 September 1914. However, although he passed the initial medical examination, he was discharged on 15 October 1914 due to defective eyesight. This did not prevent him from joining the Royal Flying Corps as a mechanic on 21 August 1916, when medical standards were somewhat lower. Shortly after the war he emigrated to Australia, arriving in Sydney on 12 December 1920.

William died in Hazel Grove in 1938.

 

Elizabeth Warburton 1873
Elizabeth Warburton

Elizabeth Warburton, daughter of Joseph Warburton and Susannah Broom, was born in Hazel Grove on 27 September 1873 and baptised at Napier Street United Methodist Free Chapel on 16 November 1873. She worked in a cotton mill as a young woman before marrying Thomas Davenport, a hatter, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1896.

The couple spent their married life in Hazel Grove and had one child:

 

1.

Stanley Davenport

(1897 -1956)

m. Eva Shatwell, 1921

Stanley joined the Army in World War I and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment on 7 January 1918. He was drafted to France on 21 June 1918 for the final months of the war.

 

Thomas died in Hazel Grove on 15 January 1926 and Elizabeth died just a few months later.

 

Ellis Warburton 187
Ellis Warburton

Ellis Warburton, son of Joseph Warburton and Susannah Broom, was born in Norbury on 8 May 1877 and baptised at Napier Street United Methodist Free Chapel on 24 June 1877. He followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, becoming a jeweller and watch repairer in Hazel Grove.

Ellis married Mary Ann Elizabeth Sockett at St Thomas' Church, High Lane in 1900 and had three children:

 

1.

2.

3.

John Warburton

Dorothy Warburton

Amy Warburton

(1902-1991)

(1904-1961)

(1907-1982)

m. Harriet Wright, 1925

m. William Eric Shaw, 1927

m. Richard George Buckley, 1933

Mary died in Hazel Grove in 1942 and Ellis died in Wilmslow in 1954.

 

Susannah Benett 1873
Susannah Bennett

Susannah Bennett, daughter of John Bennett and Elizabeth Cookson Broom, was born in Hazel Grove on 6 November 1873 and baptised - like many of her extended family - at Napier Street United Methodist Free Chapel on 28 December 1873. She worked in the cotton industry and married Herbert Brookes, a hatter, at St Thomas' Church, Norbury in 1897.

 

The couple had one child: 

 

1.

Lizzie Brookes

(1906-1966)

m. George Matley, 1932

Susannah's widowed father John was living with the family in 1911, and continued to do so after Herbert's early death in 1914 at the age of 39. Susannah never remarried and died in Stockport in 1955.

 

Hannah Broome 1885
Hannah Broome

Hannah Broome, oldest child of George Broom(e) and Margaret Holt, was born in Hazel Grove on 22 January 1885 and baptised at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 22 February 1885. She worked in the cotton industry as a young woman before emigrating to Canada in 1912. She married Harold Andrew Anderson, a Yorkshireman, in Montreal on 9 December 1914 and had two children:

 

1.

2.

Mary Evelyn Anderson

George Arthur Anderson

(1918-2003)

(1919-1995)

Hannah died in Montreal on 8 June 1920 when her second child was just under six months old, and her younger sister Elizabeth travelled from England to Quebec to act as Harold's housekeeper and take care of the children.

 

Elizabet Broome 1887
Elizabeth Broome

Elizabeth Broome, daughter of George Broom(e) and Margaret Holt, was born in Hazel Grove and baptised at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 13 March 1887. She worked in the cotton industry like her older sister, and a month after Hannah's early death in Montreal, she went to Canada to keep house for her widowed brother-in-law Harold Anderson.

Harold and Elizabeth married in Montreal on 27 November 1920 and had one son:

 

John Anderson

(1922-2007)

Elizabeth died in Montreal on 6 June 1938 and Harold died in 1951.

 

1.

Ann Knight 1887
Ann Knight

Ann Knight, daughter of William Knight and Sarah Ann Rothwell, was born in Middleton on 14 February 1887. She worked as a cotton weaver and married Thomas Jagger at Christ Church, Chadderton on 24 August 1907. Thomas was born in Ashton under Lyne in 1885, and after working in a coal mine as a youth became an electric meter reader.

The couple had five children, two of whom died young:

 

m. Florrie Musgrove, 1936

m. Doris Hayes, 1939

1.

2.

3.

4. 5. 

George Jagger

Sarah Ann Jagger

William Henry Jagger

James Jagger

Emily Jagger

(1908-1965

(1909-1910)

(1911-1984)

(1913-1914)

(1915-1973)

Thomas volunteered for the army in the early days of World War One, attesting in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 31 August 1914. After training he was drafted to France on 7 December 1915, but his health proved unequal to life in the trenches, and on 6 May 1916 he was reclassified as "P.B.", suffering notably from rheumatism and chronic bronchitis, and assigned to duties at a permanent base behind the lines.  He was hospitalised in France with boils and carbuncles on 8 November 1916 and invalided home to England on 7 January 1917: unfortunately he contracted pneumonia and died in Rainhill Hospital on 25 May 1917. He was buried at All Saints Church, Newton Heath, and is commemorated on the screen wall at Southern Cemetery, Manchester.

Ann remarried to Arthur Sparkes, a boiler fireman, at St Luke's Church, Lightbowne in 1920. Arthur was born in West Bromwich in 1877, and had served in the Royal Defence Corps in England during the war. The couple had four children:

 

Arthur died in Manchester in 1930 and Ann in 1966.

 

6.

7.

8.

9.

Ann Sparkes

Arthur George Sparkes

(possibly living)

(possibly living)

(1921-1921)

(1922-2007)

m. Florence Lilian Carter, 1948

Peter Winstanley Rothwell
Peter Winstanley Rothwell

Peter Winstanley Rothwell, oldest child of George Rothwell and Elizabeth Winstanley, was born in St Helens on 9 January 1891, and unlike most of his coal-mining male relatives became a house painter. He served in the Army Cyclist Corps during the First World War and after his discharge married Harriett Ralph in Kent in 1919. The couple lived in Sothborough and had three children:

 

1.

2.

3.

Hilda Ann Rothwell

Leslie Peter Rothwell

(possibly living)

(1926-1978)

(1928-2010)

Harriett died in Southborough in 1962 and Peter on 12 May 1970.

 

m. Leonard Harryman, 1947

m. Doreen Bessie Cosham, 1954

Frances Rothwell 1883
Frances Rothwell

Frances Rothwell, daughter of Emily Rothwell, was born in Newton Heath on 28 November 1883. She appears to have lived with her aunt Sarah Ann Rothwell and her family at least until her own mother's marriage: the 1891 census shows her working as a cotton room card hand living with Emily and her second husband Richard James Savory.

Frances married Harry Whatmough, a cotton spinner, at St James' Church, East Crompton on 8 August 1903 and had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4

Harry Whatmough

Edith Whatmough

Harold Whatmough

George Whatmough

(1903-?)

(1908-1908)

(1913-1974)

(1921-1944)

George died while serving with the Royal Artillery in Italy during World War Two and is buried in Sangro River Cemetery.

Harry died in Middleton in 1959 and Frances died in Oldham in 1965.

 

m. Doris Helliwell, 1938

 

First generation
Bridgewater Canal at Lymm
First generation
First generation
Bridgewater Canal at Lymm
Sixth generation
Frank Hallworth 1879
Frank Hallworth

Frank Hallworth, son of William Hallworth and Hannah Wood, was born in Bosden in 1879 and became a coal miner. He married Edith Fidler at Edgeley Methodist Church, Stockport in 1902, and had two children:

1.
2.

Clifford Hallworth
Emma Fidler Hallworth

(1904-1970)
(1912-1941)

m. Emma Jackson, 1929
m. Herbert Cunliffe, 1930

Edith died at the age of 46 and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 17 September 1924. Frank then married Sarah Hannah Garner at Trinity Methodist Church, Stockport in 1926.

Frank was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 13 January 1954 and Sarah on 29 March 1967.

Philip Hallworth 1882
Philip Hallworth

Philip Hallworth, son of William Hallworth and Hannah Wood, was born in Bosden on 9 January 1882, and worked as a brick burner. He married Florence Oldham in Stockport in 1905 and had one daughter:

1.

Annie Hallworth

(1905-1976)

m. Clive Borkwood, 1934

Philip may have served as a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery during the First World War. However, as only the record of a medal entitlement survives, and not a full service record, it is impossible to be sure whether it refers to him or to a distant relation with the same name who would have been aged about 40 at the beginning of the war.

 

Philip and Florence both died in Stockport in 1970.

William Hallworth 1885
William Hallworth

William Hallworth, son of William Hallworth and Hannah Wood, was born in Bosden in 1885 and became a hairdresser.  He married Sarah Poole in Stockport in 1906, and the couple settled in Stockport. Sarah was baptised in Poynton on 6 July 1884 and was the daughter of John Henry Poole and his wife Mary Ellen Charlton.

William and Sarah had three children:

1.

2.

3.

George Henry Poole Hallworth
Ella Poole Hallworth
Stanley Poole Hallworth

(1908-1965)
(1909-?)
(1911-1972)

m. Alice Grantham Hallworth, 1927

m. Harold Miller, 1928

m. Elsie Moores, 1934

Sarah died at the age of 46 and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 13 January 1934. William was buried in the same churchyard on 13 July 1955.

William Millward 1875
William Millward

William Millward, oldest son of Samuel Millward and Hannah Hallworth, was born in Hazel Grove on 21 June 1875, and like his father and many other relations worked in the local coal mines. He married Mary Ann Bennett at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 30 November 1895 and the couple spent all their married life in Hazel Grove.  They had eight children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

Herbert Millward
William Millward
Isaac Millward
Samuel Millward
Robert Millward
Frank Millward
Edward Millward
Fanny Millward

(1896-1941)
(1899-1971)
(1902-1992)
(1904-1939)
(1907-1927)
(1910-1968)
(1912-2000)
(1915-1934)

m. Annie Hawkridge, 1918
m. Mary Ann Farrand, 1920

m. Elizabeth McGuinn, 1927

 


m. May Maud Harper, 1934

William died on 23 March 1950 and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard with his deceased children Robert and Fanny. When Mary Ann died on 30 January 1965 she was buried in the same grave.

Sarah Ann Millard 1876
Sarah Ann Millward

Sarah Ann Millward, second child and oldest daughter of Samuel Millward and Hannah Hallworth, was born in Hazel Grove on 10 September 1876 and married Samuel Potts, a coal miner, at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 28 October 1899.  Samuel was born in Hazel Grove on 9 October 1876 and was the son of William Potts and his wife Emma Pritchard.  


Samuel and Sarah had three daughters:

1.

2.

3.

Emma Potts
Hannah Potts
Alice Potts

(1900-1979)
(1902-1969)
(1913-1991)

m. Samuel Pearson, 1924

m. William Collyer, 1930

m. Thomas Alfred Collins, 1935