As mentioned in earlier posts, I have been sent some great profiles about relatives from my mother’s side of the family. I don’t have permission to publish these at the moment so I’m sorry if the information I publish in the meantime is a bit dry. It does, however, help me get my head round the huge amount of material that Steve and Bernadette Robinson have been kindly sending me.
From what I can work out their research into this branch of our common ancestors goes back as far as James Parkinson and Deborah Salthouse, who are my great great great great grandparents. I’m not sure what James did for a living or when he was born, but he died in Southport on 23rd June 1840, and was buried in St. Mary’s Newhouse Catholic Church in Barton, Preston. Deborah Salthouse was born in 1773 and died on 4th May 1833. They married 30th November 1801 in Preston St John, and had the following children:
Margaret b. 8 Mar 1801, d. 31 Jan 1849
Ann b.1803 d. 16 Nov 1816
John bapt; 22 Oct 1805 at Gt Eccleston, d. in infancy Sept 1807?
John b; 23 Oct 1807, d. 20 Jun 1860
George bapt. 16 Sept 1809, d. in infancy.
George b.; 24 May 1815, d. in infancy.
George bapt. 1 April 1816, d. 1860
There’s an inscription on a gravestone at Newhouse St Mary Barton that reads as follows:
“Four children, sons & daughters of James & Deborah Parkinson who died in their infancy, also Ann their daughter who departed this life Nov; 16th 1815 aged 12 years, also Deborah the wife of James Parkinson and mother of the above children, who departed this life on 4th May 1833 aged 59 years, also the above named James Parkinson, husband and father of the above who departed this life at Southport on 23rd June, 1840 in the 64th year of his age.”
There doesn’t seem to be information of the 4th child who died in infancy though, but there’s also an interesting entry on the Newhouse register for an adult baptism of Deborah in 1821:
Aug. 17, 1821 sub conditione baptizavi Deborah Mariam Parkinson conj: de Plumpton aetatis 39. J.B.Marsh
The Newhouse register also has her burial entry:
1833 Maii 4 Animam Deo redditit Deborah Parkinson o’ibus Eccae sac: munitam aetat: anno 59 ejus corpus in nos: coem: sepelivi 7 Maii. J.B. Marsh
My ancestor is the eldest daughter Margaret who married John Walker a carpenter from Preston, b. 15 Jun 1795, d. 14 Feb 1873:
*Marriage: 11 May 1825 St Anne, Woodplumpton, Lancashire , England
John Walker – 29 Carpenter Bachelor of Preston
Margaret Parkinson – (X), 25 Spinster of Woodplumpton
Witness: Ann Riley; Thos. Fairclough
Married by License by: Henry J Foster Minister
Register: Marriages 1813 – 1837, Page 51, Entry 152
Source: LDS Film 1470949
John Walker & Margaret Parkinson, had the following children:
Anne, b. 12 May 1826, d. 17 Sept 1901
James, b. 12 Sept 1828, 31 Aug 1877
Mary, b. 7 Nov 18430
Margaret Deborah b. 8 Sep 1833, d. 1898
Alice b. 28 Jan 1836, d. 12 Jun 1860 (Good Shephard Nun
John b. 26 Nov 1838
Ellen b. 24 Nov 1840, d. Jun 1867
George Joseph b. 28 Oct 1843, 9 Apr 1904 Preston
There’s quite a lot of information Steve and Bernadette have sent. I can’t remember now if they had more information about John and Margaret Walker. I’ll ask them and add it here in the comments if they know anymore.
Certaintlt, there’s a letter written by the eldest Anne, dated June 26th 1886. I hope to get permission to publish it here or extracts of it. In the meantime, here’s a few bits and pieces from what I’ve been sent so far. Firstly, George Joseph would have been only 4 when his mother Margaret died in 1849 aged only 47. From what I can make out from the family tree I’ve been sent Mary, Alice and Ellen became Good Shepherd Nuns.
It seems that only James and Margaret Deborah married. Margaret Deborah, who was possibly named after her mother and grandmother, married a Thomas Nathaniel Thornton (b. 1835, d. 1912 )in 1859 in Preston, and had the following children: Mary b. 1861; Theresa b. 18637, m. John Ross; Agnes b. 1869, m. Robert Smith 12 Oct 1892, had issue; Thomas b. 1870; Margaret b. 1872; Monica b. 1874; and Ellen b. 1877, d. 1936.
My ancestor is James Walker who married Mary Hannah Smith (see photo here), and I’ve written about the Walkers of Avenham Tower before although some of this might need amending based on what I’ve subsequently been sent by Steve and Bernadette. Anyway, more soon.