Generation 5: Paternal 3x  Gt. Grandparents…

In theory, there should be 32 ancestors in this generation, but two ancestors (Fitzherbert and Mary Wright) in the last generation were siblings so shared the same parents. And we can’t confirm the natural father of our great grandmother Annie Birtwistle (née Hartley), so that branch is currently a dead end. That means we not only have a duplicate pair of ancestors at this generation, but also a missing pair.  And so there are actually only 28 possible ancestors we can currently trace in this generation.

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A short film by Beth Kirby


Earlier this year my 8 year old daughter Beth was learning about Victorian Britain, so I suggested to her that we collaborate on the short film above about her Victorian Ancestors. Beth’s younger brother Max also stars in our film made using the iMovie app on the iPad. The Penguin Cafe Orchestra have very kindly given us permission to use the Music For A Found Harmonium and Bramble May tracks from their Music From The Penguin Cafe – Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2009) album that was recorded to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. We hope you enjoy.

The digital portrait collection

The Wedding of Giles Simon Kirby and Angela Mary Julie Birtwistle 1952

This post is a version of my Genealogical dead ends revisted post, but it’s about the photograps and illustrations I’ve found of my ancestors rather than just their names. I’ll do one about places sometime, and also about biographies, etc. I have set up a photostream on FlickR so you can see all the images in a slideshow, and I will link to the individual photos from the names of ancestors I have identified below.  Continue reading “The digital portrait collection”

Kirby ancestry mystery lead or coincidence

The Navigation Inn, Eanam, Blackburn
The Navigation Inn, Eanam, Blackburn: home in 1861 of my great grandmother Annie Mary Hartley, her mother Priscilla, grandmother Anne Hartley, and great grandfather John Cunliffe

More Lancashire and pub connections found in latest research:

George H. Graham kindly helped show how my great great grandmother Alice Baxendale was the granddaughter of the Rev. Joseph Turner who was born about 1796. He was the son of Joseph B. Turner, at Broughton In Furness, Lancashire.

I’d noticed that the son of the Rev. Joseph Turner was called Joseph Kirby Turner. He was also a vicar who had assisted at Alice’s (his niece and my great great grandmother) wedding to my great great grandfather Alfred Octavius Kirby. Joseph Kirby Turner‘s mother was called Ellen, but her surname isn’t known. I wondered whether she was a Kirby, and if there was a link between her and our branch of the Kirby family. This might be the clue to the ancestors of our great great great grandfather George Goldsmith Kirby. Continue reading “Kirby ancestry mystery lead or coincidence”

Few more bitz and pieces on Joseph Baxendale

I think this is my 100th post, and this one is about how George Graham has found some great additional information about my ancestor Joseph Baxendale. He explains how Joseph was born on 28 September 1785, the son of Josiah Baxendale and Mabella Salisbury, at Lancaster, Lancashire. He was educated at Lancaster but left in 1804 for Preston, and afterwards London, where in 1806 he was with Samuel Croughton, wholesale linen draper, of 33 St Paul’s Churchyard, the agent for Bannister, Hall & Co., calico-printers of Preston. Continue reading “Few more bitz and pieces on Joseph Baxendale”

Last word on Baxendales … probably

I found a little snippet by Jann Collins on about my ancestor Joseph Baxendale, which gives a little insight as to why later generation keep popping up here and there on sites about Royal and Noble British families:

“I have to hand a little item referring to a Joseph Baxendale, born in 1785, the son of a Lancaster surgeon (Josiah?). In 1804 he left Lancaster, reaching London in 1806 where he found work with a linen draper. By 1809 he raised enough money to buy in to a calico printing business in Lancaster. By 1815 he was doing well enough to marry Mary Birley. He retired in 1816. In 1820 he bought in, as a sleeping partner, to the nearly bankrupt firm of Pickford Brothers Carriers and bought himself a home in London – Woodside House. The story goes on, and mentions the fact that Joseph was responsible for building a chapel on the corner of Baxendale’s estate. St John”s was built and consecrated on 9 May 1832. Having established Pickfords as the principal firm of carriers, he turned his attention to the new railways. In 1845 his three sons, Lloyd, Richard and Salisbury, forced his retirement and he spent most of his time in Whetstone until his death on 24/3/1872. He is buried, with his father, his wife and several of his family, in the vault below the West end of the Church he was responsible for building.”

Joseph Baxendale
Joseph Baxendale

I’m wondering whether the liner draper mentioned above issued bills of exchange like our Ramsay ancestors from Scotland. They were linen merchants that became wealthy bankers and subsequently married into the local nobility. Continue reading “Last word on Baxendales … probably”

Family genealogical deadends – Baxendale/Backstondeine

As mentioned in my Alice Baxendale’s Ancestors around this time last year, I’d noticed that Brian Spalding had Lloyd Baxendale had listed my Baxendale ancestors on his Scott – Baxendell genealogy site.

My great great grandfather Alfred Octavius Kirby married Alice Baxendale, the daughter of Lloyd Baxendale and Ellen Turner. Continue reading “Family genealogical deadends – Baxendale/Backstondeine”