Danson, Bailey,Gaulter, Cookson, Brownbill, Cardwell. Do you have a Lancahsire connections with these surnames? If so I would love to hear from you, as we may be connected through my great great grandparents Henry Danson (1806-1881) and Elizabeth Calvert ( 1811 -1879)
When I started to find out about their family, I only knew of my great grandfather James and a family story about a younger brother Peter buried in St. Chad's Churchyard, Poulton-le-Fylde.
|James Danson, my great grandfather|
A search through census returns found that the family was far more extensive than I had ever thought with nine children born. Information on James’ brothers and sisters came largely from parochial records, census returns and monumental inscriptions. Then one edition of the Lancshire Family History and Heraldry Magazine gave, in the listing of member’s interests, three separate entries for the surnames Cardwell, Cookson, and Gaulter - all married names of the Danson sisters. I made contact and amazingly all proved to be connections, adding more information to my family story.
Further evidence of the extended family came from a page in the Mannex Directory of 1851. The list of professions and trades in Poulton included:
Golden Ball, Ball Street. Wm Gaulter,
King’s Arms, Market Pla. Cornelius Cardwell,
Henry and Elizabeth Danson had 9 children and 37 known grandchildren, with the tradition of naming children after family members very evident. By the turn of the century, this practice began to lapse, and new names appeared amongst the new generations. - Lily, Florence, Edith, May, Hannah, Dorothy, Ethel.
Elizabeth Bailey (1831-1885)
Grace Cookson (c.1832-1891)