I have the family history bug for researching both my own family history and that of friends. If your interest is in families of the Fylde in Lancashire, this site is for you, with many photographs to enhance interest. I'll also be looking at my Scottish Donaldson connections, hints and tips, and stories that appeal. So read on, or even better, sign up as a follower. Do get in touch - I would love to hear from others who share my enthusiasm for family history fun.
Here is my list which aims to give a brief summary of my direct ancestors. I also hope it acts as a taster and encourages readers to explore more of the blog stories on my Danson ancestors.
DISCOVERING DANSONS - SIX GENERATIONS OF A FAMILY
1. My mother KathleenDanson (1908-1999), second daughter of William Danson and Alice English, was born at Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, a small historic town, almost dwarfed by its neighbour the popular seaside resort of Blackpool. Danson is a distinctive local name. I loved history from an early age and it was a treat to be allowed to look at the shoebox of old photographs and memorabilia at my grandfather's house.
2. Grandfather William Danson (1885-1963) was the fifth, out of ten, sons of James Danson and Maria Rawcliffe. Like four of his brothers, he fought in the First World War and he sent home embroidered postcards which form part of my family treasures. I have early memories of visiting the great uncles and my only great aunt Jennie. Having their photographs brought them alive to me and they have formed the basis of many earlier postings on this blog.
3. Great Grandfather James Danson (1852-1906) - his marriage to Maria Rawcliffe was recorded in the family bible and also the birth of his first four sons - entries petered out after that, with the further 7 children not listed. James died before my mother and aunt were born so they were unable to help me with earlier family history memories. James was regarded as the black sheep of the family and the only photograph I have shows him larking around in the stocks in Poulton Market Square.
4. Great Great Grandfather Henry Danson (1806-1881) was a yeoman farmer of Trap Farm, Carleton, (right) home to a large family of eleven and two servants in 1851. The 1871 census showed a change of occupation from farmer to toll keeper at Shard Bridge over the River Wyre near Fleetwood. Henry married Elizabeth Calvert and they had 9 chidlren and 37 known grandchildren.
5. Great Great Great Grandfather Henry Danson (1767-1839) married Elizabeth Brown and they had seven children, three of whom predeceased their father, with eldest son John being charged in 1810 with fathering a "said bastard child" and sentenced to pay maintenance. Lancashire Record Office also provided copies of both a marriage bond and a will showing Henry's signature.
6. Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather John Danson (1736-1821) married Margaret Fayle and they both proved long living. John's will has lovely touches such as leaving his daughter Jennet "my corner cupboard now standing in the parlour of my house and my meal chest in the room above the same".
John was the son of Peter, a husbandman - but there the Danson trail comes to an end with the proverbial brick wall reached.
To find out more, look at the individual postings on my blog
under the Label - Danson Family
St. Chad's Church, Poulton-le-Fylde where Dansons were baptised, married and buried. A spring photograph taken by my uncle Harry Danson.