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.
Monday, 25 July 2011
Finding a Third Cousin: Surname Saturday
I haven't had many successes in finding any long lost Danson relations, but I am delighted to tell how an unknown third cousin, Stuart found my blog recently and made contact. Even better he only lives 50 miles away and we have arranged to meet to exchange stories and photographs.
We both share the same great great grandfather Henry Danson (1806-1881) of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. Henry and his wife Elizabeth Calvert had nine children - the eldest daughter Elizabeth (1831-1885 was Stuart''s great grandmother, whilst the youngest child James (1852-1906) was my great grandfather - both born at Trap Farm, Carleton (above)
So Elizabeth was 21 years older than her youngest brother. She married Thomas Bailey, whose family lived on an adjacent farm with the picturesque name of Bready Butts. Their eldest son William was born in 1852 a few weeks before his Uncle James Danson. Five more children followed - the youngest Mary Jane, Stuart's grandmother (left).
The story, however, has sad overtones. Elizabeth died in 1885, followed a year later by her husband Thomas, leaving a young family orphaned with her two young daughters only 12 and 8 years old. Margaret went to live with her eldest sister Elizabeth, with Mary Jane joining the household of her older brother Henry in Blackpool.
At the age of 28, Mary Jane married John William Oldham in 1905 at St. John's Church, Blackpool, but she continued to face tragedy in her life, when her youngest daughter Hilda died aged 6 in 1915. (Below - family photograph c.1909 with Hilda and older daughter Elsie).
Seven years later, Mary Ellen was sadly hospitalised and remained there until her death in 1945.