Sunday, 15 January 2012

Remember This Day - A Double Birthday Celebration

My great grandmother Maria Rawcliffe (left) was born at Hambleton, near Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire on 15th January 1859, the daughter of Robert Rawcliffe, agricultural labourer and Jane Carr.  

At the age of 18, she married James Danson in 1877 and they lived in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire.  Maria, one of eight daughters went on to have ten sons before finally a daughter Jennie.  She died in 1919 aged 60, after the death of two sons in the First World War.   See A Spanish Look and Maria or Martha


Census returns had enabled me to establish Maria's birthdate as c.1859. 

I sent away for her birth certificate and it was a great delight to open it and find she was born on January 15th - the same day  114 years later as my daughter (right with my granddaughter).

It is coincidences as this that makes family history such an absorbing hobby!

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