The only photograph of my great grandfather James Danson, came from his daughter's shoebox collection. James, sitting in the stocks in the square at Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire is the merry figure on the left, clearly enjoying life.
By all accounts of his grandchildren, James was something of a ne'er do well with anecdotal comments that "Granny had a hard time with him".
James was born in 1852 at Trap Farm, Carleton, the last child of Henry Danson and Elizabeth Calvert. A joiner, he married 18 year old Maria Rawcliffe in 1877 at St. Anne's Church, Singleton and in 1881 they were living at Potts's Alley, off Poulton Square. It was ironic that Maria, one of seven daughters, and James with six sisters (and two brothers) should go on to have ten sons before their only daughter Jenny.
James died in 1906 at the age of 53. Look out for future postings on his children and grandchidlren.