The birth certificate of my great grandfather James Danson provided the names of his parents - Henry Danson, yeoman farmer of Trap Farm, Carleton and Elizabeth Calvert.
Henry Danson junior married 6th April 1831 at St. Chad's Church, Poulton Elizabeth Calvert of St. Michael's Over Wyre, daughter of Nathaniel and Grace Calvert.
It was noticeable that the children were named after family members, with the two eldest daughters taking their grandmothers' names. All the children were baptised at St. Chad's Church, apart from second daughter Grace who was born in the picturesque village of Wrea Green. How did that come about, as I have been unable to trace a baptism?
The family were still at Trap Farm (left) 10 years later in 1851, with Henry described as a farmer of 31 acres in a household that had grown to 13, Grace had left home, but eldest daughter Elizabeth was there with her husband, and Peter was described as unmarried brother and annuitant.
With these details found so easily, it was frustrating to "lose" the family from Trap Farm in 1861 (this was before census returns online). What had happened to a seemingly prosperous farmer? Had there been a downturn in agriculture?
Henry, Elizabeth and family were eventually traced to the parish of Layton with Warbreck, near Blackpool, where Henry was a carter. There seemed to be a trend of married daughters returning to live at their family home with their husbands - this time living with her parents was third daughter Mary, a laundress and her carrier husband William Henry Gaulter.
The 1871 census revealed a complete change of occupation as Henry was toll keeper at Shard Bridge Toll Bar. The Shard Bridge opened in 1864 across the River Wyre to replace the ferry. Rejoining the family at this time was youngest daughter Jane with her daughter Ellen and husband Thomas Cardwell, a groom; also Jane's sister Ellen with her illegitimate daughter May.
By 1881 the Danson household was much depleted. Mother Elizabeth had died in 1879, with daughter Margaret, widowed twice, returning to act as housekeeper, with her brother Henry and niece May.
|St. Chad's Church, Poulton-le-Fylde|
A photograph taken by my uncle Harry Danson