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Brian Eley

#1, b. 18 April 1908, d. 28 April 1997
Brian Eley|b. 18 Apr 1908\nd. 28 Apr 1997|p1.htm#i1|Norman William Eley|b. 29 Apr 1874\nd. 10 Jan 1917|p123.htm#i3723|Ann Eliza Blackburn|b. 14 Jul 1885\nd. May 1960|p1.htm#i5|||||||John W. Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1846\nd. 30 Mar 1937|p1.htm#i38|Eliza R. Sheard|b. 23 Apr 1846\nd. 6 Mar 1931|p1.htm#i39|

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Brian Eley was born on 18 April 1908 at Batley. He was the son of Norman William Eley and Ann Eliza Blackburn.

Brian Eley's Account of a Batley Childhood

I was born on the 18th April 1908 in the front bedroom of "The Red House",Bradford Road, Batley. My birthplace had earlier been the residence of my great-grandfather, John Blackburn , the founder of the family business, "John Blackburn, Old Mill" a few hundred yards along the road. My father, Dr N. W. Eley, had come to Batley to work with Drs. Keighley and Woods, and there had met his wife Anne Eliza Blackburn.
The Bradford Road house had been enlarged and developed to include a surgery, waiting room and dispensary. Medicines were usually prepared on the premises in those days. I can recall seeing the patients coming and going, and the waiting room busy, and also watching the dispenser at work. Supplies of new medicines were kept in crates or boxes in the cellar, and I remember them being covered with water when Batley Beck overflowed its banks and Bradford Road was extensively flooded.
My father had a motor-cycle and sidecar,motor cars still being very rare. I was sometimes put in the sidecar and accompanied my Dad on his rounds. Even in the 1980s I met people who remembered making a fuss of that blonde infant. At home I liked to help on the weekly baking day, and was given a bit of dough to make my own cottage loaf which was super for breakfast the next morning. I played in the small garden at the front with a flat topped horse toy, and had a substantial metal and wood toy train with engine, trucks and guard's van which I used to pull along the footpaths after me, somtimes taking it to the Old Mill when we went to feed the horses, other times going up to the top of Soothill to visit friends. There were plenty of aunts and uncles near at hand with cousins to play with, and at Christmas family parties in each other's houses and visits to Leeds Grand for Pantomimes.
My parents had a long wait for a second child, and by the time my brother Alan was born I was eight and a schoolboy. Schooling began at a small kindergarten run by a Miss Lister in Grosvenor Road, almost opposite St. Thomas's Church.

(My father does not mention awareness of the outbreak of the First World War, but there would have been gaps in the family circle by this time, with Uncles Vyner Graham , Tom Blackburn and Cyril Stubley amongst family members serving in France. Life was soon to change for him.)

My father had volunteered to join the Army Medical corps and was near to joining up when, after visiting sick patients when under the weather himself, he contracted influenza, which turned to pneumonia and pleurisy. I remember terrible uncontrollable coughing, and early in 1917 he died.
I never knew what if anything was arranged to carry on medical services on the premises, but it was considered desirable for the family to move as soon as possible. Enquiries were made. We moved within a week to a suitable house about a mile away, one of a pair of three storied semis called Mostyn Villas, near Lady Anne's (railway) Crossing, and with a pleasant view towards Howley. Just over the wall alongside the approach to the house at the rear was "Swiss House" where Uncle Cyril and Aunt Ethel had set up home. I had already had some training helping with Grandpa Blackburn's garden when his gardener was called up for war service, and lawns at the front and side of Mostyn Villas with surrounding flower beds pestered with bindweed, and a kitchen garden, were plenty for a nine year old to tackle. I organised some hens to provide fresh eggs, and a two storey hen-house meant they could go upstairs at bedtime.

By then I was attending a Miss. Sturt's school on Halifax Road, Dewsbury, which entailed getting a tram to Batley Carr, but soon it was decided that I was to transfer to Batley Grammar School. There,despite the war I remember lively German language tuition, reading, writing and singing in German, but also being shown how to convert grassland to productive ground for growing food to help the war effort.

There were visits to relatives and friends in Scarborough, , and on the evening of the 4th September 1917 I was out fishing in the South Bay there with my grandfather and a friend, a Mr. Denton, in a boat manned by a local fisherman. Suddenly a German U-boat surfaced and shells whistled overhead, aimed at the town and at some minesweepers in the harbour. Grandpa said, duck!, lad, duck!, as along with other boats we made harbourwards.
(The minesweepers seem to have been caught napping, but got up steam and the U-boat turned tail at their approach. Although three people were killed in the town, the damage was not as severe as an earlier bombardment in 1914)
Our party were unscathed, and made our way to the residence on the South Esplanade where we were staying. There we found that other family members had spent the time in the cellar praying!

Brian tells us "Soon after the war Grandpa Blackburn decided to retire to Scarborough and my mother Ann Eliza decided to move there too, so I was to leave the West Riding for a while."

Brian Eley acquired a step-father when his mother married Rennie Orenza Vasey her cousin on 12 February 1920 at Scarborough and later there were to be three half-brothers. He attended Scarborough College as a weekly boarder, but my impression is that little thought was given to career options. My father continues:-

"The family shoddy business was, I suppose, at least subconsciously in my mind through my long comradeship with my grandpa. Without warning, soon after my school days had finished, my uncle, Fred Blackburn called to see us in Scarborough to ask if I would like to join his half of the family business. It seems that he and his brother John Sheard Blackburn, who was also interested in employing me, had not been happy working in tandem at the Old Mill, and had agreed to split, Fred's half being a new venture in Ravensthorpe. I agreed to work for Fred.
The premises which Fred Blackburn found in 1925 were single storey buildings in Church Street, Ravensthorpe, and had previously been used for the manufacture of Bell motor cars. He equipped them with eight rag machines and a rag shaker, and there were warehouses, an oil tank room and a baling room as well as office and sampling areas.
I found lodgings at Transvaal Terrace, Batley.

I was expected to have a thorough training, and started with rag sorting, most of my colleagues then being ladies of Irish descent. I attended evening classes in a range of textile subjects at Dewsbury Technical college.

(A couple of surviving certificates seem to represent part of a five year course, and show good grades for spinning, weaving and cloth finishing.).

There was a move to more convenient lodgings in Ravensthorpe, and my father must have progressed from sorting, for by the age of 21, with otherwise low outgoings, he was able to run a car, taking lessons from the then mill lorry driver. I believe his first car was a Wolseley Hornet, but later came a baby Austin. Social life must have developed, for he came to feel a lack of dancing skills, and went to classes, and there met my mother.
Brian Eley married Grace Senior, daughter of Arthur Senior and Sarah Grace Gertrude Binns, on 9 September 1933 at Batley Parish Church.1
Brian and Grace made their first home in a newly built semi-detached house at Flash Lane, Mirfield. Brian Eley was to have a long residence in Mirfield, interrupted only by the war years. At the beginning of the war he was in the Auxiliary Fire Service, then on being called up trained as a radio mechanic and served with the Eighth Army in Algeria, Egypt and Italy.

He returned to the mill afterwards, and although the business was sold on his uncle's death, this did him no harm, and for a long time up to his retirement he was a director and works manager.
Later life saw a wide involvement in local affairs including serving on first Mirfield and then Kirklees Councils.

Brian Eley died on 28 April 1997 at Mirfield, Yorkshire, at age 89.

Child of Brian Eley and Grace Senior

Citations

  1. [S1] Microfiches CMB, All Saints Batley.

Grace Senior

#2, b. 4 July 1907, d. 15 April 1990
Grace Senior|b. 4 Jul 1907\nd. 15 Apr 1990|p1.htm#i2|Arthur Senior|b. 2 May 1873\nd. 22 Aug 1961|p15.htm#i451|Sarah Grace Gertrude Binns|b. 28 Feb 1878\nd. 21 May 1956|p15.htm#i452|Josephus Senior|b. 1830\nd. 1913|p15.htm#i454|Christiana Hirst|b. 25 Dec 1831\nd. 1889|p15.htm#i455|Isaac Binns|b. 24 Oct 1844\nd. 6 Aug 1884|p16.htm#i463|Sarah T. Robinson|b. 11 Feb 1848\nd. 20 Nov 1900|p16.htm#i464|

Relationship=Mother of Vivien Eley.
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Grace Senior was born on 4 July 1907 at Cawthorne, Barnsley. She was the daughter of Arthur Senior and Sarah Grace Gertrude Binns. Grace Senior was baptized in August 1907 at Cawthorne Parish Church.

For the summer holidays Arthur Senior rented the Schoolhouse in Conistone, close to where his sister Maria lived and Grace Senior remembered the journeys by train to Grassington, from where they had to get a wagonette up the dale to Conistone.
Following the family's move to Clayton Grace Senior was educated at Bradford Girls Grammar School. Her father's new post back in Batley in 1925 must have fitted well with her leaving school, and she then attended Ripon Teachers' Training College.
She was employed as a teacher at at Carlinghow Infants School, Batley, between 1927 and 1933 retiring as assistant mistress before her marriage as was obligatory at the time.

She married Brian Eley, son of Norman William Eley and Ann Eliza Blackburn, on 9 September 1933 at Batley Parish Church.1
Grace's dress was of palest pink, whilst the bridesmaids wore flowered ninon.
When first married Grace Senior and Brian lived at Flash Lane, Mirfield.
During the war years Grace Senior went back to teaching at at Healey School, Batley. She died on 15 April 1990 at Mirfield, Yorkshire, at age 82.

Child of Grace Senior and Brian Eley

Citations

  1. [S1] Microfiches CMB, All Saints Batley.

Vivien Eley

#3
Vivien Eley||p1.htm#i3|Brian Eley|b. 18 Apr 1908\nd. 28 Apr 1997|p1.htm#i1|Grace Senior|b. 4 Jul 1907\nd. 15 Apr 1990|p1.htm#i2|Norman W. Eley|b. 29 Apr 1874\nd. 10 Jan 1917|p123.htm#i3723|Ann E. Blackburn|b. 14 Jul 1885\nd. May 1960|p1.htm#i5|Arthur Senior|b. 2 May 1873\nd. 22 Aug 1961|p15.htm#i451|Sarah G. G. Binns|b. 28 Feb 1878\nd. 21 May 1956|p15.htm#i452|
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© P Tomlinson 2007
Vivien Eley was born at Staincliffe, Dewsbury. She is the daughter of Brian Eley and Grace Senior. Vivien Eley was baptized at the Parish Church, Batley.
She married Philip Tomlinson, son of George Franklin Tomlinson and Charlotte Monique Duplé, at Mirfield.

Ann Eliza Blackburn

#5, b. 14 July 1885, d. May 1960
Ann Eliza Blackburn|b. 14 Jul 1885\nd. May 1960|p1.htm#i5|John William Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1846\nd. 30 Mar 1937|p1.htm#i38|Eliza Rebecca Sheard|b. 23 Apr 1846\nd. 6 Mar 1931|p1.htm#i39|John Blackburn|b. 28 Apr 1821\nd. 8 Dec 1900|p1.htm#i49|Sarah Preston|b. 28 Jul 1824\nd. 18 Mar 1895|p1.htm#i50|John Sheard|b. 7 Jun 1820\nd. 13 Sep 1875|p2.htm#i72|Sarah Ward|b. 15 Apr 1824\nd. 24 Jan 1881|p2.htm#i73|

Relationship=Grandmother of Vivien Eley.
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Ann Eliza Blackburn was also known as Annie Blackburn. She was born on 14 July 1885 at Batley. She was the daughter of John William Blackburn and Eliza Rebecca Sheard.

In the census of 5 April 1891 she was listed as a scholar aged 6 the daughter of John William Blackburn.1 Although the family employed a governess, Ann Eliza or Annie Blackburn was for a time educated at The Ladies College, Harrogate.2
In the census of 31 March 1901 she was listed as the daughter of John William Blackburn.3

Ann Eliza Blackburn married Norman William Eley on 20 December 1906 at Zion Chapel, Batley, The wedding took place shortly before Christmas, and was a small one, but we are told that "Both Dr. Eley and Miss Blackburn were well known, and though the ceremony was of a semi-private nature, a considerable number of people were present to see the nuptial knot tied.4 The bride's' dress was described as "of striped ninon de soie, made in unique style, the front panel and bodice being trimmed with real lace and true lovers'knots. A beautiful veil of real lace and real orange blossom completed an unique bridal costume. She carried a bouquet of roses and lilies."
Ann Eliza's bridesmaids were Ethel Mary Blackburn, Miss Ida Jubb, and the groom's sister Miss Ida Eley.
George Eayrs was the officiating minister. Ann Eliza was widowed when still quite young. Her son Brian's account tells of this time, and of her removal to Scarborough after a year or two in Batley.

Ann Eliza Eley made a second marriage to her cousin Rennie Orenza Vasey, son of Orenza Vasey and Emma Blackburn, on 12 February 1920 at South Cliff Wesleyan Chapel, Scarborough, and the couple subsequently lived in various houses in and around Scarborough. My father was to have three half brothers, but sadly, the only girl, baby Joy, died in infancy.2

Ann Eliza Vasey died in May 1960 at Scalby, Scarborough, at age 74.

Children of Ann Eliza Blackburn and Norman William Eley

Citations

  1. [S9] 1891 census RG12 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG12; Piece: 3718; Folio 29; Page 13; GSU roll: 6098828."
  2. [S83] Brian Eley.
  3. [S10] 1901 census for Batley (online image) "Class: RG13; Piece: 4255; Folio: 32; Page: 17."
  4. [S93] Copy marriage certificate of Norman William Eley and Ann Eliza Blackburn, 20 12 1906 "unknown cd."

James Alan Eley

#6, b. March 1916, d. 5 January 1995
James Alan Eley|b. Mar 1916\nd. 5 Jan 1995|p1.htm#i6|Norman William Eley|b. 29 Apr 1874\nd. 10 Jan 1917|p123.htm#i3723|Ann Eliza Blackburn|b. 14 Jul 1885\nd. May 1960|p1.htm#i5|||||||John W. Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1846\nd. 30 Mar 1937|p1.htm#i38|Eliza R. Sheard|b. 23 Apr 1846\nd. 6 Mar 1931|p1.htm#i39|

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James Alan Eley was born in March 1916 at Batley. He was the son of Norman William Eley and Ann Eliza Blackburn. James Alan Eley died on 5 January 1995 at Blantyre, Malawi, at age 78.

Rachel Healey

#7, d. 1862
Rachel Healey married John Newsome, son of Abraham Newsome and Hannah Sheard, on 17 June 1821 at Dewsbury witneses were Samuel Blakeley and Joseph Ward.1
In the census of 6 June 1841 Rachel Newsome was listed at Batley Carr as wife of John Newsome.2
In the census of 30 March 1851 Rachel Newsome was listed at Smith's Buildings, Dewsbury, as wife of John Newsome.3
In the census of 7 April 1861 Rachel Newsome was listed at Dale Street, Batley Carr, Batley, as wife of John Newsome.4
Rachel Healey died in 1862.

Children of Rachel Healey and John Newsome

Citations

  1. [S11] Register Transcript, Dewsbury.
  2. [S96] 1841 census: HO107 for Dewsbury (online image) "Class: HO107; Piece 1268; Book: 7; Civil Parish: Dewsbury; County: Yorkshire; Enumeration District: 18; Folio: 6; Page: 5; Line: 2; GSU roll: 464239."
  3. [S5] 1851 census for Batley (online image) "Class: HO107; Piece: 2324; Folio: 558; Page: 46; GSU roll: 87557-87559."
  4. [S6] 1861 census RG9 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG9; Piece: 3400; Folio: 32; Page: 20; GSU roll: 543126."

Gladys Critchley

#8, b. 1887
Gladys Critchley|b. 1887|p1.htm#i8|Charles James Critchley|b. 10 Sep 1843\nd. 8 Oct 1890|p30.htm#i900|Margaret Talbot|b. 27 Feb 1863\nd. 30 Oct 1932|p74.htm#i2205|James Critchley|b. 1809\nd. 21 Jun 1885|p30.htm#i906|Sarah J. Illingworth|d. 2 Apr 1886|p30.htm#i907|Joseph Talbot|b. 1836\nd. Mar 1909|p1.htm#i10|Ann Walker|b. c 1840\nd. 1905|p40.htm#i1197|
Gladys Critchley was also known as Gladys Margaret T Critchley T probably for Talbot.1 She was born in 1887.2 She was the daughter of Charles James Critchley and Margaret Talbot.

Citations

  1. [S13] < and [0]>, Free BMD.
  2. [S20] GRO Indexes "Dewsbury Q/4 9b 597."

Eveline Anne Critchley

#9, b. 30 June 1885
Eveline Anne Critchley|b. 30 Jun 1885|p1.htm#i9|Charles James Critchley|b. 10 Sep 1843\nd. 8 Oct 1890|p30.htm#i900|Margaret Talbot|b. 27 Feb 1863\nd. 30 Oct 1932|p74.htm#i2205|James Critchley|b. 1809\nd. 21 Jun 1885|p30.htm#i906|Sarah J. Illingworth|d. 2 Apr 1886|p30.htm#i907|Joseph Talbot|b. 1836\nd. Mar 1909|p1.htm#i10|Ann Walker|b. c 1840\nd. 1905|p40.htm#i1197|
Eveline Anne Critchley was born on 30 June 1885 at Batley.1,2 She was the daughter of Charles James Critchley and Margaret Talbot.

Citations

  1. [S20] GRO Indexes "Dewsbury Q3 9b 587."
  2. [S253] The Leeds Mercury, "4th July 1885."

Joseph Talbot

#10, b. 1836, d. March 1909
Joseph Talbot|b. 1836\nd. Mar 1909|p1.htm#i10|Joseph Talbot|b. 20 Jan 1798|p82.htm#i2470|Mary Bennington|b. c 1803|p82.htm#i2474|James Talbot|b. 1759\nd. 5 Mar 1840|p48.htm#i1426|Mary Sunderland|b. c 1761\nd. 17 Jul 1820|p48.htm#i1427|||||||
Joseph Talbot was born in 1836. He was the son of Joseph Talbot and Mary Bennington. In the census of 30 March 1851 he was listed as a scholar the son of Joseph Talbot at Havercroft, Batley.1
Joseph Talbot married Ann Walker on 1 December 1858 at Batley.2
In the census of 7 April 1861 he was listed as the head of household at Albert St, Batley, as clerk in a woollen manufactory; this for Colbecks at Cheapside Mill.3,4
In 1865 Joseph Talbot and Robert Talbot set up in business for themselves, first at Birstall and later at Morley, taking into partnership their cousin Samuel Senior.
In the census of 2 April 1871 he was listed as the head of household at Stanley Terrace, Batley, as a woollen manufacturer.5
Joseph Talbot died in March 1909.

Children of Joseph Talbot and Ann Walker

Citations

  1. [S5] 1851 census for Batley (online image) "Class: HO107; Piece: 2322; Folio: 308; Page: 33; GSU roll: 87553-87554."
  2. [S1] Microfiches CMB, All Saints Batley.
  3. [S6] 1861 census RG9 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG9; Piece: 3400; Folio: 4; Page: 2; GSU roll: 543126."
  4. [S30] The Batley News.
  5. [S7] 1871 census RG10 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG10; Piece: 4583; Folio: 20; Page: 33; GSU roll: 847145."

John Robert Tomlinson

#33
John Robert Tomlinson||p1.htm#i33|Philip Tomlinson||p114.htm#i3386|Vivien Eley||p1.htm#i3|George F. Tomlinson|b. 24 Jul 1913\nd. 30 Nov 2001|p130.htm#i3921|Charlotte M. Duplé|b. 1 Dec 1908\nd. 7 Jan 2006|p130.htm#i3923|Brian Eley|b. 18 Apr 1908\nd. 28 Apr 1997|p1.htm#i1|Grace Senior|b. 4 Jul 1907\nd. 15 Apr 1990|p1.htm#i2|

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John Robert Tomlinson is the son of Philip Tomlinson and Vivien Eley.

Stephen Charles Tomlinson

#34
Stephen Charles Tomlinson||p1.htm#i34|Philip Tomlinson||p114.htm#i3386|Vivien Eley||p1.htm#i3|George F. Tomlinson|b. 24 Jul 1913\nd. 30 Nov 2001|p130.htm#i3921|Charlotte M. Duplé|b. 1 Dec 1908\nd. 7 Jan 2006|p130.htm#i3923|Brian Eley|b. 18 Apr 1908\nd. 28 Apr 1997|p1.htm#i1|Grace Senior|b. 4 Jul 1907\nd. 15 Apr 1990|p1.htm#i2|

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Stephen Charles Tomlinson is the son of Philip Tomlinson and Vivien Eley.

John William Blackburn

#38, b. 15 November 1846, d. 30 March 1937
John William Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1846\nd. 30 Mar 1937|p1.htm#i38|John Blackburn|b. 28 Apr 1821\nd. 8 Dec 1900|p1.htm#i49|Sarah Preston|b. 28 Jul 1824\nd. 18 Mar 1895|p1.htm#i50|William Blackburn|b. c 1800\nd. 26 Jul 1849|p2.htm#i63|Sarah Thompson|b. 1 May 1801\nd. Aug 1860|p2.htm#i64|John Preston|b. 16 Nov 1785\nd. 1838|p5.htm#i139|Martha Marshall|b. c 1780\nd. 1868|p5.htm#i140|

Relationship=Great-grandfather of Vivien Eley.
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John William Blackburn was born on 15 November 1846 at Batley.
He was the son of John Blackburn and Sarah Preston.
John William Blackburn was baptized on 27 December 1846 at Batley.

In the census of 30 March 1851 John William Blackburn appeared as a youthful scholar aged 4 in the household of his father John Blackburn at Providence St, Batley.1
John William was educated at John Osborne's school in Batley until he was 11. In the census of 1861 he appeared as a scholar at Turton Hall Academy, Gildersome, a school which had in recent years added to its earller educational offerings
"branches of knowledge requisite for a respectable position in commercial life."2,3
Later he attended a school in Stafford kept by Mr Vincent, a former master at Batley Grammar School.4

His father having businesses in Berlin, he recalled going there as a boy, when there seemed scarcely a street paved, and drainage ran along the sides of the streets.5
In later life John William Blackburn spoke of his first visit to Scarborough as a youth being in an open carriage from Marsh Lane, Leeds.4

John William Blackburn was said to have entered his father's business at The Old Mill aged 16 and taken charge of the flock department two years later in 1862.
In 1868 John William Blackburn was an Ensign in the 43rd West Riding Rifle Volunteer Corps.6
He appeared on the census of 2 April 1871 as a Mungo merchant visiting his brother-in-law Walter Hanstock at Lamplands, Batley.7

John William Blackburn married Eliza Rebecca Sheard, daughter of John Sheard and Sarah Ward, on 23 November 1871 at Batley.8

John William and his bride lived lived at Field House, Lamplands, Batley,The driveway and bay must be later additions, and originally my father told me he recalled stabling at the back, with a billiards room over.4

Batley Cricket, Athletic and Football Club

Cricket had become a popular sport in Batley, and in 1880 Batley Cricket club, founded in 1863, moved to the Mount Pleasant ground, to be joined there by Rugby players. A keen sportsman who had played cricket with Batley in his youth, in that year he became the first President of the Cricket, Athletic and Football Club, a position which he was to hold for fifteen years.
1883 was to see the foundation of the Heavy Woollen Cup, started a year after "The Ashes", but in that it continued through the wars, the oldest championship continually played. He must have been pleased to have his eldest son, John Sheard Blackburn take an interest in the game, and be part of the winning team when Batley won the cup in 1894.

He was listed as the head of household in the 3 April 1881 census at Field House, Lamplands, Batley, as a Shoddy Merchant.9

A Civic Role

John William Blackburn was first elected to Batley Council representing the North Ward in 1889.
In 1890he was appointed a Justice of the Peace, and at this time also he was President of the Batley chaber of Commerce.
He was again listed as the head of household in the 5 April 1891 census at 3 Lamplands, Batley, now as a mungo merchant. A governess, Selina Wilmer was employed.10

He was made a Borough Alderman in 1896.
In November 1897 John William Blackburn was elected Mayor of Batley.

He was listed as the head of household in the 31 March 1901 census at Lamplands, Batley, as a Mungo merchant, an employer. A cook, Alice Walker, and general servant Ada Machell are employed, and governess Selina Wilmer is still with the family.11
He witnessed the marriage of Ann Eliza Blackburn and Norman William Eley on 20 December 1906.12
In the census of 2 April 1911 he was listed as the head of household at Field House, Batley, as a mungo merchant. A housemaid, Ruth Pantry, and cook, Margaret A Bunting are employed.13

At war with Germany

John William had frequently visited Berlin, having business connections and relatives there. In May of 1913 he was there in company with Walter Bagshaw , probably his last visit, and at a time when King George V and Queen Mary were also expected in Berlin for the wedding of the Kaiser's only daughter, Princess Victoria Louise, to the Duke of Brunswick. War was to put a stop to such visits, and the tragedies of this war in which so many of Batley's young men fought, with many losses, had an extra poignancy for Batley, whose links with Germany had been close.4

In November 1916John William Blackburn was elected Mayor for a second term in these difficult years.
In 1919 John William Blackburn was made an honorary Freeman of Batley.

John Williamand Eliza Rebecca moved to Scarborough in the early 1920s. They lived first at Rose Bank, Scarborough,, his father's old home, later moving to 10 Belvedere Road.
John William Blackburn was (an unknown value).
He witnessed the marriage of his grandson Brian Eley and Grace Senior on 9 September 1933 at Batley Parish Church.8

John William Blackburn made a will on 3 July 1936 The bulk was left in trust for his family, but various bequests included his housekeeper and cook and there were sums for Batley Hospital, Zion Chapel, Batley Town Mission and Up Lane School. His son Harry's widow Emma Beatrice Blackburn received a modest weekly allowance.
John William Blackburn died on 30 March 1937 at Scarborough, Yorkshire, at age 90.
He was buried on 2 April 1937 at the cemetery, Batley, with his late wife and their son Albert Victor in the family vault of her father, John Sheard.14

Children of John William Blackburn and Eliza Rebecca Sheard

Citations

  1. [S5] 1851 census for Batley (online image) "Class: HO107; Piece: 2322; Folio: 333; Page: 27; GSU roll: 87553-87554."
  2. [S6] 1861 census RG9 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG9; Piece: 3352; Folio: 118; Page: 13; GSU roll: 543118."
  3. [S253] The Leeds Mercury, "January 3rd 1867."
  4. [S155] Brian Eley.
  5. [S189] Obituary of John William Blackburn.
  6. [S250] Website The London Gazette (http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk).
  7. [S7] 1871 census RG10 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG10; Piece: 4584; Folio: 8; Page: 10; GSU roll: 847145."
  8. [S1] Microfiches CMB, All Saints Batley.
  9. [S8] 1881 Census RG11 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG11; Piece: 4547; Folio: 114; Page: 13; Line: ; GSU roll: 1342095."
  10. [S9] 1891 census RG12 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG12; Piece: 3718; Folio 29; Page 13; GSU roll: 6098828."
  11. [S10] 1901 census for Batley (online image) "Class: RG13; Piece: 4255; Folio: 32; Page: 17."
  12. [S93] Copy marriage certificate of Norman William Eley and Ann Eliza Blackburn, 20 12 1906 "unknown cd."
  13. [S298] Website 1911 Census.co.UK (http://www.1911census.co.uk/) "(RG14PN27242 RG78PN1556 RD503 SD2 ED16."
  14. [S25] MI, Batley Cemetery.

Eliza Rebecca Sheard

#39, b. 23 April 1846, d. 6 March 1931
Eliza Rebecca Sheard|b. 23 Apr 1846\nd. 6 Mar 1931|p1.htm#i39|John Sheard|b. 7 Jun 1820\nd. 13 Sep 1875|p2.htm#i72|Sarah Ward|b. 15 Apr 1824\nd. 24 Jan 1881|p2.htm#i73|Michael Sheard|b. 8 Apr 1798\nd. 23 Jun 1861|p2.htm#i75|Sarah Newsome|b. 5 Nov 1801\nd. 1863|p2.htm#i76|Charles Ward|b. 12 May 1799\nd. 7 Dec 1869|p7.htm#i203|Ann Birkby|b. 18 Apr 1797\nd. 4 Feb 1837|p7.htm#i204|

Relationship=Great-grandmother of Vivien Eley.
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Ancestry of Vivien Eley Tomlinson
Descendants of Michael Sheard born 1688
collection V. E. Tomlinson
Eliza Rebecca Sheard was born on 23 April 1846 at Batley. She was the daughter of John Sheard and Sarah Ward. Eliza Rebecca Sheard was baptized on 14 June 1846 at Batley.1
In the census of 30 March 1851 she was listed as aged 4 the daughter of John Sheard at Havercroft, Batley.2
In the census of 7 April 1861 she was listed as aged 14 the daughter of John Sheard at Wellington St, Batley.3
In the census of 2 April 1871 she was listed as aged 24 the daughter of John Sheard at Dryfield House, Healey, Batley.4

Eliza Rebecca Sheard married John William Blackburn, son of John Blackburn and Sarah Preston, on 23 November 1871 at Batley We do not know what she wore, save that there was some lace which her eldest daughter Sarah Alice was to wear at her wedding.1

Eliza Rebecca Blackburn was listed on the census of 3 April 1881 at Field House, Lamplands, Batley, as wife of John William Blackburn.5
In the census of 5 April 1891 Eliza Rebecca Blackburn was listed at 3 Lamplands, Batley, as wife of John William Blackburn.6
In the census of 31 March 1901 Eliza Rebecca Blackburn was listed at Lamplands, Batley, as wife of John William Blackburn.7
In the census of 2 April 1911 Eliza Rebecca Blackburn was listed at Field House, Batley, as wife of John William Blackburn.8

Eliza Rebeccaand John William moved to Scarborough in the early 1920s. They lived first at Rose Bank, Scarborough,, his father's old home, later moving to 10 Belvedere Road.
This photograph of Eliza Rebecca Sheard with her daughters must have been taken around this time.
Eliza Rebecca Blackburn died on 6 March 1931 at Scarborough, Yorkshire, at age 84. She was buried in 1931 at the cemetery, Batley.

Children of Eliza Rebecca Sheard and John William Blackburn

Citations

  1. [S1] Microfiches CMB, All Saints Batley.
  2. [S5] 1851 census for Batley (online image) "Class: HO107; Piece: 2322; Folio: 306; Page: 29; GSU roll: 87553-87554."
  3. [S6] 1861 census RG9 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG9; Piece: 3399; Folio: 110; Page: 11; GSU roll: 543126."
  4. [S7] 1871 census RG10 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG10; Piece: 4586; Folio: 22; Page: 4; GSU roll: 847146."
  5. [S8] 1881 Census RG11 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG11; Piece: 4547; Folio: 114; Page: 13; Line: ; GSU roll: 1342095."
  6. [S9] 1891 census RG12 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG12; Piece: 3718; Folio 29; Page 13; GSU roll: 6098828."
  7. [S10] 1901 census for Batley (online image) "Class: RG13; Piece: 4255; Folio: 32; Page: 17."
  8. [S298] Website 1911 Census.co.UK (http://www.1911census.co.uk/) "(RG14PN27242 RG78PN1556 RD503 SD2 ED16."

John Sheard Blackburn

#40, b. 15 November 1872, d. 1 December 1949
John Sheard Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1872\nd. 1 Dec 1949|p1.htm#i40|John William Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1846\nd. 30 Mar 1937|p1.htm#i38|Eliza Rebecca Sheard|b. 23 Apr 1846\nd. 6 Mar 1931|p1.htm#i39|John Blackburn|b. 28 Apr 1821\nd. 8 Dec 1900|p1.htm#i49|Sarah Preston|b. 28 Jul 1824\nd. 18 Mar 1895|p1.htm#i50|John Sheard|b. 7 Jun 1820\nd. 13 Sep 1875|p2.htm#i72|Sarah Ward|b. 15 Apr 1824\nd. 24 Jan 1881|p2.htm#i73|

Relationship=Great-uncle of Vivien Eley.
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Descendants of William Blackburn
Descendants of Michael Sheard born 1688
collection V. E. Tomlinson
John Sheard Blackburn was born on 14 September 1872 at Healey, Batley. He was baptized on 15 November 1872 at Batley.
He was the son of John William Blackburn and Eliza Rebecca Sheard. In the census of 3 April 1881 he was listed as a scholar the son of John William Blackburn at Field House, Lamplands, Batley.1

In the census of 5 April 1891 he was listed as a mungo merchant, assistant, the son of John William Blackburn.2

In 1894 John Sheard Blackburn married Emma Wilson, daughter of Edwin Wilson and Martha Jane Fox.3,4

In 1894 John Sheard Blackburn formed part of the team which won the Heavy Woollen Cup for Batley, and is shown on the right of a photograph which also includes my more distant relative Louis Hall.5
It was apparently to commemorate this that players were given the mementoes shown in my illustration. mine inscribed on the back as presented by the supporters of Batley C. A & F. Club to J. S. Blackburn, and made by Fattorini's of Bradford. I imagine that Louis would have also had one.
In the census of 31 March 1901 he was listed as the head of household at Ivy Dene, Batley, as a Shoddy manufacturer, an employer. One domestic servant and a nurse are employed.6

In the census of 2 April 1911 he was listed as the head of household at Ivy Dene, Batley, as a shoddy manufacturer.
By the end of the war John Sheard Blackburn and Fred Blackburn were taking a lot of the responsibility for managing the family business. Their father was then over 70 but had been actively involved in Council matters, taking a second term as Mayor during the difficult wartime years. They do not seem to have been content to work in tandem, and in the 1920s, after discussion with their father, it was agreed to split the business, Fred to operate his own firm in Ravensthorpe, and customers seemingly being split geographically. John Sheard Blackburn's involvement with the Old Mill continued until his own last illness and death in 1949. He died on 1 December 1949 at Harrogate at age 77. His body was cremated on 5 December 1949 at Harrogate.

Children of John Sheard Blackburn and Emma Wilson

Citations

  1. [S8] 1881 Census RG11 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG11; Piece: 4547; Folio: 114; Page: 13; Line: ; GSU roll: 1342095."
  2. [S9] 1891 census RG12 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG12; Piece: 3718; Folio 29; Page 13; GSU roll: 6098828."
  3. [S83] Brian Eley.
  4. [S21] GRO Indexes "Dewsbury 1894/Q2 Vol 9b p990."
  5. [S304] Webpage http://www.ckcricketheritage.org.uk/northkirklees/batley/… (unknown url) "http://www.ckcricketheritage.org.uk/northkirklees/batley/…."
  6. [S10] 1901 census for Batley (online image) "Class: RG13; Piece: 4257; Folio: 56; Page: 46."

Sarah Alice Blackburn

#41, b. 8 December 1874
Sarah Alice Blackburn|b. 8 Dec 1874|p1.htm#i41|John William Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1846\nd. 30 Mar 1937|p1.htm#i38|Eliza Rebecca Sheard|b. 23 Apr 1846\nd. 6 Mar 1931|p1.htm#i39|John Blackburn|b. 28 Apr 1821\nd. 8 Dec 1900|p1.htm#i49|Sarah Preston|b. 28 Jul 1824\nd. 18 Mar 1895|p1.htm#i50|John Sheard|b. 7 Jun 1820\nd. 13 Sep 1875|p2.htm#i72|Sarah Ward|b. 15 Apr 1824\nd. 24 Jan 1881|p2.htm#i73|

Relationship=Great-aunt of Vivien Eley.
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Descendants of William Blackburn
Descendants of Michael Sheard born 1688
Sarah Alice Blackburn was born on 8 December 1874. She was the daughter of John William Blackburn and Eliza Rebecca Sheard. In the census of 3 April 1881 she was listed as a scholar the daughter of John William Blackburn at Field House, Lamplands, Batley.1
In the census of 5 April 1891 she was listed as the daughter of John William Blackburn at 3 Lamplands, Batley.2
Sarah Alice Blackburn married Vyner Graham M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., son of Tom Graham and Elisabeth (?), on 14 June 1898 at Batley.3
Whoever wrote the account of the wedding for the local paper had an eye for fashion, and gives us a good description of the dresses worn

"the bride looked charming in a beautiful gown of ivory satin, with a handsome train of moire, the skirt being draped with real lace (worn by her mother at her wedding) caught up with orange blossom. The bodice was trimmed with chiffon and orange blossom, and had transparent chiffon sleeves, the whole effect being enhanced by a lovely real Honiton lace veil falling to the train. She carried a pretty shower bouquet, composed of white roses, lily of the valley, stephanotis, asparagus fern and maidenhair, and wore a diamond brooch, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids were Miss Gertie Blackburn (sister of the bride), Miss Annie Graham (sister of the bridegroom), Miss Florence Carter, and Miss Ethel Blackburn (sister of the bride). The two former wore white muslin dreses with entredeux of lace inserted over turquise blue silk, their hats being of white satin straw, trimmed with white chiffon, edged with blue ribbon, one ostrich tip being caught with a handsome turquoise and paste buckle. They wore gold signet rings, with the initials of the bride and bridegroom, these being the gift of the latter. They carried bouquets of yellow marguerites and asparagus ferns. Miss Florence Carter and Miss Ethel Blackburn (the two younger bridesmaids) were dressed in frocks of ivory satin (Charles ! period) with bonnets of drawn white chiffon and ostrich tips, and wore gold bangles, which also bore the initials of the bride and bridegroom, and were presents from Mr Graham. They carried baskets of white marguerites and ferns. The two younger sisters of the bride, Miss Beatrice Blackburn and Miss Annie Blackburn, who attended as guests, were prettily attired in pale grey canvas over white, trimmed with white silk and chiffon, and wore white hats, trimmed with pink and white chiffon and white wings. They held bouquets of light pink roses."
We learn also that the bride's mother, Eliza Rebecca (seated on the left) was "handsomely attired in black grenadine over turquoise silk, the trimming being of chenille and steel applique over blue chiffon - bonnet to match. She carried a bouquet of deep scarlet roses."

We are told that all these dresses were made at Mrs. C. W. Bunnings, Market Place, Dewsbury, whilst Mrs Senior of Wakefield catered in a highly satisfactory style, refreshments being served in a marquee on the lawn. Messrs B.W. Crossley and Son did the flowers, assisted by Mr. Parker, the gardener at Field House, who himself arranged a large display of hot house plants.

Children of Sarah Alice Blackburn and Vyner Graham M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.

Citations

  1. [S8] 1881 Census RG11 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG11; Piece: 4547; Folio: 114; Page: 13; Line: ; GSU roll: 1342095."
  2. [S9] 1891 census RG12 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG12; Piece: 3718; Folio 29; Page 13; GSU roll: 6098828."
  3. [S1] Microfiches CMB, All Saints Batley.

Harry Blackburn

#42, b. 7 November 1876, d. 23 April 1933
Harry Blackburn|b. 7 Nov 1876\nd. 23 Apr 1933|p1.htm#i42|John William Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1846\nd. 30 Mar 1937|p1.htm#i38|Eliza Rebecca Sheard|b. 23 Apr 1846\nd. 6 Mar 1931|p1.htm#i39|John Blackburn|b. 28 Apr 1821\nd. 8 Dec 1900|p1.htm#i49|Sarah Preston|b. 28 Jul 1824\nd. 18 Mar 1895|p1.htm#i50|John Sheard|b. 7 Jun 1820\nd. 13 Sep 1875|p2.htm#i72|Sarah Ward|b. 15 Apr 1824\nd. 24 Jan 1881|p2.htm#i73|

Relationship=Great-uncle of Vivien Eley.
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Descendants of William Blackburn
Descendants of Michael Sheard born 1688
Harry and Family with his mother. Photograph courtesy of Janine Radwell
Harry Blackburn was born on 7 November 1876. He was the son of John William Blackburn and Eliza Rebecca Sheard.
In the census of 3 April 1881 he was listed as a scholar the son of John William Blackburn at Field House, Lamplands, Batley.1
In the census of 5 April 1891 he was listed as a scholar the son of John William Blackburn at 3 Lamplands, Batley.2
Harry Blackburn married Emma Beatrice Binns, daughter of John Binns and Hannah Clayton, on 7 November 1909 at Zion Chapel, Batley, An account of the marriage from a local paper describes Emma as niece of Mr Simon Cooper of Field Hill, Batley.
We are told that "The bride was attired in a charming costume of fawn faced cloth, handsomely trimmed with fancy black silk braid and bands of silk satin, finished off with hanging ornaments of jet. The suit was completed with a waistcoat of gold and white brocade silk. She also wore a lovely picture hat of black panne velvet draped with tulle and handsome feathers."3

Harry Blackburn lived at Mostyn Villaswhen first married.3
After a time Harry and Emma Beatrice moved into "The Laurels" in Upper Batley, a house which apears to be an adaptation of the outbuildings of Samuel Senior's "The Rookery".3,4
In the census of 2 April 1911 he was listed as the head of household at Mostyn Villa, Batley, as a rug manufacturer. There is one female servant.5
Harry Blackburn served for a time on Batley Council.
In 1920 the Batley News says of Harry Blackburn that he is "emigrating to Australia with some workers to set up a new branch in Sydney. His brother T A Blackburn will take charge of business in Batley.3"
He set up a carpet business at Belmont Street, Alexandria, in 1920, but this venture soon seems to have failed, for in March 1922 we find him assigning his estate for the benefit of creditors.
Emma Beatrice and the children went out to join him in 1921, going to a cottage in Enfield which Harry had taken for them. However, their marriage seems to have been already breaking down and they were to live seperately. Harry supposedly paid Emma an allowance of £7 per week, but, in financial difficulties himself, this was not always forthcoming. He is believed to have asked his father for money, but it is not clear if help was given. Certainly there was hardship and Emma had to sell her wedding presents and Harry some personal effects. Little is known of Harry's subsequent life, but his death in 1933 was attributable to heavy drinking.
John Wiliam Blackburn must have been informed of his son's death, and although we do not know if he was giving earlier support, Emma is remembered with a modest allowance in his will.3
He died on 23 April 1933 at Bateman's Bay, New South Wales, Australia, at age 56.3 He was buried in 1933 at Bateman's Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

Children of Harry Blackburn and Emma Beatrice Binns

Citations

  1. [S8] 1881 Census RG11 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG11; Piece: 4547; Folio: 114; Page: 13; Line: ; GSU roll: 1342095."
  2. [S9] 1891 census RG12 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG12; Piece: 3718; Folio 29; Page 13; GSU roll: 6098828."
  3. [S65] Janine Radwell.
  4. [S425] E-mails from Christine Goddard to V E Tomlinson.
  5. [S298] Website 1911 Census.co.UK (http://www.1911census.co.uk/) "(RG14PN27247 RG78PN1556 RD503 SD2 ED21 SN218)."

Gertrude Blackburn

#43, b. 28 May 1879
Gertrude Blackburn|b. 28 May 1879|p1.htm#i43|John William Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1846\nd. 30 Mar 1937|p1.htm#i38|Eliza Rebecca Sheard|b. 23 Apr 1846\nd. 6 Mar 1931|p1.htm#i39|John Blackburn|b. 28 Apr 1821\nd. 8 Dec 1900|p1.htm#i49|Sarah Preston|b. 28 Jul 1824\nd. 18 Mar 1895|p1.htm#i50|John Sheard|b. 7 Jun 1820\nd. 13 Sep 1875|p2.htm#i72|Sarah Ward|b. 15 Apr 1824\nd. 24 Jan 1881|p2.htm#i73|

Relationship=Great-aunt of Vivien Eley.
Charts
Descendants of William Blackburn
Descendants of Michael Sheard born 1688
collection V. E. Tomlinson
Gertrude Blackburn was born on 28 May 1879. She was the daughter of John William Blackburn and Eliza Rebecca Sheard. In the census of 3 April 1881 she was listed as the daughter of John William Blackburn at Field House, Lamplands, Batley.1
In the census of 5 April 1891 she was listed as the daughter of John William Blackburn at 3 Lamplands, Batley.2
In the census of 31 March 1901 she was listed as the daughter of John William Blackburn at Lamplands, Batley.3
Gertrude Blackburn married William Edward Mathers, son of James Mathers and Alice Muff, on 28 September 1905 at Zion Chapel, Batley.
In the census of 2 April 1911 Gertrude Mathers was listed at 14 North Parade, West Park,, Headingley, Leeds, as wife of William Edward Mathers.4

Citations

  1. [S8] 1881 Census RG11 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG11; Piece: 4547; Folio: 114; Page: 13; Line: ; GSU roll: 1342095."
  2. [S9] 1891 census RG12 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG12; Piece: 3718; Folio 29; Page 13; GSU roll: 6098828."
  3. [S10] 1901 census for Batley (online image) "Class: RG13; Piece: 4255; Folio: 32; Page: 17."
  4. [S298] Website 1911 Census.co.UK (http://www.1911census.co.uk/) "RG14PN27084 RG78PN1549 RD500 SD4 ED31 SN318."

Beatrice Blackburn

#44, b. 13 May 1881
Beatrice Blackburn|b. 13 May 1881|p1.htm#i44|John William Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1846\nd. 30 Mar 1937|p1.htm#i38|Eliza Rebecca Sheard|b. 23 Apr 1846\nd. 6 Mar 1931|p1.htm#i39|John Blackburn|b. 28 Apr 1821\nd. 8 Dec 1900|p1.htm#i49|Sarah Preston|b. 28 Jul 1824\nd. 18 Mar 1895|p1.htm#i50|John Sheard|b. 7 Jun 1820\nd. 13 Sep 1875|p2.htm#i72|Sarah Ward|b. 15 Apr 1824\nd. 24 Jan 1881|p2.htm#i73|

Relationship=Great-aunt of Vivien Eley.
Charts
Descendants of William Blackburn
Descendants of Michael Sheard born 1688
collection V. E. Tomlinson
Beatrice Blackburn was born on 13 May 1881. She was the daughter of John William Blackburn and Eliza Rebecca Sheard. In the census of 5 April 1891 she was listed as a scholar the daughter of John William Blackburn at 3 Lamplands, Batley.1
In the census of 31 March 1901 she was listed as the daughter of John William Blackburn at Lamplands, Batley.2
Beatrice Blackburn married Victor Barnett Parker, son of William Parker and Mary Ann Barnett (?), in 1910 at Zion Chapel, Batley.3
In the census of 2 April 1911 Beatrice Parker was listed at 8 Enfield Road, Monton Eccles, Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire, as wife of Victor Barnett Parker.4

Citations

  1. [S9] 1891 census RG12 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG12; Piece: 3718; Folio 29; Page 13; GSU roll: 6098828."
  2. [S10] 1901 census for Batley (online image) "Class: RG13; Piece: 4255; Folio: 32; Page: 17."
  3. [S21] GRO Indexes "Dewsbury Vol 9b p1533."
  4. [S298] Website 1911 Census.co.UK (http://www.1911census.co.uk/) "RG14PN23588 RG78PN1375 RD463 SD2 ED5."

Fred Blackburn

#45, b. 28 July 1883, d. 8 August 1958
Fred Blackburn|b. 28 Jul 1883\nd. 8 Aug 1958|p1.htm#i45|John William Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1846\nd. 30 Mar 1937|p1.htm#i38|Eliza Rebecca Sheard|b. 23 Apr 1846\nd. 6 Mar 1931|p1.htm#i39|John Blackburn|b. 28 Apr 1821\nd. 8 Dec 1900|p1.htm#i49|Sarah Preston|b. 28 Jul 1824\nd. 18 Mar 1895|p1.htm#i50|John Sheard|b. 7 Jun 1820\nd. 13 Sep 1875|p2.htm#i72|Sarah Ward|b. 15 Apr 1824\nd. 24 Jan 1881|p2.htm#i73|

Relationship=Great-uncle of Vivien Eley.
Charts
Descendants of William Blackburn
Descendants of Michael Sheard born 1688
collection V. E. Tomlinson
Fred Blackburn was born on 28 July 1883. He was the son of John William Blackburn and Eliza Rebecca Sheard.
In the census of 5 April 1891 he was listed as a scholar the son of John William Blackburn at 3 Lamplands, Batley.1
In the census of 31 March 1901 he was listed as the son of John William Blackburn at Lamplands, Batley.2

Fred Blackburn married May Garbutt, daughter of James Garbutt and Hannah Mary Smith, on 14 April 1909 at Brownhill Church, Birstall, The bridesmaids were Miss Garbutt, Miss Blackburn (sister of the groom, and presumably Beatrice as the eldest unmarried daughter), and Miss Nora Sheard, niece of the bride. The best man was Mr Victor Parker, who was later to marry Beatrice Blackburn, and groomsman was Mr. E. C.Garbutt. Among the guests were Dr and Mrs Eley with Master Brian Eley, my father, who was just four days short of his first birthday.3

Fred Blackburn lived in 1909 at St. Lawrence, Upper Batley Low Lane, Batley.4

By the end of the war Fred Blackburn and John Sheard Blackburn were taking a lot of the responsibility for managing the family business. Their father was then over 70 but had been actively involved in Council matters, taking a second term as Mayor during the difficult wartime years. They do not seem to have been content to work in tandem, and in the 1920s, after discussion with their father, it was agreed to split the business, Fred to operate his own firm in Ravensthorpe, and customers seemingly being split geographically.
Fred found premises in Ravensthorpe, and my father Brian Eley gives an account of the early days. (As I remember thie premises in childhood, the office area had high desks and stools in Victorian fashion! I don't think it was ever very lavish, but I think later secretaries got a modern desk. VET)

As well as secretary Stanley Kershaw other key staff transferred from the old mill; Harry Collett, Rag machine Foreman, Fred Machell, Rag sorting foreman, Wilf Roebuck, Warehouseman and Clifford Preston, Bookkeeper.
Customers were divided geographically, and an unknown person did his own travelling. He had an office in the old Huddersfield Cloth Exchange, since demolished.

Fred Blackburn died on 8 August 1958 at Harrogate at age 75.

Citations

  1. [S9] 1891 census RG12 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG12; Piece: 3718; Folio 29; Page 13; GSU roll: 6098828."
  2. [S10] 1901 census for Batley (online image) "Class: RG13; Piece: 4255; Folio: 32; Page: 17."
  3. [S30] The Batley News.
  4. [S83] Brian Eley.

Albert Victor Blackburn

#46, b. 4 June 1887, d. 24 March 1893
Albert Victor Blackburn|b. 4 Jun 1887\nd. 24 Mar 1893|p1.htm#i46|John William Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1846\nd. 30 Mar 1937|p1.htm#i38|Eliza Rebecca Sheard|b. 23 Apr 1846\nd. 6 Mar 1931|p1.htm#i39|John Blackburn|b. 28 Apr 1821\nd. 8 Dec 1900|p1.htm#i49|Sarah Preston|b. 28 Jul 1824\nd. 18 Mar 1895|p1.htm#i50|John Sheard|b. 7 Jun 1820\nd. 13 Sep 1875|p2.htm#i72|Sarah Ward|b. 15 Apr 1824\nd. 24 Jan 1881|p2.htm#i73|

Relationship=Great-uncle of Vivien Eley.
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Descendants of William Blackburn
Descendants of Michael Sheard born 1688
Albert Victor Blackburn was born on 4 June 1887.1 He was the son of John William Blackburn and Eliza Rebecca Sheard. Albert Victor Blackburn was baptized on 20 July 1887 at Parish Church, Batley.2
In the census of 5 April 1891 he was listed as a scholar the son of John William Blackburn at 3 Lamplands, Batley.3
Albert Victor Blackburn died on 24 March 1893 at age 5.1

Citations

  1. [S25] MI, Batley Cemetery.
  2. [S1] Microfiches CMB, All Saints Batley.
  3. [S9] 1891 census RG12 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG12; Piece: 3718; Folio 29; Page 13; GSU roll: 6098828."

Thomas Arthur Blackburn

#47, b. 15 October 1889, d. 9 March 1938
Thomas Arthur Blackburn|b. 15 Oct 1889\nd. 9 Mar 1938|p1.htm#i47|John William Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1846\nd. 30 Mar 1937|p1.htm#i38|Eliza Rebecca Sheard|b. 23 Apr 1846\nd. 6 Mar 1931|p1.htm#i39|John Blackburn|b. 28 Apr 1821\nd. 8 Dec 1900|p1.htm#i49|Sarah Preston|b. 28 Jul 1824\nd. 18 Mar 1895|p1.htm#i50|John Sheard|b. 7 Jun 1820\nd. 13 Sep 1875|p2.htm#i72|Sarah Ward|b. 15 Apr 1824\nd. 24 Jan 1881|p2.htm#i73|

Relationship=Great-uncle of Vivien Eley.
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Descendants of William Blackburn
Descendants of Michael Sheard born 1688
collection V. E. Tomlinson
Thomas Arthur Blackburn was born on 15 October 1889. He was the son of John William Blackburn and Eliza Rebecca Sheard. In the census of 5 April 1891 he was listed as the son of John William Blackburn at 3 Lamplands, Batley.1
In the census of 31 March 1901 he was listed as the son of John William Blackburn at Lamplands, Batley.2
Thomas Arthur Blackburn was educated at Batley Grammar School and Pannal Ash College, Harrogate.
In the census of 2 April 1911 he was listed as a carpet maker the son of John William Blackburn at Field House, Batley.3
Thomas Arthur Blackburn saw War service between 1914 and 1918 After a year in the 4th K.O.Y.L.I., Tom transferred to the 15th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment, The "Leeds Pals". serving as 2nd Lieutenant.
This Battalion was in the forefront of the attack on Serre on the first day of the Somme, and of a total of 900 men, casualties were 24 officers and 504 other ranks, of which 15 officers and 233 other ranks were killed.4

Following his marriage he lived at Ivy Dene Batley Field Hill, Batley.
He married Doris Gwendoline Jubb, daughter of John Joseph Jubb and Matilda Sheard, on 18 June 1914 at St Thomas, Batley, Witnesses were Percy Clarence Parker and Vyner Graham.5
Thomas Arthur Blackburn was a Batley Councillor between 1936 and 1938.
He died on 9 March 1938 at Filey aged 48.6 He was buried on 12 March 1938 at The Cemetery, Batley, following services at Zion and at the cemetery. Three of his former comrades from the Leeds Pals were present amongst council and work associates.

Citations

  1. [S9] 1891 census RG12 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG12; Piece: 3718; Folio 29; Page 13; GSU roll: 6098828."
  2. [S10] 1901 census for Batley (online image) "Class: RG13; Piece: 4255; Folio: 32; Page: 17."
  3. [S298] Website 1911 Census.co.UK (http://www.1911census.co.uk/) "(RG14PN27242 RG78PN1556 RD503 SD2 ED16."
  4. [S226] Website Wikipedia ("http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php") "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeds_Pals" accessed 24th Jan 2008.
  5. [S451] Microfiches unknown register, unknown parish.
  6. [S30] The Batley News.

Ethel Mary Blackburn

#48, b. 14 April 1892, d. 29 September 1991
Ethel Mary Blackburn|b. 14 Apr 1892\nd. 29 Sep 1991|p1.htm#i48|John William Blackburn|b. 15 Nov 1846\nd. 30 Mar 1937|p1.htm#i38|Eliza Rebecca Sheard|b. 23 Apr 1846\nd. 6 Mar 1931|p1.htm#i39|John Blackburn|b. 28 Apr 1821\nd. 8 Dec 1900|p1.htm#i49|Sarah Preston|b. 28 Jul 1824\nd. 18 Mar 1895|p1.htm#i50|John Sheard|b. 7 Jun 1820\nd. 13 Sep 1875|p2.htm#i72|Sarah Ward|b. 15 Apr 1824\nd. 24 Jan 1881|p2.htm#i73|

Relationship=Great-aunt of Vivien Eley.
Charts
Descendants of William Blackburn
Descendants of Michael Sheard born 1688
collection V. E. Tomlinson
Ethel Mary Blackburn was born on 14 April 1892. She was the daughter of John William Blackburn and Eliza Rebecca Sheard.
Ethel Mary Blackburn was baptized on 8 June 1892 at Batley.
In the census of 31 March 1901 she was listed as the daughter of John William Blackburn at Lamplands, Batley.1
Ethel Mary Blackburn was a bridesmaid for her sister Ann Eliza Blackburn.
In the census of 2 April 1911 she was listed as the daughter of John William Blackburn at Field House, Batley.2
Ethel Mary Blackburn married Cyril Theodore Stubley, son of John Stubley and Adeline Taylor, on 2 May 1916 at Zion Chapel, Batley. Witnesses were David Stubley, Adeline Stubley, John W Blackburn and Eliza Rebecca Blackburn.3
Ethel Mary Blackburn died on 29 September 1991 at Harrogate in her hundredth year.

Citations

  1. [S10] 1901 census for Batley (online image) "Class: RG13; Piece: 4255; Folio: 32; Page: 17."
  2. [S298] Website 1911 Census.co.UK (http://www.1911census.co.uk/) "(RG14PN27242 RG78PN1556 RD503 SD2 ED16."
  3. [S138] Copy marriage certificate of Cyril Theodore Stubley and Ethel Mary Blackburn, 2 5 1916. "

John Blackburn

#49, b. 28 April 1821, d. 8 December 1900
John Blackburn|b. 28 Apr 1821\nd. 8 Dec 1900|p1.htm#i49|William Blackburn|b. c 1800\nd. 26 Jul 1849|p2.htm#i63|Sarah Thompson|b. 1 May 1801\nd. Aug 1860|p2.htm#i64|William Blackburn|b. c 1769\nd. May 1839|p11.htm#i312|Martha (?)|b. c 1771\nd. Nov 1836|p11.htm#i313|Thomas Thompson|b. 1758\nd. 1840|p6.htm#i160|Ann Chadwick|b. 27 Aug 1760|p6.htm#i161|

Relationship=2nd great-grandfather of Vivien Eley.
Charts
Ancestry of Vivien Eley Tomlinson
Descendants of William Blackburn
collection V. E. Tomlinson
John Blackburn was born on 28 April 1821 at Batley. He was the son of William Blackburn and Sarah Thompson. John Blackburn was baptized on 27 May 1821 at Batley.1

An obituary describes him as the son of a manufacturer in a small way of business, and quotes his own account of winding bobbins and whipping blankets when only five years of age, working in the tentering fields before he was six, and having pieces of cloth thrown on his shoulder at ten, with an extra "shove" to knock him down, "in order to provide something for the men to laugh at.2"

John Blackburn became the "jinny spinner" for Robert Brearley on 1 August 1840 at the Old Craft Mill, Clerk Green,
Weaving was a skill he had probably learnt from his father, for in the census of 6 June 1841 he was listed as a woollen weaver, living with his mother Sarah Blackburn.3

John tells of being out of work in 1842, and ready to throw his hand in with the discontented workers rioting and drawing the plugs from mill boilers.(the so-called Boiler-tapping Riots) He had been out of work for five weeks, then worked a month for 36s, so he tells:-

"I found money to meet the tappers at Ravensthorpe, but they did not come till later. One of the men who had persuaded me away was to find money for the second day (as I had found it for the first), and David Brooke, of Clerk Green, next day. Jim P------- was also to find some; but no, no. He went instead and asked for my Jinny and work! I was on the road to Dewsbury to meet the boiler tappers, and Joe Hey, collier, of Carlinghow, my mate, was with me. As we were passing near Jim Redfearn's public-house, who was there but Robert Brearley and six or seven other masters. I expect they had been having a meeting, as Sam Brearley was one of them and Henry Hall the old knurr and spell player , was another. Robert Brearley called out, 'John, whear sre ta going? Tappin' Ah expect! They're all at ther work but thee.' I said I couldn't believe it, but he said 'go and see.' It was the best argument I ever heard in all my life, and I left Joe Hey and went. We arranged that if they were at their work I should stop. They were there , right enough, and they laughed at me and threw all sorts of taunts. You see, I had no money, and I was depending on my friends paying me back what I had paid the first day; but, oh, no not a penny did I get!"2

Tough times seem to have continued, for we also have a glimpse of a young John in some reminiscences, “Pioneers of the Textile Trade” published in the Batley news in 1909:-

“All the roads in Batley used to be repaired by covering the surface with a coating of broken dross, the refuse from the iron works. When, in wet weather, by frequent usage they had become very dirty, the dirt was scraped on to one side of the road and then thrown into small heaps and left for future use. The piles of dross, broken up into small pieces and ready for use and the lumps which had been brought from the iron works along with these cast up mounds at certain periods made Bradford Road as good as a Park for the pleasures which we used to derive from them....making enquiries about these days and where the dross came from I elicited the following information -"Well he wor a tall thin lad, dark complexioned. He worked for "Old Preston" at Carlinghow and he used to lead these drosses with a horse and cart from Farnley Iron Works. When he got back from there with a load and there was not time to go for a second load he had to work the day out with something else". "And who do you say the lad was" I enquired. "Why John Blackburn at t'owd mill".
Farnley Iron Works were founded by the Armitage Family in 1844.4

John Blackburn married Sarah Preston, daughter of John Preston and Martha Marshall, on 1 March 1846 at Batley.1

It must have been at about this time that he set up in business as a flock dealer in a cottage house in Providence St A few years later he built a warehouse opposite Providence Mills
He is said to have built up his capital by buying and selling surplus timbers from the construction of the Morley Railway tunnel. (under construction 1846-1848).2
As a rag dealer in Providence Street in 1849 John Blackburn was among those listed as eligible to serve as Parish Constable, and we find similar listings for 1851 and 1852.5
In the census of 30 March 1851 he was listed as the head of household at Providence St, Batley, as a rag dealer employing 11 men.6
He was one of the first members of the Batley Board of Health, which superceded the Board of Surveyors in 1853.
In the early 1850s John Blackburn built a house and warehouse in Bradford Rd, near the old Billy Well. My illusration shows these premises, which do in fact still survive, but sadly altered from their original state; together with the Berlin business of which he became the owner during the 1850s.
One who worked as foreman for John Blackburn in the 1850s was James Colbeck, who speaks of long working days at that time, finishing at seven or eight in evenings and four or five on Saturdays.7

Making Shoddy in Berlin

John is said by Willans to have joined an enterprise (a Shoddy Mill) in Berlin set up by Mr Josh. Pyrah of Staincliffe,"a master mason (so far as Batley is concerned"
We are told that: "He, with the assistance of Mr John Nussey, of Carlinghow Mills (a gentleman ever ready to help forward every thing that would tend to the welfare of the public) and Mr. Wharton, of Heckmondwike, fitted up machinery in Berlin for the pulling of shoddies from woollen rags." It is likely that it was duties imposed on imported rags that turned the attention of these men to making Shoddy in Berlin.8,2
This must refer to Mr. John Nussey at White Lee House, Batley.9 As to the Pyrah involved, Willans has the name as Josh Pyrah and I spent some time looking through the Pyrahs to see who this might be, eventually coming up with a likely candidate. A Joseph Pyrah was listed in censuses as in the rag trade at Staincliffe, but his stepfather Thomas Hepworth and brother Jeremiah Pyrah were stonemasons so he may well have had some knowledge of building trades. What made this seem the likelier was that he was John Blackburn's cousin, and could well have drawn him into the enterprise.9,10 The involvement of Joseph Pyrah is borne out by the name J Pyrah which appears in a Berlin Directory for in 1855 at Köpenickerstrasse, Berlin.11
Willans tells us that later John became the sole proprietor. Although he was not the founder it seems to be this business to which John's obituary refers in saying
“In the early history of the shoddy trade, local manufacturers imported a large quantity from Germany, and a little short of half a century ago Mr Blackburn founded a Shoddy Manufactory at Berlin."9
He and Joseph Pyrah were both listed at in 1856 at Köpenickerstrasse as is F Wharton, "inhaber einer Minego und Shoddyfabrik."11

A comparable venture: Dodgshuns and Naylors at Wittenberge.

Another early venture in Germany seems to have had connections with the Batley area, for an account of the history of Wittenberge, on the Elbe, tells of a Shoddy manufacturing firm set up there by James Dodgshun, an English Merchant from Batley. Mr Dodgshun's brother-in-law, Joseph Naylor, is said to have taken over the works in 1859.
As with the enterprises with which John Blackburn was involved, initially the shoddy was sent to England, but later cloth manufacture was carried out there as well.
In fact Dodgshuns were a family from Morley, but in business as wool merchants in Leeds.12,13
Other correspondents have ancestors who are known to have worked at Wittenberge, John Thomas Parr. believed to have been employed to set up/manage a department there, and Frederick Priestley, a master dyer.who became a Batley Alderman on his return.14,15,12 Joseph Parker was an described as an agent for Messrs Dodgson of Leeds and Morley.16

By the late 1850s John Blackburn was living at Kirkham Cottage, East Ardsley.
On 11 November 1860 John Blackburn took on Jack Wood as a farmer lad. See Jack's details for an interesting account of his career.
In the census of 7 April 1861 he was listed as the head of household at Kirkham Cottage, East Ardsley, as a farmer and shoddy dealer on 32 acres of land.17
John Blackburn was said to have at one time owned Carlinghow New Hall, Batley perhaps by 1861 when we find his mother-in-law Martha Preston living there.

Acquisition of the Old Mill.

The Old Mill at Batley , originally built around 1796 and run by a company of small manufacturers, had passed into the hands of Messrs M. Sheard and Sons, who put it up for sale by auction in Dewsbury in 1862.18 My illustration shows the mill on an early twentieth century billhead, but seems to correspond closely to earlier plans.
In the following year John purchased the nearby Havercroft Mill.


In 1864 John Blackburn was listed as resident at at Lamplands, Batley, presumably at Field House, the building of which is said to have been begun by a Mr Husbands, but which he completed.19
In 1866 John Blackburn mortgaged his property at Kirkham Gate and Havercroft Mill in Batley to John Beswicke Greenwood for £2000.

Another move in England took him away from Batley again, for he was listed as the head of household in the 2 April 1871 census at the Red House, Wentbridge, Kirk Smeaton, as a Merchant, employing a governess, Mary Ward Dawson, for his children.20

His obituary implies that John Blackburn had for some time been having problems with his health, and that this was a reason for his moves. However, when in good form he was very fond of hunting. We are told that he went with various hunts including the Badsworth, and Wentbridge was in the heart of Badsworth country, so I have wondered if that was a reason for that locale.

In about 1875 another mill was purchased by John.

The Mill at Köpenick

He preferred the role of entrepreneur that of "hands on" manager, and soon there was another venture. He was the purchaser of a mill at Köpenick, Berlin which had previously belonged to the Blakeley family, and he must have purchased this from  Edward Blakeley and James Henry Blakeley An exciting episode in my researches was to find a few years ago that the buildings of this mill still existed. An enquiry at a local museum as to whether anything was known of an English-owned mill was met by the response, "was the name Blackburn?" We were given copies of some documentation concerning the building, and were about to leave when we were asked, "Don't you want to see it?"
We found the mill buildings only a short walk away. Although decrepit the premises were in some fashion in use, and we were only able to see them from one side.but were able to form an impression that substantial parts of the original buildings survived .As, alas, happens on these occasions, we had had some camera crisis, and only had a disposable one, so my photos are poor. but the central one shows our initial view, and by the chimney can just be discerned the pitched roof of a brick built building which I suspect must be the earliest part. We were only able to look at the right hand side of the buildings, where my other views were taken, but again there is an edifice of early brick. The windows have been much altered but again there is a pitched roof, and I wonder if this might once have been the house where Benjamin Blakeley lived.2
In 1879 a drying room was installed and a furher building was added to the Köpenick establishment.21

The Mill at Schöneweide

John Blackburn established a woollen cloth factory at Schöneweide, Berlin, by 1879. This was in an area newly being developed on the left bank of the Spree, indeed a family member spoke of unmade roads at first. John is said to have been a member of the first district council there, along with other industrialists willing to invest in the area, including Louis Kunheim who had a chemical factory. In 1878 this area became a separate municipality with the name of Niederschönweide, and a school was built the following year. Another woollen factory, Anton Lehmann's, followed in 1881.
Hundreds of Batley people are said to have left their native town and found very remunerative employment there. The Blackburn mill mill has gone, but we have a record of its name.2
The presentation by the workpeople of a musical box to John Blackburn's son Isaac on 18 November 1879 for his twenty-first birthday suggests that the mill was in production at this time.22

A West Riding Colony in Berlin

By this time there was quite a substantial Yorkshire colony in Berlin, with Yorkshire men working not only for John Blackburn but for Lehmanns, a firm close by the Blackburn mill. A correspondent to the Leeds Mercury in 1885 speaks of discovering this English presence in what were then still villages amongst wooded countryside, Johannisthal and Niederschönweide. Our correspondent made his way from Johannisthal station, but it was to the latter place that he was directed, and to a settlement of some two hundred Yorkshire folk. He speaks of two flourishing factories managed by the English, John Blackburn's and also Lehmann's, though the latter is a German name. It is said that when the factories started there were two trains a day from Berlin, but now, only a few years later, there are fifteen and the station is being enlarged.
Our correspondent gives this colony a definite character, Liberal in politics and supporters of Gladstone; and musical, most had pianos. (One might think this is something they shared with the Germans, but we are told that in Weimar anyone playing the piano with the street window open was subject to a fine of several marks!)
Education was at the village school, the Gemeinde-Schule, but English was spoken at home and at Sunday School, so the children there would have had the advantage of being bi-lingual.Though various denominations were represented, there seems to have ben but one Sunday School, and this ties in splendidly with information sent by Mike Whitehead, for his ancestor Frederick Priestley, a former superintendant of Cross Bank Sunday School in Batley, was one of the founders, and superintendant, of the German Sunday School for fourteen years.
We are told that Batley Feast was celebrated. More impressive still, perhaps, were later festivities for Queen Victoria's Jubilees in 1887 and 1897, where Mr Priestley was secretary for the children's celebrations.23,12

In the census of 3 April 1881 John Blackburn was listed as the head of household at Rose Bank, Valley Road, Scarborough, as a Woollen Merchant.24

Other skilled men were attracted by the opportunities of working in Germany, and we learn from an account in the Batley News on 23 August 1884 that Edward Bailey had earlier that year left his former employ at Victoria Mills in Carlinghow to work for John Blackburn, but was injured when falling down a boiler flue during work being carried on at the Niederschönweide mill.4

In 1890 John Blackburn was listed as a shoddy manufacturer resident at Rose Bank, Valley Road, Scarborough.25
In the early eighteen-nineties John Blackburn sold the Berlin and Coepnick businesses to Mr Charles Blackburn, one of his brothers and Mark Blackburn his nephew.
He was listed as the head of household in the 5 April 1891 census at The Beeches, Lancaster Road, Bilton, Harrogate, a Shoddy Merchant, unaccompanied by other family members, but with a coachman and housekeeper. It isn't clear whether he spent much time there, for he retained the house in Scarborough.26

John was still taking an active interest in business opportunities in Germany, for in in 1892 he purchased a brickworks with clay pit in Miersdorf, close to Zeuthen and about fourteen miles south-east of Berlin.27
In 1895 Sarah, John's wife of 49 years, died in Scarborough.
By this time health problems were an issue forJohn. His obituary tells us:-
"He was always ailing, and when he went to Scarborough he spent most of his time in a specially constructed conservatory, which was kept at a uniform temperature in all seasons of the year. In all, he sought the advice of between 30 and 40 doctors, including the Emperor of Germany's medical attendant, and he tabulated the opinions which these gentlemen expressed from time to time. "You will not live for more than three months, Mr. Blackburn," one doctor told him; another, more optimistic, thought he might survive half a year. Mr Blackburn often recalled these comfortless words in his later years, and with grim humour added, "but nearly all the doctors themselves are gone, and i am left."2

Circa 1897 John Blackburn sold the mill at Schöneweide to a Mr Miller for £70,000.
German records show that it was in 1897 that ownership of the German brickworks was transferred to his son Isaac Blackburn.28
John Blackburn made a will on 31 December 1897.
It may have been because of health considerations that John became the owner of a house near Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight, described as a charming residence commanding an uninterrupted view of the sea.2
John Blackburn died on 8 December 1900 at Ventnor, Isle of Wight, at age 79 (an unknown value). John Blackburn's coffin was carried by Old Mill staff including George Sheard Fox.2

John Blackburn was buried on 11 December 1900 at the Cemetery, Batley, The funeral was attended by the Mayor and members of the Corporation, Magistrates and what were described as the leading gentry of the district. John's house in Bradford Road, Batley, known as "The Red House", was later to be my father Brian Eley's childhood home.

Children of John Blackburn and Sarah Preston

Citations

  1. [S1] Microfiches CMB, All Saints Batley.
  2. [S59] Obituary of John Blackburn.
  3. [S4] 1841 census: HO107 for Batley (online image) "Class: HO107; Piece 1267; Book: 6; Civil Parish: Batley; County: Yorkshire; Enumeration District: 10; Folio: 9; Page: 13; Line: 7; GSU roll: 464238."
  4. [S30] The Batley News.
  5. [S101] Vestry, notebook of the parish of Batley, 1840s and 1850s "unknown cd."
  6. [S5] 1851 census for Batley (online image) "Class: HO107; Piece: 2322; Folio: 333; Page: 27; GSU roll: 87553-87554."
  7. [S34] The Batley Reporter, "14th Feb 1908."
  8. [S51] J Willans Rise and Progress "p 16."
  9. [S51] J Willans Rise and Progress.
  10. [S161] One of Vivien's theories.
  11. [S145] Website Berliner Adressbucher (http://adressbuch.zlb.de/).
  12. [S254] E-mails from Mike Whitehead to V E Tomlinson.
  13. [S253] The Leeds Mercury, "December 14th 1844 Issue No 5793."
  14. [S253] The Leeds Mercury, "19th March 1870, issue 9964."
  15. [S263] E-mails from Erica Pannell to V E Tomlinson.
  16. [S51] J Willans Rise and Progress "page 16."
  17. [S6] 1861 census RG9 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG9; Piece: 3429; Folio: 53; Page: 8; GSU roll: 543131."
  18. [S156] Letters from Ann Bremner to V E Tomlinson.
  19. [S125] Charlton and Anderson's, 1864 "unknown cd."
  20. [S7] 1871 census RG10 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG10; Piece: 4642; Folio: 88; Page: 13; GSU roll: 848408."
  21. [S190] Typescript note by Köpenick Heimatmuseum.
  22. [S136] Website christies.co.uk (www.christies.co.uk/).
  23. [S253] The Leeds Mercury, "October 3rd 1885."
  24. [S164] 1881 census for Scarborough for Scarborough (online image) "Class: RG11; Piece: 4804; Folio: 111; Page: 19; Line: ; GSU roll: 1342160."
  25. [S436] Bulmer's Directory, 1890 "unknown cd."
  26. [S238] 1891 census for Harrogate(online image).
  27. [S566] E-mails from Jutta Boergers and Götz Gaertner to V E Tomlinson.
  28. [S571] E-mails from Jutta Boergers to V E Tomlinson.

Sarah Preston

#50, b. 28 July 1824, d. 18 March 1895
Sarah Preston|b. 28 Jul 1824\nd. 18 Mar 1895|p1.htm#i50|John Preston|b. 16 Nov 1785\nd. 1838|p5.htm#i139|Martha Marshall|b. c 1780\nd. 1868|p5.htm#i140|Edward Preston|b. 1758\nd. 1830|p5.htm#i147|Hannah Stott||p5.htm#i148|Abraham Marshall||p6.htm#i155||||

Relationship=2nd great-grandmother of Vivien Eley.
Charts
Ancestry of Vivien Eley Tomlinson
collection V. E. Tomlinson
Sarah Preston was born on 28 July 1824 at Batley. She was the daughter of John Preston and Martha Marshall. Sarah Preston was baptized on 19 September 1824 at Batley.
In the census of 6 June 1841 she was listed as the daughter of Martha Preston at Carlinghow, Batley.1
Sarah Preston married John Blackburn, son of William Blackburn and Sarah Thompson, on 1 March 1846 at Batley.2
In the census of 30 March 1851 Sarah Blackburn was listed at Providence St, Batley, as wife of John Blackburn.3
Sarah Blackburn appeared on the census of 7 April 1861 at Kirkham Cottage, East Ardsley, as a farmer's wife. John now keeps cows, for her nephew Richard Wilkinson is employed as cattle keeper.4
She appeared on the census of 2 April 1871 at the Red House, Wentbridge, Kirk Smeaton,, now a merchant's wife.5 In the census of 3 April 1881 Sarah Blackburn was listed at Rose Bank, Valley Road, Scarborough, as wife of John Blackburn.6
Sarah Preston died on 18 March 1895 at Scarborough at age 70. She was commemorated on a memorial in Batley cemetery which gives her residence at death as at Rose Bank, Scarborough.

Children of Sarah Preston and John Blackburn

Citations

  1. [S4] 1841 census: HO107 for Batley (online image) "Piece 1267 Book 4 Folio 55."
  2. [S1] Microfiches CMB, All Saints Batley.
  3. [S5] 1851 census for Batley (online image) "Class: HO107; Piece: 2322; Folio: 333; Page: 27; GSU roll: 87553-87554."
  4. [S6] 1861 census RG9 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG9; Piece: 3429; Folio: 53; Page: 8; GSU roll: 543131."
  5. [S7] 1871 census RG10 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG10; Piece: 4642; Folio: 88; Page: 13; GSU roll: 848408."
  6. [S164] 1881 census for Scarborough for Scarborough (online image) "Class: RG11; Piece: 4804; Folio: 111; Page: 19; Line: ; GSU roll: 1342160."

Sarah Ann Blackburn

#51, b. 20 October 1848, d. 1924
Sarah Ann Blackburn|b. 20 Oct 1848\nd. 1924|p1.htm#i51|John Blackburn|b. 28 Apr 1821\nd. 8 Dec 1900|p1.htm#i49|Sarah Preston|b. 28 Jul 1824\nd. 18 Mar 1895|p1.htm#i50|William Blackburn|b. c 1800\nd. 26 Jul 1849|p2.htm#i63|Sarah Thompson|b. 1 May 1801\nd. Aug 1860|p2.htm#i64|John Preston|b. 16 Nov 1785\nd. 1838|p5.htm#i139|Martha Marshall|b. c 1780\nd. 1868|p5.htm#i140|

Relationship=2nd great-aunt of Vivien Eley.
Charts
Descendants of William Blackburn
collection V. E. Tomlinson
Sarah Ann Blackburn was born on 20 October 1848. She was the daughter of John Blackburn and Sarah Preston. Sarah Ann Blackburn was baptized on 7 January 1849 at Batley.
In the census of 30 March 1851 she was listed as aged 2 the daughter of John Blackburn at Providence St, Batley.1
In the census of 7 April 1861 she was listed as a scholar aged 12, daughter of John Blackburn.2

Sarah Ann Blackburn married the architect Walter Hanstock, son of William Hanstock, on 3 March 1868 at Batley

; Witnesses were John Blackburn and William Hanstock.3 We find Sarah Ann Hanstock and her husband Walter Hanstock entertaining her brothers John William Blackburn, Abraham Blackburn and John William Hanstock in the census of 2 April 1871 at Lamplands, Batley.4
In the census of 3 April 1881 Sarah Ann Hanstock was listed at Lamplands, Field Hill, Batley, as wife of Walter Hanstock.5,6
In the census of 5 April 1891 Sarah Ann Hanstock was listed at 35 Bath Street, North Meols, Southport, Lancashire, as wife of Walter Hanstock.7
She was listed in the census of 31 March 1901 at York Road, Batley, with her son Arthur Walter Hanstock.8
Sarah Ann Hanstock died in 1924.

Children of Sarah Ann Blackburn and Walter Hanstock

Citations

  1. [S5] 1851 census for Batley (online image) "Class: HO107; Piece: 2322; Folio: 333; Page: 27; GSU roll: 87553-87554."
  2. [S6] 1861 census RG9 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG9; Piece: 3429; Folio: 53; Page: 8; GSU roll: 543131."
  3. [S1] Microfiches CMB, All Saints Batley.
  4. [S7] 1871 census RG10 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG10; Piece: 4584; Folio: 8; Page: 10; GSU roll: 847145."
  5. [S8] 1881 Census RG11 for Batley (online image) "Class: RG11; Piece: 4547; Folio: 114; Page: 13; Line: ; GSU roll: 1342095."
  6. [S313] Kelly's West Riding Directory, 1881 "unknown cd."
  7. [S170] 1891 census for Southport (online image) "Class: RG12; Piece: 3036; Folio 140; Page 51; GSU roll: 6098146."
  8. [S10] 1901 census for Batley (online image) "Class: RG13; Piece: 4255; Folio: 32; Page: 17."
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