Edwin Bellamy 1919-Deceased

Published: April 14, 2012    Last modified: January 12, 2017

 Edwin Bellamy 1919-Deceased
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Edwin Bellamy 1919-Deceased

Edwin BELLAMY 1919-Deceased was the 7th child of George Albert BELLAMY 1880-Deceased and Emily BELLAMY (née Emily ELLIS) 1883-1978, my grandmother Emily ASHFORTH (née Emily BELLAMY) 1903-1992 being the eldest.

I have fond memories of visiting Edwin and Peggy (Margaret) BELLAMY (née Margaret KETTLEWELL) 1924-Deceased at their home on a cul-de-sac at Shalesmoor, Sheffield, just around the corner from the old Roscoe Picture Palace (formerly the Peoples' Electric Picture Palace and latterly the Roscoe Casino). Eventually the area was cleared to make way for the Sheffield Ring Road and new tramway system.

Edwin and Peggy had just the one child, Philip BELLAMY 1949-Deceased. I was born a few months earlier, hence we often played together. Sadly Philip was to die in his mid-twenties.

I remember attending a 5th of November bonfire party, the bonfire being in the middle of the street, and the local community providing hot potatoes, hot chestnuts, bonfire toffee (sticky black toffee) and toffee apples. The Health and Safety zealots at Sheffield City Council had yet to make their mark, otherwise I'm sure the wonderful time we all had would soon have been curtailed. As it was, the street which was surfaced with ubiquitous and beautiful cobbles was eventually metalled, but my did the tar burn well the following year! I assume eventually the council came to realise why areas of cobbles were showing through scorched tarmacadam, since soon afterwards the event would pass into history.

At this time I lived just off Owlerton Green at Hawksley Road. Occasionally we would walk to Peggy and Edwin's house taking a route which lead along Owlerton Green, across Penistone Road, along Livesey Street towards Wardsend Cemetery. Here we would take a footbridge cross the River Don and turn right along a track by Neepsend Power Station. The track, Club Mill Road, headed south following the east bank of the River Don eventually re-joining the main road at Hillfoot Bridge, Neepsend.

I'm not certain where, but somewhere along this route closer to Neepsend, Edwin maintained an allotment. I never forget the sight of Edwin in amongst his pigs, while trying to hold a conversation with my parents.

After Peggy died Edwin moved to Thirsk, the town in north Yorkshire where Peggy was born. I understand from my mother that Peggy and Edwin met during the time Edwin was stationed near Thirsk, during World War II.

Mother and Edwin kept in touch and I recall sometime after his move to Thirsk he contacted my mother, regarding creating a family tree. I think he was hoping I might help, but at this time in my life, although I had always taken an interest in our family history I had never carried out any serious research. I was too busy renovating houses, and pursuing a career in IT. I didn't become involved in family history until 2000.

I have always regretted not contacting Edwin, I'm sure he would have been a mind of information, but that is family history, wait too long and the source will pass on.

William Horace Bellamy 1909-Deceased

Published: April 2, 2012    Last modified: January 17, 2017

William Horace Bellamy 1909-Deceased
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William Horace Bellamy 1909-Deceased

Another photograph from our family collection that I recently uploaded to the Ashforth family photographs section of the Gallery.

William Horace BELLAMY 1909-Deceased (usually known as Horace) was a younger brother of my grandmother Emily ASHFORTH (née Emily BELLAMY 1903-1992), and that is about all I know.

He is almost certainly deceased since I recollect having to break the news of his death (with the reservation it may have been her brother Albert that had passed away) to my grandmother shortly after her husband and my grandfather Ernest ASHFORTH 1905-1990 had passed away in 1990.

His parents were George Albert BELLAMY 1880-Deceased and Emily BELLAMY (née Emily ELLIS 1883-1978).

Hopefully a member of his family may stumble upon this article and contact me using the contact form.

Old Comments:

Hi Louise I remember playing
Submitted by Lyndsey Bellamy on Tue, 2012-10-30 18:00

Hi Louise I remember playing in the garden as well How are you?

William Horace Bellamy and Emily Bellamy nee Ellis
Submitted by Kathryn Louise Pogson nee Straw on Wed, 2012-04-11 20:36

Hi, This is my grandfather, I am the daughter of Valerie Straw nee Bellamy. Grandad use to take myself, sister Michelle and brother Mark to see Emily Bellamy nee Ellis in Middlewood Hospital every Saturday morning to visit. She used to sing ditties to us ...most memorable Thomas Dodd he was a sod, his a*se was made of clay, he let a f*rt behind the cart and blew the wheels away :D I attended her funeral in 1978 at the age on 9 years old. William Horace Bellamy had a large family and Uncle Edwin his brother was my mother's godfather. I also attended his funeral and remember him fondly as a very jolly soul. Lyndsey Bellamy daughter of Thomas Leslie Bellamy and Betty Sambrook I knew as a child as we lived not far from each other and have many childhood memories of playing in the garden togther. The grandchildren and surviving children of William Horace can provide lots of information and I am sure photographs. Thanks for this wonderful trip down memory lane for me and my mother and my many cousins!!

Emily Bellamy (née Emily Ellis 1883-1978) and Marjorie Green (née Marjorie Ellis 1912-1988)

Published: April 2, 2012    Last modified: January 17, 2017

Emily Bellamy (née Emily Ellis) 1883-1978 and Marjorie Green (née Marjorie Ellis) 1912-1988
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Left: Emily Bellamy (née Emily Ellis) 1883-1978
Right: Marjorie Green (née Marjorie Ellis) 1912-1988

Over the last few weeks I have exchanged emails with two daughters of my great uncle Thomas Leslie BELLAMY 1922-2011, who of course are my 1st cousins 1 time removed. One of his daughters had seen this website and found this article and photograph of Emily BELLAMY (née Emily ELLIS) 1883-1978. Sadly, I was to learn Thomas Leslie BELLAMY 1922-2011 had passed away in November 2011, in his 90th year.

Thomas Leslie BELLAMY 1922-2011 was the youngest child of George Albert BELLAMY 1880-Deceased and Emily BELLAMY (née Emily ELLIS) 1883-1978 and the last surviving sibling of this marriage; my grandmother Emily ASHFORTH (née Emily BELLAMY) 1903-1992 being the eldest sibling.

As a result of this exchange of emails I promised to scan and upload some more photographs relating to this family. We do have a photograph that includes Thomas Leslie BELLAMY 1922-2011 but at the moment it is with my mother, so I will have to wait a little while longer before I can scan and upload it.

The above photograph shows Emily BELLAMY (née Emily ELLIS) 1883-1978, the mother of Thomas Leslie BELLAMY 1922-2011, with her youngest sister Marjorie GREEN (née Marjorie ELLIS) 1912-1988. This photograph was most likely taken in the garden of Marjorie's 'prefab' on the Wisewood Estate, Sheffield.

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Wardsend Cemetery: Photographs

Published: February 28, 2012    Last modified: January 12, 2017

Wardsend Cemetery, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Headstone left: Albert Ashforth, Harry Renwick, Frank Renwick
Headstone right: Harry, Emily and George Waller

In October 2010 I participated in a tour of Wardsend Cemetery, Livesey Street, Owlerton, Sheffield. The tour was organised by the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery and later I published an article 'Wardsend Cemetery - The guiding spirit of George Waller' about what I found.

Over the last 14 months I never did seem to find time to process and upload the photographs, so I set aside this evening, processed the images and uploaded them to this Album in the Gallery.

Since this was a tour of the cemetery, the gallery of photographs depicts the overall state of the cemetery, rather than pictures of individual headstones. Anyone not familiar with Wardsend Cemetery is more than likely to be quite shocked and will no doubt wonder why it has been allowed to fall into such a level of irretrievable decay.

Learn more at the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery.

Mary Maria Carter (née Mary Maria Maplethorpe 1878-1964) and Joseph Carter 1872-1959: Marton

Published: February 26, 2012    Last modified: November 20, 2016

Joseph Carter 1877-1959 and Mary Maria Carter (née Mary Maria Maplethorpe 1878-1964) Outside their cottage at Marton, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
Photograph courtesy the family of Joseph and Mary Maria Carter
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Joseph Carter 1872-1959
Mary Maria Carter (née Mary Maria Maplethorpe 1878-1964)
Outside their cottage at Marton, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
Photograph courtesy the family of GH

This photograph is one of a batch of approximately 50 that I scanned during my recent visit to Marton, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

This is Joseph CARTER 1872-1959 and Mary Maria CARTER (née Mary Maria MAPLETHORPE 1878-1964) outside their cottage at Marton, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The cottage is now demolished but I remember visiting when I was a small child. The cottage was quite dark inside, with very low ceilings, a cooking range and the smell of paraffin from the oil lamp. Electricity or gas wasn't available and the toilet was an earth closet further up the yard.

Joseph was Mary's second husband, her first husband Samuel DIXON 1869-1906 having passed away from tuberculosis in 1906. Mary was the mother of Ivy DIXON 1901-1983 my paternal grandmother and Samuel DIXON 1869-1906 Ivy's father.

Mary and Joseph were to live in this cottage (please see the update) until their deaths, Joseph in 1959 age 87 years and Mary in 1964 age 86 years. Joseph and Mary had two children, Harold CARTER 1913-1977 and Kathleen CARTER 1917-Deceased.

2015-03-14 Reading through some old emails I came across one from my aunt. In this email my aunt notes:

"Granny Carter ¹ ended her days in a council bungalow on Littleborough Lane ² as the cottage was condemned and pulled down before she died."

¹ Granny Carter is Mary Maria CARTER (née Mary Maria MAPLETHORPE 1878-1964)

² Littleborough Lane is at Marton, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

Family history weekend

Published: February 20, 2012    Last modified: November 20, 2016

Knaith Hall, Knaith

Knaith Hall and the Church of Saint Mary, Knaith, Lincolnshire

This weekend I visited an area of north Lincolnshire associated with my paternal grandmother Ivy JACKLIN (née Ivy DIXON) 1901-1983. Ivy was born at Upton (Upton-cum-Kexby) in 1901, moved to the village of Marton, eventually marrying Wilfred JACKLIN 1896-1967 at the Church of All Saints, Aston-cum-Aughton, Yorkshire. Sometime later they moved to Beighton Street, Darnall, Sheffield, Yorkshire.

Many of my relatives still live in this area of north Lincolnshire, including 3 cousins from the village of Marton.

Primarily this trip was to try and achieve the following:

  1. Participate in the 'Snowdrop Walk' from Knaith Hall, Knaith, Lincolnshire to The Château at Gate Burton, Lincolnshire.
  2. Scan some of the family photographs archived by my cousin GH.
  3. Visit some of the north Nottinghamshire villages associated with my Jacklin line.

Thanks to my cousins and to some very good weather, I was able to achieve virtually all the goals I had set myself.

Saturday afternoon we took the car and visited some of the villages associated with my family's history including Upton-cum-Kexby and Fillingham, Lincolnshire.  On our return I visited one of my cousins and we sorted through a large box of old photographs where I was pleasantly surprised that we were able to identify many of the people and places. I then spent a few hours scanning the selected photographs and will gradually add them to my 'Gallery'.

Sunday I completed an early morning walk along Littleborough Lane, Marton to the banks of the River Trent, returning by way of Trent Port Road.

I then attended the wonderful 'Knaith Snowdrop Walk' at Knaith Hall, Knaith. The hall was not open to the public except for a small refreshments room but visitors were able to explore the grounds and follow a marked route to The Château at Gate Burton. As if on cue, the snowdrops under their canopy of trees, were looking truly resplendent.

The Church of Saint Mary built alongside Knaith Hall and over looking the River Trent was also open. This is the first time I had visited this church and though it was quite crowded with visitors I was able to take a number of photographs of the interior.

After leaving Knaith we headed off towards the north Nottinghamshire villages of Everton and Harwell. Again these are small villages associated with both my paternal grandmother Ivy JACKLIN (née Ivy DIXON) 1901-1983, my paternal great grandmother Ziller JACKLIN (née Ziller ALLEN) 1858-1949 and gg grandfather John ALLEN 1831-Deceased of nearby Little Gringley. I particularly wished to visit the Church of the Holy Trinity at Everton, Nottinghamshire.

Finally and in order to photograph the tiny Church of Saint Nicholas we drove to Littleborough, Nottinghamshire. Although I have yet to find a connection between this church and my family, I have always wanted to make a visit. In the graveyard I did find an headstone for one Olive Mary BARLOW and her husband Reuben BARLOW, a family surname associated with this region.

Altogether a splendid weekend.

I will gradually publish, over the next few weeks, both the scanned old photographs together with photographs of the churches and villages we visited.

The Château, a National Trust property at Gate Burton, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire is available for holiday bookings through the Landmark Trust.

2015-03-09 To view the photographs of the village of Marton, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, please click here.
To view the photographs of Knaith Hall, the Church of Saint Mary and The Château, please click here.

Emily Renwick (née Emily Cooper 1861-1926)

Published: January 29, 2012    Last modified: January 12, 2017

Emily Renwick (née Emily Cooper 1861-1926)
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Standing (l-r): Lotte Renwick, Harry Renwick, Elizabeth Renwick (née Elizabeth White), Bill White
Seated left: One of the two ladies is Aunt Emma (Emily's sister)
Seated right: Emily Renwick (née Emily Cooper), Winnie Feltrup (Emily's granddaughter)
Pincher the dog
Photograph courtesy the family of JRA

In 2009 I received an email from a gentleman located near Ottawa, Canada whom for privacy I will refer to as JRA.

In his email JRA describes how as a child, his mother, who lived at Bower Street, Hillsborough, Sheffield 6, remembers going round to uncle Harry's (Harry RENWICK 1885-1959) in nearby Burton Street to play.

JRA who is descended from John Thorpe RENWICK 1790-Deceased sent a family tree of his RENWICK line of his family in order to save other researchers, including myself, a lot of searching or at least allow us to cross check our existing research. One can see from this document JRA has obviously spent a great deal of time researching his family tree.

Robert Renwick 1859-1919 and Emily Renwick (née Emily Cooper 1861-1926)
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Robert Renwick 1859-1919
Emily Renwick (née Emily Cooper) 1861-1926
Photograph courtesy the family of JRA

JRA included copies of the two photographs that illustrate this article. Originally the copies were made to record identities, after which and rather unfortunately the originals were mislaid. This is a great pity since all but one person in both photographs have been identified.

If anyone wishes to be put in touch with JRA please use my contact form and I will pass on your details.

Joseph Barker Smith 1875-1956 and Sarah Elizabeth Smith (née Sarah Elizabeth Maplethorpe 1876-1962)

Published: January 24, 2012    Last modified: February 7, 2017

Joseph Barker Smith 1875-1956 and Sarah Elizabeth Smith (née Sarah Elizabeth Maplethorpe 1876-1962)
Photograph courtesy the family of Joseph Barker and Sarah Elizabeth Smith
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Joseph Barker Smith 1875-1956
Sarah Elizabeth Smith (née Sarah Elizabeth Maplethorpe 1876-1962)
Photograph courtesy the family of Joseph Barker and Sarah Elizabeth Smith

Just recently and totally out of the blue a gentlemen whom for privacy I will refer to as JM, having seen this website emailed me regarding Sarah Elizabeth MAPLETHORPE 1876-1962 the elder sister of my great grandmother Mary Maria MAPLETHORPE 1878-1964. Sarah and Mary were the eldest daughters of John Robert MAPLETHORPE 1851-Deceased and Rebecca MAPLETHORPE (née Rebecca FORD 1855-1883).

JM came across this website while researching his branch of the MAPLETHORPE family. He has very kindly provided some family photographs and certificates. I will endeavour to add the photographs to my Gallery and hopefully find time to transcribe the certificates.

Sarah Elizabeth Smith (née Sarah Elizabeth Maplethorpe 1876-1962)
Photograph courtesy the family of Joseph Barker and Sarah Elizabeth Smith
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Sarah Elizabeth Smith (née Sarah Elizabeth Maplethorpe 1876-1962)
Photograph courtesy the family of Joseph Barker and Sarah Elizabeth Smith

Searching my email archive I remembered back in 2005 a lady by the initials PH had also contacted me, she too being a descendant of John Robert MAPLETHORPE 1851-Deceased and Rebecca MAPLETHORPE (née Rebecca FORD 1855-1883). Both PH and JM provided the Remembrance card shown below.

Remembrance Card
Rebecca MAPLETHORPE (née Rebecca FORD 1855-1883)
Courtesy of PH and JM

I do so appreciate people contacting me since even the smallest clue can lead to huge steps forward. Information about the MAPLETHORPE connections that JM and PH so kindly provided has allowed me to extend my knowledge of our MAPLETHORPE connections. It has also helped establish links to more villages located in the north Nottinghamshire and north Lincolnshire area.

Joseph Barker SMITH 1875-1956 was born in 1875 at Kirton-in-Lindsey, a small town in north Lincolnshire. Sarah Elizabeth MAPLETHORPE 1876-1962 was born in 1876 at Upton-cum-Kexby a small village in north Lincolnshire. They married in 1895 and lived on a farm at Pusto near Everton, later moving to Scaftworth near Bawtry and eventually to Everton, both villages are just inside the Nottingamshire county boundary.

Joseph Barker SMITH 1875-1956 and Sarah Elizabeth SMITH (née Sarah Elizabeth MAPLETHORPE 1876-1962) are buried together at Everton cemetery.

Minnie Taylor: England and Wales Census 1891

Published: December 31, 2011    Last modified: February 13, 2017

Minnie Taylor, School Log Book, 1890

Minnie Taylor, School Log Book, 1890

In this article I discussed research into a document found amongst my father's papers.

A little more research has found this 1891 census record:

FHJ Ref: 019
Census: England and Wales Census 1891
Place: Decoy Farm, Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire
Household: King Taylor

TaylorKingHeadMarriedMale53Farmer (Em'er)Branston, Lincolnshire
TaylorBetsy AWifeMarriedFemale47Boston, Lincolnshire
TaylorAliceDaughterSFemale23Farmers Daughter(Em'ee)Boston, Lincolnshire
TaylorMinnieDaughterSFemale19Schoolmistress (Em'ee)Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire
TaylorArthurSonSMale16Clerk In Office (Em'ee)Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire
TaylorFrederickSonSMale13Farmers Son (Em'ee)Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire
TaylorThomasSonSMale11ScholarSkellingthorpe, Lincolnshire
TaylorFrank HSonSMale9ScholarSkellingthorpe, Lincolnshire
TaylorAlfredSonSMale6ScholarSkellingthorpe, Lincolnshire
TaylorAda MDaughterSFemale4ScholarSkellingthorpe, Lincolnshire
TaylorRebeccaVisitorSFemale27Farmers Daughter (Em'ee)Bracebridge, Lincolnshire
TaylorAnnie MVisitorSFemale20Farmers Daughter (Em'ee)Coleby, Lincolnshire
WilsonThomasServantSMale18Farm Servant (Em'ee)Wellingore, Lincolnshire

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This census information seems to suggest I have the correct Minnie TAYLOR though according to the England and Wales Census 1891 she is still living at the family home in Skellingthorpe and not at Misterton where I located the Reverend H.R. Dunlop.

The 1901 British Census records Minnie Taylor as a visitor to the family home at Skellingthorpe and her occupation is given as a 'retired school mistress' so this is not a great deal of help in locating the school.

If at the age of 29 Minnie TAYLOR is described as a 'retired school mistress' I did wonder if she was ill and died an early death but I have yet to find her date of death or a record of marriage.

Perhaps I now need a little more research of the Reverend H.R. Dunlop.

Meanwhile a search on the 1891 Census address of Decoy Farm revealed some very interesting information regarding 'duck decoys' and some specific information about the 'duck decoy' nearby Decoy Farm, Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire:

"To the east of the village lies a decoy farm one of about 40 that existed in the Fens during the 18th century. Pipes were laid, down which wild duck were led by tame decoy ducks and driven into nets by terriers. Skellingthorpe duck is reputed to have been a delicacy. Consideration is given to this important historical site which is listed as the Duck Decoy ancient monument." - Skellingthorpe Parish Council

2012-02-03 I decided to try a few searches. Only a few marriages were available. Since Minnie TAYLOR is shown as 'single' in the 1901 census and knowing her possible date of birth and place of birth I started to cross check possible surnames against the 1911 England and Wales Census record. As luck would have it the first surname I tried 'Turner' returned a direct hit on the submitted credentials.

This would seem to point to Minnie TAYLOR marrying Frederick TURNER in 1902.

As yet I still cannot see any connection to our family.

Annie E Ellis and Hector William R Withall

Published: December 23, 2011    Last modified: January 12, 2017

Annie Elizabeth Withall (née Annie Elizabeth Ellis 1902-Deceased)
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Annie Elizabeth Ellis

Annie Elizabeth ELLIS was born in 1911 at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. Our family always referred to her as Aunt Annie. I remember her as a happy, jovial person, often visiting my grandmother Emily ASHFORTH (née Emily BELLAMY) 1903-1992 and great grandmother Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS) 1876-1973.

Annie E ELLIS married Hector William R. Withall at Sheffield in 1923. My mother recalls Vic WITHALL was employed in newspaper production and had relocated to Sheffield from the south of England to work with one of the local newspaper companies. According to mother Uncle Vic (the family always referred to Annie's husband as Uncle Vic, so I did wonder if Hector was an incorrect transcription of Victor, though after further research I have found his name is always given as Hector) was born at Arundel, Sussex and his parents lived at a property in the shadow of Arundel Castle.

Further research shows his date of birth to be the 31st of March, 1900, in the registration district of East Preston, Arundel, Sussex. This seems to confirm my mother's recollections.

Some time after Annie and Vic were married he joined one of the Manchester based newspapers and they relocated to Moss Side, Manchester, Lancashire. During school holidays I remember I would occasionally stay at their terraced house at Moss Side, which was a much less salubrious area then than it is now.