Walker Ellison’s Grave in Baildon, Yorkshire UPDATE

Walker Ellison was buried in the churchyard at St. John’s Parish Church in Baildon, Yorkshire on April 2, 1841.

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His gravestone is a table top tomb and it is located near the church:  “From the church porch, a path ( made out of headstones) leads to a gap in a hedge. If you go through this gap you enter a small section of the  graveyard . To the left  of the entrance is a              row of table tombs- ie horizontal headstones  supported by stone on the two short sides. The gravestone is about the third such stone from the entrance.” Michael Lawson.

Mike Lawson is a volunteer at St. John’s and he and his colleagues have cleared away this area of the churchyard where Walker is buried. He generously met us at the church and showed us around. Thank you, Mike.

Mike also provided me with the inscription on Walker’s gravestone. It was nearly impossible to take a photo to make the inscription legible.

‘Sacred to the memory of Walker Ellison of Baildon died March 31st 1841 in the 23rd year of  his age. Also of Jeremiah Thomas , brother of the above November 24th 1844 aged 19 years. Both the sons of the late Mr Benjamin Ellison of Burnsall, formerly of Birkenshaw. Also of Peter, infant son of William and Elizabeth Ellison who died September 9th,1850.’

Note that Walker’s brother Jeremiah Thomas Ellison is buried with him. And also his nephew, son of William Ellison.

 

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The legs of Walker’s table tombstone.
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This is the view of the church from Walker’s grave.
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The churchyard closest to the church. Note that tombstones were lain flat to create a walking path, in the 1970s.

Much of the churchyard is overgrown and largely inaccessible. Mike had access to a pamphlet of all the inscriptions in the graveyard as it is impossible to find someone in certain sections. I did have him check for Margaret Ellison’s parents, Francis and Sarah Cooper, who are also buried here but they do not have a stone marker. Mike explained that whomever buried Walker spent a great deal of money doing so, including the cost of bringing his body to Baildon from Easingwold, where he died. About 35 miles away. Many people, like Francis and Sarah Cooper, simply did not have the money to purchase a stone marker.

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I am fairly certain I am the first descendant of Walker’s to visit his grave since his widow and two children left for America in 1848. My great-grandmother tried to find it in the 70s when she visited England and thought he’d been buried in Easingwold.  Walker was only 23 when he died.

Descendancy:

Walker Ellison ~ Benjamin Walker Ellison~ William Arthur Ellison ~ Harold Delmont Ellison ~ James Arthur Ellison ~ my mother ~ myself

 

 

 

 

 

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John Carroll & Mary Ferrigan Family Churches in County Down, Northern Ireland

This is St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rathfriland, County Down, Northern Ireland where John & Mary Carroll baptized their daughter Bridget, my great-grandmother, in 1867. Other children baptized there include: Catherine (1865), Thomas (1869), and Mary Ann (1871).

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Here is the view from the church:

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John Carroll was married to Mary Ferrigan on 20 SEP 1860 at the Church of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church of Clonduff Parish in Hilltown, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Here is the interior and exterior of the church as it looked in 2018:

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Darius & Abigail (Paddock) Townsend Research in Dutchess and Putnam Counties, New York 1790-1800

I have recently discovered that Abigail’s line can be directly traced to Robert Paddock, the blacksmith of Plymouth Colony, Massachussetts. It appears he arrived to the colony circa 1634. Abigail’s line is Abigail~Nathaniel~Silas~Zachariah~Zachariah~Zachariah~Robert. There is a fabulous document titled “The Paddock Genealogy” and can be found on ancestry.com. Beware though, the entire book was not scanned in properly and information on Silas is on the missing pages. Original data: Curfman, Robert Joseph,. The Paddock genealogy : descendants of Robert Paddock of Plymouth Colony, blacksmith and constable, 1646. Fort Collins, Colo.: Curfman, 1986.

Online searches with zero results for Darius and Abigail:

General History of Dutchess County 1609-1876 by Philip H. Smith

History of Dutchess County by James Smith (1882)

Inscriptions from 5 NY, Dutchess County, Cemeteries

Putnam County Cemetery Inscriptions by Josephine Frost

Commemorative Biographical Record of Counties Dutchess and Putnam

History of Putnam County: Southeast section. Pages 287 and 289 list the Cranes and Paddocks as principal settlers of South East. Abigail’s mother was Mary Crane.

The History of Putnam County by William Blake

At the Archives of Michigan I searched the following books, microfiche, and microfilm for Darius and Abigail’s name and any possible children born/died in the years of the unknown children of this couple. Nothing much was found.

Index to Old Gravestones of Dutchess County, NY and then read through the acutal book: Old Gravestones of Dutchess County, New York

Marriages and Deaths 1778-1825 Volume 4 by Reynolds

Old Gravestones of Putname County with info from Dutchess by Barbara Buys

Historical and Genealogical Record, Dutchess and Putnam microform

Records of Early Settlers Putnam County, births microfilm

Cemetery Inscriptions Putnam County, including Fredericksburg microfilm

Confiscated Properies of Philipse Highland Patent lists Darius’s father Christopher Townsend as buyer for 122$ 2 JUN 1783 Fredericksburgh and also as the current occupier of the land. South East is located in the Philipse Patent. See map:

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Tax List of Philipse Patent, 1777 lists Christopher Townsend and Silas Paddock.

Old Southeast Church Cemetery book

Payments to People Who Built the Erie Canal F127.E5 K46 2008. Lists Townsend and Trenor as being paid $1000.00 to deliver cast iron culverts and other castings on line of Champlain Canal. This data was transcribed from a book: Laws of the State of NY in Relation to the Erie and Champlain Canals and the book is at the Erie Canal Museum.

Darius and Abigail have on censuses 6 unknown children. Two boys born between 1795 and 1799 in South East when it was considered Dutchess County and who lived with them in Windham, Greene County, NY 1801 to 1810 and then disappear. Four girls. Two born 1795 to 1800 and who both live with them in Windham. One girl born between 1801 and 1810 in Windham and who live with them through to Cayuga County 1830 census. One girl who lives with them on the 1830 census, and may be a grandchild. The known children are: William, Christopher, Elizabeth E., and Nathaniel Paddock Townsend.

I did find a possible lead: Nancy Townsend Noxon, wife of Daniel L. b. 1794, Feb 24th and d. 1865, May 1 buried in the Methodist Ground, Potter’s Corners, LaGrange, NY. Townsends were Baptists so this is a long shot.

 

 

 

Carroll and Ferrigan Family Home in Leitrim, County Down, Northern Ireland

Bridget Carroll Butler and her older brother Patrick were born in this Ferrigan Family home in Leitrim, County Down, Northern Ireland to John and Mary (Ferrigan) Carroll.

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Back of the photo below reads (written to Bridget Carroll Butler): “The same crowd taken outside of your old house at the Sheephill.”

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Now here is the house when my grandmother visited in the 1970s:

 

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A barn with a red door was attached to the back of this home. In the 1970s the barn was over 300 years old.

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Patrick Carroll’s sheet in Grandma’s book. He was the son of John and Mary (Ferrigan) Carroll. Patrick met my great-grandmother Bridget when she landed in America at Castle Garden in New York on her own as a young woman.

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Here is Patrick F. Carroll, presumably with Catherine Kelley, his wife.

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Patrick’s obituary. Mrs. William Buttes should read Mrs. William Butler :

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Marjorie Butler Ralston’s Carroll Genealogy Book

I will be scanning in all the pages of the Carroll Family of Counties Down & Armagh, Northern Ireland genealogy pages my grandmother Marjorie Butler Ralston wrote and compiled.

Just keep in mind that Grandma spelled the names of places and people often incorrectly. And sometimes, she confused the County Armagh with County Down. Leitrim is a village near Castlewellan in County Down.

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Alice Baines at Winckley Square Convent School

My lovely Baines cousin, Elsie, has met up with another Baines family member over in England and just told me that my great-grandmother Alice Baines went to Winckley Square Convent School in Preston before she went to America in 1911.

You can see what remains of the school here:

http://www.winckleysquare.org.uk/

On a very interesting note, you will see that if you tour Winckley Square on the above website, you will read mention of a Paul Catterall and his brother Peter Catterall. I am wondering what connection these gentleman have to my ancestor Margaret J Catterall, who married Henry “Harry” Baines. Their son James Baines was Alice’s father.

The men were members of the Winckley Club.

You can read about the Winckley Club (and the Square) at Google Books.

Thank you, Elsie!!

Sadler Family of Thornham, Norfolk, England

 

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The 1871 England Census, shown above, lists the John Sadler family in Thornham, Norfolk, England. John and Elizabeth Vincent Sadler were the parents of Eliza Ann Sadler Fry, who was Edith Dorothy Fry’s mother and Ethel Tasker Ellison’s grandmother. Ethel Ellison was my Nana.

The census lists the family as living at the Life Boat and Hailehelane in Thornham. John is a “carter” and a “beerhouse keeper”. His 13 year old son is also a “carter.” A carter was a person who transported goods by wagon or cart.

John was the keeper of the Lifeboat Inn. You can click here and see the Inn: http://www.norfolkpubs.co.uk/norfolkt/thornham/thornhli.htm

When John died in 1880, his wife Elizabeth took over as the keeper.

Here she is on the 1881 Census:

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Here is the Lifeboat Inn’s own site: http://lifeboatinnthornham.com/#

I also found their daughter, Eliza Ann Sadler’s baptismal record:

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Ancestral Places in England for Descendants of Harold D and Alice Baines Ellison

I put this together recently and thought others may get some use out of it, especially if traveling to England.

Ancestral Places:

Ellison – Other surnames in Ellison family: Cooper, Ambler

From St Wilfrid’s Church website: St Wilfrid’s Church is located at the northern end of the village, alongside the B6160. Parking is normally available on the roadside, except during the high tourist season, when there will usually be space in one of the car parks in the village. The church is open every day during daylight hours.

From Wikipedia “Burnsall is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the River Wharfe in Wharfedale, with a five-arched bridge over which the Dalesway passes, and is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is 2 miles (3.2 km) southeast of Hebden, along a river path dated to Viking times.”

~Monumental inscriptions inside church North Aisle of Mary Maria and Benjamin Ellison, parents of Walker Ellison, died 25 MAR 1829 and 20 MAR 1832.

From Wikipedia “Otley is a market town and civil parish in the metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, by the River Wharfe.”

~ Walker Ellison and Margaret Cooper married here 11 NOV 1838

  • Baildon – this is the village the Ellison’s, Ambler’s and Cooper’s lived in for what I think are several generations. The Ambler’s were a prominent, wealthy family and the Ellison’s owned a woolen mill in 19th century.

From Wikipedia “Baildon is a civil parish and village north of Bradford in Northern England. It is part of the Bradford Metropolitan District in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire and within the historic boundaries of the West Riding of Yorkshire. It lies 5 miles (8 km) north of Bradford and 9.5 miles (15 km) northwest of Leeds city centre.”

 

~ Benjamin Walker Ellison baptized here in 1841 (b. 20 JUN 1841), son of Walker & Margaret

~ Benjamin Ellison and Mary Maria Ambler married here 13 AUG 1810

~ Francis Cooper and Sarah Booth married here 13 OCT 1815, Margaret Cooper’s parents, Margaret is Benjamin Walker Ellison’s mother.

Baines – Other surnames in Baines family: Livesey, Prince. Alice Baines Ellison was born in Preston, Lancashire.

Address of Alice Baines childhood home:

  • 7 Dallas Street, Ward of Moor Brook, Preston, Lancashire 1901

Addresses of Henry and Margaret Baines, parents of James Baines:

  • Dover Street, City of Preston, Lancashire 1841
  • 13 Beverly House, Ashton, Lancashire  1871
  • 4 Elmsley Street, Ward of Moor Brook, Preston, Lancashire 1901
  • Haighton Old Hall, Haighton Green Lane,  Haighton near Preston, Lancashire is where Henry Baines died 25 APR 1918

Livesey Family:

~ Reuben Livesey and Alice Prince were married here 12 NOV 1873, parents of Elizabeth Ellen Livesey who married James Baines.

~ Reuben and Alice Livesey and Reuben’s father Richard are buried here. Probably also, Reuben’s wife, Jane. Reuben died 5 FEB 1934, Alice 24 JUL 1941, Richard 14 DEC 1907.

Prince Family:

Address of John Prince, father of Alice Prince married Reuben Livesey:

  • 43 Bedford Street, City of Preston, Preston, Lancashire 1861

Address of Alice Prince, at age 16, living alone after her mother had died:

  • 13 Heysham Street, City of Preston, Preston, Lancashire 1871