UK Relatives forum: *Singletons and Pyecrofts

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Imageokus
Feb 16, 2010 12:40 PM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Susan
It looks as though your Enoch Singleton married twice, in 1861 his wife is called Mary Ann, aged 29 and born in Wyke, Yorkshire. They have a daughter Ruth Anna Singleton aged 5 and born in Wyke.
There is a 'brother' on the census called Simeon Sunderland, aged 17, who was also born in Wyke. It is therefor logical to assume that he is either Mary Ann's brothe or a half brother. Simeon is a coal miner.
On this census Enoch is from Wibsey not Wibley as on the other. Wibsey is just outside Bradford Yorkshire and is a valid place Wibley is not so I would go with Wibsey. Wyke and Wibsey are fairly close together.

On the 1851 Enoch and Mary Ann, both age 19, are already married and at that point are living in Wyke. The address is Wyke Common.

In 1841 Enoch, aged 9, is living with his mother Tabitha, aged 35, and brother James, aged 12. Both the boys are Coal Miners. The Address is Stack Bottom, North Bierley, Bradford.

I have found an 1849 Marriage for Enoch in the Dec quarter in Dewsbury to a Mary Ann Sugden,
and an 1862 Dec quarter marriage to Elizabeth Drake. As Elizabeth is considerably older than Enoch on the 1871 census it is quite possible she was a widow when they married so the name Henderson could still be correct.
In the 1871 there is a Tabitha Sunderland, widow aged 67, living with Enoch. So it looks as if his mother also married again and that the Simeon in the 1851 is his half brother.

Enoch appears to have died in Halifax in the June quarter of 1893 aged 61.
There is a death for Mary Ann in the March quarter of 1862 in Bradford
and for Elizabeth in the Sep q 1891 in Halifax aged 66.
Carol

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Feb 16, 2010 3:01 PM CST
Name: Susan MacKenzie
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
very interesting, Carol!

I can't thank you enough for this research!
This past weekend I was emptying out my "den/computer/sewing" room, and looking for all the documents I know I have, for the Singleton/Pyecroft side of my family, and didn't have any luck.
I'll look again tonight, when I have more time ^_^

You're a jewel of information, Carol.

btw - my sister's name is Ruth Carol ^_^

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Imageokus
Feb 16, 2010 3:18 PM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Mary Jane Pyecroft is the daughter of William Pyecroft and Mary Harrison. They were married in Gainsborough in the March Q of 1854.

In 1841 William is at home with his parents in Walkeringham, Nottinghamshire. His father Thomas is a Farmer born about 1783 and his mother;s name is Betsy b 1776. There is another son, Charles, who is 19 and a daughter Elizabeth 15. Walkeringham is on the Notts/Lincs border very close to Gainsborough. (Gunthorp is near Newark which is now in Nottinghamshire)

In 1851 Charles is farming the 50 acre Walkeringham with his father, but his mother is missing and William is with his uncle, also William Pyecroft b. 1777, on his 31 acre farm in Owston Lincolnshire. William senior's wife is called Ann b. 1791. William senior died in the Mar Q 1854 and William junior married in the same quarter.
Owston was the heart of the Owston sub-district in the Gainsborough Registration District.
In 1861 William was the farmer of the same 31 acres as his uncle had been in the 1851 and by 1871 they had moved to the larger Gunthorp farm.
Thomas died in the Gainsborough district in 1863.
I have also found a marriage, on the IGI, in Walkeringham on 3 May 1804 for Betsey Pye and Thomas Pyecroft.

Pyecroft appears as Pycroft, Pyecraft and Pycraft in various places for the same family.

The Louisa Pyecroft bap 1831 seems to disappear. As she was a Pyecroft at birth she is not really likely to have had Pyecroft descendants - they would have taken her married name, whatever that was and with an 1831 birth date she is far too young to have been Mary Jane's grandmother. As her parents are William and Mary she could have been an older sister, but they didn't mary till rather later than that. Cropwell Butler is also a reasonable distance South of Gainsborough, so a cousin is more likely
Carol

ImageTallulah_B
Feb 16, 2010 4:06 PM CST
Name: Susan MacKenzie
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
I also have a William Pyecroft in Owston Parish, in my info.
I can hardly wait to get home & check the other info.

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Feb 17, 2010 11:07 PM CST
Name: Susan MacKenzie
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Here's a picture of Mary Jane Pyecroft, before she married James Edward Singleton. She was still in Yorkshire England at the time. I don't know the year this was taken

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Feb 17, 2010 11:10 PM CST
Name: Susan MacKenzie
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Here's a picture of Mary & James, after they moved to Canada. They left England in 1889, and they homesteaded in Manitoba, Canada. They had one child, 3 yr old Harry, when they arrived.

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Imageokus
Feb 18, 2010 3:39 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Hi Susan,

From the costume in the first photo and the fact that she was North of England, (not high London Fashion) I would think that picture was taken about 1880-1885.
I have a similar one of my Great Grandmother taken about then. It was custamary to celebrate special occasions such as a 21st birthday or an engagement with a formal photograph.

Love the frame on that oval one absolutely 'right' for the time and place and sets the picture off beautifully.

Carol
Carol

ImageTallulah_B
Feb 18, 2010 1:40 PM CST
Name: Susan MacKenzie
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Thank you, re: the frame. I've been told I have an "eye" for such details, and I thank you for noticing.

I know that the more rural areas had a bit of time before they "caught up" to the Fashion-of-the-day in the large cities. I rather expected it was some sort of important occassion in order to get a photographer to either come to their house or to go to a studio, but never thought about it being a 21st birthday. Thank you for the idea. I don't suppose they celebrated her engagement, from what I heard regarding "marrying beneath her station".
So, you see what I mean about not thinking she was a servant girl, unless she took it in her head (when she married my grandfather) if she were disowned, that she had to earn $$ somehow.... anything is possible. I never heard that she was disowned, but perhaps that's why they tried to set James Edward up as a shopkeeper (a failed attempt I heard.....which is why they were given $$ to move to Canada).

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Feb 18, 2010 2:59 PM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Susan being described as a servant doesn't necessarily mean she scrubbed floors. Domestic service took many forms, she could have been "companion" to a daughter or young wife whose husband was away a lot, or a family that were about to travel in Europe or beyond.

One of my own relatives went to India as a companion to the Lady of the household. They travelled widely and when she returned to England 11 years later she made a "good" marriage

Carol
Carol

ImageTallulah_B
Feb 18, 2010 7:31 PM CST
Name: Susan MacKenzie
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
ah - ok, I understand.
But whether she was a scrub woman, or whatever, really doesn't matter. I'm not one of those that feels they have to be related to royalty LOL
One of my great aunts used to say that we were related to Sir Francis Drake (on the wrong side of the blanket) but that's something that can't be proved, anyway. This is usually why people make these claims - because they can't be disproved, either lol

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Mar 10, 2010 11:26 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
These families have been entered in our database. If you have any photos you'd like to add, you can find the families there and enter them. Once the photo is entered, we will approve it and it will be added to your family's page. You can suggest additional comments and we will add those as well. Any edits made to posts prior to this post will not be included without your letting us know. Thanks for your participation and cooperation! Good Luck finding more of your family members!

Janet & Carol
Carol

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Mar 10, 2010 11:54 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
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Susan, it would be great if you would go and add these fantastic photos to your family records. Thanks for your help!

Janet
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Mar 10, 2010 5:54 PM CST
Name: Susan MacKenzie
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Sorry I haven't been on lately (much), but it's been difficult.
I live in a Mobile Home (we own it outright) and the property belongs to the City. The City has decided to sell the land and move us to the outskirts of the city. It's halfway across the city for us, because we live in a residential area that's close to downtown. It's a beautiful area, and apparently developers have bought it, so the park is closing down. We're trying to sell the trailer, but obviously this move of the city's has devalued our home. PLUS they want us to pay for the move!!
So, as you see, it's highly motivated us to buy a house, and we're trying to get this place ready to sell, without losing our shirts on it........

I will be back and doing more research on my family, but first I need to take a hiatus and get things settled here........

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Mar 10, 2010 6:01 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
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The families will be there when you are ready to work on them Susan. Good luck with your move and buying and selling your house. Everything happens for a reason. Group hug
ImageTallulah_B
Mar 10, 2010 10:57 PM CST
Name: Susan MacKenzie
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Thank you, Janet

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Mar 11, 2010 12:02 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
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I tip my hat to you. Any time!

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