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1.    Stansfield/Hamer

 

       There is a strange confusion between Sarah Ann Hamer and Sarah Ann Stansfield which has not yet solved. Look at the 1861 census for Lockwood, 3269, folio 70, schedule 64, Rashcliffe.

The entry shows:

 

William Mallinson

Head

M

28

Cloth Finisher

Huddersfield

Sarah Ann Mallinson

Wife

M

25

 

Huddersfield

Stansfield Mallinson

Son

 

4

Scholar

Huddersfield

Clara Elizabeth Mallinson

Dau

 

2

 

Huddersfield

 

       William Mallinson appears in the 1851 census at 2294, folio 194, schedule 2, Taylor Hill, the son of John Mallinson, Woollen Cloth Dresser and Catherine Beaumont. They are part of Tree 3.

 

       However, what was his wifeís maiden name? It would seem likely that Stansfield Mallinson would be named after her, and sure enough, his birth certificate bears this out:

 

 

       The first complication arises with Clara Elizabeth Mallinson. Her birth certificate shows:

 

 

       There is no apparent marriage certificate for William Mallinson and Sarah Ann Stansfield, circa 1856. There is one for William Mallinson and Sarah Ann Hamer, at St. Peterís, Huddersfield:

 

 

       Sarah Ann Hamor, or Hamer, and her father, John Hamor, do not appear anywhere in Huddersfield and District in the 1851 census. There is a John Hamer, aged 21, unmarried, Cloth Dresser, at 2295, folio 944, schedule 97, Paddock Brow Road, but he is too young to be Sarah Annís father.

 

       The 1871 census entry, at 4373, folio 55, schedule 134, Rashcliffe, Lockwood, shows:

 

William Mallinson

Head

M

38

Cloth Dresser

Huddersfield

Sarah A. Mallinson

Wife

M

34

 

Huddersfield

Stansfield Mallinson

Son

 

14

Cloth Dresser

Almondbury

Clara Mallinson

Dau

 

12

Cotton Piecer

Almondbury

Annie Mallinson

Dau

 

6

 

Almondbury

 

       Annie Mallinsonís birth certificate:

 

 

       So far, thatís one for Stansfield and two for Hamer. The 1881 census entry at 4388, folio 15, schedule 114, Rashcliffe, Lockwood, shows that William and Sarah Ann had another child, Willie, and a grandchild, William:

 

William Mallinson

Head

M

48

Mechanic Labourer

Huddersfield

Sarah A. Mallinson

Wife

M

45

 

Huddersfield

Stansfield Mallinson

Son

U

24

Labourer

Huddersfield

Clara Mallinson

Dau

U

22

Cotton Piecer

Huddersfield

Ann Mallinson

Dau

U

16

Spinning Frame Tenter

Huddersfield

Willie Mallinson

Son

 

9

Scholar

Huddersfield

William Mallinson

GSon

 

3m

 

Huddersfield

 

       Willieís birth certificate:

 

 

       So, thatís two for Stansfield. The grandson, William, was the illegitimate son of Clara Mallinson, born 18 Jan 1881 at Rashcliffe. The 1891 census shows no more children, but a more specific address, at 3567, folio 6, schedule 23, Cable Street, a turning off St. Thomas Road (Deadwaters):

 

William Mallinson

Head

M

58

Mechanicís Labourer

Huddersfield

Sarah A. Mallinson

Wife

M

55

 

Huddersfield

Stansfield Mallinson

Son

U

34

Mechanicís Labourer

Huddersfield

Annie Mallinson

Dau

S

26

Worsted Comber

Huddersfield

Willie Mallinson

Son

S

19

Woollen Piecer

Huddersfield

William Mallinson

GSon

 

10

Scholar

Huddersfield

Hannah Carter

Lodger

S

28

Rug Weaver

Huddersfield

 

       Clara Elizabeth married Francis Henry Sims 16 April 1892 at Lockwood, Emmanuel. It is not clear where she was in 1891. William died 28 March 1901, aged 68, so Sarah Ann appeared in the 1901 census as a widow (4106, folio 104, schedule 35, 15 Cable Street):

 

Sarah A. Mallinson

Head

W

65

 

Huddersfield

Stansfield Mallinson

Son

S

44

Drysalterís Labourer

Huddersfield

Willie Mallinson

Son

S

29

Cloth Scourer

Huddersfield

William Mallinson

GSon

S

20

Wool Scourer

Huddersfield

 

 

       There were other children, of both Hamer and Stansfield, who did not survive:

 

 

       and three burials:

 

 

       St. Stephenís, Rashcliffe shows two baptisms:

 

 

       Hanson Lane Baptist Chapel, Lockwood shows two burials (Grave 314):

 

 

       So the picture is further confused by the use of four distinct churches or chapels, which leads towards the speculation that there were two distinct families involved who happened to live near one another. However, it is quite clear that the census entries listed above refer to one family only.

 

       It is unfortunate that so many baptism and burial entries are misleading in that the motherís name, Sarah Ann Mallinson, could refer to either Sarah Ann Hamer or Sarah Ann Stansfield. The same applies to Sarah Annís death certificate. Only the birth certificates are unequivocal.

 

       If there were two distinct families, it is strange that the ĎHamerí family does not appear in any of the censuses between 1861 and 1901, and there is no apparent death in the GRO registers for a second William Mallinson or Sarah Ann Mallinson. 

Grateful thanks to researcher Sarah Lewis who provided the solution to this mystery (September 2008):

 

Sarah Annís maiden name was Stansfield, not Hamer. She was the daughter of John Stansfield, shoemaker, born 1792 at Coley, Halifax, and his second wife, Hannah Hamer. The family appears in the 1841 census at Duke Street, Huddersfield:

 

John Stansfield

M

45+ (48)

Shoemaker

Yorkshire

Hannah Stansfield

M

40+ (41)

 

Yorkshire

Eli Stansfield

 

27

 

Yorkshire

John Stansfield

 

16

 

Yorkshire

Sarah Ann Stansfield

 

5

 

Yorkshire

Mary Stansfield

 

4

 

Yorkshire

Henry Hamer

 

16

 

Yorkshire

John Hamer

 

13

 

Yorkshire

 

Eli and John were sons either by his first wife, Sarah Mellor, m. 13 Feb 1814, St. Peterís, Huddersfield, or more likely by Hannah Hamer from a previous marriage. Sarah Lewis points out that Eli and John were not mentioned in John Stansfieldís will which implies that he was not their natural father.

 

Her younger sister, Mary Stansfield, married George Mallinson, born 1835 at Folly Hall, married 11 Jan 1857 at All Hallows, Almondbury. George lived in Lockwood, but was not directly related to William Mallinson, the son of William Mallinson and Mary Ann Johnson, Tree 12.

 

     

2.   Fanny Cotton/Hannah Walker

 

       On Tree 2, the descent of Michael Mallinson and Annes Dransfield, I have shown John Mallinson, born 24 March 1819 at Ashes Common, son of George Mallinson and Hannah Stringer as having two wives, Fanny Cotton and Hannah Walker. However, neither marriage has yet been substantiated with a PRO certificate or Parish Register entry.

 

       The birth certificate for Eliza Mallinson shows 27 April 1853, Honley, father: John Mallinson, Weaver, mother: Fanny Cotton.

 

       The burial register for St. Maryís, Honley, shows that Eliza was buried 21 May 1854, aged 1 year.

       The birth certificate for Foster Mallinson shows 28 August 1855, Almondbury Bank, father: John Mallinson, Hand Loom Weaver, mother: Hannah Walker.

 

       John Mallinson appears in the 1851 census (Roll 2292, folio 66, schedule 60, New Street, Honley), Weaver, aged 33, unmarried, with his parents, George Mallinson and Hannah Stringer.

 

       In 1861 he appears not far away from his parents (Roll 3247, folio 12, schedule 106, New Street, Honley), Woollen Weaver, aged 43, with his wife, Fanny Mallinson (Fanny Cotton), aged 37, born Honley, and son Foster Mallinson, aged 5, born Honley.

 

       There are two possible explanations so far. Either Fanny was his second wife, or there were two distinct John Mallinsons involved, both Woollen Weavers.

 

       There is no suitable death in the GRO index, or St. Maryís, Honley PRs, for the death of Hannah Mallinson between 1855 and 1861.

 

       In 1871 John Mallinson does not appear in Huddersfield and District.

       In 1881 he appears at Brearley Street, Batley:

 

Roll 4545, folio 128, schedule 129

John Mallinson

Head

M

63

Wool Weaver

Almondbury

Fanny Mallinson

Wife

M

57

 

Honley

Foster Mallinson

Son

U

25

 

Almondbury

Miriam Boothroyd

Niece

 

23

Worsted Weaver

 

 

       Fanny Cotton Mallinson died 19 March 1901, aged 77, at Springwood Terrace, South Crosland, just 11 days before she would have appeared in the 1901 census.

 

       What would clarify the situation would be a marriage certificate for John Mallinson, showing him as either a Bachelor or a Widower. If he were shown as a Bachelor that would imply that there are are two distinct John Mallinsons involved, which would lead to a further problem, that of finding a suitable John Mallinson, Weaver, who was not the son of George Mallinson and Hannah Stringer. 

The marriage for John Mallinson and Fanny Cotton Walker took place at St. Maryís, Elland, 14 Nov 1852:

 

John Mallinson 34 B Weaver         Stainland         George Mallinson        Weaver

Fanny Cotton Walker 29 Sp          Stainland         John Walker                Weaver

W: Amos Crowther & William Luty

 

So there was only one marriage, after all. It is unclear why John was living in Stainland in 1852. There was no better prospect of employment for a Weaver in Halifax than in Huddersfield. Fanny came from Honley parish, so it would have been conventional for them to have married at St. Maryís, Honley.

 

     

3.   Charles Evans

 

       Charles Evans first appears in the 1881 census as the grandson of Elizabeth Mallinson:

 

1881 Roll 4389, folio 112, schedule 142. Manchester Road Side, Linthwaite.

Elizabeth Mallinson

Head

W

62

Retired Farmer

Linthwaite

Ruth Mallinson

Dau

U

34

Condenser Tenter Woollen Mill

Bradford

Sarah Ann Dyson

Dau

M

24

Tailorís Machinist

Linthwaite

Charles Evans

GSon

 

5

Scholar

Huddersfield

Ramsden Dyson

SLaw

M

23

Tailor

Linthwaite

 

       Elizabeth Mallinson was born Elizabeth Garside, 1820, daughter of Robert Garside, Clothier of Linthwaite. She married Joseph Blackburn Denton, a Gardener, 16 May 1841 at St. Johnís, Kirkheaton. Their eldest son, also christened Joseph Blackburn Denton, was born 6 Jan 1843 at Holehouse Clough, Linthwaite. He married Rebecca Wilsden 12 August 1876 at Hunslet Register Office.

 

       Following the death of Joseph Blackburn Denton Sr., Elizabeth married Thomas Mallinson 12 August 1849 at St. Martinís, Brighouse. Thomas died 7 Aug 1878.

 

       Charles Evans was born 22 July 1875 at Victoria Street, Lockwood, the illegitimate son of Annie Elizabeth Evans, a Tailoress, born 1848, Shoreditch, London. In 1881, Annie was boarding with George Wilks, a Brush Maker, at Bank Field Road, Moldgreen (Roll 4380, folio 34).

 

       Her birth certificate shows:

 

       The Registrarís phonetic spelling of her motherís maiden name is revealed by her parentsí marriage entry at St. Andrews, Bethnal Green:

 

 

       Meanwhile, at 1 Leeds Road, was James Henry Whittle, Master Tailor, aged 26, born Crowland, Lincolnshire, with his widowed mother, Lucy Whittle.

 

       James Henry Whittle married Annie Elizabeth Evans 18 April 1881at St. Peterís, Huddersfield, with George Wilks as one of the witnesses, and they appear in the 1891 census:

 

1891 Roll 3570, folio 9, schedule 75. 44 Northgate, Huddersfield.

James Henry Whittle

Head

M

36

Master Tailor

Crowland, Lincs.

Annie Elizabeth Whittle

Wife

M

42

 

Shoreditch, London

Charles Evans

Stepson

S

15

Printer - Letter Press

Lockwood, Huddersfield

Lucy Whittle

Mother

W

75

 

Whittlesea, Cambs

Mary Howe Hinchliffe

Boarder

S

24

Tailoress

Holmfirth

Miriam Russell

Boarder

 

3

 

Huddersfield

Lily Russell

Boarder

 

1

 

Bury St. Edmunds

 

       The evidence points to Joseph Blackburn Denton being the natural father of Charles Evans, but there is no hard evidence to support this theory, which is why this possible descent does not appear on the web-site. The most convincing supporting fact is that all Elizabeth Mallinsonís other children, by either husband, were girls.

 

       Acknowledgements to Margaret Welsh who helped with the above research, and first proposed the JBD paternity.

 

     

4.   Mary Ann Mallinson

 

       Mary Ann Mallinsonís birth certificate shows:

 

 

       Who was Elizabeth Mallinson? Mary Ann Mallinson, aged 4, does not appear in the 1851 census in Huddersfield and District. The only death registered there for a Mary Ann Mallinson between 1847 and 1851 is in 1847 June quarter, but that is for the daughter of John Mallinson and Mary Armitage, aged 3 days, died 11 April 1847.

 

       The most likely candidate for Elizabeth seems to be the daughter of James Mallinson & Fremey Gledhill (Tree 10a) who had died in May 1845 and July 1842 respectively, with the result that the family was split up. Whitfield Mallinson, the eldest, was certified a lunatic in 1856 died a pauper in Lockwood Poorhouse and was given a Parish burial 21 June 1875. The account of his bizarre behaviour in the Huddersfield Examiner for 22 March 1856 makes alarming reading. The next child, Caroline Mallinson was buried 5 May 1846, aged 26, in the family grave at Lidget Street New Connexion Methodist Chapel, Lindley. Joseph Mallinson married Esther Crofts 7 December 1846 at St. Peterís. The marriage seems to have been childless. Charles Henry Mallinson died in infancy. Charlotte Mallinson appeared in the 1851 census (Roll 2296, folio 601, schedule 63) unmarried, aged 18, living with Dan Taylor at Temple, Lindley. She did not appear in the 1861 census and there is no recorded death or marriage in the intervening decade. Stephen Mallinson appeared in the 1841 census, aged 6, but not in 1851. Jane Mallinson appeared, aged 11, in 1851 with her sister Elizabeth:

 

Roll 2294, folio 654, schedule 71, Hill Top, Dalton

James Taylor

Head

U

42

Stone Mason

Huddersfield

Elizabeth Mallinson

Housekeeper

U

21

 

Lindley

Jane Mallinson

Housekeeperís sister

 

11

House Servant

Lindley

Joseph Mallinson

Housekeeperís son

 

1

 

Dalton

Thomas Mallinson

Housekeeperís son

 

1m

 

Dalton

 

       The fact that Elizabeth Mallinson had two illegitimate children in 1850 and 1851 suggests that she could very likely have also been the mother of Mary Ann Mallinson in 1847, but what happened to Mary Ann?

 

     

5.    Charles Mallinson

 

       Charles Mallinson on Tree 10b married Ellen Sheard 3 November 1851 at All Hallows, Almondbury.

 

His marriage certificate shows him as from Lockwood, the son of Thomas Mallinson, as does the Almondbury parish register. In fact, he was from Lindley and his father was James Mallinson. As a result, he is placed on a separate tree when common sense dictates he is naturally a part of Tree 10, pending further documentary confirmation. But, if the marriage certificate and parish register can not be relied on, what better documentary evidence can be expected? The only real possibility would be a Lindley-born Mallinson with a family bible containing a pedigree reading this and presenting the real facts.

 

       [N.B. This entry also appears in the ĎGRO Notesí article]

 

     

6.    Joe Milner Mallinson

 

       Joe Milner Mallinson was born 29 January 1846 at Netherthong, the son of Sarah Mallinson S/W and died 6 Nov 1867 at Netherthong. He was a Joiner by trade. His death certificate shows that he died of Ďaccidentally swallowing a pennyí. Information was from John R. Ingram, Deputy Coroner for Yorkshire, at an inquest held 8 November 1867.

 

       However, he does not appear (as Joe, Joe Milner or Joseph Mallinson) in the 1851 census.

       One possible candidate for his mother, Sarah Mallinson, is Sarah Jagger Mallinson, born 23 May 1831 at Outlane, Netherthong, the daughter of John Mallinson and Betty Jagger (Tree 14a), though she would have been only fourteen years old in January 1846. She married William Hinchliffe 25 December 1854 at All Hallows, Almondbury.

 

       If Joe Milner Mallinsonís middle name is a hint at the natural fatherís identity, there is no help in the Netherthong censuses for 1841 and 1851 which do not contain any Milners. However, his birth certificate does not include the middle name ĎMilnerí.

 

       A more likely candidate is Sarah Mallinson, born 12 Apr 1825 at Netherthong, the daughter of Ann Mallinson S/W.  Sarah was baptised 5 Jun 1825 at Netherthong Wesleyan Chapel. She appears in the 1841 census at Town Gate, Netherthong:

 

Roll 1274/14, folio 34, schedule 63

Joseph Mallinson

Head

45+

Clothier

Y

George Mallinson

 

50+

 

Y

Benjamin Mallinson

 

45+

 

Y

Hannah Mallinson

 

78

 

Y

Sarah Mallinson

 

16

 

Y

 

       Joseph was 48, unmarried, the son of Joseph Mallinson and Hannah Mellor. George was 53, his brother and also unmarried. Benjamin was 45, also his brother and unmarried. Hannah was his widowed mother, née Hannah Mellor.

 

       Ann Mallinson, Sarahís mother, was the daughter of Joseph Mallinson and Grace Gill. She was baptised 16 Oct 1809 at Netherthong Wesleyan Chapel. There is no recorded marriage for her, so she must have died before the 1841 census.

 

     

7.    Alfred Mallinson & Elizabeth Hellawell

 

       Mary Jane Mallinsonís birth certificate shows that she was born 21 May 1839 at Rape Hirst Farm, Huddersfield, the daughter of Alfred Mallinson, Fancy Weaver and Elizabeth Hellawell. The family appears in the 1841 census at Reap Hirst Farm, which is just south of Grimescar Road in Cowcliffe. It is not clear whether William Bradley, the Registrar, mis-spelled Reap Hirst, or Rape Hirst was an earlier spelling. All OS maps of Huddersfield spell it Reap Hirst.

 

Roll 1299/9 folio 8, Fixby

Alfred Mallinson

Head

30+

Weaver

Y

Elizabeth Mallinson

Wife

30+

 

Y

William Mallinson

Son

8

 

Y

James Mallinson

Son

6

 

Y

Joseph Mallinson

Son

4

 

Y

Mary Mallinson

Dau

2

 

Y

Robert Mallinson

Son

1

 

Y

 

       The family does not appear in the 1851 census in Huddersfield and District. Fixby used to be a part of Rastrick and therefore the district of Calderdale, but they have not turned up there in 1851, as yet.

 

Did they move away or emigrate? Several Halifax families who appeared to have died out have turned up in America. A family from Wath upon Dearne, and web-site contacts have provided invaluable information. I look forward to hearing from a descendant of Alfred and Elizabeth. Unfortunately, I have not yet found the provenance of Alfred Mallinson, born circa 1805 to 1810.

 

     

8.    Alice Mallinson, Rag-Sorter

 

       John Mallinson was born 21 May 1913 at 109A Barton Road, Crosland Moor, the son of Alice Mallinson, a Rag-Sorter of Huddersfield. The informant was Clara Hoyle, Occupier at 109A Barton Road, Crosland Moor, probably a coded euphemism for the Workhouse, opened in 1872, which later became St. Lukeís Hospital.

 

       The most likely candidate for Johnís mother is Alice Mallinson born 8 May 1893 at Netherthong, the daughter of Hugh Mallinson and Mary Elizabeth Lindley (Tree 14). She later married Randle Fallas 13 June 1931 at All Saints, Netherthong.

 

       There is an entry in the GRO Deaths Index for John Mallinson, died in infancy, 1913, June quarter, Vol. 9a, Page 468, which has not yet followed up, but which will probably be the same child.

 

     

9.    George Mallinson & Elizabeth Fitton

 

       William Mallinson was born 31 July 1844 at Rowley, Lepton to George Mallinson, Weaver, and Elizabeth Fitton. This family is even more problematic than Alfred Mallinson and Elizabeth Hellawell above. They do not appear in either the 1841 or the 1851 census.

 

       No marriage has been found in the West Riding area for George and Elizabeth, nor in the IGI for Yorkshire.

 

     

10.   William Mallinson & Ann Dixon

 

       Robert Henry Mallinson was born 24 December 1843 at Raikes, Whitley to William Mallinson, Weaver, and Ann Dixon. Once again, there is no further trace of this family in 1841 and 1851, and no suitable marriage record.

 

       More emigrants?

 

     

11.   Minnie Dowling

 

       There were two Walter Henry Mallinsons, both born to Henry Mallinson (1820) and Ellen Ellis (Tree 3) who married circa 1843, though no registration has yet been traced. The first Walter Henry Mallinson was born 16 August 1843 at Upperhead Row, and lived for only two days. The second Walter Henry Mallinson was born 26 July 1844 at Upperhead Row. The 1851 census (Roll 2295, folio 433, schedule 106) shows Henry (30) and Ellen (28) at Manchester Street with the two daughters born after Walter: Juliana (4) and Robina (1). Meanwhile Walter was at Upperhead Row with his grandparents, William and Hannah Ellis.

 

       In 1861 (Roll 3262, folio 83, schedule 186) Ellen was living at South Street East with Walter (16), Juliana (13), Robina (11) and two new children, Mary Ellen (9) and Sarah Jane (7). Henry was elsewhere and has not yet been traced in 1861.

 

       In 1871 (Roll 4365, folio 81, schedule 150) Ellen was still living at South Street, aged 44, widowed, with Juliana (23), Mary Ellen (19) now Mary Ellen Hellawell, and Sarah Jane (17). Mary Ellen was newly married to Moses Hellawell, 11 Dec 1870 at St. Johnís, Birkby, but Moses was elsewhere in 1871. Sarah Jane was to die shortly after the census, 15 October 1871, still aged 17. She was buried in Edgerton Cemetery in a single burial, suggesting there was no family grave.

 

Mary Ellen had an illegitimate son, whom she named Walter Mallinson after her elder brother, born 29 September 1869 at Back Grove Street, buried 9 October 1869, aged 11 days, also in Edgerton Cemetery. Robina was to marry Henry Swinden, a Blacksmith, 29 Mar 1874 at St. Paulís, Huddersfield and they moved to Thurstonland. Juliana, who had by now shortened her name to Julia, married John Catton, a Gardener, 27 Jan 1876, also at St. Paulís.

 

       In 1881 (Roll 4381, folio 112, schedule 142) Ellen was living at 24 Albion Street, with only Walter at home, aged 36, listed as a Soldier, out of employment.

 

Walter married Minnie Dowling 22 January 1885 at Huddersfield Register Office:

 

 

       The 1881 census (Roll 4376, folio 10) shows John Dowling and family at Moss Street, Primrose Hill. Moss Street runs between Whitegate Road and Bell Street at the bottom of Newsome Road. The area is more properly known as Damside, but Primrose Hill sounds a great deal pleasanter. With John and Margaret Dowling were Ellen (15), John (14), Mary Ann (13), Margaret (12), Clara (10), George (7), Milly (4), Walter (2), and William (8 months). All were shown as born in Suffolk. Minnie was elsewhere. In fact, she was working as a Still Room Domestic at the George Hotel, St Georgeís Square. Her place of birth was given as Great Bealings, Suffolk, which was not strictly true, though she may have grown up there. More importantly, she was listed under her real name of Harriet Dowling.

 

       Her birth certificate shows she was born 21 August 1862 in the village of Leiston, Suffolk. Leiston is near the coast and about 17 miles north-east of Great Bealings. She was the daughter of John Dowling, Farm Labourer, and Margaret Parnell.

 

       The 1891 census (Roll 3572, folio 96, schedule 74) shows Walter Mallinson at 31 Reed Street, Marsh. This was to remain the family home for some time. He is shown as a Plastererís Teamer (i.e. a Carter, or Waggoner, who took care of a team of horses) aged 36. His wife was listed as Minnie, aged 29, born in Ipswich, Suffolk, again not strictly true, but the nearest large town to her birth-place of Leiston, some twenty miles away. There children were: Emily (6), Lewis (4), and Horace (1). Also with them was Walterís widowed mother, Ellen, aged 67.

 

       The 1901 census (Roll 4105, folio 173, schedule 181) shows Walter Mallinson still at 31 Reed Street, Marsh, a Builderís Teamer, aged 48 (he was actually 46). His children were: Emily (16), Lewis (14), Horace (11), Arthur (9), Henry (6), Frank (4), Edith (2) and an infant, aged 5 days, later to be christened Ellen. Emily Mallinsonís birth certificate shows that she was born 3 Feb 1885 at Malvern Road, Damside. Malvern Road is a turning off Newsome Road just opposite Bell Street. Her parents are shown as Walter Mallinson, Coachman, and Minnie Dowling, who is also shown as the informant registering the birth 16 March 1885. However, in the 1901 census, she is shown as Harriet Mallinson.

 

       This alternation between real name (Harriet) and family pet-name (Minnie) led to the assumption that Walter had married twice, until it gradually became clear that they are one and the same woman.

 

       When Harriet died, 1 April 1929, aged 66, she was living at 90 Willow Lane, Birkby. She appointed her son, Frank, a Machinist of the same address, executor, and left her estate equally to her sons, Frank Mallinson, Albert Mallinson and Arthur Mallinson. The will was signed 23 September 1927. There was no reference to ĎMinnieí.

 

     

12.    Harry Haigh not Mallinson

 

       This is another confusion caused by unreliable census enumeration, compounded with wholesale illegitimacy in Shepley, Cartworth and Hepworth.

 

       Mary Mallinson was born 4 Sep 1833 at Shepley, the daughter of James Mallinson and Grace Heywood. She had two illegitimate sons before marrying Hinchliffe Taylor, 14 Apr 1856 at All Hallows, Almondbury. The first was William Mallinson, born 4 Oct 1850 at Wood End, Shepley. The second was Walter Mallinson, born 21 Aug 1852 at Netherthong.

 

       Walter Mallinson married Rebecca Beaumont, 22 Apr 1879 at Huddersfield Register Office. They had a son, Charles Beaumont Mallinson, born 22 Dec 1879 at West Royds, Shepley. Rebecca died of Peritonitis, 20 Mar 1880, aged 33.

 

       Walter, widowed, appears at West Royds in the 1881 census (Roll 4373, folio 42, schedule 116) aged 28, Stone Labourer, with Maria Schofield, 53, born Denby Dale. She is listed as his mother, but is in fact his mother-in-law, Maria Beaumont, née Poppleton. His one-year-old son, Charles Beaumont Mallinson, is at Hill House, Cartworth, with his grandmother, Mary Taylor, née Mallinson.

 

       Walter married a second time, Sarah Ann Haigh, 16 Sep 1882 at Huddersfield Register Office. Sarah Ann, born 10 Apr 1857 at Hill Top Farm, Hepworth, was the illegitimate daughter of Martha Haigh. She brought with her an illegitimate son, Harry Haigh, born 1 Aug 1879 at Jackson Bridge, Hepworth.

 

       The census confusion begins in 1891 (Roll 3559, folio 20, schedule 19). Walter Mallinson was now living at Syke Bottom, New Mill. The full entry looks like this:

 

Walter Mallinson

Head

M

38

Stone-delver

Fulstone

Sarah Mallinson

Wife

M

28

 

Hepworth

Harry Mallinson

Son

 

11

Scholar

Hepworth

Janet Mallinson

Dau

 

8

Scholar

Shepley

Fred Mallinson

Son

 

3

 

Shepley

Emily A. Mallinson

Dau

 

8m

 

Shepley

Mary Robinson

Vis

 

12

 

Hepworth

 

       Walter Mallinson was born in Netherthong, not Fulstone. Sarah Ann was 33, not 38. Janet was actually christened Jennett. Emily Agnes was born in Fulstone, not Shepley. The visitor, Mary Robinson, was Mary Jane Robinson, born 1878 in Jackson Bridge, the youngest daughter of Ben Robinson and Martha Haigh, and therefore Sarah Annís half-sister. Harry ĎMallinsoní was, of course, Harry Haigh. He had not been legally adopted by Walter Mallinson.

 

       The 1901 census (Roll 4097, folio 84, schedule 54, Gate Foot, Fulstone) is more accurate:

 

Walter Mallinson

Head

M

47

Stone Sawyer

Netherthong

Sarah Ann Mallinson

Wife

M

43

 

Fulstone

Harry Haigh

Son

S

21

Miner

Hepworth

Jennett Mallinson

Dau

S

18

Velvetine Cutter

Shepley

Fred H. Mallinson

Son

 

13

Tailor

Shepley

Emily Mallinson

Dau

 

10

 

Fulstone

Mary J. Robinson

Boarder

S

22

Mender in Woollen Mill

Hepworth

 

       So, Harry Haigh was Walter Mallinsonís step-son. He married Emily Frances Goldthorpe, 1 Nov 1902 at St. Maryís, Honley. They had three sons: Norman Haigh, 4 June 1904, Stalley Royd, Jackson Bridge; Fred Allen Haigh, 8 Aug 1906, Stalley Royd; Wilfred Haigh 22 Apr 1908, Scholes Terrace, Jackson Bridge.

 

     

13.   Mary Ann Lunnís true age

 

       Mary Ann Lunn was the second wife of John Mallinson, Woollen Manufacturer, Tree 11. His first wife, Elizabeth Carter died 14 May 1841, just three weeks before the 1841 census in which he appears at 1274/6 folio 11 at Highhouse, Linthwaite. He married Mary Ann Lunn 4 October 1841 at All Hallows Almondbury. She was the daughter of John Lunn, Stone Mason, of Netherton, South Crosland. Her death certificate, 15 August 1907, Westgate, Meltham, shows her age as 85, which would indicate a birth year of circa 1822.

 

       However, the census enumerators found it extraordinarily difficult to record her age between 1851 and 1901. Either she was unintentionally vague about her age, or intentionally deceptive:

 

 

Age shown in census

Actual age if born in 1822 (circa)

1851

26

28

1861

37

38

1871

47

48

1881

39

58

1891

66

68

1901

72

78

 

     

14.    Elizabeth Fell

 

       George Mallinson (Tree NY5) was born 1790 in Swinton, Appleton le Street, North Yorkshire, the son of George Mallinson and Nancy (Ann) Marshal. He became a Blacksmith and later the Innkeeper of the ĎBlacksmithís Armsí, Swinton.

 

       He married Elizabeth Fell 4 Oct 1829 at St. Michael and All Angels, Barton le Street. She was born 1804 in Swinton and died 1866 (aged 61) in Swinton.

 

       The 1841 census shows them at Roll 1262/6, Folio 4 in Swinton. The 1851 census shows them at Roll 2369, Folio 547 at the same address, aged 61 and 48 respectively.

 

       However, the 1861 census (Roll 3625, Folio 23) shows the following:

 

Blacksmithís Arms, Swinton

George Mallinson

Head

M

71

Innkeeper

Swinton

Ann Mallinson

Wife

M

57

 

Countesthorpe, Lincs.

Anne Mallinson

Dau

U

21

 

Swinton

 

       This implies that George had re-married. It is quite possible that the Enumerator confused Elizabethís forename with their daughter, Anne Mallinson, but the birth-place, Countesthorpe, Lincs. is specific. The age given is about right for Elizabeth.

 

       Elizabeth died in 1866, aged 61, Swinton, five years after this census.

 

 

 

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