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23/09/2015 03:03:25

Vonne
Vonne
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Can anyone share any light on Richard Earnshaw, b. 1840 who married Martha Gledhill Holroyd. Not sure how many children they had but my gt grandmother was their daughter Eleanor b. 27 Dec 1969. Eleanor married Allen Clegg on 18 Dec 1886. I would appreciate any info on Eleanors siblings or parents as I have hit a brick wall.
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24/09/2015 15:28:53

Sue Herrington
Sue Herrington
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Hello Vonne

Kirkheaton Parish Register has the baptism of your gt grandmother as Helena, together with 2 sisters - Emma Louisa & Eliza, on 1 Feb 1869. Their dobs are given as follows - Emma Louisa 15 Oct 1863, Eliza 10 Jan 1867, Helena 27 Dec 1868.

Sue
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25/09/2015 02:04:14

Vonne
Vonne
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Thanks Sue. I had a couple of other names floating around Flora Ellen b.abt 1871 and Joe b. abt 1873. Am not sure if they are related or not.
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25/09/2015 20:17:28

John
John
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Flora Ellen's 1873 birth certificate will reveal whether Martha was her mother. (There are too many Joes to know which BC to get for him.)
Obviously Richard cannot be the father as he died in 1869 and was buried on the 11th December at Kirkheaton. Martha remained a widow.

Are you aware of the confusion over Martha's family name? You will need to be if you wish to trace that side of the family.

In the Marriage Register, Martha's name is given as Martha Gledhill Holroyd and that of her father as Thomas Holroyd.
However, her maiden name was actually Martha Holroyd Gledhill and her father was Thomas Holroyd Gledhill.
Similarly her brother James was a Holroyd Gledhill, as was her sister Elizabeth who died aged 4 in 1842.
Her daughter Emma Louisa, adopted by Richard after the marriage, was also a Holroyd Gledhill.

In 1850, 6 years after the death of Martha's mother Ann, Thomas Holroyd Gledhill remarried to Harriet Stansfield.
So in the 1851 census we see the Gledhill family: father Thomas, stepmother Harriet, and the children James and Martha.
Thomas then decides to reverse the name, and from then on it becomes Gledhill Holroyd or G Holroyd; right up to their deaths.

Bizarre.

Thankfully, the Earnshaws are easy to trace!
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27/09/2015 20:13:54

Vonne
Vonne
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Thanks John. I had no idea.... probably explains why I am having trouble finding the link
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