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John Sunderland EARNSHAW


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John Sunderland EARNSHAW

  • Born: 5 Mar 1871, Midgley Nr Halifax, Yorkshire, England
  • Baptised: 17 Mar 1875, Luddenden, Nr Halifax, Yorkshire, England
  • Marriage: Lois BROOKE on 29 Dec 1897 in Birstall, Batley, Yorkshire, England
  • Died: 19 Dec 1940, Birstall, Batley, Yorkshire, England aged 69
  • Buried: 23 Dec 1940, Birstall, Batley, Yorkshire, England

bullet   Another name for John was John EARNSHAW.


bullet  General Notes:

Births Jun 1871
Earnshaw John, Halifax 9a 516 - registered 14 April 1871
The Certificate has been obtained and this confirms he is the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Briggs) and the registered name was just John. The censuses and marriage certificate show his name as John S (for Sunderland) Earnshaw, suggesting he may have been the son of Betty (2nd wife), but this was not the case. This name was added at his baptism (after the person who brought him up?). The address at birth was Providence Place, Midgley. (this was next to Murgatroyd's Mill but now demolished)

All 5 children of Thomas were baptised at Luddenden St Mary on 17th March 1875. Probably because he had married the daughter of the Verger and had previously been non-conformist. Entry numbers 1647-1651 (on pages 206 and 207) in descending order of age
Christening entry says Maria's birth was 12 January 1864, birth certificate says February
Note that the second name Sunderland has been added - the maiden name of his stepmother
Baptism entries/images on Ancestry
Halifax, Chapelry of Luddenden, page 206, 1875
1647 1875 March 17, Maria, Thomas & Elizabeth, Earnshaw, Midgley, Overlooker, born January 12 1864
1648 1875 March 17, Martha, Thomas & Elizabeth, Earnshaw, Midgley, Overlooker, born July 27 1865
page 207
1649 1875 March 17, Heman, Thomas & Elizabeth, Earnshaw, Midgley, Overlooker, born 19th May 1867
1650 1875 March 17, Laura, Thomas & Elizabeth, Earnshaw, Midgley, Overlooker, born February 25th 1869
1651 1875 March 17, Johnny Sunderland, Thomas & Elizabeth, Earnshaw, Midgley, Overlooker, born March 5 1871
- all baptised by Rev James Nelson

Marriage - 1897 Dec Dewsbury 9a 1044 - John Sunderland Earnshaw
29 December 1897 at the Parish Church in Birstall.
John Sunderland Earnshaw, 27, Bachelor, Grocer, Hailsham Sussex. Father Thomas Earnshaw, Weaving Overlooker
Lois Brooke, 28, Spinster, , Gelderd Road Birstall. Father Joseph Brooke, Engine Wright
Witnesses were Sam Midgley and Laura Earnshaw (sister)

Death - John S Earnshaw, Spen Valley, Dec 1940, 9b 801
Died at 33 High Street, Birstall and described as a Retired Flour Mill Representative. The informant was C L Preston son in law of the same address. This is very close to Raikes Lane where he was living in 1901.

Burial on
Burial at Birstal St Peter, 1940, page 242, entry 1932
John Sunderland Earnshaw, High Street Birstall, December 23 1940, 69 years

Probate Index 1941
Earnshaw John Sunderland of 33 High Street Birstall Yorkshire died 19 December 1940. Probate Wakefield 29 January 1941 to Lois Earnshaw widow. Effects 277 5s 11d
The will, dated 9 December 1940, left everything to his wife Lois. The will also stated that should Lois predecease him then all would go to his daughter Nellie Sunderland Preston. (This suggests that there were no other children)

1871 Census - Providence Place, Midgley
RG10/4417 F28 P7
Thos. Earnshaw, Head, Mar, 29, Weavers Overlooker, Yorkshire Denholme
Elizabeth Earnshaw, Wife, Mar, 28, , Yorkshire Wadsworth
Maria Earnshaw, Daur, , 7, Scholar, Yorkshire Denholme
Martha Earnshaw, Daur, , 5, Scholar, Yorkshire Denholme
(Emma crossed out) Herman Earnshaw, Son, , 3, Scholar, Yorkshire Midgley
Lora Earnshaw, Daur, , 2, , Yorkshire Wheatley
John Earnshaw, Son, 1 mo, , Yorkshire Midgley

1881 census
Dwelling:Church Hill
Census Place:Midgley, York, England
Source:FHL Film 1342056 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 4418 Folio 6 Page 5
Thomas EARNSHAWM39 MHalifax, York, England
Occ:Worsted Weaving Overlooker
Betty EARNSHAWM50 FHalifax, York, England
Maria EARNSHAWU17 FHalifax, York, England
Occ:Worsted Millhand
Martha EARNSHAWU15 FHalifax, York, England
Occ:Worsted Millhand
Heman EARNSHAW 13 MHalifax, York, England
Occ:Worsted Millhand
Laura EARNSHAW 12 FHalifax, York, England
Occ:Worsted Millhand
Johnny S. EARNSHAW 10 MHalifax, York, England
John B. SUNDERLANDW78 MHalifax, York, England
Rel:Father In Law

1891 Census (age is wrong)
RG12/3591 F18 P29
23 Lorne Street, Halifax, Yorkshire
John S Earnshaw, Boarder, S, 26, Grocer's Assistant, Yorkshire Luddenden
Rest of household was called Ingle

1901 census
RG13/4259 F50 P1
Raikes Lane, Birstal, Yorkshire
Joseph Brooke, Head, M, 54, Gas Engineer (ariver), Yorks Birstal
Jane Eliza Brooke, Wife, M, 50, , Yorks Dewsbury Moor
John S Earnshaw, Head, M, 30, Candle Maker's Traveller, Yorks Luddenden
Lois Earnshaw, Wife, M, 31, , Yorks Birstal
Nellie S Earnshaw, Daur, , 1, , Sussex Brighton

1911 census
RG14PN27255 RG78PN1557 RD503 SD3 ED4 SN144
65 Leeds Road, Birstall, Yorkshire (Dewsbury Reg District)
John Sunderland Earnshaw, Head, 40, Married, Salesman (Oil Merchant), Luddenden Yorkshire
Lois Earnshaw, Wife, 41, Married 13 years, Shopkeeper (Confectioner), Birstall Yorkshire
Nellie S Earnshaw, Daughter, 11, , School, Brighton Sussex
Jane Eliza Brooke, Visitor, 60, Widow, Sick Nurse, Dewsbury Yorkshire
- against Lois it states that there was one child born alive and one still living, in this marriage
- house had two rooms
- Jane Eliza Brooke is Lois' mother

1939 Register
33 High Street , Batley M.B., Yorkshire (West Riding), England
John S Earnshaw 05 Mar 1871 Male Commercial Traveller Retired Married 97 1
Lois Earnshaw 28 Nov 1869 Female Shop Keeper Sweet & Confectionary Married 97 2
Clifford L Preston 06 Jun 1899 Male Commercial Clerk Officer Married 97 3
Nellie S Preston 21 Apr 1899 Female Unpaid Domestic Duties Married 97 4
Ref: RG101/3610B/008/34 Letter Code: KMFS

It has been suggested that they also had another daughter, Beatrice, and a son.
There is a birth Jun 1906 Earnshaw Beatrice Dewsbury 9b 549 - unlikely based on 1911 census
Too many others to make any guess at a son
From 1911 census it is likely that they only ever had one child, Nellie
There are no likely births (ie in Birstall where the family lived for the rest of their lives)
In his will there is only reference to wife Lois and daughter Nellie. Likely only had one daughter (or at least only one who survived)


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Grocer's Assistant, 1891, Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

Occupation: Grocer, 29 Dec 1897, Hailsham, Sussex, England.

Occupation: Master Grocer, 21 Apr 1899, Brighton, Sussex, England.

Occupation: Candle Maker's Traveller, 1901, Birstall, Batley, Yorkshire, England.


John married Lois BROOKE, daughter of Joseph BROOK and Jane Eliza PEARSON, on 29 Dec 1897 in Birstall, Batley, Yorkshire, England. (Lois BROOKE was born on 28 Nov 1869 in Birstall, Batley, Yorkshire, England, died on 14 Dec 1944 in Birstall, Batley, Yorkshire, England and was buried on 18 Dec 1944 in Birstall, Batley, Yorkshire, England.)


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