Questions and Answers
us with your questions or opinions and we will see if the answers
can be found!
From time to time at www.whitehaven.org.uk we get email calls for help......
If you can assist the writers, please respond to the writer where an email
address is given.
2015: 10/6/15 Hello My grandfather died in pit distaster in bout
1849----1900 his name was charles william mossop he lived in parkgate
cumbria it was cumberland back then need help any himts or clues you can
Thankyou june muir (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Am searching for information re my Grandfather Thomas Steele Mcdowell.
I believe his father's name was John, born around 1870's. They came from
the Workington/Whitehaven area. John was in the police force so I am led
to believe. Thomas and his wife Sarah lived at Seacliffe, Whitehaven for
a good number of years.
They had 3 children, Florence, Reggie and Jimmy. Thank you, Eileen Neill:
Dear Sir I am looking for the names of Edward Burtons parent he was born
1791 in St Bees Cumbria England and married Mrtha Cullins born 1793 in
Workington England......any information on either of there parents would
be appreciated..they were married 11 Sept 1810 in St Michaels Church.....in
St Bees.......Thank you Kaye (email@example.com)
Would it be possible to find out the present address of Mrs Lilian McKinley,
she was a work friend of my mothers. My mother has just recently past
away and has left a letter for Mrs McKinley but no address, I know nothing
about her except that she lived in Whitehaven, my mother worked there
in 1977 to 1979 and she and Lilian became good friends, is it possible
to trace her where abouts, or find out if she is still alive.
If you can possibly find out any thing about her I would be very greatfull.
Mrs S Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am tracing my family tree and have found that William Graham was born
in 1842 in Maryport, Cockermouth. I think his parents may have been William
Graham, born on the Isle of Man, and Anne Major born in Lamplugh but I
am not sure. Would an Old Parish Record of his baptism show this information?
William married Mary Stephenson in 1865.
I would, before ordering any certificates, like to know I am heading
down the right road with my family tree. Can you please help? Ann Lang
Working on World War I newspaper articles for Western Maryland, USA and
found this(scroll down). This was in the Morning Herald, Hagerstown, MD
Sept 24, 1918. If you could add any light it would be most appreciated.
VETERAN DIES HERE.<br>In our Hospital at 10:45 this morning died
a British veteran, William D. Pattinson, of wounds and gas injuries he
received at the battle of the Somme, in France in the spring of 1916.
After the battle he was taken to base hospital, then to his home at Maryport,
Eng., wherefrom he enlisted and where he was a member of the Perseverance
Ledge of Masons, and then, in the hope that the sea and the change would
do him good, came to this country to visit his aunt, Mrs. Wm. H. Wilson,
Washington Square, this city, wife of the well known merchant there. At
first he felt better and gained but the anemia which afflicted him gained
ground and he got weaker, and was taken to the Hospital for special treatment.
He could not rally and so at the age of 29, one of the heroes of the Somme,
where the German advance was checked finally and decisively in blood and
by the loss of many gallant English lives offered as a sacrifice for the
freedom of the World, he, bravely fighting, fell. A wave of gas from the
demon hordes of his foes and machine gun shot overcame him. He has no
other relatives in this county than Mrs. Wilson. He was a fine and splendid
young man.<br>He, after enlistment, was promoted to sergeant of
the Durham Infantry, and served his country well.
Any information on Henry Marshall Steele born in Jamaica 1801, married
in Wigton Cumberland in 1828 to Anne Wilson, daughter of Martha Wilson,
(widow) of Bowness Cumberland. After marriage to Anne they returned to
Jamaica where their children were born. I have no info on their life in
Jamaica except that Henry was an overseer on a sugar plantation, nor any
info where or when Anne and Henry died. He was a widower by 1861 living
in the house of his daughter Catherine Martha Lawson in Bowness.
So grateful for any clues.
Susie Hayes (email@example.com)
I know that around 1911- 17 my grandmother attended a school housed in
the building which stands at the South end of the Market Place. We used
to know it as Roan's Furniture shop and Mill Tech computers have a shop
there now. It is a distinctive building with its arched windows and space
for a bell to be hung on the roof. I now know that the school was a private
preparatory school called Solway School but can find no records of it
at all. I have tried the Records Office and I have Googled the name, but
If anyone has any information about this establishment, I would be pleased
if they could email me.
I am looking to reconnect with my long lost family and was wondering if
you could help me in any way. I know that my great-great-granfather, William
John Kelly originated from the Isle of Mann and married Margaret Stewart
who originated from England. I know they lived at 19 Greenbank Ave., Whitehaven,
CA28 9QX in 1947. They had 7 children: John, Ruth Ann, Margaret, Jeannie,
David, Andrew and Leonard, all under the Kelly name. I believe Margaret
J Kelly, John Kellyâ€s sister, lived at 22 Salmon Crescent,
Horseforth, Leeds in 1957.
I also know that Jeannie Kelly had a son on March 5th 1947, but I am not
sure where he was born.I was wondering if you had any information as to
get in contact with, most probably, their children.
Thank you very much in advance. Meagan Kelly ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Hi I am looking for Martha Cullins parents names she was born 1792 in
Workington Cumbria England and married Edward Burton born 1791 in St Bees....Thank
you Kaye (email@example.com)
My grandfather was a Belgian soldier who was first at the Battle of Antwerp
until 10-10-1914 and later at Adinkerke near the IJzer river and at the
railway between Aachen and MontzenHis name is Leopold Sijmus, sometimes
also written as Seymus, born at Beerzel on 18th april 1885, military number
103.52843.The only thing we know for sure that he was wounded in a gas attack
(not the exact date, but problably later than 1915) and that he stayed for
some time in Great Britain in hospital.Can you tell us if there are any
archives of this hospital and where should we ask to get information? Or
does anyone have any other information about this picture or the photographer?
I am trying to trace 'Buccams' public house where two young boys stayed
in August 1784. Any suggestions, please?
Searching our family we found a photograph of my great grandfather as
a Belgian soldier in the Great War. The photograph is made by W. GIBSON,
The British Studio, Tangler Bldgs, Whitehaven. We also found out that
there was in that time a convalescence hospital in Whitehaven, we think
it was called the Moresby House Hospital.
Thanking you in advance,
Paul van de Water (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Met vriendelijke groet,
Hi , I'm looking for James wilkinson born roughly 1930, he married my
nan (Ellen benson) in 1959 and they had a child (my dad) born Paul Brandon
wilkinson ( was changed to Paul Brandon Robinson). They got divorced and
I think he went on to marry ivy Hilliard in 1965 I think. I don't believe
he is still alive but would love any information on this man as he was
my dad's biological father and want to know if he had any more children
and family that we could get to know? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Darren Robinson (email@example.com)
I too am looking for robert richardson born 1800 in whitehaven cumberland
and wife jane.1805 my gt gt granny was their daughter mary she married
thomas miller wondering if its the same person. he was a fisherman too.
they moved to the northeast. daughter daughter jane tear and her daughter
jane h tear moved there too. the millers stayed in whitehaven.
thanks any help with this would be great they are on the 1851/61 census
Back in 1990 during the italian world cup i was based in Whithaven on
a long contact at Albright and Wilsons Factory.
I lodged at the Waverly Hotel and i must say i had some of the best times
of my life working and living down there for so many months.
I met lots of great people and recall having some refreshments in the
local bars in particular The Royal Oak ( im sure the owner was named Phil)
and plenty of photos of the band It Bites on show.
Also was another bar that stood out was The Whitehouse.
Most of the folk i met worked in st bees or at selafield.
I can recall most of the men enjoyed rugby and me being a Glasgow man
more into football.
We did get a team together to play football and i have to say what a day
I sort of recall being tackled by a rather large Whitehaven lad just before
im sure the lad forget it was football and not rugby he was playing...We
did have a great day after i came too.
I have often wondered what happened to a girl i knew from Whitehaven back
then, Susan Adams, she worked in the Waverly hotel and was a dark haired
girl ( i am sure her mother was from malaysia or the philippines).
She also had a little brother if memory serves,.
I would say she would be late 30s early 40s or so i may be a little out
on the age.
I traveled up and down from Glasgow to Whitehaven for some months after
i left the town but eventually due to the distance lost contact and the
years drifted by.
I would guess Susan would be married with children these days as she was
a very pretty girl but it would be nice to know
how her life has went over the years.
I do miss Whitehaven and my times there, sometimes i have the urge to
jump in my car and come down and say hello to a we town that made me oh
so welcome from the day i stepped in it.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
should anyone want to contact me.
Thanks for reading
My great grandfather, born some time in 1800 was listed on a couple
of census`s as coming from whitehaven, however I have been unable to find
anyone that might be him in any records...anyone any ideas...he ended
his life as a miner in the north east of england. Judith.email@example.com
I am restoring a Benson long case with painted dial for a client whom
is a direct descendant of John Dalton actually. Soon to feature on my
website as I look for absolutely provenance with furniture , it's the
stories behind the wood as it were !
I've been able to trace my family tree back to Whitehaven in the early
1800's but have hit a wall. My great-grandfather William Matthews, youngest
(I think) son of William Matthews and Jane (nee Holloway), was orphaned
at the age of 4 or 5 when both of his parents died in 1870 and with his
older sister Ruth was sent to the Workhouse. I know his father was a coal
miner, but can't find any record of his parents marriage or their births
as they were before 1837.
If anyone has any information on Matthews or Holloway families from the
Whitehaven area could they contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Burial record for Henry Steele, died on August 28th 1869 Kinniside. Born
1801 Kingston Jamaica.
Any help much appreciated.
g g granddaughter. (email@example.com)
I'm researching the name TAGGART, who emigrated from Belfast Ireland,
Cockermouth Cumberland sometime before 1865, when Andrew TAGGART 1840,
married Margaret BURNS in 1865, they had William TAGGART 1869, Andrew
and James 1870 [twins].
Sometime after the twins were born they emigrated to New Zealand where
had Robert 1876, David 1879, and Margaret 1884. This is where the family
married, and died.
Andrew 1840 emigrated to Cockermouth with his father Andrew 1811, and
Jane, who were both born in Belfast Ireland. Andrew 1840 also lived in
Whitehaven, and Workington.
Believe it or not I'm trying to find the passenger list, and ship they
on, I have a lot of info on the family but not that vital passenger list.
Thanks for all your replies. Keith firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been researching my paternal line and my g g g g grandfather
William Gilpin (Weaver) was living in Whitehaven in a house in Charles
Street at the time of the towns own census in 176The house was owned by
another William Gilpin who was a merchant. In 1777 William Gilpin (Merchant)
sold the house to William Hicks and William Gilpin (Weaver) continued
to live in the Charles Street House until he died in 1785 and his short
obituary appeared in the Cumberland Paquet in April of that year. I believe
my William married Isabel Burton who bore him two children John and George,
before dying two weeks after giving birth to their third child Richard
(who subsequently died). William married again in 1767 to Grace Brown
and had several more children, one of whom was my g g g grandfather Henry
born in 1776. William was literate and as he signed his own Marriage Bond
was presumable in a position to promise to pay the £200 forfeiture
My problem is I cant find a birth record for him but as the marriage
licence states that he was 33 in 1767 I must assume he was born around
1733/4. Can anyone out there give me any clue as to his parentage? Would
be grateful for any help thank you. Margaret.Jones@nutriculture.co.uk
Having hit a brick wall on the family history of my Grandfather George
Garnet, I would welcome any help at all.
I have his birth certificate which states he was born on 4th February
1884, his parents were George Garnett - Blacksmith and Margaret Garnet
nee Hennesey, they were living at 7 College Lane, College Street, Whitehaven,
Other than these details I haven't found him on any census and only have
his marriage certificate to my grandmother in 1913 in Birkenhead, Cheshire.
Please can anyone help?
K Cosgrove (email@example.com)
i I have been researching my family history and came across some stumbling
blocks due to the lack of information/ the family name is Gibson my great
great grandfather was Francis Gibson born in Kendal 1820 he was married
to my great great gran Sarah Allinson in 1843 and settled in Whitehaven
I have no idea who his parents were the only other information I have
is that he passed away in 1894 in the Union Workhouse at Preston quarter
and was blind. William his son my great grandfather married Isabella Callow
in 1865 his occupation was give as a mariner they eventually settled in
Liverpool /there was talk in my family that one of the family emigrated
to America and settled in Salt Lake City. My mother who was William grand
daughter often spoke of the family ties to Whitehaven and that great great
grand father ran a pub in Whitehaven prior to moving to Liverpool. I know
there are still Gibsons living in Whitehaven that could be distant relatives
I would eternally grateful for any feedback/ thank you firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2013 Henry`s children included Isaac and Elizabeth. Elizabeth
m. Joseph Studholme who were my great grandparents. Both Isaac and Elizabeth
were born in Ravenglass. Isaac, Elizabeth and her husband Joseph left
England 1881 on The Montreal, arriving in New York. I am interested in
knowing more re Henry Mossop genealogy as well as Joseph Studholme ,and
their occupations. Thank you. email@example.com
Can anyone tell me anything about a ship called union. my gt grandad
was an apprentice on it in whitehaven harbour in the 1871 census.
I was wondering if you have any information on a Swinburne family
Swinburne born about 1890 and a Elizabeth Reay born about 1890 also?They
had children born in Whitehaven
Winnifred Swinburne born May
..may be other children born in Whitehaven.I can remember
them talking about Basket House overlooking the ocean on top of a hill.I
believe we have relatives by the name of Kennedy living in England.Thomas
moved to Canada and sent for his wife about 1919 eventually settling in
Nanaimo, B.C., Canada.
Thank you for your time.Wendy Carlson: firstname.lastname@example.org (Thomas Swinburnes
was my Grandfather who lived at 15 kelsick lane Whitehaven He is on the
1911 Census.He married in the 1920 to Annie Nesbitt.H ave you any info
on his Family.I have a receipt for funeral that took place May 7th 1923.It
was for 3 car and hearse for the priest.Grandad and Annie had quiTe few
children James,Annie,John,Edith,William,Margaret,Hoping you have any info
From Jacqueline Harrison (Jacquiharrison90@yahoo.com)
Do these names ring a bell with anyone? Robina's maiden name was KNIPE
William Black was a master baker, and had his own bakery. They had two
children, William who is on the 1911 census and had died before 1991 and
Nella who was born after 1911, and was still alive in 1991. Nella could
well have been a nickname for Eleanor. Nella was deaf. Any help gratefully
recieved as I am coming to Cumbria in Oct and want to make contact with
as many relatives as possible. [Maybe theat was the wrong thing to say!!!!
:-)))))) Bev Kirby Durban South Africa (email@example.com)
I'm looking for an old friend of mine who use to go to bransty primary
school in about 1991-1993-4 he lived at 21 the cresent, at least I think
it was 21, was defo the cresent, his names Danny he had a sister who was
about his age an her name was Kate I think, he also had two younger brother
one was called Liam I think, my name is James but use to go by the name
Jamie, I moved to Whitehaven from Dorset with my mum, stepdad Keith and
my younger brother Stuart, I think it was number 17 the cresent where
I use to live. Hope somone can help me. Thanks... firstname.lastname@example.org
Im trying to contact Sally Greer with regards to her Great Grandfather
being the captain on the Alice A Leigh then renamed Rewa Ship.
I have the original Alice A Leigh ships bell which she might be interested
in if you can get us in touch.
I live in New Zealand and have no way of finding her if you can please
I am researching my family tree from here in New Zealand and am trying
trace a relative of mine. His name is George Matthews and would be in
his mid 80's now. He was
born in 1925 near Carlisle, went to Whitehaven Grammar and became a Police
Officer in Workington up until
If anyone has any information then please contact me on email@example.com
researching the family descendents of John Steele who was the father of
Richard Steel/e born in Cumberland England (Holy Trinity, Whitehaven)
in 1828. John had married Christian Kinley in 1827 on the Isle of Man.
I would like to know if there is anyone doing research on the Steel/e
families of Whitehaven, I have hit a brick wall about John Steele. I know
his family was from Whitehaven and that he died in England about 1830
- but I can not find definite reference to either his birth or his death.
The closest possibility to a birth is John Steele born in 1804 in Whitehaven,
Holy Trinity, Father William and mother Mary. Family legend tells that
John had died in some kind of hunting accident when Richard was only a
Does anybody know the name of the Inn that used to be at 44 Queens St.
My Great Grandmother was the inkeeper in 1881 her name was Catherine Winter,
Many Thanks David Waring firstname.lastname@example.org
I have successfully traced my family descendents back to Charles Pearson
(b1775) who was married to Anne Gately in Whitehaven where he was a boot
and shoe maker by trade. His parents were Charles Pearson (b1740) and
Jane Rothery, again from Whitehaven. Charles parents were James Pearson
(b1711) and Mary Powe who were married at St. Nicholasâ€s
Whitehaven in 1731.
Now I am finding it more difficult to trace James' ancestors back into
the 17th century or earlier. Can anyone help?
My Pearson relatives remained in the Whitehaven area until the 1930â€s
depression when they moved down to Harrow in Middlesex. The main trade
that all my male relatives seem to do was as painters and decorators for
the last two centuries or more.
Bill Pearson email@example.com
I am researching my family tree and looking for help.
I am looking for THOMAS MILLER born c 1811 lancashire possibly bolton.
he married MARY RICHARDSON bc1831 married 1847 whitehaven. her parents
ROBERT RICHARDSON (sailor) and mother JANE.
their daughter MARY married WILLIAM PEARCE b isle of man. his parents
JAMES PEARCE and ELLEN CANNELL.
their daughter MARY ELLEN b 1880 married JOHN MCALONE IN 1901.she died
their daughter AGNES MCALONE married arthur williams 1945 ish she died
i hope someone can help me with this THOMAS MILLER and JAMES PEARCE b
kent c1821 are my brick walls.
i am looking for buriels of this family from whitehaven. i think buried
in the cemetary known as LOW ROAD. but not sure who else is besides AGNES
thank you MARRA and FRIENDS
Attempting to locate Ian Moore. He would be 36/37 yrs old and used to
live on Coronation Drive just off Loop Rd North about 20 yrs ago. He was
an apprentice at Marchon in the 90's and was educated at Whitehaven School.
Reply to PaulDRollason@aol.com
I am looking for any information about Henry and Elizabeth McEwan, who
lived in Whitehaven in the 1870's. Henry (born in Scotland) was an iron
moulder. Elizabeth's maiden name may have been McMinn. They were married
in 1873. They had 3 sons John, Henry, and George when they left Whitehaven
and settled in Pittsburgh PA in 1881 or 1882.
I have just been told my great grandfather David Colville his wife Agnes
and their nine children stayed in Whitehaven when they arrived from Kent
around 1909. He was a cattleman. Having worked in Hawkhurst Kent breeding
bulls for Agentina he found work in Whitehaven before returning to Carrowdore
If anyone has any information I would be grateful.
We are trying to find any records of marriage between Robert White and
Mary Jane Gilmore (possibly Gilmour) in the last quarter of 1888. the
marriage took place in Whitehaven.
She was born in 1870 in Harrington, Whitehaven Cumberland and her father
was Thomas Gilmour, Mother - Margaret.
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated
Keith and Angela Playle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
John and Catherine Carroll came to Whitehaven from Wicklow in Ireand married
1869 at Whitehaven and lived at Egrmont where they had several children
. They lived at Church Lane he was a iron ore miner . But which one did
he work at ....does anybody know. They were Roman Catholics which church
would they have been baptised in Egremont ..The family came to New Zealand
in 1875 .
We are having a Reunion next year and would love any information that
we can find thanks. Margaret Carroll
I'm looking for information regarding Robert Colville who lived in Whitehaven.
He died in 1879, possibly July. I was hoping someone might know if there
was a burial record for him.
iam looking for info on the briscoe family as a margaret gilpin married
a william briscoe in 1737 at holy trinity church
his father was joseph briscoe he was married to a elizabeth ?
a daughter of william briscoe and margaret gilpin married a henry pearson
in 1765 at st bees
looking for more info on the briscoe family and gilpin +williams mother's
I will be visiting Cumbria in June and would like to visit my ancestor's
graves if possible. Any information on where Dalzells are buried (especially
W.W.B. Dalzell - there are a few) from the 1700s to 1960s.
T. Dalzell (Norwich) email@example.com
I am trying to find where my granddad is buried, he was killed in the
William pit disaster of 1947 his name is Walter Wylie.
I have his death certificate but no information of his burial and no living
family to ask.
Im looking for family tree history for the Mossup family and the
Studholm family. Both came to USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
My son is doing a history report on Peter Bowine, Please can you help
me find out any information on this man, I believe he lived in Duke street
in Whitehaven and worked in the pits. Please could you reply to email@example.com
My Great Grandmother Mary Ann Wilson (Torens) was born in
Whitehaven C, 1848.
She married George Wilson (Coal Miner) and they lived in the
Longbenton area of Newcastle.
Does anyone have any information on the Torens family/families of Whitehaven.
Val. Simpson. emails: firstname.lastname@example.org
40 years ago I was writing to a girl called Pat Mckee from Whitehaven
Does anyone know where she is now? Please reply to email@example.com
My name then was Margaret Morrison Thank you Margaret
My family have connections to the above named puplic house and I would
be thankfull for any information relating to this business[Circa1940-1945].The
licence may be in grandfathers name ROBERT BURNS or my grandmothers Annie
Belle Burns[nee Atkinson].
Please is it possible that someone could help?
I was wondering if anyone can recall any information ref the name Kierman.
I have a birth certificate of my Grandma Margaret Kierman born 2/10/1914
2 West Strand, Whitehaven. Her father was Thomas Kierman a shoemaker Journeyman
and her Mother Eliza formerly Smith.
I cannot find the marriage of Thomas & Eliza either so cannot trace
the tree any further.
I know this is a long shot but fingers crossed xx
I am trying to trace the Patsy Anne. This boat was built in 1969 at the
Anderson boat yard in the Orkney islands for my father in law. We lost
track of her after his death in 1980 when she was sold and I believe went
back to Scotland. I have since heard she is working out of your port.Could
you please let me know if this is correct as my wife and I would like
to see her again when we next visit the lakes.
John and Patsy Anne Wilcox/ firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm trying to find the roots of my wife's family.
The earliest I can find is Joseph Cavender, born Whitehaven 1821 and died
in 1898 in, possibly Fylde.
I have Joseph's family pretty well covered - he had a son and grandson
lost at sea-however there is something lurking in the back of my mind
telling me that they may have originated in Ireland.
Living in Australia I have no means of chasing up church records etc.,
the main source I've used is the I.G.A (Mormons)
Could you possibly point me in the right direction please
I am researching the Pattinson and Martin families who lived in and around
Whitehaven up until about 1901, possibly later, but that is as much as
I have discovered so far. Hannah (nee Martin) and Dan Pattinson (my 2xg-grandparents)
lived at 38 Irish Street, Whitehaven at least until 1886 when Dan died.
Hannah subsequently lived at 66 Strand Street, which is where my grandmother
(Hannah Key, daughter of Ellen Key, who was the daughter of Hannah and
Dan) was born. Hannah senior also had a son named Albert Edward Pattinson,
apparently born in Carlisle, date of birth November 1887, obviously not
the son of Dan! I have been unable to trace any record of Albert's birth
anywhere, but have him in 1891 (Whitehaven) and 1901(Lancashire) Census
records. I have my grandmother's birth certificate and have seen a record
of her baptism when she was about 8 years old, unfortunately I can't remember
which church in Whitehaven and have lost the notes I made when visiting
Carlisle some 15 or so years ago. I have managed to trace Martins back
to William and Ann (one Census she is named Nancy - is this likely?) in
1841 - they lived at Harrington. I would particularly like information
on Albert Edward Pattinson - Hannah Pattinson died in 1901 and it was
some time after that Albert came to New Zealand. Maybe Albert was christened
in Whitehaven. Hannah Pattinson also has a connection to the Studholme
family - her mother Ann married Thomas Studholme when Hannah was young
and had several more children. One Studholme daughter married a Clements.
I would appreciate any information anyone may have.
Janet Smith email@example.com
My name is Bill Chernish and I am trying to locate a telephone number
or email address for relatives in Whitehaven. My father's cousin's were
Millers and Mackins. Edwin and Kathleen Miller have passed but I believe
that their children Patty, Hazel and Christine may still be in Whitehaven.
It has been many years since I have spoken with any of them. Many of them
visited us in Canada over the years as well my parents visited Whitehaven
quite a few times. Both of my parents passed away several years ago and
they were the only ones in my family that had recent contacts with them.
I am planning on being in Whitehaven for several days, August 16 and 17
and would love to see them. I visited Whitehaven for several days in 1973
and am looking forward to returning.The Red Lion Pub seemed to be a popular
place that my family visited.
If you could provide any information to contact them it would be gratly
174 Hillsdale Rd.
Welland, Ontario, Canada
have information about the origins of the name Pears House. I am related
to Pears who were living in Whitehaven in the 18th and 19th centuries
and wondering what the connection may be.
Tony Pears firstname.lastname@example.org
Trying to locate any past scholars who attended Richmond School in Whitehaven
when my late great uncle Harry Fred Skyram Lowery was Headmaster. (He
retired in 1958). I believe head boy and head girl at the time were Derek
Allen and Edna Cosgrove. I am searching for a photograph of Harry. I'm
sure he would have shown up on a class photo or similar.
Would really appreciate if someone can help.
Robert Cowley, born in Andreas, Isle of Man was my great, great grandfather.
He married Hannah Wood of Egremont and they had four children: Matthew,
Sarah, Daniel and Mary, my great grandmother who married William Key of
Arlecdon Parks in 1882.
In 1861, the family were living in Ravenglass where Robert Cowley was
a Grocer and Tea merchant. Hannah died in 1865 and there is no trace of
Robert after that. The children were brought up by their aunt and uncle:
Daniel and Sarah Wallace of the King's Arms in Ravenglass.
In 1880, Matthew Cowley was apprenticed to a Tea Merchant in Whitehaven.
Does anyone have any information about what happened to Robert Cowley?
Can anyone please help me find photographs of my late great uncle Harry
Fred Skyram Lowery who lived in Whitehaven. Here are a few of his many
credentials: Army captain in WW1.Awarded the MC. Headmaster at Richmond
School (Retired 1975). Former president of Bransty Royal British Legion.
Someone out there must know someone who may be able to help me. Would
be really grateful of any feedback.
THE BOYLE FAMILY
Robert Boyle(18) was in Whitehaven with his brother Patrick(16)at the
time of the 1861 census. He had come over from Antrim, Ireland and was
a coal miner.
How do I find out which pit both brothers were in?
When /how did they get to Whitehaven?
He married Isabella (Tinnion, I think) from Whitehaven.
There is a marriage in Whitehaven between ROBERT BOYLES and ISABELLA TINNION
What exactly is her surname?
They finally ended up in Seaham Co. Durham.
I would appreciate any information there is about them and there family,
both ancestors and descendents.
M. Stones (great, great granddaughter)
For many years I have been trying to find out what happened to 4 Hartley
brothers, all born in Whitehaven, the sons of Robert Hodgson Hartley and
Grace Rodgserson. Robert was a house joiner in Whitehaven. He died in
1905. The family home was at 20 High Street, Whitehaven.
James Hodgson Hartley, born 1872, married Elizabeth Ashley Williamson
in 1896, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. From 1896 onwards nothing further
located. James was a grocer in 1896.
Robert Hartley, born 1877. Last known of on 1901 census, when he was still
living at home with parents Machine Printer.
Henry Hartley, born 1880. Last known of in 1891 census when aged 11 years,
living in Whitehaven
Edward Hartley, born 1882. Last known of in 1901 census, when he too was
living with parents in Whitehaven. Warehouseman.
Their oldest brother, David Hartley, remained in Whitehaven, where he
died in 1942. David named 2 of his sons, James Henry and Robert Edward,
presumably after his brothers.
None of these 4 missing Hartley brothers show up on the 1911 census. What
became of them is a complete mystery. To make matters worse, living relations
in England state they do not know what occurred to this people. Searches
in various countries, (Commonwealth and USA) have to date been to no avail.
Any information at all on any of the above would be most gratefully received.
Could do with some help to find out where my grandmother Susan Couthard
McGee (nee Hall) lived. (Somewhere in Parton). She married George McGee
in 1920. He was a barber. Any idea where his place of work was?
Mrs N. Colman
my name is anthony pearson most of the family of pearson came from cumbria
then went to lancashire
then to durham
i have a rachel johnston (nee pearson) married to a robert johnston from
whitehaven married at st bee's in 1830
we think that robert johnston may have been married before he married
rachel to a elizabeth macivar in whitehaven
we rachel pearson daugther of rachel who is daugther of rachel
trying to fined the pearson family to rachel pearson
we have rachel johnston born in 1838 and married to a william pearson
in 1865 they moved to durham then to gateshead
robeert johnston born in 1809 then his 7 children are
joseph born in 1832
rachel born in 1838
ann born in 1843
jane born in 1845
robert born in 1847
william born in 1849
charles born in 1851 in durham
welcomed thanks email@example.com
I am trying to find information about Thomas (Waddell) Turnbull who is
shown on the 1911 census (Whitehaven) as a school master. Can anyone suggest
where I could find information about schools in the Egemont / Bigrigg
area at this time.
Thank you. Mary Baker firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 9th 2009, someone on your website enquired about the McAllister family
of Whitehaven and referred to the Wellington Pit Disaster. There is a
website with a list of the names and addresses of those who died: http://www.healeyhero.co.uk/rescue/pits/Wellington/Wellington3.htm#top
Hope this helps.Best wishes.
adam mckee was my great-grandfather. he was born in feb. 3 1869 his parents
were robert and betsy mckee he married ellen gribbin in 1887? his children
were mary em mckee 1888 maggie mckee 1891 my grandfather robert henry
mckee 1892 betsy mckee 1898 john mckee 1900 alice mckee 1903 william mckee
1906 and lilly mckee 1909 July 22, 1910 he was awarded the edward medal
for the (Wellington Pit).disaster came to canada in 1912 worked as a steamfitter
in chapleau in the shops, for the canadian pacific railroad played in
the chapleau brass band he died jan. 30 1934 margret,robert henry,betsyand
john came to canada in 1913 follow by ellen,alice william and lily in
1914 my grandfather robert henry returned in 1914 for ww1 he was a private
in the border regiment then he was a lance corperal for the royal engeners
he married my grandmother ann mcallister at christ churh whitehaven 26
july 1916 ann was the daughter of john mcallister and rose ann bradley
they lived at 63 back row newhouses in1893 there was a john mcallister
awarded the edward medal in 1910 i was wondering if hes one and the same
? and if any of the seven mcallisters killed in the (Wellington Pit).disaster
were related and if ann mcallister han any siblings and mary em mckee
the only mckee to stay in england my grandfather robert henry mckee and
my grandmother and there son robert returned to canada after the war in
1920 adresses for mckees in whitehaven are #4 cummins lane 1871 adam 2
robert 35(great great grandfater) betsy 32 they lived 31 ginns preston
quater1892 and in 1901 they lived 48 ginns grocers shop i would please
like any info anyone can send me thank you ken_ email@example.com
I was browsing Google Earth looking at all the many houses where I've
lived over the years when I came across your site. I was born at Workington
Infirmary but lived in Whitehaven, first in Hamilton Terrace and then
in Hollins Close, for the first six years of my life. I have very strong
memories of walking (often) through a tunnel near Hamiliton Terrace which
I think went under a railway line. The tunnel walls were damp at one point
witrh a big clay-coloured stain at toddler's eye level. I don't suppose
anyone can confirm that?
I'd be really curious to have news of my old friends but none of them
seem to be on Friends Reunited. Perhaps you have a Whitehaven Reunited
site? If not may I perhaps suggest one?
For the record I now live in France but still get nostalgic whenever
I'm near the sound of the sea . . .
Andrew Corless firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello I am searching for the birth of my Grandfather James McGrath, on
the 1901 Census it states that he was born in Whiteheaven, which I assume
means Whitehaven, however the 1911 Census says he was born (at sea). Could
you please advise as to whether there is a record of persons born on ferries
between Ireland and Whitehaven, James was born c1876.
Thank you for your time
I am researching the Lindow family. And can go back to Jonas 1780
who married Ruth Brockbank. My family ended up in Southampton aroung 1900s.
I know Samuel 1801-1871 and John b1821 Lindow went into business in the
Iron mines in the area, and there is a special Lindow Spade. My decendants
are from Jonas B1811 who didnt go into the Iron mining business,
and was a Mariner. Any information would be welcome. Thanks; Chris Price.
My name is Jeannie Splenda and I am researching my family who originated
in Whitehaven. My gr. gr. grandmother was Catherine Cavanaugh who married
Michael Hughes. Catherine was born in 1851 and had a twin sister named
Bridget who married a Henry Watson. They also had a sister named Mary
whose married name was Kerns.
Catherine and Michael came to America and settled in Dunbar, Pennsylvania
where Michael was killed in a mining accident. Catherine then remarried
William Miller and they moved to Martins Ferry, Ohio.
I have heard so many stories about the family and I am very interested
in any information that anyone has.
Jeannie Splenda; email@example.com
Hello. I am looking to trace family roots from Whitehaven area.
Key details I have are enclosed:
Birth: abt 1809
St Bees, Cumberland, England
Birth: Abt 1808
Midlothian (Edinburgh), Scotland
Death: Abt 1876
Cleator Moor, Cumberland, England
THEIR SON WAS:
Birth: 17 Sep 1840
Whitehaven, Cumberland, England
Chapel St, Little Scotland)
Birth: abt 1847
Parton, Cumberland, England
THEIR DAUGHTER WAS:
Eleanor Morton Clague
Cleator Moor, Cumberland, England
Barrow-IN-Furness, Lancashire, England
I have many residences from Census records, showing where they lived in
Whitehaven, details for Wiliam Clague:
1841 Age: 32 Residence
Chapel St. St Bees, Cumberland, England
1851 Age: 42 Residence
Kelsick Lane, Harrington, Whitehaven, Cumberland, England
1861 Age: 52 Residence
4, Senhouse Street. St Bees, Cumberland, England
Occupation: Shoemaker journeyman
1871 Age: 62 Residence
1113 Ennerdale Road, Cleator Moor, Cumberland, England
Occupation: Boot and Shoemaker
1881 Age: 72 Residence
5 Plumblands Lane, Whitehaven, Cumberland, England
Occupation: Bootmaker. Widow. (living with Brother In Law)
Any assistance to connect to/identify family members greatly appreciated.
Philip Livingstone, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
my name is anthony pearson
we have two johnson in the family tree
1 rachel johnson born in whitehaven about 1842 she married a william pearson
2 leonora johnson born we think in gateshead in 1903 she married a john
pearson in about 1920
i can not find any info on the IGI web site
can any one help me out
Feb 2009: Well done chaps, in putting Fitna on your website. At last,
a newspaper that believes in freedom of speech (and that the truth should
not be outlawed)..My sincerest congratulations,
for information on:
Jeremiah Kendall (spouse) - Fanny Adamson Patman born 1820 & died
1860 - children: Sarah born 1857 & died 1902 (spouse - Francis Kerr)
- Lucy born 1852
Fairey Patman - (spouse - unknown ) children: Fanny above / Frederick
born 1826 - died 1880 / Sarah born 1818
Joseph Ernest Marsden married to Elizabeth Wesley Kerr in Whitehave abt.
Any information on descendents / photos or contacts would be appreciated.
Jan 2009 Can anyone help with - Priscilla Gledsdale b. abt 1788 -Whitehaven.
On the 1861 she is 73 (unmarried) lodger.
I do have other Gledsdale`s and I am willing to share info. email@example.com
Hi, My great great grandmother Dorina Cavanagh was born in Whitehaven
in 1857 - her parents were Patrick Cavanagh and Mary Boyce. The family
moved to Scotland shortly after and stayed there however, Patrick had
a brother James Kavanagh (who married Mary's sister Ann Boyce) and they
and their children settled in Whitehaven after a short stay in Scotland.
They had 4 daughters - Ann, Bridget, Catherine and Mary and 2 sons Patrick
and Martin ( that I know of). Any information at all about any of the
people listed would be appreciated as woud any information about other
family that I don't know about as I am sure there were more Cavanaghs
and more Boyces in the area.
Hi, I am trying to trace my fathers side of the family tree, my grandfather
Tom Smitham was born in the whitehaven area abt 1897 had a brother matthew
there father was a Thomas Smitham who was a publican grandfather Tom married
my grandmother Esther Ryan from LLandudno in 1919 one of the witness's
was a radio singer called Harry Geeson ( i don't know which side of the
family but is thought to be a cousin) any information would be gratefully
Danny Lim nee Smitham
I am currently searching for the history of my family, and have found
on the 1881 census that my gr gr grandfather lived in whitehaven, his
name was William Robson (born 1833), his wifes names was Elizabeth (b.1835),
they had two children Isaac (born 1872 - my g grandfather) and James who
was also born in 1872.
According to the census, they all lived at No.3 Little Scotland in Whitehaven.
My questions are: 1. Where was Little Scotland on todays maps and does
it still exist?
2. I cannot see evidence of James on the 1901 census - is there any info
that may relate to a death?
Many thanks for any information that you are able to provide
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
im researching my family tree in the 1901 census john carr forster resided
in henry s t in Newcastle upon tyne .he lived there with his wife maria
and their children, occupation innkeeper now as family stories go they
had more than one public house in and around Newcastle. john was born
in dipton mill in 1854 and died in Newcastle in 1909 .what i want to know
is how do i find a list of public houses and who the licencee was for
that era. hope you can put me on the right track.
regards pat short
Can anyone help identify this photograph of Margaret Anne Hunter - aged
1 year old - taken in a Whitehaven studio around 1950s? Found among my
parents' photographs when they died in Scotland - I think she might be
a second or third cousin. This particular photo was in a Christmas frame.
Who is Margaret? Does she still live in Whitehaven?
Thanks, Anne Martin; email@example.com
I recently found an old photo under the floor boards and have been doing
some investigations. I am looking for the Dickinson family. Isaac and
Anna marie Milward who lived in Albert terrace in 1901 with three children
Lucy, Anna Emma and William. They lived in the house for years and i cannot
find any more info on the family. The photo could be either Lucy or Anna.
Lucy was born in 1871 and in 1901 was still unmarried and worked at the
coco rooms in the market sq which is now fares chemist. Anna 1875 Emma
1876 and wm 1885. The photographer was Reay and Dyson from Cleator Moore
and also St Bees. if anyone has any info or has traced their family back
ground please reply. The father Isaac was from Corney and his wife Anna
was from Geurnsey. Anna's sister Lucy also lived with them for a while
toward the 1900. Kelly Doran
hello,im looking for any information about my mother,martha dickinson,nee
boyd and crone,from common end,distington in the 1950s.she was a master
confectioner and with my father,ran a small shop,what i believe was called
the albert hall,also they catered for functions,the last known being on
the 12th dec,1953 at the odd fellows arms in whitehaven,is it still there
?returning late there was a fatefull car crash at tollbar on howgate rd,my
mother and 1 other person died, i was only 3 yrs old,so any information
would be most welcome,many thanks,jan,JKeenan05@aol.com
Looking for information on the Kendall Family: Jeremiah Kendall married
Fanny Adamson Patman - had two daughters: Lucy & Sarah.
Lucy was born Dec. 1852 and Sarah was born in Sept. 1857. Sarah married
Francis James Kerr in Jan. 1884. They had 4 children: Florence/Lucy/Fanny/Kendall.
Sarah died in 1902 and is buried in Whitehaven Cemetery. Francis brought
his children to Quebec, Canada in 1914. Fanny Adamson Patman was the daughter
of Fairey Patman / the sister to Frederick and Sarah - Looking for any
information on these people
With thanks Cathy Renoe
I am currently researching family history in Whitehaven. Most of my ancestors
were Johnson/ Johnstons in Moresby. However after they moved to County
Durham they continued to visit a family called Phillips who had a removals
firm in Whitehaven. Does anyone know anything about this company or family?
Also I remember my grandparents having a curious plate which read'Littledale
and the Independence of Whitehaven'
Does anyone know the significance of this inscription?
Jenifer Spencer firstname.lastname@example.org
My g-grandfather, Irvin Hurst (shipwright) was b1833 to Henry Hurst (b1808
Flimby) and Sarah Swift. Henry's parents were Lawrence Hurst and Jane
Irving. The last couple are buried at St Mary's, Maryport, their gravestone
leans on the back wall.
Sarah Swift's parents were James Swift and Sarah Woodburn, who married
1795 in Whitehaven.Sarah lived to old age in Cockermouth but I haven't
been able to find the demise of James. He was supposedly from Gt Yarmouth
which seems a long way to travel then.
If anyone is related to these families, I would gladly exchange info from
the New Zealand descendants of Irvin.
Thank you, Colleen Newton email@example.com
I am researching unemployment relief projects of the 1920's and wonder
whether anyone living locally has any information regarding the construction
of the "Loop Road" which i believe was originally built as the
Whitehaven Bypass by unemployed workers. I believe it was built around
1925 but have no other information on this. Does anybody have any details
as to the construction period, how many people were engaged on the project
and who (i.e. unemployed miners?) and especially when it was opened and
whether there was any formal opening ceremony? There are occasional references
to the road on local websites but very few details of its history. Any
information will be much appreciated!
I am researching my family tree and have come to a brick wall,I have
copy of 1841 census which shows the family comprising Sarah Edwards (mother)
,Isabelle,wilfred,Alice ,John. any help very much welcome they lived Whitehaven
Preston St ? and think the father John was stationed there in the Army.
"I am doing some research for a freind of mine.her name is mary mckee.her
dad was andrew mckenzie mckee,and her mum was margaret jane mckee nee
barry.she was born at 6 johns lane,whitehaven in 1929.she has 2 brothers.john
barry mckee born 1919,another brother,but i have forgot his name,and 2
sisters calledann ellen mckee,and ages mckee.her mum died in the 40,s
tragically,an her died died in the late 30,s she thinks.if theres any
chance theres anyone who knew the family,or if any of her siblings or
near family are still with us,could you please contact me asap.she,s 79
Can anyone help with the McGill family of Whitehaven in the late 1800's?
Abraham McGill born 1836 in Ireland and wives Mary and Catherine, (children
- Mary, Eliza, Sarah, Malcolm, James, Abraham, Ada, Hugh, Joseph, Robert
Annie McGill born 1843 in Ireland who married Thomas Johnston.
Joseph McGill born 1847 in Ireland and wife Eleanor, (children - Margaret,
Sarah, Eleanor, Eliza, Mary, Joseph, Florence and Wilhemenia).
There may have been other siblings of Abraham, Annie and Joseph. I believe
the two boys were builders. Would love to know if anyone has them in their
family history...particularly if they can tell me were in Ireland they
I am trying to research the history of what is now Sporthouse, 75 King
Street. This was, in the 60's the John Peel pub, in 1910 and 1901 the
Prince Albert, and 1883 and 1873 the Prince of Wales. Rachel
and Jim Seifriss.
Like so many other people I'm researching my past - Great Great
Great Grandfather, Richard Ball was born in 1812 in Nuneaton
but was a member of the Cumberland Militia from about 1854 (?)
- do you know anything about this militia? - Richard was a Colour
Sargeant and based in the Barracks Irish Street, Whitehaven in
the last 1850's but moved to St Bees around 1867 and lived in
Grindall Place with his wife Eliza.
They had 2 daughters - Mary and Annie Mary, the latter becoming
a school mistress in the area.
Any information on any of these folks would be useful.
Whitehaven Operatics are to stage their next musical production
next March and the show is to be staged around the second world
war. We are looking for someone who can supply us with some uniforms
of that period for the duaration of the publicity photos. We
will be hiring our costumes for the show but need a couple of
uniforms to borrow for an afternoon so we can get our publicity
going for the show. Anyone connected to any reenactment society
who can help please contact me ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org
I lived at the "workhouse" from 1939 to 1950 when my
parents, who managed the hospital, moved to Worcestershire. I
have often wondered about the later days of the buildinds which
I understood were demolished in the mid 70's due to subsidence
Are there any accounts in the local paper, etc, of the final
Incidentally, I holidayed in Sweden in about 1962 and stayed
aboard the MV Chapman which was built in Whitehaven .
C L Barnes/ email@example.com
I am trying to locate other members of the Hughes family.
My grandfather, Edward Hughes,
was born in Moresby Park Cottages on 18 Jan 1888. He married
Bridget Sweeney of Mossend, Scotland on 14 Jul 1911 at Holy Family
Roman Catholic Church in Mossend. They had 6 children, all born
in Uddingston, Scotland. Edward worked in the mines in Scotland
and then emigrated to New York in Dec 1925. Bridget & the
6 children followed in Sep 1927.
Edward was the 5th child
of Edward Hughes & Ann Kelly. His parents, Edward Hughes
& Ann Kelly, immigrants from Ireland, married on 13 July
1868 at St. Gregory's Chapel in Whitehaven. According to census
records their other children were:
Henry Hughes, b. 1871 in
James Hughes, b. 1873 in
Mary Ellen Hughes, b. 1882
in Cleator Moor
Daniel Hughes, b. 1885 in
Any information regarding
Edward Hughes's siblings and/or their descendants would be greatly