Facebook Group

I created a Facebook group yesterday, called Micklethwaite Family History, so that those of us researching the various branches could work together to solve the issues. The link is here.

However, most people are reporting that they cannot find it. I do not understand why that is. I will continue investigating!

Edit 18th Dec ’14:

Hopefully it can now be found. I hadn’t added my location to my profile – it seems Facebook selects groups for you based on your location.


Mysteries Solved

Some mysteries are difficult to solve, others are much easier, but they can be painful for a Yorkshireman as they involve spending money! I recently resorted to buying 2 certificates, which enabled me to solve 2 mysteries and join 2 of the unconnected recent branches into the main branches.

Fred Micklethwaite married Theresa Beresford in Sheffield in 1912. The problem was that 2 brothers, Thomas and Henry, both named sons Fred, both were born about 1888, both in the Ecclesfield area. Without inside knowledge, it was impossible to work out which one had married Theresa. The marriage certificate says that Fred’s father was Henry. So I’ve linked Fred and Theresa’s family, much of it in Southern England, into the branch of John of Penistone (m2600) born about 1693.

The other large unconnected branch was headed by Harry, who married Mary Roebuck in Leeds in 1935. The name Harry was popular in the early 1900s, so it was difficult to work out which Harry this might be. One of the difficulties was explained by the certificate – Harry didn’t marry till he was 33, quite a bit older than the usual marrying age. Harry’s father is shown as Henry (deceased) – that’s a different Henry from Fred’s father. Harry’s family now form part of the branch headed by Samuel of Penistone (m2598) born about 1689, and it will push that branch’s tree on to a second page. This also means Samuel has living male descendants, although there appears to be an illegitimate event in the line ruling out YDNA testing for this branch.

I wish all the mysteries were this easy to solve!

Dade’s registers

I’ve just had my first encounter with Dade’s parish registers – they are as wonderful as people have said! I’ve managed to link a group of unconnected Micklewhites, many of whom were horsekeepers, to Richard of Tadcaster. The registers say Richard was son of Elias of Mirfield, one of my main branch heads. Excellent news, partly thanks to the latest FMP £1 for a month offer!

Here’s what FamilySearch has to say about them.

Roy Stockdill posted a list of which parishes used Dade’s Registers.

Tankersley Parish

I was looking at a map of re-Victorian parish boundaries (now available on Ancestry if you have a subscription) and noticed little Tankersley parish, nestling between its bigger neighbours, like Penistone and Ecclesfield, and wondered if there were any Micklethwaites hiding there.

I went to Genuki to find out more about the parish. Then I used Stephen Archer’s site to find out which batch to look at. Finally I went to the LDS FamilySearch site.

The result – one marriage – of Elizabeth MICHLEFITH to John Windle in 1789. As ever, one question generates 2 more: (1) Who is she? I have no idea as there’s no obvious missing person at that time! (2) Was the spelling of the name the vicar’s idea or a poor transcription. Another mis-spelling to add to the hundreds already in the list!


More Mysteries

FindMyPast offered free access this last weekend. I used it to download a lot of 1851 census images, but late last night I found some London marriage images I hadn’t got. As ever, they raise more questions than answers.

Jean Mickelwhit married Peter Detry at St James the Less, Thorndike St. London on 27th Aug 1808. Who was she? I have no other records of a Jean in my database until 1921.

David Mickelthwaite married Elizabeth Saunders at St George’s Hanover Sq. London on 21st Jan 1834. They had a daughter Elizabeth Ann born 1837, the same year that David died. She died just after the 1851 census when she was in a hospital. I have no record of what became of wife Elizabeth. Nor have I any idea where David came from. Once again I have no record of any suitable Davids.

If you have any ideas, I’d be delighted to hear them!