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Frank was in the trenches on the Somme and Ypres during the First World War. He suffered from gas gangrene due to the terrible mud andfrosts , and lost the lower part of one leg and the toes off theother. He mar ried Annie and they owned and ran a sweet shop in Leighand later a Pos t Office in Railway Road, Wallesey. 
ISHERWOOD Frank (I893)
 
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James Isherwood was known as "Diamond Jim" because of a large solitaite diamond ring he wore. He was not popular within the family, becausei n 1926 he had some advice information of the problems on the stockexch ange and rode on his bike to advise his then fiancee Annie tosell her s hares, but he did not tell his own family, in particularhis mother, an d they lost their savings when the crash cameHe becamea magistrate's c lerk, and it is rumoured that he was involved inembezzlement in a comp any he worked with. Jim became a magistrate andalso was a company dire ctor with business interests in Blackpool,where he lived during his ma rried life. On the death of Annie hemarried Heidi, who was his secreta ry. 
ISHERWOOD James (I904)
 
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[Mort James.FTW]

Possible birth Q3 1845 Chorely 21 384 
MORT Peter James (I1234)
 
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Lilian Rosa had no children - housekeeper and married the boss.Owned cattle in Molash.He must have been married once before because he had his own children.






Lilian Rosa had no children - housekeeper and married the boss.Owned cattle in Molash.He must have been married once before because he had his own children. 
FRIAR Lilian Rosa (I3046)
 
5 Source (S139)
 
6 1841 Census
Address: Mathers Lane, Winwick, Leigh, Lancashire, England

1851 Census
Address: Mather Lane, Lowton, Leigh, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Handloom Weaver Silk

1881 Census
Address: Bickershaw Lane, Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Farmer of 42 Acres 
HOWARTH William (I7545)
 
7 1851 Census
Address: Bolton House, Abram, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Farmer's Daughter - employed at home

1881 Census
Address: Bickershaw Lane, Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Farmer's Wife 
SCOTSON Hannah (I2225)
 
8 1867 GRO Index
Name: SMITH, WILLIAM
Mother's Maiden Name: CUNDLIFFE
GRO Reference: 1867 D Quarter in WIGAN Volume 08C Page 83

1871 Census
Address: Castle Hill Road, Hindley, Lancashire, England

1881 Census
Address: Bolton House Lane, Abram, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Labourer in Coal Miner

1901 Census
Address: 517, Bickershaw Lane, Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Colliery Surface Foreman Pit Bank

1911 Census
Address: 509 Bickershaw Lane Bickershaw Near Wigan, Abram, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Labourer surface

1929 BDM Index
Jun 1929
Smith, William - 61 Wigan 8c 32

1929 Burial
Date: 13 May 1929 St John the Evangelist, Abram, Lancashire, England
William Smith -
Age: 61 years
Abode: 473 Warrington Road
Grave: 249 C. N.G.
Buried by: W. W. Scott Vicar
Register: Burials 1918 - 1945, Page 90, Entry 720
Source: Original register at Wigan Archives 
SMITH William (I9975)
 
9 1868 GRO Index
Name: HOWARTH, HANNAH
Mother's Maiden Name: SCOTSON
GRO Reference: 1868 S Quarter in WIGAN Volume 08C Page 87

1881 Census
Address: Bickershaw Lane, Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Farmer's Daughter

1891 Census
Address: Forresters Arms, Bickershaw Lane, Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Domestic Servant (with maternal aunt's family)

1901 Census
Address: 517, Bickershaw Lane, Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England

1911 Census
Address: 509 Bickershaw Lane Bickershaw Near Wigan, Abram, Lancashire, England

1939 Register
Address: 473 Warrington Road , Abram U.D., Lancashire, England

1942 BDM Index
Mar 1942
Smith Hannah 73 Ince 8c 150 
HOWARTH Hannah (I771)
 
10 1871 GRO Index
Name: HOWARTH, ALICE
Mother's Maiden Name: SCOTSON
GRO Reference: 1871 D Quarter in WIGAN Volume 08C Page 96

1881 Census
Address: Bickershaw Lane, Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Scholar 
HOWARTH Alice (I770)
 
11 1901 Census
Address: 517, Bickershaw Lane, Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England

1911 Census
Address: 509 Bickershaw Lane Bickershaw Near Wigan, Abram, Lancashire, England

Info From Betty Woolley
"Children - Annie, Albert, Betty. Annie died 1941 age 17, Albert lives in Somerset." (Other child Betty must be Betty Woolley.) 
SMITH Annie (I10026)
 
12 1901 Census
Address: 517, Bickershaw Lane, Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England

1911 Census
Address: 509 Bickershaw Lane Bickershaw Near Wigan, Abram, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Haulage Hand Underground

Info From Betty Woolley
"One daughter, Gladys, never knew her."
1901 Census
Address: 517, Bickershaw Lane, Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England

1911 Census
Address: 509 Bickershaw Lane Bickershaw Near Wigan, Abram, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Haulage Hand Underground

Info From Betty Woolley
"One daughter, Gladys, never knew her." 
SMITH Samuel (I10034)
 
13 1901 Census
Address: 517, Bickershaw Lane, Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England

1911 Census
Address: 509 Bickershaw Lane Bickershaw Near Wigan, Abram, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Labourer surface

1923 Marriage Certificate
Address: 473 Warrington Rd, Abram
Occupation: Miner
Father: William Smith (miner)
Married a widow

Info From Betty Woolley
"One son, one daughter, never knew them." 
SMITH William Howarth (I10036)
 
14 1901 Census
Address: 517, Bickershaw Lane, Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England

1911 Census
Address: 509 Bickershaw Lane Bickershaw Near Wigan, Abram, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Weaving

Info From Betty Woolley
"POLLY - one daughter Phyllis, she died about 4 years ago. Phyllis had one son David. Phyllis was born the same month as Grandma Smith had Uncle Albert." Written in 2008, Uncle Albert was born approximately 1914. 
SMITH Mary (I10031)
 
15 1903 Birth/Baptism Record
Address: 517 Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw
Father: William Smith (Collier)
Mother: Hannah

1911 Census
Address: 509 Bickershaw Lane Bickershaw Near Wigan, Abram, Lancashire, England

Info From Betty Woolley
"Alice - No family" 
SMITH Elizabeth Alice (I10027)
 
16 1910 Baptism
Baptism: 18 Sep 1910 St Thomas, Golborne, Lancashire, England
John Porter - Son of Jonathan Porter & Sarah
Born: 29 Jul 1910
Abode: 29 Dam Lane Edge Green
Occupation: Coal Miner
Baptised by: T. W. Richardson, Rector
Register: Baptisms 1903 - 1914, Page 75, Entry 593
Source: LDS Film 1469067

1911 Census
Address: 277 Bryn Road Bryn Near Wigan, Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire, England

1936 Marriage
Marriage: 30 May 1936 St John the Evangelist, Abram, Lancashire, England
John Porter - 25, Colliery Surface Hand, Bachelor, 610 Bolton Road Bryn
Florence Smith - 26, Silk Worker, Spinster, 472 Warrington Rd Abram
Groom's Father: Jonathan Porter, Colliery Surface Hand
Bride's Father: William Smith, ( Deceased ), Colliery Surface Worker
Witness: Albert Smith; Hannah Porter
Married by Banns by: W. H. Vaughan Vicar
Register: Marriages 1927 - 1940, Page 85, Entry 170
Source: Original register at Wigan Archives

1939 Register
Address: 473 Warrington Road , Abram U.D., Lancashire, England
Living with: Hannah Smith (possibly mother-in-law), Albert Smith (possibly brother-in-law) and Florence Porter (wife)
Occupation: Colliery metal man

1965 Death Certificate (Father's Death)
Address: 473 Warrington Road, Abram

Info From Ian Prescott (2016)
"Hannah seems to think that one of them (Jack or Florence) was buried at Abram St John the Evangelist but I have not been able to confirm this from the parish records. I suspect that both of them were also cremated at the aforementioned Crematorium (Wigan Ince Crematorium)."

Info From Jean Davies (2016)
"He was very sick in the end. His kidneys failed and he was in and out of hospital." 
PORTER John (I10021)
 
17 1910 GRO Index
Name: SMITH, FLORENCE
Mother's Maiden Name: HOWARTH
GRO Reference: 1910 J Quarter in WIGAN Volume 08C Page 101

1911 Census
Address: 509 Bickershaw Lane Bickershaw Near Wigan, Abram, Lancashire, England

1936 Marriage
Marriage: 30 May 1936 St John the Evangelist, Abram, Lancashire, England
John Porter - 25, Colliery Surface Hand, Bachelor, 610 Bolton Road Bryn
Florence Smith - 26, Silk Worker, Spinster, 472 Warrington Rd Abram
Groom's Father: Jonathan Porter, Colliery Surface Hand
Bride's Father: William Smith, ( Deceased ), Colliery Surface Worker
Witness: Albert Smith; Hannah Porter
Married by Banns by: W. H. Vaughan Vicar
Register: Marriages 1927 - 1940, Page 85, Entry 170
Source: Original register at Wigan Archives

1939 Register
Address: 473 Warrington Road , Abram U.D., Lancashire, England

Info From Betty Woolley
"My lovely auntie, always happy, loved everyone, loved life and incredibly talented with her many crafts."

Info From Ian Prescott (2016)
"Hannah seems to think that one of them (Jack or Florence) was buried at Abram St John the Evangelist but I have not been able to confirm this from the parish records. I suspect that both of them were also cremated at the aforementioned Crematorium (Wigan Ince Crematorium)."

Info From Jean Davies (2016)
She came out to Australia on holiday for about 12 weeks in the late 70s after Dad died.
"She found hidden money in all his suit jackets. He was saving up for a trip to come here after his retirement but he died at 64.5. So she came early the following year. After we had been on train trip to Townsville." 
SMITH Florence (I10029)
 
18 1911 Census
Address: 509 Bickershaw Lane Bickershaw Near Wigan, Abram, Lancashire, England

1923 Marriage Certificate
Address: 473 Warrington Rd, Abram
Occupation: Miner
Father: William Smith (miner)

Info From Betty Woolley
"Jimmy - one son, Jimmy, I think he lives in Victoria Road." 
SMITH James Edward (I10030)
 
19 1911 Census
Address: 509 Bickershaw Lane Bickershaw Near Wigan, Abram, Lancashire, England

Info From Betty Woolley
"One daughter, Josephine, only saw her a couple of times. I think she lives in Wigan." 
SMITH Ernest (I10028)
 
20 1911 Census
Address: 509 Bickershaw Lane Bickershaw Near Wigan, Abram, Lancashire, England

Info From Betty Woolley
"Two children - Mary and Edward, I never knew them." 
SMITH Peter (I10032)
 
21 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I10025)
 
22 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I10020)
 
23 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I10013)
 
24 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I10006)
 
25 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I10010)
 
26 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I10008)
 
27 Found by his parents in bed at his home on 1/10/11 - 11 Mopoke Hill Road Warrandyte - after he didn't show up to dinner for his twin sons' birthday.
They believe he passed away on 29/09/11 after going to bed and believe he died from a seizure.

Several months before he died he had a seizure at home which left him disoriented and doctors put him on medication to control any future seizures. The medication meant he was not allowed to drive, so he came on holidays to QLD with his parents. Less than a week after they returned to Victoria, he must have had a seizure in bed and died in bed.

Lived with wife Amelia at 74 Percy Street, Mitcham, Victoria 
DAVIES Colin (I10009)
 
28 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I10033)
 
29 MI St John the Evangelist, Abram Source (S105)
 
30 Undoubtedly the most famous of the Scotson brood was an "Old Aunt Martha" who outlived all the rest of them and was well know to practically everone who bore the name. Born on May 8th 1833, she did not leave us until April 11th, 1929, so that on her departure she lacked just one month for her 96th birthday. Although born too late to meet her grandfather James (who died in the year 1812) by a few years, still her life span brought her close enough to learn most of the details relating to him, how he came to the smithy in the first place and what progress he had made during his lifetime. Remarkably, Aunt Martha did not change her name when she married, which is something of a rarity, for she married her cousin John Scotson, who like herself, had one of the seven fiddlers for a father. John was born at Wood End in 1819, but grew up along with his wife in close proximity to both Chisnall and Clayton Halls which seem to be occupied by all of the fiddlers and their families at different periods. After John & Martha were married they moved away from the Chorley district and occupied yet another landmark known as Holt Hall Farm at Gateacre, near Liverpool. Aunt Martha and her son, James Edward, who followed her were tenants on this farm for many years and it was here that I knew them best, for I had spent many schoolboy vacations with "Unclie Jim Ned" The Scotson Cycle (1725-1966) by William Scotson SCOTSON Martha (I50)
 
31 [Scotson Chorlton.FTW]

Died in childhood 
SCOTSON Norman C (I9083)
 
32 [Scotson Chorlton.FTW]

James was the son of Robert Scotson. Through a photograph taken of James at the National Union of Teachers Conference 1895 we found that he had written a speech which was published in book form and also two other books. He was very highly thought of as a teacher and was awarded an honorary science degree and also made a justice of the peace. James was of a family of 7 brohters and sisters. 
SCOTSON Robert (I9050)
 
33 [Scotson Colton.FTW]


The Furness Abbey Rental of 1537 shows the Scotsons had flourished for some time at Banrighed and A.P., Tenant Ryght Rental. (13 tenants, 44 & ½ acres, 72s. 4d total annuar rent), including John Scotson, for 1 tenement and 3 acres of arable 9s.3 & ½d; Richard Scotson, for 1 tenement and 2 acres 6s 2 & ½d; Christopher Scotson, for 1 tenement and 2 & 3/4 acres, 5s 10d.

In John's inventory we read:- Imp'is - one cowe price xxs Itm corne by estimatio' vs his App'ell w'th implements in the housse by estimatio' Itm.debts owinge unto ye said John Scotson desseased Leonr'de herdson de bowth xxiiis viiid Thomas kellet of same xxvs viiid for ye w'ch have layde in gaydage on pa'cell of medow intyll it be paid. willm keyne jun'r upo' a gaidge xxs Rychard Scotson xxs Itm. the said Rych upon one gaidge xlvis viiid John Sawray balife xs, Summa totalis £ix xviiis viid.

The late 16 century wills left by John Scotson of Abbott Park in 1584 and another John Scotson of Abbott Park in 1589, provide some detail of small scale husbandmen, holding their land by tenant-right from the Crown, descendants of the tenants of Furness Abbey and although they themselves must be the ancestors of the later Scotsons of Abbott Park, alas, documentary proof is wanting.

Husbandmen were able to provide a subsistence living for a family but very few indeed became rich by tilling the soil and stock caring. One way of utilising any 'overpush' which they might eke out from their labours in the fields, however, was to provide a banking service to neighbours in need of ready cash, and lend it out at interest from them to pay off debts and/or buy new stock.

What the intentory, taken on 3 August 1584, of the goods and chattels of John Scotson of Abbot Park, does reveal is a real clue (not fully appreciated for some time) to the mysterys as to how his descendant Thomas Scotson c.1628-1691 became a comparitively wealthy man, not a 'millionaire' but still rich enough to send his three sons to school (almost certainly Hawkshead Grammar School) and the young one, on to university.

In John's inventory we read:- Imp'is - one cowe price xxs Itm corne by estimatio' vs his App'ell w'th implements in the housse by estimatio' Itm.debts owinge unto ye said John Scotson desseased Leonr'de herdson de bowth xxiiis viiid Thomas kellet of same xxvs viiid for ye w'ch have layde in gaydage on pa'cell of medow intyll it be paid. willm keyne jun'r upo' a gaidge xxs Rychard Scotson xxs Itm. the said Rych upon one gaidge xlvis viiid John Sawray balife xs, Summa totalis £ix xviiis viid. 
SCOTSON John (I1)
 
34 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

Elizabeth Scotson, Thomas's widow mae her will on 7 June 1707, making various bequests including "to Margaret Tompson my sister £3", "to Thomas Scotson of Abbey Park (grandson)," to Thomas Turner of Oxen Park (grandson) my gold ring", and making "Robert Turner of Oxenparke my son-in-law and William Keen of Brandrickhead my Grandson ffeo fees in trust". 
UNKNOWN Elizabeth (I12)
 
35 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

Evidence that the eldest son of Thomas Scotson had inherited the patrimony is provided by this entry:
On 15th May 1506, Nicholas Scotson, Burgess of Lancaster, was granted a lease of certain lands at Forton by James Skypton, Abbot of Cockersand, (Chetham Society Vol 43, Rentale de Cockersand, Vol. II, part II, pp.748-49 & Appendix p.45) 
SCOTSON Nicholas (I2)
 
36 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

In John's inventory we read:- Imp'is - one cowe price xxs Itm corne by estimatio' vs his App'ell w'th implements in the housse by estimatio' Itm.debts owinge unto ye said John Scotson desseased Leonr'de herdson de bowth xxiiis viiid Thomas kellet of same xxvs viiid for ye w'ch have layde in gaydage on pa'cell of medow intyll it be paid. willm keyne jun'r upo' a gaidge xxs Rychard Scotson xxs Itm. the said Rych upon one gaidge xlvis viiid John Sawray balife xs, Summa totalis £ix xviiis viid. 
SCOTSON Richard (I4)
 
37 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

Perhaps a younger son of the Furness Abbey tenant at Lancaster was offered a vacant tenancy (caused by the Black Death in 1348-9?) on their Furness Felss estate, so bringing the first Scotson to A.P. Or - we are told that members of the Rawlinson family of Greenhead, Colton who built Colton church c.1475, fought at Agincourt on 24 October 1415; could it be that a friendship developed between comrades-in-arms during that campaign brought the first Scotson to Colton? Among the fifty archers assigned by the King to send to France, 3 Hen V, with the company of Robert Laurence of Ashton, Nr Lancaster, Esq, was one Thomas Scotson (Farrer Mss, Manche ster Central ster Central Reference Library Archives L1/50/11, p.192.) 
SCOTSON Thomas (I3)
 
38 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

The Furness Abbey Rental of 1537 shows the Scotsons had flourished for some time at Banrighed and A.P., Tenant Ryght Rental. (13 tenants, 44 & ½ acres, 72s. 4d total annuar rent), including John Scotson, for 1 tenement and 3 acres of arable 9s.3 & ½d; Richard Scotson, for 1 tenement and 2 acres 6s 2 & ½d; Christopher Scotson, for 1 tenement and 2 & 3/4 acres, 5s 10d. 
SCOTSON Christopher (I99)
 
39 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

The Furness Abbey Rental of 1537 shows the Scotsons had flourished for some time at Banrighed and A.P., Tenant Ryght Rental. (13 tenants, 44 & ½ acres, 72s. 4d total annuar rent), including John Scotson, for 1 tenement and 3 acres of arable 9s.3 & ½d; Richard Scotson, for 1 tenement and 2 acres 6s 2 & ½d; Christopher Scotson, for 1 tenement and 2 & 3/4 acres, 5s 10d. 
SCOTSON Richard (I165)
 
40 [Scotson Colton.FTW]

What the intentory, taken on 3 August 1584, of the goods and chattels of John Scotson of Abbot Park, does reveal is a real clue (not fully appreciated for some time) to the mysterys as to how his descendant Thomas Scotson c.1628-1691 became a comparitively wealthy man, not a 'millionaire' but still rich enough to send his three sons to school (almost certainly Hawkshead Grammar School) and the young one, on to university.

In January 1681Thomas had bought a messuage & tenement in Linda-in-Furness, from John Benson for £100, and on June 18 the transaction was passed in the Manor Court of Furness by the Steward there, one Curwen Rawlinson. And in July 1688 he appears to have sold the same to William Mason 
SCOTSON Thomas (I11)
 
41 [Scotson Heapey.FTW]

Bachelor 
SCOTSON Robert (I20)
 
42 [Scotson Heapey.FTW]

Died a spinster in 1842 
SCOTSON Jane (I18)
 
43 [Scotson Heapey.FTW]

Died young 
SCOTSON James (I1)
 
44 [Scotson Heapey.FTW]

Died young 
SCOTSON Betty (I5)
 
45 [Scotson Heapey.FTW]

Died young 
SCOTSON Margaret (I19)
 
46 [Scotson Heapey.FTW]

Farmer at Bodyhfredd, near Wrexham, then at Elmhurst, Preston Road, Coppull. When he died. the farm was run by his wife, then taken over by his son James who continue to run it until 1960. It was sold when his wife Lililan died. 
SCOTSON James Edmund (I91)
 
47 [Scotson Heapey.FTW]

Forerunner of many noted families bearing Lightfoot name. Settled mostly around Liverpool area. 
LIGHTFOOT Robert (I22)
 
48 [Scotson Heapey.FTW]

In "The History of Heapey Church" by Rev. D. S. Rennard (1915), there is mention of a Trust Deed 'conveying the right of Nomination and Presentation to Heapey Chapel and all its rights and privileges to the Vicar of Leyland for ever' and dated 20 November 1729. Among the several witnesses to this document is a John Scotson, yeoman, of Heapey. This is most likely to be the same John Scotson who was buried in 1732. It is not likely to have been the son John, because witnesses to documents of this kind are usually inhabitants of long standing in the community, and John's son would have been too young, having married only a month previously. 
SCOTSON John (I78)
 
49 [Scotson Heapey.FTW]

Martha arrived in Melbourne aboard the "Duke of Norfolk" in October 1865 with her sister and she was employed by Mr & Mrs Knight of Castlemaine (p.330 Book 14 of Victorian Shipping records). 
DUNLOP Martha Wilson (I28)
 
50 [Scotson Heapey.FTW]

Migrated to Chicago, USA 
WEBBE Edward Elihu (I17)
 

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