Thursday 22 April 2010

Marriages of Robert Halstead b. 1839 Briercliffe d.1912 Briercliffe

Just before Easter I took the opportunity of ordering a large number of birth and marriage certificates to help try and resolve some of the anomalies in the Halstead study. The first of these certificates finally arrived yesterday after 3 weeks.

I have all of the birth, marriage and deaths from the GRO indexes as well as all the details from the Lancashire BMD project but even with these it is often difficult to work out who married who. This becomes especially difficult with some of the common pairings like Robert and Mary.

This update relates to the marriages of Robert Halstead, the son of Robert Halstead (1798-1846) and Tabitha Taylor (1799-1871).

Robert married Ellen Proctor on 30 October 1858 in St James, Briercliffe, Lancashire and they had two children

  1. John Robert Halstead (1870-1932)
  2. Tabitha Halstead (1871-)
Ellen died on 17 Aug 1874 at the age of 38.

The census records then had Robert married to a second Ellen, Ellen Clough (1848-1905) this time, on 16 April 1878 at Haggate Chapel. They had four children according to the census returns

  1. James Halstead (1879-)
  2. Mary Jane Halstead (1879-1915)
  3. Lawrence Halstead (1882-)
  4. Edwin Halstead (1883-)
There was a marriage in 1874 in the indexes that I couldn't place and this is the certificate that arrived.

This showed that in fact Robert had married for a third time! He married Mary Whitehead, a 32 year old spinster, on 8 October 1874 at the Registry Office in Burnley. He was a 36 year old widower.

Mary died in the third quarter of 1877 at the age of 35 apparently without issue. It is always possible that she died in childbirth.

This information will appear in the next website update

Friday 16 April 2010

Descendants of Francis and Esther Eves Halsted née Coles

Recent correspondence with Lorraine Wood, in Canada, has meant that one of Francis's children John Henry Halsted  has now been correctly relocated to him rather than his sister Martha.

The error occured because Esther Eves Halsted died shortly after the 1841 census leaving Francis with three young children. In fact in the 1841 census John Henry was already living with his Uncle Charles Coles Halsted - John stayed with his uncle until he died in 1866 and was joined from the 1851 census onwards by his sister Esther Halsted.

This family form part of the Sussex Chart 2 and the information will be included in the next website update.

Monday 12 April 2010

Website Update - 12 April 2010

This latest update to the website on Halstead, Halsted and Holstead research contains many updates - primarily to tidy up some of the material that is already there.

As with any large surname project like this there are always going to people that you can't link into one of the main trees and slowly these are being amalgamated. If you find someone in one of these smaller trees and have more information then pleae get in touch.

In particular the following charts have been updated in this update

- Lancashire Chart - the descendants of William de HALLSTEDES.

- Sussex Chart - is still being investigated. He had two sons William & Henry.

- Lancashire Chart - the descendants of John HALSTEAD (1778-1812).

- Essex Chart - the descendants of Isaac HALSTEAD (born bef 1785 - ?).

- the descendants of Christopher ALSTEAD (born bef 1780 - ) and Mary MARSDEN.

A full list of the recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section.

John Hanson