The original form of the English name John is the Hebrew Jochanaan, which means "the Lord is gracious".  It was popular among Eastern Christians, and was introduced into Western Europe by the Crusaders.  The name spread throughout Britain in the twelth century in varying forms, but John became the standard spelling, and one of the countless bearers of the name is the distant ancestor of this Johnson family.

 

Sarah's note: My direct ancestors include another, totally unrelated Johnson family who moved from Bridgnorth to Wolverhampton.

 

 

The village now known as Hazel Grove was historically made up of three separate townships: Norbury, Torkington and Bosden-cum-Handforth.  In 1560, a certain Richard Bullock built a smithy on the corner of what is now Torkington Park, and this building later became the Bullock Smithy Inn, giving the village its old name: Bullock Smithy.  This name understandably fell out of favour with residents, who grew tired of having fun poked at them, and in 1835, it was decided that the village would be known as Hazel Grove.  (An area called Hassel Grave near High Lane appears on a map of 1674, and an area near Poise Brook was locally known as Hazel Grove. )

 

There was an unconsecrated chapel in Norbury from the end of the sixteenth century, but the area did not have its own parish until 1834, when the church of St Thomas was consecrated at Norbury.  Prior to this, the parish church for Bosden and Handforth was St Mary, Cheadle, while Norbury and Torkington formed part of the parish of St Mary, Stockport.  There was also a strong local non-conformist movement, and several of my Johnson relations were christened in the Wesleyan Methodist chapel in Bosden.

 

 

Thomas Johnson was born in Bosden in about 1785, and married Alice Marsland at St Mary's Church, Cheadle on 2 January 1803.  Alice was born in Bosden in about 1784, and like Thomas practised the local trade of silk weaving.  They had two children who were christened in Bullock Smithy Wesleyan Chapel. 

 

1.

2.


Elizabeth Johnson

James Johnson


(1803-1885)

(1809-1879)

m. Joel Pownall, 1828

m. Mary Ann Bridge, 1831


They also raised a third child, described on one census as their daughter, but probably an illegitimate grandchild, as no father is named on her marriage certificate:

 

3.


Alice Johnson

(1825-1908)

m. William Gosling, 1846


On her children's birth certificates, the younger Alice usually gives her maiden name as Johnson, but for one child she gives it as Pownall - Elizabeth Johnson's married name.

 

Thomas and Alice lived in Chapel Street, Bosden, close to several of their children and grandchildren, many of whom initially worked in the silk weaving trade like themselves.  Later, the majority of their male descendants worked in the Norbury and Poynton coal mines - often from a frighteningly young age - while the women were spinners, weavers and factory hands in the cotton industry. 

 

Alice died of dropsy and chronic bronchitis on 4 September 1854, and was buried at the local parish church of St Thomas Norbury.  Thomas was buried there on 10 January 1864, and a large number of their descendants were also buried in this cemetery.

 

Elizabeth Johnson, oldest child of Thomas Johnson and Alice Marsland, was born in Bosden on 6 October 1803, and christened at Bullock Smithy Wesleyan Chapel on 10 January 1804.  She was a silk weaver, and married Joel Pownall, a tailor, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle on 19 January 1828.  Joel was the son of Thomas Pownall and his wife Sarah Hallworth, and was born in Bramhall on 28 May 1802, and christened at Bullock Smithy Wesleyan Chapel on 18 July 1802.

 

Elizabeth (known as Betty) was probably the mother of Alice Johnson, born in about 1825, and raised by Elizabeth's parents. 

 

Joel and Elizabeth had seven children, all born in Bosden:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Sarah Pownall

Thomas Pownall

Mary Pownall

John Pownall

Elizabeth Pownall

George Pownall

James Pownall


(1829-1889)

(1832-1908)

(1834-1856)

(1836-1886)

(1839-1913)

(1841-1903)

(1844-1923)


m. Robert Hallworth, 1848

m. Jane Pott, 1854


m. Elizabeth Bailey, 1856

m. Matthew Ridgway, 1863

m. Elizabeth Belfield, 1863

m. Mary Daniels, 1871

Joel was buried at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 8 July 1860, and Elizabeth was buried there on 10 January 1885. 1880.

 

 

James Johnson, son of Thomas Johnson and Alice Marsland, was born in Bosden, and christened at Bullock Smithy Wesleyan Chapel on 7 May 1809.  Like many of his relations, he was a silk weaver until the trade fell into recession, when he became a labourer.  He married Mary Ann Bridge at St Mary's Church, Cheadle on 12 December 1831, and lived for many years in Chapel Street, Bosden, next door to his sister Elizabeth and her husband Joel Pownall, and close to his parents and other relations.

 

James and Mary Ann had six children, all born in Bosden:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.


Elizabeth Johnson

Thomas Johnson

Hannah Johnson

Mary Ann Johnson

John Johnson

James Johnson


(1835-1865)

(1838-1868)

(1841- 1903)

(1847-1858)

(1850-?)

(1854-?)



m. Shadrach Ashton, 1878


m. Martha Bennett, 1882

m. Jane Blundell, 1886

James died in Bosden in 1879, and Mary Ann in Stockport in 1880.

 

 

Sarah Pownall, oldest child of Joel Pownall and Elizabeth Johnson, was born in Bosden on 28 January 1829, and christened at Bullock Smithy Wesleyan Chapel on 3 June 1839.  At the age of 10, she was already employed as a cotton reeler, and contributing to the family finances.  She married Robert Hallworth at Manchester Cathedral on 18 December 1848, and the couple settled in Bosden, where they lived with Sarah's parents for a while.  Robert was born in Norbury in about 1823, and was a coal miner.

 

Robert and Sarah had twelve children, all born in Bosden:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.


William Hallworth

Hannah Hallworth

Samuel Hallworth

Mary Hallworth

George Hallworth

James Hallworth

Alice Hallworth

Phillip Hallworth

Elizabeth Hallworth

Matthew Hallworth

Enoch Hallworth

Noah Hallworth


(1850-1910)

(1851-1917)

(1856-1885)

(1857-?)

(1860-1906)

(1862-1933)

(1864-?)

(1866-1911)

(1866-1934)

(1869-1919)

(1871-1942)

(1871-1931)

m. Hannah

m. Samuel Millward, 1872

m. Ellen Smith, 1874



m. Sarah Gosling, 1888



m. Albert Gleave, 1892

m. Harriet Hadfield, 1900

m. Jane Thatcher, 1892

m. Sarah Hannable, 1893

Sarah died in Bosden on 3 November 1889, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.  Robert was buried in the same churchyard after his death on 23 May 1897.

 

Note:  For reasons of clarity, this line is followed on a separate page.

 

 

Thomas Pownall, son of Joel Pownall and Elizabeth Johnson, was born in Bosden in about 1832, and learned the trade of silk weaving in his youth.  However, after the silk trade fell into recession, he became a coal miner like his brothers.  He married Jane Pott at St Mary's Church Cheadle in 1854, and the couple settled in Bosden, where they lived close to other family members in Chapel Street.  They had thirteen children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.


Elizabeth Pownall

Alice Pownall

Mary Pownall

James Pownall

John Pownall

Albert Pownall

Isaac Pownall

Samuel Pownall

Maria Pownall

Jane Pownall

Thomas Pownall

William Pownall

Sarah Pownall


(1854-1900)

(1856-1928)

(1858-1925)

(1860-1905)

(1862-1932)

(1864-1921)

(1866-1888)

(1866-1869)

(1868-1929)

(1870-1951)

(1872-1875)

(1875-1958)

(1878-1937)

m. David Hallworth, 1873

m. Thomas Hobson, 1876

m. Samuel Arnold, 1877

m. Ellen Marsland, 1884

m. Alice Hatton, 1884

m. Mary Ellen Smith, 1885

m. Martha Dawson, 1884


m. Moses Ridgway, 1887

m. Samuel Smith, 1897


m. Rhoda Webb, 1897


Jane died on 12 November 1897 and Thomas on 2 March 1908.  They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard, along with their daughter Sarah.

 

 

John Pownall, son of Joel Pownall and Elizabeth Johnson, was born in Bosden in about 1836, and spent his working life as a coal miner.  He married Elizabeth Bailey at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1856, and set up home in Chapel Street Bosden, next door to his brother Thomas.  The couple had nine children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.


Girl Pownall

Moses Pownall

Fanny Pownall

Walter Pownall

John Pownall

Joel Pownall

Miriam Pownall

Harry Pownall

Dora Pownall

(1856-1856)

(1858-1917)

(1860-1916)

(1862-1904)

(1865-1865

(1866-1922)

(1868-1929)

(1870-1944)

(1872-1874)


m. Annie Barnett, 1880

m. Daniel Hallworth, 1883

m. Mary Hall, 1888


m. Sarah Adshead, 1891

m. Alfred Brown, 1890

m. Edith Barnett, 1894

Elizabeth died at the age of 36 on 17 January 1874, while John died on 21 February 1886.  They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.

 

 

Elizabeth Pownall, daughter of Joel Pownall and Elizabeth Johnson, was born in Bosden in about 1837, and like many of the women in her family worked in the cotton trade before her marriage.  She married Matthew Ridgway, a coal miner, at St Mary's Church, Stockport in 1863, and the couple lived in Matthew's home village of Worth, near Poynton.  Matthew was born in Worth in 1838, and was the son of coal miner Thomas Ridgway and his wife Catherine.

 

Before her marriage, Elizabeth had an illegitimate son, who subsequently took the surname Ridgway: his true relationship to Matthew is unknown.  The couple had nine more children after their marriage:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.


James Pownall (Ridgway)

Catherine Ridgway

Sarah Ridgway

Thomas Ridgway

Martha Ridgway

Eliza Ridgway

Cornelius Ridgway

Seth Ridgway

Charles Ridgway

Samuel Ridgway


(1861-1930)

(1865-?)

(1867-1922)

(1870-1955)

(1872-?)

(1874-?)

(1877-1937)

(1879-1940)

(1881-?)

(1883-1954)


m. Edith Clayton, 1884

m. John James Lowe, 1890

m. John Broadhurst, 1901

m. May Bann, 1893

m. Samuel Wild, 1904

m. Joseph Smith, 1898

m. Eliza Bann, 1898

m. Ethel Warburton, 1906

m. Mary Hannah Smith, 1908

m. Laura Jane Potts, 1909

Elizabeth died in Worth in 1913 and Matthew in 1922.

 

 

George Pownall, son of Joel Pownall and Elizabeth Johnson, was born in Bosden in 1841, and was a coal miner for all his working life.  He married Elizabeth Belfield, daughter of Joseph and Ann Belfield, at St Mary's Church, Stockport in 1863, and the couple lived close to other family members in Chapel Street, Bosden.  They had five children, but only two survived past infancy:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


Ezra Pownall

Mary Pownall

Joseph Pownall

Alice Pownall

Annie Pownall

(1866-1937)

(1868-1868)

(1875-1950)

(1877-1877)

(1878-1878)

m. Elizabeth Gatley, 1890


m. Sarah Bowden, 1895


Elizabeth was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 28 November 1885, and George was buried there on 25 August 1903.

 

 

James Pownall, youngest son of Joel Pownall and Elizabeth Johnson, was born in Bosden in 1844, and was a coal miner like his brothers.  He married Mary Daniels at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1871, and the couple lived in Bosden and Bramhall near the rest of the Pownall family.  They had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Annie Pownall

Dora Pownall

Sarah Ann Pownall

Arthur Pownall


(1871-1947)

(1875-1957)

(1877-1951)

(1880-1944)


m. William Horsfield, 1899

m. Timothy Walker, 1903

m. Minnie Wood, 1903

James died on 21 December 1923, and Mary on 12 October 1937.  They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.

 

 

Hannah Johnson, third child of James Johnson and Mary Ann Bridge, was born in Bosden in 1842, and worked in the cotton industry as a cop winder, winding processed yarn onto conical bobbins known as cops.  She had an illegitimate daughter, born in Bosden, who also worked as a cop winder:

 

1.


Bertha Johnson


(1871-1939)

m. William Edward Hibbert, 1905

In 1878, Hannah married Shadrach Ashton at St Mary's Church, Stockport, and Bertha appears on later census returns with the surname Ashton.  Shadrach was born in Droylsden in 1843, son of David and Emma Ashton, and two of his brothers were given the "companion" Old Testament names Meschach and Abednego.  He was a coal miner, and the couple lived in Chapel Street, Bosden near many of their relatives.

 

Hannah was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 5 May 1903, and Shadrach was buried there on 31 January 1925.

 

 

John Johnson, son of James Johnson and Mary Ann Bridge, was born in Bosden in about 1850, and worked as a coal miner.  He married Martha Bennett at St Thomas' Church Norbury in 1882, and lived near the rest of the family in Bosden.   Martha was was a widow, born in Bosden in about 1852, and had previously been married to Charles Clough.   She had three children with her first husband, and then two daughters registered as Clough, but who also used the surname Johnson: their true father is unknown.

 

Martha had six more children after her marriage to John:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.


Sarah Clough 

Hannah Clough 

Bertha Johnson

Dora Johnson

James Thomas Johnson

Susannah Johnson

Shadrach Johnson

Charles Johnson


(1880-1941)

(1882-?)

(1884-1955)

(1885-1922)

(1888-?)

(1890-1972)

(1891-1967)

(1893-1918)

m. Joseph Frost, 1902

m. Arthur Isaac Fewtrell, 1906

m. William Arthur Hallworth, 1905



m. William Henry Price, 1915

m. Hannah Dewhust, 1930

Shadrach Johnson served in the Machine Gun Corps during WW1. 

 

Charles Johnson became a lance-corporal in the 9th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, and was killed in action near the village of Sarcy on 31 May 1918.  His name is recorded on the Soissons Memorial, which commemorates almost 4,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom forces who died during the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne in 1918 and who have no known grave.

 

Martha was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 15 March 1919, and John on 3 February 1925.  Their unmarried daughter Dora shares the same grave.

 

 

James Johnson, youngest son of James Johnson and Mary Ann Bridge, was born in Bosden in about 1854, and unlike his brothers and cousins worked on the railways, rather than the coal mining industry, becoming a plate layer.  He married Jane Blundell at St Mary's Church, Toxteth Park on 15 March 1886 (although the marriage record wrongly names his father as "William" Johnson), and the couple had three children, all born in Liverpool:

 

1.

2.

3.


James Johnson

John Johnson

Lily Johnson


(c1886-?)

(c1889-?)

(c1895-?)




 

 

Elizabeth Pownall, oldest daughter of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bosden in 1854, and worked as a cotton reeler as a young girl. She married David Hallworth, a coal miner, at St Mary's Church, Stockport on 24 November 1873, and the couple set up home close to other family members on London Road, Bosden.  David was born in Bramhall in 1855, and was the son of Joel Hallworth and his wife Martha Fowden.

 

Although David and Elizabeth spent nearly all their married life in Hazel Grove, the second of their nine children was born in Dodsworth, near Barnsley:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9. 


Mary Alice Hallworth

Joseph Hallworth

Thomas Hallworth

James Hallworth

Jane Hallworth

Joel Hallworth

Washington Hallworth

Joel Hallworth

Annie Hallworth


(1874-1940)

(1877-1949)

(1879-1937)

(1881-?)

(1883-?)

(1885-1885)

(1886-1939)

(1889-1950)

(1890-?)


m. John William Wainwright, 1895

m. Emma Dawson, 1896

m. Sarah Pearson, 1908




m. Hannah Clough, 1915


The couple both died in 1900: Elizabeth on 27 January and David on 11 September.  They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.

 

 

Alice Pownall, daughter of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bosden in 1856, and like her older sister Elizabeth worked in the cotton industry before her marriage.  In 1876 she married Thomas Hobson, a pavior, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle, and the couple lived in Chapel Street, Bosden close to other family members.  They had nine children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.


James Hobson

Harriet Hobson

Thomas Hobson

Jane Hobson

Sarah Hobson

Isaac Hobson

Annie Hobson

John Hobson

Ernest Hobson


(1876-1932)

(1877-1944)

(1880-1884)

(1884-1942)

(1886-1964)

(1889-1891)

(1892-1972)

(1894-1894)

(1895-1952)

m. Florence Ada Turner, 1894

m. John Henry Sleigh, 1895


m. Robert Bennett, 1904



m. Joseph William Goostrey, 1910



Alice was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 28 November 1928.

 

 

Mary Pownall, third daughter of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bosden in 1858, and worked as a cotton spinner as a young girl.  She married Samuel Arnold, a coal miner, at St Paul's Church, Portwood in 1877, and the couple spent their married life in Hazel Grove.  They had five children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


Dora Arnold

Martha Arnold

George Thomas Arnold

John Arnold

Samuel Arnold


(1877-1942)

(1879-1880)

(1881-1932)

(1883-1932)

(1886-1927)

m. William Etchells, 1897


m. Annie Clayton, 1908

m. Florence Henshall, 1907

m. Edith Harris, 1913


By 1901, Samuel had left the coal mines to become a fish dealer. 

 

Mary died on 30 March 1925 and Samuel on 31 January 1937.  They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.

 

 

James Pownall, son of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bosden in 1860, and is recorded on the 1871 census at the age of 11 as a "spinner of thread".  However, he quickly became a coal miner like most of the other men of the family, and worked in the mines until his death.  He married Ellen Marsland at St Paul's Church, Portwood in 1884, and the couple lived in Hatherlow Lane, Hazel Grove.  They had one child:

 

1.


Jane Pownall


(1888-1962)


James died at the young age of 45 on 2 November 1905, and Ellen on 16 March 1937.  They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard, along with their daughter Jane, who never married.

 

 

John Pownall, son of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bosden in 1862, and worked as a coal miner like most of his male relatives.  He married Alice Hatton at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1884, and the couple lived in Hazel Grove near the rest of John's family.  They had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Ellis Pownall

Arthur Pownall

Isaac Pownall

Alice Hannah Pownall


(1884-1929)

(1889-1889)

(1892-1892)

(1899-1957)


m. Florence Royle, 1911



m. Fred Bowden, 1941

Alice died at the age of 47, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 23 December 1909.  John was buried in the same cemetery on 19 October 1932.

 

 

Albert Pownall, son of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bramhall in 1864, and as a youth worked as a pavior's labourer before following his father and brothers below ground as a coal miner.  He married Mary Ellen Smith at St Peter's Church, Prestbury in 1885, and the couple lived in Hazel Grove near other family members.  They had two children, one of whom died as a child:

 

1.

2.


Sarah Elizabeth Pownall

Sam Pownall


(1888-1892)

(1894-1959)



m. Dora Massey, 1919


Albert was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 23 November 1920, and Mary was buried with him after she died on 30 July 1933.  Their son Sam and his wife were also buried in the same grave.

 

 

Isaac Pownall, son of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bramhall in 1866, and by the age of 14 was already working as a coal miner.  He married Martha Dawson at St Paul's Church, Portwood in 1884, and the couple had three children:

 

1.

2.

3.


David Pownall

Jane Ann Pownall

Jemima Pownall


(1884-1953)

(1886-1970)

(1888-1960)

m. Mildred Bann, 1916

m. Frank Royle, 1913

m. John Johnson, 1916

Isaac died at the tragically young age of 22, about three months before his youngest daughter was born, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 18 August 1888.  Martha and the children went to live with her widowed mother and brothers for a while, and she subsequently married Gervis Henry Daniels at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1897. 

 

 

Maria Pownall, daughter of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bramhall in 1868, and worked in the cotton industry before her marriage: the 1881 census records her as a "half-timer" in a cotton mill at the age of 12.  She married Moses Ridgway, a coal miner, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1887, and the couple spent their married life close to the rest of their extended family in Hazel Grove.  Moses was born in Worth, Cheshire in 1866, and was the son of Charles Ridgway and his wife Rachel Jackson.

 

Moses and Maria had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Ernest Ridgway

Jane Ridgway

Martha Ridgway

Samuel Ridgway


(1887-?)

(1889-?)

(1893-?)

(1897-?)



Maria was buried at St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 15 April 1929, and Moses on 1 August 1930.

 

 

Jane Pownall, daughter of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Bramhall in 1870, and like her sister Maria worked in a cotton mill from a very young age.  In 1897, she married Samuel Smith, a coal miner, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle, and the couple set up home in Hazel Grove, where the 1901 census shows them living next door to two of Jane's married brothers, with her parents and a married sister in the next two houses.

 

Samuel and Jane had two sons:

 

1.

2.


Walter Smith

John Thomas Smith


(1898-?)

(1907-?)



Samuel was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 7 March 1936, and Jane on 9 November 1951.

 

 

William Pownall, eleventh child and youngest son of Thomas Pownall and Jane Pott, was born in Hazel Grove in 1875, and was a coal miner like his father and brothers.  He married Rhoda Webb at St Martin's Church, Low Marple in 1897, and the couple lived in Hazel Grove near the rest of the family.  They had one child:

 

1.


Nellie Pownall


(1902-?)


Rhoda died in Rotherham in 1966 at the age of 91.

 

 

Moses Pownall, oldest son of John Pownall and Elizabeth Bailey, was born in Bosden in 1858, and by the age of 13 was already working as a coal miner. He married Annie Barnett, daughter of John Barnett and Frances Taylor, in 1880, and the couple set up home in Hazel Grove.

 

Before her marriage, Annie had an illegitimate daughter, Edith Barnett (b. 1877), who married Moses' younger brother Harry Pownall.

 

Annie died on 9 April 1906, and a year later, Moses married Dora Elizabeth Normansell at Edgeley Methodist Church.  Moses died on 19 September 1917, and Dora on 26 September 1915: they were buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard, where Annie is also buried.

 

 

Joel Pownall, son of John Pownall and Elizabeth Bailey, was born in Bosden in 1866, and became a coal miner by the age of 14.  After the death of his parents, he lived for a while with his older brother Moses, before marrying Sarah Adshead, daughter of David Adshead and Alice Minshall, at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 18 July 1891.  The couple had eight children, all born in Hazel Grove, but the four who survived past infancy were christened together on 10 July 1904 in Portwood:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.


John Pownall

Alice Pownall

David Pownall

Frank Pownall

Moses Pownall

Fred Pownall

Doris Pownall

Ada Pownall


(1891-1898)

(1893-1917)

(1895-?)

(1897-1899)

(1899-1899)

(1900-1901)

(1901-1993)

(1904-1951)



m. Edwin Bramhall, 1917





m. John Monks, 1921

m. Samuel Leigh, 1925

Joel died in 1922.

 

 

Miriam Pownall, daughter of John Pownall and Elizabeth Bailey, was born in Bosden in 1868, and was a cotton weaver.  She married Alfred Brown, a baker and confectioner, in Stockport in 1890.  Alfred was born in Bosden in 1868, and was the son of Peter Brown, a cotton spinner, and his wife Sarah.  The couple had seven children, all born in Hazel Grove:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Arthur Brown

Harry Brown

John Dobson Brown

Edith Ann Brown

Sarah Elizabeth Brown

William Brown

Fred Brown


(1891-1951)

(1893-1948)

(1895-1969)

(1900-1907)

(1902-?)

(1905-?)

(1910-?)



m. Martha Moss, 1915

m. Catherine Mather, 1920


Alfred was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 30 March 1929, and Miriam was buried there later the same year, on 7 November 1939.

 

 

Harry Pownall, youngest son of John Pownall and Elizabeth Bailey, was born in Bosden in 1870, and like at least one of his siblings, lived with his married brother Moses for a while after the death of their parents.  He was a coal miner, and married Edith Barnett (illegitimate daughter of Moses' wife Annie) at St Matthew's Church, Stockport in 1894.  They had sixchildren:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Hannah Pownall

Annie Pownall

Moses Pownall

Dora Pownall

Arthur Pownall

Walter Pownall


(1894-1894)

(1896-1961)

(1897-1978)

(1899-1912)

(1905-1965)

(1906-1983)



m. James Chatterton, 1923

m. Alice Furness, 1920

Moses Pownall enlisted in the Royal Regiment of Artillery on 7 December 1915, as a 19 year-old collier, and was mobilised towards the end of WW1 on 26 February 1918.  He did not serve overseas, and was discharged on 22 May 1918.

 

Edith died in Stockport in 1922, and Harry in 1944.

 

 

James Ridgway was born in Bosden in 1862,  about eighteen months before his mother Elizabeth Pownall married Matthew Ridgway.  His birth was registered in his mother's maiden name of Pownall, but he took the surname Ridgway after her marriage, and was known by that name for the rest of his life.  He was a coal miner, and married Edith Clayton at St Peter's Church, Prestbury in 1884.  The couple lived in Worth Clough, next door to James' parents, and had six children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.


Matthew Ridgway

Fred Ridgway

Catherine Ridgway

Ethel Ridgway

Selina Ridgway

Seth Ridgway


(1885-1930)

(1888-1968)

(1889-1950)

(1892-?)

(1894-1929)

(1898-1961)


m. Sarah Hooley, 1917

m. Lillian Nockton, 1916

m. Samuel Hallam, 1916

m. John William Walker, 1914

m. Frederick Daniels, 1918

m. Lizzie Hartley, 1933

James died in Worth in 1930.

 

 

Catherine Ridgway, daughter of Matthew Ridgway and Elizabeth Pownall, was born in Worth in 1865, and is recorded on the 1881 census as a 15 year-old domestic servant in Heaton Norris.  She married John James Lowe, a grocer's assistant, at St George's Church, Poynton in 1890, and the couple had five children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


Agnes Lowe

Jessie Lowe

John Ridgway Lowe

Edith Lowe

George Lowe


(1891-?)

(1893-?)

(1895-1897)

(1897-?)

(1897-1972)



John died in 1897, at about the same time his twins were born, and in 1901 two of Catherine's unmarried siblings were living with her and the children.

 

 

Thomas Ridgway, son of Matthew Ridgway and Elizabeth Pownall, was born in Worth in 1870, and was a coal miner like most if the men in his family.  He married May Bann at St George's Church, Poynton in 1893, and the couple had one child:

 

1.


Nellie Ridgway


(1893-1962)


m. William Potts, 1927


In addition, May had an illegitimate daughter Mildred Bann (1891-1958), who married David Pownall in 1916. 

 

May was the daughter of James Bann and his wife Eliza Daniel: her younger sister Eliza married Thomas' brother Cornelius in 1898.

 

May died in 1930, and Thomas in 1955.

 

 

Eliza Ridgway, daughter of Matthew Ridgway and Elizabeth Pownall, was born in Worth in 1874, and was a cotton weaver.  She married Joseph Smith, a blacksmith, at St George's Church, Poynton on 18 April 1898, and the couple had two daughters:

 

1.

2.


Elizabeth Ella Smith

Gladys Smith


(1898-?)

(1903-?)



 

Cornelius Ridgway, son of Matthew Ridgway and Elizabeth Pownall, was born in Worth in 1877, and was coal miner.  He married Eliza Bann, daughter of James Bann and Eliza Daniel, at St George's Church, Poynton in 1898: she was the younger sister of his brother Thomas' wife May Bann.  Cornelius and Eliza had one known child, but the 1911 census states that two other children had been born alive and died young:

 

1.


Minnie Ridgway


(1898-?)


Cornelius died in 1937.

 

 

Seth Ridgway, son of Matthew Ridgway and Elizabeth Pownall, was born in Worth in 1879, and unlike his coal mining brothers worked as a railway engine stoker.  He married Ethel Warburton at Park Lane Methodist Church, Poynton in 1906, and the couple had one child:

 

1.


Sydney Ridgway


(1907-1985)



Seth died in 1940.

 

 

Samuel Ridgway, son of Matthew Ridgway and Elizabeth Pownall, was born in Worth in 1883, and was a coal miner.  He married Laura Jane Potts at Park Lane Methodist Church, Poynton in 1909, and had one child:

 

1.


Elsie Elizabeth Ridgway


(1910-1995)

m. Wilfred Naylor, 1936

Ezra Pownall, older son of George Pownall and Elizabeth Belfield, was born in Bosden in 1866, and worked as a machine setter in a hat works.  He married Elizabeth Gatley at St Matthew's Church, Stockport in 1890, and the couple had one child:

 

1.


George William Pownall


(1893-1955)


m. Margaret Berrisford, 1920


Elizabeth was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 30 July 1930, and Ezra on 22 December 1937. 

 

 

Dora Pownall, daughter of James Pownall and Mary Daniels, was born in Bramhall in 1875, and worked as a hatter's furrier before her marriage to William Horsfield at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 15 April 1899.  William, a blacksmith, was born in Hazel Grove in 1876, and was the son of James Horsfield and his wife Hannah Hallworth.  (Hannah's mother was Martha Pownall, so William and Dora may have been distantly related.)

 

William and Dora had five children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


Nellie Horsfield

James Horsfield

Arthur Horsfield

Annie Horsfield

Amy Horsfield


(1901-1901)

(1903-1980)

(1905-1976)

(1907-1979)

(1913-?)



m. Sarah Mattocks, 1930

m. James Hallworth, 1927


William died on 19 October 1913, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.  Dora died on 5 April 1957, and was buried with her husband.

 

 

Sarah Ann Pownall, daughter of James Pownall and Mary Daniels, was born in Bramhall in 1877, and worked as a hat trimmer before her marriage.  She married Timothy Walker, a coal merchant, at Wesley Street Methodist Church, Hazel Grove in 1903.  Timothy was a widower, whose first wife Martha Garner had died shortly after the birth of their son, who himself died at the age of four weeks.

 

Timothy and Sarah had two children:

 

1.

2.


Mary Ellen Walker

Frank Walker


(1905-1958)

(1907-1961)



m. Hilda Price, 1928


Timothy was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 26 June 1944, and Sarah on 11 April 1951.

 

 

Sarah Clough was born in Hazel Grove in 1880, and was the daughter of Martha Bennett, widow of Charles Clough.  When Sarah was 2 years old, her mother married John Johnson, but is unclear who her true father was.  Sarah worked as a cotton spinner, and married Joseph Frost, a labourer from Ashbourne in Derbyshire, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1902.   The couple had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Joseph Frost

Stanley Frost

Mary Frost

Margaret Frost


(1903-1980)

(1912-1983)

(1915-?)

(1916-1917)


Joseph died at the age of 39, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 17 January 1920.  Sarah died in 1941.

 

 

Hannah Clough was born in Hazel Grove in 1882, a few months before her mother Martha Bennett, widow of Charles Clough, married John Johnson.  She married Arthur Isaac Fewtrell at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 14 April 1906, and the parish register gives her father's name as "John Clough".  Arthur, a labourer, was born in Birstall, Leicestershire in 1881, and was the son of William Fewtrell and his wife Elizabeth Elsdon. 

 

The couple lived in Hazel Grove, and in 1911, Hannah's parents and unmarried siblings were living with them.  They had one daughter:

 

1.


Susannah Fewtrell


(1910-?)

m. William Cooper, 1930


Arthur died at the early age of 33, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 13 January 1916. 

 

In 1920, Hannah married her second cousin once removed, Washington Hallworth, son of David Hallworth and Elizabeth Pownall, at Tiviot Dale Methodist Church, Stockport.  There were no children from this marriage, and Washington was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 1 August 1939.  Hannah may then have moved to Derbyshire to be near her daughter, who lived in the Chapel-en-le-Frith area; there is a possible death record for her there in 1957.

 

 

Bertha Johnson, daughter of John Johnson and Martha Bennett, was born in Hazel Grove in 1884, and worked as a cotton spinner.  She married William Arthur Hallworth in Macclesfield in 1905, and the couple lived in Hazel Grove for a few years before moving to the Barnsley area.  William was born in Poynton in 1884, and was the son of Thomas Hallworth and his wife Sarah Jane Roberts.  

 

The couple had seven children:

 

1

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Dora Hannah Hallworth

Dennis Hallworth

Thomas Hallworth

Lawrence Hallworth

Hilda Hallworth

Mildred Hallworth

Shadrack Hallworth


(1907-1994)

(1908-1989)

(1911-1996)

(1916-1987)

(1919-1998)

(1922-1992)

(1924-1995)


m. Edwin Ward, 1927

m. Ada Armitage, 1935

m. Hilda Boyt, 1933

m. Muriel Hallsworth, 1933

m. Herbert Dransfield, 1941

m. Jack Caunt, 1942

m. Kathleen Hinchcliffe, 1945


Bertha died in 1955, and William in 1961.

 

 

 

Mary Alice Hallworth, daughter of David Hallworth and Elizabeth Pownall, was born in Hazel Grove in 1874, and worked in the local cotton industry.  She married John William Wainwright in St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1895, and the couple lived in Hazel Grove.  They had three children:

 

1.

2.

3.


William Wainwright

Hannah Jane Wainwright

Elizabeth Wainwright


(1896-?)

(1901-1962)

(1901-1976)



m. Daniel Hallworth, 1921

m. Leonard Hatton, 1924


John was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 17 April 1934, and Mary was buried with him on 6 March 1940.

 

 

Joseph Hallworth, son of David Hallworth and Elizabeth Pownall, was born in Dodworth, Yorkshire in 1877, but spent practically all his life in Hazel Grove.  He was a blacksmith, and married Emma Dawson at St Matthew's Church, Stockport in 1896.

 

Joseph and Emma had seven children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Ethel Hallworth

Samuel Hallworth

Frances Hallworth

Annie Hallworth

Joseph Hallworth

David Hallworth

Emma Hallworth


(1896-?)

(1900-1901)

(1902-1980)

(1903-?)

(1906-1967)

(1910-1989)

(1912-?)




m. Lawrence Tomlinson, 1924


m. Mary Elizabeth Broome, 1927

m. Lily Hooley, 1934


Emma was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 23 January 1937, and Joseph died in 1949.

 

 

Thomas Hallworth, son of David Hallworth and Elizabeth Pownall, was born in Hazel Grove on 17 December 1879, and married Sarah Pearson at St George's Church, Poynton on 18 April 1908.  Sarah was born in Poynton in 1884, and was the daughter of Henry Pearson and his wife Martha Hooley.  Thomas was a coal miner, like many of his male relatives, and the couple spent their married life in Hazel Grove.  They had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Martha Hallworth

Elizabeth Hallworth

Frank Hallworth

Thomas Hallworth

(1909-1965)

(1911-1969)

(1913-1984)

(1920-?)



m. Doris Ashton, 1939


Sarah died at the age of 43, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 18 April 1927.  (Her son Frank and his wife Doris were later buried in the same grave.)  Thomas was buried separately in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 24 November 1937.

 

 

James Hobson, oldest son of Thomas Hobson and Alice Pownall, was born in Hazel Grove in 1876, and worked as a pavior.   He married Florence Ada Turner at St Mary's Church, Cheadle on 22 December 1894, and the couple settled in Hazel Grove, where their six children were born.  Their oldest son was born shortly before they married, and his birth was registered in his mother's maiden name of Turner, but he subsequently used the surname Hobson.

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.


Arthur Turner (Hobson)

James Hobson

Alice Hobson

Emma Hobson

Thomas Hobson

George Hobson


(1894-1912)

(1896-?)

(1900-1978)

(1902-1990)

(1904-1967)

(1906-1965)



m. William Henry Wright, 1919

m. Ewart Humphreys, 1925


Florence died at the early age of 35, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 12 March 1911.

 

James enlisted in the Cheshire Regiment on 1 June 1915, and the only children listed on his service papers are Alice, Emma, Thomas and George, so it seems likely that James Jr died between the 1911 census and 1915.  James was not sent overseas, and was discharged from the Army on 4 April 1918, being "no longer physically fit for War service".

 

In 1917, James married Sarah Ann Holliday at Wesley St Methodist Church, Hazel Grove, and had three more children:

 

7.

8.

9.


Elsie Hobson

Eva Hobson

Ernest Hobson


(1918-?)

(1921-?)

(1926-1999)



m. Peter Moore, 1948


James was buried on 8 December 1932, and Sarah on 7 February 1964: James and his two wives share the same grave.

 

 

Harriet Hobson, second child and oldest daughter of Thomas Hobson and Alice Pownall, was born in Hazel Grove in 1876, and married John Henry Sleigh, a painter, at St Matthew's Church, Stockport in 1895.   John was born in Stockport in 1873, and was the son of John Sleigh, a millwright, and his wife Sarah Thorp.

 

John and Harriet had two children:

 

1.

2.


Thomas Sleigh

Annie Sleigh


(1898-1976)

(1903-?)

m. Catherine Cartwright, 1922


John was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 11 August 1943, and Harriet on 15 November 1944.

 

 

Jane Hobson, daughter of Thomas Hobson and Alice Pownall, was born in Hazel Grove in 1884, and married Robert Bennett at St Augustine's Church, Brinksway on 6 August 1904.  Robert, a platelayer, was born in Norbury in 1883, and was the son of Joseph Bennett and his wife Mary.  Robert and Jane had two children:

 

1.

2.


Ernest Bennett

Annie Bennett


(1905-1945)

(1913-?)


Jane was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 22 October 1942, and Robert was buried in the same grave on 13 August 1954.

 

 

Annie Hobson, daughter of Thomas Hobson and Alice Pownall, was born in Hazel Grove on 17 December 1891, and married Joseph William Goostrey at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 16 July 1910.  Joseph was born in Norbury in 1891, and was the son of Fanny Goostrey, a cotton weaver.  He worked as a hat finisher before enlisting in the 6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment (a territorial battalion) on 24 February 1909, and transferred to the Cheshire Regiment Special Reserve on 2 January 1911.  However, he was discharged six months later as "not likely to become an efficient soldier", having spent over two months in hospital. 

 

Joseph and Annie had six children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.


Alice Goostrey

Ernest Goostrey

James Goostrey

(possibly living)

(possibly living)

(possibly living)


(1910-1979)

(1914-1998)

(1916-2003)




m. Richard Johnson, 1932

m. Amy Sharpe, 1939

m. Josephine Watson, 1941



Joseph enlisted in the Royal Engineers on 12 December 1915, and was mobilised on 8 February 1917, embarking for France three weeks later.  He was discharged a few weeks after the Armistice on Christmas Eve 1918.

 

Joseph died at the age of 50, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 4 June 1941.  Annie survived him by over thirty years, and died in Stockport in 1972.

 

 

John Arnold, son of Samuel Arnold and Mary Pownall, was born in Hazel Grove in 1883, and married Florence Henshall at St Pauls's Church, Portwood on 20 April 1907.  Florence was born in Poynton in 1883, and was the daughter of coal miner Thomas Henshall and his wife Maria Buffey.  John and Florence had two daughters:

 

1.

2.


Mary Arnold

Maria Arnold


(1909-?)

(1912-?)



John died at the age of 48, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 18 July 1932. Florence died on 14 April 1960, and was buried in the same grave as John's parents.

 

 

Sam Pownall, son of Albert Pownall and Mary Ellen Smith, was born in Hazel Grove in 1894, and married Dora Massey at St Thomas' church, Norbury on 19 April 1919.  The couple had one son:

 

1.


Eric Pownall


(1919-1995)



Dora died on 14 October 1953, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard with her husband's parents.    Sam then married Ruby Helen Joberns in Coventry in 1958, but died in Hazel Grove a year later on 28 December 1959.  He was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard with his parents and first wife on 1 January 1960.  Ruby died in Stockport in 1996.

 

 

David Pownall, oldest son of Isaac Pownall and Martha Dawson, was born in Hazel Grove in 1884, and worked in the cotton industry.  He married Mildred Bann (the stepdaughter of his father's cousin Thomas Ridgway) at Bramhall Lane Methodist Church in 1916, and had three children:

 

1.

2.

3.


Kenneth Pownall

Marion Pownall

John Pownall


(1920-1921)

(1921-1926)

(1925-1980)




m. Hilda Gladys Jones, 1948

David was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 9 May 1953, and Mildred on 29 January 1958.  Their children Kenneth and Marion, who died young, share the same grave.

 

 

Jane Ann Pownall, daughter of Isaac Pownall and Martha Dawson, was born in Hazel Grove in 1894, and married Frank Royle at Bramhall Lane Methodist Church in 1913. Like Jane, Frank was born in Hazel Grove in 1894, and was the son of coal miner William Royle and his wife Sarah Ann.  Frank and Jane had two sons:

 

1

2.


William Royle

David Royle


(1916-1987)

(1918-1998)



m. Marion Jose Newton, 1930


Frank died on 14 March 1951, and Jane on 14 November 1970.  They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.

 

 

Jemima Pownall, youngest child of Isaac Pownall and Martha Dawson, was born in Hazel Grove in 1888, and married John Johnson, a clerk, at Bramhall Lane Methodist Church in 1916.  John was born in Hazel Grove in about 1889, and was the son of James Johnson, a hat setter, and his wife Eliza Hallworth.  (John does not seem to be related to our direct Johnson line.)

 

John and Jemima had two sons:

 

1.

2.


Frederick Johnson

Jack Johnson


(1916-?)

(1922-?)


John died on 7 March 1948, and Jemima on 19 March 1960.  They are buried in the same grave as John's parents in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.

 

 

Alice Pownall, oldest child of Joel Pownall and Sarah Adshead, was born in Hazel Grove in 1893, and married Edwin Bramhall at St Mary's Church, Stockport in 1913.  Edwin, who worked in the cotton industry, was born in Stockport in 1895, and was the son of John Bramhall and his wife Mary Hannah Watson.  Alice and Edwin had two children:

 

1.

2.


Doris Bramhall

Edwin Bramhall


(1914-?)

(1917-1917)


Alice died in 1917 in childbirth or shortly afterwards, and her son Edwin died within a few weeks.  Her widower Edwin then married Kate Elizabeth Williams in 1919, and died in Stockport in 1934.

 

 

Doris Pownall, daughter of Joel Pownall and Sarah Adshead, was born in Hazel Grove on 19 September 1901, and married John Monks in Stockport in 1921.  The couple had two children:

 

1.

2.


John Monks

Irene Monks


(1921-1983)

(1922-?)


Doris died in Stockport in June 1993.

 

 

Ada Pownall, youngest daughter of Joel Pownall and Sarah Adshead, was born in Hazel Grove in 1904, and married Samuel Leigh in Stockport in 1925.  The couple lived in Stockport for a few years, before moving to Leicester.  They had three children:

 

1.

2.

3.


Samuel Leigh

(living)

(living)


(1927-1995)


Ada died in Leicester in 1951.

 

 

Harry Brown, second son of Alfred Brown and Miriam Pownall, was born in Hazel Grove in 1893, and married Martha Moss at St Thomas' Church, Norbury on 10 July 1915.  Like her husband, Martha was born in Hazel Grove in 1893, and was the daughter of coal miner Walter Moss and his wife Eliza Wade.  Harry and Martha had one child:

 

1.


Walter Moss Brown


(1922-1989)

m. Gladys Mildred Walton, 1944


Harry was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 4 March 1948, and Martha on 15 December 1978.

 

 

Fred Ridgway, second son of James Ridgway and Edith Clayton, was born in Worth near Poynton in 1888, and like his father and brothers worked in the local coal mines.  He married Lilian Nockton at St John's Church, Bollington on 8 April 1916, and the couple lived in or near Macclesfield.  Lilian was born in Bollington on 20 June 1893, and was the daughter of James Nockton and his wife Mary Brocklehurst. 

 

Fred and Lilian had two children:

 

1.

2.


Douglas Ridgway

Doris Enid Ridgway


(1916-1983)

(1923-1977)


m. Margaret Davenport, 1940

m. George Leah Hill, 1946

Fred died in Macclesfield in 1968, and Lilian in 1975.

 

 

George William Pownall, only child of Ezra Pownall and Elizabeth Gatley, was born in Hazel Grove in 1893 and worked in the local hatmaking industry.  He married Margaret Berrisford in St George's Church, Stockport on 27 December 1920, and the couple spent their married life in Stockport.  Margaret was born in Stockport in 1899, and was the daughter of Ralph Benjamin Berrisford and his wife Margaret Fairclough.

 

George and Margaret had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


George Pownall

Alfred Pownall

(living)

(living)

(1921-1998)

(1928-1994)


m. Audrey Denise Cross, 1943


George died in Stockport in 1956, and Margaret in 1963.

 

 


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