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.

 

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.  Elizabeth Johnson

2.  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

(c1825-1908)

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 was buried at the local parish church of St Thomas Norbury on 7 September 1854, and Thomas was buried there on 10 January 1864.  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 her parents. 

 

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

 

1.  Sarah Pownall

2.  Thomas Pownall

3.  Mary Pownall

4.  John Pownall

5.  Elizabeth Pownall

6.  George Pownall

7.  James Pownall


(1829-1889)

(c1832-1908)

(c1834-1856)

(c1836-1886)

(c1839-1913)

(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.

 

 

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.  Elizabeth Johnson

2.  Thomas Johnson

3.  Hannah Johnson

4.  Mary Ann Johnson

5.  John Johnson

6.  James Johnson


(c1835-1865)

(c1838-1868)

(1841- 1903)

(1847-1858)

(c1850-?)

(c1854-?)



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.  William Hallworth

2.  Hannah Hallworth

3.  Samuel Hallworth

4.  Mary Hallworth

5.  George Hallworth

6.  James Hallworth

7.  Alice Hallworth

8.  Phillip Hallworth

9.  Elizabeth Hallworth

10.  Matthew Hallworth

11.  Enoch Hallworth

12.  Noah Hallworth


(1850-1910)

(1851-1917)

(1856-1885)

(c1857-?)

(1860-1906)

(1862-1933)

(1864-?)

(1866-1911)

(1866-?)

(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.

 

 

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 twelve children:

 

1.  Elizabeth Pownall

2.  Alice Pownall

3.  Mary Pownall

4.  James Pownall

5.  John Pownall

6.  Albert Pownall

7.  Isaac Pownall

8.  Samuel Pownall

9.  Maria Pownall

10.  Jane Pownall

11.  William Pownall

12.  Sarah Pownall


(1854-1900)

(1856-1928)

(1858-1925)

(1860-1905)

(1862-1932)

(1864-1921)

(1866-1888)

(1866-1869)

(1868-1929)

(1870-1951)

(1875-?)

(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 six children:

 

1.  Moses Pownall

2.  Fanny Pownall

3.  Walter Pownall

4.  Joel Pownall

5.  Miriam Pownall

6.  Harry Pownall


(1858-1917)

(1860-1916)

(1862-1904)

(1866-1922)

(1868-1929)

(1870-?)

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.  James Pownall (Ridgway)

2.  Catherine Ridgway

3.  Sarah Ridgway

4.  Thomas Ridgway

5.  Martha Ridgway

6.  Eliza Ridgway

7.  Cornelius Ridgway

8.  Seth Ridgway

9.  Charles Ridgway

10.  Samuel Ridgway


(1861-1930)

(1865-?)

(1867-?)

(1870-1955)

(1872-?)

(1874-?)

(1877-1937)

(1879-1940)

(1881-?)

(1883-?)


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

Matthew died 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 two sons:

 

1.  Ezra Pownall

2.  Joseph Pownall


(1866-1937)

(1875-1950)

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.  Annie Pownall

2.  Dora Pownall

3.  Sarah Ann Pownall

4.  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:

 

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 Norbury in 1882, and lived near the rest of the family in Bosden.  John and Martha had seven children:

 

1.  Hannah Johnson

2.  Bertha Johnson

3.  Dora Johnson

4.  Thomas Johnson

5.  Susannah Johnson

6.  Shadrach Johnson

7.  Charles Johnson


(1882-?)

(1884-?)

(1885-1922)

(c1888-?)

(1890-1972)

(1891-1967)

(1893-?)





m. William Henry Price, 1915

m. Hannah Dewhust, 1930

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 in 1886, and the couple had three children, all born in Liverpool:

 

1.  James Johnson

2.  John Johnson

3.  Lily Johnson


(c1886-?)

(c1889-?)

(c1895-?)


William Hallworth, oldest son of William Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1850, and like most of the men in his family worked as a coal miner.  He married a woman named Hannah, and lived all his life in Chapel Street/London Road, Bosden near many of his relatives.  William and Hannah had five sons:

 

1.  James Hallworth

2.  Frank Hallworth

3.  Philip Hallworth

4.  William Hallworth

5.  Enoch Hallworth


(1874-1951)

(1879-1954)

(1882-?)

(1885-1955)

(1892-1963)

m. Esther Adshead, 1917

m. Edith Fidler, 1902

m. Florence Oldham, 1905

m. Sarah Poole, 1906

m. Margaret Pearson, 1913

Hannah died on 20 May 1905 and William on 22 April 1910.  They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard.

 

 

Hannah Hallworth, daughter of Robert Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1851, and married Samuel Millward, a coal miner, at St Mary's Church, Stockport in 1872.  Samuel was born in Macclesfield in 1851, and was the son of Mark Millward (another coal miner) and his wife Hannah Edge.  Hannah and Samuel had eight children, all born in Hazel Grove:

 

1.  William Millward

2.  Sarah Ann Millward

3.  Bertha Millward

4.  James Millward

5.  Alice Millward

6.  Mary Millward

7.  Elizabeth Millward

8.  Martha Millward


(1875-1850)

(1876-1959)

(1880-1963)

(1883-1952)

(c1885-1967)

(1887-1961)

(1890-?)

(1892-?)

m. Mary Ann Bennett, 1895

m. Samuel Potts, 1899

m. William Heaps, 1904



m. James Eccles, 1908

Samuel was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 17 August 1907 and Hannah on 22 January 1917. 

 

 

Samuel Hallworth, son of Robert Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1856, and by the age of 15 was already a coal miner like his father.  He married Ellen Smith at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1874, and the couple lived in Hazel Grove, where their six children were born:

 

1.  Ernest Hallworth

2.  Alice Hallworth

3.  James Hallworth

4.  George Smith Hallworth

5.  Daniel Hallworth

6.  Samuel Hallworth


(1879-1946)

(1880-?)

(1881-1904)

(1882-?)

(1883-1950)

(1885-1963)


m. Annie Bullock, 1907



m. Annie Smith, 1905

m. Hannah Jane Wainwright, 1921

m. Edith Bailey, 1910


Samuel died a few months before his youngest son was born, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury Churchyard on 22 February 1885.  Ellen was left a widow with six young children at the age of 30, but rather unusually did not remarry, and raised them on her own.

 

 

James Hallworth, son of Robert Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1862, and like most of his male relations became a coal miner.  He married Sarah Gosling, a cotton weaver, at St Mary's Church, Cheadle in 1888.  Sarah was born in Norbury in 1856, and was the daughter of coal miner Samuel Gosling and his wife Sophia Hadley.  (It is unclear at present whether there is a connection between this family and our main Gosling line.)

 

James and Sarah had one daughter:

 

1.  Mary Elizabeth Hallworth


(1889-1942)




They also helped bring up their nephew Charles Frederick Hallworth, son of James' younger brother Matthew.

 

Sarah died on 14 April 1911, and James on 29 January 1933.  They are buried together in St Thomas Norbury churchyard, along with their daughter Mary (who never married), Charles' first wife Annie, and her infant son Frederick.

 

 

Elizabeth Hallworth, daughter of Robert Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1866, and worked as a cotton weaver from a young age.  She married Albert Gleave, a coal miner, at St Augustine's Church, Brinksway in 1892, and the couple set up home in Sarah's childhood home in London Road, Bosden.  Albert was born in High Lane in 1868, and was the son of David Gleave and his wife Martha Cadman.

 

Albert and Elizabeth had one daughter:

 

Evelyn Gleave


(1894-1975)


Elizabeth was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 19 June 1934, and Albert on 9 January 1950.  Evelyn never married, and was buried with her parents on 13 June 1975.

 

 

Matthew Hallworth, son of Robert Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1869, and became a coal miner like his father and brothers.  He married Mary Elinor Rubery at St Mary's Church, Stockport in 1895, and the couple had one child:

 

Charles Frederick Hallworth


(1898-?)

m. Annie Hammond, 1920

Sadly, Mary died when their son was just a year old, and was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 23 May 1899.  Towards the end of 1900, Matthew married Harriet Hadfield at St Mary's Church, Stockport, but his second marriage was childless.

 

Charles is recorded with his father and step-mother on the 1901 census, but his presence may have led to friction, as by 1911 he was living with his uncle James Hallworth

 

Matthew was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 10 May 1919 at the age of 50, while Harriet died considerably later, in 1944.

 

 

Noah Hallworth, youngest son of Robert Hallworth and Sarah Pownall, was born in Bosden in 1871, and became a coal miner like the rest of the men in his family.  He married Sarah Hannable at St Paul's Church, Portwood in 1893, and although they were living in Bardsley, Lancashire when the 1901 census was taken, their three children were all born in Hazel Grove:

 

1.  Samuel Hallworth

2.  Robert Hallworth

3.  Gertrude Hallworth


(1894-1956)

(1898-?)

(1904-?)

m. Amelia Conway, 1914

Noah was buried in St Thomas Norbury churchyard on 23 January 1931.

 

 

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 in 1873, and the couple set up home close to other family members on London Road, Bosden.  David was born Bosden in 1854, and was the son of Joel Hallworth and his wife Martha Fowden.

 

David and Elizabeth had eight children:

 

1.  Mary Alice Hallworth

2.  Joseph Hallworth

3.  Thomas Hallworth

4.  James Hallworth

5.  Jane Hallworth

6.  Washington Hallworth

7.  Joel Hallworth

8.  Annie Hallworth


(1874-1940)

(1877-1949)

(1879-1937)

(1881-1904)

(1883-?)

(1886-1939)

(1889-1950)

(1890-?)


m. John William Wainwright, 1895

m. Emma Dawson, 1896

m. Sarah Pearson, 1908



m. Kate Harrop, 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 eight children:

 

1.  James Hobson

2.  Harriet Hobson

3.  Thomas Hobson

4.  James Hobson

5.  Sarah Hobson

6.  Isaac Hobson

7.  Annie Hobson

8.  Ernest Hobson


(1876-1932)

(1877-1944)

(1880-1884)

(1884-1942)

(1886-1964)

(1889-1891)

(1892-?)

(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 four children:

 

1.  Dora Arnold

2.  George Thomas Arnold

3.  John Arnold

4.  Samuel Arnold


(1877-1942)

(1881-1932)

(1883-1932)

(1886-?)

m. William Etchells, 1897

m. Annie Clayton, 1908


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:

 

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 two children:

 

1.  Ellis Pownall

2.  Alice Hannah Pownall


(1884-1929)

(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.  Sarah Elizabeth Pownall

2.  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.  David Pownall

2.  Jane Ann Pownall

3.  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.  Ernest Ridgway

2.  Jane Ridgway

3.  Martha Ridgway

4.  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.  Walter Smith

2.  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:

 

Nellie Pownall


(1902-?)


 

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 in 1891.  The couple had four children, all born in Hazel Grove, and christened together on 10 July 1904 in Portwood:

 

1.  Alice Pownall

2.  David Pownall

3.  Doris Pownall

4.  Ada Pownall


(1893-?)

(1895-?)

(1901-?)

(1904-?)




m. John Monks, 1921


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.  Arthur Brown

2.  Harry Brown

3.  John Dobson Brown

4.  Edith Ann Brown

5.  Sarah Elizabeth Brown

6.  William Brown

7.  Fred Brown


(1891-1951)

(1893-1948)

(1895-?)

(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 five children:

 

1.  Annie Pownall

2.  Moses Pownall

3.  Dora Pownall

4.  Arthur Pownall

5.  Walter Pownall


(1896-?)

(1897-?)

(1899-?)

(1905-?)

(1906-?)



m. Alice Furness, 1920

Edith died 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.  Matthew Ridgway

2.  Fred Ridgway

3.  Catherine Ridgway

4.  Ethel Ridgway

5.  Selina Ridgway

6.  Seth Ridgway


(1885-?)

(1887-?)

(1889-1950)

(1892-?)

(1894-1929)

(1898-?)


m. Sarah Hooley, 1917

m. Lillian Nockton, 1916

m. Samuel Hallam, 1916

m. John William Walker, 1914

m. Frederick Daniels, 1918


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. Agnes Lowe

2.  Jessie Lowe

3.  John Ridgway Lowe

4.  Edith Lowe

5. George Lowe


(1891-?)

(1893-?)

(1895-1897)

(1897-?)

(1897-?)



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:

 

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 in 1898, and the couple had two daughters:

 

1.  Elizabeth Ella Smith

2.  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 child:

 

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:

 

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:

 

Elsie Elizabeth Ridgway


(1910-?)


 

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:

 

George William Pownall


(1893-?)



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 in 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.  Nellie Horsfield

2.  James Horsfield

3.  Arthur Horsfield

4.  Annie Horsfield

5.  Amy Horsfield


(1901-1901)

(1903-?)

(1905-1976)

(1907-?)

(1913-?)



m. Sarah Mattocks, 1930

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.  Mary Ellen Walker

2.  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.



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