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Tagged With: James Burnley

The value of Wills

I have collected over 50 Wills in the course of my family history research, ranging in date from 1802 to 1975.  One of the reasons I focussed my efforts on particular branches of the family was the likelihood of their leaving Wills, as well as being of sufficient local importance to feature in various archives.  … Continue reading »

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Love and marriage in 1794

Two brothers, James and William Burnley had a double wedding on Thursday 11 December 1794 in the Anglican parish church of St Peters, Birstall.   James was 40 years old – rather late by the average for the time – and his brother William 10 years younger.  Whatever had led up to this joyous occasion, it … Continue reading »

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Longing for a villain

Those virtuous Georgian/Victorian ancestors begin to grate after a while.  Contemporary tributes and obituaries grow more fulsome as the 19th century progresses:- William Burnley  (1724-1813) from his memorial inscription,  his memory yet lives, as a bright example to the Church of his devotedness to his friends and acquaintances, of sincerity of heart and integrity. His … Continue reading »

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The Master Worsted Spinners

The master worsted spinners – An occupational category from the Census denoting employer viz mill owner (not a skilled operative) and his product – fine yarn. My story is about five generations of a Yorkshire mill owning family –  their rise from cottage industry to wealthy manufacturers and property owners.  Their surname was Burnley and they lived in Gomersal, … Continue reading »

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