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Harry Jackson

1881 - 1962


Harry and his second wife Ruth in 1924.

Father George Jackson
Mother Mary Gilbert
1st Wife Sarah Elizabeth Ellwood
2nd Wife Ruth Littlewood
Children Dorothy, Cyril


Harry was born in Tideswell on 14th November 1881 (1), the youngest child of George and Mary. His mother died when he was just 4 (2), so by the time of the 1891 census, he was living with just his father, sister Sarah Jane (who was the "house keeper" in her mother's absence), and brother John (3). By the 1901 census, Harry had left school and was working as a labourer in a stone workes. Sarah Jane and John had left home, but sister Delilah had moved back in with her husband and baby (4).

Harry married Elizabeth Ellwood from Litton, on 24th November 1902, at which time he called himself a "quarryman", so he was obviously still at the stone works, but had maybe become a little more than a general labourer (5). They set up home in Litton where their only daughter Dorothy was born on 4th March 1905 (6), and their only son Cyril followed three years later on 26th May 1908 (7), a few months after Harry had joined the railway as a labourer (13).

The next chapter in Harry's life is a little unclear, but family tradition has it that he discovered that Elizabeth was pregnant by another man (a Mr Cartledge from either Tideswell or Litton), and she was thrown out of the family home. She is said to have died giving birth to the child (named Iris), and been cremated a pauper in Stockport (7) (I remember Iris from my childhood, but I have so far been unable to confirm any details of the story).

Whatever the facts of the split from Elizabeth, they were seperated by the time of the 1911 census (11), at which time Harry, who was then working as a platelayer on the railway, was lodging at a house in Cressbrook with his son Cyril, whilst his daughter Dorothy was staying with his cousin, once removed, Harriet Hall in Tideswell (12).

In 1920 he was promoted to a sub-ganger at work, and he married again in the summer of 1921 - this time to Ruth Littlewood (7)(8). By the time of his daughter Dorothy's marriage in 1925, they had moved to Litton Slack (9). He seemingly spent the rest of his life there, but very little more is known of him other than the fact that he was a member of the Oddfellows, and he retired in March 1950 (13). He died in the Royal Hospital in Sheffield on 8th June 1962 (10).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Birth Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where born Name Sex  Name and surname of father Name, surname and maiden surname of mother Occupation of father Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Fourteenth
    November
    1881
    Tideswell
    Harry Boy George
    Jackson
    Mary
    Jackson
    formerly
    Gilbert
    Railway
    labourer
    George
    Jackson
    Father
    Tideswell
    Twenty
    eighth
    November
    1881
  2. Death Certificate from Registration District of Sheffield states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description
    and residence of informant
    When registered
    Twelfth
    August
    1886
    Tideswell
    RSD
    Mary
    Jackson
    Female 49
    years
    Wife of
    George
    Jackson
    a Railway
    Labourer
    General debility
    of long standing
    with Pulmonary
    Degeneration
    Certified by
    Thomas H Parke
    M.R.C.S.
    Clement Jackson
    son
    present at the death
    Tideswell
    Thirteenth
    August
    1886
  3. Census of 5th April 1891 reads:
    Place: Town End, Tideswell
    George Jackson Head Widr 55 Railway Labourer Employed [Derbyshire], Abney
    Sarah Jane Do dau Single 20 House Keeper   Do, Tideswell
    John Do son   17 Engine Tenter Employed Do, Do
    Harry Do son   9 Scholar   Do, Do
  4. Census of 31st March 1901 reads:
    Place: Gordon Road, Tideswell
    George Jackson Head Widr 63 Railway Labourer Worker [Derbyshire], [Tideswell]
    Harry Do Son S 19 General Labourer Stone Work Worker Do, Do
    Delilh Naden Daur M 23     Do, Do
    Evan Naden Grandson S under one month     Do, Do
    John Naden Son in law M 24 Lime Stone Quarryman Worker Do, Buxton
  5. Marriage Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    1902 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the town of Tideswell in the County of Derby
    When married Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of marriage Father's name and Surname Rank or Profession of father
    Nov: 24
    1902
    Harry Jackson 21 Bachelor Quarryman Gordon Road George Jackson Plate layer
    Sarah Elizabeth
    Ellwood
    20 Spinster - Litton Charles Ellwood Watchman
    Midland Ry
    Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after banns
    in the presence of Charles Ellwood, Ethel Furniss
  6. Birth Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where born Name Sex  Name and surname of father Name, surname and maiden surname of mother Occupation of father Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Fourth
    March
    1905
    Litton
    Dorothy Girl Harry
    Jackson
    Sarah
    Elizabeth
    Jackson
    formerly
    Ellwood
    Limestone
    Quarrier
    Harry Jackson
    Father
    Litton
    First April 1905
  7. Information from living relatives.
  8. The indexes to the marriage registrations indicate that Harry Jackson and Ruth Littlewood's marriage was reqistered in Chapel-en-le-Frith in the 3rd quarter of 1921.
  9. Marriage Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    1925 Marriage solemnized at the Primitive Mthodist Chapel, Market Street, Tideswell in the District of Bakewell in the County of Derby
    When married Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of marriage Father's name and Surname Rank or Profession of father
    27th June 1925 Victor Arnold Sheldon 25 years Bachelor Railway Assistant Controller Cressbrook, Litton William Sheldon Overlooker at Cotton Doubling Mill
    Dorothy Jackson 20 years Spinster Cop Winder at Cotton Doubling Mill Litton Slack, Litton Harry Jackson Railway Platelayer
    Married in the Primitive methodist Chapel according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Primitive Methodists by Certificate
    in the presence of Harry Jackson, Maggie Robinson
  10. Death Certificate from Registration District of Sheffield states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description
    and residence of informant
    When registered
    Eighth
    June 1962
    Royal
    Hospital
    Sheffield
    Harry
    JACKSON
    Male 80 years of Litton Slck
    near Millers Dale
    Railway
    Platelayer
    (retired)
    Pulmonary embolism due to
    venous thrombosis in the legs
    due to carcinoma of the Prostate
    Certified by Alan P Lockwood
    Coroner for City of Sheffield
    after post mortem without
    Inquest
    R. Jackson
    Widow of deceased
    Litton Slack
    near Millers Dale
    Buxton
    Twelfth
    June
     
     
     
    1962
  11. Census of 2rd April 1911 reads:
    Robert Ponsomby Head 52 Married         Black Smith Limestone Works Worker   Derbyshire, Bakewell
    - Robert's wife and children -
    Harry Jackson Boarder 29 Married         Platelayer (Railway) Midland Railway Worker   Derbyshire, Tideswell
    Cyril Jackson Boarder 2                   Derbyshire, Tideswell
    Number of Rooms: 6
    Postal Address: No 64 Top Cottages, Cressbrook, Derbyshire
  12. Census of 2rd April 1911 reads:
    Harriet Hall Head 60 Widow         Cotton Reeler Cotton Mill Worker   Derbys, Tideswell
    Laura Hall daughter 23 Single         House work       Derbys, Tideswell
    Dorothy Jackson Visitor 6           school       Derbys, Litton
    Number of Rooms: 4
    Postal Address: Condliffe Terrace, Tideswell, Derbyshire
  13. Ledger giving the service history of employees of the Way & Works department of the Peak Line between Buxton and Ambergate. Transcribed by Glynn Waite of the Rowsley Association. Entry reads:
    Surname Forenames D.O.B. Date entered service Home station Marital status Address Notes
    Jackson Harry 14/11/1888 23/3/1908 Monsal Dale Married Lower Terrace Road, Tideswell. Changed to Litton Slack near Millers Dale, and later to Slack near Cressbrook. Joined as a Labourer. Promoted to Sub-Ganger 'A' 01.01.1920. Transferred from Chinley Section to Matlock Section 06.10.1941. Retired 19.03.1950. Member of the Oddfellows.



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