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William FORREST
Brick maker of Blackburn, Lancashire
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William FORREST
~1799 - ~1885
Brick maker of Blackburn, Lancashire
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William FORREST
~1799 - ~1885
Brick maker of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Nancy ELLISON (bap.1803 - 1838)
 
James FORREST
1833 - 1889
Cotton spinner of Mellor, Lancashire
  m. (Caroline) Elizabeth ARCHIBALD (bap.1834 - 1903)
 
Firth FORREST
1854 - 1931
Cotton spinner of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Letitia 'Lettice' WILKINSON (1853 - 1928)
 
John FORREST
1875 - ~1915
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Esther RAWLINSON (~1871 - ~1941)
 
Firth FORREST
1897 - 1968
Storekeeper (Assembly Room Store - Royal Ordnance Factory) of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Mary Ann YATES (1899 - 1962)
 
John FORREST
1920 - ~1980
Paper mill worker of Blackburn, Lancashire
Robert FORREST
1922 - ~1981
Bakery assistant of Blackburn, Lancashire
A Private Individual
Clifford FORREST
1929 - 1929
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Esther FORREST
1900 - 1965
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Edward DAVIES (1896 - ~1967)
 
A Private Individual
  m. Fred SMITH (~1905 - ?)
 
Arthur DAVIES
1921 - ~1980
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Edward FORREST
1904 - 1968
Engineer and stoker at cotton mill of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Ethel E BLACKBURN (1905 - ~1972)
 
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John FORREST
1907 - ~1973
Paper mill worker of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Doris KNOWLES (1907 - ~1973)
 
A Private Individual
Jane FORREST
1908 - 1979
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. William Henry HAWORTH (1909 - 2004)
 
Royden HAWORTH
1929 - 1982
of Blackburn, Lancashire
 
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Arthur FORREST
1911 - 1982
of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Phyllis M MCGOWAN (1909 - 1967)
 
Harriet FORREST
1884 - 1951
of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Thomas PARK (~1869 - 1903)
  m. Adam GREENWOOD (1880 - 1959)
 
Nancy FORREST
1885 - 1973
Cardroom hand at cotton mill of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. William Henry BLAKLEY (1878 - ~1942)
  m. Joseph HARTLEY (1878 - ~1959)
 
Harriet BLAKLEY
1906 - 1988
of Earby, Yorkshire
  m. Thomas NORSE (1906 - 1995)
 
William Henry NORSE
1928 - 1991
of Skipton, Yorkshire
 
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Frank NORSE
1933 - 2007
of Blackburn, Lancashire
 
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Adam NORSE
1935 - 1976
of Blackburn, Lancashire
 
Albert BLAKLEY
1907 - 1977
Cotton weaver of Skipton, Yorkshire
  m. Alice Elizabeth HOGG (1907 - ~1973)
 
Rose BLAKLEY
1908 - 1972
Cotton weaver of Skipton, Yorkshire
  m. Robert W CLAYTON (1907 - ~1973)
 
A Private Individual
 
Josephine BLAKLEY
1915 - 1998
Cotton weaver of Skipton, Yorkshire
  m. James GRIMSHAW (1912 - 1976)
 
A Private Individual
 
Margaret Archibald FORREST
1857 - 1857
of Blackburn, Lancashire
James FORREST
1858 - ~1860
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Robert Archibald FORREST
1860 - 1922
Cotton creeler of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Catherine Ann 'Kate' PICKUP (1866 - 1922)
 
John FORREST
1863 - ~1939
Cotton spinner of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Selina HIGGINSON (~1863 - 1933)
 
Elizabeth FORREST
1891 - ~1983
of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. James MCVAN (1890 - 1971)
  m. Joseph CLIFFE (~1925 - ?)
 
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  m. WHITE (~1917 - ?)
 
Selina FORREST
1893 - 1977
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Edward WILSON (1894 - ~1967)
 
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Isabella FORREST
1898 - 1960
of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Ernest SMITH (1894 - 1969)
 
Florence 'Florrie' SMITH
1920 - 2007
Capstan lathe hand of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Harry SUTTON (~1909 - ?)
 
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Selina SMITH
1921 - 1997
Cotton winder of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. David LOWE (1920 - ~1980)
  m. James Hartley BYRNE (1930 - 1982)
 
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Jessie Hannah SMITH
1922 - 1948
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Albert DOUGLAS (1921 - 1956)
 
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John FORREST
1901 - ~1970
Woodyard labourer of Blackburn, Lancashire
Thomas FORREST
1904 - ~1957
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Nancy FORREST
1865 - 1944
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. James BLACKBURN (1862 - 1901)
 
Jane BLACKBURN
1888 - 1971
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Herbet BARNETT (1853 - 1943)
 
Elizabeth BLACKBURN
1890 - 1955
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
Harriet Firth BLACKBURN
1892 - 1984
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
Robert BLACKBURN
1893 - 1972
Family grocer of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Lucy A DUNN (1899 - 1959)
 
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  m. Alfred Brian DUNDERDALE (1931 - 2014)
 
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Charlotte Lucy ROYLE
1987 - 1987
of Manchester, Lancashire
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James BLACKBURN
1896 - 1901
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Richard BLACKBURN
1896 - 1901
of Blackburn, Lancashire
John BLACKBURN
1898 - 1901
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Fred BLACKBURN
1899 - 1991
Painter and decorator of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Amy SHORROCK (1903 - 1975)
 
Emily BLACKBURN
1901 - 1901
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Harriet FORREST
1867 - 1868
of Blackburn, Lancashire
James FORREST
1869 - 1946
Labourer (retired) of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Barbara HAWORTH (1869 - 1948)
 
James FORREST
1890 - 1891
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Isabella FORREST
1892 - 1976
Cotton winder (unemployed, seeking work) of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. William Arthur FERGUSON (1898 - 1965)
 
Lilian 'Lily' FERGUSON
1921 - 1975
Cotton doffer in ring room of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Jack SUNTER (~1912 - ?)
 
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  m. Linda A NEWSHAM (1948 - 2005)
 
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Margaret FERGUSON
1924 - 2010
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
 
Thomas FERGUSON
1927 - 1935
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Barbara FERGUSON
1928 - 1930
of Blackburn, Lancashire
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Elizabeth FORREST
1895 - 1895
of Blackburn, Lancashire
James FORREST
1896 - 1897
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Barbara FORREST
1899 - 1965
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. William JOHNSON (~1888 - ~1963)
 
Betty JOHNSON
1921 - 2000
Slipper worker of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. James THORNLEY (1921 - 1988)
 
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William FORREST
1903 - 1904
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Thomas FORREST
1906 - 1934
Schoolboy (infant) of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Nora YATES (1902 - ~1971)
 
William Gordon FORREST
1931 - 1980
of Blackburn, Lancashire
 
A Private Individual
 
Lily FORREST
1909 - 1928
Schoolgirl (infant) of Blackburn, Lancashire
William FORREST
1871 - 1930
Cotton spinner of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Rose Ann PARKES (1871 - 1948)
 
Harriet FORREST
1890 - 1973
Cotton winder of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Frederick BAMFORD (1890 - 1943)
 
James BAMFORD
1919 - 1924
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Firth BAMFORD
1919 - 1986
Joiner (apprentice, bench hand) of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Edna COCKSHUTT (1921 - 2011)
 
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Elizabeth 'Lizzie' FORREST
1892 - 1978
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. William 'Billy' STANHOPE (1894 - 1929)
 
Dorothy Rose STANHOPE
1923 - 2009
of Fylde R.D., Lancashire
 
Margaret STANHOPE
1927 - 1973
of Fylde R.D., Lancashire
 
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Mary 'Poll' FORREST
1895 - 1981
Cotton winder of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Luke WILSON (~1887 - ~1962)
 
Fred WILSON
1920 - 2003
Motor electrician of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Phyllis D PAGE (~1911 - ?)
 
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Firth FORREST
1898 - 1918
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Alice FORREST
1901 - 1902
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Rose 'Rosie' FORREST
1903 - 1979
Cotton winder of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Arthur MORRIS (1902 - 1936)
  m. George TOWLER (~1915 - ?)
 
Brian MORRIS
1930 - 1957
of Blackburn, Lancashire
 
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Olive FORREST
1904 - 1967
Cotton warper of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. James 'Jim' WALMSLEY (1905 - ~1953)
 
William 'Bill' FORREST
1906 - 1969
Textile fitter's labourer of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Nancy DUCKWORTH (1908 - ~1974)
 
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John 'Jack' FORREST
1907 - 1972
Clerk of Works (Blackburn Corporation) of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Edna May SCOTT (1908 - 1994)
 
Firth Scott FORREST
1937 - 1937
of Blackburn, Lancashire
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James FORREST
1914 - 1930
of Blackburn, Lancashire
Harriet FORREST
1873 - 1956
Cotton winder of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Richard BLACKBURN (1864 - 1952)
 
May BLACKBURN
1898 - 1964
of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Albert BICKERSTAFF (1896 - 1963)
 
Olive BICKERSTAFF
1930 - 2000
of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Leslie BARRACLOUGH (1928 - 1999)
 
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William BLACKBURN
1900 - 1968
Woollen & trimming merchant sales and maker of army clothing etc of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Elsie FIELDING (1905 - 1980)
 
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Olive BLACKBURN
1901 - 1981
Assistant cook of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Robert DAWES (1902 - ~1967)
 
Richard BLACKBURN
1904 - 1964
Wholesale woollen warehouse salesman of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Elsie TATE (1907 - 1984)
 
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Arthur BLACKBURN
1906 - 1987
Painter and decorator of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Sarah J LOWE (1910 - ~1971)
 
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Narrative and Notes

William FORREST was the father of James FORREST (born 1832-36) and was recorded as being a brickmaker on his son's marriage certificate of 1854. That is the only concrete 'fact' that we have about William.

That said, although he was a brickmaker in 1854, it is far from certain that that was his career. In 1851 the tax on bricks was repealed causing a boom in brick-making. It may simply be that William was drawn into brick-making temporarily around the time of his son's wedding. The vast majority of working class people in Blackburn in the 19th century worked in the cotton weaving industry.

We might also believe that William was still alive in 1854, especially if brick-making had only taken off in 1851.

There are three major avenues of investigation:

A. William was a brickmaker, not necessarily tied to Blackburn.

B. William was Blackburn based, but not a career brick-maker, although he may have been one at some point.

C. William was the birth father, but was not called FORREST. FORREST was James' mother's surname.

AVENUE A

In 1841 a William FORREST, brick maker, aged 40, is living in Bloxwich, Walsall (but not born in Staffordshire) with Maria 37, son William, 19, brick maker, and 8 other children all from Staffordshire (but no James). In 1851, Maria (born in Birmingham) is a widow and is living with 4 of her children. So this brick-making William FORREST was not living in 1854 and didn't have a (legitimate) son James.

In 1841 a William FORREST, 40-44, journeyman brick layer is living in Marl Field, Astbury, Congleton, Cheshire with Mary 30-34, Mary 15, Elizabeth 14, Jane 11, James 7, Martha LEE and Hannah GAULE. All are from Cheshire except Hannah. Mary is likely a second wife. His son James was likely the James FOREST christened in Sandbach in 1834. In 1851 James, 18, was a silk piecer and living with his aunt Jane POYZER in Congleton and his borth place was given as Congleton. As James was not born in Mellor this William and James can be ruled out.

In 1851 a William FORRESH (or perhaps FORREST) unmarried 39 - Brick maker - from Winsford, Cheshire is living with other brick makers (from all over the UK and Ireland) at 6 Ormond Street in Liverpool. At least this fits William's profession.

The other possibility is that William was the William FORREST, flagger and slater, who married Elizabeth BOLTON in 1819.

By 1886 there were brick kilns at Brandy House Brow on Grimshaw Park, very close to where the FORREST family lived at that time, through it is thought that these were only built in the last twenty five years of the nineteenth century, when William would have been a relatively old man (if still living.) Mid-nineteenth century brick makers mainly operated from temporary sites, using brick fields where clay was available, and where building projects were underway, so William could have been employed almost anywhere.

AVENUE B

If the brick-making is ignored then on balance of probabilities it is thought that William married Nancy ELLISON in Blackburn in May 1832. The evidence for this is as follows.

There are a number of weddings recorded for a William FORREST between 1811-34 in/around Blackburn on IGI:

1. Ann HEATON- Ribchester July 1828 (5km N of Blackburn) but this William was a baker

2. Mary WALMSLEY- Blackburn May 1832 - William was a blacksmith.

3. Nancy ELLISON- Blackburn May 1832 - William was a widowed weaver.

4. Jane LONGWORTH- Blackburn May 1832 but can be ignored. Jane was the second wife of a different William FORREST, a flagger and slater. (Source: Jacqueline Williams)

5. Mary SHARPLES - Blackburn 3 Jun 1825 - William was a bachelor weaver (possibly same William as 3.)

6. Hannah PEMBERTON - Blackburn 1824 - William was a manufacturer of calicos and cambrics, and can be ignored.

7. Mary EDMUNDSON - Blackburn 1823 - William was a widowed weaver (again possibly same William as 3, but not 5.)

8. Ann INGHAM at St Mary-the-Virgin, Blackburn on 23 Feb 1819.

9. Ellen CLAYTON at Blackburn on 31 Dec 1818

10. Margaret BARNES Blackburn 14 Feb 1813 - This William was a weaver, gamekeeper (in 1849) and drawer-in (in 1857.) Moulding FORREST was a son. Can ignore.

11. Elizabeth BOLTON Blackburn 7 Mar 1819, the first wife of William FORREST, flagger and slater

12. Jennet HOWARTH Blackburn 27 Oct 1818

13. Isabella MYERSCOUGH Blackburn 16 Feb 1829 - they are living in Preston in 1851, William is labourer in malt kiln born 1803/4 Goosnargh with 5 year old son called James

14. Ann HEATON Ribchester 15 Jul 1828

15. Mary ESTERBY Preston 8 October 1823

Of these Nancy ELLISON seems most probable, assuming that the brick-maker profession was a temporary or a later development. There are three main reasons to support this.

1. Nancy died on 23 July 1838 during childbirth in Mellor aged 36; her death being reported by her father John ELLISON. This places Nancy in Mellor in 1838. James was born in Mellor sometime between 1832 and 1836.

2. Her wedding date of 2 Mar 1832 fits with James' birth date range.

3. More tenuously, the naming of William's son James' children fit a pattern:

Firth - named after his maternal grandmother (Harriet FIRTH)

Robert Archibald - named after his maternal grandfather (Robert ARCHIBALD)

John - named after his father's maternal grandfather (John ELLISON) and mother's maternal grandfather (John FIRTH)

Nancy - named after her father's mother (Nancy ELLISON) ?

James - named after his father (James FORREST)

William - named after his paternal grandfather (William FORREST)

Harriet - named after his maternal grandmother (Harriet FIRTH)

If James' mother was Nancy ELLISON, then William had a earlier marriage as Nancy married a widowed William FORREST. The possible marriage sequences for William from the above marriages are:

But the first wife could have been someone different.

No baptisms of children by a William and Ann FORREST can be found near Blackburn between 1819 and 1832, but an Ann FORREST was baptized in Blackburn by William and Ellen in October 1820. An Ellen FORREST, 30, was buried in Lower Darwen in March 1821, and another aged 22 in July 1821.

Baptisms of children by a William and Mary FORREST near Blackburn between 1823 and 1832 comprise:

The Mary SHARPLES marriage in Jun 1825 is too late for the Lower Darwen family or for being Ann's mother...unless she was very pregnant. Mary EDMUNDSON's marriage in Feb 1823 fits with either family, but fits better with the Lower Darwen family. Another unknown Mary who was the mother of Ellen and Ann would be a better fit.

Several Mary FORRESTs died in their 20-30s in Blackburn between 1823 and 1832.

Nancy FORREST died in Mellor in July 1838 and only one suspected child is known - James, born 1832-1836 - however is quite possible that there were other children as we only know that James was a son of William through his wedding certificate. No parish burials of a child with father William can be found near to Blackburn during the 1820-30s, although father's names are not always recorded.

AVENUE C

There is a baptismal record for a James FORREST, who was baptized by Charlotte FORREST at St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn on 30 Dec 1835.

The possibility of suicide

The suicide of a William FORREST of approximately the right age was reported in 1844.

In 1841 a William FORREST aged 45-49 is shown in the 1841 census lodging in Birley Lane, Blackburn with profession 'warper'. Birley Lane no longer exists, but was in the Snig Brook area of Blackburn. This William FORREST was the subject of a newspaper report of a 'Melancholy suicide' in Blackburn in the Westmorland Gazette dated 26 Oct 1844. The report is as follows:

  MELANCHOLY SUICIDE - On Monday last the body of William Forrest, a warper well known in Blackburn, was found in one of the reservoirs for supplying that town with water, where it was supposed to have been since the previous Friday. The deceased, who was 49 years of age, was at one time much respected by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. He was for many years a member of the Blackburn Glee Club. He possessed a fine falsetto voice, and was well known for his musical skill and knowledge. He fell, however, into difficulties which he had not strength of mind enough to bear, and he sought relief for his misfortunes in drink. The first step taken, his downward progress was rapid; and he eventually suffered much distress. He had some time previous to the day on which he was missing talked of going into the workhouse; and it was supposed that on Friday he had left his lodging in Snig Brook to make inquiries for that purpose, having said something to that effect. As he did not return his friends became alarmed, inquiries for set on foot, and various places searched, till it was ascertained that his hat had been seen on Monday, on the side of the reservoir. Assistance was obtained, and the water let off, when the body was discovered. The untimely end of the deceased has caused a general feeling of sincere regret amongst all who knew him in his better days; and it affords another melancholy illustration of the certain destruction to which the abuse of intoxicating liquors leads. (Westmorland Gazette 26 Oct 1844)

The Snig Brook, now culverted, runs from the reservoirs in Corporation Park to near Nab Lane, near to where Birley Lane is thought to have been located. The reservoir would be a 15 minute walk from William's lodgings. This William was buried at St John the Evangelist, Blackburn on 24 Oct 1844. The death certificate could not be provided by the GRO, but their reasons were unclear.

Also in the 1841 Census, an older William FORREST is living in Wagtail, Blackburn, with a boy called James of the right age to be William's son. Note that this is the only 1841 census record with a James FORREST of the right age.

  William Forrest - 65 - Cotton Weaver - Y

  James Forrest - 35 - Cotton Weaver - Y

  Ann Forrest - 15 - Cotton Weaver - Y

  James Forrest - 9 - Cotton Weaver - Y

  Wagtail, Dukes Brow SD 669 288

On first glance it would appear that James (aged 9) is the son of James 35-39 who is the son of William, but it could be that James is the son of the elder William or an absent father.

A. Son of James (35-39) - No record of a James baptizing a James has been found

B. Son of elder William (65-69) - If this is the right James then this elder William is unlikely to be a brickmaker 13 years later aged 78-82.

C. Son of absent father - Ideally this would be William, son of the elder William. There are two records of a William FORREST baptizing a William in Blackburn: in 1793 (with Ann) and 1794 (with Betty).

The other child listed in the above 1841 census is Ann aged 15-19. The only Ann FORREST baptized in/around Blackburn that year (with a surviving record) was baptized on 18 Sep 1825 by William and Mary FORREST of Mellor, weaver(s) in St Leonard, Balderstone which is 2 miles NW of Mellor, and who appears in the list of possible children of William FORREST and Mary EDMUNDSON above.

Summary

In summary one proposed narrative would be:

A variant of this is that William did live on Birley Lane and died in 1844. James provided incorrect information on his wedding certificate...which might have been what he was told as a 12 year old.

If this is the correct narrative then the following questions are outstanding:

Notes about William's birth family

Potential baptismal records:

Notes about William's death

Parish burials:

None of right age near Blackburn and without father's name (signifying infancy)

GRO death records in Blackburn and/or Preston (the other town close to Mellor) that cannot be matched to discountable parish burials are below. It is unlikely that he died prior to death registrations becoming mandatory.

William FORREST Q1 1839 Blackburn 21 30 - no parish burial record found

William FORREST Q4 1844 Blackburn 21 10 - suicide victim

William FORREST Q2 1845 Blackburn 21 16 - no parish burial record found

William FORERST Q3 1873 aged 74 Blackburn

William FORREST Q2 1883 aged 77 Blackburn

William FORREST Q4 1877 aged 73 Preston

William FORREST Q2 1876 aged 82 Preston

Other, probably irrelevant, records

An Ellen FORREST was living in Mellor in 1841 aged '15' living with another family next door to people (Sarah COWELL, Thomas COUP) who would later give lodgings to William's son James on Ainsworth Street, Blackburn in 1851. This is possibly the Ellen FORREST, aged 23, married Seth EXTON in 1849 and they are living in Lostock, Bolton, Lancs in 1851.

A William FORREST of Eanam plumped for Mr Hornby in the Blackburn election of August 1847.

In 1841 an Edmund EDMUNDSON lodges next door to William FORREST. In 1851 Edmund is 56 from Samlesbury and lives with his daughter Sarah b 1818 in Mellor. Edmund EDMUNDSON was baptized by Thomas and Ellin EDMUNDSON in 1797 in Balderstone. Mary EDMUNDSON may have been a relative or sister in-law (although no workable earlier marriage of a Mr EDMUNDSON and a Mary can be found).

On 25 Dec 1839 the Blackburn Standard reported the marriage of Jane FORREST to James WARD, both of Mellor in the Blackburn parish church. Jane could possibly be William's sister.

Another William, a 'cotton manufacturer' aged 45 in 1841 is probably the William FORREST that is enrolled in the Mellor lodge of the Freemasons on 8 Mar 1819, age 25, also described as a cotton manufacturer. This William's wife was Hannah and had a son called James aged 13 who is likely too old to be the right James and William is unlikely to ever be described as a brickmaker. He also had a daughter Anne, also aged 15-19, who was probably the Nanny FORREST baptized by William and Hannah in 1825. This is the William FORREST who married Hannah PEMBERTON in 1824. He may have been the cotton manufacturer who left an estate of £10,000 in December 1841, so this James FORREST would become very wealthy when very young.

A William FORREST (37) was imprisoned for 6 months in 1842 for larceny with his brother(?) Thomas (30) by the Lancashire County assizes. If they are brothers then it's not clear who their parents were.

A Sergeant William FORREST of Blackburn, a weaver by profession, was discharged from the Second Regiment of Dragoon Guards on 25 Jun 1810 after 16 years and 66 days of service in consequence of the regiment being disbanded and him being worn out. He had been enlisted at age 27. He then re-enlisted for another 3 years and 338 days in Regiment of Veterans until 24 Jul 1814 when it was disbanded. His birth date would be Nov-Dec 1767 based on his age of 46 years and 10 month at his final discharge.

Timeline
Personal Family World
Date
Age*
Event
Place
1832
33
Residence 
Blackburn, Lancashire
2 Mar 1832
33
Marriage to wife Nancy ELLISON 
Blackburn, Lancashire
Apr 1833
34
Birth of son James FORREST 
Mellor, Lancashire
23 Jul 1838
39
Death of wife Nancy ELLISON 
Old Dads, Mellor, Lancashire
26 Oct 1844
45
Newspaper mention 
 

It is not clear that this article relates to this William FORREST.

 
Snig Brook, Blackburn, Lancashire
1854
55
Occupation: Brick maker 
 
13 Apr 1854
55
Saint Mary, Blackburn, Lancashire, England
5 Dec 1889
90
Death of son James FORREST 
The Infirmary, Blackburn, Lancashire
Documented age, Calculated age, Estimated age
Citations
1 - FamilySearch International Genealogical Index

Reprinted by permission. Copyright © 1999-2002 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc

Author: LDS. Publishing Info: This information has been reproduced with explicit permission of LDS

England Marriages, 1538-1973

Name:

William Forrest

Event Type:

Marriage

Event Date:

2 Mar 1832

Event Place:

Blackburn, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

Event Place (Original):

Parish of Blackburn, Lancaster, England

Gender:

Male

Marital Status:

Widowed

Spouse's Name:

Nancy Ellison

Spouse's Gender:

Female

Spouse's Marital Status:

Single

2 - Lancaster Online Parish Clerks

Baptism: 12 Jan 1834 Chapel Street Independent, Blackburn, Lancashire, England

James ? - [Child] of William ? & Alice

Born: 13 Dec 1833

Abode: Blackburn

Notes: [no surname recorded or visible]

Register: Baptisms 1800 - 1837, Page 141, Entry 3148

Source: LDS Film 560875

3 - Nancy Forrest 1838

Superintendent Registrar's District Blackburn

Registrar's District Mellor

18__ DEATHS in the District of Mellor in the County of Lancaster

No - When died - Name and surname - Sex - Age - Rank or Profession - Cause of death - Signature, description and residence of informant - When registered - Signature of registrar

71 - Twenty third of July 1838 at Mellor - Nancy Forrest - Female - 36 years - Weaver - Child Bed - The X Mark of John Ellison - Father Present at Death near Old dads - Twenty Sixth of July 1838 - Thomas Carnwell Registrar

4 - Westmorland Gazette
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MELANCHOLY SUICIDE - On Monday last the body of William Forrest, a warper well known in Blackburn, was found in one of the reservoirs for supplying that town with water, where it was supposed to have been since the previous Friday. The deceased, who was 49 years of age, was at one time much respected by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. He was for many years a member of the Blackburn Glee Club. He possessed a fine falsetto voice, and was well known for his musical skill and knowledge. He fell, however, into difficulties which he had not strength of mind enough to bear, and hesought relief for his misfortunes in drink. The first step taken, his downward progress was rapid; and he eventually suffered much distress. He had some time previous to the day on which he was missing talked of going into the workhouse; and it was supposed that on Friday he had left his lodging in Snig Brook to make inquiries for that purpose, having said something to that effect. As he did not return his friends became alarmed, inquiries for set on foot, and various places searched, till it was ascertained that his hat had been seen on Monday, on the side of the reservoir. Assistance was obtained, and the water let off, when the body was discovered. The untimely end of the deceased has caused a general feeling of sincere regret amongst all who knew him in his better days; and it affords another melancholy illustration of the certain destruction to which the abuse of intoxicating liquors leads. (Westmorland Gazette 26 Oct 1844)

5 - Forrest - Archibold

1854 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Blackburn in the County of Lancaster

No: 22

When married - 13th April 1854

Name and Surname - Age - Condition - Rank or Profession - Residence at the time of marriage - Father's name and surname - Rank or Profession of father

James Forrest - 20 - Bachelor - Piecer - Blackburn - William Forrest - Brickmaker

Elizabeth Archibold - 20 - Spinster - - Blackburn - Robert Archibold - Plasterer

Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by ___ or after Banns by me E:A:Lang

This marriage was solemnized between us: James Forrest's + mark, Elizabeth Archibold's + mark in the Presence of us, John Pilkington, Thomas Livesey

6 - Forrest - Archibold

1854 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Blackburn in the County of Lancaster

No: 22

When married - 13th April 1854

Name and Surname - Age - Condition - Rank or Profession - Residence at the time of marriage - Father's name and surname - Rank or Profession of father

James Forrest - 20 - Bachelor - Piecer - Blackburn - William Forrest - Brickmaker

Elizabeth Archibold - 20 - Spinster - - Blackburn - Robert Archibold - Plasterer

Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by ___ or after Banns by me E:A:Lang

This marriage was solemnized between us: James Forrest's + mark, Elizabeth Archibold's + mark in the Presence of us, John Pilkington, Thomas Livesey

7 - James Forrest 1889

Superintendent Registrar's District BLACKBURN

Registrar's Sub-District Blackburn Southern

1889 DEATHS in the Sub-District of Blackburn Southern in the County of Blackburn

No - When and where died - Sex - Age - Occupation - Cause of death - Signature, description and residence of informant - When registered - Signature of registrar

97 - Fifth December 1889 The Infirmary Blackburn U.S.D - James Forrest - Male - 54 years - Cotton Spinner of 42 Primrose Hill Blackburn - Bronchitis Certified by J Wheatly M.B. - John Forrest Son 42 Primrose Hill Blackburn - Sixth December 1889 - Richard Henry Catterall Registrar

Dec 1889 Blackburn 08E 304

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