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William FORREST
Brick maker of Blackburn, Lancashire
Ancestors
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Unknown FORREST
~1754 - ~1804
William FORREST
1795 - 1844
Brick maker of Blackburn, Lancashire
 
Spouses and Descendants
Generations
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William FORREST
1795 - 1844
Brick maker of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Nancy ELLISON (1803 - 1838)
 
Ellen FORREST
1821 - ~1881
of Samlesbury, Lancashire
Ann FORREST
1825 - ~1883
of Mellor, Lancashire
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 - ~1980)
 
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)
 
A Private Individual
 
A Private Individual
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
 
A Private Individual
A Private Individual
 
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
 
A Private Individual
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Frank NORSE
1933 - 2007
of Blackburn, Lancashire
 
A Private Individual
 
A Private Individual
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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 - ?)
 
A Private Individual
  m. WHITE (~1917 - ?)
 
Selina FORREST
1893 - 1977
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Edward WILSON (1894 - ~1967)
 
A Private Individual
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 - ?)
 
A Private Individual
Selina SMITH
1921 - 1997
Cotton winder of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. David LOWE (1920 - ~1980)
  m. James Hartley BYRNE (1930 - 1982)
 
A Private Individual
 
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Jessie Hannah SMITH
1922 - 1948
Cotton weaver of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Albert DOUGLAS (1921 - 1956)
 
A Private Individual
A Private Individual
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)
 
A Private Individual
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Charlotte Lucy ROYLE
1987 - 1987
of Manchester, Lancashire
A Private Individual
A Private Individual
A Private Individual
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 - ?)
 
A Private Individual
  m. Linda A NEWSHAM (1948 - 2005)
 
A Private Individual
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A Private Individual
 
A Private Individual
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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
A Private Individual
A Private Individual
 
A Private Individual
 
A Private Individual
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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)
 
Firth BAMFORD
1948 - 2022
of Blackburn, Lancashire
A Private Individual
 
A Private Individual
A Private Individual
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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
 
A Private Individual
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 - ?)
 
A Private Individual
A Private Individual
 
A Private Individual
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
 
A Private Individual
 
A Private Individual
A Private Individual
A Private Individual
 
A Private Individual
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)
 
A Private Individual
 
A Private Individual
 
A Private Individual
A Private Individual
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
A Private Individual
 
A Private Individual
 
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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)
 
A Private Individual
A Private Individual
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A Private Individual
 
William BLACKBURN
1900 - 1968
Woollen & trimming merchant sales and maker of army clothing etc of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Elsie FIELDING (1905 - 1980)
 
A Private Individual
 
A Private Individual
 
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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)
 
A Private Individual
 
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Arthur BLACKBURN
1906 - 1987
Painter and decorator of Blackburn, Lancashire
  m. Sarah J LOWE (1910 - ~1971)
 
A Private Individual
 
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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 recorded as being 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.

The record does not state that he was deceased so we might also believe that William was still alive in 1854, especially if brick-making had only taken off in 1851.

There are two 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.

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, however this family has been thoroughly researched by others and is known not to be correct.

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, some of which can be discounted:

Of these Nancy ELLISON seems most likely to have been James' mother. There are three main reasons to support this.

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

or

Of those identified:

But the first wife could have been someone different, for instance:

The 1841 Wagtail family8

In 1841 a family of four FORRESTs are living at Wagtail, Duke's Brow, all working as cotton weavers, including: William FORREST, 65-69, James FORREST, 35-39, Ann, 15, and James, 9. Neither this 'Wagtail William" nor the older James are good fits for being the children's father(s); no record of a James baptizing a James or an Ann has been found.

Ann and James are, however, good matches for being the daughter of William and Mary UNKNOWN and the son of William and Nancy ELLISON respectively. Indeed, there are no other census records for either Ann or James of the right age in/around Blackburn. The only Ann baptized in/around Blackburn of the right age, is that of William and Mary UNKNOWN as above.

The Wagtail William was almost certainly too old to be William and, given his name, he couldn't have been his brother; but perhaps he was William's father. The only matching death record for Wagtail William is Q1 1849 Blackburn 21 66 aged 76, i.e. born c.1773. Based on this and William's estimated birth year, Wagtail William would have been about 22 when William was born, and so is a serious candidate for being William's father and a grandfather to Ann and James who were living with him in 1841. It follows that James would be William's brother.

It's worth noting that the 1830s were a miserable time for the handloom weavers as more types of cloth were woven by power looms, and this caused a reduction in the handloom price for the same type of cloth; there was also a general downward trend over the decade and in 1837, wages were reduced 25% in a single year. There was widespread distress among the handloom weavers in Blackburn. In the winter of 1841 to 1842 a Committee was formed to administer relief, and their report issued in December 1841 makes gloomy reading. 7,000 people in Blackburn were having to exist off 2s. 8d per week. The section of the Report on Lammack (an area including Duke's Brow) states : "Most of the cottages in this district are handloom weavers. They were, consequently, found generally employed, but receiving very scanty remuneration for their labour, and the scanty pittance exhibiting an almost weekly reduction. The majority of persons visited were found to be hardworking, clean, managing and patient under their many and great privations. Their principal food is oatmeal porridge, with either churned or sweet milk, and potatoes stewed with a little water, salt and an onion or two for dinner". In the 1840s a pernicious system of increasing the length of the piece to be woven was prevalent. At Whalley, in February 1846, a weaver received 9d. for weaving a piece of cloth 42 yards in length.

William's potential suicide

The suicide of a William FORREST (of the right age to be William) was reported in 1844.

In 1841 a William FORREST, a warper, aged 45-49 is shown in the 1841 census lodging in Birley Lane. 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:

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 simply states the cause of death as drowning. It confirms that he was 49 and a warper. The case had been investigated by the coroner.

In terms of dates, location and profession this is a fit with William's profile. In the context of the death of multiple wives, the general economic crisis being endured by handloom weavers, and his extended separation from his children, perhaps due to his alcoholism, it is no wonder that he fallen into a deep depression from which he could see no way out.

If this was William then he would have been born in c.1794-95, and been about 38 years old when his son James was born. He would have been 8 years older than his second wife Nancy ELLISON.

Best hypothesis

In summary, from the above evidence, the best fit hypothesis is:

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

Notes about William's parents

See the Notes for William's father given as "Unknown FORREST".

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.

Other records of interest

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.

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).

William FORREST, son of Edmund FORREST, a weaver of Mellor, and his wife Mary, was baptized Aug 13 1815 in Balderston Chapel. Is Edmund a brother to William?

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.

In Preston, a William FORREST had his death sentence for burglary commuted to 18 months hard labour on 4 Apr 1837.

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.

In 1809, a Peter FORREST, 37, was convicted of 'killing and slaying' William WHALLEY, at Balderstone. Surprisingly, he was only fined 1s and imprisoned for one month.

There is a 1815 will of a William FORREST, yeoman of Mellor, in the Archdeaconry of Chester Probate Records.

Quarter session 1833 - Recognizance: Thomas FORREST, Weaver of Mellor, to appear as Reputed Father of the Illegitimate Child of Betty PRESTON of Mellor

Sureties: James FORREST of Blackburn, Weaver and William FORREST of Preston, Weaver.

Timeline
Personal Family World
Date
Age*
Event
Place
c. 1795
0
Birth 
9
 
1821
26
Birth of daughter Ellen FORREST 
Samlesbury, Lancashire
1825
30
Birth of daughter Ann FORREST 
Mellor, Lancashire
1832
37
Residence 
Blackburn, Lancashire
2 Mar 1832
37
Marriage to wife Nancy ELLISON 
10
Blackburn, Lancashire
Apr 1833
38
Birth of son James FORREST 
11
Mellor, Lancashire
23 Jul 1838
43
Death of wife Nancy ELLISON 
12
Old Dads, Mellor, Lancashire
7 Jun 1841
45
query Caution: Recorded age does not match calculated age (46).
Census 
 

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

 
13
Birley Lane, Blackburn, , Lancashire, England
Occupation: Cotton weaver 
 
21 Oct 1844
49
Death 
 

It is not clear that this death certificate relates to this William FORREST.

 
14
Blackburn, Lancashire
24 Oct 1844
49
Burial 
 

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

 
15
Blackburn, Lancashire
26 Oct 1844
49
Newspaper mention 
 

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

 
16
Snig Brook, Blackburn, Lancashire
1854
59
Occupation: Brick maker 
 

As recorded on the marriage certificate of James FORREST.

 
17
 
13 Apr 1854
59
Saint Mary, Blackburn, Lancashire, England
5 Dec 1889
94
Death of son James FORREST 
20
The Infirmary, Blackburn, Lancashire
Documented age, Calculated age, Estimated age
Citations
1 - St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn Parish Records
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2 - St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn Parish Records
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3 - St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn Parish Records
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4 - St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn Parish Records
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5 - St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn Parish Records
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BAPTISMS solemnized in the Parish of Blackburn in the County of Lancaster in the YEAR 1821

When Baptized

Child's Christian Name

Parent's Name.

Christian

Parent's Name.

Surname

Abode

Quality, Trade or Profession

By whom the Ceremony was performed

1821

July 22

No. 1833

Ellen dau. of

William

Mary

Forrest

Samlesbury

Weaver

A Garrett

6 - Balderston, St Leonard, Parish Records
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BAPTISMS solemnized in the Chapel of Balderston in the County of County in the YEAR 1825

When Baptized

Child's Christian Name

Parent's Name.

Christian

Parent's Name.

Surname

Abode

Quality, Trade or Profession

By whom the Ceremony was performed

Sep 18

1825

No.

Ann

Daughter of

William

& Mary

Forrest

Mellor

Weaver

T Exton

Curate

7 - UK 1841 Census - 7th June 1841

Note: Ages of adults were often rounded down to nearest 5 years. For example, a recorded age of 25 implies an age of between 25 and 29.

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Birley Lane

//

[William Whitehead, 45, and family]

/

William Forrest - 45 - Warper - Yes [Lancashire]

//

8 - UK 1841 Census - 7th June 1841

Note: Ages of adults were often rounded down to nearest 5 years. For example, a recorded age of 25 implies an age of between 25 and 29.

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1841 UK Census

Wagtail, Blackburn

Name

Sex

Age

Occupation

Where Born

William Forrest

Male

65

Cotton Weaver

Lancashire

James Forrest

Male

35

Cotton Weaver

Lancashire

Ann Forrest

Female

15

Cotton Weaver

Lancashire

James Forrest

Male

9

Cotton Weaver

Lancashire

9 - UK General Registry Office Death Certificate
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Superintendent Registrar's District Blackburn

Registrar's District Towship of Blackburn

1845 DEATHS in the District of Blackburn 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

432

Twenty first of October 1844

Blackburn

William Forrest

Male

49 yrs

a Warper

Drowning

J Hargreaves

Coroner Blackburn

Ninth of May 1845

Joseph Fairbrother

Registrar

10 - St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn, Lancashire
Publishing Info: Lancastershire Parish Project website
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William Forrest of this Parish

weaver & widower

and Nancy Ellison of this Parish

Spinster

were married in this Church by Banns

this second Day of March in the Year One thousand eight hundred and thirty two

By me Richard Burnet

This Marriage was solemnized between us {

William X Forrest's mark

Nancy X Ellison's mark

In the Presence of {

Joseph Fairbrother

William X Rileys mark

11 - 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

12 - UK General Registry Office Death Certificate
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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

13 - UK 1841 Census - 7th June 1841

Note: Ages of adults were often rounded down to nearest 5 years. For example, a recorded age of 25 implies an age of between 25 and 29.

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Birley Lane

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[William Whitehead, 45, and family]

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William Forrest - 45 - Warper - Yes [Lancashire]

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14 - UK General Registry Office Death Certificate
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Superintendent Registrar's District Blackburn

Registrar's District Towship of Blackburn

1845 DEATHS in the District of Blackburn 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

432

Twenty first of October 1844

Blackburn

William Forrest

Male

49 yrs

a Warper

Drowning

J Hargreaves

Coroner Blackburn

Ninth of May 1845

Joseph Fairbrother

Registrar

15 - Blackburn St John's Parish Records
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16 - 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)

17 - UK General Registry Office Marriage Certificate
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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

18 - UK General Registry Office Marriage Certificate
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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

19 - St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn Parish Records
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20 - UK General Registry Office Death Certificate
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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