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Ellen FORREST
of Samlesbury, Lancashire
Ancestors
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Unknown FORREST
~1754 - ~1804
William FORREST
1795 - 1844
Brick maker of Blackburn, Lancashire
 
Ellen FORREST
1821 - ~1881
of Samlesbury, Lancashire
 
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Ellen FORREST
1821 - ~1881
of Samlesbury, Lancashire
Narrative and Notes

Ellen was baptized in Blackburn on 21 Jul 1821 by William and Mary FORREST of Samlesbury. No baptisms were conducted in Samlesbury between 15 Jul and Sep 16 1821, perhaps the church or minister were unavailable.

Ellen's mother died in 1826 shortly after her sister Ann was baptized in Samlesbury by Wiliam and Mary FORREST of Mellor. Her father remarried, to Nancy ELLISON in 1832, however her step-mother also died in 1838, and the family appeared to have broken up.

In 1841 she was living in 'club houses' on Mellor Lane, the main East-West road through Mellor. She and the family she was staying with were all described as cotton weavers. Club houses were built by subscription to a building club, so the place name was likely a reference to a set of newly built cottages, possibly with weaving shops forming an integral part of the design.

Her father was living alone in Blackburn, and her younger sister, Ann, and half-brother James, were living with relatives - possibly their grandfather and uncle) - at Wagtail, Duke's Brow.

It's unclear what happened to Ellen after 1841. She probably married, although who, when and where they were living in 1851 is unknown. By then hand looms were being out-competed by power-looms and factories, and the Mellor population was moving away.

In 1851, several of the families in the 'club houses' were in Blackburn, including some close neighbours who were giving lodgings to Ellen's half-brother James. It's possible that she was in contact with James, had made the introduction to the lodgings, but being married was elsewhere in 1851.

Timeline
Personal Family World
Date
Age*
Event
Place
1821
0
Birth 
Samlesbury, Lancashire
22 Jul 1821
0
Baptism 
St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn, Lancashire, England
7 Jun 1841
20
Census 
2
Mellor Lane, Mellor, Lancashire
21 Oct 1844
23
Death of father William FORREST 
 

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

 
3
Blackburn, Lancashire
13 Apr 1854
33
Marriage of half brother James FORREST and (Caroline) Elizabeth ARCHIBALD 
45
Saint Mary, Blackburn, Lancashire, England
5 Dec 1889
68
Death of half brother James FORREST 
6
The Infirmary, Blackburn, Lancashire
Documented age, Calculated age, Estimated age
Citations
1 - 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

2 - 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

Place: Mellor

Census Route: ... > Longworth > Mellor Top > Finches > Moor Edge > Popes > Caning Leach > Alexanders > Popes > Part of Throstles Nest > Anderton House > Bann > Dungeon > Cookesam Raw > Bunker Lane > Byskin Lane > Long raw > Wurble Heigh > Winney Brow > Reaps > King Bank > Watery gate > White Craft > Hobgreen > Up Mellor Lane > Clubhouses

Address: Clubhouses

Name

Sex

Age

Occupation

Whether born in same County

Whether Born in Scotland Ireland or Foreign Parts

James Chadwick

Male

75

Cotton weaver

y

Genny Chadwick

Female

50

Cotton weaver

y

Ellen Forrest

Female

15

Cotton weaver

y

Mathew Carter

Male

15

Cotton weaver

y

3 - 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

4 - 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

5 - St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn Parish Records
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6 - 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