Part 141c – Smith Robertson Genealogy – 1865 Baptism - Great-Grandmother Mary Alice (née Crossley) Goodey

08 December 2009


It is amazing at times what one can find on the Internet. From the website Todmorden and Walsden, there is a brief discussion of gg-grandparents Abraham and Hannah (née Newall) Crossley. There is considerable information regarding the Crossley surname.

According to the Todmorden and Walsden website the Crossley family “by 1851 had moved to number 34 (Square Road). Abraham died at number 34 in 1864, about 30 years after first arriving on the road. He was still working as a mechanic. The widow Hannah remained in the house with her unmarried daughters Alice and Mary. They had moved away by 1881.

From my records, my gg-grandfather Abraham Crossley died 21 March 1864.

Great-grandmother Mary Alice Crossley was born 23 December 1864, and as noted in Part 140c the informant was Hannah Crossley, possibly my ggg-grandmother Hannah (née Newall) Crossley.

I’m curious. The write up stated that “The widow Hannah remained in the house with her unmarried daughters Alice and Mary.” Could great-grandmother’s name, Mary Alice have been created from a combination of the names of her aunts, my gg-grandaunts Alice and Mary? According to my current information, gg-grandaunts Mary and Alice were ggg-grandmother Hannah’s eldest and youngest daughters, respectively. (You can see their positions in the family on the Crossley Descendant Chart, I introduced in Part 132c.)

And my intent was to only present the page of the Register which includes the Baptismal Entry. I discovered the page on the microfilm FHL [1542167], Item 1, Parish registers for Walsden, 1845-1933, Chapelry of Walsden (Lancashire), Church of England.

My transcription follows –
Page 178
BAPTISMS solemnized in the New Parish of WALSDEN, in the County of LANCASTER, in the years 1864 and 1865
When Baptized. – 1865 Feby 1st No. - 1410
Child’s Christian Name. – Mary Alice
Parents Names.
Christian. – William and Elizabeth
Surname. – Crossley
Abode. – Square
Quality, Trade, or Profession. – Overlooker
By whom the Ceremony was performed. – Wm Holmes Orr? Curate




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