Part 149cp – Smith Robertson Genealogy - 1863 Marriage – GG-Grandparents William Crossley & Elizabeth Parker

14 December 2009

Good Morning,

I thought I would start this morning with the marriage of my great-great-grandparents William and Elizabeth (née Parker) Crossley. These are the parents of my great-grandmother Mary Alice (née Crossley Goodey who I introduced in Part 140c.

Great-great-grandparents William and Elizabeth were married on 10 October 1863 in the Parish Church of Walsden in the County of Lancaster. I was able to find the page of their Marriage Registration in the microfilm FHL [1542167], Item 3, Parish Registers for Walsden, 1845-1933, Church of England, Chapelry of Walsden (Lancashire).

On the page it is the second entry, Number 260.

Transcribing –
Page 130
1863. Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Walsden in the County of Lancaster
No. 260
When Married. – October 10th
Name and Surname. – William Crossley, Elizabeth Parker
Age. – 22, 23
Condition. – Bachelor, Spinster
Rank or Profession. – Overlooker, -
Residence at the Time of Marriage. – Square, Strines
Father’s Name and Surname. – Abraham Crossley, John Parker
Rank or Profession of Father. – Mechanic, Colour Maker
Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns by me,
Wm. Holmes Orr, Curate
This Marriage was solemnized between us, { William Crossly, Elizabeth Parker }
In the Presence of us, { John Parker, Alice Parker }

As support documentation, as I had discovered the Marriage Entry first, I searched for the Index entries for both gg-grandparents William and Elizabeth. This was an easier way to do it, but if I had first searched for the Index entries, I would have had to cross-reference a William Crossley to an Elizabeth Parker and match up the District, Volume, and Page Number. And this is obviously not a difficult task, but sometimes it can be time consuming. The Index Pages follow:

Sources: England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes, General Register Office,
London, England and

Transcribing and matching the two documents together –
SURNAME of Person Married – Crossley, Parker
NAME of the same – William, Elizabeth
SUP. REGISTRAR’S DISTRICT – Todmorden = Todmorden
Vol – 9 a = 9 a
Page – 299 = 299
565, 273

And then I was able to get a Certified Copy of An Entry of Marriage directly from the General Register Office.

Sources: England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes,
General Register Office
, London, England

As you can see the Certified Copy appears to be a cut and paste job of incorporating the Marriage Entry from the Parish Register and imprinting it to a green form provided by the General Register Office. The transcription should be the same with the exception of the Application (COL691086) and copy (MXC066870) numbers.

And my questions are:
  1. Who are witnesses, John Parker and Alice Parker? John Parker could be gg-grandmother Elizabeth (née Parker)’s father, as indicated in the body of the Marriage Entry.
  2. What type of Profession is a “Colour Maker”? From the website Dictionary of Occupational Titles I found the definition for a Colour Maker that may in some part apply, even though the description is applicable to the modern day. By no means am I implying that this is the occupation that ggg-grandfather John Parker had but I include it as food for thought.
CODE: 550.382-014
TITLE(s): COLOR MAKER (tex. prod., nec)

Operates machines to mix or grind daub, printing ink color, and color pigments, for artificial leather: Calculates batch size according to roll yardage to be coated. Weighs and measures, according to formula, components, such as ball mill mix, color pigments, and oils to attain colors and specified consistency. Moves components to agitator or ball mill mixers and roll grinders for processing, using handtruck. Dumps ingredients into and starts machines that grind and mix them. Collects color sample and compares it with color standard. Adds ingredients, such as white, clear, or colored pigments, or thinner to correct color discrepancies. Prepares new color batches when drum content in inventory storage is low. Lifts and moves drums, using portable air-operated hydraulic hoist. May be designated according to operation performed as Ball-Mill Mixer (tex. prod., nec); Daub-Color Matcher (tex. prod., nec); Daub-Color Mixer (tex. prod., nec); Grinding Operator (tex. prod., nec); Print-Color Matcher (tex. prod., nec); Print-Color Mixer (tex. prod., nec).
Any comments or question please feel free to email me or comment directly to this Posting.




Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith on December 14, 2009 at 5:21 PM said...

Keep up the good work!

Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I'm fairly new, as well, and have found it most stimulating, especially the Daily Themes.

Keeping telling your ancestor stories!

Dr. Bill ;-)

Jim Smith on December 14, 2009 at 8:42 PM said...

Thanks Dr. Bill... And with our surname of Smith, could you perchance know of my ggg-grandfather James Smith, of Grenada? Jim

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