~ Hannah Bradbury ~ My Paternal 2nd Great-Grandmother ~ A Lady of Many Mysteries for Me ~


My paternal 2nd Great Grandmother, Hannah Bradbury Barrett Hall.

My paternal 2nd Great Grandmother, Hannah Bradbury Barrett Hall.

Have you ever come across a family ancestor in your research that the more you find out about them the more questions you have about them? That is what I’ve been going through that last few years as I have tried to find more documents on my paternal 2nd Great Grandmother, Hannah Bradbury Barrett Hall.

For any of my readers who could guide me on “How can I find out more on English records from the early 1800’s in the Hurst Cross, Ashton-under-Lyn, Lancashire, England area”, I would be forever grateful.
For those of you who understand the English terms of the 1800’s could you look at the documents that I will post in here later in this blog and then maybe explain to me what they mean.
An example is the crime “Maliciously Wounding”, and some of the jobs that are listed that I am not sure of what they are.

Most records that I have been able to find online are from 1830 or later, and it’s believed that Hannah was born about 1829. Her mother Sarah Bradbury was born in 1813, and her grandfather Randle Bradbury was born 1784. All I know about her grandmother, who was married to Randle and was the mother of Sarah is her first name. Her first name was Margaret or Mary and she was born around 1786 in Audley, Staffordshire, England. We have no birth records on any of these Bradbury family members.
I do know that Hannah’s maternal grandfather Randle Bradbury was sent to prison in 1850 in Staffordshire, England for Larcerry and Burglary for 10 years and 2 months. Randle died while serving his time in the prison Stockport, in Congleton, Cheshire Staffordshire, England in June 1857. It does not tell where he is buried.
Randle Bradbury Prision Records 1

Randle Bradbury Prision Records  2

Death Record of Randle Bradbury

On the subject of Hannah’s mother Sarah Bradbury, I will do a blog on her at another time. Sarah’s life has left me with as many questions as her daughter Hannah. For this week’s blog I want to focus on Hannah and hopefully show my readers enough data on her, than one of you can direct me to other possible leads I might be able to follow to uncover the facts on Hannah’s life.

In my blog this week I will put in all that I have found on Hannah but I know there is still so many unanswered questions for me about her and the life of her family. Some of the stuff about the Bradbury family I learned, was through my Grandma Ellen’s biography of her father Edward Barrett. He was one of Hannah’s sons. Yet, when I try to find documents to prove or disprove facts about Hannah that we think might have happen in her life I hit a brick wall. I have even tried to research what that area of England was like during that period of time to get a feel of what their lives must have been like. I try to follow-up on any leads I find, but I only hit more brick walls and I am left with even more questions. After doing my research I now understand that those were very tough times in that area of England for the “poor working class” that the Bradbury and Barrett families were born into. They were uneducated and unable to write. For the Bradbury and Barrett families to just be able to survive it was a struggle to say the least. This meant that record keeping for future generations was the least of their concerns. I also know that those were much different times than we now live in, and some of the facts in their personal lives might have been publicly embarrassing for the family and were kept out of any public documents. Other embarrassing facts are now being found in other public documents and were not talked about then, so they were not shared in what family history was told or wrote down. I find it interesting that in the documents I have been able to find, some of the names are spelled many different ways, the facts on birth dates and places of birth are different, so how much I can count on these documents is questionable. From what I have been able to learn of Hannah, I feel that she had to have been a very strong and hardworking lady to be able to survive the level of poverty and unstable living conditions of that time. I do not try to dig up facts on her unusual life so I could judge her, but instead I want to understand how these harsh conditions of her life made her resort to making some of the choices she made to survive. I really admire her, and look up to her as a woman whose life seemed to not give her any help or kindness, yet for every known knock-down she recovered. She picked herself up and carried on and made the best out of the life until her death in 1913.
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Here is the data I have found so far on Hannah Bradbury Barrett Hall:

Map of Lancashire Parishes before 1832

Birth: About 1829 in Hurst Cross, Ashton-under-Lyn, Lancashire, England
Death: 21 May 1913 in Kexborough, Darton, Lancashire, England
• I believe her Christening was when she was almost one years old, on 18 April 1830, Ashton Under Lyn, Lancaster, England, but have not any documentation on her birth or her Christening.

1841 England Census about Hannah Bradbury

1841 England Census about Hannah Bradbury
It’s says on the top “Names of those who abode therein the preceding night: so this is most likely a boarding home or some sort.
Name: Hannah Bradbury
Age: 12
Estimated birth year: about 1829
Gender: Female
Where born: Lancashire, England
Civil Parish: Ashton Under Lyne
Hundred: Salford
County/Island: Lancashire
Country: England
Street address: Higher Hurst, Ashton and Oldham, Hartshead, Lancashire, England
Occupation: On top of page it reads “Profession, Trade or Employment” under both Hannah age 12 and her mother Sarah age 30 it has written “Cotton Weaver”
Registration district: Ashton and Oldham
Sub-registration district: Hartshead
Piece: 533
Book: 6
Folio: 38
Page Number: 11
Household Members:
Name Age
Sarah Bradbury 30
Hannah Bradbury 12
Another point of interest for me is a column that has if the person was born in England or Outside of Country, and for both Sarah and Hannah its mark they were born in England.

•	1851 England Census about Hannah Bradbury

1851 England Census about Hannah Bradbury
Name: Hannah Bradbury
Age: 22
Estimated birth year: about 1829
Relation: Servant
Gender: Female
Where born: Altrincham, Cheshire, Lancashire, England
Civil Parish: Ardwick
Ecclesiastical parish: St Thomas
Town: Lancashire
County/Island: Lancashire
Country: England
Street address: 66 4 Elm Terrace, Crostino, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Domestic Servant
Registration district: Chorlton
Sub-registration district: Ardwick
ED, institution, or vessel: 5f
Household schedule number: 66
Piece: 2220
Folio: 166
Page Number: 18
Household Members:
Name Age
James Moore 43
Margaret Moore 39
George Moore 17
William Moore 16
Euphemia Moore 12
Agnes Moore 11
James Moore 9
Robert Moore 7
Sarah Elton 11
Robert Elton 6
Frederick Elton 4
Hannah Bradbury 22

From this 1851 England Census I was able to learn that:
James Moore’s Occupation was a Veterinary Surgeon, Head of the House
Margaret Moore, wife of James Moore
James and Margaret Moore Children were:
George Moore 17
William Moore 16
Euphemia Moore 12
Agnes Moore 11
James Moore 9
Robert Moore 7
The other 3 children listed as being in this household are listed as “Minister’s Daughter or Two Son’s at home”.
Sarah Elton 11
Robert Elton 6
Frederick Elton 4
Hannah Bradbury, my Paternal 2nd Great Grandmother was 22 at the time and listed as the Domestic Servant.

John Barrett and Hannah Bradbury Marraige Cert

• The next document I have on Hannah is the Marriage Certificate of my Paternal 2nd Great Grandfather John Barrett and Hannah Bradbury
England & Wales Marriages, 1538-1940 about Hannah Bradbury
Name: Hannah Bradbury, listed as a Spinster
Gender: Female
Under the section of Brides Fathers Name is her Mother’s name: Sarah Bradbury listed as a Spinster
Spouse’s Name: John Barratt, listed as a Bachelor, job is listed as a Gardener
Spouse’s Father’s Name: Edward Barratt, listed as job of a Clogger
Marriage Date: 22 May 1859
Marriage Place: St Michael church , Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England

• When Hannah Bradbury married John Barrett she already had three children, whose names are:
John William Bradbury – 1852 – 1914
Violet Bradbury – 1856 – 1930
William Bradbury -1858 – 1858
There is no record if she had been married prior, or who the father of this three children were. On future documents John and Violet are sometime listed with the Bradbury last name and other times listed with the Barrett last name. I could not find any documents that John Barrett ever legally adopted this children.

1861 England Census about Hannah Barratt

• 1861 England Census about Hannah Barratt
Name: Hannah Barratt
Age: 29
Estimated birth year: 1832
Relation: Wife
Spouse’s Name: John Barratt
Gender: Female
Where born: Roachdale, Lancashire, England
Civil Parish: Ashton under Lyne
Ecclesiastical parish: St Peter
Town: Ashton under Lyne
County/Island: Lancashire
Country: England
Street address: 158 Garden Cott, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Cotton Weaver
Registration district: Ashton Under Lyne
Sub-registration district: Ashton Town
ED, institution, or vessel: 33
Household schedule number: 158
Piece: 2985
Folio: 100
Page Number: 26
Household Members:
Name Age
John Barratt 24
Hannah Barratt 29
John Barratt 9
Violetta Barratt 5
Thomas Barratt 1

1871 England Census about Hannah Barralt

1871 England Census about Hannah Barralt
Name: Hannah Barralt
Age: 42
Estimated birth year: about 1829
Relation: Head
Gender: Female
Where born: Hurst Crop, Lancashire, England
Civil Parish: Ashton under Lyne
Ecclesiastical parish: St Peter
Town: Ashton under Lyne
County/Island: Lancashire
Country: England
Street address: 99 John Street, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Cotton Weaver
Registration district: Ashton Under Lyne
Sub-registration district: Audenshaw
ED, institution, or vessel: 1
Household schedule number: 99
Piece: 4075
Folio: 12
Page Number: 18
Household Members:
Name Age
Hannah Barralt 42
John Barralt 18 – coal miner
Violet Barralt 15 – cotton weaver
Thomas Barralt 11- laborer
Edward Barralt 8- laborer
William Barralt 5- laborer
David Barralt 2

So sad that everyone in the family was working in the coal mine or the textile factory except the youngest David age 2. During this time Hannah’s husband John Barrett was on another census in Manchester listed as a lodger, working at as a coal miner.

John & Hannah Barrett May 1878

England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 about John & Hannah Barrett May 1878
Name: John & Hannah Barrett
Date of Trial: 20 May 1878
Trial Year: 1878
Location of Trial: Yorkshire – West Riding, England
Sentence: Acquitted or Discharged to be heard in another court
Crime: Maliciously Wounding

Criminal Registersabout John & Hannah Barrett - 1 Jul 1878

England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 about John & Hannah Barrett – 1 Jul 1878
Name: John & Hannah Barrett
Date of Trial: 1 Jul 1878
Trial Year: 1878
Location of Trial: Yorkshire – West Riding, England
Sentence: Imprisonment – John was imprisoned for 3 month and Hannah for 2 months
Crime: Maliciously Wounding
Date of Execution or Release:

1881 England Census about Hannah Barrett

1881 England Census about Hannah Barrett
Name: Hannah Barrett
Age: 52
Estimated birth year: about 1829
Relationship to Head: Wife
Spouse: John Barrett
Gender: Female
Where born: Ashton U Line, Lancashire, England
Civil Parish: Emley
County/Island: Yorkshire
Country: England
Street address: 5 Crawshaw Lane,
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Coal Miner Wife
Registration district: Wakefield
Sub-registration district: Bretton
ED, institution, or vessel: 2
Piece: 4570
Folio: 16
Page Number: 2
Household Members:
Name Age
John Barrett 63 – coal miner
Hannah Barrett 52 – wife
Thomas Barrett 21 – coal miner
Edwd. Barrett 19 – coal miner
Wm. Barrett 16 – coal miner
David Barrett 12 – laborer

West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962 about Hannah Barrett

West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962 about Hannah Hall

West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962 about Hannah Barrett
Name: Hannah Barrett
Year: 1890
Country: England
County: West Yorkshire
Parliamentary Division: Keighley
Place of Abode: Dwelling House, 441 Heys Gardens
Reference Number: KEI:1/4

West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962 about Hannah Barrett
Name: Hannah Barrett
Year: 1891
Country: England
County: West Yorkshire
Parliamentary Division: Holmfirth
Place of Abode: Padonaron
Reference Number: HOL:2/2

1891 England Census about Hannah Barret

1891 England Census about Hannah Barret
Name: Hannah Barret [Hannah Bradbury]
Age: 61
Estimated birth year: abt 1830
Relation: Head
Gender: Female
Where born: Ashton, Lancashire, England
Civil Parish: Darton
Ecclesiastical parish: Darton
Town: Mapplewell
County/Island: Yorkshire
Country: England
Street address: 188 Spun Garden, Mapplewell, Darton, Yorkshire, England
Occupation:
Condition as to marriage: Widow (even though her husband John Barrett did not die until 1894 in Idaho, USA)
Education:
Employment status:
Registration district: Barnsley
Sub-registration district: Darton
ED, institution, or vessel: 3
Piece: 3768
Folio: 75
Page Number: 29
Household Members:
Name Age Relationship in the House
Hannah Barret 61 Head
John Barret 37 Son, listed as a Coal Miner
David Barret 22 Son, listed as a Coal Miner

West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962 about Hannah Barrett
Name: Hannah Barrett
Year: 1892
Country: England
County: West Yorkshire
Parliamentary Division: Keighley
Place of Abode: Sutton mill
Reference Number: KEI:2/2

Marriage Record of Charles Hall and Hannah Barrett

Marriage of Charles Hall and Hannah Barrett
Date of Marriage: 3 September 1892
Place: Wakefield, Yorkshire, England
Groom: Charles Hall, age 50, widower, coal miner, who is living at Crigglestone village, civil parish Wakefield, in West Yorkshire, England at the time of the marriage. Grooms fathers name of profession Charles Hall (deceased) was a General Labourer.
Bride: Hannah Barrett, age 58, widow, no profession shown, who is living at Crigglestone village, civil parish Wakefield, in West Yorkshire, England at the time of the marriage. Bride’s fathers name and profession John Lees (deceased) Engine Tenter
What I find interesting is Hannah is listed as a Widow, but John Barrett, her husband, and my 2nd great-grandfather did not die until he was killed in a logging accident in Idaho, USA in 1894. There was not record or family history told of a divorce. In the mid 1880’s her husband John Barrett and their two older sons Thomas and Edward, and their now married families moved to USA, while Hannah and her children she had before she married John and Hannah and John’s two youngest sons John William and David stayed in England. As far as we know there was no more contact between the England and USA Barrett families, but no divorce.

1901 England Census about Hannah Hall

1901 England Census about Hannah Hall
Name: Hannah Hall
Age: 68
Estimated birth year: abt 1833
Relation to Head: Wife
Gender: Female
Spouse: Charles Hall
Birth Place: Hurst, Lancashire, England
Civil Parish: Kexborough
Ecclesiastical parish: Darton All Saints
Town: Kexborough and Swithen Haigh
County/Island: Yorkshire
Country: England
Street address: 112 Dious Yard, Kexborough, Yorkshire, England
Occupation:
Condition as to marriage: married to Charles Hall
Education:
Employment status:
Registration district: Wortley
Sub-registration district: Cawthorne
ED, institution, or vessel: 8
Piece: 4326
Folio: 13
Page Number: 17
Household schedule number: 112
Household Members:
Name Age Relationship Job
Charles Hall 58 Head, Husband Colling Labour below Ground Worker
Hannah Hall 68 wife

West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962 about Hannah Hall
Name: Hannah Hall
Year: 1910
Country: England
County: West Yorkshire
Parliamentary Division: Holmfirth
Place of Abode: Town end, Shelley
Reference Number: HOL:9/1; NORM:9/1

West Yorkshire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1985 about Hannah Hall

West Yorkshire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1985 about Hannah Hall
Name: Hannah Hall
Birth Year: abt 1829
Parish: Darton, All Saints
Burial Date: 24 May 1913
Burial Age: 84
Abode: Darton Road, Kexborough, Yorkshire, England
Ceremony was performed by: Victor W.P. Kingston
Buried at All Saints, Darton Cemetery

Hannah Bradbury

Another problem I have is the name Hannah Bradbury and her mother’s name Sarah Bradbury were both names that show up a lot in the area during that time period, and without knowing what their middle names were it makes it difficult to know if on some of the public records they may have used their full name or just their middle name.

I have checked on websites like “Find a Grave” and not had any luck finding any of this families graves.

I have written the churches in the area but have not got any other leads as to information on any of the Bradbury family

I am unsure what other means is out there that I could use to find birth, death or burial records, or any other records that would fill in the blanks to so many of the questions I have. I can not afford to hire a professional so any help, advice, leads that I can follow from any of my blog readers I would be grateful for.

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5 thoughts on “~ Hannah Bradbury ~ My Paternal 2nd Great-Grandmother ~ A Lady of Many Mysteries for Me ~

  1. One of my cousin’s Summer Owens, pointed out my mistake that the crime is Malicious Wounding and not Mounding like I thought it read 🙂 One reason why I can not do ‘indexing” because I can not make out the handwriting. Anyway she left the following website to help me better understand the crime.
    ” Here is a good article about Malicious Wounding or Grievous Bodily Harm under English Law http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grievous_bodily_harm

    Grievous bodily harm – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    en.wikipedia.org
    Grievous bodily harm (often abbreviated to GBH) is a technical term used in English criminal law which has become synonymous with the offences that are created by sections 18 and 20 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861.” Wish I could get my hands on the court records so I could better understand what totally happen. They only got 2 or 3 months so it could not have been to bad.

  2. Hi Karen, have you looked through the British newspaper archives for details on John and Hannah’s court case? The ‘Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer’ of 3 July 1878 contains a little more information: “James Barrett, Hannah Barrett, John Barrett, Benjamin West, Samuel Calvert, and Jessie Hirst, unlawfully and maliciously wounding Joseph Green, at Kirkheaton, on the 9th April 1878. – James and Hannah Barrett each to be imprisoned for two months, John Barrett, Benjamin West and Samuel Calvert each for three months; and Hirst acquitted.”

    • Thank You, no I did not know about the newspaper…I will look that lead up in the future to see if I can find anything else on the Bradbury or Barrett family. That is awesome you took the time to find the information on them for me. I am a curious person and hate having unanswered questions. Thanks again for you help. XOXOX

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