House of Ewood – Our Royal Tree?
A few days ago, as written on 30th November 2014, John Heap, a friend of about a decade, showed online that we are related with common ancestor ‘Elizabeth Charnock’ who is reached in the online Family Tree via Mum’s maiden name, Barlow family.
It just so happens that going further back in time we are connected to Royal Blood according to John Heap’s Online Tree. This is an attempt to prove this through old-fashioned genealogy with the help of professional genealogist Eric.
Barlow is Mum’s maiden name, her Dad was named James Barlow who’s Dad and Grandad were both named Robert Barlow.
James Barlow, our Maternal Grandad, was married to Nana Ellen Walsh who’s ancestors have been traced back to Tenant Farmers in the North of Ireland who settled in Liverpool first on emigration to England, with descendants settling in Blackburn, Lancashire, one of them being a Tailor who lived near Saint Alban’s Church where our Mum and Dad were married, the very same Church attended by the author.
Mum had a brother, our Uncle Frank, who used to take us on pleasant country drives in his van when we were kids. Uncle Frank jokingly told us that Oswaldtwistle, a town close to Blackburn, was named so, as King Oswald turned round there. Perhaps it is more true that ‘twistle’ is a brook or stream meeting another one.
Mum would have had another older brother but Jimmy passed away due to diptheria as a toddler.
Dad’s tree is impressive too but even Eric the Pro can’t get past 3rd or 4th Great Grandad John Brown who was born in Whittingham, Lancashire around 1799 who would have been a contemporary of William Turner also born in Whittingham in 1799 who became the First Bishop of Salford.
3rd or 4th Great Grandad John was married to Martha Keighley in 1824 at Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Chipping, Lancashire and on the same day, a William Keighley married Alice Hothersall at the same Church so it looks like there may have been a double wedding or a least a good Family Do.
3rd or 4th Great Grandma Martha was born in Hothersall so it could be that Alice Hothersall was from the ‘de Hothersall’ Family who had lived at Hothersall Hall.
In the 1871 Census, 3rd or 4th Great Grandad John is noted as being the Grandad of Great Grandad John Brown who was born in 1869 to Great Great Grandma Mary Ann Brown. There is no father listed on the birth certificate of Great Grandad John and Great Great Grandma Mary Ann is not on the same 1871 Census.
Great Grandad John not only has a mystery about his birth like 3rd or 4th Great Grandad John but he suffered a tragic passing away when he was fatally injured being hit by a tramcar on Bolton Road, Ewood near to his home in 1934 when he was Manager-Director of Scotshaw Brook Paper Mill after working in Paper Mills for over 50 years.
There was a featured story in the local paper the ‘Blackburn Times’ when Great Grandad John passed away. Four generations of our Family lived on Bolton Road, Ewood, Blackburn, all close to Blackburn Rovers’ football ground, Ewood Park.
Black & Yellow are the Traditional Away Kit Colours of Blackburn Rovers… The Dove with an Olive Branch represents Peace…
Great Grandad John left over £5,000 in his will to his eldest son Grandad Francis and a workmate which is worth over £800,000 at the 2014 average earnings rate.
Great Grandad John had married Great Grandma Mary Elizabeth Ainsworth in the 1890s. Grandad Francis was born in 1899 and married Grandma Elizabeth Jackson who lived across the road from him on Bolton Road in the 1920s but Grandma Elizabeth passed away when Dad was just a toddler, less than two years old. Dad’s Family had a Bentley car before most people had a car.
Mum and Dad married in the 1950s and gave life by the will of God to seven children. Dad passed away in 1999, missed and loved still, but Mum is an octogenarian yet to be told of her potential Royal Bloodline. Mum’s local claim to fame, if it could be called that, is that she attended the Wedding of Jack Walker, former owner of Blackburn Rovers, to her workmate Helena.
Mum is not just a peace loving mother of seven but a Nana to two Grandaughters and Great Nana to two Great Grandaugters and a cheeky Great Grandson.
Of Mum and Dad’s seven children, the author is the only boy, who follows Jesus’ (pbuh) teachings as best he can with due respect to other Faiths and his Elders. The younger generations being loved and being asked to follow Jesus’ (pbuh) command through God to “Love Thy Neighbour as Thyself.”
The author does not hide the fact that he seeks a Wife whether of Royal Blood or not, who wishes to bear children.
Going further back in the Bloodline of our family, starting with Barlow, the roots are likely from the Barlows of Barlow Hall.
Barlow Hall in Lancashire is now a Golf House but previously since the 13th Century, was home to the Barlow family and more specifically in 1641 a Priest son, Father Ambrose, who was executed for his Faith.
Let each and everyone on Earth know that execution for reason of conflicting views or beliefs is Outlawed by God in this Day and Age.
More stories will come to light in joint research with John Heap, Eric and the author. You may like to join in by posting comments or asking questions to help to trace your own family links.
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House of Ewood has been chosen de jure ‘by right’ as Ewood was the Home to Four Generations of the Brown Family including the author’s generation from the early 20th Century up to 1974. The author was born in Darwen, Lancashire at Bull Hill Maternity Hospital.
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