The Ramsbottom's touched on my family fleetingly, if
significantly, in the shape of my gg-grandmother, Emily
, the first wife of George
and mother of my great-grandfather, Jeremiah
They arrived in Mottram in the early 1830s, at about the
same time as my Rhodes family, but had left for Droylsden
and Manchester by 1871. But if the stay was a short one,
the Ramsbottoms are one of the few families that can be
traced back to the 1600s.
That the Ramsbottoms can be traced back so far is due
to that endearing characteristic in genealogy —
a family that stays put in roughly the same location for
generation upon generation, that and good church records
that have been transcribed and are available on the IGI.
However, as with all early records, these are best guesses
and should not be taken as being definitive.
The earliest mention is Richard
Ramsbottom who was born in the mid-1600s. An approximate
year of birth of 1645 is given here, but this is not supported
by any records found so far. Neither is there a record
of his marriage, but he appears to have had at least three
children. Laurence and
Susan died in childhood, but
the eldest John was baptised
at St James, Altham, in 1674 and survived to marry Anne
Haworth of Colne, Lancashire in 1694 at Church
Kirk, now plain Church.
Altham is a village in the parish of Whalley on the Henburn
river, now known as the River
Hyndburn. At the time that John
and Anne were living there
it would presumably have been primarily agricultural in
nature, although this was to change in later years. See
History Online for more information.
The couple had seven children, the eldest being George
who was baptised in 1695 at Great
Harwood to the north of Accrington. No record has
been found of his marriage to Anne, but they had seven
children while living in Huncoat.
Again, this was agricultural land given over to pasture
until the cotton industry came to play a more significant
role in its development. See British
OS map of Church — click for larger image
Youngest of the seven children was George
born in 1731 and baptised at Church.
He married Mary Sleddin who
had been born in Huncoat in 1737. They had seven children
and their eldest son was Henry.
He married Mary Monk of Altham
in 1799 and it was their eldest son who took the family
name to Mottram.
John Ramsbottom was born in
1799 in Altham and in 1819 he married Ellen
Cunliffe, daughter of Joseph Cunliffe and Ellen Bertwistle
of Great Harwood. The couple had six children born in
Altham, but around 1833 they left the area to live in
Mottram where in 1841 John
was a calico printer. A further three children were born
and baptised in Mottram, although their youngest son,
Joseph, died in 1838 aged
Their second eldest son, William,
had been born in 1824 but consistently gave his age at
the censuses as though he had been born in 1821. He also
gave his place of birth as Accrington, although presumably
this was shorthand for Altham. In 1841 he was working
in a calico print works, as were his father and his older
brother, David. It isn't clear
what happened to his parents, but by 1851 William
was married to Eliza.
His marriage is something of a mystery. Eliza
was born in Mottram according to the censuses, but there
is no sign of the ceremony having taken place locally.
When Emily was
born in 1844, Eliza
gave her maiden name as Ramsbottom. However, at the birth
of her three subsequent children, she said she had been
Eliza Shaw. That hasn't
identified a marriage yet, but has narrowed things down.
St Paul's, Stalybridge —
for other images
By 1861, Eliza was
alone with their four children in Mottram and presumablyWilliam
was working away from home. By 1871 they had moved to
Droylsden where William
was a block printer. However, they had left behind their
eldest daughter, my gg-grandmother Emily
Ramsbottom. She had married George
Rhodes in 1865 at St Paul's, Stalybridge. They had
five children — Jeremiah,
James and Edwin
— before Emily
died in 1879 aged 35. George
remarried to Charlotte Bennett in
1882. (See Rhodes pages)
and Eliza were still
in Droylsden in 1881 with their daughter, Ellen.
It isn't clear when William
died, but Eliza passed
away in 1888 in Audenshaw aged 69.
Ellen married William
Godber in 1882 at St Matthew's, Ardwick. and lived
in the Gorton and Openshaw area. They had six children,
the eldest Emma, who
married Samuel Connolly in 1908.
William and Eliza's
eldest son, Robert, married
Ann Brown at St John's, Manchester
in 1869 and they had two sons, James
and Robert. As far as I am
aware, James did not marry,
but Robert married Catherine
Rostron in 1900 at St Barnabas, Openshaw. I am only
aware of one son, James, born
Finally, James Ramsbottom
born in Mottram in 1851 seemingly disappears after the
1861 census and appears to have died in Manchester in
1867 aged 15.