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A small amount of research has been undertaken to trace the family of Elizabeth Ellen Lancaster, who married Albert Cragg in 1880. The following tree outlines the progress made so far. There is a very helpful monumental inscription at Trawden Cemetery near Colne and this is reproduced in Note 1. It is likely that Thomas Lancaster and his wife Sarah Bullock had more children that found so far and the census of 1861 and 1871 will be useful. However, we know from a newspaper obituary of Sarah Lancaster in 1923 that she had surviving at that time two sons and two daughters.

I have had no success in finding the baptism of John Lancaster in 1781 but at Newchurch-in-Pendle there is a record from 6 July 1777 recording a John the illegitimate son of Ann Lancaster of Nappa (Near Gisburn).

In 2014, I was contacted by Sharan Profector with interesting details of a John Lancaster, son of William Lancaster of Sawby Hall, baptised on 19 January 1781 in Dalton in Furness. This is from LDS Film 1040303 covering the Bishops' Transcripts from 1750-1780, Page 31, Entry 55. This is the most promising entry found in terms of date and potentially leads the research into a new area.


BC            Birth certificate
MC           Marriage certificate
DC            Death certificate
MI             Monumental Inscription

Pat Gaskin in Australia found the following information in the IGI relating to the independent chapel at Horton in Craven or Horton by Gisburn as it is also known. Records exist from 1773-1837. A John and Ann Lancaster had the following children baptised.

Nance Langcaster on 29 March 1802
James Lancaster on 27 Mar 1807
William Lancaster on 9 April 1816

This could be consistent with the John and Ann shown above. However, it would mean that they married at Gisburn in the Church of England, and had their first child Mary baptised there in 1800. Thereafter they switched to the independent chapel in 1802, back to Gisburn in 1804 before settling on Horton again for James and William in 1807 and 1816.

Note 1. Monumental Inscription at Trawden Cemetery

John Lancaster, of Brown Street Colne, who died on 21 March 1879 aged 75,
Also his wife Elizabeth, who died on 1 January 1872 aged 64,
Also Emma, their grand-daughter who died in her sixth year on 28 October.
Also Thomas Lancaster of 3, Skipton Road, Colne, who died 14 Jan 1914, aged 84,
Also his wife Sarah who died 24 April 1923, aged 84.
Also Willie Eastwood, who died 19 June 1940 aged 63 and his wife Emma who died 28 July 1956 aged 77, and two grandchildren who died in infancy.

Note 2 Census of 1841 at Nappa near Gisburn. James and his wife Ann survive into the census era. Ages were rounded down to the nearest 5 in 1841.

Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1320; Book: 10; Civil Parish: Gisburn; County: Yorkshire; Enumeration District: 3a; Folio: 1; Page: 10; Line: 17; GSU roll: 464272.

John Lancaster 60 Cotton Weaver Born Yorkshire
Ann Lancaster 55 Cotton Weaver Yorkshire
James Lancaster 30 Cotton Weaver Yorkshire
Nancy Lancaster 7   Yorkshire


Note 3. Census of 1841 at Horton

Also in 1841 at Horton we find John Lancaster, said to be aged 30 although with the ages rounded down to the nearest five he should be 35 and Elizabeth should be down as 30. However, names on the census including son Thomas and Ellen Gray match those for the 1851 census. Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1320; Book: 8; Civil Parish: Horton; County: Yorkshire; Enumeration District: 2; Folio: 4; Page: 3; Line: 22; GSU roll: 464272.

John Lancaster 30 Cotton weaver Yorkshire
Elizabeth Lancaster 25 - Yorkshire
Thomas Lancaster 12 - Yorkshire
Ellen Gray 4 - Not in Yorkshire
Census of 1851, Gisburn, HO 107/2255, ED 5, Horton, folio 57, page 8
John Lancaster head m 47 hand loom weaver Born Nappa (near Gisburn)
Elizabeth Lancaster wife m 43 hand loom weaver Gisburn
Thomas Lancaster son u 22 hand loom weaver Newsholme (near Gisburn)
Ellen Gray niece . . Barrowford (Lancashire)
Note 4. Census of 1851, Colne Field. The family of Sarah Bullock who married Thomas Lancaster.
Thomas Bullock head m 46 grocer Born Thornton (Yorkshire)
Ellen Bullock wife m 44 . Born Colne
Mary Ann dau u 19 Delaine weaver Colne
Sarah dau 13 Delaine weaver Colne
Elizabeth dau 7 scholar Colne
Fanny dau 7 . Colne
Martha Ellen dau 2 . Colne
Margaret dau 2 months . Colne

In 1861 the family were at property 43 on Colne Field. Source Citation: Class: RG 9; Piece: 3080; Folio: 20; Page: 8; GSU roll: 543075. It is not clear how they come to have two daughters called Elizabeth in this record.

Thomas Bullock head m 56 grocer Born Horton (Yorkshire)
Ellen Bullock wife m 53 housewife Born Colne
Mary Ann White dau, widow 28 Cotton winder Colne
Elizabeth Bullock dau 16 Cotton winder Colne
Fanny Bullock dau 14 Cotton winder Colne
Martha Ellen dau 12 Cotton winder Colne
Margaret dau 10 . Colne
Elizabeth dau 3 - Colne

In 1871 at Colne Field, Thomas has survived but his wife is not with him and may have died. Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 4157; Folio: 73; Page: 8; GSU roll: 846738.

Thomas Bullock head m 66 grocer Born Horton (Yorkshire)
Fanny Bullock dau. unm 24 Cotton winder Born Colne
Martha Ellen Bullock dau, unm 23 House keeper Colne
James Bullock grandson 4   Colne

In 1881, James Bullock was at 62, Keighley Road, Colne, aged 14, a whitesmith, and stated to be the son of Martha E Jackson, grocer aged 32 a widow. Source Citation: Class: RG11; Piece: 4164; Folio: 56; Page: 12; GSU roll: 1341998.

Note 5. Census of 1881 at 5 Brown Street, Colne in Lancashire (PRO Ref RG11 Piece 4163 Folio 63 Page 1)
Thomas Lancaster head m 52 cotton weaver Born Craven, Yorkshire
Sarah Lancaster wife m 42 housewife Born in Colne
John William son u 21 cotton weaver & methodist preacher Barnoldswick
Thomas son 7 scholar Colne
Emma dau 2 . Colne
Note 6. Probate for the Will of Thomas Lancaster (made 8 August 1912)

1914.  Thomas Lancaster of 3 Skipton Road Colne, Lancashire, retired hay and straw merchant, died 4 Jan 1914. Probate at Lancaster on 3 April to John William Lancaster, minister of religion, Thomas Lancaster, theatre lessee, and Albert Cragg, engine driver. (The will has been obtained but contains little additional genealogical information.)

Note 7. Obituaries for Mrs. Sarah Lancaster, 1923.

The following are from Newspaper cuttings found in the family bible and probably from the Colne Times or Nelson Leader. There are at least two mistakes in the following accounts. Sarah could not have been buried in two cemeteries!

IN MEMORIAM.   Mrs. Sarah Lancaster passed to the Homeland on April 24th in her 85th year. Her maiden days go back to Skipton Road Church, Colne, where the late Sir W P Hartley was organist sixty-five years ago and she was a member of his choir. After her marriage to Mr. Thomas Lancaster, of Barnoldswick, she continued her membership and devoted service in many ways in the interests of our church there. In later years the family removed to Colne. Her interests in the Church she loved so much never waned. Her last days were spent at Nelson with her youngest daughter. The interment took place at Trawden Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. H Pickup, after an impressive service in the home. Two daughters and two sons, including the Rev John Lancaster, cherish the memory of a saintly life.

DEATH OF MRS. S. LANCASTER: Colne Octogenarian.  Another old and highly respected resident of Colne has just passed away in the person of Mrs. Sarah Lancaster, who was in her 85th year. The deceased lady was the wife of the late Mr. Lancaster, who for a long period of time was in business in Skelton Street, Colne, as a hay and straw dealer. Mr Lancaster died in February 1915 (actually 1914 from gravestone) since when, Mrs Lancaster has been living with her children in various parts. At the time of her death, she was staying with a married daughter at Nelson. The late Mrs Lancaster had been connected with the Colne Primitive Methodist Church, and was in the choir in the days when Mr Pickles Hartley was organist. The interment took place at Colne (actually Trawden) Cemetery on Saturday, the last rites being conducted by the Rev. H. Pickup, pastor of the Colne P. M. Church.

The list of floral tributes which allows the following four children to be identified:

Elizabeth Ellen and her husband Albert Cragg.
Emma and her husband Willie Eastwood.
John (The Rev John William Lancaster) and his wife Emily.
Thomas Lancaster and his wife Lizzie

Note 8. The Reverend John Lancaster

I am grateful to Dorothy Lancaster for sending me a picture of the Rev. John Lancaster and his family with a list of the names of the children. This allowed the family to be identified clearly in the 1901 census. The picture must have been taken about 1905 given the ages of the four eldest children in the census for 1901. From the left, back row, is Hugh, the mother, Emily and the Reverend John W. Lancaster. The children in the centre from the left are Grace, John, Mona, Tom and Hilda. At the front is Frank. Hilda, and another son, Arthur, died in infancy. Emily died aged 72 and John married Agnes Bowman from Scotland. Dorothy obtained a copy of Frank's baptism certificate from which we have the birth date.

Lancaster Family

In the 1891 census John was described as a Primitive Methodist Minister aged 31, living at 97 Lindwell in Elland with Greetland, Yorkshire. He was born in Barnoldswick and his wife, Emily M. Lancaster was 26 and was born in Stamford Bridge. There were no children in 1891. (Source Citation: Class: RG12; Piece: 3597; Folio 11; Page 15; GSU roll: 6098707)

By 1901 we find the family in Skipton, Yorkshire at 15 Gargrave Road but they have clearly spent time in Lincolshire from the birthplaces given for their children. Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 4033; Folio: 95; Page: 5.

John W Lancaster head m 40 Primitive Methodist Minister Born Barnoldswick
Emily W Lancaster wife m 36   Born Stamford Bridge
Hugh Lancaster son u 7   Born Market Rasen, Lincolnshire
Grace D Lancaster dau u 4   Scotter, Lincolnshire
John D Lancaster son 2   Ditto, Ditto
Mona D Lancaster dau 10 mo   Skipton Yorkshire
Mary E. Fenton servant 18 General Domestic Servant Born Willoughton, near Gainsborough Lincolnshire,



I have been contacted by Andrew Lancaster with information on a Lancaster family of Paythorn and Gisburn. Since 2006, a lot of new information has been gathered by Andrew, Ric Lancaster, Pat Gaskin and Robert Dodgson and their work was shown on a new site research but that is now defunct.  Although this family lived in the Gisburn area the connection with mine is not yet clear. The tree shown on Andrew's site is a rich source of information for those researching this name.  One possible tree which might connect with the one above is one in the Gisburn area provided by Andrew Lancaster and shown below. Events are assumed to be all at St. Mary's, Gisburn but that would need to be confirmed.