This week, the surname I will be looking at is Crossley. The first ancestor with this surname was my 3x great grandmother, Sarah Rose Crossley. My line is:
1. Lois V. Whimpey
2. Ivon Walter Whimpey (1923-2009)
3. Edith Jean Marr (1922-1990)
4. John Ernest Whimpey (1884-1960)
5. Ivy May Harley (1890-1959)
8. Joseph Whimpey (1848-1919)
9. Sarah Jane Sharp (1853-1906)
18. Henry Sharp (1826-1892)
19. Jane Elizabeth Oldroyd (1828-1902)
36. William Sharp (1795-1866)
37. Sarah Rose Crossley (1804-1868). The only record I have found that gives Sarah the middle name Rose was the death certificate for her son Henry. On all other records I’ve found she is just listed as Sarah Crossley or Sarah Sharp.
The census records show that Sarah was born about 1804 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. A christening record has been found for a Sarah Crossley on 15 June 1807 at All Saints Parish in Wakefield. Her parents were listed as Thomas and Sarah Crossley.
Sarah married William Sharp on 29 January 1822 at St John the Baptist Parish, Wakefield.
The 1841 census shows Sarah and William living in Kirkgate, Yorkshire, England. Also in the household were the children Charles age 16, Henry age 14, Ann age 13, George age 9, Harriet age 6, James age 3 and Edwin age 11.
The 1851 Census shows William and Sarah at the Baker’s Yard in Kirkgate. Also with them were son George, age 19, daughter Harriet age 15, son Jonas age 13, son Edwin age 11, daughter Eliza age 8, and son William age 52.
The 1861 Census shows William and Sarah in District 14 Wakefield. Also with them were daughter Harriet, age 26, son James age 23, son Edwin age 21, son William age 15, and grandson John age 53.
Sarah died 12 August 1868 in Wakefield, at the age of 64 years4,5.
As mentioned earlier, Sarah’s parents were listed on her baptism record as Thomas and Sarah Crossley. A marriage record has been found for Thomas Crosley to Sarah Hartley on 26 November 1797 at Wakefield6.
The following other children have been found born to Thomas and Sarah Crossley in Wakefield:
- William christened 11 Jul 1801
- Elizabeth christened 25 Dec 1802
- Mary christened 28 July 1804
- Ann christened 9 Nov 1805
At this stage, I have been unable to find a baptism, or burial, record for Thomas in Wakefield, so I have not been able to trace the Crossley family back further in time at this stage.
Sources of information:
- William Sharp, 1841 England Census, Kirkgate, Wakefield, Yorkshire, Image No 15 Folio No 1/14 page no 20 Entry no 10 Household no 99 ; General Register Office, UK Origins.net website.
- William Sharp, 1851 England Census, Baker’s Yard, Kirkgate, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, Public Record Office reference HO 107 2327 Page 9; Public Record Office, UK Ancestry.com website <a href=”http://www.ancestry.com/Default.aspx”>http://www.ancestry.com/Default.aspx</a>.
- 1861 census of England, Wakefield, Yorkshire, folio 106, page 12, Sarah Sharp, age 57; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 19 Sep 2015); citing PRO RG 9/3424.
- General Register Office, UK, “England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index: 1837-1915,” database, ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 19 Sep 2015), entry for Sarah Sharp, volume 9c, page 27, Jul-Aug-Sep quarter 1868, Wakefield district; citing the General Register Office’s England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes.
- Email from Noreen via genesreunited.
- Ancestry.com, “West Yorkshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812,” database and images, ancestry.com.au (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 19 Sep 2015); marriage entry for Thomas Crosley and Sarah Hartley; West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D3/27; New Reference Number: WDP3/3/5.