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The Clarkson and Bigland Families Of Lancashire

Postby pondjumper » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:36 am

Is anyone familiar with the Clarkson families in Lancashire? James Clarkson b abt 1789/90 and Isabella Bigland b abt 1804 were married in Lancashire and had four children before immigrating to America in 1833/4. I find Clarkson marriage, baptismal and burial records on the Lancashire Parish website going back to the 1500s but I can't place any of them as parents or relatives of James. I found very few Bigland records. I found no baptismal records for the four children born in England, Margaret (or Margarett) 1825, James 1826, Ann 1828, and Elizabeth 1832. Anthony 1835, John 1837, Hannah 1838, Isabella 1842 and William 1844 all born in PA USA.

Marriage: 24 Dec 1824 St Oswald (formerly Holy Trinity), Warton nr Lancaster, Lancs.
James Clarkson - (X), this parish
Isabella Bigland - (X), this parish
Witness: William Atkinson; Ann Atkinson; Thomas Whitehead; Robert Gibson
Married by Banns by: Jas. Barns, Vicar
Register: Marriages 1813 - 1837, Page 45, Entry 134
Source: LDS Film 1849662

I live in the US and any help would be appreciated. Regards,C.B.
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Re: The Clarkson and Bigland Families Of Lancashire

Postby sdup26 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:59 am

There's a baptism for James, son of James Clarkson and Isabella - 20/5/1827 St Oswald, parents abode Dock Acres, father occ, farmer. I can't find baptisms for the other three children born in England.
As both James and Isabella were 'of this parish' (St Oswald, Warton, Lancaster) on marriage, might this be James' baptism: St John Lancaster, 27/10/1785, James son of John Clarkson and Jane, abode Skerton. Skerton is about a mile from Lancaster.
Have you also tried www.familysearch.org for Lancashire parish records?
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Re: The Clarkson and Bigland Families Of Lancashire

Postby avaline » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:33 am

Possibly a red herring but there is a non-conformist baptism at Kendal (Wesleyan Methodist) which has been written as 1824 but I think may actually be 1825 going by the dates of those before and after:

Margret daughter of James & Isabellah Clarkson of the parish of Kirby Kendal, County of Westmoreland was born February 2nd 1824 and baptised March 1st inst(?)

The child on the entry before was born 31 Dec 1824, baptised 1 Mar 1825
The child after was born 20 Mar 1825 and baptised 31 Mar 1825
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Re: The Clarkson and Bigland Families Of Lancashire

Postby ciderdrinker » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:36 am

Hello
That baptism for Margaret would fit nicely with Isabella going home to mother to have her first child.

Bella Bigland baptised 26 Nov 1805 born 11.9.1805 at Selside near Kendall to Anthony and Ann Bigland.
Parents married at Kendall
Anthony Bidland and Ann Spedding 24.12.1787
children all at Kendall apart from Bella
James 22.8.1790
Thomas 17.3.1792
Mary 5.1.1800
Jane 6.6.1802
They are described as of Burnside.

1841 census Water House Kendall
Ann Bigland ind 75 y
Ann Nicholson 15 y

It looks like she died Mar qtr 1848 Kendall vol 25 page 443. age 86 years

1798 land redemption tax Anthony Bigland Underbarrow renting from Joseph Moore's trustees.
White's Directory 1829 Anthony Bigland farmer at Water House Stockland Roger Kendall
It may be that Ann wasn't Anthony's first wife

Ann Bigland d of Anthony bapt Crossthwaite and Lyth 15 Feb 1771

And before that at Crosthwaite are Anthony and Agnes Bigland

children -John 14.11.1737
James 12.6.1739
Mary 5.2.1741
Susanna 3.2.1743
Jane 26.11.1744
Agnes 2.10.1747

Anthony married Agnes Wilson 23.11.1736

Could they be Anthony's parents?

As for the Clarksons I'd be looking at the two couples in the parish c 1789 William and Nancy and Thomas and Elizabeth
Will for William 1818 from Lancashire archives and Thomas 1807 from the same place.

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Re: The Clarkson and Bigland Families Of Lancashire

Postby ciderdrinker » Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:34 pm

Just spotted a newspaper article on Anthony Bigland's death
Westmorland Gazette 19 Mar 1831
Anthony Bigland died suddenly on a visit to the parsonage house at Martingdale to visit Rev W.P.King.
Anthony was 64 years of Water House Strickland Roger .A husband and father he was most exemplary and then it goes on to say how religious he was and much missed,ending with a poem.
It's on FMP.

The National Library of Scotland for 1858
Westmorland XXXIII (includes: Hugill; Nether Staveley; Over Staveley; Strickland Ketel; Strickland Roger.)
Has Water House on it

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Re: The Clarkson and Bigland Families Of Lancashire

Postby avaline » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:44 pm

A few more bits about Anthony Bigland, from Cumbria Archives:

12 Jan 1810: … John Raven of Crook, husbandman and Anthony Bigland of Selside, husbandman to answer a bill of indictment for assault on Thomas Dixon.

20 Nov 1824: Conditions of letting for 9 years from Spring 1825 estate called Waters in Strickland Roger consisting of dwelling house, outbuildings and about 8 acres of good arable meadow and pasture, to Anthony Bigland for yearly rent of £18

c1825: A Bill for collecting the free rent due to the Earl of Lonsdale:
…. Anthony Bigland 2d
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Re: The Clarkson and Bigland Families Of Lancashire

Postby avaline » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:12 pm

ciderdrinker wrote:Hello
As for the Clarksons I'd be looking at the two couples in the parish c 1789 William and Nancy and Thomas and Elizabeth
Will for William 1818 from Lancashire archives and Thomas 1807 from the same place.

There is an abstract of Thomas’s will from 1807 at the National Archives. The watermark on the viewer makes it a little difficult to read but as far as I can see there are various children mentioned, but none called James.
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Re: The Clarkson and Bigland Families Of Lancashire

Postby pondjumper » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:17 pm

Oh my goodness, thank you for all these replies. I thought if I got a reply I would get notification through email. I just checked back with the site and found these. I will go through them and get back and again thank you so much.
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Re: The Clarkson and Bigland Families Of Lancashire

Postby pondjumper » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:36 pm

All of this looks worthy of investigation and promising. One other mystery in the record. The next marriage entry for St Oswald after the record for James and Isabella is this one.

Marriage: 17 Jan 1825 St Oswald (formerly Holy Trinity), Warton nr Lancaster, Lancs.
Isaac Nicholson - labourer, this parish
Anne Scot - (X), this parish
Witness: Isabella ?; James Jenkinson Clarkson; Jane Wildman; Jonathan ?
Married by Banns by: Jas. Barns, Vicar
Register: Marriages 1813 - 1837, Page 45, Entry 135
Source: LDS Film 1849662

If this my James and Isabella as witnesses, I have never seen the name Jenkinson before. So the only other Jenkinson/Clarkson connection I found in these records was this one.

Marriage: 2 Nov 1807 St Oswald, Warton Nr Lancaster, Lancs.
Thomas Clarkson, Gentleman - of this parish
Ruth Jenkinson - Spinster, of this parish
Witness: Ann Turner; Mary Dewhurst; Jno. Armstrong; John Jenkinson
Married by Licence by: Thomas Washington, vicar
Register: Marriages 1796 - 1813, Page 31, Entry 123
Source: Film 1849662
It doesn't make sense that this Thomas would be the parent of my James. Even if this was a second marriage for Thomas he would not have had a son b abt 1789/80 with a middle name Jenkinson after Ruth.

Thomas and Ruth apparently had a daughter Ruth.

Baptism: 26 Sep 1809 St Oswald, Warton Nr Lancaster, Lancs.
Ruth Clarkson - Daughter of Thomas Clarkson, gentn & Ruth, his wife
Born: 18 Aug 1809
Abode: Brackenthwaite
Register: Baptisms 1797 - 1813, Page 54, Entry 9
Source: LDS Film 1849662
And one last question, what does the (X) after the names of James and Isabella represent, in their marriage record? Thanks for taking time to gather the information. I think I need a subscription for records across the pond and when I figure this out I will share the results here. Regards from across the water, C.B.
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Re: The Clarkson and Bigland Families Of Lancashire

Postby elsabels » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:17 pm

I have had a quick look at the Jenkinson link, suggest you google John Jenkinson Clarkson who was a surgeon he was b 1815 died Lausanne 1865, MI in a Lancaster Churchyard

I also found info about his parents dated 1831 Thomas & Ruth nee Jenkinson Clarkson, it was late at night and I couldn't work the news report out!

Ruth Jenkinson was baptised into the Quaker religion in 1779.
This is a non conformist religion these are slowly coming 'on line' and maybe why you cannot find the other Clarkson Parish records on line.

Alternative the records you require have not been transcribed!
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