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MarieCeleste Report 11 Feb 2013 20:57

The Huddersfield Chronicle of 01 September 1855 carries an article (too long to retype here) about an apprentice, Aquila Pitchforth who was struck by his master John Fox, a linen draper.

Aquila had been his apprentice for 4 years and seems to have had a history of insolence. He and Fox had words and Fox struck him about the face several times (he'd hit a servant once before).

The following is coming up in a search of the archives for 1860 but having trouble finding the actual article

""Mary Ann Pitchforth may incur she tlr ¦ - Smy Wlfe Pitchiorth, having left and' «C^yto\£wX&*£2 cause or reason, and against my consent ° UtjUBt Dated the 20th day of J une, 1 860. ' vru «,•„• t AQUILA PITCHFORTH Witness— William Lawton, Huddersfield. &alt*""#

EDIT: See below for transcript

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 11 Feb 2013 21:10

Well done M C hope the poster comes back to see your find


MarieCeleste Report 11 Feb 2013 23:08

Huddersfield Chronicle - 23 June 1860


I, Aquila Pitchforth of Elland, near Halifax in the county of York, draper and hosier, do hereby give notice that from this date, I WILL NOT be RESPONSIBLE for any DEBTS my wife Mary Ann Pitchforth may incur, having left my house without just cause or reason, and against my consent.
Dated the 20th day of June, AQUILA PITCHFORTH
Witness: William Lawton, Huddersfield.


MarieCeleste Report 11 Feb 2013 23:36

His children's baptisms:

West Yorkshire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1910

Name: Elizabeth Lynch Pitchforth
Birth Date: 27 Jan 1860
Parish: Halifax, St John the Baptist
Baptism Date: 11 Mar 1860
Father's Name: Aquila Pitchforth - draper of Elland
Mother's Name: Mary Ann Pitchforth

Name: James David Lynch Pitchforth
Birth Date: 11 Apr 1861
Parish: Halifax, St John the Baptist
Baptism Date: 19 May 1861
Father's Name: Aqilla Pitchforth - draper of Preston
Mother's Name: Mary Ann Pitchforth

Name: Annie Eliza Pitchforth
Birth Date: 16 Jan 1863
Parish: Halifax, St John the Baptist
Baptism Date: 1 Mar 1863
Father's Name: Aquilla Pitchforth - draper of Halifax
Mother's Name: Mary Ann Pitchforth

(So he and Mary Ann must have had a reconciliation for a while)

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 12 Feb 2013 08:08

Mary Ann also had a son Herbert Lynch Pitchforth who was 11 months on the 1871 census.

Daughter Elizabeth's probate...9th May1883. Administration of the estate of Elizabeth Lynch Pitchforth late of Birkdale, Southport in the county of Lancashire, spinster who died 8th January1883 in Birkdale was granted at the Principle Resistry office to Mary Ann Pitchforth of 131 Eastbourne Road Birkdale. Widow, the mother and only next of kin. £1526.6s 6d

She was born 27th January 1860 so nearly 23 when she died so did she inherit money from her father but I can't find probate for him.

Mary Ann Pitchforth of 114 Cemetery Road Southport Lancashire, widow, died 22nd February 1898 administration 30th January 1899 Liverpool to James David Lynch Pitchforth cab driver £15.5s.4d.

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 12 Feb 2013 08:29

Name: Herbert Lynch Pitchforth
Birth Date: 2 May 1870
Parish: Halifax, St John the Baptist
Baptism Date: 1 Sep 1872
Father's Name: Pitchforth
Mother's Name: Mary Ann Pitchforth

Original only has Mary Ann on says 'married woman' but no mention of a father.

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 13 Feb 2013 15:50

Liverpool Mercury Saturday 2nd August 1890

A Birkdale Bankcrupycy Annulled
At the Livrpool Count Court yesterday, before judge Collier, an application was made by Mary Ann Pitchforth, widow, lodging house keeper at Birkdale, for annulment of her bankruptcy. The failure took place on 6th May 1887. Recently, through the death of her mother, she had come into possession under her fathers will of certain property in which her mother had a life long interest and the official reciever had paid the creditors 20s in the £1 and 4% interest. Mr Mather representing Messrs Smallshaw of Southport supported the application and there was no opposition. His honour made the order.


xtootsy16x Report 25 Feb 2013 13:31

I would love to thank everyone for all this information,


xtootsy16x Report 12 Aug 2013 15:57

many thanks for your research Tenerife Sun...may I ask are you related to the Pitchforths ?

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 12 Aug 2013 18:51

No relation at all, sorry, I just love research.

Have you got all you want on the Pitchforths now?


xtootsy16x Report 16 Aug 2013 18:37

Hi Tenerife Sun, Never will have enough of the Pitchforths,,, Herbert Lynch Pitchforth married Anne Elizabeth Jeffries and had 3 sons, but Anne Jeffries had an illegitimate daughter Fanny Verona Jeffries, (my nan) and was bought up by Anne's parents Thomas Jeffries and Matilda Price as their daughter, I have tried to locate Herbert and Anne's Pitchforths grandchildren , and would love to know if they knew my nan exsisted.. I too enjoy researching but must admit not very good at it after a few years of trying .Thank you for helping me with the Pitchforths Can you find anything on them after the 1911 census til to date ? :-D

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 16 Aug 2013 19:39

1911 for reference
Herbert Lynch Pitchforth

Name Relation Condition /
Yrs married Sex Age Birth Year Occupation Where born Image
PITCHFORTH, Herbert Lynch Head Married M 41 1870 Assurance Agent Halifax Yorkshire VIEW
PITCHFORTH, Ann Elizabeth Wife Married F 41 1870 Staffordshire VIEW
PITCHFORTH, Albert Lynch Son Single M 17 1894 Clerk Ulverston in Furness VIEW
PITCHFORTH, Arthur Herbert Douglas Son Single M 16 1895 Clerk Douglas I O M VIEW RG number: RG14 Piece: 22401 Reference: RG14PN22401 RG78PN1321 RD455 SD4 ED45 SN108 Registration District: West Derby Sub District: Walton Enumeration District: 45 Parish: Walton on the Hill Address: Betanne 31 Redbrook Street Anfield Liverpool County: Lancashire

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 16 Aug 2013 20:02

When and where was Fanny born please?

I can't find Thomas, Matilda or Fanny on any census. Do you have one you can post on here?

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 16 Aug 2013 22:28


Name: Fanny V Jeffries
Age: 1
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1890
Relation: Daughter
Father's Name: Thomas Jeffries
Mother's Name: Matilda Jeffries
Gender: Female
Where born: Barrow in F, Lancashire, England
Civil Parish: Barrow in Furness
Ecclesiastical parish: St Matthew
Town: Barrow
County/Island: Lancashire
Country: England
Street Address:


Condition as to marriage:


Employment status:

View Image
Registration District: Barrow In Furness
Sub-registration District: Barrow in Furness
ED, institution, or vessel: 12
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 3484
Folio: 103
Page Number: 40
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Jeffries 45
Matilda Jeffries 45
Ann E Jeffries 23
Louisa J Jeffries 21
Thomas Jeffries 18
Mary M Jeffries 17
John K W Jeffries 15
Joseph F Jeffries 12
Alice M M Jeffries 9
William H Jeffries 7
Florence E C Jeffries 5
Albert E Jeffries 3
Fanny V Jeffries 1


Name: Vrona Jeffries
Age in 1911: 21
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1890
Relation to Head: Daughter
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Barrow In Furness, Lancashire, England
Civil Parish: Barrow in Furness
County/Island: Lancashire
Country: England
Street Address: 68 Cheltenham St Barrow In Furness
Marital Status: Single
Registration District: Barrow in Furness
Registration District Number: 482
Sub-registration District: Barrow in Furness
ED, institution, or vessel: 30
Piece: 25680
Household Members:
Name Age
Matilda Jeffries 63
Albert Jeffries 23
Vrona Jeffries 21
Percy Saville 37
E J F Leatherby 52

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 16 Aug 2013 22:52

These two births are in the Isle of Mann. There aren't any marriages or deaths.

Year Surname Name District Vol Page No
1895 Pitchforth Arthur Herbert Douglas Onchan A 1165
1896 Pitchforth James Horace Onchan A 1244

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 16 Aug 2013 23:11

Probate for Albert Lynch Pitchforth (see 1911)

Albert Lynch Pitchforth of 25 New Hall Lane Liverpool died 23/01/1946. Admin Liverpool to Amy Christiana Pitchforth widow. Effects £563.0s.6d

Their marriage

Marriages Dec 1930 (>99%)
Collins Amy C Pitchforth Ormskirk 8b 1527
Pitchforth Albert L Collins Ormskirk 8b 1527

Their children

Surname First name(s) Mother District Vol Page
Births Mar 1932 (>99%)
Pitchforth Brenda M Collins Liverpool 8b 215

Births Jun 1937 (>99%)
Pitchforth Heather C Collins Liverpool S. 8b 80

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 16 Aug 2013 23:23


Arthur Herbert Douglas Pitchforth of 28 Lydney Road Huyton Lancashire died 27/11/1948. Admin Liverpool 24th February to Hilda Jane Pitchforth, widow. Effects
£656.10s 7d

Their marriage

Marriages Dec 1919 (>99%)
Bowyer Arthur J Taggart W. Derby 8b 847
PITCHFORTH Arthur H D Williams W Derby 8b 847 *******
Taggart Elizabeth E Bowyer W.Derby 8b 847
Williams Hilda J Pitchforth W.Derby 8b 847 *********


Surname First name(s) Mother District Vol Page
Births Dec 1920 (>99%)
Pitchforth Hilda E Williams W.Derby 8b 1178

Births Sep 1927 (>99%)
Pitchforth Herbert A L Williams Liverpool 8b 147

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 16 Aug 2013 23:40

Amy's death

Name: Amy Christina Pitchforth
Birth Date: 25 Dec 1896
Date of Registration: Apr 1988
Age at Death: 91
Registration District: Birkenhead
Inferred County: Cheshire
Volume: 37
Page: 641

Possible death for Hilda

Name: Hilda Jane Pitchforth
Birth Date: 16 Feb 1892
Date of Registration: Dec 1976
Age at Death: 84
Registration District: Knowsley
Inferred County: Merseyside
Volume: 36
Page: 0072


xtootsy16x Report 25 Aug 2013 17:14

Fanny Verona Jeffries was my nan, she was born illegitimately to Anne Jeffries before Ann went and married Herbert Pitchforth. Ann Jeffries was my great nan and Matilda and Thomas Jeffries were my great-great grandparents ! They bough Fanny up as their own child to stop gossip in those days, my mum who is still alive (80) knew them as ma and pa Jeffries .Brenda Pitchforth was a close cousin of my mum and Brenda married twice .Fanny Verona married a Roger Gibson but she changed her name to Frances, but I don't know when.. even my mum didn't know that her mum was born Fanny until I bought the birth certificate.!!! I would like to thank you Tenerife Sun for all your work. Is there anything else about the Pitchforths that I can give to my mum.. She always thought that Ann was her auntie ,never knew it was her nan until about 15 years ago

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 25 Aug 2013 17:28

Fanny married in 1912 as Frances a year earlier on the 1911 she was listed as Verona so I guess she changed her name when she was quite young.

Marriages Mar 1912 (>99%)
Brereton Mary Delamere Barrow F. 8e 1201
Delamere Christopher Brereton Barrow F. 8e 1201
>>>>Gibson Roger Jeffries Barrow F. 8e 1201
>>>>Jeffries Frances V Gibson Barrow F. 8e 1201