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rootgatherer Report 4 Nov 2013 13:52


Marriages Sep 1919
Barber Gertrude Matthews Ashton 8d 1121
Matthews Charles H Barber Ashton 8d 1121


rootgatherer Report 4 Nov 2013 14:13


Name: Thomas Barber, Widower, Butcher
Birth Year: abt 1835
Age: 23
Marriage Date: 4 Jan 1858
Parish: Ashton Under Lyne, St Peter
Parish as it Appears: Ashton Under Lyne
Father's Name: Lewis Barber, Mechanic
Spouse's Name: Sarah Ann Stafford, Spinster
Spouse's Father's Name: James Stafford, Rover

Witnesses: John Barber and Mary Jane barber

Reference Number: L74/1/2/1
Item Number: 2
Archive Roll: 517

His first marriage?

Marriages Jun 1854
ASHTON Henry Ashton 8d 745
BARBER Thomas Ashton 8d 745 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Brandon Esther Ashton 8d 745 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Lakes Hannah Ashton 8d 745

And from Freereg

County Lancashire
Place Ashton-Under-Lyne
Church St Peter
RegisterNumber 2673
BurialDate 26 Jul 1857
Forename Esther
Surname BARBER
Age 22y
Abode Ashton under Lyne
FileNumber 8739


Margaret Report 5 Nov 2013 16:36

Thanks for all the advice. Now, How do I go about looking at Herbert Barber's Military record. He had his foot blown off in the second world war, but I can't find any one from Ashton registering with that name and close birth date. There is a Herbert Barber, who registered in Oldham, but he seemed to have seen service in South Africa, which My Mum doesn't recollect any history of. He was also married to someone who was not Harriet Long, although I suppose that he may have had an earlier marriage. Wouldn't an injury show up in the records?


rootgatherer Report 6 Nov 2013 20:26

WW2 military records are not available online. Your Mum would have to apply for them. If your Herbert served in WW2 he is unlikeyl to have been the man born in Ashton.


The Herbert who served in South Africa (The Boer War) is this man who can't be your Herbert.


Rank: Private
Service No: 5665
Date of Death: 07/07/1915
Age: 42
Regiment/Service: Lancashire Fusiliers 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 33.

Additional Information:

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Son of Harry and Sophia Barber; husband of Ada Clara Smith (formerly Barber), of 411, Featherstall Rd., Oldham. Served in the South African Campaign.

And on his enlistment his occupation is "Labourer"

Name: Herbert Barber
Age at Enlistment: 29
Birth Parish: Oldham
Birth County: Lancashire
Regimental Number: 8385
Regiment Name: Manchr Regiment
Number of images: 9

If you wish to research further, you really do need the marriage certificate otherwise everything is just pure guesswork.

Do you know if Herbert or his wife had any siblings please?

Do you know when Herbert or Harriet died please? Are any of the deaths posted on page 1 of the thread correct please?


Margaret Report 7 Nov 2013 16:42

Hi roots
Thank you for all the hunting you have done on my behalf.
The marriage in 1916 on page 1 is correct.
Herbert died about 1971, and Harriet around 1970. (They died within a year of one another, Harriet first.)
I couldn't work out why he should describe himself as a labourer.
I wondered if he might have been married previously, and lost his first wife, as Mum insists that there was an 11 year gap between their ages. However, there is no family history of that. Grandpa had a derisory military pension, and a built up boot following his discharge from the army. I think that seeing his record may be quite emotional!


Margaret Report 7 Nov 2013 16:46

Sorry, I forgot to tell you of his siblings and Father's name.
He had sisters Edith b. 1883 and Gertrudeb 1886, and another sibling, Mum thinks was a boy, but we don't know his name. May be William, as Mum remembers an uncle Will. His father was William Thomas Barber, and she disliked him, as he used to make fun of her dad, calling him "That cripple" due to his foot.
I think his wife may have been a Margaret Ann.


rootgatherer Report 7 Nov 2013 19:58

That's all good then Liz. It looks like the correct deaths on page 1. It also looks like the correct family on the census records (page 1) for Herbert. He was a butcher and so was his father William Thomas and also his grandfather Thomas. He also had a sister Gertrude (see the possible marriage for her at the top of this page).

Only a small percentage of WW1 service records have survived and it looks like your Herbert's are among those that haven't.

I don't think, in fact I am fairly certain that the records for Herbert that are on Ancestry (the man from Oldham who married Ada) are not your grandfather's but for a different Herbert.

The 1891 census shows that Herbert did indeed have a brother William.

Here is brother William in 1911 - he's also a Butcher!

Name: William A Barber
Age in 1911: 26
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1885
Relation to Head: Head
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, England
Civil Parish: Ashton Under Lyne
County/Island: Lancashire
Country: England
Street Address: 223 Stockport Road Aus
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Master Butcher
Registration District: Ashton under Lyne
Registration District Number: 468
Sub-registration District: Ashton Town
ED, institution, or vessel: 1
Piece: 24340
Household Members:
Name Age
William A Barber 26
Linian Barber 25
Herbert Barber 1

Marriages Dec 1907
BARBER William Albert Ashton 8d 774 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
LEE James Edward Ashton 8d 774
MILLWARD Lilian Ashton 8d 774 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
NOKE Beatrice Ashton 8d 774

Births Dec 1915 Barber Lilian Millward Ashton 8d 777

Births Dec 1918 Barber Peggy Millward Ashton 8d 666

Births Jun 1925 BARBER Mary Millward Ashton 8d 1180

Name: William Albert Barber
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1884
Registration District: Ashton Under Lyne
Inferred County: Lancashire
Volume: 8d
Page: 451

Name: William A Barber
Birth Date: abt 1884
Date of Registration: Sep 1960
Age at Death: 76
Registration District: Ashton
Inferred County: Lancashire
Volume: 10b
Page: 110

Name: William Albert Barber
Probate Date: 30 Dec 1960
Death Date: 19 Aug 1960
Death Place: Lancashire, England
Registry: Manchester, England

William Albert Barber of 62 Thornfield Avenue, Ashton-under-Lyme. Probate to Lilian Barber, widow. Effects £5297. 4s. 1d.

Name: Lilian Barber
Birth Date: abt 1885
Date of Registration: Sep 1961
Age at Death: 76
Registration District: Lothingland
Inferred County: Suffolk
Volume: 4b
Page: 743

Name: Lilian Barber
Probate Date: 3 Nov 1961
Death Date: 5 Jul 1961
Death Place: Lancashire, England
Registry: Manchester, England

Lilian Barber of 62 Thornfield Avenue, Ashton-under-Lyme died at the junction of London Road and St. Marys Road, Beccles, Suffolk. Probate to Herbert Barber, Baker and Confectioner and Lilian Wood married woman. Effects £11019. 2s.


mgnv Report 8 Nov 2013 00:44

Cheshire Marriage indexes for the years: 1907
Surname Forename(s) Surname Forename(s) Church / Register Office Registers At Reference
BARBER William Albert MILLWARD Lilian Ashton under Lyne, St Peter Tameside CE5/7/420 [with image link]

Cheshire Marriage indexes for the years: 1854
Surname Forename(s) Surname Forename(s) Church / Register Office Registers At Reference
BARBER Thomas BRANDON Esther Stayley, St Paul Tameside CE35/2/28

Cheshire Marriage indexes for the years: 1856 to 1860
Surname Forename(s) Surname Forename(s) Church / Register Office Registers At Reference
BARBER Thomas STAFFORD Srah Ann Ashton under Lyne, St Peter Tameside CE5/1/406

Lancashire Marriage indexes for the years: 1881
Surname Forename(s) Surname Forename(s) Church / Register Office Registers At Reference
BARBER William T WILLIAMS Mary A Eccles Parish St Mary's Salford C1/25/326

Marriage: 26 Sep 1881 St Mary the Virgin, Eccles, Lancs.
William Thomas Barber - 21 Butcher Bachelor of 136 Oxford Road Manchester
Margaret Ann Williams - 20 Spinster of 12 Victoria Crescent Eccles
Groom's Father: Thomas Barber, Butcher
Bride's Father: John Williams, Pilot
Witness: Samuel Barber; Mary Jane Barber
Married by Banns by: Henry J.B. Armstrong M.A. Incumbancy St. Andrew's Eccles
Register: Marriages 1879 - 1882, Page 163, Entry 326
Source: Manchester Central Library


Margaret Report 8 Nov 2013 11:49

Wow Roots. How do you do it?
I am extremely interested to see that Mum's uncle Will was married to a woman whose father was a pilot, as Mum has mentioned a pilot for Liverpool docks in her ancestry. She has a Whale tooth, which was carved with a picture of a sailor, and a ship by this person. Apparently many sailors did this.
Now all I need to do is enter the info on the tree. I don't suppose there is an easy way to do this.
What a shame that Grandpa Barber's military record has been lost. I would have been interested to see where he was etc.
Thanks again