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Flip Report 28 Jan 2013 13:31

Deaths Sep 1898 (>99%)

Myerscough Jane 45 Liverpool 8b 24


Flip Report 28 Jan 2013 13:35

Looks like they started off as Myerscough and in Liverpool according to this christening:

James Myerscough
Baptism Date: 22 Oct 1844
Parish: Liverpool St Peter
Father's Name: Leonard Myerscough
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Myerscough


Flip Report 28 Jan 2013 13:44

Leonard Myerscough (widow)
Age: Full Age
Marriage Date: 7 Jan 1844
Parish: Liverpool St Peter
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Newby
Father's Name: James Myerscough
Spouse Father's Name: Edward Newby


Eringobragh1916 Report 28 Jan 2013 15:12

Well thats brilliant piece of detective work on a Monday ..never ceases to amaze me how names get altered..!!

Kerri....Woodstock St and Dalrymple St. were just a hop skip and jump from each other..Woodstock St was on one side of Scotland Road (main thoroughfare known locally as The Scottie) Dalrymple St on the other side...they were tenement dwellings eventually pulled down in the 60s..both named streets are still there today but bear no relation to the streets of 18/1900s....


Flip Report 28 Jan 2013 18:48

Monday lunchtime to be precise - I did a typo error on FMP for Myers - put in Myres by mistake, and look what came up! Then just traced it through Ancestry, so I wasn't being clever, just a slip of the fingers believe it or not.

I don't know Liverpool very well, but I'll take your word for the geography Erin, just wish we could find Margaret - the original post was trying to find what happened to Alexander & Margaret - I think we nailed him & their daughter (with loads of kids to trace though), but haven't put an end to Margaret yet. :-D


Eringobragh1916 Report 28 Jan 2013 19:16

Forgot about her...!!!

Have a look at this site...This is what the "Courts" were like...I was being sensitive using the term tenement....they actually came later..!


Flip Report 28 Jan 2013 19:18

Incidently, to kill off James, think this his him in 1911

James Myerscough
Age in 1911: 67
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1844
Relation to Head: Inmate
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Civil parish: Walton on the Hill 99%)

Myerscough James 74 W.Derby 8b 377 Dec qty 1917

But no probate to confirm this though - but it fits although a couple of year out!


Eringobragh1916 Report 28 Jan 2013 19:21

Dont suppose they had a penny to Bless themselves with...


Flip Report 28 Jan 2013 19:32

Erin, I've no idea where you're from, but that is the terrible way our ancestors must have lived - I've seen similar stories before, from the countryside, but have never looked at them in a city which looks so much worse. God, I'm so glad I didn't live back then.

Who knows what happened to Margaret, guess Jane must have been lucky to get out of the hell hole - even though just across the main road.

Guess we really are pretty lucky these days!

Added - we crossed, and yes you're probably right about the pennies to bless themselves with!


Eringobragh1916 Report 28 Jan 2013 19:51

They were atypical in most major industrial cities and towns..not paternal ggparents lived in 2 rooms with their 13 children and 2 lodgers..!Maternal gg parents lived much the same way but on the banks of the river...mud up to their eyeballs !


Flip Report 28 Jan 2013 20:25

I know this isn't helping Kerri, but my gg-grandparents moved between Scotland/Ireland and Cumbrerland with such frequency all their childen were born in different places! It was difficult to keep track of them - think they were moving from place to place for a better life. They eventually settled in Barrow - in sheds on the beach - then the smallpox epidemic killed most of the people living there! My g-grandfather survived (along with his sister) by luck or by crook - survival of the fittest!

Guess my grand parents were survivors, as I'm still here to tell the tale!

Anyway, bit of a diversion, but I think we've given Kerri quite a bit to go on ;-)


Kerri Report 29 Jan 2013 02:25

Yes,you sure have given me plenty to go on with-thankyou very much Flip & Erin.

It sure is great to have some extra help

I think the families were just thankful that they had some work & a roof over their head-not like back in Ireland in those times.

If anyone has time can you see on census William BALFOUR born b 1820 in Athenry,Co Galway,Ireland who married Mary WALSH in 1851 in Galway.They may not have gone to England (or Scotland) but died/stayed in Ireland-I dont know.. William was brother to Alexander BALFOUR (b c 1807 ),both sons of Alexander BALFOUR.



Eringobragh1916 Report 29 Jan 2013 08:58

Kerri...I did wonder about the Athenry Balfours..but there are also ones in the Co. Fermanagh at the same time...will have a search around....
Flip... am still on the look out for Margaret..!!