Find Ancestors

Top tip - using the Genes Reunited community

Welcome to the Genes Reunited community boards!

  • The Genes Reunited community is made up of millions of people with similar interests. Discover your family history and make life long friends along the way.
  • You will find a close knit but welcoming group of keen genealogists all prepared to offer advice and help to new members.
  • And it's not all serious business. The boards are often a place to relax and be entertained by all kinds of subjects.
  • The Genes community will go out of their way to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for help.

Quick Search

Single word search

The British Newspaper Archive

British Newspaper Archive

Read about historical events at the time they were happening. Perhaps you'll discover your ancestor in their local newspaper?

Start searching


  • New posts
  • No new posts
  • Thread closed
  • Stickied, new posts
  • Stickied, no new posts

Mary Fearnley

ProfilePosted byOptionsPost Date


Carol Report 30 Jan 2013 15:07

Hi everyone. Please can anyone help me trace the death of Mary Fearnley, born c1833. The 1871 census shows her living in Waterloo, Elland near Halifax, Yorkshire with her husband Charles and children Susan, Dan, Tom, Sam and Brook. However, there is no sign of her in the 1881 census and Charles has at this time moved to Morley in Yorkshire and has remarried, his second wife being Sarah A Fearnley aged 52. I have searched in civil registration death records and also parish burial records with no success. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, Carol


Astra Report 30 Jan 2013 15:17

It looks as though Charles re-married in 1874 in Huddersfield to Sarah Ann Bray so Mary must have died between March 1871 and the September quarter of 1874 when Charles married.

Civil Registration event: Death

Name: FEARNLEY, Mary
Registration district: Great Ouseburn
County: Yorkshire
Year of registration: 1871
Quarter of registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
Age at death: 38
Volume no: 9A
Page no: 71


Carol Report 30 Jan 2013 16:59

Hi Astra, thank you for helping me, and so quickly too! I had found the marriage to Sarah Ann Bray in 1874 so its great that you think that's correct also. The death registration you found is a distinct possibility as the age at death tallies. I had been concentrating on registrations in Halifax or Dewsbury, based on the 2 addresses in 1871 and 1881.

Thank you so much for your help.


Eringobragh1916 Report 30 Jan 2013 17:25

Carol..I would be more inclined to this one....

Reg. March Quarter 1872

FEARNLEY Mary 47 Halifax 9a 389


Astra Report 30 Jan 2013 18:35

I wondered about that one as it is in the right area but that gives a birth date of 1825 which is why I discounted it.


Carol Report 31 Jan 2013 16:30

Hi to both fellow researchers who replied to my request for help in tracing the death of Mary Fearnley. Each of the registrations agrees in part with facts I have discovered. The registration in Great Ouseburn agrees with the age she would have been at that time. The other registration is in the area in which she was living but the age does not tally. Which one to go for? I know when tracing a person through the censuses there is often a difference in the expected age recorded each decade. Could it be that the age at death has been given incorrectly? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you once again for your help.