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John and Catherine Silkstone

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John Report 25 Jun 2013 09:42

My Grand parents were John and Catherine Silkstone Nee Churchfield.

Married March 27 1875 at Parish Church Leeds

Children: Mary, John, Patrick, Martin, Margaret, Catherine, Ann and William.

John Alfred Silkstone


safc Report 25 Jun 2013 10:00

John Silkitone, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
Name: John Silkitone
Age (Original): 26
Gender: Male
Birth Year: 1855
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Scavenger
Address: 10 Vienna Street
Event Place: Leeds, Yorkshire (West Riding), England
Record Type: Household
GS Film number: 1342085
Affiliate Publication Number: RG11
Piece/Folio: 4519 / 81
Page Number: 6
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head John Silkitone M 26 Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Wife Catherine Silkitone F 23 Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Daughter Mary Silkitone F 5 Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Son John Silkitone M 4 Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Son Patrick Silkitone M 2 Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Son William Silkitone M 0 Leeds, Yorkshire, England


safc Report 25 Jun 2013 10:16

Catherine Churchfield in household of Martin Churchfield, "England and Wales Census, 1871"
Name: Catherine Churchfield
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1871
Gender: Female
Age: 14
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire
Schedule Type: Household
Registration District: Leeds
Sub-District: Leeds, North
Parish: Leeds
County: Yorkshire (West Riding)
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Self Martin Churchfield M 40 Mayo, Ireland
Wife Bridget Churchfield F 35 Mayo, Ireland
Daughter Mary Churchfield F 17 Leeds, Yorkshire
Daughter Catherine Churchfield F 14 Leeds, Yorkshire
Daughter Margret Churchfield F 11 Leeds, Yorkshire
Daughter Sarah Churchfield F 6 Leeds, Yorkshire
Daughter Bridget Churchfield F 4 Leeds, Yorkshire
Daughter Ann Churchfield F 1 Leeds, Yorkshire
Lodger Head Michel Dowley M 33 Mayo, Ireland
Lodger Wife Catherine Dowley F 40 Mayo, Ireland

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 25 Jun 2013 11:29

1911 England Census about John Silkstone
Name: John Silkstone
Age in 1911: 56
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1855
Relation to Head: Head
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Civil Parish: Leeds
County/Island: Yorkshire-West Riding
Country: England
Street Address: 23 Acorn St York Rd Leeds
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Horse Driver (General)
Registration District: Leeds
Registration District Number: 500
Sub-registration District: North East Leeds
ED, institution, or vessel: 3
Piece: 27094
Household Members:
Name Age
John Silkstone 56
Catherine Silkstone 54
Martin Silkstone 25
Annie Silkstone 20
John Silkstone 6 grandson
Annie Silkstone 3 grandaughter
Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 27094.

married 36 years 9 children - 2 have died

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 25 Jun 2013 11:37


1901 England Census about Martin Silkstone
Name: Martin Silkstone
Age: 15
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1886
Relation: Son
Father's Name: Jackson Silkstone
Mother's Name: Catherine Silkstone
Gender: Male
Where born: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Civil Parish: Leeds
Ecclesiastical parish: St Peter
Town: Leeds
County/Island: Yorkshire
Country: England
Street Address:22 back Shear stree

Occupation:boot clicker

Condition as to marriage:


Employment status:

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Registration District: Leeds
Sub-registration District: North Leeds
ED, institution, or vessel: 17
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Schedule Number: 122
Piece: 4222
Folio: 32
Page Number: 17
Household Members:
Name Age
Jackson Silkstone 44 (JOHN on the census sheet will do an amendment) occ cart driver -builders
Catherine Silkstone 42
John Silkstone 25 occ Cart driver
Patrick Silkstone 22 occ Cart driver
Margaret Silkstone 17 occ Flax spinner -linen
Martin Silkstone 15
Catherine Silkstone 12
Annie Silkstone 10

Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 4222; Folio: 32; Page: 17.


safc Report 25 Jun 2013 11:39


Yorkshire Marriage indexes for the years: 1859
Surname Forename(s) Surname Forename(s) Church / Register Office Registers At Reference
CHURCHFIELD Martin CAIRNS Bridget Leeds Registered Building Leeds RB/20/58

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 25 Jun 2013 11:39

West Yorkshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935 about Catherine Churchfield
Name: Catherine Churchfield
Birth Year: abt 1857
Age: 18
Marriage or Bann Date: 27 Mar 1875
Parish: Leeds, St Peter
Father's Name: Martin Churchfield
Spouse's Name: John Silkstone
Spouse's Father's Name: William Silkstone

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 25 Jun 2013 11:49

??? birth years out a bit

Name: John Silkstone
Birth Date: abt 1852
Date of Registration: Dec 1918
Age at Death: 66
Registration District: Leeds
Inferred County: Yorkshire West Riding
Volume: 9b
Page: 618

Name: Catherine Silkstone
Birth Date: abt 1860
Date of Registration: Dec 1926
Age at Death: 66
Registration District: Leeds
Inferred County: Yorkshire West Riding
Volume: 9b
Page: 477


John Report 25 Jun 2013 12:13

A thanks for those of you that have helped me.

The following is a copy of my father’s mention in the London Gazette.


240730 C.S.M. Martin Silkstone, W. Yorks. B. (Leeds).

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during heavy fighting on two occasions, when every officer in his company became a casualty. Observing that some high ground 150 yards away entirely dominated him, he at once took men to occupy it. Though met by much rifle fire he captured the position and from it was able to direct fire on the advancing enemy columns. Eventually outflanked, with all his N.C.Os, Lewis-gun teams and casualties, he withdrew the survivors to Battalion H.Q., where he re-organised for a new advance, which was at once commenced.


SILKSTONE, Martin (D.C.M., M.M.), Company Sergeant Major, 1st West Yorks. Regiment.
Mobilised in August 1914, he was immediately drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in the fighting at Mons. He also fought in the Battle of Ypres and the Somme plus many other important engagements, and was wounded in action a total of five times.
He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for great gallantry and devotion to duty, displayed in taking entire charge of his Company when all his officers were killed, and was granted the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in the Field. He also holds the Mons Star, General Service and Victory Medals, and was discharged in April 1920.


Established in 1854, the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) is Britain’s oldest award for gallantry and second only to the Victoria Cross.
It was awarded to enlisted personnel, non-commissioned officers and warrant officers of any nation, in any branch of the service, for distinguished conduct in battle.

Military Medal (MM)

Established on the 25th March 1916, the Military Medal (MM) was awarded for individual or associated acts of bravery on the field of battle.


John Report 25 Jun 2013 15:22

According to the 1911 census my aunty Mary now married (Mary Brennan) live next door to her father and mother with her husband John and 4 children: William, Margaret, Annie and Andrew.


SylviaInCanada Report 26 Jun 2013 04:56

so what are you asking us to do for you??


John Report 26 Jun 2013 07:37

Hello SylvianCanada and thank you for your question.

I have not asked anyone to do anything, but I’m grateful for those that have place items about my linage. The reason for the notice, I was hoping that someone in the same linage might see it and contact me.


Reggie Report 26 Jun 2013 10:43

Unlikely, unless he/she is an active board user

Be pro-active........look for links in 'search all trees'

And, please, when posting a thread, give us some idea of the reason............if you don't want members to use their time trying to find info, please make it clear. Thank you


Reggie Report 26 Jun 2013 10:46

6 people have Catherine Churchfield in GR doesn't appear that you have.

Finding links on GR is facilitated by adding your ancestors to your GR tree.


John Report 26 Jun 2013 13:30

Reggie, thanks for your post.

I joined the site two days ago and I'm still feeling my way around. However I suppose that when you joined you knew what to do instantly so you never made a mistake.


Reggie Report 26 Jun 2013 13:42

Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit

You were being given advice - politely - intended to be helpful....................

When posts are added to the boards, it's an instinctive reaction for people to try to find relevant info................