Linford-Holton family photo-sleuthing


Angela Manders has sent me some photos of her Moss / Holton family, including this group.  She says lady in the centre is Elizabeth Linford née Holton, (1839-1917).  The youngest lady seated at the far left of the photo is her youngest daughter Elizabeth (1884-1964) whose husband William Ridgway is standing behind her.  Another daughter, Caroline (born in 1876), is seated at the far right of the photo.  She married Joseph Moss in 1901 in Peckham where they continued to live – again, he is standing behind his wife.

Angela wonders if anyone can help identify the other people in the photo and help her to date it. Elizabeth had given birth to ten children, of whom seven were lived to adulthood:

  • Joseph ?Inns (1857-58) – died age 1
  • William George (1862-79) – died age 17
  • Eliza Ann (1867-1871) – died age 4
  • Emily Maria (1870-1942) m. Alfred Jesse Bennett – age 39 in 1909, living with husband & 5 children in Buckingham
  • James Thomas (1872-1934) m. Ada Tasker  – age 37 in 1909, living in Rugby, Warwickshire with wife and children – the youngest of whom was only born in the first quarter of 1909, so perhaps unlikely to be in Tingewick in April 1909
  • Joseph (1874-1937) m. Minnie Lucy Collier Steeden (no children) – age 35 in 1909, perhaps living separately from wife who – by 1911 – was in Nottinghamshire
  • Daniel (1875-1918) m. Clara Ethel Smith – age 34 in 1909, living in Leicestershire with his wife and 3 children: the youngest was 1 year old in 1909
  • Caroline (1876-1960) m. Joseph Moss – age 32 in 1909,  living in London with her husband and 8-year-old son
  • Esther (1878-1956) m. James Linford – age 31 in 1909, living with her husband and three children in Maids Moreton [in spite of the same surname I’ve not found a family connection between them … yet!]
  • Elizabeth (1884-1964) m. William Ridgeway – age 25 when she married in April 1909, still living with her mother in Tingewick in 1911

We know that daughter Elizabeth jnr. (identified by Angela as sitting at the far left of the picture) married William Ridgway five days after Elizabeth snr’s birthday, on 19th April 1909, so – since William is standing behind Elizabeth in the same way that Caroline’s husband stands behind her – I think this photo is unlikely to have been taken more than a year or two before that.  Elizabeth jnr. would have been 25 in 1909: again, her appearance agrees more or less with that date.   I then wondered if it might be a gathering of the family to celebrate Elizabeth’s 70th birthday on 14th April 1909, with a second celebration (of Elizabeth jnr’s marriage) to come a few days later.

Three of Elizabeth’s surviving daughters still lived in the Buckingham area (Caroline – sitting at the right of the photo – was living in London).  The lady in the white blouse beside Caroline looks a bit older and might be Emily, aged 39: but where is Esther (aged 31)?  Perhaps she is the smiling lady behind the man (presumably her husband, James Linford) seated with the child.  The man in the centre, standing behind Elizabeth, could be Elizabeth’s middle son Joseph, aged 35, whose marriage to Minnie Steeden might already have failed – by 1911 she was living in Nottingham; later she worked in Canada and only returned to England a few weeks before she died at the end of 1934.

The couple at the far left of the photo might be youngest son Daniel (age 34) and his wife Clara who would have travelled here from Leicestershire.  It’s perhaps less likely that it would be Elizabeth’s oldest son James, since his wife – Ada née Tasker – had given birth in the first part of 1909 so they would probably have been unable to come all the way from Rugby.  But that leaves me unable to guess who the final lady at the far right of the picture might be.  Perhaps, then, James and his wife did make the journey and she, not surprisingly, has been given a chair with James standing beside her.  The last unidentified lady might then be Emily, unaccompanied by her husband

Does anyone have any photos of any of the people mentioned to help prove or disprove my theory?

Tingewick Protestation Returns 1641

My thanks to Jayne for bringing this to my attention – I struggled with the writing, so all corrections will be very much appreciated!

Back in 1641, King Charles I still had his head but Parliament was growing more and more unhappy, with a fear of Catholicism to the forefront.  In May, every member of the House of Commons swore an oath of allegiance to the crown, to parliament and to the Church of England.  All rectors, churchwardens and overseers of the poor were then required to take the same oath before the JPs in their Hundred, and then they were sent back to their parishes to require all males over the age of 18 to take the same declaration of their belief in the “Protestant religion, allegiance to the King and support for the rights and privileges of Parliament“.  Any who refused were to be noted down and would be assumed to be Catholics.

All these whose names are subscribed did take this protestation

… having sworn at Tingewick on February 20th 1641/2

John Varney Rector
Francis Bushell Curate
Richard Stephens
William Tomlins
William Porter
Henry Paxton
Larorond Ward
Peter Paxton
Steven Traslow
William Perkins Sen
Thomas Holton
William Medcaffe
Edmund Paxton
Richard Waddegy
William Cooley
John Houldright

Thomas Twichen
Thomas Watte
Thomas Creed
John Twichen

Thomas Shrieve
John Barleyford
Edward Twichen
Matthew Twichen
William Moosser
William Cowley
John Houlton
Richard Grood
John Wittmoole
Harold Topping
John Wittmoole Jun
William Wittmoole
Thomas Crosse
Edward Horward
Howard Marshans
William Allsy
John Twichen Jn
Howard Hancook
Thomas Morgan
John Chatwin
Ambrose Durrant
William Perkins Jun
Richard Sear
John Parkins
William Walcott
Phillipp Chinly
Everige Addams
Edmond Durrant Jun
Thomas Hobbs
Jacob Tibby
George Couly
Richard Fenimore
Thomas Williams
William Tompas
Richard Marche
Edmond Dimmocke
Paule Simons
Edward Jardine
John Howbridge Sr
Willm Chandler
Robert Moores
William Choor
Henrie Moodengr
Edward Spooke
John Butcher
Thomas Chatwin
Edwyn Gomm
John Durrant
William Brewer
Orthivar Buyass
Thomas Wittworth
James Cory
Edward Felrind
Hraris Bailey
John Nayper
William Budyathe
Robart Songbury
Richard Marshall
Henrie Lillingstone
John Tarbour
John Spratley
John Spratley
Edmonde Durrant Sr
Willm Kibble
John Hakes
Robbert Greene
Richard Twichen
John Johnson
John Foscott
Robbert Foscott
Robbert Moss
John Jeffery
Richard Jeffery
Richard Robberts
John Chandler
William Curtis
John Wall
Edward Warre
Robbert Warre
Ralph Hamley
Richard Stockley
William Jackson
Robert Shillingsford
William Marrum
James Perkins
John Halsey
Paul Bedford

I { A B }  do in ye presence of Almighty god promise vow and protest to maintaine and defend, as farre as lawfully I may, wth my life, power and estate, the true reformed protestant religion expressed in ye doctrine of ye Church of England, against all popery and Popish innovations within this realme, contrary to ye same doctrine; and according to ye Dutie of my allegiance, his majesties royall Person, Honour and estate, as also ye power and priviledges of Parliament; ye lawfull rights and liberties of ye subjects, and every person yo maketh this protestation, in whatsoever hee shall doe in ye lawfull pursuance of ye same.  And to my power, and as farre as lawfully I may, I will oppose, and by all good waies and meanns inddeavour to bring to Condigne punishment, all such as shall either by form, practice, counsels, plots, conspiracies, or otherwise, doe any things to ye contrary of ‘any things’ in this present protestation contained.  And further I shall in all Just and honourable waies indeavour to preserve ye union, and peace betwixt ye three Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland; and neither for hope, feare, nor other respect, shall relinquish this promise, vow and protestation.