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Charles Whitworth

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Charles Whitworth (1781–1870), the father of Joseph Whitworth - see Whitworth Genealogy

1781 Born to Charles and Sarah on May 6th 1781 and baptised on May 29th at the Cockey Moor Presbyterian Church in Ainsworth, Lancashire

1803 March 14th. Married at Stockport to Sarah (1780–1814), the daughter of Joseph Hulse

Their home was a two bedroom dwelling house at the top of stone steps leading from a place called Fletcher’s Yard which was later renamed 13 John Street.

1803 December 21st. Birth of son Joseph Whitworth at Stockport

1805 Birth of son John Whitworth (1805-1868) at Stockport

c1809 Birth of daughter Charlotte

1814 Death of his wife Sarah.

Charles was a loom frame-maker in the textile industry who, when his wife died, put his three young children in the care of foster parents and took advantage of an offer to train for the Congregationalist ministry

1815 September. Enters the Congregational Collage, Idle Academy, Bradford, under the Rev. William Vint

1819 June. Ordained as the Rev. Charles Whitworth

1819 Appointed to Woolton, Liverpool

1823 Birth of daughter Ellen

1825 May 31st. Birth of daughter Eliza. Baptised at Silkstone with Stainborough, All Saints (Wakefield)

1838 April 6th. Death of his wife Sarah (presumably his second wife). 'On the 6th inst., in Bedford-street, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, aged 61 years, Sarah, wife of the Rev. Charles Whitworth, Independent Minister.' [1]

1841 Living at Park, Walmsley, Bury (age c60 born Lancashire), a Minister. No one else in abode. [2]

1848 January 31st. Death of his daughter Charlotte. 'Monday last, at Northowram, in her 40th year, Charlotte, eldest daughter of the Rev. Charles Whitworth, and sister Mr Joseph Whitworth, machine maker, Manchester.[3]

1848 His daughter Ellen marries John Tinker MacGowan, a Druggist in Halifax

1851 Living at 1 Blundell Place, Leeds (age 69 born Cockymoor, Lancs), an Annuitant and Widower. In the home of his daughter Ellen MacGowan (age 28 born Manchester) and her husband John Tinker MacGowan, a Chemist and their children including Joseph Whitworth MacGowan (age 1). Also Ellen's sister (John Tinker MacGowan' sister-in-law) Eliza Goddard (age 36 born Heckmondwicke) and her daughter Sarah Ellen (age 7 born Manchester). [4]

1861 Living at 52 Westhouse Lane, Leeds (age 79 born Manchester), a Retired Minister (Independent). With his daughters Ellen MacGowan (age 30), a Druggist's wife and Eliza Goddard (age 35 born Yorkshire), a Widow. Also three MacGowan grand-children. One servant. [5]

1870 Died.

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 07 April 1838
  2. 1841 Census
  3. Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 05 February 1848
  4. 1851 Census
  5. 1861 Census