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#9 The Heap Family Line

Each month I am looking at a different Family surname and straightening out my files and seeing what I know or don’t know for each family line. This month the dubious job is surveying the Heap files. It begins with my maternal grandmother (Ada Richmal Heap  b. 18 August 1888, Staten Island, New York, USA) and I have navigated my way back to my 4x great grandfather (Robert Heap b. 1766?, Cheshire England).

Since I have the direct line sorted out to that point I have taken to what we genealogist lovingly call “killing off the relatives”. Some of the siblings are not co-operating and in order to find their death dates I have to muck around in the records sometimes creating more questions for myself. One of those was Edward Heap b. about 1841 to Henry and Mary (Woolley) Heap. Henry had a brother Edward Lees Heap (b. 1809 d. 1845) and when Henry and Mary had their third baby boy christened on 11 April 1841 they named him Edward Lees Heap. Well, now Henry’s son Edward is in the 1841 census for Ashton Under Lyne and noted to be 6 months old. Also there is another Edward Heap 30 years old living in Henry’s household, unfortunately they do not list relationship in the 1841 UK Census, but the age is right for Edward Lees Heap, Henry’s brother. Since the census was to reflect the household on the night of  June 6th 1841  Edward (the younger) was born in either December 1840 or January 1841.

Henry and Mary had their children (Robert, John Woolley and Edward)  baptized at the parish church

Mottram Parish Church from Google Earth

Mottram-in-Logandendale, Cheshire England. In the Census of 1841 the family is shown as living at Rossbottom Street in the town of Staleybridge (Cheshire). When Mary (Woolley) Heap dies in 1843 she is shown as being at Rossbottom Street and when Henry marries Eliza Stokes in 1845 his address is listed as Staleybridge and they marry in Ashton Under Lyne. In the Census of 1851 the family is shown as living at 52 Rossbottom Street in the town of Staleybridge (Cheshire) but no Edward.

 

So the questions are:

  • where in 1851 is Edward or did he not  survive to his 10th birthday
  • where would I find the death record? Mottram-in- Logandale? Ashton-under Lyne?
  •  looking at the map of the area we can see that Staleybridge is between Mottram-in- Logandendale and Ashton-under Lyne.

Who are the Edward Heaps in the 1851 UK census

  • in Hartshead in the parish of Ashton-under Lyne there’s another Henry Heap family. His wife is listed as Elizabeth. The children in the family are shown as Robert(24 years of age), Ann (22), Edward (21), Martha (18), and Joseph (16). This Edward is too old and this Robert is 4 years older the our Robert would have been. This census does list the relationship of each individual to the head of household
  • in Lancashire there are are only two other Edward Heaps indexed in the 1851 UK census.
    • one in Higher Booths who is only 5
    • one in Cotton who is 11 which would be about the correct age but he is shown as born in Munst.
  • There are none in Cheshire and several in Yorkshire.

So I have sent an inquiry to the Parish church in Mottram-in-Logandendale for a possible burial that is not available on-line. Any other ideas? Would love your input.

 

The Publican’s wife, Mary Woolley

Some names just make us smile. I have several in my family that do that for me, it’s not the stories about the people with those names that make me smile, it’s just the name itself. One of those is Henry Heap, that one works best for me with a cockney accent where the ‘h’ on Henry is silent. Another one for me is Woolley. Makes me think “soft and cuddly”, I like soft and cuddly things.

I have been familiar with the Woolley name since I was a small girl. My grandmother spoke of her grandfather John Woolley Heap and it stuck in my brain. I do not remember what she said about him, just the name. So fast forward forty years and I’m wondering, where did the name Woolley come from? Well I knew my 2x great grandfather John Woolley Heap got his middle name from his mother’s family name. So who were the “Woolley’s”

Since we start our research going backwards the 1881 UK Census, the 1871, the 1861 and then the 1851.

1851 UK Census Ashton under Lyne Lancashire

1851 UK Census
Ashton under Lyne
Lancashire 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They all had Henry’s wife as Eliza . I was pretty well convinced that it was Eliza Woolley,but no, in the 1841 UK Census Henry is living on Rassbottom Street in Ashton-under Lyne, Lancashire, and his wife is listed as Mary.

1841 UK Census Ashton under Lyne Lancashire, England

1841 UK Census
Ashton under Lyne
Lancashire, England

Mary is 10 years younger than Henry but in this census we need to remember that adults ages were rounded  off. Where as in the 1851 census Eliza is only 4 years younger then Henry. In the 1851 UK Census it had been  Eliza and Henry at the same address on Rassbottom Street. Well, when I thought she was Eliza Woolley I found her parents as Merlin (Melling?) Woolley and Hannah. Well that ‘s bogus.

But no, it’s  Mary (Woolley) Heap. After I was corrected by a 2x cousin I found  the  marriage for her and Henry Heap 10 June 1830 in Oldham  Lancashire England.

Church record of Marriage - Henry Heap and Mary Woolley

Church record of Marriage – Henry Heap and Mary Woolley

She died and was buried 28 July 1843, just two years after this census, lucky for me she had not died prior to the 1841 census. Mary Heaps parish burial records list place of abode as Rassbottom street in Ashton under Lyne. That is how I am assured that I had the correct Mary Heap, wife of Henry. Mary was 38 at the time of her death and that means that she was born about 1807. So now the question is who were Mary’s parents.

Looking at the 1841 UK Census, Henry and Mary name their first child Robert, which appears to be named for Henry’s father. Their second child is named John (Woolley) Heap, well maybe that’s a pretty great clue. I see on familysearch.org a Mary born to a John and Ann Woolley in Cheshire England. Since the 1841 census says that Mary was not born in Lancashire it is a pretty safe guess to think Mary may also be from Cheshire County, as is Henry. So now I have a possible couple for Mary’s parents. I just have to find some evidence for proof.

I did find where Henry remarries in 1845 to Eliza Stokes. I do not yet know who her Eliza’s  parents are but it is not a priority.

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Who were Richmal HEAP’s parents?

My grandmother was named Ada Richmal Heap.  I had always been curious about my grandmothers middle name but only remembered that it had been a family name. Apparently she was named for both her grandmothers, Ada for her mother’s mother and Richmal for her father’s mother. I discovered who Richmal actually was when researching the Heap Family line. It was the marriage record that revealed her maiden name. (Click on images to enlarge.)

UK Parish marriage Record John Woolley Heap and Richmal Hall

UK Parish marriage Record
John Woolley Heap and Richmal Hall

Also listed on the record was her father.

Samuel Hall,  Moulder.

With a common name of Samuel Hall in England’s Cheshire/Lancashire area of Ashton -under Lyne, I really appreciate these helpful bits of information . Knowing he was an (iron) moulder narrowed the field down to a single individual. When looking for the Parish records for Richmal’s baptism I thought it would be straight forward because of her unusual first name. It became a little confusing to discover two Richmal Halls baptized in two different parishes just a few months apart.

Lancashire Parish Baptism Richmal Hall

Lancashire Parish Baptism
Richmal Hall ~ 18 Jan. 1835

The above baptism in the Parish of Aston-under Lyne show the parents of Richmal as Samuel and Sarah Hall, living in Newton, and Samuel’s trade as “Iron Moulder”.

The other Baptism for a Richmal is 6 July 1834 in the Parish of Bury, the parents are James and Richmal Hall of Redvales, and James’ trade is “Weaver”.  Richmal’s birth is listed as March 25, 1834.

Lancashire Bury Parish Richmal Hall not ours

Lancashire Bury Parish
Richmal Hall
not ours

This brought to mind how my mother named her son David and about 6 months later and 200 miles away her sister-in law also had a boy and named him David. Could this be what happened here? Are the two Richmal’s cousins?

So now that I have Richmal’s parent as Samuel and Sarah, but who was Sarah?

I found that Samuel Hall, a Bachelor, marries a  Sarah Marland on 10 May 1818 in the Parish of Stockport in Cheshire, England. The lesson here is once you find the information that fits do not stop looking because that may not be the end of the story.

Cheshire Marriage record Parish of Stockport Samuel Hall and Sarah

Cheshire Marriage record Parish of Stockport
Samuel Hall and Sarah Marland

In 1820 Samuel Hall, a Widower, married Sarah Coe on 2 January. Note that both of these records indicate Samuel Hall is an Iron Moulder.

Cheshire Marriages Parish of Stockport Samuel Hall and Sarah Coe

Cheshire Marriages Parish of Stockport
Samuel Hall and Sarah Coe

Therefore Samuel married Sarah Marland in 1818 and by January of 1820 Sarah has died and Samuel remarries a Sarah Coe.

 

In the 1841 UK Census for Cheshire Dunkenfield, Samuel is listed as 40 and an Iron Moulder, his wife is listed as Sally also 40. What happened to Sarah?

1841 UK Census Dunkenfield Cheshire

1841 UK Census
Dunkenfield Cheshire

 

Included in the household are John 20, Ann 22, Julia 15 a Bonnet maker,  Charles 15 , Ann 14, Martha 12, Ricahmal 7, Sarah 5, and Fanny 10 months.

I have been unsuccessful in locating Samuel, an Iron Moulder, in the 1851 UK Census. Lots of Samuel Halls in both Dunkenfield and Ashton-under Lyne, but none that have the right trade or family members. Looking for the sons in the 1851 census has not been fruitful either.

1861 UK Census Aston-under Lyne St Michaels parish

1861 UK Census
Aston-under Lyne
St Michaels parish

Again in the 1861 UK Census Samuel is shown alone with Sally. Who is Sally?

Probate index Samuel Hall

Probate index Samuel Hall

From the Probate index above we see that John Hall is Samuel’s son. In the 1841 census we can verify that John and Richmal (Richmal Baptised 18 Jan 1835) are the children of Samuel and Sarah Coe. There is a Charles Hall baptized  15 May 1825 at St Michaels in Aston-under Lyne to a Samuel and Sarah Hall. The Charles listed in the 1841 census is 15 making his birth about 1825 or 26. This gives me a reasonable assumption that Charles listed in the 1841 census is also Samuel and Sarah’s child.  There are two Ann’s listed in this census one being 22 and the other 14. Is Ann wife to John?If Samuel’s wife Sarah died prior to 1841 then some members of the household may be Sally’s children from a previous marriage. And depending on when Sarah died will indicate if any of the children could be from a third marriage of Samuel and Sally.

I will continue to look for baptismal records for children born to Samuel and Sarah. I still need death records for both Sarah Marland and Sarah Coe. In the meantime I can look to see if Samuel remarries in St. Michaels to a Sally. Or I may find a death record for a Sally Hall wife of Samuel. As usual while I have the answer to my initial question I now have half a dozen new questions.

 

 

 

 

52 Ancestors- Robert Heap’s Will

This week the theme for Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge 52 Ancestors – 52 Weeks  is “Where there’s a Will”.

I immediately thought about the will of  my maternal 4x great grandfather, Robert Heap.  I had discovered the  document back in March of 2000 on Cheshire (England) Records office online. I was able to order a copy through their offices and it was very exciting to have a document that was written back in 1818. Robert Heap was probably born around 1765 in Cheshire county England. He was the husband of Mally Lees and they were the parents of at least 7 children. It was disappointing that the children were not named, except the youngest , Edward.

While transcribing the document I discovered a word I had never come across before, Messauges.

noun, Law.

1.

a dwelling house with its adjacent buildings and the lands appropriated to the use of the household.

The following is a transcript of those documents.

Mr. Robert Heaps Will

The twenty sixth Day of June 1819

Mally Heap the Executira and William Hasledine & Samuel Lees the Executors in this Will with codicil named were sworn in common Form, and they further made oath that the personal effects & Estate of the Testator within the Diocese of Chester were under the value of six hundred pounds,

Before me

Jos. Brooker Suvrogate

The Testator died Jan. 20 1819

MB Stamp Duty remitted eleven pounds

Duty paid 11:W.W.

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Robert Heap

Of Stayley in the County of Chester Clothier made and published the thirtieth day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eighteen in manner following that is to say, I order all my just Debts Funeral and Testamentary Charges to be paid out of my Estates and Effects and subject there to. My Will and desire is that my beloved Wife, Mally and my children shall continue together and employ my Stock in Trade for the purpose of carrying on my business of a Clothier to the best advantage until my youngest child Edward shall attain the age of twenty one years for their comfortable support and maintenance and for the increase of my property, And when my said youngest child shall attain the age of twenty one years I order and direct that the said stock in Trade and the increase and profits thereof with my other Estate and Effects not herein after otherwise disposed of shall be divided among my said children equally and the child or children of such of them as maybe then dead leaving a child or children (if more than one) to take only among them the share or shares that the deceased parent or parents would have been Entitled to if living Provided nevertheless that in case my said wife or children shall agree to carry on my said Business after the time aforesaid Then they shall be at Liberty so to do until such time as they shall see proper to make a division of the property in manner aforesaid and if any of them shall think proper during the time or hence aforesaid to go to himself or herself then the rest shall and may continue to carry on my said Business in manner aforesaid And it is my Will and wish that my Elder Children shall be paid a fair compensation for their Labour Care and pains in and about carrying on my said Business according to their desert which shall be at the discretion of my Executors and payable at the time such division shall be made as aforesaid over and above their respective shares of such said property And Whereas I am Entitled to several Messuages or Dwelling houses in Hurst in the Parish of Ashtonunderline And Whereas I have contracted with Francis Dunkinfield Astley Esquire for a piece of Building Land in Dunkinfield but no conveyances have yet been executed to me therefor Now I direct that the Rents of the said Messuages in Hurst being about Thirty pounds a year shall be applied for the purpose of making Erections or Buildings upon said plot of Land in Dunkinfield yearly until such division of my other property shall be made as aforesaid And when such division shall be made as aforesaid or in the mean in Case any unforeseen circumstance shall happen so that my said Family shall not keep together and carry on my said business in manner aforesaid I give my said Messuages or Dwelling houses in Hurst aforesaid with the appurtenances to my said wife for all my Estate and interest therein to be at her disposal And as to the said plot of Land in Dunkinfield and the intended Buildings thereon I give the same equally among my Children as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants their respective heirs and assigns when the youngest attains twenty one and the Child or Children of such Child or Children only taking the parents share in manner a foresaid And I nominate nd appoint my said wife Mally, William Hasledine of StayleyBridge, Machinemaker and my bother in Law Samuel Lees Executors of this my will and here by revoking all former wills by me made I declare this to be my last And I direct my Executors to satisfy themselves from and out of my Estate and Effects all Charges and Expenses which they maybe put to and for their trouble in and about the execution here of and that they shall not be answerable for each others acts neglects or default but each for his own only In Witness where of I the said Robert Heap the Testator have hereto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.

Signed Sealed published and declared by                                     Robert Heap

said Robert Heap the Testator as and for

his last will and Testament in the presence

of us who have here into subscribed our

Names as witnesses thereto in his presence

and at his request and in the presence of each other.

Jn Higginbottom

Eliza Higginbottom

Wm Cheethain Wagstaff

By way of a Codicil to the Will of me the above named Robert Heap and which I desire may be taken as a part there of I direct that my wife is not to have the disposal of my messuages or Dwelling houses in Hurst aforesaid but the same shall on her death in Case my youngest Child shall then have attained the age of twenty one years be equally divided amongst my Children and the Child or children of such of them dead leaving a child or children such child or children only taking the parents share in manner intended in my  said Will as to my other property But my wife is to have the rents and Profits thereof during her life on the event mentioned in my Will of my business not being carried on and such Division as aforesaid is to be postponed till her death if my youngest child attains Twenty one before that time And in case any of my Children shall act imprudently and contrary to the inclination of my other children and waste any of my property by  so doing he she or they shall have so much less of my property on the division aforesaid as shall have been so wasted by his her or their default in manner aforesaid and the same shall be applied to and for the benefit of the others of my said children who shall act with prudence In witness where of I have to this codicil set my hand and seal the fourteenth day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eighteen

Signed sealed published and

declared as a codicil to the Will of the                                            Robert Heap

said Robert Heap in the presence of

us who at his request and in his

presence and in the presence of each

other have here unto set our hands

as Witnesses

James Hurst

John Adam his mark X

Samuel Hurst

The following are the copies received. Click on image to enlarge.

Robert Heap Last Will & Testament  pg.2

Robert Heap Last Will & Testament
pg.2

Robert Heap Last Will & Testament  pg.1

Robert Heap Last Will & Testament
pg.1

Robert Heap Last Will and Testament  pg. 3

Robert Heap Last Will and Testament
pg. 3

Robert Heap Last Will & Testament  pg.4

Robert Heap Last Will & Testament
pg.4

 

52 Ancestors ~ #35 John Woolley Heap

John Woolley Heap was my maternal 3x great grandfather. Born in Hollingsworth, Cheshire England about 1833 to Henery Heap and Eliza Woolley.

On the 1841 UK Census for Ashton under lyne, Lancashire, England ( see: Henry Heap ) we found John at 9 years of age with his parents and two brothers; Robert (10) and Edward (6 mos.) along with possibly a uncle Edward Heap at 52 Rassbottom St.

In the 1851 UK Census the family is still at 52 Rossbottom St.  John W. is now 18 and listed as the licenced Victualis’s son. Also in the household besides Henry and his wife Eliza is Mary Heap, Henry’s sister, and his mother, Mally ( see: Henry Heap ) .

In 1857 John Woolley Heap marries Richmal Hall.

Marriage certificate John Woolley Heap Richmal Hall July 23 1857

Marriage certificate
John Woolley Heap
Richmal Hall
July 23 1857

This document shows Johns father as Henry Heap and the listed occupation is Brewer from Staley. Richmals father is Samuel Hall and he is listed as a moulder, one who cast iron moulds from Ashton. It looks like the actual signatures are shown here for John and Richmal.

 

Charles Robert Heap baptism Staleybridge, Cheshire

Charles Robert Heap baptism
Staleybridge, Cheshire

In the Parish records for St. Paul Parrish, Staeybridge, Cheshire, England we find the baptismal record for Charles Robert Heap dated July 15, 1860. His parents are listed as John Woolley Heap and Richmal . John is listed as an Inn Keeper.

So in the 1861 UK Census we find that John Woolley and Richmal are living in Staley at the Hare and Hound which may be on Mottram Rd where John is the Inn Keeper. The previous and next pages from this census show the residences are on Mottram Rd. The ones around the Hare and Hound show Boyer Fold (Bower Fold).

1861 UK Census Staley, Ceshire, England

1861 UK Census
Staley, Cheshire, England

So I did a little sleuthing on the internet this morning and found the following photo.

 

Hare and Hound Staleybridge, Cheshire photo by Arran Hamilton Summerhill

Hare and Hounds
Staleybridge, Cheshire
photo by Arran Hamilton Summerhill

Could this be their place in 1861? I found this on the internet. It is very close to the Bowerfold Football Stadium. If you click on the photo below you will see the football stadium on the right  The present day Hare and Hounds is circled in red and down and to the left is also a street called Heaps Farm Ct.. When we visited this area back in 2001, I did not have the luxury of Google Earth and so much information from the internet that is now available. We did find Heaps Farm ( see: Henry Heap ) not sure if this is the same one. Maybe next time we can check this area a little closer.

Google Earth Map

Google Earth Map

On the Census above we saw John W. Heap (28) Inn Keeper born in Cheshire, Hollingsworth, His wife Richmal (25) Shown born in Cheshire, Newton, Mary W. (2) born in Mortley and Charles R. born in Staley. Also in the household is a house servant, Kate Ellis.

In the Parish records for Staley in Cheshire, dated April 13 1862, we find the baptism for Samuel Henry Heap, son of John Woolley and Richmal Heap of Staley who are Inn Keepers .

Samuel Henry Heap baptism  St. Paul, Staley, Cheshire

Samuel Henry Heap
baptism
St. Paul, Staley, Cheshire

Looking at the marriage record above for John and Richmal we see that Samuel was Richmal’s father and Henry was John’s father. Looking at the census below Samuel is not listed. It is assumed that he did not survive childhood.

1871 UK Census Logandale Cheshire England

1871 UK Census
Logandale Cheshire England

In the 1871 UK Census we find the John Wooley Heap family in Southport, Lancashire on King Street at New Standhill Cottages. This is a move of about 40 miles from East of Manchester to the West, on the ocean. John Woolley Heap (38) listed as a Lodging House Keeper born in Cheshire, Mottram in Logdendale. His wife Richmal (35) Born in Cheshire, Newton. Their daughter Mary Woolley Heap (12) is listed as scholar born in Cheshire, Matley. Charles Robert (10), scholar  born Cheshire, Staleybridge. The latest child is Herbert Reynold Heap (3) born in Lancashire, Southport. The others in the house, on the day the census was taken, are boarders they include a Lady, a florist and a domestic servant.

In the 1881 UK Census we find John Woolley Heap (48) listed as a visitor in the home of his parents, Henry and Eliz. Heap, in Matley , Ashton under lyne, Cheshire, England. Richmal Heap is found in Southport.

1881 UK Census Southport, Lancashire, England

1881 UK Census
Southport, Lancashire, England

 

From this census we see Richmal Heap (45) Married, a lodger, living at 29 King Street, occupation is housekeeper. Also listed as Lodgers are Charles R. Heap (20) unmarried, occupation  is listed as a plumber, Herbert R. (13) listed as a scholar and Ernest (6) also a scholar. Both Herbert and Ernest are shown as born in Southport. Mary W. is not listed for she died 26 May 1873 at 15 years of age per the Southport Christ Church Parish records.

On 16 July 1888 Richmal Heap died.

England and Wales National Probate Calendar Index

England and Wales National Probate Calendar Index

From this we see that John is living at 32 Adelaide Street in Southport, Lancaster, England where he is a Lodging House Keeper.

All this information and I have lost John Woolley Heap. I can not find him in the 1891 UK Census in Southport. There is another family at 29 King Street in the 1891 census and I am unable to locate Adelaide Street in Southport. If any one can find this location I would appreciate the help. John may have died by the 1891 Census, but while I found Richmal Heaps probate notice I can find nothing for John Woolley Heap. He has left me hanging.

 

52 Ancestors ~ # 26 Henry Heap – Licensed Victualler

I am officially half way through my 52 ancestors challenge. I need to thank Amy Johnson Crow
(http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/52-ancestors-challenge) for starting this challenge. It has been a great help.

This weeks ancestor is my 3x great maternal grandfather Henry Heap. For some reason I really like this name and have developed a real attachment for him. He was born about 1801 Cheshire, England and christened 5 April 1801 St George , Staleybridge, Lancashire, England.

We do not have much on Henry until the 1841 UK census. We can follow him pretty much through the England Census from 1841  until the last census 1881 prior to his death.  He was born and raised in and around Staleybridge in both Lancashire and Cheshire counties.

click on to enlarge

click on to enlarge

 

In the 1841 census we find Henry Heap (40)  already married Eliza (30) (listed as Mary ) and with three children  living on Rassbottom Street in Ashton under-Lyne where he is a Publican.

1841 UK census Parish - Ashton Under-lyne Staleybridge

1841 UK census
Parish – Ashton under-Lyne
Staleybridge

 

Robert his oldest son is 10 (not born in Lancashire county), John (9), and Edward (6 months) who was born in the county of the census. Oh I forgot to mention that in the British census the adult ages are often rounded off. If the age as in Henry is listed as 40 he could be anywhere from 36-44. In this case we have his birth year as 1801 so he actually is 40. Also listed in the household is Edward Heap (30) who is probably Henrys brother  who was born in 1808 and would have been about 33 that year.

Henry Heap's Pub. 52 Rassbottom Street Staleybridge,Lancashire, England

Henry Heap’s Pub.
52 Rassbottom Street
Staleybridge,Lancashire, England

So Henry is shown on Rassbottom Street in Staleybridge. In the above census it looks like there are several boarders on the night of the census. This Photo was taken on our England trip in 2000 and our best guess where 52 Rossbottom would have been in 1841. While there we also found several abodes named Heap this or that. Below is the “Heaps Farm” which Madeleine wanted to have belonged to our family, but probably not.

Heaps Farm

Heaps Farm

In the 1851 census the family is still at 52 Rassbottom Street and Now Henry (50) is listed as a Licensed Victualler. You ask what is that?  Here is what I found (http://www.genguide.co.uk/source/Publican-Brewery-and-Licensed-Victuallers-Records-Occupations/127/)  A licensed Victualler is one who is licensed to sell food and spirits in a Public House. So now he is licensed.

1851 UK Census Staleybridge, Lancashire

1851 UK Census
Staleybridge, Lancashire

Now in the household in 1851 is  Eliza (46) formerly shown as Mary. Here we can see the county where the individuals were born. For Henry it is easily read as Cheshire, Staley. Eliza is a little harder to read. John W. (20) their son was born in Cheshire, Hollingworth and Mary (52) Henry’s sister was born in Cheshire, Staley and Mally (83) Henry’s widowed mother was born in Lancashire, Ashton under-Lyne.

In the 1861 UK census we find the family has moved back to Staley, Cheshire and are living on or near Mottram Old Road in the Shaw Bank House.

 

1861 UK Census Staley, Cheshire

1861 UK Census
Staley, Cheshire

Henry Heap (60) listed as a common brewer his wife Eliza (56) and the only other person in the household for this census is an 18 year old unmarried servant named Ann Taylor born in Derbyshire.

1871 UK Census Matley, Cheshire

1871 UK Census
Matley, Cheshire

 

Here is the 1871 UK Census with Henry Heap (70) now a Retired Brewer and Eliza (66) and they are living in Matley on Higher Tongue.

 

1881 UK Census Matley, Cheshire

1881 UK Census
Matley, Cheshire

Henry is now 80 and Eliza is 77. Their son John Woolley Heap is a visitor in their home on the night the census was taken.

 

England and Wales National Probate Calendar Index

England and Wales National Probate Calendar Index

On 7 September 1882 the will of Henry Heap was filed for probate. We are assured that this is our Henry Heap for his two sons are shown Robert Heap and John Woolley Heap. His last address is shown as Tonge House in Mottram in Longdendale Cheshire county, just down the road from Matley. He died 25 April 1882. Since his wife is not mentioned I am assuming she may have died prior to him.

52 ancestors #15 Maybelle Langley Heap – Artist

May (Maybelle Langley) Heap

May (Maybelle Langley) Heap

My grandmothers sister was Maybelle Langley Heap. Grandma Dougherty was an accomplished musician and her sister was an excellent artist. I grew up seeing Aunt May’s art work in my grandparents home. I was very drawn to her painting, that hung in grandmothers living room. After my grandmother died my mother hung Aunt May’s painting in our living room and displayed her painted china along with other pieces that grandma had found at “the u know where” (see my blog on Ada Richmal Heap), and I am now the proud owner of that artwork.

Painting by May Heap Circa 1920

Painting by May Heap
Circa 1920

May was born 10 January 1891 on Roe St., West New Brighton, New York to Ada J. (Booth)  and Charles R. Heap. Their second daughter, Grandma being their first daughter.

Birth Jan 10, 1891 Roe St. W.N.B. Heap

Birth Jan 10, 1891
Roe St. W.N.B.
Heap

The family lived on Roe St. there on Staten Island surrounded by her mothers family. In the 1920 US Census May (20) is found married but living at home with her parents and husband Thomas A. Bush (That census was in last weeks Blog). Thomas better known as Arthur was listed in the 1920 Census as an Underwriter for a Fire Insurance Company.

 

May and Arthur Bush

May and Arthur Bush

They were married on October 15, 1919.

Their son Tomas Arthur Bush Jr. was born Aug. 10, 1922 in Richmond Virginia.

Thomas A. Bush Jr.

Thomas A. Bush Jr.

By 1925 the family is in Syracuse New York where the New York State census shows Thomas A. Bush (31) listed as an Insurance Adjustor. May is listed as Mabelle L.  (30) and occupation Housework. Thomas Jr. is now 2.

 

Thomas A. Bush Jr. about 1925

Thomas A. Bush Jr.
about 1925

In the 1930 US Census the Family is now in Amhurst, New York, Thomas Sr. is  37 and listed as Arthur T. Bush shown to be renting a house, he is an Agent for a Fire Insurance Company. Maybelle L. Bush (35) is shown as having no occupation. Thomas their son is now 7 and attending school.

I know that Aunt May was not unoccupied for she had a young son and was an accomplished artist I do not know when she did her china painting but I’m sure it was more then a hobby by the beauty she was able to accomplish in her work.

Hand painted candy dish May Heap

Hand painted candy dish
May Heap

The trail through census was lost but in reality Aunt May and my grandmother were in touch. The several times that the family traveled back east (from California) there are pictures of Tom Jr.  And besides I have more of her beautifully painted china.

Hand Painted Desert Plate - May Heap

Hand Painted Desert Plate – May Heap

Hand Painted Tea cup & saucer - May Heap

Hand Painted Tea cup & saucer – May Heap

 

Aunt May died Aug. 25, 1964 seven months after her sister Ada Richmals death and 4 months prior to her brother Walters death.

52 Ancestors #14 – Charles R. Heap Our Last to Immigrate

So this week we are looking at Charles R. Heap my maternal great grandfather.

Charles R. Heap

Charles R. Heap

 

Charles was born in Stalybridge, Cheshire England in May of 1860 to John Woolley Heap and Richmal (nee Hall) Heap.

Well in 2000 my sister and I did our due diligence in the Stalybridge area when we traveled to England for research. The Stalybridge and Ashton under Lyne area is located east of Manchester where we spent quite of bit of time. Madeleine had inquired with the local parish church long before our trip, and made arrangements for us to do on site research in Ashton under Lyne’s St. Michael and All Angels Anglican church. Wow that was one of our many highlights from that trip.

Aston Parish Church

 

Ada  Ashton under Lyne, England 2000

Ada
Ashton under Lyne, England
2000

Aston under Lyne Parish Vault 2000

Aston under Lyne Parish Vault
2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 1861 United Kingdom Cenesus Charles would only be about 1 year old

1861 UK Census Stalybridge, Lancashire

1861 UK Census
Stalybridge, Lancashire

In the census John W. Heap head of household is 28 years old and an Innkeeper born in Cheshire, Hollingworth. his wife Richmal is 25  and Born in Cheshire. Hollingsworth is crossed out and Newton is written there. Next it shows Mary W. age 2 born in Cheshire, Mortey.  next we have Charles R.  listed as 10 months old born in Cheshire, Stayley. Finally we have in the same household Kate Ellis a Servant who is listed as married and 22 years of age from Ireland.

1871 UK census Southport, Lancashire

1871 UK census
Southport, Lancashire

This is the 1871 UK Census where John Woolley Heap is listed as 38 years old, a Lodging House Keeper born in Cheshire Mottram in Logdendale. His wife Richmal is listed as 35 born in Cheshire, Newton. Daughter Mary Woolley Heap is now 12 an listed as a scholar born in Cheshire at Martley, followed by Charles Robt. Heap now 10 and also listed as a scholar and born in Cheshire, Staelbridge. We now see a brother of Charles a Herbert Reginald Heap just 3 years old also listed as a scholar born in Lancashire, Southport. Included in the household are three boarders, Mary Helen Mayhew (22 years of age) listed as a Lady  born in Lancashire, Liverpool, Frank Jones (24) a Florist born in London, and an Annie Jones (19) listed as a servant, birthplace unknown.

1881 UK Census Southport, Lancashire

1881 UK Census
Southport, Lancashire

Here in the 1881 Census we find Richmal Heap listed as Rachel Heap now 45 a lodger in the home of John Pennington, where her occupation is shown as Housekeeper. Included as lodgers are her sons Charles R. Heap (20) shown as a Plumber, Herbert R. Heap (13) a Scholar and a new brother Ernest Heap (6) born in Lancashire, Southport. John Wooley Heap is not here but he was later found in Ashton under Lyne as a visitor in the household of Henry Heap (80) and Eliz. Heap (77), listed as their son  at age 48.  We are now missing Charles older sister Mary Woolley Heap. I recently found that she died in 1873 at 15 years of age.

Mary W. Heap 1873 death record

Mary W. Heap
1873 burial record

In 1885 we find Charles has immigrated to the United States and marries Ada Jane Booth in Castleton, Richmond County, New York on Nov. 25.

Register of Marriages Castleton, Richmond Co., N.Y. Charles Heap

Register of Marriages
Castleton, Richmond Co., N.Y.
Charles Heap

Register of Marriages Castleton, New York Pg. 2 Ada Jane Booth

Register of Marriages
Castleton, New York
Pg. 2
Ada Jane Booth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles and Ada Heap appear in the Register of Births in the town of Castleton 4 times. Their first child a boy is born on July 23, 1886 but does not live. Next is listed Aug. 18 1888  no name is listed but we know this is our grandmother Ada Richmal Heap. In 1891 we find  an other entry on Jan, 10th. This must be Aunt May, and then in November of 1892 we find a listing for Walter Ernest Heap.

Ada Heap, Maybelle Langley Heap, and Walter Eddy Heap

Ada Heap, Maybelle Langley Heap, and Walter Eddy Heap

You can’t really see Walter in all that fur in the carriage. The house there looks like the one on Roe street in West New Brighton that was shown in an earlier post.

We also showed in an earlier post Charles Naturalization papers. He became a citizen in 1888, having arrived from England in April of 1882.

In the 1900 US census Charles is listed as a plumber the same occupation that was listed in the UK census.

1900 US Census Castleton, Richmond Co. New York

1900 US Census
Castleton, Richmond Co. New York

 

If you could read this you would see that Charles and his family live between his wife’s brothers family and her parents. This census lists that Ada Jane Booth gave birth to 5 children, three of which are living.  Have not found the other child.

In the 1910 census all the children are at home.  The family continues to be living on Roe Street and it shows 5 children born to Ada  with 3 still living. Charles is 47 and has been married 24 years. He is still listed as a plumber. I do not understand why these images are not more legible. Sorry about that, but if you click on the images you will see an enlarged image and you might be able to read the entries.

1910 US Census Castleton, Richmond Co. New York

1910 US Census
Castleton, Richmond Co. New York

In the 1920 US Census Charles and Ada have their daughter Maybelle and her husband Thomas Bush living in the house on Roe Street.

1920 US Census Castleton, Richmond Co. N.Y.

1920 US Census
Castleton, Richmond Co. N.Y.

In 1930 Charles (69) is widowed and living alone on Roe Street. Ada Jane had died March 30 1929.

 

Charles Heap with grandchildren Dorothy Dougherty, Charles, June Heap Walter Dougherty, Tom Bush, and Robert Dougherty

Charles Heap
with grandchildren
Dorothy Dougherty, Charles, June Heap
Walter Dougherty, Tom Bush, and Robert Dougherty

Charles died January 21, 1940.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

52 Ancestors: #5 – Our Closet Mystic

Since March is women’s history month I thought I should write about the women in our family for the remainder of the month.

Ada Jane Booth

Ada Jane Booth

Our maternal great grandmother was Ada Jane Booth b: 9 Oct. 1867 in New York, Her parents were Joseph Booth and Ada Jane Jones. She grew up on Staten Island, Richmond County, New York.  In the 1870 US census at the age of 3 she is found in Castleton, Richmond County, New York with her parents and 4 of her siblings.

Joseph Booth Family- 1860 US Census Richmond Co., New York page 198 Town of Castleton

Joseph Booth Family- 1870 US Census Richmond Co., New York
page 198 Town of Castleton

Ada had three older siblings George M. Booth, Walter L., William R.,and four younger siblings Isaac S., Harriet W., Charles L. and Emma L. Booth. In the 1880 US census Ada is 13 and attending school.

Ada J. married Charles R. Heap, 25 Nov. 1885 in Staten Island, Richmond County, New York.

marriage CHeap & ABooth0002

25 Nov. 1885 Charles Heap Marriage to Ada Booth, Richmond Co. Records

25 Nov. 1885 Charles Heap Marriage to Ada Booth, City of Castleton, Richmond Co., State of New York Records

Charles Heap came from Cheshire England in April of 1882

from Charles R. Heaps Naturalization papers New York Common Pleas  Sept 4, 1888

from Charles R. Heaps Naturalization papers New York Common Pleas Sept 4, 1888

In the photo below, Ada J. (Booth) is shown seated with Husband Charles, eldest daughter Ada (standing),  May (seated to the far left) and son Walter in front of his father.

Charles Heap Family about 1904

Charles Heap Family about 1904

I do not have a lot of information about our great-grandmother. Grandma Dougherty didn’t like to talk about the paranormal in front of Grandpa Dougherty who thought it was all a bunch of “hooey” and my impression was that grandma Doughertys mother was a believer.
My grandmother received a letter in 1926 from her mother that illustrates to me what was all the rage during this time period. Mystics, I do believe there are a lot of things out there we can not explain but I assume that there is an explanation that fits into the realm of the physical world. Yet being a little Irish leaves a smidget of room for speculation.

Letter to daughter 1926

Letter (pg.1) to daughter 1926

From this letter I take it that Seances, and readings were quite the thing with a group around my great grandmother. The letter reads

Dear Ada,

I know you will be anxious for this letter. Just got home from the meeting (11:30P.M.) I put your letter on the table for her to read. She took it in her hand rolled it and smoothed it.

She said for you to sit alone. This influence was not good at Mrs. U. Too much antaigensimn. The devil you saw ment evil influnce. The man taking on armor was protecting you. Your Guides. Your are very eicick and strong. She says.

Now this is what you are to do. Tell no body. But Me. (When we talk of what we get and see scatters the vibrations. And we lose) Take 15 mintuets every morning. Put a glass dish with pebbles water and a flower bulb in, any kind of flower bulb. And another one with water in it, Right along side. Making two glasses. Get finger bowls if you can. But I think any kind will do. But it must be glass. (Plain glass),  Now put a picture up on the wall, out side of your room. And try and penertate it.

Be very calm. forget every thing And watch the bulb unfold. And as it unfolds so will you. And you will see alkinds of colors, in a little while. She told me. Do you understand about the picture?

She asked me who it was so melacoly around me. I told her Uncle Gene  She said, yes Brother-In Law.  My he’s enough to drive you crazy. He’s up in the air for the least thing. He wants somebody to tell him wear he is. Whats he so meloncoly about. If he had done something for Her (Aunt Hattie) when she was here. It would of been better for him. She wouldn’t come back. She was very unhappy here And is very happy there now. Discufred her fine.

Now, if you want to any thing more. Just let me know. And I will take the question to her. But Wright it. They like hand writing best.

I am going to join class in the fall.

I hope you have luck with your house. It has been very warm today. (Hot). Pa was down to Princess Bay all day.

Walter goes away monday morning.

June and I go to Kinsburg friday. Come on and go with us. Lots of fun and swiming to.

I must get to bed now. Pa”s reading and it is now 12P.M.  Good night. Love to all from us all.

Mother.

P.S. If you don’t understand this Ask some more. Don’t go and work your self sick. This hot weather. Just let things go untill the fall.

A strange letter but quite interesting too. I’m sure Grandma did as instructed. I definitely can see her doing this. I do wonder what was going on in there lives that they were seeking answers from a mystic or physic in 1926

Ada J. (Booth) Heap, Ada (Jones) Booth, and Ada R. (Heap) Dougherty (kneeling)

Ada J. (Booth) Heap, Ada (Jones) Booth, and Ada R. (Heap) Dougherty (kneeling)

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Next week hoping for a story from my sister on Grandpa Ike Putnam.

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