Oh Hannah!

Filling in the gaps between the known facts about ancestors is one of the rewarding aspects of the hobby of genealogy. Imaginative speculation is part of the process, but it is good practice to clearly distinguish fact from fiction. But what happens when an apparently reliable source gets the facts wrong?

Hannah Wilkinson Portrait

Hannah Wilkinson
Portrait provided by Clarence Xavier Dodd 2014

My mother’s mother’s paternal grandmother, Hannah, seems to have had four surnames during her lifetime: Wilkinson, Owens, McVean and Dodd. This complexity, combined with inaccurate information about Hannah’s origins and family connections contained in her obituary made reconstruction of her family tree a challenging genealogical exercise. It was not until my cousins, Diane and Bev dug deeper into our Dodd family history that Hannah’s background was revealed. They have posted the results of their research on smithcarvertree.weebly.com .

I decided to retrace the trail of “breadcrumbs” left by my cousins and look for as many documentary sources as I could find about Hannah. The trail to both Hannah’s father’s family, the Wilkinsons and her mother’s side, the Lindleys, both lead back to West Yorkshire to the area around Huddersfield, west of Wakefield. “Breadcrumbs, supported by documents,  left by Jennifer Ellis in her family tree posted on Ancestry, made it possible to trace the Lindley line back to the late 1600s. The Wilkinsons were not so easy to untangle and will be the subject of another post.

This blog post is annotated listing of the events of Hannah’s story, in reverse chronological order, based as much as possible on online sources, some of which require a subscription to view. Some of the gaps are filled in with my interpretations and speculations.

Hannah's Ancestors

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1937.04.27   Hannah and Adam Dodd’s first son, David Adam Dodd (my great grandfather) died on 27 April 1937. His Death Certificate gives his mother’s name as Hannah Owens, suggesting that his family believed that Hannah’s birth name to be Owens.

1931.02.18   Hannah and Adam Dodd’s eldest child, Charlotte Agnes Dodd died on 18 February 1931. Her Death Certificate and Obituary give her mother’s name as Hannah Owens, also suggesting that her family believed that Hannah’s birth name to be Owens.

Charlotte Agnes Dodd Obituary

>1930  Sometime after 1930 (exact date unknown), an article about Hannah was published in The Eastern Ontario Review, more than a generation after her death. Following is an extract from the article, most of which was about Senator William Owens, Hannah’s supposed brother.

 Hannah Owens was born in Denbigh, Wales, England, September 20, 1816, and died August 6, 1902. She was the daughter of Owen Owens from Denbigh, Wales. Owen arrived in Canada about 1819. Hannah was first married to a Mr. McVean. After his death she married Adam Dodd at the Holy Trinity Church in Hawkesbury, Ontario, December 3, 1848. They had one son, David Adam Dodd, born April 28, 1861. Hannah was also the sister of Senator William Owens.

1902.08.08   Hannah died in Vankleek Hill, Ontario on August 6, 1902 and the following obituary appeared in the local newspaper, The Eastern Ontario Review two days later.

LATE MRS. DODD   Mrs. Dodd, wife of Mr. Adam Dodd, of Vankleek Hill, passed away on Wednesday morning at the advanced age of 87 years. The deceased lady was the mother of Mr. David Dodd, farmer for McCuaig & Robertson at “Burnbrae Farm.” The deceased lady was a sister of Senator Owens, of Montebello. The funeral took place to Vankleek Hill cemetery on Thursday afternoon. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. A. Anderson.

The information about Hannah, published in The Review, reflected what was known or believed about her at the time of her death in 1902; and this was passed down the generations, apparently without verification. But Hannah’s origins and particularly her genetic connection to the wealthy and famous Owens family, seem not to have been completely accurate.

1902.08.06   The record of Hannah’s death  states that Mrs. Hannah Dodd died in Vankleek Hill on 6 August 1902 of an “intestinal” condition that she had had for one week, and that she was attended by Dr. D.J. McIntosh. She was 84 years old at the time of her death and her place of birth was recorded as Wales.  Based on other, later documents, Hannah’s husband, Adam was alive and they were living with their son, David at the time of her death. It seems likely that her husband and/or her son provided the inaccurate information about her age and place of birth to the attending physician.

1901.03.31   The 1901 Canada Census of West Hawkesbury Township, Prescott County, Ontario took place on March 31, 1901, about 16 months before Hannah’s death.  At the time, Hannah, and her husband, Adam Dodd were living in the household headed by their son David. The enumerator recorded that Hannah was born on 20 September 1816 in England and that she immigrated to Canada in 1819. This contradicts information presented in later documents as listed above, specifically the place of birth being England instead of Wales.

1896   Hannah’s uncle, George Lindley and his family are mentioned on page 311 of History of the Counties of Argenteuil, Que., and Prescott, Ont: from the earliest settlement to the present, by Cyrus Thomas and published by J. Lovell & Son in 1896. An ebook version is available .

GEO. LINDLEY, a young man from Leeds, Yorkshire, England, came to Chatham about 1830, and bought 100 acres of Lot 10, 1st Range, and soon afterward sent for his father s family. His father had been a cloth manufacturer in England, employed many hands, and when he came to this country, he brought quite a quantity of fine broad cloths with him to sell. It is said he was a man of very prepossessing appearance. Not long after the arrival of the family, George, who was the eldest of the ten children seven sons and three daughters started with a quantity of wheat to be ground, across the river. By some means not well understood, the boat was upset, and he was drowned. The occurrence gave a great shock to the little community, and especially to his parents, as on him they mainly depended, although, as regards property, they were in comparatively good circumstances. Only four sons and two daughters settled in this country. Michael, the youngest son, married Jane Dowd, and settled on the homestead ; he belonged to Capt. Schagel’s company during the Rebellion of 1837. He died about 1874. He had three sons and four daughters. David, the second son, lives with his mother on the homestead. He belongs to the Rangers, and is one of the athletic young men who, in 1894, won the victory in the “tug-of-war” contest between the Argenteuil boys and those of Glengarry.

Although the author of the book does not name him, I believe George’s father, the cloth manufacturer, was David Lindley, Hannah’s maternal grandfather. The two daughters who emigrated were Charlotte and Maria, Hannah’s mother and aunt.  I have found documentation for George, David, Michael and Edward.

1891.04.06   The 1891 Canada Census of Caledonia, Prescott County, Ontario took place 6 April 1891. The enumerator completed the census form in French and it shows that 74 year-old “Anna” was living with her husband, Adam and her 31 year-old son, David Adam. It also stated that she was born in England and that both her mother and father were also born there. Note that in 1891, Caledonia and West Hawkesbury were adjacent townships and that Vankleek Hill was a village in West Hawkesbury.

1881.12.07 Hannah’s mother, Charlotte Lindley (Wilkinson, Owens) died 7 December 1881. She is buried in the cemetery of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Grenville, Quebec. Below is a photograph I took of her gravestone on 2011.08.09.

Owen Owens Charlotte Lindley Gravestone

1881.04.04   The 1881 Canada Census of Lochiel Township, Glengarry County, Ontario took place on 4 April 1881.   Adam, 64-year-old “Hanah” (born in England) and “David A.” Dodd were living in Lochiel township, Glengarry County Ontario. Note that Lochiel, Glengarry was adjacent to Caledonia and West Hawkesbury, Prescott at this time.

1871.04.02   The 1871 Canada Census of West Hawkesbury, Prescott County, Ontario took place on 2 April 1871. Sixty-four year old Hannah, England-born, Hannah was living with Adam and 11 year-old “David A.” in West Hawkesbury, Prescott, Ontario.

1862.07.27   On July 27, 1862, at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Hawkesbury, two sons of Hannah and Adam were baptized. This information is on page 61 of the church Register 246. This document is not available online but I viewed and transcribed the original on 17 August 2010 at the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Archives. The baptism record gives the dates of birth of Robert Owen Dodd and his older brother David Adam

1862.07.12  Hannah gave birth to Robert Owen Dodd on 12 July 1862, as recorded at his baptism listed above. I have not found any other information about Robert Owen. He was not with his family at the 1871 census and my assumption is that he died in infancy. I  assume that Robert Owen’s middle name was from Owen Owens, his step-grandfather as explained below.

1861.01.14   The 1861 Canada Census of West Hawkesbury, Prescott County, Ontario took place on 14 January 1861. The residents in the household include: Adam Dodd (34), Hannah Dodd (44), Mariah McVean (18), Mary J. McVean (14), Charlotte McVean (12), and David Adam Dodd (1). Maria (Mariah) and Mary Jane (Mary J.) were the daughters of Hannah by a previous marriage and therefore the step-daughters of Adam. Charlotte McVean’s surname is incorrect in the enumeration and she was actually Charlotte Dodd, Adam’s biological daughter by Hannah.

1860.07.28   Based on the baptismal record which I transcribed at the Anglican Archives in Ottawa, Hannah gave birth to David Adam, son of Adam Dodd, on 28 July 1860. This differs from a birth date of 28 April 1861 as recorded in the 1901 Census. This date seems incorrect however because David Adam was enumerated as a 1 year-old in the Census on 14 January 1861. David Adam’s Death Certificate records his birth date as 28 April 1860.

1852.01.12   The 1851 Canada Census of West Hawkesbury, Prescott County, Ontario actually took place on 12 January 1852.  Hannah was living on a “village lot in Vankleek Hill” and her family members  in the household were: Adam Dod (sic) (Farmer, Canada East, 26), Hannah Dod (Wife, England, 29), Maria Dod McVane (Step Daughter, Canada East, 10), Mary J. Dod McVane (Step Daughter, Canada East, 5), Charlot A. Dod (Daughter, Canada West, 3). There were others in the house but they were likely not related. The enumerator had crossed out Dod and replaced it with McVane (sic) for the two step daughters, but not for Charlot (sic), who was the biological daughter of Adam and Hannah. Other sources indicate that Adam’s birth place was England, not Canada East, as recorded by the enumerator. The two McVane girls are reported as step-daughters of Adam but they have retained the surname of Hannah’s previous husband. The family seems to have moved from Canada East (Quebec) to Canada West ) Ontario some time between the birth of Mary J. and Charlotte. Based on this census and other sources, that would have been about 1848.

1849.11.12   Hannah gave birth to Charlotte Agnes, daughter of Adam Dodd 12 November 1849 in Vankleek Hill, Prescott County, Ontario. The only documents I have found about Charlotte Agnes are a couple of photos of her (see below) and a Death Registration and Obituary from a family tree on ancestry.ca . Besides date and place of birth this document records Charlotte Agnes’ father as Adam Dodd and her mother as Hannah Owens. The Death Registration states that her maiden name was Charlotte Agnes Owens which contradicts the Obituary which states that her maiden name was Charlotte As. (sic) Dodd. This suggests that Charlotte Agnes assumed her mother’s birth name was Owens.

Charlotte Agnes Dodd

1848.12.03   One year and eight months after the death of her husband, Dougald McVean in Argenteuil County, Quebec, Hannah moved to Hawkesbury, Ontario where she married Adam Dodd. This event is recorded in the  Parish Register of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Register 150,  1848, page 6 which I transcribed at the Archives of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. “Marriage of Adam Dodd of West Hawkesbury, yeoman bachelor and Hannah McVean, widow on December 31, 1848.  Witnesses: Owen Owens and William Kirby (?)”.

1847.04.27   Hannah’s first husband Dougald McVean died at the age of 29 years and was buried in the Argenteuil burying ground on 27 April 1847.  This burial document does not state the date of death and makes no mention of Hannah or any other family members.

1847.02.09   A few weeks before the death of Dougald McVean, Hannah gave birth to their second daughter, Mary Jane McVean.  She was born on 9 February 1847 and was baptized on 13 Feb in Chatham, Quebec. Her parents are recorded as Dougald McVean and Hannah Wilkinson. One of the witnesses at the baptism was Owen Owens. In Quebec, (Canada East), for the purposes of record keeping, it was common practice for women to retain their maiden names after marriage. The baptism record of Mary Jean seems to be the last document (that I have seen) to state that Hannah’s birth name was Wilkinson.

1845.04.21   Hannah’s maternal grandfather, David Lindley died on 21 April 1845. His obituary appeared in two newspapers in Leeds, The Mercury and The Intelligencer and stated, “Chatham, Lower Canada, North America–on 21st April, much respected,  aged 86, Mr. David Lindley, cloth manufacturer and formerly of West-Ardsley, near Wakefield.” He is buried with his wife and other members of his family in the cemetery of St. Mungo’s United Church in Chatham, Argenteuil, Quebec.

St Mungo Church Chatham QC

St Mungo United Church, Chatham QC

1842.10.22   Hannah gave birth to her first child, Maria McVean on 22 October 1842 in Chatham, Quebec. Her baptism took place on 24 October 1842 and the record states that her parents were Donald (sic) McVean and Hannah Wilkins (sic). Dougald McVean’s signature appears as a witness at the event.

1842.02.01   The 1842 Census of Canada East was completed by 1 February 1842. The census only listed the names of the heads of each household with the number of residents therein. Hannah was likely living in the District of Deux-Montagnes, sub-district of Chatham in 1842 although her name was not enumerated. Hannah was married to Dougald McVean by the time of the 1842 Census but the only McVean enumerated in the District was John McVean who was likely Dougald’s father. There were 10 people in John McVean’s household and it is possible that Hannah and Dougald were amongst them. Nearby, there was a household of eleven, headed by Owen Owens, one of the witnesses at the marriage of Hannah and Dougald and it is also possible that the “newlyweds” were living with the Owens. There is another family of 3 adjacent to the Owens, headed by David Lindley, who I believe was Hannah’s uncle. It is likely that the other two members of this household were David Lindley (Senior) and Hannah Wood, Hannah’s grandparents.

1841.09.21   Hannah Wilkinson married Dougald McBean (sic) at Chatham, Ottawa River, Canada East on 21 September 1841.  Witnesses John McVean and Owen Owens.

1831   The second census of Lower Canada took place between June and October, 1831. Only the name of the head of household and the numbers of family members were enumerated. In the Township of Chatham there were two families of Lindleys, one with with 7 members headed by David, and another, also with 7 members headed by Edward. In the household headed by David was a married man over 60 years of age, who was likely the family Patriarch, David.

1830   According to the author Cyrus Thomas (see 1896 above), George Lindley and other family members, Hannah’s uncle immigrated from Leeds in Yorkshire to Chatham, Quebec around 1830. The censuses of 1825 and 1831 only name the heads of households and there are is no George Lindley amongst them, and he presumably died before the 1842 census.

1828.02.12  Hannah’s mother, Charlotte Lindley married Owen Owens at the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal on 12 February 1828. The record states that Charlotte Lindley was the widow of the late John Wilkinson. The record does not state the fact that this marriage was also the second for Owen Owens, a widower, previously married to Mariah Lindley, Charlotte’s younger sister (and thus Hannah’s aunt). Hannah Wilkinson would have been about eleven and a half years old when she became the de facto step-daughter of Owen Owens. Whether she was formally adopted by him is not known but it seems to adopted the family name. It is quite conceivable that she had been living in the Owens household since she was a “toddler” when she arrived in Canada in 1819 with her Aunt Maria and her mother.

1827.02.16   Hannah’s aunt, Maria(h) Lindley died on 16 February 1827. She is next to her husband, Owen Owens and her sister, Charlotte in the cemetery at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Grenville, Quebec.

St Matthews Anglican Church, Grenville, Quebec

St Matthews Anglican Church, Grenville, Quebec

Mariah Lindley Gravestone








1825   Based on the first census of Lower Canada which took place in the summer of 1825, Hannah and her family were established in Chatham, on the Québec shore of the Ottawa River. There were two households of Lindleys enumerated.  One household was headed by Edward, who had married Sarah Huot in Montreal in 1824 had 6 members.  It seems likely that Hannah and her mother, Charlotte may have been members of this household. Also enumerated in the same place and year was David Lindley, Edward’s brother. Although they are not named, based on the ages, genders and marital status of the other two members of David’s household I believe that David (Senior) and his wife Hannah (Wood) were also living there. Nearby was the family of Owen Owens, which would have included his young wife, Maria Lindley, Hannah’s aunt.

Edward Lindley and Sarah Huot Marriage 1824

Edward Lindley and Sarah Huot Marriage 1824

1824.02.14   Hannah’s uncle, Edward Lindley married Sarah Huot at Saint Gabriel Presbyterian Church in Montreal on Valentine’s Day, 1824. Edward’s occupation was listed as a “farmer” and he and his bride were both residents of Montreal at the time. Edward’s signature appears in the marriage register and Sarah made her mark. Apparently, neither of the two witnesses at the ceremony were family members.

1822.04   Hannah’s uncle, Charlotte’s older brother, Henry Lindley, apparently was convicted of larceny in the April 1822 session of the West Riding Court of the County of York and was sentenced to 3 months in prison and “whipping”. There is no direct connection between this criminal conviction and Charlotte’s brother except the name, Henry Lindley, and general location. There seem to have been at least two other Henry Lindleys in the area around Wakefield, West Yorkshire who might have been contemporaries of “my” Henry who would have been about 32 years of age at this time. There is no indication that he ever came to Canada with his parents and sisters as he does not seem to show up in any records in Canada.

1822   According to Baines’s Directory and Gazetteer Directory 1822, David Lindley, Hannah’s maternal grandfather was still plying his trade as a woollen manufacturer in Flanshaw, Yorkshire in 1822. The same year there is a Joseph Lindley living nearby in Kirkgate, Wakefield working as a “nail maker”. This could have been David’s second son. But the Directory for the same area in 1834 has no David Lindley listed, confirming that he and his wife Hannah would seem to have left for Canada in 1823 or 1824.

1820  Hannah’s Aunt, Maria Lindley married Owen Owens in Lower Canada (Quebec) in 1820, in the year following their arrivals in Canada. This event is from the Owens Family Tree by Margaret Owens.

1819   There were two significant historical events around 1819 that could have influenced the decision of Hannah’s family to leave England and settle along the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River. We know that David Lindley, Hannah’s maternal grandfather, was a “clothier” or “woollen cloth manufacturer”. The period following the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, was a time of great upheaval in northern England with the clashes between the “Luddites” and the mill owners and it was in 1819 that textile workers of Leeds began to unionize and went on strike to protest a reduction of wages.

On the other side of the ocean, with the end of the War of 1812, the British feared that the Americans might make another attempt to invade Canada. This prompted the building of a series of military canals along the Ottawa River and the construction of the Grenville Canal began in 1819.  Hundreds of immigrant workers were encouraged to settle in the area. It seems unlikely that the Lindley, Wilkinson and Owens immigrants actually worked on the construction but they may have prospered selling woollen goods and other products to the French-Canadian and Irish workers who did.

1819   Hannah Wilkinson, and her and her mother Charlotte Lindley (Wilkinson), likely immigrated to Canada and settled at Chatham, Argenteuil, Quebec in 1819.  One would assume that Hannah’s father, John Wilkinson would have come to Canada at the same time. However, I have not found any Canadian records that indicate he ever came to Canada. My speculations about Hannah’s father, John Wilkinson and his ancestors will be the subject of another blog post.

I believe that Charlotte, her daughter Hannah, and her younger sister Maria emigrated from West Yorkshire, in 1819. Hannah was baptized in Bradford in April 1818 so they would have left after that date. Maria Lindley, Hannah’s aunt and Charlotte’s younger sister, married Owen Owens in Quebec in 1820 so the Lindley-Wilkinson family would have immigrated before that year. An immigration year of 1819 is confirmed by the 1901 Canada Census. Hannah was still alive at that time of the census and living with her son, David Adam Dodd in Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

Hannah’s uncles Edward and David may also have emigrated in 1819 but, in any case they were in Canada by 1824 and 1825 respectively. Hannah’s grandparents, David Lindley and Hannah Wood presumably left England after 1822 and had arrived by 1825.

Owens family lore suggests that Owen Owens emigrated from Denbigh, Wales to the United States in 1812 and from there to Stonefield (Chatham), Argenteuil, Quebec in 1819, the same year that the the Wilkinson-Lindleys arrived.

1818.04.05   Hannah, daughter of John Wilkinson and Charlotte Lindley was baptized at Bradford Cathedral (St. Peter’s) in Bradford, West Yorkshire, on 5 April 1818.  The baptismal record can be accessed on the Ancestry website. This document does not give Hannah’s date of birth. Her father’s occupation was recorded as “Weaver”.  The “abode” of her parents was listed as Gt. (Great) Horton, now a Ward of Bradford. Although this is speculation on my part, it is possible that Hannah’s father, John Wilkinson was an employee of her grandfather,  David Lindley, who was a “cloth manufacturer”.

1817.09.20   Hannah Wilkinson was born on 20 September 1817 as recorded in the Owens Family Bible and shown below. This invaluable source was provided by Margaret Owens of Sherbrooke, Quebec and a digital copy of the page was sent to me via email by my cousin Diane Wagner Smith.

Hannah Wilkinson born 20th September 1817

Owens Family Bible (Margaret Owens)

1815.05.11   Hannah’s parents, John Wilkinson and Charlotte Lindley were married by Licence on 11 May 1815, in the Anglican Church at Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England by Vicar John Coates. The groom  was from the Parish of Bradford and the bride was from Huddersfield. Both John and Charlotte signed the Register and the ceremony was witnessed by Richard Bartley( Sp?) and ? Hirst.

1815.05.05  Hannah’s maternal great grandfather, Samuel Linley (sic) of Alverthorpe was buried on 5 May 1815 in the Parish of East Ardsley.

1804.10.10   Mary Mires, mother of David Lindley and great grandmother of Hannah, died and was buried in  East Ardsley St.Michael Parish, Yorkshire at the age of 77 years.

1785-1800   In the fifteen years following their marriage, Hannah’s maternal grandparents, David Lindley and Hannah Wood had ten children, all born near Wakefield, Yorkshire. There are sources for the baptisms and sometimes births for all of them and I have included links to some of these supporting documents. Although the names of the parishes where the children were baptized seem to change with each child, they are all in the same area,  west of Wakefield. Although David and Hannah were baptized and married in the Anglican Church it seems that at least some of their children were baptized in “Non-Conformist” churches. Seven of the children (probably the youngest), including Hannah’s mother Charlotte, emigrated to Canada, probably about 1819 and 1830. Charlotte and Maria are buried in the Anglican Cemetery in Grenville (QC) and David, Hannah (his wife) and Michael (David’s son) are buried in what was the Presbyterian Cemetery in Chatham (QC). These churches and cemeteries are relatively close so the Lindley family seemed to continue to have somewhat different religious affiliations after coming to Canada.

Thomas (1785)   The first child of David and Hannah, Thomas was born on 31 March 1785 and baptized 10 April of the same year.

Joseph (1786-1808)  The second child of David and Hannah, Joseph was born and baptized in late 1786, baptized at West Gate Presbyterian, Wakefield and was buried in West Ardsley on 17 February 1808.

Hannah (1788)  The third child of David and Hannah and her mother’s namesake, Hannah was born and baptized in Lee Fair, Yorkshire (non-conformist).

Henry (1790)   The fourth child of David and Hannah, Henry was baptized at Woodkirk, West Ardsley, Yorkshire.

George (1792)  The fifth child of David and Hannah, George was baptized on 10 April 1792 at Woodkirk’ St. Mary Parish. Based on Cyrus’ History of Argenteuil, George came to Canada about 1830 and drowned in the Ottawa River not too long thereafter. He is not mentioned in the 1842 Census of Canada East, so he likely died before that.

Charlotte (1793-1881) The fifth child of David and Hannah, and “my” Hannah’s mother, Charlotte Lindley was born on 10 December 1793 in West Ardsley, Yorkshire. Charlotte Linley (sic) was baptized on 30 December 1793 in the “New Chapel Independent” in Morley, Yorkshire and the parents’ names, David Linley (sic) and Hannah were recorded on the record.

David (1795)

Edward (1797)

Michael (1798-1866) died in Canada

Maria (1800-1827)  According to her baptismal record, Hannah’s aunt, Maria Lindley was born on 18 December 1800.  Maria was baptized on 26 December 1807 (apparently 7 years after her birth) at Woodkirk, St Mary, West Yorkshire, England.

sir francis lindley wood baronet

Sir Francis Lindley Wood, Baronet of Barnsley

Sir Francis Lindley Wood, Baronet of Barnsley, lived at Bolling Hall south of Bradford until the end of the 1700s when the dirt and noise of the coal and iron works drove him further into the countryside. He was the High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1814, and Vice-Lieutenant of the West Riding in 1819, during a period when much discontent prevailed in the surrounding district. Politically Sir Francis was an “advanced Whig” and played a leading role in reforms related to suffrage, labour and slavery. Despite the nominal connection, my ancestors, David Lindley and Hannah Wood were not likely close cousins of Sir Francis, but they certainly would have known who he was. Whether they agreed with his politics cannot be known, but I’d like to think they did!

1784.10.03 Hannah’s maternal grandparents, David Lindley and Hannah Wood are married on 3 October 1784 in Wakefield All Saints Parish in Yorkshire.  They were married by licence and the witnesses at the event were Saml (sic) Lindley and Mary Hill. I assume that Samuel was David’s father. The signatures of both David and Hannah appear on the partially printed record.

Wakefield All Saints Interior

“Interior View of All Saints Church, Wakefield,” etching and engraving, by the British painter and printmaker Thomas Higham, after John Chessell Buckler. Courtesy of the British Museum, London.1824

1767.09.12   Ann Atkinson, wife of Joseph Lindley and Great Great Grandmother of Hannah died and was buried in Wakefield All Saints Parish.

1766.05.19  Christopher Mires, Great Grandfather of Hannah died in East Ardsley, Yorkshire, on 19 May 1766 and was buried on 21 May. He was 99 years old at the time of his death, for a calculated birth year of 1667.

1759.12.26   Hannah’s maternal grandfather, David Lindley was baptized on 26 December 1759 in Wakefield All Saints Parish in Yorkshire. His father is recorded as Saml (sic) Lindley but his mother’s name is not listed. The document link is goo.gl/0mnaJ3  . Other sources indicate that David’s mother was Mary Mires.

1759.05.27   Hannah was likely the namesake of her maternal grandmother, Hannah Wood who would have been born about 1759, estimated from her husband’s age and her own age at her death. The difficulty is that I have found several people named Hannah Wood who were born and baptized in 1759 in the area near Leeds, Yorkshire.  The most likely candidate, based on place of birth of Wakefield All Saints Parish in Yorkshire, can be found at this link goo.gl/T5Qb4R . This Hannah Wood was baptized on 27 May 1759 and her father is recorded as Joseph Wood. Mother’s names are not listed in these early documents. I have not been able to sort out Hannah Wood’s ancestry with any certainty.

1749.05.17   A few months after his son Samuel married, Joseph Lindley died and was buried in Wakefield All Saints Parish

1748.01.17   Samuel Lindley, father of David and great grandfather of Hannah, married Mary Mires on 17 January 1848 in Wakefield All Saints Parish. Based on the death record of Mary many years later, Samuel was a “clothier”, a woollen cloth maker.

1743.10.25   Susanna Foster, Great Grandmother of Hannah was buried on 25 October 1743 in East Ardsley St. Michael Parish. She was aged 60 years old at the time of her death.

1727.05.14   Mary Mires, mother of David Lindley and great grandmother of Hannah was baptized on 14 May 1727 in East Ardsley, West Yorkshire and her father was Christopher Mires.

1725.05.21   Samuel Lindley, father of David and great grandfather of Hannah was baptized  on 21 May 1725. Samuel’s father is listed on the baptism record as Joseph and his abode was “Woodside” (near Huddersfield). Samuel died on 5 May 1815.

1722.10.11 Joseph Lindley, father of David, married Ann Atkinson at Wakefield All Saints Parish, West Yorkshire on 11 October 1722.

1715.06   Christopher Mires, Hannah’s Great Grandfather married Susanna Foster in Wakefield in June, 1715.

<1700   Based on the baptismal record of Samuel Lindley and Joseph’s marriage to Ann listed above I estimate that his father Joseph would have been born in the late 1690s, presumably in the same area of Yorkshire, west of Wakefield. Ann Atkinson was likely born around the same time and place. This is as far back as Hannah’s Lindley ancestors have been traced.

The Lindley surname is likely geographically-derived from the village of Lindley where Hannah’s ancestors lived. Lindley is now a suburb of Huddersfield and is first recorded as “Lillaia” in William the Conquerer’s Doomsday Book in 1086.   From Wikipedia, “The name for Lindley comes from the Saxon for “flax meadow” or possibly from the Germanic word ‘lind’ denoting an area of linden (or lime) trees.”  To this day, in all of the U.K., the highest concentration of people with the surname Lindley continues to be Huddersfield and the adjacent places in Yorkshire.

1684 Susanna Foster, Great Grandmother of Hannah was born about 1684 calculated from her age of 60 years at the year of her death in 1743.

1667 Christopher Mires, Great Grandfather of Hannah was born in 1667 in East Ardsley, Yorkshire. This is the earliest documented date of all of Hannah’s ancestors and is calculated from his age of 99 years at the date of his death in 1766. The surname on some records was also spelled “Myres”.

Hannah’s story doesn’t end here; more “riveting reading” in future revisions.


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One Response to Oh Hannah!

  1. Margaret Dowd says:

    I hope you still monitor this site. Very interesting and lots of information. My name is Margaret Dowd. My father-in-law’s name was Ernest Lemuel Dowd. His father was Lemuel Herbert Dowd, was a son of Robert James Dowd and Eliza Bigelow. Robert James Dowd was the youngest brother of Jane Dowd who married Michael Lindley. Michael Lindley’s sisters, Maria and Charlotte both married Owen Owens, Charlotte married him after Maria’s death.
    I had noticed the name Wilkinson on the baptism of Owen Owens 1828 folio 6 at Christ Church of Montreal, but didn’t realize Charlotte had a daughter from her marriage to John Wilkinson until reading the information on this site.
    Please contact me. My email is: around2it@shaw.ca
    Thank you
    Margaret Dowd

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