Maureen Silversides tells us about the three graves she is associated with.
1. Grave 17I William Moore.
The biggest surprise was that there are two graves! I have a copy of KFHS Dockroyd MI’s and their transcription obviously led me to believe that William and Paulina were buried together – ‘Relict of the above’? William died on 12th September 1849 aged 32. His Grandparents were William and Mary (Pearson) Moore. . A copy of his death certificate is copied below.
2. Grave 17J Paulina Moore.
Paulina left £705 – 18s in her will. The interesting (and strange) thing is that although she left it to be shared equally between her six children, she stipulated that her son Robert’s (my Great Grandfather) share be invested as her eldest son John Lazarus Smith saw fit and to pay the income to Robert during his life. She made no such stipulation for any of her other children. The will was made on 7th May 1881. On that date Robert was 37 years old, married with eight children and out of work! Perhaps he wasn’t good with money!
Paulina, was the daughter of Robert and Betty (Pearson) Smith of Fell Lane. Her father was a wealthy Worsted Manufacturer and he and Betty are buried in Keighley Shared Churchyard.
Mr Robert Smith resided in a small cottage near the bottom of Fell Lane, where he had three sons and three daughters. The eldest son, James Smith, became a successful green grocer in High Street, Keighley, having been helped by a gift of £40 from his father.
Robert Smith gave the same gift to all his sons and daughters. When he started as a manufacturer of stuff pieces he had no combers, but bought his tops and had them spun at first by a hand wheel; but when Berry Smith began to spin by commission at Acres Mill, he had his yarn spun there. In about 1820 he moved to Hoyle house, Exley Head, at present occupied by Mrs Wall. Here, in addition to farming the land, he greatly extended his business and started to employ wool combers. Having his warehouse at Hoyle, where he stored and sorted his wool, he also delivered out to combers and weavers. John Pearson of Fell Lane was one of his combers and Benjamin Sugden, farmer of Fell Lane, was one of his weavers. He also bought large quantities of tops from other parties, particularly from William Wright of Silsden. Robert Smith was considered a large manufacturer at that time, giving employment to over 200 weavers, making plainbacks, tammies, russells and ribs. He survived the panic of 1826 without any serious loss, while many of his neighbours were ruined by the failures of the notorious Butterworths. After his death he left his family £5000 by Will. His son John, who never married, carried on the business for some time before giving up. He became a Parish Constable and died following a struggle one Sunday morning trying to apprehend a rough group of gamblers who severely beat him up. He never properly recovered and was a man held in very high esteem.
3. Grave 10R Paulina (Moore) Scarborough.
Paulina Moore, wife of Greenwood Scarborough is William and Paulina Moore’s Granddaughter, being the first child of their son Robert, my Grandfather’s eldest sister and my Great Aunt. I was so thrilled to find her! Her mother Mary’s maiden name was also Scarborough. Mary was born in Kildwick in 1845/46, daughter of John Scarborough and Dinah Sharp, so I would imagine that Greenwood Scarborough was in fact related to Paulina in some way I’m working on that one!.
As you said in the book, Paulina and Greenwood had three living children. I think their daughter Louisa b.1892 married Cuthbert Harker in 1928 and their son Hardy b.1898 married Emily Broadfoot in 1919. Hardy died in 1932. However, I haven’t sent for the certificates for these so can’t be 100% certain. .
After Greenwood’s death in 1905, Paulina earned her living as a ‘baker from home’. In the 1911 Census she is living at 53, Larkfield Terrace, Lidgett, Oakworth and this was given as her occupation. It also tells us that she had had six children, three of which had died. She is listed in the 1912 Kelly’s Directory of the West Riding in Oakworth and in the 1927 edition with an address of 43, Larkfield Terrace. I couldn’t find her in 1937. Now I know why!
The previous owner of the grave is VERY interesting! I’ve been looking into them in the last few days and, although I’ve found them, I can’t as yet work out their relationship to the family. Hopefully though, they will be of great help to me as William Moore dying when he did made my life very difficult as, of course, the only Census he’s on is the 1841, which gives very little information.