Albert Rowbottom


Saint Mary’s Church

Albert Rowbottom is the brother of my great grandfather, Fred Rowbottom.

Albert was born circa 1868 in Parkgate, Rotherham and in 1899, he married Mary Elizabeth Leak in Saint Mary’s Church, Rawmarsh. Together, Albert and Mary issued two children, called, Zillah and Annie.

Albert appears to have lived in Parkgate for all of his life and at some point between 1901 and 1911, became a Grocer at 22 Netherfield Lane, Parkgate. Number 22 has long been demolished and a bungalow now sits on the site. Albert’s older brother, George Henry, had a shop on nearby Terrace Road.


Location of 22 Netherfield Lane

During World War One, Albert was a munition’s worker and this is the occupation stated on his death certificate.

Albert died from complications arising from a gastric ulcer and below is his obituary in which his name appears as ‘Arthur’. I do not now if this was an error or if Albert had adopted this name. After his death, Mary continued with the business at 22 Netherfield Lane until at least 1925.



Saint Mary’s Church

THE LATE MR. A. ROWBOTTOM. – The funeral of the late Mr. Arthur Rowbottom, grocer, of Netherfield lane, Parkgate, whose death occurred yesterday week at the age of 48, took place on Tuesday at the Haugh road cemetery, the Rev. F. G. Scovell (Rector of Rawmarsh) officiating. The mourners were Mrs. Rowbottom (widow), Miss Zillah Rowbottom (daughter), Mrs. Rowbottom (mother), Miss Rowbottom (sister), Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Rowbottom, Mr. and Mrs. T. Rowbottom, Mr. and Mrs. F. Rowbottom (brothers and sisters-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. D. Rowbottom, Mr. and Mrs. T. Ewes, Mr. and Mrs. Scholes, Mr. and Mrs. Smith (sisters), Mr. and Mrs. J. Hutton, Mr. and Mrs. Tummey, Mr. and Mrs. A. Shaw, Mrs. W. Gabbitas, Mrs. R. Turner, Mrs. M. Shaw, Mrs. W. Turner, Mrs. Barker, Mrs. A. Gabbitas, Mr. W. Tummey, Miss Tummey, Mr. and Mrs. Butterfield and Miss Butterfield, Mr. Alec Tummey. There were many beautiful floral tributes.

Lily Rowbottom


Frances, Lily & Ethel Rowbottom

Lily Rowbottom is my great aunt and daughter of Fred Rowbottom and Frances Emily Brough.

Lily was born in 1903 in Parkgate, Rotherham and died at the age of 89 in Lincoln. After marrying, she lived in Netherfield Lane, Parkgate for many years, raising two children there. After her first husband had died, I believe that Lily moved to live in Lincoln as her daughter was working there as a Landlady of a pub. Lily married again in Lincoln during 1973 to Albert G. Cole.


Netherfield Lane

Just prior to my aunt, Ann, being born, my mother was sent to stay at Lily’s home. When my mother arrived, Lily soon began discussing a new school that she’d be attending and clubs she could join etc. My mother panicked and requested to go home, so my grandfather picked her up. When my mother arrived home, Ann had just been born. My mother believed that she had been sent to live with Lily and her family on a permanent or long term basis.

Below is a newspaper article published a few days after Lily’s first marriage in Saint Mary’s Church, Greasbrough.





Saint Mary’s Church

The wedding took place on Tuesday of Mr. George White, of 130, Netherfield lane, Parkgate, and Miss Lily Rowbottom, second daughter of Mrs. Rowbottom and the late Mr. Fred Rowbottom, of 11, Oxford row, Greasbro’. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. Fred Rowbottom, wore a dove grey costume, with silver grey hat. There were four bridesmaids, viz., the Misses E. Rowbottom and F. Rowbottom (sisters), Miss F. Smith and Miss Joyce White (sister of the bridegroom). Miss E. Rowbottom and Miss F. Smith wore fawn coloured costumes, with hats to match, and the Misses F. Rowbottom and Joyce White had dresses of blue silk, with hats to match. Mr. John White (brother of the bridegroom) was best man and Messrs. J. Rowbottom and Cyril Dean were the groomsmen. The reception was held in the church old schoolroom, some 150 guests being entertained. Numerous and useful presents had been received.

Herbert Randal Mollekin



Herbert Randal Mollekin (known as Molly) is my first cousin, twice removed and the only child of George Herbert Mollekin.

The Italian Campaign of World War Two was the name of Allied operations in and around Italy, from 1943 to the end of the war in Europe. It is estimated that between September 1943 and April 1945, some 60,000-70,000 Allied and 60,000-150,000 German soldiers died in Italy, one of them being Herbert Randal Mollekin. Herbert served in the Medical Corps during the war and whilst serving in Italy, he was ‘holed’ up in a house when his Captain was injured in a nearby pathway. Herbert attempted to help but was shot by a sniper.


Molly’s military decorations

In 2011, I was contacted by a lady from overseas whose mother, Margaret, had been Herbert’s girlfriend. Margaret was born in Newcastle, but during World War Two, she was stationed at Whitby in NAAFI (The Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes). Presumably, this is how Herbert and Margaret met. After Herbert had been killed, Margaret and Herbert’s parents kept in touch and Margaret was sent a number of photos and even Herbert’s military decorations. Margaret treasured these for the rest of her life and after she passed away, her daughter kindly posted them to me.

Herbert is remembered on two war memorials; on Maltby war memorial and on the Rotherham cenotaph located in Clifton Park.


Rotherham War Memorial

Herbert had been due to study at Cambridge University before being ‘called up’ to serve in World War Two.

There is sadly no mention of Herbert’s bravery in any edition of the Rotherham Advertiser.

Herbert’s first cousin, John Herbert McGlade, was also killed in World War Two.

Braithwell Wedding


Daisy & Bert

George Herbert Mollekin (known as Bert), is my first cousin, twice removed and son of Herbert Mollekin. Bert marred twice, firstly to Mary Allison who died suddenly in 1952 and secondly, to Daisy’s friend, Dulcie Wild, in 1953.

Herbert issued one child with Daisy, who was called Herbert Randal Mollekin.  Herbert sadly died in World War Two.

Below is a newspaper article pertaining to George’s first marriage.


MOLLEKIN – ALLISON. – At St. James’ Church, Braithwell, on Sept. 19 (by the Rev. W. Seed, assisted by Rev. Greenwood, Maltby), George Herbert (Bert), eldest son of Mr. And Mrs. Mollekin, The Grange, Maltby, to Mary Priscilla (Daisy), only daughter of Mr. And Mrs. H. Allison, Butchers’ Arms, Braithwell.




A very interesting wedding took place at Braithwell on Tuesday week, when Miss Mary Priscilla (“Daisy”) Allison, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allison, of the Butchers’ Arms, Braithwell, was married to Mr. Bert Mollekin, son of Mr. Herbert Mollekin, builder and contractor, Maltby. The Rev. W. Seed officiated at the ceremony, assisted by the Rev. H. Greenwood. The bride wore a white satin embroidered dress with pearls, a veil, and carried a sheaf of lilies and carnations. The bride’s mother was attired in black charmeuse and the bridegroom’s mother wore a dress of mauve satin. A reception was held at the Butchers’ Arms, Braithwell, Appended is a list of the presents:- Bride to bridegroom, ebony-fitter leather suit case; bridegroom to bride, skunk furs; Mrs. Allison, household linen; Mrs. A. Allison, duchess set; Mr. A. Allison, clothes horse; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Allison, silver cheese dish; Mr. Harold Allison, towels; Mrs. Hartley, linen bedspread; Miss Purvis, tea cosy; Mr. Mollekin, household furniture; Mrs. Mollekin, piano; Mr. and Mrs. J. Mollekin, sugar scuttle; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Mollekin, old gold shenelle table cover; Misses Mabel, Dolly, Ivy and Sybil, cosy chair; Miss Mary Mollekin, silver photo frame; Mr. and Mrs. Asquith, oak clock; Mr. and Mrs. Crompton, oak clock; Mr. and Mrs. W. Pearson, keyless clock and marmalade jar; Masters Fred, Claud and Jack Mollekin, pair of pictures; Mr. and Mrs. Milner, fruit servers; Mr. and Mrs. L. Hibbard, case of silver tea knives; Mr., Mrs. and Misses Gelsthorpe, fish eaters; Miss E. Greenwood, handkerchief case; Mrs. F. Dunstan, bread basket and d’Oyley; Mr. and Mrs. Smith, quilt; Mr. and Mrs. Kohler, salad servers; Master and Miss Barney, sideboard cloth; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dunstan, cooking utensils; Mrs. Betts, case of silver teaspoons and tongues; Mr. and Mrs. Davy, oak tray; Miss Houghton, mincer and tea infuser; Master Harold Crowcroft, glass salad carvers; Mr. Nash, half-dozen dessert spoons and two tablespoons; Mr. McGlade, oak and silver salad bowl; Mr. A. Wray, set of Wedgewood and silver biscuit barrel and preserve jar; Rev. and Mrs. Seed, silver vase and sugar sifter; Mr. and Mrs. H. Crowcroft, vinegar bottle in silver stand; Miss Howard, silver fruit dish; Mrs. P. Woyman, teapot; Mrs. W. Marshall, ash trays; Mrs. Hornsey, half-dozen stainless knives; Mr. and Mrs. Foers, biscuit barrel; Mr. and Mrs. Hopkinson, crown Derby bowl; Mr. and Mrs. P. Neal, silver cake stand; Mr. and Mrs. Wray, pair of glass dishes; Miss Fielding, chair backs and table runner; Mrs. Allen, glass flower basket d’Oyley; Mr. Gilbert Place, , jam dish; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Booth, cheese and biscuit server; Mr. R. Butler, pair of silver vases; Mr. and Mrs. Dobson, silver fruit dish; Mrs. Cawood, d’Oyleys, table centre and dish cloths; Mr. and Mrs. Greenwood, table cloth; Mrs. Howard, silver and mauve jam dish; Mr. and Mrs. Appleyard, pair of silver candlesticks; Mrs. Markham, celery glass and kitchen utensils; Masters J. and G. Davy, silver coffee strainer; Miss Sally Turner, three pictures; Miss Hardcastle, pair of pictures; Mr. Hastings, easy chairs; Miss Leonard, kitchen utensils; Mr. and Mrs. Smith, grandfather’s clock; Councillor and Mrs. Dunn, barometer; Mr. and Mrs. Longbottom, epergne; Miss F. Sanderson, cheese dish; Mr. G. Turner, tea set; Mr. R. P. Dunn and S. Fletcher, salad bowl; Miss May Howes, epergne; Mr. Stanley Mollekin, chamber service; Mr. and Mrs. Sykes, barometer; Mrs. Palmer and family, case cutlery; Miss F. and Mr. L. Colbeck, silver and glass cake basket; Miss Drew, oak server, Miss L. A. Bailey, ebony and silver crumb and bread tray; Mr. and Mrs. Roe, picture and pair of ornaments; Mrs. C. Marshall, blue salts; Mr. and Mrs. Purvis, duchess set; Mr. H. Brooke, cruet; Mr. R. A. Houghton, egg boiler; Mr. and Mrs. Adams, table cloth; Mrs. Harrison, cushion cover; Mrs. Parkes, bread board and knife; Mrs. Bailey, glass butter plate; Mrs. J. Brookes, tray cloth; Mrs. Brewster, crockery ware; Mr. and Mrs. Crowder, eider down.


Johann Mölleken & Henrietta Muehlenweg


Johann Mölleken

The Mölleken family originates from Hiesfeld, Dinslaken, Rheinland, Prussia (now Germany). Records show that they were living in Hiesfeld from at least the 1500s. Over the years, the Mölleken family has spread around the globe to locations including America, Brazil, Canada, England and New Zealand.

My second great grandparents were called Johann Mölleken and Henrietta Muehlenweg. Circa 1862, Johann and Henrietta along with their daughter, sailed from Prussia to England armed with a gun and a sword. They probably arrived at Sunderland before moving on to Hull.


Henrietta Muhlenweg

Johann and Henrietta perhaps left Prussia due to political and economic pressures and they might have been bound for America to join Johann’s relations. They may have decided to postpone the final step of their journey but decided to settle in England. A family rumour is that Johann had murdered somebody in Prussia and had to quickly flea the country. Johann is the only Mölleken to have settled in England.

Johann and Henrietta issued four children together. One died in Prussia and the surviving three were called, Henriette Elise, Johann Hermann and Johann.

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Johann’s pistol

The name Mölleken, in England, underwent a process of anglicisation, firstly changing to Molleken and finally Mollekin. In other countries, such as in America and Canada, the name simply became Molleken. Notable people with the surname of Molleken, with whom I’m related to, include Brent Moelleken, Dustin Molleken, Lorne Molleken and Patrick Mölleken.

Frances Emily Brough


Clara & Frances

Frances Emily Brough is my great grandmother and she was born on 2nd July 1873 in Sheffield to parents, Charles Brough and Clara Loukes.

Frances’s parents married in 1872 in Saint Matthew’s Church, Sheffield. Frances’s father, Charles, is an enigma. Family stories that I’ve heard are that he emigrated to Australia to become a Policeman or that he went abroad to find gold. I think the idea was that he was going to make some money and then invite his wife and daughter to join him. Except he never did. He simply disappeared and was never seen again. He may never have even left the country. His wife, Clara, had to wait eighteen years before marrying again; presumably because the whereabouts of Charles were unknown. Frances and Clara both ended up in a Workhouse in Sheffield for a while before being rescued by one of Frances’s uncles.


Saint Stephen’s Church

In 1898, Frances married Fred Rowbottom in Saint Stephen’s Church, Sheffield. Together, they set up home in Parkgate near Rotherham, living on Albert Road, and issued eight children, who were called, Ethel, Fred, Lily, John, Clara, Frances Emily, Henry and Harold. Some time circa 1910, the family moved from Parkgate to Oxford Row in nearby Greasbrough. Fred’s grandparents had moved from Sheffield to Parkgate in the 1860s, perhaps at the time when the Parkgate Iron and Steel company was founded.


Fred & Frances

From accounts that I’ve read and heard about Fred, he wasn’t a particularly pleasant person. He liked to spend most of his wages in the pub and gave his wife a pittance to bring the family up on. He can’t have been much of a child lover either, as the children weren’t allowed to speak or move in his presence. Whilst pregnant with my grandfather, Fred kicked Emily in the stomach, causing her to give birth prematurely. It was thought that my grandfather was dead and he was placed in a basket underneath a bed. Signs of life were later detected however and he was fed with the aid of milk on a feather. Fred died as a consequence of the 1918 influenza pandemic when my grandfather was six years old. On top of bringing up eight children on her own, Frances had to work cleaning coaches belonging to a company called ‘Smarts’ in Greasbrough in order to ‘make ends meet’.


Frances & Henry

My mum used to visit her grandmother, Frances, every weekend. Frances was a quiet woman and never spoke of her past life to my mother (a trait passed onto my grandfather). Frances would make the tea and my mum would wash the used pots afterwards. My mum remembered a dark green rocking horse and an organ being in Frances’s home.



Frances died in 1955 and was buried in Greasbrough Cemetery with her husband, Fred. As was customary at the time, Frances was laid out in her home prior to burial. My mum remembered catching a glimpse of her grandmother’s face whilst she was laid out and described her as having a black eye/bruised face caused by a fall.



Scrooby Place


A verdict of “Death from natural causes” was recorded by the Deputy Borough Coroner (Mr. C. Blenkinsop) at an inquest on Thursday on Frances Emily Rowbottom, aged 82, of 6, Scrooby Place, Greasbro’, who died at the Moorgate General Hospital on Tuesday.


Moorgate Hospital

Ethel Sennitt, of 51, Scrooby Street, Greasbro’, said her mother had not been able to get about since Christmas 1954. She had poor sight in her right eye, and was blind in her left eye. She became ill in January and had been confined to bed since then. The doctor said her heart was weak and that she had a high blood pressure. She complained of pains in her stomach. She became steadily worse and was admitted to the Moorgate General Hospital on July 1st. When the witness visited her on July 3rd she was told that her mother had fallen down while trying to get out of bed, thinking she was at home.

Dr. Sybil M. Jenkins (house physician at the Moorgate General Hospital) said the deceased had complained of difficulty in swallowing and abdominal pains. Her heart was in a very poor state. After the fall, her nose and eye were bruised and swollen.


Greasbrough Cemetery

Her condition, however, was quite good, and the next day she was still quite well. She suddenly collapsed on Tuesday morning.

Dr. Gilbert Forbes (pathologist) said Mrs. Rowbottom had a sudden heart attack. In his opinion the fall had no bearing on her death. Because of the condition of her heart she was liable to die suddenly.

William Bowler Crossland

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All Saints’ Church

Elizabeth Burton is my second great aunt and in 1858, she married William Bowler Crossland in All Saints’ Church, Rotherham. For a number of years, Elizabeth and William lived in Greasbrough before moving to live in central Rotherham. To my knowledge, Elizabeth and William issued four children, one of them being Eliza Jane Bowler Crossland who married Frank Jarvis. Below are three newspaper articles pertaining to William Bowler Crossland.



Effingham Arms


On Tuesday evening, Sergeant William Bowler Crossland, who, we regret to record, died yesterday morning, and Sergeant Potter, members of the Rotherham Corporation Fire Brigade, were presented with long service medals. A social gathering took place at the Effingham Arms, and the presentation was made by Capt. Taylor of Doncaster, a member of the Council of the Fire Brigade Association, who had been deputed to discharge the duty by Sir Charles Firth, president of the association. In the absence of Superintendent Turner, who has recently suffered from indisposition, and is now recruiting at Southport, Deputy-Superintendent Williams occupied the chair. Sergeant Crossland was unable to be present at the ceremonial, he being at the time confined to his bed. He had been twenty-five years connected with the local fire brigade service, and for twenty-six years had been engaged in the water-works department of the old Rotherham and Kimberworth Local Board of Health, and afterwards the Corporation. He was highly respected, and his decease will be regretted by many friends. He was 59 years of age.


Drummond Street

CROSSLAND. – May 3rd, at Drummond street, Mr. William Bowler Crossland, aged 57 years.



The funeral of Sergeant William Bowler Crossland took place on Sunday, at the Rotherham Cemetery, the Rev. W. A. Holiday being the officiating clergyman. The mourners were Mrs. Crossland, Mr. and Mrs. W. Crossland, Mr. and Mrs. F. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Crossland, Mr. and Mrs. G. Crossland, Mrs. Morton, Mr. and Mrs. T. Burton, Miss K. Crossland, Miss F. Crossland, Miss J. Crossland, and the grandchildren, Master F. Jarvis, Miss J. Jarvis, and Miss L. Jarvis. Deceased had been connected with the waterworks department of the Corporation for a large number of years. He was a member of the old Local Board of Health Fire Brigade, and upon the formation of the Corporation Fire Brigade he transferred his services to it, his total service extending over a period of 28 years. He had also been connected with the working staff of the Rotherham Theatre Royal for about 24 years.


Rotherham Fire Station

The deceased was 57 years of age. He was followed to the grave by the members of the brigade and the working staff of the Theatre. The ex-superintendent, Major Hirst, was present and Deputy-superintendent Williams was in command. Superintendent Turner was unable to be present in consequence of ill-health. Deceased had been a member of the Effingham Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, and about thirty members of the lodge joined in the procession.

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Moorgate Cemetery

The coffin was borne on the fire engine, which was partially covered by a Union Jack. Wreaths had been forwarded by the members of the Fire Brigade, Mr. Manning, manager of the Theatre Royal, Mrs. Crossland, Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. G. Crossland, the Misses Crossland, Messrs. B. and W. Green, and the working staff of the Theatre Royal. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. T. W. Outram.