Dorothy Ivy Hudson

Guest and Chrimes, Rotherham - 05.05.14 (18)

Guest & Chrimes

Dorothy Ivy Hudson married my second cousin, twice removed, Leonard Ernest Burton, in 1934 in Rotherham.  Below is her obituary.


BURTON. – On October 3rd, Dorothy Ivy, at Moorgate General Hospital, beloved wife of Leonard, and mother of Peter.

Grateful thanks to relatives, friends and neighbours for sympathy and floral tributes; also to the hospital staff, Ward E 3, for their kindness and attention during her short stay with them.


Moorgate Hospital


Mrs. Dorothy Ivy Burton, of 71, Watson Road, Kimberworth, Rotherham, died at the Moorgate General Hospital recently, aged 49.

Born in Rotherham, Mrs. Burton was employed as a meter tester by Messrs. Guest and Chrimes Ltd., for several years. She was a regular member of the congregation at St. John’s Church, Kimberworth Park.

Mrs. Burton leaves a widower and one son. Her husband, Mr. L. E. Burton, is employed as a bar mill foreman by Steel, Peech and Tozer.


Burton grave

A funeral service followed by interment took place at St. Thomas’ Church, Kimberworth, last Saturday, the Rev. B. W. Newth officiating. The mourners included Mr. L. E. Burton (widower), Mr. P. Burton (son), Mrs. C. Hudson, Mrs. M. Bolton, Mrs. A. Tinsley (aunts), Mr. D. Tinsley, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. A. Hendy (cousins), Miss E. Burton (sister-in-law), Mrs. Felstrop, Mrs. Wiltshire (neighbours), Mr. and Mrs. R. Newton, Mrs. E. McCracken, Mrs. Butler, Mr. and Mrs. Beevers , Mr. B. McCracken, Mrs. Binns, Mrs. S. Green, Mrs. L. Dunworth, Mrs. R. Quibell, Mrs. P. Morgan, Miss J. Allott (friends) and representatives of Messrs. Guest and Chrimes Ltd.

Harry Leonard Mollekin


18 Tooker Road

Harry Leonard Mollekin is my first cousin, twice removed and son of Herbert Mollekin.

Harry was born in 1896 and, in 1920, he married Elsie Hunt. Elsie lived in the Canklow Hotel in Rotherham, where her father, Frederick, was the Landlord. Together, Harry and Elsie issued two children. Two of their great grandsons, James and Thomas Mollekin, are currently Britain’s tallest twins.

My father began working at the Parkgate Iron & Steel Company (near Rotherham) in 1956, as a Production Clerk, and he remembered seeing Harry working there.


Parkgate Iron & Steel Company

It is also of interest to note that Harry appears in the records of Barnsley Football Club as a player in 1920 and 1921.


Death of Mr. H. L. Mollekin

Mr. Harold Leonard Mollekin, of 18, Tooker Road, Rotherham, died last Sunday in Moorgate General Hospital. He was 79.

Mr. Mollekin, who was born in Hull, worked as a foreman bricklayer at the Park Gate Iron and Steel Company (now the British Steel Corporation) for 26 years until his retirement in 1962.


Moorgate Hospital

He served as a sergeant in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. during World War One, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1919.

Mr. Mollekin leaves two sons and four grandchildren.

Cremation took place at Rotherham yesterday (Thursday).

The mourners included Mr. Ronald Mollekin, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mollekin (sons and daughters-in-law) and Mr. C. Lunn (friend).

MOLLEKIN. – Harry Leonard, aged 79, of 18, Tooker Road, Rotherham, husband of the late Elsie Mollekin, father of Ron and Roy, died in Moorgate General Hospital, on Sunday, February 22nd.

Mary Renault


Eileen Challans

John Newsome Baxter, my third cousin, thrice removed and son of Richard Newsome Baxter and Sarah Ann Tyzack, was born in 1852 in Sheffield. John grew up on his grandfather’s farm at Sandhill, Rawmarsh, near Rotherham before training to become a Dental Surgeon and Chemist. John initially trained/practised at 31 High Street, Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham before setting up his own dental practice in Hammersmith Road, Fulham. John married Clementine Turner in 1875 and together issued four children, one of them being Clementine Mary Newsome Baxter. Clementine married Frank Challans in 1904 in Saint Paul’s Church, Hammersmith, London.


Wath High Street

Eileen Mary Challans is my fifth cousin, once removed and daughter of the above Clementine and Frank. Eileen was born in 1905 in Dacre Lodge, 49 Plashet Road, Plaistow, Kent and was educated at St Hugh’s College of Oxford University, receiving an undergraduate degree in English in 1928.

In 1933, Eileen began training as a Nurse at Oxford’s Radcliffe Infirmary. During World War Two, she helped treat Dunkirk evacuees at the Winford Emergency Hospital in Bristol as well as working in Radcliffe Infirmary’s brain surgery ward until 1945.


Tyzack grave in Rawmarsh

Whilst working as a Nurse, Eileen decided to try her luck at writing books. It was probably around this time that she changed her name to Mary Renault. Her first novel, ‘Purposes of Love,’ was published in 1939. In 1948, her novel, ‘Return to Night,’ won a MGM prize worth $150,000 after which she emigrated to South Africa where she remained for the rest of her life, dying in Cape Town in December 1983.

Many of Eileen’s novels were historical, set in ancient Greece, and she was admired in her day for her recreations of the Greek world.

Eileen’s bibliography includes:-

Purposes of Love (US title: Promise of Love) (1939)
Kind Are Her Answers (1940)
The Friendly Young Ladies (US title: The Middle Mist) (1943)
Return to Night (1947)
The North Face (1948)
The Charioteer (1953)
The Last of the Wine (1956)
The King Must Die (1958)
Lion in the Gateway: The Heroic Battles of the Greeks and Persians at Marathon, Salamis, and Thermopylae (1964)
The Mask of Apollo (1966)
Fire from Heaven (1969)
The Persian Boy (1972)
The Nature of Alexander (1975)
The Praise Singer (1978)
Funeral Games (1981)

Eileen’s second great grandparents, John Tyzack and Eliza A. Stevenson (parents of the aforementioned Sarah Ann Tyzack) died in Rawmarsh and their headstone still stands today in Saint Mary’s Churchyard, Rawmarsh.

Pretty Ceremony

Saint Bartholomew's Church, Maltby (19)

Saint Bartholomew’s Church

Dorothy Mollekin (known as Dollie), the daughter of John Mollekin and Jennie Slingsby, is my great aunt and sister of my grandfather, John Gilbert Mollekin.

Dollie was born 1899 in Hull and in 1923 married Frederick James Shearing. Together, they issued four children.

Dollie lived on the next street, at 47 Springfield Road, Listerdale, to my father’s family home on Melciss Road.


47 Springfield Road

I have fond memories of visiting Dollie every Christmas, bearing gifts, with my father. Before or after seeing Dollie, we would visit her sister, Jennie, who lived in Rotherham. My father always used to tell me though that I should not let on to either sister that we had visited the other. I do not know why Dollie and Jennie didn’t speak, but I suspect it was over the living arrangements of their father after his wife had died in 1943. I did let slip during one visit however to Dollie that we’d visited Jennie. The response was a stare and silence!


Dollie with son Doug

I remember Dollie having a fine collection of various soft toys on a bed in one of her spare bedrooms. She kindly invited me to take one and I chose a Golliwog. Dollie helped my father with his Mollekin genealogical research in the 1980s and I remember her giving to him a couple of 19th century German religious books. She also gave my father the address of my American cousin, to whom he wrote a number of years later.

Myself, my father and my sister last visited great aunt Jennie, perhaps in the summer of 1984 or 1985. Jennie gave me a pound and I remember her proudly showing us a clock that had been awarded to her husband for long service in his workplace. Jennie made us promise that we would visit again and we agreed, but we never did. We visited the following Christmas and there was nobody home. My father assumed that she’d passed away. Years later I discovered that Jennie hadn’t died until 1993; her husband, John Trevis Webster, had died in 1987. They’d died without issue but had left over £100,000 that I imagine wasn’t claimed and went to the Crown.


Helena Kohler, Jack Mollekin, Dollie Mollekin & Hilda Mollekin

Dollie’s husband, Frederick, died relatively young in 1950. Dorothy died in 1992 and I remember attending her funeral.


A Maltby Wedding.


No wedding of recent years in Maltby has attracted more attention than that of Miss Dorothy (Dollie) Mollekin, second daughter of Mr. J. and Nurse Mollekin, of “Rossmoyne,” Rotherham road, Maltby, to Mr. Fred Shearing, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Shearing, of Munford, Norfolk. The wedding took place on Thursday at the Parish Church, Maltby, and was as pretty as it was interesting. The officiating clergymen were the Rev. H. W. Mackay (Vicar of St. George’s, Sheffield, and late Vicar of Maltby), assisted by the Rev. C. E. Hughes, M. A. (Vicar of Maltby). The service was fully choral, the hymn “The Voice that Breathed O’er Eden” and the 67th Psalm being sung. Mr. Laver officiated at the organ, and played the “Wedding March” as the bridal party left the church. The bride looked charming in a dress of ivory crepe-de-chene, trimmed with silver, and with veil of orange blossom, and she carried a bouquet of arum lilies and chrysanthemums. She wore a gold bangle, the gift of the bridegroom. She was given away by her father, and was attended by “Flossie” and “Ivy” (sister and cousin) as senior bridesmaids, and Misses Lily Cook and Kathy Chapman as smaller bridesmaids. The senior bridesmaids wore pale blue crepe-de-chene, trimmed with silver, and veils with forget-me-nots. They carried bouquets of chrysanthemums, and wore gold brooches, the gifts of the bridegroom. The little girls wore pale blue opals, with lace slips over. They carried baskets of chrysanthemums, and wore silver pendants, presents of the bridegroom. The bride gave the bridegroom gold cuff links. The bride’s mother was beautifully dressed in brown satin, with oriental trimmings and hat to match, and Mrs. Shearing was attired in mole crepe-de-chene, with hat to match. Mr. C. P. Howden was best man, and Mr. J. Mollekin acted as groomsman.


Dollie on her 90th Birthday

After the ceremony, a reception was held in the Leslie Avenue Primitive Methodist schoolroom, kindly lent for the occasion, and there were about 80 guests. Speeches were made by the interested parties and the clergy, and the happy couple were heartily toasted. Later in the day they left for St. Helens, where the first part of the honeymoon will be spent. The bride travelled in a fawn velour coat with hat to match, and wore a charming set of fox furs the gift of the bridegroom.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Shearing are well-known and very popular in the village, the bride coming off an old Maltby family, whilst the bridegroom was until recently a familiar figure on the football field.


Shearing grave

The presents, which were numerous and costly, included the following:- Bride’s parents, household linen and cheque; bridegroom’s parents, silver teapot and set of vases; best man, clock; Mr. and Mrs. H. Mollekin, chair; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Mollekin, counterpane; Messrs. J. Thompson and Duckmanton, pictures; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Brown, jardiniere; Mr. Whalley, tablecloth; Mr. and Mrs. Pearse, afternoon tea and tray cloths; Mr. and Mrs. Gurney, cushion; Mr. Jack Mollekin, dinner service; the Rev. and Mrs. Mackay, pictures; Miss Vera Kitchen, tablecloth; Mrs. Wade, bolster and pillow cases; Miss Violet Hinchliffe, pillow cases; Mr. and Mrs. Pearson, rug; Mr. and Mrs. Nadin, chair covers; Mrs. Cooper Sykes and Mrs. Brown, blankets; Mr. and Mrs. G. Cooke, towels; “Dot and George,” pans, hall brushes, etc.; Mrs. Tomlinson, tablecloth; Mrs. Rosewarne, teapot, hot water jug and stand; Harold and Ethel Gorrell, pair vases; “Mabel, Dorrie, Ivy, and Sybil,” pictures; Mr. and Mrs. G. Smith, biscuit barrel; Mrs. J. Chapman, cushion cover; Miss L. Cook, egg cups; Mr. and Mrs. Roebuck, fish knives and forks; Mrs. E. Bowman, tea knives; Alderman and Mrs. Dunn; Mr. and Mrs. Armitage, sugar silfter; Miss Stacey (Wallasey), clock; sister and brother-in-law, carvers; Mr. and Mrs. P. Butler, silver vases; Misses Kohler, Brass candlesticks; Mr. H. Thompson, dessert spoons; Miss Chapman, silver butter dish; “Baby,” butter knife; Miss J. Mollekin, plant pot; Miss Blacker, bread fork, butter and jam spoons; Mr. and Mrs. Webb, silver sugar scoop, Mr. and Mrs. A. Howden, cake stand; Mr. and Mrs. Plant, cut glass water jug; Mr. and Mrs. Tysoe, silver knife rest; “Leslie,” silver cruet; “Sid. and Lil.,” afternoon teaspoons and cruet; Mrs. Scattergood, jam jar; Mrs. C. Arnold, cruet; Mr. J. Duckmanton, silver picture frames; Mr. and Mrs. H. Shearing (Southend), tea service; Mr. and Mrs. Harlow (Ripley), stainless knives and forks; Misses Cheesborough, stainless knives and forks; Mr. and Mrs. McLaren, fruit bowl; Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Howden, cheese dish; Miss Johnson, teapot and jug; Mr. and Mrs. Scilletoe (Munford), wine glasses; B. Thompson (Sandbeck), plant pot; Mr. B. Dowson and “Cora,” hand-painted table centre; Mr. S. Heathcote, oval mirror; and others.

Maltby Wedding Bells


The bride and bridegroom leaving the Church

Sybil Mollekin is my first cousin, twice removed and daughter of Herbert Mollekin.

Sybil was born in 1903 in Pontefract and, in 1928, she married Donald Jack Rallison-Sadler. Together, they issued two children. Sybil died in 1993 and Jack in 1999.

Herbert did not see any more of his children marrying, after Sybil, as he died just three months later. Herbert can be seen, stood behind the bridegroom, in the wedding photo published here.





Saint Bartholomew's Church, Maltby (19)

Saint Bartholomew’s Church

A large number of people assembled inside and outside St. Bartholomew’s Church, on Monday, to witness the wedding of Mr. Jack Sadler, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Sadler, of Sandbeck, to Miss Sybil Mollekin, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Mollekin, of The Grange, Maltby. The Revs. H. R. Everson and L. R. Healey were the officiating clergymen.

Given away by her father, the bride was a charming figure in a tight-fitting -gown of ivory satin beaute, with long sleeves and a dip at the back. The corsage and bouffant skirt were relieved with diamante, and from the bow in beaute at the hip trailed a dainty spray of orange blossom. Her long veil of net was gathered into a wreath of orange blossom, and her beaute court train was lined with quilted georgette in pink. She carried a bouquet of lilies and white heather.

Carr Lane, The Grange, Maltby (Copyright Ann Mollekin)

The Grange

Miss Ivy Mollekin, the bride’s sister and only bridesmaid, wore a beautiful picture gown in daffodil taffeta, long wisps of tulle falling picturesquely from the corsage. Her daffodil hat, in soft French felt, had a sweeping brim edged with narrow net, and was relieved with two Richelieu motifs. Her bouquet consisted of lilies and bronze chrysanthemums.

Carrying the train were two dainty little folk in white silk net-frilled from the waist-trimmed with rosebuds. They were the Misses Mary and Nora Mollekin (nieces of the bride) and they wore little wing bonnets relieved with silver and rosebuds.


Queens Hotel

The mother of the bride wore a gown of black georgette, into which were introduced Oriental colourings in chenile. Her black hat was trimmed with a diamante clasp, and she carried white carnations.

The mother of the bridegroom chose a gown of Lido blue satin merve, trimmed with apple green georgette, and a hat to match, relieved with velvet flowers.

The best man was Mr. H. Clarkson, of Conisbro’, a friend of the bridegroom, and the groomsmen were brothers of the bride. Messrs. Stanley and Sydney Mollekin. Mr. W. Wreakes was the organist.

After the reception, held at the Queen’s Hotel, Maltby. Mr. and Mrs. Sadler left for Hunstanton, the bride wearing a navy face cloth coat with reversed insertions over a pink chenile jumper suit, together with a metal-trimmed navy felt toque.

The bride received a leather coat from the bridegroom, to whom she presented a signet ring.

To Miss I. Mollekin, the bridegroom gave a gold slave bangle, and to the trainbearers he presented gold lockets.


Jack & Sybil

The following are among those who presented gifts to the bride and bridegroom: – Mr. and Mrs. H. Mollekin, carpets and house linen; Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Sadler, kitchen ware; Mr. and Mrs. E. Mollekin, black plush rug; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Mollekin, mahogany mirror; Mr. and Mrs. Hy. Mollekin, silver teapot; Mr. and Mrs. Sid. Mollekin, chamber service; Mr. and Mrs. Stan Mollekin, tea service; Miss Ivy Mollekin, cushion; Mr. and Mrs. H. Brooks, silver butter, biscuit, and cheese dish; Mr. and Mrs. McGlade, pictures; Fred, Claud, and Jack, paintings; Mr. and Mrs. Pearse, dinner service; Mr. and Mrs. Skerrow, fish eaters; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Booth, mahogany Westminster chime clock; Mr. and Mrs. J. Dickinson, eiderdown; Mr. and Mrs. T. Fawcett, bedspread; Mr. and Mrs. C. Tanner, eiderdown; Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Booth, vases; Mrs. Wheat, tray; Mr. and Mrs. F. Sadler, oak mirror; Mr. and Mrs. O. Sadler, fruit dish; Miss Waine, teapot; Miss Hastings, basket chair; Mr. and Mrs. F. Whiteley, “Ewbank” Cyril and Gwynne, pans; Mr. and Mrs. Hanson, pictures; Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Jones, brass kerb and companion set; Mr. and Mrs. Crowther, fruit dish; Mr. and Mrs. Fawley, pans; Mr. and Mrs. G. Crowther, bedspread; Baby Jack, picture frame; Mr. and Mrs. Lidgett, coffee spoons; Mr. and Mrs. A. Clarkson, cheque; Mr. F. Hawes, knives; Mr. and Mrs. J. Mollekin, salad bowl; Ald. and Mrs. Dunn, silver syphon holder; Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Downey, salad bowl; Mr. R. Rowbottom and Miss Law, silver cake basket; Mr. and Mrs. E. Smith, silver cruet; Dr. and Mrs. Dufty, tea cosy and table runner; Mr. and Mrs. Goodenough, fish servers; Miss Mason, jam dish; Mr. and Mrs. H. Smith, glasses and jug; Mr. and Mrs. T. Baines, biscuit barrel; Mr. and Mrs. M. Vasey, glass fruit dish; Mr. and Mrs. T. Bowett, case teaspoons; Mr. T. Trueman, carvers; Mr. and Mrs. Simpson, salad servers; Mrs. Bewicke, pickle jar; Mrs. M. and W. O’Neil, clothes brushes; Miss M. Taylor, cut-glass flower vase; Mr. A. G. Dickinson, cut-glass bowl and jug; Misses A. and H. Brown, gramophone and records; Mr. and Mrs. E. Rosewarne, fish eaters; Mr. H. McNought, pouffee; Mr. and Mrs. Beeden, cushion; Misses Ellis, electric lamp; Mrs. Patrick, cut-glass bowl; Mr. and Mrs. E. Davy and family, cut-glass bowl and tea cosy; Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Marsh, carvers; Mr. and Mrs. F. Hunter, fruit bowl; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lant, hot water jug; Mr. J. O. Brown, cut-glass vases; Mr. H. Clarkson, cake basket; Mr. Betts, handbag; Baby Basil, silver basket.

Matthew Henry Pinder


Matthew Pinder

Matthew Henry Pinder is my great grandfather and son of Francis Pinder and Hannah Berry.

Matthew was born in September 1869 in Waterworks House, at the junction of Frederick Street and Howard Street, Rotherham and lived in and around central Rotherham for all of his life; living on Frederick Street, Carlisle Street, Milton Road and Bethel Road.

In 1897, Matthew married Alice Cunnington in Bourne, Lincolnshire. Alice came from a deeply religious Methodist family. How Matthew and Alice came to meet is a puzzle, although Matthew’s family were also Methodists, so perhaps they somehow met through their respective Churches.


Rotherham Waterworks

Matthew and Alice issued five children and they were called, John Francis (1899 to 1964), Edith Mary (1901 to 1952), Marjory (1907 to 1993), David Henry (1911 to 1968) and Philip Thomas (1919 to 1998). Edith Mary is my grandmother.

John (known as Jack) was a Company Secretary at Imperial Chemical Industries and lived at Home Farm, Fernhurst in Surrey. Jack married Christiana Bartholomew in 1922 and together issued one child called, Joan Mary. Jack, Christiana and Joan all died in fairly quick succession in the 1960s. Joan married Gordon Wright in 1946 and together issued three children. Gordon is/was in possession of a clock given to Matthew’s father, Francis, when he retired from Yates and Haywood in Rotherham.

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Frederick Street

Marjory obtained a Degree from Sheffield University in the 1920s and was a Teacher of French and Music at Shiremoor Modern School, Tyne and Wear. Marjory married George Alaister Turnbull in 1934 and together they issued two children. Marjory and her family resided in Morpeth, Northumberland.

David married Evelyn Wakefield in 1935 and they had no issue. David was a Waterworks Manager in Mundesley on Sea, Norfolk, which is where he and Evelyn lived. After David passed away in 1968, my grandfather, John Gilbert Mollekin, often visited Evelyn and semi-lived with her for a while (as friends).


Howard Street

Philip married Mary Isobel Campbell in 1940 and together they issued two children. After Philip’s father, Matthew, had passed away, Philip’s uncle (Francis Thomas Pinder) advised him that he should pursue a career in the Royal Air Force. Philip became a Warrant Officer, served in World War Two and latterly worked in Scotland’s secret radar nuclear bunker. Philip and his family lived in Crail, Fife. Philip was also the Secretary of Saint Andrews Golf Club, Fife.

Because my grandfather, John Gilbert Mollekin, was a Signalman on the railways, he and his family were able to travel for free and my father recalled many happy memories of visiting David and Philip. My father kept in touch with Marjory and Philip until their deaths and visited Philip in Scotland for the final time in 1996. Marjory and Philip helped my father with his genealogical research and helped to identify ancestors on photos.


Matthew, Jack, Edith & Alice

My father had been led to believe that Matthew was the Waterworks Manager for Rotherham. However, it transpired that it was actually Matthew’s grandfather, Luke Berry, that had occupied this role. Matthew did work in the Rotherham Waterworks Department though, setting off as a Stationary Engine Tender, then Engineer, then Inspector and finally the Corporation Superintendent for the Waterworks.

In 1901, just prior to my grandmother, Edith, being born, Matthew, Alice and Jack moved to 84 Bethel Road, Eastwood in Rotherham. This remained as the main Pinder residence until at least 1929, albeit for a brief period around 1910 when the family, for reasons not known to me, lived a few doors up at number 90.


Jack, Edith, Marjory, David & Philip

Matthew died August 1922 in 84 Bethel Road from endocarditis and myocarditis. Basically, Matthew’s heart muscle had become inflamed, possibly due to infection that in turn caused a fatal infection of the inner lining of his heart.




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84 Bethel Road

An old servant of the Rotherham Corporation, in the person of Mr. Matthew Henry Pinder, water superintendent, passed away at 84, Bethel road, Rotherham, on Monday, at the age of 53 years. The deceased gentlemen, who succumbed to heart trouble after an illness of six months’ duration, was noted for his devotion to duty. Conscientious in the service of the public, he had an amazing capacity for work, and the fact that his constant energies affected his health did not restrain him from endeavouring to give of his best. In fact, his colleagues in the water department affirm that his end was hastened by unrelenting toil. He was a remarkable example of faithful and conscientious service.

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Masbrough Cemetery

Born in the waterworks house, Frederick street, in 1869, he started his working career at the old Dalton filter beds, afterwards going to the Aldwarke Pumping Station as driver of the pumps. He was called from there to become water superintendent, the position he held at the time of his death. He had been directly responsible to the waterworks engineer for the supply and distribution of water throughout the borough, and it is a tribute to his untiring efforts in restricting wastage that the consumption of water per head is one of the lowest in the country.


Matthew’s grave

He was a prominent member and trustee of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows (Parkgate Lodge), and at one time was actively associated with the St. John Ambulance Brigade. During the war he served as a special constable, and was later awarded a medal. He leaves a widow and five children, the youngest being three years of age. His late grandfather, Mr. Berry, was engineer and manager of the Rotherham Waterworks, and was in charge of the erection of the pumping engines in Frederick street in 1855. The funeral of Mr. Pinder took place at the Masbro’ Cemetery yesterday.

PINDER. – On August 21, 1922, at 84 Bethel road, Matthew Henry, beloved husband of Alice Pinder, aged 52 years.


Alice’s grave in Ruskington

Philip Pinder had told my father that Matthew’s headstone, in Masbrough Cemetery, Rotherham, had been cleared by the Council and we failed to find it on a number of visits to the cemetery. However, in 2013, I stumbled across Matthew’s grave purely by chance. I suspect that quite a lot of vegetation had been cut back, hence revealing the grave.

Matthew’s widow, Alice, ended up in Ruskington, Lincolnshire, living with her two elderly unmarried sisters. I don’t know when she left Bethel Road or when she permanently moved to Ruskington, but I believe that in between, she may have lived with her son Jack in both Rotherham and perhaps Surrey also. I know that in the mid 1940s, Alice was living in Wickersley with my father’s family. Alice died in 1959 and is buried with her two sisters in Ruskington Cemetery.

Thomas Pinder


Possible photo of Thomas Pinder

Thomas Pinder is my third great grandfather and he was born October 1806 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire to parents, Robert and Elizabeth.

At some point between 1806 and 1831, Thomas took up residence in Rotherham. His first known address is in Westgate. Westgate was an important and densely populated area of Rotherham in the 19th century and continued to be so until the middle of the last century, when newer housing estates were constructed on the outskirts of Rotherham. My mother was born in Westgate during the 1930s.

Thomas’s first wife, whose surname I do not currently know, is called Maria. Thomas and Maria issued four children who were called, Robert Thomas (1831 to 1905), Hannah (1832 to 1872), Mary Ann (1835 to 1836) and William Shackleton (1836 to 1836).

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Thomas’s son, Robert, married Mary Ann Allcock during 1852 in the Independent Masbrough Chapel, Rotherham and after her death in 1855, he married again, to Hannah Shackleton. Robert and Hannah, with their daughter, emigrated to Australia in the 1880s where a considerable number of their descendants now reside.

Thomas’s wife, Maria, died in 1836 and Thomas married again, to Mary Shackleton, in 1843. The relationship between Mary, Thomas’s fourth child with Maria and Robert’s first wife, Hannah Shackleton, is discussed in this entry.


Pinder burial plot next to the Walker Mausoleum

With Mary Shackleton, Thomas issued seven children, called, Ebenezer (1843 to 1843), Maria (1844 to 1847), Francis (1846 to 1935), Alfred Henry (1849 to 1887), Martha (1851 to 1871), James Heath (1853 to 1931) and Mary Ann (1855 to 1913).

It is interesting to note that Maria (Thomas’s first wife), Mary Ann Allcock and all of Thomas’s infants are all buried in the same plot in the burial ground of the Independent Masbrough Chapel, Rotherham. This Chapel was founded by the Walker family (the former owners of Clifton Hall), when they split from the Rotherham Methodist meeting in 1762. Sadly, this Chapel was recently demolished following a fire. The Pinder burial plot lies next to the Walker Mausoleum, although no headstone survives.


Hope Street

Thomas’s daughter, Martha, died May 1871 in 109 Hope Street, Rotherham from hemiplegia and exhaustion after confinement. Basically, Martha had suffered a stroke and died from complications whilst giving birth to her daughter, Patty. Patty only survived a couple of months without her mother, succumbing to marasmus (undernourishment).

109 is an address number that frequently features in my family database. It is also coincidental that Martha’s great great niece, Beryl Marjory Mollekin, also died from complications arising from giving birth, 75 years later.

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Doncaster Road Congregational Church


At Masbro’, on the 22nd of May, Martha, daughter of Mr. Thomas Pinder, plumber, aged 20 years.

As mentioned in the above obituary, Thomas was a Plumber. He was also a Glazier. Thomas was a religious man and a Deacon at Doncaster Road Congregational Church, Rotherham (now Rotherham Civic Theatre). Many of Thomas’s descendants, even today, are still followers of nonconformist religions in the Rotherham area. Thomas recorded significant family names and dates in his bible, which has been invaluable when attempting to untangle the myriad of ‘nonconformist’ events.


Pinder burial plot in Moorgate Cemetery

Thomas quite literally dropped down dead whilst walking along Joseph Street, Rotherham in March 1878, the cause being attributed to heart disease and chronic bronchitis. My father nearly suffered a similar fate in a street but fortunately modern medical treatment intervened.

Thomas was buried in Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham with his second wife, Mary (who died in 1889 in Eastwood Lane, Rotherham) and daughter, Martha. There is no surviving headstone, although I have photographed the plot in which they rest.


PINDER – March 23, Mr. Thomas Pinder, Hope Street, Masbro’, aged 71 years