Frank Berry & Honor Brotherton

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Stone Row

Frank Berry is my third cousin, thrice removed and son of Harry Berry and Agnes Wood. Frank’s sister, Dorothy, is also featured on this site.

In 1915, Frank married Honor Brotherton, in Rotherham, and together, they issued two children, who were called, Alfred Kenneth (1921 to 1974) and Mona (1925 to 1989).

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Parkgate Iron & Steel Company

I’d known since 2005 that Frank’s parents had settled in Parkgate, Rotherham, after moving from Gawber, Barnsley, in the 1890s but it was not until last year, when I made contact with two of Frank’s granddaughters in one of my Facebook Groups, that I was able to move forward with this branch of the Berry tree.

Frank was born in the same year that his first cousin, twice removed, Luke Berry (my third great grandfather), died. I currently know of only two Berry families to settle in Rotherham, so Harry and Luke were no doubt aware of each other.

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Rotherham Hospital

Although Frank’s obituary below states that he was born in Parkgate, he was actually born in Gawber.

THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, JANUARY 25th, 1947.

DEATH OF MR. F. BERRY. – The interment took place in the Haugh Road Cemetery, Rawmarsh, on Wednesday, of Mr. Frank Berry, aged 55, of 30, Stone Row, Parkgate, whose death occurred in the Rotherham Hospital, Doncaster Gate, last Saturday.

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Moorgate Hospital

Mr. Berry, who was born in Parkgate, was employed as a ladle carriage driver by the Park Gate Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., for whom he had worked since he left school. He leaves a widow, a son and a daughter.

The service was conducted by the Rev. H. E. Sladden, and the mourners included: Mrs. H. Berry (widow); Mr. A. K. Berry (son); Miss M. Berry (daughter); Mr. and Mrs. L. Riley and Mr. H. Brotherton (brothers-in-law and sister); Mrs. P. Thompson, Mrs. S. Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. B. Cuthbert, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Maiden (brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. H. Wood and Mr. and Mrs. F. Wood (uncles and aunts); Mrs. M. Bacon (cousin); Mr. M. Kavanagh, Mr. D. Shaw, and Mr. D. Cuthbert (nephews); Mrs. E. Denton, Mr. B. Denton, Mrs. E. Elvidge, Mr. W. McLane, Mr. H. Goodall, and workmates.

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Haugh Road Cemetery

THE ADVERTISER, SAT., FEB. 14th, 1948

BERRY (Honor). – Suddenly, after a short illness at Rotherham Municipal General Hospital, on January 30th, 1948, aged 50 years.

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Mona Berry

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River Don

Mona Berry is my fourth cousin, twice removed and daughter of Frank Berry and Honor Brotherton.

In 1950, Mona married Ernest Burton and together issued one child that died in infancy.

THE ADVERTISER, FRIDAY, AUG 25, 1989

Missing woman found in river

A Rawmarsh woman who went missing from her home has been found dead in the River Don.

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Mona’s grave in Haugh Road Cemetery, Rawmarsh

The lifeless body of Mona Burton (64) who lived at Hawke Close, Rawmarsh, was spotted in the river at around 8.30 pm near to St Anns Bridge on Monday evening by a man walking his dog.

She had been reported to police as a missing person by her husband earlier that evening.

Firemen from Erskine Road and Oaks Lane Stations recovered the body.

A police spokesman said that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mrs Burton’s death.