Burton – Rowbottom Wedding

Burton - Rowbottom - 80 Years


A Masbro’ Wedding

Saint Paul's Church, Kimberworth Road, Rotherham - 26.08.07 (2)

Saint Paul’s Church, Masbrough

Francis Burton, born in 1906 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and son of Francis Burton and Sarah Ann Hudson Sturman.

Below is a newspaper article pertaining to Francis’s marriage to Marjorie Brothwell.




The marriage took place in St. Paul’s Church, Masbro’, on Saturday, of Miss Marjorie Brothwell, only daughter of Mr. J. H. Brothwell, of Masbro’, Rotherham, to Mr. Francis Burton; eldest son of Mr. Francis Burton, of Wellgate, Rotherham. The ceremony, which was choral, was conducted by the Rev. A. Puddicombe (Vicar).



The bride, who was given away by her father, wore an ankle-length gown of ivory satin and lace cat on Medieval lines. Her veil (lent by Mrs. F. Marsland) was fastened to her hair with a coronet of orange blossom, and was embroidered with lovers’ knots in each corner. She carried a bouquet of pale pink roses and lilies of the valley.

Miss Edith Burton (sister of the bridegroom) and Miss Barbara Simmons, the bridesmaids, had ankle-length dresses of floral georgette, and wore white picture hats. Their bouquets were of multi-coloured sweet peas and fern. The dame of honour was Mrs. W. G. Drew. The best man was Mr. Leonard Burton (brother of the bridegroom), and the groomsmen were Mr. Leslie Brothwell (brother of the bride) and Mr. Leonard Jervis (cousin of the bridegroom).

Cross Keys, Moorgate Street, Rotherham - 24.11.08

Cross Keys, Rotherham

A reception was held by the bride’s parents in the Cross keys Hotel, Moorgate. The bride’s mother wore a dress of brown georgette and lace, and the bridegroom’s mother chose a gown of black crepe-de-chine. The former had a spray of pink sweet peas and the latter carried pink carnations.

The honeymoon is being spent at Scarbro’, whence the bride travelled in a fawn coat over a lemon and brown frock with fawn hat and skin shoes.

To the bride the bridegroom gave a dressing gown and hand bag, while to the bridesmaids he gave crystal necklaces. The bride’s gift to the bridegroom was a dressing gown. The wedding gifts included a library cabinet from the staff of Messrs. Darwins, Ltd., where the bride has been employed for the past eight years.

Frost – Hughes


Alan Frost & Jean Hughes

Jean Hughes, born in 1929 in Kimberworth, Rotherham, is my fifth cousin and granddaughter of Sam Holmes and Ada Burton.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Jean’s marriage to Alan Frost.


FROST – HUGHES. – At Masbro’ Independent Chapel, September 6th, 1952, by the Rev. W. Silver, B.A., B.D., Jean, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Hughes, 323, Kimberworth Road, to Alan, youngest son of Mrs. A. Frost, of 7, Woodhouse Road, Sheffield, and the late Mr. F. Frost.

Kimberworth Road, Rotherham (opposite Ferham Park) (Copyright Colin Leonard) - 1970

Kimberworth Road



Formerly night staff nurse at the Rotherham Hospital, Doncaster Gate, Miss Jean Hughes, S.R.N., only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Hughes, “Sunfield,” Kimberworth Road, Rotherham, was married to Mr. Alan Frost, 7, Woodhouse Road, Sheffield, at the Masbro’ Independent Chapel.


Masbrough Independent Chapel

The Rev. W. Silver officiated, assisted by the Rev. C. H. Grant.

The bride, given away by her father, wore a gown of white velvet and a full-length veil of net edged with Nottingham lace held in place by a crown of pearls and diamantes, and carried a bouquet of red roses and fern.

Doncaster Gate Hospital, Rotherham - 19.08.07 (4)

Rotherham Hospital

The attendants were Mrs. Jean Fisher, S.R.N., a friend of the bride, and Miss Ann Frost (niece of the bridegroom), who wore deep red velvet dresses with white lace Dutch bonnets and mittens, and carried bouquets of white carnations, and there was a small bridesmaid Jean Fairest (cousin of the bride) who was dressed in blue velvet and had a white lace Dutch bonnet, and carried a bouquet of red roses, white carnation and blue cornflowers.

The best man was Mr. Bernard Frost (brother of the bridegroom and the groomsmen were Mr. Eric Somerton and Sergts. G. Bates and J. Blackburn, of The Boys’ Brigade.

Ada Burton & Sam Holmes

Saint Thomas's Church, Kimberworth - 15.11.13 (4)

Saint Thomas’s Church

Ada Burton, born circa 1873 in Brinsworth, Rotherham, is my third cousin, twice removed and daughter of Charles Burton and Elizabeth Drabble.

In 1897, in Rotherham, Ada married Sam Holmes and together they issued one child, called, Ada.

Below are obituaries for Ada and Sam.


HOLMES. – On October 25th, 1938, at 111, Meadowhall Road, Kimberworth, Ada, the beloved wife of Sam Holmes, and mother of Ada Hughes, aged 65 years.


HOLMES. – On January 2nd, 1944, suddenly, at 111, Meadow Hall Road, Kimberworth, Sam, husband of the late Ada Holmes and father of Ada Hughes, aged 73 years.


The death occurred on Sunday, in his 74th year, of Mr. Sam Holmes, of 111, Meadowhall Road, Rotherham. He retired in 1922 after having been employed as a foreman blacksmith by a Sheffield firm.

Mr. Holmes had been a widower since 1938. He was a native of Walkley, Sheffield.

He leaves one daughter.

The interment took place on Wednesday in the Kimberworth Churchyard, preceded by a service held in the church conducted by the Rev. S. B. King.

Thomas Henry Surtees & Fanny Todd

All Saints' Church (Minster), Rotherham - 10.03.14 (2)

All Saints’ Church

Thomas Henry Surtees, born in 1890 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, thrice removed and son of Frederick Surtees and Elizabeth Ann Cokeley.

In 1918, in All Saints’ Church, Rotherham, Thomas married Fanny Todd and together they issued four children, called, Ada, Hilda, Thomas Henry and Ronald.

It is interesting to note that Fanny’s sister, Harriet, married my first cousin, thrice removed, Ernest Burton.


Fanny Todd

Below are obituaries for Thomas and Fanny.



The death occurred at the Moorgate General Hospital last Saturday of Mrs. Fanny Surtees, of 22, Burns Drive, Rotherham.

Mrs. Surtees who was 69, leaves a widower, two sons, two daughters and eight grandchildren. Her husband, Mr. T. H. Surtees, was employed by Brown, Bayley and Co. Ltd,. as a labourer until his retirement in 1957.


Moorgate Hospital

Cremation took place at Rotherham on Wednesday. The mourners were Mr. Surtees (widower), Mr. and Mrs. T. Surtees, Mr. “Ron” Surtees (sons and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. F. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. T. Heald (sons-in-law and daughters), Brenda and Margaret Heald, Roy and Derek Evans (grandchildren), Mrs. H Burton (sister), Mr. F. Surtees, Mr. and Mrs. E. Surtees, Mrs. A. Parry (brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law), Mrs. D. Hird, Mrs. A. Steven, Rene (nieces) and Mr. and Mrs. J. South (friends).

East Herringthorpe Cemetery, Rotherham - 29.12.15

Rotherham Crematorium

SURTEES. – Suddenly, on Saturday, May 5th, at Moorgate General Hospital, Fanny, aged 69 years, beloved wife of Thomas, dear mother of Ron, Thomas, Ada and Hilda, also a loving grandma.

The family send many thanks to Dr. Latimer, doctors and nurses of Moorgate General Hospital; also Mr. Parkinson for funeral arrangements.


SURTEES, Thomas. – On December 30th, 1966, at the age of 76 years, beloved father and grandfather.

Joseph Burton

Doncaster Gate Hospital, Rotherham - 19.08.07 (4)

Rotherham Hospital

Thomas Burton, born in 1908 in Rotherham, is my first cousin, twice removed and son of Joseph Henry Burton and Mary Unwin. In 1930, in Rotherham, Thomas married Dorothy Nichols. Together, Thomas and Dorothy issued six children and the newspaper article below pertains to the death of one of their sons who was subsequently buried in Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham.




A verdict of accidental death was returned by the Deputy Borough Coroner (Dr. F. C. Collinson, J.P.), at an inquest on Tuesday on Joseph Burton, the two-year-old son of Thomas Burton, unemployed steelworker, of 42, Browning Road, Rotherham. The child died in the Rotherham Hospital on Sunday as a result of scalds sustained at home on the previous day.

Dr. G. A. Baker, of the Rotherham Hospital, said the child was admitted on Sunday suffering from scalds to the right arm, forearm, right thigh and part of the abdomen on the right side. The child died on Sunday from shock.

Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham - 13.07.09 (4)

Moorgate Cemetery

Thomas Burton said that on Saturday he placed a saucepan of water on the gas ring in order to make some tea. After lighting the gas he went out of the kitchen into the living room to prepare a meal. The little boy had just gone into the kitchen when witness heard a scream. Rushing into the kitchen he found the boy shaking himself and screaming. He had pulled the saucepan over and the water had spilled.

Witness thought the child must have got hold of the gas tubing and pulled it.

William Thomas Bowler Crossland


William T. B. Crossland

William Thomas Bowler Crossland is my first cousin, thrice removed and son of William Bowler Crossland and Elizabeth Burton.

In 1879, in Rotherham, William married Annie Twibell and, together, they issued five children, four of which had died by 1905. Annie passed away in 1905 and on Christmas Day, 1907, in All Saints’ Church, Rotherham, William married Sarah Ann Seddon.



The funeral of the late Mr. W. T. B. Crossland took place on Sunday, at the Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham, in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives. The mourners included Mrs. Crossland (widow), Miss Ada Crossland (daughter), Mr. Fred Seddon (stepson), Mr. and Mrs. George Crossland (Sheffield), Mr. and Mrs. F. Jarvis (brothers and sisters in law), Messrs. F. and G. Jarvis (nephews), Mrs. Barron, Mrs. Edwards and Miss E. Jarvis (nieces), Mrs. Whittaker and Mrs. Jolliffe (cousins), Mrs. Douglas and Mrs. Dale (sisters-in-law), Mr. Albert Dale (nephew), Mr. and Mrs. John Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. J. Cundey (Doncaster), Mr. and Mrs. H. Everett, Mr. E. Everett, Mr. F. Wigglesworth, Mrs. Fellows, and Mrs. Wildsmith. The bearers (Messrs. T. Froggatt, R. Wilson, T. Smith, W. Hague, P. Bisby, and W. Dixon), were employees at Messrs. W. Heaton and Co., Brass Works, Masbro’, by whom the deceased had been employed for many years. The staff of the Rotherham Theatre Royal also attended to pay a last tribute of respect to a colleague. Mr. Crossland having completed forty years’ service on the stage staff of the Theatre.

Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham - 13.07.09 (4)

Moorgate Cemetery

There was a large muster of National Reserves, under the command of Colours-sergeant Frith; a firing party and buglers performed the last military rites of firing three volleys and playing the “Last Post.”

There was a large number of beautiful floral emblems placed on the coffin, which was covered with the Union Jack. Amongst those sending wreaths were the widow and children, Mr. and Mrs. F. Jarvis, Mr. F. Jarvis, Mr. G. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. G. Crossland, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Montgomery, the staff of the Theatre Royal, Mrs. Joliffe, and Mr. Whittaker. Mr. W. Atkinson, a personal friend, officiated in the chapel and at the graveside.