Woman’s Fatal Burns


St Anns Road

Susannah Childs, born circa 1875 in Brooksby, Leicestershire, married my third cousin, twice removed, Charles Emmanuel Easthope, in 1908 in Rotherham.

Below are a number of newspaper articles published shortly after her tragic death.




A verdict of “Accidental Death” was recorded by the Rotherham Borough Coroner (Mr. W. J. Bradford, J.P.) at an inquest held in the Rotherham Hospital on Tuesday into the circumstances of the death of Susannah Easthope (60), married woman, of 231, St. Ann’s Road, Rotherham, who sustained fatal burns at her home on Saturday morning.

Dr. W. A. Heggie, house surgeon at the Rotherham Hospital, said deceased was admitted on Saturday morning. She was suffering from extensive burns which involved the upper part of the chest, the face, both arms, the whole of the back and the back of the legs. She died next day, the cause of death being shock following the burns. More than half of the body area was burned and when more than one-third of the body area was burned it was usually fatal.

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Rotherham Hospital

Charles Robert Easthope, son of the deceased, said he was in bed when he heard his mother shouting from downstairs. He came down at once and met his mother at the bottom of the stairs. She was in flames and was hardly visible. Witness obtained a coat which was hanging behind a door and wrapped it around her, smothering the flames. Deceased afterwards told him that she was reaching to the mantlepiece when her apron caught fire.

The Coroner complimented the son, saying that he appeared to have done everything he could.

EASTHOPE. – On Sunday, December 8th, 1935, at the Rotherham Hospital, Susannah, the dearly loved wife of Charles E. Easthope, aged 60 years.

Mr. Easthope and family wish to thank Doctor in attendance; also Doctor, Matron, Sisters, and Nurses of the Rotherham Hospital for kindness shown to Mrs. Easthope; also neighbours and friends for kind expressions of sympathy and floral tributes.

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Masbrough Cemetery



The funeral of Mrs. Susannah Easthope, of 231, St. Ann’s Road, Rotherham, who died in Rotherham Hospital on Sunday, following burns sustained at her home (a report of the inquest will be found on page 4) took place in the Masbro’ Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, the service being conducted by the Rev. J. M. Neilson. The principal mourners were Mr. Charles E. Easthope (widow), Messrs. Charles R., George, and Edward Easthope (sons), Mr. and Mrs. J. Clay (son-in-law and daughters), Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Childs, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Childs, Mr. Harry Childs and “Ivy,” Mrs. Thomas Taylor, Miss Zeita Childs, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Easthope, Mr. S. Childs, Mrs. Haywood, Mrs. Asman, Mr. and Mrs. Glossop, and Mr. Charles Glossop, Mrs. Emanuel Easthope, and Mr. Tummings.

Floral tributes were sent by the following:- Widower and family,” “Kitty, Jim and Joyce and her little grandson Gordon,” “Mr. R. Childs, Zeeta, Tom, Cissie and Norman,” “Mr. and Mrs. Glossop and Son,” “William and Eliza Childs,” “Tom and Lottie Childs,” “Harry and Ivy Childs,” “Ida, Ted, Sid, Iris, Frank and Teddy Easthope,” Mr. John Angell, Mr. and Mrs. George Pickering, “Tom, Lucy and Lillian Asman,” Mr. and Mrs. Tyrell, Mr. and Mrs. Bateman, Mr. and Mrs. B. Nixon, “Mrs. Clay and little Teddy,” Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and two wreaths from “Neighbours and friends.”


Francis Burton


Moorgate Hospital

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

In 1933, Francis married Marjorie Brothwell.

Below are newspaper articles published shortly after Francis’s death.



Parkgate Iron & Steel Company

BURTON. – At Moorgate General Hospital, Francis, aged 63, dearly loved husband of Marjorie (nee Brothwell), of 48, Toll Bar Road, Brecks, brother of Leonard, Edith and Elizabeth. Service and cremation at Rotherham Crematorium, Monday, January 12th, 2 p.m.


Mr. Francis Burton, of 48, Toll Bar, Road, Brecks, died recently at Moorgate General Hospital, Rotherham. He was 67, was born at Rotherham, and had lived at the Brecks for 36 years.

Hare and Hounds, Rotherham

Hare and Hounds, Rotherham

Mr. Burton was employed by the Park Gate Iron and Steel Co. Ltd, for 39 years in the open hearth department, and he was a sample passer when he retired two years ago.

In his younger days, he played football for the Hare and Hounds, and cricket for Greasbro’, Brecks, Scholes, and inter-keen supporter of Rotherham United.

Mr. Burton leaves a widow.

Cremation took place at Rotherham on Monday, a service being conducted by his nephew, the Rev. Paul D. Brothwell. The mourners were Mrs. M. Burton (widow), Mr. and Mrs. L. Burton (brother and sister-in-law), Miss E. Burton, Mrs. T. Miller (sisters), Mr. S. Brothwell (also representing Mrs. K. Brothwell), Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Brothwell (brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law), Mr. C. Brothwell, Mr. J. Brothwell (nephews), Mr. L. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. H. Wigley, Mr. D. Wigley, Mr. and Mrs. P. Wigley, Mrs. F. Webb, Mr. G. Webb, Mrs. D. Tonks, Mrs. J. Bealey, Mr. W. Thompson, Mr. H. Hopewell, Mr. and Mrs. M. Jelfs, Mr. and Mrs. H. Hinchcliffe, Mr. and Mrs. G. Mousley (cousins), Mr. and Mrs. S. Batty, Mr. L. Tupling, Mrs. J. Allot, Mr. and Mrs. T. Bunclark, Mrs. B. Monks, Mr. and Mrs. R. Stuttard, Mrs. M. Tupling (also representing Mr. P. Tupling), Mr. T. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. G. Hardy, Mr. E. Law (friends), Mr. W. Hawke and Mr. S. Wesson and other representatives of the Park Gate Iron and Steel Works and friends.

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Rotherham United


BURTON. – Mrs. M. Burton thanks relatives, friends and neighbours for their kind expressions of sympathy and flowers, doctors and staff at Moorgate General Hospital, management, staff and friends of Francis at Park Gate Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., union officials of B.I.S.A.K.T.A., and the Rotherham Co-operative Society, grateful thanks to my nephew, the Rev. P. D. Brothwell, for his beautiful service and words of comfort.

George Henry Edwards

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George Henry Edwards, born circa 1877 in Rotherham, is the husband of Laura Jarvis, my second cousin, twice removed.

Below is George’s obituary.



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Frederick Street

An 82-years-old Rotherham fruiterer, Mr. George Henry Edwards, of 98, Frederick Street, Rotherham, died at a Sheffield hospital recently.

Born at Westgate, Rotherham, Mr. Edwards was in business as a fruiterer at Frederick Street for 57 years, until his retirement a few weeks ago. He served during the First World War with The York and Lancaster Regiment. He leaves two daughters, one of whom, Mrs. M. Batty, will carry on the business. The other daughter, Mrs. I. Heath, is at present living in Jersey, where she keeps a boarding house.

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Sheffield Crematorium

Cremation took place at Sheffield on Wednesday.

The mourners were: Mr. and Mrs. H. Batty, (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. A. Edwards, Mrs. M. Pearson (brother and sister), Mrs. S. Jarvis (sister-in-law, also representing Mr. J. Jarvis and Mrs. E. Chapman), Mr. E. Barron (brother-in-law), Mrs. P. Brignell, Mrs. R. Woolhouse, Mr. G. Pearson, Mr. W. Edwards (nephew and nieces), Mr. R. Davies.

EDWARDS. – On January 14th in hospital, George Henry, of 98, Frederick Street, aged 82, beloved husband of the late Laura Edwards and dear father of Madge and Irene.

Home Accident


Moorgate Hospital

John Henry Victor Scholes (known as Vic), born in 1918 in the Rotherham area, is my first cousin, twice removed and son of John Henry Scholes and Clara Rowbottom.

In 1943, in the Rother Valley, Vic married Mary Coggins.

Mary passed away in 2004 and below are newspaper articles pertaining to Vic’s death in 1970.


SCHOLES. – On July 1st, in hospital, John Henry Victor (Vic), aged 51 years, of 33, Vale Avenue, Thrybergh, dearly loved husband of Mary, and loving father of Sandra and Alan.

Some day we’ll understand.

SCHOLES. – Mrs. Scholes, Sandra and Alan thank doctors and staff of Moorgate General Hospital, Nurse Trimble, Canon Dixon, all relatives, friends and neighbours for help, sympathy and floral tributes; the Central Labour Club, Rotherham, Rotherham Co-operative Society for funeral arrangements, and special thanks to Mr. Bernard Pepper for all his kindness and help during Mr. Scholes’ illness.

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Former Central Labour Club on Nelson Street, Rotherham


Home accident contributes to death

An accident at his home contributed to the death of a Thrybergh man, an inquest heard last Friday.

Mr. John Henry Victor Scholes (51), of 33, Vale Avenue, died in Moorgate General Hospital, Rotherham, on July 1st, following the accident at his home on June 23rd, and a verdict of death by misadventure was recorded by the Rotherham Borough Coroner, Mr. P. S. Gill.

In a statement, Mrs. Mary Scholes said her husband developed chest trouble in 1959 and had difficulty in breathing. He was helping to move some furniture at his home when he fell to the floor and complained of pain in his back but refused to see a doctor.

Eventually he did and he was admitted to hospital on June 26th.

Dr. J. Warrack, pathologist, said apart from his chest, Mr. Scholes was in “reasonable health.” The injury contributed to his death, although in a normal healthy person it would not have been so serious.

Hannah Elizabeth Burton

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East Herringthorpe Cemetery

Hannah Elizabeth Burton, born in 1884 in Rotherham, is my first cousin, thrice removed and daughter of Thomas Burton and Sarah Milsom.

In 1905, in Rotherham, Hannah married Willie Rhodes and together, they issued six children. Willie was sadly a casualty of the Gallipoli Campaign of World War One.

Hannah married again, in 1918, in Rotherham, to Curtis Mellows and together, they issued six children.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Hannah’s death.


MELLOWS. – On August 13th, at 5, Truro Place, Hannah E., beloved wife of Curtis, and mother of Marion, Jack, Rhoda, Les, Harry, Lily, Jane and Bob.

At rest.


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Saint Stephen’s Church

The interment took place recently at the East Herringthorpe Cemetery, following a service at the St. Stephen’s Parish Church, conducted by the Rev. W. T. Davies, of Mrs. Hannah Elizabeth Mellows, aged 74, who died recently at her home, 5, Truro Place, Rotherham, after a short illness.

Mrs. Mellows was employed by Heaton’s Brassworks, Masbro’, for seven years before the first World War. She leaves a widower, four sons and four daughters.

The mourners were Mr. C. Mellows (widower) Mr. and Mrs. R. Rhodes (step-son and daughter-in-law), Mr. J. Mellows, Mr. L. Mellows, Mr. and Mrs. H. Mellows (sons and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. K. Ridsdale, Mr. and Mrs. J. Billups, Miss M. Mellows (sons-in-law and daughter), Mrs. E. Rhodes (daughter-in-law), Mrs. P. Barlow (sister), Mr. T. Thompson, Mrs. H. Draycott (cousins).

Agnes Vickers

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Agnes – 2002

Agnes Vickers, born in 1901 in Mexborough on High Street, is the wife of George Arthur Walker who is my second cousin, thrice removed. Agnes and George married in 1923, in Saint John the Baptist Church, Mexborough.

Below are newspaper articles pertaining to Agnes’s extraordinary longevity.


Roman centenarian

A CENTENARIAN celebrated her 101st birthday this week.

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High Street, Mexborough

Agnes Walker marked her big day on Wednesday with a celebration at Mexborough’s Roman Court Residential Home, where she now lives.

Mrs Walker, who was born in the town, has four children-the late Dorothy, who died 12 years ago, daughters Betty and Margaret, and a son, Barry. She also has five grandchildren plus great-grandchildren.

Married to George, a Kilnhurst miner, for 49 years, Agnes was widowed in 1972 and lived in Station Street, Griffin Road and Harrop Gardens, Swinton, before moving to Roman Court three years ago.


Saint John the Baptist, Mexborough

She went into service at the age of 13 and remained there until her marriage to George ten years later.

Agnes celebrated this week with a party at the home.


Agnes has the secret to long life

A CENTENARIAN who claims the secret to a long life is “hard work and no pleasure” has broken her rule to celebrate her 105th birthday with a party.

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Agnes – 2006

Agnes Walker marked her milestone birthday on Monday with a tea party with her friends at Roman Court Residential Home in Mexborough.

Mrs Walker was born in Mexborough and had four children – the late Dorothy, who died 16 years ago, daughters Betty and Margaret, and a son, Barry.

She also has five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Married to George, a Kilnhurst miner, for 49 years, Agnes was widowed in 1972 and lived in Station Street, Griffin Road and Harrop Gardens, Swinton, before moving to Roman Court seven years ago.

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Station Street, Swinton

She went into service at the age of 13 and remained there until her marriage to George ten years later.

Her daughter Margaret Gillespie (68), of Kilnhurst, described her as very generous with a great sense of humour.

“My mother’s health is fine,” said Margaret.

“She has dementia, but it isn’t that bad. She’s very mobile.

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Griffin Road

“People used to ask her years ago, when she was in her 80s and 90s, what her secret was to a long life and she’d say “hard work and no pleasure.”

Margaret added: “She’s a very generous woman and is funny. She has everyone in stitches at the nursing home.”


You’re never too old for fatty bacon and bread and dripping

One of South Yorkshire’s oldest residents celebrated her 106th birthday this week.

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Harrop Garden Flats (above shops)

Agnes Walker (pictured above), who has lived at Roman Court care home in Mexborough since 1998, enjoyed an afternoon of celebrations on Tuesday complete with a buffer including her favourite food, Black Forest gateau.

Agnes was born and brought up in Mexborough and went into service at the age of 13. She later worked in service in Bradford, where she met her husband, George.

The couple had four children and Roman Court manager Gwen Bates said that Agnes also has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Roman Court Residential Home, Mexborough

The orchestra and choir from Mexborough School serenaded Agnes on her special day and Mrs Bates said: “She really, really enjoyed the music and we all sang happy birthday to her.”

Agnes, who was toasted with sparkling wine, attributes her long life to healthy eating and hard work – although she does have a liking for fatty bacon and bread and dripping.

Dearne Valley Weekender, Friday, April 13, 2007

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Agnes – 2007


Suddenly but peacefully in the tender care of Roman Court Care Home on Tuesday, April 10th 2007, Agnes aged 106 of Mexborough. Much loved mother of Margaret and Barrie, a dear mother in law and a loving grandma and great grandma. Service at Rotherham Crematorium on Wednesday, April 18th at 12.20pm. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu made payable to Roman Court Comfort Fund may be sent c/o C T Butterfield & Sons, 1-7 Wood Street, Swinton S64 8BA.

South Yorkshire Times, April 19, 2007

WALKER, Agnes, 106, of Mexborough, died on April 10, died in Roman Court Care Home. The funeral service took place at Rotherham Crematorium on April 18, conducted by Mr P Fawcett.

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Rotherham Crematorium

Dearne Valley Weekender, Friday, April 20, 2007

WALKER – The death occurred on April 10th 2007 at Roman Court Care Home of Mrs Agnes Walker aged 106 years of Mexborough. The funeral service took place at Rotherham Crematorium followed by cremation on Wednesday April 18th conducted by Mr Philip Fawcett. Mourners were immediate family, relatives, friends and neighbours. Funeral arrangements were by C. T. Butterfield & Sons, The Funeral Home, Wood Street, Swinton. 01709 571777.

Frank Thomas Jarvis


Fitzwilliam Road

Francis Jarvis, born in 1880 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and son of Eliza Jane Bowler Crossland and Frank Jarvis.

In 1900, Francis married Alice Jane Bullock, in Rotherham and together they issued two sons called, Frank Thomas Jarvis (1901 to 1951) and Leslie Jarvis (1902 to 1971).

Alice passed away first, in 1927.


JARVIS. – On July 9th, at the Rotherham Hospital, Alice Jane, beloved wife of Francis Jarvis of 59, Fitzwilliam road.

Mr. F. Jarvis wishes to thank the Doctors and Nurses of the Rotherham Hospital for the care and attention given to his wife during her illness, and all friends and neighbours for their kindness and sympathy in his sad bereavement; also for floral tributes.

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Rotherham Hospital

Francis died in 1946.


JARVIS. – On April 10th, Francis Jarvis, beloved father of Frank and Leslie, passed away at 59, Fitzwilliam Road, Rotherham. Interment at 1 p.m., at Moorgate, Saturday, April 13th.

In 1932, Leslie married Elsie Breckin, in Rotherham and together they issued two sons. Leslie and Elsie are the grandparents of Suzanne Jarvis who died in tragic circumstances.


JARVIS. – Leslie, aged 68, died suddenly, August 12th, at 13, Wilcox Green, Rockingham; loving husband of Elsie and father of Joan and Leslie, loving grandad of Michelle, Suzanne, Jeanette. Thanking relatives and neighbours for their kindness and sympathy.

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Moorgate Cemetery

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Frank Thomas Jarvis’s marriage to Dorothy D. Skellam. Frank and Dorothy issued a daughter together.


A DALTON WEDDING. – The marriage took place in the Holy Trinity Church, Dalton, on Monday, of Mr. Frank Thomas Jarvis, son of Mr. Frank Jarvis and the late Mrs. Jarvis, of 59, Fitzwilliam Road, Rotherham, and Miss Dorothy Devonshire Skellam, youngest daughter of Mrs. Skellam and the late Mr. Herbert Skellam, of Doncaster Road shops, Dalton Brook. The Rev. A. R. Denne, of Eastwood, officiated.


Holy Trinity Church, Dalton

The bride, who was given away by her uncle (Mr. Joseph Watson), was attired in a full-length dress of dove satin, with hat and shoes to tone, and carried a bouquet of pink roses and maiden-hair fern. The bridesmaids were Miss Hannah Haglington (niece of the bride), of Deal, and Miss Edith Margison, of Dalton. Miss Haglington wore a dress of silver grey georgette and hat to tone, and Miss Margison was attired in lemon crepe-de-chine and hat to tone. Each bridesmaid had a bouquet of bronze chrysanthemums. Mrs. E. Hant, of Cleethorpes, and Miss J. Bodkin, of Dalton, attended as dames of honour. Mrs. Hunt wore a dress of silver georgette and a black hat, and Mrs. Bodkin had a dress of black georgette and lace and a black hat. All the dresses were ankle-length. Mr. George Winder acted as best man and the groomsman was Master Jack Haglington.

A reception was held at the home of the bride’s mother, whose dress was of grey crepe-de-chine trimmed with lace. About 30 guests were entertained.

The wedding presents included a three-tier bridal cake, the gift of Mr. Joseph Watson (uncle of the bride). The wedding coaches were supplied by Messrs. S. Elmore and Sons.