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.

ROTHERHAM ADVERTISER, FRIDAY, MARCH 8th, 2002

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.

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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.

THE ADVERTISER, FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2006

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.”

THE ADVERTISER, FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2007

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

WALKER
Agnes

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.

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George Arthur Walker

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Griffin Road

George Arthur Walker, born in 1895 in Swinton, South Yorkshire, is my second cousin, thrice removed and son of John William Walker and Annie Eliza Gregg.

In 1923, in Mexborough, George married Agnes Vickers.

Below are a number of newspaper articles pertaining to George’s death.

SOUTH YORKSHIRE TIMES: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, 1972

FOUND DEAD. – Mr. George Arthur Walker (77), of 14 Griffin Road, Swinton, was found dead at his home by his wife early on Tuesday afternoon. The Sheffield Coroner, Dr. H. H. Pilling, was informed, but no inquest is to be held.

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Saint Margaret’s Church

SOUTH YORKSHIRE TIMES: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25th, 1972

OBITUARY

WALKER. – The death occurred on November 14th of Mr. George Arthur Walker (77), of 14, Griffin Road, Swinton. Cremation took place at Rose Hill, Doncaster, following a service in Swinton Parish Church. Father L. E. Harris officiated. Mourners were Mrs. A. Walker (widow), Mr. and Mrs. F. Bradshaw, Mr. and Mrs. A. Ryan, Mr. and Mrs. P. Gillespie and Paul, Mr. and Mrs. B. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. L. Barratt, Mr. and Mrs. K. Whitton, Mr. and Mrs. T. Whitton, Mr. and Mrs. T. Young, Mr. G. Best, cousin Joyce and husband, Mrs. Bradshaw and Carol, Mr. W. Wilkinson, Mr. and Mrs. T. Cooper. Floral tributes were from the family, and donations in lieu of flowers, received from friends and neighbours, are to be given to Rawmarsh and District Welfare Committee. Funeral arrangements were by C. T. Butterfield and Sons, Wood Street, Swinton (phone 2158), and Adwick Road, Mexborough (phone 3168).

Acknowledgements

WALKER – Mrs. A. Walker and family wish to thank Dr. Bhatia, Mrs. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Rodway, Police Constable R. Lee, friends and neighbours for kindness shown in their recent sad bereavement. Thanks also to Father Harris for the service and to Messrs. C. T. Butterfield and Sons for their sympathetic and efficient funeral arrangements.

The Rowbottom Family

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Sheffield Cathedral

I have so far traced the Rowbottom family in my pedigree back to Thomas who was born circa 1789 in Sheffield and married Ann Swindin in 1815 in the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Sheffield (now Sheffield Cathedral).

Thomas and Ann, to my knowledge, issued four children; the descendants of which I have researched extensively over the past fourteen years. One of their children was called, George Rowbottom, who was born in 1818 in Sheffield.

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Daisy Walk

George married Elizabeth Vickers in the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Sheffield in 1839. George and Elizabeth issued two sons, one of them being Albert Rowbottom, who was born in 1842, in Daisy Walk, Sheffield.

In 1864, in Christ Church, Pitsmoor, Sheffield, Albert married Charlotte Yates. Albert and Charlotte issued nine children, called, George Henry (1866 to 1944), Albert (1869 to 1917), Tom (1871 to 1936), Fred (1873 to 1918), David (1875 to 1935), Lily (1877 to 1966), Clara (1879 to 1964), Rose Valentine (1881 to 1955) and Mary Elizabeth (born in 1882).

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Christ Church, Pitsmoor

George Rowbottom and his wife, Elizabeth, along with their son, Albert and daughter-in-law, Charlotte, moved to Parkgate, near Rotherham, in the 1860s; I suspect when the Parkgate Iron and Steel company was founded. For the next 100 years, the streets around Rawmarsh Hill in Parkgate were populated by many descendants of George and Elizabeth, particularly on Goosebutt Street and Netherfield Lane. In fact, some of their descendants still live in the area today.

George and Albert were both File Cutters by occupation, which I believe involved cutting teeth into files. Albert actually went blind in later life as a consequence of his occupation, presumably, no protection was worn to prevent fragments of metal flying into his eyes.

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Rawmarsh Hill

My mother remembered her parents always shopping in Parkgate on Saturdays and didn’t understand why until she realised that many of her father’s aunts, uncles and other relations still lived in Parkgate.

George died in 1879 in Holly Bush Street, Parkgate.

ROTHERHAM AND MASBRO ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 1879

ROWBOTTOM. – April 12, at Rawmarsh, Mr. George Rowbottom, aged 60.

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Holly Bush Street

George’s wife, Elizabeth died in 1886 on Rawmarsh Hill.

THE ROTHERHAM ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1886.

ROWBOTTOM. – October 5th, at Rawmarsh hill, Elizabeth, widow of George Rowbottom, aged 67.

Albert died in 1909 in Goosebutt Street, Parkgate and his wife Charlotte died in the Almshouses on Dale Road, Rawmarsh in 1919.

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Rawmarsh High Street Cemetery

George, Elizabeth, Albert and Charlotte are all buried in the High Street Cemetery in Rawmarsh, Rotherham.

It is of interest to note that the names ‘Rowbottom’ and ‘Rowbotham are interchangeable and are essentially one and the same. Other variations include Robottham, Robottom, Roebottom and Rewbottom. It is thought to be of Anglo-Saxon origin and is either a topographical name from a residence in an overgrown valley or a locational name from some lost, minor or unrecorded place believed to have been situated in the Staffordshire/Lancashire regions. Another theory is that Rowbottom is an English occupational last name of old Scottish origins. One thing I know for sure is that my grandfather didn’t stand for any of the crude variations of the name!