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Rossendale Branch Newsletter March 2010

Programme: 2010

Wednesday 3rd March

A deeper look at Civil Registration

Tony Foster

Wednesday 7th April

AGM followed by a talk from

Michael Hiluta

Wednesday 5th May

Life in the Middle Ages

Stephen Moorhouse

Wednesday 2nd June

A letter for Alice.

A talk by Mary Davison

Coming Events

Sunday 7th March

Merseyside & Cheshire Family History Fair

Hume Hall, Bolton Road, Portsunlight, Wirral CH62 5DH Time 10am – 5pm

Saturday 27th March

York and District Family History Society Fair

The Folk Hall, New Earswick, York YO32 4AQ

Sunday 11th April

The Stockport Fair

Wellington Road South, Stockport. SK1 3XE

10.00am – 4.00pm

Sunday 4th July 2010

LFHHS Annual Dinner

Lancaster & Morecambe Branch are hosting the Annual Dinner this year. It will take place on at The Midland Hotel, Morecambe. The hotel is situated on the front, facing the Lake District.

Arrive for 12.30, Luncheon will served at 1.00 and there will a talk afterwards.

This will give you an opportunity to visit a well known Art Deco hotel which has recently been refurbished. You will be able to see the famous Eric Gill Mural, with its interesting history of being stolen, recovered, in secret hiding and finally restored to its place of honour. Also there are fabulous views across Morecambe Bay and a Promenade to walk on.

Further details will appear in due course.

Sheila Court Secretary Lancaster & Morecambe Branch

Research and Advice Sessions:

at Rawtenstall library every Tuesday 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Rossendale Branch has a group of members who are on hand very Tuesday, to assist members of the public with their Family History enquiries. You will find us upstairs at the library adjacent to the new Community History facilities. When contacting us with an enquiry, please include your membership number.

The LFHHS Resource Centre, We are pleased to announce that the Society’s Resource and Research Centre at 2 Straits Oswaldtwistle, BB5 3LU is open every Thursday from 1pm – 5pm. A catalogue of the resources available can be viewed or downloaded from www.lfhhs.org/download/index./htm

We would like to open more frequently but this can only be achieved if more members are willing to help. Training will be given for anyone wishing to help.

Closure of Manchester Central Library

The Manchester Central Library is closing at the end of February for three YEARS for repair and renovation. Check its web site for more information www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries/arls

The site gives the proposed timetable and the alternative arrangements for access to archive and local studies material.

The site stresses that booking of places in the temporary accommodation will be essential and that as much material will be stored off-site there will be a 2 WEEKS notice required for such material. If you use the Archive Unit, the note is well worth reading. Jim Lancaster (Bury, Lancs.)

Rossendale: News Notes and Queries

It snowed again for our February meeting, which should have been a Research Evening. Only 8 members braved the weather and we had no researchers. So, as six of the eight were committee members we had an impromptu committee meeting. Hopefully more of you will be able to make our March meeting as the speaker is Tony Foster the Society President.

Next month will be our AGM. If anyone is interested in helping to run the branch, please give your names to John Dalton, our Chairman.

Following the AGM, Michael Hiluta is giving a short talk. Michael has not told us the subject of his talk but I can guarantee that it will be a experience.

Trippier Family History 1700 to 1800

by Fred Trippier member 9324.

I am presently researching the Trippier family that settled in the Fylde/Wyre area of Lancashire before or around 1773. There are various permutations of the name as you can imagine.

To date I have been able to trace the family directly back to a James Trippier christened in 1778 at the Copp Church, Great Eccleston, a church belonging to the St Michaels parish near Garstang. His father is registered as John Trippier (Tripper) and between 1773 and 1784 registered 5 children at this church. The later christenings refer to the mother being Margarat. The family tree is visible on ancestry.co.uk

My problem revolves around the parents John and Margarat Trippier (Tripper) as to date I am unable to find any reference of birth or marriage in the area. This has led me to believe that John Trippier (Tripper) came into the area about the time of the first christening i.e., before 1773. He may or may not have been married when he came into the area and as yet I have been unable to find a death of John or Margarat.

Based on the above I estimate that John was born in the 1740’s. It appeared until recently that the only other Trippiers around the 1740’s were based around the Rossendale area of Lancashire and I have searched the local records to no avail. There was a John Trippier but he married locally and raised children around St Nicholas Parish in that area. Recently I have found a John Tripper born in 1747 in Westminster London to a Mary Tripper and Joshua Wells.

I am hoping there is someone in the Rossendale area that has researched the local Trippier family who might recognise the dates or names above and be able to guide me further. Obviously any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.

Please email Fred at ftrippier@aol.com

Perhaps the only solution for Fred would be a DNA test to see if he is a Trippier or a Wells!

Though I did find on the IGI 10th Jan. 1743 - John Tripiere son of Daniel baptised at Halsall.

Trippier: A Rossendale Surname

Trippier is an uncommon surname. People often associate it with Rossendale because Sir David Trippier was MP for Rossendale from 1974 – 1982 but Rossendale’s link with the name goes back more than 300 years. Daniel, the first of the Trippiers arrived in Rossendale in 1680 from Yorkshire.

The French Protestant Connection - Huguenots

It is suggested that the Trippiers fled religious persecution in France, some settling in London others in Yorkshire.

Fred Trippier whose article appears above has some notes given to him by another researcher.

Here is a brief extract :~

In 1635 A David Trippier married Dorothea Howarth at Almondbury, near Huddersfield.. They had several children including Daniel baptised in 1653.

Descendants of Daniel & Margaret Trippier

The Whalley registers show that Daniellis Tripeire of Almondbury married Margarette Ormerod of Haslingden [Parish] Daniel appears to have settled at Gambleside. ~ In 1680 his first child was baptised at Haslingden Church. "John son of Daniel Trippier [Tripper] of Gambleside" The only other baptism found locally is for Dorothea dau of Daniel Trippier who was baptised at Newchurch in 1692.

The index to "Wills at Chester" shows that letters of administration were granted after the death of Daniel Trippier of Rossendale in 1723.

Another Daniel of Gambleside had a child, David baptised at Haslingden 14th March 1730/31.

Possible siblings for John and Daniel were married at Newchurch. Mary to Henry Ashworth in 1713; David to Mary Boulton in 1718 and Elizabeth to John Whittaker.

In 1708 John Tripiear (Daniel’s eldest son) was married at Colne to Elizabeth Blakey. Several children of John Trippier are recorded on the IGI as being baptised at Burnley: George 1715; David 1716; James 1717; Margaret 1719; another James 1721.;

N.B. There must have been other children born to John & Elizabeth between 1708 and 1715. It is unlikely that they didn’t have a John or a Daniel.

Many Trippiers (like Sir David) can trace their ancestry back to John Trippier of Dean in Rossendale who married Martha Hoyle of Boothfold, at Newchurch in Rossendale on 7th October 1740. Their children were James born 1741 at Bankend; Joseph born 1745 at Trice Barn (Dean); John born 1748 at Broadclough; Mary born 1750 at Brex; Joshua born 1754 at Brex; Martha born 1758 at Bankend (Brex) Ann born 1764 at Rockcliffewood.

Martha wife of John Trippier of Rockcliffewood was buried in 1776. John Trippier died in the workhouse in 1789.

Name Distribution

The 1851 census shows 51 Trippiers living in Lancashire. By 1881 there were 156 Trippiers all living in Lancashire, none elsewhere.

It is interesting that out of such a small number, there were 10 Trippier men who died in WWI. 2 from Crawshawbooth; 1 from Rawtenstall; 1 from Newchurch and 2 from Haslingden. Of the others, 1 was from Walsden, 1 from Failsworth, 1 from Whittle-le-Woods and 1 had no address given.