FAMILY HISTORY: SWARBRICK
THE FAMILY OF ANN CROFT
|Edwin Croft, of 5 Lawson Street, son of Thomas Croft, and Ellen Titterington, of 33 Tuson Street, were married at St Walburge's Catholic Church,
Preston on 6 June 1889, by James Fanning, S.J.
The witnesses were John Croft of 5 Lawson Street & Mary Ann Crombleholme of Park Road, both in Preston.
The space for the name of Ellen's father had a line drawn through it, indicating that she was illegitimate.
Edwin and Ellen had four children - Mary Elizabeth Cross, who was born on 22 May 1890 and was baptized at
St Wilfrid's Catholic Chapel on 25 May 1890; Thomas Croft, who was born on 1 December 1892 and baptized in the same chapel on 6 December 1892; Margaret Ann Croft, who was born on 19 April 1893 and was baptized at St Walburge's Catholic Church on 23 April 1893; and finally Ann Croft, who was born on 31 March 1900 and was baptized on 1 April 1900, also at St Walburge's. Ann was baptized by Father William Splaine, S.J. and her Godparents were John Riley and Ann Croft.
The baptism entry contains a note recording the fact that Ann married James Leo Swarbrick in the same church on 5 June 1924.
|The next record I find of the family is the 1901 Census:|
|1901 CENSUS OF PRESTON, LANCASHIRE:|
|Edwin Croft||Head||Married||M||35||Blacksmith||Preston, Lancashire|
|Ellen Croft||Wife||Married||F||35||-||Preston, Lancashire|
|Mary E. Croft||Daughter||Unmarried||F||10||-||Preston, Lancashire|
|Thomas Croft||Son||Unmarried||M||9||-||Preston, Lancashire|
|Margaret Ann Croft||Daughter||Unmarried||F||7||-||Preston, Lancashire|
|Ann Croft||Daughter||Unmarried||F||1||-||Preston, Lancashire|
|1:||Living at 10 Dunderdale Street, Preston. (RG13-3955, folio 112, page 41)|
|2:||The above information is taken from copies on microfiche at the Lancashire Archives.|
|Other than their address, not much had changed by the time if the 1911 Census:|
|1911 CENSUS OF PRESTON, LANCASHIRE:|
|Edwin Croft||Head||Married||M||45||Blacksmith||Preston, Lancashire|
|Ellen Croft||Wife||Married||F||45||-||Preston, Lancashire|
|Mary Elizabeth Croft||Daughter||Unmarried||F||20||Cotton Weaver||Preston, Lancashire|
|Thomas Croft||Son||Unmarried||M||19||Printer's Apprentice||Preston, Lancashire|
|Anne Croft||Daughter||-||F||11||-||Preston, Lancashire|
|1:||Living at 7 St Mark's Road, Preston.|
|2:||Edwin and Ellen had been married 21 years and Ellen was the mother of 4 children - all living.|
|3:||Edwin worked as a Blacksmith for an agricultural implement dealer.|
|4:||The above information is taken from scanned images at www.findmypast.co.uk.|
|Edwin Croft died on 21 February 1946, aged 80 years, and was buried on 26 February in grave T-467 in the Catholic section of Preston Cemetery.
This grave had been purchased by his mother Ann (Billington) Croft for the burial of his father Thomas on 3 October 1908. His mother Ann was buried there on 27 March 1920,
and his sister Annie (Croft) Nickson was buried there on 13 January 1943 - making Edwin's the 4th of seven burials.
Ellen (Titterington) Croft, wife of Edwin and mother of Ann (Croft) Swarbrick, died on 23 August 1951 and was buried on 28 August 1951, aged 85 years. The 5th interment.
|1:||The 6th and 7th burials in the grave were that of Edwin and Ellen's daughter Ann and her husband James Leo Swarbrick.|
|2:||The above information is taken from microfilmed copies of the Preston Cemetery burial registers, and the National Probate Index, both held at the Lancashire Archives, as well as the census records on-line.|