THE ANCESTRY OF JOHN ATKINSON

 

John Atkinson (1856-1912) of Wortley and Holbeck was the first husband of Sarah Jane Greenwood. He is recorded as the father on the birth certificate of Sarah Jane’s daughter Nellie, my great-grandmother, who was born in 1885.

 

John and Sarah Jane separated within a few years of Nellie’s birth, probably between 1887 (when John Atkinson was the informant for the birth of a child recorded as his and Sarah Jane’s) and 1891 (when the census returns show Sarah Jane as a visitor in the household of her brother Albert Greenwood), and definitely by 1894 (when Sarah Jane, then “of no occupation”, gave birth to a daughter Gladys Williamson). Thereafter, Sarah lived with Edward Williamson as his wife although they were not married until shortly after John died in 1912.

 

DNA test results eliminate any reasonable possibility that John Atkinson was Nellie’s biological father and they give some support to her true father being Edward Williamson. Indeed, Nellie is shown as a daughter of Edward Williamson in the 1901 census returns for Armley, and the will of Edward Williamson describes Nellie as his daughter. Research on the Williamson family is ongoing and I intend to compile further information on Nellie’s paternal ancestry. I thank John Kitchen for sharing DNA test results which allowed the identity of Nellie’s father to be established.

 

Having carried out a significant amount of research on the ancestry of John Atkinson, I retain the results here for those who may be interested in these families.

 

I welcome comments on this page. My e-mail address is on my home page.

 

Detailed accounts of families ancestral to John Atkinson:


Atkinson of Gildersome and Wortley, Yorkshire

Dalmer of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, and Leeds, Yorkshire
Dickinson of Holbeck, Yorkshire

Gilpin of Gildersome, Yorkshire
Hooper of Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Newsome of Gildersome, Yorkshire

Stephenson of Gildersome, Yorkshire

 

Ancestor Table

 

1    John Atkinson of 13 Ellis Row, Wortley, Yorkshire, teasel setter

     b 22 Jan 1856, Crosland Street, Holbeck

     d 13 Oct 1912, 9 Wortley Lane, New Wortley

     m 8 Jul 1877, Hunslet Moor, Sarah Jane Greenwood (see here)

 

Parents

 

2    Samuel Atkinson of 4 Ellis Buildings, New Wortley, handle setter

     b 18 Jul 1832, Gildersome

     d 23 Apr 1891, 2 Blackburn Yard, Holbeck

     m 10 Feb 1855, St Peter, Leeds

3    Elizabeth Dickinson, cloth dresser

     b ca 1835, Leeds

     d 10 May 1896, Blackburn Yard, Holbeck

 

Grandparents


4    Randall Atkinson of Gildersome, of Lee County, Illinois, and of Primitive Street, Leeds, teasel setter and handle setter

     b ca 1805, Gildersome

     d 28 Mar 1894, 10 Primitive Street, Leeds

     m 25 Feb 1827, St Peter, Leeds

5    Grace Stephenson, mangle woman

     b 14 Jun 1805, Gildersome

     d 6 Nov 1862, Kilburn Street, New Wortley

6    John Dickinson of Leylands, Leeds and Whitehall Road, Wortley, woollen cloth dresser

     b ca 1812, Leeds

     d 21 Mar 1873, Braithwaite Street, Holbeck

     m 28 Jul 1832, St Peter, Leeds

7    Mary Ann Dalmer, grocer’s shopkeeper

     bap 2 Aug 1812, Trowbridge, Wiltshire

     d 30 Oct 1887, 4 Braithwaite Street, Holbeck

 

Great-grandparents

 

8    William Atkinson of Gildersome, engineman

     b ca 1773, Gildersome

     d 26 Nov 1852, Town Gate, Gildersome

     m 28 Mar 1802, Bradford

9    Susannah Ball

     bap 2 Nov 1777, Birstall

     d 4 Jun 1843, Cherry Street, Leeds

10   Matthew Stephenson of Gildersome, clothier

     bap 26 Mar 1769, Batley

     d 19 Mar 1845, Gildersome

     m 18 Aug 1791, Batley

11   Sarah Newsome

     b 12 Sep 1770, Gildersome

     d 9 Dec 1864, Gildersome

12-13  Unknown

14   Richard Dalmer of 23 New Park Street, Leeds, clothier, commission agent and grocer

     bap 11 Jan 1790, Holt, Wiltshire

     d 20 Jun 1872, 1 West Street, Leeds

     m 19 May 1812, Trowbridge

15   Elizabeth Hooper

     bap 18 Mar 1795, Trowbridge

     d 12 Oct 1853, 23 New Park Street, Leeds

 

Great-great-grandparents

 

16-17  Unknown

18   Randalph Ball of Birstall

     bap 8 May 1737, Birstall

     bur 27 May 1801, Birstall

     m 27 Feb 1774, Birstall

19   Ann Hemmingway

     b ca 1748

     bur 5 Sep 1830, Birstall

20   John Stephenson of Gildersome, clothier

     bap 18 Feb 1738/39, Batley

     d

     m 7 Jan 1759, Batley

21   Mary Gilpin

     b

     d

22   James Newsome of Gildersome, clothier

     b

     d

     m 16 May 1770, Batley

23   Susanna Benn

     b

     d

24-27  Unknown
28   Richard Dalmer, weaver

     b

     d

     m 2 Jan 1789, Hilperton, Wiltshire

29   Sarah Davis

     b

     d

30   Thomas Hooper of Trowbridge, cloth dresser

     b

     d

     m 18 Feb 1792, Trowbridge

31   Ann May

     bap 27 Apr 1760, Semington, Wiltshire

     bur 13 Oct 1815, Trowbridge

 

Great-great-great-grandparents


32-35  Unknown

36   Randalph Ball of Birkenshaw, clothier

     bap 19 Aug 1708, Birstall

     bur 2 Oct 1769, Birstall

     m 25 Jun 1732, Tong

37   Hannah Crosley

     b

     bur 1 Nov 1783, Birstall

38-39  Unknown

40   Matthew Stephenson of Gildersome, tailor

     b

     bur 18 Feb 1769, Batley

     m 29 Mar 1725, Batley

41   Hannah Hutchinson

     b

     bur 1 Nov 1783, Birstall

42   George Gilpin of Gildersome, clothier

     bap 28 Sep 1712, Batley

     bur 23 Mar 1800, Gildersome

     m 22 Apr 1734, Batley

43   Mary Brogden

     b

     d

44-61  Unknown

62   Francis May

     b

     d

     m 3 Jun 1740, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

63   Sarah Brownjohn

     bap 20 Jul 1718, Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire

     d

 

Great-great-great-great-grandparents

 

64-71  Unknown

72   Joseph Ball of Great Gomersal, Yorkshire

     bap 7 Apr 1667, Birstall

     bur 19 Apr 1728, Birstall

     m

73-83  Unknown

84   Samuel Gilpin of Gildersome, labourer

     b

     bur 4 Jul 1761, Batley

     m

85   (prob) Sarah

     b

     bur 25 Apr 1750, Batley

86-125 Unknown

126  Charles Brownjohn

     b

     d

     m 23 Apr 1717, Semington

127  Sarah Simbes

     b

     d

 

Seventh Generation

 

128-143 Unknown

144  William Ball of Great Gomersal

     bap 13 Feb 1641/42, Birstall

     bur 24 Mar 1723/24, Birstall

     m 28 Aug 1666, Halifax

145  Mary Crowther

     b

     bur 19 Mar 1713/14, Birstall

146-255 Unknown

 

Eighth Generation


256-287 Unknown

288  Randall Ball of Great Gomersal

     bap 14 Feb 1599/1600, Birstall

     bur 2 Mar 1665/66, Birstall

     m 10 Feb 1638/39, Birstall

289  Susannah Birkhead

     bap 11 Jan 1606/07, Birstall

     bur 31 Aug 1643, Birstall

290-511 Unknown

 

Ninth Generation


512-575 Unknown

576  William Ball of Gomersal

     b

     bur 2 Mar 1601/02, Birstall

     m 25 Feb 1594/95, Birstall

577  Isabel Tetlow

     bap 29 Feb 1567/68, Birstall

     bur 4 Apr 1623, Birstall

578  John Birkhead of Birstall

     b

     d

     m 26 Jun 1604, Birstall

579  Isabel Taylor

     b

     d

580-1023 Unknown

 

Tenth Generation


1024-1153 Unknown

1154 George Tetlow of Gomersal

     b

     bur 4 Jun 1616, Birstall

     m 31 Aug 1563, Birstall

1155 Joan Nettleton

     b

     bur 8 Jan 1614/15, Birstall

1156-2047 Unknown