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Jonathan and George paternal family tree was researched by Sylvia Barcroft.
Because many of the Barcrofts had the same name, colors
and/or italics are used below to help distinguish one relative from another by the same name.
George Barcroft and Ann Riley
Sylvia's paternal family history traces back to the 1700s. Sylvia's
paternal great-great-great grandfather was
George Barcroft (in blue and italics), born in 1781. He married Ann Riley
in 1801; they had four children: Jonathan (who died as a child), Mary, Peggy, and
George (in red and italics), born in 1812,
who would have been Sylvia's paternal great-great grandfather).
paternal great-great grandfather) married Mary Rudman, and together they
had thirteen children. The eleventh child was named
Jonathan (in burgundy and
italics), born in 1855.
Jonathan had a son, also named
(in green and italics), born in 1903 (Sylvia's paternal
Jonathan had a son named
Clifford (Sylvia's father).
George Barcroft and Sarah Howorth
Sylvia's paternal great-great-great grandfather,
George Barcroft, married a second time (after his
first wife passed). This union to Sarah Howorth (in 1819) produced two
more sons: James, born in 1820, and
(in turquoise and italics), born on January 26, 1825.
Father and Son Became Famous Handlers
in 1825) became a famous handler; he was Sylvia's paternal
great-great grandfather's half brother. He married Sarah
Mercer, and together they had nine children: Jeremy, Phoebe, Martha,
Ann, Elizabeth, James, George
(in orange and italics), Sarah
Faith, and Jonathan. Their seventh child, George,
was born on his father's 30th birthday (Jan. 26, 1855).
George would have been Sylvia's
paternal great grandfather's half cousin.
In the 1841 British census George Barcroft (who had
become 60 years of age) and his second wife, Sarah, were listed as
being a "farmer" and a "farmer's wife" residing at Scout Moor
Bottom. George and Sarah's son,
Jonathan was also listed as
living there and working as a shepherd, age 15.
older brother, James, was
also listed and working as a "joiner." A joiner was/is
a word often used to describe a person engaged in
In the 1851 census, George Barcroft,
then 70, was listed as a farmer of 200 acres who employed two men. No mention was made
of his wife, Sarah Howorth Barcroft; she had likely passed away by
that time. George Barcroft
likely also passed away not too long after the 1851 census was
taken. George's son, James, now
31, was listed as still residing there and employed as a "joiner."
A daughter-in-law, Sarah, age 26, was also listed. She was likely Sarah Mercer married to
Jonathan. Both James and
Jonathan married women named Sarah.
However, the census listed five grandchildren. Four of the five
names listed as children belonged to
Jonathan and Sarah Mercer Barcroft.
Another grandchild was also listed, named Henry, who may have been
the first child born to James and his wife, Sarah (their first child
was named Henry). Jonathan was not
listed, but he may have been away at the time. Census takers often
did not record a person's name unless they were present at the time
they were taking the census information.
Sylvia came across a small ad from a newspaper. The article was
retyped and quoted below:
"Scout Moor, Shuttleworth
Important to sheep-breeders, Graziers, Farmers, Mr. SAMUEL
JACKSON has been favoured with instructions from
Mr. J. Barcroft, to SELL BY AUCTION, at his Farm and Premises,
Scout Moor, Shuttleworth, near Bury, Lancashire, on Thursday,
the 20th of September, 1860, in consequence of the expiration of
the lease in the said Moor:—
FIVE HUNDRED and TWENTY LONK SHEEP comprising 130 Ewes, from
two to five years old; 100 Ewe Hogs; 105 Gimmer Lambs; 51
Wethers, from two to four years old; 14 Wether Hogs; 109 Wether
Lambs; 14 tups and Rams, from one to five years old; and three
Tup Lambs.—Sale to commence at eleven o'clock in the forenoon.
N.B.—The Auctioneer is wishful to call special attention to
the above superior stock of tups, wethers and ewes, some of
which have merited prizes at the agricultural shows.
The above farm is distant about two miles from Ramsbottom
Station on the East Lancashire Railway."
In the 1861 census, Jonathan
was again listed at Scout Moor Bottom. He was now age 37; he was
listed as a farmer of 100 acres. Jonathan's
wife, also named Sarah, age 36, was listed in that census as a "wife
and housekeeper." All of their nine children
were listed, with George
being age six.
James, and his wife, Sarah, also had a son named George; he was born
in 1859, and he died in 1916. It would be easy to confuse
James's son, George, with Jonathan's
son, George, when looking up
newspaper articles because both men
exhibited lonk sheep and became judges of them at agricultural
events. George was a member of the Lonk Sheep Society.
In the 1871 census,
Jonathan was not listed at Scout Moor Bottom, but
rather at Dinkley Hall Farm in Lancashire. He was then age 47 and listed as "a
shepherd of his own listed sheep." His wife, Sarah, age 46, was listed as
still living at Scout Moor Bottom, along with three of her
children. George, age 16, was listed as
being a shepherd. Perhaps when Jonathan
lost his lease, his family was permitted to remain in the house built at
Scout Moor Bottom? Or perhaps he obtained a new lease? Records do
not answer such questions.
In the 1881 census,
once again not listed at Scout Moor Bottom; rather he was listed as being a "visitor" at Hampson's
Farm, located at Sharples, Lancashire. However, the census did show
him as a retired farmer.
wife, Sarah, then 55, was still living at Scout Moor
Bottom and listed as a farmer's wife.
George, age 26, was still residing there and employed as a farm labourer.
Perhaps Lord Derby no longer leased out the land, but employed George
to tend the flock? That might explain why two servants were listed as
residing there. The ruins of the Scout Moor Bottom farm home
demonstrate the home had once been quite large
(see "Photos" page).
In the 1891 census, George,
now 36, was listed as a farmer's son. His mother, Sarah, is listed
as being age 66.
Jonathan continued to handle dogs almost to
the end of his life; he was listed in the "Western Mail" report of
September 20, 1900, as handling "Brown Bob" to a 6th place at the
Ely race course trial (Cardiff, South Wales). He passed away May 30, 1901 at age 76. He was buried at St. John in the
Wilderness churchyard in Shuttleworth. The Barcroft gravesite
headstone was photographed, and this image appears at the end of
George's obituary ( see the "Obituary" page).
Eventually, George Barcroft moved from
Scout Moor to New Hall in Edenfield where he worked until
he died at age 64. Based upon trial reports,
this occurred approximately in the years between 1910 and1912. This image shows a home on
the land where George lived until his death. It has been reported
that this home was built on land purchased in 1538 by a Mr.
Laurence Rawstone, and that the property was
later rented out as farm buildings in 1888.
The wording of the below article tells us that George competed in an
agricultural event with his lonk rams.
The Ramsbottom Observer article of July 30, 1915,
"At the Royal Lancs. Agricultural Society's Show, which opened at
Blackburn yesterday, Councillor G. Barcroft, Edenfield, obtained a
fourth prize with a lonk shearing ram, also a fourth prize in the
lonk ram class. Both exhibits were in the open section."
Another article tells us that George competed in an agricultural
event with his lonk tup.
The Ramsbottom Observer article of October 15th, 1915, described:
"At the seventh annual fair under the auspices of the Whitworth
District Sheep Breeder's Association on Saturday, Councillor G.
Barcroft, of Edenfield, was awarded first prize in the lonk tup
lamb, open section. Lady Thursby's exhibit came second."
In October of the following year, George exhibited four Lonk
sheep and was awarded three first places; the other entry won second
George died October 5, 1919.
A nice tribute appeared in the Ramsbottom Observer dated October
10, 1919, which obituary was retyped and appears on the "Obituary" page.