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Mary Leneghan
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Mary Wade was born on 16th September 1870 and baptised on 6th November that year at Christ Church, Oakworth.

Mary Wade's baptism record

Her parents were Joseph (of Oakworth) and Sarah Ann Elizabeth Wade (of Kildwick/Silsden). Joseph was the first headmaster of Steeton Provident Day School (now Steeton Primary School) from 1851 and remained in this post until his death in 1888.

In 1871 the family lived on Skipton Road in Steeton. Mary was six months old, her brother Joseph was two years old. By 1881 they had moved to Croft Cottage, 5 Jane Croft Street in Steeton, which I believe may have been next door or very close to The Shroggs, home of the Clough family. Mary had three more siblings - Margaret (8), Grace (6) and Joseph (1). They were also joined by Sarah's aunt, Elizabeth Longbottom, a widowed dressmaker and her niece Mary Nancy Hanson, also a dressmaker. Both Joseph and his aunt in law are documented as head of the household.

The 1881 Census

By 1891 Joseph had died. The family remained at Croft House - Elizabeth was the head of the household and her niece still lived there. Mary had another younger sibling, Willie (7). John was working as a railway clerk, Margaret (Maggie) as a pupil teacher. Mary herself was now 20 and working as a school mistress.

In 1901 Mary was a visitor at 18 Gladstone Street, Skipton. She was staying with an older lady by the name of Alice Cornthwaite and her two nieces Hannah and Sarah who, along with Mary, was an elementary school teacher.

By 1911 she was back at Croft House with her aunt and cousin. Her siblings Maggie, still a teacher, and Joseph, a goods clerk with Midland Railway, were also still there. Mary herself was now 40 and a head teacher, though I am not sure where.

On 4th October 1913 Mary married Edward Annesley Leneghan at the Parish Church in Steeton. He was a widowed shoemaker originally from Blackburn, now of Sutton. He had five children - Kathleen Mary, Marjorie, William Howgate, Charles Asquith and Dorothy Leneghan.

The marriage certificate of Mary Wade and Edward Annesley Leneghan

From 28th October 1915 until 10th February 1917 Mary worked in the T. N. Department, which I believe stood for Trainee Nurse.

For the remainder of their marriage, Mary and Edward lived on Main Street in Sutton until Edward's death on 12th July 1933.

Mary then moved to High Bentham. She was joined by two of her step-daughters, Marjorie and Dorothy. In 1939 they lived at Elm Bank, Station Road and Marjorie (later Knowles) was a head teacher, Dorothy (now Cowgill) an uncertified teacher at a grammar school. There are two redacted names on the 1939 Register, suggesting other relatives at the property at the time.

The 1939 Register

Mary died on 8th January 1940 at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary at the age of 69, and left her estate to her stepchildren William Howgate, Marjorie and Charles Asquith.



England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915

West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1935

1871 England Census

1881 England Census

1891 England Census

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962

England and Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915

West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935

1939 England and Wales Register

England and Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995

Steeton Village

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