The following family tree has been put together from the parish register of Mitton, census returns and monumental inscriptions. The work was done to try to identify the connections of various branches of the Eastham family in this area but is not the family from which I am descended. That is shown on a separate page. The Monumental Inscriptions at Mitton have been collected by the Lancashire Family History Society and a transcript is at Clitheroe Library. Additional information has been obtained on MIs from Mrs. Anne Maudsley. Information on Ann Clark the wife of John Eastham, the solicitor, has come from Claire Duffy. In addition, Mike McGlynn provided genealogical information shown at Clitheroe Castle at an exhibition of the works of the sculptress, Pauline Aitken in 2000. This is shown with an asterisk. I have been contacted by Marion Constance, the granddaughter of Pauline Aitken. She informed me that her mother, Brenda Pauline Aitken, born in 1916, passed away in June 2006.
For reference purposes all the Eastham baptisms at Mitton from 1720 to 1920 are listed at the end, as abstracted from the original registers as Lancashire County Record Office.
Since this page has been on the site, I have been contacted by Frank Lofhouse who has recently published a book called "Keepers of the House, - A Workhouse Saga". This is the history of the Clitheroe Union Workhouse. John Eastham, in generation 3 in the tree below, was Clerk of the Board of Guardians of the Workhouse from 1865 to 1899. He oversaw the building of the new workhouse and its management. The book has been published by Hudson History of Settle and is available in the Kaydee Bookshop in Clitheroe (300 pages, price £12)
MI Monumental inscriptions, (unless
otherwise stated they are at Mitton)
BC Birth certificate
MC Marriage certificate
DC Death certificate
C51 Census of 1851
C61 Census of 1861
PR Parish register
(All baptisms and burials quoted are at Mitton for this family)
(All dates are baptisms
unless otherwise stated)
Abbreviations: d. daughter
of ; s. son of ; 1s. first son of etc.; maiden name in brackets.
Hanaah, d. George Eastam, taylor of Bayley, 28 Jan1732
Dorothy, d. George Eastam, taylor of Bayley, 09 Mar 1734
John, s. James Eastham, taylor of Bayley, 29 Apr 1722
Elizabeth, d. James Eastham, taylor of Bayley, 10 Nov 1723
Thomas, s. James Eastham, farmer of Aighton, 14 Nov 1762
George, s. James Eastham, farmer of Aighton, 06 Oct 1765
James, s. James Eastham, farmer of Aighton, 05 Feb 1769
Richard, s. James Eastham, farmer of Aighton, 26 Mar 1772
Willm, s. James Eastham, farmer of Aighton, 19 Apr 1775
Elizabeth, d. John & Ellen Eastham, farr of Mitton, 02 Sept 1781
James, s. John & Ellen Eastham, far: of Mitton, 20 Mar 1783
Ellen, d. John & Ellen Eastham, farr of Mitton, 14 Aug 1785
Ann, d. John & Ellen Eastham, farr of Mitton, 28 Oct 1787
Edward, s. John & Ellen Eastham, farmer of Mitton, 06 Sept 1789
Thomas, s. John & Ellen Eastham, farr of Mitton, 12 Jan 1794
John, s. John & Ellen Eastham, farr of Mitton, 01 Jan 1792
William, born 17 Mar 1796, 5s. John & Ellen Eastham, (Kay), farmer of Mitton, 24 Apr 1796
Alice, 4d. John & Ellen Eastham (Kay), farmer of Mitton, 07 Oct 1798
Sarah, born 11 Apr 1801, 5d. John & Ellen Eastham, (Kay), farmer of Mitton, 03 May 1801
John, s. Thomas & Alice Eastham, farr of Aighton, 08 Nov 1783
James, s. George & Elizabeth Eastham, joiner of Mitton, 30 Sept 1787
Jennet, d. George & Elizabeth Eastham, joiner of Mitton, 28 Dec 1788
Ellen, 1d. Richard and Ann Eastham (Hothersall), farmer of Aighton, 08 Nov 1795
Nancy, born 26 Oct 1798, 3d. Richard & Ann Eastham (Huddersall), farmer of Aighton, 06 Jan 1799
James, born 21 Mar 1800, 1s. Richard & Ann Eastham (Hothersall), farmer of Aighton, 15 June 1800
Richard, born 30 Apr 1798, 1s. James & Grace Eastham (Parkinson), farmer of Bashall Eaves, 03 June 1798
James, born 10 Feb 1800, 2s. James & Grace Eastham (Parkinson), farmer of Bashall, 23 Mar 1800
Ellen, born 04 Mar 1802, 1d. James & Grace Eastham (Parkinson), farmer of Bashall, 28 Mar 1802
Grace, born 06 Apr 1804, 2d. James & Grace Eastham (Parkinson), farmer of Bashal, 15 May 1804
Thomas, born 21 Dec 1803, s. Betty Eastham, supp. father George Altham, of Mitton, 15 Apr 1804
George, born 20 Mar 1805, 6s. George & Betty Eastham (Houlden), cabinet maker of Bashall, 28 Apr 1805
Betty, born 10 June 1807, 5d. George & Betty Eastham (Houlden), cabinet maker of Bashall, 04 Oct 1807
William s. of John & Elizabeth Eastham of Bradforth, Miller, (born 19 Jan) 21 Apr 1816
Ellen d. of Alice Eastham of Mitton, spinster, 31 Oct 1819
Ralph s. of Betty Eastham of Little Mitton, widow, 24 Mar 1822
Ellen d. of William & Mary Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 19 Mar 1826
Margaret d. of William & Mary Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 29 June 1828
John s. of William & Mary Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 20 Feb. 1831
Thomas s. of William & Mary Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 20 Oct 1833
Alice d. of William & Mary Eastham of Mitton, grocer, 08 May 1836
Sarah Ann d. of William & Mary Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 28 July 1839
Peter William s. of William & Mary Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 25 July 1841
Edward s. of William & Mary Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 10 Dec 1843
John s. of Thomas & Margaret Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 01 Apr 1827
Ellen d. of Thomas & Margaret Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 11 May 1828
Thomas s. of Thomas & Margaret Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 17 May 1829
Alice d. of Thomas & Margaret Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 13 Feb 1831
Ellen d. of Thomas & Margaret Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 25 Nov. 1832
Matthew James son of Thomas & Margaret Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 19 Oct 1834
Margaret d. of Thomas & Margaret Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 15 May 1836
William s. of Thos. & Margaret Eastham of Mitton, farmer, 21 Jan 1838
John Alderson, s. of James & Margaret Eastham of Burnley, ironmonger, 24 Aug 1845
Emma, d. of James & Margaret Eastham of Burnley, gentleman, 04 Apr 1854 (a separate entry on a loose page of the register repeats this baptism but with the mother's name as Ann)
John s. of Ralph & Margaret Eastham, of Mitton, farmer, 30 Sept 1842
(The next group are known from other sources, including the obituary of John Eastham, to be the family of the solicitor who became Town Clerk of Clitheroe for more than 40 years)
Edith Mary d. of John & Annie Eastham of Clitheroe, gentleman, 08 May 1859
Maud d. of John & Annie Eastham of Clitheroe, solicitor, 26 May 1861
Margaret Brogden, d. of John & Annie Eastham of Clitheroe, solicitor, 10 Sept, 1865
John James Brogden s. of John & Annie Eastham of Clitheroe, solicitor, 21 July 1872
Thomas s. of John & Annie Eastham of Clitheroe, solicitor, 22 Nov 1874
Margaret d. of Thomas & Elizabeth Eastham of Kemple End, Chaigley, draper, 23 Jan 1876
Thomas s. of Thomas & Elizabeth Eastham of Kemple End, Aighton, draper, 10 June 1877
Mary d. of Thomas & Elizabeth Eastham of Kemple End, Aighton, draper, 16 Feb 1879
Elizabeth, born 27 Aug 1880, d. of Thomas & Elizabeth Eastham of Kemple End, Aighton, draper, 19 Sept 1880
Ellen d. of Thomas & Elizabeth Eastham of Kemple End, Aighton, draper, 27 Nov 1881
Alice, born 05 Feb 1883, d. of Thomas & Elizabeth Eastham of Kemple End, Aighton, draper, 04 Mar 1883
Annie, born 29 Jan 1899, d. of John James Brogden Eastham & Elizabeth of Horrocksford, Clitheroe, farmer, 05 April 1899
(Thomas Eastham, solicitor of Clitheroe, shown below, is known to be the son of John Eastham solicitor from the latter's obituary in February 1909 and also from an MI at Mitton)
Barbara, born July 1905, d. of Thomas & Maria Eastham of Clitheroe, solicitor, 20 Aug 1905
John, born 26 Jan 1913, s. of Thomas & Maria Eastham, 15 Church St. Clitheroe, solicitor, 25 Mar 1913.
Richard (x) Kenyon P. Chipping, husbandman & Ann Eastham P. Mitton, spr. by T.A. Bn. itpo: John Eastham, Roger Kenyon, 16 Feb 1779
John Eastham P. Mitton, husbandman & Ellen (x) Kay P. Mitton, spr. by T.A. Bn. itpo: Alexander Towers, Thos Haighton, 30 Oct 1779
Thomas Eastham otp. & Alice Parkinson otp. by T.A. Bn. itpo: George Eastheam, Wm Fell, 23 Oct 1783
John Haighton P. Mitton, husbandman & Alice Eastham P. Mitton, spr by T.A. Lic. itpo: George Eastham, Wm Fell, 01 Jan 1785
George Eastham P. Mitton, carpenter & Elizabeth (x) Holden P. Chipping, spr. by T.A. Bn. itpo: John Kenyon, Ann Wilson, 19 Oct 1786
Richard Eastham otp., farmer, bach. & Ann Hothersall otp., spr. by T.A. Lic. itpo: William Eastham, Ann Bailey, 23 Apr 1795
James Eastham otp., farmer, bach. & Grace (x) Parkinson otp., spr. by T.A. Lic. itpo: John Eastham, Willm Harrison, 13 Feb 1798
Thomas Howson otp. bach., miller & Grace Eastham otp., widow by T.A. Lic. itpo: John Eastham, William Harrison, 01 Sept 1806
George Altham C. Clitheroe, bach., miller & Elizabeth (x) Eastham otp., spr. by T. A. Lic. itpo: William Metcalf, Ann Eastham, 09 Feb 1807
Arthur Tomlinson C. Whitewell, farmer & Nancy Eastham otp., spr. by T.A. Bn. itpo: George Altham, Ellen Eastham, 04 July 1808
From register 1813 onwards abstracted from the original at Preston.
John Eastham, farmer, & *Elizabeth x Whitaker of Whalley, spinster, both of full age, on 2 Oct 1813, itpo: Arthur Tomlinson and Thomas Eastham.
Nancy x Eastham & Richard Haighton, by banns on 10 Feb 1817 itpo John Haighton & Robt x Parkinson.
Alice Eastham & James Howard, by licence, on 4 Feb 1822, itpo Thomas Eastham & Richard Howard
James x Eastham & Mary x Shaw, by banns on 22 Apr 1822, itpo Alice x Eastham & Joseph x Parker.
Elizabeth x Eastham & Michael Bailey by banns on 23 Oct 1824, itpo: Thomas Bailey & Sarah Eastham
William Eastham & Mary Mercer by banns on 5 Feb 1825, itpo: Thomas Eastham & Thomas Brotherton.
Sarah Eastham & Thomas Brogden by licence on 21 Aug 1825, itpo: Thomas Brogden & John Dawson.
Thomas Eastham & Margaret Brogden, by licence 25 Sept 1826, itpo: James Brogden & Thomas Brogden.
*Paul Sutcliffe notes that a Betty Whitaker was baptised at Mitton on 5 July 1789, daughter of William & Susanna Whitaker, farmer of Henthorn.
John Eastham s. of James Eastham, taylor of Bayley 21 Dec 1722
Robert Eastham taylor of Bayley 29 May 1729
Ann Eastham of The Hospital 22 Jan 1743
James Eastham taylor of Aighton 11 Sept 1768
James Eastham farmer of Aighton 14 May 1787
Richard Eastham s. of James Eastham, farmer of Bashall 18 Mar 1800
James Eastham farmer of Bashall Hall 11 Feb 1804
Margaret Eastham d. of Richard & Ann Eastham, farmer of Grindleton 01 Apr 1809
James Eastham s. of Richard Eastham, farmer of Grindleton 29 Nov 1810
John Eastham s. of George & Betty Eastham, innkeeper of Clitheroe 26 Feb 1811
Ann Eastham w. of Richard Eastham, farmer of Grindleton 28 Mar 1811
Edward Eastham s. of John Eastham, farmer of Mitton 16 Dec 1812
From Register 1812 to 1902
Ellen Eastham of Thornley, 10 Nov 1815, aged 88
Alice Eastham of Clitheroe, 8 Apr 1818, aged 22
John Eastham of Henthorn, 24 May 1818, aged 26
Elizabeth Eastham of Clitheroe, 1 Oct 1820, aged 57
John Eastham of Mitton, 26 Nov 1820, aged 66.
Nancy Eastham of Clitheroe, 22 Feb 1821, aged 23.
Ellen Eastham of Mitton, 27 Apr 1823, aged 66
Ellen Eastham of Mitton, 10 July 1828, aged 3 months
Richard Eastham of Roachdale, 29 December 1827 aged 34.
Agnes Eastham of Burnley, 20 Nov 1840.
James Eastham of Burnley, 21 Jan 1843, aged 1½ days
John Eastham of Billington, 22 June 1843 aged 4 months
Ellen Eastham of Mitton, 3 July 1844 aged 11.
William Eastham of Billington, 30 Aug 1850, aged 34.
George Eastham of Hodder Bridge Crook, 7 Aug 1850, aged 84
Richard Eastham of Foggs in Billington, 24 Apr 1852, aged 80
Edward Eastham of Chaigley, 26 Sept 1858, aged 14
Elizabeth Eastham of Harwood, 21 Sept 1863 aged 22
(pages missing from 1863 to 1865)
John Eastham of Gt. Harwood, 16 Jan 1868, aged 23.
Thomas Eastham of Mitton, 11 Oct 1876 aged 82
John Eastham of Langho, 5 Dec 1878, aged 74
Margaret Eastham of Mitton, 1 Nov 1879 aged 79
Annie wife of John Eastham of Clitheroe, 11 Oct 1883 aged 44
John Eastham of Chaigley, 23 May 1883, aged 52
Elizabeth Eastham of Clitheroe, 24 Jan 1900, aged 92
Thomas Eastham of Mytton, 7 May 1899, aged 70
William Eastham of Horrocksford Old Hall, Clitheroe, 24 Sept 1902 aged 64
This frail memorial covers the mouldering ashes of the following persons: James Eastham of Brookses in Aighton, departed this life 11th day of May 1787 in the 75th year of his age.
Also Ellen, wife of the said James Eastham, late of Thornley, who departed this life on Tuesday the 7th day of November 1815 in the 89th year of her age.
James, his son, departed this life the 13th day of May 1753 in the first year of his life.
Sacred to the memory of James Eastham of Bashall Hall, (the 5th son of James and Ellen Eastham of Brookses in Aighton), who departed this life the 7th day of February 1804 in the 36th year of his age. Also of Richard, the son of James and Grace Eastham, who departed this life the 15th day of March 1800 in the second year of his age. Also of Elizabeth Eastham of Clitheroe, born 10 June 1807, died 20 January 1900. In loving memory of Arthur Eastham Aitken, solicitor of Clitheroe,whoi departed this life 14 July 1939 in the 52nd year of his age. In affectionate remembrance of Mary Eastham, the beloved wife of Thomas Fisher of Hutton, who died 10 December 1884 aged 35 years.
In loving memory of Ada Mary, wife of Joseph Eastham Faulkner, born 28 February 1869, died 15 March 1927. Also the above named Joseph Eastham Faulkner, born 12 July 1864, died 26 October 1936
Sacred to the memory of John Eastham of Mitton who departed this life 23 November 1820 in the 67th year of his age. Also Ellen Eastham, his widow, who departed this life 25 April 1823 in the 67th year of her age.
Also of Edward, their son, who departed this life 12 December 1812 in the 24th year of his age.
Likewise of Ellen, their daughter, who departed this life 17 August 1815 in the 31st year of her age.
Also of John, their son, who departed this life 22 May 1818 in the 27th year of his age.
Also of James, their sone, who died at Chatham in Kent, 12 August 1818 and there interred in the 36th year of his age. Likewise Ann, their daughter, who departed this life 8 July 1819 in the 32nd year of her age.
Likewise Alice, their daughter, who departed this life 9 June 1835 in the 37th year of her age. (Picture below)
In loving memory of Annie, wife of John Eastham of Clitheroe, solicitor, who died 8 October 1883 aged 44 years. Also of the above named John Eastham, who died 2 February 1909, aged 81 years, for 46 years Town Clerk of Clitheroe.
Also of Thomas Eastham, solicitor of Clitheroe, son of the above, who died at Chester, 20 Dec 1922 aged 48 years.
Also of Maria Elizabeth, wife of the above named Thomas Eastham, who died 27 March 1943 aged 60 years.
This monument is erected by Thomas Eastham in affectionate remembrance of his uncle, William Eastham of Clitheroe, solicitor, who died 21 September 1902, aged 64 years.
(Damaged stone) In affectionate remembrance of John Eastham of Langho, born 12 August 1804, died 1 December 1878. Also of Ann ....died 1882, interred at the Bury Cemetery.
In memory of Thomas Eastham of Mitton who died 7 October 1876 aged 82 years.
Also of Margaret, his wife, who died 30 October 1879 aged 79 years.
Also of Ellen, their daughter, born 16 April 1828, died 14 July 1828.
And of Ellen, another daughter, born 29 October 1832, died 30 June 1844.
Also of Thomas, their son, born 10 April 1829, died 24 June 1899.
And of James Eastham their son, born 21 September 1834, died 13 November 1893.
I am grateful to Phil Renshaw for the following information from the census of 1851 Ref: 107/2244, page 40 for Butterworth (Rochdale) at Wildhouse
Ralph Eastham, Head, Mar, Aged 29, farmer of 27 acres, employing 1 man, born Yorkshire, Mitton
Margaret Eastham, wife Aged 25, farmer's wife, born Lancashire, Pendleton
Jonathan Eastham, son, Aged 1, born Yorkshire, Mitton
Elizabeth Eatham, neice, Aged 10, Nurse, born Lancashire, Billington
Jonathan Eastham, nephew, aged 20, Farm servant, ag. lab. born Yorkshire, Mitton.
This Ralph must have been born about 1822 and may be the Ralph son of Betty Eastham of Little Mitton, widow, 24 Mar 1822.
I am also grateful to Paul Sutcliffe who points out that this Ralph Eastham could be the one who married Margaret Sutcliffe at Mitton in 1848. A Margaret Sutcliffe was born in 1826 in Pendleton according to the census of 1841. Paul has found the Sutcliffes in the 1841 census where there is the father, Isaac, sons James & William and daughters Margaret and Mary living in Mitton.
Paul obtained a copy of the marriage certificate which tells us that Ralph Eastham & Margaret Sutcliffe were married on November 13 1848 in the Parish church in the Parish of Mitton in the County of York. Ralph Eastham of full age, was a bachelor and farmer in Mitton. His mother´s name was Elizabeth Eastham, farmer. Margaret Sutcliffe of full age, was a spinster and a servant in Mitton. Her father´s name was Isaac Sutcliffe, farmer. The marriage was in the presence of Edward Eastham and Hannah Burley by Michael Edwards , vicar. The fact that Ralph's father's is not given is significant.
After further research with the 1861 and 1871 census returns shown below, Paul followed the clue of Elizabeth Scholfield, noted as "mother". Starting with the John Eastham and Betty Whitaker, who married at Mitton on 2 October 1813, they had Edward, baptised 24 Apr 1814 at Mitton; William born 19 Jan, bapt 21 Apr 1816 at Mitton. John Eastham must have died before the birth of Ralph leading to the baptism entry for Ralph as "son of Betty Eastham of Little Mitton, widow on 24 Mar 1822". However, there is no burial record at Mitton for him in the previous 9 months. The only burial record of a John young enough to be the father at Mitton is John Eastham of Henthorn, 24 May 1818, aged 26. So on current evidence it seems likely that Ralph was the illegitimate son of Betty Eastham, widow. We know from Mitton registers that an Elizabeth Eastham married Michael Bailey on 23 October 1824 by banns but further examination of the records is needed to ascertain if she was stated to be a spinster or a a widow. A Michael Bailey died in the Sept quarter of 1844 in the Clitheroe Registration district and an Elizabeth Bailey married a John Schofield in Clitheroe in 1846. In the 1851 census a John Schofield aged 80 was living with his wife Elizabeth, aged 60, at 297 Long Row. (HO 107/2256/9). This could account for the 1861 census entry below in which an Elizabeth Schofield is named as mother of the head of household, Ralph Eastham. If this is the same Elizabeth, her surnames had been successively Whitaker, Eastham, Bailey and Schofield.
Paul has provided the following information from census returns:
1861 Census taken in Civil Parish of Wuerdle & Wardle, ecclesiastical parish or Littleborough Holy Trinity, in the Registration District of Rochdale (RC 9/3047
Ralph Eastham, publican and farmer of 13 acres, born Mitton
Margaret Eastham, 35, born Pendleton
John Eastham (not Jonathan) aged 11, the only one of the children born in Mitton
Elizabeth Eastham aged 9
Robert, aged 7
Margaret, aged 3
Mary Alice, aged 1
Elizabeth Schofield, aged 71, mother, born Mitton.
In the same location Feathershall, the family are found in the 1871 census (RC 10/4128)
Margaret Eastham, 45, publican with 13 acres
John, aged 21
Elizabeth aged 19
Robert, aged 17
Margaret aged 13
Susannah, aged 7
Ralph aged 5
Jane aged 4
Frank Bailey aged 55, boarder, a carter.
So it appears that Ralph Eastham died somewhere between about 1867 and 1871. Paul Sutcliffe notes the death record of a Ralph Eastham aged 46 in the June quarter of 1868 in the Rochdale registration district. The name of the lodger may also be significant as Margaret's sister, Mary, married a William Bailey in Mitton in 1843, and Margaret's mother-in-law's second husband was a Bailey. Easthams, Sutcliffes and Baileys lived fairly close together in the census of 1841 in Mitton.