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This family was researched in connection with Ellen Seed who married John Eastham on 8th April 1849 at Blackburn Cathedral. Ellen was the daughter of John Seed of Clitheroe and his wife Ann Isherwood.  Ellen was baptised at Waddington on 5 February 1832 and died at Chatburn about 1912

John Seed appears to have married three times. He married Ann Isherwood on 7 August 1823 at Waddington and is shown with her in the census of 1841 when he was manager of the Gas Works in Clitheroe. However Ann Seed, aged 41, wife of John Seed, manager of gas works, died aged 41 of consumption on the 6 October 1841 in Clitheroe as shown on her death certificate. In the 1851 census for Clitheroe, John Seed aged 54 was shown with a wife named Ellen who was 50. In the census of 1861 for Clitheroe he is shown with Ellen and a son John, aged 12, who must have been born about 1847/8. When John died in 1870 the administration of his will showed that he had married a third time.

"Admon: John Seed, late of Clitheroe in the County of Lancashire, Waterworks Manager, who died 25 December 1870 at Clitheroe, granted to Sarah Seed of Clitheroe, widow the relict. Effects under £200."

I have an unusual copy of a certificate of birth for Ellen Seed produced in connection with a legal dispute over her grandfather's will. It relates to a baptism and pre-dates General Registration. It is on notepaper headed "Appleton, Chatburn, near Clitheroe" and dated 1868. It states:

"In Chancery between Richard Wilson the Elder and others, Plaintiffs and John Isherwood and other defendants. This is paper writing or certificate marked S9, produced and shewn to John Standen at the time of swearing his affidavit in this cause. Sworn before me this 8th day of April 1872."

"Dixon Robinson, A Commissioner to Administer Oaths in Chancery in England"

"Baptisms solemnised in the Chapelry of Waddington in the County of York in the year 1832"

No. 922. 4 February 1832, Ellen daughter of John and Anne Seed, of Goosebutts, Clitheroe, farmer, baptised by P. Dent"

"I certify that the above is a true and faithful copy transcribed from the Register of Baptisms in Waddington Church as witnessing hand this 23 day of September one thousand eight hundred and sevent. Edward Parker, Minister of Waddington"


John Isherwood died on 23 November 1846 at Church Street in Clitheroe. He was descibed as 80 years old and a yeoman. The informant was Lucy Scott of Church Street. His wife, Mary Isherwood died on 22 January 1858 at Church Street, Clitheroe. She was described as 88 and the widow of John Isherwood, farmer. The informant was John Standen of Back Lane, Clitheroe.



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