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WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Decendants of FARNSWORTH-1


Here's my Farnsworth family history. George Farnsworth's eldest daughter 
Ann was involved in getting the Primitive Methodist Chapel built at Scarthin 
in 1854 (It has since been converted to a house). A memoir of Ann, presumably 
written by the Primitive Methodist Minister of the time, is below. You may 
wish to include it on your web site. Much of the research on this pedigree 
has been done on your web site. I have also used the FREEBMD and 1901 census 
web sites. Other information is from the usual sources - certificates, 
parish records, I.G.I.  etc.

Emma Hillman
Weymouth, Dorset

Descendants of George FARNSWORTH

Generation No. 1

1. George1 FARNSWORTH was born Abt. 1805 in Ible, Derbyshire. 
   He married Ann MILLWARD, daughter of William MILLWARD and Martha. 
   She was born 1807 in Middleton by Youlgrave.

Children of George FARNSWORTH and Ann MILLWARD are:
     2. i.    Ann2 FARNSWORTH, b. January 3, 1831, Middleton by Youlgrave; 
                 d. December 3, 1888, Cromford.
     3. ii.   William FARNSWORTH, b. January 3, 1831, Middleton by Youlgrave.
     4. iii.  George FARNSWORTH, b. June 9, 1833, Ible, Derbyshire.
     5. iv.   John FARNSWORTH, b. June 4, 1835, Ible, Derbyshire.
        v.    Martha Millward FARNSWORTH, b. June 29, 1837, Ible, Derbyshire.
        vi.   James FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1839, Ible, Derbyshire; m. Caroline.
        vii.  Mary FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1842, Ible, Derbyshire.
        viii. Thomas FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1844, Cromford.
        ix.   Ellen FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1846, Cromford.
        x.    Hannah Elizabeth FARNSWORTH, b. 1850, Matlock, Derbyshire; 
              d. 1855, Scarthinnick.

Generation No. 2

2. Ann2 FARNSWORTH (George1) was born January 3, 1831 in Middleton by Youlgrave, 
   and died December 3, 1888 in Cromford. She married John DICKINSON, son of 
   Joshua DICKINSON and Mary SMITH. He was born 1832 in Normanton, Yorkshire.

Children of Ann FARNSWORTH and John DICKINSON are:
     6. i.   Joshua3 DICKINSON, b. Abt. 1857, Tansley, Derbyshire.
     7. ii.  John THOMAS DICKINSON, b. 1860, Cromford; d. January 31, 1938.
        iii. James DICKINSON, b. Abt. 1864, Cromford.
        iv.  Mary Ann DICKINSON, b. Abt. 1869, Cromford.
        v.   William DICKINSON, b. Abt. 1874, Cromford.

3. William2 FARNSWORTH (George1) was born January 3, 1831 in Middleton by Youlgrave. 
   He married Martha. She was born Abt. 1831 in Cromford.

Children of Willam FARNSWORTH and Martha are:
        i.   Ellen3 FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1854, Cromford.
        ii.  Willam James FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1857, Cromford.
        iii. Albert William FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1861, Cromford.
        iv.  Frederick George FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1862, Cromford.
        v.   Arthur Thomas FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1865, Cromford.
        vi.  Minnie Martha FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1868, Cromford.
        vii. Annie Mary FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1871, Cromford.

4. George2 FARNSWORTH (George1) was born June 9, 1833 in Ible, Derbyshire. 
   He married Martha MILLWARD September 10, 1855 in Wirksworth,Derbyshire, 
   daughter of Thomas MILLWARD. 

Children of George FARNSWORTH and Martha MILLWARD are:
        i.    Hannah3 FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1856, Cromford.
        ii.   Mary Ann FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1858.
        iii.  Thomas Millward FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1862; 
              m. Anne POTTER, December 22, 1894, Wirksworth,Derbyshire; 
              b. 1867, Wirksworth, Derbyshire.
        iv.   Martha Millward FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1864; 
              m. FREDERIC Slack, May 13, 1888, Wirksworth; b. Abt. 1865.
        v.    George FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1866; 
              m. Annie BATTERLEY, July 23, 1890.
        vi.   Clara Isadora FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1869; 
              d. December 3, 1940, Wirksworth;
              m. John POTTER, September 10, 1892, Wirksworth,Derbyshire; 
              b. Abt. 1869, Wirksworth, Derbyshire; 
              d. July 2, 1955, Wirksworth.
        vii.  Lydia FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1872, Wirksworth.
     8. viii. Elizabeth Evelyn FARNSWORTH, b. February 24, 1875, Wirksworth; 
              d. March 25, 1949, 94, Bole Hill, Wirksworth.
        ix.   Georgina FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1879, Wirksworth.

5. John2 FARNSWORTH (George1) was born June 4, 1835 in Ible, Derbyshire. 
   He married Harriet. She was born Abt. 1836 in Bolehill.

Children of John FARNSWORTH and Harriet are:
        i.    George W3 FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1856, Sheffield.
        ii.   Anne FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1858, Cromford.
        iii.  Mary E FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1861, Cromford.
        iv.   John H FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1863, Cromford.
        v.    Walter FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1865, Cromford.
        vi.   Harriet M FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1868, Cromford.
        vii.  Alfred FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1870, Starkholmes, Derbyshire.
        viii. Wilfred FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1873, Starkholmes.
        ix.   Bertha FARNSWORTH, b. Abt. 1875, Starkholmes.

Generation No. 3

6. Joshua3 DICKINSON (Ann2 FARNSWORTH, George1) was born Abt. 1857 in Tansley, 
   Derbyshire. He married Frances Naylor EATON 1882 in Bakewell Reg. Dist., 
   daughter of Joseph EATON and Sarah A. She was born 1860 in Cromford.

Children of Joshua DICKINSON and Frances EATON are:
        i.   Eleanor4 DICKINSON, b. Abt. 1884, Cromford.
        ii.  Eva DICKINSON, b. Abt. 1886, Cromford.
        iii. Eunice Naylor DICKINSON, b. 1891, Cromford.

7. John Thomas3 DICKINSON (Ann2 FARNSWORTH, George1) was born 1860 in 
   Cromford, and died January 31, 1938. He married Sarah FLINT April 12, 1879 
   in Matlock Parish Church, daughter of James FLINT and Jane WILDGOOSE. 
   She was born July 6, 1859 in Scarthennick, Matlock, and died 
   December 27, 1933.

Children of John DICKINSON and Sarah FLINT are:
        i.    James Dickinson4 FLINT (name changed to James DICKINSON in 1832), 
              b. December 21, 1878, Scarthennick; d. August 1937, Derbyshire 
              Royal Infirmary; m. Sarah SHELDON, August 9, 1902, Parish Church, 
              Cromford; b. Abt. 1881; d. 1949.
        ii.   Child DICKINSON, b. Aft. 1878.
        iii.  Ernest William DICKINSON, b. Abt. 1880; d. Abt. 1880.
        iv.   Sarah Ann DICKINSON, b. Abt. 1883.
        v.    Francis DICKINSON, b. Abt. 1885; m. James FLINT.
        vi.   Mary Jane DICKINSON, b. April 27, 1886, Cromford, Derbyshire; 
              d. February 1, 1968, Royal Hospital, Chesterfield; 
              m. Wilfred George HANCOCK, December 26, 1912, Parish church, Cromford.; 
              b. 1885, Matlock Bridge; d. August 15, 1932.
        vii.  John DICKINSON, b. 1888; m. Sarah Ellen.
        viii. Edith DICKINSON, b. 1890; m. William BUNTING, December 27, 1915, 
              St. Mary's Cromford.
        ix.   Ann DICKINSON, b. 1892.
        x.    Emily DICKINSON, b. Abt. 1893; m. Leonard LUNN.
        xi.   Joshua DICKINSON, b. 1896.
        xii.  Beatrice Nellie DICKINSON, b. 1898; m. Harry CLARKSTONE.
        xiii. Oswald DICKINSON, b. 1899; m. Hilda ROBINSON, Abt. 1928.
        xiv.  Gertrude DICKINSON, b. 1902; d. January 19, 1995; 
              m. George Harry SWIFT, 1921.

8. Elizabeth Evelyn3 FARNSWORTH (George2, George1) was born February 24, 1875 
   in Wirksworth, and died March 25, 1949 in 94, Bole Hill, Wirksworth. 
   She married Charles BRAILSFORD December 25, 1900 in Ebenezer Chaple, 
   North St., Wirksworth, son of Joseph BRAILSFORD and Sarah JACKSON. 
   He was born April 15, 1873 in Bolehill, Wirksworth.

Children of Elizabeth FARNSWORTH and Charles BRAILSFORD are:
        i.  Joseph Charles4 BRAILSFORD, b. April 29, 1907, 107 Bolehill, 
            Wirksworth; m. Emily RILEY, November 8, 1930, Parish Church, 
        ii. Winifred BRAILSFORD.
                        MEMOIR OF MRS ANN DICKINSON

Ann, the beloved wife of John Dickinson, and the eldest daughter of George 
and Ann Farnsworth, was born at Middleton by Youlgrave, January 3rd 1831. 
Her parents soon after removed to Ible, where they both became active and 
earnest members of the Primitive Methodist Society, and lived a most pious 
and devoted Christian life. Her father at the time was superintendent of 
the Sunday School, of which he was the founder. They strove hard to train 
their offspring in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and under the 
blessing of the Lord sowed the seed in the heart of the subject of this 
memoir which bore such excellent fruit in after days.

In the year 1842, circumstances necessitated the removal of the family to 
Cromford, where the Father and Mother at once united themselves with our 
Society, and ranked among its most active and ardent supporters. The Society 
at that stage worshiped in a house at the upper end of the village, and 
there being no Sunday School in connection with it, our departed sister, 
along with other junior members of the family, were sent to the Wesleyan 
Sunday School. In the 1848 she gave her heart to God and her hand to the 
people of God, became a member of the Wesleyan Society at Cromford. 

For many years the Primitive Methodists had been hindered in their 
operations for want of space for religious services, not having 
accommodation for more than 40 persons. But prayer without ceasing was 
made to God that he would open the way out of the difficulty. The answer 
soon came, and a large room which had been used has a warehouse was secured 
and fitted up for Divine worship. Speedily two society classes were formed, 
the congregations on a Sunday evening increased to about 300, and on a week 
day evening to about a 100. A good Sunday School was also established. Our 
departed sister, with others at that time, left the Wesleyan Society and 
united themselves with the Primitives. She at once became a teacher, and 
commenced her labours in that capacity on the day the Sunday school opened 
in the year 1853. Sometime after this event the friends received notice to 
quit the premises or pay double rent. With great difficulty, land, at a cost 
of 73 was secured, on which to erect a house of god; the land and structure,
in cost amounting to 300. our departed sister, along with others, gave and 
begged a considerable sum of money towards the expenses incurred in erecting 
the house of god, which, amid great rejoicing, was opened for worship on 
February 12th. 1854; and the chapel which has since that time undergone 
considerable internal alterations, still stands as a memento of their united 
Christian and self - sacrificing efforts. From that time until her decease, 
with the exception of 3 years, when circumstances compelled her and her 
husband to leave Cromford, she has continued a member, and also a teacher as 
far as health permitted. 

In the year 1857 she became the wife of John Dickinson, with whom, to the 
time of her death, she lived on the most affectionate terms, discharging 
duties of wife and mother in a manner creditable to her self and family, 
and an honour to the cause of Christ. Her last illness continued for over 
4 years, and pain and suffering, though very great, was borne without a 
murmur; and now, deprived of publicly working in the cause of Christ, she 
continued to help in many ways up to the last few weeks of her sojourn here.

On Monday, November 26th she was evidently much worse in body, and on the 
following day she took to her bed, from which she was destined never more 
to rise. She gradually sank lower until Monday December 3rd. when she took 
her departure to be with Christ which is far better. She died as she had 
lived, trusting in her saviour, and there cannot be a doubt but that now 
she is being led to living fountains of water and God has wiped the latest 
tear away. To the sorrowing partner left to mourn her loss, and also to the 
other members of her family, as well as a large number of sympathising 
friends, is it not a consolation to know that the one they so dearly loved, 
in the words of one of our poets, is "not lost, but gone before"? 

On Sunday January 26th 1889, the writer improved the death of our departed 
sister in Cromford Chapel, on which occasion the place was literally packed; 
it was an impressive and solemn season, a time of great searching of hearts - 
the power of the Holy Spirit was manifestly present, and in the prayer 
meeting which followed one sole found peace from believing.

In bringing this brief sketch to a conclusion, one cannot help but breath the 
prayer in reference to our sister who has gone before:- 

               O! may I triumph so.
               When all my warfare's past,
               And, dying, found my latest foe,
               Beneath my feet at last.

               Aaron Bannister.

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