George Jackson and Sally née Booth - my great great grandparents


George Jackson

 George Jackson was born in about 1831 in Macclesfield to Edward Jackson, a coal miner and Mary Ann née Lomas. He  was baptised on 21st September 1831 at St Michael’s Macclesfield. His parents seemed to move between Macclesfield and Marple a few times.

 Sally Booth was born on the 10th April 1830 in Marple to Isaac Booth, a labourer, and Mary née Washington. She was baptised at the Mill Brow Independent Chapel, in Marple Bridge, which is on the other (Derbyshire) side of the bridge over the River Goyt. Apparently many of her 12 siblings were baptised there too.

 George and Sally were married at St Mary’s Stockport on the 1st September 1850.

 At the 1851 Census they were living in Windlehurst, a road which runs south from Marple, through the Hawk Green area of Marple. By the 1861 Census, Sally was still living in Hawk Green area of Marple with two surviving children, Martha and Edward, but George had moved to Dodworth in West Yorkshire, presumably to take up the post at Dodworth. He was staying with a family of Lomases, and there are at least two connections with the Lomas family – this is an area still to be explored further.

 The children they had were as follows: -

Mary Jackson was born 1850 in Marple subdistrict, died 1851 in Marple subdistrict.

Elizabeth Jackson was born September quarter 1853 in Marple and died July quarter 1856 in Macclesfield district.

Mary Jackson was born June quarter 1856 in Marple district, apparently died before 1861.

Martha Jackson was born June quarter 1857 in Ashton, Lancashire, married Frederick William Andrews on 22nd August 1877 at St Mary's Barnsley. She died Jun 1925 in Barnsley District

Edward Jackson, my great grandfather, was born 27th February 1860 at Hawk Green Marple, was my great grandfather. He married Ann Aldous née Lee on 30th May 1896 at Christchurch, Macclesfield, though they had been living together as husband and wife since at least 1890. See here. Edward died on 1st June 1921 at Fernhill, Lingard Lane, Bredbury, Cheshire.

Isaac Jackson was born Jun quarter 1864 in Dodworth, W Yorkshire. Isaac married Mary Ann Horne on 21st November 1886. He died on 17th March 1908 at Barnsley Yorkshire

Ellen Jackson was born June quarter 1866 in Dodworth, W Yorkshire. She had a child Kate Ellen Hodgkinson Jackson (born in Leek Staffordshire), maybe by an unknown father named Hodgkinson in Jan quarter 1889, and died presumably related to giving birth on 19th Jan 1889 at Leek in Staffordshire. Ellen was buried with her grandfather Edward Jackson in Macclesfield Cemetery, see here.

Dinah Jackson was born 24th Feb 1869 in Dodworth, W Yorkshire. Dinah married David Jones Williams (from Mostyn in Flintshire) on 28th April 1892 in Barnsley. Dinah died on 24th June 1933 in Wortley district. Their son George Jackson Williams died in the first World War see obituary below


Sally died on 12th August 1872 at home at North Royd, Dodworth, which seems to be at Dodworth Gate, and was buried at St John the Baptist, Dodworth on 14th August 1872. She died of obstruction of the Bowels - 24 days at Ileo Caecal valve. Clearly at the time of Sally's death it must have been difficult for the family. The children were aged between Martha aged not quite 15, down to Dinah being only 3 and a half. George remarried Ann Turner on 18th October 1872 at Tiviot Dale Chapel, Heaton Norris, Lancashire. This Ann is on the 1881 Census as 'mother' to Dinah, she is aged 49, hence born about 1832 in Norbury, Cheshire. She was the daughter on Thomas Turner, a provision dealer. George died on the 6th June 1879 of disease of the Kidneys Bright's Disease* at Carlton Villa, Carlton (also near Barnsley) and was buried on 8th June 1879 at St John the Baptist, Dodworth. See below for pictures of the gravestone and St John's Dodworth. George's will can be seen here. George's second marriage had clearly happened before the marriage of his daughter Martha in 1877 as Ann was a witness.


*Brights Disease referred to a kidney disease where protein specifically albumen was found in the urine. It is now known to refer to a number of different conditions.


George's Career

On his marriage in 1850 George was described as a collier, and a year later in the 1851 Census as a Coal miner in Marple.

In 1861, George was described as a coal viewer (or manager) in Dodworth, near Barnsley, Yorkshire , and was a colliery Steward by the 1871 Census, also in Dodworth.   George's occupation at the time of Sally's death was Colliery Under Viewer at 1872 in Dodworth. Yet at the time of his second marriage 1872, his residence was Wombwell, also near Barnsley, and his occuopation was Colliery Manager. By December 1874,  George was the manager at the Carlton Main Colliery, also known as the Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery pit 3 and or 4 to the north of the junctions between Laithes Lane and Carlton Road in Carlton, to the North of Barnsley in Yorkshire. He had overseen the sinking of the shafts and work including n of pumps to removed water from the shafts. He had been granted the first class Certificate of Competency under the Coal Mines Regulation Acts in 1874, at 'New Colliery Mr Wardell'. At the time of his own death he was still Colliery Manager at Carlton. There seems to have been some problems in the coal industry with the low price of coal, and the owners wanted to reduce wages, causing a strike. This seems to be both before and after George's death. The Wharncliffe Woodmoor colliery at Carlton near Barnsley was dug out from scratch under his management, and despite these early problems with its economic viability it was in operation until the 1960's.  Note that his grandson George Jackson Williams's obituary later also described George as a mining engineer.


It appears George had an almighty falling out with Ann (his second wife). In the Barnsley Chronicle on 22.2.1875 it is reported that he was accused of assaulting her, and he had also put her out, and the same paper carried notices from George stating that he would not be responsible for her debts. He was bound over, and she appears to have remained with him his death. The same article mentioned how long they had been married and this led to Ann's identification as Ann Turner.


Despite being the Colliery manager, his death in the Barnsley Chronicle on 7th June only merited this brief entry:-

JACKSON- June 6th at Carlton Villa, George Jackson, manager of Carlton Main Colliery, aged 48 years. Friends will please accept this intimation


Sally's from 17th August similarly read:-

Jackson-August 11th, Sally Jackson, wife of George Jackson, Dodworth, aged 42 years.


Where did they live?

While at Dodworth, they lived at North Royd. Sally died at this address (per death certificate), and her headstone says she is of Dodworth Gate. There is a pub called the Gate Inn on the Barnsley Road (and a road named Gate Crescent behind). Presumably they lived in this area. Carlton Villa has not been located but must be in the area of the mine.


St Mary's Stockport, where George and Sally married

A number of other family events took place here

St John's Dodworth

A number of graves are laid flat including George and Sally's

This is the most conspicuous recess just to the right of the church tower.

In Affectionate Remembrance of













George and Sally Jackson's Gravestone

was half covered by grass


George Jackson's grandson -- obituary from de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour


The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, Saturday, July 22, 1876; pg. 3


This memorial to a later Mining disaster gives the location of the Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery


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