Joseph Holmes


Joseph was born about October quarter 1856 to William and Caroline née Whateley. He was christened on 3rd Nov 1856 at Saint Martin, Birmingham, Warwick Avenue.

He was an errand boy at 14 years of age, when his father died, he was looked after by elder sister Susannah.

He married Catherine Alice Allen of Cork, Ireland daughter of Abraham Allen, a brushmaker of Cork, & Barbara Keane on 16th December 1876 at St Mary's Shandon, Cork, Ireland. Catherine was born also in Cork, Ireland in about 1854.

By 1881 he was working as a brushmaker in Bolton, though his wife and first two children are not present, perhaps in Ireland. He was probably in Swansea at some time, as his second daughter Rosaline was born there. Also note that Abraham Allen was a brushmaker, suggesting that Joseph worked perhaps as a brushmaker in Ireland for a while.

He lived in Blackburn at least between 1891 and 1901, still as a brushmaker. 

Joseph died on 7th August 1909 home at 19 Pine Street, Blackburn. Catherine Alice died on 24th November 1918 in Blackburn.

Their children were: -

Barbara Christina was born on 14th December 1877 at 14 Wires Lane, Cork, Ireland, and died in July quarter 1961 in Amounderness district, Lancashire. She did not marry.

Caroline Maud was also born on 14th December 1877 at 14 Wires Lane, Cork, Ireland, but she died in October quarter 1878 in Birmingham district.

Rosaline Ellen was born Sept 1879 in Swansea, Glamorganshire. Rosaline married Edward A Eastwood in April quarter 1923 in Blackburn district. She died on 7th April 1966 in Clitheroe Hospital, Lancashire.

Catherine Alice was born on 26th 1881 in Cork, Ireland (according to 1939 register-no birth registration found). She married Thomas Wild on 10th August 1905 at St Michael and All Angels, Blackburn. They had one daughter Kitty Holmes Wild, born on 18 th April at 41 Abbey Street Accrington and baptised at St Michael and All Angels, Blackburn.  Theylater moved to Blackpool. Catherine died in March quarter 1945 in Blackpool district, and Thomas died there in September quarter 1953.

Florence Ada was born 15th August 1885 in Blackburn, and baptised 11th October 1885 at St Mary's Blackburn. Florence married John Sharples in September quarter 1910 in Blackburn district. They had three children. Florence died in Blackburn district in April quarter 1936, and John died probably in July quarter 1969, also in Blackburn district.

William Abraham was born in June quarter 1889 in Blackburn. He married Nancy Barnes in March quarter 1913 in Blackburn district. He died on the 19th April 1917 while serving in the Welsh Regiment in Egypt and was buried in Gaza War Cemetery, and she died in Blackburn in Jan quarter 1961.

Nellie Catherine was born on 2nd April 1890 in Blackburn. She married Thomas E Armstrong in March quarter 1918 in Blackburn district. She died in January quarter 1977 in Blackburn district, Thomas having died there in July quarter 1953.




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