I originally created this blog to document my work on the family history of my grandmother, Maggie Goodfellow Story, later known as Madge Rogers. She was from Bewcastle. After it became evident that other family historians were attracted to the site, I invited them to share their memories and family histories from Bewcastle and the surrounding parishes. And so, it is evolving into a useful research tool for genealogists. Please note, if you want to read my original work, you will need to scroll down to the beginning of the blog and continue reading up.

If you have information that you would like to share here, or a question, you need to become a blog author and make a posting. To do this, contact me at rosemarydale3@yahoo.co.uk, and I will send you a permission. However, I can not respond to requests for further information or assistance.

Rosemary Dale




Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Family History lX

our great grandmother

In earlier posts I have written about Grandma's paternal Story line, and continued it through her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I will now turn to her maternal line.

The Bewcastle Church register shows that Betty, daughter of William and Betsy Goodfellow of Quintinstown Farm (another name for Whintingstown), was baptised on May 4th, 1861. Betty was our grandmother's mother. The 1881 census shows that a 20 year-old Elizabeth was unmarried, living with her mother at Whintingstown Farm, listed as a farmer's daughter.

Elizabeth married Thomas Story on September 29, 1883. They lived at Shawhead and raised their family there. You can read about their children in an earlier post. Her husband died in 1898. The 1901 census shows Elizabeth as a 40 year-old widow, head of household, a "General Servant Domestic". She was living at Shawhead with her children, ranging in age from 2 to 17.

Elizabeth died at 47 years of age and was buried in the Bewcastle graveyard on May 6, 1908. Grandma used to tell me, with sadness and bitterness in her voice, that her mother died worn out by being called on so much to work for other people. Gran had lost both her parents by the time she was ten.

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