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Re: Longworth,Thomas 1819 Eng-1884 Aus miner
Posted by: Brian Longworth (ID *****1332) Date: August 04, 2002 at 01:12:25
In Reply to: Longworth,Thomas 1819 Eng-1884 Aus miner by Jo Ehrlich of 359

Thomas Longworth babtised 2 September 1820 at Deane Parish Church (now a part of Bolton) and that only his mothers name Sarah was given in the register (ie he was illegitimate). Note that this Thomas is not listed in the IGI even though reference books say that the IGI has indexed Deane for the period 1604 -1890.
Thomas and Rose were married in the Parish Church in the village of Deane, about 3 miles SW of the centre of Bolton, and 3 miles NW of Farnworth. Deane is now part of the town of Bolton and at the time was in the Bolton Civil Registration District. The place of residence at the time of marriage is given as Horwich for both Thomas and Rose. Horwich is 3.5 miles NW of Deane and 5 miles WNW of the centre of Bolton. Thomas is said to be a miner.

Thomas Longworth and his wife Rose Ann and their first two children, William and James Henry, arrived in Australia on the "ARTEMISIA" on the 28th December 1849.

Thomas had a contract to work for the Australian Agricultural Company in it's Newcastle mines, digging and wheeling coal from the bottom of the shaft for a princely sum of one shilling and nine pence a ton. there was also a bonus of 12 lb of
flour a week.

For 35 years he stuck to the back breaking job until he was crushed to death in a cave in at the mine face. His son William, also a miner, was nearly killed trying to rescue him.

Unfortunately I have been unable to find any trace of Thomas' mother Sarah

Brian Longworth


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