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Re: Tebbs England - Pennsylvania
Posted by: alison baines (ID *****0588) Date: April 23, 2005 at 08:20:36
In Reply to: Tebbs England - Pennsylvania by Michele Bernocco of 14

I have a John Henry Tebbs born Leeds c 1849 but he was the son of Benjamin Tebbs b Leeds 1824 and Jane Briggs b New Laithes, Horsforth (she gave her place of birth as Bradford) 1828. Their other son was William Tebbs b Leeds 1847 who m Lavinia Sanderson in Sheffield and whose surviving children were Florence E (b 1875 Leeds) and Lilian L (1876 Leeds) Tebbs. William was a woollen dyer as were many of his family, employing a number which varied across the censuses.
Benjamin and Jane died 1904 and 1906 respectively but their children were not with them in the censuses of 1851, 1871, 1881, 1891 or 1901. Bejamin was a coffee tavern keeper and file cutter in Sheffield (attercliff) and in Leeds.
His parents were William Tebbs and Dorothy Hayward who married in Leeds in 1821 and their other children were: Joseph(1822) William (1833) Sarah (1825) Elizabeth (1828) Mary Ann and Jane(both 1831.
I surmise from the name of their first son and Benjamin's 'coffee tavern' that William may have been the son or brother of Joseph Tebbs of Leeds, who was listed in Baines' 1822 Directory of Trades and Professions as 'Victualler, Old George, Meadow Lane' and who was I think the Joseph Tebbs of Leeds famed among church bell ringers for devising peals (composing peals?).
There were Tebbs in Leeds from at least the sixteenth century.
John Henry was living with his brother and maternal grandparents in 1851 and I could not trace him in thelater censuses. In 1871 William Tebbs was living with his uncle Henry Briggs and aunt Esther. Henry was a master dyer and William was a dyer, but was interestingly listed as head of the household. Henry was later Chairman of the Bradford Dyers Association and photographed in 'Leeds Worthies', highly respectable in Victorian Yorkshire.
Benjamin and Jane are also absent from 1871, and I wonder if they went to America and then returned.
Do you think this could be connected to your John Henry Tebbs?
with best wishes
Alison Baines




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