1817 Info 1a for Martha Crompton
Martha's life and her children

Her birth

Source: IGI film 919202 Nafferton church records
Christened: 01sep1817 at Nafferton
            By Martha and  Richardson Crompton Farmer, Nafferton
            Curate Thomas Ibbotson

Her marriage

Martha Crompton of North Newbald, aged 21, was married on 09 November 1837 at North Newbald, Yorkshire (GRO ref: Beverley 23 31) to James Botterill LOWTHER, of Beverley, aged 25,

Source: IGI v.4 Batch:   Source:    Type: MC male christening
James Botterill Lowther   William/Elizabeth  26apr1813  St. John and St Martin, Beverley

Source: IGI v.4 Batch:   Source:    Type: HM husband marriage
William Lowther  Elizabeth Baker  18nov1802 St. John and St Martin, Beverley

The 1847 will of her father, Thomas Richardson CROMPTON, names James LOWTHER, coal merchant of Beverley, as an executor to his will.

1841 Census Sun/Mon  6/7 June 1841
Source:   FHL Film TNA Ref HO107
          Piece: 1229;  Book: 14;  Folio: ;  Page: 15/17 
Dwelling: Beckside
Place:    Beverley, St Nicholas, Yorks ER, England
Name               Age  Occupation         Born in County
James     Lowther   25  Coal Merchant      Yorkshire
Martha    Lowther   20                     Yorkshire
William   Lowther    2                     Yorkshire
Elizabeth Allenby       Servant            Yorkshire
James Nutchley      17  Servant            Yorkshire            

Note: Ages are usually rounded down to the nearest five years.

1851 Census Sun/Mon 30/31st March 1851
Source:     FHL Film  TNA Ref H1O7
            Piece: 2359; Folio: 585; Page: 2; Sched: 7
Dwelling:   Beckside    
Place:      Beverley, York ER, England

Name                     Rel  Mar  Age  Occupation             Birthplace 
James Botterill Lowther Head   M    37  Coal Merchant          Yorks, Beverley
Martha Lowther          Wife   M    34                         Yorks, Nafferton
William Lowther          Son   U    12  Scholar                Yorks, Beverley
John Lowther             Son   U     8  Scholar                Yorks, Beverley 
Elizabeth Gessop        Serv   U    21  General house servant  Yorks, Leckonfield
The LOWTHER origins in Beverley appear to be around 1802 when William LOWTHER is recorded as one of six Innholder in the town of Beverley 05 July 1802 to 08 May 1807. 1

Martha's death

Beverley and East Riding Recorder, Saturday
16 February 1861, page 5
DEATHS: February 11th instant, at Beverley, aged 43 years.
Martha, wife Mr. J. B. Lowther, corn and coal merchant.

Martha was buried in St John and St.Martin Cemetery, Beverly. This small cemetery is now mainly grassed over and only a few headstones survive.

1861 Census Sun/Mon. 7/8th April 1861
Source:     FHL Film  TNA Ref RG09
            Piece: 3570; Folio: 25; Page: 4; Sched: 26
Dwelling:   Crane Hill     
Place:      Beverley, York ER, England

Name              Rel  Mar  Age  Occupation                         Birthplace 
James B Lowther    Wid  M    47  Coal and general merchant & town   Yorks, Beverley
                                 councillor employing 10 men
John Lowther       Son  U    19  Apprentice*                        Yorks, Beverley
Martha Pennington Serv  U    16  General servant                    Lancs, Bolton
Thomas Lowther    Neph  U    12  Scholar                            Yorks, Beverley

*John Lowther was apprenticed to John Green, printer and book seller on Saturday Market, Beverley.

It is interesting to note that nearly all residents along Beckside were tradesmen. As well as James B Lowther, there was one other coal merchant, also numerous watermen, and mariners, wheelwright, whitesmith, blacksmith, nail maker, millwright, cordwainer, carpenter, cooper, roper, rush cutter and cart man.
1817info1a, sheet 2

Following Martha's death, in 1861, James married again to Elizabeth FOSTER in the third quarter of 1863 (GRO ref: Beverley 9d 148). The 1861 census describes Elizabeth FOSTER as an unmarried lady who was a proprietor of house and land, born in Hull and living in Molescroft.

1871 Census     Sun/Mon. 2/3rd April 1871
Source:         FHL Film  TNA Ref RG10
                Piece: 4769; Folio: 135; Page: 4; Sched: 25  
Dwelling:       Beckside
Place:          Beverley, York ER, England

Name                Rel  Mar Age  Occupation                      Birthplace
James B Lowther    Head   M  57   Coal merchant employing 11 men  Yorks, Beverley
Elizabeth Lowther  Wife   M  50   Coal merchant's wife            Yorks, Hull
Emma Appleton      Serv   U  22   General servant domestic        Yorks, Beverley

James' death

James Botterrill LOWTHER died on 16th December 1874 (GRO ref: Beverley 9d 76) and was buried 19th December 1874 in Beverley Minster's graveyard on Cartwright Lane Beverley. His monumental Inscription reads "In Memory of James Botterill Lowther who died 16th December 1874 aged 61 years".  His second wife Elizabeth is buried at the same location.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, Thursday 17 December 1874, Page: 5
... morning Mr James Botterill Lowther, coal and and merchant Crane died very suddenly.

He was in the act of lacing his boots when he was taken ill, and almost instantly expired, it is thought, from the effects of disease of the heart. Mr Lowther was very much respected, and was a man great business habits.

He had served the office of town councillor for many years, and his present term would have ended next November. He was a consistent Conservative, and took active part in the political contests of the Borough.

Beverley and East Riding Recorder, Saturday 19 December 1874, Page: 3
We regret to here to record the vary sudden death of Mr. James Botterill Lowther, coal merchant, of this town. Mr. Lowther bad bean under treatment for schlerosis of the heart for some time past, and although not present at the town Council meeting on Monday, had attended to his business as usual.

He rose about o'clock on Tuesday? morning and was stooping to fasten his boots, while seated in his chair, when he fell and immediately expired.

Mr. Lowther, who had been a member of the Town Council for several years, was elected after short absence in 1878, so that his term of office would have expired on the first November next. He had resided in Beverley all his life, and was most energetic business man, and the news of his death caused painful [...] the town. His remains will be interred in the St John's Cemetery, this morning. Mr. Lowther was 61 years of age.

Probate 22nd February, 1875
LOWTHER, James Botterrill,
The Will of James Botterrill Lowther late of Beverley in the County of York, Coal Merchant who died 16th December 1874, at Beverley was proved at York by Thomas Cussons Tanner and Thomas Forge Gentleman both of Beverley the Executors.
Effects under; £9,000.

1881 Census  Sun/Mon 2/3rd April 1881
Source:      FHL Film  TNA Ref RG11 
             Piece: 4740; Folio: 127; Page: 14; Sched: 97                      
Dwelling:    20 St. Mary's Terrace 
Place:       Beverley, York ER, England

Name               Rel Mar Age Occupation                Birthplace
Elizabeth Lowther Head  W  60  Annuitant                 Yorks, Hull
Hannah Foster      Vis  W  79  Annuitant                 Yorks, Beverley
Sophia Bell       Serv  U  44  General Domestic Servant  Yorks, Beverley
Hannah FOSTER may be Elizabeth's mother, providing she had Elizabeth at the age of 19. Elizabeth died in the second quarter of 1888 aged 70 (GRO ref: Beverley 9d 74).
End notes
  1. Ancestry.co.uk - UK, Poll Books and Electoral Registers, 1538-1893

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