It's good to hear from you. If my calculations are right we must be something like 3rd-cousins.
I have to say that I have not investigated my Blenkhorn ancestors in detail yet, although some 20 or more years ago I went back as far as John (1752-1818) to get the main line back into the mid-18th century. Since then, however, I've been concentrating mainly on the Fishwicks.
The line of descent that I have on file shows:
John Blenkhorn = Agnes Harrison
Edward Blenkhorn = Mary (surname?)
Mary Blenkhorn = Thomas Fox
Jane Fox = James Fishwick
James and Jane were my late-mother's paternal grandparents.
I have records of a Dorothy marrying a William Ellwood in 1871, and having a son Thomas who may have been your grandfather. However, according to my files this Dorothy was the daughter of the younger Mary, i.e. the Mary Blenkhorn who married Thomas Fox at a very young age (15). If I rightly understood your message you have Dorothy as the daughter of Edward and Mary, whereas I have her as their grand-daughter (born 1854), the younger sister of my 2xgt-grandmother.
I have further detailed information with references (from parish registers, census returns from 1841 through to 1881, etc.) surrounding these families which I can send as email attachments off the forum if you would like it. However, I'd be very interested to know if there was another Dorothy that I've missed, who also married a William Ellwood.
(It may be worth saying that there were also other Fishwick-Ellwood connections in the late-19th century; one of James Fishwick's sisters, Mary, married an Edward Ellwood in 1851. Also there were links between the Ellwoods and my Barnes ancestors).
I have the will of John who died in 1818, and also the will of his son John. There's an interesting story in my family about this younger John Blenkhorn. When he married Elizabeth Taylor in Kendal parish church in October 1815 his bride's brother, William, was also married on the same day - a "double wedding" for the Taylors. John, of course, was my 3xgreat-granduncle; whilst his new brother-in-law was to become my 3xgt-grandfather by a different route. So I have two separate relationships to that 1815 double wedding.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
- David Murray -
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