Lucy Dawson - 3 Marriages - 5 Children
Lucy is my Gt Grandmother, she is an interesting woman from my perspective as she married three men, and there is a question mark around the actual father of the last three. Below are my notes on her life...
Born: 1835 in Pendleton, Lancashire, England - Likely in the St Thomas Parish
Died: 3 Nov 1962 Hamilton, Waitako, New Zealand
Lucy was born to parents William Dawson & Alice unknown. They had five daughters from what I have found
- Elizabeth Hannah - b:1855 Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, England
- Mary Ann - b: 1859 St Thomas' Salford, Lancashire, England Either died before 1871 Census or was at another house during the census.
- Lucy - b: 1861 Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, England
- Sarah Ellen - b: 1864 Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, England
- Hannah - b: 1869 Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, England
William was a Weaver at the time of Elizabeth's baptism and later became an "overlooker" at the Cotton Mill in Salford in the 1871 Census.
Lucy married three times, first to William Holt, then to Richard Mansfield and finally to George Crompton.
Lucy Dawson Time Line
1871 England census - Lucy is living with her Mother & Sisters in Pendleton, Lancashire. William is not noted on the census, he could be elsewhere.
1879 Lucy has a child John Joseph Dawson. Unknown father.
1881 England Censes - Lucy is noted as unmarried, she is living with her mother Alice and has one child John J Dawson. The age on the record is incorrect, it says 19 for John Joseph, I suspect it's more like 19 months.
1881 Lucy marries William HOLT at St Simon's Church in Salford Lancashire. William could be the father of John Joseph, but considering they didn't get married just before or just after, one imagines he is not.
1883 Richard Holt is born in Pendleton, Lancashire.
- Richard married May Pearson in Salford, Lancashire in 1904
-- Lucy Holt b 1909
1885 Hugh Holt is born in Pendleton, Lancashire
1886 William Holt dies.
1887 Lucy Holt marries Richard Mansfield in Salford, Lancashire, England - She is a widow and marries Richard with the surname Holt.
1890 Richard Mansfield dies. The only record I can find for a Richard Mansfield's death is in 1890, and his age is 54. That would mean that Lucy married a 51 yr old, which seems a bit strange. I'll get the marriage Cert to confirm.
1891 England Censes - Lucy is noted as a widow, she has three children John J Holt, Richard Holt & Hugh Holt. She is living with George Crompton, but is not married to him.
1894 George Crompton Mansfield is born in Salford, Lancashire
- Death: 1962 Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
1896 Walter Mansfield is born in Salford, Lancashire
- Death 1956 in Salford, Lancashire, England
1898 Paul Crompton Mansfield is born in Salford, Lancashire
All three of the boys above have Mansfield as a surname and Crompton as part of their name throughout their lives. It would be unusual for a woman to name her children after an employer. It is therefore with this in mind that I believe they are George's children. Lucy marries George later in 19