Date: 2 Jan 2000
From: Ann Marie
Hello Maureen and any other relatives.
As other I'Anson descendants, I have had difficulty
in getting "hard info" to back up the family story, but from reading the
website it looks like I'm at last on the right track.
My maternal grandmother was Ada Ann Baguley, born
in about 1880 to James Baguley (ships engineer in Liverpool) and Ann I'Anson.
There was also a sister, Elizabeth and possibly other siblings. Ann died
when the girls were tiny. They had a nomadic existence until the
I'Anson relatives took them in. Ann had eloped with James and married "out
of her church" so the girls were raised on the condition that they became
Ann's brother (James??) was a mysoginist and died intestate.
The estate went into Chancery about1920 and James B. was claiming it on
behalf of Ada up to his death in the twenties. We were told as children
that we were related to an Earl -again, I couldn't find a blue blooded
I'Anson, but there's Thomas on the website!
I'm very happy to hear from anyone who has connected
info or knows of Ann's parents.
Further information from Ann
Date: 4 Jan 2000
I made a bit of a mistake in my original note
to you.Grandmother Ada Ann's sister was Florence (Auntie Florrie) who was
born in the late 80's. She was the witness at my grandparents wedding and
signed herself Florence I'Anson Baguley on the marriage certificate.(1907/8
ST Ignatius, Preston) . . . . As I said before,
the story is that they were rescued and raised by the family until Grandmother
was able to work (this may have been her choice) She went as a maid to
Liverpool, but later went to Preston to manage a Pork Butchers shop which
was owned by the I'Ansons on Newhall Lane where she met Thomas.
Florence also met and married there -
John Porter, who owned an ironmongers shop in the area. . . Two further
generations were born & raised in Preston, including me, and I've spent
a few happy hours(!) in the library checking places out, but haven't tracked
down the shop.
By the way, I did come across a reference to I'Ansons
in Manchester who owned a Cotton business in the 80's, do you have these?
I don't [MLI]-
Back to the story. I found a Florence I'Anson
on a database born 1884 in Garston (Liverpool) Father James? and there
were loads of them at that address, anyway she had emigrated and ended
up in Windsor Ontario d 1956 Obviously its not my Florence . . .
I also think that if the Garston family
are catholic theres a good chance that they could be connected. What's
putting me off slightly is that Grandmother had said that she'd lived in
St Helens/Birkenhead before going to the I'Ansonss and they couldn't understand
her accent . . .
. . . the relatives were always portrayed as more
right wing than the Pope and this came from a devoutly catholic woman!
Ada's birthday is 2.2.1880(?).Not sure of the year. Died 1946/7 at 8a Stewart
St, Preston. I will check these years.
I have other stories but will save them
for backup for research. Hope some of this helps and hope to hear from
more I'Ansons soon!
Date: 19 Jan 2000
From: Neil McCarthy in England
For the past few years my Partner and myself have rented a holiday cottage
in Harmby (A mile and a half from Leyburn. NRY). This cottage is part of
converted stable/barn complex built (we think) in 1841. The date stone
is a bit worn but clearly shows the name 'Thomas I'Anson'.
I never gave it much thought until a visit to Easby Church near Richmond.
where I found a commemorative plaque inside the church to (I assume) the
same Thomas I'Anson of Leyburn. On speaking to the owner of the cottages,
she told me that a beam in the adjoining cottage to our own had Thomas'
name carved in it along with that of one I. L. Hampton. This carving was
as crisp and as clean as the day it was carved. She also told me that a
lady in Leyburn was intersted in researching the name I'Anson as local
legend said that 'The Lass of Richmond Hill' had once lived in her house
just off the Market square.
I intend to send her the details of your web-site to help her
on her way.
The aformentioned cottages are about 10 to 20 yards down Harmby Bank,
off the A684 (opposite the Pheasant pub) marked with a millstone carved:
'Harmby Holiday Cottages'
If you'd like anymore information please feel free to e-mail me.