Larkin – Burton

Glasshouse Street, Rotherham - 20.04.17

Glasshouse Street, Rotherham

Celia Burton, born in 1932 in the Rotherham area, is my third cousin, once removed and second great-granddaughter of Thomas Burton and Ann Pickersgill.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Celia’s marriage to Alan Larkin.



The marriage took place on Thursday at the Northfield Parish Church of Miss Celia Burton, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Burton, 2, Field Place, Greasbro’ Road, Rotherham, and Mr. Alan Larkin, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Larkin, 15, Glasshouse Street, Rotherham. The Rev. A. E. Rose officiated.

The bride, given away by her father, wore a gown of white net and lace, with head-dress of orange blossom surmounting a full-length veil, and carried a bouquet of pink roses.

Junction Inn, Rotherham (Copyright Colin Leonard) (3)

Junction Inn, Rotherham

The bridesmaids were Misses Betty and Ellen Larkin (bridegroom’s sisters) wearing dresses of blue net over taffeta, with flowered head-dresses, and carrying bouquets of sweet peas and roses; and Miss Jennifer Larkin (bridegroom’s sister) in a dress of white voile over satin, with head-dress to match, and carrying a posy of sweet peas and roses. The page boy was Master David Burton (bride’s brother).

The bride’s mother wore a powder blue costume with beige accessories, and the bridegroom’s mother a navy blue two-piece, with accessories to tone.

The best man was Mr. Peter Crookes and the groomsman Mr. Rex Slack.

A reception at the junction Inn was attended by about 40 guests. The honeymoon was spent at Scarbro’.

Thomas Burton & Ann Pickersgill


Saint Mary’s Church

Thomas Burton and Ann Pickersgill are my third great grandparents, marrying in 1838 in Saint Mary’s Church, Worsbrough, Barnsley.

Ann was born in 1819 in Greasbrough to parents, Joseph Pickersgill and Elizabeth Ditch.

I’d known since 2004 that Thomas was born circa 1817 in Bentley, Doncaster but I was unable to find a baptism for him, despite searching in Doncaster Archives. His father, John Burton, is named on his marriage certificate but this only confused matters as the closest match that I could find was a Thomas Burden born to a John Burden in Bentley. There was a John Burton in Bentley, but no corresponding baptism for Thomas. Fortunately, Ancestry DNA came to my rescue and conclusively proved that Thomas is the son of John Burton, but why he wasn’t baptised is a mystery.


Quarry Hill

Thomas and Ann lived in Wombwell for a number of years, before moving to Rotherham in the 1840s, living on Westgate and Old Holland before settling on Quarry Hill, Wellgate in the 1860s. Quarry Hill was occupied by the Burton family well into the 20th century, but the houses on there were cleared many years ago.

Thomas and Ann issued four children, who were called, Elizabeth (circa 1840 to 1905), Mary (circa 1848 to 1920), Thomas (1850 to 1924) and Joseph (1853 to 1922). Remarkably, my nan, Violet Burton (1915 to 2013), could remember her grandfather, Joseph, who she described as ‘short and stiff’ and used to smoke a pipe on a bench at the bottom of the street that she lived on as a child.

Thomas and Ann are buried in separate unmarked graves in Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham. Below are their obituaries.

Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham - 13.07.09 (4)

Moorgate Cemetery


FATAL ACCIDENT AT ROTHERHAM. – On Wednesday afternoon an inquest was held before Mr. Dossey Wrightman, coroner, at the Cleaver Inn, Wellgate, Rotherham, on the body of Ann Burton who died in consequences of falling downstairs on Saturday night. The deceased was the wife of Thomas Burton, a labourer, of Wellgate, and was 58 years of age. On Saturday she had gone to bed about ten o’clock along with her husband, and about midnight she got up to fetch some water from downstairs. In doing so she fell from the top of the stairs to the bottom inflicting a large wound on her forehead, and another at the back of her head. The back of her neck and her shoulders were also severely bruised. Her husband and two sons picked her up and carried her to bed again. Dr. Foote’s assistant was called in on Monday and attended her until her death which took place at noon on Tuesday. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased had been accidentally killed by a fall downstairs.


BURTON. – May 11th, at Adam’s road, Mr. Thomas Burton, aged 63 years.