Francis Burton


Moorgate Hospital

Francis Burton, born in 1906 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and son of Francis Burton and Sarah Ann Hudson Sturman.

In 1933, Francis married Marjorie Brothwell.

Below are newspaper articles published shortly after Francis’s death.



Parkgate Iron & Steel Company

BURTON. – At Moorgate General Hospital, Francis, aged 63, dearly loved husband of Marjorie (nee Brothwell), of 48, Toll Bar Road, Brecks, brother of Leonard, Edith and Elizabeth. Service and cremation at Rotherham Crematorium, Monday, January 12th, 2 p.m.


Mr. Francis Burton, of 48, Toll Bar, Road, Brecks, died recently at Moorgate General Hospital, Rotherham. He was 67, was born at Rotherham, and had lived at the Brecks for 36 years.

Hare and Hounds, Rotherham

Hare and Hounds, Rotherham

Mr. Burton was employed by the Park Gate Iron and Steel Co. Ltd, for 39 years in the open hearth department, and he was a sample passer when he retired two years ago.

In his younger days, he played football for the Hare and Hounds, and cricket for Greasbro’, Brecks, Scholes, and inter-keen supporter of Rotherham United.

Mr. Burton leaves a widow.

Cremation took place at Rotherham on Monday, a service being conducted by his nephew, the Rev. Paul D. Brothwell. The mourners were Mrs. M. Burton (widow), Mr. and Mrs. L. Burton (brother and sister-in-law), Miss E. Burton, Mrs. T. Miller (sisters), Mr. S. Brothwell (also representing Mrs. K. Brothwell), Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Brothwell (brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law), Mr. C. Brothwell, Mr. J. Brothwell (nephews), Mr. L. Jarvis, Mr. and Mrs. H. Wigley, Mr. D. Wigley, Mr. and Mrs. P. Wigley, Mrs. F. Webb, Mr. G. Webb, Mrs. D. Tonks, Mrs. J. Bealey, Mr. W. Thompson, Mr. H. Hopewell, Mr. and Mrs. M. Jelfs, Mr. and Mrs. H. Hinchcliffe, Mr. and Mrs. G. Mousley (cousins), Mr. and Mrs. S. Batty, Mr. L. Tupling, Mrs. J. Allot, Mr. and Mrs. T. Bunclark, Mrs. B. Monks, Mr. and Mrs. R. Stuttard, Mrs. M. Tupling (also representing Mr. P. Tupling), Mr. T. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. G. Hardy, Mr. E. Law (friends), Mr. W. Hawke and Mr. S. Wesson and other representatives of the Park Gate Iron and Steel Works and friends.

Rotherham United Football Club - 29.05.09 (11)

Rotherham United


BURTON. – Mrs. M. Burton thanks relatives, friends and neighbours for their kind expressions of sympathy and flowers, doctors and staff at Moorgate General Hospital, management, staff and friends of Francis at Park Gate Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., union officials of B.I.S.A.K.T.A., and the Rotherham Co-operative Society, grateful thanks to my nephew, the Rev. P. D. Brothwell, for his beautiful service and words of comfort.

A Masbro’ Wedding

Saint Paul's Church, Kimberworth Road, Rotherham - 26.08.07 (2)

Saint Paul’s Church, Masbrough

Francis Burton, born in 1906 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and son of Francis Burton and Sarah Ann Hudson Sturman.

Below is a newspaper article pertaining to Francis’s marriage to Marjorie Brothwell.




The marriage took place in St. Paul’s Church, Masbro’, on Saturday, of Miss Marjorie Brothwell, only daughter of Mr. J. H. Brothwell, of Masbro’, Rotherham, to Mr. Francis Burton; eldest son of Mr. Francis Burton, of Wellgate, Rotherham. The ceremony, which was choral, was conducted by the Rev. A. Puddicombe (Vicar).



The bride, who was given away by her father, wore an ankle-length gown of ivory satin and lace cat on Medieval lines. Her veil (lent by Mrs. F. Marsland) was fastened to her hair with a coronet of orange blossom, and was embroidered with lovers’ knots in each corner. She carried a bouquet of pale pink roses and lilies of the valley.

Miss Edith Burton (sister of the bridegroom) and Miss Barbara Simmons, the bridesmaids, had ankle-length dresses of floral georgette, and wore white picture hats. Their bouquets were of multi-coloured sweet peas and fern. The dame of honour was Mrs. W. G. Drew. The best man was Mr. Leonard Burton (brother of the bridegroom), and the groomsmen were Mr. Leslie Brothwell (brother of the bride) and Mr. Leonard Jervis (cousin of the bridegroom).

Cross Keys, Moorgate Street, Rotherham - 24.11.08

Cross Keys, Rotherham

A reception was held by the bride’s parents in the Cross keys Hotel, Moorgate. The bride’s mother wore a dress of brown georgette and lace, and the bridegroom’s mother chose a gown of black crepe-de-chine. The former had a spray of pink sweet peas and the latter carried pink carnations.

The honeymoon is being spent at Scarbro’, whence the bride travelled in a fawn coat over a lemon and brown frock with fawn hat and skin shoes.

To the bride the bridegroom gave a dressing gown and hand bag, while to the bridesmaids he gave crystal necklaces. The bride’s gift to the bridegroom was a dressing gown. The wedding gifts included a library cabinet from the staff of Messrs. Darwins, Ltd., where the bride has been employed for the past eight years.

Francis Burton & Sarah Ann Hudson Sturman

All Saints' Church (Minster), Rotherham - 10.03.14 (2)

All Saints’ Church

Francis Burton, born in 1881 in Rotherham, is my first cousin, thrice removed and son of Thomas Burton and Sarah Milsom.

In 1906, in All Saints’ Church, Rotherham, Francis married Sarah Ann Hudson Sturman. Together, Francis and Sarah issued four children, who were called, Francis (1906 to 1970), Leonard Ernest (1908 to 1994), Edith (1911 to 2002) and Elizabeth (1915 to 2002).



I found Francis and Sarah’s grave in 2005 in Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham. It had been well cared for (presumably by their daughters until their deaths) but is now quite rapidly, and literally, falling apart.


BURTON. – On Sunday, February 18th, 1951, Francis (Skater) Burton, beloved husband of Sarah Ann, of 63, Wellgate, passed away, aged 69 years. Interred, Moorgate Cemetery, Wednesday, February 21st.

Rest after weariness.


Moorgate Hospital

Mrs. S. A. Burton and family thank Dr. J. C. Hallinan for his kind attention, staff of Moorgate General Hospital, relatives and friends for sympathy and floral tributes; and grateful thanks to Annie and Percy for their wonderful help at all times; also thanks to Rev. Worthington and Mr. T. Thackery for excellent funeral arrangements.



Francis & Sarah’s grave

The death occurred last Sunday of Mr. Francis (“Skater”) Burton, of 63, Wellgate, Rotherham. He was 69.

A native of Rotherham, Mr. Burton was employed as a miner for about 30 years at the Rotherham Main Colliery, and then at the Rotherham Gas Works for about 13 years.


BURTON. – At Moorgate General Hospital, Sarah Ann, dearly loved wife of the late Francis and a loving mother and grandma, and sister of Laura, passes peacefully away May 19th, aged 75 years. Interment Moorgate, 2 p.m., Saturday.


Leonard Ernest Burton & Dorothy Ivy Hudson


Talbot Lane Church

Leonard Ernest Burton, born in 1908 in Rotherham, is my second cousin, twice removed and son of Francis Burton and Sarah Ann Hudson Sturman.

In 1934, Leonard married Dorothy Ivy Hudson and together, they issued two children, called, Alan and Peter.


BURTON – HUDSON. – On Saturday, September 15th, 1934, at Talbot Lane Methodist Church by the Rev. G. W. Thorne, Leonard E. Burton, second son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Burton, to Dorothy I. Hudson, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Hudson.

Guest and Chrimes, Rotherham - 05.05.14 (18)

Guest & Chrimes

Below is Dorothy’s obituary.


BURTON. – On October 3rd, Dorothy Ivy, at Moorgate General Hospital, beloved wife of Leonard, and mother of Peter.

Grateful thanks to relatives, friends and neighbours for sympathy and floral tributes; also to the hospital staff, Ward E 3, for their kindness and attention during her short stay with them.


Moorgate Hospital


Mrs. Dorothy Ivy Burton, of 71, Watson Road, Kimberworth, Rotherham, died at the Moorgate General Hospital recently, aged 49.

Born in Rotherham, Mrs. Burton was employed as a meter tester by Messrs. Guest and Chrimes Ltd., for several years. She was a regular member of the congregation at St. John’s Church, Kimberworth Park.

Mrs. Burton leaves a widower and one son. Her husband, Mr. L. E. Burton, is employed as a bar mill foreman by Steel, Peech and Tozer.


Burton grave

A funeral service followed by interment took place at St. Thomas’ Church, Kimberworth, last Saturday, the Rev. B. W. Newth officiating. The mourners included Mr. L. E. Burton (widower), Mr. P. Burton (son), Mrs. C. Hudson, Mrs. M. Bolton, Mrs. A. Tinsley (aunts), Mr. D. Tinsley, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. A. Hendy (cousins), Miss E. Burton (sister-in-law), Mrs. Felstrop, Mrs. Wiltshire (neighbours), Mr. and Mrs. R. Newton, Mrs. E. McCracken, Mrs. Butler, Mr. and Mrs. Beevers , Mr. B. McCracken, Mrs. Binns, Mrs. S. Green, Mrs. L. Dunworth, Mrs. R. Quibell, Mrs. P. Morgan, Miss J. Allott (friends) and representatives of Messrs. Guest and Chrimes Ltd.