Fearnside Pictures

A friend of the society recently bought the pictures below (anonymous 1876 portraits in oils by an F A Philips) and decided to research the family.

They are believed to be of a Dewsbury wine and spirit merchant and his wife: Francis Morris Fearnside and his wife Elizabeth.

With the help of a society volunteer this family history has been compiled:

  1. . In 1959 living at Collerest, 146 Francis Morris Fearnside b 5th July 1835. Of Dewsbury. Son of James Fearnside, engineer. bap 7 Jul 1836. d 17 March 1896. Wine and Spirits merchant Messrs Fearnside. Stood for Dewsbury Town Council 1880 & 1882. Freemason, St John’s Lodge. marr 14 April 1864 , Mirfield Elizabeth Thornton b 1835 dau of Peter Thornton, Mirfield boat builder. d 2nd Jun 1886 , Lunatic Asylum, Wye House Asylum, Fairfield, Buxton ‘an establishment for the care and treatment of the insane of the higher an middle classes’ aged 51.
    1. Sarah b c1865. bap 26 Feb 1865
    2. George Thornton b c 1866 22 Jul 1866. d Q2 1885 aged 18
    3. Frank Morris b c1868. Bap 12 Apr 1868. d 6 Jan 1922 aged 54. Wine and spirit merchant. Dewsbury Cllr, Feb 1908-Mar 1910, Conservative. Freemason, St John’s Lodge marr. Mary Eliza Winterbottom (b Dewsbury c1869) 1890.
      1. May b c1892
      2. Dorothy b Q1 1897 marr. Dr John Walker of Batley (son of Dr William Walter Walker - May chairman of Batley Cricket, Athletic & Football Club Ltd 1926/June 1927) 14 Jul 1927, Leeds (Dorothy d Batley 14 Feb 1973?). Dr John Walker was a director of Batley League Football Club in 1951 (Died Spen Valley Q2 1965 aged 65?)
      3. Ethel May born 1900
      4. In infant. Died in infancy.
    4. Edith b 1869. bap 26 Dec 1869. marr 28 Sep 1899 Edgar Graham b c1867 woollen merchant, son of Tom Graham, woollen merchant at Dewsbury Parish Church. He died 7 April 1927 (Cotehill Moorlands Avenue, Dewsbury) probate £18,266
      She d. at Cotehill 2 Jun 1942. 1911 census. Family at 12 Moorlands Avenue, Dewsbury
      1. Elizabeth Beatrice b c 1900. marr 10 May 1924 Captain Herbert Brooke of Longlands View, Healds Road, Dewsbury. Son of late Benjamin Brooke. She d. Maryland, Silverdale, Lancs 31 Dec 1960. Her probate address Loreto Church Hill, Arnside, Westmoreland £7640
      2. Hilda b c1903. marr 27 July 1933 Edmund Jessop Hoyle b 1898 of Headfield Road, Dewsbury, eldest son of Robert Cecil Hoyle, engraver. In 1959 living at Collerest, 146 Huddersfield Road, Brighouse. He died suddenley at HRI 6 Jan 1959 aged 60.
        1. Margaret
        2. Eileen
    5. Rosa b 1871. d 12 Feb 1879 age 7 years 4 months
    6. Louisa b 1873. bap 6 Apr 1873 (d 1961 Spen aged 88?)
    7. James Thornton b Q2 1875 Of 7 Northfield Place, Dewsbury, d 16 April 1935, Dewsbury, aged 60.
    8. John Arthur, Captain, MC MRCVS RAVC b Q1 1880. Veterinary student Edinburgh, 1901 census. Hotel keeper at death. Died Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish 25 Feb 1931. Marr Elizabeth (Fenny) Lindsay Cromb Fenwick. Hotel keeper at death. Died Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish 18 Feb 1931.
      1. Elizabeth (Betty) Fenwick, marr John Hutton Shields son of late John Shields of Glasgow on 14 Nov 1933 at St John’s Episcopal Church, Ballachulish In 1941 he was Captain of Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. In 1947 Major. D 1965. He was for many years district manager with David MacBrayne Ltd. at Fort William. Latterly he was transport manager at the company's Glasgow headquarters. She was the proprietor of the hotel until at least 1950.
        1. a dau, Aberdeen, 11 Sept 1941. Family address; Creagdhu, Onich
        2. Aline Lorne, Aberdeen, 11 March 1947. Family address; Creagdhu Hotel, Onich
      2. Frances. Of Creagdhu Hotel, Onich marr Charles Stewart Gumley (1908-1977) WS [The Society of Writers to HM Signet] 2nd son of Sir Lord Provost Louis S Gumley, Edinburgh, 4 Apr 1938. He had plans warrant for a house and garage, Cammo Road, Barnton (The Scotsman 18 September 1937)
        1. a son b. 28 Jan 1939.
        2. Family address; White Gates, Cammo Road, Barnton. A modern house – seeking domestic staff in 1940s up to 1948. Tel 77255
Fearnside Family Tree
Family tree compiled from the above research.

If you have an interest in this family please leave a comment below.


Fearnside Pictures — 3 Comments

  1. Hi Liz
    I have mentioned your interest to a couple of people who may have a Walker connection.

  2. Hi this is very interesting my great great uncle dr William Walter Walker
    Is on here would like to know more about family please he is my great grandfather,s brother john Edward Walker .
    Elizabeth dauncey new Walker

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