The OH has a family line, the Taylors, who lived in Castleford from the early 1800s until his branch moved to Barnsley in the 1880s. Other members of the family continued in the area, presumably until the present day. Burials began in the various Castleford cemeteries in 1857 so these records are invaluable for finding out what happened to members of the Taylor family and their descendants.
One particularly convoluted ancestor whose story I have touched on before is Susannah Rogers, born around 1830 in Hull and brought back to Castleford to live by her husband Matthew Taylor, the OH's 3x great grandfather. When I left Susannah she had been listed in the 1861 census as the housekeeper of a Samuel Appleyard. Living with them were her son Aaron, the OH's 2x great grandfather and two small girls, Elizabeth and Christiana who on further investigation were probably the children of an unmarried liaison between Susannah and Samuel. My proof for this was the burial entry from the local church, All Saints in Castleford which gives Elizabeth's middle name as Appleyard on her burial in 1863 aged just four years old. I had found that record on Ancestry in the West Yorkshire Parish Records, but a corroborating entry also appears on the Wakefield Council website.
|1863 Burial entry (edited to show headings) from Castleford Cemetery (from Wakefield Council)|
Castleford Cemeteries themselves are fairly confusing - the Wakefield Council site lists the Castleford Old Cemetery, burials between 1857 and 1925 with a smattering thereafter, probably burials in pre-existing graves, also Castleford New Cemetery, burials from 1884 to 1979 and Castleford New Extension, burials 1929 to 1979.
|Castleford Healdfield Road Cemeteries, 1893 on the left, 1933 on the right (from Old Maps)|
But which bit is the New Extension? The 1908 version of the same snip on Old Maps shows only an extension on the south side of the road - so as no-one was buried in the New Extension until after 1929 I think that it must be the extra section on the north side, adjacent to the allotments. Both sides of the road have doubled in size between 1893 and 1933. A further photo on Geograph appears to back this up as it shows the northern side with modern gravestones, the railway line and a chemical works beyond.
So far I have identified five definite burials in the Castleford Cemeteries for the OH's family. By cross referencing the burial records with a CD available from the Pontefract & District Family History Society I even have a photo of one of the Taylor family graves.
|Gravestone in the Old Section of Castleford Cemetery (thanks to Pontefract & District FHS)|
Thank you Wakefield Council for providing a wonderful free online resource - please can you share your funding advice with other local councils?