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The Yates - Book Five Of A Series Of Short Books Recording Some Of The Family Hi


Published November 2015 by Phil Walton

Contents Page

Cover – James Yates at 115a Astbury Street Congleton

Descendant tree – inside front page

Chapter 1 – Benjamin Yates – Mystery Man

Chapter 2 – Abel Yates – The Earlier Years

Chapter 3 – Abel Yates – The Later Years

Chapter 4 – Bath Vale – More Abel Yates

Chapter 5 – More Recent History

Chapter 6 – It’s never finished

Chapter 1 Benjamin Yates – Mystery Man

The first Yates is Benjamin who was born around 1805, he was an Ostler or Stablekeeper at Inn. He is not shown on any census, the  Bishops transcripts for Bosley show his occupation as Horsekeeper

He married at Prestbury Parish Church on 16 Sep 1827 – “Benjamin Yates servant Mary Bennett spinster both of Bosley.” Both signed with a mark.

And that’s about it. I can’t find Benjamin’s baptisim or death. I can’t find Benjamin on any census. I can’t find any other records for Benjamin except his children’s baptisms – I have been trying to for over 30 years.

Benjamin is recorded in the baptisim records for Abel Yates in 1832 where he is iisted as a Horse Keeper and for Abel’s sister Hannah in 1828 where he is listed as a Horse Tender. Mary gave birth to another son much later in 1844 when the birth had to registered,. There is no father listed on the birth registration and his baptisim states “illegitimate” . On the 1851 census Mary is living in Old Bull Bosley listed as Mary Smith wife of Joseph Smith, her children Abel and Joseph are called Smith but Hannan is still called Yates. In the 1861 census Mary is again listed as wife of Joseph Smith. However when she died in 1868 she is listed as Mary Yates. I assume Joseph and Mary never married.

The Christening record of Hannah Yates 1828

The Church in Bosley is still an active Anglican church. The church was initially a chapel of ease to the church at Prestbury and was dedicated to Saint Thomas the Martyr. It was later changed to Saint Lawrence and later again to Saint Mary the Virgin. Originally it was a timber -framed church with a stone tower. The stone tower dates from about 1500 but the rest of the church was rebuit in brick in 1777. In Benjamin's day it would have looked much as it does today.

Of interest is that on 15th April1402 Pope Beniface issued a Papal Bull and the church was granted greater independence with the right to have a font and burial ground. According to an article on “Rootsweb” this was granted in response to a petition from parishoners because they were “a distance of six miles from the parish church, and by reason of the high hills and deep valleys and swollen rivers, it was often impossible without peril, for them to attend divine service there; their prayer therefore that they might have licence to erect a baptismal font, baptise children and have one or more fit priests always serving at the Chapel of St Thomas the Martyr there (now St Mary the Virgin) and have rights of burial in a cemetery to be made near the chapel, was decreed to be complied with”. The parish church referred to is Prestbury.

Chapter 2Abel Yates – The earlier years

Finding information about Abel Yates has been much easier that it was for his father Benjamin. Abel married twice and had a total of thirteen known children. He was Farmer, although the farming operation was small, and also a Carter. His work as a Carter landed him in trouble with the magistrate and he was also in trouble about the education of two of his daughters.

Above is the christening record for Abel, one of the very few references to his father Benjamin. There are no records of Benjamin after this one.

In 1841 Abel is living in his Grandparents house near to Bosley Church. Abel’s maternal grandfather John Bennett who as born in 1764 is head of the house. Next are three of John’s chlidren another John, then daughters Temperance and Mary. Mary is Abel’s mother and she is followed by her chlidren Hannah and Abel. Finally Thomas Taylor, it is not know if he had any family connection.

By 1851 Abel has another sibling, shown in the census extract above. Joseph was born in 1844 and the record of his birth states that he was illegitimate. Abel’s mother Mary has taken the surname of Joseph Smith although it is unlikely that they were married. They are a family unit with the younger Joseph, Abel and Mary all using the name Smith, Hannah is still Hannah Yates, she may well have insisted that her own name should not be changed.

It’s worth including some information about Hannah Yates at this point. Hannah married Samuel Cheetham a gamekeeper in 1852. See the extract below. Hannah did not, so probably could not, sign her name. Her brother Abel was a witness and was also not able to sign his own name. There is also a futher reference to Benjamin Yates, Hannah’s father. If fathers are deceased when a child marries it often states this, however this is not always the case. Note also the unusual spelling Yeates and Samuel “bigging up” his age as he was born in 1832, whereas Hannah was modest about her age bing born in 1828.

Samuel Cheetham was the son of Richard and Ann Cheetham who originated from Peover in Cheshire and had a 62 acre farm in Bosley.

Descendant tree for Hannah Yates – Abel Yates’s older sister.

There is an entry in 1851 census in Wincle at Bennithill Farm which I initially thought was Abel Yates my Great Grandfather. It is interesting because this Abel is working as a Farm Servant for Lydia Corbishley and Lydia Corbishly is an ancestor of Kathleen Mayer, my wife. One more that one occasion I have stated that some things never change and as I am now subserviant to Kathleen so my ancestor Abel was subserviant to Kathleen’s ancestor Lydia. Some of the transcriptions are written as Gates not Yates – the old writing of a “loopy” Y being similar to a “loopy” writing of G. I can’t find an Abel Gates and an Abel Yates (both of whom would have been born in Bosley) in the same census. It is likely that Abel Yates has as double entty in the 1851 census.Abel Yates married his first wife, Sarah Goodwin, on the 20th April 1857 at St Mary’s Church, Astbury. By this time it seems that a large part of the Goodwin and Yates families have moved to Bath Vale, Buglawton. The 1861 census has the following entry for one of the cottages in Bath Vale.

The diagram below shows nine of the ten people living in the Bath Vale cottage in 1861, the missing person is a lodger who appears to be unrelated.

The head of the family is Willam Goodwin aged 64, his wife Sarah is 54. There are three of William and Sarah’s children. One of their sons, John, who is unmarried and two daughters, Hannah already a widow and Sarah who is married to Abel Yates. Hannah had married Abel Barlow in 1854, he died in 1858 aged 26 befire the birth of his son who was also called Abel. Abel Barlow is one of three Grandchilren in the cottage, the others are his sister Sarah Ellen and his cousin John William Yates.

There were many changes before the next census in 1871. Most of the family are still in the row of cottages in Bath Vale. I have tried, wothout success, to work out which of the cottages they lived in by working along the route of the census emumerator. It is odd that in 1861 the family seems to be in an end cottage and in 1871 they take up two cottages in the middle of the row and with another family inbetween them.

Abel Yates (38) is now the head in one house. Living with him are his second wife Mary (Brereton) (24) and four children from his first marriage. His first wife Sarah (Goodwin) had died shortly after the birth of James Yates, my grandfather, who is now age one and living two doors away in the second house. The head in the second house is Sarah Goodwin (Brown). In addition to Sarah Goodwin (65) and James Yates (1) are Hannah Moss (Goodwin & Barlow) (39) and Hannah’s three children from her two marriages.

The diagram below shows part of the Yates family. The different coloured boxes show in the white boxes with rounded corners people in the house headed by Abel Yates. The yellow boxes with bevelled corners show people in the house headed by Sarah Goodwin (Brown). The grey boxes show people who have died by this time, finally the pink box shows Hannah Goodwin’s second husband, Joseph Moss, who I can’t trace.

Cottages in Bath Vale as they are today.

Chapter 3Abel Yates – The Later Years

Two months before the 1871 census displayed on the previous page Abel had married for the second time. His first wife had died 11 days after she had given birth to their sixth child James. James is my grandfather and following the death of his mother it seems he went to live two doors away from his father with his Grandmother his Aunt and three of his cousins.

Although not directly related to Mary Oakes (Brereton) I have spent a long time trying to confirm her ancestry. I now have a copy of her marriage to William Oaks, thanks to Mrs Walton for finding it.

This is important as it shows that Mary’s father George is a Builder or Bricklayer. This helps identify Mary’s ancestry as there were two Mary’s born around the same time and both had a father called George and a mother called Hannah. I originally went for the Congleton one who had an Irish mother and seemed to be the correct social standing. This I now think is wrong – there was always an issue with the place of birth, Mary always quotied Wheelock. I was given a copy of a baptism certificate by Jill Whitehurst in July 2015 which was handed to her by her mother ( her mother was a granddaughter of Mary) This shows Mary born in Wheelock and baptised in Nantwich. I have copied below the details of “the other” Mary which is an interesting entry as it is one of few catholics that have occurred in my research.[

From left to right the entries are when born – 11 Dec 1844, when baptised – 22 Dec 1844, person baptised – Maryanne Brereton, father – George, mother – Catherine McGovern (maiden name was usually stated in these records), godfather – Patrick Moran, godmother – Mary Button. There are similar entries for Mary’s brothers Joseph and James.

Abel and Mary had seven children over a period of 17 years. Their youngest child, Charles, was born when Abel was 57 years old and Mary was 43 years old.

Abel’s thirteen children:

First is John William who was born on 11th August 1857. His mother Sarah recorded the birth with her mark 15 days later. Also on John’s birth certificate it stated Father’s Occupation (Abel) as Farm Labourer, so at this time Abel had not started his busines as a “Carter”. By the time of the 1861 census when John is 3 years old, John’s Grandfather William Goodwin is head of the house in Bath Vale and John’s father Abel is now a Carter. John is still at Bath Vale 10 years later listed as 13 and a scholar. And that’s it – strangely no further information can be found about John William.

Update for second draft . John William is found!!

Name on birth certificate is John William born Bath Vale, Buglawton, although he later only used the name John. On birth cert Fathers Occupation was “Agricultural Labourer”. Informant was the mark of Sarah Yates, Mother, Bath Vale, Buglawton on the 26 August 1857.

In 1871 John is living with his family as a scholar aged 13 in Bath Vale Congleton, born Buglawton.


The first evidence finding John in America is his passport application – available free on Familysearch.org


John William Yates born Congleton Cheshire August 22nd 1857 father Abel Yates now dead I emigrated to US sailing from Liverpool November 1886 and have resided 36 years in New Jersey. Permanet address 347.7th St Jersey City in the State of N.J. where I follow the occupation fo Car Inspector. I intend to return within one year and will visit British Isles to visit relatives. I intend to leave the US from the port of New York sailing on board the White Star on July 1 1922. .


Also found on Familysearch.org :-

Emigration record:John Yates age 28 emigrated on the Britannic sailing from Liverpool on 27 Sept 1886.


The 1910 Census Jersey City Ward 5, Hudson, New Jersey

John Yates Head M 52 England

Elizabeth Yates Wife F 50 New JerseyWilliam Yates Son M 13 New JerseyThomas Martin Brother in Law M 40 new Jersey


1920 Census Jersey City Ward 5, Hudson, New Jersey

John W Yates Head M 62 England

Elizabeth Yates Wife F 60 New JerseyWilliam Yates Son M 22 New JerseyThomas Martin Brother in Law M 49 New Jersey


On the right is John W Yates passport photo from 1922











I haven’t been able to find the marriage details for John Yates and Lizzie Martin at the time of writing. The tree is a little sparse, I have seen christening information for John Yates (1895) but nothing else so it is likely he died in infancy. So the only surviving child I can find is William Yates (1897) – no christening but on all the census’s . I can’t find a marriage for William, he was still single in 1930 aged 34 so the American line probably died out. Other information shows that Lizzie had a brother called Thomas who was 9 years younger that her and he boared with John and Lizzie. Lizzie’s parents were called Thomas and Sarah.




Abel’s second child is Elizabeth Ann Yates who was born on the 28th April 1861 in Bath Vale. She appears to have lived in Bath Vale with her parents Abel and Sarah and then with her father and step mother Mary when Abel remarried following Sarah’s death. On 3rd April in the 1881 census she is listed as a Silk Worker aged 18, she was actually 19. One year later on the 10th April 1882 she married John Thomas Davenport at St John’s Buglawton. In 1911 the family were living in Thomas Street Congleton with eight children, there had been nine but one had died. They called the youngest one Abel Yates Davenport.

Abel’s third child was born on 24th August 1863 and was called Joseph. In census returns he is a silk dresser in 1881 and a fustian cutter in 1891. When he marries Mary Jane Matthews in 1892 he is a silk dresser again.

Joseph and Mary had six children four of whom died in infancy before reaching their third birthday. The two survivors both married, Thomas to Elizabeth Horton, they had six children and Alice to Joseph Whitehurst, not sure if they had any children.

The fourth child for Abel and Sarah was born on 13th July 1866 and called Anne. In 1881 Ann is 14 years old and a silk worker, she married Henry Hankney on 25th October 1888 in St John’s Buglawton.

Anne and Henry had three daughters one of which died in infancy. They went to live in Crewe where Henry was employed at the Railway Works in various roles. I am unaware of what happened with daughters Lizzie and Hannah.


The fifth child for Abel and Sarah was Emily born on the 3rd April 1868, sadly Emily died in December 1870 aged 2 years. Emily had died one year after her mother died – see the beginning of this chapter.



Above are copies of entries in St John’s Buglawton Parish Records showing Emily’s baptism in 1868 above and her burial in 1870 below.

The sixth and final child for Abel and Sarah was James Yates, he was my grandfather and born in 1869, there is more information about James in Chapter 5 – More Recent History.

Following Abel’s second marriage to Mary Brereton a further seven children followed. The first child for Abel and Mary, and Abel’s seventh child was named Hannah. Hannah was born on 14th July 1871 and lived in Bath Vale until she married Alfred Sherratt in 1891 at St John’s Buglawton.

Hannah and Alfred had seven children, six of them surviving into adulthood. In 1911 the Sherratt family have moved to Ashton Under Lyme with Alfred working in an Iron Works as a Labourer. I am not certain about what happens from then on. However, there is a recorded death of a Hannah Sherratt in Ashton Under Lyme in 1915 and a death of an Alfred Sherratt in Congleton in 1930, with the ages matching.

The second child for Abel and Mary and Abel’s eighth child was named Mary. Mary sadly died when she was five years old and was buried in St John’s Buglawton.

Above are the parish register entries for Mary Yates. Abel calls himself a Farmer at the christening service. The columns for the burial are Name, Abode, When Buried, By Whom the Ceremony was Performed. The year is quoted at the top of the page with the details of the Church.

Just 10 days before 6 year old Mary was buried Abel and Mary had to bury another child – William who was their third child and Abel’s ninth. Once again it was at St John’s Buglawton.

As the entry numbers indicate there were three burials between Willaim and Mary.Alice Yates was two when her sister and brother Mary and William died. She was born on the 23rd June 1880 the forth child of Abel and Mary, Abel’s tenth child. Alice married Frank Beech a confectioner on Christmas Eve in 1900.

In 1911 Alice and Frank were living in Moss Side with their three children, Frank was a Confectioner in the “Cake” industry.

Abel and Mary had another daughter less that one year after they had buried their daughter Mary. This was their fifth child and Abel’s eleventh, she was born on 23rd January 1883 and they called her Mary Ellen. In 1913 Mary Ellen married George Skerratt at St Peter’s Congleton. Mary Ellen and George had two daughters, Mary Ann was born in 1914 and Doris in 1919.

Two years after the birth of Mary Ellen there was a son for Abel and Mary. They called their sixth child Abel. Abel junior became a Carter just like Abel senior and in 1911 was living in Bath Vale like his father had. Abel junior married Ellen Booth in 1906, her father, Harry Booth was a gunsmith. Abel junior and Ellen had six children, one of which was also called Abel.

Abel and Mary had one more child, Abel’s thirteenth and Mary’s seventh, they called him Charles and he was born in 1887. In 1911 Charles was a servant living at Buglawton Hall where he was employed as a Groom. Later Charles went to work at Brunswick Wharf alongside my grandfather Henry Walton (see photo at the back of the book). Charles married Jane Margaret Wainwright in 1914, they had four children one of which, also called Charles, married Nellie Nadin the sister of Reg Nadin who has helped me with family history research in particular with the Holland family.

So there it is Abel’s 13 children. Between them at my reckoning they provided him with 45 grandchildren, 24 of which were boys. Of the 24 boys 15 had the surname Yates.

Chapter 4

Bath Vale – More Abel Yates

On page 9 is a picture of the cottages in Bath Vale as it is today. It was in this row of cottages that the Yates family moved in the late 1850s. The 1861 census (on page 8) shows Abel with his first wife Sarah (junior) and their first child John. However the head of the family is William Goodwin (Sarah’s father). Ten year later the Goodwins, Yates, Barlow/Moss families are occupying two of the houses in the row of cottages (Sarah’s sister Hannah became Barlow and then Moss). I have tried to determine which houses were occupied by the families but the results are confusing. Census returns did not always start as the same end of the row and the occupied house seems to be in different position along the row at different census times!

Tithe Maps

Cheshire Archives have excellent Tithe map information. These maps were produced between 1836 and 1851 and on the Cheshire Archives site the maps can be comapared against later maps or up to date maps.

The first map is the Tithe map, there is no railway and Brookhouse Lane does not seem to exist. Below this is a map from 1875, this shows the new railway line and the row of cottages are a little clearer they are just to the left of the words Bath Vale. The modern map above shows the row of cottages clearer just below the new houses that have started to appear on the site of the former Polarcold factory which was a Cotton Mill in 1875.

While preparing the book I have been helped by other descendents of Abel Yates. In particular Pat Goodwin and Jill Whitehurst.Pat Goodwin is the daughter of John Keizer and Doris Skerratt. I worked with John (who’s real name was Johannes Jacobus Keizer) at Macclesfield District Water Board in the 1970s. John always met me with a smile and called me cousin .He was well liked and respected both locally and in the workplace. He had arrived in Congleton in 1940 with fellow Dutch soldiers when Holland came under German occupation. The Dutch Princess Irene Brigade was formed and based in Congleton in a disused mill. There are still many Dutch names in Congleton that remain from this time as, John did, some of the soldiers married local girls and stayed in the area. Pat is fortunate to have in her possession the family bible from the time that the Yates were in Bath Vale. I have copied some of the photos that Pat kindly let me take and some are reproduced on page 25. Jill Whitehurst is the daughter of Albert Dale and Marjorie Yates. I know Jill from meetings of Congleton Family History Group where we have shared information about the Yates family. There is a Chronicle report and photograph on page 26 of the marriage of Jill’s parents. Jill recalls that her mother once borrowed the family bible and while the bible was in her possession she was able to transcribe three items which were stored loosely inside the bible. I have further transcribed these and copied below. Jill was also told that there was a further item loose inside the bible that detailed Abel Yates’s wishes regarding his funeral including what the children should wear.

Both Pat and Jill suggested that Dennis Yates may recall the missing items as he had also once borrowed the bible. Sadly Dennis died in 2013. I have spoken to Dennis’s son Paul Yates, he is unaware of any artefacts but promised to check with his mother – Dennis’s widow Joyce.

Transcription’s recorded by Marjorie Dale (Yates)

The first page transcribed by Marjorie Dale is below – it is information from the family bible with additional notes presumably added by Marjorie I have shown these in grey text – the small grey text was probably added by Jill.

Elizabeth Ann Yates Born 28/4/1862 (Married Jack Davenport)

John Yates Bron 11/8/1857

(G) Joseph Yates Uncle Joe

*Ann Yates Born 13/7/1866

Emlay Yates James Yates Born 11 Dec Mary Yates Born 15/9/1875William Yates Born 26/12/1877Alice Yates Born 23/6/1880 Mary Ellen Yates Born 23/1/1883 Abel Yates Born 11/8/1830 (Mums Grandad Died 17/3/1898)Mary Ellen Yates (2nd wife of Abel Yates) Born 7/8/1846 (Born in Wheelock) Mum’s Grandmother Died 1918/ (daughter of George & Hannah Brereton of Wheelock)Henry Hackney Born 10/2/1866 } Lizzie 9/1/1899Annie Hackney (nee Yates) Born 13/7/1866 } Hannah 15/7/1890

} George Hackney Hughes 4/2/1914

Second is a will apparently written by Abel:

Last Will & Testament March 17 1898Abel Yates

I hear say that all my things and all my stock shall be left to my wife and after her death to be sold and be divided share and share alike to my children.

Witness by Theophilus Hall

Joseph Potts

The will above can be compared with the following official Probate record. The record does say (with Will) however there is no will to be found on the Cheshire Archives web site.


Finally there is an inventory apparently recorded after Abel’s death:

Inventory of Property of the late Abel Yates, Bath Vale, Buglawton, March 1898

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1 Horse

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40 hens old & young




Rent paid to 26 March


Paid for coal on Mar 1898

Received club money




Cash in house

Sick & Insurance club

Debts owing


Corn etc

Deposit in Co-op stores





Paid since death


Rent to March 26

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Shoes for 6 of family

Gloves & ties & Caps


8 qts Beer

Wine 6 Bottles at 2s 0d

½ Ham


½ lb Tobbacco

Sugar 3 lbs at 3½

Tea 1 lb at 2/0

Butter 3 lb at ¼

Milk and Cream

3 Tins Tongue

2 Currant Loaves

2 Spice Loaves

4 Best Loaves


2 lb Funeral Biscuits at ¼

3 lb Cheese at 8d

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Abel Yates – A little bit naughty

Most of this book seems to about Abel. There is no doubt that he was very active. There are two further things that I have found in my reseach that I must include. In Abel’s defence perhaps he was under a lot of pressure!

First in 1875 is the following article from the Staffordshire Sentinel of the 7th May 1875:

There is an old saying “a horse always finds its way home”. Abel perhaps decided he would put this to the test and left his horse to find his way home alone to Bath Vale which would give him the chance of a few beers at the Waggon. His misdemeanor seems very trivial when compared to the the acts comitted by Marstons and Tesco in 2012. They did not commit a crime but they did destroy an institution, this will never be forgiven.

Second on Saturday 19th April 1879 the article on the right appeared in the Staffordshire Sentinel and Commercial & General Advertiser :

At the bottom of the paragraph titled “The Elementary Education Act” there is mention of Abel and two of his daughters.

Abel was 49 by now and his daughters Annie and Hannah were 12 and 8 repectively. The school mentioned wasn’t the new “council” school but the old stone building which is next to St John’s church. In “Stephens – History of Congleton” it mentions that in 1871 a bylaw made school attendance compulsary between the ages of 5 and 13. An attendance officer was appointed and 31 parents were prosecuted up to 1876. It mentions a government minister commenting “to help at home or mind the baby is an easy cry to touch the heart of an attendance committee”. In April 1879 Annie and Hannah had two younger siblings – Mary who was 3 and William who was 1.



Chapter 5

More Recent HistoryJames Yates – The LandlordJames Yates is my maternal Grandfather. He was born in Bath Vale on the 11th December 1869 the sixth child of Abel and Sarah Yates. James’s mother died when he was just eleven days old. Sarah’s cause of death was given as – Utero peritonitis 10 days after parturition. Sixteen months later James is recorded on the 1871 census in Bath Vale but in a different house to his father and siblings. James was living with his Grandmother Sarah Goodwin and his Aunt Hannah Moss and three of Hannah’s children who were James’s cousins. So it likely that James lived with his Grandmother following the death of his mother. In 1881 James is eleven listed as a Scholar and living with his father and step mother Abel and Mary Yates.

Ten years later he is still in Bath Vale with his father and step mother, the 1891 census records that he is a Silk Dresser living at 4 Bath Vale. By 1901 James’s father Abel has died and James now 31 is living with his step mother still as a silk dresser. The following year when he was 32 James married Eliza Knapper on Christmas Day, Eliza was then 22 years old. I was told by my mother that Eliza suffered a lot of miscarriages . There are birth records for three children before my own mother, Ada Yates, was born in 1919. Ada’s sister Julia was born in 1922.

The first child of James and Elliza was called John. He was christened on the 30th July 1903 at St Stephens, Congleton. The St Stephens christening records at this time usually also state the date of birth, John’s date of birth was not recorded. Seven days later on the 6th August John was buried at St Stephens church. It seems that John’s birth was not formally recorded. My mother was unaware of her borther John being born which is not surprising. There was more sadness three years later when James and Eliza’s second child was born. They called him James, he was born on the 20th May 1906 and christened on the same day. Two days later on the 22nd May he was also buried at St Stephens. My mother was also unaware of her brother James’s birth until I mentioned it to her.

In 1911 James was living at 14 Brunswick Street Congleton aged 39 a Fustian Cutter married for 8 years to Eliza aged 32, he had had two children who had both died, John who was born in 1903 and James born in 1906. Also living with them as a boarder was Alfred Knapper age 22 (his wife Eliza’s brother).

James became landlord of “The Nelson” Brook Street Congleton in 1914 and later, probably in 1928, he moved to be landlord of “The Swan” High Street Biddulph. Also in 1914 on 13th January Eliza gave birth again, this time it was a girl and they called her Gladys. More sadness followed when Gladys died a year later and was buried in St John’s Buglawton on 25th January 1915.

My mother Ada Yates was born in 1919, her father James was 50 and her mother Eliza was 40. Ada’s sister Julia was born three years later.

From Congleton Chronicle October 25th 1940 page 5


Congleton and Biddulph Associations

Mr James Yates a former local licensee, passed away on Sunday morning at the North Staffs Royal Infirmary. His home was 115a Astbury Street, Congleton, where he has lived in retirement for the past two years.

Born in Bath Vale 70 years ago, he was employed in the local silk trade before taking over the licence of the Lord Nelson Inn, Brook Street, which he relinquished some 17 years ago when he took over the license of the Swan Inn, High Street, Biddulph. His wife died soon after the retirement. Two daughters are bereaved.

The funeral was at St Johns Church Buglawton on Wednesday afternoon, the vicar, the Revd H W Meakin officiating. The mourners present were Mr and Mrs Walton, son in law and daughter: Miss G Yates daughter: Mr J Yates, Mrs Sherrat, Mrs Beech, Mrs Skerratt, Mr A Yates, Mr C Yates, brothers and sisters: Mrs Tomlinson, Mrs Lancake, Mrs J Yates, Mrs A Yates, Mrs C Yates, Mrs A Knapper sisters in law: Mr A Knapper, Mr G Skerratt brothers in law: Mrs Ratcliffe, niece.

Those who acted as bearers were: Messrs F Lancake, J Davenport, Harry Walton and A Holland. The funeral directors were Messrs C Axson and Sons, Park Hill, Congleton.

On the front page of this booklet is a photograph of James at the front of 115A Astbury Street Congleton. The house still exists. Pictures below show the weddings of James’s daughter Ada in August 1940 and Julia in August 1942. James is seen on Ada’s photos but he died just four months later in December 1940. The two small girls are Ada and Julia.

War HeroesMost families were touched by a loss in the first world war. The families of my ancestors seemed to suffer less that most during that conflict. However there are two members of the Yates family that deserve recognition for their service in the second world war.

Ronald Yates the son of Charles and Joyce Yates who lived at 47 Havannah Street at the time. The Chronicle report at the time was that Ronald had died through illness. The Pictures above are a copy of the report in the Congleton Chronicle of January 2nd 1942 and a copy of photograph shown to me by Pat Goodwin.

Next is James Yates. James is my half first cousin once removed. His father was Abel Yates born 1885, his grandfather was also called Abel, this Abel being the one with 44 grandchildren. The report below is copied from a book compiled by Lyndon Murgatroyd. Lyndon’s book is based on reports in the Congleton Chronilce during the 1914–18 and 1939–45 war periods.

More from Pat Goodwin

The Yates Family Bible and the family register page inside the bible.

Pictures on the next page have been provided by Pat Goodwin. They include her father John Keizer in uniform and with his colleagues and later at the cenotaph. I have included these in recognition of the time the Princess Irene Brigade were in Congleton. The infant is John’s wife Doris Skerratt the daughter of Mary Ellen Yates. One of the girls in the garden is also Doris with her sister Mary Ann. In the middle of the three ladies is Winnie Foster (nee Yates) who was know as Ginnie.

Jill Dale and is the wedding of her parents – Albert Dale and Marjorie Yates. My mother Ada Yates is pictured with her mother Eliza and also alone in the portrait picture. The Charabanc picture is another from Pat Goodwin and shows Mary Ellen Yates who is above the centre door with a tall hat, the child in front is her duaghter Doris.

Chapter 7

It’s Never Finished

The research involved in producing this short history has taken many years almost always in short durations. This does lead to problems especially if things aren’t always written down in a logical way.

Mistakes have been made especially with Benjamin Yates when I followed an incorrect line for many years.

There is natural tendancy to keep on looking further back. The danger with this is that we loose what we have in particular with living memory. As I wrote this book it progressed through three draft stages. I tried to find out more about James Yates’s extended family. In particular concentrating on the last sentence in the chapter Abel Yates – The Later Years originally reads “So there it is Abel’s 13 children. Between them at my reconing they provided him with 45 grandchildren, 24 of which were boys. Of the 24 boys 15 had the surname Yates.” So with the help of brothers, first cousins and more distant cousins I have been able to improve the more recent history in the later paragraphs of this book.

I have often said and it has been often said to me “don’t forget tomorrows history – write down what is happening today”. I seem to have missed lots of what is now history and not tomorrows history. Other names appearing in this book as a result of marraige are Moss, Cheetham, Wright, Barlow, Brereton, Davenport, Matthews, Horton, Whitehurst, Hackney, Sherratt, Beech, Lancake, Knapper, Tomlinson, Booth, Wainwright and

. Many of these names are often found in the area of Congleton.

Name index


The photograph below was taken at Brunswick Coal Wharf. Third from the right is Charles (Charlie) Yates who was born in 1887 the youngest of Abel Yates’s thirteen children. Also on the left is my grandfather Henry Walton and immediately to Charlie’s right Henry’s brother in law Jack Holland.






James Yates is thought to be on the front seat on the left of this Charabanc trip from the Lord Nelson. The photograph would have been taken between 1914 and 1928 when James was the landlord of the Lord Nelson.

The Yates - Book Five Of A Series Of Short Books Recording Some Of The Family Hi

The fifth in a series of short books which record some of the research findings of Phil and Kath Walton. Most of the ancestors are from North Staffordshire or South Cheshire. The books present the research methods in a interesting format.

  • Author: Phil Walton
  • Published: 2016-01-19 13:50:24
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The Yates - Book Five Of A Series Of Short Books Recording Some Of The Family Hi The Yates - Book Five Of A Series Of Short Books Recording Some Of The Family Hi