The Marsden Family History in Detail

Credits and Thanks

The information found below has been painstaking collated by my uncle Doug Kyle (husband of
Charlotte Marsden) and was presented to me at my wedding in the form of a Family History album. My sincere thanks go to Doug for this - without the album none of this would have been possible.
I hope that you will find the content as fascinating as I have and if you have anything at all to contribute, please e-mail history@marsdensonline.co.uk.

These pages have been updated during May 2002 to include a number of new family members and details of other ancestors uncovered by Doug's work. Extra photos have also been added.

Thank you

Keith Marsden
(October 1999/May 2002)

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Francesca Niamh Spencer
Pictured here at six months old with her mummy, Sharon Spencer
Francesca Niamh Spencer was born on 21 September 2001 at the Barrett Maternity Hospital, Northampton to parents Keith Jonathan Marsden and Sharon Kim Spencer. Francesca took Sharon's surname to be in keeping with her older brother and mummy.

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Keith and Sharon Marsden
Pictured here with parents David and Molly and Keith's younger brother Ian on their wedding day - 26 September 1998 at Queensgrove Methodist Church, Northampton

Keith Jonathan Marsden was born on 6 June 1968 in Carlisle, Cumbria to parents David and Molly Patricia. He married Sharon Margaret (ne้ Jeffs), born 14 April 1969 to parents Michael and Doreen Jeffs (ne้ Preston), on 26 September 1998. Separated 24 September 2000.
Partnered Sharon Kim Spencer (born 9 December 1963). Daughter Francesca Niamh Spencer was born on 21 September 2001. Sharon has a son, Jack William Spencer (born 2 January 1992) from a previous marriage.

Ian Richard Marsden was born on 12 October 1971 in Carlisle Cumbria. He married Lisa Katherine Derval (ne้ McNally, who was born on 13 February 1969 ) on 2 November 1991 at The Holy Name of Jesus church, Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Keith and Ian lived at 48 Chertsey Bank Carlisle until December 1974 when they moved to Gill House, The Gill, Dalston, just outside Carlisle. Keith moved to Northampton in 1986 and Ian has lived in Newcastle since 1996.

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David and Molly Marsden
Pictured here with Keith and Ian in 1971/72

David Marsden was born on 18 May 1941 in York to parents George Harold and Phyllis. He married Molly Patricia (ne้ Matthews, who was born on 30 April 1939 in Hull ), on 25 September 1965 in St. Mary's Church, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham.

David was Assistant County Librarian in Carlisle until his retirement in September 1995.

David, his father Harold and uncle Bernard


Charlotte Marsden, born 31 March 1947 in York, married Douglas Stanley Kyle (born 19 November 1944 in Redcar) on 4 November 1967 at Holgate Methodist Church, York. They have children Andrew James (born 1 August 1968 in Winlaton) who married Helen Michelle Gardiner (born 12 November 1965 in Portsmouth) on 14 December 1996 in Richmond on Thames Registery Office, and Elizabeth Anne (born 29 May 1970 in Winlaton) who married Paul Martin Bean (born 5 August 1964 in Nottingham) on 12 November 1998 in Reykjavick, Iceland. Andrew and Helen have children Emily Florence (born 28 September 1999 in Sunbury on Thames) and Charlotte Alice (born 19 October 2001 in Sunbury on Thames).

Charlotte, her mum Phyllis, aunt Norah and cousin Joan

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Harold and Phyllis
Pictured here at a Waterworks dinner around 1968-1970.

George Harold Marsden (known as Harold) was born in York on 17 August 1907 to parents John and Laura Mary. He married Phyllis (ne้ Holdsworth, who was born 31 January 1907, York and died 23 December 1981 ) at Southlands Methodist Church, York on 22 November 1933. They lived at 4 Manthorpe Walk, Acomb, York. He died on 30 October 1980.
He was deputy chief engineer in York Water Works Co. Ltd. from where he retired in 1972.

Bernard Chapman Marsden was born in York on 4 November 1900. He married Norah (ne้ Fowler, whose dates of birth and death are unknown) and they had one daughter Joan Kathleen, born 17 May 1934 who still lives in Acomb, York. Bernard and Norah's address was 83 Green Lane, York

Harold, Phyllis, Bernard, Norah and David and Charlotte
Joan
Harold and Bernard

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John and Laura Marsden
This picture of John and Laura Marsden is believed to have been taken in about 1930. The location is unknown.

John Marsden was born 20 October 1872 in Hipperholme to parents James and Ann. He married Laura Mary (ne้ Chapman, whose was born in Feering, Essex in 1873. She died in 1941 in York) in Northowram in 1898. He died in 1947 in York.

Wedding Photograph(?)

Brothers and sister (all born at Hipperholme):
Ernest Marsden born in 1871
William Marsden born on 18 August 1877
Alice Marsden born in 1881

The family home is believed to have been at Wood Top, Hove Edge, Hipperholme.

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James and Ann Marsden
James Marsden was born on 25 May 1843 at Nab End, Hipperholme to parents John and Alice. He married Ann (ne้ Sykes, who was born 15 November 1843 at Hove Edge, Hipperholme - date of death is unknown) on 10 February 1870 in the Parish Church, Halifax. His date of death is unknown.
He was resident at in Hipperholme in 1870 where his occupation is given as a delver. He was resident at 18 Hove Edge, Hipperholme in 1881 with his wife and four children in 1881.
They had four children - Ernest, John, William and Alice (as detailed above).

The family home is believed to have been at Wood Top, Hove Edge, Hipperholme.

Brothers and sister:
Elizabeth Marsden was born on 4 December 1836 in Lightcliffe
William Marsden was born in 1839
Joseph Marsden was born in 1847 in Lightcliffe. His trade in later life was as a Flag Facer (Stone Dresser)
Jack Marsden was born in 1856 in Hipperholme. Jack's trade in later life was the same as brother Joseph, a Flag Facer

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John and Alice Marsden
John Marsden was born in 1812 in Southowram to parents William and Mary. He married Alice (ne้ Waddington, who was born in 1814 in Northowram and was christened on 28 November 1814 in Halifax) on 9 October 1834. They had five children - Elizabeth, William, James, Joseph and Jack (as detailed above). He died in 1861 or 1881.

The family home in the 1861 and 1881 censi is given as 18 Hove Edge. This is believed to be Wood Top in Hipperholme. In 1881 Number 18 was occupied by James and Ann and their children (parents and siblings). Number 17 was occupied by Alice (then widowed) and son Joseph.

Brothers and sister (born in Lightcliffe):
Charles Marsden was born on 27 June 1819
Ann Marsden was born on 10 May 1821
William Marsden was born on 24 Feb 1826
Thomas Marsden was born on 16 May 1830
Joseph Marsden was born in 1832

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William and Mary Marsden
The following details are largely unconfirmed as the Halifax Parish records are very difficult to read for this period. It may be that the events named as Halifax were, in fact, Lightcliffe which is listed in the subsidiary churches of Halifax.
William Marsden was born around 20 August 1775 in Halifax to
parents John and either Sara or Hannah (see below). He married Mary (ne้ Rothera, who was born in October 1791 in Halifax, her date of death is unknown) on 26 December 1810. No entries exist for Rothera although Rathera may be an alternate name. This reveals Isaac Rathera of Halifax who was the father of William Rathera in 1803. Could this be a brother of Mary or possiby her father?

They had six children - John, Charles, Ann, William, Thomas and Joseph (as detailed above).

There are no known details of any siblings.

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John Marsden
John Marsden was either the son of Joseph Marsden and was christened on 3 June 1753, or the son of John Marsden and was christened on 23 September 1753. Both were christened in the Halifax Parish register. The latter is listed under Halifax, of Lightcliffe and the assumption has been made that this is correct. His parents are therefore believed to be John and Betty. He married either Sara Barrett on 25 December 1772 or Hannah Shaw on 19 September 1773.

He had a son William (as detailed above).

There are no known details of any siblings.

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John and Betty Marsden
John Marsden was born circa 1716 at Halifax of Lightcliffe. Date of death is unknown. He had his birth registered by a relative, William Marsden, in Halifax of Lightcliffe. This is probably not therefore his father, but the most senior or knowledgable member of the family. There are no obvious details of a William Marsden from that date, although there is one who might fit in, although this is in Darfield which is in the South Yorkshire area.
He married Betty (ne้ Morton, whose dates of birth and death are unknown) in Halifax on 1 October 1750.

They had a son John (as detailed above)

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Previous Family History
The only marriage that could be found previous to John and Betty is another John Marsden to Esther Preston in about 1712 at Halifax of Lightcliffe.

Prior to that there are no references to the Marsden family in that location or in any immediately obvious locations.

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More Information

Sharon Marsden (ne้ Jeffs):
Sharon, daughter of Michael and Doreen (ne้ Preston), was born in Northampton and has an older brother, Graham who is married to Carol (ne้ Wilcox)
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Lisa Marsden (ne้ McNally):
Parents: Christie and Kathleen McNally (ne้ Stack)
Sisters: Deborah Nora Maria and Louise Christine
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Molly Marsden (ne้ Matthews):
Parents: John Hutton and Mabel Matthews (ne้ French).
Sister: Joan Mary Matthews (21 September 1943), married J Michael Collier 3 September 1979.
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Phyllis Marsden (ne้ Holdsworth):
Phyllis, daughter of Arthur and Annie (ne้ Clitheroe), had a younger sister, Nancy, who married William Hoyle, moved to Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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John and Laura Marsden:
John's brother, Ernest, had a son Irvine Marsden
John's brother, William, had a son, John Marsden who died in Southport in 1974. John (jnr) died without family but owning property in Brighouse and Southport. There was an inheritance which was shared between Harold, Bernard and Irvine as a result of an advert in a newspaper - possibly the Yorkshire Post
John's sister, Alice married a man named O'Shaunasey, but no further details are known
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John Marsden:
There is a Sara Barrett registered as marrying a John Marsden in about 1747 in Halifax. This raises a lot of question, but no answers at present. There are several similar entries and the assumption has been made that and actual date is likely to be the correct answer...
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