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William Fernside of Halifax

Part 2 of the Fearnside Family Tree

First Generation

1.

WILLIAM FEARNSIDE

born about 1678, probably in Halifax.

Married SUSAN MORLEY 13 April 1702, Halifax.

Halifax PR: D53/1/9 p55.

Wiliam and Susan had the following son:

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NATHAN FEARNSIDE

 

 

Second Generation

2.

NATHAN FEARNSIDE

Son of William Fearnside and Susan Morley

Baptised 28 November 1704, Halifax.

Halifax PR: D53/1/9 p73.

Married MERCY HARTLEY 13 January 1726, Halifax.

IGI M107654

Nathan and Mercy had the following children:

 

 

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JOHN FEARNSIDE

 

 

4.

NATHAN FEARNSIDE

Baptised 30 January 1736, Halifax.

IGI: C085961

5.

JOB FEARNSIDE

Baptised 09 September 1739, Coley, Halifax.

IGI C107772.

Married BETTY CLIFFORD, 16 September 1770, Halifax

IGI M007493

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Third Generation

3.

JOHN FEARNSIDE

Son of Nathan Fearnside and Mercy Hartley

Baptised 27 January 1733, Halifax.

IGI: C007493.

Married PATIENCE WILSON 11 August 1756, Halifax.

John and Patience had the following children:

+6.

JOHN FEARNSIDE

 

 

+7.

THOMAS FEARNSIDE

 

 

 

Is this really the John Fearnside who married Patience Wilson? Some believe that she married John, the elder brother of Benjamin, baptised in Cleckheaton in 1732. In the absence of documentary evidence or a time machine, we cannot be certain but Nathan's son seems more likely for a couple of reasons. Firstly, there is geography. Admittedly the Fearnsides seem to have been quite mobile and the distances involved are small, but few Fearnsides appear to have ever returned "home" to the Halifax area to marry. Secondly, there is no evidence of this branch of the family having any involvement with textiles, which seems to have been the life-blood of the (Cleckheaton and) Ossett Fearnsides. Thirdly, someone of this generation belongs to the line which took part in the Scottish venture alongside Benjamin's children. That someone is probably the other John, from Cleckheaton.
 
I accept that this could be a totally mistaken argument. There could, of course, be another member of the family who is simply waiting to be discovered. The views of anybody reading this would be very welcome.

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Fourth Generation

6.

JOHN FEARNSIDE

Son of John Fearnside and Patience Wilson

Baptised 17 November 1763, Square Chapel (Independent), Halifax.

IGI C085951.

Married HARRIOTT HOWARTH August 1787, Birstall.

IGI: M108113

John and Harriott had the following children:

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ELIZABETH FEARNSIDE

+9.

HANNAH FEARNSIDE

7.

THOMAS FEARNSIDE

Son of John Fearnside and Patience Wilson

Baptised 17 May 1767, Halifax.

IGI: C007493.

Died 1856, Mirfield.

GRO: Dewsbury 1856 Dec 9b/330.

1851 Census: Lee Green, Mirfield. Shopkeeper, widower aged 83. Living with his daughter Sarah Lister (widow) aged 56 and 11 year old granddaughter Emma Fearnsides. In the 1841 census, he is a farmer in Roberttown. He was also the owner of horse-operated gin pit at Robert Town, referred to in the 1842 Royal Commission Report on Children in the Mines.

Married NANCY ANN CROWTHER

IGI: M108113

Thomas and Nancy had the following children:

Born 21 December 1768, Halifax.
Died 31 March 1836, Halifax.

10.

PHEBE FEARNSIDE

Daughter of Thomas Fearnside and Nancy Crowther

Baptised 14 September 1789, South Parade Chapel (Wesleyan), Halifax

IGI: C085961.

11.

JOSEPH FEARNSIDE

Son of Thomas Fearnside and Nancy Crowther

Baptised 7 November 1791, South Parade Chapel (Wesleyan), Halifax

IGI: C085961.

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SARAH FEARNSIDE

+13.

JOHN FEARNSIDE

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Fifth Generation

8.

ELIZABETH FEARNSIDE

Daughter of John Fearnside and Harriott Howarth

Baptised 7 November 1791, South Parade Chapel (Wesleyan), Halifax.

IGI: C085961.

Married HENRY RILEY 27 November 1823, Birstall.

IGI: M108111.

9.

HANNAH FEARNSIDE

Daughter of John Fearnside and Harriott Howarth

Baptised 25 March 1797, Northowram Congregational Chapel, Halifax.

IGI: C087191.

Married ZACHEUS MIDGLEY 26 February 1816, Birstall.

IGI: M108111.

12.

SARAH FEARNSIDE

Daughter of Thomas Fearnside and Nancy Crowther

Baptised 30 September 1793, South Parade Chapel (Wesleyan), Halifax.

IGI: C085961.

Died 1862, Mirfield.

GRO: Dewsbury 1862 Dec 9b/357.

Married THOMAS LISTER 30 October 1817, Halifax.

IGI: M007492.

Died 14 December 1841, Halifax.

Calderdale FHS.

1851 Census shows Sarah as a widow, with her 11 year old daughter Emma, in her father's household in Mirfield.

13.

JOHN FEARNSIDE

Son of Thomas Fearnside and Nancy Crowther

Baptised 30 May 1802, South Parade, Halifax.

Died 18 March 1879, Huttoft, Lincolnshire.

John Fearnside was, in later life, a schoolmaster and, from the places of birth of his children given in census records, it appears that the family lived in Mirfield and then Liversedge before moving to his wife's home county of Lincolnshire in the late 1840s. On he 1841 census, however, he apppears in Roberttown living with his father, and is described as a farmer.

Married ELIZABETH DODD 29 November 1827, Wigtoft, Lincolnshire.  
 
 
 

John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd had the following children:

Born 17 November 1807, Offleet Stowe by Wigtoft, Lincolnshire.
Buried 10 March 1877. St Margaret's, Huttoft.

GRO: Spilsby 1877 Jun 7a/383.

Thanks to Caimein Bowyer for adding details about Elizabeth Dodd and her marriage to John Fearnside. Caimein has undertaken a lot of research into Elizabeth's ancestry, going back to the sixteenth century. Those who want to know more - or who may have information to contribute - are invited to email her at bowyerc@hotmail.com

14.

ELIZA FEARNSIDE

Daughter of John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd

Baptised 23 October 1828, Mirfield.

IGI: C010052.

Eliza was a school teacher.

15.

CHARLES DODD FEARNSIDE

Son of John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd

Born Liversedge, Baptised 13 December 1829, Hartshead.

IGI: C107711.

Died in infancy.

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EDWIN HORNER FEARNSIDE

17.

ELEANOR FEARNSIDE

Daughter of John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd

Born Liversedge, Baptised 1 July 1832, Hartshead.

IGI: C107711.

Died in infancy.

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CHARLES JOHN FEARNSIDE

19.

MARIANNE FEARNSIDE

Daughter of John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd

Baptised 23 October 1835, Birstall.

IGI: C010811.

Married THOMAS HEWITT SMITH, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, 1881.

GRO: Spilsby 1881 Sep 7a/859

Marianne was a school teacher.

20.

FREDERICK THOMAS FEARNSIDE

Son of John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd

Baptised 21 August 1836, Birstall.

IGI: C010811.

Died 1904, Leeds.

GRO: Leeds 1904 Mar 1d/297

21.

WILLIAM HENRY FEARNSIDE

Son of John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd

Born 1837, Birstall.

GRO: Dewsbury 1837 Jun 22/21.

Died 1873, Lambeth.

GRO: Lambeth 1873 Mar 1d/304.

22.

JOHN DODD FEARNSIDE

Son of John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd

Born 1841, Birstall.

GRO: Dewsbury 1841 Jun 22/31.

Died 1842, Birstall.

GRO: Dewsbury 1842 Mar 22/22.

23.

JOHN WILSON FEARNSIDE

Son of John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd

Born 1843, Dewsbury.

GRO: Dewsbury 1843 Mar 22/32.

John was a miller.

24.

SARAH ELIZABETH FEARNSIDE

Daughter of John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd

Born 1844, Dewsbury.

GRO: Dewsbury 1844 Jun 22/38.

Known later in life as Elizabeth S Fearnside, she was a school teacher.

25.

JOSEPH DODD FEARNSIDE

Son of John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd

Born 1847, Huttoft, Lincolnshire.

GRO: Spilsby 1847 Jun 14/549.

Married ANN SHEPPARD, Guildford, Surry, 1875.

GRO: Guildford 1875 Mar 2a/86.

Surveyor, Ordnance Survey.

26.

FANNY FEARNSIDE

Daughter of John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd

Born 1854, Huttoft, Lincolnshire.

GRO: Spilsby 1854 Mar 7a/533.

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Sixth Generation

16.

EDWIN HORNER FEARNSIDE

Son of John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd

Born Roberttown, Baptised 5 June 1831, Hartshead.

IGI: C107711.

Died of tuberculosis 1873, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Edwin Horner Fearnside

 
Joined H. M. Ordnance Survey Department at Wakefield, Yorkshire, in 1845. In 1848 he transferred to the Royal Engineers and in 1852 accompanied his regiment to Tasmania, with his wife, Eliza Jane, and children. When he left the Army, he joined the New South Wales Government Railway Department as a railway surveyor. He was the first of a line of Fearnsides in Australia. Thanks to Martin Gannoni, one of Edwin's descendants, we can now show some details of the first couple of generations in Australia.

Married ELIZA JANE PERKINS 1851, Sheerness, Kent.

    (Born 1833, Southampton, Hampshire.)

 
 
 
Edwin Horner Fearnside and Eliza Jane Perkins had the following children:

+34.

EDWIN JOHN FEARNSIDE

+35.

WILLIAM ROBERT FEARNSIDE

36.

HARRIETT JANE FEARNSIDE

Daughter of Edwin Horner Fearnside and Eliza Jane Perkins

Born 29 October 1854, Newtown, Tasmanis.
Baptised 19 November 1854, St Johns, Newtown.
Died 25 November 1855, Little Talory Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania.
Buried 1855, St Johns, Newtown, Tasmania.

37.

GEORGE PERKINS FEARNSIDE

Son of Edwin Horner Fearnside and Eliza Jane Perkins

Born 11 October 1856, Stroud, Port Stephens, NSW, Australia.
Died 6 February 1861, Paramatta, NSW, Australia

 

18.

CHARLES JOHN FEARNSIDE

Son of John Fearnside and Elizabeth Dodd

Baptised 2 January 1834, Birstall.

IGI: C079641

Died 25 April 1903, Renfrew.

GROS: 575/00 0010

 
 
Charles trained as a surveyor in the Royal Engineers and bacame a Sergeant. On his dischage (on completing his service) in 1873, he remained in the very North of Scotland and worked as a quarry engineer and surveyor.

Discharge Sgt CJ Fearnside

Married (1) JESSIE ARMSTRONG2 March 1856, Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

GROS: 570/02 0182

Born 24 December 1835 in Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire.
Died 13 November 1922 in Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire

GROS: 823/00 0015

Her name is shown as Janet in the Parish Register, but all the other details match the person who married Charles in 1855. "lawful Daughter of John Armstrong and Elizabeth Gillespie, Durisdeer Village." Age (in March 1855) 19.

Married (2) CHRISTINA MURRAY22 November 1871, Clyne, Sutherland, Scotland.

GROS: 572/02 0182.

Born 16 April 1840 in Golspie, Sutherland.
Died 15 October 1909 in The Poor House, Barrhead, Renfrewshire.

GROS: 823/00 0015

This was a bigamous marriage and Charles was tried for bigamy at the High Court in Inverness on 21 April 1874, and sentenced to six months imprisonment.

Scottish National Archives, JC26/1874/35.

 

Charles John Fearnside and Jessie Armstrong had the following children:

27.

ELIZABETH FEARNSIDE

Born 22 April 1856, Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire.

GROS: 823/00 0015.

Died 1920, Durisdeer.

GROS: 823/00 0012.

28.

JOHN FEARNSIDE

Born 2 October 1857, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire.

GROS: 823/00 0037.

29.

SAMUEL FEARNSIDE

Born 22 April 1856, Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire.

GROS: 823/00 0022.>

Died 1932, Penpont, Dumfriesshire.

GROS: 845/00 0006.

+35.

ISABELLA FEARNSIDE

Born 6 April 1862, Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire.

GROS: 823/00 0013.

Died 1932, Durisdeer

GROS: 823/00 0005.

 

Charles John Fearnside and Christina had the following children, all of whom were registered as " illegitimate":

31.

ALEXANDER MURRAY FEARNSIDE

Born 14 October 1875, Rogart, Sutherland.

GROS: 055/00 0020.

Died 1950, Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire.

GROS: 501/00 0180.

32.

CHARLES FEARNSIDE

Born 28 October 1878, Kildonan, Sutherland.

GROS: 052/00 0046.

Died 1950, Springburn, Lanarkshire.

GROS: 644/05 0675.

33.

CHRISTINA FEARNSIDE

Born 12 May 1886, Renfrew.

GROS: 575/00 0164.

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Seventh Generation

34.

EDWIN JOHN FEARNSIDE

Son of Edward Horner Fearnside and Eliza Jane Perkins.

Born 12 December 1850, Southampton, Hampshire.
Baptised 1851, St Peter, Warwick.

Register of Regimental births, Royal Engineers, Warwick, 1850.Vol 558, p 215

Died 1 March 1879, Newcastle, NSW, Australia, when the police launch "Spy" sank in a storm.

Travelled to Australia with his parents 1852. Served in Royal Navy, including service in the Ashanti wars. Joined NSW Water Police.

39.

WILLIAM ROBERT FEARNSIDE

Son of Edward Horner Fearnside and Eliza Jane Perkins.

Born 25 May 1852, Ripon, Yorkshire.

GRO: Ripon 1852 Jun 9a/70.

Baptised 1852, All Saints, Southampton.

Station Master, NSWGR.

Married MARYANNE STONE 1877

William Robert Fearnside and Maryanne Stone had the following children:

38.

WILLIAM EDWARD FEARNSIDE

Born 1879, Sydney, NSW.

39.

FREDERICK THOMAS FEARNSIDE

Born 1880, Sydney, NSW.
Died 1881, Sydney

40.

ELSIE MAY FEARNSIDE

Born 1882, Sydney, NSW

41.

LESLIE FEARNSIDE

Born 1883, Sydney, NSW.

42.

REGINALD FEARNSIDE

Born 1885, Sydney, NSW.
Died 1886, Sydney.

IVY FEARNSIDE

Born 1887, Sydney, NSW.

44.

OSCAR FEARNSIDE

Born !888, Sydney.

45.

BERTIE ROBERT FEARNSIDE

Born 1892, Sydney.

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