the cobley family history
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John James Cobley,
groom, coachman, estate worker (Lord Daresbury, Walton, Lancashire)

Father: George Cobley 1845-1914 | Mother: Elizabeth Berry 1844-1872

Grandfather: William Cobley 1804-1879 | Mother: Wibro Gamble 1827-1876
Gt. Grandfather: William Cobley 1771-1813 | Mother: Elizabeth ?

b. 4 December 1869, "Swingler's Barn" * , Hathern, Leicestershire

note:

* "Swingler's Barn" has not been an easy place to trace as its owner and occupier have changed on a number of occasions over the years. In 1861-81 Swinglers Farm/Barn was to be found on the Shepshed Road which joins Hathern to its neighbouring village. The most probable site of the barn is on the farm now known as Lounds, and it appears on the 1861 census as being the last farm before Shepshed. It was was then occupied by Henry Kilbourn but in 1881 had been taken over by John Wilde, his wife and their six children. During these years the farm was actually owned by William Swingler, who like the other farm owners of the area, prefered to live in the village as opposed to the buildings on the farm land. The occupiers of Swinglers Barn were employed as farm workers and would have lived in basic accomodation in or next to the barn, which would have been the central repository for the farm. Apart from working the land they would also have acted as both security and overseer of the farms yield whilst the farm owner lived in comfort close to the pub and church in the village. The original farm buildings are thought to have been demolished although there is an old building still physically connected to the 20th century house which looks to have been built in the 1800's. The view of the farm from the Shepshed approach to Hathern is probably very similar to that seen over a hundred years ago and gives some impression to its simple isolation

baptised. ?
d. 31 August 1939, Town Pit House, Higher Whitley, Cheshire
(cause cardiac asthma - informant Ursula A.Cobley : Daughter)
buried. 2 September 1939, St. Luke's, Lower Whitley, Cheshire
see
last will & testament

1871 Census:
Hathern : aged 1
1881 Census: 4, Lester Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire : Scholar : aged 11
1889 :
29 Union Street, Rugby, Warwickshire : Groom : aged 21 : Wedding certificate
1891 Census: 116, Mowsley Road, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire : Groom domestic
: aged 21
1893 : Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire : Groom domestic : Daughter's birth certificate
1898 : Higher Whitley, Cheshire : Coachman : aged 27 : Wedding certificate
1901 Census: Willow Bank, Higher Whitley, Cheshire : Coachman domestic : aged 31
1902 : Higher Whitley, Cheshire : Coachman : Daughter's baptism
1912 : Higher Whitley, Cheshire : Groom & Gardener : Son's baptism
1921 : Higher Whitley, Cheshire : Estate worker : Son's wedding certificate

m. 1 Mary Elizabeth Burborough, * 22 December 1889, St. Mathew's, Rugby, Warwickshire
(Marriage witnessed by Samuel Bamwell and Mary Williams)

domestic servant

b. ? 1869, Thurlaston, Warwickshire
(St. Catherine's House Index : ?)
baptised. 28 March 1869, St. Peter's, Dunchurch, Warwickshire
Father: Arthur Burborough (labourer) | Mother: Elizabeth Burton
d. ?
buried. ?

1871 Census: Village, Thurlaston, Warwickshire : aged 3
1881 Census: Coventry Road, Thurlaston, Warwickshire : aged 13
1889 : 29 Union Street, Rugby, Warwickshire : aged 21 : Wedding certificate
1891 Census: 116, Mowsley Road, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire : Wife : aged 23
1901 Census: 101 Gosford Street, Coventry, Warwickshire: Housekeeper (married) : aged 32

no more information known

note

* The census and marriage information above make for interesting reading and perhaps shed some light on John James's first marriage.

On the marriage register at St. Mathew's, Rugby, both John James and Mary gave their ages as being 21. In fact John James had only just turned 20, and Mary although slightly older than her husband, was probably not 21 either. This might explain why no member of either family witnessed the marriage and why the ceremony took place in a church where there was no known family connections. It is quite possible that neither party had been given parental approval and that the union had been of an impulsive nature.

By the time of the census of April 1891 almost 2 years later, John James was still 21 years of age and Mary had become 23.

  1. Ethel Mary Cobley,

    b. 24 August 1891, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire
    baptised. 26 September 1891, All Saints, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire
    d. ?
    buried. ?
    married. ?
    children. ?

    no more information known

    1901 Census: 101 Gosford Street, Coventry, Warwickshire: Daughter : aged 9

  2. Edith May Cobley,

    b. 30 January 1893, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire
    baptised. ?
    d. ?
    buried. ?
    married. ?
    children. ?

    no more information known

m. 2 Annie Mountford, 26 July 1898, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Aston in Newhall, Cheshire
(St. Catherine's House Index : 3Q/Nantwich/8a/page 581)
(Marriage witnessed by A. Foster Broomhall and Jane Sarah Mountford)

domestic servant

b. 26 July 1874, The Royals, Newhall, Cheshire
Father: Thomas Mountford (farm labourer) 1849-1929 | Mother: Mary Wilson 1848-1920
baptised. 30 August 1874, St. Margaret's, Wrenbury, Cheshire
d. 2 November 1937, Town Pit House, Higher Whitley, Cheshire
(cause cardiac syncope - informant Jack.Cobley : Son)
buried. 5 November 1937, St. Luke's, Lower Whitley, Cheshire

1881 Census: The Royals, Newhall, Cheshire : Scholar ; aged 6
1891 Census: The Royals ?
1901 Census: Willow Bank, Higher Whitley, Cheshire: Wife : aged 26

  1. George Mountford Cobley,
    teamsman, soldier (royal artillery, wwi) , teamsman

    b. 1 November 1898, Spring View Cottages, Norcott Brook, Cheshire
    (St. Catherine's House Index : 4Q/Runcorn/8a/page 205)
    baptised. ?
    d. (heart attack) 10 March 1967, Town Pit House, Higher Whitley, Cheshire
    buried. 15 March 1967, St. Luke's, Lower Whitley, Cheshire

    m. Alice Povey,17 September 1921, St. Luke's, Lower Whitley, Cheshire

  2. Dorothea Mary Cobley (Dolly),

    b. 1902, The Limes, Chapel Lane, Norcott Brook, Cheshire
    (St. Catherine's House Index : 4Q/Runcorn/8a/page 199)
    baptised. 28 September 1902, St. Luke's, Lower Whitley, Cheshire
    d. ? 1965, Northwich, Cheshire
    buried. ? St. Luke's, Lower Whitley, Cheshire

    m. Thomas Linch, ?

  3. Ursula Annie Cobley,

    b. 1 August 1905, The Limes, Chapel Lane, Norcott Brook, Cheshire
    (St. Catherine's House Index : 3Q/Runcorn/8a/page 212)
    baptised. 24 August 1905, St. Luke's, Lower Whitley, Cheshire
    d. ? 19 November 1973
    cremated. Walton Lea Cemetery, Warrington, Lancashire
    ashes interred. ? Walton Lea Cemetery, Warrington, Lancashire

    m. Arthur Milne Waywell, 1 June 1942, St. Luke's, Lower Whitley, Cheshire
    (Marriage witnessed by Sydney Bridge and ? Mary Leigh)

    1. John Thomas Cobley (Jack), G.C.
      professional soldier, Royal Artillery (boy soldier), articifer, Royal Elecrical Mechanical Engineers, Warrant Officer. gas fitter

      b. 6 September 1909, Town Pit House, Higher Whitley, Cheshire
      (St. Catherine's House Index : 4Q/Runcorn/8a/page 195)
      baptised. 7 November 1909, St. Luke's, Lower Whitley, Cheshire
      d. 11 January, 1972, Thursfield, Ffrith, Conwy, Wales
      cremated. ? Walton Lea Cemetery, Warrington, Lancashire
      ashes interred. ? Walton Lea Cemetery, Warrington, Lancashire

      m. Ellen May (Nelly) Parry, ? Sliema, Malta

    2. Oliver Cobley,
      driver, muntions worker (wwii), haulage contractor

      b. 24 August 1912, Town Pit House, Higher Whitley, Cheshire
      (St. Catherine's House Index : 4Q/Runcorn/8a/page 365)
      baptised 1 March 1913, St. Luke's, Lower Whitley, Cheshire
      d. 17 July 1957, Warrington General Hospital
      buried. July 1957, Warrington Parish Church

      m. Lily Cleaver, 23 April 1932, Warrington Registry Office, Warrington, Lancashire

    3. Charles Cobley,

      b. 30 April 1915, Town Pit House, Higher Whitley, Cheshire
      (St. Catherine's House Index : 2Q/Runcorn/8a/page 377(65))
      baptised. ?
      d. ? 9 February 1986
      buried. ? Lydyett Lane Cemetry, Barnton, Cheshire

      m. Jessie Brydon McDonald, 11 July 1941, Dunbeath, Caithness, Scotland

    JOHN COBLEYLast Will & Testament
    1939

    THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me JOHN COBLEY of Town Pit House Higher WHitley (near Warrington) in the County of Chester, Estate Labourer. I bequeath to my daughter Ursula the legacy of One hundred pounds.

    I devise and bequeath all my real estate and the residue of my personal estate and property of every description of or to whch I shall be seised possessed or entitled or which I shall have power to dispose of by my Will at my decease unto such child or children of mine as shall survive me and attain the age of twenty one years or leave issue in equal shares but so that the child or the children or the children colectively of any deceased child of mine shall take only and if more than one equally the share which each deceased child would have taking if living.

    AND I APPOINT my sons George Cobley and Charles Cobley executors of this my Will
    AND I REVOKE every former Will

    IN WITNESS wherof I have herunto set my hand this tenth day of January 1939

    JOHN COBLEY

    SIGNED by the said John Cobley the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us both present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of esch other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses

    JAMES BARLOW Managing Clerk with Robert Davies & Co. Solicitors, Warrington
    F. RIGBY with Robert Davies & Co. Solicitors, Warrington

    In
    His Majesty's High Court of Justice.
    The District Probate Registry at Liverpool.

    BE IT KNOWN that John Cobley of Town Pit House Higher Whitley in the County of Chester

    died there on the 31st day of August 1939

    AND BE IT FURTHER KNOWN that at the date hereunder written the last Will and Testament


    (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) of the said deceased was proved and registered in the District Probate Registry of His Majesty's High Court of Justice at Liverpool and that Administration of all the Estate which by law devolves to and vests in the personal representative of he said deceased was granted by the aforesaid Court to

    George Cobley of Town Pit House aforeesaid teamsman son of deceased one of the Executors named in the said Will.

    Charles Cobley son also of deceased the other Executor named in the said Will heaving renounced probate thereof.

    And it is herby certified that an Affadavit for Inland revenue has been delivered wherein it is shewn that the gross value of the said estate in Great Britain (exclusive of what the said deceased may have been possessed of or entitled to as a Trustee and not beneficially) amounts to £599-1-3 and that the net value of the personal estate amounts to £331-18-19

    And it is further certified that it appears by a Receipt signed by an Inland Revenue Officer on the said Affadavit that £11-13-33 an account of Estate Duty and Interest on such duty that has ben paid.

    Dated the 20th day of October 1939

    K R Young

    District Registrar

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