The earliest CRABTREE reference is to John
who was a carline-maker when his son James
was baptised in 1745 at St Lawrence Church in Denton, Lancashire.
It is unclear what this occupation might have been, other
than the link to the thistle
of the same name that might have been used in the production
of felt fabric used in the local hatting industry.
, daughter of James Moors, at Manchester Cathedral
in April 1744. She was born about 1725 and was baprised
on 25 July 1725. Their eldest son, James
was born on 3 June, 1745.
married Ann at St Lawrence Church and the couple had five
children - James, Sarah,
Joseph later gave his place of birth as Bredbury in
Cheshire and he was baptised at Heaton Norris, Stockport,
in 1790. He married Dinah ROWLAND
on Christmas Eve in 1810 at Manchester Cathedral and the
couple settled in the Town Lane area of Denton where the
CRABTREE family remained for several generations. Joseph
appeared on several census
records, the last in 1851 when he gave his occupation
as 'formerly Felt Hatter, now recupified in the house'.
worked as a hatter, the prominent industry in the area for
many years. He and Dinah
had five children, the third being James
CRABTREE. He married Elizabeth
STANSFIELD in 1844, the daughter of John
STANSFIELD and Esther
RILEY. It is unclear where she was born. In the 1851
Census, she gives Denton, but in later censuses, she
gives Newton Heath in Manchester as her place of birth.
See the STANSFIELD home
page for more information.
The couple married
at All Saints in Glossop, Derbyshire. Both were living in
Dinting and Elizabeth unhelpfully failed to confirm if her
father's name was Richard and the only information she gave
was that he was deceased. It is not clear why James would
have been living there. He was a hatter like his father,
but there is no evidence of that industry in Glossop.
Their second son, Samuel,
was born in 1847 at Bentley's Houses, Broom Lane, Haughton.
The rate books show that the properties took their name
from the owner from whom they were rented and they were
close to a small hatting factory where James
might have worked. At the age of 13, he was working as an
errand boy, but by the time of the 1871
Census, he had followed his father into hatting, as
did his brothers, John and Joseph.
Only his younger brother William
broke with tradition by becoming a printer lithographer.
married Alice WARDLE at St
Paul's Church in Stockport in 1866. Both were living in
the parish, although they were soon to be found at Town
Lane in Denton. Alice was
the daughter of Joseph WARDLE and had been born in Hayfield,
Derbyshire, although I have struggled to find any earlier
church ir census records of her. She joined her husband
in the hatting industry, working as a hat trimmer. They
had four children, the youngest being Edward
CRABTREE. It was to be he who broke the link with Denton,
as did his brother Harry and
sister Ann who married in Ashton.
married Rebecca RIDGWAY who
was born on Manchester Road, Hyde, the daughter of Charles
RIDGWAY and Emma
HOWARD. The couple lived at 119 Nelson Street in Hyde
for most of their lives, Edward dying there in 1949 and
Rebecca in 1953. They had four children - George, Emma,
Robert and the youngest, Arthur,
was born at 119 Nelson Street on St George's Day, 1920.
At the age of 20, he joined the Royal Navy and served throughout
World War II. You can find some wartime
photos on this site, plus a diary of Arthur's service,
although not written by him.
On being demobbed, he married
Freda MOLESDALE at Hyde Register
Office. She was the only daughter of Edward
MOLESDALE and Lena
WALKER who did not fully approve of the marriage. Arthur
spent a few years working as a glove-cutter, but in 1948,
he joined the Cheshire Fire Brigade where he was to stay
for 26 years. He was based at Stalybridge Fire Station and
the family lived nearby on King Street. He and Freda had
two daughters - Hilary and Patricia
who married me in 1987.
Pat was educated at Hertford
College, Oxford, where she studied psychology and philosophy.
She was also a keen rower,
representing Oxford and once leading to the disqualification
of a men's team she rowed - "Bow! Are you a woman?"
I would like to thank Peter CRABTREE of Canada who has been
an important source of information. His 'one-name' research
may be of use to other CRABTREES out there, particularly
his online BMD