THE CRONKSHAW FAMILY
Variants Cronshaw, Cronckshaw, and Crankshaw. One derivation has it as a habitation name from Cranshaw in Lancashire. The name has a tenuous connection with the Pendle witches in that a Jennet Cronckshawe who "had a mark in her secrets" was tried at Lancaster for laming and wasting the body of a Mary Pollard. I am using the Cronkshaw spelling as that is how my great-grandmother Alice Ann Cronkshaw spelt her name and was therefore the first spelling I met. However spelling has varied even for my own line. Pre-1800 my ancestors were in Blackrod and although my 3g-grandfather, John, left Blackrod for Clitheroe perhaps around 1820 he left a great many 'cousins' in the Blackrod area. A look at the registers for St Katherine, Blackrod (published by LPRS) indicates that Crankshaw became the 'standard' spelling for many of these people but some of my earlier ancestors in the parish certainly used Cronkshaw or Cronckshaw.
Hugh Crankshaw, my 5g-grandfather, married Ann RAWLINSON in 1769 in St Peter, Bolton. They had a large number of children (about 15) and Moses Crankshaw, my 4g-grandfather was born in 1772 as their 3rd child. In 1796 he married a Martha HAMPSON in Upholland. Her parents were Peter HAMPSON and Alice LOMAX. Moses and Martha ("Matty") had at least 9 children, the middle one being John Crankshaw, my 3g-grandfather, born in Blackrod in 1806. Like his brothers and sisters he was baptised in St Katherine, Blackrod. He married Ellen Nowel in 1827 at St Mary Magdalene in Clitheroe. Ellen Nowell may be the daughter of John Nowell and Ann Swales who married in Clitheroe in 1793. According to the IGI several children were baptised to John Nowell and Ann in the period from 1794 to 1816 and Ellen was the middle one being baptised in 1807. John Cronkshaw and Ellen had several children (dates approximate)
Last update 23/01/2006