The name with its variants Ethrington, Eatherington, and Hetherington, all of which are used by my own line at various times, may be a habitation name based on a place in Northumberland (Hanks & Hodges : Dictionary of Surnames OUP). I had reached a full-stop in my efforts to trace the family further back than my 2g-grandparents Robert Hetherington and his wife Martha. Then I had a message from Sheila Wagner of Salzberg to say that she was descended from Robert's brother Matthew. She gave me a great deal of information and she had also traced the family in the 1841 census at Eaves near Woodplumpton. Having looked at the LFH&HS fiche of the Kirkham registers I have come up with the following provisional line. Kirkham, by the way, is a large (in area) parish in the Fylde which included a number of townships. The family seems to come from the Salwick area of the parish. But by the 1860s many of the family were living in the Rossendale - Crawshawbooth - Bacup area.

My 4g-grandfather was Matthew Eatherington who had 7 children. Richard (1802), my 3g-grandfather, was the eldest son and the baptism records gives Salwick as the family residence. Richard married Jane DISLEY who was the daughter of Robert Disley and Emery (aka Emma and Emy) RIGG. Richard and Jane had 8 children:— Robert and Martha Cottam had 6 children:—
  • Alice 1851 Bacup
  • Richard 1852 Bacup
  • Mary H 1855 Bacup
  • William J 1858 Bacup
  • Sarah J 1866 Helmshore
  • Martha E 1867 Helmshore
Richard was a stonemason and in 1871 married married Sarah Alice HOLDEN. They had 3 children:-
  • Mary Jane Etherington 1874-1928 (m Robert Henry GREENHALGH in 1905)
  • Martha 1876/7 m James Henry RATCLIFFE in 1907. d.1943 and buried Walmersley Christ Church
  • John Robert 1885/6 Lower Broughton

In 1881 they are living with the bride's parents in Hawkshaw Lane. They must have spent only a short time in Lower Broughton as in 1891 they are in Woolfold and in 1901 in Bury. Richard died in 1905 just a few months after Mary Jane married.

Last update: 20/01/2006