Joseph Parkinson, my 2g-grandfather, born in Blackburn around 1829 married in 1846 Mary Whalley, daughter of William Whalley, a farmer of Pleasington to the west of Blackburn. Joseph's father was also called William. According to the marriage certificate he was also a farmer. It is possible that the the family is the one at Whalley Bank, Blackburn in the 1841 census but the William of this household is described as a grocer. The 1841 census is in such poor condition that many pages are unreadable and it impossible to be sure that all possible Parkinsons have been considered.
Joseph Parkinson and Mary Whalley had at least 6 children:-
- William 1847 Pleasington
- Elizabeth 1850 Pleasington/Blackburn m Henry ASHWORTH 1869 St James, Waterfoot
- Mary 1853 Blackburn
- Joseph 1855 Cloughfold, m Alice Ann CRONKSHAW 1877
- Paul 1857 Newchurch m Betsy Ann COLLINGE 1879
Elizabeth and Henry Ashworth had 3 children
- Edmund b~1869
- Mary b~1871
- Elizabeth b~1881
- Joseph is given as a 4th child in 1901 census but as he was born in about 1896 there is a possibility that he was the illegitimate child of Mary or the younger Elizabeth.
Paul Parkinson and Betsy Ann COLLINGE had at least 4 children:
- Joseph b~1879 Rawtenstall
- James Collinge b~1882 Rawtenstall
- Paul b~1885 Rawtenstall
- Harry b~1890 Burnley
Betsy Ann was probably the grand-daughter of James Collinge, born about 1815 in Lower Booths township, and his wife Alice. They had 6 children: Alice 1835, Ann 1838, John 1840, Elizabeth 1843, James 1846, William 1849
I believe Betsy Ann to be the illegitimate daughter of Alice.