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John HUNSLEY

Male Bef 1815 - 1896  (~ 81 years)


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  • Name John HUNSLEY 
    Born Bef 21 Feb 1815  Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 21 Feb 1815  Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    _UID 8D3E9ABCFB9248D9AA59FAE139AA88C8E09F 
    Died Mar 1896  Doncaster RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • IMPORTANT NOTE Most the information about John's ancestors and siblings is taken from the work done on the Hunsley family by Stephen J Hunsley in the USA.

      John's baptism on 21 Feb 1815 appears in the Messingham Parish register but there's another entry for a John Hunsley on 9 June 1819. For some reason, the entry has been altered: it originally gave Hannah of Messingham as the parent (no father's name) but this has been crossed out and Sarah & Charles of Wombwell Nr. Barnsley inserted.

      1841 census: in Messingham, Lincolnshire (all HUNSLEY), John (25, ag lab), Mary (20) and John (2).

      1851 census: in Church Lane, Messingham, Lincolnshire (all HUNSLEY), John (36, ag lab, born Messingham), Mary (33, born Crosby, Lincs), John (12, ag lab), Jane (9, scholar), George (6, scholar), Ann (4) and Joseph (1). All the children were born in Messingham.

      1861 census (indexed as HANDSLEY by Ancestry): in --- Herwick Road, Messingham, Lincolnshire (all HUNSLEY), John (46, ag lab, field worker, born Messingham), Mary (44, born Crosby, Lincs), Joseph (12, ag lab, field worker) Henry (7, scholar), Charlotte (5), Harriett (2) and Thomas (10 months). All the children were born in Messingham, except Charlotte, born Scotter, Lincs.

      John's wife Mary died in the 1860s, either in Q1 1863 or Q1 1870.

      1871 census (indexed as THORNSLEY by Ancestry): at 42 High Street, Scotter, Lincolnshire, John HUNSLEY (head, widower, 56, ag labourer, born Messingham) and Ann RANTER (widow, 48, housekeeper, born Crosby, Lincs).
      Daughter Charlotte (16, an unemployed domestic servant) was with her aunt and uncle Sarah Ann and John SIMPSON in Waddingham.

      By 1881 John and some of his family appear to have moved to Wombwell, Yorkshire. John was at number 3 Hope Street and some of his children were at number 2 Hope Street. The full details are:
      - At 3 Hope Street, Wombwell, John HUNSLEY (head, married, 66, colliery labourer, born Messingham, Lincs) and Ann HUNSLEY (wife, 58, born Crossley (sic), Lincs).
      I haven't found a marriage that fits this scenario. It's possible that Ann was the Ann who appeared in 1871 as John's housekeeper and it's also possible that 'RANTER' was a mis-hearing of RANTRY. A William RANTRY married an Anne SIMPSON in Q4 1844, registered at Glanford Brigg 14/641. William died aged 57 in Q1 1871, registered at Gainsborough 7a/465. His wife Ann(e) might have been John HUNSLEY's first wife Mary SIMPSON's sister. This is speculative however.
      - At 2 Hope Street, Wombwell, Wm. SLEIGHT (head, married, 33, farm labourer, born Loughton, Lincs), his wife (John Hunsley's daughter) Harriet SLEIGHT (22, born Messingham, Lincs), Thos. HUNSLEY (20, coal miner, born Messingham), his wife Elizabeth HUNSLEY (26, born Stanley, Yorkshire) and their son Arthur Stanley HUNSLEY (1, born Womwell).

      In 1891 John was 76, a widower, born Massingham (sic), Lincolnshire, living alone at 31 Summer Lane Almshouses, Wombwell. No sign of Ann.

      John's death was probably that registered at age 81 in Q1 1896 at Doncaster, although if he'd still been living in Wombwell, why wasn't his death registered at Barnsley?
    Person ID I162  Hunsley
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2014 

    Father Charles HUNSLEY,   b. 6 Dec 1769, Manton, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 24 Dec 1837, Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Sarah WRAY,   b. Abt 1781, Normanby by Spital, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 29 May 1842, Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Married 3 Nov 1803  Scotter, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Family ID F14  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary SIMPSON,   b. Abt 1817, Crosby, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1863 and 1870, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Married 26 Sep 1836  Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. John HUNSLEY,   b. Bef 10 Nov 1838, Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1926, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years)
     2. Jane HUNSLEY,   b. Bef 28 Aug 1840, Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 28 Oct 1840, Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     3. Jane HUNSLEY,   b. Bef 22 May 1842, Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. George HUNSLEY,   b. Dec 1844, Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1908, Barnsley RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
     5. Ann HUNSLEY,   b. 16 Oct 1846, Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1928, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     6. Joseph HUNSLEY,   b. Mar 1850, Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1885, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years)
     7. Henry E HUNSLEY,   b. 30 Aug 1853, Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1903, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     8. Charlotte HUNSLEY,   b. Dec 1855, Scotter, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Harriet HUNSLEY,   b. Jun 1858, Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Thomas HUNSLEY,   b. Abt 1860, Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 11 Feb 2014 
    Family ID F40  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S12] IGI, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/MMVL-X8Y : accessed 2013-11-15), entry for John Hunsley. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S27] Parish Register at lincstothepast.com, December 2013 and later.

    3. [S2] BMD index, probable death, aged 81, Q1 Doncaster 9c/448. (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S5] Stephen Hunsley, November 2013.

    5. [S27] Parish Register at lincstothepast.com, December 2013 and later, Messingham Marriages 1813 - 1837. (Reliability: 3).