Monday, 26 March 2007

My Great Grandfather

William Edward Limb was the first son of Joseph and Alice Limb. He was born in Staveley, Derbyshire and baptized there on 27th December 1863. His father, Joseph, had probably moved to Staveley from Shipley, Derbyshire for work. In 1861 Joseph and Alice were living at 116 Hassocks Lane, Shipley, near Heanor but by 1871 they are living at 135 Barrow Hill, Staveley, and in 1881 the family are living in Awsworth, Nottinghamshire – Alice’s birthplace - William Edward is aged 18 and a crane driver.

All changed for William Edward over the next ten years. On 20th January 1884 he married Celia Palmer Young at the Ebenezer Chapel, Ilkeston, Derbyshire and on the 1891 Census they are living at 7 Chapel Street with four children, Alexander, Alfred, Francis and Arthur. More children were to follow and by 1901 the family had three daughters Celia, Florence and Clara. In 1901 they had moved again to Shirebrook in Derbyshire where William and Celia lived at 30 Church Drive and Joseph and Alice lived at 30 Warren Terrace. There was another child born in 1903 called Percy. In 1907 William Edward was killed in a pit cage accident at Shirebrook Colliery – of which more here.

Above is a photo of Shirebrook Colliery taken from an old postcard c. 1900

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