Request for information about the family of Eric Ogden

We are receiving a large number of letters requesting help from people researching their family tree, and whilst we are happy to help in any way we can, we are not in a position at the moment to research specific family names.

We will continue to publish as space permits any requests for help we receive in the hope that one of our readers may be able to help, but would advise anyone researching their family history to contact Bolton & District Family History Society.

In the last issue (No.89) we published a letter from Mr Frank Thomasson regarding his family who lived in Smithills Croft Road in the late 19th century. A lady called with a lot of information for Mr Thomasson about his late Father and family and we were able to put them in touch to sort out how they are related and to share memories. Also another lady rang who remembered a family of Thomassons on Halliwell Road who may have been related to Mr Thomasson. We also received three anonymous sealed letters from the same source to pass on, which Mr Thomasson assures me contained a lot of valuable information. Thank you to all of them for taking the trouble to get in touch.

And now for another request for help, let’s see if we can be as successful with this one as we were for Mr Thomasson.


The following letter is from the Revd. Eric Ogden who is trying to locate members of his Mother’s family, the Minshulls

Dear Mrs. Koppens,

1 recently picked up a copy of ‘The Little Piecer’ No. 89 at the Bolton Local History Shop and was interested to read of the Paley & Austin churches in Halliwell. All Souls was the church of my mother’s family, most of whom were baptised there and should appear in the registers. Since you ask for questions to be answered, I would like to ask whether the Society has any reference to the Minshull family in its records. I know that my mother was born at 22 Acton Street on 27 September 1904. This street must have been demolished since it does not appear in the current street map. I believe the family lived subsequently on the west side of Blackburn Road between Grierson Street and Draycott Street. The address 28 Blackbank Street is known (on the other side of Blackburn Road) and my mother attended Ulleswater Street School.

My mother’s parents were Charles Minshull (1869-1945) and Maud Ann, nee Purdye, (1871-1954). My mother, Maud, was the fifth of ten children, Fred, Florence, Alfred, Norman, Maud, John, Charles, Edward, Stanley and Elsie. All survived infancy, though Charles died aged six in 1914. Maud Ann’s parents were Nicholas and Ann Purdye who were ‘resident stewards’ at Folds Road Conservative Club (East Ward) in 1895. The family tradition is that Nicholas was of French origin.

My mother attended evening classes in commercial and secretarial subjects and took the examinations of the RSA and the ULCI I have an examination admission card in her name headed County Borough of Bolton Education Committee, dated 1919. From her testimonials I see that her first job was in clerical work with Barlow & Jones Ltd., Cobden Mill (signed by J.R. Atkinson) from 1916 to 1920. She was employed by Parker’s (Manchester & Bolton) Ltd., automobile factors and engineers, of Bradshawgate, from 1920 to 1923 and from 1927 to 1930 as a bookkeeper and secretary (signed by W. Oxley). From 1923 to 1927 she worked as a clerk and shorthand typist at The Lancashire Cash Bakery Co. Ltd., Lever Street (signed by H. Ridsdale). I remember her speaking of each of these gentlemen with whom she worked, and also Stanley Parker whose note accompanied his wedding present to her in June 1930. Evidently she retired from work at the end of 1930. My father, Edmund Ogden, moved to Bolton from Yorkshire as a boy with his parents and brother, and lived at 126 Thicketford Road, Tonge Moor. After their marriage at St. Augustine’s Church, Tonge Moor on 28th June 1930, my parents moved into 120 Thicketford Road, where they lived until they moved to Eccles in November 1935.

I hope the above notes will be of interest and that some additional information on the Minshull family will emanate.

Mention of the sad loss of the church of The Saviour in No. 89 reminds me that my colleague Donald Buttress at Manchester University (where I was a member of staff from 1968 to 1989) arranged for the magnificent lighting chandeliers to be saved. They can be seen today, restored and installed in the University’s Whitworth Hall. They are remarkably similar to the originals which were lost in the 1940s.

With all best wishes.
Yours sincerely Rev. Eric Ogden