This concerns a branch of the Nuttalls originating in HASLINGDEN, Lancashire, ENGLAND – with connections at home in SHEFFIELD, DERBY, MANCHESTER and WALLASEY, and abroad in SOUTH AFRICA and possibly NOVA SCOTIA.
My great-grandfather was James Thomas NUTTALL, who was born in 1845 or 1846 in HASLINGDEN, Lancashire, ENGLAND.
He married Isabella ECCLESTON on December 17th, 1866.Isabella was born in 1843 or 1844 in LEAMINGTON, Warwickshire.
James and Isabella brought up their family in Haslingden.They are known to have had ten children, who were:
Courtney H. E. NUTTALL (born c. 1868);
Lily Mai Evelyn NUTTALL (c. 1870 – August 8th, 1893);
John F. W. NUTTALL (born c. 1871);
M. H. A. NUTTALL (daughter born 1872 and died 1873);
J. C. H. NUTTALL (son born c. 1874);
Percival Richard Eccleston NUTTALL (my grandfather, who was born on August 11th 1878, and died in 1940);
Gertrude NUTTALL (born c. 1882);
Harold NUTTALL (born c. 1884);
Ernest NUTTALL (born c. 1885); and
Cyril NUTTALL (born c. 1887).
Word-of-mouth information passed down over the years is sketchy, but at least three of James and Isabella's sons are believed to have gone to SOUTH AFRICA – the most likely being COURTNEY H. E., HAROLD and ERNEST.One of them, probably Courtney Nuttall, was a TEACHER who is said to have married a DUTCH woman, been interned during the Boer War for having divided loyalties, and raised a large family of mostly boys.Another, probably Ernest Nuttall, is believed to have DROWNED in Cape Town Bay.
One son left Haslingden for SHEFFIELD in Yorkshire.I am not sure which son this was.He has been referred to by my father and his siblings as “Uncle FRED”.This, however, is confusing as it doesn’t tally with the names of any of James and Isabella’s known sons – although it’s possible that Frederick is the middle name of JOHN F. W. Nuttall.One of Fred’s sons has been referred to as “Cousin HARRY”.I should think HARRY NUTTALL was born some time between 1890 and 1915 – possibly later.It is possible that Fred, Harry and/or some of their descendents emigrated at some point to SOUTH AFRICA, following in the footsteps of the relations mentioned above, but I have no evidence to support this idea.
Another of James and Isabella Nuttall’s sons, possibly CYRIL, settled in DERBY, Derbyshire, where he is thought to have managed the CO-OP store.At the time of the 1901 census in England, Cyril Nuttall was still living with his parents in Haslingden and is described as an "APPRENTICE GROCER".
My grandfather PERCIVAL NUTTALL – James and Isabella’s sixth child – settled in WALLASEY, Cheshire, where, in 1904, he married ELIZABETH WOOD and went on to father five sons and one daughter.
James and Isabella's daughter GERTRUDE was, at the time of the 1901 census, an ASSISTANT TEACHER.She is believed to have subsequently married, settled in MANCHESTER and had at least two children – both girls.
Less certain than any of the above details is the suggestion that one of James and Isabella’s children went to Nova Scotia.
If you think there is a connection here with any of your Nuttalls, I can let you have some more bits of information, including the names and birthdays of James Thomas Nuttall’s parents and siblings.As regards his GRANDparents, I know only that their names were John and Mary, and that they were probably born in the 1790s.
I would like to find out more about James and Isabella’s children, ancestors and descendents.I am particularly keen to discover more about Isabella's family – the ECCLESTONS.