Henry Tomlinson

Past the S. Street Chapel, and Hithersay’s shop and house was some property.
In one lived old Mr. (Henry) Tomlinson who was a farmer, he also had a public bakery.

This was 35 South Street in 1871.

‘We used to take our dough to be baked on the hearth. Was ever such sweet bread baked elsewhere? I should like to get some of the same kind now, instead of the ‘germless’ stuff so popular with the thoughtless at present’. (John Cartwright).

He had a wife and children, and his daughter by his first wife, and her child lived with him.

The ‘extended’ family of Henry Tomlinson is a tricky puzzle to solve. The following analysis should be read with more than usual caution.

Farmer Henry was a son of James and Hannah (nee Sills) born about 1801 in Shipley. His only marriage took place in 1863 at St. Mary’s Church in Nottingham, when he was described as a bachelor.

Both the 1841 and 1851 censuses show him living at South Street with Henrietta Tomlinson who was born about 1828. On the latter census Henry is described as an unmarried farmer while Henrietta is his unmarried daughter. Parish records however suggest that she may be Hannah Henrietta Tomlinson, illegitimate daughter of Henrietta who died aged 17, at the time of her daughter’s birth. It is not clear who the deceased Henrietta is but she could be a younger sister of Henry. Thus Hannah Henrietta — or Henrietta the younger — would be Henry’s niece not his daughter.
(In the will of Henry’s father, James Tomlinson, dated May 12th 1844, Henrietta is referred to as the daughter of Henry)
Also in the Tomlinson household at this time is Henry Tomlinson Morley, born in 1821 the illegitimate child of Mary Morley and described as Henry’s son.

By 1861 Henry was still unmarried and Henrietta is recorded as ‘Henrietta Tomlinson’, his married daughter.
In April 1855 she had married her cousin, butcher John Tomlinson, son of James and Mary (nee Robinson) and had borne a daughter, Sarah Fanny in October 1859. At Henrietta’s marriage Henry Tomlinson is recorded as her father.

Henry Tomlinson Morley left South Street in the 1850’s and on the 1861 census had been replaced in the household by farmer Henry’s niece Mary Hannah Robinson, aged 18, and her illegitimate child Martha, aged 2 – who died in August of that year with bronchitis. Mary Hannah’s parents, Henry and Martha (nee Tomlinson), were both dead and two years later she married her uncle Henry Tomlinson at St. Mary’s Church in Nottingham. She was 20 years of age and he was well over 60.

The 1871 census records the presence still at South Street of Henry, wife (Mary) Hannah, their daughter Ellen Maltby Tomlinson, aged 2, married ‘daughter’ Henrietta and her two children, Sarah Fanny and William Henry.

Henry and Mary Hannah had two more children before Henry died in August 1879.
Just over a year later, his widow Mary Hannah married widower William Atkin, who then traded at these premises – 35 South Street – as a joiner and builder.

(I hope you have memorised all of this as there will be questions later !!)


Henry’s illegitimate son, Henry Tomlinson Morley, married three times within ten years.
He started in June 1854 with Mary, the daughter of Little Hallam farmer and cattle dealer Gervis Bower and Sarah (nee Bower). She died in January 1859, following complications when giving birth to their son Henry William, who then died in infancy.
The second wife was Hannah (nee Holmes) — the widow of Stanton by Dale farmer Robert Lakin — whom Henry married in November 1859, almost a year after the death of first-wife Mary. Hannah died in July 1863.
By now Henry had established himself as a cottager/farmer at Stanton by Dale. His third wife was spinster Penelope Godwin who married Henry at the end of 1863 and gave birth to at least two children, Hannah Mary and Emma Jane.
Penelope died at Stanton by Dale in April 1891 and Henry continued to live at the same place until his death in 1912, aged 91. By that time his younger daughter Emma Jane had been married to Market Place ironmonger Samuel Greenhough for over 27 years.

The mother of Henry Tomlinson Morley – Mary Morley – had at least three other illegitimate children before she married labourer and Chelsea Pensioner Henry Skeavington in July 1827 … and was thus to be the mother of the ‘notorious’ Skeavington brothers, Henry junior and Solomon. (See Toll Bar corner).

Have I covered everything?!!

And as if matters weren’t complicated enough, this now brings us to another Tomlinson — Thomas Tomlinson