James William Magnall was born on the 28th October 1867. His birth is registered in Burnley (RoB Burnley 1867 Q4 Vol.8e p.176) but the 1871 Census says that he was born in the Parish of Tottington. However, he was christened in Habergham Eaves on the 1st December 1867 (Vital Records Index). He was the son of William (GM076) and Mary Anne (GM018).
The 1871 Census tells us that when he was 3 years old he was living with his parents at Stoops Lane in Burnley.
It can get rather confusing at this time because there were two William Magnalls living in Stoops Lane. They were:-
GM076 who was a coal miner, aged 30, who was married to Mary Anne (GM018) and had a son James William;
GM054 who was also a miner, aged 34 and married to France (GM055) with their children James W. (FM065) aged 11 months, Edward (FM064) aged 3 and John T. (FM063) aged 5.
There was also a Thomas Mangnell (JM044) aged 72 and his wife Mary (HM056) nee Isherwood (related perhaps to Rachel – HM060) aged 68 with their unmarried son Eli (GM008) age 23 who was also a coal miner.
The 1881 census shows that James was now living with his parents at Marles Street in Burnley. Although his father was a miner, James was a weaver.
James married Annie Jane Pounder (FM239) in 1893 in Burnley (RoM Burnley 1893 Q1 Vol.8e p.238). Annie was born about 1874 in Pateley Bridge, Yorks. They had the following children:
- Ernest (EM202), born in Burnley on 19th December 1895;
- William (DM046), born on the 18th January 1901 who later emigrated to Canada.
At some point in 1901 James and Annie were living at 27 Brunshaw Road, James was described as a cotton weaver. At the time of the 1901 Census James was living at 19 Cobden Street in Burnley with his mother, his youngest brother Mark, his son Ernest and some boarders. Annie and newly born William were recorded as visitors at 34 Anne Street.
Sometime between 1901 and 1920 James and Annie separated, Annie died in Earby on the 4th March 1947. James remarried in 1920 or 1921 to Martha Tattershall (EM177) (b.13th August 1884 in Burnley) in Burnley by which time he was living at 21 Cobden Street. Martha’s first husband had been killed in the Great War. Martha died on 6th May 1959 and is buried in Burnley.
James William died on 18th December 1956 in Burnley aged 89 (RoD Burnley 1956 Q4 Vol.10b p.747).
Thanks to Diane James for contributing some of the above information.
[Last updated 25 Sep 2004]