found your site in searching for my grandfather's birth place. You have
done a nice job! Is it correct there is only one church, St. Mary
Magdalene and it is Methodist? I am hoping to find his baptism church
which would be the Church of England. I know there is another Cottingham
but yours seems like the correct city.
are actually two churches in Cottingham - St Mary Magdalene, which is
Church of England, and a separate Methodist Chapel. St Mary Magdalene
dates back to the 13th Century, and the methodist chapel opened in 1808.
There is some more information on the Churches page of my site. Here's a
link http://freespace.virgin.net/cottingham.history/Churches Do you have
any more information about your grandfather, eg. his name and when he was
born? If so, I'll see if I can find out any more information for you.
Would you mind if I put your message up on the 'news and letters' page of
my site? It's really nice to get e-mails from so far afield.
you! Thank you! I am reasonably sure this Cottingham was his home as he
told the family he was from "one of the shires" - good luck me!
His name was Harry Frederick Shaw and was born July 17, 1859 according to
the Naturalization document. He was a banker in Ottawa so I am guessing he
came to North America to find a job. His parents were Rachael (Dean) and
James Shaw - from Harry's death Certificate. I have not found access to a
correct year of census information but have access to an LDS family
history center. The census information seems to vary as to what was
counted. Small children (1861) may not have been counted. Somewhere on a
site for Warwickshire (neighboring county) I found a surname list which
listed James Shaw. In a book "History of Warwickshire, 1830 by Wm.
West" page 778 it lists James Shaw as purveyor of oats at Cross
Cheaping, Coventry which could have been the place where he sold the
grain. It is quite odd that one of my uncles was quite a successful grain
broker in Washington State! That book is in the Auckland Library - not on
my list of accessible places to visit! Thank you so much for your time.
Putting this puzzle together has lead me to so many kind people.
I've recently got hold of the
1881 Census for the village of Cottingham, Northants - and there is a
listing for Harry F Shaw, with parents John and Rachel Shaw. Bingo! What's
really interesting is that he lived at the Kings Head
on Church Street, one of the pubs that no longer exists in the
village. His father was publican. His grandmother, also
called Rachel Dean, was the landlady of another pub in the village in
1841, but by 1881 - as you will see from the Census - was living with
Harry's family at the King's Head.
I have located census records for 1861, 1871
and 1881. All of them list my grandfather Harry F. Shaw. This is such
great stuff. Next I need to find when he arrived into Canada. He settled
in Ottawa where he and my grandmother were married. I am the youngest of
their grandchildren and have this need to search our roots. Thank you so
much for all you have sent me. Does a post card of Cottingham exist? I
will reimburse you for any pictures I can obtain.
some postcards for you. One has four pics on, with a lovely one of
Church Street. I'll pop them in the post for you. No
to letters page