Marriage 9 September 1871
John marries Mary Ann Wilby 9 September 1871 at West Parade Chapel, aged 22, Mary Ann is also 22. West Parade Chapel, sadly, has since been demolished.
With this marriage certificate, I was able to determine Mary Ann's maiden name and confirm both Mary Ann and John's ages (matching the ages on the 1901 census).
John's profession was bricklayer and Mary Ann's was domestic servant. Both John and Mary Ann lived in "Eastmoor near Wakefield".
This certificate was also the first clue to be able to step back yet another generation, since I discovered John and Mary Ann's Fathers' names - Thomas Bagnall - a labourer and Joseph Wilby - a cloth presser.
Since Thomas was a labourer, his son, John a bricklayer and his son's - bricklayers and stonemasons, it seems that generation by generation, the Wakefield Bagnall's were making better lives for themselves and ensuring that their children might have better skills and education than they had access to themselves.
It looks to me like John, his wife Mary Ann and my Great Grandfather William were guests at this as yet unknown wedding.
1877 Trade Directory Entry
John is listed in a trade directory in 1877 as 'Bagnall John, builder, Stanley Road'
|Hannah Bagnall||Scholar||Age 8||Born 1873|
|William Bagnall||Scholar||Age 6||Born 1875|
|Ann E Bagnall||Scholar||Age 3||Born 1880|
|George Bagnall||Scholar||Age 1||Born 1878|
1882 John and Mary Ann Accident
As reported in the Leeds Mercury on 26th September 1882:
1890, John Acts as an Executor for Henry Watson
This excerpt from the London Gazette of October 28th 1890 lists John Bagnall (of Eastmoor) as one of two executors for Henry Watson
From the 1891 census, we know that John was 42, a builder & contractor, living at 78 Stanley Road, married to Mary A Bagnall who was 41. Their childen (so far) at this time were:
|NAME and Surname of each Person||RELATION to Head of Family||AGE last birthday||PROFESSION or OCCUPATION||Where Born|
|Hannah Bagnall||Daughter||18||Wakefield, Yorkshire|
|William Bagnall||Son||16||Wakefield, Yorkshire||Bricklayer|
|Ann E. Bagnall||Daughter||13||Wakefield, Yorkshire||Scholar|
|George Bagnall||Son||11||Wakefield, Yorkshire||Scholar|
|Louisa Bagnall||Daughter||9||Wakefield, Yorkshire||Scholar|
|Edith Bagnall||Daughter||7||Wakefield, Yorkshire||Scholar|
|Harry Bagnall||Son||5||Wakefield, Yorkshire||Scholar|
|Mabel Bagnall||Daughter||3||Wakefield, Yorkshire|
From the 1901 census, we know that in 1901, John lived on Stanley Road, perhaps still at 78 or maybe the house we think he may have built - 174 Aberford Road? (Aberford Road today extends from Stanley Road). The ecclesiastical Parish was the parish of St. Andrew.
John was a bricklayer and an employer, aged 52. His wife, Mary is listed as being 57, though the marriage certificate (See above) shows them as being the same age. The 1881 census gives their ages as 32 and 31 and the 1891 census gives their ages as 42 and 41. I believe the 1901 census is in error and that their ages were very close.
John and Mary had the following children living with them by 1901:
|George Bagnall||Bricklayer||Age 21|
|Louisa Bagnall||Milliner||Age 19|
|Edith Bagnall||Dressmaker||Age 17|
|Harry Bagnall||Stonemason||Age 15|
|John M Bagnall||Age 4|
These in addition to those listed in the 1881 census who by 1901 had left home or perhaps died.
This excerpt from the London Gazette of March 29th 1910 includes notice from the executors of John Bagnall's will and informs us that he died on 14th February 1910.