Elizabeth Pickup

Thomas married Elizabeth Pickup in 1716 and his son Thomas was baptised January 1718, and buried in 1719 in Pontefract.
Last name: Pickup
This unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from a place in Lancashire called Pickup (Bank), now styled Yate and Pickup Bank. The name has branched out strongly,and can be easily traced back to the neighbourhood of Blackburn as its original home.
Approximately 6,288 people bear this surname today around the world.
Recorded as “Pycoppe” in “Records of the Manors of Henry de Lacy”, dated 1296, and as “Pickope Bank” in “Place Names of Lancashire”, dated 1595, the name derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century “pic”, peak, point, with “copp”, top, summit; hence, “hill with a peak or sharp point”.
Locational surnames were originally given to the lord of the manor, or as a means of identification to those who left their place of origin to settle elsewhere.
Regional and dialectal influences subsequently produced many variations in the spelling of the name, which, in the modern idiom, range from Piccop, Picopp and Peacop to Pickhup, Pickupp, Pickopp, Picup and others.
There are several records of the name Pickup in Pontefract records, but I have found no trace of an Elizabeth there in the right timeframe.

name born died married spouse father mother
Joseph 1692 Robert
Robert 1694 Robert
William 1696 1696 Robert
Richard 1698 Robert
John 1699 Robert
Esther 1700 1730 George Burrough Robert
Francis 1702 Robert
William 1704 Robert

Thomas 1709 1709 illegitimate Dorothy
Dorothy 1714
Anne 1717
Robert 1726
Martha 1735

It is unlikely that Elizabeth was a daughter of Robert Pickup, but I can’t find a marriage for him in this area either. It appears he was born in Ackworth, about 3 miles from Pontefract in 1660, and had a brother John and sister Hester. Dorothy who baptised and buried her son Thomas appears to have been born there in 1686.
There is an Elizabeth baptised in Lower Darwen, Lancashire,(some 55 miles away) daughter of Thomas in 1703, making her 15 at marriage, and another born to Jacob Pickup of Elland (25 miles away) in 1690.
The presence of the large castle as a place of employment and the other businesses this would attract to the large marketplace in Pontefract would account for young people or even whole families relocating.

Yorkshire at last!

The hamlet of Roydhouse in the West Riding of Yorkshire consists of a few

farms and a pub.

A hamlet is defined as a small settlement, generally one smaller than a

village, and strictly one without a church.

To start the investigation of the assorted Roydhouse families throughout

Yorkshire, I first decided to follow the theory that the surname may have

originated from that area of the West Riding.

 

3 Acres  Inn, Roydhouse, Shelley, Yorkshire.

The closest ancient church is All Hallows Parish Church in Kirkburton, about 2 miles away.

Kirkburton Church is dedicated to All Hallows. It was built in 1190, and is now classified as a Grade I listed building. Most of the structure is 13th century although parts have been rebuilt. The tower was added in the 15th century. Inside the church is a late-medieval nave ceiling, large wooden pulpit, stone font and Elizabethan and Jacobean pews. A small window in the chancel may have opened from the cell of a hermit.

A restored 10th century stone crucifix can be found inside, supporting the belief that another church or Christian settlement may have existed on this site. The church has undergone extensive restoration.

The church records mostly show burials appear from the early 1800’s, though a few survive and are legible from the 1700’s. No Roydhouse (or other variant) burial is recorded, however this does not mean there were none. Over the centuries churchyards can become overgrown, run-down, stones become impossible to read and even broken, and old church records lost due to fire, flood, or war.

Going further  back in time I discovered the accepted meaning of the name, Roydhouse.

ROYD (Scandinavian.) Dweller at a forest-clearing

ROYDHOUSE (Scandinavian.) Dweller at the Clearing-House.

The Domesday Book of 1086 showed that much of the woodland of Britain was still intact. It was a very detailed survey of land held throughout William the Conqueror’s Britain and designed to gather taxes and revenue.In the north, and Yorkshire in particular, the land clearance was the work of the Scandinavians who first settled from A.D 867 in the Danelaw region.

 

My DNA test kit revealed a 25% Scandinavian heritage.

I knew I identified with Hagar and Helga!!

 

 

Unravelling Yorkshire

The hamlet of Roydhouse in the West Riding of Yorkshire consists of a few farms and a pub.
A hamlet is defined as a small settlement, generally one smaller than a village, and strictly one without a church.
To start the investigation of the assorted Roydhouse families throughout Yorkshire, I first decided to follow the theory that the surname may have originated from that area of the West Riding.

Roydhouse Hamlet location

3 Acres Inn, Roydhouse, Shelley, Yorkshire.

 

The closest ancient church is All Hallows Parish Church in Kirkburton, about 2 miles away.

Kirkburton Church is dedicated to All Hallows. It was built in 1190, and is now classified as a Grade I listed building. Most of the structure is 13th century although parts have been rebuilt. The tower was added in the 15th century. Inside the church is a late-medieval nave ceiling, large wooden pulpit, stone font and Elizabethan and Jacobean pews. A small window in the chancel may have opened from the cell of a hermit. A restored 10th century stone crucifix can be found inside, supporting the belief that another church or Christian settlement may have existed on this site. The church has undergone extensive restoration.
The church records mostly show burials appear from the early 1800’s, though a few survive and are legible from the 1700’s. No Roydhouse (or other variant) burial is recorded, however this does not mean there were none. Over the centuries churchyards can become overgrown, run-down, stones become impossible to read and even broken, and old church records lost due to fire, flood, or war.

Meanings of the surname  discovered vary only slightly, dweller by the marsh or dweller by the clearing.

ROYD (Scand.) Dweller at a forest-clearing

ROYDHOUSE (Scand.) Dweller at the Clearing-House

The Domesday Book of 1086 showed that much of the woodland of Britain was still intact. It was a very detailed survey of land held throughout William the Conquerors Britain and designed to gather taxation revenue.
In the north, and Yorkshire in particular, the land clearance was the work of the Scandinavians who first settled from A.D 867 in the Danelaw region.

My DNA test kit revealed a 7% Scandinavian heritage. Probably related to Hagar and Helga!

So, it’s Goodbye, Britannia Row…

Last weeks post about Frederick was the last of the Britannia Row connections, and

has been an interesting way of linking family stories together.

The connection with Islington was broken mainly due to slum clearances, war

bombings and the Governments decision to build big blocks of housing flats in nearby

suburbs for low income families.

I rather suspect if at all possible, the extended Roydhouse families would have stayed

longer. The connection lasted over 70 years.

This was also the last post about the Roydhouse family in London that are proved to be

connected to the Roydhouse families of New Zealand and Australia.

Of course, Thomas Roydhouse from Yorkshire was not the only Roydhouse to start a

new life in the city of London.

I touched on the life of Charles Potter Roydhouse last year, and hope to continue with

his family connections in the next few weeks, as well as explore the lives of the other

London Roydhouse families.

Frederick John Richard Thomas Roydhouse

Frederick John Richard Thomas Roydhouse was born in the November of 1907.

He was 5 years old when his youngest brother Edward died aged 2.

The family were all living at number 60 Britannia Row in 1934::

Parents Frederick and Louisa (aged almost 60)

Daughter: Louisa and husband Arthur (almost 30)

Son: Alfred Frederick George (age 41)

Son: Frederick John Richard Thomas (age 27)

His mother Louisa died later in 1934, and his father in October 1936.

Frederick married Kathleen Ann Cook in 1937.

The couple appear to have had no children.

He died on the 16th April 1975 at number 16, “Henshall Point”, Bromley High Street,

about 5 miles away from Islington.

Kathleen died in 1996.

Louisa Charlotte Lilian Roydhouse

 Louise Charlotte Lilian was the only daughter born to Frederick and Louisa, and they baptised her on the 12th August 1906 at St James the Apostle, Islington.

The Electoral Roll of 1929 shows the families at 60 Britannia Row.

She married Arthur Frederick Foulger in 1930, and continued living with family.

Their children:

1. Arthur F. born Islington 1931 married Beryl Hitchman in Watford in 1952

2. Dorothy M. born 17th April 1932 Islington married Byron F. Jenkins in Watford in 1950, died 1982 in Lambeth

3. Louisa F. registered Islington 1933 married Reginald C. Alexander in Watford in 1951.

4. Emily L. registered Islington 1933 married L. Pearce in Watford in 1948.

5. Edith Mary born Finsbury 9 Oct 1936 married Gerald Farmer in 1958 in Watford, a daughter Tina. Died 1992, Hertfordshire

6. William registered Finsbury 1936 married Barbara Lovett in 1957 in Watford.

7. Margaret R. born married Allan L. Northcott in 1958 in Watford.

8. Edward J. born Watford 1941 married Sylvia Kingston in Amersham in 1968.

Arthur died in Watford in 1972.

She died a few months past her 100th birthday in 2006, in Watford, London.

Roydhouse Hamlet

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Images of Roydhouse area from Google

The hamlet of Roydhouse is in the Kirklees district, West Yorkshire. Nearby are Shelley, Huddersfield and Skelmanthorpe.
The 4 accessways in the hamlet are Drinker Lane, Titus Lane, Jagger Lane and Wool Row Lane.
The Three Acres is the public house on Drinker Lane.
I have not found any Roydhouse family who lived in the hamlet yet but would be very excited to find traces one day. The Roydhouse families in Hemsworth, 25 kms away possibly could have a connection however the limited records available and lack of proofs would make this theory difficult to document.
A family I did find mention of was the Robuck family.
We know the Robucke’s of Roydhouse were there from 1580 onwards through the wills they left.
John Robuck was born c 1580, and married Agnes Soyner about 1600.
Their children included:
Agnes, Margaret, Elizabeth, Thomas and John.
John died in October 1635, and Agnes before 1637.

Alfred Frederick George Roydhouse 1894-1956

Alfred Frederick George was born in October 1894.

In the census of 1901, and 1911, he is living with his grandparents Joseph and Charlotte.

He joined the 12th London Regiment In 1918 he is described as 5’ 4 3/4 “, 121 lbs, with a fair complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair. He had a birthmark on his chest.

He had defective teeth and a history of rheumatism. He was supplied with glasses in December 1917.

Alfred was admitted to Connaught Hospital Aldershot Hampshire in a confused mental condition and described as dull, feeble minded, stupid and unfit for any ordinary military service.

This Military Hospital was able to accommodate 1100 patients and had a large specialist unit for mental cases.

He saw no overseas service.

Alfred never married.

He lived in Britannia Row until 1936, then briefly in Clifden Road through the late 1930’s, sharing with Louisa and Frederick Foulger.

From 1946 through to his death in 1956 he lived at 67 Beresford Road, about half an hours walk from Britannia Row.

Frederick William Roydhouse

Continuing the Britannia Row connection :::

Frederick was the third child of Joseph and Charlotte. He was born in Islington in 1875 and his baptism records the family were at number 45. He was about 5 or 6 when the family spent a brief time at number 26, perhaps for no more than 5 years.
In 1899 he married Ellen Curtiss, and their address was 60 Britannia Row at the time.

In 1901 Frederick and Ellen shared number 60 with his sister Sarah, her husband Charles Weyda, and their children Beatrice 12,, Evelyn 9, Joseph 3 and William a 9 month old baby all lived at number 60 Britannia Row.It is not clear how many rooms the two families rented at this time.
Sadly, Ellen died in 1902 aged 25 years.
He married Louisa Frances Parker in June of 1906, both recorded at number 60.
Their four children:

1. Alfred Frederick George
2. Louise Charlotte Lilian
3. Frederick John Richard Thomas
4. Edward W T 1910-1912

By 1911 the electoral rolls state Frederick was still at Number 60, and that Joseph was also.
The accommodation is listed as one room, unfurnished, and there were:
Joseph and Charlotte, in their late 60’s, Frederick their son, age 36 with wife Louise, and children Alfred, 18, unemployed, Charlotte, 5, Frederick junior 4, and Edward, a baby one year of age.
An interesting anomaly is the 1911 census only records Joseph, Charlotte and grandson Alfred.
In 1934 Frederick and Louisa shared number 60 Britannia Row with married daughter Louise and husband Arthur Foulger and son Frederick J.R.T
Frederick died in 1936, having lived with extended family in Britannia Row all his life, and at least 50 years at Number 60.

George Joseph Roydhouse

George Joseph Roydhouse was born to Joseph and Charlotte in Islington in March 1872. He was the grandson of Thomas Henry Roydhouse.

He was living with his parents and siblings as a scholar in the 1881 census at number 26 Britannia Row.

In 1891 the family was living at number 60, and George was employed as a cardboard box maker.

When he married Ada Louise Maycock in December 1893 they were living in Mayville Street, about a mile from Britannia Row. (Mayville Street was redeveloped into a housing estate area in the 1960’s).

By 1901 census he, Ada and two children were living with his in-laws and the family on Hawkesly Road, Stoke Newington. His occupation was a greasemaker.

George junior and sister Louisa attended Tottenham Road Junior School from 1894 through to 1904 when transferred to Matthias Road School.

In 1911, George was a foreman at Frank Howe’s Oil Merchant/Grease manufacturing plant.

The couple had a total of 6 children:

1.George Thomas born 2.9.1896 married Alice M.G Bertrand 1920, died 1970 Hackney

2.Louisa Dorothy born 1894 Islington married Henry F Grew 1913 in Hackney – one son Leslie H born 1914.

3.Percy Frederick born 17.3.1902 Islington married Ivy P.G.Collard 1928 died 1978

4.Rose Charlotte born 1906 married Albert Edward Hayter 1929

5.Hilda Mabel born 1909 died 1911

6.Irene J born 1914 Islington married Milford Paul Spiegelhalter 1934-
one son Brian D born 1938

George was 75 when he died in Essex September 1947.