Joseph Rothwell

Male 1817 - 1865  (48 years)


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  • Name Joseph Rothwell 
    Born 14 Jan 1817  Buckley Close, Tottington Lower End, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 30 Mar 1817  St. Ann's, Tottington, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Ramsbottom, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    surgeon and accoucheur 
    Occupation Between 1835 and 1839  Bury, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    apprentice to John Parks, surgeon 
    Occupation 1840  Dublin, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    medical student (Freeman's Journal, May 18, 1840) 
    Residence May 1840  New Street, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    acc. to Freeman's Journal of May 18, 1840 
    _UID 40D3F14C5E7D7243B1A7EA0180EB809FADF7 
    Died 18 Feb 1865  Nutall Lane, Tottington Lower End, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1001  Victoria Boutilier's Genealogy Pages
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2018 

    Father James Rothwell,   b. 11 Nov 1776, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1838, Brook House, Tottington Lower End, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Mary Greenhalgh,   b. 9 Mar 1784, Hole House, Tottington Lower End, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1837, Tottington, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 5 Aug 1804  St. Mary, Bury, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Witnesses Richard Hayward and John Rothwell witnessed the Rothwell/Greenhalgh marriage. 
    Notes 
    • Married by license
    Family ID F68  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eleanor Haliday,   b. 1818, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1883, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Marriage License 1842  Diocese of Dublin (Church of Ireland), Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 31 May 1842  St. Mark's, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Nelson Henry Rothwell,   b. 17 Jul 1845, Holcombe Brook, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1845, Hazelhurst, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. William George Rothwell,   b. 14 Sep 1846, Little Holcombe, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1921, Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Lucy Rothwell,   b. 23 Feb 1848, Holcombe Brook, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1865, Nutall Lane, Tottington Lower End, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
     4. Joseph Alfred Rothwell,   b. 7 Nov 1849, Little Holcombe, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1914, Queens, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     5. James Rothwell,   b. 10 Jul 1851, Nutall Lane, Tottington Lower End, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Feb 1852, Nutall Lane, Tottington Lower End, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Horatio Nelson Rothwell,   b. 7 Jul 1852, Nutall Lane, Tottington Lower End, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1892, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     7. Thomas Charles Rothwell,   b. 14 Apr 1854, Nutall Lane, Tottington Lower End, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1930, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     8. Arthur Edward Rothwell,   b. Dec 1855, Nutall Lane, Tottington Lower End, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1878, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 22 years)
    Last Modified 23 May 2017 
    Family ID F127  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "The Lancet" medical journal Vol 2 (1839) p. 896-900
      provides excerpts for the trial of James Heywood, 22, held at Lancaster August 21, 1839 before Mr. Baron Maule, for the murder of his wife Mary Heywood of Bury in April 1838 (death by suffocation) (the article is an excerpt from the Liverpool Mercury of August 23)
      Joseph Rothwell appeared as a witness for the prosecution, he was the first person to examine the deceased (called to do so by the defendant).
      "In April last I was an apprentice to Mr. [John] Parks, surgeon, of Bury....I have been an apprentice to Mr. Parks nearly four years" He testified that "the death had been caused by external violence."
      The Jury found the defendant not guilty (a finding "The Lancet" clearly disagreed with)
      Note that James Parks, surgeon of Bury, was a witness to the 1837 will of James Rothwell (Joseph's father).

      Freeman's Journal May 18, 1840
      "Insolvent Debtors. Also to be heard on Saturday, the 6th of June next....Joseph Rothwell, New-street, Dublin, medical student."

      Joseph Rothwell does not appear to be enumerated in the 1841 census of England in Bury/Tottington Lower End/Holcombe; he was probably still in Dublin at this time.

      He trained at Anglesea Lying-in Hospital, Peter Street Dublin School (Founded 1828; See http://home.planet.nl/~pbdavis/Medical.htm) (aka Anglesey Lying-in Hospital)

      He is listed in the Dublin city directories, under graduates and attendees of Anglesea Lying-In Hospital, in 1843 and 1844, as "Joseph Rothwell, Bury, Lancashire"

      Joseph Rothwell and Eleanor Haliday took out a marriage license bond in Dublin City in 1842. See: Index to Dublin Will & Grant Books (1270-1858), page 328 [This used to be part of Origins Network's Irish Origins database]

      According to "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors" by John Grenham, 3rd Ed. (GPC, 2006), "members of the Church of Ireland could take out a Marriage Licence Bond" by giving money to the diocese in order to avoid the publishing of banns. (p. 41)

      The marriage register of St. Mark's (Church of Ireland), Dublin, Ireland, reads: "Joseph Rothwell of Tottington Lancashire, now residing in this parish and Eleanor Halliday of this parish were married by Consistorial license...this thirty first of May...one Thousand eight Hundred and forty two by me William Atwell curate" Joseph Rothwell and Eleonor Haliday sign their names; marriage witnesses Joseph Haliday, R. Singleton, and Eliza Taylor all sign. (page 140 no. 420 of the marriage register; see http://irishgenealogy.ie for a digital image)

      "May 31, in St. Mark's Church, by the Rev. Mr. Atwell, Joseph Rothwell, Esq. of Bury, in Lancashire, Surgeon, to Ellen, daughter of Mr. Joseph Haliday, of this city"
      Dublin Evening Packet Thursday June 2, 1842

      Since the couple married in 1842, there may have been a child born to them around 1843, probably in Dublin, that was probably deceased before 1851.

      Upon return from Ireland with his wife, Joseph Rothwell lived at Holcombe Brook/Little Holcombe from at least 1845 until 1851, when he and his family moved to Nutall Lane and stayed there until his widow immigrated with her children to the United States.

      Manchester Times & Gazette, November 8, 1845
      "Bury-Death from Excessive Drinking.-On Tuesday an inquest was held at the Hare and Hounds public-house, Tottington Lower End, near Bury, before Mr. Dearden, coroner, on the body of Robert Diggle, ostler, aged 44 years, whose death was caused under the following circumstances: -It appeared from the evidence that deceased, who was a single man of very intemperate habits, and during the last ten days had been poorly, but continued to follow his employment up to Wednesday the 29th ult., when he became worse; and on Thursday Mr. Joseph Rothwell, surgeon, was called in to attend upon him. He said deceased was at that time labouring under delirium tremens from the effects of hard-drinking. On Friday night he appeared better, and after having had his supper, he went to bed quietly. At one o'clock on Saturday morning he became outrageous, so that it took two persons to hold him; and at four o'clock he was seized with convulsions, and died in that state. - The jury returned a verdict that he died of delirium tremens."

      Manchester Times & Gazette, Saturday, June 20, 1846
      "Bury-Deaths from Heat.-At six o'clock on Thursday evening last, James Grime, who was mowing, and had been the greatest part of the day, without shirt, in a meadow belonging to Ann Kay, farmer, Holcome-brook, Tottington, near Bury, was suddenly taken ill, and was removed to a public-house near the place, when he was immediately attended by Mr. Rothwell, surgeon, who rendered every assistance, but he died at a quarter past seven o'clock the same night. He was a very sober, steady man, 45 years of age, and has left a wife and eight children, four of them under five years of age."

      1851 census of England, Tottington Lower End, Holcombe, Nutall Lane
      Joseph Rothwell 34 surgeon and accoucheur b. Lancashire Tottington
      Eleanor Rothwell 33 Ireland b. Dublin Ireland
      William George Rothwell 4 b. Lancashire Tottington
      Lucy Rothwell 3 b. Lancashire Tottington
      Joseph Rothwell 1 b. Lancashire Tottington
      Sarah Haliday sister in law 25 dressmaker b. Dublin Ireland

      1854 "History, Topography, and Directory of Mid-Lancashire" by Mannex
      Ramsbottom section
      Jph. Rothwell, Bolton st., is listed under "Surgeons"

      1855 Slater's Directory (p. 1029) Ramsbottom section
      Joseph Rothwell, Holcombe brook, is listed under "Surgeons"


      "Joseph Rothwell, surgeon, William Kay, engineer, and George Lomax, all of Tottington, were charged with wilfully damaging a warp in the house of John Booth, and also breaking several panes of glass. The case was not considered fully proved, and was therefore dismissed"
      Bury Times 18 July 1857

      Bury Petty Sessions
      Monday
      Refusing to Admit a Constable. Robert Rowlinson, beerseller, Nuttall lane, Ramsbottom, was charged with having refused admission to a police constable who came to his house in the execution of his duty. Defendant alleged that the officer did not say that he was a police constable when he knocked at the door. Mr. Joseph Rothwell, surgeon, had gone to his house in a state of intoxication, his wife having turned him out, and he came to his (defendant's) house for shelter. He put him in the snug, and then went to bed. A witness was called who sid that he heard the police officer knock at the door, but he did not hear any name mentioned. On the conclusion of the evidence the defendant was required to pay 11s costs."
      Bury Times Saturday 15 May 1858

      1861 census of England, Tottington Lower End, Holcombe, Nutall Lane
      Joseph Rothwell 44 accoucheur b. Lancashire Bury
      Ellen Rothwell 42 b. Ireland Dublin
      William George Rothwell 14 scholar b. Lancashire Bury
      Lucy Rothwell 13 scholar b. Lancashire Bury
      Joseph Alfred Rothwell 11 scholar b. Lancashire Bury
      Horatio Rothwell 8 scholar b. Lancashire Bury
      Thomas Charles Rothwell 6 scholar b. Lancashire Bury
      Arthur Edward Rothwell 5 scholar b. Lancashire Bury
      Sarah Haliday sister in law 35 house servant b. Ireland Dublin

      Death Certificate: "Eighteenth February 1865, Nutall Lane, Joseph Rothwell, male, 48 years, surgeon, Morbus Cordis many months, Anasarca Hydrops several months certified informant Lambert Williams in attendance Nutall Lane registered Twenty first february 1865"

      A death notice was published in the Feb. 25, 1865 Bury Times on p. 3."February 18th, aged 48 years, Joseph Rothwell, Esq., surgeon, Nuttall Lane, Ramsbottom"