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D 1. Ada Glassby Down
D 2. Susannah Glassby Down
D 3. John Glassby of Corsham Down
D 4. William Glassby (b 1773) Down
D 5. Arthur Ronald Glassby (b 1936) Down

D 6. Joseph Glassby (b. circa 1809 in Mexborough)(Down)
D 7. Will of Andrew Glassby, Mariner, of Virginia Street, Saint Georges, Middlesex 17th January 1782

D 8. Will of James Glassby, Mariner of London, 17th July 1713
D 9. Alexander Glassby
D 10. Tinsley Explosion, Sheffield -1884

D 1 Ada Glassby or Ada Glasby

Ada Glassby appears on the Roll of Honour of the No 1 National Filling Factory, Barnbow 1915-1918, as she was killed working there.

Number 1 National Filling Factory Barnbow.
Roll of Honour.
1915 - 1918.

Elsie Martha Atkinson Jane Few Gertrude Reid
H Bainbridge Charlotte Fox Mary Evelyn Rowley
Maggie Barker Mary Gibson Mary Schofield
Helena Beckett Ada Glassby Emily Sedgwick
Jennie Blackamore Eliza Grant Alice Smart
Mary Jane Blackstone M Heyworth Amelia Stewart
Polly Booth Florence Hodgkins Edith Sykes
Elsie Bruce Ethel Jackson Eliza West
Mary Carter Sarah Ann Jennings Florence Whiteley
Katie Chapman Edith Levitt Ida Worslop
Kathleen Eastwood Elizabeth Mason May Wortley
Lilian Ellis Agnes Power Olive Yeates

The story is told by Tony Cox in The Barwicker No. 47 www.hjsmith.clara.co.uk/4746.htm

The death certificate is made out in the name of Ada Glasby, and shows that she died on 5th December 1916.

D 2. George and Susannah Glassby

As mentioned in Chapter 2, next to the grave of Mary Ann Glassby in Holy Trinity & St Oswalds Church, Finningley lies the grave of George Glassby (1859-1877).

    Headstone, Holy Trinity & St Oswalds Church, Finningley
    Photo by M. J. Piper


It is immediately obvious that he was not the child of Mary Ann and William Glassby. A search of the 1861 Census for Finningley shows 3 families with the name “Glasby” :-

1861 Census Finningley (p11)
Name Rel Born/Age Birthplace Occupation
 George Glasby  Head  23  Notts, Finningley  Ag Lab
 Harriet Glasby  Wife  23  Yks, Greasbro  
 Daniel Glasby  Son  2  Notts, Finningley  
 Charles Glasby  Son  1 Mo  Notts, Finningley  

1861 Census Finningley (p13)
Name Rel Born/Age Birthplace Occupation
 George Glasby  Head  62  Notts, Lound  Ag Lab
 Elizabeth Glasby  Wife  61  Notts, Tuxford  
Emma Glasby Gd dau 11 Notts, Finningley  
 William Glasby  Gd son  10  Notts, Finningley  
 George Needham  Gd son  5  Notts, Finningley  

1861 Census Finningley (p14)
Name Rel Born/Age Birthplace Occupation
 William Glasby  Head  36  Notts, Finningley  Ag Lab
 Harriet Glasby  Wife  30  Yks, Stainforth  
 Elizabeth Glasby  Mother (Widow)  71  Kent, Tunstall  
 George Glasby  Son  1  Notts, Finningley  

It is obvious from this information that the George Glassby who was killed at Thorne Station in 1877 is the George Glasby, aged 1 in the 1861 Census, the son of William and Harriet. Looking at the 1871 Census, we find George aged 11:-

1871 Census
Name Rel Age Birthplace Occupation
William Glasby Head 45 Notts, Finningley Ag Lab
Harriet Glasby Wife 39 Yks, Stainforth  
George Glasby Son 11 Notts, Finningley Scholar
Osborne Glasby Son 6 Notts, Finningley Scholar
Thomas Glasby Son 2 Notts, Finningley  
George Glasby Lodger (Umd) 50 Notts, Finningley Ag Lab

George Glasby, 11 in the 1871 Census, does not appear in the 1881 Census. Further there is a record of death:-

GLASBY George June 1877 Thorne 9c 417.

It is interesting to note that George appears as “Glasby” in the 1861 Census and the 1871 Census, yet his gravestone is inscribed “Glassby”.

A search of the local papers revealed three press articles concerning his death:-

The Doncaster Chronicle
22nd June 1877
FATAL ACCIDENT:- About noon yesterday a man in the
employ of Mr. Duke, of Finningley, met with an accident at
Thorne , which proved fatal to him. He was leading a couple
of horses which were attached to a wagon from the North-
Eastern Station, and on rounding the corner at Clifton Lodge
they overpowered him and he was pushed against the wall in
such a way that he received injuries which proved fatal. He
was taken into Mr. Foster’s greenhouse immediately after the
accident occurred, and Dr. Gooddy was sent for, but his
services were of no avail. It was stated that a man was killed
nine months ago whilst driving the same pair of horses.

The Doncaster Chronicle
29th June 1877

THE LATE FATAL ACCIDENT:- On Friday last an inquest
was held at the North Eastern Hotel, Thorne, before Coroner,
E. Nicholson, Esq., concerning the death of Geo. Glassby.
Wm. Glassby, of Finningley, Labourer, said the deceased was
his son. He was 18 years of age. He had been in the service of
Mr. Dook, of Finningley, since last Martimas. John Robinson,
groom to Mr. Darley, of Thorne, said he took a wagon load of
beer to the North Eastern Station at noon on the previous day.
On arriving opposite Mr. Foster’s house he stopped. He then
saw the deceased driving a wagon laden with Indian corn
down the hill. He had not used the lock chain, and the
consequence was that the horses came at a rapid rate. He held
one of the animal’s head; and when passing witness’s wagon
he was forced against the wall and crushed so severely that
several ribs were broken. The horses proceeded about a
hundred yards further, but, of course, he was left on the road.
– Molly, wife of Moses Auckland, of Thorne Waterside, said
she was sitting beneath the bridge when the accident occurred.
She saw that the wagons cleared each other, and then she
noticed the deceased lying on the ground. She went up to him,

and asked where he was hurt, and he had his hand on his left
side. He was afterwards taken to Mr. Foster’s grounds, and
Mr. Gooddy, surgeon, was sent for. Witness remained with
him until death took place – about one o’clock.
Verdict: “accidentally killed”.

The Doncaster Gazette
29th June 1877

INQUESTS. _ On Friday last two inquests were held by the
county coroner, E. Nicholson, Esq.
The second inquest was held at the North Eastern Inn, Thorne,
on the body of George Glasby, 18 years of age, who was
employed by Mr. Dook, of the Levels. John Robinson, groom
of Mr. Darley, of Thorne, said that as he was going up to the
North Eastern Station he met the deceased driving down the
hill to the road with a wagon and two horses. The wagon was
loaded with Indian corn, and the weight proved too much for
the horses, in consequence of the lock chain not being used.
Deceased had hold of the near horse’s head, and just after
passing the witness’s wagon he was forced against the wall of
the entrance gates, the wagon passing about 100 yards into the
roadway. When assistance was obtained it was found that the
deceased had several ribs broken. Mrs. Auckland, who
happened to witness the accident, went and asked the
deceased where he was hurt, and he had laid his hand on his
left side. Mr. Gooddy was sent for, and remained with him
until he died, which would be about an hour after the
accident. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.



Susannah Glassby

Having established that the George Glassby who was killed at the age of 18 in 1877 was from Finningley, and had parents named William and Harriet Glassby, I noticed the story of Susannah Glassby, also from Finningley.

Susannah Glassby was born on the 1st May 1862 in the Registration District of Doncaster, Sub District Bawtry, in the Counties of York and Nottingham to William Glassby, a farm labourer and Harriett Glassby formerly Reed. The birth certificate is signed by Harriett Glassby, mother, Finningley.

Susannah Glassby, 18, married Alfred Grummitt, 22 and a labourer, on 14th April 1879 when both were living in Cleavland Street, Doncaster. Alfred’s father was James Grummitt 42, who was married to Elizabeth Mann and had four children. Two of James and Elizabeth’s children William (b 1848) and Mary Ann (b 1852) lived their lives in England, but the other two, John and Alfred, emigrated to Australia.

Alfred was born in Clophill in 1856 where he was brought up. Alfred was the first to go with his new wife Susannah. They sailed for Australia on the day of their marriage on the ship the “Arthur Stone” from Hull. They settled at Mt Gravatt (now a suburb on the southern side of Brisbane) and Alfred was probably a farm labourer. There was a Mt Gravatt Station ( a cattle property) owned by a Mr Klump who employed farm labourers and paid them with keep as well as cattle and horses so that if they were able to get a selection (a piece of land) they had something to start with. Apparently Alfred wrote to his brother John telling him this and John followed him to Australia.

John Grummitt, born in 1854 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, married Mary Ann Hare in Clophill in 1877. She and John moved to Poplar in London. She died and John married her sister Elizabeth on 2nd October 1881. (The story is that it was Mary Ann's request when she knew she was dying.) John & Elizabeth's first child, Frederick, was born on 9th December 1882. The only record that's been found of John's arrival in Australia is a John Gremmet, age 29, arrived Cooktown, Far North Queensland on 25th June 1884 on the "Duke of Westminster". Elizabeth, age 24, and Frederick, age 2, arrived in Brisbane, Queensland on 22nd September 1885 on the "Merkara". They were Remittance passengers which means that someone in Australia paid toward their passage- probably John. In 1888 John applied for and received two agricultural blocks (one in his name and one in Elizabeth's. We think they were only allowed one lot each) and a residential block of land at Ninderry. They had four more children, James b.1887, Florence b.1888, Albert b.1890 and John b.1892, almost three months after the death of his father. John Snr. died on 16th May 1892, age 37, from sarcoma of the testicle.

Alfred didn’t apply for land of his own when his brother John did. Maybe he considered that he wouldn’t be able to do the very hard work required or maybe his applications were rejected because he had a limp. He had worked on the railway in England and had been crushed and when he married Susannah he was a butler and she worked in a large manor house.

The two families moved to Ninderry not far from Yandina and worked very hard to clear land, built two slab houses – one on each block and fencing (part of the terms for getting land was that improvements had to be done or lose it). In 1892, when he became ill, John applied to have one of his portions transferred to Alfred to thank him for all his work (this was written a week before he died). It is not certain if this happened as Elizabeth had a letter written (she couldn't read or write) asking that the deeds be transferred to her. On 20th April the Deeds of Grant were issued to her but she had left Yandina and presumably moved to Brisbane where her youngest child John was born. At some time, date unknown, Portion 25V also passed to Alfred & Susannah", so maybe portion 24V was transferred to Alfred earlier.

George & Lucinda
George was one of the 14 children of Alfred and Susannah Grummitt. He was born on 20th November 1886 in Queensland. As a young man he owned and worked with a bullock team hauling logs to one of the many timer mills in the Blackbutt Range area. He married Lucinda Morrow from Sheep Station Creek in May 1914. George and his brother, William, owned property in the Moore Town area and had a butcher's shop in Moore. Bill slaughtered the cattle for the shop.
George decided to open a picture theatre in Toogoolawah -a bad business move as there was already an established picture theatre there which had the pick of the movies available. Before the building was ready George was diagnosed with cancer and he died a short time later. Their youngest child, a girl, was born a few months later. The picture theatre became a skating rink but eventually this was sold and Lucy and her six children moved to Kilcoy to be closer to her large and very close family.

It seemed obvious that George Glassby and Susannah Glassby, both from Finningley and both with parents William and Harriet Glassby were brother and sister. Susannah was born in 1862, and whilst she would not have been in the 1861 Census she should have been with William and Harriet in the 1871 Census.

1871 Census 
Name Rel Age Birthplace Occupation
William Glasby Head 45 Notts, Finningley Ag Lab
Harriet Glasby Wife 39 Yks, Stainforth  
George Glasby Son 11 Notts, Finningley Scholar
Osborne Glasby Son 6 Notts, Finningley Scholar
Thomas Glasby Son 2 Notts, Finningley  
George Glasby Lodger (Umd) 50 Notts, Finningley Ag Lab

No Susannah! At first sight this line of enquiry did not look promising! However, a more detailed look at the 1871 Census shows 4 other “Glasby” entries:-

1871 Census(Entry 12)
Name Rel Age Occupation Where born
 Elizabeth Glasby  Head (Widow)  71    Tuxford, Nottinghamshire
 Ann E. Glasby  Granddaughter  4  Scholar  Finningley, Nottinghamshire


1871 Census  (Entry 13)
Name Rel Age Occupation Where born
 Elizabeth Glasby  Head (Widow)  83    Tunstall, Kent
 Susannah Glasby  Granddaughter  8    Finningley, Nottinghamshire


1871 Census (Entry 18)
Name Rel Age Occupation Where born
 George Glasby  Head (Married)  33  Ag Lab  Finningley, Nottinghamshire
 Harriet Glasby  Wife (Married)  33    Greasboro, Nottinghamshire
Daniel R Glasby Son 12 Scholar Finningley, Nottinghamshire
Frederick Glasby  Son 10   Scholar  Finningley, Nottinghamshire
 Lucy Glasby  Dau 7  Scholar  Finningley, Nottinghamshire
 William Glasby  Son 2    Finningley, Nottinghamshire
 George Glasby  Son  8 Mo    Finningley, Nottinghamshire


1871 Census (Entry 91)
Name Rel Age Occupation Where born
 Thomas Glasby
 Head (Married)  30  Ag Lab  Hooton Roberts, Yorkshire
 Mary A Glasby  Wife (Married)  29   Doncaster, Yorkshire

It is a coincidence that there were two “Elizabeth Glasby” entries, both being the head of household and both living with their respective granddaughters! But Entry 13 is the missing link, as it shows Susannah Glasby with her Grandmother Elizabeth on Census day in 1871. The fact that Elizabeth was born in Tunstall, Kent, gives the key to identifying her in earlier Census, and determining who she was married to and when he died.

The first piece of information comes from the IGI:- William Glasby born in Nottingham in 1781 married Elizabeth Weller from Kent on 4th December 1806.

Moving to the 1841 Census we find:-

1841 Census - Finningley
Occupation Whether born in same county
Wm Glasby 55 Ag Lab
Eliz Glasby 50  
George Glasby 20  
Chas Glasby 10  
Saml Glasby 8  

As William was born in 1781, he would have been 60 or just under when the 1841 Census was taken; Since the Census rounded down ages to the nearest “5”, if he was just under 60 he would have been recorded as “55”. The data above is consistent with this. Also, the date reflects that Elizabeth was not born in the same county; this is consistent with her being born in Kent.

Looking at the 1851 Census we find:-

1851 Census Finningley
Name Status Age Occupation Where born
Elizabeth Glasby Head (Widow) 62
Formerly Ag Lab’s wife
Gunstall, Kent
William Glasby Son 26 Ag Lab Finningley, Nottinghamshire
William Fowler Grandson 7 Scholar Sheffield, Yks

This Elizabeth was born in Kent; “Gunstall” is a mis-writing of Tunstall. She was a widow by the time of the 1851 Census, which is consistent with the IGI data showing that William Glasby died in January 1850.

Looking next at the 1861 Census we find:-

1861 Census Finningley
Name Rel
Occupation Where born
William Glasby Head (Married)
Ag Lab Finningley, Nottinghamshire
Harriet Glasby Wife (Married)
  Stainforth, Yks
Elizabeth Glasby Mother (Widow)
  Tunstall, Kent
George Glasby Son
  Finningley, Nottinghamshire

D 3. John Glassby of Corsham

The following appeared in The Devises and Wiltshire Gazette 43, Thursday, June 6th 1833:-

John Glassby of Corsham, was last week apprehended, and committed to Monmouth County Jail, charged with stealing two horses from the above parish. These horses have been recovered and restored to their lawful owners. On Thursday last Jas. Thompson, alias Bristol Jim, was apprehended at the Roe Buck public house in the parish of Corsham, on suspicion of having stolen a horse in his possession. The horse was taken out of a field at Bremerton, near Salisbury, on the previous night, and has since been owned by Mr. Wiltshire, of Winton. Thompson, who s a notorious character, is now safely lodged in Fisherton Jail.

D 4. William Glassby

A William Glassby, born 1773, was tried at the Old Bailey (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/html_units/1790s/t17920215-3.html) on 15th February 1792 along with two associates for stealing thirty fathom of twelve-inch cable.

WILLIAM GLASSBY, ROBERT WHITMORE, WILLIAM PENDALL, theft: simple grand larceny, 15 Feb 1792.

Trial Summary:
Crime(s): theft : simple grand larceny,
Punishment Type: transportation,
(Punishment details may be provided at the end of the trial.)
Verdict: Guilty
Original Text:
109. WILLIAM GLASSBY, ROBERT WHITMORE, and WILLIAM PENDALL, were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 4th day of February, thirty fathom of twelve-inch cable, value 50 s. the goods and chattels of Thomas Todd.
(The case was opened by Mr. Schoen.)
(The witnesses examined separate.)
I was ship-keeper on board the Nelly; I missed a cable on the 4th day of February; at six o'clock at night I saw it; at eleven it was gone; I saw the cable the next day; I swear to it by a piece of canvas, by way of service, that I put on it; I know it is my owners property; it was made fast with spun-yarn; the cable we found next day was of the same length and quality as that which we lost; I never saw any of the prisoners before.
I was on the water on the evening of the 4th of February, about half past eight or nine; I saw some boats coming up; I said to my people, shoot up to these boats, they seem to come up very heavy; as soon as they saw me, young Mr. Neal took off a slip-rope, and the cable went down; the other boat did the same; Whitmore and Pendall were in the last boat; after they had so done, they rowed round and round, and Glassby and Neal went ashore at King's-stairs; the other two went away; Glassby and Neal were in one boat, and Pendall and Whitmore in the other; the cable is thirty fathom long; they were about the length of the Old-Bailey from the ship when I saw them; I went ashore with Neal and Glassby, and took their boat and graplings; we used their graplings, and recovered this said cable; I took it to my house; I went and found out the Nelly on Sunday morning; Maxwell and Young were in the boat with me; it was a moon-light night; I know all the people; Whitmore sailed in a vessel of mine; I have no doubt about them.
I am a waterman; I can only say as Mr. Climber has said.
(This witness corroborated Climber's testimony in every particular.)
I was in the boat with Mr. Climber; I saw Neal let go a slip-rope, and they went up the river.
(This evidence the same as the last.)
WILLIAM NEAL (an Accomplice) sworn.
On Saturday night, the 4th of February, I was in company with the three prisoners, and we all agreed to go down the river, to see what we could get: we rowed to the ship Nelly's bows; we cut the cable with a knife; we then under-run it as close as we could to the anchor, and then we cut it, and made it fast to a boat's stern, and carried it forward to her head, then back to her stern; then we towed it away; I hired the boat; Glassby was with me in the boat; in the other boat were Whitmore and Pendall; they towed us up, and we gave what help we could: on seeing Mr. Climber, we let it go; I let go the slip-rope; then we rowed up a little way, and down again; then Mr. Climber rowed up to us, and told us he would seize the boat; he told us to get out of the boat; we did so, and I went home.
(The ends of the cable produced, and deposed to by Palmer.)
Prisoner Glassby. Neal hired me to go a dredging, for a groat in the shilling.
Whitmore and Pendall both said that they did not go to do any robbery.

All three transported for seven years.
Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice GROSE.

William Glassby was incarcerated on Norfolk Island. Apparently he returned to England as the 1880/2 Muster states that William Glasseby left the colonly (i.e. Australia) on 30th April 1802. (Source: Jan Glasby, Queensland, Australia)

D 5. Arthur Ronald Glassby (b.1936) m. 5 JUL 1969 Kathleen Taylor (b.1947)

Research of Arthur Ronald Glassby is incomplete at present. Some information about him and his father, Arthur Glassby Snr, has been uncovered, but exactly who he was and how he fits in to the overall picture has not been determined. The information obtained to-date is included in the hope that a reader may have information which will help to solve this mystery.

The marriage of Arthur Ronald Glassby to Kathleen Taylor on 5th July 1969 in Pontefract gives some interesting insights. Arthur Ronald Glassby (33), a chemicals labourer (father Arthur Glassby, a School Caretaker, deceased) married Kathleen Taylor (22), a widower, whose father was John Vickers. They both came from or were living in Knottingley; Arthur Ronald Glassby was living at 16 Northfield Avenue, Knottingley and Kathleen Taylor at 16 Southfield Road, Knottingley.

The first point is that if Arthur Ronald was 33 in 1969, he was born in 1936. But there is no record of an Arthur Ronald Glassby in the birth records in England for 1936. Was he born overseas? Secondly, Ronald is not a name used by the Glassby’s in the UK (except that is for my wife’s father, Ronald Glassby). Arthur Ronald Glassby’s father Arthur was dead in 1969 at the time of the marriage.

Kathleen Taylor was a widow at 22, and her father was John Vickers i.e. Kathleen’s maiden name was Vickers. I have found the marriage of Kathleen Vickers to Donald Taylor in 1966, and the death of Donald Taylor in 1969. It was shortly after his death that the then Kathleen Taylor married Arthur Ronald Glassby.

In the records there are three children named Glassby whose mother’s maiden name was Vickers i.e.

  • Katharine Louise Glassby (Vickers) born 1974
  • Bernadette Glassby (Vickers) born 1976
  • Andrew Thomas Glassby (Vickers) born 1978

It is reasonable to assume that these are the children of Arthur Ronald Glassby and Kathleen Taylor née Vickers. We cannot find any record of an Arthur Ronald Glassby dying in England after 1969. Nor can we find any marriage of these three children. The eldest would be 30, and you might have expected at least one of the three to marry. This makes us wonder whether Arthur Ronald Glassby and the three children went overseas.

We then found a marriage of Kathleen Glassby to a John Beckett in 1981 in Pontefract. We have not obtained this certificate, but wonder if it is the same lady. This could be explained by Arthur Ronald Glassby dying, or possibly their divorcing. Who was Arthur Glassby, Arthur Ronald Glassby’s father, and how does he fit in to the family tree?

D 6. Joseph Glassby

Who was Joseph Glassby who was born in Mexborough around 1809 and was shown living there in the 1841 census and the 1851 census? Who were his parents? A search of the IGI has so far failed to identfy him.

1841 Census - Township of Mexborough (New Mexbro')
Occupation Whether born in same county
Joseph Glassby
Ann Glassby
George Glassby
Emmily Glassby
John Glassby
Mary Glassby


The ages of people over 15 years old were usually rounded down to the nearest 5 in the 1841 census. So, although Joseph is listed as "30", meaning he was born in 1811, it is more likely that he was 32 and was born in 1809 as in dicated by the 1851 census. The 1851 census indicates that Ann was born in 1811, so she was probaly 30 as indicated in the 1841 census.

1851 Census - Township of Mexborough, Village of New Mexborough
Name Status
Occupation Where born
Joseph Glassby Head (M)
Butcher Yorkshire, Mexbro
Ann Glassby Wife (M)
  Yorkshire, Mexbro
George Glassby Son
Butcher Yorkshire, Mexbro
Emily Glassby Dau
Scholar Yorkshire, Mexbro
John Glassby Son
Scholar Yorkshire, Mexbro

There is no sign of Joseph in the 1861 census, although Ann is shown with her son John and a lodger.

1861 Census Mexbro
Name Rel
Occupation Where born
Ann Glassby Head (Widow)
Char Woman Yorkshire, Bolton on Dearn
John Glasby Son (Unmarried)
Glass Bottle Blower Yorkshire, Mexbro
Paul Ripley Lodger (Unmarried)
Mechanic at ???? plant Yorkshire, Ripley

Ann is described as a widow. There is an entry in the death records fro Joseph Glasby who died in September 1854 ref Doncaster 9c 281. There is also a death entry in Swinton St Margaret for Ann Glasby (56) on 8th November 1867.

There was an interesting article in The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent of 15th May 1841 which refers to Joseph Glassby:-

D 7. Will of Andrew Glassby, Mariner, of Virginia Street, Saint Georges, Middlesex 17th January 1782

D 8. Will of James Glassby, Mariner of London, 17th July 1713


D 9. Alexander Glassby

The Hull Packet & East Riding Times
28th August 1846


D 10. Tinsley Explosion, Sheffield -1884

The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent
12th August 1884


The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent
16th August 1884