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Openshaw - paper makers in Bolton and Kent

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Openshaw - paper makers in Bolton and Kent

Posted: 8 Jul 2012 8:55AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 8 Jul 2012 9:00AM GMT
Surnames: Openshaw, Anderson
My paternal line originates from Bolton, in particular Little Lever. My great-great grandfather Thomas Openshaw (b1828,d1898), his father Robert (b1807,d1877) and HIS father Thomas (b1781,d1869) were all Bolton paper makers. I've done quite a lot of research in this area, including spending a few days in Bolton visting the former sites of my ancestors' abodes and paper mills they likely once worked at. But I now need to turn my attention to north Kent and would like to hear from any members whose ancestors were also paper makers in this county during the late 19th century... especially if those ancestors were Openshaws !

Thomas Openshaw (b1828,d1898) left Lancashire and moved his family down to Kent in about 1858. Censuses suggest he was working in the Dartford and Eynsford mills throughout the 1860s, '70s and '80s. Because 10 years is a huge gap in time between censuses I have no proof he was also living and/ or working in Sittingbourne during the 1880s. I'd like to find out if he was because his son, also Thomas, met, and in 1887 married, Ann Anderson, the daughter of the keeper of the "Man Of Kent" pub in Sittingbourne. The pub was located very close to the Sittingbourne Paper Mill so, who knows, there might be a connection there.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Rebecca Opens... 8 Jul 2012 2:55PM GMT 
Philip Opensh... 15 Nov 2013 3:18PM GMT 
Rebecca Opens... 15 Nov 2013 6:41PM GMT 
Philip Opensh... 20 Nov 2013 11:56AM GMT 
Philip Opensh... 20 Nov 2013 12:11PM GMT 
Rebecca Opens... 23 Nov 2013 2:27AM GMT 
Philip Opensh... 23 Nov 2013 11:29AM GMT 
Rebecca Opens... 24 Nov 2013 5:35PM GMT 
Philip Opensh... 24 Nov 2013 5:51PM GMT 
nigelcross2 3 Feb 2015 10:10PM GMT 
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