Henry Hemsworth was my great grandfather ALONZO's elder brother -

1861 Census for Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The image is unclear but the reference is 2408/44 Workhouse Yard (?). Four years earlier on 13th January 1857, my great grandfather ALONZO was born in Hiley's Yard off Church Street, Gainsborough - this ties in with the details on the census. His mother Ann was formerly known as NUNNINGTON. This was confirmed when it was found that in the March quarter of 1841 for Gainsborough, Lincs, a marriage took place between WILLIAM HUNSWORTH and ANN MUMMINGTON (PRO Ref Vol 14 Page 404). As for HENRY he was born in the June quarter of 1852 in the Gainsborough district of Lincolnshire (PRO Ref Volume 7a Page 611)

William HEMSWORTH Married 42(?) Male   Journeyman Currier
Ann HEMSWORTH Married 43(?) Female    


15 Male Gainsborough, Lincolnshire No occupation
Ann HEMSWORTH   12 Female Gainsborough, Lincolnshire  
Henry HEMSWORTH   9 Male Gainsborough, Lincolnshire  
Alonzo HEMSWORTH   4 Male Gainsborough, Lincolnshire  

The 1871 Census adds to the information found ten years earlier. Charles and Ann have left the family, Ann to marry a Thomas Holding. 

William HEMSWORTH Married 51 Male Gainsborough, Lincolnshire Currier
Ann HEMSWORTH Married 51 Female Gainsborough, Lincolnshire   
Henry HEMSWORTH  Son 19 Male Gainsborough, Lincolnshire Currier
Alonzo HEMSWORTH  Son 14 Male Gainsborough, Lincolnshire Engineer 

In September 2008, I found the following entry in the marriage register of St Philips Church, Shalesmoor, Sheffield 

"HEMSWORTH, Henry (Bachelor, age Full, Currier?, residing at Granville Street).
Married Ann HAGUE, on February 13, 1878, by C J Parmenter (Banns) at  St Philips Church, Shalesmoor. 

Father's name is William Hemsworth (Currier?).
Married in the presence of Alonzo Hemsworth, Annie Olerenshaw.

which is confirmed in the FreeBMD Index - Marriages March 1878 Hague Ann Sheffield 9c 502 Hemsworth Henry Sheffield 9c 502 

The "Annie Olerenshaw" mentioned as a witness is Henry's sister. She was previously married to a Thomas Holding but he died in Sheffield in the September quarter of 1872 at the young age of 28. (GRO Reference Vol 9C Page 271) Annie re-married a JAMES HENRY OLLERENSHAW three years later in 1875 (GRO Reference Rotherham Volume 9C Page 754)

This is the last record I can find of HENRY until thirty years later when he appears in the 1901 Census in the Ashton Gate district of Bristol - Ref RG13/2360 Page 12 Entry 71 - 1 TANNERY COTTAGES which lie in between 251 - 252 Coronation Road in the Southville district of Bristol. On the face of it it looks as though he remarried 

Henry HEMSWORTH Married 49 Male Gainsborough, Lincolnshire Leather Currier
Mary HEMSWORTH Married 41 Female Sheffield Yorkshire  
Gertrude HEMSWORTH Single 18 Daughter Bristol Chocolate Factory (Cocoa) Packer

The census reveals that HENRY must have lived in the area for twenty years of more - his daughter Gertrude was born in Bristol and she is 18 years old in 1901. Quite why he moved to Bristol is unclear - I have not found any evidence of a Hemsworth connection in the area up until now and so I can only assume that he went to the area in search of work and/or a better paid job.

The next reference to the family I have to date is the marriage of their daughter GERTRUDE in the Long Ashton district of Bristol in the September quarter of 1903 ((PRO Ref Volume 5c Page 1177)  

And then HENRY and his wife MARY appear in the 1911 UK Census

Name Henry Hemsworth
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Condition Married
Gender Male
Age 59 Estimated Year of Birth 1852
Occupation Tanner Flester On Hides
Employed Yes Working at Home No
Industry Tannery Clift House
Place of Birth Gainsboro
Enumerator Information
Address 1 Tannery Cottages Coronation Road Bedminster Parish Bristol Town Bedminster
Type of Building Private House Number of Rooms House 5 Rooms Inhabited Yes
Reference RG14PN14921 RG78PN903 RD319 SD3 ED37 SN60
Administrative County Gloucestershire Registration District Bristol Registration Sub District Bedminster Enumeration District 37

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