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Elizabeth Lister [li.1]

Elizabeth Lister was the first child of Thomas Lister & Ann Pattison born August 29th & christened August 31st, 1812 at Ormesby, Yorks.

In the 1841 census there is a record of Elizabeth Lister, aged 25, living at Front St, Stokesley, described as of independent means. She was listed with a Mary Pattison, aged 50, a servant from Ormesby. This was her aunt, sister of Ann Pattison, who continued to live in Stokesley  until her death in 1872.

Elizabeth married George Grenside, a yeoman, on February 15th, 1844 at Stokesley. Witnesses at the wedding were William Martin & Mary Grenside. George was born January 6th, 1806 & christened January 10th, 1807 at St  Mary the Virgin, Whitby, Yorks, the son of William Grenside & Mary Langborne.  George had previously married Harriet Emily Boden in London in 1835 with whom he had 4 children – Emily, Georgiana, Mary & George, all born at Stokesley.

Pallott's marriage entry for George Grenside & Harriet Emily Boden

It would appear that soon after the birth of the last child, George, in March 1841 Harriet died as she was buried on March  6th, at Stokesley. George Grenside, an attorney, is listed in the 1841 census (taken in June) without his wife but with the 4 children & also with him is Mary Grenside (31), his sister. They are living at West End, Stokesley which is near to Front St where Elizabeth was found in 1841.

In 1851 Elizabeth & George, now a retired attorney, were living at Front St, Stokesley. Three of George’s children from his first marriage were living at home with him & his new wife Elizabeth – Emily (14), Georgiana (12), & Mary (11). Son George was not at home but visiting George’s sister Mary Grenside now married to Robert Pearson, the vicar of Edstone at Edstone Vicarage, Great Edstone. Elizabeth & George now had a son of their own, William (11 months). Visiting Elizabeth & George was Jane Lister, Elizabeth’s sister, aged 33. They had a 17 year old house servant, Elizabeth Robinson.

By 1861 the family were living at the Farm House, Stokesley & George’s occupation was given as ‘gentleman’! Georgiana & Mary were still at home & another daughter Elizabeth (8) had arrived. They again had a house servant. Son William was visiting Elizabeth’s sister Jane (now married to Robert Rickatson) at Front St, Stokesley. Son George was listed as an apprentice seaman on board the ‘Santiago’ at Middlesbrough River Dock.

Elizabeth, aged 54, died on May 15th 1867 at Great Broughton  House & was buried on May 20th  at St Augustines church, Kirby cum Broughton, Cleveland, N. Yorks.  Soon after Elizabeth’s death George placed an advert for the rental of their home (Yorkshire Gazette, June 29th, 1867).

In 1871 widower George, now a retired attorney, was living at Cross Row, Stokesley with his son William (20), a courier & daughter Elizabeth (18).

Son William married Betsy Ellen Reed on November 18th 1875 at Topcliffe, Yorkshire.

George, formerly of Great Broughton, died January 17th, 1876 at Stokesley & was buried on January 20th at St Augustines church, Kirby, Cleveland, Yorks. His will with a codicil was proved at York on February 23rd, 1876 by his brother-in-law Robert Rickatson, currier & George Hindson, gentleman, both of Stokesley.  George’s effects were under £600.

Daughter Elizabeth married Allen Alexander Macdonald, an accountant born in Scotland, on October 10th, 1878 at Stokesley.  Witnesses at the wedding were Elizabeth’s brother William & Emma Reed.

The children of Elizabeth Lister & George Grenside were:

li.1.1 William Grenside christened August 4th, 1850 at Stokesley, Yorks
li.1.2 Elizabeth Grenside born Oct-December 1852 at Stokesley & christened June 12th, 1853 at Stokesley


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