Jacob Richards (1880 to 1945)

"Lanky Jake"

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This chapter concerns the research undertaken into the life of Jacob Richards and his wife Fanny Richards formerly Hardy.  They were my paternal grandparents.

I have given him the nick name "Lanky Jake" but at no time hitherto was he ever known by this name.  He was mostly called "Jake".  The name "Lanky" has been added by me because he was both a tall man and born in Lancashire.  The local colloquialism for Lancashire is "Lanky".

It is not intended to go into detail about his parents, brothers and sisters in this chapter because they have been adequately researched in the chapter entitled Mark Richards - "The Travelling Man".  The latter named person being his father.

In relation to Fanny Richards formerly Hardy, it is not intended to research the Hardy family in any great detail.  Nevertheless they became part of the family and there are photocopies of original documents in my possession that provide the outline of the Hardy family tree.

Jacob Richards. Image taken on or about 4 May 1920.
1880Radcliffe, Lancashire.
14 JulyJacob Richards was born at number 24 Mather Street.

Jacob's parents were Mark Richards and Agnes Richards late North previously Jones formerly HarveyJacob was obviously named after his mother Agnes's brother Jacob Harvey.

25 AugustMark Richards made his "mark" when registering the birth of his son Jacob.  His occupation was stated to be that of a Labourer at a Paper Mill.

At this time the family were living at 24, Mather Street, Radcliffe and remained there until after the 1881 census.  The houses on one side of Mather Street still remain (1990) but alas it is the odd numbers, the even numbers having been demolished.

Our research has revealed the said Richards family only lived in the Radcliffe area for a short time, because as will be seen later they were in Norton Common, Staffordshire in 1882.

Jacob Richards remained with his parents from his birth in 1880 to 1901, when the family moved to Palterton, Derbyshire.  For details of his story between these years, please refer to his fathers story.  Even when the family moved to Palterton, Jacob continued to live close by his parents until their respective deaths.

1882Ashby de la Zouch.  Leicestershire
20 April  Fanny Hardy was born at Cut End.  Her parents were Tom and Mary Jane Hardy formerly Alesbrook.

8 May.  Her father Tom, who was a Signalman on the railway, signed his name when he registered her birth in the Sub-district of Ashby de la Zouch in the Registration district of the same name.  At that time he stated that the family were resident at Cut End.

Cut refers to the canal and in this case the Ashby Canal which never actually reached Ashby. And End refers to where the canal ended hence Cut End.  Local people often referred to the Cut and also Cut End.

One has to walk about 1/2 mile alongside of the railway until you come to the "Cut End" and then to Spring Cottage which comes next on the census schedule.

I am unable to say whereabouts this location is or was, but believe it may have been a railway location, probably Woodville Junction.

Mention has been made of Fanny Hardy at this stage because subsequently she married Jacob Richards and consequently became one of my ancestors (grandmother) and I owe her a great deal because she reared me from being around 5 years old.

Fanny Richards formerly Hardy (centre) with her daughter Ruth and husband 'Bill' Muggleston. Image taken c.1950

1891.   Woodville/Ashby Woulds.
The census reveals:  317. Cut End

Although I don't know where exactly these dwellings were, the pub mentioned on the census was the Railway Inn and is still standing although it is no longer a pub.

Name Status Age Occupn. Where Born
Thomas Hardy Head 44 years Railway Signalman Lester, Burbage
Mary Jane Hardy Wife 38 years ?? Lester, Stapleton.
William Hardy Son 13 years Scholar Ashby Woulds
Fanny Hardy Dau. 8 years ?? Ashby Woulds
Arthur Hardy Son 5 years ?? Ashby Woulds
Walter T. Hardy Son 3 years ?? Ashby Woulds
George Hardy Son 3 months - Ashby Woulds

1899.   Breedon  Leicestershire
15 July  Ruth Hardy, the illegitimate daughter of Fanny Hardy was born at Breedon in the Melbourne Registration District, Leicestershire.  On Ruth's birth certificate, her mother Fanny Hardy is stated to be a Domestic servant and residing at The Brand, Breedon.  The father's name is not recorded.

28 AugustFanny Hardy registered the birth of her daughter Ruth.

However Fanny's parents kept a family register and we have a copy of the same which records and reveals Fanny's birthplace as Griffydam.

As a youngster I can remember my grandmother Fanny Richards formerly Hardy speaking about Griffydam.

The Electoral Rolls for the Breedon on the Hill Polling District, which included Breedon Brand, reveal that there were only seven dwelling houses on Breedon Brand at that time.  We conclude that these seven dwellings include farmsteads and that Fanny Hardy must have been a Domestic Servant at one of these properties because of her having given birth to her illegitimate daughter at Breedon Brand that year.

The occupiers of the aforementioned seven dwelling houses were Thomas Hickling, Thomas Haywood, Daniel Hincks, Frederick Jordon, Thomas Jamieson, Thomas ??ing and John Thomas Smith.

At present no evidence has been discovered to positively identify the specific property where Fanny Hardy had her baby.

Jacob Richards with his grandson 'Jack' Richards. Image taken c.1939 at the rear corner/gable end of number 1,Ten Row, Palterton, Derbyshire.
1900 Thringstone.  Leicestershire.
The Electoral Rolls for the Parish of Thringstone, which came under the Thringstone Polling District, reveal that Tom Hardy, the father of Fanny Hardy was residing at St. Georges Hill, Ashby de la Zouch and that he qualified as an elector by virtue of the fact that he occupied a dwelling house situated at Olga Terrace, Coleorton.

1880 to 1900.  The story of these years relating to Jacob Richards is contained in his parents story and can be viewed at Mark Richards in volume 9 of this web site.

1901Peggs Green, Thringstone, Leicestershire.
6/8 April.  The census records Mark Richards aged 59 years, a coal miner born at New Brinsley, Nottinghamshire and his wife Agnes Richards, aged 58 years, born Lane Head, Staffordshire living at Charvilles Row. (Number 143 on schedule).

Also living with them were their children Jacob Richards aged 20 years, a coal miner, loader below ground, born Radcliffe, Lancashire and another son, not named, but clearly was Mathew Henry ("Harry"), aged 15 years, a horse driver below ground, born Norton Canes.

Their youngest daughter Agnes Richards, aged 11 years, born Stoneyford, Derbyshire, also lived with them.

1901Snibston Grange, Leicestershire.
6/8 April.  The census records: Fanny Hardy aged 21 years, a General Servant (domestic) born Leicester living with James, 77 years and Elizabeth A. Clarke, 68 years in the village of Snibston, next door to Snibston Lodge. (RG13/2972 page 60 refers).
1901Palterton, Derbyshire.
25 DecemberJacob Richards aged 21 years, a Bachelor and a Miner married Fanny Hardy aged 20 years and a Spinster.  The marriage was at St. Leonards Parish Church, Scarcliffe and both were stated to be of Palterton which was in the Scarcliffe Parish.  Both Jacob and Fanny signed their names in the Parish register.  Their respective fathers were Mark Richards and Tom Hardy and and both were stated to be Miners.  The two witnesses were Jacob's parents namely Mark Richards, who made his "mark" and Agnes Richards, who signed her name.  The Banns had been called.

Jacob and Fanny Richards formerly Hardy remained in Palterton for the remainder of their lives with the exception of the last two years of Fanny's life, when she moved to live at number 5 Church Street, Bolsover, Derbyshire so that she could be nearer her children and to make it easier for them to look after her.

1903Palterton, Derbyshire.
11 OctoberJacob and Fanny Richards announce the birth of their first child, a girl whom they name Florence May Richards.  The copy Birth Registration certificate states that Jacob Richards was the father, Fanny Richards was the child's mother and that the birth was at Palterton, which was also stated to be the family residence at that time.

7 NovemberJacob Richards registered this birth and declared that his occupation was that of a Miner.  This birth was registered in the Pleasley Sub-district of the Mansfield Registration District.

1904Palterton, Derbyshire.
The Electoral Rolls for the Scarcliffe Polling District and the hamlet of Palterton (31.12.1903 to 1.1.1905) reveal that Jacob Richards qualified to as an Occupation elector to vote both at a Parliamentary and a County election.  His place of abode was stated to be Palterton.

His father Mark Richards and his brother Eli Richards likewise lived in the same village and qualified to vote.

1907Palterton, Derbyshire.
Jacob Richards again appears on the Electoral Rolls for the hamlet of Palterton (31.12.1906 to 1.1.1908).  He still qualified as an Occupation Elector and his place of abode is stated to have been Palterton.  He occupied a Dwelling House.  For some unknown reason he does not appear on the Electoral Rolls for the years 1905 and 1906.
1907Palterton, Derbyshire.
21 MarchJacob and Fanny Richards announce the arrival of another child, their first born son whom they name Mark Richards.

6 April.  This birth was registered by Fanny Richards who stated that she was the mother and that her husband Jacob Richards, a Coal Miner was the father.  The birth was stated to have been at Palterton in the Scarcliffe R.D. which was also the family's place of abode.  The birth was registered in the Sub-district of Pleasley in the Mansfield Registration District.

1908Palterton, Derbyshire.
The Electoral Rolls for the hamlet of Palterton in the Scarcliffe Polling District of the Chesterfield Division reveals that Jacob Richards is listed as number J.2176 and qualifies as an elector by virtue of occupying a dwelling house in Palterton.  (31.12.1907 to 1.1.1909).  His father Mark Richards and his brother Eli Richards also reside in the same hamlet and qualify as occupation electors.

This was the year that Palterton Homing Society came into existence, it being the brainchild of Jacob Richards, who was a founder member.  He may even have been the first secretary for he was a good 'pen man'.

1909Palterton, Derbyshire.
24 JulyMathew Henry Richards the son of Jacob and Fanny Richards formerly Hardy was born at Palterton in the Parish of Scarcliffe and the Rural District of the same name.

2 October.  His birth was registered in the Sub-district of Pleasley in the Registration District of Mansfield by his mother Fanny Richards formerly Hardy residing at Palterton, who signed her name and stated that the father was Jacob Richards, a Coal Miner.

Jacob Richards appears on the Electoral Rolls (31.12.1908 to 1.1.1910) for the year as number J.2285. in the hamlet of Palterton in the Scarcliffe Polling District of the Chesterfield Division.  He again qualified as an elector both at a Parliamentary and at a County election by virtue of occupying a dwelling house in the hamlet of Palterton.

His father Mark Richards and his brother Eli Richards also reside in the same hamlet and appear on the same Electoral Rolls qualifying as electors.

1910Palterton, Derbyshire.
Jacob Richards once again appears on the Electoral Rolls for the hamlet of Palterton in the Scarcliffe Polling District of the Chesterfield Division for this year (31.12.1909 to 1.1.1911).  His number was J.2286. and he still occupied a dwelling house in Palterton and thus continued to qualify as an Occupation elector.

His father Mark Richards and brother Eli Richards also continue to reside in the same hamlet and qualify as electors.

1911Palterton, Derbyshire.
night of 2 April.  The census reveals that Jacob Richards stated he was living with his wife and 3 children in 2 rooms in Scotland Yard, Palterton.  Most certainly this was rented rooms in the "big" old Manor House.  Although he stated his children were born in Scarcliffe, they were actually born in Palterton in the parish of Scarcliffe.
Ref: RG14,  Piece 20296.   Mansfield Regn. District, sub district Shirebrook.  Parish of Scarcliffe.
Name Status M or
S
Age Yrs.
marr.
Occupn. Employer or
worker etc.
Place of birth.
Jacob Richards Head Marr. 31 9 Miner labourer
below ground colliery
Worker Ratcliffe.
Lancashire
Fanny Richards Wife Marr. 29 9 House Keeper - -
Florence May
Richards
Dau. S 7 - - - Scarcliffe
Mark Richards Son. S 4 - - - Scarcliffe
Mathew Henry
Richards
Son. S 10 mths. - - - Scarcliffe
1911Palterton, Derbyshire.
23 October  Annie Richards was born at Scotland Yard, Palterton, the daughter of Jacob and Fanny Richards formerly Hardy.

1 December  Her birth was registered by Fanny Richards who signed her name and declared that she was the mother, she resided at Scotland Yard, Palterton in the Scarcliffe Rural District and her husband Jacob, a Coal Miner was the father.  This birth was registered in the sub-district of Shirebrook in the Mansfield Registration District.

The Electoral Rolls (31.12.1910 to 1.1.1912) for the Chesterfield Division record that Jacob Richards was entitled to vote both as a Parliamentary and as a County elector for the hamlet of Palterton in the Scarcliffe Polling District.  He qualified as an Occupation voter by occupying a dwelling house in Palterton and his Roll number was J.2518.

His father Mark Richards and brother Eli Richards also continue to reside in the same hamlet and qualify as Occupation electors.

1912Palterton, Derbyshire.
The Electoral Rolls (31.12.1911 to 1.1.1913) for the Chesterfield Division record that Jacob Richards was entitled to vote both as a Parliamentary and as a County elector for the hamlet of Palterton in the Scarcliffe Polling District.  He qualified as an Occupation voter by occupying a dwelling house in Palterton and his ROLL number was J.2623.

His father Mark Richards and brother Eli Richards also continue to reside in the same hamlet and qualify as Occupation electors.

1913Palterton, Derbyshire.
26 May.  My father, Arthur Richards was born at Scotland Yard in the hamlet of Palterton which in turn was in both the Parish and Rural District of Scarcliffe.

4 July  His birth was registered on this date by Fanny Richards formerly Hardy who declared that she was the mother and that Arthur's father was her husband Jacob Richards, a Coal Miner.  Furthermore when registering this birth in the sub-district of Shirebrook in the Mansfield Registration District, Fanny Richards signed her name and declared that she resided at Scotland Yard, Palterton which was where the birth had taken place.

Subsequently Arthur Richards from an early age was nicknamed "Ticker" because he frequently asked the time of people and he was regularly late for school.  This nickname stayed with him all his life.  He was my father.

Jacob Richards appears on the Electoral Rolls (31.12.1912 to 1.1.1914) for the year as number J.2692. in the hamlet of Palterton in the Scarcliffe Polling District of the Chesterfield Division.  He again qualified as an elector both at a Parliamentary and at a County election by virtue of occupying a dwelling house in the hamlet of Palterton.

His father Mark Richards resides in the same hamlet and appears on the same Electoral Rolls qualifying as an elector.  However his brother Eli Richards does not appear on this Roll and we conclude that he has left the hamlet of Palterton and gone to live in Nuneaton.

1914Palterton, Derbyshire.
Jacob Richards appears on the Electoral Rolls (31.12.1913 to 1.1.1915) for this year as number J.2681 in the hamlet of Palterton in the Scarcliffe Polling District of the Chesterfield Division.  He again qualified as an elector both at a Parliamentary and at a County election by virtue of occupying a dwelling house in the hamlet of Palterton.

Neither his father Mark Richards nor his brother Eli Richards appear on either this Electoral Roll or any future Electoral Rolls for the hamlet of Palterton.  His father had died and brother Eli had left the hamlet.

1915Palterton, Derbyshire.
The Electoral Roll for this year (31.12.1914 to 1.1.1916) reveals that Jacob Richards still qualified as an Occupation voter because he occupied a dwelling house in the hamlet of Palterton in the Scarcliffe Polling District of the Chesterfield Division.
1916Palterton, Derbyshire.
7 April 1916, another daughter was born to Jacob and Fanny Richards.  This baby was named Hilda Richards.

5 May.  Her birth was registered this date by Fanny Richards formerly Hardy, who signed her name and declared that she was the mother and that her husband Jacob Richards, a Coal Miner was the father.  She stated that she resided in Scotland Yard, Palterton and that her baby Hilda had been born there.  The birth was registered in the sub-district of Shirebrook in the Mansfield Registration District.  The copy Birth registration certificate records the hamlet of alterton as being in the Scarcliffe Rural District.

3 July  Tom Hardy, father of Fanny Richards formerly Hardy died at Hugglescote, Leicestershire.

1918Palterton, Derbyshire.
29 August.  Bad news for Jacob Richards and his family, when his brother George Richards was reported killed in action in France during the First World War (1914-18).

19 October 1918.  Saturday.  The Derbyshire Times (page 4.  Col.7.) reported:
Bolsover Casualties.  We have this week to record the sacrifice of another Bolsover soldier, Private George Richards, North Staffordshire Regt., who fell in action in France on August 29th, aged 43.  Private Richards joined up at the beginning of the war.  He was discharged, however, and returned to civil life but in November 1915, he re enlisted and went to France in June of the following year.  Deceased who formerly worked at the Glapwell Colliery, has one son in the army.  His wife and younger child live at 51 Shuttlewood Road. Bolsover.
(My note: The reason he is on the 1915 Electoral Roll is because he was discharged but rejoined in November 1915, the information for the E. R. being given in October 1915).

Both Jacob and his wife Fanny Richards appear on the Electoral Rolls for this year for the Chesterfield Division.  They are recorded as numbers 799 and 800 respectively in the hamlet of Palterton in the Scarcliffe Polling District and qualified for a vote by virtue of a Residence and an Occupation qualification.  Fanny Richards qualified by virtue of her husbands qualifications.

Also appearing on the same Electoral Rolls for the hamlet of Palterton were two of Jacob's brothers namely Mathew Henry Richards, known as "Harry" and George Richards.  The latter named George Richards qualified as a Naval or Military elector.  He did not return from the war having been killed.  This was the first time that either of these two brothers appeared on the Electoral Roll for the hamlet of Palterton.

Arthur Hardy the brother of Fanny Richards formerly Hardy appears on these Electoral Rolls.  He was living at 296 Langwith Road, Hillstown and qualified as an elector by virtue of a Residence and an Occupation qualification.  His name appears twice in this village on these Rolls.  The second reference to his name indicates that he qualified for either a Naval or Military vote.  This was the first time that his name had appeared on these Rolls.  Clearly he had been serving his King and Country during the First World War (1914 to 1918).  Hillstown was in the Parish and Polling District of Scarcliffe.

It is not intended to diary the movements and whereabouts of Arthur Hardy in this facts file.  However he did remain in Hillstown and remained an elector on the Electoral Rolls until the year when he may have moved to Langold, Nottinghamshire.

1919Palterton, Derbyshire.
Both Jacob and his wife Fanny Richards appear on the Electoral Rolls for this year (Autumn) for the Clay Cross Parliaamentary Division.  They are recorded as numbers 817 and 818 respectively in the hamlet of Palterton in the Scarcliffe Polling District and qualified for a vote by virtue of a Residence and an Occupation qualification.  Fanny Richards qualified by virtue of her husbands qualifications.

Mathew Henry Richards alias "Harry", the brother of Jacob Richards still resided in Scotland Yard, Palterton and qualified as an Elector by virtue of his residence and an Occupation qualification.

1920Palterton, Derbyshire.
4 AprilStanley Richards was born on this date, the son of Jacob and Fanny Richards.

5 May.  His birth was registered this date by Fanny Richards formerly Hardy who signed her name and declared that she was his mother and that his father was Jacob Richards, a Coal Miner (Roadman).  Furthermore she declared that she resided at Sccotland Yard, Palterton in the Scarcliffe Rural District (?) and that her son had been born there.  She registered the birth in the Shirebrook sub-district of the Mansfield Registration District.

The word "roadman" used to describe Jacob's specific job underground was a name given to a miner who worked on the underground roadways (tunnels) and most likely he would have been involved with the pit tubs travelling up and down the said roadways.  It separates his work from that of a coal face worker.

Both Jacob and his wife Fanny Richards appear on the Electoral Rolls for the year Autumn 1920 for the Clay Cross Parliamentary Division.  They are recorded as numbers 1046 and 1047 respectively in the hamlet of Palterton in the Scarcliffe Polling District and qualified for a vote by virtue of a Residence and an Occupation qualification.  Fanny Richards qualified by virtue of her husbands qualifications.

His brother Mathew Henry Richards alias "Harry" and the latter's wife also appear on these Electoral Rolls and qualify for a vote by virtue of residence and an occupation in the hamlet of Palterton.  The name Mathew Henry Richards appears twice on these Rolls in the hamlet of Palterton, we conject that they refer to the same person.

1921Palterton, Derbyshire.
Both Jacob and his wife Fanny Richards appear on the Electoral Rolls for the year Autumn 1921 for the Clay Cross Parliamentary Division.  They are recorded as numbers 1128 and 1129 respectively in the hamlet of Palterton in the Scarcliffe Polling District and qualified for a vote by virtue of a Residence and an Occupation qualification.  Fanny Richards qualified by virtue of her husbands qualifications.

His brother Mathew Henry Richards alias "Harry" and the latter's wife Annie Richards also appear on these Electoral Rolls and qualify for a vote by virtue of residence and an occupation in the hamlet of Palterton.

Harry Hardy the brother of Fanny Richards formerly Hardy has now appeared on these Electoral Rolls living with his brother Arthur Hardy and sister in law Sarah Ann Hardy at 205 Langwith Road, Hillstown which was in the same Parish of Scarcliffe as Palterton.  His brother Mathew Henry Richards alias "Harry" and the latter's wife also appear on these Electoral Rolls and qualify for a vote by virtue of residence and an occupation in the hamlet of Palterton.

It is not intended to catalogue the Hardy's in this facts file.  His brother Mathew Henry Richards alias "Harry" and the latter's wife also appear on these Electoral Rolls and qualify for a vote by virtue of residence and an occupation in the hamlet of Palterton.  However Harry Hardy remained on these Electoral Rolls until......?

This year (1921) was a bad year for Jacob Richards.  He was arrested, charged and appeared at Derbyshire Assize Court alleging conversion of monies, whilst secretary of Palterton Homing Society.  A full report will appear herein a.s.a.p (10 August 2010).

1922Palterton, Derbyshire.
Both Jacob and his wife Fanny Richards appear on the Electoral Rolls for the year Autumn 1922 for the Clay Cross Parliamentary Division.  They are recorded as numbers 747 and 748 respectively in the hamlet of Palterton in the Scarcliffe Polling District and qualified for a vote by virtue of a Residence and an Occupation qualification.  Fanny Richards qualified by virtue of her husbands qualifications.

Mathew Henry Richards alias "Harry" was still an elector in Palterton and Arthur Hardy, Sarah Ann Hardy and Harry Hardy continued to reside at 205 Langwith Road, Hillstown and be recorded on the Electoral Rolls.

1923Palterton, Derbyshire.
25 April  Mabel Richards was born on this date at Scotland Yard, Palterton.

1 June.  Her birth was registered on this date by Fanny Richards formerly Hardy who signed her name and declared that she was the mother and the father was Jacob Richards a Coal Miner (Roadman).

Furthermore, she declared that her baby Mabel had been born at Scotland Yard, Palterton and that this was the family's residence.  This birth was registered in the Shirebrook sub-district in the Mansfield Registration District.

25 September.  Sadly their joy at the birth of baby Mabel was short lived because on this date, this baby died.  The death was registered in the same Registration District and Sub-district as the birth by means of a certificate issued by Albert Green the Coroner for the Hundred of Scarsdale.  The cause of death was certified as being "Misadventure namely from Asphyxia due to overlaying whilst in bed, lying between parents".

24 September.  The circumstances of this death had resulted by law in an Inquest being held on this date.  The copy death certificate reveals this information and also states that the dead baby Mabel Richards was the daughter of Jacob Richards, a Coal Miner (Corporal) and that the death had occurred at Scotland Yard, Palterton in the Scarcliffe Rural District.  What a tragedy for the family?

27 September  The funeral of baby Mabel Richards was on this date when the burial was in the churchyard at St. Leonards Parish Church, Scarcliffe.  The burial entry which is number 180 in the Parish register records:
180.   Mabel Richards.  Palterton.  27.09.1923.  4 months.  Rev. S. Biss

1926Palterton, Derbyshire.
11 September.  A Special Meeting of the Trustees of Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel was called and was presided by the Reverend E. Metcalf.  It was resolved "that we accept with regret the resignation of Mr. T. Marsden and that Mr Jacob Richards be Treasurer".

The entries do not record the reasons for Marsdens' resignation but there must have been a good reason because it caused quite a stir in the village.  I have a copy of documentary evidence of a wife writing to her soldier husband recording "that Jake Richards had kicked Tom Marsden off the Chapel Committee".

This was not strictly accurate, Jacob "Jake" Richards had in fact been elected by the trustees.

1927Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel , Derbyshire.
16 January.  The minutes of the Trustees Yearly meeting record that Mr. J. Richards was both Treasurer and Chapel steward and that he was on the Chapel Committee.
1929Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel .
16 January.  At the annual meeting of the Trust it was resolved "that all officials be re-elected with the exception that Mr Jacob Richards be secretary for the Trust
1930Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel .
15 January.  The minutes of the Annual General meeting of the Trust are in the handwriting of my grandfather, Mr Jacob Richards.  He recorded the elected officials
111.  Mr Jacob Richards   Secretary.
114.  Mr Jacob Richards   Chapel steward.
116.  Mr Jacob Richards   Rep. to Quarterly meetings.
Also, it was proposed and seconded that Jacob Richards be assistant Society steward.
1931Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel .
14 January.  The annual meeting was held on this date with the Rev. W. G. Fielder.
The officials remained the same with the exception of Mr. A. Marsden who replaced Mr. Charlie Candlin as assistant organist.
121. The following officers were elected:
Jacob Richards - Secretary.  Jacob Richards re-elected to Qtr. meetings.
1932Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel .
There is no record of an annual meeting and next year grandfather Mr Jacob Richards was no longer "on the committee"
1938Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel .
1 December. Trustees Meeting held this date.  Chairman Rev. E.C.Hudson.
151. It was agreed that a tablet be erected to the memory of the late Mr Mark Richards.

This latter entry is a reference to my uncle Mark Richards who was tragically killed in the Markham Pit Disaster of 1938.  He had been a Sunday school teacher at the chapel for several years.

1955  July.  This tablet (plaque) came into the possession of the author via the Derbyshire National Union of Mineworkers H.Q. at Saltergate, Chesterfield.

1940Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel .
18 January.  It was resolved at the annual meeting, "that we start a book fund for new hymnals and Mr Jacob Richards be in charge".  Furthermore, that all officials be re-elected for the ensuing year and Mr Jacob Richards be secretary for the Missionary Fund.
1944Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel .
12 January.  Amongst officials recorded in the minutes of the annual meeting of the Trustees held this date, is that of Mr Jacob Richards as a Chapel steward.
1946Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel .
16 January.  .The minutes of the Annual meeting of the Trust record that two minutes silence be held as a token of respect to the late Mr Jacob Richards.
1945Royal Infirmary, Sheffield.
3 December.  My grandfather Jacob Richards died on this date.  His death certificate records the cause of death as being Carcimona of Bronchus with secondary involvement of pleura.

3 December.  His death was registered by his son, Mathew Henry Richards (my uncle Matt) on the same date, who stated that his father (my grandfather) was a retired Coliery Haulage Corporal.

This occupation was that of a supervisor underground in the coal mines.

The colliery haulage underground was a miniature version of a railway system although in the days when my grandfather worked in the pits there would be very little mechanical assistance provided.  Instead the tubs would be either pulled by pit ponies or physically manhandled.

Another snippet of information on the death certificate reveals that my uncle Matt lived at 82 Selwyn Street, Hillstown, Derbyshire which is confirmation of what I already knew and what is also revealed on the Electoral Rolls.

Perhaps it also confirms that his son Mathew Henry Richards (my uncle Matt) was with my grandfather when he died.  I can remember that two male members of the family used to stay the night with him when he was nearing his death.  Their attendence depended on their shift pattern at the pit.  I have long since known that Uncle Matt and another was with him when he died.  Maybe my father was the second son present.

6 December.  The funeral of my grandfather Jacob Richards took place on this date and he was buried in the cemetery on Langwith Road, Bolsover.  This cemetary was an extension of the churchyard of Bolsover Parish Church.

For the last twenty plus years of his life he had been a very strong practising Primitive Methodist and without doubt would have had a Methodist funeral service.

Most likely his funeral service would have been at the Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel where he worshipped every Wednesday evening and three times every Sunday during the latter twenty years of his life.

The funeral arrangements were conducted by Undertakers Stubbins and Hope of Bolsover.  Their records reveal that my grandfather was buried in grave number 2477, a double grave in Bolsover C.Y. and that he was 65 years old.  The burial fees were 3..3s., the Cars and bearers cost 8..10s. and 1. respectively.  The cost of the coffin was 13.  All paid.

An "E" against Cars most likely means that the Undertakers hired the cars from J. Eyres of Bolsover market place, who at that time mostly supplied Rolls Royce cars for such events.  The letters "C.Y" refer to Churchyard, but in this case is slightly misleading, because Jacob Richards was buried in the extension to the churchyard, known locally as Langwith Road cemetery.

1945Palterton, Derbyshire.
Fanny Richards formerly Hardy remained in her home at number 1, Ten Row, Palterton before moving to Bolsover in 1959 to be near her surviving daughters, Annie Saxton and Hilda Cougill.
1960Bolsover, Derbyshire..
31 May.  My grandmother Fanny Richards formerly Hardy died at her home in Church Street, Bolsover.
This page is still being updated as at 10 August 2010.

Jacob Richards (1880 to 1945).

"Lanky Jake"


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