This part of the site deals with my genealogy. At the moment it contains limited information, however I hope to include many more of my ancestors and family lines as I get the opportunity.

Although I am a Rushworth by birth there are many well known Yorkshire families in my ancestry such as Barraclough, Bartle, Jagger, Woodhead and Oates on my father's side and Broadbent, Brigg, Earnshaw and Murgatroyd on my mother's. There are also families from further afield: The Grahams, the reiver clan from the Scottish Borders; the Brooks from Nottinghamshire; and the Eites from the Low Countries for instance.

I suppose there are murky areas in every family history. One of ours is to be found in the person of Martha Murgatroyd, born in the mid eighteenth century and who reached the ripe old age of 80 or more. Martha never married however her son, Thomas, is my direct ancestor. Through Martha's father, James, I connect to the great worldwide Murgatroyd clan stretching all the way back to John (or Johanus) De Moregatrode, King Edward III's Constable in Warley in 1371/2.

I have had less success in tracing my direct paternal line. Certainly there were Rishworths living in Coley Hall from about 1330; their coat of arms1 is displayed at the top left of this page. My own line, however, becomes unclear at the beginning of the nineteenth century with Samuel, my great great great grandfather and what I like to think of as The Great Manchester Mystery, for some records say this is where Samuel was born and I am not yet sure that I have found Samuel's christening (or his father, although they seem to have been living in the same house at Lane Ends, Hipperholme by the middle of the century).

During the nineteenth century the men of my paternal line were Delvers, no doubt working in the quarries of Lower Brear, Bird Holme or Wester Croft. My great grandfather Jagger Rushworth, however, was a wheelwright at Woodhead outside Hipperhome. When I was a child the ruins of his workshop were still visible, but they have been swept away over the years. His tools, though, are in the wheelwright's shop at Shibden Hall Folk Museum, just outside Halifax.

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1 Argent a bend sable an eagle displayed vert and a cross crosslet of the second; also argent a cross crosslet sable, also argent a cross bottony fiche sable (according to Watson, M.A. Rev. The History and Antiquities of Halifax [1775] citing Book of Arms of Yorkshire by William Fairfax)