Hartley Family , Barley Lancashire, English Ancestors

The Hartleys of Barley

Samuel Hartley 1875-1948

Renee Hartley was born in 1930. The middle child of three girls born to Enos Hartley and Edna Hartley nee Dole.

Edna and Enos were married in 1928 in Burnley, Lancashire. Enos had been born in 1906 at Haslingden, He was the middle child born to Samuel and Sarah Hartley. Unfortunately, Enos was run over and killed in 1942 in Coventry during the black outs.

Renee remembers her Grandparents as being strict but very kind. They lived in Nelson, Lancashire, in a small Terraced house that looked on to Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside. Samuel had been born in Bacup, Lancashire. He was one of four children born to John Hartley and Susanna Hartley nee Standing.

I first find Samuel in the 1881 English census. He is six years old and living with his parents in Newchurch, Lancashire. His father John, born in 1849 at Barley, Lancashire is listed in the census as a Stone Quarry Man. Susannah, his mother was born in 1848 at Bacup, Lancashire. She was listed in the census as a cotton weaver.

The family are living at 4 Westly Place, Bacup, Lancashire.

In the 1891 census, Samuel is 16 and now living with his family in Spotland. His occupation is listed as a Blacksmith.

In 1903, aged 28, Samuel marries Sarah Elizabeth Edmondson in Haslingden. Their three children as born soon after. Annie 1903, Enos 1906 and Jack in 1913.

The 1st world war is looming ahead and on the 28th August 1914, Samuel enlists in Preston, Lancashire with the East Lancashire Regiment. He was 37 years old and 11 months. Described as being 5ft 6 and 130 pounds. He was to serve in France from the 18th of September 1914 until the 17th of October 1915.Sarah and the children were living at 3 lane Head. Bacup. Sarah was listed on Samuel's papers as his next of kin.

On the 19th of January, 1919. Samuel is discharged from the army due to a disability. He was suffering from Rheumatism, which was a result of the poor conditions that he had endured while serving his country in France.

In later life, Samuel and Sarah moved to live in Nelson, in the house overlooking Pendle hill. Samuel's Father had been born in Barley, which is a village at the foot of Pendle hill. John Hartley was born in 1849, one of ten children born to John and Elizabeth Hartley of Inge End farm, Barley. John Hartley senior was born in 1812, also in Barley. We find him in the 1861 census living with his family in Barley. He is listed as a farmer with 15 acres of land.

Samuel Hartley died in 1948 in Nelson aged 74. Sarah died within 6 weeks of her husband. The small terraced house in Nelson became the home of their daughter Annie and her husband Jim. They didn't have any children and when they died the house was sold. It must have been in the Hartley family for around eighty years.

Barley is a small farming settlement at the foot of Pendle Hill. It is the usual gathering place of people setting off to climb the hill. Its history can be traced back to 1324 when it was known as Barleegh.

Pendle Hill is also famous for the “Pendle Witches” In 1612 a group of nine women and two men from the Pendle area were tried and convicted of witchcraft. They were executed by hanging at Lancaster.

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