Cundall Family Tree

Richard Cundall (1853 - 1924)

 
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Frances
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Richard
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Sarah
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Alice
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Oswald
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Alice
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Elizabeth
Lillian
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Richard Cundall was the son of Thomas Cundall and Frances (Fanny) Bleazard.

Richard was born on Thursday 22 September 1853 in Hareden, Higher Division, Bolton Forest, near Slaidburn, Yorkshire.

Richard married Elizabeth Gill on Sunday 12 April 1874 in the Parish Church, Blackburn, Lancashire.
The witnesses at the marriage were Agnus MacWitherile and Sarah Ann Gill (Elizabeth's sister).
Richard was 21 years old and Elizabeth was 23 years old when they married.

He had the following children from his marriage to Elizabeth Gill:

- Thomas Cundall

born on 9 May 1874 at Blackburn, Lancashire.

- Thomas (Tom) Cundall

born on 3 January 1876 at Blackburn, Lancashire.

Richard's second marriage was to Sarah Ann Gill on Sunday 8 April 1883 in St Peter's Parish Church, Blackburn, Lancashire.
The witnesses at the marriage were John Dewhurst and Ellen Smith.
Richard was 30 years old and Sarah was 30 years old when they married.

Sarah Ann Gill was Elizabeth Gill's younger sister.

He had the following children from his marriage to Sarah Ann Gill:

- Elizabeth Alice Cundall

born on 30 September 1883.

- Oswald Cundall

born on 11 August 1885 at 44, Grimshaw Park, Blackburn, Lancashire.

- Alice Cundall

born on 28 February 1890 at 44, Grimshaw Park, Blackburn, Lancashire.

- Elizabeth Lillian (Lily) Cundall

born on 24 April 1893 at 46, Grimshaw Park, Blackburn, Lancashire.

The places where he lived have been identified as:

From To Place Source of Information
1853    Hareden, Higher Division, Bolton Forest, near Slaidburn, Lancashire.  Note 1. 
1874    Fielden Street, Blackburn, Lancashire.  Note 2. 
1874  1876  Blackburn, Lancashire.  Note 3. 
1881    44, Grimshaw Park (Butchers Shop), Blackburn, Lancashire.  Note 4. 
1883    45, Havelock Street, Blackburn, Lancashire.  Note 5. 
1885  1891  44, Grimshaw Park, Blackburn, Lancashire.  Notes 6 & 7. 
1893    46, Grimshaw Park, Blackburn, Lancashire.  Note 8. 
1895  1896  Manitoba, Canada.  Note 11. 

Richard was a Butcher and a Farmer.

Richard died when he was 71 years old, on Wednesday 9 April 1924.  

See Note 10.

It is not known for sure whether Richard's wife, Sarah Ann Gill, owned the property at 44/46 Grimshaw Street, Balckburn where the lived and operated a Confectioners and Butcher's Shop.

His farm was Moss Hall Farm, which adjoined the Windmill Inn near Mellor Brook, and was just North-West of Blackburn.    He sold the effects of Moss Hall Farm on 30th September 1895.    The Sale Notice can be seen on the Documents page (see 'Documents' link above).   The effects included 7 head of dairy cows, 5 horses and household furnishings including 4 sets of bedsteads.   It is not known whether he lived there, and it is suspected that he was a tenant and did not own the property.

Richard left Blackburn in October 1895 and emigrated with his son Thomas (from his first marriage) to Manitoba, Canada to seek his fortune.    He stayed at Pleasant Home with Joe Smith and his family who were friends from back home.    The following year, he bought a 160 acre farm and house there, near what was to become Teulon, Manitoba.    His wife Sarah Ann and their children Oswald, Alice and Elizabeth followed them in 1896.    There is some speculation that Richard and Thomas emigrated to Canada in the Winter in haste because Thomas was AWOL (Absent WithOut Leave) from the Army.    (See Note 11).

Details of a letter that his brother Isaac Blezard Cundall wrote in 1896 to Richard in Canada can be found on the Documents page (See 'Documents' link above).    In this letter, Isaac asks Richard to consider very carefully his decision to take his family out to Canada, whether there are prospects for Richard and his family, and to not rush into it.    He suggests that Richard should stay for a few months until the weather gets warmer and then to see what the country is like before moving his wife and children out there.

During a visit to Blackburn in 1989, Donald Cundall (born 1938), Richard's great-grandson, visited 44/46 Grimshaw Park only to find it was unoccupied, boarded up and threatening to fall into the canal and the church next door had burned and was demolished.    The parochial school that Donald's grandfather Oswald Cundall (born 1885) had attended until leaving for Canada at the age of 10 had been converted into an Engineering Office.

Notes - Sources of information:
1. Birth Certificate.
2. Marriage Certificate to Elizabeth Gill.
3. Birth Register Index for his children Thomas and Thomas.
4. See 1881 Census.
5. Marriage Certificate to Sarah Ann Gill.
6. Birth Certificates of his children Oswald and Alice Cundall.
7. See 1891 Census.
8. Birth Certificate of his daughter Elizabeth Lilian Cundall.
9. Birth Date of Elizabeth Alice Cundall provided by Don Cundall.
10. Death Date provided by Don Cundall.
11. Information provided by Don Cundall.

Census Data:

Year Address
1881 44 Grimshaw Park (Butchers Shop), Blackburn.
1891 44 Grimshaw Park, Blackburn, Lancashire.