Name: Mary Agnes "Polly" Walker , of Avenham Towers
Birth: 16 FEB 1857 in Preston, Lancashire, England. maybe Manchester
Death: 4 MAY 1898 in Pleasington, Lancs. 41yrs
Info 1 of Ayneham Towers, Preston. Believed to be a relative of Robert (Sir) Peel, her first memory being of sitting on his knee in an open carriage, being driven through cheering crowds in Preston, Lancs.
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Mary Polly Walker of Ayneham Towers?
February 3, 2010
Mary Polly Walker of Ayneham Towers
I scanned the following photograph my mother gave my younger sister. I think itís her grandmother Mary Polly Walker, (b. 16 Feb 1857, d. 4 May 1898 Pleasington, Lancs.), of Ayneham Towers, Preston. Believed to be a relative of Sir Robert Peel, her first memory being of sitting on his knee in an open carriage, being driven through cheering crowds in Preston, Lancs. There doesnít seem to be much information about the Walker family nor Ayneham Towers that Iíve found through relatives looking into our ancestors or on Google. However, my mother had a DNA test, which established that this female line is the same as ď÷tzi The Iceman Ė found frozen in a glacier in the Alps died 5.300 years ago, possibly of hypothermia, on the Hauslabjoch pass, which cuts over the main Alpine ridge dividing Austria from Italy at 10,500 feet above sea level. He was found 1991.
My mother says Molly is her grandmother married to her grandfather, Frederick Marwood of Pleasington Lodge. She died when my grandmother was seven. She doesnít know much about the Walkers. One brother was the agent to Lord Sefton, one (possibly Leo) went to Africa either as an explorer, or an ivory-trader, and was murdered there. Her mother had a cousin Marjorie who may have been a Walker, who married a charming man called Bertie Swanson (or Swanston) and they lived in some style near Morpeth, Northumberland. He had lost a leg in the 1st world war. I think thereís also Swanson connection on my dadís side of the family through his Birley ancestors.
Update January 4, 2011.
Ancestry and the Walkers of Avenham Tower. http://descentfromadam.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/ancestry-and-the-walkers-of-avenham-tower/#more-2045 Posted by juzzie.
"Avenham Tower, near Preston. Managed to persuade my brother to subscribe to Ancestry.co.uk, and have already managed to find out the Walkers of Avenham Tower."
For more on this see the information under her father.
Polly Walker of Avenham Tower?
December 23, 2010
My mother had been trying to trace her Marwood ancestors and thinks that they may have originated originally from Widworthy Hall, near, Honiton, Devonshire. Part of the problem is their Catholicism, which means Iím struggling to find anything about them in the usual Lancashire Parish Records. Iím also a bit confused about whether we know for certain that Edward Marwood was her great grandfather, or whether itís her great great grandfather (possibly William) weíre less clear about. Thereís also a mystery about her grandmother Mary Agnes Polly Walker as mentioned in my Mary Polly Walker of Ayneham Towers? post. Itís also believed that her mother was a relative of Robert (Sir) Peel, her first memory being of sitting on his knee in an open carriage, being driven through cheering crowds in Preston, Lancs.
My first problem was that I couldnít find any references to an Ayneham Towers that wasnít the result of something I or one of my cousins had written. I did, however, find an Avenham Tower near Preston, and my mother now thinks that this is the correct spelling. Apparently, it was was home to the Threlfall family and later to grocer Edwin Henry Booth during his final years, having moved there from nearby Bank Parade. Not sure if this helps much as a lead.
My cousin Hamish has Mary Agnes Polly Walker as being born on 16 FEB 1857 in Manchester, but Iím not sure where he got the date from. The closest match I can find on Familysearch.org is a Mary daughter of Edward Walker and Mary Walker being baptised/christened on 08 Mar 1857 in Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire, England. Iíve no idea whether this is the same person as there are a number of other Mary Walkers, and even a Mary Agnes Walker, being baptised/christened in Lancashire within a few years of each other. I donít subscribe to Ancestry.com or any of the others than want to charge you a subscription for viewing public records online, and even if I did Iíd probably need to know more than I do at the moment to have any real chance of finding anything useful.
The same is true of the Robert Peel family story. Iím guessing itís Sir Robert Peel the former prime minister, but have checked out his offspring and siblings on The Peerage site I canít find any Walker connections. So without knowing a maiden name Iím not sure I can get any further back than has already been achieved by my cousin Hamish.
Father: James Walker , of Avenham Tower b: 12 SEP 1828
Mother: Mary Hannah Smith b: 1830 in (possibly about 1827) Preston, Lancashire, England
Frederick Thomas Marwood , of Pleasington Lodge b: 3 OCT 1857 in Blackburn, Lancashire
- Basil Marwood b: 26 FEB 1886 in King Street, Blackburn?
- Cyril Marwood , MC b: 5 MAR 1887 in King Street, Blackburn?
- Reginald Steven Marwood b: 2 AUG 1890 in King Street, Blackburn?
- Freda Mary Marwood b: 10 OCT 1891 in Pleasington Lodge?, Nr. Blackburn, Lancashire, UK
- Mary Freda Marwood b: 10 OCT 1891 in Pleasington Lodge, Nr. Blackburn, Lancashire, UK
- Mary Muriel Marwood b: 15 NOV 1893 in Pleasington Lodge, Nr. Blackburn, Lancashire, UK
- Gilbert Marwood b: 6 FEB 1894 in Pleasington Lodge, Nr Blackburn, Lancs
- Leo Walker Marwood b: 9 MAY 1896 in Pleasington Lodge, Nr Blackburn, Lancs
- Mary Angela Marwood b: 8 MAY 1897