I am very grateful to Cynthia Wilkinson for some of the information on this page.
May Crossley was born 6 May 1880 at Leeds, a daughter of William Crossley and Sarah Ann formerly Kerton. . She was registered in Chapeltown (CHAP/18/418)10, GRO reference September quarter 1880, Leeds 9b 579.
In the 1881 census she was living at home with her parents, aged 10 months and born in Leeds.
In 1891, May aged 10, was at home with her parents and born in Leeds.
In 1901 she was living at home with her parents in Tadcaster, aged 20, a boot and clothes shop assistant (worker), born in Leeds.
May Crossley married Joseph Maylott Eccles in the September quarter 1902, in the Tadcaster district.
In 1911 at 29 Magdalen’s Road, Ripon, were May Eccles aged 30 born in Leeds and Joseph Maylott Eccles aged 34, a maltster’s clerk born in Tadcaster. They had been married for 8 years and had had 5 children all of whom were living. These were Frances May aged 7 born in Tadcaster, Gladys Mary aged 5, Joseph Crossley aged 3, Christina Annie aged 2 and William Maylott aged 11 months, all born in Ripon.
Joseph M. Eccles‘s death was registered in the June quarter 1926 in the Ripon District. He was aged 49.
In July 1932. Mrs Eccles lived at Wentworth, Whitecliffe Lane, Ripon. There is a suitable death registration in the March quarter 1952 in the Claro district (includes Ripon). She was aged 71.
Joseph and May’s children were
Frances May Eccles (1904 – 1981), born 3 January 1904, and registered March 1904 quarter in the Tadcaster district. She was known as Frances, married Kenneth Peat and had no issue. She was a primary school teacher and lived in Derby. Her death was registered in the Southampton district in 1981. Administration of her estate was granted at Leeds 16 March 1981. She died 22 February 1981 and was of Wayside, 83A Winchester Street, Botley and left £36,324.
Gladys Mary Eccles (1906 – 1990), born 15 December 1906, and registered in the March 1906 quarter in the Ripon district. She married John Edward Fletcher Silverwood 1 July 1933 in Ripon (registered in the September quarter 1933 in the Ripon district). No children have so far been found. On 8 August 1931 her address was “Borough Isolation Hospital”, Derby. She was a nursing sister at the Derby Royal Hospital and had no issue. She died 20 March 1990 and administration of her estate was granted at Newcastle-upon-Tyne 9 April 1990. She was of Roundhills, Aston Lane, Chellaston, Derby and her estate was less than £100,000.
Joseph Crossley Eccles (1907 – 2001), born 8 June 1907, and registered in the September quarter 1907 in the Ripon district. He had to leave Ripon Grammar School when he was 15 to supplement the family’s income. He worked for 50 years for the paint and varnish manufacturers, T and R Williamson, of Ripon and eventually became sales director for the firm. He was a wonderful man and held in the highest regard in Ripon. He married Rose Audsley from Wakefield 2 June 1936 and died 17 July 2001
Christina Annie Eccles (1908 – 1998), born 17 August 1908, and registered in the September quarter 1908 in the Ripon district. She was known as Tina and married Maurice B. Witts in the December quarter 1935 in the Ripon district. She died aged about 90 and her death was registered in 1998 in the Sunderland district.
William Maylott Eccles (1910 – 1991), born 13 April 1910, and registered in the June quarter 1910 in the Ripon district. He married Barbara U.L. Innes in the June quarter 1937 in the Ripon district. In November 1937 he proved his step grandmother, Louisa Crossley’s will and was a solicitors clerk. He was admitted to the Law Society 1 February 1938. In 1937 John William Heddon and Stanley Brayshay formed the partnership known as Heddon & Brayshay (solicitors) at 24 North Street, Ripon, together with a third solicitor by the name of William Maylott Eccles, who was Mayor of Ripon at the time of the Queen’s coronation in 1953 and attended the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. He was mayor of Ripon 1952-54. The solicitors became Eccles Heddon Solicitors of Ripon. William Maylott Eccles (of Ripon City Golf Club) was president of the Harrogate and District Union of Golf Clubs in 1962 and 1963. He died 16 November 1991 aged 81.
Sarah Eleanor R. Eccles (1911 – 1911), birth registered in the district of Ripon in the September quarter 1911 (mother's maiden name of Crossley). She was known as Eleanor. Her death was registered in the September quarter 1911 in the Ripon district. She was aged 0.
Wilson Eccles (1912 – 1915), birth registered in the district of Ripon in the September quarter 1912 (mother's maiden name of Crossley). He died of scarlet fever. His death was registered in the December quarter 1915 in the Ripon district. He was aged 3.
Edith Eccles (1917 – 1991), born 12 August 1917 in the district of Ripon (mother's maiden name of Crossley). She married David A Isbell in the June quarter 1941 in the Ripon district. David Albert Isbell’s death was registered in the Havering district in 1990 with a birth year of 1918. Edith Isbell’s death was registered in the Uttlesford district in 1991. Their only child was
John A. Isbell (1941 – 1941), birth registered in the September quarter 1941 in the Ripon district (maiden name of mother Eccles). He died at a few months of age, and his death is registered in the September quarter 1941 in the Ripon district.
Dorothy Eccles (1919 – 2010), born 14 October 1919 in the district of Ripon (mother's maiden name of Crossley). At one time her address was 1 Morningside Road, West Kensington, London. She died in 2010. She married Ivan Spoors (Thomas I. Spoors and registered in the December quarter 1949 and in the Warrington district) and lived in Co Durham.
John Cecil Eccles (1921 – 1999), birth registered in the district of Ripon in the September quarter 1921 (as John C – but looks like O - Eccles, mother's maiden name of Crossley). He was known as Cecil and married Hilda (possibly Hilda Parson in 1954), and they had no children. Cecil died in the late 1990s. There is a possibility in the Taunton District in 1999.
Frank Chappell Eccles (1926 – 1946), birth registered in the district of Ripon in the June quarter 1926 (mother's maiden name of Crossley). He died 30 January 1946 aged 19 and is buried in Ripon Cemetery (section H/Grave 371). He was sub-lieutenant (A) in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (HMS Heron). Francis C. Eccles was a flying officer in the Fleet Air Arm and died in a flying accident at Yeovilton.
Posted February 2017