Florence was born on 29 January 1907 at Chadderton, Lancashire, the daughter of William Thomas Crossman and Florence Dronsfield.
In the 1911 census Florence was living with her mother at 52 Milne St, Chadderton. She was aged 4 years. Her father, an auctioneer, was away from home working.
Florence Crossman left Liverpool on 2 August 1929 aboard the Newfoundland, bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The ship’s manifest described her as a clerk aged 22 years. She had been living at 76 Wellington Rd, Ashton under Lyne prior to departure.
Florence Crossman married William Lackey on 14 August 1929 at Seaforth Parish Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Their marriage certificate recorded William was a bachelor aged 25 years and a clergyman. He had been born in England to Charles Lackey, who was in turn born in Belfast, Ireland. His mother’s maiden name was Brierly. William was able to both read and write. Florence was a spinster aged 22. She was born in England to William Thomas Crossman, who had also been born in England. Her mother’s maiden name was Dronsfield. Florence could also both read and write. Both gave their residence at the time of marriage as Seaforth, Halifax. Their witnesses were Mary A Cleworth and F R Holborow of 59 College St, Halifax.
Two of William and Florence's children were born in Halifax.
The family returned to England for a visit. On 10 July 1934 the family arrived in Liverpool from Halifax, aboard the Newfoundland. They were described on the ship’s manifest as William Lackey aged 30, a clergyman; Florence aged 37 [should read 27], a housewife; and two children aged 4 and 2. They intended to stay at 4 Ridley St, Greenhill, Oldham while in England.
The family then returned to live in England. On 9 May 1937 Florence, a housewife aged 30, and two children aged 6 and 4 arrived in Liverpool from Halifax, aboard the Nova Scotia. They intended to stay at 731 Middleton Rd, Oldham on their arrival, the home of Florence Crossman, Florence's mother.
On 8 July 1937 William, a clergyman aged 33, arrived in Liverpool from Halifax, aboard the Newfoundland. He intended to stay at 4 Ridley St, Oldham on his arrival.
The 1939 Register, taken on 29 September 1939, has been described as a snapshot of the civilian population of England and Wales just after the outbreak of the Second World War. The Register recorded each person's address, date of birth and occupation.
At that time the family was living at the Parsonage, Ramsey, Huntingdonshire. The only record at this address open at present  is for Florence, born 29 January 1907, then aged 32. Her record was later amended to show a middle initial of H and her surname as Clarke. However these details actually reference her daughter Florence. Three records remain closed, being the head of the household and two children.
Two further children were born to this couple in Cambridgeshire.
William Lackey died aged 61 years [Death Sep Qtr 1865/Huntingdon 4b 342].
Florence Lackey died aged 94 years [Death Mar 2001/Fenland, Cambridgeshire E3B 3381B 299 – DOB 29 Jan 1907].
GRO Birth Index
CROSSMAN, FLORENCE Mother's maiden name DRONSFIELD
GRO Reference: 1907 M Quarter in OLDHAM Volume 08D Page 674
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