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William Burton Etherington (1869 - 1942)

William Burton Etherington
Born in Birstall, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1896 in Holme on Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 72 in Spen Valley area, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Birth 1869 Birstall

William Burton Etherington is born in Birstall near Leeds in 1869: 20 August 1869, Birstall, Yorkshire, the son of James Etherington & Fanny. [1] [2] This is over thirty miles west of Holme on Spalding Moor in rural East Yorkshire where he later marries. He is, however, a grandchild of Burton Etherington born in Wheldrake near Holme in 1809.

Marriage 1896 Holme on Spalding Moor

In 1896 when Vinnie Horsley was 26, she married William Burton Etherington, also living in Holme on Spalding Moor though born in Birstall: and much the same age as herself herself, at the parish church. [3]

Holme on S/M 1901 Stigg Lane

In 1901 William and Vinnie Etherington are together in Stigg Lane, Holme with two children. Gertrude age 3 borne Holme is clearly the child of the couple from their marriage five years earlier. William L Etherington at 14 seems unlikely to be a child of the couple even though he is recorded as son: Suddenly it is clear that his age is supposed to be 14 months, which corresponds to a registration in Howden and his age at census ten years later. [4]

Hillingthorpe, Crigglestone, Wakefield 1911

In 1911 William B Etherington had taken his family back to a farm in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the Crigglestone parish four miles south of Wakefield. He was classed as Employer, but neither the acreage nor the number of employees are recorded.[5]

Start of Second World War

At the beginning of WW2 William Burton Etherington was 69 but still farming on the outskirts of Ossett in West Yorkshire, With him was his son William Leonard Etherington and his wife Sarah : we have to guess that the other four members of the household are the son's children, two of them unnamed. [6]

Death 1941

William Etherington died in the Spen Valley area south of Leeds, not far from where he was born. He was 72. [7]


  1. England, Select Births and Christenings, (1538-1975)
  2. GRO Birth Index, Dewsbury Vol. 9b, Page 576 q March 1869
  3. freebmd Marriages Dec 1896 ETHERINGTON William Burton Howden 9d 173 Horsley Vinnie Howden 9d 173
  4. Census 1901 : Stigg La., Holme on S/M RELATION TO HEAD NAME AGE Head William B Etherington 32 Farmer b Birstall Wife Vinnie Etherington 33 b Holme on S/M Daughter Gertrude A Etherington 3 b Holme on S/M Son William L Etherington 14 months b Holme on S/M @@Holme PRO RG13 /4456 page 6 family 19
  5. Census 1911 : Crigglestone, Wakefield : RELATION TO HEAD NAME AGE Head William Burton Etherington 42 farmer b Birstall Wife Vinnie Etherington 42 b Holme on S/M Daughter Gertrude Annie Etherington 13 b Holme on S/M Son William Leonard Etherington 11 b Holme on S/M Son Burton Edward Etherington 8 b Holme on S/M @@Hillingthorpe, Chapelthorpe, Criggleston, Wakefield PRO RG14 /27364 family 143
  6. 1939 General Register of England and Wales 130, Dewsbury Road, Ossett, Yorkshire (West Riding), England RELATION TO HEAD NAME BIRTH MARITAL STATUS OCCUPATION Head William B Etherington Jan 21 1869 Widowed Farmer Possible relative (implied) William L Etherington Aug 5 1899 Married Farm Houseman Possible relative (implied) Sarah A Etherington Oct 19 1903 Married Unpaid Domestic Duties Possible relative (implied) William A Etherington June 12 1923 Single Joiners Apprentice Possible relative (implied) Kathleen Gee (Etherington) Jan 8 1932 Single At School
  7. freebmd Deaths Dec 1941 Etherington William B 72 @@ Spen Valley 9b 734

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Etherington-891 and Etherington-102 appear to represent the same person because: Some early information gave the new William B Etherington a birth in Holme, which proved false. They are clearly the same person. Etherington-891 and connected profiles give considerable information and sources about this person, his marriage and descendants.
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