First a big thanks to you for the upload of Burngreave records just found what I am looking for which is the burial of William and Mary Fearnley and addresses etc. great timing!
What I am looking for is the marriage of a william Fearnley to a Mary - 1st child born March 1827, though there maybe another a few years before, I tried Rotherham parish records as they lived in the North part of Sheffield but no luck - I guess they have fallen down that black hole of no Sheffield marriages on-line. Both William and Mary were born around 1803 so I doubt if there is any marriage before 1823 but I maybe wrong.
Has anyone got any Fearnley's in their family tree, they have a couple of unusual first names in the generation before (William's siblings), i.e. Linder/Lindon and Verdon so as I research I am hoping these names may give me a clue to their origins
Not that common a name so we should be able to suss them out.
As you get back a little further I have Fernaly's from Ecclesfield who I know very little about. They were baptised and married at St Peters in Sheffield and I think its the next generation that seemed to be from Ecclesfield. (1750ish)
Fernaly/Fearnley/Fernilley are some the the spellings I have seen.
There is a huge family in Leeds and Bristall and a small contingency around the Rotherham area. I have found William apprentice records which states father Joseph Fearnley to William Colley Scissor Smith freedom 1800, the only Joseph in the area is one at Wickersley who had a son William. This Joseph in turn was born in Rotherham to Thomas Fearnley in 1742, Thomas then moved to Wickersley by 1752 when his daughter Mary was born.
Heading back to your Ecclesfield Fearnley the only marriage I can find of a Thomas Fearnley around Sheffield/Rochester churches is the one to Grace Hobson in 1741/2 Ecclesfield. I can find no relevant birth of a Thomas Fearnley, though I think there were a few around the Sheffield area in the mid to late 17th century.
One of Thomas's sons also called Thomas settled in Treeton around Rotherham and one of his children were called Grace.
It seems that the Fearnley's branched out for the small towns around Rotherham to Sheffield where they were apprenticed as Cutler/Smiths. HAve no idea what Joseph or Thomas before my William the Scissor Forger were?
PS sorry it 1.00am in the UK and I prob. did not make much sense
If you google "derbyshire infotrac" then put your library card number in the login screen preceeded by DCC you can view a number of newspapers online including the Sheffield & Rotherham Independent.It also includes The Times from 1785-1985.
William FEARNLEY, Bachelor of this parish and Mary ASHFORTH Spinster of this parish were married 6 April 1826 at the Sheffield parish church of SS Peter & Paul.
William made his mark "X" and Mary signed her name.
Witnesses Verdon FEARNLEY,(signed) Joseph HUDSON.Joseph HUDSON is a clerk of the church and witnessed lots of marriages at this church.
I just stumbled upon this message forum during an internet search for "Verdon Fearnley".
Verdon was b.1805 in Sheffield, son of William Fearnley b.???? Since most first sons were named the same as their father it made me wonder if William was his brother. Searching other trees on "ancestry" I find 3 trees, one of which suggests that William was also the son of William and was born 6-Jul-1803 (no citation). So the marriage appears to have been witnessed by his brother Verdon (my 3rd ggf).
I have since done some more research and Verdon is the brother of William born 1803 whose father was also William born in 1775. I tried to work out where William and Sarah nee Beely got the 2 unusual names for their sons; Verdon b. 1805 and Lindon/Linder b. 1808, I thought it might give me some clues to either the Fearnley family or the Beely family, i.e. mother's maiden name, father's name etc. But I have found nothing.
I am doing the research for a cousin in law for his birthday, so the Fearnley are not my direct line, though the Sheffield in laws are so friendly I have always been treated as one of them :)
Linder and Verdon are unusual names, and help track/confirm their descendants. After some googling, the names are related to the knife/scissor industry in France and Germany. Linder is a type of knife made in Germany. Verdon is a type of knife made in France.
I've also just discovered the Fearnleys born in Wickersley, so I am interested in figuring out where they fit.