This traces my (and brother Malcolm's) line of descent.
It is not a true Family History as so much more needs to be researched and recorded about all the other sons and daughters along the line and what happened to them and, in turn, their families.
This could be a lifetime's work. I have separately done much of this research, but it is far from complete.

Line of descent, HODGKISS

Surname First Name Event Date Where Occupation Died Where Reference Picture
HODGKISS William(1) Born 1824 England (1841, 1861 Census) Puddler (1851 and 1861 Census) This was a man who made wrought iron using the puddling process; a highly skilled and dangerous occupation which required physical strength, stamina and sustained concentration. The physical working conditions often had a detrimental effect on a puddler's life expectancy. In the 1841 Census a William Hodgkiss, aged 15, is an apprentice living in some kind of communal accommodation, Market Place, Little Stretton, Shropshire, along with 30 others including a few families. Died before the marriage of his son, William(2) in 1882 6c/49?

The photo says it is William, but is it this one?

HODGKISS William(1) Married Q1 1843 Wolverhampton Married Lydia SHAKESPEAR (aged 18) aged 18. They seemed to have moved to Motherwell, Lanarkshire with Mary Ann and Harriet after 1851 and moved back to Staffordshire after 1857. After William(1)'s death Lydia re-married, Q3 1870, (aged 46) (6c/62), with her accompanying 7 children, Richard Bagnall (then aged 59), in Tipton. 6c/49?
HODGKISS Mary Ann Born 1847 Tipton, Staffordshire Child of William(1) and Lydia RG9/2043F?
HODGKISS Harriet Born 1851 Tipton, Staffordshire Child of William(1) and Lydia RG9/2043F?
HODGKISS Elizabeth Born 1855 Motherwell, Scotland (1861 Census) Child of William(1) and Lydia RG9/2043F
HODGKISS William(2) Born 1857 Motherwell, Scotland (1861 Census) Tin Worker, Coal Miner, child of William(1) and Lydia. 1871 Census had him living with his new family, 15, Summerhill, his mother Lydia having married Richard Bagnall after the death of his father, William(1). This census gives his place of birth as Tipton, aged 14, employed as a tinworker. Died 15/1/1911 aged "48" 7, Dickenson Terrace, Featherstone, Pontefract, of cirrhosis of the liver and exhaustion RG9/2043F?
HODGKISS Charlotte Born 1861 Ocker Hill, Tipton, Staffordshire Child of William(1) and Lydia Died 15/1/1911 Featherstone RG9/2043F?
HODGKISS Prudence Born 1863 Tipton, Staffordshire Child of William(1) and Lydia RG9/2043F?
HODGKISS Priscilla Born 1866 Tipton, Staffordshire Child of William(1) and Lydia RG9/3000F?
HODGKISS William(2) Married 11/6/1882 Parish Church, Fenton, Staffs Coal Miner, of Temple Street, Fenton, Staffs when he married Emily BENTLEY (aged 19). His father, William(1) had already died. His wife, Emily, could not read/write. She signed his death certificate with a X. Eleanor Cox recalled he (my great grandfather) had spoken with a Scottish accent. The family were in Fenton, Staffordshire until at least 1895, When Beatrice was born. There is no record of the family in the 1901 Census, so I can only guess that they might have been moving from Staffordshire to Yorkshire at the time of the Census and were not recorded anywhere. Witnesses to the marriage George Roberts & Elizabeth Bentley (22), a potter. Father, William Bentley (b 1842, Newcastle under Lyme), was a Potter's Printer. Mother Alice (b1838, Stoke on Trent). It is not clear whether she had more than one shop or whether the only shop was the front room of their house in Featherstone, as recalled by Eleanor Cox. They next appear in the 1911 Census in Featherstone, Yorkshire. Emily was a widow, William(2) having died in January 1911.

William, Emily and the family

HODGKISS Alice Born 1884? Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent Child of William(2) and Emily(1). Possibly died Jun 1897? Stourbridge, Staffordshire? 6c/83 need certificate
HODGKISS Emily(2) Born 27/9/1888 Wigan, Lancashire (6c/95) Child of William(2) and Emily(1). Died 30/10/1983 Featherstone, Yorkshire
HODGKISS William(3) Born 1887? Wigan, Lancashire Child of William(2) and Emily(1). Nothing more known
HODGKISS Henry Born 1891 Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent Child of William(2) and Emily(1).Believed he didn't marry. Died 7/5/1973 Featherstone?
HODGKISS May Born 31/5/1892 Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent Child of William(2) and Emily(1). She died of cancer in Harrogate Hospital Died 31/10/1967 Harrogate, Yorkshire

May Crossley with her daughter, Eleanor

HODGKISS May Married Q2 1916 Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent Child of William(2) and Emily(1). Married Harry CROSSLEY (b 1888 [9b/262]), Q2 1916 in Hunslet, Leeds.
CROSSLEY Harry Married Q2 1916 Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent Child of William(2) and Emily(1). Married May Hodgkiss, Q2 1916 in Hunslet, Leeds. He was carpenter/joiner and was in the army as a Corporal Carpenter at the time. He did not go to France. He later was involved with shopfitting for large chains of clothing retailers. In WW II he worked at Yeadon, Yorkshire, a factory where Lancasters were made. His father, John Thomas Crossley was an Angle Iron Smith, which I later learned fabricated the jigs on which boilers were made for steam engines. Died Mar 1957 Beverley, Yorkshire
CROSSLEY Eleanor Born 20/10/1916 Featherstone, Yorkshire Child of May HODGKISS and Harry CROSSLEY. Born at 57, Albert Street, Featherstone, the home of her aunt Beatrice and Arthur Horsefield. She had been a Trainee Retail Buyer, Telephonist/Clerk in the film industry, Secretray/Admin until she married. Around Sept/Oct 1939 she lived in Licoln while he searched for accommodation for children to be evacuated from Leeds. During the war she worked in the Ministry of Labour (Wages Department). In around 1960, Moor Allerton Crescent was sold and she and Stan bought a shop in a parade 28, Springfield Roand, Garforth, east of Leeds. It had 2-bedroomed accommodation above and she made it into a haberdasher's and children's clothes shop. After Dad's death in 1969 she worked as a Housemistress in co-Educational Boarding Schools until July 1985. A stroke in her 80s (Nov 1999), pretty well ruined the rest of her life. She moved to France to be near us in 2005, while hemiplegic, and lived until her death in her own house in Cussac while receiving substantial domestic support from the French authorities. She died just a few days before seeing seeing her great-grandson Craig, who was being brought to France with my daughter Alison after Christmas 2012. Died 24/12/2012 St Junien Hospital, Limousin, France

Eleanor

CROSSLEY Joan Born 14/10/20 Woodhouse, Leeds, Yorkshire Child of May HODGKISS and Harry CROSSLEY. Married John Victor Gibson 18/1/1941. Died 20/5/1984 Killingbeck Hospital, Leeds
HODGKISS Albert Born 9/7/1894 Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent Child of William(2) and Emily. Emigrated to Australia Died 9/7/1950 Sydney, Australia
HODGKISS Beatrice Born 7/9/1895 Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent Child of William(2) and Emily. Married Arthur Horsefield (b 1895), 22nd May 1915 (9c/23b), Featherstone, Pontefract. In the 1911 Census George Gregson had a lodger George Horsefield. Was he the father of Arthur? Emigrated to Australia 11th June 1926, from Tilbury, London on the SS Vedic (note:1), arrived Sydney, Australia 1st August. Died Jun 1988 Newcastle, Australia

Line of descent, COX

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Surname First Name Event Date Occupation Died Where Reference Picture
COX William(1) Birth 1/4/1802 Bramley, nr Leeds Stone Sawer or Cloth Dresser Died 4/6/1867 Amen Corner, Kirkstall, nr Leeds Family Bible
COX William(1) Married 26/8/1821 St Peter's Church, Leeds Married Hanna HUDSON, born Woodhouse, nr Leeds, 9/4/1799. She signed with an X. She died 13/1/1871, aged 72. Her father was probably George Hudson, who married a Sarah PARKIN at St. Peter's Church 25/12/1796 Family Bible

Photographed at the studio of
Wm Harrison Meadow Road, Leeds.
Could this be Hannah?

COX James(1) Born 17/12/1823 Bramley, Leeds Child of William(1) and Hannah HUDSON. He was a Coal Yard Labourer for most of his life as recorded in the 1841, 51, 71 and 81 Censuss, though at the time of his first marriage he is described as a cloth dresser. Died 31/01/1890 Hunslet, nr Leeds (9b/249) Family Bible
COX Sarah Jane Born 25/9/1830 Bramley, nr Leeds? Child of William(1) and Hannah HUDSON. Married Thomas VICKERS around Q2 1850 Died 6/4/1895 Family Bible, 9B 0414

Photographed at the studio of
CH Braithwaite, Briggate, Leeds
Is this Sarah Jane?

COX George Born 23/7/1832 Bramley, nr Leeds? Child of William(1) and Hannah HUDSON Died 15/4/1874 Family Bible
COX James(1) Married 23/11/1851 St Peter's, Leeds Married the first time to Mary CHILD (aged 25), who signed with an X. Her father, Joseph CHILD was a waterman. She died, probably in 1852 or 1864. He re-married. P68/5/37
COX James(1) Married 5/4/1868 St. Peter's, LeedsMarried the second time, (aged 45), to Sarah Jane MOORE (b 1828, Holbeck, nr Leeds), and who had a 4yr old son, Herbert, born Holbeck 28/2/1864. She probably had two children, Caroline and Herbert, though it's not clear whether she was ever married. She signed with an X.
Herbert adopted or was given the name COX (or MOORE COX) and our line of descent continues through him. The marriage certificate says James was a widower and that her father was Luke MOORE, a Bookkeeper.
After James(1) died, in 1890, Sarah Jane (aged 69) and Herbert (aged 27) moved in with one of her children, Caroline HENRY (aged 43), married to Joseph HENRY Q4 1858, and with two children of her own. They were living in Grand Road, Holbeck. She is described as "Mother in Law" and Herbert, an Iron Moulder at the time, as "Brother in Law"
9b/434
COX John Born 1824 Occupation
COX William(2) Born 16/3/1828 Child of William(1) and Hannah HUDSON. 4/6/1867 P14/3, P42
COX Herbert(1) Moore Born 20/2/1864 15, Nineveh Road, Holbeck, nr Leeds Child of Sarah Jane MOORE. Iron Moulder. He was an active Quaker, one-time dealer in fried fish, yeast and tripe and had a trunnel (or trundle?) pie shop in Meadow Road, Holbeck, nr Leeds. This was a low cost eating place for working men, perhaps much like what were called "Transport Cafes" in my childhood. Herbert's commercial history can be traced through Kelly's and other guides from 1893 to 1932. Mother, Eleanor COX née CROSSLEY, told me that it had been the custom that the first born male should be named Herbert. When it came to me, she refused. Date 28/10/1937 Horseforth

Herbert Cox (Snr)

COX Herbert(1) Married 25/12/1891 Parish Church, Little Holbeck Married, aged 27. Annie SHARP (b 17/1/1866). Herbert's step-father, James, was already dead ??

Herbert, Annie and the family

COX James(2) Born 7/2/1893 Hunslet, nr Leeds Child of Herbert(1) and Annie, maths teacher Died 3/1958 Leeds

James Cox

COX James(2) Married 7/2/1893 Hunslet, nr Leeds Child of Herbert(1) and Annie. Married Hilda Mary ROBINSON, aged 20, Q4 1913, Leeds. He served as a medical orderly in WW I. Died 3/1958 Leeds
COX Herbert Stanley Born 16/11/1913 Hunslet, nr Leeds Child of James(2) and Hilda. Became a teacher and, after marrying Eleanor CROSSLEY, our father. Joined the RAF at Padgate in August 1941 (F Flight, 28 Squadron, 5 Wing). Later he was at Hull, Autumn 1943 (Class 41) for additional training. Died 18/12/1969 Garforth, Leeds Died of cerebral haemorrhage

Stanley with his Mum, Hilda

COX Herbert Stanley Married 29/7/1939 Chapel Allerton, Leeds, Yorkshire Child of James(2) and Hilda. Married Eleanor CROSSLEY 29/7/1939.

Stan Cox an
Eleanor Crossley

COX John Michael Born 16/02/1941 Horseforth, nr Leeds Child of Herbert Stanley COX and Eleanor CROSSLEY. This is me.

Mum and me

COX John Michael Married 5/02/1965 Banff, Scotland Child of Herbert Stanley COX and Eleanor CROSSLEY. Married for the first time, Margaret Michele Barnard DAVIES, aged 23. They had a child, Alison Jane COX, born 28/4/1971, Amersham, Buckinghamshire. They divorced 10/3/1980.
COX John Michael Married 8/4/2005 Champagnac la Riviere, France Child of Herbert Stanley COX and Eleanor CROSSLEY. Married for the second time, Anne Romysdene ANDERSON, aged 54.
COX Malcolm Stuart Born 5/7/1946 Horseforth, nr Leeds Child of Herbert Stanley COX and Eleanor CROSSLEY. Emigrated to the USA 17/5/1977.

A few pix of Malc

COX Malcolm Stuart Married 9/8/1980 Cupertino, California Child of Herbert Stanley COX and Eleanor CROSSLEY. Married Diane Marcia FOSTER, aged 23. They had two children Jonathon Charles COX, born 21st Dec 1983, and Julia Christine COX, 25/12/1984. Both were born Mountain View, California.
COX Carrie Born 4/12/1894 Hunslet, nr Leeds Child of Herbert(1) and Annie. Married James T K Ward, Q3 1923

Jessie (L) and Carrie (R)

COX Allan Born 11/11/1897 Hunslet, nr Leeds Child of Herbert(1) and Annie, horse drawn wagon driver in the army. Died in riding accident. I researched the story of his life and death and produced a booklet. He was buried in the Friends Burial Ground at Adel, nr Leeds. It is a designated Commonwealth War Grave. Died 15/6/1915 Strensall Camp, York

Allan

COX Jessie Born 14/5/1900 Hunslet, nr Leeds Child of Herbert(1) and Annie`. Married George Francis Hall, 26/12/1941 Headingly, Leeds
COX Herbert(2) Born 13/7/1903 Hunslet, nr Leeds Child of Herbert(1) and Annie, Signwriter. Married May BENSON 1926 Died 4/2/1974 Crossgates, nr Leeds

Herbert (Jnr)

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