34.28 – Herbert and Elizabeth Mamwell, Lucy Anne Ginley

This grave is linked to 34.27, Stephenson/Fielden/Scholfield. Mary Ann Scholfield (or Schofield, depending on the source) was born Mary Ann Mamwell, to Elizabeth and Emanuel Mamwell. Herbert, buried here aged 8, was also their son. Herbert died aged eight, only 3 days after his older sister, who herself was only 22 years old. Even sadder, the informant present at the time of death was Mary Ann’s husband John Arthur Scholfield who had just seen his wife die after giving birth to what would be their only daughter.

Herbert Mamwell’s death certificate

“He is gone the one we loved so dear to his eternal rest”, as his epitaph reads.

Alec Mamwell has contributed this information about Emanuel and Elizabeth:

Elizabeth Mamwell, courtesy of Alec Mamwell

Elizabeth Mamwell nee Lowis 1839 – 1917, Mary Ann Schofield (her daughter) 1864 – 1887 and Herbert (her son) 1878 – 1887 we believe are the 3 people buried in the next grave. Our informant was Frances Mary Mamwell (Elizabeth’s grandaughter) in early the 1980’s. She also told us that Emmanuel was buried in an unmarked grave at the feet of Elizabeth as “he was a wrong ‘un” … The family came from Grainthorpe in Lincolnshire where Emmanuel worked as a fisherman (complete with gold earing) & farm labourer. He had his own boat and drank a lot. Elizabeth got fed up with him and followed an older son to Tod with her surviving children on an handcart and lived at 76 Gauxholme with the family of William Scrimshaw also ex. Grainthorpe. Emmanuel became ill and although the family brought him to Tod and looked after him until he died aged 73 in 1905, Elizabeth was not prepared to have him in ‘her’ grave.

There is no information in the sexton’s book about Emanuel Mamwell’s burial anywhere in the yard, so that’s a fresh mystery for us.

Lucy Anne Ginley was born Lucy Mamwell in 1877, one of Elizabeth and Emanuel’s children. She married Martin Ginley, an Irish stonemason who had settled in Todmorden, in 1905. In 1911 they were living at 5 Cockpit with their son Percy and Elizabeth. The Ginleys did well enough for themselves, finding residences at Swineshead and Shoebroad Farms, although in 1926 Martin was convicted of selling adulterated (watered down) milk which would have put a dent in his milk round business.

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