Alice Cockshutt married Dr Frederick Henry Douglas Flack on 22 January 1914 at St Mary’s Parish Church, Nelson, Lancashire. The wedding was reported in the Advertiser Newspaper headed “Fashionable Nelson Wedding” on 24 January 1914, as follows:
We know that Alice Mary Flack nee Cockshutt, mother of Dr Henry Edmund Douglas Flack and Bertram Anthony Flack, was born on 13 June 1890 in Bamber Bridge (near Preston) to Edmund Cockshutt and Emily Cockshutt nee Meredith.
Edmund Cockshutt and Emily Meredith were married in 1888 in Fylde, Lancashire.
Edmund Cockshutt and his family, Emily, wife aged 27, and Alice aged 1 are recorded in the 1891 Census as residing at Cumberland House, 100 Brownedge Lane, Walton le Dale, Lancashire, together with a domestic servant and a domestic nurse. Edmund is recorded as Head of the household; aged 29; born in Preston; Lancashire; Cotton Spinner manufacturer; Employer.
(Edmund Cockshutt, Alice’s father, is probably identical with the Edmund Cockshutt whose birth was registered in Preston born in the December quarter of 1861 although this does not match with the age stated in the 1891 Census)
Emily Cockshutt nee Meredith was born 27 July 1863 in Manchester, Lancashire. She was the daughter of Charles Meredith, born 2 May 1807 and Alice Anne Meredith nee Harrison, born 1 November 1832.
Following the death of Edmund Cockshutt on 14 June 1904, Alice’s mother, Emily married Smith Roberts in the March quarter of 1905. Their son Charles Roberts was born 23 December 1905.
The 1911 Census shows Alice Cockshutt living with her mother, younger sister Margaret May Cockshutt (born June quarter 1891 at Preston), her younger brother Edmund Cockshutt (born 7 December 1893 at Preston) and her step brother, Charles William Roberts (born 23 December 1905) as follows:
1911 Census for the Roberts family
Margaret May Cockshutt
One of the more interesting aspects of Alice Flack, nee Cockshutt and her brother Edmund Cockshutts’ upbringing was the religious affiliations. A more detailed article on this aspect can be viewed here. Click through Our Cockshutt Family History – Cockshutt-Roberts
Nicholas Cockshutt provided the following notes that take the Cockshutt pedigree back to the early 18th century. The information in the notes have not yet been verified from authoritative records. As further research confirms the details, summaries will be posted here.
One of the aspects of Nicholas Cockshutt’s Notes that requires further investigation, is the reference to James Cockshutt “who went to Canada in 1825. This James Cockshutt is said to be the founder, with his son Ignatius, of the famous Cockshutt Plow Company in Canada. Henry Cockshutt, son of Ignatius was to become the 13th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Canada.
Further research of official records will be needed to verify this pedigree, however there are further interesting aspects of the Cockshutt family history which are explored in my second post at “What more do we know about the Cockshutts?” (click through)