Photograph Album Collection
The Shallcross Album
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only clearly identifiable individual in the album is George Byrom
Shallcross, seen in the image
at right. Since the caption
gives the date on which the portrait was taken (28 September 1865), as
well as his age (one year & nine months), his approximate date
of birth is easy to establish (about December 1863). FreeBMD
shows a birth registration for George Byron
Shallcross in the first quarter of 1864, which appears to correspond
well with this estimation. The 1871 Census shows "George B.
Shallcross" aged seven and living with his parents, John D. &
Jane Shallcross, five siblings and four servants at 27 Derby Lane, West
Derby. Further investigation using FreeBMD, indexed census
records on the Ancestry.com
subscription service, and the online version of the International
Genealogical Index (IGI) at FamilySearch.org,
shows that John
Davies Shallcross (1830-1893)
was a ship owner from a wealthy Liverpool family. He married Jane Brimelow
(1830-) at Deane, near Bolton, in 1860 and they had two sons and five
daughters (see Shallcross
George B. Shallcross grew up in the West Derby-Liverpool area, and attended Rossall School, near Fleetwood, Thornton-in-Fylde, where he matriculated in 1881. He studied for the clergy, and was Rector of East Harptree in Somerset from 1900 until his death in 1917. He married Ethel Laura Kemble (1873-) in 1902, and they had at least one son, John Kemble Shallcross, born in 1907 (Source).
Brimelow was born in 1830 at
Rumworth, near Bolton,
daughter of a cotton spinner John Brimelow and his wife
Sarah (see Brimelow
family outline). This
provides a link to the second identified portrait in the album, merely
captioned "Mrs Brimelow" on the reverse (image shown at
left). Since the photo was probably taken in the late 1860s,
and the woman appears to be in her late 20s or early 30s, it seems
likely that it was an aunt of George B. Shallcross. Jane
Brimelow had two sisters, Mary (b. 1816) and Elizabeth (b. 1818), but
neither are ever likely to have been called Mrs
Brimelow. At least three of Jane's brothers married, and the
woman was probably the wife of one of them.
William Brimelow (1824-) married Betsy Woolner (1828-) at Bury in 1846. William worked as an agent and ship's clerk in Bolton and Everton, and they had two sons and a daughter.
Thomas Brimelow (1825-) married Sarah Hall (c.1822-) at Bolton in 1851. Thomas was a grocer, tea dealer, and later a wine, spirit & porter dealer, in Bolton. They had a son and a daughter.
Edward Brimelow (1828-) married Jane Horrocks (1836-1884) at Barton-in-Irwell in 1863 and they lived in Rumworth, where he worked as a banker's clerk. They appear to have had no children.
Jane Brimelow née Horrocks is, in my view, the most likely candidate for the "Mrs Brimelow" shown in the photo, as she would have been in her early 30s, whereas her two sisters-in-law Betsy Brimelow née Woolner and Sarah Brimelow née Hall would have been in their early and mid- to late 40s respectively. That Edward maintained contact with his sister Jane's family is clear from the 1891 census entry showing Edward's niece - and Jane's daughter - Florence Amelia Shallcross (1862-) living with Edward, by then widowed, in Rumworth.
distribution of photograph dates (see graph on previous
page) suggests that the album was first
in about 1864. That
Edward Brimelow and
Jane Horrocks were married in 1863,
as well as the initials "E.B." on the cover, suggest to me that the
album may have been a present to Edward at or soon after his
wedding. If this is the case, then perhaps the first carte
de visite in the album (detail at right), mounted
permanently and in a different manner from any of the others, is
a portrait of Edward himself, taken at around that time. He
would then have been aged 34, which seems about
right for the man shown in this photograph. These days it
be regarded as rather odd for Edward to refer to his wife as "Mrs
Brimelow," even in a photograph caption, but in mid-Victorian times it
was perhaps not unusual.
Comparison of facial features suggests that another photo (right) is also of Edward Brimelow, probably a few years later.
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