The Liptrot Family in
Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
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Welcome to my family history website. This page covers the family of Harriet Ellen Jones' mother, Sarah Ann ("Annie") Liptrot and her parents, Richard Liptrot and Sarah Crook. The Liptrot family were an industrial working-class family from Lancashire, England where their ancestry can be traced back to the early 1800s. The surname Liptrot is not found in the online indexes for the 1881 or 1901 censuses for Canada, thus it is believed that this family is the first of the surname Liptrot to immigrate to Canada.
Please Note: This page is intended only as a narrative historical overview of this family. There is additional detailed information available for almost ever person presented on this page. To avoid the unnecessary work of double-entering some data, the additional information can be found in the accompanying GEDCOM database. Please make sure you click on the INDEX button at the bottom of the page so you don't miss out on potentially valuable additional information.
The research presented on this page is not mine alone. It contains information submitted by all the Fellow Researchers listed below. I am indebted to them for their generous contributions. This page is intended as a place for researchers to freely and cooperatively share our research with each other. It would be too cumbersome a task to reference each piece of data as to which researcher it has come from. The information shown on this page should be understood as a product of ALL of the Fellow Researchers. I am merely the editor and not the sole author. - Ryk
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The name Liptrot may seem rather obscure to us here in Canada, but in Lancashire, England, where the name is believed to originate, it is rather common. The name has many different variations. It can be rendered as Liptrot, Liptrott, Lyptrot, or Lyptrott, and is related to Liptrap and Liptrat as well as every possible spelling variation of each.
The origin of the name has led to some interesting speculation. Some have suggested that it could be a characteristic surname combining lip + trot, implying an ancestor whose lips "trotted" - that is, someone who talked a lot or possibly couldn't keep a secret. The problem with that explanation is that the name is also related to the surname Liptrap which could come from lip + trap, implying an ancestor whose lips were like a trap -- quite the opposite connotation as someone with "trotting" lips.
However it is more likely that the name is not English at all, but an Anglicization of the German name, Liobtrut or Liebetraut, which comes from the Old High German liub, meaning "beloved" or "dear" (related to the Old English leof) and trut, meaning "a friend" or "sweetheart" (related to the English word "true"). The combination could mean "dearly loved", "beloved friend", or "trustworthy". The variants Liubtrut and Liebtrut are sometimes used in Germany today as women's given names. In the Middle High German dialect, the name became Lieptrut, Lieptraut, and even Lieptrap. The name Liebetraut would have been pronounced something like "LEEB-uh-troot" (with a rolled "r") and was apparently too German sounding for English folks to pronounce and it evolved into Liptrot (and variants).
It has been speculated in other Liptrot sources (and previously reported here) that sometime in the mid-16th century an eponymous German protestant named Liebetraut migrated to Lancashire, England to escape religious persecution at the height of the Protestant Reformation in Germany. It has further been suggested that this Liebetraut is the one whose name morphed into Liptrot and was the ancestor of all English Liptrots. However no such person has ever been found and such an explanation now seems overly simplistic.
As shown below, the surname Liptrot and its variants can be found in Lancashire records as early as 1409 -- fully 150 years before the Reformation. The name can also be found outside of Lancashire in 1584 in Nottingham and in 1602 in London. However, it does appear that the name Liptrot probably does have its origins in the parish of Chorley, Lancashire as that is the location of the earliest occurrences of the name and it is not found outside of Chorley until the late 16th century. If an eponymous German immigrant, named Liebetraut, did come to England, he was certainly here by the first decade of the 1400s at the latest. Since the name is likely based on a German characteristic surname, which itself is probably not unique in origin, it seems far more likely that there were several people named Liebetraut (or similar) who immigrated from Germany to England as early as the the 14th century and probably well through the Reformation period. To suggest that all persons of the surname Liptrot are descended from one such German immigrant is probably too simplistic.
However, the story of an eponymous German Protestant refugee is not entirely to be dismissed either. Stories like this that get passed down in families often have some basis in historical fact, albeit often exaggerated or embellished. What is plausible is that such an eponymous German Protestant refugee named Liebetraut (or similar) may have fled Germany during the early Reformation period for a safe haven in England, and that he may have settled in Chorley where others of his surname already lived, and that he MAY be the ancestor of one family of Liptrots. But there were clearly other Liptrots in England nearly two hundred years before the Reformation.
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Our Liptrots originated in the Bolton area of Lancashire, England. Bolton is part of the Greater Manchester area. The reader is referred to the Jones Family History for a description of Victorian Manchester area. The same description given for Manchester would also apply to Bolton as well, though to a somewhat lesser degree.
The earliest confirmed ancestor of our Liptrot family is James LIPTROT, born 1823 in Bolton, Lancashire, England. He is believed to be the son of Charles and Nancy Liptrot of Bolton, Lancashire, England, but his birth is not confirmed.
James LIPTROT was born in 1823 in Bolton, Lancashire, England. He lived most of his life in Little Bolton working as an engine driver and engine tenter (I have no idea what that is) in a cotton mill. It is believed that he was rather poor as he spent his final years living as a widower and inmate in the Bolton Union Workhouse in Farnworth, Lancashire, England. James Liptrot married ABT JUN 1844 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to Mary Ann OPENSHAW b: 1819 in Bolton, Lancashire, England. It is believed that Mary Ann was the daughter of Richard Openshaw, but this is not confirmed. James and Mary Ann had the following children:
Richard Liptrot was born about December 1844 in Little Bolton, Lancashire, England. He worked for most of his life as a machine operator in the cotton mills of Bolton. He married about 1865 probably in Bolton, Lancashire, England to Sarah CROOK, but no record has been found of this marriage. Sarah Crook was born 1845 in Bolton, Lancashire, England as the daughter of Thomas Crook and Alice Tonge. Sarah died between 1894-99. In 1901 Richard is shown as a widower working as an assistant in a fried fish shop.
In 1907, most the children of Richard Liptrot and Sarah Crook made the decision to leave Bolton and move to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It's likely that they were moving to escape the poor living and working conditions in late Victorian Lancashire. Hamilton, Ontario promised to offer similar industrial employment to that of Bolton, but with less of the poverty, exploitation, and corruption… well, at least somewhat less.
Richard and Sarah Liptrot had the following family:
This concludes the known descendants of our Liptrot family.
Records of the surname, Liptrot, prior to the mid-1600s in Lancashire include:
|In 1409, the Parker Estate Records of Hawkshead-Talbot of Chorley, Lancashire record a Thomas Liptrot Sr. on a title deed.|
|In 1487, the Parker Estate Records of Hawkshead-Talbot of Chorley, Lancashire record a John Liptrot on the losing end of a dispute with James Parker worth 6 marks.|
|As early as 1552, parish records from Chorley, Lancashire show births and marriages for Liptrots.|
|In 1607/08, the Brook Estate Records of Hawkshead-Talbot of Chorley, Lancashire record a William Liptrot involved in a dispute regarding church pews. (!?!)|
|On 9 Jan. 1616/7, Clifton family records of Lytham, Lancashire, list a William Liptrot of Chorley as a witness in a post-mortem inquisition regarding William Browne, a yeoman.|
|On 2 January 1623/24, Lancashire County records show an Alexander Liptrot, a linen-webster from Chorley, Lancashire, as listed in an inheritance from William Hodgkinson of Hesketh (gentleman, son and heir of Henry Hodgkinson of Garstange, gentleman, son and heir of Richard Hodgkinson of Preston)|
|In the summer of 1650, Lancashire County Quarter records show an Alice Liptrot suing Edward Wishawe, the father of her bastard child, for support.|
|In 1658, the Assembly Records for the city of Chester, Cheshire, show a William Liptrot as the head schoolmaster of the Free School, with an annual salary of £20.|
|In the summer of 1666, Lancashire County Quarter records show a petition in Ormskirk to Richard Charnock for the habitation of Myles Liptrot, a collier.|
|The variant surnames of Liptrap and Libtrot do not seem to show up in records before the mid-1700s in Lancashire.|
Other early occurrences of the surname Liptrot prior to the mid-1600s outside of Lancashire include:
|On 28 May 1584 records from the Cavendish family, Dukes of Newcastle upon Tyne, show a Thomas Liptrat as a witness to a land transaction from Gilbert, Lord Talbott to Edmund Ayre of Carberton, gentleman, in Milnthorpe, Nottinghamshire.|
|In 1604, Luke Liptrapp, son of Richard Liptrapp was christened in the parish of St. Giles Cripplegate, in London. Two years earlier, the same Richard, then known as Richard Lyptrit, married Sarah Powstar at St. Margaret Moses Church in London, April 11, 1602. Their first son, Jonas Liptratt, was baptized at St. Giles Cripplegate on January 30, 1602.|
The family James Liptrot and Mary Ann Openshaw are not found in the 1851 census.
There are three James Liptrots found in Bolton in 1841 all b. ca. 1826
Thomas LIPTROT, 55 (1786), Lancashire, Labourer, res Great Moor Street, Great Bolton, Bolton Le Moors, Lancashire, England. Wife, Nancy, 55 (1786), Lancashire
Charles LIPTROT, 55 (1816), Lancashire, Weaver, res Oliver Row, Little Bolton, Bolton Le Moors, Lancashire, England, Wife, Nancy (1786), Lancashire.
(Father Robert LIPTROT, d bef 1841) Betty LIPTROT, 50 (1791), Lancashire, Independent, res Lane End, Tonge with Haugh, Bolton Le Moors, Lancashire, England. (Living next door to Alice Bradley and son John)
People researching this family include the following. If you wish your name added to the fellow researchers' list, please contact me.
|Hamilton, Ontario, Canada||all branches of this family|
|The late Brad Liptrot||Windsor, Ontario, Canada||all branches of this family|
|Louise and Ken Ellis||all branches of this family|
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