|1905: "The Genealogy of the Simpsons of Idle." Chart by JHS.
1931: A House and Garden of Wonders from the Yorkshire Observer and Budget.
1959: Treasures in an Idle Home from the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.
1962: 66 Years of Collecting Antiques from the Shipley Times and Express.
Drawing by JHS of an unidentified church interior.
Perhaps someone can identify the church in the drawing or perhaps it is just a sampler of what JHS could do.
On Good Friday, 1877, when JHS was 3 years old, his father, William
Simpson died in a quarrying accident at age 27 and left a wife and four young
children. His mother, Annie Hainsworth, remarried twice and there were 3
children added to the family.
For some reason, in his twenties, JHS became very
interested his Simpson roots and their part in the history of
Idle village. The Simpsons had been land owners as early as the 1600's and Simpson Green is still
a local designation for a part of Idle.
Parish included Idle and JHS was given access to the parish
registers and also the later Idle registers. He went through them line
by line and recorded all the birth, marriage and death entries for
Simpsons of Idle. His notes have survived. He also recorded cemetery
inscriptions from both Calverley and Idle. As well, it is clear that he
found wills dating back to the 17th C and used these to help
reconstruct family groupings. He would have asked
Simpson elders alive in the 1890's what they knew of the family from
the past. His work is valuable because of his contact with elders and
the recording of now lost headstones and how this informed his family
groupings; something that is much harder at the present.
It is evident from his notes that JHS identified groupings of parents
and their children
and prepared his final version on a large chart - see the top link on the
left. The chart is not dated but the year can be determined by the
later addition of his children born after 1905.
Jane Macdonald and I have found most, but not all, of the register
Ancestry.com and closely reviewed his notes, the chart and some new
evidence and constructed our own version of the Simpson family. It
differs little from that of JHS and where it does we have made comment
to the change. This
can be seen on the associated web page, the Simpson Family, Idle, Calverley Parish.
JHS had a friendship with the Joseph Horsfall Turner, a noted antiquarian who also lived in Idle.