On May 20th 1875 John Henry Buckle and Elizabeth Webster were married in All Hallows Parish Church, Harthill. (Harthill is in South Yorkshire close to the Nottinghamshire border.)
John Henry was born in Harthill and his parents were Christopher and Harriet Buckle. Christopher originated from Sinderby in North Yorkshire although Harriet nee Unwin was born in Harthill. Christopher was an agricultural labourer and up until the time of her marriage Harriet was a domestic servant. Harriet's father was William Unwin, a cordwainer, living at Woodall adjacent to Harthill.
Elizabeth Webster was born in Todwick and her parents were George and Sarah Webster. George was born in Harthill and Sarah came from Todwick, a village a couple of miles from Harthill. George was an agricultural labourer too.
John Henry Buckle and his wife Elizabeth had seven children altogether although the eldest, George, was born a couple of years before the wedding. As his names appear to include an additional surname, speculatively, maybe his father was someone other than John Henry. The 1881 census actually describes him as John Henry's son-in-law even though George was only eight years old.
At the time of his marriage to Elizabeth, John Henry was a coal miner employed at Kiveton Park Colliery. This had been sunk to the north of the parish of Harthill in 1866-68.Ten years later John Henry had become a colliery deputy and his job would have included some of the engineering aspects of the pit and responsibility for the safety of a section of the mine and some of the miners. He was also recorded on the 1891 census as a General Dealer and his wife had a shop.
However Elizabeth died in 1897 and John Henry was re-married in 1899 to Ellen Mellor who had four children from her own previous marriage.
By 1901 John Henry had re-located his family to Royston in South Yorkshire where he, his sons and his brothers were employed at the Monckton Colliery. John was now a Colliery Deputy below ground and Underviewer. The Viewer was the person with overall responsibility for the pit and the Underviewer was his Deputy. By 1911 John Henry was the official Under Manager of the pit.
In 1919 John Henry was photographed with other local worthies who were the local War Pensions Committee. He is fifth from the left and the names of all members of the committee are given below the image.
John Henry died in 1933 and was buried in the cemetery at Royston alongside his second wife.
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