William COLLEY
William COLLEY


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William COLLEY 2

  • Christened: 6 Jun 1736, Holy Trinity and St Oswald, Finningley, Nottinghamshire 3
  • Marriage: Rhoda BROOKS on 14 Jan 1759 in St Wilfred, Cantley, Yorkshire 1
  • Buried: 13 Mar 1818, St Giles, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire

bullet  Notes:

William was a papermaker in Sheffield, and a non-conformist. He married Rhoda Brooks (qv) in 1759. They had at least five children, but only three have been traced beyond infancy. Their eldest daughter Elizabeth married George Brockmer, a schoolmaster in Ollerton in Nottinghamshire where William died in 1818. Their eldest son William was also a papermaker in Sheffield, and had a large family with his wife Margaret Close, all born in Ecclesfield on the outskirts of Sheffield where William had a paper-mill, although the surviving children all left Sheffield: their son Henry was also a papermaker, in Lancashire. William and Rhoda's younger daughter was named Hannah (qv).

Additional sources:
Shorter A.H. (1957). Paper Mills and Paper Makers in England 1495-1800. Paper Publications Society: Hilversum.
Census returns


William married Rhoda BROOKS on 14 Jan 1759 in St Wilfred, Cantley, Yorkshire.1



1 Church Register, Transcript of Cantley, FHL(L) ref Mf 0599998.

2 Church Register, Nether Chapel Norfolk St, TNA ref RG4/4430 f15 (baptism of daughter Hannah).

3 Church Register, BTs of Finningley, FHL(L) ref Mf 0503494.

4 Church Register, Ollerton, SoG ref Mfc 52987.

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