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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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by Brad Storey


at Garstang. Mr. Thomas Escolme Storey, mining engineer, of 21 Willow Road, Hampstead, N.W., resided in Lancaster between the years 1850 and 1860. Thence he went to Wigan, where he qualified as a mining engineer. His niece, Mrs. Janet Simpson, married Mr. William Simpson, alderman of the Corporation of Richmond, Surrey, and Mayor of that borough 1909-10. Mr. Simpson was born at Preston, in Lancashire, in 1855. His parents removed to Fleetwood, where he received his education. He was in due course apprenticed to the printing business, and having acquired a thorough knowledge of the various branches connected with the craft, he made such headway that at the age of nineteen he was appointed editor of the Blackpool Herald. At the age of twenty-three he removed South, and took charge of the Eastbourne Chronicle. We next hear of him as being in partnership with Mr. Parsons, printer and publisher of the Eastbourne Standard. In 1882 he married Janet, second daughter of Mr. John Storey, four times Mayor of Garstang. Garstang received its charter of incorporation as far back as the year 1314. Mr. John Storey was, we believe, the last Mayor of Garstang. The charter of Garstang was destroyed by a fire which occurred at the dwelling-house of Mr. Styth early in January, 1761, together with many valuable books and MSS. (See London Chronicle, 1761.) In the early eighties Mr. Simpson removed to Richmond, acquiring a printing business in Sheen Road, and in 1885 be started The Richmond Herald. Mr. Simpson also commenced what was known as the "Richmond House of Commons," which, in the March of 1884, was composed of 241 Conservatives, 213 Liberals, 5 Home Rulers and 11 Independents. Mr. Simpson held the onerous position of "Clerk of the House." In 1904 he was placed upon the Commission of the Peace for the borough, and in the April of the said year was elevated to the aldermanic bench. He was one of the founders of the Richmond Tradesmen's Association and of the Saturday Evenings for the People. He is a staunch Churchman and a well-known Freemason, a strong Conservative, and one of the first members of the Richmond Habitation of the Primrose League. Mr. Simpson has been the recipient of many tokens of esteem at time and time from his fellow burgesses and brother Masons in Richmond. His name is identified with many public improvements in Richmond, where his home has been for well nigh thirty years. Mr. Simpson has been Mayor of Richmond two years in succession, viz.: 1910-11 and 1911-12. It is with regret we have to announce Mrs. Simpson's death, which took place on the 27th February, 1912. (See Corollary Pedigree, Storeys of Garstang.)

The following parishes have been searched with the object of finding the marriage register of William Storey and Mary Greenup.

Aldingham, Ambleside, Brathay, Burton (Westmorland), Caldbeck, Cartmel, Dacre, Dearham (Quaker's Registry), Edinburgh, Finsthwaite, Grasmere, Heversham, Kendal, Kirkoswald, Langdale, Lancaster, Old Hutton, Paisley, Penrith, Renwick, Seathwaite, Staveley (Newby Bridge), Troutbeck, Ulpha, Ulverston, Urswick, Warton, Windermere and Wigton.

Mr. Richard Storey, of Ulverston, very recently remarked that a search for the same entry of marriage was made many years ago with the like result.