The Kitson Family
Head – James Kitson born in 1843 Marr, Doncaster. James became a GNR Locomotive angle iron Blacksmith at The Doncaster Plant Works and was still working there at the age of 67. In retirement he moved to Pontefract to live with his daughter, Alice. There he died on 30th December 1922. His photograph is the featured photo of my story.
Wife – Mary Ann Kitson neé Otley, born in 1851 Carcroft. Mary died on 23rd February 1902 in Carcroft aged 50. Sadly I have no photo of my Gt. Grandmother. I would love to have one.
James Kitson and Mary Ann Otley, my Gt. Grandparents, were married on Boxing Day 1868 at Doncaster Register Office. (Surprisingly they were open in those days and at New Year too).
Dau – Mary Sophia Kitson, their firstborn, born in 1873 – Doncaster.
Son – *George Edward Kitson born on 17th October 1875 – Doncaster.
Dau – Alice Jane Kitson born in 1878 – Doncaster.
Dau – Lilian May Kitson born in 1881 – Doncaster. Died in 1908.
Dau – Grace Kitson born in 1883 – Doncaster. Died 24th May 1885 age 1 year and 11 months at Carcroft. I have no photo of baby Grace.
Son – Arthur Charlie Kitson born in 1886 – Doncaster. He was a GNR Coach Builder at the Doncaster Plant Works and as a Railway Worker he was in a Reserve Occupation during WW1 and WW2. Their son Douglas Arthur Kitson was born before the First World War in 1913 and their daughter Audrey Alice Kitson was born during the War in 1916.
Dau – Janet Eleanor Kitson born in 1891 – Doncaster. She lived in Pontefract during her adult life and was a dedicated church goer. Janet is now buried there.
Tom Parkinson Darnton was born 1878 in Featherstone, a Grocer, age 26 of Pontefract married Mary Sophia Kitson age 28, a Spinster of Carcroft in Owston, Doncaster on 20th November 1901 at All Saints Church in the Parish of Owston, in the County of York.
This picture was taken at a photographer’s Studio in Dover where Sophia had gone to meet Tom having returned home to England at last from his War duties.
Tom Parkinson Darnton served in the Army during WW1 and survived the ordeal.
George Edward Kitson age 31, Bachelor. Petty Officer, Royal Navy of ‘HMS Warrior’, married Eliza Bailey age 21, Spinster of Somerby, on 8th June 1908 at the Parish Church in the Parish of Somerby, Leicestershire.
Alice Jane Kitson a spinster, age 25 of Hexthorpe, Doncaster married Alfred Atkinson, a gardener, age 29 of Pontefract at the Parish Church of St Jude, Hexthorpe, Doncaster on 24th December 1903.
Alfred Atkinson wearing what appears to be a variation of the tropical khaki uniform worn by the British Army of WW1. He holds a riding crop and is wearing ‘putties’ wrapped around each leg. This was part of the British Army uniform.
Alfred Atkinson survived his time in the Forces.
Lilian May Kitson married Edwin Hedges (born Bromsgrove near Birmingham) in Doncaster in the first qu. of 1902. Cert No. 9c 1088. Lilian May died in 1908, having been sadly predeceased by two of her babies.
Arthur Charlie Kitson married Edith Alice Richardson on October 11th 1911 at St Mary’s Church, Wheatley, Doncaster.
Janet Eleanor Kitson age 22 of Baghill Lane, Pontefract married Richard Birkby age 27, a gardener of South Bailey Gate, Pontefract on 16th September 1914 at All Saints Church Pontefract.
Richard Birkby also survived the War.
Bagshaw and Son photographers of Doncaster.
Luke Bagshaw was born in 1877. After leaving school his interest in photography led to a joint business venture with his father. Bagshaw and Son, Luke began business in a studio on Hexthorpe Bridge.They moved to premises at 150-152 St. Sepulchre Gate where the firm remained as photographers and photographic retailers until the 1960s, although Luke died in 1944.
Luke Bagshaw Photography Records:
I am pleased to say that two of the Kitsons photographs were taken at Bagshaw’s Photographer’s, Doncaster and their glass negatives were discovered among the Bagshaw collection. I am proud to be able to place them in The Kitson Photo Gallery.
The two Kitson sisters, Edith and Alice, went to Bagshaw’s Photographers for their image to be captured for all time in the early 20th Century.
George Edward Kitson wearing mufti, the image taken at Bagshaw’s Photographer’s, Doncaster c. 1901 when he was on leave from the Royal Navy.
The third photo is of George Edward Kitson’s wife, Eliza and their first baby son Geoffrey George Kitson c.1912.
*George Edward Kitson, Petty Officer (Chief Stoker) Royal Navy 280647, H.M.S. ‘’Recruit’’ died in his 42nd year on August 9th 1917. He was the son of James Kitson, of Doncaster and the late Mary Ann Kitson; Husband of Eliza Kitson, of Garthorpe, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Father of Geoffrey George Kitson. Awarded Bronze Medal for Valour (Italy). Remembered with Honour – CHATHAM WAR MEMORIAL – Panel 23. Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.