Ted (Edmund) Flack lives in Brisbane Australia and is searching for information about the Cockshutt family (his grandmother’s family on his father’s side), who lived in the Pendle area from the 17th Century.The family oral tradition is that the Cockshutts were influential in the establishment of the Cotton industry in NE Lancashire. There is also a family connection with the Cockshutt Tractor Company in Canada.
When Edmund Cockshutt of Ball Grove died around 1820, he is said to have been a wealthy man owning interests in the following properties:
- Ballgrove Estate;
- Emmot Lane Estate;
- Cotton Mills in Bough Gap in the Forest Trawden;
- Angram Green Estate at Worston;
- Warsaw Hill Estate, and,
- Howarth Estate.
Apparently the family properties were split up among Edmund Cockshutt’s very large family and much of it was subsequently lost in failed business ventures.
Ted has a family history blog and would be very interested to find out more about the life and times of Edmund Cockshutt b. 1729 and/or of his son Edmund Cockshutt b. 1753.
If you have any information about the Cockshutts, please leave a reply below. Ted will be most grateful for any assistance people can give.