This rather grainy picture is of a William Bancroft [1821-1914], a well known resident of the village of Oxenhope near Keighley,showing him in old age.
He was born on the 12th December 1821, the illegitimate son of Mary Bancroft. The Haworth parish records confirm William’s status as illegitimate, because at his baptism at Haworth Parish Church on 19th February 1822, his mother was listed as ‘spinster’ by the hand of Rev'd Patrick Bronte.
|William's Baptism Record from Haworth|
|1841 census - Spring Row, Oxenhope|
William lived all his life in the Oxenhope area, moving around the village from Lowertown to Marsh Houses to Uppertown, before finally moving to Pear Street.
[ Looking at all my records of over three thousand Bancroft individuals, there were only about 0.5% of twin births where both children reached adulthood, which shows how rare an occurrence this was, hence the reason the the census mentioned it]
|1881 census - Marsh Houses, Oxenhope|