Ralph Balshaw, 1801 - 1839.


Born 1801, son of  Charles Balshaw and Jane, of Burscough.

Baptised at Ormskirk parish church 6th February 1801.


Frances Sherlock (1803 -1839) of Ormskirk, 7th August 1825, in the presence of William Sherlock and George Wignall.  Both aged 21 years.

Children:  Mary, 1826; Frances, 1829; Charles 1837; Nancy, 1839.

The will of Nancy Balshaw (his sister) gives some details about these children in 1863.  They were all still alive.  Mary had married Henry Sharrock, Flour Dealer, of Ormskirk;  Frances had married Thomas McKenzie, Chemist, of St Helens; Nancy was still unmarried.


Glazier when his son Charles was born in 1837 and at the time of his death in 1839.  

Possibly also given as Painter, Plumber and glazier of Church St in 1824, 1825 and 1828 trade directories.

A Ralph Balshaw (junior) is mentioned in various quarter sessions records from 1836 to 1839 as Inspector of Weights and Measures for Ormskirk Division.  I presume that this is the right Ralph, and the the "junior" is to distinguish him from his Uncle Ralph.


Died  18th June and buried 21st June 1839 at Ormskirk, intestate.  His wife Frances died 21st August 1839 (aged 37) and the children were adopted by Ralph's sister Nancy Balshaw.  See memorial inscription for Ralph and Frances and photos of this and other gravestones in Ormskirk.

Transcript of some of the probate documents.

[My notes in square brackets.]

Bond of Tuition, Curation or Guardianship.

??Few unreadable words???? Nancy Balshaw of Ormskirk in the county of Lancaster Spinster George Harriott of the same place Brewer and John Balshaw [although it is not clear to me why he was involved, being Ralph's uncle, but the signature on this document is the same as that on his will] of the same place Joiner ?? holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God John Bird by Divine Permission Lord Bishop of Chester in the sum of twelve hundred pounds of good and lawful money of [.etc.] England to be paid to the said Lord Bishop his lawful Attorney, Executors, Administrators, or Assigns; to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves and every of us severally for and in the whole, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, and the Heirs Executors and Administrators of every of us firmly by these presents. Sealed with our Seals and dated the 30th day of November in the fourth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith and ... the year of our Lord 1840

The condition of the obligation is such that of the above bounden Nancy Balshaw the lawful aunt and tutrix and curatrix lawfully appointed of Mary Balshaw age 14 years Frances Balshaw aged 11 years Charles Balshaw aged 3 years and Nancy Balshaw aged 1 year or thereabouts the lawful children and only next of kin of the undernamed Ralph Balshaw deceased for such Administratrix all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said Ralph Balshaw late of Ormskirk in the County of Lancaster, Glazier, deceased without parent living at the time of his death Frances Balshaw the lawful widow of the deceased having since died without administering do make or cause to be made a perfect inventory of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased which have or shall come to the hands, posession or knowledge of her the said Nancy Balshaw or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for her use and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the registry of the Consistory Court of Chester aforesaid at or before the 30th May next ensuing. and the same goods chattels credits and all other goods chattels or credits of the said deceased as at the time of his death which at any time after shall come into the possession of the said Nancy Balshaw or into the hands or possession of any person or person for her do well and truly administer according to law and further do make or cause to be made a just account of her administration at or before the 30th day of May which shall be in the year of our Lord 1841. And all the rest and residue of the said goods chattels and credits which shall be found remaining on the said administratrix’s account the same being first examined and allowed of by the judge or judges for the time being of the said court shall deliver or pay unto such person or persons respectively as the said judge or judges, by his or their decree or sentence pursuant to the true intent and meaning of an Act of Parliament made in the 22nd and 23rd year of the reign of his late Majesty King Charles the Second entitled An Act for the better settling Intestate’s estates shall limit and appoint. And if it shall heareafter appear that any last will or testament was made by the said deceased and the executor or executors therein named do exhibit the same into the said court, making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said Nancy Balshaw above bounden, being ???????required, do render and ?????? the said letter of administration (approbation of such testament being first had and made in the said court) ???????????? and of none effect, or else to remain in force and ?????.

Signed and delivered in the presence of ???? Surrogate. Nancy Balshaw, George Harriott and John Balshaw.

[This type of bond was probably to ensure that the person administering the estate on behalf of the children took great care of it until the children reached the age of 21 years.  If she failed to do so the people who signed the bond would have to pay half (for some peculiar legal reason not all) the value of the bond to the Lord Bishop of Chester. (i.e. £600, being approximately the value that the estate might be expected to have reached in a few years time - see inventory summary below) .Note that the George Harriott mentioned above appears in the 1811 Holdens Directory as an Inn Keeper of the Swan Inn Burscough St, but we do not know what his connection was with the family, if any.]


Chester 13/7/40

A true full plain perfect and particular inventory of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of Ralph Balshaw late of Ormskirk in the County of Lancaster Glazier deceased which in ??........?? since his death have some unto the hands possession or knowledge of Nancy Balshaw the tutrix and curatrix lawfully appointed of Mary Balshaw Frances Balshaw Charles Balshaw and Nancy Balshaw minors the lawful children of the said deceased follow to wit

Cash in Savings Bank and House £35

Cash for sale of Household goods and furniture £40

Cash amount of bank debts £465/1/2 [I don't think this means he owed the money to the bank, as I can't explain why the total value of the estate was given as £544 if it does mean that]

Total £540 /1/2

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