second area of interest is Arthur Ronald Glassby as recorded
in Chapter 4, section D 5.
marriage certificate of Arthur Ronald Glassby to Kathleen
Taylor on 5th July 1969 in Pontefract gives some interesting
insights. Arthur Ronald Glassby (33), a chemicals labourer
(father Arthur Glassby, a School Caretaker, deceased) married
Kathleen Taylor (22), a widower, whose father was John Vickers.
They both came from or were living in Knottingley; Arthur
Ronald Glassby was living at 16 Northfield Avenue, Knottingley
and Kathleen Taylor at 16 Southfield Road, Knottingley.
first point is that if Arthur Ronald was 33 in 1969, he was
born in 1936. But there is no record of an Arthur Ronald Glassby
in the birth records in England for 1936. Was he born overseas?
Secondly, Ronald is not a name used by the Glassby’s
in the UK (except that is for my wife’s father, Ronald
Glassby). Arthur Ronald Glassby’s father Arthur was
dead in 1969 at the time of the marriage.
Taylor was a widow at 22, and her father was John Vickers
i.e. Kathleen’s maiden name was Vickers. I have found
the marriage of Kathleen Vickers to Donald Taylor in 1966,
and the death of Donald Taylor in 1969. It was shortly after
his death that the then Kathleen Taylor married Arthur Ronald
the records there are three children named Glassby whose mother’s
maiden name was Vickers i.e.
Katharine Louise Glassby (Vickers) born 1974
Glassby (Vickers) born 1976
Thomas Glassby (Vickers) born 1978
is reasonable to assume that these are the children of Arthur
Ronald Glassby and Kathleen Taylor née Vickers. We
cannot find any record of an Arthur Ronald Glassby dying in
England after 1969. Nor can we find any marriage of these
three children. The eldest would be 30, and you might have
expected at least one of the three to marry. This makes us
wonder whether Arthur Ronald Glassby and the three children
then found a marriage of Kathleen Glassby to a John Beckett
in 1981 in Pontefract. We have not obtained this certificate,
but wonder if it is the same lady. This could be explained
by Arthur Ronald Glassby dying, or possibly their divorcing.
Who was Arthur Glassby, Arthur Ronald Glassby’s father,
and how does he fit in to the family tree?