| The Mountford
Family of Norton Le Moors, Staffordshire
1901 census for Milton, Staffs
shows the Johnsons living at 99 Broadhurst
Street, and includes Ruth Mountford – adopted
daughter – born in 1894. This was a surprise as my
Grandfather had never mentioned having a sister - adopted or
otherwise. A mystery needed to be sloved.
I was fortunate in being able to make contact with David Mountford who had already done good work on the Mountford family tree and I thank him for his assistance.
Mountford was born in
Staffordshire in 1695.
William Mountford's son, Richard, was born at Biddulph, but having married Susannah he settled in Norton Le Moors which would be the location of the family for many years to come. They had three children, Richard, (1745) Mary, (1747) and Joseph, (1753). Religious names were very common at this time, but among the Mountfords, more than most, we will see that biblical names are very popular down every generation form here
|Joseph married Ann Brindley, their four children were Sarah, Thomas, Jemima and Joseph.|
|Thomas Mountford was the
second child of
Ann and Joseph, being born in Norton in
1787. Thomas called two of his sons Enoch
Joseph. What is interesting is that
two halves of the Mountford family, decended from these 2 different
grandfathers, appear to have regarded
one another as cousins – although only second cousins,
family bonds were very strong. I
believe this may be because apart from
family ties they were heavily involved in the religious fellowship of
the area. This was the time of the movement known as
"Primitive Methodism", and attempt to get back to the original
roots of Methodist preaching, often involving huge open air
Some information on Primitive Methodism and it's connection to the Mountford family (sources acknowledged)
"Its leading figures were Hugh Bourne and William Clowes. Hugh Bourne, was born at Ford Hayes Farm, Bucknall, on April 3, 1772. He was a shy man who, until his conversion in 1799, lived with an intense fear of falling into hell. By the year 1800, he had moved to live in Harriseahead, a village to the north of the present city. Towering above Bourne's new home was Mow Cop, a "bald hill" rising to 1,091 feet above sea level, with commanding views over the Cheshire plain.
Bourne was shocked at the moral state of his new neighbourhood, saying, "There was not in England a neighbourhood that was more ungodly and profane. A stranger could hardly go over Harriseahead without insult and sometimes not without injury." Against this background, Bourne met for prayer and Bible study with other Methodists, and flames of revival broke out in 1801, spreading quickly through the northern towns of the Potteries and beyond.
William Clowes was born in Burslem on March 12, 1780, a relative of Josiah Wedgwood on his mother's side. William became a highly skilful master potter, as well as a notorious drinker, gambler, womaniser and fighter, but was remarkably converted at an evangelistic meeting in Congleton in 1804, following what Hugh Bourne described as yet another "extraordinary outpouring of the Spirit." Clowes was to become a powerful evangelist and a leader in the revival." (Rev. Robert Mountford 2004)
In 1807 a group led by Hugh and James Bourne registered a chapel at Norton in the Moors. Coming before the definite expulsion of the revivalists from the Methodist Church this was taken over by the latter ...... Houses at Norton were sub sequently registered for worship by Bourne, that of Enoch Goodfellow in 1808 and that of Thomas Mountford in 1811. The Connexion later built a chapel at Norton Green. (British History Online)
Crawfoot, a leading member of the Primitive Methodist movement, married Hannah Mountford, who had worked as a long time faithful servant to the Bournes, and to whom Hugh Bourne himself may have propsed at one time.
By 1895 all of the original trustees had died, except George Mellor and a new trust was appointed (including) Cornelius Mountford (Primitive Methodism in the Moorlands by W.H. Simcock 1970)
Following my research on the Mountford Family I investigated the present day Methodist churches in Stoke on Trent.
Thelargest and most active methodist Church seems to be the "Saltbox Christian Centre"
The director of the centre is the reverend Robert Mountford, a well known local religious leader with an interest in local history