James was born on the 28th February 1843 (DYM) possibly at Whithings Clough or at Boardmans near Hawkshaw in Lancashire to Thomas (HM059) and Rachel (HM060).
By the time of the 1851 Census he was 8 years old and living with his parents and his brothers and sisters William (GM076), Nancy (GM078), Betsy (GM150), John (GM151) and Rachel (FM193) at Boardmans.
James became a coal miner like his older brother, William. He married Alice Greenwood (GM022) on 7th May 1868 (DYM) when he was aged 25. They were married at the Parish Church in Burnley. Details of the certificate are shown below:
|1868 Marriage solemnized at Holy Trinity Church in the Parish of H.T.Habergham Eaves in the County of Lancaster|
|No.||When married||Name and surname||Age||Condition||Rank or Profession||Residence at the Time of Marriage||Father's Name and Surname||Rank or Profession|
|Married in the Church of the Holy Trinity according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church|
by certificate by me, Edward B Trotter
|This Marriage was|
solemnized between us
|James Magnall X|
|in the presence of us||John Magnall X |
Rachel Magnall X
The 1871 Census shows that they had moved to the Burnley area with the rest of the family and they were living with Alice's father, James Greenwood (HG001), and her older brother Jonathan, at Back Lane in Habergham Eaves with their first two children, Joseph and Margaret.
Somewhere between 1871 and 1881, James Greenwood became the publican of the Gretna Green Inn at Four Lane Ends. James Magnall gave up coal mining and became a servant under his father-in-law. The 1881 Census shows that James and Alice had four living children:- Joseph (FM040), Margaret (FM041), James Thomas (EM026) and Sarah Jane (EM027).
The 1891 Census shows that James is now 48 years old and is a retired grocer! The family are living at 151 Cog Lane. He and Alice have Alice's father and seven children living with them:- Joseph (FM040), Margaret (FM041), James Thomas (EM026), Sarah Jane (EM027), Greenwood (EM186), Alice Ann (EM219) and Percy (EM190).
At the time of the 1901 Census James was 58 years old and is described as a retired grocer living at 279 Cog Lane. He is living with his wife and children Sarah Jane (EM027), Greenwood (EM186) and Alice Annie (EM219).
James and Alice had at least 13 children, several who died at a very early age. The ones we know of are:-
James died at the age of 65 on 6th Sep 1908. Details of his death certificate are shown below:
|Sex||Age||Occupation||Cause of death||Signature, description and residence of informant||When
J W Clegg
Present at death
|W T Clegg
James was buried in Burnley Cemetery.
From the Registers we think that Alice died in Burnley in 1934 (Burnley 1934 Q2 8e 198) aged 85 having born at least 13 children and having seen 9 of them die before she did.
Many thanks to Dorothy Y Magnall and James Greenwood Magnall for their help in supplying much of this information.
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