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The Meadowcroft & Lang Ancestors Pages

Updated August 15, 2010


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The Meadowcroft Family.

The surname Meadowcroft seems to have originated as a name given to people coming from an area near Middleton, Lancashire.
The earliest Meadowcroft that I have been able to locate is ' Peter de Medwcrofte ' mentioned in the Lancashire Assize rolls in about 1234. They appear to have been granted a coat of arms in 1664, whilst living at Smethurst Hall.

I have been researching my Meadowcroft and Lang ancestors for some time. This is a summary of the information I have gathered thus far.
Please take into consideration that some of the information regarding individuals born before 1785 is unconfirmed, and therefore should not be taken as being 100% accurate, and may be subject to alteration. I find the early Meadowcrofts difficult to research due to the similarity of names and as some were Quakers their details can be elusive! I am also still trying to 'weed out' some misinformation which has found its way into my web pages as a result of importing gedcoms!

These pages will be regularly updated. I have included a few unconnected Meadowcrofts, in the hope that they can eventually be integrated into the whole. I have accumulated a lot of information relating to such Meadowcrofts which I may try and post elsewhere in due course. I am still interested in the Apocryphal story which suggests that the Essex Meadowcrofts are descended from Russian Émigrés who anglicised their name! My DNA test results do suggest that there may be some truth in this story - but a very, very long time ago! I wonder if an émigré had been adopted into the family at a time when such matters were not properly recorded ?
Interestingly, Kath has drawn my attention to a book called 'The Russian Album' by Michael Ignatief, which mentions the great assistance given by a Peggy Meadowcroft, who assisted his grand parents to escape the Bolsheviks in 1919 and I wonder if the story became distorted in the retelling?

I am particularly grateful to Shirley Parker, whose research has enabled me to correct a few errors and add a few more Meadowcrofts to my data files! Many thanks also to Anita Rothermel whose research and photos of Thomas, Grace and Ernest Meadowcroft have also contributed much to these pages.
I have also had further contact with Alison Ewbank, who has helped identify a few more Meadowcrofts and correct a few errors. She has also sent me a photo of the Joshua Cottages in Chigwell Row where many of the Meadowcrofts lived at the end of the 19th century.
I am also grateful to Kath Lightbown, who has sent me recent photos of Smethurst Hall and continues to supply other useful research.

The Lang & Croker Families.
I am particularly interested in the fate of Abraham Lang (dob approx 1818) who is said to have emigrated to the USA in the 1860's.Abraham was born in Shoreditch, which had been assumed to be the Shoreditch in London, but I have also discovered that it is the name of a small village near Taunton, Somerset. I now suspect that London may well be correct.
The Lang family appear to have married into the Croker (Crocker) family of Bovey Tracy during the early 1800's. I have recently aquired Charles Worthy's original notes about the genealogy of the Crockers, which are proving to be very interesting. My Cro(c)ker ancestry is in desperate need of overhauling as I note a number of errors.
The information regarding the Anderson/Smees family has been recently added by Andy Smees. Further details of the Perkins family has been provided by Terence Lowe, for which again, many thanks!
Sadly I am having problems updating these pages.I cannot upload new data.

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Family Photos

  • William H Lang (32 KB)
    Extract from a newspaper article concerning his activities as a Police Court Missionary.
  • Emily Casey ( Ne Chase ) (14 KB)
    Emily Casey 1877- 1910
  • Thomas Meadowcroft - born 1839 (17 KB)
    An old photo supplied by Anita Rothermel.
  • Frank and Albert Casey (15 KB)
    Frank L Casey 1907 - 1976 Albert E Casey 1905- ?
  • Smethurst Hall , Birtle with Bamford , Lancashire. (22 KB)
    The Meadowcrofts aquired this property around 1540 , and it was later sold after Richard Meadowcroft's death in 1675. Possibly partly demolished in the 1890's and a replacement wing added later. It is noted as a grade ii listed building on the Bury website . Thanks to Ron Meadowcroft for this Photo and Information.
  • W H Lang (26 KB)
    William Henry Lang with Joyce Rowe
  • Essex 2nd XI v Cheshire - Witham June 1914 (52 KB)
    John L MEADOWCROFT played for the ESSEX 2nd X1 Cricket team in the period prior to WW1. I believe that he is sitting in the middle of the front row.
  • Grace Meadowcroft and Fred Fisher's Wedding 1928 (118 KB)
    Ernest Meadowcroft - top row 4th from right. Mary Jane Foale - top row 3rd from right. Harriet Rowsell - middle row 1st on left. Grace Meadowcroft - middle of middle row. Thomas Meadowcroft (b1862) - far right of middle row.
  • Smethurst Hall 2005 (663 KB)
    This photo , taken in 2005 by Kath Lightbrown , shows Smethurst as it is today. The property has been split into three seperated dwellings at some time during the last century, and the center ( originaly 16th century ) section faced with stone. One wing has been demolished and rebuilt during the 20th century.The Meadowcroft family were recorded as living here in 1581. John Taylor made alterations in the 1750's.
  • Smethurst Hall , Bury - An early postcard (255 KB)
    A postcard , undated , probably printed in the 1920's or 30's. Published in Rochdale by E & B Ltd , Castle Series.
    The Meadowcroft Coat of Arms are described Thus:-Argent , on a saltire sable, five Fleur de Lis of the first.
  • Mabel Emily Smith Meadowcroft ( ne Wilkins ). (48 KB)
    Mabel later re-married and was known as Elizabeth Stocker or ' Babs'.
    A row of 5 Cottages where many of the Meadowcrofts lived at the end of the 19th century and during the first half of the 20th. Photo provided by Alison Ewbank.
  • A.E. Wilkins (54 KB)
    A copy of a newspaper article about his retirement.He had been shore purser at Parkstone Quay , near Harwich , for some years.
  • John Leonard Meadowcroft (60 KB)
    It is believed that this is a photo of John Leonard as a young man!

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