Grantham Journal letter: Newspapers are fantastic source for historians

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Looking at page 18 of the Journal (May 26, 2017), I see the advertisement from 168 years ago for W. N. Tollerton, on High Street, Grantham. General Dyer, Scourer, Calico-Glazer and Hot Presser!

William Nicholson Tollerton was the older brother of my great-grandfather, Christopher Nicholson Tollerton. William was born in Lincoln and became an apprentice engine fitter living in Waterside South, Lincoln.

He was the firse family member to move to Grantham, albeit for a short time; he married at St Wulfram’s Church in 1854, changing his occupation to photographic artist and dyer of various materials, as per the advert.

Two children were born in Grantham but the family later moved back to Lincoln, continuing his business in Guildhall Street, off High Street Lincoln.

In 1871 he had moved on again to Gainsborough, still occupied as photographer and dyer.

At the relatively young age of 42 he died in 1872 and is buried in Canwick Road Cemetery.

I would imagine the chemicals used in the two trades he pursued finally caught up with him.

Thanks for adding this old Journal page; it gave me another chance to catch up with my large Tollerton Lincoln family from long ago.

His son, William, born in Grantham, was not so lucky in life as he joined the 4th Hussars, progressed to sergeant and physical training instructor but soon after his discharge from the service spent three months in prison for assaulting his wife.

Newspapers are a fantastic source of information for us family historians.

Peter Reichelt

Member of Lincolnshire Family History Society