Family Life in the Industrial Revolution - autobiography of Benjamin Shaw

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MLFHS, Oldham & District Branch, free monthly meetings on zoom ... a talk given by Dr Alan Crosby

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Family Life in the Industrial Revolution ... the autobiography of Benjamin Shaw, 1772-1841

The talk covers everything from child labour, via bastardy and terrible working conditions, to problem teenagers and early death; the world of your Lancashire ancestors, 200 years ago.


A Short Account of Benjamin Shaw and his Family &c with some Short Scetches of his ancesters written by himself in 1826

Preston May the 31 1826 No. l Dale Street Lancashire

To know something of our ancesters. has allways appeared to have been a desirable thing to me. and if any records had been handed down to me. I should have considered it as a Vallueable treasure — but I have not been so fortunate as to know any thing of my family. but what I remember to have heard. by word of mouth. or seen. and as I have very few helps. my account must be very imperfact. but in the following Pages. I have put down a few broken. and imperfect hints. from memory partly. & partly from a few notes kept by me. for my own use. mostly of the latest dates. mentioned. &c — I have not attempted to deceive any that may read this account. by falsehoods or by selecting those circumstances that might make the most favourable appearance — but I have simply attempted to state facts. whether hounourable or shameful — as I consider truth the most valueble ingredient in any History or Biographycal account — and as all men have their weakness & failings when I see any writer give us an account of men all fair & faltless. & every thing that is good. and amiable. I allways suspect that the author has only toly us a part of the truth. through partialaty or a wish to set the person decribed in the fairest light &c &c

Benjamin Shaw June 7"‘ 1826 Preston

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A meeting reminder email will be send out 3 or 4 days before the talk; a zoom meeting link on Thursday morning 11th of November. Registration closes at 9am on the13th. A final reminder and link will be sent at 10:30am, on the meeting day. Login will be from 1:45, for an informal 'meet and greet' of old friends and a welcome to new visitors to our meetings.All are welcome and we hope you will enjoy the meeting and join us again in the future.

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