Mary Hannah Button 1876-1956

Mary Hannah BUTTON is my second great grandmother – the mother of my great grandmother Jane LINLEY.


Mary Hannah BUTTON was born on 11 August 1896 at Low Valley, Darfield1, Yorkshire to Giles BUTTON (a brickmaker), and Jane BEET.

When and Where BornNameSexName and Surname of FatherName, Surname and Maiden Surname of MotherOccupation of FatherInformantWhen Registered
11 August 1896. Low Valley, DarfieldMary HannahGirlGiles BUTTONJane BUTTON formerly BEETBrickmaker journeymanGiles BUTTON. Father. Low Valley, Darfield21 September 1896

1881 Census

In 1881, Mary Hannah BUTTON was 4 years old and was living at Company Terrace, Darfield2 with her mother Jane, and her step father John ROEBUCK. Her father Giles BUTTON had died of scarlet fever in 18783, after nursing Mary back to health.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
John ROEBUCKHeadMarried35Coal minerRawmarsh, Yorkshire
Jane ROEBUCKWifeMarried35Thurgoland, Yorkshire
Albert BUTTONSon14Coal labourerEcclesfield, Yorkshire
Giles BUTTONSon13Coal labourerBarnsley, Yorkshire
Frank BUTTONSon10Monk Bretton, Yorkshire
Walter BUTTONSon7Low Valley, Yorkshire
Mary BUTTONDaur.4Low Valley, Yorkshire
Henry BUTTONSon2Low Valley, Yorkshire
John BUTTONSon1Low Valley, Yorkshire

1891 Census

In 1891, Mary BUTTON was 14 years old and still living with John ROEBUCK, and her mother Jane at Company Row, George Street, Darfield4.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
John ROEBUCKHeadMarried45Coal minerRawmarsh, Yorkshire
Jane ROEBUCKWifeMarried45Thurgoland, Yorkshire
Albert BUTTONSon23Coal hurrierEcclesfield, Yorkshire
Giles BUTTONSon22Coal hurrierBarnsley, Yorkshire
Frank BUTTONSon19Pit pony driverMonk Bretton, Yorkshire
Walter BUTTONSon17Pit pony driverMonk Bretton, Yorkshire
Mary Ann BUTTONDaur.14Low Valley, Yorkshire
Harry BUTTONSon12ScholarLow Valley, Yorkshire
John A ROEBUCKSon10ScholarLow Valley, Yorkshire
William ROEBUCKSon5ScholarLow Valley, Yorkshire

1901 Census

In 1901, Mary Hannah BUTTON was living at 37 Hope Street, Darfield5 with John ROEBUCK and her mother Jane. Mary Hannah BUTTON was working as a dressmaker. She met my 2nd great grandfather John LINLEY whilst she was living in Darfield, whose family also worked at the coal mine.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
John ROEBUCKHeadMarried55Coal hewerRawmarsh, Yorkshire
Jane ROEBUCKWifeMarried55Thurgoland, Yorkshire
Mary A BUTTONDaur.Single24DressmakerDarfield, Yorkshire
Harry BUTTONSonSingle22Coal trammer below groundDarfield, Yorkshire
John A ROEBUCKSonSingle20Coal trammer below groundDarfield, Yorkshire
William ROEBUCKSonSingle15Colliery lamp cha[??] above groundDarfield, Yorkshire


John LINLEY and Mary Hannah BUTTON were married on 04 April 1904 at All Saints Church, Darfield, Yorkshire6. John and Mary were both living at Low Valley, Darfield.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
04 April 1904John LINLEY27BachelorPit CorporalLow Valley, DarfieldJoseph LINLEY (deceased)Miner
Mary Hannah BUTTON27SpinsterLow Valley, DarfieldGiles BUTTONBrickmaker
Witnesses: Thomas Smith DIXON & Kate LINLEY
All Saints Church, Darfield, Yorkshire. 07 March 2020. Photo: Clare Hopkins

1911 Census

In 1911, John and Mary Hannah LINLEY were living at 115 Snape Hill Road with their daughters Thirza, Jane, and Elizabeth7. Mary worked as a dressmaker.

Name and SurnameRelationship to HeadAgeParticulars as to MarriageProfession or OccupationBirth Place
John LINLEYHead34MarriedMilk dealerArdsley, Yorkshire
Mary Hannah LINLEYWife34Married 7 years. 3 children, 3 living, 0 diedDress makingDarfield, Yorkshire
Thirza LINLEYDaughter6Darfield, Yorkshire
Jane LINLEYDaughter1Darfield, Yorkshire
Elizabeth LINLEYDaughter1Darfield, Yorkshire

1939 Register

In 1939 John and Mary LINLEY were living at 138 Snape Hill Road, Darfield, Yorkshire8. John was working as a motor proprietor & haulage contractor, while Mary attended to the “unpaid domestic duties”. Mary’s youngest brother Harry BUTTON was living in the same household.

Surname and Other NameM or FDate of BirthS, M, W or DPersonal Occupation
John LINLEYM25 January 1877MMotor Proprietor & Haulage Contractor
Mary H LINLEYF11 August 1876MUnpaid Domestic Duties
Jack LINLEYM08 January 1920SSeeking work – not previously employed
Harry BUTTONM20 July 1878SPublic Works Contractor Labourer
Mary Hannah Button with her daughter Jane Linley, her granddaughter, and dog “Darkie”. 1939.


Mary Hannah BUTTON (LINLEY) died at St Helen’s Hospital, Barnsley, Yorkshire on 20 December 19559.

Mary Hannah LINLEY of 138 Snape Hill Road Darfield near Barnsley Yorkshire widow died 24 December 1955 at St. Helen Hospital Barnsley Administration Wakefield 23 February to Elizabeth BARNES (wife of John William BARNES) Effects £135 1s. 3d.
Calendar of the Grants of Probate (Index). 1956.
Samuel at the grave of his 2x great grandmother Jane LINLEY and her parents John & Mary Hannah LINLEY. 05 June 2020. Photo: Clare Hopkins

In memory of our dear parents John LINLEY died 09 November 1955 aged 78, and Mary Hannah LINLEY died 20 December 1955 aged 79. Requiescant in pace.

Also daughter of the above, Jane GROOME died 24 March 1985 aged 75. This is my commandment that ye love one another as I have loved you.

Headstone Transcription of Jane LINLEY (GROOME). Darfield Cemetery, Darfield, Yorkshire

Family Members:

Husband:John LINLEY 1877-1955
Daughter (Direct Ancestor):Jane LINLEY 1910-1985
Father:Giles BUTTON 1842-1878
Mother:Jane BEET 1845-1910

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  1. Births (CR) England. Darfield, Yorkshire. 11 August 1876. BUTTON, Mary Hannah. Entry no. 62.
  2. Census Records. England. Darfield, Yorkshire. 03 April 1881. ROEBUCK, John (head). ED 2. PN 4606. FN 46. p. 3. : accessed 09 August 2021.
  3. Deaths Index (CR) England. Barnsley, Yorkshire. 4th Q., 1878. BUTTON, Giles. Vol. 9c. p. 130. Collection: England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915. : accessed 28 November 2021.
  4. Census Records. England. Darfield, Yorkshire. 05 April 1891. ROEBUCK, John (head). ED 3. PN 3777. FN 55. : accessed 09 August 2021.
  5. Census Records. England. Darfield, Yorkshire. 01 April 1901. ROEBUCK, John (head). ED 4. PN 4319. FN 74. p. 23. : accessed 09 August 2021.
  6. Marriages (CR) England. Barnsley, Yorkshire. 04 April 1904. LINLEY, John and BUTTON, Mary Hannah. Entry No. 117.
  7. Census Records. England. Darfield, Yorkshire. 02 April 1911. LINLEY, John (head). RD 507. ED 04. PN 27606. : accessed 14 May 2021.
  8. 1939 Register. England & Wales. Darfield, Yorkshire. LINLEY, John. 29 September 1939. RG 101/3628G. The National Archives (Great Britain) Kew, London, England; Collection: 1939 Register. : accessed 14 May 2021.
  9. Testamentary Records. England. 23 February 1956. LINLEY, Mary Hannah. Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the grants of probate. p. 362. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995. : accessed 13 December 2021.


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