We have a marriage between a John Featherstone and Blanche Borissow, in Manningham, Bradford, West Yorkshire, on 2 August 1865

in St Jude’s Church. They have  a son John Borissow Featherstone born 1 July 1866 and baptised in St Jude’s 6th Aug 1866.

John the father dies before the 1871 census

1871 Census
RG number: RG10 Piece: 4484  Folio: 64 Page: 30
Registration District: Bradford. Sub District: Horton
Enumeration District: 62. Civil Parish: Manningham
Municipal Borough: Bradford
Address: Marlborough Road, Manningham, Bradford, Yorkshire
FEATHERSTONE, Blanche Head Widow F 32 1839 Governess Wakefield Yorkshire
FEATHERSTONE, John B Son M 4 1867 Bradford Yorkshire
FEATHERSTONE, Maria Niece F 14 1857 Niece Staithes Yorkshire
ALLEN, Martha P Visitor F 27 1844  Governess  Whetstone Leicestershire
APPLEWHITE, Mary Servant F 20 1851 Domestic Servant Shields County Durham

We have a clue to John’s roots if his brother had a child called Maria born in 1857 at Staithes in Yorkshire.

I found this entry which I think is her in 1861

1861 Census
RG number: RG09 Piece: 3650 Folio: 79 Page: 9
Registration District: Whitby. Sub District: 3 Lythe
Enumeration District: 7.  Civil Parish: Hinderwell
Address: Front Street, Hinderwell, Staithes, Yorkshire (North Riding)
FEATHERSTONE, Joseph Head Married M 33 1828 Grocer & Draper Boulby Yorkshire
FEATHERSTONE, Maria Wife Married F 32 1829 Boulby Yorkshire
BURTON, Mary Ann Daughter F 11 1850 Scholar Boulby Yorkshire
FEATHERSTONE, James Buster Son M 8 1853 Scholar Staithes Yorkshire
FEATHERSTONE, Mary Daughter F 6 1855 Scholar Staithes Yorkshire
FEATHERSTONE, Maria Daughter F 4 1857 Staithes Yorkshire
MIDGLEY, Mary Ann Servant F 19 1842 House Servant Staithes Yorkshire


I cannot find a marriage for her parents Joseph & Maria in the indexes. The only entry in the 1841 census gives Joesph aged 15 living in another household probably as a servant with  a family called Herbert.

What makes this interesting is that there are two incidences of the name John Borissow in the USA.