Christian Gray

One of Ari’s 8x great-grandmothers was called Christian Gray. She was born in 1702 in Corfe Castle, Dorset, and baptised there on 17 May.

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The baptism record shows her parents as Samuel Grey (a labourer) and Margaret.

In the year that she was born, King William III fell off his horse in Richmond Park after it stumbled on a molehill. He broke his clavicle and died in March. Queen Anne was crowned in April. Also that year, the Daily Courant was founded in Fleet Street. This was the first national newspaper to be published regularly.

On 28 December 1731, Christian married John Welch at the church in Corfe Castle.

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Christian and John had five children: Mary in 1733, twins Elizabeth and Ann in 1736, John in 1738, and Dorothy in 1740.

Christian died in September 1775, at the age of 73, and was buried at the church “in woolen”.

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Extract from Sepulture: Its History, Methods and Sanitary Requisites by Stephen Wickes, 1884.

Ari, this is how you are related to Christian:

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The story of a drowning

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The canal at Tibberton

Joseph Sheppard was Ari’s 5x great-grandfather, youngest son of Joseph Sheppard and Ann Day, and husband of Mary Bishop.

He was born in about 1806 in Huddington, Worcestershire, and married Mary Bishop on 15 August 1832 in Grafton Flyford. Their first son, Joseph, was born in 1840. In the 1841 census they are living in Sale Green, and Joseph is listed as an agricultural labourer.

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Another son, William, was born two years later, and then a daughter, Ann.

Joseph’s death certificate shows that he drowned on 29 September 1848 at Tibberton, Worcestershire. He was 43 years old, and his occupation was given as labourer. The informant was W. S. P. Hughes, the coroner for Worcestershire, and the death wasn’t registered until 29 March 1849.

The inquest was reported in the Worcestershire Chronicle on 11 October 1848.

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(The Plough Inn is still there, now called Speed the Plough.)

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Another report gives a slightly different story:

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Worcester Journal, 12 Oct 1848

Mary did not remarry. When she died in 1892, her death certificate described her as:

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Joseph was buried on 8 October at the church of St James in Huddington (recorded in the National Burial Index for England & Wales).

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We visited the church for the second time in October 2017, but there are very few graves to be seen.

Joseph’s son William (Ari’s 4x great-grandfather) was only five when his father died. A very sad story.

Ari, this is how you are related to Joseph:

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Hinda (or Jane)

One of Ari’s 4x great-grandmothers was Hinda, later called Jane, who was born in about 1845, probably in Ekaterinoslav (now Dnipropetrovs’k), Ukraine.

Hinda married Isaac Katz while still in Ekaterinoslav, and they had five children.

On 7 September 1898, we have a record of Hinda (aged 51) travelling from Hamburg to London on the ship Ophelia, with her son Moses (15) and daughter Rosalie (17). Presumably Isaac and their oldest son Nathan were already in England. The passenger record says that she is married and her previous residence was Wilna (Vilnius, Lithuania).

The first record of Hinda in England is the 1901 census. Here she is listed as Jane, aged 53, and a Russian subject. The family is living at 35 Fashion Street in Spitalfields.

In 1910 you can find her listed as a “Lady Seatholder” at South Hackney Synagogue, but only if you search for her husband’s name. Two granddaughters were born that year: Rose, daughter of Nathan, and Judith, daughter of Maurice. She already had a grandson Leon, son of Rosalie.

In the 1911 census she is listed as Ginda Katz, 63, married for 48 years and with five children still living.

Three more granddaughters arrived: Edith in 1913, Rosalind in 1914 and Sylvia in 1916.

One mystery is where Hinda’s other two children were, as we only know about Nathan, Rosalie and Moses (Maurice). Another mystery is the identity of a relative living with the family in 1911, whose name was Rose Peizov(?), 23 and single.

Hinda died on 5 August 1916, at 4 Linthorpe Road, Stamford Hill. She was 71, and the cause of death was diabetes mellitus. I have not found a will.

Her sons Nathan and Maurice announced the death in the Jewish Chronicle.

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She was buried at Willesden Cemetery, next to her husband Isaac. Unfortunately, the gravestone does not provide her father’s name, instead describing her as the widow of Yitzchak (Isaac).

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I have requested the burial authorisation from the United Synagogue, which might give us a clue to her place of birth and Hebrew name.

The Jewish Chronicle of 13 December 1918 records the gift of a stained glass window presented to the New Synagogue by Maurice Katz in his parents’ memory. (Another window remembers Jack Cohen, Ari’s 4x great-uncle who was killed in action in 1916.)

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I will see if I can get a photo of these windows.

Ari, this is how you are related to Hinda:

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Judith

Ari has two 11x great-grandmothers whose names I know. One of them was called Judith, and she was born in about 1640, somewhere near Duffield, Derbyshire. (Charles I was on the throne.)

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She married William Eyre in about 1660, and they had at least eight children: William, Samuel, George, Mary, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Sarah and Ann.

Judith died in December 1717 and was buried on the 29th of that month at St Alkmund’s in Duffield.

St Alkmund

 

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This record describes her as “of Windley”, which is a small village just west of Duffield and Belper.

The record of her burial comes from a collection called “Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812” on Ancestry.co.uk, filmed by the Latter-Day Saints.

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First page of the register

The most useful record we have of Judith’s life is her will, which is on Findmypast, in the collection “Staffordshire, Dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry wills and probate 1521-1860”.

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This is easy to read and gives us an amazing amount of detail. She says she lives in Postern, which is a hamlet in the parish of Duffield.

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Cast iron post by the B5023, in parish of SHOTTLE AND POSTERN (AMBER VALLEY District), Wirksworth Road; SE of Cowers Lane jct, 500m SW of jct with Calladine Lane, on grass verge in front hedge, on West side of road. Harrison iron casting Erected by the Ideridgehay & Duffield turnpike trust in the 19th century.
Inscription reads:- WIRKSW.H / 5 / MILES / : : DERBY / 8 / MILES / : Shottle / LONDON / 134 / MILES / : . ; J. Harrison / DERBY.
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In the will she lists her children:

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This gives us the married names of her daughters, and also tells us that she has a granddaughter Judith, daughter of her son Jonathan. (She gets five shillings.) The will was proved in Derby on 28 March 1718.

And then, best of all, we have a beautiful inventory.

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This gives us a really detailed picture. We can imagine her house, with a parlour, lower parlour, milkhouse and barn, and space for horses, cows, sheep and pigs. We also now know that she lived at “Postern Park”. This was part of Duffield Frith, which was a Royal Forest.

One day I will find out Judith’s full name!

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