William Castledine of Wilne

William Castledine of Wilne, Derbyshire, was Ari’s 8x great-grandfather. He was born on 30 September 1712 and baptised on 1 October at the church of St Chad, along with his twin brother Samuel.

Bench mark, St Chad’s church, Wilne, used to record the height above sea level

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He married Elenor Freeman on 28 Mar 1748 (both described as ‘of Draycott’), and a son, Joseph, was baptised in January 1749 and buried on 9 December that year.

The mill in Draycott, built in 1888.

Elenor died in January 1749, and William married Martha Earthley on 7 June 1750 at the same church. A daughter, Ann, was born in 1750 but died as a baby. Thomas was born in 1752, and then there was a gap before twins John and Philip in 1761. Another son, Edward, died in March 1765.

In 1763 the church got a coat of paint, recorded in the parish records:

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William died in January 1772 and was buried on 13 January.

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Ari, this is how you are related to William:

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Jacob Cohen of Kalisz

Jacob Cohen was born in Kalisz, Poland, in 1850. He was Ari’s 4x great-grandfather. From his marriage certificate, we know that his father was called Moses. We don’t know the name of his mother. Jacob was a widower when he married Milly Gross on13 August 1889 at the Great Synagogue in London. His residence was given as 8 East Mount Street, and his occupation was tailor. We do not know any details of his first wife, or if he had any children with her. The marriage authorisation from the synagogue states that he has no brothers. His Hebrew name is given as Yehuda ben Moshe HaCohen.

The 1891 census shows Jacob with his wife and daughter Rachel living at 24 Green Dragon Yard in Whitechapel. Included in the census record are a married lodger, Fanny Michaels (a tailoress from Poland), and her two daughters, Rebecca (6) and Rachel (4), as well as Jacob and Millie’s two-week-old son, Morris.

They were at the same address in 1901. By this time, three more children had been born. Annie Rosa (born in 1893) died as a baby but Jacob (16) and Solomon (14) are listed and are at school. At the same address are two other families.

Jacob died at 24 Green Dragon Yard on 30 January 1907, at the age of 57. His occupation was given as master tailor, and cause of death was exhaustion and pulmonary tuberculosis.

He was buried at Edmonton Cemetery.

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The Hebrew reads: Here lies Yehuda son of Moshe HaCohen
Died 15 Shevat 5667
May his soul be bound up in the bond of (everlasting) life.

Ari, this is how you are related to Jacob:

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Rachael Pain of Warminster

One of Ari’s 6x great-grandmothers was Rachael Pain. She was born in about 1758 in Warminster, Wiltshire, daughter of Thomas and Mary Pain. She was baptised on 3 May 1758.

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Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812

On 11 Feb 1776, Rachael married Thomas Curtis.

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Wiltshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754–1916

It looks as though they had nineteen children(!) between 1776 and 1817, and by the time of the eighteenth, (daughter Mercy), the baptism record tells us that Thomas is a tiler. The record for the nineteenth (Sarah), says that he is a plasterer, and the family live in Pound Street, Warminster.

Warminster Maltings – Pound Street – Original Entrance

Rachael died in 1838, a few months after her husband, and was buried at the church of St Denys.

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Wiltshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813–1916

Ari, this is how you are related to Rachael:

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Mary Anne Ballard of Chicklade

Mary Anne was one of Ari’s 5x great-grandmothers, the mother of Henry Penny. She was born in 1804 in Chicklade, Wiltshire, the daughter of Benjamin Ballard and Elizabeth, and baptised on 12 August.


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The Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812 registers tell a very sad story for 1805, when Mary Anne was still a baby:

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On 25 Jan 1826, Mary Anne married an agricultural labourer called John Penny at the church in Fonthill Bishop.


Mary Anne and John had six children: Henry, Elizabeth (Betsy), Jane, Charlotte, Ellen and William. We can see them in the 1841 census:

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Mary Anne died two years later, at the age of 38, and John remarried in 1848. The cause of death was “constipation of the bowels” and the death was registered by her daughter Jane.

These llamas live in a field in Fonthill Bishop and wanted to be part of the story.


Ari, this is how you are related to Mary Anne:

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Susanna Burton of Barrowden

One of Ari’s 5x great-grandmothers was Susanna Burton, the mother of William Cobley. Susanna was born in 1784. I am working on the theory that her parents were Francis and Susannah Burton, and if this is the case then she was born on 13 April and baptised on 10 June in the village of Ridlington in Rutland.

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The baptism record on Findmypast says that the parents live at Leigh Lodge, which is a listed building now.


Of course once you identify someone’s parents you can start to find all the brothers and sisters and then work back to the parents’ marriage (this is why my task is never-ending!). I found children born to Francis and Susannah starting with Ann in 1781, so this marriage in 1779 looks right.

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We now know that Susannah’s mother was Susannah Whiteley, and they lived at Lye Field, near Ridlington.

So back to Susanna Burton. On 1 August 1804 she married John Sculthorpe. A daughter, Fanny, was baptised on 23 December that year. John died and on 4 November 1813 Susanna married William Cobley at the church of St Peter in Barrowden. The record tells us that she was a widow and he was a widower.

Their two sons, William and Edward, were born in 1814 and 1816. I haven’t found Susanna in the 1841 or 1851 census yet, so will update this when I do.

She died on 4 June 1859 in Barrowden. The cause of death was “Gastro Enteritic Fever 14 days”. An announcement appeared in the Stamford Mercury on 10 June.

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She was buried at St Peter’s church.

Ari, this is how you are related to Susanna:

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