Yesterday I discovered that Sarah Thickett, Ari’s 7x great-grandmother, was from Old Brampton, Chesterfield, and had relations called Matthew and Ellen or Helen Thickett.

I managed to reconstruct the family from their wills and baptisms, so we now know that Sarah (mother of Joseph Bunting Thickett) went on to marry a blacksmith called Joseph Stoppard in 1778 and died in 1816.

Matthew was indeed her father, and her mother was Alice Cundy. Matthew was a cordwainer (shoemaker). The name came from the finest goatskin leather that they originally used, from Cordoba in Spain.

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The Cordwainer statue on Watling Street

Matthew’s father (Ari’s 9x great-grandfather) was Thomas Thickett, who must have been born in the 1670s. Thomas had a seat reserved for him in Old Brampton church. This is listed in a roll of seatholders from 1707.

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Helen, whose grave was mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, turned out to be Ari’s 8x great-aunt (Sarah’s sister). She died in 1796, and her will ties everything together nicely, because she mentions Joseph Bunting Thickett by name.

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Staffordshire, Dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry wills and probate 1521-1860

The families lived in Old Brampton and Holymoorside, near Chesterfield, so we have some exploring to do!

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