Alice Robinson of Huddington

Ari’s 8x great-grandmother, Alice Robinson, was born in 1709 in Huddington, Worcestershire and christened on the 10th of April that year.

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Huddington St James. Churchyard gate.

The year was remembered as being the coldest in Europe for 500 years (see this New Scientist article on the Great Frost).

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Four scenes of war, poverty and death. 1709 etching by Giuseppe Maria Mitelli. British Museum Online Collection.

Alice was the daughter of John and Mary.

On 11 October 1731 she married John Day at the church in Huddington.

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Their son George was born in 1732 and William (Ari’s 7x great-grandfather) in 1735.

Sadly, it looks as though Alice died giving birth to William. Her burial took place at the church on the same day as his baptism.

Ari, this is how you are related to Alice:

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John Edgar Pearson Wheeldon

Ari’s 3x great-grandfather, John Edgar Pearson Wheeldon, was born on 27 July 1878 in Holloway, Belper, Derbyshire. His parents were Samuel Wheeldon and Mary Ann Bunting.

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Primitive Methodist Chapel, Holloway

John was not christened until 1896, and this event took place in Wirksworth.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1916

The 1881 census had shown John as a two-year-old, living with his parents and three siblings in Holloway. His father was a hosiery dresser.

In 1891, John was still at school.

On 12 March 1898, he married Elizabeth Ann Murfin at All Saints Church in Mugginton, her parish.

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The leaning porch at Mugginton church

The marriage certificate tells us that John was now working as a wheelwright.

In 1901, John and his wife are living at Little Hays in the parish of Alderwasley, Wirksworth, and John is a blacksmith’s striker. Two children have been born: Lawrence Edgar and John Henry Francis (Frank).

In 1907, John appeared as a witness in the newspaper account of a fatal injury (read left to right):

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Belper News, 20 September 1907

Four more children would be born before the next census in 1911: Winifred Ethel, Arnold George, Edward Oliver, and Mary Elizabeth Ellen (Ari’s great-great grandmother). By then the family had moved to Nottingham Road in Belper. John is described in the census as “Journey blacksmith, wheelwright & general smith”. Another son, Lewis Mervyn, was born the following year but died at only a few months’ old.

John lived to see the marriage of two of his children, but sadly died at the age of only forty-five, on 4 February 1924, at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The cause of death was given as broncho-pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma.

Ari, this is how you are related to John:

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Ann (Nancy) Martin of Kempsey

One of Ari’s 6x great-grandmothers was Ann (Nancy) Martin, who was born in 1770, probably at or near Kempsey in Worcestershire.

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This reflected arch carries a footpath over the flooded Hatfield Brook near Kempsey church.

I haven’t found a record of her baptism yet, so I don’t know who her parents were.

In April 1790, she married William Dancocks, an agricultural labourer, at the church of St Mary in Kempsey.

Ann and William had seven children: William, James, Thomas, Charlotte, Sarah, Mary and Maria.

In April 1841 Ann was recorded in the census aged seventy, living in Kempsey with her husband and oldest son:

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1841 census, http://www.ancestry.co.uk

Ann died ten years later and was buried in the churchyard in Kempsey on 24 March 1851.

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A memorial to Sir Edmund Wylde, situated in the chancel of St Mary’s church, Kempsey. It dates from 1620. He became Sheriff of Worcestershire that year, and died in his first year in office.

Berrow’s Worcester Journal published a very interesting history of Kempsey on 22 December 1900, including this snippet:

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Ari, this is how you are related to Ann:

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