Francis Burton of Ridlington, Rutland

Francis was one of Ari’s 6x great-grandfathers. We know that he died in Belton, Rutland, in 1794 and was buried there on 3 April.

On 27 September 1779 he had married Susannah Whiteley at the church of St Mary Magdalene & St Andrew in Ridlington, a small parish north of Uppingham.


Specially for Ari!

From this date we can estimate that he was born in about 1759, but I haven’t found a record of his baptism.

This is the marriage entry from the Bishop’s Transcripts from Ridlington, which was in Northamptonshire at that time:

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This gives us the name Lye Field, which was near Ridlington.

Church Lane, Ridlington

Francis and Susannah had ten children, one of whom was Susanna. The baptism records of these children give us a little bit of extra information. In November 1792, two babies, Robert and Edward, were baptised, described as ‘sons of Francis and Susannah Burton of Lye-field’. (Edward’s burial a week later is on the same page.)

As we know, Francis died in 1794, and his burial record shows that he was a pauper.

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I checked the newspapers and found a few mentions of Ridlington, including this one:

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Northampton Mercury

But no mention of the Burton family!

Ari, this is how you are related to Francis:

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Walter Penny of Wiltshire, shepherd

One of Ari’s 3x great-grandfathers was Walter Penny, the son of gamekeeper Henry Penny. Walter was born on 19 September 1860 at Fonthill Bishop, in Wiltshire.

Grazing ponies near Fonthill Bishop

He was christened on 21 October 1860.

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Wiltshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1916

In 1871, the family were living at Woodbine Cottage, and Walter was attending school. By the next census in 1881, he was working as an agricultural labourer.

On 23 February 1884 he married Lydia Monica Beckett at All Saints Church, Fonthill Bishop. The couple had thirteen children. By 1901 Walter was working as a shepherd, and in 1907 he appeared in a newspaper account of prizewinners at the Gillingham Agricultural Society’s Annual Show, where “a drizzling rain fell during the morning, and though the weather cleared up for a time several very heavy showers fell in the afternoon, driving the spectators to the tents and the shelter of the trees”.

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Salisbury and Winchester Journal

In 1911 the family were at 9 Zeals Road, Zeals.

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1911 census
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Photo of Walter, courtesy of Claire Hewlett

Walter died in 1925.


Ari, this is how you are related to Walter:

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