Sarah Jane Bladon was one of Ari’s 5x great-grandmothers. She was born in 1828, and baptised at St Andrew’s in Cubley, Derbyshire on 12 Jan 1829.

The font at Cubley.

Her parents were farmers John Bladon and Ann Bull. When she was only nine her father died, and she married Walter Ford when she was just sixteen, with her mother’s consent.

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Staffordshire, Dioceses of Lichfield & Coventry marriage allegations and bonds, 1636–189, Findmypast

The marriage took place on 11 Jan 1844 at Holy Trinity church in Yeaveley. By the time of the 1851 census Sarah Jane was living with her husband (called William on this occasion, just to confuse us) and her mother, and four children: Margaret Ann (7), John (3), Thomas (2), and Jane (1 month) on Ann’s farm at Hales Green, Yeaveley.


In the next eight years, Sarah Jane gave birth to four more children: Charles, Sarah, Mary and Eliza Ann.

Then, sadly, she developed consumption, and died on 9 May 1859, aged only thirty.

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Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, 20 May 1859, Findmypast

Baby Eliza Ann had died in April, only three months old, and appears in the parish register just before Sarah Jane. They were both buried at Yeaveley.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813–1991, Ancestry

We will discover what happened to the other children in another post.

Ari, this is how you are related to Sarah Jane:

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