John Goodfellow of Fovant, Wiltshire

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John Goodfellow was Ari’s 8x great-grandfather. He lived in Fovant, Wiltshire, and must have been born in about 1673 (working back from the births of his children from 1695, so probable marriage in 1694). I have found a baptism at the church of St George in Fovant, on 24 July 1674, with father Richard.

Otherwise all we know about John is from the baptisms of his children: William, Mary, Anne, Lucy and Jane (all from the collection of Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812 on Ancestry.co.uk).

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Unfortunately, none of them gives their mother’s name.

John died in July 1743 and was buried at the church on Fovant on 24 July.

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Ari, this is how you are related to John:

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Ann Willis of Grafton Flyford, Worcestershire

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Ari’s 6x great-grandmother Ann Willis was born in Grafton Flyford, Worcestershire, in 1769. She was the second daughter of Edward Willis and Mary Marshall.

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Grafton Flyford

Ann was baptised on 22 October 1769 at the church of St John the Baptist.

On 16 October 1792 she married agricultural labourer John Bishop at the same church, with her sister Mary acting as a witness. She and John had eight children between 1793 and 1813.

Ann died in October 1840 and was buried at the same church on 28 Oct.

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Ari, this is how you are related to Ann:

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William Morris of Milford

One of Ari’s 4x great-grandfathers was William Morris, born in Milford, Derbyshire, in 1845.

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He was the second son of foundry watchman John Morris and cotton spinner Ann Beresford. I have just discovered a third son, Jacob, who was born when William was five and died at eighteen months. Jacob was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Milford (this was built in 1842 and closed in 1949 – see this page for a photo).

The 1851 census shows that William was aged five, and at school. The family was living at No. 8, Hopping Hill, West Terrace, Milford.

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Milford – view to Hopping Hill and West Terrace
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These houses appear to be 2 storeys on Hopping Hill, but are 4 storeys when viewed from Derby Road below.

These houses were built by the Strutt family for mill workers. A conservation document drawn up in 2007 provides some interesting details. Built between 1813 and 1820, the back-to-back cottages were designed with care on a challengingly steep site, and each had its own yard and garden. The cottages did not have running water until 1897.

In the 1861 census, the Morris family were at No. 5. A photo of the unaltered interior can be seen in this document. William (15), his brother George, and their father John were all listed as cotton spinners.

William married Caroline Dawson on 28 Dec 1868. By this time he was a foundry labourer living at Russell Street, Litchurch, in Derby.

Their first child, John Henry, was born the following year, and the 1871 census shows them living with William’s parents at 69 Russell Street. Another three children were born before the next census: Elizabeth Ann (Lizzie) in 1873, Charlotte Ellen (Nellie) in 1875, and Annie in 1880. William started work as an agent for an insurance company, and the family moved to No. 6 Harrington St. In the 1891 census William was still at the same address.

By 1901, William had become a gas fitter. The family were now at 38 Nelson Road in Normanton, Derby. The 1911 census shows that William was working as a gas fitter for Midlands Railway. The Derby Daily Telegraph of 22 November 1904 highlighted the dangers of the job:

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Findmypast.co.uk

William died on 28 Dec 1914 at 100 Dale Road, Derby. He was described as a gas fitter’s labourer, Railway Works, and the cause of death was asthma, bronchitis and cardiac failure. He was sixty-nine. His daughter Annie was present. I have not found out where William was buried, and he did not leave a will.

Ari, this is how you are related to William:

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Sarah Foyle of Teffont Evias

Ari’s 5x great-grandmother Sarah Foyle was born in 1786 in Teffont Evias, Wiltshire, and baptised in Tisbury on 26 February. She was the first child of Jonas Foyle and Eve Snook.

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On 13 April 1809, she married Joseph Beckett in Teffont Evias.

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Joseph died in 1839, and the 1841 census shows Sarah as the head of the household, with daughter Elizabeth, son William, and a baby Eliza (not sure who she belonged to!).

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1841 census, Ancestry.co.uk

In 1851 she was living in the hamlet of Ridge, with daughter Elizabeth and two grandchildren, Eliza and John.

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1851 census, Ancestry.co.uk

I am not sure yet when Sarah died. There isn’t a death or burial that matches her age.

Ari, this is how you are related to Sarah:

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Walter Ford of Yeaveley and Mayfield, farmer

Ari’s 5x great-grandfather Walter Ford was born in Yeaveley, Derbyshire, on 3 Feb 1817, the son of farmer John Ford and his wife Elizabeth. He was baptised on 23 Feb at St Michael’s in Shirley, the first of the year in that church.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813–1916 on Ancestry.co.uk

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The 1841 census shows Walter living in Yeaveley in the home of Ann Bladon, farmer, working as a male servant:

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1841 census, Ancestry.co.uk

On 11 Jan 1844 he married Ann’s daughter Sarah Jane Bladon.

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(As noted in Sarah’s story, she was only sixteen at the time and her mother had to give consent.)

The 1851 census shows the family at Hales Green, Yeaveley, still living with Ann:

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1851 census, Ancestry.co.uk

By then four children had been born. Sarah Jane died in 1859, and Walter is shown in the 1861 census as a widower:

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1861 census, Ancestry.co.uk

He was still in Yeaveley, working as an agricultural labourer. Three of his children were living with him (another daughter, Sarah, 6, was visiting relatives on the census night; she later moved to Lincolnshire, married there in 1883, and raised her family in Lincoln).

In 1871 Walter was living with his sister, Elizabeth Greaves, over the border with Staffordshire in Mayfield.

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1871 census, Ancestry.co.uk

I need to research this, but it looks as though their farm, Manor House, later became Old Hall Farm – see this description as part of a walk. See also https://mayfieldheritage.org.uk/old-hall-farm-middle-mayfield/

Walter was listed as a farm servant, aged 53.

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Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, 27 December 1878, Findmypast.co.uk

Walter died at Mayfield on 9 August 1875, without making a will.

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He was buried at St John the Baptist, Mayfield.

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Staffordshire Burials, Findmypast.co.uk

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Ari, this is how you are related to Walter:

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