Ari’s 4x great-grandmother, Susannah Longfoot, was born in Pinchbeck, a village near Spalding in Lincolnshire, in 1808. I am not sure who her parents were.
On 29 May 1828 she married a farm labourer, William Strickson, at St Mary & St Nicholas Church in Spalding.
Susannah gave birth to eleven children between 1830 and 1851.
The 1841 census shows the family at Spalding Common. By 1851 they were living on London Rd, Spalding, right next to the River Welland.
By 1861, Susannah was in the hamlet of Low Fulney, where William owned a cottage and some land.
The 1871 census shows them at Pilmore Lane in Spalding, where William is a farmer with seven acres. In 1881, they have moved again, to Winsover Rd. Ari, this road had its own signal box and level crossing!
By this time, all of their children had left home, and they had a lodger, 77-year-old Elizabeth Mulyan.
William died in November 1886 at the age of 84, and Susannah is on her own in the 1891 census, at No. 5 Yorks Yard in Spalding, still next to the River Welland. She is described as 82 and “Living on own means”.
By 1901, however, Susannah was receiving parish relief. The census shows her living at 39 Roman Bank, close to where there is now a sluice and pumping station.
This article about someone in a similar situation gives an insight into Susannah’s circumstances:
Susannah died at the Infirmary, Union House, Spalding at the age of 96, on 5 Aug 1904.
One of her children put an announcement in the Lincolnshire Chronicle.
Ari, this is how you are related to Susannah: