William Dancocks of Kempsey

One of Ari’s 6x great-grandfathers was William Dancocks. He was born in about 1756 in Kempsey, Worcestershire, the son of Elizabeth Dancocks, and baptised on 16 October 1761 at St Mary’s Church.

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There are no records of William until his marriage in 1790 to Nancy Martin.

There is a record of a William Dancocks being sentenced to three months’ imprisonment for poaching, but the criminal register gives his age as 25, so maybe a grandson?

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Worcester Journal, 9 March 1837, Findmypast.co.uk
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England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791–1892, Ancestry.co.uk

The 1841 census shows that William was still working as an agricultural labourer at the age of 85.

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1841 census, Kempsey. Ancestry.co.uk

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William died in December 1847, and was buried at St Mary’s. His death certificate and burial record gives his age as 96.

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Ari, this is how you are related to William:

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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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Driving a pig along the Kempsey road (a sad case of porcicide)

Sarah Dancocks was Ari’s 5x great-grandmother. She was born in 1803/4 in Kempsey, Worcestershire. On 11 October 1824 she married John Crump, an agricultural labourer. According to the Worcester Chronicle of 27 Sept 1865, a pig that John owned was being driven home by Sarah, when a man called Charles Burroughs drove over the pig, breaking its back. The case was also reported in the Worcester Journal on 30 Sept 1865 (both papers courtesy of Findmypast). John Crump claimed £1.6s as the value of the pig.

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john crump 30 sep 1865

Ari, this shows how you are related to Sarah:

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