Jane Day

Jane Day was a 6x great-grandmother of Ari’s. She was born on 29 January 1773 in Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire (we know this because the baptism record gives the date of birth as well). Her parents were Stephen Day and Martha Iles, and she was their second child and first daughter.

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St Peter’s, Hurstbourne Tarrant

There are no records of her life until the 13th of October 1794, when she married an agricultural labourer, Thomas Smith, at St Peter’s Church where she had been baptised.

The marriage was noted in Pallot’s Marriage Index, which gives us a clue that Thomas came from Leckford (now home to the Waitrose farm!).

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Pallot’s Marriage Index, 1780–1837, on Ancestry.co.uk
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Free-range chickens on the Leckford Estate

Jane and Thomas had seven children, and they may have moved nearer to Leckford, as all of the children (William, Robert, Hannah, Charles, Joshua, Mary Henrietta and James) were baptised in Chilbolton. (Charles and Hannah both died in 1807.)

By 1841, Jane was in the village of Goodworth Clatford, on a very messy census page.

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The ford at Goodworth Clatford

By the next census in 1851, Thomas had died and Jane was described as a pauper, living with the family of her daughter Mary Henrietta. She died two years later at the age of 79, and was buried at Goodworth Clatford on the 5th of May 1853.

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Ari, this is how you are related to Jane:

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Alice Robinson of Huddington

Ari’s 8x great-grandmother, Alice Robinson, was born in 1709 in Huddington, Worcestershire and christened on the 10th of April that year.

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Huddington St James. Churchyard gate.

The year was remembered as being the coldest in Europe for 500 years (see this New Scientist article on the Great Frost).

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Four scenes of war, poverty and death. 1709 etching by Giuseppe Maria Mitelli. British Museum Online Collection.

Alice was the daughter of John and Mary.

On 11 October 1731 she married John Day at the church in Huddington.

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Their son George was born in 1732 and William (Ari’s 7x great-grandfather) in 1735.

Sadly, it looks as though Alice died giving birth to William. Her burial took place at the church on the same day as his baptism.

Ari, this is how you are related to Alice:

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William Day of Huddington

Ari’s 7x great-grandfather William Day was born in 1735 in Huddington, Worcestershire and christened on 30 September, the son of John Day and Alice Robinson. The little church at Huddington is in the grounds of a fifteenth-century manor house called Huddington Court, famous for its connection with the Gunpowder Plot. You can read the story in this interestingly named AA walking guide!

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You have to walk through the garden to get to St James’ church.

 

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On 14 Oct 1762 William married Margaret Hartland in this church, and they had six children: Ann, Sarah, Susannah, twins John and William, and Margaret. Margaret was born in 1772, so William must have died after this date but I have not found out when and where he was buried.

Ari, this is how you are related to William Day:

 

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Joseph Sheppard of Worcestershire

Joseph Sheppard (or Shepherd) was one of Ari’s 6x great-grandfathers, born in 1752 in Worcestershire, possibly in Hanbury, as that is where he was living at the time of his marriage.

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St Werburgh’s Church, Hanbury – monument to Sir John de Hanbury (detail)

No baptism for him has been found in Hanbury, which is near Droitwich.

When he was 33, Joseph married Ann Day in Huddington, as shown in the parish register:

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They had nine children between 1786 and 1806, the youngest of whom was also Joseph, Ari’s 5x great-grandfather.

Joseph senior lived to the age of 83, and was buried at the church of St James in Huddington on 20 December 1835.

No will has been found yet, and I don’t know what his occupation was. My next step is to follow up the children to see if there are any clues.

Ari, this is how you are related to Joseph:

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