Mary Pegg of Ashbourne

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Site of one of the goals for the annual Ashbourne Shrovetide football match, which dates back to the seventeenth century

Ari’s 7x great-grandmother Mary Pegg was born in about 1733, probably in or near Ashbourne in Derbyshire. She is one of the ‘newer’ (i.e. older) ancestors that I have discovered by writing this blog. So what do we know about her?

If there is a record of her baptism, we should expect to find it on Ancestry.co.uk, in the collection Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812. There are some possible records in Kirk Ireton, for a Mary and her sisters, with a father called Edward, but nothing in Ashbourne.

But we do know that Mary married William Goodall on 18 July 1758 at St Oswald’s Church in Ashbourne, and she was living in the parish at the time.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932

Her son Joseph was born that year, and we also know that she and William had two daughters, Hannah and Martha.

Mary died in April 1811 and was buried on the 29th at All Saints Church in Bradley.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

The burial record shows that she was living in Yeldersley, and her age is given as 78, which would make her birth around 1733.

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Inside the church at Bradley

There is a will of a George Pegg of Yeldersley, married to Elizabeth, who died in 1715, so this family needs to be investigated further.

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Ari, this is how you are related to Mary:

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William Williams

William was Ari’s 6x great-grandfather, the husband of Frances. He was born in 1782 in Cawston, Norfolk. William White’s History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) tells us that Cawston “is a considerable village and parish, 2 miles E. of Reepham, and 4 miles W.S.W. of Aylsham. … Three FAIRS are held here annually on Feb. 1st, and the last Wednesdays in April and August; the latter of which is a large sheep fair. W.E.L. Bulwer, Esq., owns a great part of the soil, and is lord of the manor, which he holds in free soccage of the Duchy of Lancaster.”

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St Agnes’ church, Cawston, and rooftops in the distance.

William was the son of Robert Williams and his wife Hannah, and we can see his baptism here:

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Norfolk, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812

He must have married Frances in about 1806, and their first child, John, was born in 1807 in Cawston.

I don’t know whether they met and married in Norfolk or Derbyshire, but I would love to find out!

In the 1841 census he is not listed with the rest of his family (where was he?), but the previous April when his son Samuel got married, his occupation was given as pig dealer. The 1849 Post Office directory for Derbyshire lists him as a pig and cattle dealer:

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At the time of the 1851 census William and Frances are living in Buxton Road, Ashbourne, with three of their five children still at home.

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Looking down on the Buxton Road, Ashbourne

In 1857 their son Thomas got married, and William was described as a pig jobber (another word for a dealer).

In the 1861 census we can see William at the age of 80 listed as an almsman (someone receiving alms), at Church Yard in Ashbourne, and he died there at the age of 86 {from “natural decay”) on 14 March 1868. He was buried at St Oswald’s, Ashbourne, on the 19th.

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Ari, this is how you are related to William:

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Anne Wright of Wirksworth

Anne was Ari’s 7x great-grandmother. She was born in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, in about 1752. (There is a possible baptism in 1754, of Ann, daughter of Job Wright of Bolehill, and this family seem to have left wills, so plenty to investigate.)

 

On 29 December 1774, Anne married John Frost at St Mary’s in Wirksworth.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932

Anne and John had three daughters: Jane in 1774, Mary in 1776, and Hannah in 1779.

Anne died in August 1815 at the age of 63, and was buried on the 20th of that month at Wirksworth.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1991

 

The burial record shows that she was living in Bolehill, known for its lead-mining.

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Ari, this is how you are related to Anne:

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John Edgar Pearson Wheeldon

Ari’s 3x great-grandfather, John Edgar Pearson Wheeldon, was born on 27 July 1878 in Holloway, Belper, Derbyshire. His parents were Samuel Wheeldon and Mary Ann Bunting.

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Primitive Methodist Chapel, Holloway

John was not christened until 1896, and this event took place in Wirksworth.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1916

The 1881 census had shown John as a two-year-old, living with his parents and three siblings in Holloway. His father was a hosiery dresser.

In 1891, John was still at school.

On 12 March 1898, he married Elizabeth Ann Murfin at All Saints Church in Mugginton, her parish.

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The leaning porch at Mugginton church

The marriage certificate tells us that John was now working as a wheelwright.

In 1901, John and his wife are living at Little Hays in the parish of Alderwasley, Wirksworth, and John is a blacksmith’s striker. Two children have been born: Lawrence Edgar and John Henry Francis (Frank).

In 1907, John appeared as a witness in the newspaper account of a fatal injury (read left to right):

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Belper News, 20 September 1907

Four more children would be born before the next census in 1911: Winifred Ethel, Arnold George, Edward Oliver, and Mary Elizabeth Ellen (Ari’s great-great grandmother). By then the family had moved to Nottingham Road in Belper. John is described in the census as “Journey blacksmith, wheelwright & general smith”. Another son, Lewis Mervyn, was born the following year but died at only a few months’ old.

John lived to see the marriage of two of his children, but sadly died at the age of only forty-five, on 4 February 1924, at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The cause of death was given as broncho-pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma.

Ari, this is how you are related to John:

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Harry Spencer of Wirksworth

Harry (christened Henry) Spencer was born on 15 August 1901 in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, and was Ari’s great-great-grandfather.

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His parents were David Spencer and Elizabeth Pearson, and their address when he was born was No. 6 Bowling Green Lane, Wirksworth.

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Bowling Green Lane
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Baptism record, Wirksworth St Mary’s (Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1916)

Harry attended Wirksworth New Bridge School from 1912 until 1914.

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National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914

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From various records, we know that he had several different jobs. In 1928, when he married, he was a service mill hand. In 1934 he was a glove trimmer at the British Celanese factory in Spondon.

 

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Derby Daily Telegraph 31 December 1932

Harry married Edith Winifred Morris on 7 April 1928 at the Salem Chapel in Belper.

They had three sons and three daughters.

Harry was listed on the 1939 Register as an unemployed glove puncher. In 1957, when his daughter Audrey married, he was a fitter’s mate at the locomotive works in Derby.

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Harry died on 2 April 1971 and is buried at Belper Cemetery.

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Ari, this is how you are related to Harry:

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Troth Shore from Darley Dale

Troth Shore was Ari’s 8x great-grandmother. She was born in Darley Dale, Derbyshire, in 1725 and baptised on 5 March. Pigot’s Directory from 1835 tells us that:

DARLEY DALE is a hamlet, in the parish of Darley, which is partly in the hundred of Wirksworth, but chiefly in the hundred of High Peak, lying on the road between Matlock Bath and Bakewell, about five miles from either place. The situation of this hamlet is one of great beauty, being seated in a lovely valley, upon the banks of the Derwent.” (See http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/DBY/DarleyDale)

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Her father was Roger Shore, but her mother isn’t mentioned in the baptism record. At the age of twenty-three she married John Kitchen. I have just discovered that he was from Bonsall (and also his age, which was twenty-seven). This is recorded on the marriage licence document, included in Findmypast’s collection of the Dioceses Of Lichfield & Coventry Marriage Allegations And Bonds, 1636-1893:

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I have found records for five or six children: John (probably born in 1749, died in 1752); Robert (born and died in 1751); Elizabeth (born in 1755); Roger (born in 1757); Sarah (born in 1759); and Betty (died in 1764 – I think this could be Elizabeth):

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It seems as though they were living in Bonsall, as all the children were baptised there.

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I have just found a burial date for her: 22 Feb 1794, in Bonsall.

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Ari, this is how you are related to Troth:

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Elizabeth Chaddock of Denby

Elizabeth was Ari’s 7x great-grandmother, born at Denby in Derbyshire in 1751. Her parents were John and Elizabeth, and I have found no siblings for her so far.

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The first record we have for her is her christening on 3 November 1751, and the second is her marriage on 8 May 1772 to Isaac Millington, a collier.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932
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Detail of the nave roof, 15th century, restored 1901

Elizabeth and Isaac had nine children between 1773 and 1786. They were Isaac, Anne, Ellen, Grace, John, Patrick, Sarah, Jacob and Elizabeth (who went on to marry Thomas Parker and so become Ari’s 6x great-grandmother).

On 31 March 1812, Elizabeth died. She was buried on the 3rd of April, and shares a gravestone with her husband in the churchyard in Denby.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812

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Ari, this is how you are related to Elizabeth:

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Rebecca Woodhouse

Rebecca Woodhouse was the daughter of Mary Redfern and Anthony Woodhouse, and was Ari’s 5x great-grandmother. She was their first child, born in 1791 in Bonsall, Derbyshire, and baptised on the 24th of July.

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At the age of 20, she married a quarryman, Isaac Spencer. The couple had ten children: Hannah, Isaac, Charlotte, Joseph, Anthony, William, Francis, Rebecca, Thomas and Sarah.

In 1841 the family are at Water Lane, in Middleton-by-Wirksworth. Four of the children are at home, with 15-year-old Anthony working as a lead miner.

In 1851, just 14-year-old Thomas is at home with Rebecca and Isaac.

Rebecca died on 20 February 1854 in Middleton. She was 62 years old.

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Looking north from Middleton, with Bonsall in the distance. Strip fields can be seen in middle distance, right. 

Ari, this is how you are related to Rebecca:

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Caroline Dawson of Derby (and the Hot Dog King)

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Caroline Dawson was Ari’s 4x great-grandmother, the mother of Annie Morris (whose story is told in this post). Yesterday we visited Dale Road in Derby, where she lived, and found this Sikh gurdwara.

The house is still there, but is now a little shop, Oceans Travel:

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Caroline was born in 1844 in Duffield, Derbyshire. In 1851 she can be seen in the census, aged six, living at Upper Green. Her father, Henry Dawson, was a silk glove maker and framework knitter, and her older brother William was a silk winder. Her grandparents (Henry’s parents, Francis and Martha) were also living with them at the time of the census.

The local newspapers at this time were full of articles discussing the depressed state of the hosiery industry. This is from the Derby Mercury on 24 September 1851:

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By the time that she was sixteen, Caroline was working as a silk glove seamer. In 1864 Caroline’s father died, and on 28 December 1868 she married William Morris, a foundry labourer, at the Register Office in Derby. The 1871 census shows Caroline living with William in the house of his parents, no. 69 Russell Street, Litchurch.

This is the street where Harry M. Stevens, inventor of the hot dog, once lived. He also worked at a local foundry before emigrating to the US. Other ideas of his included improved baseball scorecards for spectators, and selling soda with a straw so you could drink without missing the game.

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Derby Daily Telegraph 12 October 1940

Litchurch is described on Wikipedia as “originally an obscure locality on the edge of Derby” but “rapid urbanisation and population growth in the 19th century led to it briefly existing as a separately governed local authority between 1860 and 1888, prior to once again being absorbed by its neighbour”.

By 1881 Caroline and William were living at 6 Harrington Street in Derby (the house isn’t there any more). Caroline had now had a son, John Henry, who was born in 1869 but sadly died at the age of twelve, and three daughters: Elizabeth Ann (Lizzie) in 1873; Charlotte Ellen (Nellie) in 1875 and Annie in 1880.

In 1891 they are at the same address. Elizabeth and Charlotte are both working (as assistant dressmaker and assistant milliner), and Caroline’s fifteen-year-old nephew, William Frank Dawson, is living with them too.

By 1901 they have moved to 38 Nelson Road, Normanton. Caroline is now fifty-six. No occupation is given for her. William is now working as a gas fitter, and daughters Charlotte and Annie are both milliners.

The 1911 census shows Caroline at 100 Dale Road, Derby, listed as “House Wife”. She died on 21 December 1914.

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Derby Daily Telegraph 21 December 1915

I have not found out where she is buried, and she did not leave a will.

Ari, this is how you are related to Caroline:

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William Castledine of Wilne

William Castledine of Wilne, Derbyshire, was Ari’s 8x great-grandfather. He was born on 30 September 1712 and baptised on 1 October at the church of St Chad, along with his twin brother Samuel.

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Bench mark, St Chad’s church, Wilne, used to record the height above sea level

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He married Elenor Freeman on 28 Mar 1748 (both described as ‘of Draycott’), and a son, Joseph, was baptised in January 1749 and buried on 9 December that year.

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The mill in Draycott, built in 1888.

Elenor died in January 1749, and William married Martha Earthley on 7 June 1750 at the same church. A daughter, Ann, was born in 1750 but died as a baby. Thomas was born in 1752, and then there was a gap before twins John and Philip in 1761. Another son, Edward, died in March 1765.

In 1763 the church got a coat of paint, recorded in the parish records:

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William died in January 1772 and was buried on 13 January.

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Ari, this is how you are related to William:

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