Susannah Longfoot, of Pinchbeck and Spalding

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.


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Lincolnshire Marriages,

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.


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1851 census,

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:

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Stamford Mercury, 2 Nov 1900, Findmypast

Susannah died at the Infirmary, Union House, Spalding at the age of 96, on 5 Aug 1904.

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One of her children put an announcement in the Lincolnshire Chronicle.

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Lincolnshire Chronicle, 12 Aug 1904, Findmypast

Ari, this is how you are related to Susannah:

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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


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,

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,

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,

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,

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

Walter was listed as a farm servant, aged 53.


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Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, 27 December 1878,

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,


Ari, this is how you are related to Walter:

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David Stapleton, linen weaver

David Stapleton was one of Ari’s 5x great-grandfathers (and before you read on, one of the criminal ancestors I wrote about here). He was born in 1772 in Harringworth, Northamptonshire, the youngest son of Joseph Stapleton and Mary Lewis. His christening took place at the church of St John the Baptist in Harringworth on 12 July 1772.

The Harringworth Viaduct, built in 1878. It is the longest masonry viaduct across a valley in Britain, and a Grade II listed building.

In 1797 David married Mary Sutton in Stamford, Lincolnshire. I have just discovered the marriage banns, which show that she was a widow:

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Lincolnshire Banns, Findmypast

The couple had four sons, and then a daughter and then another son. (Two of the boys, Robert and John, died as young children.) Mary died in 1837. The 1841 census shows David living alone in Harringworth, aged 68. His occupation is given as a weaver.

The next record we have for him is a criminal register:

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England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791–1892,

He was sentenced to two years in Northampton Gaol for this assault, and there were several newspaper reports, naming the girl as Anne Norman, who is listed with her family on the next page of the 1841 census.

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Lincolnshire Chronicle 15 July 1842, Findmypast
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Evening Mail, Findmypast

In January 1844 this appeared:

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Northampton Mercury, Findmypast

I’ve just found this correspondence and letter asking for his discharge:

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David died of old age at the Union Workhouse in Uppingham, Rutland on 29 December 1849. He was 78. He was buried at Harringworth on the 1st of Jan 1850.

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Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1912,

Ari, this is how you are related to David:

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James Cobley (Coverley) (Calverley)

James Cobley was one of Ari’s 3x great-grandfathers, born in 1846 in South Luffenham, Rutland. His father was William Cobley and his mother was Mary Davis.

Corbel on St Mary’s church, South Luffenham

I have just found his baptism at St Mary’s, listed as Calverley:

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He appears in the 1851 census, age 5, when the family were living in Barrowden.

Inscribed stone at Appletree Cottage, Barrowden. Possibly an admonition to mourners passing in funeral processions.

By 1861, at age 15, James had left home and was working as a servant for a farmer, Mary Ann Cox.

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In 1869 James married Elizabeth Stapleton in Stamford, Lincolnshire, and by 1871 they had moved to the village of Tixover in Rutland, where James worked as a labourer.

The route of the Rutland Round (a 65-mile walk around Rutland’s perimeter) between Tixover and Barrowden.

The couple had six children, including twins Edward Daniel and Thomas Davis (Ari’s great-great-grandfather). In 1881 they were living in the village of Tinwell, near Stamford, at 4 Empingham Road Cottages. James was 36 and working as an agricultural labourer.

The datestone on the forge at Tinwell

The 1891 census record proved elusive as the name had been transcribed as Colley, but he is there, at Village St Cottage in Glinton, Northamptonshire. In 1901 he was at Town St, Glinton. By now the only child still at home was the youngest daughter, Annie Elizabeth.

And in 1911 James and Elizabeth are still in Glinton, and James is a farm labourer, aged 65. He doesn’t give a postal address, but in the census he is immediately after the Blue Bell Inn.

James died in 1923.

Ari, this is how you are related to James:

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William Cawthorn of Pinchbeck

Pinchbeck in Lincolnshire was home to one of Ari’s 5x great-grandfathers, William Cawthorn.


William was married to Mary Chapman on 12 May 1793 at St Mary’s Church, and their six children (Martha, William, James, Frances, Robert, and another James) were all christened in Pinchbeck – the first four at the church and the last two at an independent chapel.


The youngest child was born in 1804, so we know that he died after 1803, but I am not sure when. A possible burial is 9 August 1832, of a William Cawthorn who is 76.

I hope that following up on the children may provide some more clues.

Ari, this is how you are related to William:

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