A blog post in the series of people who are or were connected to my late father-in-law’s farm in Pilsley, Derbyshire. James Melrose held two fields in trust between 1902 and 1920 following the death of his brother-in-law, William Thorpe. James was born in Derby in 1847 to parents James and Margaret (nee Hardman).1 In 1851 James is 3 and living with his parents and … Continue reading James Melrose (1847 – 1927)
Another blog post in the series of people and families associated with my late father-in-law’s farm in Pilsley, Derbyshire. Robert was the younger brother of William Thorpe. Following William’s death Robert held land in trust for William’s widow Nancy and their daughters. Robert Thorpe’s baptism took place at North Wingfield on the 2nd August 1840 in North Wingfield, Derbyshire, to parents William and Ann (née … Continue reading Robert Thorpe (c1840 – 1924)
Another blog post in the series of people and families associated with my late father-in-law’s farm in Pilsley, Derbyshire. William purchased the two fields from Tom Coupe in 1902. William Thorpe was baptised on the 14th December 1834 in North Wingfield to parents William and Ann (née Wheatcroft) from Woodthorpe. William Snr. noted as a farmer.1 In 1841 census, aged 6, he lived with his … Continue reading William Thorpe (1834-1902)
A blog post in my series looking at the people and families that have a connection with my late-father-in-law’s farm in Pilsley, Derbyshire. Carrying on from my previous post, Tom Coupe inherited the land and property (marked in red below) from his mother Matilda. Tom was baptised by his parents Matthew and Matilda on the 11th January 1852 at St Lawrence’s in North Wingfield, Derbyshire.1 … Continue reading Tom Coupe (1851-1903)
A blog post in a my series looking at the people and families that share a connection with my late-father-in-law’s farm in Pilsley, Derbyshire Matilda inherited the land and property (marked in red below) from her father Thomas Coope following his death in 1879. Matilda was baptised on the 26th November 1820 in North Wingfield to single woman Elizabeth Cutts. Her middle name being Coope … Continue reading Matilda Coope Cutts (c1820-1898)
Following on from my discoveries I’ve made with my father-in-law’s farm & its land, I’ve been looking at the family history of some of its owners. Thomas Coope owned the left hand side of the field that is still in our family – the smallest field on the map below. The larger field also formed part of the farm holdings later on. I found Thomas’s … Continue reading Thomas Coope (1796-1879)
At the church where I got married, in Shirland, Derbyshire, there is a World War One memorial plaque. I thought I’d have a look on Ancestry to see if I could find out any background to the men on the memorial and ended up discovering quite an interesting tale about William Palmer. William Palmer, the son of George and Elizabeth was born in Shirland in … Continue reading Remembrance Sunday . . .
Many moons ago, when my future hubby and his family moved into their Derbyshire farmhouse, the original beams were covered by a false ceiling. During the course of renovations the false ceiling was taken down & they found a small American coin. A bit of cleaning revealed a dime, dating from 1876 that had been altered to make a small piece of jewellery. It could … Continue reading A Mysterious Dime …
A couple of weeks ago Find My Past released new Hampshire records so I thought I’d have a break from my Derbyshire relatives and see if I could dig up any new information for my Hampshire branch. I already have details for my 3x great grandmother Mary Jane Woolford who was born in Worting Hampshire in 1858. She married Mark Wood in 1877 in London … Continue reading Woolfords & Stents in Hampshire . . .
Anthony Hays was born in Pilsley, Derbyshire, in June 1869 the eldest child of of William Hays (1841-1911) and Mary Ann Lee (1844-1912). He already had two older half-brothers from his parents’ previous marriages; John Thomas Hays born 1864 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and James Riley born in 1866 in Lea, Derbyshire. I found Anthony living with his parents in the 1871 around Elm Walk in … Continue reading Anthony Hays (1869-1945) This Is Your Life …