Matilda Coope Cutts (c1820-1898)

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 gives a pretty good clue to the identity of her father.1 Aged 20, in 1841 she was living with her grandfather Joseph, a farmer, … Continue reading Matilda Coope Cutts (c1820-1898)

Thomas Coope (1796-1879)

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)

Remembrance Sunday . . .

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 . . .

A Mysterious Dime …

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 …

Woolfords & Stents in Hampshire . . .

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 (1869-1945) This Is Your Life …

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 …

William Hays – This Is Your Life….

I’ve decided to look further into the life of William Hays (1841-1911) my first cousin five times removed and the father of Anthony Hays (1869-1945) who owned my late father-in-law’s farm in Pilsley, Derbyshire from 1909 to 1939 . In my previous post I found out about his misdemeanours & brush with the law. Following his stay in Derby gaol in 1861 by the 1871 … Continue reading William Hays – This Is Your Life….

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Another Black Sheep – William Hays (1841-1911)

I’ve been looking at the family of Anthony Hays (1869-1945) who owned my father-in-law’s Derbyshire farm for part of the 1900s. I’ve managed to find Anthony in all the census returns, but I’m missing his father, William Hays in the 1861 returns. After quite a few searches on both Ancestry and Find My Past, I discovered the most likely candidate for William was resident in … Continue reading Another Black Sheep – William Hays (1841-1911)

View of the field in Pilsley, Derbyshire

A Second Crazy Coincidence ….

I want to try and track where my 5x Great Grandfather John Hays (1776-1858) was living and farming in Pilsley, Derbyshire, so I took advantage of an introductory offer of two weeks of free access to The Genealogist. I’m after the Tithe Maps in the area as they date from 1841, so I can tie it up with the census & find out where John … Continue reading A Second Crazy Coincidence ….