Onto the Theobald Family… and Further….

As my Jowett family are proving difficult I’ve decided to look at Martha Theobald’s ancestry. Martha is my 4x Great Grandmother, she married Edmund Jowett in Wilne, Derbyshire in 1807.


I located a baptism for her quite easily – it’s on the same page as her future husband’s at St Chad’s in Wilne in 1787. Her parents were Richard and Hannah from Draycott.

I found a marriage between a Richard Theobald and a Hannah, at St Chad’s in 1783. Hannah’s surname was Whyman and notes that she was from Shardlow in Derbyshire. I managed to find a burial for Richard in 1808 and one for Hannah in 1826, both in Wilne. I also managed to locate baptisms of ten of their children, born between 1783 and 1805.

Richard Theobald’s (1761-1808) baptism took place, in St Chad’s of course, in 1761, to John and Martha. This information led me to a marriage between John Theobald and Martha Green in February 1758. Unfortunately this is where I hit the same problem I have with the Jowetts in this area. So many Theobalds in this locality, with similar first names. So it’s looking like this will also have to wait till I get to the Derbyshire Archives Office! Some Theobalds were clerks to the church in the parish records, so they may be more obvious in the registers than the Jowetts.

St Michael’s, Breaston, Derbyshire

I have had a little more success with the Whyman side of this branch. Hannah Whyman, my 5x Great Grandmother, was baptised at All Saints, Aston-On-Trent, Derbyshire to parents Thomas and Anne. Their marriage took place in Breaston, at St. Michael’s church in 1756, Anne’s maiden name was Eden. It is possible that Thomas and Anne had four children, all baptised in Aston-On-Trent. I have found a baptism for Anne Eden in Breaston in 1730, the daughter of Jonathan and Hannah.

Back to the Whyman family. Thomas Whyman, my 6x Great Grandfather, was baptised at All Saints, Aston-On-Trent. His parents were Brown and Mary. Thomas died in 1766 and was buried in the same church. Brown is a pretty unusual first name, but it makes him much easier to find in the records. He married Mary Frisby from Shardlow in June 1726 and I have found six children for them so far. Brown died in 1768, I haven’t yet found a death for Mary Frisby.

Brown Whyman was baptised in January 1703 at All Saints, to parents Henry and Rebeckah. So this is as far as I’ve got! I do have some more documentation for Brown, which helps fill out more details of his life, but that’s for another post!

  • Baptism and marriage information from Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812. Derbyshire Record Office; Matlock, Derbyshire, England; Diocese: Diocese of Derby. Via Ancestry.co.uk

  • Pictures from Google Maps & StreetView

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