Sepia sketch of York Castle c1841. Large imposing buildings round a courtyard, people in period dress and two in lawyer's robes in the foreground

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part II

Part I William and John Richardson’s freedom following their discharge by the York magistrates was short-lived.  The following Saturday a warrant was issued for their arrest; evidence had been discovered of further sheep thefts carried out by the brothers.  John was arrested at a farmhouse in Wheldrake, while William had arrived at the Station House of his own accord. They appeared before the magistrate, Mr. … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling Part II

A very rural view of fields, farm buildings in the distance and sheep in the foreground

Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling. Part I

I was fortunate that my previous place of employment had access to the British Library’s online newspaper archive.  One quiet lunchtime I decided to put ‘Liverton’ and ‘Richardson’ in as search terms and see if there was any mention of this family and place in the papers. To my surprise the search returned a series of news reports on two Richardson brothers who had been … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – Yorkshire Sheep Rustling. Part I

The farmhouse, showing the front lawn and orchard

Emanuel Taylor Hays (1907-1972)

Another post in my series on people who have been connected to my late father-in-law’s farm In Pilsley, Derbyshire. Emanuel was born on the 28th January 1907 in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire to parents Anthony and Jane (née Taylor).1 He had three half-siblings from Anthony’s first marriage to Rachel Flint; Hannah, Sarah Ellen and William Anthony. At the time of his birth, he had one older full … Continue reading Emanuel Taylor Hays (1907-1972)

Conveyance of fields from Robert Thorpe & James Melrose to The Pilsley Hand and Heart Industrial Society. Typewritten document

James Melrose (1847 – 1927)

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)

Matilda Coope Cutts (c1820-1898)

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)

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 …