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)

Nancy Melrose (1853 – 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. Nancy’s husband William Thorpe purchased the two fields from Tom Coupe in 1902. Following William’s death later the same year, the land was held in trust on her behalf until 1920 by Robert Thorpe and James Melrose. Nancy was born in Derby in 1853 … Continue reading Nancy Melrose (1853 – 1927)

A junction of two roads, quite rural, two houses and a couple of caravans parked

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. 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)