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Tom Coupe (1851-1903)

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 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 …

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 …

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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)

All Saint's church in Aston, Derbyshire.

Brown Whyman ….. This is Your Life

So in my earlier blog post, I found that my 7x Great Grandfather was Brown Whyman. He has a pretty unusual name which makes him a little easier to find in the records than, say, a John Smith! His baptism took place on the 1st January 1703 at All Saint’s church in Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire. Brown’s parents Henry and Rebekah Brown were married a couple of … Continue reading Brown Whyman ….. This is Your Life

A picture of St Chad's church in Wilne, near Draycott, Derbyshire.

Going Backwards With the Jowetts…

In my previous post I looked at Edmund Jowett & Martha Theobald, my 4x Great-grandparents & a couple of their descendants I’m now going to try to go back another generation and research their parents. Edmund Jowett was baptised At St Chad’s Church, Wilne on the 28th October 1787 – the son of John & Elizabeth of Draycott. His future wife, Martha Theobald is on … Continue reading Going Backwards With the Jowetts…

A Jowett Mystery ….

After I’d found and corrected my mistake with Edmund Jowett’s parents I started trying to follow my newly discovered 4x Great Grandparents backwards. I found a marriage for Edmund Jowett and Martha Theobald in 1807 at St Chad’s in Wilne, Derbyshire. The marriage entry revealed that they were both born in that parish, so I was able to find baptisms for them both. Edmund (recorded … Continue reading A Jowett Mystery ….

St leodegarius Church in Basford, Nottingham

Sorting Out The Jowetts …

I thought I’d more or less sorted out how my Nottingham Jowett family fits together. But whilst browsing through the baptisms for St. Leodegarius church in Nottingham I found two Jowett baptisms I hadn’t seen before; Edmund in May 1837 and John Edwin in March 1839. What concerned me was that their parents’ names were Edmund and Sarah Jowett – the same as my 3x … Continue reading Sorting Out The Jowetts …