Names being researched
The group receives lots of e-mails
from interested individuals who are each researching names from Whitwell's past.
Much of this research overlaps and I regularly get requests to put people in
touch who have a common interest. I intend to put the researchers name and
the names they are researching. I will only put e-mail addresses if the
person has specifically requested me to.
If you would like to make contact with a fellow researcher,
send your request to me and I will pass it on.
I am researching my
Whitwell links -I am directly related to :-
Brunts ( Ivy Cottage )* Rhoda born 1815 and Hannah * * ( her daughter)
born 1839 - *my great-great grandmother / **my great grandmother
Wrights / Milnes / Ellis / Hancocks by family contact and marriage.
I am looking to find please Rhoda's ancestors.
Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. I am willing to share my
family tree with any interested party.
My great-grandfather, David Wall married Hannah Brunt - they are buried
in the churchyard. He was village policeman c. 1868
Thomas Jackson, Shead
the Sheads lived in Whitwell from the 17th century and during the 19th
century moved to pastures new after 1879. William Henry Shead b.1845 at
Cresswell married Betsy Candlin of Whitwell in 1869 and was a
the Vaults Hotel in Whitwell up to 1880 and emigrated to Manitoba,
Canada. I have a newspaper cutting from a Canadian Newspaper dated 1880
stating that William Henry Shead and a Thomas Jackson were visiting
Manitoba with the idea of purchasing land in Canada and taking 30
Whitwell families to form a Derbyshire Community. The Duke died in 1879
and two thirds of the workforce were laid off the building projects and
two of William's brothers went to Australia and William went to Canada
followed by his sisters family in 1903 to Canada.
My enquiry is
are there any of Thomas Jacksons descendants still living in the
Whitwell Area or any descendants of Whitwell families whose ancestors
went to form this Derbyshire Community in 1880?
Did the 30
Whitwell families actually go to form this community?
I am in touch
with the Great Grandson of William Henry Shead and his cousin and have
visited them in British Columbia and they are intending to visit
Derbyshire later this year.
I have just been reading through your
very interesting site as I am researching the Yaw family and thought one
branch, at least, had moved many years ago to your area.
Having seen the page giving a tribute to Les Yaw I know I am looking in
the right direction. I also think Muriel Yaw in Hodthorpe may belong to
the same family.
I am Jane Yaw's granddaughter and together with a Garry Yaw from
another branch, we have put together an extensive list of Yaw ancestors
and descendants (over 200 at the last count)
If there are any Yaws in your society, or you know of any who would be
interested (George and Sarah Yaw being the common ancestors for us all)
please give them my email address and I would love to be in contact and
add them in.
I have loads of information that I am more than willing to share with
Ernest Goucher and Ralph Miller
Hannah Otter (nee Stubbings) born in the
1870s in Whitwell
|Susan & Idwal Evans
Botham and Higgins
Presley, Hardwick, Kitts, and Busby.
Brain and Machin Family
|Edge, Pattison, Rollett/Rollitt, Colton
|Hill, Stubbings and Rogers
|Allison and Newton
|Candlin and Hardwick
|John Richard Edwards, Edwards
CUTTS 18C - LUNN
18C - PLATTS 18th C to date - PROCTOR all - SALES 19C - WRIGHT 17C.
Gt.Grandfather George Proctor PLATTS was born Whitwell in 1843 and
married Fanny ROTHERFORTH . His mother was Christiana PLATTS baptised
Pacey, Pogmore and Pitchfork.
name was Pitchfork and I have researched back to Peter Pitchfork born
about 1746 and I would like to
back further. Ann Pitchfork born to Elizabeth and another Peter
Pitchfork lived to 103 in Mansfield Notts.
I am researching
my family history and would like to find out more about the Brunt family
who were in your village during the 19th century, I am particularly
John Brunt who
was born in Whitwell c 1842
and his father
Jarvis Brunt who was born there about 1812 and also I think his parents
John and Hannah were also from Whitwell. Any help/information would be
I have been
checking the PORTLANDS London home to find when they moved into Harcourt
House. My research shows the 3rd Duke lived at Bulstrode in Bucks and
his mother Margaret lived at Welbeck. The Duke died in 1809 and won
Harcourt House in a card game allegedly, but no date given in any
account I have read.
for this enquiry is my ancestors John and Margaret Godley Shead, both
born in Whitwell lived and worked in Shoreditch but the place they lived
was a long way from Bulstrode so were they employed by the Duke at
Harcourt House? Their 2 children Henry b. 1776 d. 1839 and Ann b.1780 d.
1861 returned to Whitwell, Henry married Sarah Seymen, and is shown on
the 1839 tithe map of Whitwell living at the Homestead, Ann never
married and according to the census returns was a Schoolteacher.
the WHERE BORN was included on the census forms and I have noticed for
Whitwell there are a lot of Whitwell families whose offspring were born
in numerous locations in the London area and Cumberland region in the
the Waterloo hero also spent his last part of his life in London.
My theory is
the Duke would employ local people and employ them at his various homes
where they would have to be loyal and hardworking, it would be a long
walk back to Whitwell in the 17th and 18th century if they were
Hello, I'm just working on my family
tree and wonder if anyone could help me with more information about my
paternal grandfather and grandmother who lived at Jubilee Road in
Whitwell in the 1930's. My grandfather was Francis/ Frank Hunt and his
wife was called Audrey Denise Hunt- I do not know her maiden name. My
gandfather was a miner and later went on to run the Elmtree Inn in
Elmton. He is buried in Elmton churchyard. As my father died when I was
still a small girl, I do not know much about his side of the family.
Thanks for any help or info
I have been
researching the above families who were living in Whitwell in the
1870/1880's working as quarrymen. William Wood was from Halifax and he
and his family gave their address as "Fiddler's Row" which I understand
is a local name for these cottages. Their daughter Mary Wood married
Frederick Clayton Hornbuckle from Sneinton, Nottingham (my husband's
Great Grandparents) and they had children including George who died as
an infant and is buried at Whitwell and Emily who was sent to Australia
with an Aunt - Agnes Clayton. The Hornbuckle's later moved to Sheffield.
visited Whitwell to have a look at the church and noted that the Parish
Church is St Lawrence's. The parish noted in the records for the family
is St Stephen's. Is this the same church? Perhaps you could let me know
if there is another Church in the vicinity called St Stephen's.
information about this family would be very interesting to me and also
to Emily's descendants in the Melbourne area, Australia with whom I have
Hornbuckles seemed to adopt the surname 'Clayton' as a middle name for
all their family from about 1850 onwards and to date I have not been
able to establish the reason for this. Do you have any information about
the Clayton family in Whitwell? Thank you
I am researching the Vickers and Bell
families for a friend of mine who is a direct descendant of Charles
Vickers b. c. 1798 in Barlborough, Whitwell. He was a farmer I
believe. He married Julia Gibson who was born in Eckington c. 1797.
Julia Vickers, their grandaughter, married an Edward Bell in 1892. I
see from your website the Bells were a local family and wondered if
there was any connection? I would be pleased to hear if you have any
information on these families.
I have been
researching my family & my journey has brought me to Whitwell. My great
grandad John Eyre is on the 1841 census in Elmton age 18.
As no trace of
his birth in Elmton could be found, I contacted Derbyshire Records
office & found he was baptised in Whitwell on 18th July 1824, parents
Samuel & Elizabeth Eyre.
weddings for a Samuel & Elizabeth, I have found a record for 28th
September 1820 at St Marys, Worksop. The two witnesses were Mary Parkin
& William Monk.
There is a birth
record for an Elizabeth Parkin on 9th September 1799 at Whitwell,
parents John & Ann Parkin.
across your site, The Whitwell Local History Group, while (as I expect
most people do!), delving into my past. I've recently discovered the
name of my great great grandfather, and I'm looking for a little more
information on him and his family/ancestors etc. His name was William
Richardson, born c1826 in Clowne, and his wife was Elizabeth, born c1829
In the 1851
census return, William Richardson, an agricultural laborer and his wife
Elizabeth are living with daughter, Eliza (aged 1) in Whitwell. By the
time of the 1861 census there are 5 children, including Thomas b c1857
(my great grandfather). In the census of 1871, William and Elizabeth
are still in Whitwell with Eliza (now Elizabeth), Thomas and Henry (aged
5). In 1881 living in Webster's Yard Whitwell, Thomas is married to
Mary A (26) said to have been born in Thorpe Hesley, York's.
The main thing
I'm trying to find out now is William's parentage, and Elizabeth's
maiden name. As I presume everybody says though, any information you
may have regarding my line would be extremely appreciated, so I'll say
grandfather Robert Webster, a stone mason; was born in Whitwell in 1799;
and I know his father was called William Webster and was born circa 1770
(but was possibly born in Nottingham), but I haven't been able to trace
the family back any further than that. I wondered what information you
had pertaining to the Websters in Whitwell that might help, if any.
stumbled across your Whitwell Local History webpage, whilst trying
desperately to find information on the most likely place of christening
for my great-great-grandfather who was born in Creswell in about 1833.
His parents were Henry & Mary TAYLOR and unfortunately I still have not
managed to track down a nee name for Mary, after many years of
I noticed on
your Graves page that there is a burial for an infant John Taylor from
Creswell which took place in 1835 and wondered whether he could have
been a son of my Henry & Mary.
The problem is
that I live in Western Australia so am relying on searching the internet
for census details, purchasing certificates from the GRO and asking for
assistance when I hit a brickwall. This is what I know so far:
born circa 1804 in Nottingham married Mary ? born circa 1801 in Holbeach,
Nottingham (birthplaces from the 1851 census).
born circa 1833 in Creswell, Derbyshire (birthplace from 1851 to 1891
censuses inclusive). Died 7th May, 1896 in Liverpool aged 63 years.
Ann born circa
1827 in Creswell, Derbyshire (birthplace from 1851 census).
In 1851 the
TAYLOR family are living in Liverpool, Lancashire at 57 Copperas Hill
and Henry senior is a Greengrocer.
Henry junior is
an apprentice Paviour. Despite having combed the 1841 census for the
family in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lancashire, I can find no sign
I have an
extensive history on Henry Taylor junior and descendents in Liverpool,
but have not been able to definitively pinpoint the whole family in
1841, nor anyone apart from Henry junior from 1861 onwards. I have
purchased loads of Henry Taylor death certificates in Liverpool, hoping
to find one for Henry Taylor senior, but none of them have thus far
I have located 2
possible IGI christening events for Henry, both with parents Henry &
Mary Taylor. One took place in Whitwell in 1833. The other is from the
Wesleyan Cromford Circuit and has a birthdate as 30th May, 1834 with
christening on 22nd June that year. I realise Cromford is some way
distant from Creswell, so am not certain that this is the right family,
but there is an entry for an Ann Taylor of approximately the right age
William Morton married Ann
Fletcher,daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth, in January 1779 at Whitwell
par ch. which I take to be St. Lawrence. They had 8 children of whom
John,1784 is my direct line. The Fletchers seem to have been from
Whitwell but I can't find a baptism for William. John later described
his father as a farmer, presumably as a tenant.Does anyone know who the
most likely landowners were around that time and where estate records
might be as these may give William's age and place of birth. There was a
William Morton on the WLHG graveyard list ,buried in
1794- I wonder if he was
'my' William as his youngest child seems to be Sarah in 1793. From
hereon I have traced all the family and their movements and am now
trying to work backwards.
My grandmother's maiden
name was "Minkley".
I have found that I am in fact related to Joseph Minkley of the Fox
Brewery (apparently he is my first cousin 4x removed!).
Now, I know that his father was George Minkley, also a beer retailer.
But I would love to know anymore about the history of the Fox Brewery
and how Joseph ended up owning it. I know that his father died in 1877
and left him some money, but that's all I know!
Also, if anyone has any more "Minkley" information, I'd be happy to
mix/match/share/add what I have, what you have!
about the above families would be appreciated especially about Emily
Clayton Hornbuckle who was sent to Australia in 1884 aged 10 years with
an Aunt named Agnes Clayton. We are very interested as to why the
Hornbuckle family included Clayton in the middle of their names as we
are finding it difficult to locate this particular family.
The Hornbuckle family moved to Sheffield in the 1890's. Mary Wood whose
father William was a stone mason from Halifax and lived in
Whitwell married Frederick Clayton Hornbuckle from Sneinton, Nottingham
after he also came to work as a mason in Whitwell.
Mr John RENSHAW
of Birks Farm died in 1705 and left a long, wordy Will naming his ten
children and a grandson John RENSHAW “now living in New Jersey” whom he
describes as “son of my son John, deceased”. RENSHAW descendants in the
USA are keen to know more about this family before the migration of New
Jersey John (probably in the 1680s) and about those who stayed behind.
As a RENSHAW (by marriage) living in Derbyshire, I’m trying to help.
We know there was another John RENSHAW of Birks, a lawyer, in the 18th
century but don’t have many details about him. We would also
particularly like to know if there are any living descendants of this
This was most
interesting as I am also related to John Hind, your own records
confirmed my own findings about the family.
I too am at a brick wall and have no other information to take
John Hind further back.
Emily Hind daughter of Thomas Hind married my great grandfather Joseph
You may know Thomas died in a workhouse at Belper he seems to have had a