George and Jane Rossington
Note: This is a joint effort to try to reconstruct family history, which may
contain errors. For information which is not in error my thanks to Heather
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Jane Rossington (née Francis) are the forefathers of all the Hunter Valley NSW Rossingtons, who are perhaps the only on-going Rossington
family in Australia.
Others who came to
Australia were: John Rossington, born Wigtoft
Lincolnshire, who departed Plymouth
with family, and arrived Cooktown, Queensland 14 Sep 1883 on the "Nowshera";
and John A Rossington, farm labourer, born Boston Lincolnshire, who departed Plymouth 8 Sep 1886, and arrived
Maryborough, Queensland 18 Dec 1886 on the "Selkirkshire". It appears
that most or all modern Rossingtons come from Lincolnshire and so they
are all related in one way or another.
Jane left England for Australia on
“Queen of the South”, 31 Jul 1864.
record of them being near each other is only a few months earlier at their marriage, in St Mary Newington, 21
February 1864. This is
also the first record of either of them being in the London
area – technically in the county of Surrey, to the south of the Thames but within the London metropolis, in a
comparatively new extension to the city sprawl. This was only a few months before
they left their homeland for good.
lived in Manor Place,
Walworth, Surrey and I read Jane to have lived
in “The Same”. This was reputedly a crowded and tense
area. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, also
wrote up a real crime that occurred in Manor Place in 1871, when William
Youngman murdered his family. The story was all the more horrible to tell
because of the crowded way in which people were living together, and were
therefore able to hear what must have been happening. Manor Place still exists
and is now a short walk from the inner city zone where cars must now pay to
Only a few
years before, in 1861, there had been a census. Neither George nor Jane seem to
be anywhere near London.
George seems to be George Rosington, 24 years
old, an agricultural laborourer, residing in Barmston, Yorkshire with the Jackson family. Jane Francis seems to have
moved to George’s home county
of Lincolnshire, where
she was residing as a servant with the family of Edward Holborn
brought George to London?
The profession indicated in his marriage record of 1861 was “excavator”. A few
months later, on his way to Australia,
he was a “railway labourer”. Family members in Australia say that he originally came to the Hunter Valley
as someone working on the rail lines that were built up the Hunter in that era.
Can it be a coincidence that the world’s first underground railway opened in London in 1863? By 1861 over 11,000 were
employed by the railways in London.
The railways also stimulated the growth of the city and between 1841 and 1861
the population grew by 800,000 to 2,800,000 million.
Jane we can only guess what brought her to London. Population explosion and industrialisation
were forcing people to move from their ancestral parishes and into the big
cities. All in all, it seems to have been a good idea for two young people
without much family support (as it seems) to move on to Australia. What
we know of their origins before London
seems to indicate that they came from adverse upbringings and would not have
had many options to rely upon back in their home parishes.
their children were as follows…
MARTHA ROSSINGTON, b. 24 Nov
1864, Ipswich, QLD;
d. 1 Apr 1945, Scott Memorial Hospital,
Scone NSW; buried 3 Apr 1945, Scone.
Mar. GREGORY BLENHAM, 1 Dec 1884, Inverell, NSW.
SARAH ANN ROSSINGTON, b. 29
Sep 1867, Moss Vale, NSW;
d. 30 Dec 1950, Tingha, NSW; buried Anglican Cemetery, Tingha.
Mar. FREDERICK WILLIAM COX, 6 Jan 1885, Belltrees, Gundy, NSW.
GEORGE FREDERICK ROSSINGTON,
b. 14 Jun 1870, Fitzroy St,
Sydney NSW; d. 10 Aug 1937, QLD.
Mar#1. ELLEN HARRIET TAYLOR, 11 Jul 1894, Belltrees, Gundy, NSW.
Mar#2. MARY ALICE ASHWIN, 1927, in Redfern, NSW.
SELINA ROSSINGTON, b. 25 Sep
1872, Blandford, NSW;
d. 5 Dec 1911, Moonan Flat, NSW; burial 7 Dec 1911 in Moonan Brook cemetery. (The tragic death was reported in local papers.)
Mar. 13 Jan 1892, HENRY BAKER, Belltrees, Gundy, NSW.
FRANCIS ISAIAH ROSSINGTON,
b. 3 Nov 1874, Belltrees, Gundy NSW; d. 28 Jun 1937, Texas,
QLD; buried 30 June 1937 in Texas cemetery.
Mar. ELLEN RUTH TAYLOR, 9 Feb, 1897, Ellerston, NSW.
THEOPHILUS ROSSINGTON, b. 20 Aug
1876, Belltrees, Gundy, NSW; d. 2 Jun 1945, Greta, NSW; buried in Greta.
MARGARET JANE ROSSINGTON, b.
13 Sep 1878, Belltrees, Gundy, NSW; d. 23 Oct 1949, Hebden,
Mar#1. ELLEN MAY EVANS, 1903 in Muswellbrook, NSW.
Mar#2. MARY GERTRUDE LUMBY, 1924 in Stockton, NSW.
ENOCH ROSSINGTON, b. 30 Aug
1880, Belltrees, Gundy, NSW; d. 1880, Belltrees,
ISIAH ROSSINGTON, b. 18 Jul 1883, Belltrees,
Gundy, NSW; d. 15
May 1947, Scone, NSW; buried in Gundy.
Mar. EMILY JANE WILLIS, 28 May 1909, in Moonan Flat, NSW
As can be
seen, they moved around quite a bit before finally settling in the Upper Hunter
at the Beltrees property of the White family, in the
town of Gundy.
Concerning Isaiah, the youngest son and my great grandfather, his wife’s
ancestry is discussed on another webpage: http://users.skynet.be/lancaster/Willis.html.
passed away on 23 March 1910 in Belltrees, and was buried the next day
in Gundy. The informant was his youngest son, my ancestor, Isaiah, who
at the time was apparently living in Moonan Flat, where he had married
the year before, at a place called "Fairview". Jane Francis passed away
a few years later, 3 May 1913, also in Belltrees, and was also buried
the next day in Gundy.
We can trace back George’s birth from various official documents in his lifetime,
and it brings us back to the baptism of an illegitimate child. He recorded his
father’s name as Matthew at his wedding, and at his death the name Matthew was
apparently written and then crossed out, replaced by someone with the name
Amos. In all cases, it was implied that George’s parents were both Rossingtons, or in other words that he had his surname from
his father. This was almost certainly not the case, as we can search for the
unusual name Matthew Rossington in British censuses and find no-one of a
suitable age. The name Amos, might have been chosen to
match the sorts of Old Testament names typical in Jane’s family, especially
Isaiah, the name of her father. (George and Jane also used such names for their
children.) Searches of the 1841 census gives us the following Matthews with other surnames in
the correct area (with Amos being far less common):
Ravell, a 35 year old farmer in South Kyme itself. Living with no
apprent wife, but an apparent son, Mathias Ravell, 25 years old, and
some servants. In 1851, "Matthew Revill" is still there, in Fen Drove,
North Kyme, 50 years old born Bottersford, with a wife Mary and new son
William still at home. (The son Matthias was in Bottesford, having
married Mary Marshall in Grantham in 1843. He appears to have died
there in 1895. He may have living descendants.)
Scholey, a 40 year old farmer in Dogdyke (categorized as part of
Billinghay). Living with his family including his apparent wife Ann, 6
apparent children, and some servants. In 1851 "Mathew Scholey" is still
there, a 56 year old born in Digby, with his wife Ann and 3 children.
- Mathew Lansley, a 20 year old still living with his family in Walcott, Billinghay. (Not a likely one.)
Willson, a 25 year old still living with his family in Dales,
Billinghay. In 1851 "Matthew Wilson" is still there, 34 years old,
married to a Martha and has a son Mathew of his own, and three other
- Matthew Harrod, a 25 year old farmer in Billinghay
living with his apparent wife Easther, and no children. In 1851 he is
still there (King Street 44), 38 years old, marked as married, but with
no one shown living with him.
- Mathew Daves, a 20 year old agricultural labouter in Chapelhill Swineshead, seems too young.
- Mathew Aspland, a 15 year old male servant in Swineshead definitely seems too young.
The life of George's mother
Martha Rossington can on the other hand be traced. She had several illegitimate children before
marrying later in life. Here is a short summary of the events that can be traced so
far in Martha Rossington’s life…
- 27 July
1806 Martha baptised at Spalding. Daughter of William and Susanna Rossington nee Potterton. This William Rossington can be fitted into
the main tree of Rossingtons which some
researchers have worked on. It is felt by some researchers, such as Doug
Rossington, that the surname comes not from Rossington near Doncaster, but from Roston
near Ashbourne in Derbyshire (Roschintun or Roschintone in the Domesday
November 1829. Martha's fiirst daughter, Jane, baptised at Swineshead. At Jane's subsequent marriage she gives her father’s identity as
John Sharp, farmer.
1832. Martha got pregnant to John Jaques (Jakes) of Swineshead.
He was a tailor of Swineshead, who had married Rebecca Sutherland
in 1823. (He had been born in Kirkby Mallory in Leicerstershire. In
1861 and 1871 he is remarried to an Eliza, born in Frampton, and living
in Bickers between Swineshead and Donnington. In 1881 he is boarding
with Martha's other daughter Jane Houseley in Donnington, who had
boarded with him in 1841.)
1832. Martha was removed from Swineshead to Dogdike. (Under the “poor laws” poor non-locals could
be moved out of a parish under certain conditions. It was almost like an
internal immigration control.) Jane her daughter possibly stayed in Swineshead?
- 1 Nov
1832. Martha was in Dogdike. She was in the house of
William Bree, for the birth of Mary Ann
Jakes Rossington, her second daughter.
January 1833 Examination of Martha as to reputed father of a female
bastard child chargeable to hamlet of Dogdike
of Jan 1833. Martha started working for Thomas Chambers in South Kyme.
Apr 1833. Mary Ann baptised at Billinghay.
- abt Feb 1834.
Martha got pregnant with George.
1834. Martha stopped working for Thomas Chambers (3½ months pregnant).
- 3 Nov
1834. Settlement Examination – Martha removed from Dogdyke
to South Kyme.
Again, these were the “poor laws” at work.
Nov 1834. Martha’s third child, George was born. (Date is only from his death
certificate in Australia. English birth registrations start in 1837.)
- 14 December
1834. George baptised at South Kyme. (On the same day, one John and Mary Sharp of South Kyme had a daughter baptised.)
- Martha and George in Horncastle with the Lincoln
family – Martha as a nurse, George was at first entered as a lodger,
but someone crossed the word out. There is also a 15 year old male
servant named Jeffrey Would.
- Jane "Rosington" was with the John Jaques' family in Swineshead, her sister's relatives.
- Mary Ann Rossington herself was in Boston Workhouse, 8 years old.
May 1850 Martha's first
daughter Jane married to John Houseley at Swineshead.
He was the son of a publican, Edward Houseley. Only Jane's father, John
Sharp, farmer is mentioned, not her mother. She appears to have had a
family and probably has living descendents. Note that in 1881 Jane
returned the favour, having her sister's father living as a boarder at
her family home in Donnington, having moved from Swineshead in the
September 1850 Marriage at Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in
Horncastle of Martha...
- John Topler, full age, widower, labourer of Kirkstead.
Father John Topler, labourer
- Martha Rossington,
full age, spinster, --- , of Kirkstead.
Father William Rossington, labourer
- 1851 Census.
- Martha was in Kirkstead with husband John Topler,
and John's children, John (10) Mary (6) and William (4).
Housley née Rossington, 21 years old born Swineshead, was with her new
husband John Housley, an agricultural labourer born Leak, on Sleaford
Road in Swineshead.
- Mary Ann
Rossington was working for the Buckley family in Boston, an 18 year old general servant, born Dogdyke.
- No one has found George,
but probably he is "George Roddlington" a 16 year old farm servant in
the large household of William Lambert in Wrangle, Lincolnshire, and
recorded as born in Kirkstead, which is in the general area of
Ballinghay. This person does not appear in any other records, and
indeed neither does the Roddlington surname at all, so is presumably a
misspelling of a similar name.
September 1854 Martha Toplar née Rossington buried at Kirkstead, age 48. After this point I simply list basic information about her family...
- 1861 Census.
- Jane Housley
31 and born in Swinshead, is with her husband John Musson Housley, 30
year old farm labourer born in Leake, in North End, Swinshead. They
have children there, all born in Swinshead: Ted 9, Maria 8, John 5,
Samuel 3, and James 10 months.
Ann appears to be a 28 year old laundress, born Lincolnshire, living in
St Pancras, London. With her is a daughter, Alice Rossington, an 8 year
old scholar, born Lincolnshire. (There is a birth registration in 3rd
qtr 1852 in Boston for an Alice Rossington. Sadly there is also a death
registration for her in the first quarter of 1868: 1b/36 in St Pancras,
15 years old Alice Rosington.) The residence in 1861 appears to be
called "Garden cottage".
as mentioned above, appears to be George Rosington, 24 years old, an
agricultural laborourer, residing in Barmston, Yorkshire with the
- 21 February 1864. George marries Jane Francis in St Mary Newington, within the London sprawl. George was an "excavator" living in crowded Manor Place.
- 31 Jul 1864. George and Jane left England for Australia on the “Queen of the South”.
- 1871 Census.
Housley, 41 born Swineshead, living in Donnington with
husband John Muson Housley, a labourer, 40 and born Old Leak.
Children at home are James 10, Martha 8, George 5, and Tabitha 2.
All were born in Swineshead except Tabitha, born in Donnington.
Ann Rossington, 38 year old laundress is still in St Pancras, born
"Lincoln Chapell". The address is now 72 Camden Street. She is alone
and marked as unmarried.
- 1881 Census.
Housley, 51 born Swineshead, living in Donnington with husband John
Housley, an agricultural labouter, 51 and born in Leake. Children at
home are Thomas 9, and Frank 7, both born Donnington. Also present is
John Jaques, 84 year old tailor, born Kirkby "Morley" in Leicestershire.
A. Rosington 48 years old and born Havenbank Lincolnshire is in
Woronzow Rd 72c, St Johns Wood, lodging with Frederick Gibson. She is
marked as married this time. Still a laundress.
- 1891 Census.
Housley, 61 born Swineshead, is a visitor with her daughter Tabitha now
married to John Kettle (or Rettle in the census) in Rotherham in the
West Riding of Yorkshire.
A. Rosington, 58 and born Lincolnshire, is a lodger in number 2
Woronzow road, the home of William Kemp, a French polisher, and his
wife Elizabeth, a laundress. Mary Ann was now a char woman. This time
she is marked as single.
- 1901 Census.
Housley, 71 year old widow born Swineshead, is a shirt seamstress,
working at her home alone on "Station St or Rd" back in Donnington.
Rossington, 68 years old and born Chapel Hill, Lincolnshire, is living
on her own in an apartment within number 1 Woronzow road. She is
described as single.
- 1907, first quarter. There is a death registration 1a/112 for a 75 year old Mary Ann Rossington, in Kensington.
The Lincolnshire Rossington family of Martha Rossington’s father has been researched back to the 1600s,
and for the sake of completeness I include a skeletal version of the tree as I
understand it leading from the earliest confirmed Rossington ancestor, Clement
Rossington, to our own Martha. Most or all modern Rossington families probably
link to this family somehow, and in turn they probably all connect back to an
older Derbyshire family tree.
Clement ROSSINGTON (1645-1705); b. 1645, Anston
(mentioned in marriage record), Yorkshire, England; d. 1705, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England; bur. 27 Nov 1705, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England
Elizabeth PUTTRELL (1650-1705), dau. of William PUTTRELL (1619- ) and Mildred HOPE (1626?- ); m.
2 Jul 1666, St Marks, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Elizabeth ROSSINGTON (bap.1668, bur.1728); bur. 24 Jul 1728, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
England; bap. 28 Feb 1668, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
John ROSSINGTON (b.1671, bur.1714); bur. 19 Jan 1713/14, Scopwick,
Lincolnshire, England; bap. 5 Feb 1670/71, Scopwick,
b. 1670/71, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England
Sp. Mary TAYLOR (b.1674, bur.1730), dau. of Thomas TAYLOR (1648?- ) and Margaret (1652?- ); m. 20 Oct 1695, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
Ralph ROSSINGTON (bap.1696, bur.1773); bap.
20 Sep 1696, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
England; bur. 24 Nov 1773, Wellingore, Lincolnshire,
William ROSSINGTON (bur.1773); bur. 24 Nov 1773, Wellingore,
Susannah COCK (bur.1748); m. 2 May 1736, Harmston, Lincolnshire, England
Richard ROSSINGTON (bap.1741, bur.1799); bap.
5 Apr 1741, Harmston, Lincolnshire,
England; bur. 1 Oct 1799, Wellingore, Lincolnshire,
Mary GAD; m. 15 Jul 1764, Wellingore, Lincolnshire, England
William ROSSINGTON (bap.1764); bap.
18 Nov 1764, Wellingore, Lincolnshire, England;
Susannah POTTERTON (bur.1809), dau. of John? POTTERTON ( - )  and
Sarah? ?; m. 16 May 1793, Spalding, Lincolnshire,
Susannah ROSSINGTON (bap.1793); bap.
16 May 1793, Spalding, Lincolnshire,
Sarah ROSSINGTON (bap.1794, bur.1813); bap.
14 Feb 1794, Spalding, Lincolnshire, England; bur. 12 Nov 1813, Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
Rebecca ROSSINGTON (bap.1795); bap.
17 May 1795, Spalding, Lincolnshire,
Richard ROSSINGTON (bap.1796, bur.1813); bap.
29 May 1796, Spalding, Lincolnshire, England; bur. 16 Nov 1813, Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
Mary ROSSINGTON (b.1798, bur.1834); b. 15 Dec 1798, Spalding, Lincolnshire,
England; bur. 15 Aug 1834,
Spalding, Lincolnshire, England; bap.
21 Sep 1800, Spalding, Lincolnshire,
Catherine ROSSINGTON (bap.1800); bap.
21 Sep 1800, Spalding, Lincolnshire,
Elizabeth ROSSINGTON (bap.1802); bap.
31 Jan 1802, Spalding, Lincolnshire,
Ann ROSSINGTON (bap.1803, bur.1805); bap.
3 Jul 1803, Spalding, Lincolnshire, England; bur. 18 Dec 1805, Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
Martha ROSSINGTON (bap.1806, bur.1854); occupation Nurse for Lincoln family of Horncastle Fen in 1841; bap. 27 Jul 1806, Spalding,
Lincolnshire, England; census 1851, Kirkstead St
Leonard, Lincolnshire; bur. 18 Sep 1854, Kirkstead St
Leonard, Lincolnshire (aged 48)
Samuel ROSSINGTON (bap.1808, bur.1813); bap.
31 Jul 1808, Spalding, Lincolnshire, England; bur. 21 Dec 1813, Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
JOHNSON (bur.1828); m. 16 Mar 1812, Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
Anne ROSSINGTON (bap.1771); bap.
24 Feb 1771, Wellingore, Lincolnshire, England
Thomas ROSSINGTON (bap.1778); bap.
10 Jul 1778, Wellingore, Lincolnshire, England
ROSSINGTON (1697-1783); bap.
3 Oct 1697, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England; d. 18
Dec 1783, Harmston, Lincolnshire, England; b. 3 Oct
1697, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England
ROSSINGTON (1698-1698); bap.
13 Nov 1698, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England; d. 18
Nov 1698, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England; b. 1698, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England
Clement ROSSINGTON (1700-1700); b. 28 Jul 1700, Scopwick,
Lincolnshire, England; d. 30 Jul 1700, Scopwick,
Lincolnshire, England; bap. 28 Jul 1700, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
ROSSINGTON (bap.1703, d.1765); bap.
11 Jan 1703, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
England; d. 9 Jun 1765, Coleby, Lincolnshire, England; b. Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England
Richard ROSSINGTON (1703-1765); bap.
20 Feb 1704, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England; d. 9
Jun 1765, Coleby, Lincolnshire, England; b. 1703, Harmston, Lincolnshire, England
Francis ROSSINGTON (1704- ); b. 23 Mar 1704, Scopwick,
Elizabeth ROSSINGTON (1707- ); bap.
4 Jul 1707, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
England; b. 1707, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
ROSSINGTON (1711-1711); b. 24 Nov 1711, Scopwick,
Lincolnshire, England; d. 28 Nov 1711, Scopwick,
Lincolnshire, England; bap. 24 Nov 1711, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
Robert ROSSINGTON (1713-1720); b. 1713, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
England; d. 1719/20, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England;
bur. 3 Mar 1719/20, Scopwick, Linconshire,
England; bap. 20 Sep 1713, Scopwick,
Christopher ROSSINGTON (bap.1672, bur.1722); bap. 2 Mar 1672, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England;
bur. 17 Apr 1722, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England
ROSSINGTON (1675-1714); b. 8 Sep 1675, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England;
d. 22 Jan 1713/14, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England
ROSSINGTON (1677- ); b. 24 Dec 1677, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England
ROSSINGTON (1678- ); b. 1678, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England
ROSSINGTON (bap.1680, d.1720); bap.
7 Nov 1680, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
England; d. 10 Apr 1720, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
ROSSINGTON (bap.1682, d.1684); bap.
1682, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
England; d. 1 Feb 1683/84, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
ROSSINGTON (bap.1684, d.1684); bap.
3 Feb 1683/84, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
England; d. 12 Feb 1683/84, Scopwick, Lincolnshire,
Despite Clement Rossington coming from Anston, which is not very far from the town Rossington,
near Doncaster, it seems probable that this is
not the source of his surname. Instead it appears that he was part of a local
family, who used the name Clement several times in the 17th century,
who can be traced from the Sheffield area back to Derbyshire to the south, via Dronfield, Youlgreave and other
places, such that, surprisingly, we probably come to a hamlet now known as Roston, in the parish of Norbury.
This town was once also known as Rossington (various spellings).
It is probable that we might never improve upon the
above Rossington family tree terribly much, but I am not so sure about some of
the female lines. For one thing, the Putrell family
of Clement’s wife has been traced a few generations
further, it seems, always in the parish of Blankney.
Just following Doreen’s information…
Edward PUTTRILL (b.1542?, bur.1594) ; b. 1542
(app), Blankney, Lincolnshire,
England; bur. 3 Mar 1594, Blankney, Lincolnshire,
Agnes BROWN (1545?- ) ; m. Blankney,
Edward PUTTRELL (1576-1643) ; b. 18 Feb 1576, Blankney,
d. 1 Feb 1643, Blankney, Lincolnshire, England
Mary MAWSON (b.1585?, bur.1643) ; m. 3 Dec 1606,
PUTTRELL (chr.1607) ; chr.
25 Nov 1607, Blankney, Lincolnshire, England
PUTTRELL (chr.1610) ; chr.
9 Jun 1610, Blankney, Lincolnshire, England
PUTTRELL (chr.1611) ; chr.
15 Dec 1611, Blankney, Lincolnshire, England
Prudence PUTTRELL (chr.1615) ; chr.
7 Oct 1615, Blankney, Lincolnshire, England
PUTTRELL (chr.1617, d.1617) ; chr.
5 Oct 1617, Blankney, Lincolnshire, England;
d. 1 Dec 1617
William PUTTRELL (1619- ) ; chr.
29 May 1619, Blankney, Lincolnshire,
England; b. 1619, Blankney, Lincolnshire,
Mildred HOPE (1626?- ) ; m. 16 Jun 1647, Blankney, Lincolnshire,
Edward PUTTRELL (chr.1646) ; chr.
16 Feb 1646, St Peter at Gowts, Lincoln,
Elizabeth PUTTRELL (1650-1705) ; b. 3 Jun 1650, St Peter at Gowts, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England; d. 1704/05, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England; bur. Scopwick,
Clement ROSSINGTON (1645-1705) , son of Clement? ROSSINGTON ( - ) ; m. 2 Jul 1666, St Marks, Lincoln,
William PUTTRELL (chr.1656?) ; chr.
1656 (app), St Marks, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Winifred PUTTRELL (chr.1658?) ; chr.
1658 (app), St Marks, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Katherine PUTTRELL (chr.1661) ; chr.
25 Aug 1661, St Marks, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Christopher PUTTRELL (chr.1625) ; chr.
1625, Blankney, Lincolnshire,
father Isaiah Francis, was an agricultural labourer in
the reclaimed lowland or “Fenland” area around the river Ouse between the older
and higher towns of Littleport, Cambridgeshire and Downham Market, Norfolk.
- 21 April 1797 Isaiah Francis
was baptised St George’s
church, Littleport, on the same day as his sister
- 2 May 1813 Isaiah married Alice
Stannard, at St. George's Parish
- 26 Nov 1824.
Baptism of Ruth Francis in Downham Market,
daughter of Isaiah and Alice, although Alice may have been crossed out?
- 26 Nov 1826.
Baptism of Sarah Francis in Downham Market,
daughter of Isaih and Alice.
- 24 Aug 1828.
Baptism of Isaiah Francis in Downham Market, son
of Isaiah and Alice.
- 02 Jul 1830.
Baptism of Margaret Francis of Salter’s Lode in Downham
Market, daughter of Isaiah and Alice.
- 9 Jul 1832, Alice Francis of
Salter’s Lode was buried in Downham Market at
the age of 40. This was about the same time as her eldest daughter Jane
(not our Jane)…
- 12 July 1832. Jane Francis of
Salter’s Lode, 18 years old, (or 18 months according to FreeREG) buried in Downham
Market. (An elderly Jane Francis, 73 years old, also a resident of
Salter’s Lode, died 4 July 1832. So perhaps a sickness ripped through the
family. On the other hand if FreeREG have the
transcription correct Alice
and her daughter may have died as a result of the birth, and perhaps the
daughter had been named after a relative, probably the mother of Isaiah,
who’d just passed away.)
- 6 Jan 1834 Isaiah married again
to Dinah Johnson, a widow.
- 24 April 1834 baptism of Enoch
son of Isaiah (labourer) and Dinah Francis of Salter’s Lode, Downham Market.
- 24 Aug 1834, Dinah Francis of
Salter’s Lode was buried in Downham Market not
so long after her wedding, at the age of 47 years, two days before her
newborn son Enoch…
- 26 August 1834. Burial of Enoch
Francis, infant of Salter’s Lode.
April 1840. Birth registration of Jane (no surname marked yet), the
daughter of Isaiah Francis and Ann Kent, at Denver, Downham
- In the 1841 census, we find Isaiah living
at 10 Mile Bank in nearby Littleport, with a
housekeeper Ann Kent, and a new child Jane Francis, who is 1 year old.
- Ann died young (32) on 17 January 1843, in
Littleport. Isaiah, now a resident of Willow Row
Farm, was the official informant of the death (by puerperal fever
which is an infection of the womb following childbirth, usually within 6
weeks of the birth),
but Ann was described as the “wife of William Kent, agricultural
labourer”. Generally speaking, if William were dead then she would more
likely have been called his widow.
Possibly, Ann had been Anne Clark
who married William Kent in Wimbotsham, just on the
other (northern) side of Downham Market, on 12th
January 1835. And possibly William Kent was the 28 year old Journeyman Sweep
living with the family of John Sainty, Master Sweep,
in Downham Market in 1841. (Perhaps Ann and William
were separated partly by economic need.)
1851 census, Jane was living in nearby Northdelph, in
the parish of Upwell with her half-sister from
Isaiah’s first marriage, Elizabeth Shingles. In 1861 she seems to have moved
north and out of her county to Whaplode (called Jane
Frances, and said to be born in Nordle, Norfolk which must refer
father Isaiah was living with the Shingles family in 1861 and seems to have
died as a resident of the Wisbech Union Poor
Workhouse, 12 September1867, at the age of 75.
mentioned above, Isaiah had been born in Littleport,
where his family appear to have been resident since at least his grandfather
Samuel’s time. Isaiah’s parents were William Francis and Jane Butcher, who
married 1 Nov 1784 in St
George's Parish Church, Littleport.
She was a daughter of JOSEPH BUTCHER and ELIZABETH SILLITOE. She
was baptised 24 May 1761 in Littleport, and buried 4 Jul 1832 in St
Edmund, Downham Market, Norfolk, by which time she was a resident there
at Salters Lode.
They had the following children…
1. SAMUEL FRANCIS, Bap. 16 Jul
1786, St George's
FRANCIS, Bap. 11 Apr 1788, St George's Parish
Bet. Oct - Dec 1866, Littleport, Cambridgeshire England;
LUCY ?; b. Abt. 1790,
outside Cambridgeshire England;
d. Bet. Jan - Mar 1850, Littleport, Cambridgeshire England.
1841, Ag Labr. Wife Lucy. Mildenhall Turnpike, Littleport
With brother Levi Francis in Littleport,
1861, Road Labr. With married niece Phoebe Cooper at New Bank, Littleport
FRANCIS, Bap. 26 Jul 1791 St George's Parish Church, Littleport;
9 Aug 1791, Littleport.
FRANCIS, Bap. 26 Jul 1791, St George's Parish
Church, Littleport (same as his brother, presumably a twin as per theBiblical story of Jacob and Esau);
9 Aug 1791, Littleport.
FRANCIS, Bap. 31 Jan 1793, Littleport;
1803, Littleport, Cambridgeshire England.
FRANCIS, Bap. 21 Apr 1797, Littleport,
7. ISAIAH FRANCIS, Bap. 21 Apr 1797, Littleport, Cambridgeshire England;
d. 12 Sep 1867, Union Workhouse, Lynn Rd, Wisbech
FRANCIS, b. Abt. 1799, Littleport,
d. abt. Jun 1870, Littleport, Cambridgeshire England.
FRANCIS, Bap. 27 Sep 1801, Littleport.
1803, Littleport, Cambridgeshire England.
the father of Isaiah, was also a member of a local family. His
father’s name was Samuel and his mother apparently Elizabeth. But
he and his parents, unlike his younger siblings, may have moved into
the area from quite a distance. Heather
Macdonald has a theory that the family may have moved from Kempsey in Worcester. Not only the parents' names, but also the eldest children, seem to match. This seems an
odd move in those times, but the farming area between Littleport
and Downham Market were recently drained fens at the
time, so there may have been some sort of settlement programme. Putting everything
together the family would be as follows…
FRANCIS was born Abt. 1736, and died Bef. 1800 in Littleport,
Cambridgeshire England. He married ELIZABETH, possibly surnamed
MARKS, Abt. 1757. She was born Abt. 1736, and buried 1814 St
George's Churchyard, Littleport.
Possible marriage from the IGI: Samuel Francis m. 19 Dec 1757 Kempsey, Worcestershire to Elizabeth Marks
Children of SAMUEL FRANCIS and ELIZABETH are:
1. WILLIAM FRANCIS, d. Bet. Oct - Dec 1839, Littleport, Cambridgeshire England.
Possible Baptism from the IGI: William Francis chr. 4 Apr 1759 Kempsey Worcestershire to Samuel & Elizabeth
2. JOHN FRANCIS.
Possible Baptism from IGI: John Francis chr. 5 Sep 1760 Kempsey Worcestershire to Samuel & Elizabeth
3. JOSEPH FRANCIS.
Possible Baptism from IGI: Joseph Francis chr. 3 Oct 1762 Kempsey Worcestershire to Samuel & Elizabeth
4. JANE FRANCIS, b. Abt. 1765.
Apparently had a child, NATHAN FRANCIS, baptised 6 Dec 1789, Littleport.
5. MARGARET FRANCIS, Bap. 1768, Littleport, Cambridgeshire England; d. 1865, Illinois America.
She married ABRAHAM BRAND 28 Nov 1789 in St George's Parish Church, Littleport
6. SAMUEL FRANCIS, Baptised 11 Aug 1771, St George's Churchyard, Littleport Cambridgeshire England
7. MARY FRANCIS, Bap. 15 Aug 1773, Littleport, Cambridgeshire England; d. 1836, Littleport, Cambridgeshire England.
She married ROBERT BRASSET RAYNER 12 Oct 1798 in St George's Parish Church, Littleport Cambridgeshire England.
8. ELIZABETH FRANCIS, b. Bef. 4 Aug 1776, Littleport, Cambridgeshire England.
She married THOMAS COLLINS 16 Aug 1791 in St George's Parish Church, Littleport
9. ANN FRANCIS, b. Bef. 21 Jun 1778, Littleport, Cambridgeshire England; d. 1843, Downham district, Cambridge/Norfolk England.
She married RICHARD SIMPER 28 Jul 1794 in St George's Parish Church, Littleport
10. REBECCA FRANCIS, b. Abt. 1781, Littleport, Cambridgeshire England; d. 1832, Soham, Cambridgeshire England.
She married FRANCIS MAYHEW 23 Oct 1799 in St George's Parish Church, Littleport
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