Ann Sheldon was one of Ari’s 5x great-grandmothers. She was born in 1823, in Biggin-By-Wirksworth in Derbyshire. In the 1851 census, Ann was twenty-seven, living with her widowed father John at Pointon Cross, Hucklow, where he was a farmer. Shortly after that, on the 8th of June, she married John Frost Bunting, a blacksmith. John had previously been married to Ann’s aunt, Mary Ann Sheldon, who had died in May 1849, leaving him with a nine-year-old son, Jacob. (This marriage c
Ari’s 3x great-grandfather, John Edgar Pearson Wheeldon, was born on 27 July 1878 in Holloway, Belper, Derbyshire. His parents were Samuel Wheeldon and Mary Ann Bunting. Primitive Methodist Chapel, Holloway John was not christened until 1896, and this event took place in Wirksworth. Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1916 The 1881 census had shown John as a two-year-old, living with his parents and three siblings in Holloway. His father was a hosiery dresse
Yesterday I discovered that Sarah Thickett, Ari’s 7x great-grandmother, was from Old Brampton, Chesterfield, and had relations called Matthew and Ellen or Helen Thickett. I managed to reconstruct the family from their wills and baptisms, so we now know that Sarah (mother of Joseph Bunting Thickett) went on to marry a blacksmith called Joseph Stoppard in 1778 and died in 1816. Matthew was indeed her father, and her mother was Alice Cundy. Matthew was a cordwainer (shoemaker).
Joseph was Ari’s 6x great-grandfather, born in 1765 in Ashover, Derbyshire, the son of Sarah Thickett. The River Amber near Ashover On 30 December 1793, Joseph married Jane Frost in Wirksworth. Derbyshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932 The couple had nine children, and they were all given the last name Bunting, rather than Thickett. Maybe Bunting was Joseph’s father’s name? The first child, Betty, died aged six, and the second, Joseph, died at eigh