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). The name came from the finest goatskin leather that they originally used, from Cordoba in Spain.
The Cordwainer statue on Watling Street
Matthew’s father (Ari’s 9x great-grandfather) was Thomas Thickett, who must have been born in the 1670s. Thomas had a seat reserved for him in Old Brampton church. This is listed in a roll of seatholders from 1707.
Helen, whose grave was mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, turned out to be Ari’s 8x great-aunt (Sarah’s sister). She died in 1796, and her will ties everything together nicely, because she mentions Joseph Bunting Thickett by name.
Staffordshire, Dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry wills and probate 1521-1860
The families lived in Old Brampton and Holymoorside, near Chesterfield, so we have some exploring to do!