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  • Writer's pictureJessica Feinstein

Anthony Woodhouse of Bonsall

Anthony Woodhouse (or Woodiwis) was born in one of my favourite places: Bonsall in Derbyshire. According to Pigot and Co’s Commercial Directory for Derbyshire of 1835, the approach to Bonsall from Cromford is “by the Via Gellia, a singularly romantic ravine”.

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Anthony was Ari’s 6x great-grandfather, born in about 1760. He married his first wife, Mary Whitaker, in 1782, and she had three children before her death in 1789. One of the witnesses to this marriage was Henry Woodiwiss, possibly his father or brother?

In 1790, he married another Mary, who had three more children. (One daughter, Rebecca, born in 1791, was Ari’s 5x great-grandmother and will have her own page.)

I don’t know what Anthony did for a living, but many people in the village were involved in lead-mining. Two very interesting booklets (Bonsall in the Seventeenth Century and  Bonsall – a Thousand Years of Growth), produced by the Bonsall History Project, give a great picture of life in the village over the years. The Woodiwisses are listed in the latter booklet as one of the established Bonsall families, with Mary Woodiwiss owning 296 acres in 1848. (Any connection to Mary is yet to be established. There are several relevant wills that I will use to try to sort out the families.)

Anthony died in 1814 and was buried in Bonsall on 19 Jan.

As some of Ari’s Derbyshire family were framework-knitters, I had to include this eighteenth-century framework-knitter’s workshop that you can still see in Bonsall:

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Ari, this shows how you are related to Anthony:

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