Betty Pool from Oddingley

Elizabeth (Betty) Pool was one of Ari’s 6x great-grandmothers. She was born in about 1774 in Oddingley, Worcestershire, which is “pleasantly situated about 3½ miles to the south-east of Droitwich on the slopes of a valley through which run the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and the Bristol and Birmingham branch of the Midland railway” (https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/worcs/vol3/pp456-460).

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Worcester and Birmingham Canal approaching Oddingley, Worcestershire


Betty married a farmer called John Perkins. Searching for the marriage on TheGenealogist website, I have just found two children I didn’t know about. Mary Perkins was born in 1807 in Oddingley, and John in 1809. The website also offered this possible marriage:

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TheGenealogist Potential Marriage SmartSearch


So now we have her surname, Pool, and I can try to find her parents.

There were three more children: Jane in 1814, Sarah in 1816, and Anne in 1821.

Oddingley is known for the “Oddingley Murders” in 1806 (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oddingley_Murders). There is a John Perkins who gave evidence, but this may be a different person:

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Worcester Journal, 18 March 1830, Findmypast.co.uk


(Confirmation will need to wait until I write about John!) I have just ordered the book Damn His Blood: Being a True and Detailed History of the Most Barbarous and Inhumane Murder at Oddingley and the Quick and Awful Retribution (by Peter Moore) so will find out more!

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After Betty’s husband John died in 1837 I think she went to live in Sale Green with her daughter Sarah, who had married John Tyler. This is where she was in the 1841 census:

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1841 census, Ancestry.co.uk


Betty died at Crowle two years later, on 13 January 1843, from breast cancer.

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The death was announced in the Worcester Journal.

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Worcester Journal, 2 February 1843, Findmypast.co.uk


She was buried in the churchyard at Oddingley on January 19th.

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Ari, this is how you are related to Betty:

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#Huddington #Perkins #Tyler #SaleGreen #Breastcancer #Oddingley #Murder #Worcestershire #Pool

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