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  • Writer's pictureJessica Feinstein

Mary Kitchen Pearson

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

Mary was Ari’s 5x great-grandmother, born on 24 February 1821 in Bonsall, Derbyshire, and baptised at the church there two days later.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1916 on


The remains of lead working on Bonsall Moor.

Her parents were George Pearson and Elizabeth Kitchen, and she was their second child.

The second record we have for her is the 1841 census, and she and her brother Peter are living with Elizabeth in Cromford. No occupation is given for her or her mother. Also in the house is Henry Walker, 25, tin plate worker.

The following year, Mary gave birth to a child, Henry Pearson, mystery man and then on 13 April 1846 she married Jabez (or James) Fenton, a railway labourer. They went on to have six children. In the 1851 census only the first, Elizabeth, had been born, but there is also a son Henry, 6 (who may have been counted twice as he was also listed with his grandmother).

The 1861 census shows Mary and family living at Scarthin Nick.

Mary appeared in the local papers a couple of times. This was in 1866:

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Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 21 December 1866

And 1868:

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Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 20 March 1868

Mary died in July 1870, aged 49, and was buried at St Giles in Matlock.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1991 on


Victorian memorials at St Giles, with a view of Matlock across the valley of the Derwent.

Ari, this is how you are related to Mary:

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