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  • Writer's pictureJessica Feinstein

Mary Taylor, framework knitter

Updated: Mar 19, 2022

Mary Taylor was Ari's 5x great-grandmother, born in 1811 in Kilburn, near Belper, Derbyshire.

On 31 October 1836 Mary married William Phipps in Duffield.

In the census of 1841, Mary and William were living in Holbrook, with their children Mary (4), Francis (2) and Thomas (two months). Sadly, baby Thomas died the following year, and Francis the year after.

The 1851 census shows Mary now working as a framework knitter, but she also had three young children. As well as Mary, who was now 13, there was John (6), Joseph (3), and another Francis (1). She would probably have been working at home, so that can't have been easy.

By 1861 she is 50 and no longer working but all three sons are working in the cotton mill. Mary's widowed mother Millicent is also living with them.

Mary's husband William died three years later from typhoid fever. In the 1871 census she is still in Holbrook, and her son Francis is living with her and working as a bricklayer. Her daughter Mary's son William Taft (8) is also in the house on census night.

The 1881 census gives Mary's address. She is at Town St in Holbrook.

Francis is still living at home, and also two grandsons, eleven-year-old Joseph Phipps and two-year-old George.

Mary died on 20 April 1886, aged 75, from apoplexy. Her son Frank was present. She was buried at Holbrook on 23 April 1886.

Ari, this is how you are related to Mary:

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