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Samuel Boothby, cotton framework knitter

Samuel Boothby was Ari’s 6x great-grandfather, born in Duffield, Derbyshire, in 1781. He was the fourth child and first son of Samuel Boothby and Anne Radford, and was baptised at St Alkmund’s in Duffield on 20 March 1781.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812,

(Unusually, the mother gets a mention!)


Makeney Road bridge from a public footpath between it and St Alkmund’s Church, Duffield, Derbyshire.

The next record for Samuel is at the time of his marriage to Elizabeth Saunders, on 1 Apr 1804.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754–1932,

The marriage also took place at St Alkmund’s.


Elizabeth and Samuel had at least six children, and we can trace Samuel through the baptisms and marriages of the children. For example, when their second son Samuel was baptised on 17 June 1822, their abode is given as Holbrook Makeney, and Samuel’s profession was Framework Knitter:

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813–1916,

When their oldest son William married in 1840, he gave his father’s details as “Samuel Boothby, framework knitter”. Daughter Elizabeth did the same in 1851, when she married shoemaker John Gillott. But when their son Samuel married in 1846, he said his father was a labourer. When Elizabeth died in 1870, her death certificate described her as:

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Front view of a knitting machine. 1751 etching, Thomas Paul Sandby. Sandby’s father was a framework knitter and it is likely that this was taken from one of his father’s machines.

None of the marriages listed Samuel as deceased, but he was not listed in the 1841 census. The most likely death date for him is August 1822. There is a burial at Duffield for Samuel Boothby, aged 41, from Makeney. The only problem with this death date is that Elizabeth has a daughter Emily, born in 1829, living with her in 1841. I haven’t found a baptism record, so possibly she had a different father.

We will need to go to the church again and look for his grave. Samuel did not leave a will.


The Holly Bush Inn at Makeney

Ari, this is how you are related to Samuel:

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