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  • Writer's pictureJessica Feinstein

Samuel Kinder of Miller’s Green

Samuel Kinder was one of Ari’s 9x great-grandfathers. He was probably born in or near Wirksworth, Derbyshire, in about 1710 (just after the last stone had been laid at St Paul’s Cathedral).


St Paul’s Cathedral, photographed by F G O Stuart (

The parish registers for Wirksworth seem to start with burials in 1708 and baptisms in 1709, in Latin, but I couldn’t see any Kinders. Maybe he was born earlier than this or came from somewhere else. (There was a Samuel baptised in 1707 in Fenny Bentley, which is less than ten miles away. The parents are Samuel and Mary. I need to rule this one out or keep as possible…)

We know that Samuel married Alice Thacker on the 6th of October 1732, at St Mary’s in Wirksworth.

They had four children: Mary in 1733, John in 1736, Samuel in 1738 (who died at less than a year old), and another Samuel in 1743. None of the baptisms give us any clues about Samuel’s occupation or address.

In 1766, Samuel’s wife Alice died, and the burial register tells us that she was living in Miller’s Green.

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


Looking along Miller’s Green Lane from the junction with Callow Lane.


Haarlem Mill, a corn mill converted by Richard Arkwright to spin cotton (in 1777). One of two mills at Miller’s Green. Now a wedding venue! It is said that George Eliot based the characters Adam Bede and Dinah Morris from her novel Adam Bede on the factory’s manager, who was her uncle, and his wife.

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

Samuel then married again. His second wife was Ann Butler, and the marriage took place in Wirksworth on 11th June, 1767.This tells us that Ann was a spinster, not a widow.

There is a possible burial for Samuel Kinder of Millhouses on 22 Sep 1782.

Ari, this is how you are related to Samuel:

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