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Sarah Andrews from Pershore

Sarah Andrews was Ari’s 6x great-grandmother. She was born in Pershore, Worcestershire, in about 1771, daughter of Thomas Andrews and Mary Tushingham, and she was one of Ari's many ancestors who stayed in the same parish for the whole of their lives. Her baptism took place on 19 April 1772 at Pershore Abbey (Holy Cross church), and the record of the event was stored in this parish chest:

Sarah married in the same church, on 2 November 1801. Her bridegroom was an agricultural labourer called William Waters. The witnesses were William Andrews and James Bunn.

Sarah gave birth to six sons: Joseph, William, Thomas, James, Edward and George.

She can be seen aged seventy in the 1841 census, living in Worcester Street, Pershore with her husband William and sons Joseph (35), George (20), and Joseph’s sons William (10) and Thomas (8). William was still working as an agricultural labourer, but no occupation is given for Joseph or George.

By 1851, Sarah and William had moved to Pershore High Street.

They are listed as paupers, aged ninety and eighty-seven, which is a few years older than they actually were. Their son George is still with them, unmarried and an agricultural labourer. (After their death, he went to live with his brother Joseph.)

An article in the Worcestershire Chronicle later that year described the “relief of the poor” in the region:

Worcestershire Chronicle, 3 December 1851, p. 4. Image © The British Library Board.

Sarah died in Pershore on 21 April 1858. Her death certificate gave her age as eighty-six, and the cause of death was given as old age. Mary Harris was the informant, present when Sarah died. She may have been a neighbour.

Sarah was buried on the 24th of April.

Ari, this is how you are related to Sarah:

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