Sarah Ann Stanton was Ari’s 3x great-grandmother and came from West Pinchbeck in Lincolnshire. She was the youngest of seven daughters of John and Frances, and was born and baptised in 1836.
In the 1841 census, the family were in the township of Newton, Greater Manchester, where Sarah Ann’s father John was working as a labourer. John died at some time before the next census, when they were back in Pinchbeck with Sarah Ann’s mother Frances now working as an outdoor labourer. Sarah Ann was 14 and not at school or working, and the address was Glenside.
Sarah Ann married a brickmaker called William Strickson on 24 March 1857 at St Bartholomew’s church in West Pinchbeck. She was able to sign her name, but William wasn’t. The witnesses were Sarah Ann’s sister Frances and William’s brother John, who married each other the following year.
In 1861 Sarah Ann and William were living in Pinchbeck Bars on the River Glen, where there was a brickyard.
Stamford Mercury, 4 March 1859. Image © The British Library Board.
By now they had two children: Mary Ann (3) and William (1).
Sarah Ann’s sister Martha died in childbirth the following year, and her own son William died two years later.
In 1871, they were on the River Glen Road, with Mary Ann (12), Eliza (7), a second William (5), Charles (2) and Rose (ten months).
By 1881, Sarah Ann had had three more children. Baby Emma (actually Ari’s great-great-grandmother Emily) was born just before the census, and there was three-year-old Ethel and five-year-old Martha. Rose (9) and Charles (12) were at school, and William (14) was working as a labourer. Daughter Kate (8) was living next door with her grandmother, Sarah Ann’s mother Frances.
In 1891, just Martha (16), Emily (10) and the last of Sarah Ann’s eleven children, Gerty (8), were living at home with their parents.
In August 1904, Hilda Edwina Batty, Sarah Ann’s granddaughter, died in a terrible accident.
Boston Guardian, 27 August 1904. Image © The British Library Board.
(Later, in 1926, Hilda’s mother Ethel summoned her husband George for a separation and maintenance order, complaining of his conduct with another woman, reported under a newspaper headline that reads: DOMESTIC TROUBLE AT TATTERSHALL. Sordid Facts at Police Court. Ethel was scared to live with George and found refuge with her daughters at the Bull Hotel in Tattershall. “Questioned as to his means, the husband said he had 31s 3d per week, house free, a thirty stone pig, a cow, butter, milk and poultry, with kindling. The Chairman said he was a lucky man, and the Bench made an order for 17s 6d a week and costs.” (Louth Standard, 11 December 1926.) Ethel later went back to George but the situation didn’t change, and was reported on again in great detail in 1933.)
Sarah Ann’s first child, Mary Ann, lived to the age of 92, and her passing was reported in the Grantham Journal of 9 February 1951:
Image © Iliffe News & Media Ltd.
Sarah Ann died in January 1905 and was buried on 10 January at St Bartholomew’s church.
Ari, this is how you are related to Sarah Ann: