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  • Writer's pictureJessica Feinstein

Sarah Buxton from Middleton By Wirksworth

Updated: Sep 3, 2022

Sarah Buxton was Ari’s 7x great-grandmother. She was born in Middleton By Wirksworth in Derbyshire in 1744 and baptised on 21 November that year.

When she was twenty, Sarah married a lead miner named Isaac Spencer.

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

Their first daughter, Sarah, was born the same year, 1764. Then came three boys, Isaac, Job and Anthony. Sarah’s father, Thomas Buxton, died in 1774, and his will is very informative. On page 3, he says:

“Also … From and immediately after the Death of my said wife, or her marrying again, which shall first happen, I give and devise All that Close, piece or parcel of land being part of a close called Ible Acre, that part lying next, and adjoining to Middleton Wood containing about an acre in the possession of John Lea, Also all those two pieces or parcels of land called the Booty half acres in the possession of the said John Lea lying in a mean field called Middleton Upper Field And also one Beast Gate in Middleton Wood in the possession of the said John Lea Together with all rights, hereditaments and appurtenances to the said several and respective pieces or parcels of land and Beast Gate belonging or in any wise appertaining, unto my daughter Sarah the now wife of Isaac Spencer of Middleton aforesaid miner, her heirs and assigns for ever.”

Over the next couple of years, Sarah gave birth to two girls, Elizabeth and Hannah, who both died young (Elizabeth at four and Hannah at two). George was next, and lastly Benjamin, Martha, and Thomas, who all died as babies between 1784 and 1786.

Sarah died in early 1801 and was buried in the churchyard at Wirksworth on 17 January.

Ari, this is how you are related to Sarah:

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