Walter Ford of Yeaveley and Mayfield, farmer

Ari’s 5x great-grandfather Walter Ford was born in Yeaveley, Derbyshire, on 3 Feb 1817, the son of farmer John Ford and his wife Elizabeth. He was baptised on 23 Feb at St Michael’s in Shirley, the first of the year in that church.

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


The 1841 census shows Walter living in Yeaveley in the home of Ann Bladon, farmer, working as a male servant:

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1841 census,

On 11 Jan 1844 he married Ann’s daughter Sarah Jane Bladon.

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(As noted in Sarah’s story, she was only sixteen at the time and her mother had to give consent.)

The 1851 census shows the family at Hales Green, Yeaveley, still living with Ann:

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1851 census,

By then four children had been born. Sarah Jane died in 1859, and Walter is shown in the 1861 census as a widower:

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1861 census,

He was still in Yeaveley, working as an agricultural labourer. Three of his children were living with him (another daughter, Sarah, 6, was visiting relatives on the census night; she later moved to Lincolnshire, married there in 1883, and raised her family in Lincoln).

In 1871 Walter was living with his sister, Elizabeth Greaves, over the border with Staffordshire in Mayfield.

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1871 census,

I need to research this, but it looks as though their farm, Manor House, later became Old Hall Farm – see this description as part of a walk. See also

Walter was listed as a farm servant, aged 53.

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Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, 27 December 1878,

Walter died at Mayfield on 9 August 1875, without making a will.

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He was buried at St John the Baptist, Mayfield.

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Staffordshire Burials,


Ari, this is how you are related to Walter:

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#Shirley #Derbyshire #Mayfield #Greaves #Bladon #Staffordshire #Lincolnshire #Ford #Yeaveley

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