LOCAL DEATHS & TALES
The last grave revealed on Sunday was for some members of Henry Morgan's family. Henry Morgan, a ships carpenter, and his wife Caroline, lived at 56 Double Street, and had at least six children. Elizabeth born 1861 was a dressmaker, but sadly dies in 1881 aged 20. Two children are recorded as dying in infancy. Annie Morgan born 1845 died at age 13 in May 1858. Some of the family were reunited in death on the same row.
Second grave revealed was a widowed lady from Moulton. If records are correct Jane Watson had had a hard life. By 1851 she is described as a pauper, wife of a bricklayer, living at the Turnpike (Tollgate) in Moulton. She has had at least six children, her eldest 11 years old, is an errand boy. 1871 she has either her brother or father in law living with her at the Turnpike, but she is alone in her final years, her occupation a Monthly Nurse. She died aged 62 in 1880.
Alfred Stanton, was born 1820 in Donington, died December 1877 aged 58. He was a jeweller in Double Street, Spalding. His wife was Tamar born 1832, and they had two children Ellen and Leonora. Tamar died in 1898 and is buried in Plot 2 12 oo ( an area we just failed to reach in our last charting). But the mystery begins which maybe somebody can solve. Although he has a grave stone in Spalding Cemetery, he is not be buried there. The cemetery has no record of him being buried here??? Alfred seems to have died in South London and buried at St Olaves, Southwark.
Why is Charles Whitwell, a single man born in London 1832, buried in Spalding Cemetery? He was lodging at 23 Winsover Road, the home of Mr and Mrs Charles Bell, a wood yard labourer, and two other lodgers. The census of 1881 tells us he is a retired confectioner.
Curiosity takes us back to Islington, North London 1861 census where we find Charles residing at 1 Islington High Street with his mother and sister who have a confectionery manufacturing and retailing business employing three cooks, including Charles and two of his sisters, two general servants, and three porters. His mother Rebecca Whitwell, a widow, was born in Spalding; but all the children were born in North London.
Going back another ten years we find a William Whitwell, also from Spalding, Lincolnshire, heading the business with Charles, a sister and niece; and two confectionery errand boys.
So I can’t answer my original question. A man born in North London who works most of his life in confectionery, in Islington, comes to his family's home town, lodges in Winsover Road, near the railway station, dies and is buried amongst strangers!!!
AN EXTRAORDINARY CORPSE
A funeral of very unusual character took place in Spalding Cemetery. The corpse was of Mr Charles Whitwell of Winsover Road, and the proportions of the coffin were such that it was impossible to secure a hearse or funeral car large enough to accommodate it. Some idea of the coffin’s dimensions may be gathered when we remark that it was seven feet long, 36 and a half inches wide, and 27 inches high, and weighed about 23 stone; whilst the coffin and body combined weighed between 6 and 7 cwt. Under these circumstances several difficulties naturally arose in the carrying out of the funeral arrangements. Under the judicious supervision of Mr Fawn and Mrs C Harrison, however, not a single hitch occurred. Six strong carriers were secured and as it was considered unwise to risk the attempt to take the corpse inside the chapel at the cemetery, it was taken direct to the grave.
Even on level ground, the strength of the six stalwart carriers was tried to the uttermost, and it was only with the greatest possible difficulty that the coffin was safely carried to the grave and lowered in. Part of the service was then impressively read by Canon Moore, after which the mourners repaired to the chapel, were the ceremony was concluded.
AND AN ANSWER TO MY QUESTION
Our readers will be probably interested to learn that Mr Whitwell, who was a native of London and a pastry cook by trade, was nephew to the late Walter Whitwell of Spalding. When he was young, he was slight of build and rather thin but so remarkable was his development that over the last two years at the age of 48, he weighed 27 stones. At that period he commenced taking an anti-fat mixture, abstained from butter and all foods calculated to increase his weight, and he was in fact a vegetarian. Even under these restrictions of diet he continued to increase in weight, and at the time of his death, he had considerably passed 27 stone.
Mr Whitwell was a man of some means but for several years past his life has been a burden arising from the discomfort and pain of his huge proportions. Mr Whitwell, when in business as a confectioner, lived at Red House, Islington.
26 August 1882 Grantham Journal
Thomas Henry le Boeuf was born in St Helier, Channel Islands in 1835, son of Thomas and Jane le Boeuf. He was a school teacher by profession. On 5th May 1855 he married Anne Williams at St Michael the Archangel on the Mount, Bristol. In 1861 he and Anne are in St Helier; he is teaching and they have a daughter Julia Annie aged 2; and a house servant. In 1871 Thomas is still teaching, Anne is at home, and they have two children Julia 13 and Henry Frederick Oscar James aged 3.
Over the next ten years the family move to England. There has been a change of venue and profession for Thomas. He has moved alone to Crowland to take up the role of Curate at the abbey. He is now 45 years of age. During this period Anne has two more children. Bertha Clara Gertrude in 1873 who sadly dies the following year; and Clara Jeanette in 1875. Julia Ann is in lodgings, in Bradford, a certified school teacher By 1891 Thomas is now Rector at Crowland Abbey with wife Anne, very much the Rector’s wife.
The son Henry now aged 23 and single, works in Stamford as a bank clerk. He marries Martha and they have a son John Arthur Nelson le Boeuf born 1897. 1901 Thomas aged 65 and Anne aged 68 are firmly based in Crowland; Julia Ann 43 and Clara 25 living at home. 1939 we will find Julia and Clara, both single, living in Eastfield, Peterborough
Thomas Henry le Boeuf died 1907 in Crowland aged 71; and Anne le Boeuf died 1913 in Crowland aged 81. Julia Annie died 1941 aged 83. Clara died in Peterborough in 1954 aged 78.
Henry Frederick le Boeuf died 1925 aged 57; and his wife Martha died in Leeds in 1946 aged 82. Their son John Arthur Nelson le Boeuf served in WW1 as a private in the Lincolnshire Regiment, Royal Engineers, Machine Gun Corps. In 1939 he is living in Skegness with his wife Gwendolen whom he married in 1938, and his mother in law Beatrice Moffatt; he is a bus driver. He dies in Lumley Crescent, Skegness in 1970
Rosina Willders Barker, wife of Mr James Barker from the Crescent, Spalding died in Vancouver, British Columbia August 1920, succumbing to the excessive heat which was prevalent during July and August; she was 73 years of age. She had voyaged to Canada to see her three sons. James Barker wass a farmer who had a butchery retail business in Bridge Street. They both lie together in Spalding Cemetery.
First grave stone revealed Sunday was William Cave, a Spalding man employed as a gardener, living in Chapel Lane with his sister Mary a former Milliner, when he died in December 1875 aged 82. His wife Charlotte had died in 1870 aged 50 and is buried next to him. They had at least six children, William, Robert, Charles, John, Charlotte and John, and they all lived in Double Street in 1851. According to records they are all buried in the same row, but without further investigation, we can only assume evidence of their graves have gone.
The first and only mention I can find of Richard Powdrill is in Stamford Mercury 1 Feb 1856 “”To be sold by private contract – about eight tons of very superior Ash-top POTATOES – Apply to Mr Richard Powdrill, Albert Street, Spalding.””
Richard was born in Gosberton 1826 and lived with his parents John and Mary on the Risegate, Gosberton. He is the oldest of seven children and works on the land. His father is a gardener which is a trade Richard will eventually follow all his life. Ten years later we find him lodging in Willow Row with the Barnes family. He is now a gardener. He marries in 1853 Amelia Sellers, born 1827, and by 1871 they are living at 3 Albert Street; he is a cottager and works seven acres of land. They have two teenage children Mary and John.
1881 they are still working the land at 3 Albert Street, and Mary is at home helping about the house. 1991 daughter Mary has married and left home, but Richard and Amelia are still busy on their land in Albert Street. Sadly in 1899 Amelia dies and is laid to rest in Spalding cemetery; she was 72 years of age. 1901 and Richard has retired and living with his daughter Mary and her husband James Adcock, at 38 Albert Street. He is also a gardener. In 1909 Richard now aged 88 dies and lies with his wife Amelia in the cemetery.
In 1881, an inquest was held in Spalding touching the death of Isaac Smithson, an ostler who died from injuries received by an accident. The first witness, his widow, confirmed that the body was that of her husband and that he was in his 60th year. The next witness said he saw the accident at the Black Swan Inn. “It was about 12 noon when it happened. I was in the boot house. Isaac was up a ladder painting the Brewhouse shutters. He called out Oh Dear. I ran to the door and saw him coming down together with ladder. He fell onto the asphalt against the Brewhouse door. I ran and picked him up, he appeared to be in great pain; he called out. I took him to the Black Swan kitchen. Afterwards he was taken home and seen by a doctor. He did not know whether he overreached or a strong wind blew the ladder. He was asked whether anybody had touched the ladder whilst the deceased was up there; he replied that nobody but he was near the ladder. He said Isaac thought that the wind had caught him; nobody was to blame; and the ladder was correct for the job. He said that he was not scared to go up the ladder but it was cold and he had rheumatics in his legs. He was working ten feet off the ground and he could have overreached.
The next witness was the doctor who said he visited the deceased at the Black Swan. He appeared very injured. He had a compound fracture of the right elbow, with considerable haemorrhaging, and some injury to the right hip. He was removed to his home where it was found he had a serious fracture below the hip joint. He has also serious injury to his abdomen. I remained with him until he died.
Isaac Smithson was born in Norwich in 1827 and is buried in Spalding Cemetery. His wife died in 1910 and they lie next to each other.
Mary Stewart came to Lincolnshire from Saltwood, in Kent. She was born in 1803 and first appears in Lincolnshire records in the 1851 census as housekeeper to the Johnson family residing at Cley Hall, High Street, Spalding. She continued in this role through 1861 but we find her retired, lodging in High Street, near to Cley Hall in 1871. Mary Stewart died in March 1875 and was buried in Spalding Cemetery.
((Wrong to create history but a possible Mary Bills married a Thomas Stewart, from Gravesend, at Saltwood in 1844))
Alfred Mills would appear to have been a successful Spalding business man who unfortunately died at a young age. He was born in Great Holland, Essex in 1828. He married Caroline from Cambridge in 1852, lived in Bedford, and had four children Alfred, Alice, Ada and Florence. He set up a business in the Market Place, Spalding early 1860 as a Draper and Milliner, and in 1861 had a milliner working for him Henrietta, and two house servants Ann and Elizabeth. Sadly, he died in May 1863 and was buried in the avenue going towards the Mausoleum 3 June 1863. None of his family is buried in the cemetery.
William Shelton born 1813 in Uppingham, Rutland was an engineer, operating the machinery at a water mill in Spalding. He married Mary Ann Burrows 16 January 1837 in Spalding. In 1851 they lived in Bourne Road and had three children William, Caroline and Mary Ann. 1871 the family had moved to Albion Street and there are now two extra children Alfred and John. Daughter Mary Ann is now 25, a seamstress and Alfred is an apprentice joiner. 1891 William is now retired, and he and Mary Ann are living by their own means. Their daughter Mary Ann, 35 is now a book keeper. Sadly in 1892 William’s wife dies and is buried in Spalding Cemetery. William dies in 1896, and lies alongside her.
Their graves are on the right hand side of the entrance road leading to the chapels. The tall grave stone is a fine example of a draped cloth on a headstone. The draped cloth simply refers to the person passing from this world to the next. A cloth falling upon the right side indicates death’s interruption of their life’s work.
Richard Crust was Spalding born and bred 1820, living at 13 Church Gate, a market gardener. His wife Mary from Helpringham, was born 1820. They had three children, all boys, John, Charles, and Walter; they were all nurserymen. Mary died in 1895 aged 76 and is buried in Spalding Cemetery Plot 1 39h. Richard died aged 83 January 1903 and is buried next to his wife. John R died 1921 aged 76, and Charles B died later that year aged 74, and lay close to their parents.
Rev John Lewis has travelled all the way from Llanmihangel, Cardiganshire, Wales to become the chaplain of Spalding’s House of Correction; marry a Lincolnshire lady and end his days in Spalding Cemetery.
John Lewis was born in 1809. We find him in 1851 living in Double Street as Chaplain, and married 1845 to Mary Watson, born 1810 Burton, Lincolnshire. They do not appear to have had any children during their married life but have in-house servants. 1861 he is now Chaplain of Spalding Goal.
The goal was built next to the Sessions House in the Sheep Market, completed in 1836. It had all the conveniences, a human treadmill for the prisoners to walk on to grind their own flour, lots of cells for solitary confinement and 48 sleeping cells and a Chapel.
Sadly in October 1877 Mary Lewis dies and is buried in Spalding Cemetery. In 1881 John Lewis has retired from his role, but still living in London Road. August 1887, he dies and is laid to rest next to his wife. Their matching graves are on the right hand side of entrance road.
ANOTHER SPALDING SUICIDE
Christopher Woodhouse committed suicide at his house in Brewer’s Place, Crescent Gardens, Spalding. He was best known as a baker formerly living in Double Street. He was found hanging from a rope in his bedroom. Mrs Longstaff, a witness who lived next door, said “She last saw the deceased at the Corn Exchange; he was looking on at the sale. She did not speak to him then but saw him later in the evening. He appeared to have had a little to drink. He lost his wife twelve months earlier but I don’t know whether he had any troubles since then. I went in to his house and went upstairs. He was hanging from a beam over the landing. I went and told my husband and we called the police”. "He had told me that his children had always been good to him". He lived by himself. The police said that they had known him for four years, and that he had always appeared a cheerful man.
Christopher Woodhouse aged 62, born 1819, was buried 4 October 1881, next to his wife Sarah. Location Section 2 11a. One to be found in our searches.
Chilling true story of the housewife who murdered her husband with corned beef Ethel Major decided to get rid of her quarrelsome husband Arthur - by lacing his favourite teatime food with rat poison. It was a murder which shocked the country, not least because it involved one of the nation’s favourite foods. On May 22, 1934, Ethel Major made her husband Arthur his customary tea of corned beef, bread and butter at their home in Kirkby-on-Bain, Lincolnshire. But the vengeful wife had a secret reason for not preparing the meal as lovingly as she had once done.At first complaining that the corned beef “looked off”, Arthur started to feel unwell soon after his first mouthful. Before long he was unable to stand or speak, and began frothing at the mouth. He got worst over the next two days, and on May 24 had a seizure and died just before midnight. Police first believed the doctors’ verdict that Arthur had died of epilepsy.But soon a more sinister explanation for his sudden death emerged - and the case would fill newspapers and grip corned beef-loving Brits everywhere. Just six months later, Ethel was hanged at Hull prison, in such a state of distress she had to be carried to the gallows.
James Riddington was born 1810 in Deeping St James, and his partner Mary Ann Godwin born 1816, were united in marriage 1837 at Surfleet Parish Church. They had a successful business, although there is little evidence of it as draper and grocer, and full social life. James in 1861 was a bill collector or debt collector and they lived in Church Gate, off Cowbit Road. They had a general servant Susan Congreve; later in Spring Gardens he was an insurance agent. By 1881 James has been in the retail business and now retired, James is 71 and Mary Ann is 65, and they are living in Henrietta Street. Their general servant is Sarah Ann Wilson, an 18 year old from Spalding. 1891 James is a gentleman of leisure, and Mary has a domestic servant Rose Clark. They are living in St Thomas’s Road. In 1895 James dies aged 85, and three years later Mary dies 1898 aged 83. They are buried in adjoining lots in Spalding Cemetery.
However, when I looked at the burial records I discovered another Riddington. No mention in the parents’ censuses but Mary Ann Riddington was born two years after her parent’s marriage, and shadows them living in Spring Gardens, Henrietta Street and eventually St Thomas’s Road. Maybe a little headstrong and independent. We find her first alone in London aged 33 visiting/living in Park Street, Islington. Ten year on 1881 and she is a saleswoman in wholesale artificial flowers in 40 College Street, Islington, her landlady Eliza H Cockle, a lady of independent means. 1891 and they have both moved to Spalding and living in St Thomas’s Road, nearly opposite Mary Ann’s parents. 1901 Eliza Cockle is living at 25 Spring Gardens and Mary Ann is living at 12 Spring Gardens with a house servant, a retired wholesale artificial flowers saleswoman with own means. 1911 they are back together at 15 Spring Gardens with a house servant, Lottie Bailey. Eliza Cockle dies aged 74 in April 1813 and is buried close to the dissenters’ chapel in Spalding Cemetery. Mary Ann dies in October 1920, aged 81 and is buried near to her parents’ graves
Thomas Cammack is a practising physician and Justice of the Peace in Pinchbeck Street with his wife Harriett. Thomas is 79 and Harriett 69 and they have two house servants and a groom.
The groom is Ireland Adcock, aged 24 from Thurlby near Bourne; 10 years earlier he had been a yard boy for a farmer in Bourne, but he has progressed to being the doctor’s groom, and now in 1881, he is a domestic gardener, living in Orchard Street, Spalding and married to Mary Elizabeth Cole 1872. In 1881 they have three children living at home and a relation of Mary’s, a dress maker.
Sadly Mary Ireland died in September 1888 aged 38, and is buried in Spalding cemetery. Ireland remarried in 1889 Eliza Flanders aged 42 from Thorney, Cambridgeshire.
1991 Ireland and Eliza are living in Hawthorn Bank with four children. Ireland is still a gardener, one of his boys is a painter/compositor, and another is an errand boy. Ireland Adcock sadly dies in 1900 aged 53. He is buried in Spalding Cemetery near to his first wife.
Simeon Eagle Currey defeated my online investigation. He was born in 1809, location unknown and was married to Jane, born 1805 in Canterbury, Kent. His burial is recorded as Simon CURRY, he died October 1859, buried 10 October 1859. Plot 3 61k
Jane Currey outlived her husband, dying 1888 aged 79, Plot 2 35x. In 1881 she is recorded as Jane CURRY, a widow living in a Alms House, Church Street (Gate). 1871 she is recorded living in Thomazine Lane (St Thomas’s Road) a laundress, with children Agnes, Thomas, Florence, and Fanny. Her last two children were born after Simeon had passed away. Thomas buried November 1906 had a successful ironmongers business in Church Street. Another story !!
Thomas Cropley, born 1839 was born and bred in to the farming way of life. He married Mary Ann Boothby from Spalding in 1878 but continued to farm in Quadring. The had at least three children Lizzie, Tom and Norah. Thomas died in 1924 aged 84; and Mary Ann died in 1925; aged 85
When Martha Good born 1798 in Grimsby entered in to marriage at Louth with Edward Foster, little did she know the grief and heartache that awaited her? 1841 They lived in Green Lane, and Edward Foster was a professional gardener, born 1799 in Bourne. 1861 the family has moved to St Thomazins Lane and Edward’s gardening business is now employing two boys. Over a period of 10 years they had at least six children but by 1861 there is only one left, living at home; and possibly one alive in Hull.
Harriet the eldest born 21 March 1829, baptised at the local Baptist chapel dies in 1845 aged 16. Betsey born 24 June 1831 dies in 1842. Edward born 17 December 1832, again baptised at the local Baptist chapel, survives childhood but according the gravestone dies aged 35. John born 14 January 1837, baptised at the local Baptist chapel dies in 1842 aged 5. William born 1839, dies 1842 aged 2. Daughter Mary born 1835 becomes a young woman, has a baby Alfred Foster in 1860, and has moved away by 1871.
It is sad that this couple who had a nice home, and house servants, had created a good business and planned a lively family, had it all spoilt by a childhood bereavement. All the children will be buried in the original Baptist Chapel cemetery and the stone in Spalding cemetery commemorates their passing.
William Sentence was born in Edenham near Bourne in 1865; and in his early years worked as an agricultural labourer in the district. In 1891 he moved to Spalding and married a local lady Eleanor Atkinson, and took up being a higgler. A lot of the Higgler's trade involved barter, rather than money changing hands and the name derives from the resultant haggling. 1901 they are living at 41 Hawthorn Bank and have at least three children Mabel, Ethel and Frank. 1911 William has now become a small farmer, the family live at 27 Hawthorn Bank, and there is an additional child Stanley. Mabel is now a Milliner; Ethel is a Dressmaker, and Frank is at school.
William dies in 1927 aged 62; and Eleanor dies 1929 aged 61. Their sons Frank (1948) and Stanley (1959) share the plot.
Susan Cropley Pickworth, born in Spalding 1822, who’s occupation is a dressmaker, married Joseph Rainbow, a stone sawyer, from Stixwould, Lincolnshire in October 1845. Joseph was born 1813 in Yardley, Northamptonshire. Without confirmation, Joseph may have been a widow, a former wife being Sarah 1811 - 1840 from Denton, Northamptonshire. There is a son Thomas born 1839, possibly from this former marriage.
By 1851 Joseph had changed his occupation to a jobber, a person who buys in quantity to sell on to others, He, Susan and Thomas are living in Chapel Lane.
1861 Susan aged 39, and Joseph aged 48, are living in Mill Green, Pinchbeck. Joseph is now a farmer occupying 50 acres, with two farm servants. Susan’s niece Sarah Eccleston aged 10 is living with the family, and there is one house servant.
1871, Susan is now 49, Joseph is still farming 50 acres in Mill Green aged 58, niece Sarah aged 20 is still with them, and there is a house servant. Susan sadly dies 1876 aged 54, and is buried in Spalding Cemetery.
Alice Newborn lived her short life at home with her parents; and at rest with them in a family grave.
John Stevenson, a Spalding man, married to Emma lived on Hawthorn Bank and traded as a grocer and seedsman. He was born in 1841. The records show he had at least three children; Harry and John who assisted in the grocers shop, and Caroline, who was employed as a draper’s assistant. John Stevenson jnr later became a postman. John Stevenson senior died 22 October 1903 aged 64, and was buried in Spalding Cemetery Plot 2 15 o. His wife Emma died in 1925 aged 81 and is buried along John. Their son John died in October 1910 aged 33, and lies along his parents. Son Harry was in 1911 a newsagent at 208 Winsover Road, and died 1937, and buried in Spalding Cemetery.
Born 1847 in Spalding, Eliza Johnson is the wife of Thomas Johnson, a baker in Little London. They were married in 1869, her maiden name was Lee. There are no children 1871. Sadly Eliza dies in July 1878, and buried in Spalding Cemetery
Henry Quincey was a shoe and bootmaker, born in Glinton near Peterborough 1827; his parents were Thomas and Ann. 1861 the family are living in Deeping Road, Spalding. William was married to Mary Ann North, born 1833, in Glinton 1855 and they have two children Lydia and David. A third child, possibly Harry, dies 1856.
1863 there is a new arrival Alfred, but sadly 1872 David dies age 15. 1881 The family is Henry, the shoe maker and Alfred, the joiner, wife Mary Ann and Lydia.
1891 Henry lives at 24 Albion Street with his wife Mary Ann Quincey born 1833 and the two young adults, Lydia and Alfred. Lydia is a dressmaker. Mary Ann died 1892 aged 59. She was born in Nottinghamshire, but is buried in Spalding Cemetery.
Now in 1901 is living at 89 London Road with his daughter Lydia who is his housekeeper, and son Alfred, a journeyman joiner. Henry is a widower. Henry dies in 1903 and is buried in Spalding Cemetery aged 76. Lydia lives until 1916, a spinster, and is also buried in Spalding Cemetery, aged 58.
William Nichols**(Nickols), born 1792 from Whaplode, farms 60 acres of land with the help of one labourer in the Spalding area; and lives in High Street, Spalding with his wife Elizabeth (Baker). In 1861 they have one house servant. By 1871 William has retired from farming but is still living in High Street with his wife Elizabeth. Their niece Sarah is living with them as a companion. William Nichols(Nickols) dies in January 1875 at the age of 82, and is buried in Spalding Cemetery.
George Stevens 1815 – 1878 is living in Chapel Lane with his wife Hephzibah. George is originally from Wells in Somerset. His occupation was a working cutler so he would have been making knives, spoons, scissors and other domestic implements. He dies in 1878 and buried in Spalding Cemetery. There is also possibly a mention of a George Robert Dallicoat Stevens who died age 1, in 1865.
William Branton was born 1813 in Spalding, baptised 27 August 1813; his parents Thomas and Ann. On 15 April 1836 he married Maria Grassham from Pinchbeck. In 1861 they are farming 28 acres in Pode Hole. They have eight children, 4 working on the farm, 4 at school. In 1861 Maria Branton dies, and William is left with five children at home. 1871 he is now farming 34 acres. 1881 William Branton now farms in Bourne Road, has 33 acres, and has just one son at home and a servant. William Branton eventually dies December 1893 at the age of 80. He is buried in Spalding Cemetery.
Edward Worth in 1841 is a lodging house keeper in Double Street, Spalding. He was born in Spalding 1801. He is married to Ann Enderby, Nov 1822, she was born 1806. Ten years later, and he and Ann have branched out into a beer house, selling coal and having the lodging house. Too busy to have any children. Edward dies 1870 aged 69, and buried in Spalding Cemetery
In 1851 John Woodward was a labourer in the gas works Norfolk Street, Boston but by 1871 John Woodward aged 55, is now the gas works manager at Spalding Gas Works and lives at 39 Albion Street, Spalding. He was born in Derbyshire in 1816; he lives there with his wife Eliza born 1823 from Boston, and have two daughters Emily and Eliza. They have a house servant. The two daughters have moved away but in 1891 two granddaughters are living with them in Albion Street; one aged 23 and one aged 15. John dies in February 1898 aged 82 and Eliza lives on to 1913 and dies age 90. They lie next to each other in Spalding Cemetery.
John Curtis, a widower, born 1824 in Holbeach married Caroline Harding, a widow, born 1825 in Sussex, in 1870 at the Spalding Parish Church. His occupation a master stone mason, employing 2 men and a 2 boys. They lived in Albion Street with the three children from his previous marriage George, an apprentice, Frances and Clara. Caroline Curtis died aged 66 on 6thJanuary 1891.
Sarah DRIFFILL, born 1818 is a bit of a mystery lady. We know she died 2 August 1858, just 40 years of age. We know she was married to Thomas Driffill, a plumber and glazier in New Road, Spalding. We know they had at least four children John 19; William 14; George 12; and Mary 10. And we know that son William was with his uncle in Stamford in 1851.
Thomas DRIFFILL then went on to marry another Sarah on 15 November 1860; she was Sarah Fletcher born 1829. They have a daughter Rebecca 1862 By 1891 Thomas has retired but still living at 15 New Road with wife Sarah. Thomas dies September 1897
Successful businessman George Beales, cycles and photographer, based in New Road, Spalding, had had at least six children by 1891, and the youngest was Harry Wyrley BEALES born 1886 in Spalding. His father and mother originated from Suffolk; his mother Caroline born 1838; his father born 1837. He was school boy; whilst his older brothers were photographer and cycle maker. Ten years on, Harry W Beales, aged sixteen is a bookseller’s assistant; not quite following in his father’s footsteps. And then sadly 2 August 1906 aged 21 he was dead. He had met with an accident at Sutton In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. He had entered for cycle races there, and was taking a run around the course and his machine skidded and he was badly thrown. He sustained injuries to his left leg and right thumb. He was up and about and watching others cycling in Heckington a few day later when lock jaw set in. A doctor was called and the case regarded as critical from the first; death occurred within twenty four hours. In addition to being the best known of local cyclists, he had won many prizes on the cycle track in different parts of the country. He had told a reporter this year was going to be his last season.
Charles Brett is a carpenter & builder in Spalding, living in The Crescent. He was born 1818 in Barkston near Sleaford, and employs 15 men and four boys. He lives with his wife Mary born 1812 and they have one son Charles who is an apprentice to the family business. For the next twenty years or so, Charles and Mary live at 31 The Crescent, still with a builder’s business and one house servant.
In 1891 Charles Brett dies aged 74 and is buried in Spalding Cemetery. Mary lives on until 1910 at 31 The Crescent and dies September aged 99. She is laid next to Charles.
Jonathan Grundy was born in Moulton 1824, son of farmer Jonathan and Mary Grundy with land at Queens Bank. In 1841 he is one of four children. 1851 he is farming on his own in Little Postland, Crowland, married to Lydia Phoebe born 1830. They have two house servants and farm 210 acres with 4 labourers. Sadly Lydia dies in 1856 and in buried in Crowland.
1871 Jonathan Grundy is farming 190 acres in Moulton with four labourers. He has re-married to Anna from Spalding born 1831. They have one child Mary Anna aged 11. 1881 Jonathan has retired from farming, he is 58, Anna his wife is 50, and daughter Mary Anna, a school governess is 21. There is another child Amelia aged 8, at school. They are living in East Fen, Moulton.
1891 Jonathan Grundy dies aged 67 and is buried in Spalding Cemetery.
1851 we find William White in the Sheep Market, a coach builder. He was born in Peterborough 1799. He is married to Ann and they have at least five children Anne, Sarah, Eliza, Elizabeth and William. By 1861 he has retired to West Street, Bourne. In the London Gazette November 1860 Insolvent List. William White tbe younger, late of Spalding, Lincolnshire, Coach Builder, and occasionally acting as Agent for the sale of Carriages.—In the Gaol of Lincoln. William dies January 1863. His wife Ann died in 1858 aged 61, and they lay together in Spalding Cemetery
**James Seeby** was born in Spalding 1838, son of William and Mary, living at Spalding Common.1871 James has married Mary Burton 1867, has three children Edward, Lydia and Rose, and living in the Crescent. He has a grocery business. James then had a major change of fortune in 1891 and he and his family ceased their business. The family go in to service to a land proprietor Samuel Hand Cartwright in London Road; James is the coachman, Mary the housekeeper, and Rose, a housemaid.
James Seeby died in 1894 at the early age of 55 and is buried in Spalding Cemetery. Mary Seeby may have later married Samuel Cartwright ????
Harriette Eliza Jay was born 1842 in Cavendish near Sudbury, Suffolk, but it was in Oxfordshire where she married Charles Dring, a corn merchant, in 1875. They lived in London Road, Sutton St Mary and had three children Grace born 1877, Sarah Ann born 1879, and Joseph Blower born 1881. They had one house servant Eliza Rodwell, a Long Sutton girl. Short life for Harriette, she died in November 1885 aged 43. She is buried alone in Spalding cemetery
Ruth Burwell was a single lady, born 1813 in Gosberton, Lincolnshire. In 1841 she is in service to a family called Dinham in Church Street. Moving forward to 1871 she is the household cook to the Allen household in Broad Street where she remains for nearly twenty years. Joseph Allen has a long established wholesale grocery business in the town. In 1881 Joseph Allen has become a man of leisure, living with his daughter at 15 Broad Street, with Ruth Burwell their cook and two house servants. 1991 Ruth Burwell has hung up her apron and is living on her own means in Broad Street, possibly with the Allen family. Ruth Burwell dies a spinster in 1895, aged 82, and is buried in Spalding cemetery.
Charles Caulton was born in Spalding 1843, the second son of John Caulton, a farmer with 800+ acres and 20 workers situated in Leaveslake Drove. Pinchbeck. He is educated at a school in Westlode Street, and by 1861 he is working with his father in Pinchbeck.. He marries Emma Tory, a spinster from London, at St Clement Danes Church July 7 1864 and by 1871 they are living in London Road and farming 300+. They have three children Mary Ann, Emma and John, and employ two house servants. Everything must have been going fine for Charles until in 1878 when just 35 Emma dies. Charles is now a widower, has a 550 acres farm with 16 workers to run, and two extra children Rachel and Eliza. In 1881 the family are resident in Duck Hall, London Road. Town End Manor, known for most of last century as Duck Hall, was built on the site of the old Town End Manor, pulled down in 1746. 1991, Charles is still farming at Duck Hall with three of his daughters still at home. 1901 Charles appears to have given up farming and is living with his daughter Eliza at 28 High Street. He is now 58 years of age, and Eliza 26. We last find him alone 1911 in a boarding house at 22 Westlode Street. He died in 1926 aged 87 and lies next to his young wife Emma.
.Amos James was born in Surfleet 1851. We pick up his story in 1871 when at the age of 20 he is agricultural labourer on a 366 acre farm in Deeping St Nicholas owned by Richard Owen. In the same year he marries a Spalding girl Eliza Crampton. They have their first child Mary in 1873 in Pinchbeck, and their second child Sarah in Bourne 1874. They then settle in Moulton, he is still an agricultural labourer. They have six more children Elizabeth 1876; Amos in 1878, Eliza in 1880, George 1882, John Wm 1884 and Henry 1886. They are now living in Garner Dyke Road, Moulton. 1901 we find Amos and his family in Mill Green, Pinchbeck, as a farmer. Three children remain at home, the two youngest sons working on the farm. 1911 still farming in Pinchbeck, his son Henry the horseman of the farm, and his wife Lillie. In 1914 Sarah James dies and is buried in Spalding, aged 66. They had been married 43 years. In December 1923 son John William is tragically lost at sea; and in 1928 Amos James dies aged 77 and laid to rest next to Eliza.
William Musson born 1804 and Sarah Skells born 1814 were married 23 November 1847. William was grocer and draper, and they lived in Bourne Road, Spalding. There were eight children in the household. Samuel born 1833; William born 1836; Mary Ann born 1839; Sarah Ann born 1840; Emma born 1842, died 1855; Louisa born 1843 died 1956; Rebecca born 1845 and Ann born 1850. There was a first marriage by William?? William sadly died 1858 aged 55, and their son William died the same year. Sarah died in 1868 aged 53. William and Sarah lie close to each other in the cemetery, and the children together part apart from their father.
James Walker 1813 and Eliza Walker 1813 lived in Spalding Common. He was a Higgler and they had three children, one being JAMES WALKER born 1840. By 1851 the family had moved to Bourne Road and there were 7 children plus a house servant.
1861 they are all living in Thomazins Lane but father is now a corn carter; son John is also a corn carter; another son is a baker’s apprentice; and one daughter is a dressmaker’s apprentice. By 1871 John Walker has married 9 November 1865 a Spalding girl Elizabeth Ouzman Barton born 1839. John is a beer seller and brewer at the Ancient Briton beer shop in London Road. They have had four children, the first dying at birth, the others Harry, Elizabeth ad John James. They have one house servant.
Very sadly in 1872 the son John James dies at the beginning of January aged 1; and a week later James Walker dies aged 32. The two children and James are buried together in Spalding Cemetery
William Bowser comes from a Boston farming family He was born in 1823 at Skirbeck. Now in 1861 he is a successful farmer at Holbeach Marsh working 430 acres and employing 12 men and 4 boys. He married a Holbeach girl Martha Lenton in Holbeach 20 April 1857 and they have a son Joseph Williamborn 1859. They also have living with them, Martha’s nephew John Lenton learning something about farming. There is a live in groom, a dairy maid and a nurse maid.
1871 William and Martha are still in Holbeach Marsh working a slightly reduced acreage of 360 acres and employing 8 men, 4 women and 3 boys. They have a live in dairy maid, groom and house servant.
Sadly over the next ten years William dies 1875 aged 54; and Martha dies 1878 aged 57. Their son Joseph William dies in 1887 aged 28. All three lie together in Spalding cemetery.
Charles Waite is an ironmonger’s assistant living in Bridge Street. He was born in 1857 in Chichester, Sussex but is now in Spalding, a widower with five children; the mother in law who lives on her own means, a house servant; and a monthly nurse. One child is **Elizabeth Mary Waite**, aged 0.
Moving on ten years, they now live in Pinchbeck Street. Charles Waite has five children living with him; one an apprentice in the ironmonger’s shop; and another having the role of house servant. 1911 and Charles has re-married and living at 12 Station Street. His wife is Mary Annie born 1863, and she is proprietress of the Temperance Hotel. Charles’s daughter **Elizabeth Mary Waite** now aged 20, helps her new mother. There are also two hotel staff; a waitress and a cook.
Sadly Elizabeth dies in 1913 aged 22 and lies next to her mother Elizabeth Catherine who died in 1891, in Spalding Cemetery
Jessop Mason Love was born in Horncastle 1869. His mother was housekeeper for Joseph Mason born in Spalding, with business in Horncastle; a boot maker. At the age of 27 he married a Spalding lady Jane Fletcher aged 22, 11 May 1896. He died in December 1825 aged 57.
Elizabeth Catherine Osborn from Moulton married Charles Dent Waite in 1882, she was born 1862. Charles Waite is an ironmonger’s assistant in Bridge Street. He was born in 1857 in Chichester, Sussex. They have five children over the next eight years; Kate, Albert, Percy, Harry and Elizabeth. Then sadly Elizabeth dies March 1891 aged 30 and is laid to rest in Spalding Cemetery. Her daughter Elizabeth Mary joins her in 1913.
John William King Brightman was born in 1844, the son of Wortley and Sarah Brightman, corn & flour dealers. John was the eldest of seven, all girls, and the family lived in Vine Street. His sisters were Charlotte, Mary, Emma, Margaret, Susan and Harriet.
John married Ann Margaret Brown aged 25 on 28th May 1868 and they lived at Abbey Yard, and John was a rural post messenger. They had two children Sarah and Alfred. By 1881 they were living in Abbey Path, John is the Corn Exchange house keeper; and there now have seven children Sarah, Alfred Amy, John, Harry, Arthur and Walter. Sadly John dies in June 1886 and leaves Ann a widow. 1911 Ann Brightman, a widow, is living in Crescent Gardens with daughter Amy. For added security Ann has two police constables as lodgers.
Ann died 27th February 1919 aged 76 years; and daughter Amy died 15th November 1923 aged 52 years.
Benjamin Wilson is an agricultural labourer living in Holbeach road with his wife Eliza and their four children William, John, Benjamin and George. He was born in Spalding in 1812 and married Eliza Leversley in May 1834. Eliza Wilson was born in 1815 in Spalding. She sadly dies 1858 aged 42. By 1861 Benjamin has become a coal merchant. His son John is a carpenter and Benjamin is a grocer’s shop assistant. Benjamin dies in 1897 aged 86 and is reunited with Eliza in Spalding Cemetery.
Thomas Spooncer born 1838 and Sarah Spooncer born 1839 live in Low Road, Spalding. In 1891 Thomas is 53 and an agricultural labourer. They have one daughter Florence born 1880. The records show that they have lost two children Sarah Elizabeth aged 4 and Thomas William aged 0. Sarah dies in October 1898 aged 59, and Thomas dies in 1909 aged 72. The family is buried together in Spalding cemetery. Florence marries in 1908 George Leonard Cooper, a plate layer for the railway. In 1939 register Florence and George are living in Drummond Road, Skegness. George is a master electrican.
Henry Harmstone was born 1829 in Spalding, son of Robert Harmstone. He was one of five children. In 1851 he married Mary Simpson born 1828 and they had a daughter Catherine born 1853. Sadly. Mary died in 1862 aged 34. William married again in 1863, Jane Bates born 1830 from Holbeach. Henry is described as a Fruiter broker & cabinet maker and they live in Bourne Road. By 1871 Henry and Jane have had two more children Lydia and Herbert. They have one live in servant, and Henry is an established cabinet maker. Henry died in August 1876 aged 46 and is buried in Spalding cemetery.
Mary Ann Fountain from Silkstone, Yorkshire was born 1821. She met Frederick William Oldfield born 12 July 1816 Wakefield, son of George and Mary. They married 21 March 1841 and lived in Wakefield; Frederick was a blacksmith. They moved to Spalding; by 1851 Frederick is Gas Works Manager and they are living in Albion Street. They have two children Louisa Lambert born 1843, and George born 1846. Sadly Mary Ann died April 1860 aged 39 and is buried in Spalding Cemetery.
Mary Ann Woolley, daughter of Samuel Woolley was born 1852 in Double Street, Spalding. At age 20 she met and married a local farmer William Blott Peake 22 May 1873 in Spalding. They are farming 110 acres in Fengate, Moulton, and employ 2 men and a boy. By 1881 they have at least six children; Blott 1875, Elizabeth 1876, Samuel 1878, William 1879, Lewis 1880 and Herbert 1881. They employ a house servant and a farm servant. By 1991 the family has increased by another six. Mary 1883, Ernest 1885, Charles 1886, Amy 1887, Ethel 1888 and Harry 1891. Mary Ann has many helping hands but still has one live-in domestic servant. Happily there have been no casualties within the family although Samuel has moved on.
By 1891, they have moved to a bigger property in Fulney, The Red House. Two more children Ethel 1888 and Ann 1892 but no servants now, and a 330 acre farm. 1911 is a mystery as nearly all the family have married and left, Lewis seems to be in the workhouse, and father William B has slipped under the radar. Mary Ann is still farming Red House farm, Fulney, a dairy farm, with Elizabeth, William, Herbert and Ann carrying out their duties on the farm. Mary dies in January 1922 aged 69 and William died October 1921. They are not buried together but are buried in Spalding cemetery.
Isaac Moulds was born in Spalding 1803, son of William and Mary Moulds. He became a tailor. In 1833 he married Susannah Robinson born 1816 from Whaplode. They lived in Chapel Lane and had three children Sarah 1834, William 1836 and John 1839. By 1851 they have all moved to Bourne Road and there are two extra children Mary Ann 1842 and Susanna 1843. Sadly Mary Ann dies June 1856 aged 14
1861 and they are back in Chapel Lane. Isaac as a tailor, Susannah and daughter dressmaking; new addition Elizabeth 1854. 1871 now living in New Road. Sadly, daughter Susanna dies May 1877 aged 34.
1881 and Isaac is now a man of leisure, a gentleman living at 31 Albert Street with Susannah. Daughter Elizabeth (Lily) is living at the house with husband Adam Osgerby, a printer by trade.
1884 Isaac dies aged 81 and is buried alongside his two daughters Susanna and Mary Ann in Spalding cemetery. The wife Susannah moves to Wainfleet and dies and is buried in Wainfleet 1898 aged 86.
John Bailey was born in Scalford near Melton Mowbray in 1857, son of Thomas and Emma Bailey. They were cottagers but 1871 father is an agricultural worker. He met and married Emma Rickerd born 1857 in Hardingstone, Northamptonshire in 1879. John Bailey is a wagoner for a miller, and they have their first child Emma in 1881. By 1991 John Bailey has become a road foreman, and the family is living in Hinckley; three additions to the family Elizabeth 1883, Jane 1885 and William 1889.
1901 and John’s life has progressed with him now a road surveyor in Kings Lynn. Daughter Emma is now a dressmaker, and they have a new addition Minnie 1899. 1911 finds the family living at 5 Matmore Gate, Spalding; John is now Surveyor and Building Inspector for the local council. He is now 51 and his wife Emma is 54. Daughter Emma is still dressmaking, son William is a road surveyor like his father, daughter Minnie is at school; and is yet another addition Robert born 1902.
Sadly son William enlisted for the military and is killed in August 1915, aged 27. John Bailey dies aged 76 in 1933. Wife Emma dies in 1929 age 67. First child Emma who watched the progress of her father died in 1947 aged 67.
James Paddison was born 1847. Aged 23 he married Rachel Kirby aged 29 in 1870 in Spalding. They lived at the Maltings, and he was a ostler. By 1881 James is the inn keeper at the Peacock in Pinchbeck Street and they have two children Annie 1872 and James 1878. They lose three children in infancy; 1 in 1873; 1 in 1876 Florence; and 1 in 1880 William. The public house has two servants.
In the same year Rachel dies during child birth, June 1881 aged 40. She is buried in Spalding cemetery close to her four babies. James Paddison does eventually marry again, and with children Annie and James, moves to the Chequers, in Weston.
Thomas Henry Healey had a short life. He was born 1901 in Spalding, his parents Herbert, a gardener, and Susanna. They were all living at 112 Winsover Road Herbert’s father Henry Healey a bulb grower and fruitier. Thomas married Daisy Clarke in 1923 and ln 1929 lived at Lawnswood, Carrington Road, Spalding. Thomas Henry died 24 March 1928 and is buried in Spalding Cemetery. Daisy remarried twice and died eventually in 1965.
Daniel Mitchell was born in 1833, his parents were John, an agricultural labourer, and Martha living at Spalding Common. 1851 Daniel is a farm servant at Deeping Fen. He is 18. He married Elizabeth Rouse aged 21 from Spalding on 28 January 1856; he was 23. They have a son John born in 1858. In 1871 they are living in Little London and Daniel is a railway plate layer. By 1881 John and Daniel are both railway plate layers and the family is living at Pole Hole. Daniel Mitchell died in 1896 in Spalding aged 63. Elizabeth lives on charring and nursing and lives at Little London. She dies in 1914 aged 79. Both are buried in Spalding cemetery
Charles William Rodwell born 1881, was a local police constable living with his wife Ada, born 1882, and their daughter Margery Helen, born 1908. Their home was 113 Winsover Road. Charles was born in West Dereham, Norfolk, His father was Robert, an agricultural worker, and mother was Ellen. He was an agricultural worker in 1901 in Dereham like his father and two brothers. But in 1907 when he met and married Ada in 1907 at Roxby cum Risby, Lincolnshire he was stationed at Appleby, and they had Margery Helen in Grimsby. Charles died in 1929 aged 49 and is buried in Spalding cemetery. Ada continued to live in Spalding and in 1939 appears to have boarding house at 35 Albert Street. She dies a widow in 1961. Margery Helen is living with her husband John Stockdale, a long distance lorry driver, in Albert Street, and she dies in 1995 in Spilsby. She dies a wealthy lady in Skegness with an estate of below £145,000.
Rebecca Walker met and married Richard Brand in Spalding 20 Dec 1807. Records show they had four daughters before 1840. Eliza in 1816, Azubah 1821, Clarisa 1827 and Lucretia 1830. In 1841 we find Richard is a cow man, a static milk producer/producer living in Westlode Street. Daughter Azubah has married a boot maker Edward Swan in Baston, and Lucretia is living there. 1851, Rebecca and Richard are still living in Westlode Street, in the dairy business. Daughter Azubah is at home with her daughter Rebecca. 1861 Rebecca and Richard have given up the milk business and they own land. They have another granddaughter staying with them, Elvira Swan.
1866 Rebecca dies May 1866 aged 78; and is buried in Spalding cemetery.
1871 Richard Brand is living in Barrell Street, now called Queens Road with granddaughter Rebecca and James Wegg, Charlotte and Arthur. Richard dies 1873 aged 89.
Charles Handley was living with his father-in-law Richard Wootton in Love Lane. He had married Elizabeth Susannah Wootton on 7thJanuary 1841. They were both 20 years of age. Charles was a Spalding lad, and the Woottons maybe came from London. Over the next ten years Charles has begun trading as a barber, and living with Elizabeth in Bridge Street. They have five children Mary and Charles who die young, Rebecca, John and Emma. 1861 and they are still in Bridge Street, with an addition Sarah. 1881 Charles is still a barber with Elizabeth and Rebecca, but trading in Hall Place. Elizabeth dies in October 1896 aged 77. Charles dies in 1884 aged 64. They are buried together, alongside their children Mary and Charles.
Ellis Pannell was the son of the founder of Pannell’s shipbuilding yard. He was born in 1821, his parents John and Susanna. 1841 He was living with his parents in Albion Street learning his trade as a carpenter. He married Sarah Ann Parkinson in 1842.
1851 finds Ellis and Sarah Ann living down Marsh Rails. He is a ship carpenter and they have two children Mary Ann and John Ellis. 1861 the family is still living in the same road but Ellis is now a ship carpenter and builder. Mary Ann is not recorded but John Ellis is learning carpentry, and there are additional faces, Caroline 1851 – 1865, Sarah Jane 1854 – 1873, Alice 1856 -, and Emily 1858 -.
It’s 1871 and the family are still living in Marsh Road. Ellis is now 50 and Sarah 48. Sarah Jane is 18; and more family William, Joseph, Betsy and Minnie. Ellis sadly dies in 1877 and Sarah in 1887. His son John Ellis took over the boatyard in 1888. To learn more about the Spalding ship building families read “The River Welland Shipping & Mariners of Spalding” by Keith Seaton; available in local book shops.
Also making the news in 1918
Cemetery keeper dies
Mr Elvan Brown, keeper of Spalding Cemetery for almost 45 years, died at the age of 73. He had acted in his capacity at a funeral the previous week, but complained of feeling very cold. He retired to his bed and lapsed in to unconsciousness never to wake again.
He had previously stated he had buried a greater number of people than the then population of the town. On his grave stone it reads that during his term of office, he buried 10,000 people.
He left a widow, six sons, two daughters and three step daughters.
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Inquest into the death of Mr Lionel Maddison, aged 29. Clerk at the Spalding Branch of Capital and Counties Bank. Died Dec 12th 1902, held at the Mail Cart Inn, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding. In attendance Deputy Coroner Mr C. E. Bonner, who described the death as “Sad death of Bank Clerk”
Lionel Maddison was, immediately prior to his death, seen at the Spalding Club. He was found lying in a gateway on the Pinchbeck Road, by John William Curson, a local Hairdresser. He went to the Mail Cart Inn for help, where Mr Maddison was taken and found to be dead. He died from a gunshot wound. Mr Curson, went back to the scene and retrieved a revolver from where Mr Maddison had been lying.
P.C. Cropley arrived at the scene whilst on his rounds. Mr Curson explained what had occurred; they then visited the Mail Cart Inn, where Dr. Wood stated the deceased had a gunshot wound behind his right ear; the bullet had gone through the skull and base of the brain and left the body out of the right ear.
Inquires did not learn as to how or where the gun had come from. Neither did they come up with any reason for the suicide as he was described as quiet and reserved.
The Coroner recorded a verdict of suicide whilst suffering from “temporary insanity”
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Caroline Curtis was born in 1825, maiden name Harding. In 1861 we find her in the service of the Johnson family, living in the High Street as a nurse. But in 1870 she marries John Curtis, a stone mason and live in Albion Street. There are three children by a previous marriage George Curtis, Frances Curtis and William Curtis. Ten years later they have moved to Westlode Street. Sadly Caroline dies in 1891 but John gives Caroline a fashionable gravestone for all the town to admire.
John and Emma Stevenson were grocers for thirty years in Spalding. They traded at 1 Hawthorn Bank which was John’s family home for over sixty years; his father was a farmer. John is recorded in 1891 as being a grocer and seedsman, with sons Harry and John assisting in the shop. His daughter Caroline is at school.
By 1901 Harry has married and left home; he and his wife have a newsagent's business at 208 Winsover Road. John junior is now a postman, and Caroline is a draper’s assistant. John Stevenson senior dies in 1903 aged 64 and is buried in Spalding Cemetery. On the gravestone are recorded the deaths of John junior who died 1910 aged 34; and a deceased baby brother Cecil 1879. Emma Stevenson dies aged 81 in 1925, and lies next to her husband.
Walter Bishell Crampton, a single Spalding gentleman, begins this tale in 1881 aged 7 living at 45 Double Street, Spalding, Lincs with his parents Daniel and Mary Crampton. He has four brothers and sisters living with him, and an adult nephew and niece staying with them. Daniel Crampton is a Superintendent of Works with the Spalding Urban District Council, and the visiting nephew is a clergyman and prison chaplain. Four of the children are all at school.
1891 and Walter is still living at home. He is employed as an auctioneer’s clerk and his father is now an Inspector with SUDC, and they all still live in 45 Double Street. He, and a boy and sister are still at home. Daniel dies in 1899 aged 66, and Mary died 1895 aged 5; both buried in Spalding Cemetery.
1901 Walter, his sisters Ann and Mary all live in Double Street. The two sisters run the house, and Walter is now a Collector of Council rates for the SUDC. By 1911, Walter has moved to 15 Cross Street with his sister Mary as housekeeper. A niece Olive from Nottingham is visiting. His last known address was Chipleigh, Holland Road, Spalding. Sadly Walter dies 1920 aged 46 and is buried in Spalding Cemetery.
The probate accessed monies totalling £2251 10s 6d left to his sister Mary Elizabeth Crampton, and a colleague, rates collector Harold Charles Cooper.
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