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52 Ancestors: Week 32- In The City

I am taking part in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge for 2021. The challenge is organised by Amy Johnson Crow who provides a weekly writing prompt. I am way behind with my writing but I am slowly catching up.

I always think of my maternal grandmother’s family, the Wadsworths, as having been in Wickersley near Rotherham, West Yorkshire for ever. Most of them were baptised, married and buried in St Alban’s Church in Wickersley.

My great grandfather, George Harry Wadsworth was born in Wickersley on 06 August 1871[1][2] and was christened at St Alban’s Wickersley in Christmas Eve that year.[3]

Until at least the age of 19 George Harry lived with his parents and siblings in Wickerlsey.[2,4]

George Harry’s parents John Wadsworth and Martha Downes both were baptised[5,6] and buried in Wickersley[7].

Florence Roberts is one of the exceptions. She was born in Old Mexborough, in the Doncaster district of Yorkshire.[8] But by 1891 she was living with her uncle John Downes in Wickersley.[9]

Florence Robert’s parents John Roberts and Fanny Downes were also both baptised[10,11] and buried[12] in Wickersley.

On 17 September 1900 George Harry and Florence Wadsworth first child, George Hubert Wadsworth was born at their home in Bramley Brook[13] less than 2 miles from Wickersley. Their second child, Lois Kathleen Wadsworth was also born in Bramley in 1902[14]. They, and their brother John were baptised at St Albans in Wickersley[15,16,17].

By 1906 the growing family were living in Wickersley itself, and six more children were born there.[14]

George Harry and Florence buried three of their children in the graveyard at Wickersley, the same graveyard where all four of their parents were buried, and that they were later buried in themselves. [18]

[19] Marriage certificate of George Harry Wadsworth and Florence Roberts.

So, why did George Harry Wadsworth and Florence Roberts marry in the city? In Sheffield? They both have addresses close to St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane at the time of their marriage, but that only needs to have been for a few weeks to allow the banns to be called. George Harry’s older brother and sister-in-law witnessed the marriage so it was not all that clandestine.

The eagle eyed will have spotted that they married on 11 March 1900 and George Hubert Wadsworth was born on 17 September 1900 which may be a clue to the marriage having taking place away from Wickersley. But, Florence could only just have known she was pregnant at the time of the wedding, and almost certainly would not have known for sure at the time the banns were first called three weeks earlier.

When time allows I plan to delve into the electoral registers and city directories to see if there are any clues how long they were both living in the city and why.

Marrying in the city of Sheffield, in drawing the family tree I have noticed that both sets of parents married in Sheffield, though in different churches.


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[1] 1939 Register, England. Rotherham Rural, Yorkshire. WADSWORTH, George H. 29 September 1939. Schedule 172. Line no. 16. RG101/3802F National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England. Collection: 1939 England and Wales Register. www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 11 May 2020.

[2] Census Records. England. Wickersley, Yorkshire. 03 April 1881. WADSWORTH, John. (Head) Family History Library Film 1342130

[3] Baptisms (CR) England. Wickersley, Yorkshire. 24 December 1871. WADSWORTH, George Harry Rotherham Archive Centre, Rotherham.

[4] Census records. England. Wickersley, Yorkshire. 05 Apr 1891. WADSWORTH, John. (Head) PN RG12/3848. FL 15. p. 2. Sch 6. ww.findmypast.co.uk : accessed 29 October 2021

[5] Baptisms (CR) England. Wickersley, Yorkshire. 07 September 1845. WADSWORTH, John Rotherham Archive Centre, Rotherham.

[6] Baptisms (CR) England. Wickersley, Yorkshire. 26 December 1842. DOWNES, Martha. Rotherham Archive Centre, Rotherham.

[7] Monumental inscriptions. England. St Albans graveyard, Wickersley, Yorkshire. 17 November 1901. WADSWORTH, John. Transcribed by Ruth Willmore. 01 February 2003.

[8] Births. England. Sub district Barmborough, (RD) Doncaster. 20 October 1874. ROBERTS, Florence. Vol. 9c. p.673. Entry 311.

[9] Census records. England. Wickersley, Yorkshire. 05 Apr 1891. DOWNES, John. (Head) PN RG12/3848. ED 20 FL 19. p. 10. Sch 60.

[10] Baptisms (CR) England. Wickersley, Yorkshire. 01 June 1850. ROBERTS, John Rotherham Archive Centre, Rotherham.

[11] Baptisms (CR) England. Wickersley, Yorkshire. 08 January 1851. DOWNES, Fanny. Rotherham Archive Centre, Rotherham.

[12] Monumental inscriptions. England. St Albans graveyard, Wickersley, Yorkshire. 31 May 1908. ROBERTS, John. Transcribed by Ruth Willmore. 30 March 2003.

[13] Births. England. Sub district Maltby, (RD) Rotherham. 17 September 1900. WADSWORTH, George Hubert. Vol. 9c. p.673. Entry 803.

[14] Census records. England. Wickersley, Yorkshire. 02 April 1911. WADSWORTH, George Harry. (Head) PN RG78/1603. PN 28065 Sch 132. ww.findmypast.co.uk : accessed 15 January 2009.

[15] Baptisms (CR) England. Wickersley, Yorkshire. 17 April 1901. WADSWORTH, George Hubert Rotherham Archive Centre, Rotherham.

[16] Baptisms (CR) England. Wickersley, Yorkshire. 07 September 1902. WADSWORTH, Lois Kathleen. Rotherham Archive Centre, Rotherham.

[17] Baptisms (CR) England. Wickersley, Yorkshire. 03 July 1904. WADSWORTH, John. Rotherham Archive Centre, Rotherham.

[18] Monumental inscriptions. England. St Albans graveyard, Wickersley, Yorkshire. 27 September 1940. WADSWORTH, George Hubert. Transcribed by Ruth Willmore. 01 February 2003.

[19] Marriages. England. St Mary Sheffield, Yorkshire. 11 March 1900. WADSWORTH, George Harry and ROBERTS, Florence. Vol. 9c. p.673. Entry 609.

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