Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Saddingtons of Houghton on the Hill, Leicestershire

Apologies for my general failure to post over the past couple of months - life has been somewhat busy in the run-up to Christmas. Although this will be a shortish post, I do have more in-depth posts in the pipeline for the New Year.

The Saddingtons of Houghton on the Hill, Leicestershire, consisted of a single nuclear family.

The father of the family was John Saddington, born around 1808ish in Foxton, Leicestershire, according to the various censuses. There is a christening on 30 April 1806 at Foxton for a John Saddington, illegitimate son of Elizabeth Saddington, which might be relevant, but further research needs to be done on this.

The mother of the family was Frances, born around 1808 in Billesdon, Leicestershire, also according to the censuses. There was a marriage between a John Saddington and a Frances Barsby on 10 April 1832 at the Parish Church of St Margaret, Leicester, which also might be relevant, but which also requires further research.

John and Frances Saddington are known to have had six children, five of whom are known to have survived at least into their teenage years.

These were John, baptised 9 February 1834 at Houghton, Thomas, baptised 22 May 1836 at Houghton, Frances, baptised 10 September 1837 at Houghton, Daniel, baptised 31 January 1841 at Houghton, Emma, baptised 7 April 1850 at Houghton, and Elizabeth, baptised 7 November 1852 at Houghton.

John and Thomas both make their last known appearance with the family in the 1851 census, aged 17 and 15 respectively. They were both enumerated as farm servants. Further research needs to be done to discover what happened to these two.

A death reference for Daniel Saddington in the Billesdon Registration District (which covers Houghton on the Hill) in the March quarter of 1841 indicates that Daniel did not long survive his baptism; Daniel being an uncommon name amongst the various Saddington families, and therefore easier to track down.

All three of John and Frances' daughters are known to have married, although more is known about the eldest daughter than the other two.

The eldest, Frances, married Reuben Mayfield on 5 May 1857 at Houghton on the Hill. However, there is evidence to suggest that they had jumped the gun slightly. Also occurring on 5 May 1857 is the baptism of Henry Mayfield, son of Reuben Mayfield and Frances Mayfield late Saddington. Reuben is described as being a labourer of Ashby Folville, Leicestershire.

It is unclear whether Henry was known as Mayfield or Saddington. Certainly he does not appear with his mother and his two younger siblings, Emma and William, on the 1861 census, when they were shown staying with John and Frances Saddington at Houghton on the Hill. Neither is he with his father, Reuben, at the family home in Barsby, Leicestershire. There is a birth reference for a Henry Saddington born in the Billesdon Registration District in the September quarter of 1856, and a death reference for a Henry Mayfield in the Melton Mowbray Registration District (which includes both Ashby Folville and Barsby) in the March quarter of 1858. As usual, more research is needed.

Frances the younger did not have a long life. Although I have yet to find the family on the 1871 census, Reuben remarried in the March quarter of 1877 to a lady called Sarah Beadle from Barsby, possibly a widow as she had a daughter of her own according to the 1881 census. There is a possible death reference for Frances in the Melton Mowbray Registration District in the September quarter of 1871, but it gives the deceased's age as 23, which is about 10 years out. This could be a mistranscription, and requires checking in the Barsby parish registers.

The second daughter, Emma, married Thomas Allen, a labourer from Houghton, on 20 May 1872 at Houghton. The witnesses were her father, John, and her sister, Elizabeth.

The youngest daughter, Elizabeth, married William Fox, a gardener from Burton Overy, Leicestershire, on 18 April 1876 at Houghton. Her father was one of the witnesses.

John and Frances lived on in Houghton for the rest of their long lives. Frances died in the June quarter of 1890, aged 83. Her husband,John, lived on until the September quarter of 1894, dying at the age of 88, having spent all his working life as an agricultural or farm labourer.

If you are related to this branch of the Saddington family, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Saddington DNA Project - Seasonal Special Offer

I have today received an email from FamilyTreeDNA, which hosts the Saddington DNA Project, regarding their seasonal special offer on test kits.

From today until December 31st 2008, DNA test kits purchased through the Saddington DNA Project will be priced as follows:

Y-DNA (37 markers) - $119 - at today's exchange rate, about £78
Y-DNA (37 markers) + mtDNAPlus - $199 - about £130
Y-DNA (67 markers) - $218 - about £143
Y-DNA (67 markers) + mtDNAPlus - $308) - about £202
mtDNAPlus - $139 - about £91
Full Genomic mtDNA - $395 - about £258
SuperDNA - $613 - about £401

For further information about these various test kits, please go to the Family Tree DNA test description webpage.

Please note that there is a small sum in the Project Fund, which I can allocate towards the cost of a test kit. If you are a male Saddington, or are related to a male Saddington, who would be interested in joining the Saddington DNA Project, please contact me on saddington@one-name.org.

Update - Eaton Saddington (circa 1831 - 1892)

This post is an update to my post on Eaton Saddington, originally written on 10 August 2007 and updated on 14 August 2007.

This further information has kindly been supplied by Jamie Richards in Michigan, USA, to whom I am very grateful.

Susanna Saddington, Eaton's mother, died on 3 February 1883, at the age of 74 years, 7 months and 19 days, and is buried in the Pine Grove cemetery in Davison, Genesee County, Michigan. Also buried there is Eaton's younger brother, Thomas, who died on 24 April 1866, aged 20 years, 6 months and 2 days.

Thomas Saddington had joined the 30th Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, part of the Union Army (the Army of the North), at the age of 18. He was a member of Company I, which was stationed in Detroit, Michigan. The role of the 30th Regiment was to "render the frontier of Michigan secure from the incursion of the disaffected in Canada". He was a Private throughout his time in the Regiment, and died shortly after his discharge from the Union Army. According to Ancestry, his military record can be found on Roll 36 of Film M545 - US Civil War Soldiers 1861-1865.

Eaton's sister, Eliza, is now known to have been born on 11 April 1839 in Denford, Northamptonshire, and died in Davison, Genesee County on 4 February 1883. She was married to Richard Richards, who died in 1906. They are also buried in the Pine Grove cemetery.

Eaton's other sister, Elizabeth, was known in the family as Betsy. She was born on 25 August 1841 in Denford, Northamptonshire and died on 14 August 1921 in Davison, Michigan. She married Sidney Miller, who died in May 1909. They are also buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery.

Eaton and his wife, Emma Jane, had a number of daughters, including one called Mary. This may be Ida May, enumerated in the 1870 US Census, or it may be a later child as yet unlocated. Anyway, Mary married Charles Evans, and had three daughters, Nettie, Pearl and Grace. Unfortunately, both Mary and Charles died from an as yet unknown illness, and their daughters were raised by Mary's sister, Betsy, who I presume is the 1 year old Elizabeth enumerated in the 1870 US Census.

If you are related to this family, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Shoreditch Registration District Marriages - Part 1

The following two marriages come courtesy of Part 1 of Howard Benbrook's Shoreditch RD Marriage Challenge. Hopefully, further marriages will appear at the conclusion of Part 2.

No. 84
Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Hoxton, Middlesex

24 December 1840

Henry Allwright, of full age, Bachelor, Hearth-Rug Maker, Margaret Street, Samuel Allwright (deceased), Beadle
Ann Saddington, of full age, Spinster, -, Margaret Street, Thomas Saddington, Blacksmith

The marriage took place after banns, and was performed by Thomas T Storks, BA, Curate

Both bride and groom signed the register.

Witnesses - George Devine x his mark, Wm Ballard


No. 307

Parish Church of St Mark, Old Street, Middlesex

July 8th 1854

William Tansey, full age, Bachelor, Labourer, 6 James Street, William Tansey, Labourer
Mary Ann Saddington, full age, Spinster, -, 3 James Street, William Saddington, Shop-keeper

The marriage took place after banns, and was performed by Dudley Hart, Curate

Both bride and groom signed the register.

Witnesses - Mary Marsh, Charles Howard


If either of these marriages refer to someone in your family, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Anderson - Saddington Marriage - 22 February 1888

This marriage certificate comes to you courtesy of Terry Silcock and Sian Plant's Marylebone Marriage Challenge.

The marriage took place at the Parish Church in the Parish of Holy Trinity, Marylebone in the County of Middlesex

No. 140
22nd February 1888

Alfred Laker Anderson, 21, Bachelor, Dispenser, 152 Great Titchfield Street, William Anderson, Teacher of Music

Naomi Saddington, 21, Spinster, -, 152 Great Titchfield Street, John
Saddington, Gardener

The marriage took place after banns

Both bride and groom signed the register.

The witnesses were Annie Saddington and Eliza Lucy Haton. Annie was probably one of Naomi's elder sisters.

Just a little extra information on the Saddington side of this marriage.

Naomi Saddington was born in the December quarter of 1867 in Wyton, Huntingdonshire, one of the seven daughters of John Saddington and Mary Johnson (Hephzibah, Betsey, Eliza, Ann, Ruth, Naomi and Edith). She also had four brothers (Samuel, William, Charles and Herbert).

At the time of the 1871 census, she was living with her family at Wyton Hill, Wyton, Huntingdonshire. But at the time of the 1881 census, she was visiting her older, married sister, Hephzibah (now Mrs Arthur Tombleson) at her mother in law's home, 11 St Paul's Road, London.

Naomi's father, John, was born circa 1829 in Little Stukeley, Huntingdonshire, the eldest of the seven children of Samuel Saddington and his wife, Mary.

If you are descended from Naomi or any of her siblings, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Saddington Marriages at Foxton, Leicestershire

This post gives details of Saddington marriages found in the register of the Parish Church of St Andrew, Foxton, Leicestershire between 1837 and 1942 (on microfiche at Leicestershire and Rutland Record Office - ref: DE3378/1).

January 22 1846
Thomas Watson, ?, Bachelor, Farmer, Great Wigston, John Watson, Farmer
Martha Saddington, ?, Spinster, -, Foxton, William Saddington, Butcher

Both bride and groom signed the register.
Witnesses - William Saddington, Martha Watson

September 9 1847

William Saddington, full age, Bachelor, Butcher, Foxton, William Saddington, Butcher
Ann Ravens, full age, Spinster, - Foxton, Matthew Ravens, Servant

Both bride and groom signed the register.
Witnesses - Mary ?, Anne ?

April 6 1874
Thomas Bosworth, full, Widower, Tailor, Lambeth, Surrey, Titus Bosworth, Tailor
Frances Saddington, full, Spinster, -, Foxton, John Saddington, Blacksmith

Both bride and groom signed the register.
Witnesses - John Saddington, Sarah Saddington

November 26 1874
Septimus Frederick Wood, full, Bachelor, Engineer, Broughton, Northants, John Wood, Engineer
Frances Ann Saddington, full, Spinster, Schoolmistress, Foxton, William Saddington, Butcher

Both bride and groom signed the register.
Witnesses - ?, Louisa Simons

June 18 1883
Charles Henry Saddington, ?, Bachelor, Clerk on M[idland] Railway, Foxton, William Saddington, Corn Factor
Clara Banks, ?, Spinster, -, Swadlincote, Derbys, Nehemiah Banks, Earthenware Manufacturer

Both bride and groom signed the register.
Witnesses - Nehemiah Banks, M J Hogg

October 16 1884
Joseph Saddington, 23, Bachelor, Blacksmith, Foxton, Thomas Saddington, Blacksmith
Sarah Susan Peake, 24, Spinster, -, Foxton, Thomas Peake, Labourer

Both bride and groom signed the register.
Witnesses - Joseph Peake, Harry Marshall

August 31 1905
Edmund Ivens Spriggs, 33, Bachelor, Doctor of Medicine, Foxton, Joseph Spriggs, Merchant
Alice Mary Watson, 26, Spinster, -, Foxton, Thomas Saddington Watson, Grazier

Both bride and groom signed the register.
Witnesses - Thomas Saddington Watson, Elizabeth Ivens Spriggs

August 4 1923
John Saddington, 33, Bachelor, Blacksmith, Foxton, Joseph Saddington, Blacksmith
Mary Elizabeth Downes, 27, Spinster, -, Foxton, James Downes, Groom

Both bride and groom signed the register.
Witnesses - James Downes, Thomas Saddington

Now, a little extra information to round out the names and dates.

Martha Saddington (born 1812), who married Thomas Watson in 1846, was a daughter of William Saddington (1765-1844) of Foxton and his wife, Mary Austin. A second daughter, Elizabeth (born 1810), married John Watson (probably Thomas' brother, as both were born in Scarrington, Notts) in 1831. Her son, Thomas Saddington Watson, was the father of Alice Mary Watson, who married Edmund Ivens Spriggs in 1905.

Martha and Elizabeth's brother, William (1817-1898), married Ann Ravens in 1847, and their daughter, Frances Ann (born 1850), married Septimus Frederick Wood in 1874, while their younger son, Charles Henry Saddington (born 1861), married Clara Banks in 1883.

Frances Saddington, who married Thomas Bosworth in 1874, was born in Great Bowden in 1814, a daughter of John Saddington (born 1767) and Frances Goward. The witnesses, John and Sarah Saddington, were her bachelor brother and her spinster sister.

Joseph Saddington (1861-1910), who married Sarah Susan Peake in 1884, was Frances' great nephew, being a son of Thomas Saddington (1830-1901), the eldest son of Frances' brother, Thomas (1800-1883) and his wife, Hannah Deacon (1811-1851).

Finally, John Saddington (1890-1969), who married Mary Elizabeth Downes in 1923, was the younger son of Joseph Saddington and Sarah Susan Peake.

To fit all these elements together, it remains only to say that William Saddington of Foxton (1765-1844) was a first cousin of John Saddington of Great Bowden (born 1767), their fathers, Thomas (circa 1734-1810) and John (1737-1799) respectively, being the sons of John Saddington (1710-1780) and Elizabeth Bates of Foxton.

If you are related to these families, please get in touch.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Saddingtons who died in World War Two

Having previously posted on those Saddingtons who gave their lives for their country in World War One, this post is about the Saddingtons who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War Two. There are considerably fewer of them, but their role was just as important as that of their predecessors.

The brief information below comes mainly from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, with some additional information from other sources.

Ernest Richard Saddington - Leading Seaman, P/JX 445019, HM Landing Barge Water 8, Royal Navy - sailed from Poole Harbour to Omaha Beach, Normandy as part of D-Day invasion - born 1906 - died Wednesday 14 June 1944 (D-Day plus 8), age 37 - buried at Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France.

George Saddington
- Lance Corporal, 2978436, 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders - born 1910 - died Saturday 17 June 1944, age 34 - buried at Assisi War Cemetery, Italy.

George Edgar Saddington - Flying Officer, 37945, 77 Squadron, Royal Air Force - bomber squadron, then based at RAF Driffield - awarded the Czechoslovak War Cross - born 1918 - died Friday 12 April 1940, age 22 - commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, UK.

Harold William Saddington - Private, 2825673, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders - born 1915 - died Friday 3 January 1941, age 25 - buried at Hedon Road Cemetery, Hull, Yorkshire, UK.

Reginald Ernest Stanley Saddington - Driver, T/852822, Royal Army Service Corps - born 1921 - died Tuesday 19 June 1945, age 23 - buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

Samuel Saddington - Chief Engine Room Artificer, C/MX 48499, HMS Veteran - destroyer, sunk by U-Boat torpedo whilst escorting convoy across North Atlantic - loss of 160 officers and crew, no survivors - awarded the Distinguished Service Medal - born 1905 - died Saturday 26 September 1942, age 37 - commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, UK.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

From "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

If any of these brave men belong to your family, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Monday, 18 August 2008

Special Offer on DNA Tests

Just a quick post to let you know that I have had an email from FamilyTreeDNA to say that they are doing special offers on Project DNA Tests until the end of August.

For example, a 37 marker Y-DNA test, which is the test which I would recommend as providing the most useful amount of information at the moment, is $119 instead of $189. That equates to about £63.80 instead of about £101.38.

In addition to that, the Saddington DNA Project also has about $18 in its General Fund, which I can allocate towards the cost of a test. This is thanks to a kind donation from a Saddington descendant. I am afraid that it will be first come, first served as far as this is concerned.

If you are interested, please visit the Saddington DNA Project, read through the information, and then send me an email at saddington@one-name.org to see if there is still money in the General Fund.

If there is, I will sort out allocating it to you. If not, and you still want to play, then we will take it from there. Also, please let me know where your Saddingtons are from, so that I can slot you into the right place in the jigsaw.

Please note that, in order to participate, you will either need to be a male Saddington or, if you are a female Saddington, have a male Saddington willing to take the test on behalf of your branch of the family.

I shall have limited access to the Internet from Wednesday 27 to Sunday 31 August, so if you do want to participate, please contact me as soon as possible.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Pettit - Saddington Marriage - 22 May 1899

This marriage certificate comes to you courtesy of Shelagh Mason's Eastry Registration District Marriage Challenge.

The marriage took place at St Leonard's Parish Church, Deal, Kent as follows:

No. 459
May 22nd 1899

James Thomas Pettit, 22, Bachelor, Seaman R.N., Royal Naval Barracks, Sheerness, Charles George Pettit, Cooper

Rose Amy Alice Saddington, 20, Spinster, -, 181 Middle Street, Deal, Charles Saddington, Licensed Victualler

The marriage took place after banns, and the ceremony was taken by Alfred Butler.

Both the bride and groom signed their names.

The witnesses were: Thomas Burgess, Edwin Cowin Pettit, Lucy Charlotte Norris and Edith May Sutton

Just to add a little to the picture, this Saddington family had moved quite a way from their roots. Looking at the 1881 census, when the family were living at 100 Clark Street, London, it shows that Charles, the head of the household, was a 35 year old engineer's labourer from Cranford, Northamptonshire. His wife, Louisa, also 35, was born in Marylebone, Middlesex, as was his eldest daughter, Louisa Isabell. His second daughter, Ada Jane M., was born in St Pancras, MDX, and Rose Amy Alice was born in Stepney, MDX. [RG11/474, Folio 20, Page 33]

There were a number of Saddington families living in Cranford St Andrew and Cranford St John, Northamptonshire, and they will get a post of their own in due course.

If this family belongs on your family tree, please get in touch.

And just to let you know, I passed both the exams that I sat in June!

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

A Trio of Saddington Marriages

As the following three marriage certificates have all landed on my desk from different people in the last couple of days, I thought that I would just post them all together in the hope that someone might find them of use.

The first one comes courtesy of the bride's great great grandson, who descends from the Saddingtons of Harringworth, Northants.

No. 266
May 29th 1853
Parish Church, Oakham, Rutland
George Gore, 21, Bachelor, Labourer, Oakham, George Gore, Labourer
Mary Saddington, 19, Spinster, -, Oakham, Joseph Saddington, Labourer
After Banns
x George Gore His mark
Mary Saddington
Witnesses: William Love, Ann Saddington

The second certificate comes courtesy of Terry Silcock and the Marylebone Marriage Challenge.

No. 185
1st Dec 1862
Holy Trinity, Marylebone, London
Samuel Saddington, full age, Widower, Coachman, Williams Street, Samuel Saddington, Coachman (Deceased)
Jane Matthews, full age, Spinster, -, Trinity District, William Matthews, Labourer
After Banns
Samuel Saddington
Jane Matthews
Witnesses: Edward Speller, Dinah Cheshire Rea

The third certificate comes courtesy of Peter Copsey and the Lambeth Marriage Challenge.

No. 422
26th December 1898
St Barnabas, Kennington, London
Robert Saddington, 22, Bachelor, Carman, 43 Simpson Street, Charles Saddington (dec), Bricklayer
Louisa Snewing, 21, Spinster, -, 43 Simpson Street, Joseph Snewing, Labourer
After Banns
Robert Saddington
Louisa Snewing
Witnesses: Phoebe Smith, Edward Smith

If any of these happy couples belongs to your family, please let me know.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Double Suicide - A Saddington Family Tragedy

I found the following article from The Morning Chronicle in an on-line collection of 19th century newspapers. The newspaper concerned was dated Saturday 25 February 1860, and the article itself had been culled from The Stamford Mercury.

"DOUBLE SUICIDE - An extraordinary case of double suicide occurred on Tuesday night at Easton, a small village near Huntingdon. An aged couple named Saddington, both upwards of seventy years of age, who had lived many years in the village, were found drowned in a pond opposite their cottage, having nothing on but their night dresses. The policeman of the village, being on duty about eleven o'clock, heard a scream, and with another man proceeded in the direction, but were some time before they could discover anything; they, however, succeeded at last in finding the man in the pond, and after further search, discovered the woman; both were quite dead. An inquest was held the following morning before Mr Mellor, coroner, when it was stated that the deceased had been, on the previous Saturday, to the guardians at Huntingdon for relief, which it is believed was refused out of the house, but were told they might go into the union. This, it is supposed, preyed so much upon their minds as to cause them to commit suicide. It appears it was a premeditated act, as on the previous day they had disposed of their few articles of furniture, and paid off some debts owing in the village. The coroner having summed up, the jury returned a verdict, found drowned. - Stamford Mercury"

On checking the GRO indexes, I found death references in the March quarter of 1860 in the Huntingdon registration district for a George Saddington and a Mary Saddington with the same volume and page references (Vol 3b, Page 180).

As this tragedy had occurred the year before the 1861 census, and the article said that the couple had lived in the village for many years, I went back and checked the 1851 census.

Living in the village of Easton, Huntingdonshire, on the night of the 1851 census were George Saddington, age 51, a pauper and agricultural labourer, born in Stow, Huntingdonshire, and his wife, Mary, age 60, born in Dean, Bedfordshire [HO107/1748, Folio 401, Page 8, Sch No 31].

Going back a further ten years, the 1841 census for Easton contained George Saddington, age 40, Agricultural Labourer, born in Huntingdonshire, Mary Saddington, age 55, born outside Huntingdonshire, and Mary Saddington, age 15, born in Huntingdonshire [HO107/450, Book 12, Page 1]. The second Mary could be either a daughter or a granddaughter.

So now that we know who the tragic couple were, why did they commit suicide? Well, it would have been one thing to receive out relief from the local Poor Law Union, i.e. receiving money whilst remaining in their own home, but to have to go into the union or workhouse would have been considered shameful. Only the undeserving poor who lacked the moral determination to survive outside went into the workhouse. In addition, this elderly couple who had been married for many years would have been separated from each other.

For details of workhouse life, I recommend that you visit The Workhouse Website, which contains a wide variety of information about the Poor Law system in this country, and about specific workhouses. There is a page relating to the Huntingdon Workhouse, which is the one in which George and Mary Saddington might have ended, which can be found under Workhouse Locations - English Poor Law Unions - Huntingdon.

It should also be noted that suicide was still a civil crime in 1860 - it was not decriminalised until 1961. If the jury had given a verdict of suicide, rather than "found drowned", the Saddingtons would have been denied Christian burial, i.e. they would not have been allowed to be buried in the churchyard, because suicide was also considered to be a sin against God. They might even have been buried at the local cross roads, possibly with a stake through them to prevent them from rising.

It appears that there is quite a lot of information surviving about the Huntingdon Workhouse, so I hope to be able to find further details about this tragic event. If George and Mary are your ancestors, please do get in touch.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Lewis Bryan Saddington, the Habitual Criminal (1860 - ?)

This is a work in progress post about Lewis Bryan Saddington, previously mentioned on the Old Bailey post.

Lewis Bryan Saddington was born in the December quarter of 1860 in Wantage, Berkshire. His parents were William and Jane Saddington. William was born in Sutton, Northamptonshire, while Jane was a Berkshire native, born in Abingdon.

In the 1861 census, the family were living at the Crown Inn, Market Place, Wantage, Berkshire. William's occupation was 'Innkeeper', and he employed three servants who lived on the premises. The family consisted of William and Jane, their daughter, Matilda (6), and their three sons, George (2), William (1) and Lewis (6 months). The family had obviously moved around a bit, because Matilda was born in Weybridge, Surrey, George was born in Brighton, Sussex, and the youngest two were born in Wantage. [RG9/736, Folio 36, Page 36]

Over the next ten years, there were major changes in the family's life. Jane Saddington appears to have died at some point, and William has remarried. In the 1871 census, William and his new wife, Julia (born in London), are living at 17 Albert Street, Paddington, London, sharing the house with three other households. William is described as an 'Agent'. Living with their father are William, age 9, and Bryan, age 8. Both sons' ages are wrong, William's birthplace has changed from Wantage to Abingdon, and Lewis is now using his second name. [RG10/8, Folio 57, Page 31]

Things then go down hill. As yet I do not know what crime Lewis had committed, but in the 1881 census, Bryan Lewis Saddington,age 18, a Carman, born in Wantage, Berkshire, was a prisoner in Holloway Prison, London. [RG11/248, Folio 81, Page 13]

I have been unable to find Lewis in the 1891 census under either of his names, but, judging by his behaviour over the 20 years after that, I believe that there is a fair chance that he was in prison somewhere, perhaps under another name.

According to the transcript of Lewis' trial at the Old Bailey in 1911, on 2 October 1893, he was sentenced to three months imprisonment at the Court in Clerkenwell for stealing a watch; on 4 March 1895, he was sentenced to six months imprisonment, possibly again at Clerkenwell, for stealing linen.

On 20 November 1900, at the North London Sessions, Lewis Saddington (38) and his accomplice, William Taverner (27), were sentenced to four and three years' penal servitude respectively for stealing cheques. According to the Times of 21 November 1900, "On the evening of October 26 the prisoners were arrested in the act of attempting to get letters out of Messrs. Speirs, Morton and Murray's letter-box by means of a leaden weight covered with bird-lime and attached to a piece of string, which they put into the box and pulled up again. Detective-sergeant Darby said that nearly 40 similar thefts had recently been committed in the City, and there had been numerous complaints from Clerkenwell, the West-end, and other neighbourhoods. Since the prisoners' arrest no such case had occurred. Their practice was to erase the crossing on the cheques, and then cash them at the banks on which they were drawn."

Lewis had pleaded Guilty to three indictments: stealing a letter containing a cheque for £52 13s from the Paris Optic and Clock Company, Clerkenwell-road; stealing a letter containing a cheque for £6 6s from Arthur Douglas Gardner; and attempting to steal letters from the letter-box of Messrs. Speirs, Morton and Murray, Bucknall-street, Bloomsbury.

As a direct consequence, the 1901 census found Lewis Saddington, age 38, a Painter's Labourer, born in Wantage, Berkshire, residing at His Majesty's Prison, Lewes, Sussex.

But Lewis was incorrigible. On 24 February 1904, Lewis pleaded Guilty at the North London Sessions to attempting to steal letters belonging to John Halsey, along with his accomplice, John Daymer (25). According to the Times of the same date, "on January 31, Detective Sharp saw the two prisoners go to the letter-box of a house in Carlisle-street, Soho, and attempt to draw letters out of a letter-box by means of a piece of wire with some adhesive substance on the end of it. He arrested Daymer, but Saddington escaped. Saddington was arrested on February 4, and in the meantime two cheques which had been stolen from the prosecutor's box had been cashed, but the bank clerk was unable to identify Saddington as the person who cashed them." As the only crime that could be proven was an attempt, Lewis was sentenced to two years' hard labour, rather than penal servitude. Daymer got 21 months hard labour.

Lewis didn't change. On 14 August 1906, he was sentenced to eighteen months' hard labour for larceny at the North London Sessions. On 31 October 1908, he was sentenced to three years' penal servitude at the York Assizes for altering and forging a banker's cheque in the sum of £90 10s.

Having been released from prison on 24 February 1911, he was back in the dock on 28 March, this time at the Old Bailey, where he was found Guilty of 'feloniously uttering, knowing the same to be forged, a cheque for £80 14s'. Lewis was indicted as being a habitual criminal, a very dangerous criminal and letter-box thief, and one who had been repeatedly seen in the company of well-known thieves. He was sentenced to three years' penal servitude and five years' preventive detention.

So, at the age of 50, having spent a minimum of 11 years and three months of his life behind bars, Lewis was sent down again for at least another five years and possibly eight, depending on how his sentence was to run.

What happened to Lewis Bryan Saddington after this, I do not know. He does not appear to have married, but there may be descendants of his brothers and sister out there. If this black sheep belongs to your family, please let me know.

Monday, 30 June 2008

Thomas Saddington the Bigamist (circa 1826 - ?)

This is a work in progress post about Thomas Saddington the bigamist, who featured in the Old Bailey post back in May.

Courtesy of the Times Archive, the Times newspaper, dated 14 February 1866 (most appropriate!), reported the matter as follows:

"At Lambeth, Mr. Thomas Saddington, an inspector on the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, was charged with feloniously intermarrying with Jessie Kempton, his former wife, Caroline, being then and still living. Mr. Inspector Henry Meath, of the L division of police, said he apprehended the prisoner on the evening before at his residence in the Old Kent-road. On telling him the charge, his reply was "Yes, that's quite right." The witness produced two certificates of marriage of the prisoner, the first with Caroline Talkington, at St. Pancras Church, on the 19th of April, 1849, and the second with Jessie Kempton, at St. Mary's, Newington, on the 9th of September, 1865. Both wives were present, and the last, who is very young, gave evidence of her marriage, and said that while paying attentions to her the prisoner had always represented himself as a widower. The prisoner was fully committed for trial."

Courtesy of the GOONS Marriage Challenge, I can bring you the contents of Thomas and Caroline's marriage certificate.

St Pancras Church
No. 121

19 April 1849

Thomas Saddington Full Bachelor Soldier Edward Street Thomas Saddington Tavern Keeper
Caroline Talkington Full Spinster - Edward Street John Talkington (decd) -

After banns.

Both bride and groom signed their names.

The witnesses were John Wilson and Sara Wilson.

As yet, I do not have further details of Thomas' marriage to Jessie Kempton, but it is still listed in the General Register Office indexes in the September quarter of 1865 in the Newington Registration District (Vol 1d, Page 271).

I will add to this post as I find out more about Thomas and his wives. If he belongs to you, I would, as usual, be delighted to hear from you.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Dennis Saddington (1854 - 1915)

Apologies for the lack of posts so far this month - I have been sitting exams and also awaiting the arrival of my beautiful new niece, who was a week overdue.

Anyway, the subject of this post is Dennis Saddington, a brother of Laura Saddington. I have chosen to post on Dennis, because I noticed that a number of people had arrived at this blog, having googled "dennis saddington". This is a work in progress post, and as I discover more about Dennis, I will edit it accordingly.

According to information provided by the late Jim Saddington of Philadelphia, USA, Dennis Saddington was born on 12 November 1854 at Little Stukeley, Huntingdonshire. His parents were Charles Saddington (born circa 1821 at Woodwalton, HUN) and Elizabeth Colbert (born circa 1827 at Little Stukeley, HUN). Dennis was the third son and fourth child of the seven children known to have been born to Charles and Elizabeth.

In the 1861 census, the family were living at Little Stukeley, HUN, and Charles was an agricultural labourer (RG9/975, Folio 130, Page 11, Sch. 57). In the 1871 census, the family were still living at Little Stukeley, HUN, and Charles was now a bricklayer's labourer, as was Dennis (RG10/1527, Folio 95, Page 6, Sch. 24).

Somehow Dennis made his way to Norfolk, where he married Annetta Elizabeth Howard on 6 June 1876 in her birthplace, Flitcham. From Norfolk, the happy couple soon moved to Nottingham, where their first child, Henry Charles was born in Bulwell in the September quarter of 1876.

Their second child, Dennis Howard, was born in Bulwell in the September quarter of 1878, whilst their third child and first daughter, Annetta Elizabeth, was born in Hyson Green in the September quarter of 1880. The family then moved to Radford, Nottingham in time for the 1881 census, living at 19 Gladstone Terrace, where Dennis was enumerated as a bricklayer (RG11/3345, Folio 144, Page 39).

The year 1882 brought both joy and sorrow. Florrie Agnes was born in the September quarter, whilst Dennis Howard died at the age of 4 in the December quarter. Dennis and Annetta's fifth child, Arthur Dennis, was born in Radford on 2 December 1885.

Sometime after Arthur Dennis' birth, the family moved to Humberstone, Leicester, where Frederick William was born in the March quarter of 1889, followed by Albert George in the September quarter of 1890. In the 1891 census, Dennis and Annetta, and their six surviving children were living at 10 Haslings(?) Road, Humberstone, Leicester, and Dennis was working as a bricklayer (RG12/2495, Folio 109, Page 22,& Folio 110, Page 23, Sch. 107).

Dennis and Annetta moved house not long after the census, because when little Albert George died at the age of 1 in the September quarter of 1892, he did so in the Leicester Registration District. The children born in Humberstone had been registered in the Billesdon Registration District.

The arrival of Percy Robert in the March quarter of 1894, followed by Ethel May, born in the December quarter of 1895, increased the number of mouths to feed once more.

Then tragedy struck the family again. Annetta Saddington died in the December quarter of 1898, aged 44, leaving her husband, Dennis, with seven children to look after, the youngest three being all under 10 years of age. The eldest child, Henry Charles, now 21, had been contributing for some years now, having been enumerated as a shoemaker in the 1891 census at the age of 14.

Unlike many men who had been left in that position at this period of history, Dennis did not marry again. The 1901 census shows him living at 37 Percival Street, Leicester, with six of his seven surviving children. He was working as a bricklayer, Henry (now 24) was working as a shoe rivetter, Florrie (18) was a tailoress and Arthur (15) was a printer compositer, while the three youngest had no given occupation (RG13/3000, Folio 77, Page 20, Sch. 117).

Dennis' eldest daughter, Annetta Elizabeth, had married John William Taylor in the December quarter of 1899, and was working as a tailoress machinist in Leicester in the 1901 census. Florrie Agnes married in the March quarter of 1902 to either James Manning or William Walter Smith. Henry Charles married in the June quarter of 1905 to either Maud Facer or Alice Merrick. Arthur Dennis emigrated to the United States in 1907, and married Marion E Hilton on 27 June 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ethel May married John Jones in the March quarter of 1914. Frederick William married Lily A Platts in the December quarter of 1915, whilst Percy Robert married Gertrude M Lowe in the same quarter.

Dennis died in the September quarter of 1915, aged 60, in Leicester, so would have lived to know that all of his surviving children were or were about to be married. I hope that he died happy, despite the early loss of his wife and two small sons.

If you are one of Dennis' descendants or are descended from any of his six brothers and sisters, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Some Saddington Bankrupts

As well as names, dates and places, I have always wanted to know more about the actual people that I research - what they did, what their beliefs were, what their interests were, what life altering events they experienced and so on.

Increasing debt and the possibility of bankruptcy are problems affecting many people today as a result of the current economic slowdown. However, they are not new problems. Our ancestors faced them too, and for them, debt and bankruptcy could lead to imprisonment.

In this post, you will find the names, addresses and occupations of some Saddingtons who found themselves experiencing bankruptcy over the past two centuries. The information is taken from the London Gazette, the archives of which are now online. The dates are those of the issue of the Gazette in which the information was found. Please note that the names of anyone who goes bankrupt today or went bankrupt in the past will be or has been published in the London Gazette, and in either a local or national newspaper, or in both.

10 October 1812

John Saddington, corn-dealer, dealer and chapman - living at Kennington Common in the Parish of St Mary, Lambeth in the County of Surrey

17 June 1815

Thomas Saddington, salesman, dealer and chapman - living at Sutton Bassett in the County of Northampton

5 April 1859

Daniel Saddington, blacksmith - living at Kings Cliffe in the County of Northampton

22 January 1864

William Saddington, innkeeper and horse dealer - formerly living at Wantage in the County of Berkshire, and now living at Wallingford in the County of Berkshire

27 September 1872

William Saddington, grocer - living at 39 Park Street in the town of Northampton

31 January 1873

Joseph Saddington, hair dresser, perfumer and agent for the sale of tea - living at 7 Snow Hill, Wolverhampton in the County of Stafford

14 January 1879

Rosina Saddington and Annie Saddington, hosiers, milliners and outfitters, trading as R. and A. Saddington - living at 135 Oldham Street, Manchester in the County of Lancaster

25 August 1908

Harry Saddington, horse dealer - living at Side Hollows, Appleby Magna in the County of Leicester

21 July 1939

Frederick Marshall Saddington, Director of a limited company - living at 5 Litherland Road, Sale in the County of Chester

30 September 1941

Mabel Bower Saddington and Gwendoline Jessie Brooks, infants' nursery and convalescent home proprietresses, trading as Redlees Infants Home - living at "Redlees Infants Home", South Road, Portishead in the County of Somerset

If any of these unfortunate people belong to you, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Saturday, 31 May 2008

Saddingtons of Diseworth, Leicestershire (Edited 21 June 2008)

This is just a quick post, building on two marriage certificates obtained courtesy of Sue Horsman.

The first relates to the marriage of Thomas Pratt Saddington, baptised on 30 December 1838 at Appleby Magna, LEI, a son of William Saddington and Elizabeth Pratt.

The wedding took place in Diseworth Parish Church, as follows:

No. 129
August 21 1871

Thomas Pratt Saddington 32 Bachelor Brickmaker Appleby William Saddington Farmer
Mary Pountain 32 Spinster Domestic Servant Diseworth John Pountain Gardner

Both bride and groom signed their names, and the witnesses were the groom's brother, William Pratt Saddington, and one Sarah Ann (surname unclear).

In the 1881 census, Thomas and Mary were living at Clements Gate Street, Diseworth, with their 7 year old son, Thomas Pratt Saddington, and two male indoor servants, Charles Harris, 21, from Barrow on Soar, LEI, and Bentley Jordan, 20, from Tonge, LEI. Thomas is described as a farmer of 114 acres, employing one labourer and one boy.

In the 1891 census, Thomas and Mary were living at Cross Farm, Diseworth, with their 17 year old son, Thomas Pratt Saddington, and one servant, George H Baker, 16, from Repton, DBY. Thomas is described as a farmer.

The second marriage certificate relates to the marriage of Thomas and Mary's son, Thomas Pratt Saddington. He was also married in Diseworth Parish Church.

No. 200
October 17 1898

Thomas Pratt Saddington 24 Bachelor Farmer Diseworth Thomas Pratt Saddington Farmer
Minni Bicket Ferguson 21 Spinster - Isley Walton Hugh Kerr Ferguson (deceased) Farmer

Both bride and groom signed their names, and the witnesses were the bride's brother, Bryce Ferguson, one Alfred Edward Stretton, E P Saddington (probably the groom's cousin, Elizabeth Pratt Saddington) and Mary Orr Ferguson (possibly the bride's mother or a sister).

Mary Saddington died in the March quarter of 1897, aged 66 (Shardlow RD, Vol 7b Page 312). The 1901 census tells us that the TPS II family had moved in with the widowed TPS I at Lady Gate, Diseworth, LEI. The household consisted of TPS I, a farmer, TPS II, a civil engineer, TPS II's wife Minnie (born in Dalry, Ayr, Scotland, where her grandfather, Bryce Ferguson, was farming 106 acres in the 1881 census), their daughter, Mary, age 2 and born in Isley Walton, LEI, and two male farm servants, Louis Orion, 21, a horseman from Diseworth, and David Wain, 16, a cow boy from Long Wharton, LEI.

Anyway, Thomas Pratt Saddington I died on 18 December 1908, at the age of 70, having moved back to Appleby Magna. Probate was granted to Thomas Pratt Saddington II on 10 March 1909. The gross Estate was worth £3076 7s 2d. In 2007 (which is the closest I can currently get), this would have been £229,815.70.

Thomas Pratt Saddington I had lived to be a grandfather 5 times over. According to the GRO Indexes, the following Saddington children were born in the Shardlow Registration District after the marriage of Thomas Pratt Saddington II and Minnie Bicket Ferguson:

June quarter 1899 - Mary Orr Saddington - Volume 7b, Page 518
September quarter 1901 - Sarah Elizabeth P Saddington - Volume 7b, Page 524
December quarter 1903 - Marion Ferguson Saddington - Volume 7b, Page 535
March quarter 1906 - Margaret Kathleen Saddington - Volume 7b, Page 515
September quarter 1908 - Thomas Pratt Saddington - Volume 7b, Page 548

Not that many years later, on 30 December 1911, Thomas Pratt Saddington II made his Will. As Executors, he appointed his brother in law, Bryce Ferguson, farmer of Diseworth, and his friend, John Harris, farmer of Diseworth. They were each to receive £10 free of duty, and were to be guardians of his children, should his wife die before they reached their majority (at this date, the age of 21).

The Will stated that his wife, Minnie Bicket Saddington, was to be the guardian of any infant children, was to have the use of all furniture, books, household effects etc during her widowhood, and was to continue in business as a farmer during her widowhood and receive all the profits. However, if she remarried, she was to receive a third of the income from the farm for her life only.

The Will went on to say that his son, Thomas Pratt Saddington III, had been provided for by his late father, Thomas Pratt Saddington I.

After the death of his wife, the Estate was to be shared equally between his children on reaching the age of 21, or if the child was a daughter, immediately if they were married by the time their mother died. The distribution of the Estate was not to include Thomas Pratt Saddington III.

Thomas Pratt Saddington II died on 23 March 1929 at the General Hospital, Nottingham. His address was 35 Cromwell Street, Nottingham. His Will was probated on 17 October 1929 by his brother in law, Bryce Ferguson. The gross Estate was worth £1202 5s 6d. In 2007, this would have been £52,401.06.

There is evidence to show that the Saddingtons may have been living in Nottingham, or at least spending time in Nottingham, for a number of years. According to the GRO Indexes, three of TPS II and Minnie's daughters got married in the Nottingham Registration District.

September quarter 1922 - Mary O Saddington - Alonzo Knight - Volume 7b, Page 752
March quarter 1927 - Marion F Saddington - John A Abbott - Volume 7b, Page 479
June quarter 1927 - Margaret K Saddington - Frederick E Miller - Volume 7b, Page 849

And finally, the year after his father's death, Thomas Pratt Saddington III married a Miss Hinds in the Shardlow Registration District - possibly back in Diseworth (Volume 7b, Page 1323).

I would be delighted to hear from you if you are related to this branch of the Saddington family.

Saturday, 17 May 2008

Loughborough Registration District Marriages

Courtesy of Sue Horsman's Loughborough Marriage Challenge come the following marriages:

18 March 1849 - Parish of Shepshed, Leicestershire

John Saddington, of full age, framework knitter, son of Edward Saddington, framework knitter, married Mary Hollis, of full age, framework knitter, daughter of William Hollis, framework knitter

26 October 1868 - Parish of Shepshed, Leicestershire

Joseph Saddington, age 19, f w knitter, son of John Saddington, f w knitter, married Eliza Thorpe, age 17, daughter of William Thorpe, f w knitter

24 November 1873 - Parish of Shepshed, Leicestershire

William Hall, of full age, f w knitter, son of John Hall, f w knitter, married Eliza Saddington, of full age, daughter of William Thorpe, f w knitter

1 July 1907 - Parish of Loughborough, Leicestershire

Robert Saddington, age 27, railway servant, son of Thomas Saddington, labourer, married Ada Jane Foster, age 28, daughter of Charles Foster, ostler

Further to the Shepshed marriages, Joseph Saddington, son of John and Mary Saddington was baptised at Shepshed on 15 July 1849, and a Joseph Saddington, age 22, died in the Loughborough Registration District in the September quarter of 1872 (Volume 7a, Page 86). So John and Mary of the 1849 marriage were probably the parents of Joseph of the 1868 marriage, and Eliza of the 1868 marriage was definitely the same Eliza as the 1873 marriage. A male Saddington child was born and died in the Loughborough Registration District in the December quarter of 1868, which may have a bearing on the marriage of Joseph and Eliza.

If any of these people are ancestors of yours, please do drop me a line.

A Year of Blogging Saddington Family History

Yesterday was the first anniversary of this blog, but I was babysitting my niece, so couldn't post - living family comes before dead family, I'm afraid.

So, how have I done?

According to StatCounter, over the past year, this blog has achieved 2398 page loads, averaging 184 page loads per month. There have been 1252 unique visitors (averaging 96 per month), of whom 1058 were first time visitors (averaging 81 per month) and 194 were returning visitors (averaging 15 per month).

The month with the most page loads was February 2008, with 336 separate page loads. March 2008 took the prizes for month with the most unique visitors (199) and month with the most returning visitors (35).

Of the last 500 visitors, 219 came from the UK (48.9%), 93 came from Australia (20.8%), 58 came from the USA (12.95%), 38 came from Canada (8.5%)and 14 came from New Zealand (3.1%). Other visitors came from Austria, Republic of Korea, China, Bulgaria, Ireland, Poland, South Africa, and that popular destination, Unknown.

I have posted 38 separate posts, at an average of 3.17 per month, so have fallen behind my average as of 1 January 2008, but will try to do better once my exams are out of the way in mid June.

The most popular post so far is "Saddingtons who died in World War One", posted on 31 July 2007.

So, your views would be gratefully appreciated. What do you want to see more of, and what would you like to see less of? Do you have any suggestions for posts? Has something that I have posted been of assistance to you?

All comments gratefully received!

Monday, 5 May 2008

Saddingtons who appeared at the Old Bailey, London's Central Criminal Court

Following the completion of The Proceedings of the Old Bailey (1674 - 1913), this post is intended to give a snapshot view of those Saddingtons who appeared at the Old Bailey, either as defendants, as prosecutors, as members of the jury, as witnesses, or who were in any other way mentioned in criminal cases. The entries will be presented in date order.

3 September 1766

Bateman Saddington was the prosecutor in the trial of Alice Weaver for "stealing a pair of shoes, value 4s". Verdict - Not Guilty.

6 September 1769

Bateman Saddington
was a witness in the trial of Joseph Simpson for highway robbery. Verdict - Guilty. Punishment - Death.

13 April 1774

Robert Saddington sat on the Second London Jury for the Proceedings on the King's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery, held for the City of London.

6 December 1775

Bateman Saddington was a character witness for Richard Baker, when he was tried along with John Radcliffe and Elizabeth White for coining offences. Verdicts: Baker - Guilty, Radcliffe - Guilty, White - Not Guilty. Punishments: Baker - Death, Radcliffe - Death.

10 September 1777

William Barnard, "assistant to Mr Saddington, a surgeon and apothecary in Fleet-street", was a witness in the trial of John Knutt for murder. Verdict - Not Guilty.

13 January 1790

William Saddington, of the Pied Bull in Islington, was the prosecutor in the trial of Joseph Pollard for housebreaking. Verdict - Guilty of stealing sheets, but not of breaking out of the house. Punishment - Imprisonment.

7 December 1791

William Saddington, of the Pyed Bull, was a witness in the trial of George Banks and Robert Barnes for grand larceny. Verdicts: Banks - Guilty, Barnes - Not Guilty. Punishment - Transported for 7 years.

1 December 1819

John Castle, "clerk to Saul and Saddington, who are wine and brandy merchants", was a witness in the trial of Thomas Broom, Thomas Harrison and Richard Brooks for grand larceny. Verdicts - Not Guilty.

23 October 1822

Joseph Saddington, "foreman to a working jeweller", was a witness in the trial of Edward M'Williams for burglary. Verdict - Guilty of stealing in the dwelling house, but not of breaking and entering. Punishment - Death.

15 June 1835

John Saddington, "governor of the Poor House, and vestry-clerk of Woodford [Essex]", was the prosecutor in the trial of John Hawkins for stealing from his master. Verdict - Guilty. Punishment - Transported for 7 years.

16 December 1844

William D. Saddington sat on the Fourth Jury for the Proceedings on the Queen's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the City of London, and Gaol Delivery for the County of Middlesex, and the parts of the Counties of Essex, Kent and Surrey within the Jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court.

24 October 1853

George Smith, alias William Saddington, age 36, pleaded Guilty to the theft of 1 mare and 1 collar, value £18 and 17d, the property of Henry Edmonds. Punishment - 4 years Penal Servitude.

15 June 1857

James Saddington, age 24, was tried with Alfred Barker for robbery on William Forsyth, and stealing from his person 1 key and £12 in money, and William Quin for feloniously receiving the same. Verdicts: Saddington and Barker - Guilty, Quin - Guilty. Punishment: Saddington and Barker - Confined for 2 years, Quin - Confined for 6 months.

26 February 1866

Thomas Saddington, age 40, pleaded Guilty to feloniously marrying Jessie Kimpton, his wife Caroline being alive. Punishment - Confined for 18 months.

28 May 1877

Joseph Saddington, who kept "the Eagle in Farringdon Road", was a witness in the trial of Henry Jones for unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin. Verdict - Guilty. Punishment - 15 months imprisonment.

19 October 1885

Ellen Saddington Woods, the illegitimate daughter of Mary Ann Woods and a potman named Saddington, was the victim and a witness in the trial of her mother for "feloniously cutting and wounding Ellen Saddington Woods, with intent to murder her" and "wounding her with intent to do her some grievous bodily harm". Verdict - Guilty. Punishment - "Strongly recommended to mercy by the Jury on account of her previous good character, and the trials to which she had been subject." - 7 years' Penal Servitude.

11 January 1886

Joseph Saddington, who kept "the Eagle public-house, Farringdon Road", was a witness in the trial of Frederick Maskell for "unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin, having another in his possession." Verdict - Guilty. Punishment - 18 months' Hard Labour.

8 March 1886

Elizabeth Saddington, who was "employed at the Tiger Tavern, Sidney Road, Hackney", was a witness in the trial of William West for "feloniously uttering counterfeit coin". Verdict - Guilty. The prisoner then pleaded Guilty to a previous conviction at the Old Bailey on 11 March 1878. Punishment - 18 months' Hard Labour.

16 May 1904

Charles Saddington, "a guard in the service of the London and North Western Railway", was a witness in the trial of Frederick Langham for arson. Verdict - Guilty. The prisoner then pleaded Guilty to a conviction of felony at Chester on 26 July 1884. Punishment - 10 years' Penal Servitude.

28 March 1911

Lewis Saddington, age 50, an agent, was prosecuted for "stealing one banker's cheque, the goods of William Elkane and others and feloniously receiving the same; feloniously uttering, knowing the same to be forged, a cheque for £80 14s, with intent to defraud". Verdict - Guilty of uttering. The prisoner then pleaded Guilty to a conviction of felony at York Assizes on 31 October 1908. In total, he had five previous convictions. Punishment - 3 years' penal servitude and 5 years' preventive detention.

10 September 1912

Mabel Saddington, 'manageress, "Railway Hotel"', was a witness in the trial of Frederick Ernest Clark for "feloniously demanding with menaces from William Alfred Clark, 3s 4d, one check, and one knife, with intent to steal the same". Verdict - Guilty. The prisoner pleaded Guilty to a previous conviction of felony at Thames Police Court on 24 November 1902. Punishment - 9 months' hard labour.

This last entry was a great find for me, because it refers to the Railway Hotel, Silvertown, which is the public house which my great grandfather, William James Saddington, ran for many years. He would have been the manager at the time of this event, and Mabel Saddington is probably his sister, Mabel Gertrude, who should properly have been described as Mabel Brown, as she married in 1909.

If any of these entries relate to members of your family, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Saddingtons buried in Abney Park Cemetery, London

The majority of information in this post comes courtesy of The Abney Park Cemetery Index, which has been created by The Abney Park Trust.

Abney Park Cemetery was opened in May 1840, and was a commercially owned cemetery specifically for Non Conformists (e.g. Methodists, Baptists, Congregationalists, Quakers etc). It was intended to contain some of the ever increasing population of London, who could no longer be accommodated in the existing churchyards of the city. The cemetery is located in Stoke Newington and covers about 32 acres.

The intention is to list the graves in date order of the first Saddington to be buried in it. Where non-Saddingtons are buried in the same grave, this will be indicated.

Grave B05 013938

Thomas Saddington, aged 82, of 8 John Street, Commercial Road East - buried 2 August 1855 (1773 - 1855)

Ann Saddington, aged 77, of 12 Arborn Square, Commercial Road - buried 14 May 1856 (1779 - 1856)

[Thomas and Ann were husband and wife. Also buried in this grave is Susannah Bradford Watson 1801 - 1866]

Grave K06 015341

Mary Saddington, aged 17, of 129 St John Street, Smithfield - buried 14 March 1856 (1839 - 1856)

Caroline Ann Knight, aged 29 - buried 28 March 1862 (1833 - 1862)

Samuel Saddington, aged 71 - buried 4 July 1872 (1801 - 1872)

[Caroline Ann Saddington married William Knight in the September quarter of 1861 in the Clerkenwell Registration District - Volume 1b, Page 799. Both Mary and Caroline Ann were daughters of Samuel Saddington, who shares their grave.]

Grave F07 017574

Joseph Saddington, aged 66 - buried 4 February 1857 (1791 - 1857)

[This is probably a public grave, and contains 8 other persons, buried between 30 January 1857 and 7 February 1857.]

Grave D02 015346

Elizabeth Saddington, aged 56, of St John Street - buried 21 April 1859 (1803 - 1859)

[I believe this to be Elizabeth, nee Scrivener, the first wife of Samuel Saddington, who died in 1872 and is buried in Grave K06 015341.]

Grave K06 025025

Elizabeth Saddington, aged 18 - buried 11 April 1860 (1842 - 1860)

[This could be Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel (Grave K06 015341) and Elizabeth (Grave D02 015346), who I last found in the 1851 census, aged 9, and living with her parents and an older brother at 129 St John Street, St Sepulchre. She does not appear with the family in the 1861 census at 25 Arundel Square, Islington.]

Grave B06 044129

Sarah Saddington, aged 21 - buried 20 August 1869 (1848 - 1869)

[This is a public grave, containing 7 other persons buried between 16 August and 20 August 1869.]

Grave K06 045607

Ann Saddington, aged 65 - buried 28 March 1870 (1805 - 1870)

Sarah Saddington, aged 64 - buried 7 September 1881 (1817 - 1881)

[Ann and Sarah were the spinster sisters of Samuel Saddington in Grave K06 015341.]

Grave B04 046395

Sarah Saddington, aged 1 - buried 11 August 1870 (1869 - 1870)

[This is a public grave, containing 13 other persons buried between 6 August and 20 August 1870.]

Grave K06 068848

Mary Ann Saddington, aged 36 - buried 3 February 1881 (1845 - 1881)

Grave M07 082157

Ellen Saddington, aged 36, of "The Eagle", 143 Farringdon Road, EC - buried 16 August 1888 (1852 - 1888)

Joseph Saddington, aged 49, of 143 Farringdon Road, EC - buried 13 May 1890 (1841 - 1890)

Herbert Charles Saddington, aged 26, of 59 Hazelbourne Road, Balham, SW - buried 6 February 1906 (1880 - 1906)

[Ellen and Joseph were husband and wife, and Herbert Charles was one of their four children.]

Grave G04 101234

Frederick Priestman Saddington, aged 47 - buried 2 April 1900 (1853 - 1900)

[This is a private grave, shared with two members of the Williamson family of 23 Bayston Road, Stoke Newington. Clifton Ernest Williamson, aged 10, was buried on the same day as Frederick Saddington. Alfred Ebenezer Williamson, aged 45, was buried on 29 June 1900.]

Grave K06 105069

Samuel Saddington, aged 65, of 164 Lordship Road, Stoke Newington - buried 27 August 1902 (1837 - 1902)

[Samuel was the son of Samuel (Grave K06 015341) and Elizabeth (Grave D02 015346), and the brother of Mary and Caroline Ann (Grave K06 015341).]

Grave L07 113353 - possibly renumbered as 3353

Susan Saddington, aged 56, of 20 Kersley Road, Stoke Newington - buried 14 January 1908 (1852 - 1908)

[This is probably a public grave, containing 23 other persons buried between 10 January 1908 and 13 February 1908.]

Grave No K04 128074 - possibly renumbered as 18074

Winifred Saddington, age unknown - buried 26 April 1917

[This is a public grave, containing 18 other persons buried between 19 April 1917 and 9 May 1917. Winifred is probably Winifred G Saddington, born in the March quarter of 1917 in the Hackney Registration District, Volume 1b, Page 691, and died in the June quarter of 1917, also in the Hackney Registration District, Volume 1b, Page 513. Her mother's maiden name was Asser.]

Grave C02 142714 - possibly renumbered as 32714

John Saddington, aged 32, of Middlesex County Tuberculosis Hospital, Isleworth - buried 1 May 1925 (1893 - 1925)

[This is a public grave, containing 11 other persons buried between 29 April 1925 and 18 May 1925.]

Grave C04 145336 - possibly renumbered as 35336

Ellen Catherine Saddington, aged 25, of 48 Hyde Road, Shoreditch - buried 22 December 1926 (1901 - 1926)

[This is a public grave, containing 8 other persons buried between 17 December and 22 December 1926.]

Grave A04 156196 - possibly renumbered as 46196

Frederick John Saddington, aged 50, of 230 High Street, Homerton - buried 3 April 1933 (1883 - 1933)

[This is a public grave, containing 8 other persons buried between 21 March 1933 and 3 April 1933. I believe that 230 High Street, Homerton is likely to be the official address of the Hackney Union Workhouse - see The Workhouse website.]

Grave C05 161131 - possibly renumbered 51131

Marjorie Jean Saddington, aged 12, of Eastern Hospital, Homerton - buried 26 October 1936 (1924 - 1936)

[Marjorie was born in the December quarter of 1923 in the Hackney Registration District, Volume 1b, Page 695, and her mother's maiden name was Asser.]

If you are related to any of the people mentioned above, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Some Saddingtons in St Albans, Hertfordshire

Most of the information in this post is courtesy of Anni Berman's St Albans Marriage Challenge. Please note that the first family mentioned is the same Saddington family mentioned in William Edward Saddington of London, England and Banff, Alberta, Canada 1870-1950.

I will start with a marriage certificate:

Married on 8 June 1918 in the Parish Church of St Peter, St Albans, Hertfordshire

George Cooper Saddington, age 49, Widower, Solicitor's Managing Clerk, living at 4 Priory Park Villas, Approach Road, son of George Saddington, Gentleman


Lily Maud Smith, age 49, Spinster, of no given occupation, living at 4 Priory Park Villas, Approach Road, daughter of Joseph Smith, Gentleman, Deceased

The death of George Cooper Saddington's previous wife, Elizabeth Jane Beszant, was commemorated on a family gravestone in the St Albans Cemetery, Hatfield Road, St Albans.

The front of the gravestone reads as follows:


On the side of the gravestone, it reads:


Thus the gravestone records the lives and deaths of George Cooper Saddington, his first wife, an infant son and his mother, Harriett. Please note that Harriett's middle name has been misspelled on the gravestone, and should read BLOND.

George Cooper Saddington was an older brother of William Edward Saddington, about whom I have posted previously.


A second marriage certificate, which as yet has no known connection with the first:

Married on 14 July 1871 in the Abbey Church at St Albans, Hertfordshire

James Saddington, age 27, Bachelor, Coffee-house keeper, living in Abbey Parish, son of James Saddington, Groom


Annie Marshall, age 24, Spinster, of no given occupation, living in Kingswalden, daughter of George Marshall, Schoolmaster

If either of these families are related to you, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Monday, 14 April 2008

Saddington - Barton Marriage - 28 December 1901

This post comes to you courtesy of David Horwill's Poplar Registration District Marriage Challenge, and links to three other posts in this blog. These are Richards-Saddington Marriage - 11 March 1906, Family of James and Frances Saddington of Wapping, London and Saddingtons who died in World War One.

The common link is David Thomas Saddington, the sixth known child and third known son of James Edward Saddington, a lighterman of Wapping, London, and his wife, Frances.

Married on 28 December 1901 at the Church of St Michael and All Angels, in the Parish of Bromley, in the County of London

David Thomas Saddington, age 22, Bachelor, Labourer, living at 6 Cook Street, the son of James Saddington, Lighterman, deceased


Elizabeth Barton, age 22, Spinster, of no given occupation, living at 6 Cook Street, the daughter of Robert Henry Barton, Tailor

The marriage took place after the publication of banns, and was performed by G C Battercombe, Vicar.

Both the bride and groom signed their names.

The witnesses were G Briant (?) and Amelia Rosetta Saddington, one of the groom's sisters.

If you are related to James and Frances Saddington of Wapping by any of their eight known children, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Sir Robert de Sadyngton (? - circa 1361)

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to say that we were descended from Sir Robert de Sadyngton, Lord High Chancellor of England in the reign of King Edward III?

Sorry, folks, but it isn't going to happen! Although I am led to believe that some Saddington researchers in the past have tried to claim descent from Sir Robert, it isn't true, so this post is a cautionary tale, which you can pass on to anyone who tries to tell you otherwise.

Sir Robert de Sadyngton probably did come from Saddington in Leicestershire, and is believed to be a son of John de Sadyngton, who was a valet of Queen Isabella, wife of Edward II, and custos (principal justice of the peace) for the Hundred of Gartree, an administrative area of Leicestershire, which includes places such as Billesdon, Foxton, Laughton, Market Harborough and Saddington.

Robert was a professional lawyer, who was listed in the records as an attorney as early as 1317, and appeared as an advocate in the year-books from 1329 to 1336. He was a Knight of the Shire (Member of Parliament) for Leicestershire in 1327 and 1328. He sat on various Royal commissions and fulfilled a number of judicial roles from 1329 onwards.

He was knighted in 1336, and on 20 May 1337, Sir Robert was appointed Chief Baron of the Exchequer, which meant that he was the top judge in the common-law court of the Exchequer of Pleas. He became a member of the King's Council in 1340, and on 29 September 1343, he was appointed Lord High Chancellor of England, a post which he held for just over two years, until 20 October 1345. He became Chief Baron of the Exchequer again on 8 December 1345, and held that office until 1 February 1349, when he was effectively permitted to retire, having "served the king long time and without intermission".

Despite retiring from the King's service, Sir Robert remained a Justice of the Peace for Leicestershire until at least 1357. The last record of him is on 25 April 1361, when he was the principal witness to a charter relating to Noseley chantry college.

So that is who he was and what he did out of the way. Now comes the important bit for Saddington researchers. Robert de Sadyngton married Joyce de Martivall, possibly a sister or a niece of Roger de Martivall, Bishop of Salisbury, in or around 1334. Robert's daughter and sole heir, Isabell, married Sir Rafe (or Ralph) Hastings in or around 1352. On her father's death, she inherited lands at Saddington, Laughton, Humberstone, Gilmorton, Scraptoft and Noseley. However, it appears that she did not have any children, and died before 1385. Her lands went to her husband, and passed down to the children of his second marriage to Maud Sutton, daughter of Sir Thomas Sutton of Holderness, High Sheriff of Yorkshire.

And there we go! Sir Robert de Sadyngton had one daughter, Isabell, who died without issue. This means that nobody by the name of Saddington or who is descended from a Saddington can claim to be descended from Sir Robert! And if anyone tells you otherwise, then they are wrong.

Sources for this post include: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; "The Itinerary of John Leland the Antiquary" (pub. 1745, OUP) ; "A Political Index to the Histories of Great Britain and Ireland" by Robert Beatson (pub. 1806);"A Topographical History of the County of Leicester" by John Curtis (pub. 1831); "The Origins of the English Gentry" by Peter R Coss (pub. 2003)

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Frederick William Saddington (1899 - 1918)

This is one of the posts that I have been holding back until I had more information. It relates to the life and family of Frederick William Saddington, whose Death Penny I purchased on Ebay back in February.

Frederick William Saddington was born Frederick William Pearson Saddington on 23 November 1899 at Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire. He was the illegitimate son of Frances Emily Saddington, a clothing machinist, also of Burton Latimer.

Frederick and his mother appeared on the 1901 census in the household of his grandmother, Frances, and her second husband, Arthur Henry Pearson,

RG13/1446, Folio 39, Page 3
Registration District - Kettering, Sub District - Kettering, Enumeration District - 3
Schedule No. 14 - Kettering Road, Burton Latimer, Northants (living in 4 rooms)

Arthur H Pearson Head M 34 Baker Worker Northampton Irthlingborough
Frances do Wife M 38 Clothing machinist do do Tilbrooke [should be Bedfordshire]
Walter H do Son S 4 - - do Burton Latimer
Emily F Saddington Daur S 18 Clothing machinist do do do
Alfred A do Son S 16 Heel Builder (Boot) do do do
Frederick W P do Son S 1 - - do do

In the June quarter of 1902, Frances Emily (or Emily Frances) married either Walter James Freestone or Harry Stephen Hedges (Volume 3b, Page 368). As yet it is unknown whether her son, Frederick, went to live with her and her new husband, or whether he remained with his grandmother.

Frederick's life then becomes a blank sheet until his death on 28 September 1918. We know from "Soldiers Died In The Great War" that he enlisted in Northampton, although he was living in Burton Latimer. We know also that initially he was Private 25573 of the East Kent Regiment. We know that he was transferred to the 20th Battalion, The Duke of Cambridge's Own, otherwise known as the Middlesex Regiment, where his Army number changed to G/62045.

Frederick was killed in action on Saturday 28 September 1918, aged 18 years. This was the first day of the Battle of Flanders, a successful Anglo-Belgian attack along a 23 mile front from Dixmude to Ploegsteert under the command of King Albert of the Belgians. On this first day, the Allies captured part of Houthulst Forest and over 4000 German prisoners.

Frederick is buried in Grave J.15, Plot XIII of Voormezeele Enclosure No. 3, 4 kilometres south west of Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders, Belgium. According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Plots XIII to XVI were created after the Armistice on 11 November 1918 by concentrating burials from isolated graves and smaller cemeteries. This means that Frederick was probably buried somewhere behind the lines after he fell, and then reinterred where he now rests after the end of the War.

Despite knowing relatively little about Frederick himself, I know more about his family. His mother was baptised Emily Frances Saddington on 7 January 1883 in the Parish Church at Burton Latimer. Her parents were Allen Dickins and Frances Saddington, and her father's occupation was "Laborer". Her brother, Alfred Allen, was baptised on 4 January 1885, also at Burton Latimer.

Emily's parents, Allen Dickins Saddington and Frances Johnson, were married in the Parish Church at Burton Latimer on 26 June 1882, after banns. Allen Dickins came from Cranford St John, Northamptonshire, and was a labourer. His father, Joseph Saddington, was also a labourer. Frances Johnson was the daughter of John Johnson, also a labourer. Neither the bride nor the groom could sign their names. The witnesses were William Wilford and Eleanor Saddington, who was a sister of the groom.

However, the marriage did not last long. The Burial Register for Burton Latimer shows Dicken Allen Saddington being buried on 13 November 1886, leaving Frances, his wife, with two children under 5 years old to bring up.

Frances Saddington went home to Mum and Dad. The 1891 census shows the young widow and her children living with her parents.

RG12/1215, Folio 20, Page 5
Registration District - Kettering, Sub District - Kettering, Enumeration District - 2
Schedule No. 35 - Osbourne's Row, Burton Latimer, Northants

John Johnson Head M 58 Farm Labourer Empd Tilbrook, Norths
Sarah do Wife M 54 - - Catworth do
Charles do Son S 19 Farm Labourer Empd Tilbrook do
Arthur do Son S 16 do do do Denford do
Frances Saddington Daur Wid 25 Machinist do Tilbrook do
Arthur do Grandson - 9 Scholar - Norths Burton Latimer
Fanny do Granddaur - 5 do - do do

[There are a number of inaccuracies in this census return. Tilbrook was in Bedfordshire at the time, and Catworth was in Huntingdonshire. Arthur Saddington should be Alfred Saddington, and he and his sister have had their ages swapped round.]

In the September quarter of 1896, Frances Saddington (nee Johnson) remarried to Arthur Henry Pearson (Volume 3b, Page 418). Their son, Walter Henry Pearson, was born on 28 February 1897 at Burton Latimer and was baptised in the Parish Church there on 18 April 1897. The family was then living on Meeting Lane, Burton Latimer.

In the March quarter of 1905, Frederick's uncle, Alfred Allen, married Emily Whiting (Volume 3b, Page 256). Their first child, also Alfred Allen, was born on 6 June 1906 and was baptised on 5 August 1906 at Burton Latimer. Their second child, and first daughter, Rose Lily, was born on 13 July 1908 and was baptised on 4 October 1909. Their third child, Daisy Violet, was baptised on 5 March 1911, but died not long afterwards. Their fourth child was also named Daisy Violet, and was baptised on 1 September 1912.

Frances Pearson (formerly Saddington) (nee Johnson) died on 14 December 1943, and is buried in the Public Cemetery at Burton Latimer. Her headstone reads as follows:

In loving memory of my dear mother Frances Pearson who passed away Dec 14th 1943 aged 82 years. 'Peacefully sleeping.' Also Pte. F.W. Saddington G/62045 20 Bn. Middlesex Reg. killed in action 28th Sept 1918 aged 18 years. Buried Voormezelle Enclosure Belgium.

Frederick is also remembered on the Burton Latimer War Memorial. However, he is not listed on the Roll of Honour, but this is accepted as being incomplete.

"At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them."

Laurence Binyon - "For the Fallen"

Sources for this post include: Burton Latimer: A Sense of Place; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; First World War.com ; "Soldiers Died In The Great War"

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Horace Claude Saddington (1884 - ?)

I have a confession to make - I am a perfectionist. Quite often, the reason why I haven't posted for a while is because I am still trying to locate that last piece of information which will complete the story of the person that I want to post about. It has occurred to me that this is foolish - I just don't have the time or the resources to do this for every post. Besides, you, the readers of this blog, would probably rather have more posts and perhaps do some detective work yourselves to fill in the gaps. I can always do an update post at some point in the future.

So, this post contains everything that I currently know about Horace Claude Saddington. The name might seem familiar, and that is because he is listed amongst the Saddingtons whose names are mentioned in the post about World War One Army pension records.

Horace Claude Saddington was born in the December quarter of 1884 in Leicester (Volume 7a, Page 203). His parents were probably the Joseph Saddington and Sarah Ann White who married in Leicester in the December quarter of 1881 (Volume 7a, Page 492).

In the 1891 census, the family are living at 23 Frank Street, Leicester, which is in the Parish of St Margaret.

RG12/2528 - Folio 8, Page 9, Schedule Number - 53
Registration District - Leicester, Sub District - East Leicester, Enumeration District - 31

Joseph Saddington Head M 35 Railway Ganger Employed Northants Geddington
Sarah Ann do Wife M 34 - - Rutland Caldecott
Horace C do Son - 6 Scholar - Leicester
Edward Holt Boarder Single 25 Railway Labourer Employed Leics Denford

A ganger was responsible for the actual railway tracks - the points, the sleepers etc - making sure that they were all in good condition.

Ten years later, in the 1901 census, the family are still living at 23 Frank Street, and Horace has joined his father on the railway. Perhaps the house was owned by the railway company.

RG13/2999 - Folio 179, Page 34, Schedule Number 198
Registration District - Leicester, Sub District - North East Leicester, Enumeration District - 40

Joseph Saddington Head M 45 Railway Platelayer "Ganger" Worker Npton Geddington
Sarah A do Wife M 44 - - Rutd Caldecot
Horace do Son S 16 Railway Labourer Worker Leicester

According to his pension records, Horace married Florence Emily Biddles in Leicester on 5 August 1905 (September quarter 1905, Volume 7a 551). A Florence Emily Biddles born in the Aston Registration District in the September quarter of 1886 (Volume 6d, Page 319) appears to be a likely candidate for Horace's wife.

Horace's pension records state that he and Florence had four children; Beatrice Florence May (1904), Joseph Harry (1909), Violet Ada (1912) and George Albert (1914), all of whom were born in Leicester.

By January 1917, the family were living at 4 St Peters Cottages, St Peters Lane, Leicester. Horace was employed as a railway platelayer, just as his father had been before him.

On 15 January 1917, Horace enlisted into the Royal Flying Corps as a Third Class Air Mechanic. He was 31 years and 6 months old, and was classed as having B (ii) Two Fitness. If anyone can tell me what this means in plain English, I would be very grateful, as I cannot find an explanation on the Internet.

However, Horace's career in the RFC did not last very long. On 15 March 1917, just two months later, he was discharged as being "no longer physically fit for War Service".

As this lack of fitness boiled down to the partial loss of his right hand, which had happened in 1907, one wonders why the Enlisting Officer had not taken this into account before signing him up!

To be precise, Horace's medical notes state that the first, second and third fingers on his right hand were missing, and that the fourth finger was contracted. The movement of his thumb was limited due to scarring, but there was no wasting (presumably of the muscle). His wrist movement was fairly good, but less than 20%!

The most likely cause of this damage is an accident at work, which would be understandable with him working on the railway. However, I am told that another possibility would involve some macho dare game for railway workers i.e. who can leave their finger on the line longest before the train comes along! Your guess is as good as mine - I just hope that he was left handed!

If Horace Claude and his family are relations of yours, as usual, I would be delighted to hear from you. Also, if you have any additional information about any of the topics mentioned in this post, please do drop me a line.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

DNA Project Update - March 2008

Well, the results are in!

The Saddington DNA Project now consists of a 12 marker Y-DNA result for the Appleby Magna Saddingtons and a 37 marker Y-DNA result for the Foxton/Great Bowden Saddingtons.

Of course, at the moment, it is only possible to compare the first 12 markers for these two tests, and these are as follows:

Appleby Magna 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 30
Foxton/Great Bowden 13 24 14 12 11 15 12 12 12 13 13 30

Taking the Appleby Magna results as the base, you can see that two of the Foxton/Great Bowden markers are one number different from their Appleby Magna equivalents. This is technically known as having a genetic distance of 2 between the two people tested.

A genetic distance of 2 generally means that the probability of those two people being related is not high. The fact that research into the paper records shows that the two Saddingtons that have been tested so far are definitely not related in the male line at any point during the last 9 generations makes the probability even lower. In fact, based on these 12 markers, the probability that these two men share a common ancestor in the last 33 generations is only 52.79%.

However, all is not lost, my friends.

Increasing the number of markers tested could also increase the probability of a common ancestor. Testing other members of these two branches of the Saddington family could also increase the probability. This is because different DNA markers mutate at different rates, and so mutations in different markers change the probabilities of sharing a common ancestor.

What must also be taken into account is that Saddington is what is known as a locative surname, i.e. it is a surname adopted from a placename, in this case, the village of Saddington in Leicestershire. Locative surnames only tend to occur when the original person moves away from the place whose name they later adopt. For example, if a man named John moved away from Saddington to a nearby village, where there was already at least one other man named John, it would be likely that his new neighbours would refer to him as John from Saddington. In time, this could become John Saddington, and the new surname might then be passed on to his children and to their children.

So, with a locative surname like Saddington, DNA testing can show one or both of two options. Either that all branches of the family come from a single common ancestor, or that each branch comes from a different ancestor, or that some branches share a common ancestor and others don't.

This means that all is still to play for - we just need more male Saddingtons willing to be tested! Ladies, although this is not something that we can do ourselves, we can encourage the Saddington men in our lives to have a test done!

As usual, any comments or queries gratefully received.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

British Army World War One Pension Records 1914-1920

This post relates to the pension records located in Series WO364 at The National Archives. These records have now been digitised and can be found on Ancestry.co.uk, but for those of you without access, here is a brief rundown of the Saddingtons who can be found in WO364. The amount of information available on each man varies, but I do intend to do some more in-depth pieces on some of these men later on.

Albert Edward Saddington - enlisted on 1 June 1918, aged 23 years and 11 months - Aircraftman 2nd Class in the Royal Air Force, No. 190612 - next of kin: Mrs Louisa Saddington, 165 Garvary Road, Custom House, London - discharged as no longer physically fit.

Edwin Alfred Saddington
- enlisted on 30 March 1917 - Corporal in the Army Pay Corps, No. 12606 - address given: 38 Cambridge Street, Wellingborough, Northants.

Henry Saddington - born circa 1879 - enlisted on 31 January 1918 - Private in the Labour Corps, No. 525839 - previously a greengrocer - address given: 9 Leenside, Nottingham - next of kin: his mother, Mrs P Saddington, Wool Alley, Barker Gate, Nottingham - discharged as physically unfit.

Horace Claude Saddington - born circa 1886 - enlisted 15 January 1917, aged 31 years and 6 months - Air Mechanic, 3rd Class in the Royal Air Force, No. 58356 - previously a railway platelayer - next of kin: his wife, Florence Emily Saddington, 4 St Peters Cottages, St Peters Lane, Leicester - discharged as no longer physically fit for War Service.

James Saddington - born circa 1885 - enlisted 3 July 1916, aged 31 years and 11 months - Private in the Army Service Corps, No. 193558 - previously a traction engine driver - next of kin: his wife, Mrs Phoebe Saddington, South Green, Coates, Whittlesea - discharged as surplus to military requirements.

James Saddington - enlisted 5 July 1915 - 3/8 R. War R., Territorial Force, No. 4092 - address given: 22 Slade Road, Erdington,Birmingham - next of kin: his wife, Mrs Fanny Saddington, 138 Church Street, Fenton, Stoke on Trent.

Joseph Edward Saddington - born circa 1894 - enlisted 9 January 1911, aged 17 years and 8 months - Territorial Force, then 4th East Yorkshire Regiment, No. 1149 - previously a labourer at the Hull Oil Manufacturing Company - next of kin: his father, Joseph Saddington, 14 Withernsea Street, Wilmington, Hull - discharged as time expired.

Penry Saddington - born circa 1890 - enlisted 17 August 1914 - Sapper, Royal Engineers, No. 40384 - previously a bricklayer - next of kin: his wife, Emily May Saddington, 18 Palmer Street, Middlesbrough - discharged as medically unfit and not being likely to become an efficient Soldier.

Robert Saddington - born 10 April 1902 - enlisted 2 September 1920 - Territorial Force, 3rd Home Counties Brigade, RFA, No. 7229922 - previously a labourer - next of kin: his father, John Saddington, 4 Churchfield Cottages, Margate - discharged having joined the Royal Navy.

Thomas Saddington - born circa 1877 - enlisted 29 February 1916, aged 39 years - Army Service Corps, Forage Department, No. F27745 - address given: Coates, Whittlesea - discharged as his services being no longer required.

Thos Wm Saddington - born circa 1897 - enlisted 22 April 1915 - Royal Defence Corps, No. 61725 - previously a bootmaker - address given: Chelveston Road, Raunds, Northamptonshire - discharged as no longer physically fit for War Service.

Walter Saddington - [this man has three sets of pension records, two as Walter and one as Walter Frederick, and I will be doing an in-depth post on him at some point] - born circa 1865 - first enlisted 20 October 1883, aged 18 years and 10 months - Corporal, Derby Regiment, No. 668 - previously a clerk - discharged at his own request on 31 December 1912, having served for 29 years and 73 days - re-enlisted as Walter Frederick Saddington on 1 January 1913, aged 47 years - 8th Sherwood Foresters, No.1677 - discharged 24 March 1915 under Kings Regulations Section 392 (XXV) - re-enlisted as Walter Saddington on 28 May 1915, aged 49 years - Notts and Derbys Regiment, No. 26571 - finally discharged 30 December 1919 - address given: 26 Crown Street, Newark.

Walter Edward Saddington
- born circa 1891 - enlisted 15 August 1916, aged 26 years - Private in the Labour Corps, 363rd Reserve Employment Company, No. 492472 - previously an omnibus conductor - address given: 354 High Road, Chiswick, London - discharged as no longer physically fit for War Service.

If any of these men are members of your family, I would be delighted to hear from you.