Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Saddington Marriages in the West Ham Registration District

The following 15 marriages come to you courtesy of Peter Copsey's West Ham Marriage Challenge. I hope to be able to expand further on some of them in future posts.

1) Parish Church of All Saints, West Ham

No. 84
February 16 1857
James Gladman, 37, Widower, Pork Butcher, West Ham, John Gladman, Pork Butcher
Frances Saddington, 41, Widow, -, West Ham, George Cooper, Foreman
After banns by me, A. F. Raine, Vicar
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: Samuel Calver, Fanny Calver

2) Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Woodford

No. 319
November 16th 1867
George Saddington, years 26, Bachelor, Grocer, Chelsea, Middlesex, Edward Saddington, Deceased
Harriett Blond Fear, years 23, Spinster, -, Woodford, William Fear, Gent [?]
After banns by me, Joseph Clarke, Curate
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: William Fear, Emma Eliza Fear, Mary Ann Mitchell Fear

3) Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Plaistow

No. 270
2 October 1870
Joseph Saddington, full, Bachelor, Blacksmith, 24 Abbey Street, Thomas Saddington, Blacksmith
Sarah Wood, full, Spinster, -, 24 Abbey Street, George Wood, Blacksmith
After banns by me, N.W.B. Marsh
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: George Parry, Elizabeth Coy.. [?]

4) Parish Church of Holy Trinity, Canning Town

No. 23
10th June 1878
Edwin Bennett, 21, Bachelor, Carpenter, 47 Bidder Street, James Bennett (deceased), Carpenter
Priscilla Saddington, 20, Spinster, -, 47 Bidder Street, William Saddington, Blacksmith
After banns by me, George Soden
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: William Saddington, Emma Saddington

5) Parish Church of St Luke, Victoria Docks

No. 208
March 28 1880
David Saddington, 23, Bachelor, Gas fitter, 37 Vincent Street, William Saddington, Blacksmith
Elizabeth Haley, 21, Spinster, -, 37 Vincent Street, John Haley, Labourer
After banns by me, H. S. Brooks, Curate
Signed: Elizabeth Haley, Elizabeth Haley's x mark [don't know what happened to groom's signature]
Witnesses: Henery Goodchild, Emma Saddington

6) Parish Church of Holy Trinity, Canning Town

No. 183
18th July 1880
James Henry Goodchild, 23, Bachelor, Lighterman, 23 Hermit Street, Charles Goodchild (deceased), Lighterman
Emma Saddington, 19, Spinster, -, 1 Hampden Villas, William Saddington, Blacksmith
After banns by me, L. M. Dalton
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: Edwin Bennett, Priscilla Bennett

7) Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Plaistow

No. 424
August 17th 1885
Harry Saddington, 21, Bachelor, Planer, Plaistow, William Saddington, Blacksmith
Mary Morison, 20, Spinster, -, Plaistow, George Morison, Clerk
After bannns by me, A. StLege Westall
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: Alice Morison, Annie Morison

8) Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Plaistow

No. 420
September 1st 1889
William Saddington, 23, Bachelor, Engineer, 5 Avenons Road, Barking Road, William Saddington, Blacksmith
Elizabeth Allen, 21, Spinster, -, 52 Newman Road, James Allen, Stoker
After banns by me, Richard H O'Reilly
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: Thomas William Mason, Agnes Saddington

9) Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Plaistow

No. 450
December 25th 1889
Thomas William Mason, 26, Bachelor, Lighterman, 336 Barking Road, Thomas James Mason, Lighterman
Agnes Saddington, 19, Spinster, -, 5 Avenons Road, William Saddington, Blacksmith
After banns by me, Richard H. O'Reilly
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: William Saddington, Ada Saddington

10) Parish Church of All Saints, West Ham

No. 244
March 20th 1890
Simeon Cundy, 36, Bachelor, Manager, Prince Regent Lane, Isaac Cundy (deceased), Coal Merchant
Elizabeth Ann Saddington, 28, Spinster, -, 14 Baron Road, John Saddington, Blacksmith
After banns by me, John I Mitchell
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: John Saddington, Clara Saddington

11) Parish Church of All Saints, West Ham

No. 33
25th Dec 1890
Robert Henry Whitaker, 29, Bachelor, Engineer, 30 Parker Street, Thomas Whitaker, Engineer
Clara Jane Saddington, 26, Spinster, -, 14 Baron Road, John Saddington, Blacksmith
After banns by me, Deans Cowan
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: John Saddington, Jane Saddington

12) Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Plaistow

No. 422
October 8th 1892
John George Saddington, 30, Bachelor, Carpenter, 14 Baron Road, John Saddington, Blacksmith
Bessie Allen, 27, Spinster, -, 42 Ordnance Road, John Allen (deceased), Saddler
After banns by me, C. Pierrepoint Edwards
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: John Saddington, Rosa Crush, Janice McBride

13) Parish Church of All Saints, West Ham

No. 331
May 3rd 1896
James Henry Holdgate, 50, Widower, Labourer, 19 Beaconsfield, Henry Holdgate (Deceased), Bricklayer
Sarah Saddington, 49, Widow, -, 18 Liverpool Road, George Wood (Deceased), Blacksmith
After banns by me, W. R. Morrow
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: S. Brenster, Eleanor Brenster

14) Parish Church of All Saints, West Ham

No. 331
Septr 5th 1897
John Thomas Moore, 26, Bachelor, Lighterman, 42 Amelia Street, Thomas Wormsley Moore, Chemical Worker
Sarah Jane Saddington, 20, Spinster, -, 14 Baron Road, John Saddington, Blacksmith
After banns by me, Henry G. W. Cooper
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: John Saddington, Grace Maud Saddington

15) Parish Church of St Thomas, West Ham

No. 138
June 18 1899
William Saddington, 20, Bachelor, Fireman, 35 Langehorne Street, Richard Saddington, Labourer
Florence Archer, 18, Spinster, -, 37 Langehorne Street, George Archer (Decd), Bricklayer
After banns by me, J. W. Eisdell, Vicar
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: Emily Gardiner, E. Bewick [?]

If any of these couples belong in your family tree, please do get in touch.

Saddington Marriages in the Shoreditch Registration District

These three marriages come to you courtesy of Howard Benbrook's Shoreditch Marriage Challenge.

1) Parish Church of St Mary, Haggerston Road, Shoreditch

No. 357
Aug 3rd 1863
William Saddington, 22, Bachelor, Groom, 21 Kent Street, William Saddington, Groom
Ellen Connolley, 21, Spinster, -, 21 Kent Street, Michael Connolley (dec), Labourer
After banns by me, Geo. Morris
Signed: William Saddington, Ellen Connolley x her mark
Witnesses: John David King, Sarah Ann Stanborough x her mark

2) Parish Church of St Mary, Haggerston Road, Shoreditch

No. 481
Jan 3rd 1871
Edward Bell, full, Bachelor, Schoolmaster, 19 Brownlow Road, Robert Bell (dec), Civil Service
Eliza Saddington, full, Spinster, -, 19 Brownlow Road, William Saddington (dec), Shopkeeper
After banns, by me Sidney S. Browne
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: Henry Woodley, Elizabeth Jarvis

3) Parish of St Chad, Nichols Square, Haggerston

No. 11
Oct 24 1872
John Douglas, 24, Bachelor, Clerk, 17 Huntingdon Street, George Douglas, Butcher
Elizabeth Saddington, 22, Spinster, -, 88 Cowley Road, Brixton, James Saddington, Tailor
After banns by me, Edwd. H Flynn
Both bride and groom signed.
Witnesses: Robert Chignell Bostock Jr., Jane Saddington

If any of these couples belong to your family tree, please do get in touch.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Walter Frederick Saddington (circa 1866 - ?)

When you commit yourself to a One Name Study, you commit yourself to collecting all instances of that surname. It doesn't matter whether the person concerned was born with the surname that you are collecting, whether they acquired it by marriage or whether they chose to use it instead of the one that they were born with - you must collect the reference to the surname.

Walter Frederick Saddington, the subject of this post, is an example of the third option - someone who chose to use the surname Saddington instead of the one that he was born with.

He was born Walter Frederick Needham in Oakham, Rutland. His birth was registered in the March quarter of 1866, and his mother was Adaeliza Needham, a daughter of John and Sarah Needham of Egleton, Rutland. She was baptised on 12 June 1847, so was about 19 at the time of Walter's birth.

In the December quarter of 1869, Adaeliza married John Saddington in the Oakham Registration District. According to the 1871 census, by which time the little family had moved to Lowdham in Nottinghamshire and Walter is enumerated as a Saddington, John was born circa 1850 in Market Overton, Rutland and was employed as a railway porter. He may be the son of Henry and Sarah Saddington of Market Overton, Rutland, but as yet I cannot prove this.

Unfortunately, the marriage did not last long. Although I have yet to find a probable death reference, it appears that John Saddington died at some point before 13 July 1880, when his widow remarried at St John's Parish Church, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

No. 78 - July 13 1880
Charles Dunkling, 32, Bachelor, Tallow chandler, Back Lane West, Simeon Dunkling, Labourer
Addaeliza Saddington, 31, Widow, -, Back Lane West, John Leedham, Labourer
After banns by me, Cecil G Paget

Charles Dunkling
Addaeliza Saddington

Witnesses - Sybilla Newson[?], William Henry Draycott x his mark

In the 1881 census, the newly formed family were living at 17 Clumber Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Walter is enumerated as Walter Fk Dunkling, Son in law, Unm, 15, Printer Apprentice, Rutland, Oakham. So he is now on his third surname.

However Walter does not appear to have been too keen on the new situation. On 20 October 1883, aged 18 years and 10 months, and describing himself as a "clerk", Walter enlisted at Derby in the Derby Regiment under the name of Walter Saddington. He appears to have remained a Saddington for the rest of his life. His next of kin is listed as Elizabeth Dunkling, Mother, 17 Clumber Street, Mansfield.

Based on his pension records, Walter appears to have served with the 2nd Battalion of what was then known as The Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regiment). He served in the East Indies (presumably India) twice and in Malta. On 30 September 1894, he married Hellena Fitzgerald at the Wesleyan Chapel in Umballa, Bengal, India. It appears that they had two children who died in India, but I know nothing more about them at the moment.

Walter and Hellena were back in England before October 1904, as their son, Frederick, was born on 24 October in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, and was then baptised in the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Southwell on 12 December 1904. Their daughter, Eveline, was also born in Southwell on 4 April 1906, being baptised in the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on 30 April 1906.

In the 1911 census, the family are living on Westgate, Southwell. Walter's occupation is given as 'Colour Sergeant His Majesty's Army, Instructor to Territorials'. The census also confirms that Walter and Hellena had had four children, two of whom had died.

Walter retired from the Army on 31 December 1912, having served for 29 years and 73 days. However, he re-enlisted the next day (1 January 1913) in the 8th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) for 'promotion forthwith to the rank of Company Quarter Master Sergeant, Service in the United Kingdon only'. The 8th Battalion was a Territorial Battalion, so I assume that he carried on with the training work that he had been doing previously. He was then living at 26 Crown Street, Newark, Nottinghamshire.

Walter remained in the Territorial Army for another couple of years, before being discharged on 24 March 1915 under King's Regulations 392 (XXV) - whatever that means (if anyone can tell me, I would be grateful). By this time, the First World War was raging and a good soldier was going to do his bit as long as he could. A couple of months later, on 28 May 1915, Walter re-enlisted again, this time in London.

Walter spent the rest of the war in the Army, working as a storeman, before being discharged for the final time on 30 December 1919 due to cardiac debility and vertigo at the age of 53. He then returned to his home in Newark.

Having already lost two children in infancy, Walter and Hellena must have been devastated when their son, Frederick, died on 6 March 1927 at East Stoke, Nottinghamshire, at the age of 22. As yet, I do not know the cause of death. The family was then living at 14 Crown Street, Newark, and letters of administration were granted to Walter at Nottingham on 18 May 1927 in which he is described as an Army Pensioner.

Walter was obviously still closely connected with his old Battalion as the Letter of Administration lists his sureties as being 'Horace Leslie Brockbank Mills of the Drill Hall Newark aforesaid Captain and Adjutant 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters T.A. and Albert Coltman Grimwood of the Drill Hall aforesaid Lieutenant and Quartermaster 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters T.A.'.

After Frederick's death, I currently have no further definite information about this Saddington family. I believe that his sister, Eveline, may have married in the Holborn Registration District of London in the December quarter of 1938, possibly to a Mr Ballard.

If you have any further information about Walter Frederick Saddington or his family, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Derby Registration District Marriages - Part 2

Courtesy of Sue Horsman's Derby Marriage Challenge, this post contains details of further Saddington marriages which took place in the Derby Registration District.

In the Parish Church of Holy Trinity, Derby:

No. 68
January 25 1879
George Saddington, 24, Bachelor, Ticket examiner, Derby, John Saddington, Framework Knitter
Margaret Annie Bowen, 21, Spinster, -, Derby, Thomas Bowen, Joiner
After banns
Both bride and groom signed their names.
Witnesses - Robert Blood, Harriet Blood

In the Parish Church of St Luke, Derby:

No. 351
November 6 1892
Frederick Saddington, 23, Bachelor, Butcher, Appleby, Derbys, Henry Saddington, Butcher
Jessie Ward, 20, Spinster, -, 17 Crosby[?] Street, James Ward, Farmer
By Licence
Both bride and groom signed their names.
Witnesses - Samuel Banks, Eliza Banks

In the Parish Church of St Chad, Derby:

No. 386
August 30 1902
Frank Saddington, 24, Bachelor, Shunter, 43 Vale Street, John Saddington, Labourer
Alice Jemima Bloor, 21, Spinster, -, 17 Mill Hill Road, George Bloor, Blacksmith
After banns
Both bride and groom signed their names.
Witnesses - Albert Tharme, Ealand Tharme

In the Parish Church of St Paul, Derby:

No. 206
June 2 1906
George Smith, 27, Bachelor, Waggon Builder, 42 Colombell Street, William Holt Smith, Waggon Builder
Lucy Saddington, 22, Spinster, -, 10 Roman Road, Arthur Saddington, Moulder
After banns
Both bride and groom signed their names.
Witnesses - Arthur Saddington, Jane Saddington, Willons Charles Wright, Elizabeth Holt Smith

Subsequently, the locations of six other Saddington marriages have also been discovered, together with the names of their respective spouses, as follows:

December quarter 1853 - Thomas Saddington married Susannah Sporway at the Derby Register Office.

December quarter 1864 - William Saddington married Sarah Wild at the Derby Register Office.

December quarter 1869 - James Saddington married Emma Shephard at the London Road Methodist New Connection.

December quarter 1877 - Henry William Herdman married Mary Saddington at the Derby Register Office.

September quarter 1888 - George Henry Saddington married Elizabeth Meller at the Babington Lane Swedenburg Chapel.

June quarter 1903 - Henry Frederick Rankin married Mary Saddington at the Derby Register Office.

If any of these happy couples feature in your family tree, please do let me know.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Update No. 2 - Lewis Bryan Saddington, the Habitual Criminal

Just a quick one to say that I have filled in part of one of the gaps currently to be found in Lewis Saddington's dodgy career.

On doing a general search for Saddingtons in the Online Catalogue of Kent Archives Service, I discovered our friend Lewis misbehaving in Canterbury.

The index to the judicial records in the Canterbury Cathedral Archives shows that on 7 December 1882, Lewis was up before the Court of Summary Jurisdiction and was convicted on two counts as follows:

James Taylor and Bryan Louis Saddington, St Alphege: assaulting William Neville Jeffries. Each fined 5s plus 3s 9d costs payable forthwith. If in default of payment, 7 days hard labour in HMP St Augustine's, Canterbury.

Bryan Louis Saddington: assaulting PC Edgar Hawkes a police officer in the execution of his duty as a constable of the City of Canterbury Watch. Fined 10s plus 6s 6d costs payable forthwith. If in default of payment, 14 days hard labour in HMP St Augustine's, Canterbury.

My best imperial arithmetic brings Lewis' total fine to £1 5s 3d. According to the Measuring Worth website, in 2008 terms, this would be £94.74 [using the retail price index] or £662.05 [using average earnings]. Either way, not an insignificant sum. Lewis may well have preferred to do 21 days hard labour, rather than try and find that amount of money.

So what else did our black sheep Saddington get up to during his life? It will be interesting to find out.

If Lewis is one of your Saddingtons, or if you come across him in your research, please do get in touch.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Derby Registration District Marriages - Part 1

These four marriages come to you courtesy of Sue Horsman's Derby Marriage Challenge. At the moment, I am just supplying the details on the marriage certificates, but hope to be able to expand on them in the future.

Parish Church of St Werburgh, Derby
No. 120
March 15 1862
Abraham Joseph Yeoman, 21, Bachelor, Copper Smith, Dunkirk[?], Daniel Yeoman, Labourer
Sarah Jane Saddington, 20, Spinster, -, London Road, James Saddington, Labourer
By Certificate
Both bride and groom signed their names.
Witnesses - William Saddington, Macklin Harvy

Parish Church of St Peter, Derby
No. 252
May 30 1868
Henry Saddington, 20, Bachelor, Moulder, Normanton Road, James Saddington, Labourer
Eliza Wheatcroft, Full, Spinster, -, Normanton Road, William Wheatcroft, Solicitors Clerk
After Banns
The groom signed his name and the bride made her mark.
Witnesses - Will[?] Saddington, Sarah x Saddington

Parish Church of St Alkmund, Derby
No. 469
December 25 1878
Arthur Saddington, 22, Bachelor, Iron Moulder, Upper Brook Street Derby, James Saddington, Tanner
Kate Hind, 24, Spinster, Mill Hand, Upper Brook Street Derby, Thomas Hind, Iron Moulder
After Banns
Both the bride and groom signed their names.
Witnesses - John T Brailsford, Elizabeth Alice Hind

Parish Church of Christchurch, Derby
No. 476
June 18 1904
John Saddington, 24, Bachelor, Clerk, 7 Webster Street Derby, George Saddington, Porter
Elizabeth Kemp, 24, Spinster, -, 83 Devonshire Street Derby, Charles Kemp, Deceased
After Banns
Both bride and groom signed their names.
Witnesses - John Kemp, Ida Kemp

If any of these marriages feature in your family, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Saddington One Name Study on GenealogyWise

Just a quick post to let you know that I have started a Saddington One Name Study group on GenealogyWise, the new genealogy social network.

GenealogyWise is apparently like Facebook, but for family history researchers.

Hopefully, I will see some of you there soon.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Plush v Saddington - A suit in Chancery

Once again I must apologise for the shortage of posts this month. However, the exams are now out of the way and I have just about got my life back in order.

A couple of years ago, I received an enquiry from a gentleman in South Australia who had come across a family called Plush who, for a couple of generations, had used the name Saddington as a forename. The family descended from three brothers who had emigrated from England to South Australia in 1839, the sons of Thomas Plush and Frances Taylor. One of the sons was named John Saddington Plush, and my enquirer asked if I could assist him with any connection between the Saddington and Plush families on the basis that surnames used as forenames tend to be family surnames somewhere along the line.

Well, I had nothing in my database at the time, so I had a look round the Internet. Initially, all that I could find were IGI records for the marriage of Thomas Plush and Frances Taylor on 1 November 1804 at St Leonards, Shoreditch, London and a marriage for John Saddington and Ann Plush on 16 February 1792 at St Peters, Cornhill, London.

On the National Archives website, I also found a reference to a document referred to as "Item C 13/589/19 = Plush v Saddington. Answer only." It was dated 1801 and related to a matter in the Court of Chancery. It also appeared that only part of the paperwork still existed.

Some months later, I took a trip to the National Archives and ordered the Chancery document in advance. When I went to collect it, what I was given was a huge roll of documents which had been brought specially from the disused salt mine in Cheshire where documents which are rarely requested are kept. With my white archival gloves on, I worked my way slowly down the roll until I reached my document. Straining my eyes to read the tiny writing, I discovered the following story.

The document was an Answer to a Bill of Complaint. The Bill had been brought by John Plush and Sarah, his wife, and by Sarah Plush, James Plush, Mary Plush and William Plush, Infants [i.e. persons under the age of 21] by their father, John Plush. The Answer was submitted by the Defendants in the case, who were John Saddington and Ann, his wife, and Jane Plush, the Guardian of the Infant Defendants, Thomas Plush, Jane Plush, Elizabeth Plush and William Colewell Plush.

The Bill of Complaint [which was missing] appeared to have related to the Will of the late William Plush, who had died on 26 December 1794, and who was the father of Ann Saddington and the grandfather of the Infant Defendants.

When William Plush Senior had died, his Will had been proved in the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury by his Executors, Daniel Tanner and Titus Tanner. In his Will, William had left his daughter, Ann Saddington, £310 in 3% Capital Stock, and he had left his four grandchildren £200 in the same 3% Capital Stock. His remaining 3% Capital Stock (about £200 worth) and his personal Estate had been left to his son, William Plush Junior. Unfortunately, William Plush Junior had died during his father's lifetime, so this bequest had lapsed and the residue was divided between his daughter, Ann Saddington, and the four grandchildren. William Plush Senior had also owed his son in law, John Saddington, the sum of £34 17s 2d, which John Saddington had kindly forgiven.

Now, during his lifetime, William Plush Senior and one Thomas Home or Horne [it was difficult to read this surname, so I will call him Thomas Horne throughout this post] had been the Trustees of a Trust Fund containing £600 worth of 3% Capital Stock for the benefit of the Complainant, John Plush. At some point in the past, £100 worth of stock had been sold at John Plush's request and the money given to him on the proviso that the stock was to be replaced using the dividends from the remaining £500 worth of stock.

However, in May 1792, Thomas Horne had prevailed upon William Plush Senior to sell out the remaining £500 worth of stock without John Plush's knowledge or consent, so that Horne could use the money himself. Horne signed a memorandum dated 8 May 1792, acknowledging the agreement and agreeing to repurchase stock to the sum of £500.

In December 1794, William Plush Senior died and Horne became the sole Trustee. From Christmas 1797, John Plush had been receiving dividends from Horne equivalent to the entire £600 worth of stock. However, when John Plush went to collect the dividends that had accrued at Christmas 1799, he discovered that Horne had absconded. Horne was insolvent, avoiding his creditors, and had never replaced the stock as agreed in the May 1792 memorandum.

The Defendants' Answer to John Plush's Bill of Complaint came in two parts. Firstly, it stated that William Plush Senior's Executors, Daniel and Titus Tanner, had not done their job properly. They had failed to make the proper enquiries in relation to the Estate, and they had refused to allow John and Ann Saddington to make the proper enquiries. The Executors had therefore been unaware of the Trust Fund and indeed one of the Executors was now dead. The 1792 memorandum signed by Thomas Horne had only lately been discovered by John Saddington amongst a bundle of William Plush Senior's papers which were in the custody of William Plush Junior's widow (probably Jane Plush, the Guardian of the Infant Defendants).

Secondly, the Defendants stated that John Plush should have made proper enquiries in relation to the Trust Fund and paid proper attention to the reinvesting of the stock after the initial £100 worth had been sold at his request. They went on to say that Thomas Horne had been solvent for many years after William Plush Senior's death, so if John Plush had taken proper care, things would never have been able to get to this point.

And for these reasons, the Defendants should not have to reimburse John Plush out of what they had inherited from William Plush Senior's Estate.

Unfortunately, there appears to be no further documentation to say what the outcome of the case was.

However, putting all the evidence together, I believe that the Thomas Plush who married Frances Taylor in 1804, and who named one of his sons John Saddington Plush, was the Infant Defendant Thomas Plush in this case. It would seem that his aunt's husband was sufficiently important in his life that he named one of his sons after him.

But who was John Saddington and where did he come from? The Answer doesn't say. If you have any further details relating to this case and/or John Saddington, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Transported to Australia - Saddington convicts

To begin with, I would like to apologise for the shortage of posts this month, but I am labouring under the burden of revision for exams in June.

This is a brief post resulting from the appearance on-line of British Convict Transportation Registers, courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.

So far it appears that only two Saddingtons emigrated to Australia courtesy of the criminal justice system. These were Eliza Saddington who was sent to Van Diemen's Land for 7 years in 1850, and George Saddington who was sent to Western Australia for 7 years in 1865.

Eliza Saddington was convicted of a felony, to wit the theft of four pairs of clogs at Coventry, at the Lent Assizes held at Coventry on 28 March 1850. She was 17 years old. Eliza was sentenced to 7 years transportation, and consequently sailed from London on 30 October 1850 aboard the 'Emma Eugenia', together with 169 other female convicts.

The 'Emma Eugenia' arrived in Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) on 7 March 1851. The Archives Office of Tasmania has now digitised a lot of their convict records. Eliza Saddington is described as being a nursemaid, aged 18, 4'9" tall, with brown hair and eyes, and a fresh complexion. She had a scar on her left cheek, a scar and blue marks on her right arm below the elbow and another scar over her right brow. She could read and write imperfectly. It appears that she had also spent 12 months 'on the town' before this conviction, i.e. she had been a prostitute.

According to the records, her native place was Appleby, probably Appleby Magna in Leicestershire. Her father was John, her mother was Elizabeth, and she had a sister, also Elizabeth. As yet, I have not been able to place Eliza within the Appleby Magna branch of the family.

Unfortunately Eliza did not flourish in Van Diemen's Land. The surgeon on board ship reported that her conduct was indifferent. It appears that Eliza was then sent to the Brickfields Hiring Depot at Hobart New Town. Here she would have waited to be hired as a servant for the period of her sentence or until she was paroled. Eliza never went into service in Van Diemen's Land. The records show that she died in the Hospital at the Brickfields Hiring Depot on 4 July 1851.

Moving on to George Saddington, the records show that, at the age of 25, George was convicted of larceny at Guildford Assizes in Surrey on 1 August 1864 and sentenced to be transported for a term of 7 years. He left England on 20 or 30 September 1865, sailing from Portland on the 'Vimiera' with 280 other male convicts, bound for the Swan River Colony. The voyage took 83 days and the ship arrived at Fremantle, Western Australia on 22 December 1865. It appears that 3 of the convicts had died on the way, as only 278 convicts landed in their new country.

In the convict records, George is described as being a carpenter, married with one child, 5'11 1/4" tall, with brown hair and grey eyes. His face was long, he had a pale complexion and his build was middling stout. He also had a scar over his left eye. Most of this additional information comes from Convicts to Australia , a website compiled by the Perth Dead Person's Society.

According to the records of Fremantle Prison, George received his ticket of leave on 11 February 1868. This was his document of parole, which entitled him to seek employment within a specified district, marry or bring his family over from England, and to acquire property. Despite having a wife and child back in England, George married Dorah Toole on 20 February 1869. He received his Certificate of Freedom at Perth, Western Australia, on 2 November 1871, having completed his sentence.

The records then show that George died on 20 April 1895 in the Champion Bay Registration District, Western Australia, when he was about 60. He was buried in the St Francis Xavier Cemetery, Geraldton, despite being a Protestant. His wife, Dorah, died on 25 July 1905, age 62, and was buried in the Urch Street Cemetery, Geraldton. It is not known whether they had any children. A George Saddington was also buried in the Urch Street Cemetery in February 1905, age 55. Now was this a relation, or did Dorah have her husband's body moved?

If either Eliza or George belong to your family, please get in touch.

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Elizabeth Saddington (1828 - 1863): Trying to tie up loose ends

This post relates to Elizabeth Saddington, eldest child of my 3x great grandparents, Thomas Saddington and Hannah Deacon, and demonstrates how incomplete information can lead to wrong conclusions. The research involved in this post has taken place over a twenty year period.

Elizabeth Saddington, daughter of Thomas and Hannah, was born in December 1828 in Great Bowden, Leicestershire, and was baptised on 29 December 1828 in the Parish Church.

Her life is then conjecture until the 1841 census, due to the lack of official documentation. In 1841, Elizabeth, now aged 13, was living in Great Bowden with her parents, Thomas and Hannah, and six of her siblings, namely Thomas (1830), John Jonathan (1831), William (1834), Joseph (1836), Ann (1838) and Jonathan (1841).

Over the next ten years, Elizabeth appears to have remained at home, helping out with the housework and the younger children. In the 1851 census, she was still living in Great Bowden, aged 22, with her now widowed father and seven siblings, being the six present in 1841 and a further brother, Henry (1843). Elizabeth's occupation is given as 'housekeeper'; her mother, Hannah, having died only about six weeks before.

When the 1861 census was taken, Elizabeth, aged 32, was still living at home at Middle Green, Great Bowden with her father and her three youngest brothers, Joseph, Jonathan and Henry. However, her occupation is now given as 'charwoman', so she was presumably working outside the home, cleaning other people's houses. Her father had not remarried, so it is reasonably safe to assume that she was also still keeping house for him and her brothers.

After that, I could find no record of her in the 1871 and 1881 censuses, so at that stage in my research I presumed that she had probably moved away and possibly got married. Elizabeth is a fairly common name amongst Saddingtons at the time, so tracing her marriage would not be easy, and so I let it ride.

Research later showed that, at the time of the 1871 census, her father, Thomas Saddington, was living alone at Lucas Yard, Great Bowden; all of his children had seemingly left home. And in 1881, he was living in Foxton with his next youngest and unmarried brother, John, and their youngest and spinster sister, Sarah. But when Thomas died on 28 May 1883, he was back in Great Bowden and his death was registered by "E. Saddington, Daughter, Present at the death, Great Bowden". When I bought his death certificate back in 1998, I assumed that this meant that his daughter, Elizabeth, had not married after all and had come back from wherever she had been for the 1871 and 1881 censuses to care for her father in his final illness.

Recently, however, I went back through the notes that I had originally taken from the Great Bowden parish registers. There, amongst the burials, I found an entry for an Elizabeth Saddington, aged 34, being buried on 26 February 1863. I did the maths and the dates were right for Elizabeth Saddington born in 1828. So I bought the certificate to make sure one way or the other.

When the certificate arrived, it stated that Elizabeth Saddington, aged 34 and a charwoman, had died on 22 February 1863 of chlorosis and exhaustion. The death was registered by one Sarah West, present at the death. Further research was called for. Going back to the 1861 census, I found a Sarah West, wife of Samuel, living two doors away from the Saddington family. I can now be almost 100% certain that the Elizabeth Saddington on the death certificate is the same as Elizabeth Saddington, daughter of Thomas and Hannah Saddington. The only other Elizabeth Saddington of a similar age known to be living in Great Bowden in 1863 was the wife of Thomas Saddington, Elizabeth's oldest brother, but she is known to have lived until 1914 and is buried with her husband in the Great Bowden cemetery.

This means that the conclusion I reached in 1998 regarding which Elizabeth Saddington had registered Thomas Saddington the elder's death was completely wrong. It had been his daughter in law, Elizabeth Saddington (nee Smith), not his own daughter, Elizabeth. I had been misled by the custom of referring to sons and daughters in law as sons and daughters, something which happens frequently in historical documents.

To tie up the final loose end, I investigated the cause of Elizabeth's death. According to Wikipedia, chlorosis is a form of anaemia (iron deficiency), one of the symptoms of which is lack of energy - which probably led to exhaustion being given as a secondary cause of Elizabeth's death. It may have been hereditary, and today it would have been treated with vitamin supplements. In Elizabeth's day, it was also known as green sickness, because a sufferer's skin developed a pale green tinge. An academic article about chlorosis can be found here.

So Elizabeth Saddington died relatively young and unmarried, having spent most of her life looking after her family. The possibility of her cause of death being hereditary has now made me look more closely at her mother, Hannah, who died at the age of 42.

Any comments on this post will be gratefully received.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Update - Lewis Bryan Saddington, the Habitual Criminal (1860 - 1921)

Following the release of the 1911 census and the arrival of the Board of Guardians records from the London Metropolitan Archives and the Guildhall Library on Ancestry, I can now update you on the life and times of Lewis Bryan Saddington, the habitual criminal.

Having been sentenced to prison on 28 March 1911 for "feloniously uttering" a forged cheque, the 1911 census taken on 2 April 1911 found Lewis incarcerated in HM Prison Wandsworth. As stated in my previous post, I am unsure whether Lewis was to be imprisoned for five or eight years on this occasion, but he must have been used to the system by then, having definitely been in prison for the 1881 and 1901 censuses and probably for the 1891 census as well.

Whether Lewis was in prison for the 1921 census, we shall have to wait and see. However, 1921 was the year that his story came to an end.

The Register of Deaths for the St Pancras South Infirmary, Pancras Road, London states that Lewis Saddington died on 17 November 1911 in Ward 4 of the Infirmary. He had been admitted to the Infirmary on 11 November 1921. His age was given as 61 and his last place of abode had been 6 Kenton Street, Camden. His occupation was given as builder's labourer and the cause of death was bronchitis. The Register also states that Lewis Saddington was buried by his Parish, presumably in a pauper's grave somewhere.

So a misspent life came to an ignominious end. What set Lewis Saddington on the path of crime will probably remain unknown. It would be interesting to find out what crime he committed to be in prison in 1881 at the age of 18. Any further information about Lewis Bryan Saddington would be gratefully received.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Saddingtons of Rochers Head, Bradfield, Yorkshire

This post relates to a family that I am still researching and is being posted in the hopes of connecting with a family member.

The first Saddington of Rochers Head was Joseph Saddington, son of Samuel Saddington and Mary Milbourne, born in Tansor, Northamptonshire circa 1843. How and why he made his way to the Sheffield area is as yet unknown.

In the December quarter of 1870, Joseph married Lucy Ann Earnshaw in the Wortley Registration District, and later that same quarter, she gave birth to their first son, John Albert. They went on to have 11 children in total.

Samuel Ernest arrived in 1873, followed by Joseph William in 1875. Florence Ann showed up in 1876, and Lucy Ann in 1878. Then Catherine Mary was born in 1880.

The 1881 census showed Joseph and Lucy Ann living at Smallfield, Rotchers Head, Bradfield, Yorkshire. He was a farmer of 200 acres. Their eldest son, John Albert, was living with his uncle, John Earnshaw, at Fair House, Bradfield, but the other five children were at home with their parents.

The family continued to grow. Percy was born in 1883, followed by Clara Elizabeth in 1885 and Elsie Emma in 1887. Then Louisa Ellen came along in 1890.

The 1891 census showed Joseph and Lucy Ann at Rocher Head, Bradfield, with nine of their then ten children. Lucy Ann the younger is not with the family. Joseph was still a farmer.

Edith came along in 1892 to finish off the family, but unfortunately died later the same year.

The surviving children of the family married one by one, and started producing their own families. John Albert married Lily Earnshaw, and Joseph William married Clara Haigh probably on the same day in 1898.

The 1901 census shows Joseph living at Rotcher Head with five of the children. Lucy Ann has gone to stay with her aunt, Ann Holbrook, at Cross House, Bradfield, where Lucy Ann the younger is working as housekeeper. John Albert is at Cross Cottage, Bradfield, with his wife and two small children, working as a stone cutter. Joseph William is at Fir Tree Farm, Thurgoland, with his wife and son, working as a carter and farmer.

Lucy Ann the younger married William Bramhall in 1905, and Florence Ann married Benjamin Roebuck in 1908. Clara Elizabeth married Alfred Andrews in 1909 and Samuel Ernest married Rachel Barnes in 1915. Louisa Ellen married James Heywood Staniforth in 1917.

Catherine Mary is believed to have married a Mr Binder, but no marriage has yet been found. Elsie Emma is known to have died a spinster, and it is believed that Percy never married.

Joseph Saddington died on 8 May 1928, described as being "of Rocher Edge Bradfield near Sheffield". He didn't leave a will and administration was granted to his sons, Samuel Ernest and Joseph William, both farmers. His estate amounted to £767 12s 1d, which would have been worth £141,951.43 in 2007, based on average earnings.

His wife, Lucy Ann, died on 17 December 1929, described as being "of Rocher Head, Bradfield, Yorkshire". She didn't leave a will either, and in March 1930, administration was granted to her son, Samuel Ernest Saddington, farmer. Her estate amounted to £712 13s 4d, which would have been worth £132,397.74 in 2007, based on average earnings.

If this family of Saddingtons belongs to you, please get in touch.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Wanted! - Descendants of Thomas and Elizabeth (nee Smith) Saddington of Great Bowden, LEI

This post is a continuation from my post of 24 December 2007 in which I listed the descendants of my great grandparents, John Jonathan and Jane (nee Hewlett) Saddington in the hope of locating previously unknown members of the family. As a result of that post, I am now in contact with 2 new cousins.

Today's post relates to the descendants of John Jonathan's eldest brother, Thomas, and his wife, Elizabeth(nee Smith). Thomas was born in Great Bowden, Leicestershire in 1830, and was baptised in the Parish Church on 13 September that year. He followed his father's trade of blacksmith all his life.

On 31 August 1854, he married Elizabeth Smith, daughter of John Smith, a labourer, at the Parish Church in Great Bowden. According to the parish records, they had 10 children.

Their eldest daughter, Mary Rosina, was baptised on 25 December 1854 at Great Bowden. Mary Rosina married Benjamin Croshaw, an engine driver, on 18 April 1878 at Great Bowden. The couple went on to have six children, Thomas Saddington (1879), Joseph Benjamin (1880), Constance Daisy (1882), Clara Mabel (1885), Horace Albert Victor (1887) and Nelly Rosina (1893) - most of whom were born in Netherfield, Notts.

Thomas and Elizabeth's second child was a son, John Charles, born in 1856 at Great Bowden. He married Mary Christiana Jane Howitt in the June quarter of 1880 in the Barton Regis Registration District. John and Mary had nine, possibly ten, children - Charles John (1881), Thomas William (1883), Frederick (1886), Constance May (1888), Lilian Mary (1890), George (1893), John Leonard (1894), Harry (1897), Nellie Elizabeth (1900) and possibly Arthur, for whom I have no dates.

Child number 3 was Thomas, born in 1858 at Great Bowden. He married Elizabeth Coe on 25 December 1880 at Great Bowden. I can find no record of this couple after the 1881 census, but believe that they may have emigrated to the USA.

The fourth child was Joseph, born in Great Bowden in 1861. He married Sarah Susan Peake at Foxton Parish Church on 16 October 1884. This couple only had three children: Thomas (1885), Elizabeth (1887) and John (1890).

Child number 5 was Elizabeth, born in 1863 at Great Bowden. She married George William Marshall, a brakesman, on 25 December 1883 at Great Bowden, and moved with him to Netherfield, Notts, where they had four known children - George (1885), William (1886), Percival (1888) and Elizabeth (1893).

The sixth child was Sarah, born in 1866 at Great Bowden. Sarah married John Henry Bassett, a fireman on the railway, on 2 September 1889 at Great Bowden, and also moved to Netherfield, Notts, where they had three known children - Constance Lilian (1890), John Henry (1894) and Ivy Irene (1896).

Child number 7 was Florence, born in 1868 at Great Bowden. She married Frederick Fortnum, a butcher, on 26 December 1887 at Great Bowden. Florence and Frederick went on to have nine children, most of whom were born in Market Harborough. The children were Frederick Ernest (1888), William Henry (1890), Florence Maud (1892), Herbert Leonard (1894), Nellie (1897), Archie (1900), Emily (1902), Elizabeth Constance (1908) and Thomas Sidney (1910).

Thomas and Elizabeth's eighth and ninth children were Emily Ann (1870) and Ellen (1872), both in Great Bowden. Neither Emily nor Ellen ever married, and they are buried together in the Great Bowden Cemetery, not far from their parents.

Child number 10 was Constance, born in Great Bowden in 1874. Constance married Arthur Richards, a joiner, on 29 October 1896 at Great Bowden, and then moved to Carlton, Notts, where the couple had two known children - Herbert Arthur (1898) and George (1900).

Thomas Saddington died on 8 May 1901, and was buried on 13 May 1901 in the Great Bowden Cemetery, just down the road from the Parish Church. His wife, Elizabeth, died on 21 May 1914, and was buried with him on 25 May 1914.

If you are descended from any of these people, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Saddington - Walton Marriage - 24 April 1905

This post comes to you courtesy of Joan Rowbottom and her Barrow upon Soar Marriage Challenge.

The marriage took place in the Parish Church of St Mary, Queniborough, Leicestershire.

No. 218
24th April 1905
Joseph Edward Saddington, 27, Bachelor, Labourer, Queniborough, Edward Saddington (deceased), Labourer
Mary Alice Walton, 22, Spinster, -, Queniborough, Alfred William Walton, Parish Clerk
After banns, by T H Austin, Vicar

Both the bride and groom signed the register.

The witnesses were Ernest Saddington and Annie Walton.

And now for a little background information. On checking my records, I found a Joseph Edward Saddington born in the Grantham Registration District in the December quarter of 1877 (Vol 7a, Page 499), which corresponds with the groom's age at marriage.

I then checked the 1881 census for a Joseph Saddington, son of Edward, on the basis that people often didn't use their middle names. FamilySearch provided me with the family of Edward and Mary Ann Saddington, living at Scutchel, Saltby, Leicestershire (RG11/3185, Folio 46, Page 6). I am reasonably certain that this is the correct Joseph Edward Saddington in both instances for the following reasons.

Firstly, the family of Edward and Mary Ann Saddington in the 1881 census comprises the married couple themselves (aged 41 and 40 respectively) and the following children: William (11), James (10), John (7), Emma (5), Joseph (3) and Ernest (1). One of the witnesses at the wedding was an Ernest Saddington.

Secondly, all of the children present in the 1881 census were born in Wyville, Lincolnshire, which happens to fall into the Grantham Registration District. [Edward was born in Market Overton, Rutland, and Mary Ann was born in Saltby, Leicestershire.]

Naturally, further research is required to dot all the i's and cross all the t's. However, if this branch of the Saddingtons appears on your family tree, please do get in touch.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Ludford - Saddington Marriage - 1 February 1879

This post comes to you courtesy of the St George Hanover Square Registration District Marriage Challenge, and Mary Ghrist in particular.

The following marriage took place in the Parish Church of St John the Evangelist, Smith Square, Westminster, London.

No. 564
1 February 1879
Harry Alsop Spencer Ludford, 35, bachelor, Clerk, 34 Tufton Street, William Henry Ludford, Barrister
Betsy Saddington, 29, spinster, -, 34 Tufton Street, Thomas Saddington, Farmer
After banns
Witnesses - Charles Aires, Mary Howell

A little more research shows the happy couple living at 37 Sloane Square, Hans Town, London in the 1881 census. Harry Ludford is now a "Warrant Officer Com Dept - Navy Officer", and gives his birthplace as Gloucester. Betsy Ludford gives her birthplace as Appleby, Leicestershire. They also have a one year old daughter, Isabel Eveleen, born in London. Also staying with them is Laura Ashley, age 16, described as Niece, born in Oxford. [RG11/0078, Folio 97, Page 17]

Following on from this by checking the records for Appleby Magna, Leicestershire, Betsy is found to be Betsey, the seventh of Thomas and Ann Saddington's ten children, consisting of seven daughters and three sons.

Betsey's birth was registered in the December quarter of 1848 in the Ashby de la Zouch Registration District. She appeared with her parents and six of her brothers and sisters in the 1851 census, living at Birds Hill, Appleby Magna, Leicestershire. Betsey was baptised at the age of 4 on 16 October 1853 in the Parish Church of St Michael in Appleby Magna, on the same day as her older brother, Tom, and her younger sisters, Frances and Clara.

Checking for Harry's birth, there is a registration for one Alsop Ludford in the Gloucester Registration District in the June quarter of 1845, which would correspond with Harry's age at marriage. There are only six Ludford births in the Gloucester RD, commencing in the June quarter of 1839 and finishing in the December quarter of 1848, which leads me to conclude that these were probably all Harry's siblings.

If this is your family, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Update - Saddingtons of Houghton on the Hill, Leicestershire

This is a quick post updating my original post of 30 December 2008 with information discovered during my post Christmas trip to the Leicestershire Record Office.

John and Frances Saddington's son, Daniel, did indeed die in infancy. The relevant burial register for Houghton on the Hill [DE2555/7] states at entry no. 200:

Daniel Saddington Houghton February 4 [1841] Infant J S Coleman

The same register also gives details of John and Frances' burials:

No. 634
Frances Saddington Houghton April 12th [1890] 83 G B Dalrymple Rector


No. 669
John Saddington Houghton Sept 6th [1894] 88 G B Dalrymple Vicar of Worthington

Turning to the relevant burial register for Barsby, which can be found under Ashby Folville [DE960/10], the following entries were found:

No. 244
Henry Mayfield Barsby Ap 4 [1858] 1 year W Prosser Vicar


No. 334
Fanny Mayfield wife of Reuben Mayfd Barsby Novr 1st [1870] 33 H S Norwood Curate of Twyford

A further inspection of the GRO indexes provided a reference to the death of a Frances Mayfield in the December quarter of 1870 in the Melton Mowbray Registration District, whose age at death was either 31 or 34, depending on how good your eyesight is.

As before, if this is your family, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Saddingtons of Harringworth, Northamptonshire

The first Saddington to be found in Harringworth was John Saddington, born circa 1750 in Empingham, Rutland. He married Mary Hudson of Harringworth on 26 February 1783 in Harringworth Parish Church. It was a relatively short and unproductive marriage. Both bride and groom were in their early thirties when they married, and Mary was only 39 when she was buried on 31 October 1791. The marriage had produced two sons, both named John. The first son was baptised on 20 December 1784 and buried on 30 January 1785. The second John was born on 7 July 1786 and baptised 5 days later on the 12th. As yet, no burial record for this child has been found, but later events suggest that he died some time before his tenth birthday.

John Saddington did not remain a widower long. On 20 February 1792, less than four months after burying his first wife, he married Mary Bailey in Harringworth Parish Church. The happy couple then went on to have seven children, four sons and three daughters.

Their first child was a son, Christopher, baptised on 4 January 1793. He was followed by John, baptised on 12 July 1795. Then came Anne, baptised on 23 December 1797, and Sarah, baptised on 20 December 1799. The new century saw the births of Thomas, baptised on 21 October 1801, and Joseph, baptised on 16 June 1804. The final child was Hannah, baptised on 28 March 1807.

John Saddington lived to be 73 years old, being buried in Harringworth on 3 March 1823.

His sons went separate ways. The older two, Christopher and John, migrated to North Luffenham, Rutland, which will be a separate post. Thomas and Joseph remained in Harringworth and raised their families there. At the moment, nothing more is known of their sisters, apart from a hint in the parish registers that Sarah may have had an illegitimate child.

Thomas Saddington (1801) found his wife in South Luffenham, Rutland. He married Alice Bird on 12 June 1826, and their first daughter, Mary, was born in South Luffenham on Christmas Day 1826, being baptised on New Years Eve. However, the family were back in Harringworth for the baptism of their son, John, on 29 August 1830, and there they stayed.

John was followed by Thomas, baptised on 1 December 1833, and William, baptised on 10 July 1836. On 14 April 1839, James was baptised, followed by Susanna on 29 December 1844.

John, Thomas and William all married and settled down in Harringworth, working mainly as agricultural and general labourers, and producing large families. Unfortunately, by the time of the 1871 census, James was living in the Leicester Borough Lunatic Asylum at Humberstone, Leicestershire. At the moment, their sisters' lives remain to be researched.

Joseph Saddington (1804) married Amy ? before 1828 and probably in her home town of Loughborough. Their first son, William, was baptised in Harringworth on 13 April 1828. William was followed by Ann, baptised on 3 October 1830, Hannah, baptised on 22 April 1833, and Mary, baptised on 14 September 1834. Then came Joseph, baptised on 26 February 1837, and John, baptised on 9 June 1839. This long family was completed by Thomas, baptised on 1 May 1842, and Robert, baptised on 4 August 1844.

Of these eight children, William moved to Uppingham, where he married Rebecca Boon and their first child was born. The family then moved to Sheffield, Yorkshire, where there may still be descendants today. Hannah died in infancy. Mary married George Gore at Oakham on 29 May 1853 (information about her descendants is available). Ann, Joseph, John and Robert remain to be researched. But Thomas appears to have been married three times, firstly to Mary A ? of Oakham, Rutland before 1869, the mother of his two sons, secondly to Caroline Whyment of Wakerley, Northamptonshire, in 1874, and thirdly, after Caroline's death in 1885, to Mary ?, born in Chelsea, London.

There will be more posts about the Saddingtons of Harringworth, but if any of these names figure in your family tree, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Happy New Year - Blog Update for 2008

Happy New Year to all of you, and may you find all of your missing ancestors in 2009!

As per this time last year, this is a quick update on how the Saddington One Name Study and its associated blog has fared.

During 2008, a number of people have contacted me in relation to their Saddington ancestry or their knowledge of Saddington data. As a result, I have not only been able to assist people with further information about their families, but also I have been able to update previous posts on the blog with additional information. Throughout the year, I have continued to collect Saddington data, including making several trips to Archives and Record Offices in relevant counties. The information collected is slowly making its way into my database, and connections have already been made between families living in different counties.

For me personally, I have been contacted by two further descendants of my own Great Bowden Saddingtons as a result of the blog, and have had the great pleasure of meeting one of them and her family.

I have, however, failed in my resolution to write four posts a month on this blog. In fact, my monthly average was 2.67. This is due to work, study, the arrival of my second niece, and losing internet access for three weeks at the beginning of the year. I will try to do better in 2009, although I am still studying, but distance learning this time, which requires more self discipline. My New Year's resolution is to attempt to write three posts a month during 2009.

2008 has been the first full calendar year of the Saddington Family History blog. Comparing the Statcounter figures for 2008 to the figures for the first actual year of the blog (16 May 2007 to 16 May 2008), there has been a significant increase in traffic on the blog.

Between 1 January and 31 December 2008, there were 4015 page loads, an average of 335 per month. There were 2398 unique visitors, an average of 200 per month. Of these, 2097 were first time visitors, an average of 175 per month. There were also 301 returning visitors, an average of 25 per month. These figures, apart from the returning visitors, are all almost double the figures for May 2007 to May 2008. The number of returning visitors has increased by two thirds.

November 2008 was the month with the most page loads (532) and the most unique visitors (300). The month with the most returning visitors was July 2008 with 36.

Of the last 500 visitors to the blog, 56.26% (256) were from the UK, 14.73% (67) were from the USA, 9.01% (67) were from Australia, and 6.81% (31) were from Canada. Other recent visitors were from Ireland, South Africa, France, the Netherlands, Finland, the Philippines, New Zealand, Pakistan and Belgium.

But some things remain the same. The most popular post on the blog is still Saddingtons who died in World War One, originally posted on 31 July 2007. Not far behind is British Army World War One Pension Records 1914 - 1920, originally posted on 20 February 2008.

Unfortunately, the Saddington DNA Project has not progressed since my update post of 5 March 2008. We still only have two participants, one each from the Appleby Magna and Great Bowden branches of the Saddington family. For 2009, it would be very nice if more people would come forward to participate in this project.

So, onwards and upwards for 2009. Any comments on the contents of the blog, or what you would like to see included in the blog, would be very gratefully received. If I don't know what you want, I can't post it.