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William Sheldon

1870 - 1930

Father John Sheldon
Mother Nancy Bramwell
Wife Mary Jane Bingham
Children Margaret, John Robert, Victor Arnold, Edward


William was born in Cressbrook on 5th July 1870 (1), the third son of John and Nancy, and baptised at Tideswell Congregational Chapel on 11th July. His eldest brother George was about 4 years his elder (2), and Edward about 2 years (2). In April 1871 the family were living on Bottom Row in Cresbrook (2). The family may have briefly moved to Ashford, where his father was from, during the 1870s (3), and his sister Elizabeth was probably born there in 1874 (4).

The family was certainly back in Cressbrook by the time of the 1881 census (5), at which time William's eldest brother George was living next door with his grandmother and aunt (6). William's brother Edward probably died sometime in the first half of 1886 (7), thus by the census of 1891, the household had decreased in size and William was living with just his parents and sister Elizabeth, and was working as a mason's labourer (8). In November of that year his father John died aged just 48 (18). That would have left William as the "man of the house" and chief wage earner. However he didn't stay much longer with his mother and sister...

On 27th June 1892, he married Mary Jane Bingham from Cressbrook, at Tideswell church (9). Their first child, Maggie, was born in July 1893 (10), and their next, John Robert, was born in March 1895 (11). In November 1898, William registered the death of his Mother-in-law Hannah Bingham. Her death certificate (12) appears to show his residence as Ravensdale, but I believe this was just filled in wrong as that was where she lived, while William is clearly seen to have lived in Cressbrook itself prior to, and after this date. In February 1900 his third child Victor Arnold was born (13). For some reason Victor wasn't baptised for almost a year, but when he was in January 1901, William was still said to be a Labourer from Cressbrook (14), yet by 31st March that year, at the next census (15), William was lodging in Hasland in Chesterfirld, working as a coal miner, while his family were still in Cressbrook (16). It seems though that coal mining didn't last long, as by the time his last child Edward was baptised the following January, he was back in Cressbrook working as a warehouseman at Litton Mill (17).

His mother Nancy died in July 1908, and William was the informant on her death certificate, where he was shown to still be living in Cressbrook (19). He was still there in 1911, when he was an overlooker at the cotton mill (22). In June 1925 he was still living in the same place and doing the same job (20). He continued to work as an overlooker up until his death at age 59 on 16th April 1930. According to his death certificate (21) he had a number of health issues, so we can't be sure which one killed him; but with asthma, bronchitis, phlebitis (similar to what we would now call deep vein thrombosis) and fatty degeneration of the heart, he had probably been very ill for some time. His wife survived him by 21 years (22).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Birth Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where born Name Sex  Name and surname of father Name, surname and maiden surname of mother Occupation of father Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Fifth July 1870, Cressbrook, Litton William  Boy John Sheldon Nancy Sheldon, formerly Bramwell General Labourer Nancy Sheldon, Mother, Cressbrook, Litton Twentieth July 1870
  2. Census of 2nd April 1871 reads:
    Place: Bottom Row, Cressbrook
    John Sheldon Head Mar 27 Game Keeper [Derbyshire], Ashford
    Nancy do Wife Mar 27 Cotton Power Loom Weaver do, Cressbrook
    George do Son . 5 Scholar do, do
    Edward do Son . 3 . do, do
    William do Son . 9 mo . do, do
  3. Their daughter Elizabeth was baptised in Ashford in 1874 (4) at which time her parents abode wasn't mentioned (implying they lived there), and her place of birth on future censuses was usually given as Ashford.
  4. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    August
    12
    [1874]
    Elizabeth John
    &
    Nancy
    Sheldon Ashford Game keeper
  5. Census of 3rd April 1881 reads:
    Place: Cressbrook
    John Sheldon Head Mar 37 General Labourer Ashford, Derbyshire
    Nancy do Wife do 37 Cotton Weaver Cressbrook, do
    Edward do Son - 13 Errand Boy do, do
    William do Son - 10 Scholar do, do
    Elizabeth do Daughter - 6 do Ashford, do
  6. Census of 3rd April 1881 reads:
    Place: Cressbrook
    Amelia Bramwell Head Widow 58 Char Woman Tideswell, Derbyshire
    Hannah Mary Flint do Daughter Unm 23 Cotton Weaver Cressbrook, do
    George Sheldon Grandson do 15 do do, do
  7. Edward does not appear in any other censuses after 1881, so he is probably the Edward Sheldon age 18 whose death was registered at Bakewell Registry Office in the 2nd quarter of 1886.
  8. Census of 5th April 1891 reads:
    Place: Middle Cottages, Cressbrook, Litton
    John Sheldon Head M 47 General Labourer Derbyshire, Ashford Employed
    Nancy Do Wife M 47 Powerloom Calico Worker Do, Litton Employed
    William Do Son S 20 Masons Labourer Do, Do Employed
    Elizabeth Do Daur S 16 Powerloom Calico Worker Do, Ashford Do Employed
  9. Marriage Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    1892 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Tideswell in the County of Derby
    When married Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of marriage Father's name and Surname Rank or Profession of father
    1892 June 27th William Sheldon 21 Bachelor Labourer Cressbrook the late John Sheldon Gamekeeper
    Mary Jane Bingham 24 Spinster - Cressbrook Robert Bingham Weaver
    Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after banns
    in the presence of Fred Dawson, Charlotte Jackson
  10. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1893
    July
    20th
    Maggie William
    &
    Mary Jane
    Sheldon Cressbrook [Cop Carrier]
    Born 18th July 1893
  11. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1895
    July 4
    John
    Robert
    William
    &
    Mary Jane
    Sheldon Ravens Dale
    Cressbrook
    Labourer
    Born March 6 1895
  12. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Twentieth November 1898, Ravensdale Litton Hannah Bingham Female 56 years Widow of Robert Bingham a Powerloom Cotton Weaver Influenzal Bronchitis, Asthemia, Certified by J H Parke MRCS William Sheldon, Son-in-Law, present at the death, Ravensdae, Litton Twenty first November 1898
  13. Birth Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where born Name Sex  Name and surname of father Name, surname and maiden surname of mother Occupation of father Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Third February 1900, Cressbrook, Litton Victor Arnold Boy William Sheldon Mary Jane Sheldon formerly Bingham General Labourer Mary Jane Sheldon, Mother, Cressbrook, Litton First March 1900
  14. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1901
    January 15
    Victor
    Arnold
    William
    &
    Mary Jane
    Sheldon Cressbrook Labourer
  15. Census of 31st March 1901 reads:
    Place: 48 New St, Grassmoor, Hasland, Chesterfield
    William Sheldon Boarder M 30 Coal Miner Worker [Derbys], Tideswell
  16. Census of 31st March 1901 reads:
    Place: Middle Row, Cressbrook
    Mary Jane Sheldon Head away
    Wife
    M 32 Cotton Weaver Worker Derby, Litton
    Maggie Sheldon Dau s 7 School .    "     Cressbrook
    John Robt Sheldon Son s 6 - .    "             "
    Victor Arnold Sheldon " s 1 . .    "             "
    Ethel Bingham Visitor s 16 Cotton Winder Worker Lanc, Hurst
  17. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1902
    January 28
    Edward William
    &
    Mary Jane
    Sheldon Cressbrook Warehouseman
    at Litton Mill
  18. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Thirteenth November 1891, Cressbrook, Litton John Sheldon Male 48 years Gardener, Domestic Abcess leading to Perforation of bowels Certified by Fentern Nancy Sheldon, Widow of deceased, present at the death, Cressbrook, Litton Fourteenth November 1891
  19. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Thirteenth July 1908, Cressbrook, Litton Nancy Sheldon Female 65 years Widow of John Sheldon a Gamekeeper Valvular disease of Heart. General Anasanca. Certified by J H Parke MRCS William Sheldon, Son, in attendance, Cressbrook, Litton Thirteenth July 1908
  20. Marriage Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    1925 Marriage solemnized at the Primitive Mthodist Chapel, Market Street, Tideswell in the District of Bakewell in the County of Derby
    When married Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of marriage Father's name and Surname Rank or Profession of father
    27th June 1925 Victor Arnold Sheldon 25 years Bachelor Railway Assistant Controller Cressbrook, Litton William Sheldon Overlooker at Cotton Doubling Mill
    Dorothy Jackson 20 years Spinster Cop Winder at Cotton Doubling Mill Litton Slack, Litton Harry Jackson Railway Platelayer
    Married in the Primitive methodist Chapel according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Primitive Methodists by Certificate
    in the presence of Harry Jackson, Maggie Robinson
  21. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Sixteenth April 1930, Cressbrook, Litton William Sheldon Male 59 years An Overlooker in Cotton Doubling Mills 1.(a) Acute Cardiac Ashtma (b) Fatty Degeneration of Heart (c) Chronic Bronchitis 2. Chronic Phlebitis Left Leg No PM. Certified by [Fred K B Quanbrough] MRCS Edward Sheldon, Son, in attendance, Cressbrook, Litton Seventeenth April 1930
  22. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Thirty-first March 1951. Butts Cottage, Bakewell Mary Jane Sheldon Female 82 years Widow of William Sheldon. Overlooker at Cotton Mill 1.(a) Myocardial degeneration. Certified by D S Cooke MB M Robinson, Daughter. In attendance, Butts Cottage, Bakewell Second April 1951
  23. Census of 2rd April 1911 reads:
    William Sheldon Head 40 Married         Cop Winding Overlooker Cotton Doubling Worker   Cressbrook, Derbyshire
    Mary Jane Sheldon Wife 42 Married 18 4 4 0         Litton, Derbyshire
    Maggie Sheldon Daughter 17 Single         Cop Winder       "       " Worker   Cressbrook, Derbyshire
    John Robert Sheldon Son 16 Single         Bobbin Doffer       "       " Worker   Cressbrook, Derbyshire
    Victor Arnold Sheldon Son 11     "     "         School       Cressbrook, Derbyshire
    Edward Sheldon Son 9     "     "         School       Cressbrook, Derbyshire
    Number of Rooms: 5
    Postal Address: 47 Cressbrook via Buxton



Notes:

Find baptism (possibly Methodist? - not in Tideswell Primitive Methodist records. What about Bakewell where his parents married?)


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