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Robert Oldfield

1734 - 1794

Robert Oldfield's signature from 1794
Robert's signature on his will in 1794 (5)

Father Michael Oldfield
Mother Mary Heyward
Wife Elizabeth Wylde
Children Richard, Mary, Michael, William, George, Susannah, Robert, Michael, Elizabeth, Ann, Mary, Thomas, Martha


Robert was born about 1734, probably in Taddington (1), the son of Michael and Mary (29). He had two older brothers, Richard and Michael (2). A younger brother William was born in 1739 (3), then a sister Mary in 1740 (4), however she only lived for a few months (5). Twin sisters, Mary & Martha were born in 1742(6), and his youngest brother George in 1745 (8). His brother Michael died in 1748 (9).

He married Elizabeth Wylde on 9th November 1760, at Chelmorton (10), and they set up home in Taddington. Their first child, Richard, was born in 1762 (11). They had a daughter Mary in 1764 (12), but she only lived for a few months (13). Their next son Michael, born in 1766 (14), faired even worse, survivng for just a few days (15). Next came sons William (1767) (16) and George (28) (1769) (17), and daughter Susannah (1770) (18). In 1772 they had another son, Robert (19), but he too died young (20). Another son, Michael, in 1775 (21), was followed by three more daughters - Betty in 1777 (22), Ann in 1779 (23) and Molly in 1782 (24). Their youngest son, Thomas, was born in 1783 (25), and finally their youngest daughter Martha came along in 1786 (26), but she only survived for about a week (27).

Robert had been a blacksmith earlier in life (10), but its not clear that he was still "practising" towards the end. He called himself a yeoman and owned a number of properties at the time he wrote his will on 1st October 1794, when it seems that his son Richard had probably taken over the smithy (28). He died about 3 weeks later, and was buried in the "Oldfield Crypt" started by his father in Taddington Churchyard (29)(30). His wife survived him by over 20 years (31).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. No baptism is found for Robert in the Taddington parish registers, so its possible that his parents lived eleswhere at the time. His date of birth is calculated from his age at death (29).
  2. See his father's page for details
  3. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [15th March 1739] Baptized ye same day William Son of Michael Oldfield of Taddington
  4. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1740] [...] 9ber Bapd Mary Daughter of Mich: Oldfield of T[......]
    The rest of this entry is unreadable on the film of the PR, so I need to confirm it. Val Neal's transcript gives the complete entry as occuring on 30th November 1740, and also names Michael's wife as Mary.
  5. Bishop's transcript of the Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1741] Augst 6 - Bur. Mary Daughter of Mich. Oldfield of Taddington
  6. Bishop's transcript of the Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1742] Augst 29 - Bap. Mart & Mary Daughters of Mich Oldfield of Taddington
  7. N/A
  8. Bishop's transcript of the Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1745] Bapt 15 Sept Geo. son of Mich Oldfield of Taddington
  9. Bishop's transcript of the Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1748] Burd 24 May Michael son of Michael Oldfield
  10. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton includes the entry:
    Robert Oldfield of Taddington Blacksmith &
    Elizabeth Wylde of Prestcliffe Spinster, both within
    ye Parish of Bakewell, were married by Publication
    of Banns in ye Chappel of Chelmorton, this
    ninth Day of November in ye year of our Lord
    one thousand seven hundred and sixty by me
                                  Robt Lomas
                                  Curate of Chelmorton
    This marriage was               Robert Ouldfield
    solemnized betwixt us         Elizabeth her+mark Wylde
    In ye prsence of us         Mary Lomas
                                             John Dale
  11. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1762] Bapd Richard son of Robert Oldfield April 11
  12. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1764] Bapd Mary Daughter of Robert Oldfield October 14
  13. Bishop's transcripts of the Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1765] Burd Mary Daughter of Robt Oldfield May 27th
  14. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1766] Bapd Michael son of Robert Oldfield & Elizabeth his wife June 21st
  15. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1766] Buried Michael son of Robert Oldfield & Elizabeth his wife June 25th
  16. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1767] Bapd William son of Robert Oldfield & Elizabeth his wife June 28th
  17. George's DOB calculated from his age of 53 when he died in 1822.
  18. Bishop's transcript of the Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1770] 8th Dec Bapt Susannah Daughter of Robt Oldfield Tad
  19. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [October 1772] Bapd Robt son of Robt Oldfd 14
  20. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [May 1774] 25th Buried Robert son of Robt Oldfield
  21. Bishop's transcript of the Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1775] March 5th Baptd Michl son of Robt Oldfield
  22. Bishop's transcript of the Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1777] Jan 26th Baptd Bette Daughter of Robt Oldfield
  23. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1779] Sept 10th Baptiz'd Ann Daughter of Robt & Elizabeth Oldfield
  24. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1782] Jany 27th Baptiz'd Molly Daughter of Robt & Elizabeth Oldfield
  25. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1783] December 25th Baptiz'd Tomas Son of Robt & Elizabeth Oldfield
  26. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1786] June 29th Baptiz'd Martha Daughter of Robt & Elizabeth Oldfield
  27. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1786] July 4th Buried Martha an infant of Robt Oldfield aforesaid
  28. Will of Robert Oldfield (top, bottom) (ref: B/C/11/Robert Oldfield, Taddington, 1795 @ LRO) reads:
    In the name of God Amen, I Robert Oldfield of Taddington in the Parish of Bakewell & in the County of Derby
    Yeoman being weak of Body but of sound & perfect mind & memory & considering the uncertainty of this mortal
    life do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following.
    First I give & devise to my Son Richard that House situate in Taddington aforesaid where he now dwells
    & also that building adjoining to the East end thereof, & the Garden on the backside thereof to him his Heirs
    & Assigns for ever. I also give to my said son Richard the lease & tenantright of my Smithy where he now works
    & also all my Smithy tools. I also give to my Daughter Susanna Twenty Pounds to be paid out of my personal
    Estate Two Years next after my decease. I also give & bequeath to my wife all my household Goods & also all
    the remainder of my personal Estate on condition that she shall pay all my just Debts out of the same, & also
    my funeral charges & the expence of proving this my last will. And with regard to the rest of my real estate
    consisting of the House where I now dwell, & also that house where Mr John Williams now dwells, & all my out-
    housing, Bans, Stables, Shippens, Cowhouses, Carthouse & all my outhousing whatsoever, the croft on the backside
    of my House & Garden, One Field known by the name of the ButtsClose, Two Crofts, one of them lying on the west side of the
    said Close, one croft called the Barley pingle, one crost on the backside of my nether Barn, & one croft called Sutton's pingle
    all situate at Taddington aforesaid I hereby give the use of all my said Housing & Lands to my wife for & during
    her natural life, if she remains unmarried, but if she marries again, it is my will that she shall have onlya third
    part of the remains of my personal estate after my said Daughter susanna's legacy, and the other payments before
    mentioned are paid out of the same, and also one third of the rent of my real estate during her natural life.
    And after my wife's decease, I give & devise all my real estate (except what I left to my son Richard) to be equally
    divided amongst my younger children, that is, to my sons William George Michael & Thomas, & to my Daughters
    Susanna Elizabeth Ann & Mary: each to have an equal share of the said Housing & Lands to them their Heirs & Assigns
    for ever & to be equally divided amongst them Twelve months ^next after my Wife's decease & if the said Housing & Lands
    that I have left to my younger children be sold after my wife's decease if one or more of my children chuses to pur-
    chase them, it is my will he she or them shall have the first refusal of them. But if any one of my younger
    children happen to die ^without lawful issue before his or her share becomes due it is my will that their share or shares shall go
    equally amongst my surviving younger children, but if he or she that shall happen to die as aforesaid shall leave
    any lawful issue, it is my will that such child or children if there be more than one shall be entitled to their
    Father or Mothers share. And finally I do hereby appoint my said son George & my Daughter
    Susanna to be executoria of this my last Will & Testament. In witness wherof I
    have hereunto set my hand & seal this First day of October in the 34th year of the reign of
    our Sovereign Lord King George the Third & in the year of our Lord 1794
    Signed, Sealed, published & declared
    by the above named Robert Oldfield                                                   Robert Oldfield
    to be his last Will & Testament, in
    the presence of us who have hereunto
    subscribed our names as Witnesses,
    in the presence of the Testator.
              John Newton
              Mary Buckley                                         At Bakewell 14 July 1795
              Ellin Buckley                               Let a probat be granted to George Oldfield
                                                                & Susannah Oldfield spinster the Exors
                                                                          They having been duly sworn under 100
                                                                          before me
                                                                                              Richard Chapman
  29. Memorial Inscription on grave in "Oldfield Crypt" at Taddington (transcript on GENUKI) reads:
    Mickel OLDFIELD, 4 Jan 1785, 81
    Mary, wife, 14 June 1777, 73
    Robert, son, 24 Oct 1794, 60
    Robert, Mary, Michael, Martha, & Robert,
    Their sons & daughters, of Elizabeth & Robert OLDFIELD,
    Died in their infancy
  30. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [October 1794] 24 Buried Robert Oldfield
  31. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Elizabeth
    Oldfield
    Taddington March
    29th
    1815
    74
    Years



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