1741 - 1819
Charles's rather shaky signature on his will, days before his death in 1819 (20).
(A much earlier example from more than 50 years prior to this can be seen at the time of his marriage (9))
|Children||James, Hannah, Mary, Jonathan, John, Mary, Martha, Charles|
Charles is believed to have been born around the end of 1741 in Gratton, the son of John and Jane (1). He had three older brothers, Samuel, Humphrey and Thomas, along with at two sisters Elizabeth and Jane (3). His only younger brother, Job, was born about a year later (4), followed by sister Ruth in 1745 (5). He also had a youngest sister Jane, born in 1747 (6), but she only survived for a few days (8), their mother also dying at the same time (7), presumably from a complication with the birth.
He married a heavily pregnant Rebecca Knowles at St Helen's, Darley, in February 1767 (9), then returned there for the baptism of their son James, just two months later (10). The family probably lived in Elton itself, although it is possible they lived just outside the village, in his ancestral home of Gratton. His eldest daughter Hannah was born in 1769 (11), then came Mary in 1771 (12), and Jonathan in 1774 (13). Mary died aged just 4 in 1776 (14). His son John was born in 1777 (15), then his daughter Mary in the early summer of 1779 (16). Later that summer his father John died (17). His youngest daughter Martha came along in 1782 (18), and finally his youngest son Charles in 1788 (19).
Nothing more is known of him, until he wrote his will on 30th July 1819 (20)(21), whilst on his deathbed. This the first time that his occupation (miner) is mentioned in the records. He left mainly cash legacies to his children, but also had about twenty acres of land and shares in a couple of lead mines called Blacklow and Fill Barns to bequeath. He died shortly afterwards, and was buried in Elton on 6th August (22). His wife survived him by five years (23).
Brief details of his children:
|Charles Marshall||Elton||Augst 6
|Rebecca Marshall||Elton||Augst 19
Check to see if his marriage license still survives, as it may confirm name of his father.