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Nancy Bramwell

1843 - 1908

Father George Bramwell
Mother Amelia Flint
Husband John Sheldon
Children George, Edward, William, Elizabeth


Nancy was born in Cressbrook on 27th August 1843 (1), the daughter of George and Amelia, and baptised in Tideswell a week later (2). I believe her parents seperated when she was fairly young, and she and her mother went to live with her mother's parents in Cressbrook, while her father went back to live with his parents in Tideswell (3). She and her mother were certainly living with her maternal grandparents by the time of the census of March 1851 (4), along with her aunt Margaret Flint, and her aunt and uncle Ann and Edward Heathcote.

Her grandfather (that she was living with) died in 1856 (5). Her (possibly half-) sister (3) Hannah was born in 1857 (6), and her estranged father died in Tideswell in May 1859 (7). By the census of April 1861, Nancy was working as a power loom weaver, and still living with her mother at her grandmother's (8). Three of her nieces, Mary, Hannah and Sarah Robinson were also living there.

She married John Sheldon from Ashford on 22nd August 1864, at the Independent Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Bakewell (9). Neither her nor John's family had any prior connection to the Methodists, so this was probably something of a rebelious act for the two 20 year olds, and could possibly be the reason that neither of the witnesses at their wedding were relatives.

They presumably set up home in Cressbrook straight after their marriage, as they were certainly living there by the time their first child George was born a year or so later, towards the end of 1865 (10). Their next two sons, Edward (early 1868 (11)) and William (1870 (12)) were also born in Cressbrook, when her husband John was described as a general labourer (12). However by the time of the census of April 1871, John was working as a gamekeeper (13). Her maternal grandmother, Hannah Flint, with whom she'd lived most of her life, died the following month (14). Sometime fairly soon after this the family went to live in Ashford, as they were there by the time Nancy's last child, and only daughter, Elizabeth, was born in 1874 (16).

They didn't stay in Ashford for too long though, as by the census of April 1881 they were back in Cressbrook (17), next door to Nancy's mother, where their eldest son George was living. (He may never have moved back in with his parents, as sometime between then and the next census he moved to Cleator in Cumberland). Their next oldest son, Edward, died aged 18 in 1886 (18) . Hence by the next census in April 1891, just their two youngest children, William and Elizabeth, were still living with Nancy and John at Middle Cottage in Cressbrook(19). The following November her husband John died of perforated bowels aged 48. (20). A few months later in June 1892, her son William got married (21), leaving just Nancy and her youngest daughter Elizabeth at home. Elizabeth probably had an illegitimate daughter in 1896 (22). Nancy's mother died in the summer of 1897 (25). By the census of 1901, Nancy had Elizabeth and her daughter Hannah, and a boarder called Martha Walker from Tideswell, living with her (23).

Nancy died of heart disease on 13th July 1908 in Cressbrook (24) and was buried in Tideswell two days later (26).


Brief details of her 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
    Twenty seventh of August 1843 at Cressbrook, Township of Litton Nancy  Girl George Bramwell Amelia Bramwell, formerly Flint Joiner George Bramwell, Father, Cressbrook Fifteenth of September 1843
  2. 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
    Sept
    3rd
    [1843]
    Nancy George
    &
    Amelia
    Bramwell Tideswell Joiner
  3. For a fuller discussion of this see her parents' pages.
  4. Census of 30th March 1851 reads:
    Place: Cressbrook
    John Flint Head Mar 60 Power Loom Weaver Cotton & Wool [Derbyshe], [Tideswell]
    Hannah Do Wife Mar 60 Weaver's wife at home Lancashshe, Moseley
    Edward Heathcote Son in law Mar 27 Ag lab Derbyshe, Longstone
    Ann Do Daur Mar 31 Power Loom Weaver (Cotton & Wool) Do, Tideswell
    Amelia Bramwell Daur Mar 27 Do                     Do Do, Do
    Nancy Do G. Daur   7 Scholar Do, Litton
    Margaret Flint Daur U 21 Power Loom Weaver (Cotton & Wool) Do, Do
    Susan Farmer Lodger U 35 Do                     Do Middlesex, London
  5. 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 August 1856
    Cressbrook, Litton
    John Flint Male 66 years Hand Loom
    Cotton Weaver
    Cancer on the face, Not Certified Philip Heaton Flint
    present at the death
    Cressbrook, Litton
    Seventeenth August 1856
  6. 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
    August
    16
    [1857]
    Hannah
    Mary
    Flint
    George
    &
    Amelia
    Bramwell Tideswell Joiner
  7. 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
    Second May 1859, Tideswell George Bramwell Male 35 years Joiner Consumption, Certified Thomas Moseley, present at the death. Tideswell Third May 1859
  8. Census of 7th April 1861 (page 1, page 2) reads:
    Place: Middle Row, [Cressbrook], Litton
    Hannah Flint Head W 69 Charwoman [Derbyshire], Cressbrook
    Amelia Bramwell Daur W 37 Cotton & Worst power loom Weaver do, Tideswell
    Nancy do Granddaur Un 16         do                                 do do, Cressbrook
    Hannah M F Bramwell Granddaur   3 [Scholar] Derbysh, Cressbrook
    Mary J Robinson Granddaur   6 Scholar do, Cressbrook
    Hannah do Granddaur   4 do do, Wardlow
    Sarah A do Granddaur   2   do, do
  9. Marriage Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    1864 Marriage solemnized in the Independent Chapel, Bakewell in the District of Bakewell
    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
    Twenty Second August 1864 John Sheldon 20 years Bachelor Labourer Ashford Joseph Sheldon Gardener
    Nancy Bramwell 20 years Spinster   Cressbrook Litton George Bramwell (deceased) Joiner
    Married in the Independent Chapel Bakewell according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Wesleyan Methodists
    in the presence of William Harrison, Ann Jackson
  10. George was baptised on 7th December 1865 at Tideswell Congregational Chapel, and the birth of a George Sheldon was registered in Bakewell in the 4th quarter of 1865.
  11. Edward was baptised on 15th February 1868 at Tideswell Congregational Chapel, the birth of an Edward Sheldon was registered in Bakewell in the 1st quarter of 1868.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
    Eleventh May 1871, Cressbrook, Litton Hannah Flint Female 81 years Widow of John Flint, a handloom weaver Old Age, Not Certified P.H. Flint. In attendance, Tideswell Thirteenth May 1871
  15. N/A
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Edward doesn't appear in any later censuses, so he is probably the Edward Sheldon whose death at age 18 was registered in Bakewell in the 2nd quarter of 1886.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Hannah Mary Carr Sheldon's birth was registered in Bakewell in the second quarter of 1896. She was living with Nancy and Elizabeth at the time of the 1901 census, where she is described as granddaugter to Nancy, so even though I haven't found her baptism yet, it seems more than likely that she was Elizabeth's illegitimate daughter, possibly with a father by the surname of Carr.
  23. Census of 31st March 1901 reads:
    Place: Bottom Row, Cressbrook
    Nancy Sheldon Head Wid 57     Derby, Cressbrook
    Elizabeth Sheldon Dau s 26 Cotton Weaver Worker     "             "
    Hannah Mary Carr Do G Dau s 4         "             "
    Martha Walker Boarder M 42 Cop Winder Worker     "       Tideswell
  24. 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
  25. 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 June 1897, Cressbrook, Litton Amelia Bramwell Female 74 years Widow of George Bramwell a Joiner Journeyman Cardiac Degeneration. General Dropsy. Bronchitis. Certified by J H Parke MRCS P.H. Flint, Brother, in attendance, Tideswell Fourteenth June 1897
  26. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Nancy Sheldon Cressbrook July
    15th
    65
    years
    Died July 13th 1908



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