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Elizabeth Oldfield

1797 - 1858

Elizabeth Oldfield's signature from 1827
Elizabeth's signature in 1827 (5)

Father George Oldfield
Mother Ann White
Husband Samuel Allen
Children Mary Ann, Samuel, William


Elizabeth was born in 1797 in Priestcliffe (1), the second daughter of George and Ann, having an elder sister Mary (2). She was baptised in Taddington on 16th April 1797 (3). She had a younger sister Ann born in 1802 (2), and a brother Thomas born about 1804 (4).

Sometime prior to her marriage (possibly following the death of her parents in 1821 & 1822 (2)) she moved to Flagg (probably living with her elder sister Mary), where her husband-to-be, Samuel Allen, lived. They were married at All Saints Church in Bakewell on 5th June 1827 (5). Their first child, Mary Anne, was born in about November 1827 (6). She was followed by a son Samuel in 1830 (7), and finally another son William in 1833 (8). Their son Samuel died in March 1838 (9), and this was quickly followed by the death of his sister Mary Ann less than a fortnight later (10).

By the time of the 1841 census (11), Elizabeth's brother Thomas, a lead miner, was living in the household. It is said (12) that Hubberdale mine was worked by "Allen, Oldfield and Wacker". Elizabeth's husband and brother are almost certain to have been Allen and Oldfield, but I have no idea who Wacker was.

Her husband Samuel died in April 1850 (13). In July that year her brother Thomas got married (14) and his wife Charlotte moved in with them (15).

However, the census of the 1851 (15), shows that Elizabeth still considererd it her home that they were living in, as even though Thomas & Charlotte were now the couple of the household, and Thomas the main breadwinner, Elizabeth is still listed as head of household.

Elizabeth died on 10th January 1858 (16) and was buried in Taddington 2 days later (17).


Brief details of her children:



Sources:

  1. Her age is given as 54 on the census of 30th March 1851 (15), and as 59 or 60 at her death on 10th January 1858 (59 on her death certificate (16) and 60 at her burial (17)). If she was 60 at her death this implies that she was born between 11th January and 30th March 1797. If she was 59 then this implies she was born after 30th March but before her baptism on 16th April that year (3).
  2. See her parents' pages for details
  3. Baptism entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    [1797 April] 16 - Baptize'd Elizabeth Daughter of George & Ann Oldfield, Priestcliffe
  4. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1804] July 16 Baptized Thos Oldfield son of Geo & Ann Oldfield of Priestcliffe
  5. Marriage entry from parish register of All Saints, Bakewell reads:
    Samuel Allen
    and Elizabeth Oldfield both of Flagg of this parish
    were married in this Church by Banns
    this Fifth Day of
    June in the Year One thousand eight hundred and twenty seven
    By me Jas Coates Officiating Minister
    This Marriage was solemnized between us Samuel Allen; Elizabeth Oldfield
    In the Presence of Thomas Oldfield; Wm Frost [????]
  6. Her daughter Mary Anne's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    [18 Nov 1827] Bapt Mary Anne dau of Samll Allen and Elizabeth of Flagg miner
  7. Her son Samuel's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    [29 Aug 1830] Bapt Samuel son of Samll Allen and Elizabeth of Flagg labourer
  8. Her son William's baptism entry in Parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    When baptized Child's
    Christian Name
    Parents
    Christian Name
    Parents
    Surname
    Abode Quality, Trade
    or Profession
    October 25
    [1833]
    William Samuel &
    Elizabeth
    Allen Flagg Miner
  9. Her son Samuel's burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    [18 March 1838] Buried Samuel Allen of Flagg .....
  10. Her daughter Mary Ann's burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    [29 March 1838] Buried Mary Anne Allen of Flagg .....
  11. Census of 7th June 1841 reads:
    Place: Flagg
    Sam l Allen50L Miner
    Eliz. Do45.
    William Do7.
    Tho s Oldfield35L Miner
  12. According to living relatives.
  13. Her husband Samuel's 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
    Twenty Ninth April 1850, Flagg Samuel Allen Male 62 years Miner Dropsy 4 months, not certified Thos Oldfield, Present at the death, Flagg Twenty ninth April 1850
  14. Parish register of St Leonard's, Monyash lists their marriage on 8th July 1850.
  15. Census of 30th March 1851 reads:
    Place: Flagg
    Elizabeth Allen Head Widow 54 Householder Derbyshire, Taddington
    William do Son U 17 Lead Miner do, Flagg
    Thomas Oldfield Brother Mar 46 Lead Miner do, Taddington
    Charlotte do Wife . 40 Dressmaker do, Chestefield
  16. 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
    Tenth January 1858, Flagg Elizabeth Allen Female 59 years Widow of Samuel Allen (a Lead Miner) Asthma, no medical attendants Thomas Oldfield, In attendance, Flagg Eleventh January 1858
  17. Burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Elizabeth Allen Chelmorton 1858
    January
    12
    years
    60
    The burial entry disagrees with her death certificate about her age and abode. However there were no other likely Elizabeth Allens in the area at the time, and the burial is two days after her death, at the same church as her husband was buried (and where she was baptised), so it must be her. The age is only one year out which is not at all surprising for the era, and her abode is given as Chelmorton which is the parish in which she lived, if not the exact place.



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