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Ellen Kirkham

1801 - 1877

Father James Kirkham
Mother Ellen Wint
Husband James Kirkham
Children William, James, Hannah, Ann, Thomas, Joseph, Jane, Harriett, Mary Ellen, Abigail


Ellen was born at Reapsmoor in Fawfieldhead in the spring of 1801 the (joint?) youngest child of James and Ellen. She and her (twin?) sister Jane were both were baptised in Longnor on 7th April(1). She grew up on the family farm there as one of ten siblings(2).

Her father died in 1815(3), then her mother in 1824(4).

Ellen married James Kirkham at Alstonefield church in 1827(5)(6) and they initially set up home in Sheen where their first son William was born(7).

Their exact residence over the next few years, and the exact dates of their children's births are not known, however they appear likely to have moved back to Ellen's birthplace in Reapsmoor at around this time(8).

Their second son James was likely born the following year(9), and their first daughter Hannah in about 1831(9). Next came daughter Ann in 1832(9), then sons Thomas and Joseph in about 1835 and 1836 respectively(9). Daughter Jane was, exceptionally, baptised in Longnor in 1838(10), but then the C of E baptisms stop again for Harriet born in 1841(9)(12), Mary Ellen in 1843(11) and finally Abigail in 1846(11)(13).

From 1841, if not before, they were living on the farm, named "The Spout" where they would spend the rest of their lives(9)(11)(12)(13). Ellen died there on 18th September 1877(14). Her husband survived her by 12 years(15).


Brief details of her children:



Sources:

  1. Parish Register of St Bartholomew, Longnor includes the entry:
    [1801, April] 7th Baptized Helen & Jane of Jas Kirkham   R Moor
  2. See her parents' pages for details
  3. Parish Register of St Peter, Alstonefield includes the 1815 burial entry:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    James Kirkham Reapsmoor May 11th 67
  4. Parish Register of St Peter, Alstonefield includes the 1824 burial entry:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Ellen Kirkham Fawfield Head December 18 65
  5. 1828 Banns entry from parish register of St Peter, Alstonefield reads:
    Banns of marriage between
    James Kirkham of this Parish
    and Ellen Kirkham of this Parish
    1st time, Sunday Janyy 27th
    2nd time, Sunday Feby 3rd
    3rd time, Sunday Feby 10th
  6. Marriage entry from parish register of St Peter, Alstonefield reads:
    James Kirkham of this Parish
    Bachelor
    and Ellen Kirkham of this Parish
    Spinster
    were married in this church by Banns
    this fourteenth Day of
    April in the Year One thousand eight hundred and twenty eight
    By me John Simpson A. M. Vicar
    This Marriage was solemnized between us James Kirkham; Ellen Kirkham
    In the Presence of John Riley; Mary Green
  7. Baptism entry in Sheen Parish Register reads:
    When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    [1828]
    21 August
    William
    Son of
    James
    Ellen
    Kirkham Ridge End Labourer
  8. With one exception none of their subsequent children's baptisms have been traced. Its possible that they simply weren't baptised, but far more likely that the family belonged to a non-conformist religion, specifically Methodism. Methodism was very popular in this area, and indeed Alstonefield Methodist Chapel had just opened in 1824. Alstonefield (C of E) register shows that no Kirkhams were baptised there at all between 1820-1839, and all the nearby (C of E) chapelries and parishes such as Longnor, Warlsow, Quarnford and Sheen show significant gaps in the number of Kirkham entries in the late 18th and/or early 19th century, even though later censuses imply that there were still a large number of people with this name in the area.
    All of James and Ellen's children from this period give their place of birth as Fawfieldhead and/or Reapsmoor in subsequent censuses, so it seems certain that the family were still in the area, and most likely already living at Spout Farm where they they would spend the rest of their lives (as shown from the 1841 census onwards)
  9. Census of 7th June 1841 reads:
    Place: Spout, Fawfieldhead
    James Kirkham 35 Farmer y
    Ellen do 35   y
    Isaac do 15 Masons App y
    William do 13   y
    James do 12   y
    Hannah do 10   y
    Ann do 9   y
    Thomas do 6   y
    Joseph do 5   y
    Jane do 3   y
    Harriett do 2 ms   y
  10. Baptism entry for 1839 in Parish register of St Batholomew's, Longnor reads:
    When baptized Child's
    Christian Name
    Parents
    Christian Name
    Parents
    Surname
    Abode Quality, Trade
    or Profession
    March
    17
    Jane
    daur
    of
    James
    &
    Ellen
    Kirkham Spout
    Gutter
    Farmer
  11. Census of 30th March 1851 reads:
    Place: Spout, Fawfieldhead
    James Kirkham Head Mar 46 Farmer Cheshire, Macclesfield
    Ellen do wife Mar 50 . Staffordshire, Fawfieldhead
    William do Son U 21 Farms Son[.........unreadable..............] Staffordshire, Sheen
    Mary do Dau . 8 Scholar Staffordshire, Fawfieldhead
    Abigail do Dau . 5 . Staffordshire, Fawfieldhead
  12. Census of 7th April 1861 reads:
    Place: Spout, Fawfieldhead
    James Kirkham Head Mar 56 Farmer of 46 acres land Stafford, Fawfieldhead
    Ellen Kirkham Wife Mar 60   Do, Do
    William Kirkham Son Un 32 Farmers Son Do, Do
    Harriet Kirkham Dau Un 20 do Dau Do, Do
  13. Census of 2nd April 1871 reads:
    Place: Reaps Moor, Fawfieldhead
    James Kirkham Head Mar 65 Farmer 46 acres Staffordshire, Fawf
    Ellen Do W Mar 70   Do, Do
    Joseph Do Son Unm 34 Ag Lab Do, Do
    Abigail Do Dau Unm 26 Dressmaker Do, Do
    Harriet Do Gr Dau   9 Scholar Do, Do
  14. Death Certificate from Registration District of Leek, states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Eighteenth September 1877
    The Spout, Fawfieldhead
    Ellen Kirkham Female 76 years Wife of James Kirkham, a Farmer Congestion of the brain. Natural Decay A. Prince
    Daughter in Attendance
    Fawfieldhead
    Nineteenth September 1877
  15. Death Certificate from Registration District of Leek, states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Thirty first August 1889
    Spout Farm, Reapsmoor, Fawfieldhead
    James Kirkham Male 83 years Farmer Bronchitis Pneumonia X The mark of Joseph Needham
    Son
    Present at the death
    Spout Farm, Reapsmoor, Fawfieldhead
    Second September 1889



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