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Joseph Sheldon

1816 - 1888

Father John Sheldon
Mother Hannah Heathcote
Wife Mary Howard
Children Jane, Robert, John, Sarah Ann, James, George, Joseph, Thomas, Henry, Francis William, Edward


Joseph was born in Ashford in 1816, the youngest of the eight children of John & Hannah, and baptised at Holy Trinity, Ashford on 17th November the same year (1).

Nothing else is known of him until, in 1837, he fathered an illegitimate daughter Jane, with Mary Howard, also of Ashford (2). He and Mary married soon afterwards, on 11th December that year in Bakewell (3). He worked as a Framework Knitter (3). His mother died a few months later, in March 1838 (4)

His son Robert was born in 1840 (5), so in the census of June 1841 (6), he and Mary were living in Ashford with their two children Jane and Robert. His next son John was born in 1843 (7), followed by a daughter Sarah Ann in 1846 (8), and sons James in 1848 (9) and George in 1851 (11). George was probably a very ill child, as he was privately baptised, then "received into church" at a later date (11).

In the census of March 1851 (10), the family are all living on Gunners Lane in Ashford with the exception of eldest daughter Jane, who was living with Mary Heathcote (an elderly relative of Joseph's mother) elsewhere in Ashford. Joseph was still working as a framework knitter. His father John died the following February (12).

His next son, Joseph, was born in 1853 (13). His daughter Sarah died in May 1854. (14). Two more sons then followed, Henry in 1858 (15), and Francis William in about March of 1861 (16), so that by April 1861, he and Mary were living on Narrow Lane in Ashford with eight sons and a daughter (17). Joseph had changed from being a framework knitter to an agricultural labourer sometime in the late 1850s (15)(16)(17), and he was still doing something similar at the time of his son John's marriage in 1864, when he was described as a gardener (18).

His last son son, Edward, was born just a month later in about September 1864 (19), when his job description changed to being simply "labourer". He was described thus in the next census of April 1871, by which time he and Mary had just 6 of their sons living with them (20). By the census of 1881 (21), two more children had left home.

Joseph died on 8th September 1888 aged 72 (22), having lived in Ashford all his life. His wife Mary survived him by just under a year (23).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. 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  
    17th November  
    [1816]
    Joseph
    Son of
    John
    Hannah
    Sheldon Ashford Frame Work Knitter
  2. 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  
    Oct 1st
    Born
    June 19
    1837
    Jane
    Sheldon
    daughter
    of
    Mary Howard Ashford Singlewoman
  3. Marriage Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    1837 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Bakewell 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
    Dec'r 11th
    [1837]
    Joseph Sheldon of full age Bachelor Frame work Knitter Ashford John Sheldon Gardener
    Mary Howard Minor Spinster Living with her Father Ashford Francis Howard Frame Work Knitter
    Married in the Chirch at Bakewell according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns
    in the presence of Benjamin Bradbury, Hannah Bradbury
  4. Death Certificate from Registration District of Matlock, Bakewell and Tideswell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    1838, March 18, Ashford Hannah Sheldon Female 63 Wife of John Sheldon, Gardener Decline The mark of Jane Downes, Grandaughter to the deceased, Ashford 1838, March 28
  5. 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  
    Oct
    25
    [1840]
    Robert
    son of
    Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Frame
    work
    knitter
  6. Census of 7th June 1841 reads:
    Place: Ashford
    Joseph Sheldon 20 F W Knitter
    Mary Do 20 Do
    Jane Do 4  
    Robert Do 1  
  7. 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
    sixteenth of August 1843 at Ashford John  Boy Joseph Sheldon Mary Sheldon, formerly Howard Framework Knitter Mary Sheldon, Mother, Ashford fifth of September 1843
  8. 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  
    May
    24
    [1846]
    Sarah
    Ann
    Daughter
    of
    Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Labourer
  9. 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  
    November
    26
    [1848]
    James
    son
    of
    Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Frame
    work
    knitter
  10. Census of 30th March 1851 reads:
    Place: Gunners Lane, Ashford
    Joseph Sheldon Head Mar 34 Framework Knitter [Derbys], [Ashford]
    Mary Sheldon Wife Mar 32 . Hants, Stoke
    Robert do Son U 10 At Home Derbys, Ashford
    John do do U 7 do do, do
    Sarah do daur U 4 do do, do
    James do Son U 2 do do, do
    George do do U 1 do do, do
  11. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    private When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    April
    17
    [1851]
    George Joseph
    and
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Frame
    work
    knitter
    Received into church [......]
  12. 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 sixth February 1852 Ashford John Sheldon male 81 years Framework Knitter Old age, no medical attendant The mark of John Sheldon, Present at the death, Ashford Twenty seventh February 1852
  13. 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  
    July
    17
    [1853]
    Joseph
    son of
    Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Frame -
    work knitter
  14. Burial entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Sarah Ann Sheldon Ashford June
    1st
    [1854]
    8
  15. 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  
    Dec
    26
    [1858]
    Henry
    son of
    Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Labourer
  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  
    April
    7
    [1861]
    Francis
    William
    son of
    Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Labourer
  17. Census of 7th April 1861 reads:
    Place: [Narrow] Lane, Ashford
    Joseph Sheldon Head Mar 44 Labourer Ag [Derbys], Ashford
    Mary do Wife Mar 41 . Hampshire, Stoke
    Jane do daur un 23 . Derbys, Ashford
    Robert do Son un 20 Labourer M. Masons do, do
    John do Son un 17 Marble Polisher do, do
    James do Son un 12 Marble Polisher do, do
    George do Son un 10 Scholar do, do
    Joseph do Son un 7 . do, do
    Thomas do Son un 4 . do, do
    Henry do Son un 2 . do, do
    Francis William do Son un 1 mo . do, do
  18. 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
  19. 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  
    Sept
    25
    [1864]
    Edward Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Labourer
  20. Census of 2nd April 1871 reads:
    Place: [Narrowdr] Lane, Ashford
    Joseph Sheldon Head Mar 54 Labourer [Derbyshire], [Ashford]
    Mary do Wife Mar 51   Hamps, Stoke
    George do Son Unm 20 Marble Inlayer Derbyshire, Ashford
    Joseph do Son Unm 17 Scholar do, do
    Thomas do Son   14 Marble Polisher do, do
    Henry do Son   12 Scholar do, do
    Francis Wm do Son   10 do do, do
    Edward do Son   6 do do, do
  21. Census of 3rd April 1881 reads:
    Place: Greaves Lane, Ashford
    Joseph Sheldon Head Mar 64 Genl labr Derbyre, Ashford
    Mary do Wife Mar 61 - Hamps, Stoke
    Joseph do Son unm 27 Genl labr Derbys, Ashford
    Henry do Son unm 22 Marble Polisher do, do
    William do Son unm 20 Genl labr do, do
    Edward do Son unm 16 do     do do, do
  22. 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
    Eighth September 1888, Ashford Joseph Sheldon Male 72 years Garden Labourer Old age. Certified by Philip S Fentern Joseph Sheldon, Son, Present at the death, Ashford Twelfth September 1888
  23. 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 August 1889, Ashford Mary Sheldon Female 69 years Widow of Joseph Sheldon a General labourer Old age. Certified by Philip S Fentern MD Jane Grant; Daughter; Present at the death; Stoke, 'near Tideswell Twenty ninth August 1889



Notes:

Any bastardy papers relating to Jane in 1837?


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