1703 - 1779
|Children||Samuel, Jane, Humphrey, Thomas, Elizabeth, Charles, Job, Ruth, Jane|
John was born in Gratton in 1703, and baptised at All Saints, Youlgreave on 2nd November (1). He appears to have been the eldest child of Humphrey and Isabella, even though they had been married for almost six years by the time of his birth (2). A younger sister named Elizabeth was born in 1706 (3), but only survived for a few days (4), so when his parents had another daughter in 1808, they called her Elizabeth too (5). Finally, his youngest sister, Mary, was born in 1710 (6). His sister Elizabeth died in 1719 (7). John's father taught him his trade as a stone mason, the trade he would follow all his life (22).
He married a woman called Jane, and they lived in Gratton (8)(10)(11)(12)(13)(16)(18)(19). Their first child, Samuel, was born in 1727 (8), the year before the death of his father (9). His eldest daughter Jane was born in 1730 (10), followed by son Humphrey in 1732 (11), and Thomas in 1734 (12). Daughter Elizabeth was born in 1740, and was apparently baptised twice, in both Youlgreave and Winster (13)(14)! Son Charles was born around late 1741 or early 1742 (15), and youngest son Job in late 1742 or early 1743 (16). His mother died the following year (17). He had a daughter Ruth in 1745 (18), and finally a daughter Jane in 1747 (19), but she only lived for a few days (21). His wife died at the same time (20), presumably due to complications with the pregnancy and/or birth. He never remarried.
In 1771, news reached John of his cousin Humphry from America, who he had never met. Humphrey was trying to establish the date of his father, John's uncle Abraham's, birth, following his death at a reputedly very old age. John wrote, or perhaps more likely dictated, a letter to him, in which he gave brief details of his family, and asked Humphrey for similiar in return (22). Its unknown whether he ever got the reply he wanted prior to his death eight years later. He was buried in Youlgreave on 29th September 1779 (23).
Brief details of his children:
Confirm the baptism of Jane Marshall on 10/6/1730 in PR (note that PR from this era is difficult to read on film, so will have to confirm in original).