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George Oldfield

c1769 - 1822

George Oldfield's signature from 1793
George's signature at his marriage in 1793 (13)

Father Robert Oldfield
Mother Elizabeth Wylde
Wife Ann White
Children Mary, Elizabeth, Ann, Thomas


George was born in Taddington in about 1769 (1), the son of Robert and Elizabeth. He had two older brothers, Richard and William (2). A sister, Susannah, was born the following year (3), then another brother, Robert, in 1772 (4), but he died in 1774 (5). Another brother Michael was born in 1775 (6), then three sisters - Betty in 1777 (7), Ann in 1779 (8) and Molly in 1782 (9). His youngest brother was Thomas, born in 1783 (10). He also had a sister Marha, born in 1786 (11), but she only lived for a few days (12).

He married Ann White, from Priestcliffe, on 2nd April 1793 (13), and they settled in Priestcliffe. Their first child, Mary, was born later that year (14). George's father died the following year (15), and George was named as one of his executors (along with his sister Susannah). Probate was granted to them in the summer of 1795 (16).

His second daughter, Elizabeth, was born in 1797 (17), followed by Ann in 1802 (18). His only son was Thomas, born in 1804 (19). His mother died in 1815 (20), and once again he and Susannah were named executors (21). His father's lands, which had been left to his mother during her life, were now split between George and his siblings. At this time he was said to be a labourer, but it seems his inheritance gave him a step up in the world as he was later said to be a farmer (22).

Ann, his wife, died in the summer of 1821 (23), and George died the following year, aged 53. He was buried in Taddington on 28th October (24).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. His date of birth is calculated from his stated age at death.
  2. See his father's page for details.
  3. Bishop's transcript of the Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1770] 8th Dec Bapt Susannah Daughter of Robt Oldfield Tad
  4. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [October 1772] Bapd Robt son of Robt Oldfd 14
  5. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [May 1774] 25th Buried Robert son of Robt Oldfield
  6. Bishop's transcript of the Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1775] March 5th Baptd Michl son of Robt Oldfield
  7. Bishop's transcript of the Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1777] Jan 26th Baptd Bette Daughter of Robt Oldfield
  8. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1779] Sept 10th Baptiz'd Ann Daughter of Robt & Elizabeth Oldfield
  9. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1782] Jany 27th Baptiz'd Molly Daughter of Robt & Elizabeth Oldfield
  10. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1783] December 25th Baptiz'd Tomas Son of Robt & Elizabeth Oldfield
  11. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1786] June 29th Baptiz'd Martha Daughter of Robt & Elizabeth Oldfield
  12. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1786] July 4th Buried Martha an infant of Robt Oldfield aforesaid
  13. Marriage entry in Parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    George Oldfield of this parish
    of Bakewell & Anne White of the said Parish
    Married in this Day by Banns
    this 2nd Day of April in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred
    and Ninety three By me John Coxon Curate
    This Marriage was solemnized between Us George Oldfield, Ann White
    In the Presence of James Holme, Susanna Oldfield
  14. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1793] Novembrh 24 Baptized Mary Daughter of Geo & Ann Oldfield Priestcliffe
  15. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [October 1794] 24 Buried Robert Oldfield
  16. Will of George's father, Robert Oldfield (top, bottom) (ref: B/C/11/Robert Oldfield, Taddington, 1795 @ LRO) reads:
    In the name of God Amen, I Robert Oldfield of Taddington in the Parish of Bakewell & in the County of Derby
    Yeoman being weak of Body but of sound & perfect mind & memory & considering the uncertainty of this mortal
    life do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following.
    First I give & devise to my Son Richard that House situate in Taddington aforesaid where he now dwells
    & also that building adjoining to the East end thereof, & the Garden on the backside thereof to him his Heirs
    & Assigns for ever. I also give to my said son Richard the lease & tenantright of my Smithy where he now works
    & also all my Smithy tools. I also give to my Daughter Susanna Twenty Pounds to be paid out of my personal
    Estate Two Years next after my decease. I also give & bequeath to my wife all my household Goods & also all
    the remainder of my personal Estate on condition that she shall pay all my just Debts out of the same, & also
    my funeral charges & the expence of proving this my last will. And with regard to the rest of my real estate
    consisting of the House where I now dwell, & also that house where Mr John Williams now dwells, & all my out-
    housing, Bans, Stables, Shippens, Cowhouses, Carthouse & all my outhousing whatsoever, the croft on the backside
    of my House & Garden, One Field known by the name of the ButtsClose, Two Crofts, one of them lying on the west side of the
    said Close, one croft called the Barley pingle, one crost on the backside of my nether Barn, & one croft called Sutton's pingle
    all situate at Taddington aforesaid I hereby give the use of all my said Housing & Lands to my wife for & during
    her natural life, if she remains unmarried, but if she marries again, it is my will that she shall have onlya third
    part of the remains of my personal estate after my said Daughter susanna's legacy, and the other payments before
    mentioned are paid out of the same, and also one third of the rent of my real estate during her natural life.
    And after my wife's decease, I give & devise all my real estate (except what I left to my son Richard) to be equally
    divided amongst my younger children, that is, to my sons William George Michael & Thomas, & to my Daughters
    Susanna Elizabeth Ann & Mary: each to have an equal share of the said Housing & Lands to them their Heirs & Assigns
    for ever & to be equally divided amongst them Twelve months ^next after my Wife's decease & if the said Housing & Lands
    that I have left to my younger children be sold after my wife's decease if one or more of my children chuses to pur-
    chase them, it is my will he she or them shall have the first refusal of them. But if any one of my younger
    children happen to die ^without lawful issue before his or her share becomes due it is my will that their share or shares shall go
    equally amongst my surviving younger children, but if he or she that shall happen to die as aforesaid shall leave
    any lawful issue, it is my will that such child or children if there be more than one shall be entitled to their
    Father or Mothers share. And finally I do hereby appoint my said son George & my Daughter
    Susanna to be executoria of this my last Will & Testament. In witness wherof I
    have hereunto set my hand & seal this First day of October in the 34th year of the reign of
    our Sovereign Lord King George the Third & in the year of our Lord 1794
    Signed, Sealed, published & declared
    by the above named Robert Oldfield                                                   Robert Oldfield
    to be his last Will & Testament, in
    the presence of us who have hereunto
    subscribed our names as Witnesses,
    in the presence of the Testator.
              John Newton
              Mary Buckley                                         At Bakewell 14 July 1795
              Ellin Buckley                               Let a probat be granted to George Oldfield
                                                                & Susannah Oldfield spinster the Exors
                                                                          They having been duly sworn under 100
                                                                          before me
                                                                                              Richard Chapman
  17. Baptism entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    [1797 April] 16 - Baptize'd Elizabeth Daughter of George & Ann Oldfield, Priestcliffe
  18. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1802] Septm 5th Baptized Ann Daughter of Geo: & Ann Oldfield Priestcliffe
  19. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    [1804] July 16 Baptized Thos Oldfield son of Geo & Ann Oldfield of Priestcliffe
  20. Parish Register of St Michael's, Taddington includes the entry:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Elizabeth
    Oldfield
    Taddington March
    29th
    1815
    74
    Years
  21. George's mother, Elizabeth Oldfield's, will (top of page 1, bottom of page 1, top of page 2, bottom of page 2) (ref: B/C/11/Elizabeth Oldfield, Chelmorton, 1815 @ LRO) reads:
    In the name of God Amen, I Elizabeth Oldfield
    of Taddington, widdow, in the Parish of bakewell and County
    of Derby Widdow being weak in body but of sound
    and Perfect Mind and memory do make and ordain
    this my last will and Testament in Manner
    and form following. That is to say I give &
    bequeath to my Children all my Personall
    Property whatever belongs me at the time of my
    Decease to be equally devided amongst them
    when all my Just Debts and Funeral Expences
    are paid and the proving of this my last will
    all that remaines I give unto them equal share &
    share alike to be paid by my Executors herein
    after mentioned Twelve months after my decease
    viz that is to say To my sons Richard Oldfield William
    Oldfield George Oldfield Michael Oldfield & Thom Oldfield
    and to my Daughters Susanna Roberts Elizabeth
    Foulks Ann Dunn & Mary Dicken and finally
    and lastly I do hereby appoint my son George
    and my Daughter Susanna to be my Executor
    and Executrix of this my last will
    and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto
    set my Hand and seal this twentieth day
    of November in the fifty third year of the reign of our
    Lord King George the Third and in the year of our
    Lord 1812.
    Signed seald published and declard
    by the before Named Elizabeth Oldfield
    To be Her Last will & testament in the
    Presenc of us who have hereunto subscribed
    our Names as Witnessess in the
    Presence of the Testator
                    \   Hannah Dicken
    Witness /   Ellin Banes                 Elizabeth Oldfield
    At Bakewell 14th April 1815.
    Let a probate of this will be granted to
    George Oldfield of Taddington Labourer &
    Susanna Roberts of the same place Widow
    the Executor and Executrix
                                      They being duly sworn as also
    Died in March         the personal Estate is not of
    last                            the value of 100
                                                  before me
                                      Richard Chapman
  22. Long after George's death, in 1850, his son Thomas gave his father's occupation on his marriage certificate, as farmer.
  23. Burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Ann
    Oldfield
    Priestcliffe 1821
    July
    29th
    46
    years
  24. Burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    George
    Oldfield
    Priest
    cliffe
    1822
    Octo
    28th
    53
    years



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