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Joseph Wood

1768 - 1853

Father Joseph Wood
Mother Mary Needham
Wife Jane Bembrigg
Children William, Mary, Sarah, Jane, Joseph, Mary, William


Joseph was born at Ridge End, a farm about a mile north-west of Sheen, in 1768 (1)(1851), the eldest son of Joseph & Mary Wood. He had three younger brothers, William (born 1771) (2), George (1777) (3) and Thomas (1780) (4). The family lived on a couple of different farms, but had settled at Flat Head, just a few yards from where he was born at Ridge End, by the time he was 9 (5) . His father died young in 1782 (6), which would have left Joseph as the "man of the house" at just 13. He left home to go and live in Earl Sterndale sometime before 1792, when he was working there as a husbandman (7). On 21st February that year he married Jane Bunting (7) who was already very heavily pregnant at the time (8). They set up home in Hurdlow, and within a matter of days their first child William was born (9).

By early 1795 they had moved to Elkstone, where their eldest daughter Mary was born (10). Joseph's mother died in early 1798 (11), then he had another daughter, Sarah, a few weeks later (12). In January 1799 his only son William died (13)(15), followed within a few days by his eldest daughter Mary (13)(15). Another daughter, Jane, was born in 1802 (16), then a son Joseph in 1804 (17), and youngest daughter Mary in 1806 (18). His youngest son was William, born in 1809 (19).

Joseph junior, his (then) eldest son died in 1824 (20)(21). Joseph had moved back to Hurdlow by this time (22). His wife Jane died there a couple of years later in August 1826 (23). Joseph was listed amongst the farmers of Hartington Middle Quarter in 1829 (25) (he would almost certainly still be in Hurdlow, which is in Hartington Middle Quarter), and then in the census of 1841 he is also shown there as a farmer, living with his daughter Mary (26). A directory of 1846 also lists him as a farmer, but more precisely shows him in Hurdlow (27).

He was still in Hartington Middle Quarter at the time of the 1851 census (28), which lists him as an 82 year old retired farmer. His daughter Mary had left home by then, and he had a 62 year old spinster living with him as house maid. However its likely he had left Hurdlow and moved to Glutton Bridge by then (also in Hartington Middle Quarter), as he had already given up his farm to his son William, and was living in Glutton Bridge at the time of his death on 18th January 1853 (29). He was buried in Sheen 4 days later (30).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Entry in Parish register of St Luke's, Sheen reads:
    1768, Aug 7th Bapt Joseph S of Joseph and Mary Wood, Ridge End
  2. Entry in Parish register of St Luke's, Sheen reads:
    1771, Mar 24th Bapt William S of Joseph and Mary Wood, Lowend
  3. Entry in Parish register of St Luke's, Sheen reads:
    1778, Jan 1st Bapt George S of Joseph and Mary Wood, Flathead
  4. Entry in Parish register of St Luke's, Sheen reads:
    1780, Mar 4th Bapt Thomas S of Joseph and Mary Wood, Flathead
  5. At the time of Joseph's baptism in 1768 the family were at Ridge End (1), but by the time his brother William was baptised in 1771 they had moved a couple of miles south to Lowend (2). However by the time George was baptised in 1778 they were living close to where thay started in Flathead (3).
  6. Entry in Parish register of St Luke's, Sheen reads:
    1782, Jan 13th Bur Joseph Wood, Flat-head
  7. Parish Register of St Michael & All Angels', Earl Sterndale includes the entry:
    Joseph Wood of this Parish husbandman
    & Jane Bembrigg of the same Parish were
    Married in this Chapel by Banns
    this twenty first Day of Feby in the Year One Thousand seven Hundred
    and ninety two By me Thos Blackey Minister

    The Marriage was solemnized between Us Joseph his+mark Wood
    Jane her+mark Bembrigg
    In the Presence of Thomas Bembrig
    William Slaigh
  8. Their son William was baptised less than 2 weeks later (9), so must have been born within a week or so of the wedding.
  9. Parish Register of St Michael & All Angels', Earl Sterndale includes the entry:
    [1792] March 4th Baptised William Wood the son of Joseph and Jane Wood of the Hurdlowe
  10. Entry in Parish register of St John the Baptist's, Elkstone reads:
    1795, Feb 15th Bapt Mary Daughter of Joseph and Jane Wood
  11. Entry in Parish register of St Luke's, Sheen reads:
    1798, Feb 15th Buried Mary Wood of Slate House
  12. Entry in Parish register of St John the Baptist's, Elkstone reads:
    1798, April 29th Bapt Sarah Daughter of Joseph and Jane Wood
  13. Undated note in Parish register of St John the Baptist's, Elkstone appearing between entries from January and March 1799 reads:
    Two Children of Joseph and Jane Wood Interd at Sheen
  14. Entry in Parish register of St Luke's, Sheen reads:
    1799, Jan 26th Buried William Wood
  15. Entry in Parish register of St Luke's, Sheen reads:
    1799, Feb 2nd Buried Mary Wood of Elkstone
  16. Entry in Parish register of St John the Baptist's, Elkstone reads:
    1802, Jan 24th Bapt Jane Daughter of Joseph and Jane Wood
  17. Entry in Parish register of St John the Baptist's, Elkstone reads:
    1804, July 1st Bapt Joseph Son of Joseph and Jane Wood
  18. Entry in Parish register of St John the Baptist's, Elkstone reads:
    1806, July 27th Bapt Mary Daughter of Joseph and Jane Wood
  19. Entry in Parish register of St John the Baptist's, Elkstone reads:
    1809, Nov 5st Bapt William Son of Joseph and Jane Wood
  20. Memorial Inscription from Sheen graveyard (transcription from Staffs FHS) reads:
    Joseph Wood son of Joseph and Jane Wood of Hurdlow died 4/11/1824
    also of Jane wife of Joseph Wood and mother of the above Joseph Wood died 5/8/1828 aged 39
  21. Burial Entry in Parish register of St Luke's, Sheen reads:
    Joseph Wood, Elkstone, 7th November 1824, 20
  22. His son's burial states he was living in Elkstone (21), while his memorial inscription states that his parents were from Hurdlow (20). Whilst its possible that the inscription wasn't written until the death of Jane 4 years later, and that Joseph moved there some time before that, its far more likely that the first part of the inscription was written soon after the death of Joseph junior, and Joseph senior had already moved to Hurdlow and his son Joseph had stayed behind in Elkstone. That being the case, Joseph junior must have been old enough not to have moved with his parents, so the move can't have been too long beforehand.
  23. The transcript of her memorial inscription says she did in 1828 aged 39 (20), whilst her burial record in Sheen parish register claims she was buried in 1826 aged 58 (24). The parish register cannot be two years out as the entries are sequential, and she could not have been as young as 39 as her eldest child was born 34 years earlier, so I have treat the information from the transcript of the MI with great scepticism (the stone may be corroded, or it may simply be transcription errors).
  24. Burial Entry in Parish register of St Luke's, Sheen reads:
    Jane Wood, Hurdlow, 8th August 1826, 58
  25. Glover's Directory of Derbyshire 1829, p73, under Hartington Middle Quarter is listed "Wood Joseph, farmer"
  26. Census of 7th June 1841 reads:
    Place: Hartington Middle Quarter
    Joseph Wood 70 Farmer N
    Mary Do 30   N
    George Limer 15 MS N
  27. Bagshaw's Directoy of Derbyshire 1846, p366 lists Joseph Wood as one of the two farmers in Hurdlow.
  28. Census of 30th March 1851 reads:
    Place: Hartington Middle Quarter
    Joseph Wood Head Widr 82 Retired Farmer Stafford, Sheen
    Alice Hulme Serv U 62 House Maid Derby, Chelmorton
  29. 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
    Eighteenth January 1853
    Glutton
    Hartington Middle Quarter
    Joseph Wood male 85 years Farmer Old age
    Dropsy
    not certified
    Saml Heathcote
    present at the death
    Glutton
    Hartington Middle Quarter
    Twenty first January 1853
  30. Burial Entry in Parish register of St Luke's, Sheen reads:
    Joseph Wood; Glutton Bridge Sterndale; 22nd January 1853; 85



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