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George Allen

1870-1939

George Allen

Father William Allen
Mother Mary Ann Wood
Wife Mary Hodgkinson
Children Fred, George, Edith Mary, Martha, Joseph, Ernest, Ann, Matthew, John Thomas, Doris May, Norman


George was born in Flagg, Derbyshire on 5th November 1870 (1), the 4th child (2) of William and Mary, (but wasn't baptised till 3 years later at St John the Baptist's in Chelmorton (3)). In April of the following year he appears in the census (4) as a 5 month old baby, along with his parents and three older brothers William, Samuel and Joseph, in the family home in Flagg.

His sister Martha Ann was born when he was about 5 (5) and the whole family can be seen together for the only time in the 1881 census (6), where George is shown as 10 year old schoolboy. Soon after this his next elder brother Joseph died (7) aged about 13.

By April 1891 he had moved out of his parents home, but was still in Flagg, living on Highfield House Farm, where both he and his elder brother Wiliam, were working for Joseph Needham (8).

At St John the Baptist's in Chelmorton, on 19th October 1898, he married Mary Hodgkinson (9), a Flagg girl who he would have known since childhood, although she had been working as a live-in domestic a few miles away in a few years earlier (10), so its not clear if or when she moved back to Flagg prior to their wedding, The marriage certificate gives his occupation as labourer (9). This may well have been something of a "shotgun wedding" as their first child Fred was born just 5 months later, by which time the family had set up home at Back O'th' Hill in Flagg, and George is described as a farm labourer. (11). They were still there in March 1901 (3 months after the birth of their second child, George), when the census shows that Mary's father Matt also lived at Back O'th' Hill Farm, (12) so it would seem likely that he had taken in his daughter's husband and family, and given George a job. George had also advanced from a farm labourer to a "W. Farmer" - it's not clear what the W stands for but it presumably differentiates him from his father-in-law, and indeed all the other farmers in the village, signifying that he was a "junior" farmer of some description. Their living arrangements are not clear as the census shows two different households, but both at the same address. A map (13) from around the time doesn't shed any light on whether there were two seperate "abodes" at the farm.

In 1902 Mary's uncle, Thomas Needham, bought Highfield House Farm in Flagg (where George had worked as a teenager) and rented it to George and Mary (14). George lived there for the rest of his life.

His mother died in 1904 (19), and then his father in 1913 (20).

Over the next 20 years George and Mary had another 9 children. Strangely George and Mary are said not to have gone to any of their children's weddings (14) but the reason is unknown!

George was one of the "school managers" in Flagg from 1913 to 1921 (15)

George died at Highfield House on 25th September 1939, aged 68, from a cerebral haemourhage (16) and was buried at Taddington three days later (17). Mary survived him by nearly 10 years (18). Years later, after Mary died and their estate was settled, he was seen to have been 'reasonably' well off in comparison with his parents with each of the eleven children's shares being equal to 479 7s 1d. Part of this was raised from the sale of Kidd Barn Farm and land at "Cro'shi" (14).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. 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
    Fifth November 1870, Flagg George Boy William Allen Mary Ann Allen, formerly Wood Lead Miner William Allen, Father, Flagg First December 1870
  2. See his parents' pages for details
  3. Baptism entry in Parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    When baptized Child's
    Christian Name
    Parents
    Christian Name
    Parents
    Surname
    Abode Quality, Trade
    or Profession
    1873
    Nov
    16st
    George
    son of
    William
    &
    Mary Ann
    Allen Flagg Labourer
  4. Census of 2nd April 1871 reads:
    Place: Flagg
    William Allen Head Mar 37 Farmer of 10 acres Derbyshire, Flagg
    Mary A Do Wife Mar 36 Farmer's wife Do, Sterndale
    William Do Son . 9 Scholar Do, Do
    Samuel Do Son . 7 Do Do, Flagg
    Joseph Do Son . 3 Do Do, Do
    George Do Son . 5 Mo . Do, Do
  5. The 1881 census (06) gives her age as 6, and the index of registrations of births shows that a Martha Ann Allen was registered in the fourth quarter of 1874 in Bakewell district. However, she wasn't baptied until 1878 in Chelmorton:
    When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    Dec
    8
    Martha William
    &
    Mary
    Ann
    Allen Flagg Labourer
  6. Census of 3rd April 1881 reads: (Note that Martha Ann has been mis-entered as Mary Ann)
    Place: Flagg
    William Allen Head Mar 47 Lead Miner Derbyshire, Flagg
    Mary Ann do Wife do 46 do do's wife do, High Needham
    William do Son Unm 19 Lead Miners Son do, Flagg
    Samuel do do do 16 do do do do, do
    Joseph do do do 13 Scholar do, do
    George do do do 10 Scholar do, do
    Mary Ann do Dau . 6 do do, do
  7. Burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Joseph Allen Taddington April
    13th
    [1881]
    13
  8. Census of 5th April 1891 reads:
    Place: Highfield House, Flagg
    Joseph Needham Head M 55 Farmer Flagg, Derbyshire
    - various other - - - - - people in - - the household -
    William Allen Serv S 28 Farm Servant Flagg, Derbyshire
    George do Serv S 18 do do do, do
  9. Marriage Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    1898 Marriage solemnized at Chelmorton 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
    Oct 19 1898 George Allen 27 Bachelor Labourer Flagg William Allen Labourer
    Mary Hodgkinson 21 Spinster - Flagg Matthew Hodgkinson Farmer
    Married in the Church of Chelmorton according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England after banns
    in the presence of Matthew Hodgkinson, Jane Hodgkinson
  10. Census of 5th April 1891 reads:
    Place: Torr Farm, Middleton, Youlegreave
    William Needham Head M 39 Farmer Derbyshire, Sterndale
    - various other - - - - - people in - - the household -
    Mary Hodgkinson Serv S 14 General Servant (Domestic) Derby, Hubberdale
  11. Son Fred's 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
    Fourteenth March 1899, Back-oth-Hill, Flagg, RD Fred Boy George Allen Mary Allen, formerly Hodgkinson Farm Labourer Mary Allen, Mother, Back-oth-Hill, Flagg Third May 1899
  12. Census of 31st March 1901 reads:
    Place: Back O'th Hill, Flagg
    Matt Hodgkinson Head Widr 70 Farmer Employer, Own Acc at home Greensides
    Matt Hodgkinson Son S 31 Farmer's Son Worker . Hubberdale, Flagg, Derby
    William Hodgkinson Son S 22 do do Worker . do do do
    Thomas Hodgkinson Son S 20 do do Worker . do do do
    Jane do Daug S 16 Farmer's Daughter Worker . do do do
    . . . Different household at the same address . .
    George Allen Head M 30 W. Farmer Own Acc . Flagg, Derbyshire
    Mary do Wife M 24 . . . do do
    Fred do Son S 2 . . . do do
    George do Son S 3 months . . . do do
  13. Ordnance Survey map of 1897
  14. Information from living relatives.
  15. Apparently in school log book, which is archived at DRO. I have not verified this.
  16. 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-fifth September 1939, Highfield Farm, Flagg, Bakewell, RD George Allen Male 68 years Farmer (a) Cerebral haemourhage Certified by Walter J Bagot MB E Allen, Son, Present at the death, Brushfield Farm, Taddington Twenty-seventh September 1939
  17. Burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    George Allen Highfield
    Farm,
    Flagg
    September
    28th
    1939
    68
    years
  18. Wife Mary's 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-first March 1949, Back o'th'Hill Farm, Flagg, Bakewell, RD Mary ALLEN Female 72 years of Moor View Flagg, RD. Widow of George Allen, a farmer I (a) Myoconditis (b) Influenza Certified by Hugh S Watson MB E M Gregory, Daughter, Present at the death, Back o'th'Hill Farm, Flagg Twenty third March 1949
  19. 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 Seventh November 1904, Flagg, RD Mary Ann Allen Female 70 years Wife of William Allen, a General Labourer Broncho Pneumonia (5 Days), Fatty Heart (2 years 6 months), Certified by [Astable?] Wood MRCS X The mark of William Henry Allen, Son. Present at the Death. Flagg Twenty ninth November 1904
  20. 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
    Found dead
    Sixteenth
    March
    1913
    Slipperlow
    Taddington
    RD
    William Allen Male 75
    years
    Labourer Exposure following
    injuries received
    in accidental
    fall
    Certificate received
    from Sydney Taylor
    Coroner for the Hundred
    of High Peak re
    Inquest held
    Seventeenth March 1913
    Eighteenth
    March
    1913
  21. Census of 2rd April 1911 reads:
    George Allen Head 40 Married         Farmer   own account at Home Derbyshire, Flagg
    Mary Allen Head 34 Married 12 7 7 none         Derbyshire, Flagg
    Fred Allen Son 12           School       Derbyshire, Flagg
    George Allen Son 10               "       Derbyshire, Flagg
    Edith Mary Allen Daughter 8                   Derbyshire, Flagg
    Martha Anne Allen Daughter 7                   Derbyshire, Flagg
    Ernest Allen Son 5                   Derbyshire, Flagg
    Annie Ellen Allen Daughter 3                   Derbyshire, Flagg
    Matthew William Allen Son 2                   Derbyshire, Flagg
    Ann Ellen Dicken Lodger 63 Single         Dressmaker   own a/c at Home Derbyshire, Flagg
    Number of Rooms: 8
    Postal Address: Highfield Farm, Flagg, Buxton



Notes:

Find details of his children's baptisms - none were baptised in Chelmorton. (or Monyash or Taddington)
Get official copy of his will/probate to confirm details
Confirm details of school log books at DRO


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