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Mary Hodgkinson

1876 - 1949


Mary Hodgkinson

Father Matthew Hodgkinson
Mother Mary Ellen Kirkham
Husband George Allen
Children Fred, George, Edith Mary, Martha, Joseph, Ernest, Ann, Matthew, John Thomas, Doris May, Norman


Mary was born at Hubberdale in Flagg, Derbyshire on 11th September 1876 (1), the 4th child of Matthew and Mary Ellen. She had an older brother Matthew, and two older sisters, Ellen and Hannah. Her younger brother William was born a couple of years later, followed by Thomas in March 1881 (2). On the 3rd April that year, the family appears in the census (3), living at Hubberdale in Flagg, along with a Rosie Mellor, described as niece (to Mary's father) which would presumably make her Mary's cousin. However I have yet to find the exact relationship.Her youngest sister Jane was born about 3 years later (4).

Her mother died in June 1886 (5), when Mary was just 9 years old. By the time of the 1891 census (6), Mary had left home and was a live in domestic servant on William Needham's farm (Torr Farm) in Middleton, near Youlgreave.

She married George Allen on 19th October 1898 at St John the Baptist's in Chelmorton (7). She was about 4 months pregnant at the time, so this may have been something of a "shotgun wedding". George, six years her senior, also came from Flagg, so she had undoubtably known him all her life. The marriage certificate (7) states that she was resident in Flagg, which indicates that she had moved back there prior to her marriage.

Their first child Fred was born 5 months later on 14th March 1899, at which time the family were living at Back O'th' Hill in Flagg (8), almost certainly with Mary's father, as in March 1901 (3 months after the birth of their second child, George), the census shows that Mary's father Matt also lived at Back O'th' Hill Farm, though in a seperate family group (9). It seems likely that she and George lived there, with her father, from when they were married. It was said that she and George had "started out" with 100, which was believed to have come from her family (10).

In 1902 Mary's uncle, Thomas Kirkham, bought Highfield House Farm in Flagg, and rented it to George and her (10). Her father died in 1909 (14).

Between the birth of George, and 1920, she had another 9 children, namely Edith Mary, Martha, Joseph, Ernest, Ann, Matthew William, John Thomas, Doris May and Norman. After this she is said to have been the local midwife in the late 1920s and early 1930s, although its unclear whether this was in any sort of official capacity or not (10). Strangely George and Mary are said not to have gone to any of their children's weddings (10) but the reason isn't known!

George died on 25th September 1939 (11). Mary continued to live at Highfield House Farm until sons Tom and Joe married and left home, and Norman went to work at Brushfield. She then went to live at 1 Moor View, Flagg. When son Joe left Chelmorton and went to work in the quarry he took over Moor View and Mary went to live at Box Tree Cottage, just below Moor View (10).

Mary died on 21st March 1949 (12), and was buried in Taddington three days later (13). When the estate was settled, she and George were seen to have been 'reasonably' well off 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" (10).


Brief details of her 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
    Eleventh September 1876, Upperdale, Flagg Mary Girl Matthew Hodgkinson Mary Ellen Hodgkinson, formerly Kirkham Farmer Matthew Hodgkinson, Father, Upperdale, Flagg Sixteenth October 1876
    Note that "Upperdale" is undoubtably a mistake by the registrar for "Hubberdale".
  2. See her parents' pages for details
  3. Census of 3rd April 1881 reads: (Note that Mary Ellen appears to have been mis-entered as May Elizth)
    Place: Hubberdale, Flagg
    Matthew Hodgkinson Head Mar 50 Farmer of 64 Acres Derbyshire, Flagg
    May Elizth do Wife Mar 38 Farmer's wife Staffordshire, Longnor
    Matthew do Son . 11 Scholar Derbyshire, Flagg
    Ellen do Dau . 9 do do do
    Hannah do do . 7 do do do
    Mary do do . 4 do do do
    William do Son . 2 . do do
    Thomas do do . 1m . do do
    Rosie Mellor Niece Unm 18 Visitor do, Taddington
  4. According to her age in the 1891 and 1901 (9) censuses.
  5. Mary Ellen Hodgkinson'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
    Sisteenth June 1886, Hubberdale, Flagg, Bakewell Mary Ellen Hodgkinson Female 43 years Wife of Matthew Hodgkinson, Farmer Disease of organs of Circulation, Certified by Philip S [??????] Matthew Hodgkinson, Widower of deseased, In Attendance, Hubberdale, Flagg Seventeenth June 1886
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Information from living relatives.
  11. Husband George'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-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
  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-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
  13. Burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Mary Allen Flagg March
    24
    1949
    72
    years
  14. Her father'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 October 1909, Flagg RD Mathew Hodgkinson Male 78 years Farmer Old age, Certified by Philip S [Hulme?] MD M Hodgkinson, Son, present at the death, Flagg Twenty Second October 1909
  15. 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 her children's baptisms - none were baptised in Chelmorton. (or Monyash or Taddington)


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