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John Sheldon

1771 - 1852

Father James Sheldon
Mother unknown
Wife Hannah Heathcote
Children Betty, Ann, Jane, Martha, Sarah, John, Robert, Joseph


John was born in Wirksorth in 1771, the son of James (1). His younger sister Ann was born in 1773 (2), and his youngest brother James in 1775 (3).

He moved to Ashford sometime prior to 15th September 1793, on which date he married Hannah Heathcote, at All Saints, Bakewell. He was unable to sign his own name (4).

They set up home in Ashford, and their first child Betty was born in 1794 (5). Unfortunately she lived for less than a year, dying in April 1795 (6). Their next daughter, Ann, was born in 1797 (7), followed by Jane around 1799 (13), Martha in 1802 (8), and Sarah in 1805 (9). John, their first son, was born in about 1808 (or possibly a little earlier) (10). Their daughter Sarah died in March 1812 (11), and a couple of weeks later a son called Robert also died (12) (but no record of his birth has been found, so his age at the time is unknown). Their daughter Jane died in January 1816 (13), a few months before their youngest child, Joseph, was born towards the end of that year (14). John was working as a Framework knitter at the time (14).

By the time of his son Joseph's marriage in December 1837, John had become a gardener (15), and he was still doing that the following March when his wife Hannah died (16). The census of June 1841 shows him primarily living with his son John, although in what is shown as a seperate household within the same building, are his teenage grand-daughters Jane & Hannah Downes, who I assume to have lived with him at the time; along with his daughter Martha, and her children Thomas & Emily, who were probably only visiting, as they also appeared, along with Martha's husband and his family, in Edensor where they apparently lived. (17).

By the following census in 1851, there is no sign of any grandchildren living with him, only his son John. Although his son was working as a framework knitter, John himself was by then described as a pauper (18). He died on 26th February the following year, aged 81 (19), and was buried in Ashford 3 days later (20).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Parish Register of St Marys, Wirksworth includes the entry:
    [Baptisms June 1771] John son of James Sheldon of Wirksworth 26
  2. Parish Register of St Marys, Wirksworth includes the entry:
    [Baptisms July 1773] Ann daughter of James Sheldon of Wirksworth 14
  3. Parish Register of St Marys, Wirksworth includes the entry:
    [Baptisms June 1775] James son of James Sheldon of Wirksworth 9
  4. Marriage entry in the parish register of All Saints, Bakewell states :
    John Sheldon & Hanah Heathcote
    both of Ashford in this Parish were
    Married in this Church by Banns
    this fifteenth Day of September in the Year One Thousand seven Hundred
    and ninety three By me Richard Chapman Vicar

    The Marriage was solemnized between Us John Sheldon   His X Mark
    Hannah Heathcote   her X Mark
    In the Presence of Matthew Thorpe
    Philip Roe
  5. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    [15th June 1794] Bapd Betty Daugr of John & Hannah Sheldon
  6. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    [April 1795] the 12 Burd Betty Daugr of John & Hannah Sheldon
  7. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    [23rd April 1797] Bapd Ann Daugr of John & Hannah Sheldon
  8. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    [December 1802] the 25 Bapd Martha Daugr of John & Hannah Sheldon
  9. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    [9th June 1805] Bapd Sarah Daugr of John & Hannah Sheldon
  10. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    [12th February 1808] Bapd Martha Son of John & Hannah Sheldon
    .
    However, later declarations of his age on censuses imply he was born around 1806. He may not have been baptised until a year or two after birth for some reason.
  11. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    [1812] Mar 8 Burd Sarah Daugr of John & Hannah Sheldon
  12. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    [Mar 1812] the 28 Burd Robt Son of John & Hannah Sheldon
  13. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Jane Daughter of
    John & Hannah
    Sheldon
    Ashford January
    28th
    1816
    16
  14. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    17th November  
    [1816]
    Joseph
    Son of
    John
    Hannah
    Sheldon Ashford   Frame Work Knitter
  15. Marriage Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    1837 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church 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
    Dec'r 11th
    [1837]
    Joseph Sheldon of full age Bachelor Frame work Knitter Ashford John Sheldon Gardener
    Mary Howard Minor Spinster Living with her Father Ashford Francis Howard Frame Work Knitter
    Married in the Chirch at Bakewell according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns
    in the presence of Benjamin Bradbury, Hannah Bradbury
  16. Death Certificate from Registration District of Matlock, Bakewell and Tideswell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    1838, March 18, Ashford Hannah Sheldon Female 63 Wife of John Sheldon, Gardener Decline The mark of Jane Downes, Grandaughter to the deceased, Ashford 1838, March 28
  17. Census of 7th June 1841 reads:
    Place: Ashford
    John Sheldon 66 Gardener
    John Sheldon 35 F. W. Knitter
       /     (Different household in same building)
    Jane Downs 17  
    Hannah Down 15  
    Martha Hutchinson 35  
    Thos do 5  
    Emily do 5  
  18. Census of 30th March 1851 reads:
    Place: Court Lane, Ashford
    John Sheldon Head Wid 80 Pauper [Derbys], Wirksworth
    John do Son U 45 Frame Work Knitter do, Ashford
  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 sixth February 1852 Ashford John Sheldon male 81 years Framework Knitter Old age, no medical attendant The mark of John Sheldon, Present at the death, Ashford Twenty seventh February 1852
  20. The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Ashford contains the entry:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    John Sheldon Ashford Feby
    29
    1852
    81



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