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Who are we looking in for In Derbyshire?

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Karen Report 25 Oct 2008 22:46

Hi Derek,
If it wasn't for 'stars' like yourself, people like me who , live Down Under.. would have lots of trouble tracing their trees. All help is greatly appreciated.

Cheers for now....
Karen of Brisbane


Derek Report 25 Oct 2008 23:57're an Angel's people like you that make itworth while.Sadly there are loads of people who
never even bother to answer....... thank you Derek


covlass Report 26 Oct 2008 09:35

Thankyou Derek yes benjamine was a game keeper !he died in nottingham in 1886 as far as I know he did marry in Nottingham an in 1871 was living with one of his sons Benjamine.
Thankyou for your help not knowing the area at all I know have a better idea of the area.
Not knowing Nottingham at all would you know where I should look for a possible place of marriage if his son was living in Barker Gate Nottingham in 1881?
Again many thanks Sharon


Derek Report 26 Oct 2008 11:27

Hi Sharon....just a quick update....Benjamin Brentnall senior apparently died 1886 in Notts.

Benjamin Brentnall junior married Ann fourth quarter of 1859 in Nottingham..and had six children

In 1871 Father benjamin was living with them.

In 1861 Father benjamin was living at Saxondale Village on his own.

1851 living at Bingham with his son John aged 10..who clealry had moved on by 1861
And don't forget that Ben senior was widowed by 1851, and since i can't find his wife asnywhere she probably died 1841. perhaps in childbirth..remember also benjamin junior was born 1834..and john 1841.
Good hunting



Madmeg Report 26 Oct 2008 22:28

Hi Derek

Hope you can help.

My gg grandfather was William Needham b 1796 in Tideswell, died 1885 in Windmill. He had two wives (1) Sarah Gregory m 17 Sep 1817 in Hope, who died before 1824 when he married (2) Hannah Downing in Nov 1824 also in Hope. My ancestor is his first child with Sarah, Mary, b 1818 in Tideswell, though on census records that gets altered to Windmill, Bakewell or Cressbrook. She married Abraham Oldfield in Macclesfield, and there the Needham line ends for me.

In 1861 and 1881, William is living in Little Hucklow. In 1851 in Litton, and in 1841 the same. He died in 1885 in Windmill, Little Hucklow.

As far as I can determine, William's parents were George Needham b 1765 in Beeley and Rebecca Drabble b 1765, married 1791 in Eyam. No other records seem likely, but there is no evidence to say that this one is correct.

I get a bit worried about them all dashing about between Hope, Eyam, Tideswell, Cressbrook, Beeley, Windmill and Bakewell. Although all those places are in the locality they are not particularly close for a family in the late 1700s with no transport. I live in North Derbyshire myself, so I know the locality, indeed my daughter has just booked her wedding venue for next year in Hope.

Given the Tideswell connection, I have scoured Tideswell Church cemetery and there is not a Needham in sight. If you look at the cencus records for Tideswell in 1841-1861 at least, the place is full of Needhams, yet none are buried in the "Cathedral of the Peak" churchyard. There is a Catholic church in Tideswell, I wonder if that is worth a search? I have tried the one just out of town off the main road, but those are later deaths (Municipal graveyard).

I have made VERY good friends on Genes with a chap whose ancestor is Thomas Needham born around 1800 in Tideswell. We can find no connection between the two of us at all.

I feel that cemetery records are likely to give us some information - do you have any?

For some reason the screen is not now letting me go back to FTM to give you further information on these families, but I do have some.

Are you able to help at all from what I have said?

Can add more later if need be.



Derek Report 26 Oct 2008 23:01

Hi Margaret......let me look at this tomorrow......I have loads of parish registers.....and i know i will have at least somne of your answers..but right now I'm watching cricket from the West indies!!



Derek Report 27 Oct 2008 09:46

Hi Margaret.have just had a quick look at Tideswell...hundredds of millions of Needhams of various spellings.....but seriously even if we tick to NEEDHAM there a huge number....and there are about 50 buried in the Church yard of ST.John the Baptist Tideswell!!!
I'm having a preliminary look at the names you have given me,because i have to out and about today..
More later


Derek Report 27 Oct 2008 10:28

Margaret..hope you've Bookmarked this thread!

Ok..I am able to confirm the THOMAS NEEDHAM info you sent me.except6 his birth, that i have not yet got around to
I try to be very accurate...and although there are three marriages for Thomas as you say....there is nothing to say that they are the same Thomas Needham..and you have to corroborate that foryourselves.....
Thomas Needham m. Margaret Hill 11.12.1820
Thomas Needham m Mary Swindell 25.12.1833
Thomas Needham m Eliza Rice 14.11.1850

Children of Thomas and margaret:
Edward 29.09.1822
Marianne 04.12.1825
William 05.07.1833
Thomas 19.12.1830
Sarah 07.06.1827

Ruth Swindell presumably dr of Mary b 16.1.1837

Since William died 1833..just going to checkj for you when Margaret died..



Derek Report 27 Oct 2008 10:37

Margaret..Yep....just as i suspected...a little 19th century tragedy..oft repeated.....Wiliam died 08.07.1833 aged three days.his mother Margaret died 12.07.1833 aged 33.....clearly the two events are related..

Edward needham born 29.09.1822 died 21.08.1895 aged 72

Thomas needham b 1802c died 1877 aged 75

Edward DID marry MARY VIGO.....Tideswell not bakewell.08.04.1844

More soon



Madmeg Report 27 Oct 2008 12:36

Hi Derek

You are confirming our findings so far. We believe that the Thomas who married 3 wives is the same one as the children appear with him and whichever wife at the time. My friend's ancestor is son Edward, born to Margaret. I don't recall if my friend knew of baby William but I think he had the death of Margaret.

It seems possible that St John the Baptist was their church - are there any records I can access?

Many thanks, and for your PMs too, I have probably repeated myself!



Derek Report 27 Oct 2008 12:44

Margaret .all the stuff I have sent you so far has been from the parish records of St john the baptist.Tideswell

.and i have them. complete....what i am sending you are the relevant entries from just ask......
As for burials..there are 52 burials of needhams in St Johns churchyard...none of them have a stone any longer,,becasue i also have data on most of the memorial inscriptions in derbyshire.....that still exist..
I have now moved on to Beeley..findings to follow



Derek Report 27 Oct 2008 12:52

Hi Margaret.Your friend's THOMAS NEEDHAM was not baptised at Tideswell..unless he was born either 1785..or 1815..there is no Thomas in between.

By the Needhams in the catholic Church..



Madmeg Report 27 Oct 2008 13:48

Hi Derek

The only baptisms for Thomas that seem about right are in 1800 in either Monyash or Chelmorton, born to Joseph and Mary. I cannot find such a Thomas on the 1841 or 1851 census living in those villages, only the fella in Tideswell. So we are a bit stuck there.

I wonder if you could look at the burial records for Thomas d 1877, William (mine) d 1885, Edward d 1895 and possibly George, b 1765, d after 1806. Might these tell us who else is buried with them?

Many thanks



Derek Report 27 Oct 2008 19:04

Ok Margaret..I have good news for you about Your WILLIAM NEEDHAM...He IS the son of George and Rebecca.which means i can give you two further generations before George...
George DID marry Rebecca Drabble Eyam..but he came from Hope to do it....which is a common factore in most of my work on here....the spouse finds his girl maybe a few villages away.and almost always marries her in her home we have a definite match george of Hope married Rebecca of Eyam
He then took her back with him to Hope...and they lived at GRINDLOW next village to Little Hucklow.
So even me with my pedantic correctness,am happy you have the right William and the right George.

George and rebecca had the following children,,registered baptisma at Tideswell..
William 17.07.1796
Robert 13.05.1798
Samuel 30.12.1804
Peter 30.04.1806

Get back to you in a mo with George's pedigree.......



Derek Report 27 Oct 2008 19:23

Hello again Margaret

Lets go back to c 1670..when one THOMAS NEEDHAM was born..he married ANN.and moved from wherever to Beeley...There is only one family in Beeley and its all yours....
Their children were:
CHARLES NEEDHAM b.02.05.1693
Hannah 12.05.1695
Deborah 09.11.1699

CHARLES married Sarah Calton (of bakewell) 19.08.1726 and their children were:
Mary b 05.01.1735

CHARLES married Elizabeth Bradley (of bakewell) 18.05.1758 and had the following children:

Henry 18.02.1759
Dorothy 27.07.1760
Charles 23.05.1762
John 13.10.1763
GEORGE 17.03.1765

I am happy with this.and have confirmed your abcestorWilliam and taken him back a further three generations.....



Madmeg Report 27 Oct 2008 19:47

Hi Derek

This is impressive after such a short time!

I sort of "had" William's brothers, presumably from IGI, I have an extra one Francis born 1793, but the confirmation is great cos of course I only have access to whatever is on IGI. I also sort of "had" George's brothers (but not the exact dates - are these birth dates or christening dates?).

I also sort of "had" Charles born early 1700s as a guess on my part, so 1693 is right.

Now re Charles b 1729 and Mary 1735, I also have Elizabeth 1731, these are probably from submitted records to IGI and unreliable compared to your records. I did not go any further back, so it is great that you have done so.

I note, however, that you have not located any fortune - and so far no Thomas, but I will see if I can search for George's brothers in the 1760s.

Unless of course, you'd like to do it for me....

But I do feel I have taken up a lot of your time.

Any luck with the burials I suggested?

Do you have any Cheshire ancestors I can help with, I have all sorts of CDs and stuff for the Macclesfield area.

Many, many thanks.



UzziWithTears Report 27 Oct 2008 19:50

Hi Derek
back again you have anything for the Beighton area ?


Derek Report 27 Oct 2008 20:55

Hi Margaret .I'm more than happy to follow up George's siblings for you......I'll let you know what i find......
Unfortunately i only have partial records for Hope Valley I'll have to search for Thomas elsewhere i think......
As for burial records....the only way you can find out who is in a grave is by whats on the stone.....or by cemetery records.....very difficult to find before about 1870..and we have 52 burials and no stones!! (at Tideswell.......



Derek Report 27 Oct 2008 23:20

Uzzi..Beighton is near Eckington.....which i might be able to help you with..hit me.......


UzziWithTears Report 28 Oct 2008 00:19

Looking for
Staniforth I have

Joseph Staniforth b c1834 Beighton
parent was John Staniforth who poss married Mary Tinley m 1814 beighton )

Makes John between 1787 and 1791

looking for parents of John Staniforth
Any idea ?

Thanks Uzzi