Updated 7 Feb 2004
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Stuart Flint has sent me these
wonderful emails, telling
how his ancestors are connected with many other families
in the Wirksworth Area. Thanks Stuart, I hope many more
folk with Wirksworth connections do the same.
Surnames mentioned in these emails:
From: STUART FLINT [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 20:44:13 +0000 (GMT)
The following is a response to your request for information concerning
photos on your site.
Photo 097 on your old photo pages was at one time
my family home which my father rented from Samuel and Roseanne SLACK
in the 1940s. South View was renamed by my father Axeholme...We lived
there up to approx 1952 and then moved to Highfields which is shown on
Photo 096 which Dad purchased from George BRACE
who was our relation..
Highfields is the house in the background with two windows facing the
lane ..The house on the left of Highfields was owned by my Grandfather
and Mother John and Annie WALKER nee CAULDWELL..John WALKER was
son of Joseph and Martha WALKER nee SHELDON Josephs 3rd wife...
Joseph WALKER's 1st wife was Anne WRIGHT of Bolehill who was also my
kin as we share the same Grandforebear Robert FROST Mining Agent..
Joseph's 2nd wife was Margaret FLETCHER who was Derek WALKER's
grandforebare. Opposite my grandfather's house was William AXE who
married Rose KILLER who was niece of my Gr Gr Grandmother Mary KILLER
who married Samuel FLINT. The first Wharfinger employed in 1835 on
The Cromford & High Peak Railway on it being opened.. Samuel was also
a coal Merchant in his own business at Middle Peak Wharf at one time
in partnership with his cousin Isaac SPENCER whose forebear had
married into the SIMPSON family of Bonsall, Middleton and
Wirksworth/Idridgehay .. Samuel FLINT's mother's maiden name was
Elizabeth COLLEDGE.. Elizabeth's mother was Millicent SIMPSON daughter
of Peter and Ellen SIMPSON nee CURZON of Millers Green and Crich
respectively. Peter SIMPSON was a relation of Mary who married
Richard ARKWRIGHT 2nd..Peter was a Woolcomber at a workshop in the
area where Sir Richard ARKWRIGHT built his Haarlem Mill in the 1780s
one of his first mills using water power via the Ecclesbourne Brook..
Mary KILLER's brother William KILLER founded Killers Quarry in 1845
and after his first wife Mary WILLANS died he remarried Anna BROWNSON
who was Grt Grandfather Joseph WALKER's sister Elizabeth WALKER's
daughter.. William and Anna had a son Thomas Samuel KILLER who married
Elizabeth MATHER, daughter of Thomas and Pheobe MATHER nee SPENCER.
Thomas's sister Millicent married 1st wife Daniel DOXEY a kinsman
of the KILKENNY Doxey's...Millicent married her 2nd husband William
EVANS who was my wife's Grt Uncle.....Roseanne SLACK was also my kin
and my wife's kinswoman as my wife's Grt Grt Grandmother was Mary SLACK,
daughter of John and Esther SLACK who married Joseph EVANS.
Joseph's Gr Grandaughter was Dorothy EVANS, my wife's mother..
Herbert EVANS her father who married Sarah Jane HALL who was a kin of
my family via FLINT/HALL marriages. My wifes 5xGrandparents were
Caleb and Hannah HALL nee FLINT, my direct 5xAunt. Caleb was son of
Gamaliel HALL who was a partner at Goodluck Mine Via Gellia, owned
by HALLs (Ebenezer). Gamaliel was killed at Goodluck Mine when he fell
down the shaft when a Stemple gave way.. at the inquest the barmaster
was Adam SIMPSON father of Mary who married Richard ARKWRIGHT 2nd.
The jurymen were all my wife's/my family of SLACK..GODBEHERE..ASHOVER..
HALL..etc. Alfred AXE, I believe, was Uncle of Samuel AXE married
Ellen JONES as his first wife.. Ellen's mother was my direct 4xAunt
Mary FLINT who married Peter JONES.. The house where William and Rose
AXE lived at the bottom of Chapel Lane was previously where my
Grandmother Gwenillian SPRAKE came as Governess to a Lord
BUTTERLEY or BATTERLEY who often visited Middleton on business.. My
Grandmother was born at Blaenafon, South Wales where her father Edwin
was Iron Master/General Manager at Blaenafon Iron Works. Blaenafon
Iron Works purchased Fluxing stone from KILLER Bros... Gwenillian married
William FLINT in 1886. Grandfather was born 1863 at Friden where his
father Henry son of Samuel and Mary FLINT nee KILLER was like his
father Wharfinger and Stationmaster at Friden and Parsley Hay Station...
He also ran his own business as a Corn/Flour Merchant from premises at
Parsley Hay Station and Hulme End.. William at age 18 is noted in the
1881 census for Hartington as an Agricultural labourer at Dains farm and
Inn Newhaven .... 60 years previous a distant kinsman Henry FLINT had
married Margaret DAIN of the same family. Cornelius FLINT was father
to him and to William FLINT and Charles FLINT who became a doctor and
was a major shareholder in The London North Western Railway Co.,
North Staffs Railway Co., Cromford Canal Co., Cromford & High Peak
Railway Co. Cornelius FLINT was Mining agent at Ecton Copper Mine and
mines at Grassington Yorkshire.. 1760s- re Duke of Devonshire and had
shares in Hubbersdale Lead Mine at Flagg ..Cornelius was also involved
with Boulton & Watt in improving the water capacity which could be pumped
from the mines he was involved with re The Newcomen Pumping Engine..I
have seen his drawings sent to James Watt for approval.
Dr.Charles FLINT F.R.C.S. had a practice at Leek with partners
Dr James BRINDLEY and Dr CHADWICK and married Elizabeth GOUGH of
Manchester whose father and mother were cousins Joseph and Mary GOUGH,
Joseph Land Agent to Sir John GERRARD at estates in Westmoreland and
Manchester...The GOUGH family were Quakers, Elizabeth's brother
is immortalised in two poems by Sir Walter SCOTT and William WORDSWORTH
in that Charles GOUGH in 1820 broke with family tradition and joined the
Volunteer Corp, an early day Dad's Army, formed due to a threat of
Napolean invading Britain.. Charles GOUGH was disowned by The Society
of Friends as was Dr Charles FLINT when he also joined the Corp..
as an Officer Medic..Charles GOUGH whilst on exercises with the corp
at Grasmere being a fine landscape painter, against his officer's
advice, set out with only his dog Foxie as companion to climb Helvelyn,
a nearby mountain. On reaching the place known as Red Tarn he fell..
His skeletal body was found some weeks later by a shepherd with his
faithful dog Foxie stood over his body... Edwin LANDSEER also painted
a depiction of GOUGH lying at the foot of Red Tarn.. In 1891 Cannon
RAWLINSON the founder of the National Trust built a memorial on Helvelyn
to Charles GOUGH which to this day the N.T. care for.. WORDSWORTH's poem
is Fidelity, Sir Walter SCOTT's Helvelyn. I have both in my posession
and the wills and private documents of Charles FLINT and his last heir
Elizabeth who died in 1905 aged 86 years, the last of her line..
The GOUGH family and I have communicated about our joint families.
Middleton Mount Zion Methodist Church Photo 149
was built by
Joseph WALKER & Sons, Wirksworth, my mothers WALKER family.. John
WALKER my Grandfather was a journeyman joiner with the firm and made
the pews, choir stalls and organ casings... Walkers had the contract
from approx 1850 - 1900 to build railway property on
The London & North Western Railway Co line from Monmouth - Carlisle and
into West Yorkshire. My Uncles Joseph, Alec and John were all born
en route at Lancaster and Carlisle whilst my Aunt Doris who was a
senior manager at Lea Mills 1930s - 1960 was born near Barnsley..
Uncle Alec a soldier in the Lancashire Regiment was killed in France
1st W.W.. buried at Albert War Graves Cemetary Belgium.. Uncle John
was a Captain in the Coldstream Guards in the 1st W.W. Uncle John and
Joseph were Master Stonemasons. Uncle John married Nellie ENGLAND
daughter of the General Manager of Winning A & B Coal Mines Blackwell
who was a school teacher at Middleton School in approx 1918..
After the 1st War they moved to Kent and established a Building Co.
Uncle Joseph married Celia COOPER of Skegby nr Sutton in Ashfield..
She was a school teacher at Cromford C of E School; built by
Richard ARKWRIGHT 2nd. They moved to Westcliffe On Sea and built
Guest Houses which to my knowledge his heirs still own to this day ..
Derek WALKER has photographs of my kin on his computer which he was
going to place on your web site some months ago.. I have now completed
my family history and in the process have found mistakes on the site
I placed on your web pages.. although it is only on the FLINT history..
If it is possible to make slight alterations I would be obliged..
My other kinsmen that I have completed are COLLEDGEs, EVANS, SLACK,
FARNSWORTH, SHELDON, WRAGG, BRAILSFORD, SIMPSON, WRIGHT, FROST, ALLEN
From: STUART FLINT [email@example.com]
Subject: Photo 202 / and correction
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2004 16:33:37 +0000 (GMT)
Thank you for making my last e mail tidy on your site..One small detail I got wrong..Charles Gough on the report set out to climb Helvelyn in 1805 not 1820 as I stated..
On Photo 202 William Wesley MARSDEN was son
of Daniel and Ellen
MARSDEN nee WESLEY ..Ellens brother was William WESLEY who married
Catherine WALKER. Catherine was my Gr Gr Aunt sister to my Grt
Grandfather Joseph WALKER (Master Stonemason/Building Contractor.}..
William WESLEY's grandforebare Anne WESLEY nee SIMS was also my kin
via marriages ....D.BOTHAMs newsagents eventually was owned by their
son in law Herbert Leonard DOXEY who married Ada BOTHAM of that family
..Ada was cousin to my Uncle Arthur BOTHAM husband of my fathers
sister Amelia Leah BOTHAM nee FLINT...Herbert Leonard DOXEY was cousin
to Douglas SLACK of Middleton who was 2nd cousin to my father Harry
Sprake FLINT (also related by other forebears i.e. COLLEDGEs/SIMPSONs
..plus his 1/2 sisters were Lillian HARRISON nee PETTS wife of
Councillor Norman HARRISON whose father also a Councillor had Harrison
Drive named after him, Ethel PETTS and their sister Ada who married my
Uncle John Samuel FLINT brother to my father Harry Sprake FLINT)..
Dad and Douglas were Deacons at Middleton Congregational Church ...
Harry was also Sunday School Superintendant and a Local Preacher ...
Douglas the Organist...Douglas married Mary STONE of Street Lane Denby
related directly to Stones Building Merchants Wirksworth today...
My father Harry FLINT owned a Drapery Shop opposite Marsdens (now
Hambridges Butchers and Beechwood Estate Agents Market Place) Douglas
lost his finger tips in an accident at his father in laws sawmills
Abergate and became manager of Dads shop eventually taking over the
business..When Douglas died in his 40s Herbert Leonard DOXEY took
over the business his daughter managing the shop (name witheld as
his daughter is living). My father was also a grocer at Middleton
(took over Gregsons shop Main Street) with a sweet shop at Alexandria
Building under the house he lived at on The Alley Middleton..Dad was
Liberal Councillor for Middleton from 1928 - 1952 firstly on Ashbourne
Rural District Council and then on Local Government Reorganisation
1933 Wirksworth Urban District Council..resigning due to ill health
he was replaced by his kinsman via KILLERs and DOXEYs; by W.H.DOXEY
J.P. MBE... Father was Chairman of the water Committee 1932 which
oversaw the provision for the first reserviour and fresh water supply
to every home at Middleton drawn from Springs on Slaley Moor the
land belonging to George Henry KEY of Hopton ....The water was thrust
up the valley by a counterbalanced ram pump later replaced by a diesel
driven pump from the pump house near Tufa Cottage..A family photograph
shows Dad addressing fellow councillors on the opening of the pump
house... The second pump was officially opened by Councillor L.A.DOXEY
...Father was also a founder member of Wirksworth Rotary Club...and was
a President of Wirksworth Free Church Federal Council in the hey days
of The Free Church Choir conducted by Mr Victor HATCHETT...
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