Updated 23 Mar 2014
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
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The photo was probably taken prior to 1884 by William Jessop's Grandson, William Jessop Storer, who had a great interest in photography, and members of the family would be in the picture.
On a personal family note, by the side of the door on the west elevation, there was/is a stone inscribed S.B.Storer, 1882. (Samuel Buckley Storer was my Gt.Grandfather).
-------from Bob & Sue Belfield
Sent by Susan Belfield
To the/memory of Walter Jessop/who/departed this life/the 17th.of September/1840/age 44 years
Joseph (Josh), christened 1st. Feb 1771 in Newark upon Trent moved to South Normanton where he married Rebecca Bettison, daughter of William and Hannah Bettison of Pinxton, on 4th. April 1793. South Normanton is situated on the eastern border of Derbyshire, about 25 miles from Newark upon Trent. In 1801 the population was 719, in 1831 it had increased to 1154, and Bagshawe records that in 1846 it was 1288, of whom 641 were males, living in 270 houses. One of the main industries of the area was coal extraction. Joseph and Rebecca had three children that I have been able to trace. Elizabeth, christened on the 17th. February 1794 in Bolsover, Derbyshire; William (3), christened 24th. December 1797 in South Normanton; and Mary Ann(1), christened 29th. September 1805 in South Normanton. Bolsover had collieries and an ironworks which were the chief industries, which may explain why the family was there for a while.
William (1)’s wife Mary probably followed Deborah and Walter to Wirksworth when she was widowed and is the Mary Jessop buried in the cemetery on the 30th. October 1806.
Joseph ‘s son William (3) married an Ann, we know this from census returns, and this may be Ann Waters of Kirby in Ashfield on 22nd. April 1823. She was christened on 11th. November 1787 and this also ties in with some of the census returns. William and Ann were living in Wirksworth by the time their son William (4) was born, and christened on 11th. Oct 1825, and in the parish record William (3) describes his occupation as farmer. Their second child, Mary Ann (2) ( Marianne), was christened on 31st. May 1829, named after her aunt, and he again is recorded in the register as a Farmer. Thomas was christened on the 26th. June 1831.( Named after his great-uncle?) and Rebecca was christened on the 4th. July 1838, and named after her Grandmother . In the 1841 census the family is recorded as living at Miller’s Green, Wirksworth, and not until 1851 are the family shown as having moved to Pitty Wood Farm. William(3)’s wife, Ann, was buried on 6th. January 1868 in Wirksworth Cemetery, aged 80, and he died on 25th. January 1883 and was buried on the 30th. January, aged 85.
William(4) JESSOP was employed in 1841 at North End, Wirksworth, as a Baker's apprentice, and was living with James and Elizabeth Anable (Baker). He married Mary Wigley, daughter of James and Elizabeth Wigley. James was a master plasterer. Their son Walter was christened on 20th. June 1847. Was he named after his great-uncle who died in 1809 or for the Walter who died in 1840? He married Alice Slater and the 1881 census shows him living at 281 Shaw Road, Oldham and giving his occupation as “Manager of sanitary Works”. Living with him and Alice were their three children: Arthur (8), Annie (2) and Clara A.(1); and two lodgers, a Blacksmith and his 7 yr. old son. By 1851 William(4) and his family had moved out of the area but the 1861 census shows William (5) Jessop, aged 8, visiting his grandparents James and Elizabeth Wigley in Wirksworth. By the time of the 1881 census William(4) Jessop had died and his widow, Mary, was living at 46 Horsedge Street, Oldham, with their daughter Emily Matilda Jessop. Mary’s occupation was given as Milliner and dressmaker and Emily’s as dressmaker. Interestingly they were within 500 metres of his cousin William Jessop Storer’s house in Yorkshire Street. William (5) Jessop was also close by at 13 Siddall Street, Oldham and his occupation was given as Iron Turner. He was now married to Mary A (maiden name unknown at present) and they had a daughter Ethel. In 1881 they had a number of lodgers – all Jessops!!
Thomas married Ann from Farndon in Nottinghamshire, and by 1881 he was living at 14 Whitfield Place, Ardwick, Lancashire, and his occupation was Provision Dealer. They had two Children: Annie (13) and Lizzie (8).
Mary Ann(2) had a job as a waiting maid to Miss Frances Arkwright at Rock House in 1851, and on 22 April 1856 she married John Storer at Wirksworth Parish Church. Their witnesses were her sister Rebecca and her brother Thomas. They had six children and lived at Cromford Wharf. She died on the 19th. March 1872 and was buried in Wirksworth Cemetery, plot 755, on the 25th April 1872.
Rebecca does not show up on the Census in 1851 in Wirksworth, but she is present at Pitty Wood in 1861 as a spinster. After the death of her sister Mary Ann(2) she married her brother-in-law, John Storer, at Matlock Parish Church on the 31st. October 1872. The witnesses at their marriage were William (4) Jessop and Emma Wigley. Strangely it is recorded in the Matlock Parish register that Rebecca’s father was deceased but he wasn’t! He must have approved the marriage because they lived with him at Pitty Wood Farm. She continued living there with her Father after she was widowed on the 19th March 1878. and then stayed on after his death until she sold up at an auction on Wednesday 19th. March 1884. She moved to Oldham to join her two step-sons, William J. Storer and Samuel B. Storer, and died in 1906.
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