Updated 14 Mar 2007

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Photo 511


Taken 1870s, Gervase Osbiston 1830-1909
Taken 1879, Emma 1857-1879 and her last child Maggie

Gervase OSBISTON 1830-1909
Emma nee OSBISTON 1857-1879

Barbara Winder writes:
GERVAIS OSBISTON, my great, great grandfather, was a Matlock Wheelwright. This picture was taken in Matlock probably in the 1870s. He was born around 1830 illegitimately and was brought up by his widowed grandmother SARAH, who ran a smallholding of 6 acres and wheelwright business in Hazlewood. For three years from the age of eight he attended The Strutt School for boys in Belper, but was expelled for fighting. He first started his wheelwright business in Derby Road, Belper after he married Emma Kirk in 1851. They had four children, but the last child, his only son Joseph, caused his mother's death and survived for only a few months. In 1863 he remarried, a MARY BUNTING from Matlock, and in 1871 was appointed one of three parish constables for Matlock. The family settled first on Church Street, Matlock Bath, and then in old age at the Bobbin Mill, Tansley, which still exists down a rutted track. He was buried with Mary in the Matlock Parish churchyard, when he died in 1909.

Gervase occurs in these Census references: 1871, 1891 and 1901
Barbara Winder has sent a full pedigree of OSBISTON from John Osbiston (1714-1772)

EMMA, Gervase's second daughter was engaged to THOMAS BIDDULPH, whose father ran a cornmill in Cromford, near Matlock. Around 1877 he left for Australia, promising to send for her and the child she was expecting, but never did. Despite her father’s understanding and support after the child, MAGGIE’s, birth, EMMA never recovered and died `of a broken heart` 12.11.1879 aged 22. Recent research with the BIDDULPH’s of Australia (now in Sydney) has led me to believe Thomas was very ill on the voyage and almost died. It is interesting to know he mined in Tasmania, and eventually married some two years after her death. He was in touch with the family in Cromford, so it’s possible he knew of the death. MAGGIE was brought up by her grandfather GERVAIS, as he had been by his grandmother. It was a comfortable and happy childhood with a pony and painting lessons. In the next generation, the two split branches were to come together, as an OSBISTON married an OSBISTON.

Photo taken:1870s
Source: Barbara Winder

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