Updated 18 Mar 2007
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Taken about 1892. Sarah Mather 1864-1940.
Sarah Mather of Wirksworth
Simon Johnson writes:
Attached is a photograph of Sarah Mather, second of six children born to
John Mather and Sarah Ann Mather (nee Clough). She is a younger sister of
Annie Mather, who's portrait is included in your
'Old Photos' section.
Following the photograph of Sarah Mather that I emailed to you on
Sat 10th March, I am forwarding a few basic details about Sarah's life
to be added with the photograph in your Old Photos section.
Sarah Mather was born at Alderwasley, in the Wirksworth parish, in 1864.
She was the second of six children born to John Mather and Sarah Ann
Mather (nee Clough) and was baptised at Wirksworth Parish Church on the
30th of October 1864. Though not listed on either her birth or baptismal
records, there are later records where Sarah has signed her name as
'Sarah Ann Lilian Mather'. Sarah was raised at Wirksworth where for some
family lived on The Dale. Sadly, Sarah's
mother passed away in
1873 when Sarah was only eight years old. Following the completion of
her basic education at Wirksworth, it appears that Sarah was sent away
to work in domestic service from a fairly young age.
By 1881, Sarah was working as a general servant at the home of a William
Simpson at Stretford in Lancashire. She continued to work in domestic
service for some years and by 1891 she was working in the household of
a pharmaceutical chemist at Whaley Bridge, situated on the border of
Derbyshire and Cheshire. Whilst at Whaley Bridge, Sarah met and married
her first husband, a widower named Jacob Morten. They were married at
the Parish Church of Chapel-en-le-Frith on the 2nd of December 1891.
Jacob worked primarily as a railway platelayer but also worked as a
farmer and the married home was at Shallcross Mill Farm at Horwich End
in the Whaley Bridge parish. Sarah lived in the area known as Shallcross
Mill for the rest of her adult life though she always maintained contact
with her family in Derbyshire, particularly two of her sisters, Annie
and Elizabeth, who both lived at Oakerthorpe, near Alfreton in Derbyshire,
Sarah's husband, Jacob Morten, was tragically killed when he was struck
by a train whilst carrying out his work as a platelayer on the 12th of
September 1912, aged 61 years. This left Sarah alone at Whaley Bridge
and in 1914 she remarried. Sarah married a widowed neighbour named
John Thomas Dranfield. He too worked as a railway platelayer in the
Sarah passed away at her home, 5 Shallcross Cottages, at Horwich End,
Whaley Bridge, on the 24th of September 1940, aged 76 years. She was
interred in the churchyard of the local Parish Church at Taxal, to
which in December 1943 her husband, John Dranfield, followed her,
aged 81 years.
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