Flax Mill Maltings Documentary Research Project

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Flax Mill Maltings Documentary Research Project

  1. 1. Documentary Research Project
  2. 2. Collecting Names • The first step is to build a database of all individuals who lived in the Castlefields and Ditherington Area in the Nineteenth Century. • This is done by entering Lists of individuals into Excel spreadsheets which are then imported into an Access Database.
  3. 3. The Census is the principal Source for this Stage. • We aim to capture ALL the Census Entries for the Castlefields and Ditherington Area between 1841 to 1891. E D • Pag e Schedule No Place Item Forename Surname Relat to Head Condition This is done from the Online Ancestry records . M Age F Age Occupation County Born Place Born Deaf, Dumb etc
  4. 4. Progress on the Census to Date • The Census Entries for 1841 and 1851 have been completed. (6149 records) • The Census Entries for 1861 are in Progress • To be done: 1871, 1881, 1891
  5. 5. The Census forms the Core of the Database. • Name • Where Living • Age (=Year of Birth) • Relationships to others in Household • Occupation • Where Born These are manipulated in the Access Database to automatically generate a Summary of everything the Record tells us about that Person. John Farmer Age: 15. Born c 1836 Shrewsbury, Shropshire Occupation: Flax Sorter. Living in 26 Spring Gardens. Relationship to Head of Household: Son. Total no in Household: 11. Head of Household is William Farmer whose Occupation is Agricultural Labourer
  6. 6. Additional Lists : The 1821 Census • A simple List of the Heads of Households Available on Microfiche.
  7. 7. 1851 Tithe Apportionment Schedule • The Owners and Occupiers of all the Plots of Land recorded in “Castle Ward Without”. OwnSName OwnFName OwnSuff Occupier OccSName OccFName Corbet Andrew William Esq Richard Taylor and Others Wingfield John Esq Rt Leigh and Others Taylor and Richard others Leigh and others Rt Astley Burton Burton Burton Burton Margaret Robert Robert Robert Robert Joseph Barlow Thomas Dorricot Robert France Christopher Whitfield Robert Burton Barlow Dorricot France Whitfield Burton Plot Description LandUse Owner Andrew William Corbet Esq John Wingfield Esq Margaret Astley Robert Burton Robert Burton Robert Burton Robert Burton Joseph Thomas Robert Christopher Robert 345 345a Meadow and Pasture Cross Hill Farm and Old Hall Farm Meadow and Pasture etc 163 Garden 176 Garden 177 House and Garden 178 House and Garden 179 Waste adjoining river • These were captured from the Microfilm copies Garden Garden House and Garden House and Garden Waste adjoining river
  8. 8. Other Map Schedules • There are other such Lists accompanying Maps and Plans, for example an 1857 Plan for a Railway that was not built.(Deposited Plan 371) No on Plan Description of Property Owners or Reputed Owners Lessess or Reputed Lessees Occupiers
  9. 9. The Church Rate Books 1800 to 1876 • Lists of those liable to pay the Church Rate. No Forename Surname Castle Foregate 244John Dutton 348James France Rents Assessed Received Arrears £9 0s 0d 9s 0d No 1 9s 0d £2 0s 0d 2s 0d • Only available in Manuscript and difficult to focus just on Castle fields and Ditherington
  10. 10. Monumental Inscriptions in St Michael’s Churchyard • These have been captured from the Record made by the Family History Society. MINum Item Forename Surname DeathDate Age BirthDate 1 Catherine Roberts 27/09/1842 16 2 Lucy E Hay 13/02/1849 32 15/09/1817 3 Henry Madeley 08/04/1855 25 4 James Wells 05/10/1856 56 5 Henry Jones 27/07/1833 29 6 Maty O'Bryan 01/04/1837 36 Of London 7 William Hiles 25/02/1844 71 8A Thomas Milward 04/11/1836 8 8B Hannah Milward 00/00/1857 Comments Brother of Hannah Milward Sister of Thomas Milward
  11. 11. Selective Data Capture • Parish Registers. 1796 to 1886 The Baptisms and sometimes the Burials record Occupations. • We can therefore go through and initially record those with Occupations that indicate that the individuals or their families were connected to the Flax Mill.
  12. 12. Parish Registers. 1796 to 1886 Baptisms – Available in Microfiche Page Entry Date No 1 7 2 14 4 28 ChildFName FatherFName MotherFNa Surname me Abode Occupation Dyer 27/01/1813 Sarah William Sarah Evans Castle Foregate 07/02/1813 Mary James Elizabeth Maclary Castle Foregate Weaver 04/03/1813 Thomas Christopher Mary Hargrave Castle Foregate Flax Dresser PerformedBy Comment
  13. 13. Parish Registers. 1796 to 1886 Burials – Available in Microfiche Page Entry Forename No 81 84 85 87 91 646 Sopia 667 Alexander Surname Abode When Buried Age Relatives Castle Foregate St Kenworthy Alkmunds C.10 03/05/1837 Carnagie Birch's Buildings P.3 07/06/1837 673 Esther 695 Jeremiah Hayes France St Michaels Street D.3 05/07/1837 Spring Gardens C.20 13/09/1837 727 Catharine 92 733 93 741 William Scarlett Kenworthy Castle Foregate H 8 30/12/1837 St Michaels Street Wynne? 05/02/1838 BB9 Ward Castle Foregate K12 02/03/1838 Wife of John 40 Kenworthy 60 Daughter of Edward and John 2 Hayes 22 Daughter of John and Sophia 19 Kenworthy) 52 62 Occupation Perfor medBy Overlooker Thread Maker RP RP Flax Dresser Dyer JBL RP Works in Factory (JK) RP Flax Dresser Bleacher RP RP
  14. 14. Follow Up Data Capture Once these Sources have been gone through we will have the Names of Individuals with Flax Mill connexions. Using these we can go through:•The Baptisms and Burials in the Parish Registers retrieving those not picked up from the given Occupation. •The Marriages in the Parish Registers – Bride, Groom, Witnesses. •Local Newspapers – The Shrewsbury Chronicle is becoming available online. •Quarter Sessions? •Lists of Paupers receiving Relief.
  15. 15. The End Result • A Database holding all the information we can gather together about the individuals who lived in Castlefields and Ditherington in the 19th Century. • In some cases, especially with those who worked at the Flax Mill, there will be more than just Census data in the Database.
  16. 16. The France Family France, George 30/03/1851 Census Enumeration District Overlooker 3f 21 Spring Gardens Age: 29. Born c 1822 Shrewsbury, Shropshire Occupation: Overlooker. Living in 21 Spring 1851 Census: Enumeration Gardens. Relationship to Head of Household: Son. Total no in Household: 5. Head of District / HouseHold No: 3f/39 Household is Robert France whose Occupation is Dyer of Thread Spring Gardens Age: 15. Born c 1826 In Shropshire Occupation: Thread Twister. Living in Spring Gardens. 1841 Census: HO 107/927/10. Position in Household 4 in a total of 10. First Named in Household is Jeremiah France whose Page No: 13 Occupation is Overlooker Spring Gardens Age: 40. Born c 1801 In Shropshire Occupation: Overlooker. Living in Spring Gardens. 1841 Census: HO 107/927/10. Position in Household 1 in a total of 10. Page No: 13 Spring Gardens Age: 14. Born c 1827 In Shropshire Occupation: Thread Maker. Living in Spring Gardens. 1841 Census: HO 107/927/10. Position in Household 5 in a total of 10. First Named in Household is Jeremiah France whose Page No: 13 Occupation is Overlooker 16 Spring Age: 50. Born c 1801 Shrewsbury, Shropshire Occupation: Overlooker at Factory. Living in 16 1851 Census: Enumeration Gardens Spring Gardens. Relationship to Head of Household: Head. Total no in Household: 5. District / HouseHold No: 3f/34 France, Jane 06/06/1841 Census Enumeration District Thread Twister 6 France, Jeremiah 06/06/1841 Census France, Jeremiah 06/06/1841 Census Enumeration District Overlooker 6 Enumeration District Thread Maker 6 France, Jeremiah 30/03/1851 Census Enumeration District Overlooker at 3f Factory France, Jeremiah 31/12/1851 Tithe Award Castle Ward Within and Castle Foregate The Tenant of Parcel No. 246. The Landlord was Marshall & Co. The Land Use was Garden 1851 Tithe Award Map and Schedule France, Jeremiah 31/12/1851 Tithe Award Castle Ward Within and Castle Foregate The Tenant of Parcel No. 266. The Landlord was Marshall & Co. The Land Use was Garden 1851 Tithe Award Map and Schedule France, Robert 06/06/1841 Census France, Robert 30/03/1851 Census Enumeration District Overlooker 6 Enumeration District Dyer of Thread 3f Spring Gardens Age: 45. Born c 1796 In Shropshire Occupation: Overlooker. Living in Spring Gardens. Position in Household 1 in a total of 7. 21 Spring Age: 60. Born c 1791 Tilley Park, Shropshire Occupation: Dyer of Thread. Living in 21 Spring Gardens Gardens. Relationship to Head of Household: Head. Total no in Household: 5. 1841 Census: HO 107/927/10. Page No: 10 1851 Census: Enumeration District / HouseHold No: 3f/39 France, Robert 30/03/1851 Census Enumeration District Thread Dyer 3d Factory Burtons Cottage Age: 26. Born c 1825 Shrewsbury, Shropshire Occupation: Thread Dyer Factory. Living in Burtons Cottage. Relationship to Head of Household: Head. Total no in Household: 4. 1851 Census: Enumeration District / HouseHold No: 3d/42 France, Robert 31/12/1851 Tithe Award Castle Ward Within and Castle Foregate France, Sarah 06/06/1841 Census Enumeration District Flax Sorter? 6 The Tenant of Parcel No. 277. The Landlord was Marshall & Co. The Land Use was Garden 1851 Tithe Award Map and Schedule Spring Gardens Age: 11. Born c 1830 In Shropshire Occupation: Flax Sorter?. Living in Spring Gardens. 1841 Census: HO 107/927/10. Position in Household 6 in a total of 10. First Named in Household is Jeremiah France whose Page No: 13 Occupation is Overlooker
  17. 17. Any Questions? Contact us at info@flaxmill-maltings.co.uk

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