|'An Account of all the Inhabitants of the Parish of Croydon |
in the County of Cambridgeshire commencing from 1 January 1843'
|by Reverend Francis Fulford 1803-1868 (Rector at Croydon 1841-1845).|
Additional notes by Reverend R S B Sandilands (Rector 1845-1864).
- under the same roof as the last [page 59]
James and Mary King
He works for Mr Elliston at Wimpole. She is daughter of William Pateman (page 30).
1. Alfred King, aged 6.
2. Emily King, aged 5.
3. Ellen King, aged 3.
4. Sarah [Ann] King, aged 1.
They were married and the children Christened at Croydon Church. They attend Church.
RSBS: (King is now a sort of overseer for Mr Elliston - he is a steady man - but said not to be very good tempered to the workmen; she is a very quick, good sort of woman.)
[1841 Census: James King (aged 30), agricultural labourer, wife Mary King (30), Alfred King (5), Emmelia King (3) and Ellen King (1).]
[Contribution: James King (1808 Littlington) married Mary Pateman (bap 1815 Bassingbourn) at Croydon-cum-Clopton on 21 March 1836 with children Alfred (bap 1836), Emily (1837), Ellen (1839) and Sarah (1841).]
Old Larkins [William]
Father of the Publican [page 14?], rents some land and is a cattle jobber and drover. He has been at church two or three times. He is a civil old man.
William Larkins and Wife
and son Joseph Larkins
A butcher, drunken, idle, abusive. She [Emma Larkins] has very bad health. Her friends are in good circumstances at Morden. Larkins is never at Church, she but seldom on account of her health - a good sort of woman.
RSBS: (Later note: Died 10th October 1847.)
[Above paragraph is crossed through]
[1841 Census: William Larkins (aged 70), drover, William Larkins (25), butcher, wife Emma Larkins (25) and son Joseph Larkins (4).]
RSBS: ( This farmhouse has been converted into four tenements, one of which is occupied as above.
a third by Joseph and Mary Darnell [Darter/Darler/Darlow] (see page 55).
a fourth by John and Mary Endersby (see page 57).
RSBS: (Later: The Larkins' have quitted this house, which is now occupied by John Simons and wife.)
[Farm above Rectory]
Farmer - churchwarden - a man of good private property - and a very steady respectable man. He has an estate of his own at Orwell, holds one of Downing College [Farm above Rectory] in which he resides, and has just taken a large farm of Mr Gape's [Manor Farm] up on the hill, above the Rectory.
[Mr Merry's first wife died during the summer of 1840.] His [second] wife [Ann] is a London lady - they have 2 children. They are very civil and friendly.
[1841 Census: Chandler Meery (25), farmer, wife Ann Meery (20). Also living here at the time of the census were: Emily Robertson (15), Maria Edwards (15), servant, Samuel Greaves (25), agricultural labourer, and John Nelson (14), agricultural labourer.]
[Contribution: Chandler Merry (1812-1864) was born in Orwell. The "Cambridge Chronicle" of 10 July 1841 reported that "Chandler Merry... attempted to put an end to this existence by cutting his own throat with a razor, and so far succeeded that his life is despaired of...". He happily survived and married his second wife Ann (Abrahams) in London and it is understood they eventually had eight children. In the 1851 census for Croydon-cum-Clopton it was recorded he was 39, a farmer of 600 acres, and employer to 21 men and 8 boys. ]
[John Nelson - see contribution on page 83]
Farmer, has had a former wife; and his wife a former husband, and each had children, but none by this marriage. A civil friendly man - she a very violent temper.
RSBS: (Removed to the farm formerly occupied by Charles and Emily King, deceased (see page 70). The farmhouse is divided into tenements (see page 91).)
[1841 Census: Thomas Jackson aged 50 and Mary Jackson aged 40. At the time of the census, Ann Thompson (aged 13), servant, and James Paine (25), agricultural labourer, were also living here.]
In the close near Mr Jackson's
Aged and a widow, she has had two husbands.
To her first, who was called Richardson, she was married at Great Warley church, Essex, and by him she has a son aged 41 and blind who lives with her, William Richardson.
She was married to her second husband Edwards at Croydon. She can't read - is very constant at Church - unless prevented by illness - her son generally attends Eversden Meeting Independents, and is a decided dissenter.
She is grandmother to Samuel Richardson (page 5), and also to Anne Thompson (page 52).
[1841 Census: Mary Edwards (aged 65) and William Richardson (40), agricultural labourer.]
John and Mary Pateman
Can read very little, works for Mr Ellis. She can't read. He is son of William Pateman (page 30) - she is daughter of John Lee (page 68). They were married and their child Christened at Croydon. He generally attends a Meeting House at Great Morden. She is very constant at Church - and is a Communicant.
1. John Pateman, aged 5. In the Sunday school
RSBS: (His brother lives with him. His name is [left blank]. He works for Mr Pearman.) [RSBS entry is crossed through]
RSBS: (Later: He has left here now.)
[Contribution: John Pateman (bap 1817 Croydon) married Mary Lee in Croydon in 1837. They had children John (1837), Martha (1845-1847), and Martha (1847).]
[Contribution: Eight years later John and Mary Pateman left for Australia on the 'David McIver'. Mary died on the voyage. John arrived in Sydney, NSW, in 1852. He later remarried to Ann Kentsbeer, had six children and died in 1904 at Lower Ulmarra at the age of 87.]
[1841 Census: John Pateman (aged 25), agricultural labourer, wife Mary Pateman (20) and son John Pateman (3).]
A widower, can read, brother of John Spencer (page 51).
1. Anne Spencer, aged 21.
Has but this one child at home - one son has lately enlisted.
He is shepherd for Mr George, and is but seldom at church. She occasionally is at church and sometimes attends Bassingbourn Independent Meeting.
He is lately married to Betsy and has a child.
RSBS: (She [Anne] has lately attended church more regularly - she is supposed to be likely to marry William Lee. Mary Spencer, the eldest daughter, is lately married to Hosea Simpson, and they live here at present, I believe.)
RSBS: (Later: Anne is married to William Lee.)
[1841 Census: Henry Spencer (aged 40), agricultural labourer, and daughter Ann Spencer (15).]
William and Mary Gentle
Can't read, works for Mr George. She can read. She was a widow of the name of Allen -
has a son ____ Allen - just discharged from the Marines with a pension and settled at Eversden.
1. Philip Gentle, aged 22. Now in goal for a riot at Caxton Work House.
2. Joseph Gentle, aged 21. Now living at Eversden as a Carpenter.
3. Marianne Gentle, aged 18. Silly.
They attend church very constantly. She used always to go to Eversden Meeting, and now does once a month. He has been a very drinking man; has much improved. She is a very respectable woman.
RSBS: (Philip is gone to Canada. Joseph is married and settled at Eversden.)
[1841 Census: William Gentle (aged 50), agricultural labourer, wife Mary Gentle (65), Joseph Gentle (20), carpenter, and Mary Gentle (15).]
John and Elizabeth Lee
He can't read, works for Mr Merry. She can read a little.
2. David Lee, aged 14. In the Sunday school. Works for Mr Rust.
3. Eliza Lee, aged 12. In the Sunday school.
Joseph is very steady, David is not.
They have many other children in this parish (pages 17, 35, 53, 65 and a son at Hatley etc); a married daughter who lived in the same house died in her confinement in April 1842, named Elizabeth How[s], leaving an infant child which sometimes stays with its grandmother. They are very regular at church, and are very steady, respectable people.
[Joseph/Jerah Lee left Sunday School "creditably, July 1843 having been a year and a quarter in the school, and a steady boy. Withdrew [from Confirmation] by his own desire" - FF]
[David Lee dismissed from Sunday School 1843. "[he was a...] very disorderly boy who had been used always to do as he pleased before I came, and would not submit to discipline and disturbed the school." - FF]
RSBS: (Lydia, an older daughter, is come home to live, when her brother married - whose house she used to keep.)
[Croydon Baptisms 1840-1845:
11 June 1843: Thomas Lee, aged 28 years 8 months, of John and Elizabeth, labourer.
11 June 1843: Mary Lee, born 13 February 1819, of John and Elizabeth, labourer.
11 June 1843: Lydia Lee, born 12 January 1823, of John and Elizabeth, labourer.
11 June 1843: Terah Lee, born 17 April 1825, of John and Elizabeth, labourer.
16 June 1844: Emily [Eliza?] Lee, aged 12, of John and Elizabeth, labourer.
25 August 1850: John Lee, born 25 October 1815, son of John and Elizabeth, labourer.
25 August 1850: David Lee, born 6 June 1829, son of John and Elizabeth, labourer.]
[1841 Census: John Lee (aged 55), agricultural labourer, wife Elizabeth Lee (55), and children Elizath Lee (15), David Lee (12), and Eliza Lee (9). Also living here at the time of the census were: Joel Hows (aged 20), blacksmith, and Elizabeth Hows (15) [see note on page 17].]
David and Kezia Law
He is brother to William Law (page 11). She is sister to Mrs Newman and Mrs Graves.
They have four children - are steady respectable people and generally at church.
[1841 Census: David Law (aged 25), agricultural labourer, Kisian Law (25) and Ann Law (1). Also living here at the time of the census was: David Allen (10), agricultural labourer.]
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