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Steatham Research - Churches

In modern times there are numerous records and indicators of someone's life. Long after we have passed on we have records in telephone directories, electoral rolls, newspaper announcements and so on.

In times past the only recorded milestones for a person's life were their mention in church records for their baptism, marriage and inevitable death (burial).

So the story, or better titled 'what we know of Robert Steatham's life' begins at St Mary the Virgin, Uttoxeter, Staffs, when Robert Statham was baptised by the Vicar Athanasius Herring M.A., on Sunday the 17th of December 1775.







St Mary’s church, Uttoxeter, Staffs.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.




St Mary the Virgin, Uttoxeter, Staffs.

The parish register of the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Uttoxeter, commences in 1596. The original registers for the period 1596-1958 (Bapts), 1596-1987 (Mar), & 1596-1973 (Bur) are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office[4].

The 14c church was rebuilt in 1828, except the tower and spire, which rises to a height of 179 feet, was injured by lightning a few years earlier in 1814, and had to be partly rebuilt.

The font dates from 1839 so it was not used for Robert Steatham's baptism. As the church has been radically re-built there is very little left of the church from Robert Steatham's time.



To view the church in GoogleEarth, open GoogleEarth and click the following link:-

GoogleEarth - St Mary the Virgin, Uttoxeter, Staffs.


Extrapolating know population figures for Uttoxeter, the population of the town in 1775 was about 1600 persons.

The church is in Bridge street (ST14 8AP).

Coincidences.

Opposite the church is The Bank House Hotel, where my Son, a 4th great grandson of Robert Steatham, lived and worked for a number of years.



Map (detail) of Uttoxeter 1658.






There are some things in the church that were there in 1775. These include a copy of a map of Uttoxeter dated 1658.

Note - The map does not have the name Statham listed on it.

To view a full copy of the Town Map click here




Tomb in St Mary’s church, Uttoxeter, Staffs.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.







There is also two alabaster tombs dating from 16c.




Panel in St Mary’s church, Uttoxeter, Staffs.













Still remaining in St Mary's, is a wooden panel for a Thomas Lightfoote - dated 1636. It is highly likely that Robert's mother Hannah Statham, saw this when she came to have Robert baptised.


Uttoxeter Town by Henry Hadfield Cubley.


Henry Hadfield Cubley (1858-1934) painted, scenes of rural towns, and often they were used on postcards.





This one was used to show Uttoxeter town, date is unknown.

The photo below shows how it looks now.


Uttoxeter Town as it is now.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.




















St Martins 1795, The Bull Ring, Birmingham.
Robert Steatham next appears at St Martins in the Bull Ring, Birmingham, where on Monday the 24th December 1798 he married Hannah Butler.




St Martins, The Bull Ring, Birmingham.

The present church dates from 1873 a design of J.A. Chatwin, but there has been a church there since the 12th century.

A restoration of the tower and spire was completed in 1855. The top stone was placed on the spire in the presence of Prince Albert on the 22nd November 1855.

Records are held at Birmingham Library - Birmingham Archives and Heritage Service[6].


To view the church in GoogleEarth, open GoogleEarth and click the following link:-

GoogleEarth - St Martins, the Bull Ring, Birmingham.



To view the church's entry in Wikipedia click the following link:-

Wikipedia - St Martins, the Bull Ring, Birmingham.



Click the following link to watch a YouTube video I took of the interior of St Martins.

Video of the Interior of St Martins, Bull Ring, Birmingham.


In 1801, at the time of the first census Birmingham had a population of 73,670.


Coincidences.

Henry George Steatham also married Mary Ann Muslow on Sunday the 4th March 1883 at St Martins.

Robert's eldest surviving son, Thomas Steatham married Hannah Barber on Monday the 31st March 1834, at St Martins.

Thomas Steatham could not sign his name, and his name was wrote as Thomas Statham (his mark), his bride Sarah Barber signed her name.

I suppose this could be any Thomas Statham, but by a stroke of luck, his male witness (best man) is down as Joseph Steatham, signed as Steatham, this was Thomas's younger Brother. This confirms that it is our Thomas Steatham.

Robert Steatham next appears at St Lawrence, Darlaston, where we can see him baptising his ten children, and where he was buried on Friday the 6th April 1827.





St Lawrence, Darlaston.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.


St Lawrence, Darlaston, Staffs.

The original church dates from the 12th century, the present church was built in 1872. In 1428 it was in the patronage of Henry VI.

When John Waltham was appointed Rector, the patrons were; John King, rector of Bisley, Charles Simeon, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Cambridge, and William Richardson, Minister of Michael le Belfry, York.

In 1953 the gravestones were removed and placed on the north side of the perimeter wall.

A list of Rectors for the 'Steatham' period are as follows:-

1799 Richard Postlewaite.
1800 John Waltham. Died 11th July 1814.
1814 Samuel Lowe. Died 23rd November 1834.
1835 George Fisk.
1837 Robert Wood Kyle.
1840 Joseph Hugill. Died 29th October 1842.
1843 George F White. Died 7th October 1867.
1868 John Richardson.
1880 Benjamin Wright. Died 21st March 1910.
1890 Thomas Hamer. Died 21st October 1912.
1912 John W Dixon.
1925 James W Augur.

I have a considerable amount information about the above, which I may publish at a later date.

Note Joseph Hugill is a featured person.




The present Font, St Lawrence, Darlaston.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

John Waltham M.A (1800-1814) officiated the following,

James Stathem (1800-1816) baptised.
Thomas Statham (1803-1873) baptised.
John Statham (1805-1806) baptised.
John Statham (1805-1806) buried.
Joseph Statham (1806-1889) baptised.
Sarah Steatham (1809-1810) baptised.
Elizabeth Steatham (1809-1889) baptised.
Sarah Steatham (1809-1810) buried.
Elizabeth Steatham (1809-1810) buried.
William Steatham (1811-1811) baptised.
William Steatham (1811-1811) buried.
Moses Steatham (1813-1891) baptised.



Samuel Lowe M.A. (1814-1835) officiated the following,

Samuel Steatham (1815-1884) baptised.
James St(e)ath(a)m (1800-1816) buried.
James Steatham (1816-1816) baptised.
James Steatham (1816-1816) buried.





Memorial to John Waltham M.A.,
St Lawrence, Darlaston.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

John Waltham M.A., (1800-1814), has a mural monument (sic) to him, in the Chancel.

The wording is quite moving. To quote

"For several years he discharged with exemplary diligence the labourers duties of a magistrate, when in the midst of his usefulness and worn down by the pressure of his work, he finished his course with joy on the 11th July 1814, in his 63rd year".


To quote again

"This monument is erected by his deeply afflicted widow, as a memorial of her perpetual affection and veneration, for one of the kindest of husbands and the best of men".

Mary died on the 10th April, 1810, aged 76.


To read more about John Waltham - click on this link

Robert Steatham's sons - Thomas Steatham.


Memorial to Samuel Lowe M.A.,
St Lawrence, Darlaston.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

On Friday the 20th of December 1867, a mural monument was erected in the Chancel, to the late Samuel Lowe M.A.

It states,

"Whose remains are deposited in the Rectory Vault in this Church"

I wonder where that could be?

There was printed a sheet detailing this monument, and its contributors.

Two Steathams are listed,

Statham, Mr. Joseph, he gave five shillings.

The candidates for this are Joseph Steatham (1806-1889), and Joseph Steatham (1844-).

My opinion is that this is Joseph Steatham (1806-1889).

Statham, Mr. Samuel, he gave two shillings and six pence.

The candidates for this are Samuel Steatham (1815-1884), and Samuel Steatham (1846-).

My opinion is that this is Samuel Steatham (1815-1884).


Memorial to Samuel Lowe M.A.,
contributors, St Lawrence, Darlaston.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

The list of contributors makes interesting reading.

The whole monument cost £75, which at today's value would be:-

£4,682.54 using the retail price index
£6,733.06 using the GDP deflator
£42,717.33 using the average earnings
£51,550.23 using the per capita GDP
£103,366.61 using the share of GDP


Out of a total of one hundred and seventy five contributors, we start with Charles Adams Esq. giving £2.

Listed are "Friend, A" giving 10s, and a "Lady, A" giving £1, both of these I assume wanted to remain anonymous.

There are also a number of duplicate names, I assume they all knew who was who!

Other notables are Mr. P. Hollins Sculptor, Birmingham. giving £2 2s, and Mr. Wilkes, Executors of the late, giving £1.

The smallest amount was a Mrs. Corbett giving £1, but it got her on the list!

In 1801, at the time of the first census, Darlaston had a population of 1719.

To view the church in GoogleEarth, open GoogleEarth and click the following link:-

GoogleEarth - St Lawrence, Darlaston, Staffs.


The old Font, St Lawrence, Darlaston.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

There are two fonts in St Lawrence, the main one, which there is a photo of above, is still in use and dates from the period when the church was heavily restored in 1872.

The second is near the pulpit and is the font from St Georges church, Darlaston, which was opened in 1845, and demolished in 1946.



In St Lawrence there is a Vicars stall, which is marked "Elizabeth Steatham & Mary Farr 1914", which must have been gifted to the church, by Elizabeth and her sister Mary.



Hannah Steatham's marriage.
St Matthews, Walsall, Staffs.

St Matthew's church consists of a chancel, nave, aisles, transepts, organ chamber, and a tower, with spire, at the south-west angle, containing a clock and twelve bells, increased in 1929 from a peal of ten bells, of which eight were cast in 1775.

The oldest monument in the church is a recumbent effigy in 14th century armour of Sir Roger Hillary which dates from 1399.

A wall monument holds a medallion bust of William Purvis, a Walsall soldier who served in the 17th Lancers for 24 years, who was one of the small band of survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade.

The significance of this church to Steathams is that Moses Steatham married here, and Hannah Steatham, Robert Steatham's widow re-married here.


To view the church in GoogleEarth, open GoogleEarth and click the following link:-

GoogleEarth - St Matthews, Walsall, Staffs.







Samuel Steatham's marriage.
St. Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton, Staffs.

The parish church of Wolverhampton is a grade I listed building, much of which dates from the 15th Century. Since 1846 the Church has been a Parish Church in the Diocese of Lichfield and its incumbents entitled Rector of Wolverhampton.

Unique features include the carved stone pulpit with a figure of a lion at the foot of the steps to protect the Minister delivering the sermon - see the YoutUbe video of the interior of the church to see the pulpit.

Click the following link to watch a YouTube video of the interior of the church and it's pulpit.

Video of St. Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton - Interior.


The significance of this church to Steathams, is that Samuel Steatham, born 1815, married Elizabeth Skidmore, on Wednesday the 4th October 1843, at St. Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton.


To view the church in GoogleEarth, open GoogleEarth and click the following link:-

GoogleEarth - St. Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton, Staffs.









Street map of St. John's Church, Wolverhampton.





Samuel Steatham's marriage.




Joseph Steatham's marriage.
St. John's Church, Wolverhampton.

The Act of Parliament for its erection was obtained in 1755, with the raising of the steeple in 1776. The interior, however, was so far finished in 1760, that the building was consecrated in that year.

The ecclesiastical parish of St John was formed on 10th March 1849. The alter piece is a painting representing the descent of Christ from the Cross by Joseph Barney, a native of Wolverhampton, who was painter in fruit and flowers to King George IV. The organ was originally built by Renatus Harris for Temple Church, London, and afterwards stood for over half a century in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, from where it was removed to St John's.












The significance of this church to Steathams, is that Samuel Steatham, born 1815, married married Maria Farmer, at St John's, Wolverhampton, on Friday the 7th November 1873.







Also, Joseph Steatham, born 1806, married married Sarah Dangerfield, on Monday the 29th July 1839, at St Johns Church, Wolverhampton.





To view the church in GoogleEarth, open GoogleEarth and click the following link:-

GoogleEarth - St. John's Church, Wolverhampton, Staffs.



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