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Joseph Hugill's Monument,
St Lawrence, Darlaston.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

Joseph Hugill's Children - John Thomas Hugill

Joseph Hugill D.D. was the Rector of St Lawrence, Darlaston from 1840 to 1842.

Mary Steatham was baptised at St. Lawrence, Darlaston, Staffs, on Sunday the 14th February 1841, by the Rector Joseph Hugill D.D.

Mary Statham/Steatham (1840-), was the mother of Charles Steatham, the founder of this unique branch of the Steatham Family tree.

I have been contacted by Leanne Emmett who is a 3rd Great Grand Daughter of Joseph Hugill.

What follows is a fascinating glimpse into the life of his son John Thomas.

I am grateful to Leanne for the information she has provided on Joseph Hugill, this has enabled me to create this page.

Note - I have recently undertaken a Steatham Visit to Grantham to research the churches that Joseph Hugill was Curate at before he came to St Lawrence, Darlaston.

I would read this page first and then Click here to read about the visit.

The visit unearthed lots more information about Joseph Hugill, some of it has been reproduced here but not all of it, so to see the whole story of Joseph Hugill the visit page must be read in conjunction with this one.

John Thomas Hugill (1833-1851).

Detailed Research

John Thomas Hugill baptism.

John Thomas Hugill, was born on Tuesday the 21st April 1835, and baptised on Sunday the 5th July 1835, at St Peter's, Earls Heaton, by his father - the incumbent - Rev. Joseph Hugill.

Here we can see the Joseph Hugill's signature!

Photo of St Peter, Earls Heaton

St Peter's, Earls Heaton.

In 1834 Joseph Hugill made the living at St Peter's, Earls Heaton, Yorkshire, of a Perpetual Curacy.

The church was erected in 1825-27, at a cost of 5,301, by the Parliamentary Commissioners, the architect was Thomas Taylor; it is a cruciform structure in the later English style, with a tower and spire, and contains 600 sittings, of which 250 are free, and a gallery for the accommodation of 300 children.

5,301 in 1826, in today's money would be the equal to 560,266 - Calculated using this Link.

The living is a perpetual curacy, endowed with 200 by the Ripon Diocesan Society, and in the patronage of the Vicar of Dewsbury; net income, 164. There are 4 acres of glebe, and a good glebe-house.

200 in 1834, in toda'ys money would be the equal to 13,849 - Calculated using this Link.

164 in 1834, in today's money would be the equal to 22,712 - Calculated using this Link.

The church no longer stands and it was demolished in 1971, due to subsidence.

We next find John Thomas Hugill in the 1841 census aged 8, at the home of an Eliza Tweedy, aged 55, at Great Gonerby, together with his sisters, Note - John and his sisters are down as boarders!

The next glimpse of John we have is when we see his letter of probate as follows:-


John Thomas Hugill, Effects under 1,000.

On the 19th August 1864, Letters of Administration of the Personal estate and effects of John Thomas Hugill formerly of Darlaston in the County of Stafford but late an Apprentice on board the Ship or Vessel "Sovereign" a Batchelor deceased who died on or since 4 March 1851 at Sea were granted at the Principal Registry to Frances Sarah Hugill of Sandal near Wakefield in the County of York Spinster and one of the Next of Kin of the said deceased she having been first sworn.

1,000 in 1851, in today's money would be the equal to 155,167 - Calculated using this Link.

Here is more information on the "Sovereign".

The ship departed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, British North America, for Liverpool, Lancashire. No further trace, presumed foundered with the loss of all hands.

We now see mentioned in a newspaper. [BNA]

Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper 1st June 1851

The Sovereign, Porritt, sailed from Halifax, N.S., March 4, for Liverpool, and has not since been heard of....

I suspect that Porritt might be the Captain's name.

I wonder if the body of John Thomas Hugill was ever recovered, and if it was where it was buried?


The finding of the entry for the letters of administration has been a revelation, we now know John Thomas Hugill's fate!

Tragically he must have been only eighteen when he died.

Research - Additional Planned.


In Progress.



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