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Joseph Hugill's Monument,
St Lawrence, Darlaston.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

Joseph Hugill's Children - Mary 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 of 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 daughter Mary.

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.

Mary Hugill (1842-).

Detailed Research

Mary Hugill's baptism.

Their last child.

Mary Hugill, [is that a Jane after Mary?] was born on Tuesday the 6th December 1842, and baptised [WHC]. on Sunday the 18th of December 1842 at, St Lawrence, Darlaston.

It states the "child of the late Rector", born at the Rectory.

We can see in the 1851 census, a Mary Hugill, aged 18, born Darlaston, stated as cousin to the head a ?, at 64 Villa Road, Nottingham.

Mary is the one we did know the least about, but new evidence unearthed by Leanne has found the following:-

Mary, aged 33, living at Haventon, Northampton, married Mark Hirst, living at Norfolkd Street, aged 25, on Thursday the 21st December in 1865, at St, Paul's, Pinstone Street in Sheffield. They had a child Mark Hugill Hirst born on Wednesday the 8th May 1872, baptised on Tuesday the 29th October 1872, at St Jude, Moorfields, Sheffield.

We now see mentioned in newspaper. [BNA]

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - 30th December 1865

HIRST-HUGILL.- December 21, at St. Paul's Church, Sheffield, by the Rev.John SHarp, incumbent of Horbury, Mark, eldest son of Mr. George Hirst, of Horbury, to Mary, youngest daughter of the late Rev. Joseph Hugill, D.D., rector of Dorlaster [sic], Staffordshire.

Mark Hirst died, aged 38, on Saturday the 14th of September 1878 at 66 Oxford Street, aged 38 years, of TB, he was buried on Monday the 16th September in Consecrated ground; grave number 35, Section G, at Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. On both his death certificate and in burial records he is stated as a "Tre?

In the 1881 Census Mark Hugill Hirst is aged 9 at a commercial travellers boarding school at Pinner, Middlesex.

Also in the 1881 census, we find his mother Mary Hirst, aged 38, as a Daily Governess (Teacher) in Nether Hallam.

When Mark was 10 yrs old in 1882, he and Mary travelled to Australia where their story is told in the attached newspaper Report from the Launceston Examiner Tuesday 3rd June 1913 Page 5.

Mary went to live with Rev. William Hugill her brother in New South Wales and spent 30 yrs working in his church with the choir and as an organist.

Mark Hugill Hirst went on to marry and have a number of children, six so far have been identified, each child has the middle name HUGILL.

Mark is mentioned in newspapers.

In The Mercury - Hobart - Tasmania, Saturday 15th May 1897,

On page 2, we see reported in the Marriages,

HIRST-WILSON.-At St. Paul's church, Glenorchy, on April 17, by the Rev. H. Heineken-Marten, Mark Hugill Hirst, of Uralla, New South Wales, nephew of the Rev. H. W. Hugill, Richmond, Tasmania, to Alice M., third daughter of George Wilson, Esq., Richmond, Tasmania.

Mark is again mentioned in newspapers.

The Mercury - Hobart - Monday the 5th October 1908

Under Commonwealth Gazette Notices - Military Department - Melbourne, October 4th.

Commonwealth military Cadets Corps Appointment of Cadet Mark Hugill Hirst, to be lieutenant on probation, dated 11th September, 1908.

The above is wonderful news as we had been searching for years to find out what happened to Mary and in the end she came to Australia to be with her two brothers and her sister.

Interestingly her sister Frances Sarah Hugill, in the 1881 census, now aged 49, is a visitor at 83 St Mary's, York, Marygate St Olave, Yorkshire.

The head is a Mary Clarkson, unmarried, aged 50, born Wednesbury, it also stated that she has an "Annuitant" which means "entitled to receive benefits from an annuity".



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