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The research so far has been based on the Steatham name, so it has naturally been focusing primarily on the male line.
The research here is now centered around the wives of Steathams.
The Steatham First Wife as we could call her, Hannah Butler, who married Robert Steatham has been covered as a Featured Person.
Here we are going to research the ancestry of the wives of Robert's surviving four sons,
#1) Sarah Barber married Thomas Steatham,
#2) Sarah Dangerfield married Joseph Steatham,
#3) Elizabeth Griffiths married Moses Steatham,
#4) Elizabeth Skidmore married Samuel Steatham.
#5) Maria Farmer married Samuel Steatham.
More Steatham wives may be add later if I can obtain details.
We start with Robert Steatham's first surviving son Thomas Steatham's wife Sarah Barker.
Sarah Barber's marriage.
#1) Sarah Barber (1800-1890), then aged thirty four, was married to
Thomas Steatham (1803-1873), then aged thirty one, on Monday the 31st March 1834, at St Martins, Birmingham, by the Rev. Thomas Nunns M.A. They had six children.
Sarah in the census always claimed she was born at Tamworth, Staffs, so that is where we start looking.
There are a few Barbers at Tamworth, but after a bit of searching I think we found her.
Sarah Barber's baptism.
We find Sarah Barber being baptised on Friday the 14th February 1800, at St Editha, Tamworth.
Sarah's parents were given as Elizabeth and William Barber, so we now know where Elizabeth came from!
At Tamworth Elizabeth and William Barber had the following children.
@1) William, baptised on Friday the 27th December 1793, at St Editha, Tamworth.
@2) Thomas, baptised on Friday the 17th June 1796, at St Editha, Tamworth.
@3) Ann, baptised on Wednesday the 15th August 1798, at St Editha, Tamworth.
@4) Sarah on Friday the 14th February 1800, at St Editha, Tamworth.
@5) Elizabeth baptised on Sunday the 15th August 1802, at St Editha, Tamworth.
We now find the marriage of Elizabeth Farmer, from Walsall, to a William Barber, on Monday the 2nd July 1792, at St Editha, Tamworth.
Banns being read on Sunday the 10th June 1792.
Assuming that Elizabeth was about twenty when she married, we are now searching for her at Walsall around a date of 1770.
A good fit, date wise is Elizabeth Farmer, baptised on Sunday the 17th May 1772, at St Giles, Willenhall. Parents Ann and George. Note - there is no George in the childrens' names.
A good fit for place and parents names, but not the date, is Elizabeth Farmer, baptised on Friday the 29th October 1779, at St Matthews, Walsall. Parents Sarah and Thomas.
But that would mean that this Elizabeth would be just thirteen at marriage. I suppose the baptism could have been delayed until she was six, but that would be very unusual at this time.
So we have to possibly go with Elizabeth Farmer from Willenhall.
We need a breakthrough here to determine we have the correct person, so this is ongoing research.
Sarah Dangerfield's marriage.
#2) Sarah Dangerfield (1811-1877), then aged twenty eight, married
Joseph Steatham (1806-1889), then aged thirty three, on Monday the 29th July 1839, at St Johns Church, Wolverhampton, they had five children.
Sarah in the census always claimed she was born at either Darlaston or Wednesbury, Staffs, so that is where we start looking.
Sarah Dangerfield's baptism.
We find Sarah Dangerfield being baptised on Saturday the 30th June 1811, at where else but St Lawrence.
Sarah's parents were given as Sarah and Samuel Dangerfield, so we now know where Sarah came from!
Sarah Turner's marriage.
Sarah Turner married Samuel Dangerfield on Monday the 7th September 1795, at St Peter, Wolverhampton.
Look at Sarah Turner's signature, says a lot about the social divide then, men would more likely have use to their signature, a marriage certificate might be the only place a woman has to sign. Very proud of our Sarah she did it well.
They had the following children.
Hannah, baptised on Sunday the 31st July 1796, at St Lawrence.
John, baptised on Wednesday the 7th February 1798, at St Lawrence.
Enoch, baptised on Friday the 24th May 1799, at St Lawrence.
Noah, baptised on Friday the 27th July 1804, at St Lawrence.
Ann, baptised on Sunday the 12th November 1809, at St Lawrence.
Sarah, baptised on Sunday the 30th June 1811, at St Lawrence.
Samuel, baptised on Sunday the 1st May 1814, at St Lawrence.
We have a few candidates for Sarah Turner's baptism, we need to fix her in say the 1851 or burial the her age.
We can see a burial of a Sarah Dangerfield, aged 52, on Thursday the 7th August 1828, at St Martin, Tipton.
This is good fit and Tipton is not that far from Darlaston. This gives a birth year of 1776, which would make her nineteen when Sarah Turner married Samuel Dangerfield.
A fit for this might be a Sarah Turner baptised on Sunday the 18th May 1777, at St Lawrence, parents Bailey Turner and Hannah.
We need a breakthrough here to determine we have the correct person, so this is ongoing research.
Elizabeth Griffith's marriage.
#3) Elizabeth Griffiths (1815-1879), then aged twenty five, married
Moses Steatham (1813-1891), then aged twenty four, on Sunday the 18th of January 1835, at St Matthews, Walsall. They had nine children.
Elizabeth in the 1851 Census claimed she was born at Darlaston, Staffs, so that is where we start looking.
@1) Elizabeth Griffiths baptism.
We have a real dilemmas here as we find two Elizabeth Griffiths' being baptised that year at St Lawrence.
@1)Elizabeth Griffiths, baptised on Sunday the 12th March 1815, parents Lydia, of Catherine Cross, and Joseph (lock filer) at St Lawrence, Darlaston, by the Rector Samuel Lowe M.A.
This is the first (top) entry on page 75, interestingly we see that the last (bottom) entry of the page is Moses Steatham's youngest surviving brother Samuel Steatham, again being baptised by the Rector Samuel Lowe M.A.
@2)Elizabeth Griffiths, baptised on Wednesday the 8th November 1815, parents Hannah and Sion (lock filer), of Bilston Street, again by the Rector Samuel Lowe M.A.
This is the first entry on page 98.
Assuming that the age at death is correct 64, on 7th February 1919, then Elizabeth's date of birth falls between 4th June 1814 and 3rd June 1815.
It's unlikely then for a child to be born at the nearest date with have, 3rd June 1815, and not to be baptised until the 8th November 1815.
So I am going with Elizabeth @1), with parents Lydia and Joseph.
Lydia Foster was married to Joseph Griffiths, on Tuesday the 23rd February 1813, at St Lawrence, Darlaston, by the Rector John Waltham M.A.
Banns being read on.
Sunday 31st January 1813.
Sunday 7th February 1813.
Sunday 14th February 1813.
Joseph Griffiths was buried on Saturday the 14th February 1942, at James Bridge Cemetery, Darlaston.
We now find the family in the 1841 Census.
At Church Street, Darlaston.
Joseph Griffiths, aged 50, born 1791, Staffordshire,
Lydia Griffiths, aged 45, born 1796, Staffordshire,
Mariah Griffiths, aged 15, born 1826, Staffordshire,
Sarah Griffiths, aged 15, born 1826, Staffordshire,
Ann Gough, aged 20, born 1821, Staffordshire,
We now find the family in the 1851 Census.
At 5 Church Street, Darlaston.
Joseph Griffiths, aged 60, Gunlock filer, born 1791, Darlaston,
Lydia Griffiths, aged 59, born 1792, Darlaston,
Maria Griffiths, Daughter, aged 27, born 1824, Darlaston,
Rhoda Griffiths, Daughter, aged 23, born 1828, Darlaston,
Joseph Edwards Grandson, aged 9, born 1842, Northamptonshire,
Rhoda Griffiths, Granddaughter, aged 5, born 1846, Darlaston,
William Reynolds, Grandson, aged 9, born 1842, West Bromwich,
In the 1841 Census Rhoda is found, aged 13, living with the Horton family at Catherines Cross, Darlaston.
Lydia Foster was baptised on Sunday the 9th January 1791 at St Lawrence, Darlaston. Parents were Katherine and William Foster.
Then the trail goes cold...
Elizabeth Skidmore's [Nee Lowe] marriage.
#4) Elizabeth Skidmore [Nee Lowe] (1811-1871), then aged thirty two, married Samuel Steatham (1815-1884), then aged twenty eight, on Wednesday the 4th October 1843, at St. Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton. They had four children.
We can see from Elizabeth's marriage certificate that Elizabeth was a widow when she married Samuel Steatham, her father being a James Lowe.
Elizabeth Lowe's first marriage.
Elizabeth Lowe, then aged twenty two, firstly married Thomas Skidmore (1812-1842), then aged twenty one, on Monday the 11th February 1833 at St. Michaels, Lichfield.
Samuel Lowe signed as a witness, is this her brother?
Thomas Skidmore was a Draper and Tailor, based at Wednesbury, he was baptised on Sunday the 15th November 1812 at St Bartholomew's, Wednesbury.
Thomas then married Elizabeth Lowe, he then dies on Saturday the 26th March 1842, and is buried on Thursday the 31st March 1842 at St Bartholomew's, Wednesbury.
Thomas Skidmore's parents were a Benjamin and Elizabeth.
Here is a Link for details of the history of St Barts.
Elizabeth Lowe's baptism.
Elizabeth Lowe, was baptised on Thursday the 10th January 1811, at St John the Baptist, Burford, Shropshire. Elizabeth's parents were Mary Ann and James.
We now find a James Lowe, bachelor from Burford, marring a Mary Adney, spinster, by lic. at St Mary's, Bitterley on Thursday the 16th June 1808. Witnesses were John Adney and Margaret Adney. Bitterley is about seven miles from Burford. I believe that the Witnesses are the bride's parents.
At Burford, James and Mary Anne had the following children.
Mothers given name [spelling] in brackets .
#1) Mary baptised on Thursday the 4th January 1810 [Maryanne].
#2) Elizabeth baptised on Thursday the 10th January 1811 [Mary Ann].
#3) James baptised on Wednesday the 30th December 1812 [Mary Anne]. Died in 1858.
#4) William baptised on Tuesday the 8th February 1814 [Mary Ann].
#5) Thomas baptised on Tuesday the 4th January 1820 [Mary].
#6) John baptised on Sunday the 4th March 1821 [Mary].
#7) John baptised on Sunday the 26th August 1821 [Mary].
#8) Henry baptised on Sunday the 23rd November 1823, [Mary], Henry Lowe married, bachelor, draper, residence Newcastle Upon Tyne, Mary Ann Elliott, spinster, residence Oxford Street, York, father Joseph Elliott Engine Driver, at St Paul, York, on Saturday the 14th March 1857. Henry died in 1911.
#9) Anne baptised on Sunday the 23rd July 1826 [Mary].
Note the two Johns baptised in 1821.
In the 1841 Census at Greenway Head, Burford.
James Lowe (#3), aged 25, born 1812-16,
Thomas Lowe (#5), aged 20, born 1817-21,
Mary Lowe, aged 55, born 1782-86,
William Lloyd, aged 25, born 1812-16, Shropshire,
Jane Weeb, aged 15, born 1822-26, Shropshire,
Francis Weeb, aged 15, born 1822-26, Shropshire,
William Howels, aged 10, born 1831.
The Mary Lowe above is a good fit for our Mary Anne Lowe's, Elizabeth Lowe mother, also James and Thomas are good fits for her sons.
Now in the 1851 Census, we see.
James Lowe (#3), Married, aged 32, born 1819 Burford, Shropshire. Farmer of 230 acres employing 4 labourers
Frances Lowe, wife, married, aged 34, born 1817 Shropshire, farmer's wife.
William Lowe, son, Unmarried, aged 6, born 1845 Burford, Shropshire, farmer's son.
Lidia Mary Lowe, daughter, unmarried, aged 4, born 1847 Burford, Shropshire.
Fanny Lowe, daughter, unmarried, aged 2, born 1849 Burford, Shropshire.
Mary Ann Lowe, daughter, unmarried, aged 1, born 1850 Burford, Shropshire.
Sarah Morgan, servant, unmarried, aged 15, born 1836, house servant.
George Horsenett, servant, unmarried, aged 23, born 1828, Ag lab.
Samuel Horwick, Servant, unmarried, aged 25, born 1826, Ag lab.
9th October James Lowe late of Greenway Head in the Parish of Burford in the County of Salop Farmer deceased who died 15 May 1858 at Burford aforesaid was proved at Shrewsbury by the oaths of Francis Lowe of Burford aforesaid Widow the Relict Thomas Lowe of Richard Castle in the said County Farmer the Brother and Samuel Hotchkiss of Acton Scott in the same County the Executors.
Effects under £1,500.
£1,500 in 1858, in today's money would be the equal to £207,173 - Calculated using this Link. That's quite a sum. What an interesting fact this is.
That's enough for the Lowes, as we are following the female line, next is to find Mary Adney's baptism, we know she got married in 1808.
Mary Adney baptised on Monday the 4th November 1782, at St Michael and All Angels, Onibury, Shropshire, to John and Margaret Adney. That would make Mary about twenty six when she got married.
John and Margaret Adney had the following children.
@1) Ann baptised on Saturday the 2nd November 1776.
@2) Mary baptised on Monday the 4th November 1782.
@3) John baptised on Thursday the 17th January 1785. buried on Monday the 3rd April 1786 Shrewsbury (Saint Mary the Virgin) Churchyard, Shrewsbury.
@4) Thomas baptised on Saturday the 29th July 1786.
@5) William baptised on Sunday the 2nd November 1794.
Now lets see if we can find John and Margaret's wedding. Must be about 1775ish.
A good fit is John Adney marrying, Margaret Wellings on Friday the 7th December 1781, at St Michael & All Angels, Onibury, Shropshire.
So we now see Margaret's baptism on Thursday the 7th May 1767, at St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North, Shropshire, to a George Wellings and Mary.
George Wellings and Mary Hay were married on Wednesday the 21st February 1759, at St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North, Shropshire. So Mary was twenty five when she got married.
Mary Hay was baptised on Wednesday the 11th December 1734, at St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North, Shropshire, to William Hay and Margaret. We can now see where the Margaret came from!
William and Margaret had the following children.
%1) John, baptised on Thursday the 7th November 1717, at St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North, Shropshire. John married Elizabeth Hudson on 2nd January 174? at Bromfield, Shropshire. They had nine children. John died on Tuesday the 17th July 1798, and was buried at St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North, Shropshire.
%2) William, baptised on Monday the 7th October 1723, at St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North, Shropshire.
%3) Samuel, baptised on Wednesday the 7th January 1730, at St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North, Shropshire.
%4) Martha, baptised on Wednesday the 17th May 1727, at St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North, Shropshire.
%5) Thomas, baptised on Wednesday the 17th May 1727, at St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North, Shropshire. Thomas died and was buried on Tuesday the 8th Jun 1727, at St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North, Shropshire.
%6) Mary, baptised on Wednesday the 11th December 1734, at St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North, Shropshire.
Margaret's died, and was buried on Saturday the 1st February 1772, at St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North, Shropshire.
William Hays then himself died in 1775, and was buried on Saturday the 11th February 1775, at St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North, Shropshire.
My energy runs out here, but hopefully we can trace Margaret back further.
Maria Farmer's marriage.
#5) Maria Farmer (1817-1878), then aged fifty six, married
Samuel Steatham (1815-1884), then aged fifty eight, on Friday the 7th November 1873, at St John's, Wolverhampton.
From Maria Farmer's marriage certificate we see her father was a John Farmer, Tallow Chandler, Melbourne Street, Darlaston.
Tallow is the rendered fat of cattle and sheep, and a chandler is a maker and seller of candles. Traditionally tallow has been used to make candles and soap, but also as a lubricant in engineering and more recently as fuel in industrial processes.
Maria missed the 1881 census as a Steatham.
In the 1871 census, we find her at "The Lodge" at Armitage, in the household of a Thomas John Birch, Justice of the peace and landowner. Maria aged 53, unmarried, born 1818, Staffordshire, is employed as a housemaid domestic servant.
Thomas John Birch's father, John Birch's will, was proved on Wednesday the 18th February 1857 to quote -
...late of Armitage Lodge in the County of Stafford Gentleman deceased was granted to Thomas John Birch the natural and faithful? Son having been first.. to administer...
After that the trail goes cold, so we need a breakthrough here, so this is ongoing research.
Maria Farmer's baptism.
Not yet located.
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