Genealogical enquiries with Bottesford links
Request for assistance
By David Middleton
A number of genealogical enquiries have been received. If you are able to help please do add a comment.
My Dewey family tree
The Nottingham Branch
I have been researching my family tree for a considerable time and although my father’s family came from the Westminster area of London and subsequently from Edmonton/Enfield in Middlesex, I have managed to trace my great great grandfather, Samuel’s birth to the parish of St Mary in Nottingham. He was born in about 1811/12, parents unknown.
I believe that he married in Manchester in 1829, after joining the Coldstream Guards in London. Four years of his army service was spent in Quebec, Canada, where his wife gave birth to two sons. The family then returned to England in about 1842.
Professional researchers both in Nottingham and Manchester produced precious little and so I decided to write to all the Deweys in those areas. Today I have received a telephone call from a Peter Dewey who tells me that he believes that all the Deweys originated from one family in Bottesford. On logging on to your website, the first name I came across was a Mr Dewey whose name featured in a local play!
I have lived here in East Wittering for virtually all of my life – I am now retired, and my husband and I run a local history group of some ten members who were born and bred here in this coastal village in West Sussex. If any of your members has any information that they think may be of help to me, I would be delighted to hear from them.
By Janet Smith (29/5/08)
Cragg and Beckett Families
The following request for help can also be read on the Beckett Family page.
I can trace my family tree back eleven generations to Isabell Becket (c1555 – 1609) of Bottesford, second wife of John Cragg, also of Bottesford (c1535 – 1602) – my great (x11) grandparents. I’d be very interested to hear from anyone with more information about the Becket and Cragg families of Bottesford.
John and Isabell were married in the church at Bottesford (15.01.1574) and had one son, Daniel Cragg who married Lucy Caunt of West Allington, Lincs. Daniel and Lucy lived in Bottesford as did his son, Daniel (01.11.1618) who was a weaver. He married Jone Allison of Bottesford (Bottesford Church, 06.04.1644) and their son Robert left Bottesford following the death of his wife, Lydia, in 1722. He moved to Orston, Notts where the Cragg family became famous as framework knitters and cricketers.
I am hoping to go back further than 1535 if possible, and wonder if there are any Craggs and Beckets in Bottesford who would maybe be interested in helping me with my research.
By Veronica Barnes (Cragg) (01/09/2007)
Leonard Bockin – WW1 Soldier
Anyone know any information about Leonard Bockin who was a WW1 soldier from Bottesford. Thanks for looking
By John Myring (10/09/2007)
There is an extensive discussion of Leonard Bockin on The Great War Forum
Best of luck with your searches
Hi, I’m new to this site this month. I lost a message I thought I had posted, so will try again. John Hollingworth married Hannah Stokes in 1797 at St. Mary’s in Bottesford. Both of them were born in Grantham. I have John’s family back to a Henry and Mary Rolinson Hollingworth of Manthorpe (married in 1684). I have written to several people named Hollingworth in the Grantham area trying to locate a “cousin” who knows their family history. Since I mailed the letters, I heard that there is a postal strike. I have already researched the descendants of John and Hannah (including their son William b 1805 Bottesford who came to Texas in 1849 with his family), but cannot find a living male Holling(s)worth cousin. I’ve met some lovely female descendants. Any advice on what else I can do? Thank you.
By Georgia Cavanaugh (13/08/2007)
Re: Gale Family
Re: The Kirton Family
Re: the Kirton family
First may I say what an excellent site this is. My grandfather was Thomas SPALTON. He is buried just outside the church door, in 1843 and from his age he would have been born in 1777. Other records show that he wa, at one time, a churchwarden, so it would seem that he came from an established family. Unfortunately I can’t find any Spaltons in Bottesford prior to this. I am wondering if any of the old enclosure maps that you may have access to would give a clue. Thomas was married three times, to Olivia Kemp of Woolsthorpe, then to both Olivia and Elizabeth Dolby/Dalby of Waltham on the Wolds. His son Thomas b 1826 married Elizabeth Goodson of Muston/Harby so I have plenty of local ancestry. There is a row of cottages to the right of the Red Lion which was, at one time, named Spalton’s Row. Any assistance would be much appreciated. Regards Peter By Peter Krafft on 17/10/2007 at 00:08
Hi Peter, The cottages are now known as Wyggeston Cottages. Michael Honeybone records in his book of Bottesford (1989) that “the Wyggeston Cottages were called Spalton’s Row in 1851 after Olivia Spalton, the farmer who was the Wyggeston tenant” (p.59).
I have looked at the 1771 enclosure maps and cannot see any reference to the name “Spalton” – however I will look again in more detail in the near future.
There is reference to the Spalton’s in various 19th century Trade Directories. Have you seen any of these? Thomas Spalton, for example, is referred to in the 1863 Drakes Directory as a farmer or grazier at Easthorpe. A William Spalton – Cattle Dealer on Chapel Street.
See also Whites for 1877 http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~framland/Ag/maps/bvm.htm where the following is recorded: “Spalton Mrs Elizabeth, grazier, Chapel Street”. Elizabeth is still there is 1880 in the Wright’s Directory.
In the 1899 Wright’s Directory, William Spalton is listed as an ‘Ironmonger’ on the High Street. In 1900 he is listed as a shopkeeper. In the 1908 Kelly’s Harriett Spalton is a shopkeeper but then there appears to be no further reference in the directories we have to hand. If we come across earlier references we will get back to you. Many thanks for your interest in the web site, we appreciate your kind comments. Kind Regards David
Re: Ancestor materialised in 1777…
Re: The Watts Family
I find this page most exciting. My BROWN family went to Easthorpe via Thorpe Arnold from Long Bennington. Mr Thomas Brown went there c 1730. Documents from the Nottm RO have the leases showing. Will of Thomas Brown witness Edmund Brown (my ancestor) also mentions the farm. Edmund Brown dies in the 1800s at Easthorpe. John Brown was a weaver in Bottesford in the late 1700s as was Edmund.
By Hilary Thomas (26/11/2008)
In John and Mary Fegan’s Gravestone Index of St Mary’s Church, Bottesford the following Brown’s are listed. Hope this is useful in your enquiries. The index entry numbers are included. No mention of Edmund in this index
215: Jane dau Walter and Margaret Brown died in 1st year d. 10 Dec 1741
239: Eunice Brown d. 9 Dec. 1782
330: Elisabeth Brown late Grantham b 16 may 1814 d 24 Dec 1868
331: Mary dau John and Ann Brown b 20 June 1813 d. 17 Jan 1873
332: John Brown d 22 Mar 1817 age 40 also wife Anne W Brown d???
333: Ann dau John and Ann Brown b 4 Dec 1811 d 10 Feb 1859
656: John Brown d 26 Feb 1890 age 73 also wife Ann d 6 April 1891 age 75
710: Robert Brown d 12 Dec 1925 age 81 also wife Elisabeth d 30 April 1929 age 80
739: John Brown d 27 October 1799 age 71 also wife Ann d 29 Mar 1788 age 71
740: William Brown d 18 Aug 1829 age 84
741: Jane wife William Brown d 28 Jun 1837 age 74
896: Thomas Brown d 20 April 1799 age 72
By David Middleton (26/11/2008)