Sampson Reeves & Mary Briggs

Sampson Reeves was born on the 14th November 1867 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire. His parents were Abraham Reeves & Eliza Smith. Sampson married Martha Briggs in 1890 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire. Martha was born on the 1st of July 1868 in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Her parents were John Briggs & Hannah Fox.

They had 6 children:

  • Eliza Hannah – Born on the 21st October 1891 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire. She never married and in the 1939 Register she is found in the Mansfield Union Workhouse with her occupation listed as Charwoman (a woman employed as a cleaner in a house or office). She died on the 10th of October 1943 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire aged 51 and was buried in Huthwaite Cemetary on the 13th of October 1943. Her residence on this record is listed as 40 Sherwood Street which is also where Sampson and Martha are living on the 1939 Register.
  • Ernest – Born on the 10th February 1895 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire. He was baptised on the 17th of February 1898 in Beighton, Derbyshire where the family lived for a short while. In 1930 he married Mabel Bacon in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire and in the 1939 Register, they are living in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire where Ernest is working as a Colliery Hewer. They had 3 children. Ernest passed away in 1981 in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire aged 86.
  • Gertrude – Born on the 27th December 1897 in Beighton, Derbyshire. She was baptised on the 17th of February 1898 also in Beighton, Derbyshire (The same as Ernest). She married Frederick Farnsworth in 1920 in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. They had one child before Frederick passed away in 1921. Gertrude remarried to Gilbert Stallard in 1931 in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. They had 2 children. In the 1939 register, Gilbert and Gertrude were living in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Gertrude passed away in 1971 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire aged 74.
  • Charles Enoch – Born on the 18th July 1900 in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. He married Ethel Greaves on the 14th August 1920 in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. They had 4 children together and in the 1939 Register they are living in Sutton in Ashfield where Charles is working as Colliery Coal Hewer Underground and is also part of the A.R.P Medical Services. He left and took his older son to middlesex, Here he married Clara Burgin in 1952 in Willesden, Middlesex. They had 4 children together. Charles died on 21st September 1974 in Ealing, Middlesex aged 74.
  • John Thomas – Born on the 26th February 1903 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire. He married Martha Wilkinson in 1925 in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. They had one child. In the 1939 Register John and Martha were living in Sutton in Ashfield and John is working as a Brickyard Labourer. John passed away in 1978 in Sutton in Ashfield aged 75.
  • Alice May – Born on the 1st June 1909 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire. She married Joseph Instone in 1929 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire. They had one child who sadly passed away after a few months of birth. In the 1939 Register, Alice and Joseph are living in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Joseph’s occupation is listed as Colliery Miner – underground unemployed, which may explain why they moved to Macclesfield, Cheshire where Alice passed away in 1944.

In the 1891 Census, Sampson and Martha are living in Sutton in Ashfield, Sampson is working as a Coal Miner.

In 1893, Sampson appears in his first newspaper article about his latest crime he has committed, and it was not the last either. I will post another post about this soon and link to it.

In the 1901 Census, Sampson is listed at Samuel, they are both still living in Sutton in Ashfield. Sampson is working as a Coal Hewer. Eliza A is 9, Ernest is 7, Gertrude is 4 and Charles E is 7 months.

In the 1911 Census, Sampson and Martha are living in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire. All 6 children are living with them. According to the census they have been married 20 years, had 6 children all of which are still living. Sampson’s occupation is Miner along with Ernest his oldest son.

In the 1939 Register, Sampson and Martha are living in Sutton in Ashfield, just the two of them. Sampson’s occupation is Colliery Hewer – Retired and Martha’s occupation is listed as Unpaid Domestic Duties.

Martha died on the 15th May 1941 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire and was buried at Huthwaite Cemetery on the 17th May.

Sampson died on the 1st December 1945 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire and was buried at Huthwaite Cemetery on the 4th December.

If you have anymore information on the family or even are just related to any of them I’d love to hear from you!



#42 Proud…52 Ancestors

This post is for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.
My Family History Hunt may not be full of royalty and money, big grand houses and names that go on for miles. However, I am still proud of each and every one of my ancestors, their little stories and trials and tribulations. If things had been different and the branches of the tree had gone another way I may not be here telling these stories today.


#41 Colourful Surnames….52 Ancestors


This post is for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

A big branch of my family tree is the Green branch. With a lot of help from other people, this branch stretches back to the 1200s. A bit closer to home, in 1794 my 5x Great Grandfather Joseph Green was born in 1794 in Denby, Derbyshire. On the 7th of April 1823 (exactly 163 years before I was born to the date) he married Elizabeth Brown (see where the colour title comes in?!) again in Denby, he was 29 and she was 22. Elizabeth was born in 1801 in Holbrook, Derbyshire.

They had 8 children:

  • William – Born later on in 1823 in Denby. (Elizabeth would’ve been pregnant with William on her wedding day)
  • Mary – Born in 1825 in Denby and sadly died at 21 years of age in 1846, she was buried on the 3rd of December 1846 in Denby Church Yard.
  • Emma – Born on the 30th of November 1826 in Denby. She married Joseph Orme on the 9th of September 1845 and they emigrated to America in 1863. They settled Honeyville, Box Hill, Utah.
  • Lavinia – Born in 1828 in Denby and later moved to Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Thomas – Born in 1831 in Holbrook, Derbyshire.
  • Joseph – Born in 1833 in Holbrook.
  • Dorothy  – Born in 1836 in Denby
  • Hannah – Born in 1839 in Holbrook.

In the 1841 census they were all living in Denby. Joseph was a coalminer.

By the 1851 census, a lot of the children have “flew the nest”. Joseph sr is still a Coal Miner. Thomas, Joseph jr and Hannah are still living at home, Thomas and Joseph are Coal Miners also. Hannah is at school. I did wonder where Dorothy was as she would’ve been only 16 and I had already found that she was married the next year in 1852. She was actually visiting in Chesterfield, next door/adjacent to her sister Emma and her husband Joseph Orme. The head of the house she is staying at is Samuel Orme who is 2 years younger that Joseph so may be a brother or cousin. Emma and Joseph already had 2 Lodgers living with them as well as their 3 children so my guess would be Dorothy was visiting her sister. Chesterfield is a town and Denby a little village so I can imagine a visit to the big town to a little village girl would’ve been an exciting time.

In the 1861 census, its just the two of them Joseph and Elizabeth, Joseph is still a Coal Miner. Hannah is living just next door though with her new husband, Francis Thorpe and their 8 month old son, Herbert.

In the Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 3 March 1865, it reports that Elizabeth sadly passes away

Green – On the 13th nit., at Denby Common, Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Green, aged 64”

Elizabeth is buried on the 17th of February 1865 in the Denby Church Yard.

In the 1871 census, Joseph is still a Coal Miner living in Denby. He has a lot of visitors! Hannah and her husband Francis and their children, Herbert 10, Mary 8, Thomas 6, Elizabeth 4, Emma 2 and James John 9 months. Next door is William and his wife Mary and their children Thomas 23, John 19, William 13, Naomie 10, Elizabeth 8 and Mary Ann 6. William is also a Coal Miner. Its nice to see Joseph is not on his own and still surrounded by his family.

Joseph died on the 17 November 1876 aged 82 and was buried on the 21 November 1876 in Denby.

So they’re maybe not my most colourful of ancestors personality wise but their names are colourful enough and rather tree like!


Neglecting The Family

On the British Newspaper Archive Website, I had been looking for more information on a court record I had found recently and once I had finished researching this I went on to typing different ancestor names into the search box. One was Kitty Greaves, my great great grandmother. I had initially typed her name in with hope that something would come up about her mother, Harriott Marriott. Harriott was born in 1853 and gave birth to Kitty on the 17th December 1868 aged 16. Kitty’s birth certificate shows no father and I was hoping a newspaper would maybe come up with a reason why a 16 year old girl would be having a baby and not declaring the father. Harriott sadly died the year after on the 30th of August 1869. The cause of the death certificate is Choreu (Think this is Chorea)
However two articles came up about Kitty and none including Harriott but rather about her and her own children.
Derby Daily Telegraph 14th August 1903
Derby Evening Telegraph
Sheffield Evening Post 14th August 1903
Sheffield Daily Telepgraph Kitty Greaves
I know they’re not very clear reading, especially the first one from the Derby Daily Telegraph, but the basics of it are that Kitty had very badly neglected her children “in such a manner as to cause the unnecessary suffering and injury”. Its the fact as well that her husband, my great great grandfather Robert Greaves had been reported her to the police too. The conditions of houses at that time wouldn’t have been brilliant anyway so the house must have been in a pretty bad state, far worse than I could ever imagine. “An officer from the N.S.P.C.C found the children covered with vermin”.
On the 1901 census she was down as working as a Hoisery Seamer at home so she must have been spending all her time working and neglecting her poor children and house. My Great Grandmother, Ethel Greaves was born in 1900 so she would have been only 3 years old at the time when Kitty went to the “Gaol” for 6 weeks hard labour. Kitty died just under 6 years after the charge on the 24th of July 1909 from epilepsy.
It also says that Kitty had stated she was the mother of 12 children. I have only records of 6 so I will have to do a bit more research and see if she had any children that were either living elsewhere or had sadly died very young.

(Newspaper articles found at

New Me, New Blog

….well a newly updated blog anyway. I have been over at for a while but have decided to come back over here. Even though I haven’t updated this site for a loooong time, I get more views and comments here than I do on my blog at Blogger so there must be something going on here and who writes a blog for no one to read it?!

Anyway, I’ve had a few different things happening lately in my life and I think this has been my motivation to try and get a bit more out of my family history hunt and put more of my energy and time into it.

This blog is hopefully going to be my place to share my research and ancestors stories. Instead of having all of it stuck on the hard drive of this computer or in paper files I am hoping to share it more with my family and anyone else who would find my research and information helpful and interesting. I am starting to put the leaves on the branches now, I was concentrating too much on growing the branches long and deep into the past, I wasn’t paying much attention to the details of my ancestors life’s past their births, marriages, deaths, occupations and children. Now I am reading newspaper articles, searching photos and old postcards, finding wills and one off records and building my ancestor into a person I feel like I know. I am thinking outside the box and jumping over those brick walls I was hitting and finding those missing ancestors in places I never thought of before, places outside of the east midlands, America, Australia and Canada.

I have also spent a lot of time looking into my mum’s family tree and would like to start looking into my dad’s family. This is slightly harder as my dad’s ancestors are Polish. Records from Poland and West Ukraine are becoming more and more accessible for us so i can finally see a way of making this possible.

Ok so I will stop rambling on and get on with this! I hope it all turns out good and I can keep my motivation of updating this and sharing my stories!