#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!



Thomas Green & Elizabeth Lowe

Thomas Green  was born in 1877 in Annesley, Nottinghamshire. His parents were Thomas Green & Emily Varley. Thomas was married to Elizabeth Lowe in 1899 in Basford, Nottinghamshire. Elizabeth was born on the 2nd February 1881 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. Her parents were Edward Lowe & Priscilla Gell.

They had 5 children:

    • Thomas Edward – Born 1900 in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. 
    • Ethel – Born 1902 in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.
    • Walter – Born 1904 in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.
    • Ernest – Born 1908 in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.
    • Ivy – Born 1910 in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

In the 1901 census they are living at 12 Station Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire with Elizabeth’s parents. Thomas is 24 and is a Coal Miner (Loader). He is down as son in law and his place of birth is Todds Row, Nottinghamshire (A mining community in Annesley, no longer there today). Elizabeth is 20 and has no occupation. She is also down as daughter. Thomas (Edward) is 11 months and his place of birth states East Kirkby, Nottinghamshire.

In the 1911 census they are living at 15 Lime Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Thomas is 34 and is a Collier Hewer. His birth place is Bleak Hall, Nottinghamshire (same as Todds Row above), Elizabeth is 30 and has no occupation. Thomas Edward is 11, Ethel is 9, Walter is 8, Ernest is 3 and Ivy is 9 months. Kirkby, Notts is all of the children’s place of birth.

On Ernest’s birth certificate, it states he was born on the 14th of September 1908 at 14 Station Street, Kirkby, Nottinghamshire. His father is Thomas Green and his mother is Elizabeth Green formerly Lowe. Thomas’ occupation is Coal Miner. It was signed by E Green, mother, 14 Station Street, Kirkby on the 19th of September 1908.

Thomas died in September 1941 in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

Emma died in 1958 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire