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!



#15 How Do You Spell That?!…52 Ancestors

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

A surname I have struggled with in my hunt is Deaball.

It first popped up when I was researching Betsy Deaball who married into my Haskard Family. Betsy was born in 1858 in Nottingham, Notts and I found her in the 1861 census. She was living with her father Thomas Deaball and brother William Deaball. I will be doing another post about my hunt for these three but I have really had to be open to anything when searching for this surname. Some of the variants that have come up are:

    • Deaboll
    • Deable
    • Deble
    • Daybell
    • Deabell
    • Dable
    • Dabeth
    • Deball
    • Debell

and the list goes on and on. As soon as I click on to see the record I can usually see its Deaball but can see how the transcriber got to how he/she interpreted it. Those “include variants” check boxes are very. very handy!!


#14 Favourite Photo of Lois Haskard….52 Ancestors

As soon as I saw this title I knew who I was going to pick for this post and which photo.

Aunt Lois









This is my Great Grandmother “Mamma” Lois Green nee Haskard.

Lois and her husband Ernest Green were the first people in my Family History Hunt and this photo is one of the first I added to my little collection.

I have so many fond memories of “Mamma and Grandad”. Their little house in Kirkby in Ashfield, how Grandad was always sat in his armchair, their little apple tree and rows of runner bean plants in their back garden and how every week my mum would take Mamma shopping and in the school holidays me and my sister would go with them and on one occasion we somehow managed to tip mamma’s trolley, contents and all, over in the aisles of Asda. Oops.

I was 10 when my Grandad passed away in December 1996. Mamma passed away nearly two weeks later on the 1st of January 1997. My mum always says Mamma died of a broken heart from missing Grandad and i agree with her, they were a lovely couple and I’m glad I got to meet them.


PS. How glam does Mamma look in that photo!!!

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

Ashfield Burial Records

I discovered this site whilst looking for records of a child my great grandma Lois had who died very young. It contains the burial records for Annesley, Huthwaite, Hucknall, Kingsway Old and New Cemetary (Kirkby in Ashfield) and Sutton in Ashfield;
Even though, the majority of the records have not yet been indexed which means there’s sometimes a lot of searching before you find the record you are looking for, it can be quite in depth when you get there. Most records tell you the date they died, the date they were buried, where they died and some even say the cause of death too.
It is only really the burials from the mid 1800s and through to the 1900s but if you have ancestors from around the Ashfield area this will be probably be quite informative for you and will hopefully add to your family story.
Happy Hunting!

A Day At Rufford Abbey

With it being nice today, we decided to have lunch and a walk at Rufford Abbey.

When we arrived we realised it was the P6 Rover Owners Club meet so there were lines of these old classics, we had to have a little look.

We had a late lunch in the Savile Restaurant which is in what used to be the old kitchen. In one of the archways in the walls, hangs a roll of honour of all the Rufford Men who served in World War I.

Close up it says:
“Roll of Honour
For King and Country
Rufford Men
Who nobly responded to their Country’s call
By taking up arms for Britain in the Great
European War 1914
Sec. Lieut. F. A. Bell Sherwood Rangers
Lce. Cpl. S. F. Hudson. Sherwood Foresters
Frank Hudson ”
John. G. Davis ”
Sydney Thomas ”
Arthur Badger Leicestershire Regt
Arthur Parsons. Leicestershire
Ernest Skelton Leicestershire
Harry Woodcock Leicestershire
Corporal W. Revitt (Promoted SGT) K.R.R
William Pacey R.G.A
James Cottingham Pioneers
Thomas Greensmith Lincolns
Trooper. R. Bartram Sherwood Rangers
Trooper. J. Kirk South Notts Hussars
John. G. Robinson Royal Marines
William. T. Broome Lincolns
Frederick Halifax Reserve
William Ward Sherwood Foresters
Leonard Cheetham ”
William Rockley ”
Trooper. A. Woodcock South Notts Hussars.
Trooper. A. Rolling ”
Gunner. R. H. Trueman ”

If anyone has any ancestors on here it would be nice to know.

I love going to Rufford Abbey, it is such a nice place and on a nice weekend it is full of happy families and usually events during the Summer.

After a nice carvery lunch in the restaurant it was time for an ice cream and a walk around the lake.


I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend, speak soon,