Robert Greaves & Kitty Marriott

Robert Howiss Greaves was born in March 1870 in Skegby, Nottinghamshire. His parents were Robert Greaves & Sarah Ann Parsons. Robert was married to Kitty Marriott on the 12th of October 1889 at the Parish Church in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Kitty was born on the 17th of December 1868 in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Her mother was Harriott Marriott.

They had 15 children:

  • Harriett Elizabeth – Born 1889 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
  • Wilfred – Born 1891 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
  • William Henry – Born 1893 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts. Died in 1893 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts. Burial 8th Octobr 1893 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts.
  • Mary Ellen – Born 1894 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
  • Arthur – Born in 1895 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
  • Thomas – Born in 1896 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts. Died in 1896 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
  • Agnes – Born in 1897 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
  • Sarah – Born in 1899 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
  • Ethel May – Born in 1900 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
  • Lily – Born in 1902 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
  • Eric – Born in 1903 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts. Twin of Hilda. Died in 1903 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
  • Hilda – Born in 1903 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts. Twin of Eric. Died in 1903 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
  • Annie – Born in 1904 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
  • Harold – Born in 1905 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
  • Kate

On their Marriage Certificate, Robert is 19 and a Miner. He is living on Bown Street, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts. His father is Robert Greaves who is a Labourer. Kitty is stated as Kate and she is 20 with no occupation and is living on Union Street, Sutton in Ashfield. Her father is unknown so there are no details for him.

In the 1891 census they were living at 221 Bown Street, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Robert is 21 and a Coal Miner. His birth place is Skegby, Nottinghamshire. Kitty is Kate again and is 22 and working as a Seamstress. Her birth place is Sutton in Ashfield, Notts. They have one daughter Harriett who is 1 and her birth place is Sutton in Ashfield, Notts.

In the 1901 census they were living at 12 Crown Street, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Robert is 31 and a Colliery Contractor Underground. His birth place is Skegby, Notts. Kittie is 32 and is a Hoisery Seamer (At Home) and her birth place is Sutton in Ashfield, Notts. Harriett is 11, they have had more children; Wilfred who is 10, Mary Ellen who is 7, Arthur is 6, Agnes is 4 and Ethel May is 11 months. All of their place of birth is stated as Sutton in Ashfield.

In 1903, Kitty was charged with child neglect. I have written a post about this called Neglecting The Family and the saddest part is that it was her husband Robert who informed the police about her. Kitty died on the 24th July 1909 and was buried on the 27th July 1909 in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. The cause of her death was Epilepsy which is probably why, her house work and childcare deteriorated.

Robert remarried in 1910 in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts to Ann Clarke.

In the 1911 census they were living at 32 Huthwaite Road, Sutton in Ashfield. Notts.  Robert Howis was 41 and a Coal Miner Hewer. His birth place was Skegby, Nottinghamshire. Ann is 43 and her birth place is Sutton in Ashfield, Notts. Robert and Kitty’s children and Ann’s children are on here, but all of them of step children. Wilfred is 19 and a Coal Miner Hewer, Mary Ellen is 17, Arthur is 16 and a Coal Miner Hewer, Agnes is 14 and a Factory Seamer, Ethel is 9 and at school and Annie is 7 and also at school. Ann’s children; Hedley, 16, May, 14 and Joseph, 7.

Robert died in 1937 in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.


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,

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!


James Haskard & Emma Gregory

James Charles Haskard was born on the 14th of February 1878  in Radford, Nottinghamshire. His parents were John Haskard & Betsy Deaball. James was married to Emma Gregory on the 12th of February 1898 at the Register Office, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. Emma was born in 1st April 1878 in Radford, Nottinghamshire. Her parents were William Fletcher and Martha Gregory.

They had 11 children:

  • ?
  • Joseph – Born 1901 in Nottingham, Notts.
  • Betsy – Born 1904 in Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts. 
  • Elizabeth – Born 1907 in Nuncargate, Notts.
  • Thomas  – Born 1909 in Nuncargate, Notts.
  • James Charles – Born 1912 in Nuncargate, Notts.
  • Lois – Born 1914 in Nuncargate, Notts.
  • Fanny Burton – Born 1916 in Nuncargate, Notts.
  • John Burton – Born 1918 in Nuncargate, Notts. 
  • Annice – Born 1921 in Nuncargate, Notts.
  • Ronald – Born 1923 in Nuncargate, Notts.

On their Marriage Certificate, James Charles Haskard is 19 and is a Printer (Journeyman). He is living at 52 Denman Street, Nottingham. His father is John Burton Haskard who is a Cycle Fitter. Emma is 19 and lives at 21 Denman Street, Nottingham. Her father is James Gregory (deceased) and was a Gardener (Domestic Service).

In the 1901 census they were living at 4 Chapel Row, Hazel Street, Bullwell, Nottinghamshire. James C is 23 and is a Litho Printer. His birth place in Nottingham, Notts. Emma is also 23 and has no occupation. Her birth place is Nottingham, Notts. Emma must have been pregnant with Joseph when this census was taken, he was born later that year.

In the 1911 census they were living at 15 Sherwood Place, Nuncargate, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. James C is 33 and a Colliery Labourer Above Ground. His birthplace is Radford, Notts. Emma is 33 and has no occupation. Betsy is 6 and her birthplace is Kirkby Woodhouse, Notts. Elizabeth is 4 and Thomas is 1, their birthplace is Nuncargate, Notts. Nuncargate was very much a miners village, with Annesley Colliery nearby, so this reason is probably why the family moved here from Nottingham. The census also states that James and Emma have been married 13 years, they have had 5 children, 4 still alive. As the 1911 census only includes 3 children, I did a bit of digging and Joseph their eldest son is living with James’ mother Betsy in Nottingham. I have yet to find a 5th child who had passed away.

On Lois Haskard’s Birth Certificate, it states she was born the 3rd of December 1914. Her father was James Charles Haskard and her mother was Emma Haskard formerly Gregory. James’ occupation was a Colliery Banksman. It was signed by Emma and was registered on the 15th of January 1915.

James died on the 19th of February 1951 in Nuncargate, Notts.

Emma died on the 7th October 1960 in Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts.

Grandad & Grandmar Haskard

James and Emma outside of 15 Sherwood Place, Nuncargate, Notts.