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Elizabeth Hilsdon c.1750-1842

Parents:     ?

Born:          c.1750    

Baptised:   ?                      

Married:      Daniel Whiting, single man, on 19th December 1775 at St Mary's Parish Church, Haverhill. Witnessed by Samuel and William Bigmore.

Banns on 22nd and 29th October and 5th November 1775.(1,2)        

Children:    Elizabeth Whiting b.1776, Sarah Whiting b.1778, Lydia Whiting b.1780, Daniel Whiting b.1783, George Whiting b.1790 died aged 6 and David Whiting b.1793 (5)

Died:            November 1842. Buried on 13th November 1842 at St Mary's Parish Church, Haverhill.(3,4)


Bio:              I've been unable to trace Elizabeth's parentage and birth/baptism dates. She was a spinster when she married in 1775 and from the parish registers we can tell that her husband Daniel died in 1830. On the 1841 census we find her near the end of her life, living with her youngest child David Whiting and his family in Burton End, Haverhill. Her age is listed as 85 here. The parish registers have an Elizabeth Whiting of Burton End dying at age 92 in November 1842.  Given that there are no other unaccounted-for Whitings on the census that this could be, I think we have to assume they are one and the same and that the discrepancy is the result of a clerical error. On the 1841 census it was seemingly quite common practice to round ages up/down to the nearest five years.


Sources:      (1) Suffolk Records Office, Bury St Edmunds, Parish Registers of St Mary's Church, Haverhill. Fiche 578/4

                     (2) Barnabas Webb’s pocket-book, Suffolk Records Office, Bury  St Edmunds. HA553/1

(3) Suffolk Records Office, Bury St Edmunds, Parish   Registers of St Mary's Church, Haverhill. Fiche 578/4/p34 of 37

(4) Death Register. 4th Quarter 1842, Risbridge district, Volume 12 Page 262