Mary Halls Whiting c.1799-1871

Parents: Lydia Whiting and James Halls (1,3)
Born: c.1799 in Haverhill.
Baptised: 26th December 1802 at St Mary's Parish Church, Haverhill. (2)
Married: Thomas Mynott, bachelor, of Shudy Camps, on 7th November 1819 at St Mary's Church, Shudy Camps. Witnessed by John Mynott and J Mansfield (2)
Children: Emma Mynott b.1822, Susan Mynott b.1824, James Mynott b.1826, John Mynott b.1828, Harriet Mynott b.1831, Charles Mynott b.1833, Thomas Mynott b.1835, Richard Mynott b.1839, Jane Mynott b.1842.
Died: 1871 in Shudy Camps. Buried at St Mary's Church, Shudy Camps on 11th April 1871.(2,5)

Bio: Mary was baptised as Mary Halls Whiting on 26th December 1826 at St Mary's Parish Church, Haverhill, and she was said to be three years old at the time. As her mother Lydia was married to James Halls in 1799 it appears that given the surname of Whiting, Mary was illegitimate and born not long before her mothers marriage. It also seems fairly likely from her middle name that James was the father.

Mary grew up as part of the Halls family in Shudy Camps, Cambridgeshire, and married Thomas Mynott there on 7th November 1819.

Mary and Thomas had a number of children all born in Shudy Camps. Emma Mynott was born on 17th January 1822 and baptised at St Mary's Church, Shudy Camps on 10th February 1822(2). He baptism entry reveals that her father was a labourer. Daughter Susan Mynott was baptised at Shudy Camps on 8th February 1824, son James on 5th February 1826, son John on 27th January 1828, daughter Harriet Mynott on 18th September 1831, son Charles Mynott on 14th June 1833, son Thomas Mynott on 28th June 1835, son Richard Mynott on 22nd December 1839 and daughter Jane Mynott, born on 10th April and baptised on 8th May 1842.

The 1841 census shows Mary and Thomas living in Mill Green, Shudy Camps, next door to Mary's parents. Thomas is an agricultural labourer.

On the 1851 census, Mary and Thomas remain in Shudy Camps and Thomas' occupation is unchanged. Children Sarah, Charles, Thomas, Richard and Jane are living with them. Mary is shown as having been born in Haverhill.

Mary's father James died on 31st July 1860 in Shudy Camps(2), and was survived by her mother Lydia who appears as a widow of 80 on the 1861 census in Mill Green, Shudy Camps. She is head of a household that included her grandson Charles Mynott, 27, who is unmarried, Sarah Mynott, 20, married, who is listed as daughter but is actually her granddaughter. Living next door are Thomas and Mary Mynott, 62 & 63, and their son Richard Mynott, 21.

Lydia died in Shudy Camps in 1866 and was buried at St Mary's Church.(2)

Thomas Mynott died in October 1869, aged 69 and was buried on 27th October 1869 at Shudy Camps church.

Mary appears for the last time on the 1871 census as a widow, aged 71 living with her son Richard and his wife in Mill Green, Shudy Camps.

Mary died later that month and was buried on 11th April 1871 at St Mary's Church, Shudy Camps.


(1) Suffolk Records Office, Bury St Edmunds, Parish Registers of St Mary's Church, Haverhill. Fiche 578/4/
(2) Cambridge Family History Society, Transcriptions of the Parish Registers of Shudy Camps. Baptisms, Marriages & Burials at St Mary's Church.
(3) SFHS. Suffolk Baptism Index. Clare Deanery 1754-1812.
(4) Shudy Camps Baptisms, 1558-1950, p.54, Cambridge Family History Society.
(5) Death Register. 2nd Quarter 1871, Linton District, Volume 3b Page 318
(6) SFHS. Suffolk Burial Index 1538-1900.