Sophia Betts 1824-1861

Parents: James Betts and Sophia Stubbing (1)
Born: 20th August 1824 in Haverhill
Baptised: 12th September 1824 in Haverhill
Married: Charles Whiting, batchelor, servant, of Haverhill Hamlet, son of William Whiting, labourer, on 31st December 1851 at St Mary's Parish Church, Haverhill. Witnessed by Joseph Humphries and Susan Smith.(2,3)
Children: None.
Died: October 1861 in Quakers Lane. Buried at Haverhill Cemetery, on 18th October 1861.(4,5)

Bio: Sophia's parents James Betts and Sophia Stubbing were married on 30th January 1816 at St Mary's Church, Haverhill.(6)

Sophia herself was born and baptised in 1824 according to a patrons submission to church of the latter day saints (patrons submissions are not always the most reliable source.) On the 1841 census(7) we see Sophia living in Quaker's Lane, Haverhill with her parents, and sisters Harriet and Sarah. Sophia's father James is a wheelwright. Sophia's maternal grandfather Samuel appears to be living with them too. Samuel Stubbing, who is 80, appears on the Suffolk Baptism Index as being the father of Sophia Stubbing.(6) For the next census in 1851, the Betts family remain in Quakers Lane where Sophia's father is still a wheelwright, and she is working as a servant. Her sisters have left home, replaced by a lodger Elizabeth Hayle, 64.

Sophia appears on the 1861 census along with Charles living in Quakers Lane, Haverhill. She died soon afterwards, and was buried on 18th October 1861 at St Mary's Church, Haverhill.(4,5)


(1), Bishop's transcripts for the archdeaconry of sudbury, 1813-17, Batch No.M132241, Source Call. 0951462
(2) Suffolk Records Office, Bury St Edmunds, Parish Registers of St Mary's Church, Haverhill. Fiche 578/4/p24 of 37
(3) Marriage Register. 4th Quarter 1851, Risbridge District, Volume 12 Page 776
(4) Death Register. 4th Quarter 1861, Risbridge District, Volume 4a Page 235
(5) Suffolk Records Office, Bury St Edmunds, Parish Registers of St Mary's Church, Haverhill. Fiche 578/4/p36 of 37
(6) Suffolk Baptism Index, SFHS, Clare Deanery 1754-1812
(7) census information contributed by Grant Betts