The Family of Mary Hill formerly Hawksley of South Wingfield

Mary Hawksley was baptised 15 May 1796 at South Wingfield, a daughter of Robert Hawksley and Dorothy formerly Shaw. 

She (X) married William Hill (X) 3 April 1815 at South Wingfield, after banns.  They were both of the parish and the witnesses were Robert Hawksley and Frances Hill (X). 

William Hill (born c. 1784) had been invalided out of the army, aged 28 and became a Chelsea pensioner.  He served as a private in the 45th Foot Regiment.  He had served for 11 years and 103 days between 17 October 1801 and 27 January 1813 and had a certificate of good conduct.  He had a gunshot wound to his face on 25 March 1812 at siege of Badajoz, Spain, a battle of the Peninsula Wars 16 March – 6 April 1812.  He was born at South Wingfield and returned there, a stocking weaver.  He was 5’ 7” in height, brown hair, dark eyes and complexion.

Mary died between 1829 and 1841 and there are several burials at South Wingfield in this interval, but insufficient detail in the transcript to distinguish between them.

In 1841 at South Wingfield, William was aged 60, a framework knitter, Robert and Matthew were both aged 15 and agricultural labourers and James was aged 11.  All were born in the county. 

In 1851 at South Wingfield, William, a widower, was aged 67 and a Chelsea pensioner.  His children were William, married, aged 30 a cotton framework knitter, Robert, single and aged 25 also a cotton framework knitter and James aged 21 an agricultural labourer. All were born in South Wingfield.  There was also a lodger, Mary Hill, married aged 20 and born in Manchester. 

In 1861 in South Wingfield, William, a widower, was aged 78 and a pensioner.  As lodgers there were William aged 49 an agricultural labourer, his wife, Mary aged 29 and their children William aged 9, Joseph aged 7 and James aged 1.  They were all born at South Wingfield except Mary who was born at Warrington. 

Willliam Hill died 5 June 1866 at South Wingfield.  He was late of South Wingfield and a pensioner from the army.  His will was proved 7 August 1866 at Derby by William Hill, son and sole executor.

Mary and William Hill's children were

Maria Hill, baptised 14 June 1815 at South Wingfield.

Eliza Hill, baptised 5 January 1817 at South Wingfield.

William Hill, baptised 14 March 1819 at South Wingfield.  He married Mary.  In 1851 and 1861 he and his family were living with his father in South Wingfield.  In 1866 he proved his father’s will. 

Their children were:

William Hill, born about 1852.

Joseph Hill, born about 1854.

James Hill, born about 1860.

Samuel Hill, baptised 3 December 1820 at South Wingfield.  Samuel may have married Sarah Darwin in the Sheffield district in 1848 or Sarah Hodson in the Chesterfield district North Wingfield) in the September quarter 1845.  In 1851 at Brown Square Sheffield, Samuel was aged 30, a labourer born at South Wingfield.  His wife. Sarah was aged 26 and born at South Wingfield also.  With them were lodgers William Briddon, a labourer, and his wife Mary aged 22 and 20 respectively and both born at Ripley.  Samuel has not been found in 1841 and he and his wife have not been found in later censuses.

Robert Hill,  He was born 21 May 1824 and baptised 27 June 1824 by the  Cromford Weslyan Methodists, a son of William, a framework knitter, and Mary Hill of South Wingfield.

Matthew Hill, born 30 August 1827 and baptised 2 October 1827 by the  Cromford Weslyan Methodists, a son of William, a framework knitter, and Mary Hill of South Wingfield.  In 1851 at Broadholme, Belper, a Matthew Hill was an unmarried farm servant aged 21 born at Alfreton.In 1861 at Brightside Bierlow, Sheffield, Matthew Hill was aged 32 a blacksmith’s striker born in South Wingfield.  His wife was Sarah aged 31 and born in Belper.  Their children were Mary Ann aged 10, Francis aged 7, Harriet aged 3 and Samuel aged 7 months.  All were born in Sheffield.  In the September quarter 1866 a Matthew Hill married Esther Goodwin in the Register Office, Belper.  In 1871 at St Albert Terrace Road, Sheffield, a Matthew was aged 42, a carriage spring maker, born in South Wingfield, and Esther his wife was aged 42 and also born in South Wingfield.  In 1881 at 3 Aukland Place, Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, a Matthew was aged 53, a coal miner born at South Wingfield.  His wife was Esther aged 51 also born at South Wingfield.  It is not clear that this is the same Matthew in each of the censuses, as his children with Sarah seem to have disappeared!

James Hill, born 16 October 1829 and baptised 9 December 1829 by the  Cromford Weslyan Methodists, a son of William, a framework knitter, and Mary Hill of South Wingfield.

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Posted October 2016