The Family of Charles Sheffield of Ashdon and Linton

Charles was born about 1802/3 at Ashdon in Essex.

Charles Sheffield married Mary Peters at Linton on 13 October 1822.  In the banns he is a bachelor of Ashdon.

In the 1841 Cambridgeshire census index, living in Long Lane, Linton there were Charles (Chas) Sheffield, aged 35-39, a cattle dealer who was uncertain whether he was born in the county (YN) and, with the same reference, Mary Sheffield, aged 40-44, born in the county.

Charles Sheffield was discharged by the insolvent debtors’ court at Cambridge on Monday 28 March (Cambridge Chronicle and Journal 2 April 1842).

In the 1851 Cambridgeshire census index living in Long Lane, Linton were Charles (Chas) Sheffield, head and married, aged 48, a pig jobber and born at Ashdon in Essex. With him was his wife, Mary, aged 53 and born at Linton.

A pig jobber was a pig trader.  He bought a number of pigs from one person and sold them at a profit to another.

In the 1861 census of Long Lane, Linton, Charles (Chas) Sheffield was aged 59, a pig jobber, born at Ashdon, Essex. His wife, Mary was aged 66 and born at Linton.

Charles Sheffield was buried at St Mary's Church, Linton, 9 January 1863, aged 60.  An inquest was held at The Swan, Linton and the verdict that was returned was that he was ‘found drowned’ in the brook that runs through the village (Cambridge Independent Press 10 January 1863).


In 1871, at Old Workhouse, Linton, widow Mary Sheffield was aged 74, a pauper born at Linton.

Mary Sheffield was buried at St Mary's Church, Linton, 6 March 1879, aged 82.

Charles and Mary's child was:

  1. Susan, born about 1824 at Ashdon, Essex.

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Posted November 2016