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This page is for people who are trying to trace family or friends who have lived in Widdington.
If you can help out at all, please email me and i will put you in touch with the person who is looking.
You to can contribute to the People's Archives pages An Archive of peoples memories.
Life in the Village as you remember it. You can write about any aspect of village life as little or as much as you feel.
I would like to thank Tessa Canning, Fred Fairson and David Howells for their contributions
For his wounderful contribution to our online Archive
Looking for an Ancestor of Widdington
Sorry to bother you but I am doing some family history research, looking at my grandmother Sarah Chipperfield's ancestors whose roots appear to be in Widdington.
I knew nothing about the village and its history except for what I have read in your 'Widdington Chronicles', where I spotted some mentions of other Chipperfields who seem still be connected to the village. From reading your website I can clearly see you are an enthusiast for the village so I was hoping I can tap into your knowledge.
Now I don't want to involve you in a long and drawn out investigation into my family history, but I am interested to know if you can help me find out why my Chipperfields left Widdington (I'm guessing some time in between 1875 and 1880) and ended up in the much less desirable area of Hackney! All of my elderly relatives on that side have now passed away so I'm hoping to fill in some gaps in my knowledge through other means.
For information, Sarah Chipperfield was born in 1893 in Hackney to Charles Chipperfield who was born in Widdington in 1863.
In 1901 the family were living in Hackney and Charles was a Dust Carman. The earliest record of him I can find is from the 1871 census where he registered as a scholar and living in Widdington.
In that year Charles is one of four children (the others were Sarah, 19 - a servant; William, 16 - a farm labourer; and Emily, 4) of James and Martha Chipperfield living at number 21 (street name unknown although number 24 is marked as Park Cottage). James is 41 and also a farm labourer.
Next door at number 20 there is another Chipperfield family headed by Joseph Chipperfield, 67 - a farm labourer, and his wife Mary, 64. They have living with them three older children (presumably siblings of Charles next door) who are Joseph, 31 - a farm labourer; Emma, 25 - an unemployed servant; and George, 21 - a carpenter.
By the way I read in your Chronicles that the Chipperfields in Widdington were/are still carpenters - is it safe to assuume they are descended from George?
So I was wondering if you know any Chipperfields still in the area who may be able to help me piece together the story of why, after generations of living in Widdington, my great grandfather Charles decided not to follow the family tradition of farm labouring and moved to Hackney. Any other information about life in the village for farm workers during the 19th Century would also be very helpful. And one last thing - which road is Park Cottage in - and are the neighbouring houses 20 and 21 still standing?
I'd be very grateful for any assistance you can give, either through your own knowledge or via your village website.
Many thanks and kind regards,
How can i find out if Lily Parish born in Widdington,
Dec 1887 called herslef Sarah Parish when she married in 1907?
Recently I have been looking into family history details on my mums side using varied sources on the internet and recently came upon the information you had detailed on the Widdington site.
I'm not sure how long the details have been there but i was hoping in some way you may be able to help me further.
My mum's mum (my great-grandmother) was married to James Curtis in OND 1907 in Bishops Stortford and her maiden name we believe was Sarah Parish. We know for sure she died aged 50 (in Bishops Stortford) in 1940 and she had a sister Lily Parish (aged 7 in 1901) who was a witness at Sarah Parish's wedding in 1907. I cannot be sure (and my mum does not know definitely) but I believe that this is the same 'Parrish' (for somereason spelt 'Parrett' on the census) family from Widdington in 1891 at Swains Hall Farm. Is it possible to know if Sarah (69) widowed was sister (related) to Jacob (50)? I believe that Jacob/Emma and children moved onto Clavering (Pelham Gates) for the 1901 census. My problem is that in 1891 the daughter Sarah is aged (10) and there is a Lily who is more like the correct age (3) to be my mums grandmother Sarah.
It seems I had never tried the spelling 'Parrish' (I thought I had but thanks to your entries I tried again) and 'discovered' Jacob, Emma and children before that in the 1881 census for the first time....
My question though is in that I am trying hard to make the Lily Parish aged 3 in 1891 at Swains Hall Farm be the one and same Sarah Parish aged 17 and marrying James Curtisin 1907. I now for sure that a Sarah and her sister (Elizabeth Parish aged 23 in 1916) both had a father William Parish (Jacob William Parish born 1842 Saffron Walden). How can i find out if Lily Parish born in widdington Dec 1887 called herslef Sarah Parish when she married in 1907?
Benjamin Scott and Woodley / Woodloy of Widdington 1665-1670
Thanks so much for your website! It is a joy to read. I visited Widdington from Oakland CA last week because of its importance in my family history. My ancestor, Benjamin Scott, was a yeoman who left Widdington in the 1670s for the province of West New Jersey. He was a Quaker and had been previously fined for not attending church and for attending Quaker meetings. His wife, Margaret, seems to have been a Woodley and possibly related to Richard Woodloy/Woodley whose will is dated 1665.
Gary, have you gotten any inquiries from other people who are related to the Scotts or Woodleys? I would like to find out a couple of things in particular:
1. How long the Scotts had lived in the Widdington area
2. Why Benjamin Scott was appointed a commissioner for the province of West New Jersey (the commissioners were charged with surveying land, buying it from the Lenape people who occupied it and subdividing it into plots that settlers could buy).
He was appointed by William Penn, and it's not clear to me why
he would have known William Penn.
Joseph & Catherine Pitty
I am in Australia and descended from Joseph Pitty who was born in Widdington in about1798 and died in Newport Essex in1854, his wife Catherine died in Newport in 1824, does anyone have any info on the Pitty family?
Mr Brendon Scheib
The Widdington families I am descended from:
DELLOW, PALLETT, GAPES, FRANKLIN, SMITH,
Mr Fred Fairson
so pleased to find this site.
I was born in Widdington in 1942 in the
Widdington Memory Archives
My name is David Anthony Howells. I was born originally with the name Anthony Auer in Colchester. My mother was a 'local' at Widdington in the late 1940`s,
please read more of David's memories in the Widdington Memory Archives
James LUCKINGS (1828-1906)
Name: James LUCKINGS
Father: William LUCKINGS (1786-1853)
Mother: Sarah BALE (1789-1878)
Individual Events and Attributes
Occupation Agricultural Labourer
Birth 1828 Colchester, Essex
Census (1) 1841 (age 13) Newport, Essex
Census (2) 1851 (age 23) Newport, Essex
Census (3) 1861 (age 32-33) Newport, Essex
Census (4) 1871 (age 42-43) Widdington, Essex
Census (5) 1881 (age 52-53) Widdington, Essex
Census (6) 1891 (age 67 (!)) Widdington, Essex
Census (7) 1901 (age 72) Newport, Essex
Death Dec 1906 (age 77-78) Saffron Waldon, Essex
Census (1) as LUCKING
Census (2) Bury Water
Census (3) birth c1831
Census (4) b1835
Census (5) 1 South Green Cottage,
lodger (William + Mary Clark) Widower b 1831 London
Census (6) Swain Hall Farm
with Sarah Parrish, Widowed, Jacob Parrish's family and Arthur, nephew aged 20
Census (7) Church Street
Widower. Horsekeeper on farm
Rev. Richard Birch
Birth: 1732 London
Married: Mary Wolfe about 1758 (Age 26)
Residence: Rector of Doddinghurst, Essex, and of Shellow Bowells, Essex;
one of the oldest magistrates in the County of Essex
Death: 10 May 1813 (Age 81) Widdington Essex