A Century by Century Summary Guide
The 1700s: Incomers from Around Derbyshire Who Stayed
The 1700s saw the arrival of a number of families from nearby communities who settled long-term branches in Stoney Middleton.
The Baggaleys were a Calver family (originally apparently in service at Edensor to the Dukes of Devonshire before settling in Curbar and Calver). The Baggaleys married into several Stoney families, most notably the Fletchers, and became ubiquitous in the village and in surrounding towns. They favoured the given men’s names of James, Jonathan, John, and Joseph, and the women’s names of Deborah, Ann, Elizabeth, and Mary. One mid-1700s daughter, Ann Baggaley, married Samuel Timperley from Tideswell (son of James Timperley of Tideswell and of Rebecca Blackwell of Foolow), and began a branch of the Timperleys that existed in Stoney through the early 1900s. The Timperleys frequently used the male names Edward, James, and Samuel, and their women were distinguished by frequent use of the names Dorothy, Judith, and Rebecca.
The Beeleys were from Snitterton near Darley (modern Darley Dale). They arrived in Stoney Middleton when the first of them, Anthony, married Martha Thornhill in the 1750s. Beeley men favoured the names Anthony, Joshua, John, and Henry; women were often called Martha or Alice. A branch of the family also settled in Eyam. The Beeleys married women of the Swindell and Brushfield families, and Beeley daughters married in the Stoney families of Cocker and Walker. The Beeleys died out in male line by the late 1800s. Ms. Janet M. Kirk, nee Hancock, has done the best treatment on the Beeleys to date.
From the surrounding hamlets of Grindlow, Gotheridge, and Leam, among others, the Bennetts, who favoured the male names David, Henry, Isaac, John, Samuel, and William, first became prominent in Stoney Middleton in the late 1700s, when several Bennetts moved to Stoney, and when Samuel Bennett married Cornelius and Mary (Taylor) Hallam’s eldest daughter, Elizabeth, as his second wife after the death of his first wife, nee Mary Morton. A branch of the Bennett family descended from this marriage later moved to Australia, where they continue to the present day. Ms. Gwen (Brunt) Bennett of Australia has done arguably the best treatment of this family to date, and this writer has also done much work on the Bennetts.
William Booth was a mason and builder who worked with eighteenth century society architect Joseph Paine. Booth built the stables at Chatsworth, the rectory at Eyam, and rebuilt Stoke Hall. He allegedly had a hand in the Crescent at Buxton (through chronology argues against this) and in the rebuilding of St. Martin’s church at Stoney Middleton, after a mid-eighteenth century fire devastated same. Originally from Grindleford Bridge, William Booth married the widowed Sarah Wright of Stoney Middleton, who had been born a Hallam. The Booths’ youngest son, James, had only one son, also James, who, in addition to several illegitimate sons, fathered a line of wealthy and successful Booth men and women at Stoney Middleton that lasted til the end of the nineteenth century, when the Booths removed to the Chesterfield area.
Samuel Broadhurst of Bakewell married two wives in the Derwent Valley area, the second of whom was Ann Thornhill of Stoney Middleton. Two of their daughters, Elizabeth and Ann Broadhurst, married cousins, each called John Sellers of Stoney Middleton. The Broadhurst name soon died out at Stoney in the male line, but lines of Broadhursts removed to Sheffield and continued there throughout the nineteenth century.
Locals from nearby Calver, the first of the Buxtons to settle permanently at Stoney Middleton was Daniel, whose first of three wives was Dorothy Beeley of Stoney Middleton. Favouring names like George, Charles, and Anthony, the male Buxtons married women of the Wild and Slack families, among others and had two generations of men in a row with wives called Matilda, the second such Buxton having two different wives called Matilda in addition to his like-named mother. The last male Buxton born in the area was Lancelot, who moved out of the area in the latter half of the 1800s, and later fathered a large number of children.
The Cockers were also from Calver–two brothers, James (who married Esther Hallam) and Ezra, founded lines of the family in Stoney Middleton that continued for generations. In the 1800s, the Cockers became locally famous as one of the three great shoemaking dynasties at Stoney Middleton. They favoured the names Benjamin, James, Jonathan, Joseph, and the hallmark Ezra. Cocker women were called often Elizabeth, Esther, and Margaret, the latter from the first Ezra Cocker’s wife, Margaret Mosley of Stoke. Cocker men married into the Baggaley, Bamford, Barber, Hallam, Parker, Thornhill, and Timperley families of Stoney Middleton, and Cocker daughters married into the Beswick family of Baslow, the Lee family of Calver, the Brocklehursts of Curbar, and the Chapmans , Timperleys, and Walkers of Stoney Middleton, among others. The last Cockers in the male line removed from Stoney Middleton in the first half of the twentieth century. A line of the family now also resides in New Zealand, where one of their descendants, Mr. Robert Clark, has done an excellent Cocker family tree on Ancestry.com. Locally, the late Mr. John Slater of Stoney Middleton also compiled an excellent set of Cocker data.
The Froggatt family also arrived in Stoney Middleton in the 1700s. One branch descended from Thomas Froggatt, the eldest son of wealthy lead merchant Richard Froggatt of Bubnell by Richard’s wife, Elizabeth Gilbert of Locko Park, Spondon, outside Derby. Thomas Froggatt in his turn married Abigail Ambrose of Childwall, near Liverpool, and ended his days as an innkeeper in Stoney. A second Froggatt line at Stoney Middleton descended from another Thomas Froggatt, this one from a related branch of the family at Calver. Thomas Froggatt of Calver, then of Stoney, married Jane Bowman of Great Hucklow, whose second husband was lead mine owner Benjamin Hallam of Stoney Middleton. Additional Froggatts who spent time at Stoney included butcher William Froggatt and the wealthy landowning Anthony Froggatt. The Froggatts favoured the male names Benjamin, John, Thomas, Richard, and William, and worked diverse trades including butcher, lead miner and farmer. Froggatts continued at Stoney Middleton into the early 1800s. Branches of the family would migrate to Sheffield and to British colonies abroad. The Froggatts started off in Froggatt and Beeley, then settled in Calver and Bubnell, before occurring in Barlborough, Stoney Middleton, Eyam, and other local villages. They were among the wealthier families to live for a time at Stoney. Ms. Jennifer (Froggatt) Nicholas and Mr. Stuart Hill remain among the best and most active Froggatt researchers.
The Furness family, who originated in Eyam and Foolow, and who also later sired famous local poet Richard Furness “Poet of the Peak”, first came to Stoney in the very early 1700s, when wealthy Martin Furness of Eyam left property at Stoney Middleton to his younger sons Matthew and Joseph. Matthew Furness married three times (to Gertrude Ragg of Stoney; to the much younger Olive Gregory of Calver; and to Mary Morten of Eyam) but had no surviving children; his brother Joseph married Ann Haslam of Great Longstone and moved to that town, leaving lines of Furness in both Great Longstone and Tideswell. However, two of Joseph’s sons, another Matthew and Samuel, married Hallam daughters from Stoney Middleton. Samuel Furness, his wife Martha, and their family, lived for a time at Dronfield, then ended up in Calton Lees on the Chatsworth estate, and had later descendants at Brampton and Chesterfield, but Matthew and Anne (Hallam) Furness established a line of Furness at Stoney Middleton that lasted for two centuries, and included clergymen, businessmen, apothecaries, war heroes, and one fellow who perished far away in Rio De Janeiro. Furness men had distinct naming patterns, with the names Matthew, Martin, Peter, Richard, Thomas and William recurring often, along with the occasional use of the other Evangelists’ names: John, Luke, and Mark. Women in the Furness family frequently were called Ann, Mary, and Barbara. Furness families were ubiquitous in the area, occurring in Calver and in parts of the parish of Hope in addition to the lines shared by the family at Eyam, Foolow, Stoney Middleton, Great Longstone, Tideswell, and Chesterfield. The Furness Family Interest Group, chaired by Mr. Simon Goodwin, has done, among its group of researchers, probably the best and most comprehensive Furness research to date. Mr. Allan Kitchen has also done considerable work on the Furness descendants at Chesterfield.
One family of Goddards, founded by Benjamin Goddard, came to Stoney in the latter half of the 1700s, possibly from a family at Grindleford Bridge (though this assertion is the subject of much debate). Benjamin Goddard married Dorothy Thornhill and founded a prolific family of limeburners, gritstone quarriers, and publicans at Stoney Middleton. The family often used the names James, George, Charles, Henry, and Arthur, as well as the women’s names Ellen and Elizabeth. One daughter of the Goddards, Charlotte, was the foremother of the Lennon shoemaking dynasty, the only boot and shoe making family still running a bootmaking factory in Stoney today. Another Goddard daughter, Ellen, was the wife of the most famous shoemaking Ezra Cocker.
A second family of Goddards, who favoured the man’s name Matthew and also the names John and James, appeared in the latter half of the 18th century and married into the Siddall and Timperley families. Their connection to the Goddards founded by Benjamin Goddard and Dorothy Thornhill, if any, is as yet unknown, despite the best efforts of current Goddard researchers, among whom the leading lights are Ms. Rosemary R. Lockie, nee Goddard, and Ms. Janet M. Kirk, nee Hancock.
Gregory is one of the most common surnames in the Derwent Valley with large branches in Calver, Curbar, Eyam, and Froggatt, among other localities. Several lines of Gregorys settled in Stoney Middleton in the 1700s, the most prominent of which featured men with the name Joshua. Other common male names included William, Jonathan, James, and Samuel. The Gregory men intermarried with women of the Mason and Stevenson families of Stoney, among others. The family’s male lines were still seen in Stoney Middleton in the mid-1800s. Mr. Christopher Bennett has done considerable work on the Gregory families.
The Hancock name is intimately bound up with the last two centuries of Stoney Middleton history but the family only came to Stoney in the late 1700s. Before that, they were based in Barlow. Marriages to a Mary Drabble of Brampton, whose family was from Foolow; to Ellen Hallam of Stoney Middleton; and to Sarah Blackwell of Eyam, helped root the family in the Stoney Middleton area. The family has included miners, slaters, shopkeepers, and especially butchers, and the Castlegate Stud Farm outside of Foolow and the Castlegate Butcher’s Shop in Stoney Middleton are Hancock-run establishments, as is the Lance Hancock & Son butchery. The Hancocks have been quite prolific in the male line–they have tended to favour the male names Archelaus (pronounced “ARK-lis”, “AR-KAY-lee-us”, or “ARK-uh-luss” depending on whom one asks and how it was variously written in the Stoney Middleton parish register, e.g., Archlus), John, Francis, Benjamin, Joseph, and in one famously Saxon run of names in the mid-1800s: Egbert, Harold, and Alfred Edwin. Ms. Janet M. Kirk, nee Hancock, and Ms. Rosemary R. Lockie, nee Goddard, are the most accomplished researchers to date of the Hancock family lines.
The Handleys were originally from Church Broughton, Derbyshire. Taking brides from the Haslams and the Thornhills, and having illegitimate children with the Irish-immigrant Parkers, the Handleys remained present at Stoney Middleton through the early 1800s. They favoured the slightly unusual name of Timothy for men and the names Elizabeth, Jane, and Tabitha for women.
The Marshalls originated in the parish of Tideswell and were tanners of leather by trade. George Marshall married Mary Baggaley of Stoney Middleton and founded a large family at Stoney Middleton, whose descendants included a number of publicans and also servants at Stoke Hall. Men favoured the names George, Henry, and Michael and married into the Goddard, Green, Somerset and Swift families. A later Marshall daughter married Samuel Worsencroft of Tideswell. Their daughters, the elderly Worsencroft sisters, ran Stoney Middleton’s post office for many years of the twentieth century.
The Mosleys (later spelt Moseley, and occasionally, Mossley) came to Stoney Middleton and Eyam from Stoke and Froggatt after marrying into the Hallams. They favoured the men’s names William, Thomas, Joseph, Richard, and Edward, and worked in a number of different professions in the village. Women among the Moseleys were often called Catherine, Isabella, Martha, and Millicent. Moseleys continued at Stoney Middleton through the mid-1900s, though the name has ended locally in several large sets of sisters. Moseleys also branched out to Macclesfield (one later became the town’s mayor), Sheffield, and South Africa. The most accomplished Moseley researcher to date is probably the late Dr. Millicent (Moseley) Tate of Macclesfield and Birmingham. This writer has also undertaken much Moseley research, as has Ms. Janet M. Kirk, nee Hancock.
Originally from Little Longstone, the Pidcocks came to Stoney Middleton in the early 1700s when the first of them, Joseph, married Margaret Mason. Favouring the male names Joseph, George, and Anthony, the male line lasted until the end of the eighteenth century. Pidcock daughters were often called Mary or Margaret, and married into a number of area families. Ms. Anne (Paling) Lawson is probably the premier and most-published Pidcock researcher to date.
The colorful Townsend family, who came from Bretton, and whose female line descendants included an infamous granddaughter in Hannah Baddaley, descended from the very early Furness family at Eyam, and they intermarried with the Marshall and Unwin families. The male line of Townsends came to Stoney Middleton when Joshua Townsend of Eyam, the widower of Mary Barber (also from Eyam), married widowed public house keeper Mary (Skidmore) Hallam. Joshua’s two daughters by Mary (Skidmore) Hallam: Mary, who married Joshua Gregory of Stoney Middleton; and Margaret, who married William Stone of Cromford, ended up in Cheshire and Matlock, respectively. Joshua and Mary’s only son, William Townsend, a coachman who died young, apparently either of tuberculosis or cancer, married Susannah Wild of Calver and died childless in the 1840s.
Descended from grandly named incomer Marmaduke Walker, whose first of three wives was Hannah Somerset of Stoney Middleton, the Walkers, partial to the male names George, John, Joseph, and Thomas, lived at Stoney Middleton and Eyam. They took brides from a number of local families, including the Barbers, the Beeleys, the Chapmans, the Cockers, the Furness, and the Thornhills, all of Stoney Middleton, The Walkers were miners and lasted in male line at Stoney Middleton through the mid-1800s before moving on to Sheffield, Manchester, and ultimately, Australia. Mr. Malcom “Mal” Walker of Australia has done considerable, helpful Walker research.
The Wilds were based in Calver and Curbar and came to Stoney Middleton when Robert Wild of Calver married Mary Allen, the daughter of Henry Allen (alias Vickers) of Edensor and of Elizabeth Froggatt of Bubnell, then of Stoney Middleton. Robert and Mary’s children continued the Wilds in male line at Stoney until the very early 1800s. Later nineteenth century Wilds at Stoney were descended from a line of Wild cousins who had stayed longer in Calver before coming to Stoney. The eighteenth century male Wilds at Stoney preferred the names Abraham, Henry, Robert, and Thomas; nineteenth century male Wilds were frequently called James and William. Female Wilds often bore the names Abigail, Ann, Ellen, Jane, and Sarah. The Wilds married into the Buxtons and the Thornhills , among other families in the village