25 March 2009

Fen children . . .

Richard Wright was born today in 1702 in Stretham, son of Thomas and Rebecka (nee Langford) . . . and that's all I know about him.

Moving on to tomorrow, to make room for a few marriages, I should like to introduce Jane Bigley, who was born in 1814 in Chatteris, daughter of John and Mary (nee Smith). She married David Young on 29 July 1833 in Chatteris and stayed in the small market town for the rest of her life. The family was in Slade Lode in 1841 and then in Hive Lane ten years later. By 1861 they were back in Slade End where she stayed until her death in 1874. She was buried at St Peter's church.

Staying in the area, meet Arthur Burrows Warboys who was born in 1862 in Manea, son of Ellis and Betsy (nee Burrows). He grew up to be a blacksmith and stayed in the village until at least 1891. He married Elizabeth Powell in 1888 and in 1901 he turns up in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, as a potato merchant.

And finally for today, come back with me to Stretham: Nathaniel Wright, brother of Richard, was born in 1690 in Stretham. He married Anne Jermyn on 12 November 1734 in St James church, and sadly, died only five years later.

Now I've got to go and sort myself out for tomorrow - the gas man is coming to call (shades of Flanders and Swann, although it's not Monday).

More soon.

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