Oakthorpe & Donisthorpe - Surname Interests
& Historical Interests
If you would like to add your Oakthorpe or Donisthorpe
surname or other historical interests to this web site, please Email
me. I can also insert hyper-links from the entries in the Trade
Directory Listings to your web site or contact details. If you are
able to provide some genealogical or historical information about your
family and its relationship with Church Gresley, this would also be most
Index to Surnames
Adoption: HAYES, The Crest, Donisthorpe
by Geoff Alcock, of Arizona, USA
Olive HAYES was my birth mother when I was born David HAYES at Chesterfield
Hospital Feb. 10, 1938. She lived at Abbeydale Rd. South, Dore, Sheffield
until at least 1939. The address she gave on my birth certificate
was The Crest, Donisthorpe, Burton on Trent Rural District. I believe
her mother's name was Ann, also living in Donisthorpe in 1938. I
was adopted through a Nurse WHETTER in Chesterfield and grew up in Derby.
I would greatly appreciate any info. as I now reside in Arizona and it
is difficult to search from here. I have visited Donisthorpe and
searched the gaveyard but could not find any HAYES. No one seems
to remember the name HAYES or The Crest. I wonder if The Crest was
a home for young women who were pregnant. Would appreciate any help.
STATHAM by Geraldine Bancroft
Francis STATHAM born abt. 1818 in Stanton, Derbys, son of James and
Ann STATHAM, was baptised 1 Mar 1818 in Stapenhill, Derbys. He married
Jane SMITH (1819 Oakthorpe) on 7 Oct 1839 in Donisthorpe. Jane died
in February 1860 and by April 1861 he had remarried. His second wife
was Mary (1817 in Newton Burgoland, Leics). Francis died in January
1875 in Oakthorpe and was buried on 5 Jan 1875 in Donisthorpe, Leics.
Francis was an agricultural labourer. Thomas and Jane had eight children:
Sarah (1839), Hannah (1840), Mary (1846), James (1850), Francis (1851-1869),
William (1852), George (1857) and John (1860). Francis was the brother
of Thomas STATHAM of Church Gresley
For further details contact Geraldine
Rev. Francis SPEDDING Vicar of Donisthorpe
(1865-1884) by Nan Spedding
My husband's great grandfather was a vicar at Donisthorpe. The
Rev. Francis Spedding was born 4 Nov 1818 in Gilling, near Richmond, Yorkshire.
He was married in St. Nicholas, Flimby, Cumberland 22 January 1846 and
died in harness in Donisthorpe 29 Nov 1884 of "cerebral congestion" aged
66. Emma Hillson was present at his death.
Francis came of a Yorkshire farming family and appears to be the first
among them to go on to higher education. He was educated at Emmanuel
College, Cambridge and served as deacon and curate in various livings until
he came to Donisthorpe where he served as vicar for 19 years, 1865 to 1884.
He had six children of whom three, Francis, Marion and Charles survived
childhood. In 1875 the population of Donisthorpe and district was
2492, he had no curate and his salary was 191 pounds per annum.
In his will, a copy of which we have, he asked to be buried in Gilling,
his birthplace. We hunted for that gravestone for years. A
few years ago my husband Michael and I visiting from Canada went to Donisthorpe
and found his grave there, in the New Cemetery. Our guess is that
as he died in winter, it was not possible to bury him in Gilling.
He was widowed at some stage and we have no information on his wife, Isabella
Spedding (nee Mansfield). His sister, another Isabella Spedding,
and his daughter Marion Spedding appear in various censuses as living with
him in Donisthorpe.
If in your researches anything comes up of interest regarding the Rev.
Francis, particularly if you find any photographs of him, I would be overjoyed
to see them. Any possible references to his late wife - perhaps she
died there? would also be of great interest to us.
For further details contact Nan
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