This is my last post in the 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks for 2014.
My 3x paternal great grandmother was Mary Scolfield who was according to census records born around 1790 and in Boxford Suffolk.
Mary is found in the 1851, 1861 and 1871 census. Her ages in each of the census is pretty consistent and makes her birth to be around 1790 and born in Boxford Suffolk.
Boxford is familiar to me as my maternal Baker & King lines are also from Boxford. Did the families know each other?
From looking through the Suffolk Baptism Index East Sudbury 1754-1812 the only baptism I found that is a possibility is:
Mary Baptised 7 Oct 1792 to John and Susan Scolfield (late Lingley) born 30 September 1792 at St Mary Boxford.
Mary married John Richer on the 1st November 1812 at St Michael’s Thorpe Le Soken Essex.
They had 7 children being:
- John RICHER (1782-1832)
- Mary RICHER (1813- ): married Francis Palmer in 1841
- James RICHER (1814-1895): married Susan Webb in 1836
- William RICHER (1816- )
- Maria RICHER (1821-1828)
- Thomas RICHER (1821- )
- Isaac RICHER (1824- )
- Susan RICHER (1826-1904): Susan married Henry Barnard in 1844 and William Cousins in 1853
Mary died on the 8th April 1878 and is buried at St Michael’s Thorpe Le Soken.
Using the new probate search service https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#wills I looked up and found Mary’s will in 1878. I ordered the will on the 12th December and on the 23rd December I received an email saying it was ready to download. Unfortunately though there was a ‘technical error’ and after notifying them via their feedback system, the will was eventually able to be downloaded yesterday.
The executor of the will was James Richer her son and my 2x great grandfather. She directed her son to sell ‘all my household furniture and other effects that may be in or around my dwelling house”.
She left 6 pounds to her son William, to her granddaughter Kitty Richer, 4 pounds, to her grandchildren Charlotte and William Cousins 4 pounds each and gave the residue of her personal estate to her son James.
In the 1851 census Mary is living with her daughter Susan Barnard and granddaughter Rosa Palmer. Rosa was 8. She was the daughter of Mary Richer and Francis Palmer.
In the 1861 census Mary is living with her daughter Susan Cousins and William Cousins (aged 4) and Catherine Richer aged 7. William is listed in the census as Mary’s nephew, and Catherine is listed as her niece. I do think this is incorrect and that they are both the grandchildren of Mary, in particular William being Susan’s son from her second marriage. William is also living with Mary in 1871 census and here he is listed as her grandson. I guess Catherine maybe the daughter of Susan.
Research to complete:
- Find Mary Richer in the 1841 census
- Kitty Richer – whose daughter was she? Is she in fact the Catherine Richer who was living with her in 1861?
- William Richer – find William’s marriage to his wife Mary.
- Do further research on the Scolfield and Lingley lines.