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JARRATT

The name of this family is occasionally also found under the much more common spelling of Jarrett, but the children of Martha Ellen (Jarratt) Blythe, three of whom bore Jarratt as a middle name, consistently spelled it with an A, and we have in our possession several original signatures of her son John Jarratt Blythe in which it is so spelled.
    Although Martha’s father, John Jarratt (1813?-1885), was born at Birmingham, co. Warwick, this man’s mother was from Lancashire, suggesting that the present family had come from somewhat further north, and may have had no relationship to the Jarratts of Birmingham.
    At the taking of the 1851 census, John Jarratt’s household included his mother, Mary Flemming. John’s marriage record is unfortunately of the type which does not supply the names of the fathers of the groom and bride, and no other indication of who his father may have been has come to light. The present notes previously accepted the premise that his mother had married by 1813 a man named Jarratt, who died before her “second” marriage to Thomas Flemming in May 1819. Based on evidence of her date of birth, it was clear that Mary could not have been married much before 1813, allowing a somewhat narrow window of opportunity for such a first marriage and the death of her first husband. Furthermore, there were two specific and quite serious problems with this theory, which we now regret having allowed to let stand after it had clearly become untenable:

  1. The record of Mary’s marriage to Thomas Flemming in 1819 contains no suggestion that she was a widow, even though it clearly states that he was;
  2. The record of the birth of Mary’s daughter Mary Ann Flemming in 1839 gives the mother’s maiden name as Mary Jarratt.

Upon further consideration, we have abandonned the assumption that Mary was ever married to a man named Jarratt, and accepted the implication that she must herself have been a Jarratt, and her son John illegimate. Indeed the latter’s grandson John Jarratt Blythe (1878-1942) is reported to have called him the “illegitimate son of a Scottish lord,” a suggestion we had long ignored because it seemed so implausible.[1] The story — which, barring the discovery of an actual bastardy document, will probably never be confirmed or refuted — is unlikely to have come to John Jarratt Blythe directly from his grandfather, who died when he was scarcely seven years of age, and is more likely to have been communicated through his mother, Martha Ellen Jarratt, a decidedly eccentric woman who may have embellished the tale. Yet it possibly contains some grain of truth. While we are unwilling to endorse the claim of descent from a “Scottish lord,” the hypothesis of John Jarratt’s illegitimacy would accord with his mother’s birth at St. Helens, Lancashire, about 1795, where a girl of the right name was baptized in early 1796. Assuming that his mother’s age is at least reported correctly in the earliest censuses which record exact ages (1851 and 1861), this would place her birth between April 1794 and May 1795, which admittedly does not quite fit the baptismal record we would attribute to her. However, considering that Jarratt is an uncommon name and St. Helen’s a small place (with a population of only some 4,400 in 1801), we believe the record most probably belongs to her.
    We are still unable to explain, however, the rather enigmatic widow Ann Jarratt, a “relative” only about seven years older than Mary, and thus perhaps a sister-in-law, whose account we have placed before that of Mary.


George Jarratt, whose wife is not named in the record, had only one child recorded in the baptismal registers of 1713-1812 for the church of Saint Helens, now a borough but then a chapelry in the township of Windle, in the parish of Prescot, Lancashire:

  1. Mary Jarratt, born 10 November 1795, baptized (as Mary “Jarrat”) 6 March 1796 (per IGI), almost certainly the one of this name treated as no. 1 below.

Ann (____) Jarratt, a widow, born 1787-88 (aged 73 in 1861) at Crich, Derbyshire, is found as a “relative” in the houshold of John Jarratt, below, in the 1861 census of Brightside, Sheffield, no occupation being given for her.[2] On chronological grounds, she may have been an aunt-by-marriage. We cannot find any clear match for this woman in previous census records.

1. Mary Jarratt, almost certainly the daughter of George Jarratt above, was evidently born in 1794-95 (she was aged 56 in 1851, 66 in 1861, and 73 in 1868) at St. Helens, Lancashire (per 1851 census), or at “Duckingfield, Lancashire”[3] (per 1861 census), and died 25 November 1868, aged 73 years, of “old age,” at the home of her son John Jarratt, no. 146 Grimesthorpe Road, Brightside Bierlow, Sheffield.[4]
    As “Mary Gerrard” she married (as his second wife) 3 May 1819 in the parish church of Aston-juxta-Birmingham, Warwickshire,[5] Thomas Flemming, born 1786-91 (aged 65-69 in 1841), outside of Yorkshire, died in 1841-51. Her second husband is called a widower in their marriage record, while her own marital status is left blank, which by default should mean that she was previously unmarried. The youngest of their three children, their daughter Mary Ann, born at Phoenix Place, Oldham, Lancashire, in 1839, was the only one born after the beginning of civil registration of births, and it gives the mother’s maiden surname as Jarratt. Thomas Flemming is called a brick-maker in the record. Mary and her husband are found, with three children, at Brick Yard, Dewsbury, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, at the taking of the 1841 census, in which Thomas is again called a brick-maker; the head of the household was a William Fleming, born 1771-76 (aged 65-69), also born outside the country, who was perhaps an older brother to Thomas.[6]
    As “Mary Flemming” she is found with John Jarratt and his wife, above, in the 1851 census, in which she is called his “mother,” and a widow, and her birthplace is given as “St. Ellens” (sic). While it is not unknown for census records indiscriminately to write “mother” for “mother-in-law,” she cannot have been mother to his wife Mary, as she had (by Thomas Flemming) a daughter named Mary Ann who was a different person. We dwell on this point because this is the only record we have discovered where Mary and her son John Jarratt are actually named together.
    As “Mary Fleming” she appears in the household of her daughter Ellen (Flemming) Globe on Powell Street (no house number given), St. George’s Ward, Sheffield, in the 1861 census.[7] In her death record Mary is described as “widow of Thomas Flemming, brick maker,” and the informant was “Mary [Baxter] Jarratt, present at death, [of] 146 Grimesthorpe Road, Brightside Bierlow,” who made a mark in lieu of a signature. Known issue:

(by an unknown father:)

  1. 2John Jarratt, born about 1813 at Birmingham, co. Warwick.

(by her husband:)

  1. William Flemming, born 1825-26 (aged 15 in 1841) in Yorkshire (per the 1841 census). He was perhaps the William Fleming, aged 29 (implying a birthdate of 1821-22), born at Sheffield, who was living with wife Ruth (aged 33) and mother-in-law Martha Turner at no. 113 Upper Hoyle Street, Netherthorpe, Sheffield, at the taking of the 1861 census, being called a brick burner.[8] The stated ages of these two men are not a good match, but as the one in the census clearly married an older woman, he may have exaggerated his age in an attempt to minimize the age difference.
  2. Elena Flemming, born about 1834-35 (aged 5 in 1841, 27 in 1861) at Ecclesall, Yorkshire (per the 1861 census) or at Sheffield (per the 1881 census), living 1881. We have not found her in the 1851 census, when she was not living with her mother, and we have not found her in the 1891 census. She married in 1855 in the Worley registration district, in the West Riding of Yorkshire,[9] William Globe, born 1827-28 (aged 33 in 1861) at Ecclesfield, near Sheffield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire (per 1861 census), living in 1872 (the earliest possible birthdate for his son John) but died by 3 April 1881, when his wife appears as a widown in the census. As previously noted, they appear on Powell Street (no house number given), St. George’s Ward, Sheffield, in the 1861 census, in which he is called a blacksmith, and at which time William Globe’s “mother-in-law” Mary Fleming was a member of their household. They appear at no. 94 Brightside Lane in the 1881 census, in which he is again called a blacksmith, and in which their surname is given as “Glob.”[10] Ellen appears as a widow at no. 452 Brightside Lane, Brightside Bierlow, Sheffield, in the 1881 census, in which she is called a charwoman.[11] Known issue:
    1. Tom Globe, born 1856-57 (aged 4 in 1861, 14 in 1871, 24 in 1881) at Kimberworth, a township in the parish of Rotherham, in the West Riding of Yorkshire (per the 1861 census) or at Sheffield (per the 1871 census) or at Thorpe Kisley [?], Yorkshire (per the 1881 census); still living unmarried with his widowed mother in 1881, when he is called a “smith’s striker” in the census. He is probably the Thomas Globe, aged 34 years and born at Rotherham, who is found with a wife and child at no. 7 Newark Street, Christchurch parish, Attercliffe-cum-Darnall, near Sheffield, in the 1881 census, in which he is called a railway engine driver.[12]
    2. Mary Ann Globe, born probably in 1858 (aged 3 in 1861, 12 in 1871) at Sheffield, no longer living with her mother in 1881.
    3. Hannah Globe, born about September-October 1860 (aged 7 months on 7 April 1861) at Sheffield, presumably died young as she is not found in her parents’ household in 1871.
    4. George Globe, born 1869-70 (aged 1 in 1871, 11 in 1881) at Sheffield, attending school in 1881. He is probably the George Globe, aged 21 years and born at Sheffield, who appears as an unmarried man, lodging at no. 21 Griffin Road, in the St. Barnabas Ward, Sheffield, in the 1891 census, in which he is called a “steel …” (second word illegible).[13]
    5. John Globe, born 1872-73 (aged 8 in 1881) at Sheffield, attending school in 1881.
  3. (perhaps) Henry Flemming, baptized 16 October 1836 in the parish church of Saint Michael, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, as a child of Thomas and Mary Flemming (per IGI). If he belongs here, he must have died young, as he does not appear in this family in the 1841 census.
  4. Mary Ann Flemming, born 5 May 1839 at Phoenix Place, Oldham, Lancashire.[14] She is found as a child with her parents in the 1841 census, but is not found with them in 1851 and presumably died young.

2. John Jarratt, of Brightside, Ecclesall Bierlow (a suburb of Sheffield), in the West Riding of Yorkshire, illegitimate son of Mary Jarratt by an unknown father, was born probably in 1813, between April and November,[15] at Birmingham, co. Warwick (now in the modern county of West Midlands), died 2 November 1885, aged 72 years, at Buckenham Street, Brightside, Ecclesall Bierlow, of “senile decay [and] paralysis, 14 days,”[16] and was buried 5 November following in St. Thomas Anglican churchyard, Brightside, Sheffield.[17] He married 27 April 1835 in the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul, Sheffield, following publication of banns (neither the ages of the parties, nor their fathers’ names, being stated in the record), Mary Baxter, born ca. 1817 (aged 35 in 1851, 43 in 1861, 63 in 1881, 73 in 1891, and 83 at her death and burial in 1900) at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, died 20 September 1900 at no. 4 Buckenham Street, East Brightside, of “senile decay,”[18] and buried 24 September following in St. Thomas Anglican churchyard, Brightside, Sheffield.[19] whom we presume to be identical with the Mary Baxter baptized 24 August 1817 in Mansfield parish church, daughter of Thomas and Anne (____) Baxter, of Mansfield. At the time of their marriage they were evidently resident in Sheffield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Neither could write their name, and both made a mark in lieu of a signature in the register; the witnesses were George Smedley and Rebecca Smedley, who have not been further identified.
    John Jarratt entered the same occupation as his step-father, from whom he perhaps learned the trade. He and his wife were living at Hoyle Street, Sheffield, at the taking of the 1841 census, in which he is called a brickmaker.[20] He is also called a brickmaker at the baptisms of his daughter Ann in August 1841. They were living at Railway Terrace, Sheffield, at the taking of the 1851 census, in which he is again called a brickmaker; at the time, his widowed mother, Mary Flemming, was living with them.[21] They are found at Carlisle Street East, Railway Terrace, in the 1861 census of Brightside, Sheffield, in which he is called a brickmaker; living in his household at the time was a “relative,” Ann Jarratt, aged 73 years.[22] In 1868 “Mary Jarratt … [of] 146 Grimesthorpe Road, Brightside Bierlow,” witnessed (with a mark in lieu of a signature) the death of Mary (____) (Jarratt) Flemming, who died in her presence in her house. By 1870 they were living at no. 3 Ditchingham Street, Brightside, which is given as the address of their daughter Martha at her marriage in 1870, and where they appear in the 1871 census, which gives John’s occupation as “brick manufacturer.” At this time their married daughter Martha and the latter’s husband were still living with them, as well as their unmarried daughter Elizabeth.[23] They were enumerated at no. 4 Buckenham Street in the 1881 census, in which John is called a retired brick manufacturer; living with them was their granddaughter, Elizabeth Purcell (daughter of their daughter Mary).[24] At the time, their son James Jarratt was living at most two houses away, at no. 8 on the same street. John’s death certificate calls him a “brick manufacturer” (although he was perhaps retired by then), and names the informant as “Benjamin Sockett, son-in-law, 24 Verdon Street, Brightside Bierlow.” His widow, then described as “living on her own means,” was still residing at no. 4 Buckenham Street, with her grandchildren Henry and Annie Blythe, children of her daughter Martha (Jarratt) Blythe, in 1891.[25] At the time, John and Martha (Jarratt) Blythe were living at no. 8 on the same street.[26] In the certificate of her death, which was reported by “Anne Sockett, daughter, present at death” she is called “Mary Jarratt, widow of John Jarratt, brick manufacturer.”
    Known issue:[27]

  1. James Jarratt, born 1836-37 (aged 4 in 1841, 14 in 1851, 24 in 1861, 44 in 1881) at Sheffield, died at 44 Burngreave Road shortly before 25 July 1884, when as James Jarett, brickmaker, aged 47 years, he was buried in grave no. 42, Section L3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. He was still living with his parents in 1851. He married before 1858, Elizabeth Mary ____, born 1839-40 (aged 21 in 1861) at Sheffield, who died at 65 Ellesmere Road shortly before 26 August 1922, when as Elizabeth Mary Jarratt, widow, aged 82 years, she was buried with him. They are almost certainly the James Jarratt and Elizabeth Mary Stevens whose marriage was registered in the January-March quarter of 1856 in Ecclesall Bierlow.[28] They are found with his family in the 1861 of Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield, in which he is called a filegrinder.[29] James Jarratt served as a witness at his sister Martha’s wedding in 1870. He does not seem to be listed in Ancestry.com’s index to the 1871 or 1891 censuses of England. However, he was enumerated at no. 8 Buckenham Street, at most two doors away from, and probably next door to, his parents, in the 1881 census, in which he is called a road contractor.[30] The similarity of names between his older children and those of his sister Ann will be noted. Known issue:
    1. Emily Jarratt, born 1857-58 (aged 3 in 1861) at Sheffield, living with her parents in 1861 but not in 1881.
    2. Albert Jarratt, born in 1859 at Attercliffe (a chapelry in Sheffield),[31] living with his parents in 1861 but not in 1881.
    3. Frank Jarratt, born in 1870 at Sheffield,[32] died at 230 Albert Road, Heeley, shortly before 30 March 1932, when as Frank Jarratt, clerk, aged 61 years, he was buried with his father. As Frank Jarratt, a “silversmith’s manager,” aged 30 years, and born at Sheffield, he appears at no. 13 Milne’s Road, Norton Woodseats, Derbyshire, in the 1901 census, with wife Edith (aged 32, born at Kilnhurst, Yorkshire), and four children, Gladys P. (8), Dorothy C. (7), Audrey D. (4), and Colin F. (1), all born at Norton, Derbyshire.[33] He married Edith ____, who died at 230 Albert Road shortly before 26 May 1920, when as Edith Jarratt, aged 53 years, wife of Frank, she was buried with her husband’s father. Their daughter Gladys P. Jarratt, spinster, aged 34 years, died at 230 Albert Road shortly before 21 January 1927, when she was buried with her mother.
    4. James Ernest Jarratt, born in 1872-73 at Sheffield,[34] living 1901. He married in late 1891,[35] Nellie A. Gilpin, born 1873-74 (aged 27 in 1901) at Sheffield, living 1901. As “James E. Jarrott” he appears at no. 77 Bressingham Road, in Pitsmoor Christchurch parish, Brightside Bierlow, in the 1901 census, in which he is called a silversmith.[36] Known issue:
      1. Elsie Jarratt, born in 1894 at Sheffield,[37] living 1901.
      2. Douglas James Jarratt, born in 1899 at Sheffield,[38] living 1901.
    5. Ada Jarratt, born about May 1878, died at 29 Petre Street at the age of 6 month, shortly before 13 November 1878 she was buried in the family grave, no. 42, Section L3 of Burngreave Cemetery.
  2. William Jarratt, born 1838-39 (aged 2 in 1841) at Sheffield, living with his parents in 1851 but not in 1871. He is not listed in the LDS index to the 1881 census of Sheffield or Ecclesall Bierlow, or in Ancestry.com’s index to the 1891 or 1901 censuses of England.
  3. Ann Jarratt, born in early 1841 at Sheffield,[39] baptized 29 August 1841 in Sheffield Parish Church as a child of John Jarratt, brick-maker, and Mary ____,[40] alive in 1901. She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1861. She married in 1861-65, Benjamin Sockett, born ca. 1836-37 (aged 34 in 1891, 44 in 1881, 64 in 1901) at Bilston, Staffordshire, living 1901. He is probably the Benjamin Sockett whose death at the age of 69 years was registered in the Ecclesall Bierlow district in the January-March quarter of 1906.[41] In 1881, when Ann is recorded as a “dressmaker” and Benjamin as a “labourer,” they were living at no. 174 South Street, Sheffield.[42] They were of no. 24 Verdon Street, Brightside Bierlow, at the time of her father’s death in 1885. In 1891, when Ann is again recorded as a “dressmaker” and Benjamin as a “labourer,” they were living at 74 Petre Street, not far from her widowed mother.[43] In 1901 they were enumerated at no. 39 South New Crescent, Ecclesall Bierlow, when Benjamin is recorded as a retired iron-worker.[44] Known issue:
    1. Emily Jarratt Sockett, born ca. 1865-66 (aged 15 in 1881, 25 in 1891, 35 in 1901) at Sheffield, living 1901. She was living unmarried with her parents in 1881, when she was a dressmaker, but was no longer in their household in 1891. She married probably in 1889, in the Sheffield registration district,[45] John Charles Ellis, born ca. 1864-65 (aged 26 in 1891) at Sheffield, living 1901. In 1891 they were living at no. 96 Bramber Street, in Wicker Trinity parish, Brightside Bierlow, and he was a postal telegraph clerk.[46] By 1901 they had removed to no. 67 Shirksell (?) Road, Heeley, near Ecclesall Bierlow, at which time John was working in a telegraph office.[47] Only known child:
      1. Lilian Ellis, born 1891-92 (aged 9 in 1901) at Sheffield.
    2. John Albert Sockett, born probably in 1870 (aged 11 in 1881, 21 in 1891, 30 in 1901) at Sheffield, living 1901. He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1891, when he was a laborer. He married in 1896 in the Sheffield registration district,[48] Mary Ellen Cornthwaite, born 1873-74 (aged 27 in 1901) at Sheffield. They were enumerated at no. 62 Bamber Street, Brightside Bierlow, in the 1901 census, in which John is called a furnace-man.[49] Known issue:
      1. Beatrice Sockett, born 1898-99 (aged 2 in 1901) at Sheffield.
      2. Albert Sockett, born about January 1901 (aged 2 months at the taking of the 1901 census) at Sheffield.
    3. Walter Sockett, born ca. 1875-76 (aged 5 in 1881, 15 in 1891, 25 in 1901) at Sheffield,[50] died 27 June 1925.[51] He was living unmarried with his parents in 1891, when he was a laborer. He married before 1898, Emma ____, born 1875-76 (aged 25 in 1901) at Sheffield. They were enumerated at no. 17 Ditchingham Street, Brightside Bierlow, in the 1901 census, when he was a steel-caster.[52] This was the very house which had been inhabited by his aunt, Elizabeth (Jarratt) Marsden, in 1881. He was however living at 130 Scott Road, Pitsmoor, Sheffield, at the time of his death, and his estate was proved 4 August 1925 at Wakefield by (his daughter) Florence Nock, wife of Henry Nock. Only known child:
      1. Florence Sockett, born 1897-98 (aged 3 in 1901) at Sheffield, perhaps named for the wife of her uncle Bernard Sockett. She married in 1918,[53] Henry Nock.
    4. Bernard Sockett, born 1885-86 at Sheffield,[54] alive in 1919. He was a scholar in 1891, and was still living unmarried with his parents in 1901, when he was a solicitor’s clerk. He is described as “Bernard Sockett, of 2 Haughton Road, Woodseats, in the City of Sheffield, solicitor’s clerk,” in the 1911 will of his aunt, Martha Ellen (Jarratt) Blythe, which was witnessed by “Florence Sockett, married woman” of the same address, presumably Bernard’s wife.[55] At the time the will was proved six years later, he is described as a private in the Royal Air Force. “Bernard Sockett, clerk,” is listed at no. 16, Alderson Road, in White’s 1919 directory of Sheffield.
  4. Mary Jarratt, born in late 1844 at Sheffield,[56] living 1871. She was living unmarried with her parents in 1861. She married before 1863, Samuel Purcell, born 1839-40 (aged 31 in 1871) at Wellington, Shropshire, living 1871. Their marriage is evidenced by the appearance of their daughter with Mary’s parents in 1881, by which time it is possible they were both deceased. They are enumerated at Barber’s Cottage, Attercliffe cum Darnall, Yorkshire, in the 1871 census, in which Samuel is called a furnace-man.[57] Only known child:
    1. Elizabeth Purcell, born 1862-63 (aged 8 in 1871, 18 in 1881, 28 in 1891, 38 in 1901) at Sheffield, died 15 March 1938 in the province of Queensland, Australia.[58] She was living with her parents in 1871, and with her maternal grandparents in 1881, when she was a dressmaker. She married in 1889 in the Sheffield registration district,[59] Herbert William Harper, born 1863-64 (aged 17 in 1881, 37 in 1901) at Belper, Yorkshire, died 16 July 1927 in Queensland province,[60] an elder brother of Samuel Harper, who married her first cousin Annie Jarratt Blythe, and son of Richard and Drusilla (Marsh) Harper, of Brightside Bierlow, with whom he appears as a seventeen-year-old at no. 38 Bressingham Road, Brightside Bierlow, in the 1881 census,[61] and who were living next door to them in 1901.[62] Herbert Harper was already working as a tailor at the age of 17. He and his wife were enumerated at no. 59 Nottingham Street, Brightside Bierlow, in the 1891 census, in which Herbert is again called a tailor.[63] There were no children living with them at the time. (By 1901 this house had passed to Samuel Harper and Annie Jarratt Blythe, aforesaid.) They were enumerated at no. 5 Gower Street, Brightside Bierlow, in 1901, when Herbert is called a self-employed tailor and woollen draper; their household then included a domestic servant.[64] Like his brother Samuel they moved to Queensland, Australia; they were there by the birth of their son Lionel in June 1905. Known issue:
      1. Reginald Jarratt Harper, born 1893-94 (aged 7 in 1901) at Sheffield, died 20 November 1905 in the province of Queensland, Australia.[65]
      2. Lionel Jarratt Harper, born 9 June 1905 in Queensland province.[66]
  5. Martha Ellen Jarratt, born 1849-50 (aged 1 in 1851, 11 in 1861) at Sheffield, died (testate) 11 February 1919 at 7 Claywood Road, Sheffield, of a brain embolism and heart failure, aged 69 years,[67] She married 27 December 1870 in the Surrey Street Chapel (Methodist), Sheffield,[68] John Blythe, born 15 November 1847 at Low Moor, Yorkshire,[69] died ca. 1919 (?), probably at or near Sheffield,[70] son of William Blythe, of Lowmoor, North Bierley, in the parish of Bradford, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, by his wife Elizabeth Brook. Her husband was a forgeman. At the time of their marriage they were both single, and she was living with her parents; the witnesses were her brother James Jarratt and a Mary Purcell. John and Martha Ellen (Jarratt) Blythe appear to have spent most of their lives at Sheffield. Her 1911 will appoints as executor her “nephew Bernard Sockett, of 2 Haughton Road, Woodseats, in the City of Sheffield, solicitor’s clerk,” and is witnessed by “Florence Sockett, married woman” of the same address, presumably his wife.[71] For details of their latter life and a record of their descendants see BLYTHE.
  6. Elizabeth Jarratt, born 1856-57 (aged 4 in 1861, 14 in 1871, 44 in 1901) at Sheffield, living 1901. She was living unmarried with her parents in 1871, but married in late 1876 in the Sheffield registration district,[72] Harry Marsden, born 1855-56 (aged 25 in 1881, 45 in 1901) at Sheffield, living 1881, doubtless a son of the widowed William Marsden, born 1815-16 at Sheffield, a “sheep-shear hardener,” who is found living next door to him in 1891. In 1881 they were living at no. 17 Ditchingham Street, Brightside Bierlow (the same street on which her parents were living a decade earlier), and he is called a “weighman”; their household included two “visitors,” Annie Picksley, aged 7, and Emma Picksley, aged 5.[73] In 1891 they were living at 26 Hunsley Street, Brightside Bierlow, in which he appears to be called a “Siemans foreman”; their household at that time included her husband’s “niece,” Mary A. Oxley, aged 22 years.[74] They were enumerated at no. 205 Abbeyfield Road, Brightside Bierlow, in the 1901 census, in which Harry is called the manager of a steel works; their household at that time included a domestic servant, and a “visitor,” Frederic[k] H. Hollingworth, aged 26, probably no relation as he was born at Chaddeston, Lancashire.[75] Known issue:
    1. Kate Jarratt Marsden, born in the first half of 1878,[76] still living unarried with her parents in 1901.
    2. Ethel Marsden, born 1884-85 (aged 6 in 1891, 16 in 1901), living unmarried with her parents in 1901.
    3. Harry Marsden, Jr., born 1889-90 (aged 1 in 1891), probably died young as he is not found with his parents in 1901.
    4. Edith Marsden, born 1893-94 (aged 7 in 1901) at Sheffield.
    5. Arthur H. Marsden, born 1895-96 (aged 5 in 1901) at Sheffield.


Notes

1This story comes down to us from his son (and our grandfather) Alan Blythe, a highly dependable informant whose recollections were repeatedly corroborated by those of his siblings. With all possible allowance for error in their retelling, John Jarratt Blythe’s statements regarding his ancestry are in some cases unconvincing, or even demonstrably incorrect.
21861 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 28, p. 11; RG9/3499, folio 68 [Family History Library microfilm number 543,142].
3A number of nineteenth-century records refer to such a place, although surely it must be Dukinfield, in the parish of Stockport, Cheshire, just over the border, which is intended.
4Civil record of death, registered in the Sheffield registration district in the October-December quarter of 1868, vol. 9c, p. 286.
5We take this entry from the database “Greater Birmingham Marriages,” published by the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry.
61841 census of England, Yorkshire, Dewsbury, p. 6; H.O. 107, piece 1269, fo. 2. the entry reads:
name             age      occupation  born in county?
-----------------------------------------------------
William Fleming  65[-69]  brick maker  no
Thomas     "     50[-54]  brick maker  no
Mary       "     45[-49]  ----         no
William    "         15   brick maker  yes
Elena      "          5   ----         yes
Mary Ann   "          2   ----         no
71861 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: North Sheffield, enumeration district 33, p. 34; RG9/3486, folio 63 [Family History Library microfilm no. 543,139]. The entry reads:
name       relationship  cond. age   occupation  birthplace
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William Globe head       mar.  33    blacksmith  Yorks.: Ecclesfield
Ellen     "   wife       mar.  27    ----        Yorks.: Ecclesall
Tom       "   son        ---    4    ----        Yorks.: Kimberworth
Mary Ann  "   dau.       ---    3    ----        Yorks.: Sheffield
Hannah    "   dau.       ---    7mo. ----        Yorks.: "
Mary Fleming  mo-in-law  widow 66    ----        Lancs.: Duckingfield
Luke Addy     visitor          52    file cutter Yorks.: Ecclesfield
81861 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: North Sheffield, enumeration district 13, p. 24; HO107/2339, folio 505 [Family History Library microfilms nos. 87,590-87,593]. The entry reads:
name       relationship  cond. age  occupation   birthplace
-------------------------------------------------------------------
William Fleming head      married   29   brick burner  Yorks.: Sheffield
Ruth      "     wife      married   33   ----            "
Martha Turner   mo-in-law wid. 73   ----            "
9The marriage was registered in the October-December quarter of 1855 in the Worley registration district, vol. 9c, p. 211. The entry is indexed under the names of William Globe and Ellen “Hemmings,” but in light of other information presented here it is clear that the initial “H” is a misreading of “Fl,” a common error when reading hand-written documents.
101871 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 43, p. 49; RG10/4697, folio 85 [Family History Library microfilm no. 847,238]. The entry reads:
name       relationship  cond. age  occupation    birthplace
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William Glob*    head    mar.  43   black smith   Yorks.: Sheffield
Ellen     "      wife    mar.  38   ----          "
Tom       "      son     ---   14   ----          "
Mary A.   "      dau.    ---   12   ----          " 
William   "      son     ---    9   ----          "
Margaret  "      dau.    ---    4   ----          "
George    "      son     ---    1   ----          "
Joseph Bradbury  boarder unm.  19   black smith   Staffords.: Longmoor
----
* sic
111881 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 50, p. 5; RG11/4664, folio 32. the entry reads:
name   relationship  cond. age occupation       birthplace
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ellen Globe    head  wid.  47  charwoman        Yorks.: Sheffield
Tom     "      son   unm.  24  smith's striker  Yorks.: Thorpe Kisley [?]
George  "      son   ---   11  scholar          Yorks.: Sheffield
John    "      son   ---    8  "                "       "
121891 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subregistration district: Attercliffe, enumeration district 6, p. 19; PRO RG 12/3838, folio 43 [Family History microfilm no. 6,098,948]. The entry reads:
name   relationship cond.  age occupation      birthplace
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Thomas Globe  head  mar.   34  railway engine  Yorks. -- Rotherham  
                                 driver
Mary H.  "    wife  mar.   24  ----            Derby -- Hammersmith 
John     "    son   ---  9 mo. ----            Yorks. -- Sheffield
131891 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Ecclesall Bierlow, subdistrict: Ecclesall Bierlow, enumeration district 46, p. 43; RG12, folio 58 [Family History Library microfilm no. 6,098,919].
14Civil registration of birth.
15The various reports of John Jaratt’s age we have found are consistent with one another, and taken together, imply a date of birth between April 1813 and November 1813:
  1. Aged 37 years at taking of census in March 1851; hence born March 1813 - March 1814;
  2. Aged 47 years at taking of census in April 1861; hence born April 1813 - April 1814;
  3. Aged 57 years at taking of census in April 1871; hence born April 1813 - April 1814;
  4. Aged 67 years at taking of census in April 1881; hence born April 1813 - April 1814;
  5. Aged 72 years at his death in November 1885; hence born November 1812 - November 1813.
16Death certificate; registered at Sheffield in 4th quarter, 1885, vol. 9c, p. 279.
17National Burial Index.
18Death certificate.
19National Burial Index.
201841 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Sheffield North, enumeration district 18, p. 180; HO107/1335/8/, folio 35. The entry reads:
name            age       occupation   born in county?
-------------------------------------------------------
Garrtt* John    25[-29]   Brick Maker  Yes    
Garrtt  Mary    20[-24]   ----         Yes        
Garrtt  James    4        ----         Yes       
Garrtt  William  2        ----         Yes
----------
* sic
211851 Census of Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 14, p. 4; HO107/2342, folio 356 [FHL microfilm nos. 87598-87600]. The entry reads:
name   relationship  cond.  age  occupation  birthplace
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
John Jarratt  head   mar.    37  brickmaker  Warwick — Birmingham
Mary      "   wife   mar.    35              Notts. — Mansfield
James     "   son    ---     14              Yorkshire — Sheffield
William   "   son    ---     12  scholar     "
Ann       "   dau.   ---      9  scholar     "
Mary      "   dau.   ---      6  scholar     "
Martha E. "   dau.   ---      1  ----        "
Mary Flemming mother widow   56  ----        Lancashire — St. Ellens
221861 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 28, p. 11; RG9/3499, folio 68 [Family History Library microfilm number 543,142]. The entry reads:
name     relationship    cond. age occupation  birthplace
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
John   Jarratt  head      mar. 47  brickmaker  Warwick — Birmingham
Mary         "  wife      mar. 43  ----        Notts. — Mansfield
Ann          "  dau.      ---  19  dressmaker  Yorks. — Sheffield
Mary         "  dau.      ---  16  ----        "
Martha Ellen "  dau.      ---  11  scholar     "
Elizabeth    "  dau.      ---   4  ----        "
Ann          "  relative  widow 73 ----        Derbyshire — Crich
231871 census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 30, p. 14; RG10/4694, folio 99 [Family History Library film no. 847,237]. This source erroneously calls Martha Ellen “Mary Ellen,” but she is recognizable nonetheless. The entry reads:
name    relationship      cond.  age  occupation   birthplace
----------------------------------------------------------------------
John Jarratt    head       mar.  57   brick        Warwick: Birmingham
                                      manufacturer
Mary      "     wife       mar.  54   ----         Notts.: Mansfield
Elizabeth "     dau.       ---   14   scholar      Yorks.: Sheffield
John    Blythe  son in law mar.  23   forgeman     Yorks.: Low Moor
Mary Ellen "    dau.       mar.  21   ----         Yorks.: Sheffield
This extract was originally obtained for me by my friend George W. Glenn, a professional genealogist.
241881 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 35, p. 1; PRO RG11/4661, folio 94. In the LDS and Ancestry.com’s transcriptions the name is misread as “Jarrerd.”
251891 Census of England, Yorkshire, Brightside Bierlow, parish of All Saints, Enumeration District 40, piece RG12/3833, folio 50, p. 11.
261891 Census of England, Yorkshire, Brightside Bierlow, parish of All Saints, Enumeration District 40, piece RG12/3833, folio 50, p. 12.
27Their births all seem to have gone unregistered. In particular, we commissioned a thorough search for Martha Ellen in the indexes to births for 1847-1851, and no possible candidate was found. The Martha Jarrett whose birth was registered in the April-June quarter of 1849 in the Hull registration district, vol. 22, p. 411, was not her; we ordered a copy of the certificate and it proved to relate to a daugher of Mareus [recte Marius? or Marcus?] Jarrett, fisherman.
28This marriage was registered in the January-March quarter of 1856 in Ecclesall Bierlow, vol. 9c, p. 177, but we have not checked the original record.
291861 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Ecclesall Bierlow, enumeration district __, p. 40; RG9/3470, folio 109 [Family History Library microfilm number 543,137].
301881 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 35, p. 1; PRO RG11/4661, folio 94. In the LDS and Ancestry.com’s transcriptions the name is misread as “Jarrerd.”
31His birth was registered in the July-September quarter of 1859 in the Sheffield registration district, vol. 9c, p. 383; original record not checked. His age is reported as 1 years in the 1861 census.
32His birth was registered in the October-December quarter of 1870 in the Sheffield registration district, vol. 9c, p. 481; original record not checked. His age is recorded as 10 years in the 1881 census.
331901 census of England, Derbyshire, registration district: Ecclesall Bierlow, subdistrict: Norton, enumeration district 11, p. 43; PRO RG13/4347, folio 249.
34His birth was registered in the January-March quarter of 1873 in the Sheffield registration district, vol. 9c, p. 477; original record not checked. Census records state his age as 8 in 1881 and 28 in 1901.
35The marriage was registered in the October-December quarter of 1891 in the Sheffield registration district, vol. 9c, p. 808; original record not checked.
361901 Census of England, Yorkshire, Registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: West Brightside, enumeration district 29, p. 21; PR RG13/4376, folio 140.
37Her birth was registered in the October-December quarter of 1894 in the Sheffield registration district, vol. 9c, p. 579; original record not checked. His age is reported as 6 year in the 1901 census.
38His birth was registered in the April-June quarter of 1899 in the Sheffield registration district, vol. 9c, p. 634; original record not checked. His age is reported as 1 year in the 1901 census.
39Her birth was registered in the April-June quarter of 1841 in the Sheffield registration district, vol. 22, p. 573; original record not checked. Thus the date of birth of 11 July 1841 reported in the record of her baptism cannot be correct.
40Sheffield parish registers, transcribed at Sheffield Indexers.
41Death registered in the January-March quarter of 1906 in the Ecclesall Bierlow district, vol. 9c, p. 225; original record not checked.
421891 census of England, Yorkshire, Sheffield, RG11, piece 4655, fo. 63, p. 7 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,342,125]. In the LDS index, the surname is misread as “Locket.”
431891 census of England, Yorkshire, Brightside Bierlow, All Saints parish, Enumeration District 38, piece RG12/3833, folio 15, p. 23. In the index by Ancestry.com, the surname is misread as “Sockel.”
441901 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Ecclesall Bierlow, subdistrict: Ecclesall Bierlow, enumeration district 59, p. 8; PRO RG13/4356, folio 26. In the index by Ancestry.com, the surname is misread as “Lockett.”
45The marriage is recorded in the last quarter of 1889 in the Sheffield registration district, vol. 9c, p. 677, but we have not checked the original record.
461891 Census of England, Yorkshire, Brightside Bierlow, Wicker Trinity parish, Enumeration District 9, piece RG12/3829, folio 41, p. 27.
471901 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Ecclesall Bierlow, subdistrict: Ecclesall Bierlow, enumeration district 88, p. 7; PRO RG13/4360, folio 54.
48The marriage was registered in the July-September quarter of 1896 in the Sheffield Registration District, vol. 9c, p. 842; original record not checked.
491901 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: West Brightside, enumeration district 7, p. 9; RG13/4373, folio 130. In the index by Ancestry.com, the surname is misread as “Lockett,” although the initial S is very clearly written in the original record.
50He is probably the Walter Sockett whose birth was record in the 2nd quarter of 1875 in the Sheffield Registration District, vol. 9c, p. 537, but we have not checked the original record.
51National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941, 1925, p. 371, images available online at Ancestry.com.
521901 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: East Brightside, enumeration district 8, p. 4, PRO RG13/4378, folio 153.
53Marriage registered in the October-December quarter of 1918 in the Sheffield registration district, vol. 9c, p. 917.
54His birth was registered in the January-March quarter of 1886 in the Sheffield registration district, vol. 9c, p. 56; original record not checked. The census reports his age as 5 in 1891, and 15 in 1901.
55Contemporary copy of the will of Martha Ellen (Jarratt) Blythe, in the possession of the compiler.
56Her birth was registered in the October-December quarter of 1844 in the Sheffield registration district, vol. 22, p. 571; original record not checked. The census reports her age as 6 in 1851, 16 in 1861, and 26 in 1871.
571871 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Attercliffe, enumeration district 10, p. 30; PRO RG10/4699, folio 144 [Family History Library microfilm no. 847,239].
58Australia death registrations, 1938, no. B038923, per Australia Death Index, 1787-1985, at Ancestry.com; the index gives the names of the father as ____ Purcell.
59This marriage was registered in the April-June quarter of 1889 in the Sheffield registration district, vol. 9c, p. 816; original record not checked.
60Australia death registrations, 1927, no. B001808, per Australia Death Index, 1787-1985, at Ancestry.com; the record gives the names of the parents as Herbert William Harper and Drusilla Marsh.
611881 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 29, p. 21; PRO RG11/4660, folio 78.
62Richard Harper, born 1833-34 (aged 67 in 1901) at Belper, journeyman tailor, married before 1862, Drusilla Marsh (surname from death registrations of her son Herbert), born 1835-36 (aged 62 in 1901) in Nottinghamshire. Their surname is actually written “Haper” in the 1901 census. For further details on this family see our BLYTHE notes.
631891 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 8, p. 14; PRO RG12/3829, folio 10 [Family History Library microfilm no. 6,098,939].
641901 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: East Brightside, enumeration district 3, p. 30; PRO RG13/4378, folio 64.
65Australia death registrations, 1905, no. B006204, per Australia Death Index, 1787-1985, at Ancestry.com; the record gives the names of the parents as Herbert William Harper and Elizabeth Purcell.
66Australia birth registrations, 1905, no. B010502 per Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922. The record gives the names of the parents as Herbert William Harper and Elizabeth Purcell.
67Death certificate.
68Marriage certificate.
69Birth certificate.
70Information from his grandson, the late Alan Blythe, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
71Contemporary copy of the will of Martha Ellen (Jarratt) Blythe, in my possession.
72The marriage was registered in the October-December quarter of 1876 in the Sheffield District, vol. 9c, p. 772; original record not checked.
731881 Census of England, Yorkshire, Brightside Bierlow, enumeration district 35, p. 5; PRO RG11, piece 4661, folio 96 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,342,127].
741891 Census of Sheffield, Brightside Bierlow, p. 28; RG 12/3835. The birthplaces of everyone in the family are given as Grimsthorp, Yorkshire, which is surely an error.
751901 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: West Brightside, enumeration district 33, p. 33; PRO RG13/4377, folio 60. The visitor’s name is actually written (very clearly) as “Frederica,” but the age is reported in the column assigned to males, and his occupation is given as “civil engineer and surveyor,” which seems an unlikely possibility for a woman at this period.
76Her birth was registered in the April-June quarter of 1878 in the Sheffield District, vol. 9c, p. 550; original record not checked.


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Last revised 6 July 2017