1805 Info 1e for John Crompton
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Mary CROMPTON - John and Ann's fifth child
The census returns hints at an intriguing married life; from prosperous farming births to terraced housing and a trade. Mary gave birth to eleven children but only two boys, of the three living children (1911 census) have been discovered.
Mary was born second quarter of 1844 (GRO ref: Driffield 23 45) On 12 December 1866 she married (GRO ref: Bridlington 9d 597) Craven NICHOLSON, who was born in the second quarter of 1843 (GRO ref: Driffield 23 31). The Malton Messenger of 15 December 1866 announced:
On the 12th inst., at Burton Agnes, East Riding, by the Rev. Joseph HORDEN, rural dean, Craven, eldest son of Mr T. NICHOLSON, of Watton Grange, to Mary, second daughter of Mr CROMPTON, Thornholme, near Bridlington.
WATTON in Post Office Directory of 1857 Thomas Nicholson farmer Watton Grange
|Below and right: Maps locating Watton Grange, the home of Craven NICHOLSON. It is interesting to note the distance between Watton and Thornholme. But many Cromptons lived in the area of the map below.|
1871 Census Sun/Mon. 2/3rd April 1871 Source: FHL Film TNA Ref RG10 Piece 4809 Folio 41 Page 1 Sched 1 Dwelling: Front Street Place: Weaverthorpe, York ER, England Name Rel Mar Age Occupation Birthplace Craven Nicholson Head M 27 Farmer of 308 ac. of land Yorks, Watton Grange employing 3 labourers & 4 boys Mary Nicholson Wife M 26 Yorks, Houndales, Nafferton Ann Jenison Nurse W 57 Nurse Yorks, Harpham George Ford Serv U 22 Farm servant Yorks, Tickton James Blake Serv U 21 Farm servant Norfolk, Terrington William Holiday Serv U 18 Farm servant Yorks, Garton James Noddle Serv U 16 Farm servant Yorks, Burton Agnes Charlotte Fendwick Serv U 19 General servant Yorks, Brandsburton
By 1881 family fortunes appeared to have changed. Craven, and his son Harold, were now recorded as an 'unoccupied farmer' living with his parents. Mary, however, was in Great Driffield, with Charles, living at the home of her aunt Mary JEFFERSON. The couples second son Edgar was with Mary's sister Alice LOVEL at Lowground Scampston.
1881 Census Sun/Mon 2/3rd April 1881 Source: FHL Film TNA Ref RG11 Piece 4795 Folio 6 Page 5 Sched 16 Dwelling: Watton Grange [Driffield, North Humberside YO25 9AP] Place: Watton, York ER, England Name Rel Mar Age Occupation Birthplace Thomas Nicholson Head M 57 Farmer 505 ac. 7 men 7 boys Yorks, Watton Eliza Nicholson Wife M 59 Yorks, Cranswick Craven Nicholson Son M 37 Farmer (unoccupied) Yorks, Watton William Nicholson Son U 35 Farmer's son Yorks, Watton Harriet Nicholson Dau U 25 Farmer's daughter Yorks, Watton Harold Nicholson Son U 21 Farmer's son Yorks, Watton Kate Nicholson Dau U 19 Farmer's daughter Yorks, Watton Eddie Nicholson Dau U 17 Banker's clerk Yorks, Watton Herbert Nicholson GSon 5 Yorks, Weaverthorpe Annie Coatham Serv U 19 Domestic servant Yorks, North Dalton William Claxton Serv M 22 Farm servant indoors Yorks, Grindall Robert Caygall Serv U 30 Farm servant indoors Yorks, Skidby William Taylor Serv U 20 Farm servant indoors Yorks, North Frodingham John Slater Serv U 16 Farm servant indoors Yorks, Etton Frank Norris Serv U 14 Farm servant indoors Yorks, Aiko John Wise Serv U 16 Farm servant indoors Yorks, Tickton Fred. Took Serv U 12 Farm servant indoors Yorks, Kilnwick
|Above: Watton Grange Farm 2008, looking west from the first
Source: geography © Copyright Peter Church and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
1881 Census Sun/Mon 2/3rd April 1881 Source: FHL Film TNA Ref RG11 Piece 4793 Folio 122 Page 26 Sched 125 Dwelling: 12 Bridge Street Place: Great Driffield, York ER, England Name Rel Mar Age Occupation Birthplace Mary Jefferson Head U 70 Yorks, Nafferton Mary Nicholson Niece M 36 Yorks, Nafferton Charles Nicholson Neph 2 Yorks, Scampston Emma Hoad Serv U 18 Domestic servant Yorks, Barmston
|In October 2010 12 Bridge Street, Driffield was offered for sale at £143000 as a:
|Right: 12 Bridge Street, Driffield 2010|
| Left and above: The estate agent's plans
for 12 Bridge Street, Driffield, October 2010
Family fortunes continued to fall. In 1891 Craven NICHOLSON is employed as a domestic servant. Only Charles is at home.
1891 Census Sun/Mon 5/6th April 1891 Source: FHL Film TNA Ref RG12 Piece 3916 Folio 28 Page 13 Sched 88 Dwelling: Swanland Place: Swanland, York ER, England [North Ferriby, Hull] Name Rel Mar Age Occupation Employ Birthplace Craven Nicholson Head M 47 Coachman, groom Domestic St. Yorks, Watton Mary Nicholson Wife M 46 Yorks, Nafferton Charles Nicholson Son 12 Scholar Yorks, Scampston
|Above: A map locationg Swanland, to the east of Hull|
Two of their sons were apprentices in Hull.
1891 Census Sun/Mon 5/6th April 1891 Source: FHL Film TNA Ref RG12 Piece 3941 Folio 36 Page 1 Sched 4 Dwelling: 4 Pease Street, Holy Trinity [HU3 2EW] Place: Hull, York ER, England Name Rel Mar Age Occupation Employ Birthplace ... Herbert Nicholson Bord U 15 Carriage builders apprentice Worker Yorks, Weaverthorpe Edgar Nicholson Bord U 14 Cabinet maker's apprentice Worker Yorks, Weaverthorpe
In 1901 the whole family was living in a modest house in Hessle, Hull, perhaps living on a legacy. It is interesting to note that both sons were craftsmen. The original Pease Street appears to have been bombed during the War. The present Pease Street is a modern rebuild.
1901 Census Sun/Mon 31st March/1st April 1901 Source: FHL Film TNA Ref RG13 Piece: 4503 Folio: 52 Page: 12 Sched: 91 Dwelling: 17 Victoria Street [Hessle, HU13 9NL] Place: Hull, York ER, England Name Rel Mar Age Occupation Status Birthplace Craven Nicholson Head M 57 Retired farmer Yorks, Watton Mary Nicholson Wife M 56 Yorks, Nafferton Herbert Nicholson Son U 25 Coach body maker Worker Yorks, Weaverthorpe Charles Nicholson Son U 22 Cycle builder Worker Yorks, Scampston
|Above: Near to 17 Victoria Street, Hessle in 2010, showing the type of housing in the 1901 census|
The 1911 census reveals additional intriguing information. The couple had had eleven children of who three were alive in 1911. Craven had again return to work and had again retired. Mary still hung on to her birth right of Houndales.
1911 Census: Sun/Mon 2nd April/3rd April 1911 Source: TNA Ref: RG14 PN28552 Reg. Gen. Ref: RG78 PN1640 En.Dist: 9 Sched: 322 RegDist: Beverley SubDist: Beverley Dwelling: 188 Norwood Place: Beverley, Yorkshire East Riding Rooms in dwelling, other than scullery, landing, lobby, closet, bathroom: 5 Years married: 44 Children: Alive 3, dead 8 Name Rel Mar Age Occupation Status Birthplace Craven Nicholson Head M 67 Tramway Motor Man Retired Yorks, Watton Mary Nicholson Wife M 66 Yorks, Houndales, Nafferton Charles Nicholson Son S 32 Cycle Builder Yorks, Scampston
|Above: 118 Norwood, Beverley, the Nicholson's retirement home of 1911|
1911 Census: Sun/Mon 2nd April/3rd April 1911 Source: TNA Ref: RG14 PN28775 Reg. Gen. Ref: RG78 PN1652 En.Dist: 6 Sched: 336 RegDist: Hull SubDist: Myton Dwelling: 7 Etty Grove, Wyndham Street Place: Hull, Yorkshire East Riding Rooms in dwelling, other than scullery, landing, lobby, closet, bathroom: 5 Years married: 2 years Children: 1 Alive , dead none Name Rel Mar Age Occupation Status Birthplace Edgar Nicholson Head M 34 Cabinet Maker Worker Yorks, Weavthorpe Emma Gertrude Nicholson Wife M 32 Yorks, Hull Charles Nicholson Son M 11mn Yorks, Hull Kate Tillard Niece Serv S 19 Servant Domestic Worker Kent, East Garnarch
The original Wyndham Street was adjacent to the Victoria Docks branch railway shed. Today, the area is modern terraced houses, on the original street pattern, around green areas. Wyndham Street is an area of light industry.
Herbert NICHOLSON was born in the third quarter of 1875 (GRO ref: Driffield 9d 310).
Edgar NICHOLSON was born in the second quarter of 1877 (GRO ref: Driffield 9d 335).
Charles NICHOLSON was born in the first quarter of 1879 (GRO ref: Malton 9d 393).
The 1911 census suggests that eight more children had died.
Mary died in the third quarter of 1925 (GRO ref: Beverley 9d 107) and Craven in the second quarter of 1928 (GRO ref: Beverley 9d 111), still living in Beverley.
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