Donna wrote (April 6th & 7th 2017) …
I am researching the Simpson family from Ilkeston …Willoughby and Mary (Hardy) who had Willoughby jnr (who married a Harriet (Hardy)) … my great grand parents x5.
Any information would be great regarding their parents please.
Do you know anything about Willoughby’s daughter in law Harriet ? I don’t seem to be able to find her or anything about Charlotte (Simpson)
I am descended from Hosea Simpson, then his son Rueben, then his daughter Clara.
Any ideas where I could look up Harriet ? Was there an address for them (Willoughby senior) ?
Dave replied (April 7th 2017) …
George Simpson of Ilkeston ?
I don’t suppose you have unearthed a George Simpson anywhere in your travels? I have one that died in Newark-on-Trent in 1849. He shows in the 1841 census as not born in county and I have searched an searched to find out where he came from. Birth is shown as 1804 according to the census. He was a witness to one John Simpson’s marriage in Newark, and John was from Ilkestone, father was Willoughby Simpson. I so wanted them to be brothers but cannot find a George born in Ilkestone.
Dave replied …
I can’t seem to locate your George Simpson born about 1804 (presumably living at Newark) nor his death there in 1849 … the only death I see is for one born about 1795 (aged 54 when he died in 1849).
There are several Willoughbys associated with Ilkeston and there is a George, baptised in 1814 at Saxilby in Lincolnshire … he was the son of Joseph Simpson, born in Ilkeston about 1776, and Sarah (nee Hawley), who married in Ilkeston in 1802. Joseph left a will dated 1826 which is on line and which mentions several of his children.
The problem with many of the Simpsons of Ilkeston is that the male members were often boatmen and this occupation took them out of Ilkeston with their families, often to places in neighbouring Nottinghamshire and into Lincolnshire … so they are especially difficult to locate on the 1841 census.
If you have more detail of the Simpsons you mention, we might be able to unearth more.