Having gone down the Derby Road …
Returning up Derby Road, we come to the row of houses opposite Mill Field.
This row stood opposite the Derby Road windmill, on the south side of the road.
In one of these lived the miller, Mr. Paul Hodgkinson.
We have met Paul Hodgkinson, cottager, grocer, miller, stamp distributor, in the Market Place area. (See Matthew Hobson and apprentice)
Mr. and Mrs. William Hollis, farmers, lived in another.
The head of the Hollis household was journeyman miller James Oldham Hollis, son of agricultural labourer William and Sarah (nee Oldham) and born in Orston, Nottinghamshire in 1828.
As a youth he went to work in the Newark area where he was apprenticed to miller James Oldham, (his grandfather?) and where he may have encountered his future wife Betsey — who was born at Folkingham in Lincolnshire.
And it is Betsey’s family history which gives a clue to the naming of their children.
On Christmas Eve 1821 gardener Thomas Solomon married Elizabeth Ward at Folkingham in Lincolnshire and Betsey was their last child before Thomas died about 1827.
Widow Elizabeth very soon married another gardener, William Charles, in April 1828, and the family lived at Papplewick before moving into Nottingham in the late 1830’s.
Their children were baptised with the surname of ’Charles’ and the family appear on the 1841 Hyson Green census with that surname.
However by 1851 the surname had expanded to ’Charlesworth’, but before that Betsey had married James Oldham Hollis.
The couple wed in December 1847 at Radford with the bride using (correctly?) the surname ’Solomon’ and giving Thomas Solomon as her father.
By 1861 James and Betsey Hollis, with their two sons William Charlesworth Hollis and James Charlesworth Hollis, were at Derby Road/Moors Bridge Lane — both sons helping their miller father.
Living with them in Belper Street were Sarah Ann’s parents who eventually married at St. Peter’s Church, Radford on July 11th 1891. At the wedding ceremony her bachelor father Thomas gave his age as 70 while her spinster mother Ann declared herself one year younger.
Eight years later Thomas died at their home of 31 Belper Street and his widow then went to live with her youngest child Amy Louisa, now the wife of Derby-born coalminer Thomas Knighton.
Ann Leivers died at their Grass Lane home in 1899, aged 77.
Betsy, now the wife of Samuel Smith, went to live in Chapel Street after her marriage and died there on October 5th 1880, aged 52.
Eight months later Samuel Smith married Harriet Goddard, illegitimate daughter of Fanny Goddard and the niece of James Goddard, at that time the landlord of the Anchor Inn in Market Street.
And finally Sarah, the widow of James Charlesworth Hollis, married Phillip Paul in 1877 and continued to live in Pimlico with her parents, her husband, her son James William Hollis, and eventually her nephew William Henry ‘Harry’ Rowley, whom she seems to have ‘adopted’.
Harry was the son of Thomas and Lucy Ann (nee Bostock); his father died in 1879 and four years his mother married coalminer John McDonough.
Continuing upwards to Oakwell Fields.