The family of Thomas and Mary Frost (by Alan Smith)

Thomas Frost
Date / place of birth: 1808: Little Hallam, Ilkeston, Derbyshire
Date / place of baptism: 20th August 1815, Ilkeston, Derbyshire
Parents: John Frost & Elizabeth Warren
Date / place of death, and age: 11th February 1881 (GRO: 1Q 1881 Basford 7b 84): Ilkeston, Derbyshire: aged 73
Date / place of burial/cremation: ?
Mary Graham
Date / place of birth: 22nd December 1801
Date / place of baptism: 21st February 1802: Independent church: Ilkeston, Derbyshire
Parents: Thomas Graham and Mary
Date / place of death, and age: 30th November 1852 (GRO:4Q 1852 Basford 7b 60): Ilkeston, Derbyshire: aged 51
Date / place of burial/cremation: ?
Date / place of marriage: 10th May 1830: Ilkeston, Derbyshire
Children of Thomas and Mary
Harriett Born: c1827: No details of her birth have been found
William Born: c1830: No details of his birth have been found
Thomas Born: 14th Nov 1830: Kimberley, Nottinghamshire
Baptised: 30th/31st Jul 1836 Shipley Wood & Beaverley & Slade Chapel
Unknown Born: Her birth/baptism records are the same as for Thomas (above) which suggests Thomas had a twin
Charles Born:
Baptised: 6th Jan 1833: Ilkeston, Derbyshire
Mary Born: 4th Jul 1835: Kimberley, Nottinghamshire
Baptised: 30th/31st 1836 Shipley Wood & Beaverley & Slade Chapel
Ely (Eli?) Born: 1841: Ilkeston, Derbyshire

With having gone back far enough for any ‘word of mouth’ family information not to be available to aid my research, I have to rely upon whatever historical documents I can find.
Naturally enough the census records are a great help to the researcher in painting a picture of what the family life was like. Even then, it would be handy for a more concise listing of parish/church records to assist us in our research, though in all fairness, we do have a lot of records (written and otherwise) at our disposal, so we ought to consider ourselves fortunate that these records have survived.

Information to clarify; that’s what we need.
For example; having been born in c1827, it would appear that Harriet was born out of wedlock… by three years, I can’t help but wonder if William was also born out of wedlock with him being born the same year as his parents married.  The census tells us approximately when and where they were born, but it doesn’t specify a certain point in time, hence the more local assistance of the parish/church records, for usually they help us to piece together more information, and speaking as a researcher, we could certainly do with clarification regarding the births of Harriet and William.

Having said that, the main thing is we do have a lot of resources available to us, and it’s using these resources that we can now start to build a bigger picture of Thomas and Mary’s lives…. and starting in Little Hallam.