After Daykin’s shops, Adeline tells us that ….
“Mrs Sam Lowe had the next plot and built a good house and shop on it. She had started a grocer’s business in East Street, and when the South Street building was completed, she removed into it. This property has been acquired by the Co-operative Society”.
The shop was at 62 South Street in 1871, opposite to what was then Stockley Yard.
Mrs. Sam Lowe, the East Street grocer, was born Mary Beardsley on 12th November 1821, eldest child of John, grocer, baker and draper of Bath Street, and Catherine (nee Skevington). Mary married Samuel Lowe, eldest child of Cossall couple Joseph and Mary (nee Hesketh) on 27th December 1847.
“The Lowe family consisted of seven daughters and one son”, and although Adeline counts eight children she lists only seven in her letters.
— Sally married John Carrier.
Eldest child Sally was Mary’s illegitimate daughter, born November 25th 1843, baptised as Sarah Beardsley but registered as Ruth. In 1869 she married lacemaker later draper John Carrier, who was living a short distance away in Pleasant Place — also known as Queen’s Terrace and Carrier’s buildings.
— Juliana died when she was about 18 years old. Juliana died in August 1867, aged 18.
— Mary Ann or Marian remained unmarried, living with her parents in South Street and by the end of the century with her older sister Sarah in Kimberley.
— Betsy married Eddie Jones, second son of Mr. M. Jones, first landlord of the Brunswick Hotel.
Betsey had an illegitimate son, William Henry Lowe, born June 4th 1874, before marrying Edwin Harry Jones, grocer, in February 1881. Shortly after this the family left for Leicester before moving to Kimberley, eventually living close to Betsey’s two surviving older sisters.
William Henry Lowe however remained in Ilkeston as a boot and shoe dealer’s assistant and the 1901 census shows him in the same trade at Gateshead.
— Sons John and Samuel both died in infancy, in 1854 and 1855 respectively, and so are unlikely to have been known to Adeline.
— Catherine or Kate also lived with her parents until she married Walter Knight in 1883.
— Joe, who died when about fourteen.
Joseph died in December 1874, aged 15, from cystitis and pneumonia.
— Fanny, who married Mr. Whitehead, who became headmaster of Shipley School.
In August 1886 Fanny Maria married schoolmaster William Alfred Whitehead, the son of William and Joanna (nee Frost), and thus grandson of Samuel, Parish Clerk and ‘hero of Waterloo’.
William senior was formerly a pupil teacher at the Church School in the Butter Market and from 1878 schoolmaster of the Board School at Greasley, where he rented a house for 5s per week. In 1880 he was also President of the Ilkeston and District Teachers’ Association.
Parents Samuel and Mary Lowe died at South Street in May 1880 and August 1893 respectively, and are buried at the same plot in the extension graveyard of St. Mary’s Church.
And so on to William Gregory.