The daughters of Samuel and Sarah Daykin

Samuel and Sarah Daykin’s (nee Birch) children;

Richard Daykin.  

The life of Richard Daykin is well documented in the following family history as he is of my direct Daykin paternal family lineage.

Elizabeth Daykin.

The first daughter born to Samuel and Sarah, Elizabeth was christened at the Wesleyan Chapel, Nottingham … “to Samuel Dakin and Sarah”… on the 4th of March 1805 (Ref. CO7545-1, 0825363 (RG4 286b). Apart from this record of Elizabeth’s baptism there is no clear documentary evidence of her life at all.

Julia Daykin.

The second daughter, Julia Dakin was baptised on the 12th September 1809 at Ilkeston (Ref. F.S. RG4-0941)…“to Samuel and Sarah Dakin” and is first mentioned in the 1841 Census for Kirk Hallam on the 6th June as a 30 year old deputy schoolmistress, living along with her Schoolmistress mother, Sarah Dakin, aged 55, as a lodger with her uncle Benjamin Hollingworth, a 50-year -old carpenter.

Julia Dakin married William Hancock, the son of William and Mary Hancock who had been baptised on the 5th November 1820 at Risley (Ref. F.S. b. C05877-1; f. 498120) on the 27th October 1844 (Ref. Shardlow 19581) at Kirk Hallam (Ref. F.S. b. M05543-1; f. 498096)

William and Mary Hancock are believed to have had four other children; John, born in the June quarter of 1855, (Ref. Basford 7b 114); Sarah (Sally) born in the June quarter of 1846 (Ref. Shardlow 19 646); Mary, born in the June quarter of 1848 (Ref. Shardlow 19 640) and Thomas, born in the March quarter of 1853 (Ref. 7b 327).

In the 1851 Census taken on the 30th March, William Hancock was head of house for 12 Bridge House Kirk Hallam, aged 30, born in Risley Derbyshire, and a timber merchant by profession, but who was also a gamekeeper to Colonel Newdigate while the family lived at Bridgehouse. William lived with his wife Julia Hancock (nee Daykin) aged 41, now a dressmaker employing one apprentice, and their two children; Sarah aged 5 and Mary aged 2. Both children were born in Kirk Hallam. There were three other occupants in the house; Julia’s uncle, Benjamin Hollingworth, now aged 66, still a carpenter and joiner, born in Dale Abbey Derbyshire who was lodging along with his son John Anthony, aged 21, a farm labourer, and a house servant named Sarah Thorley, aged 15, born in Cossall Notts.

There is no mention of William and Mary Hancock on the 1861 census, but in the 1871 census taken on the 2nd April, for Hallam Village, West Hallam, William Hancock is head of house aged 50, now a farmer; his wife Julia, aged 60 and their children; Sarah, aged 25, a milliner; Thomas, aged 15 and John, aged 15, both farmer’s sons, all born Kirk Hallam except for John, who was born in Little Hallam. The last two members of the household were both servants; 18 year old Fanny Bloor and 22 year old John Parnham.

In the 1881 census on the 3rd April for Common, Stanley, Derbyshire, Julia Hancock, now age 71, is a visitor at the home of youngest daughter Mary, age 30, and her husband, Robert F. Brown, age 27, born West Hallam. Mary had married Robert in the September quarter of 1875 (Ref. Shardlow 7b 649) and they now had three children, Frederick W. age 4, Tom, age 3, both born in West Hallam, Alfred, 1 born in Stanley, and a servant, Sarah Fletcher age 15 from Ilkeston.

Julia’s husband, William Hancock appears to have taken over his father’s farm in Risley as he is now listed on the 1881 census as age 60, head of the household, a farmer of 151 acres at Risley Lodge Farm, Risley, along with Ellen Cook, 20, housekeeper, born Newark and four servants; Eliza Soar, 16, from Kimberley, George Foster, 21, from Woodborough, Joseph Blake, 21, from Charlton and John Gubbins, 20, from Northampton.

Julia Hancock died in the June quarter 1884 aged 74 (Ref. Shardlow 7b 273) and her husband William re-married Ellen Cooke the following year in the June quarter 1885 (Ref. Shardlow 7b 733), a woman less than half his age, who had been born in the March quarter 1861 in Newthorpe, Nottingham (Ref. Nottingham 7b 252). According to the 1891 Census for Stanton by Dale, William Hancock, Head, 70, Grocer, born Risley; Ellen, Wife, 30, born Notts. Newthorpe; William Arthur, Son, 5, born Risley (March quarter 1886 Ref. Shardlow 7b 536); Florence, Daughter, 1, born Stanton by Dale (March quarter 1890 Ref. Shardlow 7b 474).

On the 1901 Census for the “Grocers Shop” Stanton by Dale, William Hancock now aged 80 years is a “Grocer’s Shop Keeper, own account at home”; his wife Ellen is just 40 years, with children, William Arthur, 15; Florence, 11, and another son, Francis Vernon (born September quarter 1894 Ref. Shardlow 7b 455) is aged 6, born Stanton by Dale.

William Hancock died on May 3rd 1906 aged 86 (Ref. Shardlow 7b 251) and according to the National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations)… “Hancock William of Stanton by Dale Derbyshire died 3 May 1906 Administration London 15 April to Ellen Bark (wife of Thomas Bark). Effects £175 3s. 5d.”…

It is not known what relation Ellen Bark was to William Hancock.

Sarah Hancock (aka Sally) Julia and William’s eldest daughter married farmer Charles Just in the September quarter 1877 (Ref. Derby 7b 651). Charles had been born in the north of England in the June quarter of 1849 (Ref. Stocton & c. 24 293) and after their marriage they moved to Risley Park, and eventually, at the end of the century moved to Boya Grange, Dale Abbey. Sarah died in the March quarter of 1910 (Ref. Shardlow 7b 319) aged 63 and Charles Just died in the March quarter of 1932 age 82 (Ref. Burton 6b 450). There is no indication as to where they were buried.

Here we pause to reflect upon the Birch family.