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Derbyshire / Re: Stevenson family Stanton Rowsley & Elton 1600s
« on: Thursday 09 November 17 18:17 GMT (UK)  »
The following is one excerpt from a description in Derbyshire RO
"The Peacock Hotel was originally known as Rowsley Hall. Built in the mid 17th century for John Stevenson of Little Rowsley, it was sold early in the 18th century to the Manners family, Dukes of Rutland who used it as a dower house for their Haddon Hall estate. It has been a hotel since the late 19th century and takes its name from the Manners crest over the entrance door."

I know that it was occupied by Jonathan Barker from @ 1705 from his will and childrens' baptism records. His brother John Barker and nephew Thomas Barker both went on to be stewards for the Duke of Rutland, but my ancestor was a joiner and carpenter apparently carrying on his business and living at Rowsley Hall. My other ancestor John Travis also had a business there - he was a tailor and weaver - again from wills of the period. It seems that they used the building as a house of multiple occupants!!
I agree it is very frustrating not being able to find the records you need. I'll keep an eye open for any Stevenson records, but haven't found anything yet which might be useful. I'll have to review some of my later lines - Jonathan had 12 children and I haven't researched them all yet!
My family for that period all come from around that area, and I know it fairly well, I'm only 3/4             hr away!
I wish you luck


Derbyshire / Re: Stevenson family Stanton Rowsley & Elton 1600s
« on: Thursday 09 November 17 15:44 GMT (UK)  »
Apparently the Peacock Hotel was formerly Rowsley Hall, and was built for John Stevenson (Steward). I am interested because two branches of my family (Barkers and Travis) both lived there from around 1700. I have done a fair bit of research around there because of this!
Have you looked at the Parish Registers for Darley? There are a number of Stevensons baptised,married and buried there eg Elizabeth bapt 1584 father William. Not sure if you are familiar with the area but Darley was probably the closest church to Rowsley in the 15/1600s. I can look for any specifics if you want.

The Common Room / Re: James Crosbie
« on: Thursday 12 October 17 16:55 BST (UK)  »
Update for anyone interested ! FiBIS have this year added some more transcribed records including Registers of Bengal Army European Soldiers 1790-1839 A - K .Lucky for me that it includes my James Crosbie, who enlisted in 1820 at age 14, arriving in India in 1821. Never stop looking, there is always something new around the corner!

Derbyshire / Re: George Fielding Darley Dale
« on: Monday 21 August 17 16:05 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for this. I have the Darley Dale Parish Registers but they don't have this entry. Presumably he moved away and only returned for burial. Is Staincliffe Hall in Yorkshire?

I think we have another connection, I noticed Steer in your signature. One of my ancestors was Dorothy Steer (1590-1657) who married Ralf Wilgoose, again in Darley. Does this mean anything to you?

We must be distant cousins through marriage! :) 
Edit:I have now found the inquest in the local paper - He was working for Sir Joseph Whitworth at Stancliffe Hall in Darley digging out earth for a carriage drive!

Derbyshire / Re: Duckmanton Iron Works farm
« on: Monday 21 August 17 13:14 BST (UK)  »
Have you seen this site?


Derbyshire / Re: George Fielding Darley Dale
« on: Monday 21 August 17 10:08 BST (UK)  »
There are several George Fieldings in my tree (they kept passing the name on!) George 1 (The subject of this topic) died in 1837. His son George 2 married  Elizabeth Holmes  in 1834. His son (George 3) was born in Darley in 1840, but I haven't traced any more because it is not in my direct line. However I suspect that he died and was buried in Darley Dale in 1875.
My ancestor is Henry another son of George 1! :)


Derbyshire / Re: George Fielding Darley Dale
« on: Monday 14 August 17 18:17 BST (UK)  »
Thanks Shaun, don't know how I missed that on FindMyPast. Need to brush up my research skills!

Derbyshire / Re: George Fielding Darley Dale
« on: Monday 14 August 17 15:22 BST (UK)  »
Thank you!
Can you tell me where you found the record that the sentence was commuted?
This is my first real black sheep, the Fieldings were generally well behaved nurserymen and farmers, although not particularly well off  :)

Edit - I have found it now, not too familiar with Ancestry - thanks for the heads up

Derbyshire / George Fielding Darley Dale
« on: Sunday 13 August 17 17:09 BST (UK)  »
My ancestor George Fielding (b 1766) , died in his own bed in 1837 ( Visitation of God!)
However I have found a newspaper article from 1831 which describes how a George Fielding aged 66, from Darley was indicted and found guilty of stealing two sheep. The sentence was"judgement of death"   In the report the prisoner says his name is George Needham of Darley Abbey.
Is there any way that I can confirm which name is correct?
The age and location fit my ancestor, but as he died of natural causes at home I have my suspicions that it was mistaken identity. Either that or his sentence was commuted.
Are there any Derby assizes records available ?

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