William Smalley and Lydia Thurston
William Smalley (b 1748, m Lydia Thurston 1796 Newton, d 1821 Newton
the Isle, Cambridgeshire)
Lydia Thurston (b 1774, d 1835)
Lydia Smalley (b 1797, m 1817 Thomas
Shaw, d 1835 Cambridgeshire)
William Smalley (b 1799, d 1806)
Mary Smalley (b 1801, d 1819)
(b 1805 Newton, Cambridgeshire, m Martha
Goode 1832 Newton, d 1877 Brunswick, Vic)
Thomas Henry Smalley (b 1851 At sea SS
Constance, m Emily Marshall 1876
Melb, Vic, d 1839 Ballarat Vic)
Oscar Smalley (b1878 Brunswick, Vic, m Annie
Tippett 1908 North Fitzror, Vic, d 1960 Preston
Joseph Smalley (b 1809, m Jane Smith
1834, d 1884 Leicester)
Sarah Smalley (b 1811, m John
Barton 1829, d 1837)
Robert Smalley (b 1813, d 1837)
A note from M Smalley provided some interesting information on this
actually died back in England in 1837 (buried
31/05/1837) around the same time a lot of other Smalleys.
I've always wanted to know what it was that killed them.
The other deaths were as follows:
Her two children
Elizabeth (buried 5/07/1837) and Margaret (buried 31/05/1837)
child William Smalley Shaw (buried 31/05/1837). Lydia
died in 1835.
Joseph's children William (buried 2/06/1837) and
Francis (buried 12/05/1837). Jospeh's wife Jane died a year
leaving him without a family. He married the farm servant
started a new family.
I wonder if the
dead are somehow linked to each other or if it was representative
deaths in the community that year. I read somewhere that a
particularly bad flu went through the UK around that time.
In 1990 we corresponded with
Margaret Ross, whose husband was a descendant of Sarah
1830). Sarah was a daughter of Sarah Smalley and John Barton.
married Robert Anderson at Leverington 30 Nov 1852, and
Australia on the Ida 12 July 1853. Sarah Barton was the daughter
Sarah Smalley and John Barton
I note in the 1841 Census, Joseph Smalley has a wife Sarah, both
25, no children, which fits with all of this
William and Lydia's farm was Black Dyke Farm, Newton (Barbara
Owens). For more recent photos link
M Smalley provided the location of Black Dyke Farm. Quoting from his
"I notice you're still looking for
Black Dyke Farm. Your best bet is to download Google Earth
click on the attached placemark. Google Earth has great
images of the area, the location is just a paddock now so there is
In the meantime you can go to
Maps (satellite quality only) at
For your info, the
GPS location of the location is 52.697692, 0.104972. I think
that's decimal rather than degrees.
I found the location by going to
and typing in Newton though
the farm is closer to Fitton End".
Newton is close to Wisbech ("Capital of the Fens"), 10 miles south
The Wash . Just east of Wisbech is labelled marshland on the map. So
Black Dyke is presumably to keep the water at bay.
Notes on Joseph (ex Lawrence Cattermole)
I have a copy of the wedding certificate for his
second marriage in Leverington Parish Church to Sarah Pottinger on
Jun 1839, showing him as a widower and both of them resident in
Lane at the time of marriage. He signed with his mark.
As for censuses, you speculate that Jos
Smalley of Leverington in 1841 may be James' brother Joseph and I
agree. Clearly being about10 years older than his second wife
required some masking. The marriage certificate simply
both as 'of full age'. The 1851 census shows him as a farmer of 70
acres in Leverington, age 37, born in Newton with 6 children. He is
still there aged 48 in 1861 and aged 62 in 1871. By 1881, aged 72,
and Sarah have moved to 89 Havelock Street, Leicester. He died
Leicester, aged 74, in Q1 1884. This age is a much better fit with
the1809 birth date than the age of 25 shown in 1841. His wife
died, aged 73 at the end of 1892.
Notes from Claire and
1747 to John and Alice Smalley. n/a
and Lydia owned a farm, called Black Dyke Farm, in Newton. A
exists in that area, called Black Dyke road (runs of Fen Road.
stand in the area, but it is not clear if they are original
buildings. The land is very flat, mostly agricultural (Feb
his marriage certificate, William makes his mark with a x,
Lydia writes her name. In 1780, William and Lydia are living
father acted as the Bailee for Thomas Shaw (son-in-law) and
Allegation Bond in the sum of £200. It appears that Lydia's
was a mayor, in the police or a legal representation.
Sarah are farmers with their young children. Also living
at the house is Eliza Knowles, aged 16, who is a~ living in
Joseph is a farmer of 40 acres in Wisbech, Leverington. Sarah
John (19), James (16), Josiah (9), Sarah Jane (12) and Eliza (11)
all living there.
Joseph and Sarah are living in St. Augustine, Leverington. In
addition to Joseph, Sarah (50) , James (26), Josiah (19) and Eliza
there is two
others living there Diane Linnell (27) and Arthur S Linnell (2).
would suggest that it is Diana SmaII married or possibly
with a young
Joseph (aged 72) had moved to 89 Havelock Street Leicester (St.
Mary's parish). Sarah is living as well (62). Joseph is listed as
purveyor of milk
(seller of milk). Also living there is Sarah Jane (32), Harry
(7) and Charles Dawkes (27).
Lots of good information was received from Roy Smalley, Bruce
Lawrence Cattermole, Bette Joseph, Barbara Owens asnd M
Thanks to M Smalley for Black Dyke Farm
Thanks to Claire and
for their painstaking work reflected above
1817 Marriage and Bond Lydia Smalley
1851 Census Joseph Smalley
Genes Reunited checked for William and Lydia
Family search has a small ancestral
that roughly corresponds to this webpage. Submitter is Marie Van
LDS FHO checked. No OPC
M Smalley supplied some good information about his sources.
the best sources has been the Cambridgeshire Family History
Database online http://www.cfhs.org.uk/Search.html
I've bought a fair amount of
microfiche from them (parish records) to confirm the results
further information. Fortunately for Sarah's death I
source in my software - it was one of the microfiche:
Isle Parish Registers 1600-1852 CAM-PR114". I didn't
note if it
was under Barton or Smalley but I'm 99% sure it was under
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