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A final request for help

Postby SDV » Wed May 20, 2020 1:40 pm


Given the imminent closure of the forum, I thought I would try one last time to enlist the help and expertise of forum members with regard to the Gettliffe family of Ashbourne in Derbyshire.

I am interested in the family of Robert Gettliffe, a tailor, who married Ann Bradbury in 1777. The couple had at least 8 children, both the boys who survived to adulthood also became tailors. I have summarised what I know, highlighting the missing information I would like help with in red.

Robert Gettliffe: Bap (unknown), m 13 May 1777 to Ann BRADBURY, Bur 05 Oct 1820
Ann Bradbury: Bap (unknown), m 13 May 1777 to Robert GETTLIFFE, Bur (unknown)

Sarah: Bap (unknown), Bur 23 Feb 1780
Mary: Bap 22 Feb 1778, Bur 31 mar 1778
Mary: Bap (unknown), m 26 Sep 1804 to John DAVENPORT, Bur 17 Aug 1859
Sarah: Bap 15 Jul 1789, m 15 Feb 1813 to Pietro TEDOLDI, Bur 04 May 1858
John: Bap 27 Dec 1791, m 13 Jan 1814 to Sarah HASKEY, Bur 01 Nov 1855
George: Bap (unknown), m 30 Apr 1814 to Henrietta DOUGLAS, Bur 11 May 1845
James: Bap 06 Jan 1797, Bur 14 Feb 1799
Ann: Bap 26 Sep 1801, Bur 11 Jan 1820

Any help gratefully received. And thanks for all the help given in the past.
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Re: A final request for help

Postby sdup26 » Sat May 23, 2020 3:10 pm

I'm sorry I haven't been able to find anything to help with the queries you've highlighted in red, but while searching, I found this, from the Derby Mercury 3rd May 1792, reporting on the Florist Meeting, Brick and Tile Inn, Ashbourne:
1st Prize of 10s and 6d, awarded to Mr Robert Gettliffe, Ashbourne, Royal George.
3rd place, Mr R Gettliffe
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Re: A final request for help

Postby SDV » Mon May 25, 2020 5:48 pm

Wow! A green-fingered ancestor.

Nice to know.
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Re: A final request for help

Postby MoVidger » Mon May 25, 2020 6:34 pm

Looking at the 1777 marriage record image on Ancestry, I can't make out the parish name Ann is from. It looks to be four letters. I think it's "Leek" -- which is a town in the Staffordshire Moorlands, located on the south western edge of the Peak District.

Refer to this FS link for online parish records availability: ... _Genealogy

Also, the two marriage witnesses are: John Bradbury and John Langford (something written after his name, but I can't decipher it, unless it's "joiner"?) Interesting that Ann Bradbury signs her own name (and not with an X mark).
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Re: A final request for help

Postby SDV » Tue May 26, 2020 3:27 pm

Mo - I too thought of Leek in Staffordshire. There is an interesting baptism at approximately the correct time for Ann BRADBURY on 17 May 1756 To John and Elizabeth BRADBURY at Holy Trinity, Eccleshall, Staffs. So the John who witnessed the wedding could be her father.

In his will dated Sep 1812, Robert mentions five children: his two sons John and George, and three daughters Mary (Davenport), Sarah and Ann. Which fits as Sarah didn't marry until 1813.

A final thought, this family was better-off than most in my line, owning tailoring businesses and property. They were also reasonably literate, using local papers for advertising and family notices. Not wealthy you understand, but not illiterate labourers like most of my forebears. They tend to feature in the "nicer" parts of the newspaper, rather than the courts which is rather the norm in my family!
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Re: A final request for help

Postby Lucretia66 » Wed May 27, 2020 9:15 am

I have found this. It refers to your ancestor's family. It mentions a George Gettliffe. ... c=804745.0
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