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040-13 Sarah Maria 132 in Castleford

Sarah Maria 132 Gotts

Sarah Maria 132 was born 1845 in East Ruston according to the 1861 census, though 1851 says Dilham.

In the 1871 census Sarah is at Frenchgate, St Mary Parish, Richmond,Yorkshire:

Sarah Gotts, Servant, 25, b1845, born in Dilham,  Norfolk, housemaid to Ann Ryder, widow.

Her eldest sister Mary (m George Payne) is living at East Hauxwell, 10 miles away, and next eldest sister Elizabeth (m Charles Harris Ducker) is living at Marske, 6 miles away. Both husbands are gamekeepers, which may explain the movements round the country as they changed estates.

1881 she is at Leighfields, Rufford, Notts, with her sister Mary Ann & Charles Harris Ducker:

Sarah Maria Gotts visitor, unm, 35, from Dilham.

Her son George Herbert (3403) is boarding with George Raper in York aged 4, and is noted as born in Marske next the Sea. This is a different Marske to where sister Elizabeth was living in 1871, and is where her brother James 132 and his wife Jessie were living in 1881.

In 1891 Sarah is at Park Lodge, Rufford, Notts, with brother in law Charles who is now a widower, (Mary Ann dying in 1885 in Nottinghamshire) and he is Head Gamekeeper, with:

Sarah Maria Gotts sister-in-law, unm, 40, from Dilham (Sarah obviously established as housekeeper not visitor, and has only aged 5 years in the last ten!)

Elizabeth Payne, visitor, married, 45, also from Dilham. Elizabeth is the sister of both Mary Ann and Sarah Maria.

There are clearly no children to Charles & Mary Ann, but Sarah Maria's son George Herbert, is now boarding at the Tuxford Grammar school, ten miles down the road. Did Charles help George Herbert, not having any sons of his own?

In 1901 Sarah and George are visitors staying with Jessie, Sarah's sister in law, on the outskirts of York. Again, Sarah is described as from Dilham, and George Herbert from Marske. Her brother James, Jessie's husband appears to have died in 1890.

And finally, in 1911 Sarah is back with her son George Herbert in Castleford, though George is listed as born in York.

Clearly the family looked after each other. Did Elizabeth and Mary Ann find a job in Richmond for Sarah Maria? And her brother James & Jessie help out when George Herbert was born? And Sarah then becomes housekeeper to her brother in law Charles Ducker after Mary Ann dies.

One point to note is that George Herbert's son was named Charles Harris Gotts, so there was clearly some strong association with his uncle Charles Harris Ducker.

George Herbert 3403

George Herbert married Ellen Taylor in 1904. Their family in Castleford were:

Charles Harris was an Olympic weightlifter: more details are in the News blog

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