Mary Ann (1826-1867)

Mary Ann was born on 21st July 1826 in Sapcote and baptised at the Chapel End Meeting House, Hartshill, Warwickshire, on 26th October 1826.

Mary Ann married Joseph Upton, on 29th September 1855 at St. Botolph’s Church, Ratcliffe on the Wreake.

Joseph Upton (1834-) the son of Joseph, a wheelwright and farmer, and Mary Parker, was born in Diseworth, Leicestershire in 1834 and baptised on 26th April in Diseworth Parish Church[1]. At the time of his marriage, he was a plumber living in Nottingham[2] and legally under age, only able to marry with the father’s consent.

Mary Ann and Joseph had two children, Thomas Messenger (1857-) and Louisa Goode (1862-1940). Both children were baptised at Ratcliffe on the Wreake on 27th December 1874.

The family appears to have split up before 1861[3] when Joseph was living with his widowed mother in Diseworth. In the 1881 census, he was in the St. Georges Union Infirmary workhouse, Fulham Road, London, still described as both married and a plumber.

Mary Ann died on 29th September 1867[4], whilst staying with her brother Thomas in the High Street, Loughborough.

The two children, Thomas and Louisa, appear to have been separated, at least temporarily. In 1861[5] Thomas Messenger Upton, who went on to become a soldier[6] before marrying in 1889, was living with his grandmother and step-grandfather, at the family farm Ratcliffe on the Wreake. Ten years later[7], he had moved to Loughborough and was living with his uncle, Thomas.

Louisa Goode Upton was living with her aunt Elizabeth Goode Upton in Ratcliffe on the Wreake in both 1871[8] and 1881[9]. She subsequently married John Proudman (1862-1933), in Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1886. John Proudman born in Thrussington, Leicestershire in 1862, was the son of John and Anne, who were farmers. At the time of the marriage, John Proudman was a miller at Charsfield Mill, Suffolk. They had two children, William Wilfred (1887-1960) and Dorothy Ruth A. (1891-1925), both born in Suffolk; William in Woodbridge and Dorothy in Charsfield. The family suffered from a double blow in late 1892[10] when some of John Proudman’s animals were suffering from an outbreak of farcy, a serious bacterial disease of the respiratory tract and skin, affecting mainly horses and other equine animals. Later the same month describing himself as a miller, merchant and machinist he was declared bankrupt[11]. It is probable that the two episodes are connected with the former probably contributing to the latter. What happened in the immediate aftermath is unclear; by 1901[12], the family had moved and were living at No. 159, Rutland Street, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, where John was working, together with William his son, aged 14, as a “cycle maker and repairer”. Ten years later, they were still living at the same address, with their daughter, Dorothy and John was still trading as a cycle maker and repairer. In 1913, he was trading as Proudman and Son, cycle agents from No. 56, Park Street, Grimsby[13] and was still there in 1919[14], where the family also appeared to be living. John Proudman died in 1933 aged 71, in the Grimsby area[15] with Louisa dying seven years later in the Cleethorpes area, aged 77[16].


  1. Parish Records.
  2. Ibid.
  3. 1861 Census.
  4. The Leicester Chronicle and Leicestershire Mercury 5th October 1867.
  5. 1861 Census.
  6. 1881 Census.
  7. 1871 Census.
  8. Ibid.
  9. 1881 Census.
  10. The Ipswich Journal, 12th November 1892.
  11. The London Gazette, 22nd November 1892.
  12. 1901 Census.
  13. Kelly’s Directory of Lincolnshire 1913
  14. Kelly’s Directory of Lincolnshire 1919.
  15. Births, Marriages and Death.
  16. Ibid.