THE FAMILY OF FANNY WARD nee DOUBLEDAY - SHEFFIELD

In November 2014 I was working in Walkley Cemetery (Friends of Walkley Cemetery). The section we were clearing was section B and during the course of the clearance I came across the family grave of Thomas Ward. (It was in the same row as that of the Wells family who son Walter died in France in 1917). I was intrigued by the part-inscription "Late Colour Sergt 84th Regt" My colleague mentioned that he had been in correspondence with a descendent of Thomas in regard to locating family graves in the cemetery. 

"I would like to try and locate some Doubleday graves in the cemetery to assist my genealogical research:

Sarah Ann Clark d 1904 nee Doubleday age 66
Fanny Turfit Doubleday Ward d 1916 age c 77 and her husband Tom Ward d 1893 (born Ireland)
Benjamin Doubleday (b 1812) d 1898 and his wife Harriet Harborough Doubleday 1816-1884

I contacted the descendent and sent a photo of the cleared grave and asked permission to use details for this article. The reply I received was beyond my expectations. Here is a copy of Fanny's birth certificate 

 

She was the daughter of BENJAMIN and HARRIET DOUBLEDAY nee HARBOROUGH. The 1841 Census has the family living in London Road Newark Nottinghamshire with Benjamin being employed as a Saddler. 

Ten years later the family had moved to Newport in Yorkshire. This time the family were lodging with a Jane Ellis who is listed as a confectioner. There was also an addition to the DOUBLEDAY family. Thomas who was born in 1850 in Clerkenwell, London 

By 1861 The family had moved back to Sheffield and were living in Lambert Street which is ion the Westbar - Shalesmoor district, But unlike the previous census in 1841 and 1851, Benjamin is listed as a "collar and harness maker". Fanny had left the family to marry Thomas Ward in 1859

The address they were living at in 1871 was Russell Street Sheffield which is just a few streets away from their previous address in Lambert Street. Benjamin had reverted to being a "saddler" again

Ten years later in 1881 the family had moved to Dorking Street which is in the Burngreave area of Sheffield, and barely two miles away from their previous addresses in Shalesmoor. The only person living with them was their son Benjamin who was 25 years old and working as a "plotting agent". And that is the last time HARRIET is the census because on 17th September 1884 she died in Matlock, Derbyshire, England and four days later on the 21st she was buried there. I am unsure why HARRIET died and was buried there.

And the last time that BENJAMIN appear in the census is in 1891and was living as a widowed lodger in the house of JOSEPH and ALICE STOCKS in Moses Street Sheffield. Benjamin did not have an occupation. He was 76 years of age. But he did not die there. He lived to be 82 years of age and died at 174 Walkley Crescent Rd in June 1898 and is buried in Walkley Cemetery   

Burials in Walkley Cemetery - Grave A341


DOUBLEDAY Benjamin 12 Jun 1898 174 Walkley Crescent Rd 82 Thomas Smith
DOUBLEDAY Thomas Harborough 2 Jul 1899 Royal Hospital 48 ASO Birch Pastor TS
DOUBLEDAY Laurence Cooper 26 May 1920 Back 153 Main Rd., Darnall 38 STGS [initials]
DOUBLEDAY Hannah 9 Jul 1931 The Croft Church St Derby 79 Edward? Brou__?
DOUBLEDAY Tom Harbrough 20 Jul 1935 Derbyshire Sanatorium, Walton, Chesterfield 59 J.K. Burke ?
[name/date of burial/address or place where death occurred/age/minister]

The plans of the Cemetery suggest that this grave has no gravestone, but it is in an overgrown area, so it is possible that there is low or fallen stonework which has been missed.

The THOMAS DOUBLEDAY that is buried in plot A341 along with his father, BENJAMIN was born in London. BENJAMIN and HARRIET set up a saddlers business in St John Street, Clerkenwell close to Smithfield and the skin market. Sadly it was just one of the many failed business attempts that saw them move around the country from Lincolnshire to London to Yorkshire to Sleaford to London and then back to Sheffield where they stayed. They never had the same address in any of the censuses

THOMAS (Harborough) DOUBLEDAY worked as a glazier and a labourer. His wife was a cook, the sons blacksmiths and a gas fitter. There was a problem with TB in the family. Poignant that of all the burials in the grave, Ben's name is not commemorated with carved initials.
"Thomas Ward is connected to the Doubleday family through marriage to a daughter of Benjamin (Fanny - Fanny Turfitt Doubleday), and sibling to Thomas and Benjamin, my G-G grandfather, . Another sister who lived with her in the early years of marriage and after Thomas died, Sarah Ann Clarke nee Doubleday is also buried with them. The house at 74 Walkley Crescent Road was hers and Thomas' house, and from the 1911 census we can see it had 6 rooms."

Family History - Benjamin Doubleday/Harriet Harborough

Father

Benjamin Doubleday

 

Born

Abt 1815

Granby, Nottinghamshire, England

 

Christened

13 Aug 1815

Granby, Nottinghamshire, England

 

Died

6 Jun 1898

174 Walkley Crescent Rd Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

 

Buried

12 Jun 1898

Walkley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

 

Father

Benjamin Doubleday

Mother

Sarah Pritchett

 

Married

6 Feb 1840

St. James', Westminster, Middlesex, England

 

Mother

Harriet Harborough

 

Born

Abt 1816

Folkingham, Lincolnshire, England

 

Christened

21 Feb 1816

St. Andrew, Folkingham, Lincolnshire, England

 

Died

17 Sep 1884

Matlock, Derbyshire, England

 

Buried

21 Sep 1884

Matlock, Derbyshire, England

 

Father

 

Mother

 

 

Children

1

F

Sarah Ann Doubleday

 

Born

28 Apr 1837

Falkingham, Lincolnshire, England

 

Christened

 

 

 

Died

23 Nov 1904

 174 Walkley Crescent Rd Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

 

Buried

 

 Walkley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

 

2

F

Frances Turfit Doubleday

 

Born

8 Aug 1839

Wellingore, Lincolnshire, England

 

Christened

 

 

 

Died

29 Jul 1916

 174 Walkley Crescent Rd Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

 

Buried

 

 Walkley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

 

3

F

Elizabeth Doubleday

 

Born

18 Apr 1842

Falkingham, Lincolnshire, England

 

Christened

 

 

 

Died

29 Apr 1845

 

 

Buried

 

 

 

4

F

Isabella Doubleday

 

Born

4 Oct 1844

Lockington In Kilnwick, East Yorkshire, England

 

Christened

 

 

 

Died

Abt 1849

 

 

Buried

 

 

 

5

M

Henry Doubleday

 

Born

 

 

 

Christened

30 Jun 1846

Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England

 

Died

29 Sep 1846

 

 

           

 

Family Group Sheet for Benjamin Doubleday/Harriet Harborough Part 2

Buried

 

 

 

6

F

Elizabeth Harborough Doubleday

 

Born

3 Nov 1848

Marton, Lincolnshire, England

 

Christened

 

 

 

Died

7 Mar 1849

 

 

Buried

 

 

 

7

M

Thomas Harborough Doubleday

 

Born

29 Sep 1850

Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England

 

Christened

 

 

 

Died

27 Jun 1899

Royal Hospital Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

 

Buried

 2 Jul 1899

Walkley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England  

 

8

F

Harriet Ada Doubleday

 

Born

24 Apr 1852

Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire, England

 

Christened

 

 

 

Died

17 Dec 1943

Los Angeles County, California, USA

 

Buried

 

 

 

9

F

Mary Isabella Doubleday

 

Born

1 Dec 1853

Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire, England

 

Christened

 

 

 

Died

 

 

 

Buried

 

 

 

10

M

Benjamin Doubleday

 

Born

17 Feb 1856

Union Workhouse, New Sleaford, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England

 

Christened

 

 

 

Died

1 Apr 1907

Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England

 

Buried

4 Apr 1907

 

 

Spouse

Sarah Jane Collins

27 Mar 1883 - Wicker Holy Trinity, Brightside Bierlow, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

 

         

 

For further details of the DOUBLEDAY FAMILY 

Notes

DOUBLEDAY, Benjamin Collins (Retired, age 66).
     Died at Royal Infirmary; Buried on January 4, 1974 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 9000, Section HH1 of Crookes Cemetery, Sheffield.

Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

UK Census

National Archives

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