Category Archives: Retford

Church of Saint Saviour, Clarborough, Retford, Nottinghamshire

Published: August 6, 2007    Last modified: February 14, 2017

Church of Saint Saviour, Clarborough, Retford, Nottinghamshire

In this previous post I wrote about Little Gringley near Retford, Nottinghamshire and wondering where my ancestors might be buried.

This weekend I was in the vicinity of the Church of Saint Saviour at Retford, Nottinghamshire. I took the opportunity to take some photographs and check the headstones in the graveyard. Few of the headstones remain standing and some of them have been moved to the perimeter and are facing the 'wrong' way with overgrown vegetation preventing examination of the inscriptions. I didn't find any headstones bearing the family names of ALLEN or LITTLEWOOD.

A church service was taking place so I had to forgo taking photographs of the church interior. Another time, maybe.

The Church of Saint Saviour is located on Welham Road. Closer to Retford, Welham Road eventually becomes Moorgate.

"Originally a chapel of ease to Clarborough, was created a parish in 1934 and is now classed as East Retford."

Old Comments:

Littlewoods Retford
Submitted by Roger Crookes on Fri, 2007-10-19 12:36

I tried to send a message using the 'feedback' option. Unfortunately after I had typed a rather long note I discovered I was limited to 1000 characters. Hence I shortened the note and gave you my e-mail number in case you wanted me to send you the info I have found out to before 1741 (this took approx 70 lines of text).
Please advise what you would wish me to do.

Littlewood, Clarborough
Submitted by Neil Jacklin on Wed, 2007-10-17 19:27

My LITTLEWOOD lineage goes back from Fanny LITTLEWOOD abt1832 >> Joseph LITTLEWOOD abt1811 >> James LITTLEWOOD.

I have James LITTLEWOOD married to Sarah BURTON 1799, with 10 children:
Mary, Ann, Elizabeth, John, Joseph, William, George, Samuel, Sarah and Jane.

My notes show this information came via a 3rd party and I have not had time to verify its accuracy. I also have further information courtesy of a website.

I would be very pleased to receive further information on this line. Please contact me using the Contact Form and if you wish we can exchange information.

Thanks very much for taking the time to comment.

Samuel Littlewood
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2007-10-17 18:09

I have researched the Littlewoods at St saviours and confirm Samuel Littlewood married Mary Clarke 8th June 1835. Unfortunately Mary died on 23 August 1838 - I think from giving birth to a son, Nathan who also died 3 days later. Samuel went on to re marry in December quarter of 1838 and Married Elizabeth Parker. Their first child, Mary was born 10 June 1839. Mary married Thomas Moore (born Retford 1831). I do have more info on Samuel Littlewoods' parents and grandparents which I should be glad to pass on if this is lineage goes back through the Mary Littlewood/Thomas Moore line.

Sabbatical: Visit of Juanita and Al Lewis

Published: January 17, 2007    Last modified: November 14, 2016

Juanita and Al Lewis
Church of Saint John the Baptist, Clarborough, Nottinghamshire

It has been the best part of one year since I made a post to this journal. My father passed away February 2006 and as a result the search for my family's history lost momentum.

Despite this sad event, 2006, from the family history perspective was not without its high points. In this post I mentioned a lady from the US with whom I had exchanged family history details. Well in June 2006 as part of her 80th birthday celebrations Juanita LEWIS and her son Al LEWIS made the trip to England in order to carry out further research into ALLEN family history in and around the Retford area of north Nottinghamshire.

My wife and I travelled to Retford, Nottinghamshire to meet with Juanita and Al at their hotel. We then spent an enjoyable day driving to some of the locations Juanita and Al wished to visit. We had a truly wonderful time following up some of the names and places recorded in Juanita's notes.

To read more about Juanita and Al's visit please click here.

James Littlewood and Sarah Burton

Published: October 29, 2005    Last modified: November 1, 2016

The information I found at NOTTSGEN-L Archives though not yet confirmed, leads me to infer the following:

In 1799 my gggg grandfather James LITTLEWOOD of East Retford, Nottinghamshire married Sarah BURTON of West Retford, Nottinghamshire at West Retford.

They had eleven children one of whom was my ggg grandfather Joseph LITTLEWOOD 1811-Deceased.

In 1831 Joseph LITTLEWOOD 1811-Deceased married Zillah FENTON 1811-Deceased at Clarborough, East Retford, Nottinghamshire.

If all this is correct then it means I have gone back one more generation and through to the 18th century and have more particulars to add to this site and my GEDCOM file.

National Register of Archives

Published: October 15, 2005    Last modified: November 1, 2016

Searches on the National Archives site for Little Gringley and
Clarborough produced the following results:

Little Gringley:

Little Gringley Wesleyan Methodist Church
Little Gringley, Nottinghamshire
Scope: 1831-38: Sunday school records
Repository: Nottinghamshire Archives
Record Reference: MR1/305
NRA catalogue reference: NRA 17312 East Retford Meths

Clarborough Primitive Methodist Church
Clarborough, Nottinghamshire
Scope: 1878-1966: minutes and accounts
Repository: Nottinghamshire Archives
Record Reference: MR1/520-34
NRA catalogue reference: NRA 17312 East Retford Meths
The Nottinghamshire County Council Archives page is not very informative as to access, other than providing contact details and opening times.

Sometime soon I need to set aside a few days mid-week and visit East Retford and Nottinghamshire archives in order to further research some of the leads I have found over the last 6 months.

Bassetlaw Museum

Published: October 14, 2005    Last modified: November 1, 2016

While searching online for Little Gringley I came across Bassetlaw Museum. Little Gringley and the two market towns of Retford and Worksop are part of the North Nottinghamshire administrative area known as Bassetlaw.

The Welchman Archive of photographic images is well worth browsing.

"The photograph collection contains over 27,000 photographs of the towns and villages of North Nottinghamshire and people who lived there from about 1870 to the present day. 8,000 general photographs from the museum's collections have been added to the Welchman Project images."

I found many photographs of ALLENs, several LITTLEWOODs, plus several references to Little Gringley.

Jesse Butroid and Sarah Butroid (née Sarah Allen): Marriage details

Published: June 10, 2005    Last modified: February 17, 2017

I wrote in this post about being contacted by a direct descendant of Jesse BUTROID 1862-1943 and Sarah BUTROID (née Sarah ALLEN 1862-1943). He has very kindly provided me with more details which has enabled me to corroborate some entries in my family history.

Jesse BUTROID 1862-1943 and Sarah BUTROID (née Sarah ALLEN 1862-1943)'s marriage certificate shows they were married on the 20th of October 1884 at the Church of Saint Saviour, Clarborough, Nottinghamshire, England. My great grandmother Ziller JACKLIN (née Ziller ALLEN 1858-1949) and Edward PALMER were witnesses. Jesse BUTROID 1862-1943's father is shown as John BUTROID 1840-1921: Sarah BUTROID (née Sarah ALLEN 1862-1943)'s father is shown as John ALLEN 1831-Deceased (my great great grandfather).

I have updated some of the details for Jesse BUTROID 1862-1943, Sarah BUTROID (née Sarah ALLEN 1862-1943), Ziller JACKLIN (née Ziller ALLEN 1858-1949) and John ALLEN 1831-Deceased in my GEDCOM.

Sarah Allen

Published: May 6, 2005    Last modified: October 31, 2016

While researching my previous 2 posts re: Zillah ALLEN, I came across this record (which as it turns out, I already have) from the England and Wales Census 1891. It records Daniel JACKLIN 1862-1953 and Ziller JACKLIN (née ALLEN) 1858-1949 living at Aston-cum-Aughton so I decided to browse through some of the other households in the same area with a hunch that other members of the family may have relocated to the same area in order to find work in the coal mines. I eventually found this entry:

FHJ Ref: 013
Census: England and Wales Census 1891
Household: Jesse Butroid

ButroidJesseHeadMarriedMale29Coal Miner(Em'ee)W Butterwick, Lincolnshire
ButroidSarahWifeMarriedFemale29Little Gringley, Nottinghamshire
ButroidJohn WSonSingleMale7Retford, Nottinghamshire
ButroidRichardSonMale5Owsten Ferry, Lincolnshire
ButroidMaryDauFemale3Owsten Ferry, Lincolnshire

To view this table full width please click here.

According to this entry Sarah BUTROID was born in Little Gringley, Nottinghamshire, England. Intuition told me that this could well be Sarah BUTROID (née Sarah ALLEN).

An online search eventually produced the result I had expected:

Marriages in the district of East Retford for the period Dec 1884: Jesse BUTROID married Sarah ALLEN.

The dates are what I would expect.My only concern now is that some of the children I have linked to John ALLEN 1831- of Little Gringley, Nottinghamshire, England are still based on conjecture.

East Drayton, Nottinghamshire

Published: April 10, 2005    Last modified: February 4, 2017
Church of Saint Peter, East Drayton, Nottinghamshire

Church of Saint Peter, East Drayton, Nottinghamshire

Continuing my research into Ziller JACKLIN (née Ziller ALLEN 1858-1949) my great grandmother, we decided to visit various villages mentioned in the England and Wales Census of 1881 and 1891. These villages are located east of Retford, Nottinghamshire and I was curious to see if some on the spot research might turn up some more clues.

The first village was East Drayton, we strolled around the churchyard but many of the gravestones were too badly eroded to make out names. As is the norm nowadays, the church itself was closed. Though we could have obtained the keys from named village residents, it seemed a shame to disturb their Sunday afternoon.