Grove, Nottinghamshire

Published: April 10, 2005    Last modified: February 4, 2017
Church of Saint Helen,Grove, Nottinghamshire

Church of Saint Helen, Grove, Nottinghamshire

Our final visit of the afternoon took us back towards Little Gringley and on to Grove. Wandering around the Church of Saint Helen graveyard we came across an headstone for a Marjorie ALLEN which seems to suggest some other members of the ALLEN family may be buried here. I took a reference photo of this gravestone to enable research at a later date.

We explored most of the headstones but once again many were too badly eroded to make out names and dates.

Clarborough, Nottinghamshire

Published: April 10, 2005    Last modified: February 4, 2017
Church of Saint John the Baptist, Clarborough, Nottinghamshire

Church of Saint John the Baptist, Clarborough, Nottinghamshire

We moved on to Clarborough, found the Church of Saint John the Baptist and while strolling around the church yard met a very pleasant local couple, both in their 80's but not looking a day over 70, and had been married for 65 years.

As luck would have it they had come to replace the flowers inside the church and invited us in to look around. Both had lived in Clarborough for most of their lives and of course had terrific knowledge of the local villages. By coincidence the gentleman's grandfather (SCOTT) is buried in Marton churchyard, Lincolnshire, exactly the place we would travel to later in the day. This is the village where another line of my family originate.

The couple were certain that villagers from Little Gringley would probably have been buried at nearby Clarborough though we were unable to find any gravestones that would confirm this.

Little Gringley, Nottinghamshire

Published: April 10, 2005    Last modified: February 20, 2017
Little Gringley, Retford, Nottinghamshire

Little Gringley, Retford, Nottinghamshire

Leaving East Drayton we moved on to the nearby hamlet of Little Gringley, approximately 4 miles east of Retford, Nottinghamshire. Little Gringley is the birth place of my great grandmother Ziller JACKLIN (née Ziller ALLEN) 1858-1949.

Little Gringley consists of just a few cottages and farms and I doubt it has changed a great deal in over 150 years. There isn't a church in Little Gringley so we were left guessing where the locals would be buried since Little Gringley seemed to be equidistant as the crow flies between Grove and Clarborough.

2007-08-06 I finally found the time to visit the Church of Saint Saviour, Retford, Nottinghamshire, take some photographs and explore the attached cemetery. Photographs are in the Gallery.

Old Comments:

Joseph and Gwen Bush
Submitted by Deborah Bush on Tue, 2015-02-03 21:15

Hi, I am looking for background information on Joseph and Gwen Bush formally of Retford and wondered if these names mean anything to you. Regards Deborah

Burials for Little Gringley
Submitted by Michael Kirk on Fri, 2014-05-16 17:21

My grandfather was Mr Frank Bush who was born at Bush Cottage, Little Gringley on 3rd August 1877. His parents were Joseph and Sarah Bush (nee Woodhead). They are both buried in the churchyard at Clarborough Church. I have lots more information about the Bush family of Little Gringley if anyone is interested.

St. Saviours Church, Retford
Submitted by Neil Jacklin on Mon, 2007-08-06 17:18

Keith, thanks for your comment. I was in the area this weekend so I paid a brief visit to St. Saviours. I took some photographs and inspected some of the headstones. Could not find any with the family names I’m looking for: ALLEN and LITTLEWOOD.

Little Gringley
Submitted by Keith Johnson on Wed, 2006-11-29 14:47

I would suggest you try (if you haven't already) the churchyard of St Saviours (Retford) for burials from Little Gringley.
Regards Keith

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.

Ziller Jacklin (née Ziller Allen 1859-1949): Census: East Drayton

Published: April 5, 2005    Last modified: November 14, 2016

Searching the England and Wales Census 1881 I discovered Ziller JACKLIN (née Ziller ALLEN) 1858-1949, my paternal great grandmother, appears to have had an older sister Jane ALLEN 1853-, both were born at Little Gringley, Nottinghamshire.

I surmise Jane ALLEN 1853- married George SMITHSON 1830- of East Drayton, East Retford, Nottinghamshire since the 1881 British Census records Ziller ALLEN 1858-1949 living (as sister-in-law) at East Drayton in the household of George SMITHSON 1830-:

FHJ Ref: 002
Census: England and Wales Census 1881
Place: 4 North Street, East Drayton, Nottingham, England
Household: George Smithson

SmithsonGeorgeHeadMMale51Agricultural LabourerHeadon, Nottinghamshire
SmithsonJaneWifeMFemale28Retford, Nottinghamshire
AllenJohn HStep SonMale9ScholarLambeth, Surrey
AllenJaneStep DaughterFemale7ScholarRetford, Nottinghamshire
SmithsonElizabethDaughterFemale2East Drayton, Nottinghamshire
AllenZillahSister In LawUFemale22Dom Serv Unemployed (Farm)Little Gringley, Nottinghamshire

To view this table full width please click here.

These records suggest Jane SMITHSON (née Jane ALLEN 1853-) had 2 children, either from a previous marriage or 'out of wedlock'. I will need to conduct further research.


Published: April 4, 2005    Last modified: February 4, 2017
Ernest Ashforth

Ernest Ashforth

My ASHFORTH line ancestors originate from Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. Though in decline now, Sheffield is famous for steel and cutlery production and most of my ancestors had some connection with these industries.

Looking for clues...

Published: March 27, 2005    Last modified: February 4, 2017


Some years ago I purchased the and domain names with the intention of building a website devoted to my interest in family history; primarily the surnames JACKLIN and ASHFORTH.

A recent visit to Cambridgeshire and Wimpole Hall provided me with the inspiration I needed to make a start on my Jacklin Family History and Ashforth Family History pages.