Updated 18 Mar 2007

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Photo 513


Taken about 1892. Sarah Mather 1864-1940.

Sarah Mather of Wirksworth

    Simon Johnson writes:
    Attached is a photograph of Sarah Mather, second of six children born to John Mather and Sarah Ann Mather (nee Clough). She is a younger sister of Annie Mather, who's portrait is included in your 'Old Photos' section.
    Simon Johnson.

    Following the photograph of Sarah Mather that I emailed to you on Sat 10th March, I am forwarding a few basic details about Sarah's life to be added with the photograph in your Old Photos section.
    Sarah Mather was born at Alderwasley, in the Wirksworth parish, in 1864. She was the second of six children born to John Mather and Sarah Ann Mather (nee Clough) and was baptised at Wirksworth Parish Church on the 30th of October 1864. Though not listed on either her birth or baptismal records, there are later records where Sarah has signed her name as 'Sarah Ann Lilian Mather'. Sarah was raised at Wirksworth where for some years the family lived on The Dale. Sadly, Sarah's mother passed away in 1873 when Sarah was only eight years old. Following the completion of her basic education at Wirksworth, it appears that Sarah was sent away to work in domestic service from a fairly young age.
    By 1881, Sarah was working as a general servant at the home of a William Simpson at Stretford in Lancashire. She continued to work in domestic service for some years and by 1891 she was working in the household of a pharmaceutical chemist at Whaley Bridge, situated on the border of Derbyshire and Cheshire. Whilst at Whaley Bridge, Sarah met and married her first husband, a widower named Jacob Morten. They were married at the Parish Church of Chapel-en-le-Frith on the 2nd of December 1891. Jacob worked primarily as a railway platelayer but also worked as a farmer and the married home was at Shallcross Mill Farm at Horwich End in the Whaley Bridge parish. Sarah lived in the area known as Shallcross Mill for the rest of her adult life though she always maintained contact with her family in Derbyshire, particularly two of her sisters, Annie and Elizabeth, who both lived at Oakerthorpe, near Alfreton in Derbyshire,
    Sarah's husband, Jacob Morten, was tragically killed when he was struck by a train whilst carrying out his work as a platelayer on the 12th of September 1912, aged 61 years. This left Sarah alone at Whaley Bridge and in 1914 she remarried. Sarah married a widowed neighbour named John Thomas Dranfield. He too worked as a railway platelayer in the locality.
    Sarah passed away at her home, 5 Shallcross Cottages, at Horwich End, Whaley Bridge, on the 24th of September 1940, aged 76 years. She was interred in the churchyard of the local Parish Church at Taxal, to which in December 1943 her husband, John Dranfield, followed her, aged 81 years.
    Simon Johnson.

    Photo taken:c1892
    Source:Simon Johnson
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