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Sophia Field
20 Nov 1805 - 11 Feb 1883
She was born exactly a month after The Battle of Trafalgar 21st of  October 1805.

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This lady is the 'youngest' in the line of my Field ancestors.  
She is descended from a male line of 'Fields' which has great potential for further investigation.

1806 Jan 5 Sophia was baptised at St. Andrews, Canterbury. Her parents were 
John Barber Field, a saddler who was from Woodkirk, nr Wakefield, Yorkshire, and her mother was Sophia Crockford, 4 Mar 1780 - 23 Nov 1828 [1], of Borden, Sittingbourne, Kent.

1825 Jan. 9  She married James Barber, widower,
thought to be her cousin, at Wakefield.

They had the following children :-
The above boys appear in the 1841 Census, living in Chesterfield with Frederick and Sophia Barrett, though they are mis-named,  i.e. their names are given as Barrett, should have been Barber.  In that census Molly (Field) Barber, the boys' great-aunt was also present at the Chesterfield address.  Molly's late husband Thomas Barber had been an Officer of Excise at Wakefield.

1835  Dec. 21 Sophia's husband, James Barber died.

1837  Feb 4  Sophia married Frederick Barrett, a printer and compositor.

They had the following four children :-

In 1841 the infant Susannah lived at Highside House, Heighington with her aunt, Susannah Wilkinson (nee Barrett) whose husband was William Wilkinson, Registrar of BMD, presumably at Darlington. She appears to have died (1859 Q4) at her parents' home no.30 Young Street, Doncaster aged only 21 years.
Following the death of Susannah (1859 Q4) she appears to have replaced her late sister at the Wilkinson's home in Darlington.  She later married William Henry Cowper, coal and iron merchant. Their house Ravenscroft, Nut Lane, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough, was a well known mansion of the area, built in the style of a French chateau. Her sister Mary Jane, lived about 100 yards to the west (see Mary Jane, below). Eleanor's husband was born in Delph, Saddleworth, Yorkshire (2008 Oldham Lancashire).
Married John Watson Armitage, Borough Accountant at Darlington. So the Barrett family appear to have been well acquainted with local dignitaries at Darlington.
  • g.grandfather's sister Mary Jane,  b.1848, Doncaster
1871 Census   Mary at home with parents, 30 Young St., Doncaster. Occupation, Milliners' saleswoman.

1875 June 10 age 27, Mary married Henry "Joseph" Balthasar Hubert Winterschladen Link at St.Cuthbert's Church Link, Marton-in-Cleveland. Her sister Eleanor's husband William H Cowper is shown as a witness on the marriage certificate. The W's house, Rhine Lodge, Grove Hill, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, was a well known mansion of the area.  Eleanor, lived about 100 yards to the east (see Eleanor, above). Joseph Winterschladen (believed to be Jewish) was born Prussia, Germany, though he became naturalised English and attended the above church all his married life.

Garden at Rhine Lodge c.1908, and a Model T Ford car.
Mr & Mrs Winterschladen on the back seat ? And a servant at the door ?

Sophia, 1881 Census.  She was in Darlington at the home of William Wilkinson, a widower, her husband's brother-in-law.  It seems strange that her husband Frederick was then living at the Cheshire Cheese pub in Doncaster.

1883 Feb 11   Sophia died at 11 Hume Terrace, Darlington.  Informant on the death certificate was her son-in-law John.W.Armitage. (In the 1881 Census he was enumerated as 'Borough Accountant'.)


[1]  Sophia Crockford's lifespan was found in the Winterschladen of Middlesbrough family bible.

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