The following details were obtained from the 1901 Census - 

Powell Street is to the rear of the old Winter Street Hospital in the Netherthorpe area of Sheffield.

Dwelling: 51 Powell Street Sheffield Yorkshire England  - PRO ref: RG 13/4366 Page 6 Sheffield Central (Part of)

SURNAME FORENAME Age Status Occupation Place of Birth
Nockalls Martin 45 Married Engine Tender (Stationary) Norwich Norfolk
Nockalls Fanny 41 Married   Sheffield Yorkshire
Nockalls Agnes 20 Daughter Silver Polisher Sheffield Yorkshire
Nockalls Beatrice 18 Daughter Dress Maker Sheffield Yorkshire
Nockalls Fanny 16 Daughter Wrapper up (Cutlery) Sheffield Yorkshire
Nockalls Jane 13 Daughter   Sheffield Yorkshire
Nockalls Richard 11 Son   Sheffield Yorkshire
Nockalls Theophilius 9 Son   Sheffield Yorkshire
Nockalls Edith 6 Daughter   Sheffield Yorkshire
Nockalls Ethel 4 Daughter   Sheffield Yorkshire


The GRO reference for Beatrice is Sheffield Volume 9c Page431 in the March quarter of 1883

Photo of Fanny Randall nee Nockalls taken 1931

The GRO reference for Fanny is Sheffield Volume 9C Page467 in the December quarter of 1884 

The GRO reference for Richard is Sheffield Volume 9c Page448 in the March quarter of 1890

The GRO reference for Theophilius Bennett is Sheffield Volume 9c Page490 in the September quarter of 1891

The GRO reference for Edith is Sheffield Volume 9c Page516 in the December quarter of 1894

The GRO reference for Ethel is Sheffield Volume 9c Page505 in the March quarter of 1897


BEATRICE NOCKALLS the second eldest daughter married my grandfather's older brother HARRY HEMSWORTH in the March quarter of 1908 (GRO Ecclesall Bierlow Volume 9C Page468). Beatrice was 25 at the time of her marriage and was employed  as a Dressmaker (1901 Census). She was the daughter of MARTIN (1855 - 1937  ) and FANNY NOCKALLS nee ROBINSON (1860 - 1928). 

FANNY NOCKALLS was married in the December quarter of 1907 ( Sheffield GRO Ref Volume 9C Page875) at All Saint's Church, Pitsmoor, Sheffield. She married an ARTHUR RANDELL.

AGNES NOCKALLS may have married in the March quarter of 1909 (Sheffield GRO Ref Volume 9C Page644)

The 1891 Census has this information

1891 Census Record
Name Martin Nockalls
Age 34 Estimated Year of Birth 1857
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Occupation Stationary Engine Driver
Address 51, Powell Street District Sheffield, North Sheffield Parish Sheffield Administrative County Yorkshire (West Riding)
Birth Place Norwich Birth County Norfolk
Reference Information Folio 93 Page 45 Piece 3820

There is also information about the NOCKALLS family in the 1881 Census

Dwelling   15 & 3 Summer Street
Census Place Sheffield, York, England
Family History Library Film   1342123
Public Records Office Ref.   RG11
Piece / Folio   4648 / 110
Page Number   25


NAME Rel Status Age Birthplace Occupation
Martin NOCKALL Head Married 24 Norwich Norfolk Stoker At Steel Works 
Fanny NOCKALL Wife Married 21  Sheffield, York, England   
Hannah NOCKALL Daughter   1  Sheffield, York, England   
John W ROBINSON Bro Law Unmarried 26  Sheffield, York, England  Scythe Maker (Ag & Imp) 

The GRO reference for Hannah is Sheffield Volume 9c Page430 in the December quarter of 1879.

As the 1881 Census indicates, Beatrice's father came from Norfolk where the surname NOCKALLS originates from. In fact the family can be traced back to a MARTIN NOCKALLS who was born in Norfolk in 1769. Her mother FANNY ROBINSON was born on 8th August 1860 in Sheffield and married MARTIN on 19th August 1879. (GRO ref Sheffield Volume 9C Page 457 - September 1879)

The family were still living in Powell Street in 1911

1911 Census Record
Name Martin Nockalls
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Condition Married Gender Male
Age 52 Estimated Year of Birth 1859
Occupation Engine Driver Stationery
Employed Yes Working at Home N
Industry Steel Works
Place of Birth Norfolk Norwich
Enumerator Information - Address 51 Powell Street Sheffield Parish Sheffield Town Sheffield
Type of Building Private House Number of Rooms 5 Inhabited Y
Reference RG14PN27878 RG78PN1595 RD510 SD2 ED11 SN208 Administrative County Yorkshire (West Riding) Registration District Sheffield
Registration Sub District North Sheffield Enumeration District 11 Reference Information Folio 409 Page 1 Piece 27878 RD number 510
SD number 2 ED number 11 Schedule 208


In January 2005 I had a very interesting e-mail from a descendent of the family who has spent a great deal of time and effort in tracing the family's history. Here are the details that were supplied to me. If anyone can add any further information please contact me 

Martin Nockalls (c1855 - 1937) born Norwich. Fanny Robinson (8 Aug 1860 - 28 Mar 1928) born Sheffield married 19 Aug 1879 Sheffield

Martin Nockalls' parents were :- Martin William Nockalls (23 Nov 1829 - ?) born Norwich, occupations shoemaker & cordwainer
Agnes Whitaker (1832 - ?) born Canada married 22 Jul 1855 Thorpe, Norfolk

1911 Census for Martin and his son Richard. Richard was still a blacksmith.

Richard's Indenture's 1867

Martin William Nockalls' parents were :- Martin William Nockalls (1791 - ?) born Norfolk, occupation weaver
Mary Ann Mason (1790 - ?) born Norfolk -  marriage unknown

Martin William Nockalls' parents were :- Martin Nockalls (1769 - ?) born Norfolk Amy ? (1770 - ?)

Very confusing as each one was called Martin. Now for Fanny Robinson

Fanny Robinson's parents were :-
Henry Martin Robinson (c1825 - ?) born Sheffield, occupation scythe maker Hannah Bennett (c1826 - ?) born Sheffield
married 28 Oct 1855, Sheffield Mother's maiden name explains Theophilius Bennett Nockalls middle name

Henry Martin Robinson's parents were :- Daniel Bridges Robinson (c1790 - ?) born Sheffield, occupation cutler Hannah Bingham (c1795 - ?) born Woodseats, Norton, Derbys, occupation soaper & nurse married 27 Jun 1816, Sheffield

Daniel Bridges Robinson's parents were :- Samuel Robinson, (c1760 - ?) born Yorkshire Elizabeth Bridges (c1760 - ?) born Sheffield
married 6 Dec 1779, Crich, Derbys

Elizabeth Bridges' parents were :-
Thomas Bridges (1719 - 1785), born Sheffield, occupation Hatter Elizabeth Jollie (c1723 - 1771) born Sheffield married 21 Jan 1755, Sheffield

Elizabeth Jollie's parents were :- Rev. Timothy Jollie (1691 - 1757) born Sheffield, occupation minister
Mary Simmons (Symons) (1690 - ?) born Sheffield married 19 Oct 1714, Thrybergh, Yorkshire

Timothy Jollie's parents were :- Rev. Timothy Jollie (1656 - 1714) born Altham, Lancs. occupation non-conformist minister
Elizabeth Fisher born Sheffield married 2 Jul 1681, Sheffield

Timothy Jollie's parents were :- Rev. Thomas Jolley (1629 - 1703) born Droylsden, Lancs, occupation non-conformist minister
third wife of four married in 1655
portrait of Thomas Jolley attached - found at
further information on Thomas Jolley can be found at

Thomas Jolley's parents were :-
Major James Jolley (1600 - 1666) born Bickenshaw, Abram, Lancs., occupations
clothier; Provost-Marshall General of Lancashire and Quartermaster General
in the Parliamentary Army of Sir Thomas Fairfax
Elizabeth Hall nee Low, widow (1597 - 1685) born Denton, Lancs. married 21 Feb 1625, Manchester
further information on the above web-sites

James Jolley's parents were :-
Thomas Jolley (c1567 - ?), born Bickenshaw, Lancs. Jane Aldred (c1571 - ?) born Wigan, Lancs. married c1599

Thomas Jolley's parents were :-
James Jolly (c1542 - 1588) born Standish, Lancs. Ann ? married c1560 Standish

James Jolly's parents were :-
John Jolly (c1506 - 1590), born Standish, Lancs.mother not found married c1541, Standish

John Jolly's parents were :- Seth Jolly (c1475 - 1560) born Standish, Lancs mother not found married c 1505

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