The Nunnington Family

Hull,Gainsborough and Sheffield

There is a story that has been passed down the family that the HEMSWORTH'S were in some way related to a family called NUNNINGTON who owned a farm at one time in the Gainsborough area. My mother's Aunty Connie (my grandfathers youngest sister) remembers references to a "Grandmother Nunnington". In the Spring of 2005 I was able to confirm that Ann Hemsworth's maiden name was in fact NUNNINGTON - her maiden name appeared on my great grandfather Alonzo Hemsworth's birth certificate in 1857.

There is a page on my great great grandmother Ann Hemsworth nee Nunnington but I knew next to nothing about her family. There was a family of the same surname that lived in Holme Lane in the Malin Bridge area of Sheffield and are recorded in the 1881 Census. The head of the household, GEORGE NUNNINGTON was born in Gainsborough Lincolnshire which is where the Hemsworth's are from. I thought there must be a connection but failed to find one.

Thankfully in late June 2006, a researcher into the NUNNINGTON family contacted me and it is through his research that I have been able to add some more detail to the family.

It appears that my great great grandmother ANN NUNNINGTON was the daughter of

JOHN BRADLEY NUNNINGTON (c1796 - 1862)  and ANN NUNNINGTON (nee ANDERSON) (1793 - 1878).

who are my great great great grandparents.

JOHN NUNNINGTON married ANN who was three years older than him, on 15th September 1817.

The couple had FIVE children as far as I can ascertain

John and Mary had four children - George (1845-1918) Lavania (1846-1865 ) Emma (1848-49) and Elizabeth (1851-1851)

 The 1851 Census finds the John and Mary's family living at 59 Church Walk, Worksop, Notts (Ref HO107/2122)

NAME STATUS AGE SEX BIRTHPLACE OCCUPATION
JOHN NUNNINGTON JNR Head 28 Male Hull Yorkshire England Coach Painter
MARY NUNNINGTON Wife 32 Female Gainsborough Lincs, England  
GEORGE NUNNINGTON Son 5 Male Gainsborough Lincs, England  
LAVINIA NUNNINGTON Dau 4 Female Gainsborough Lincs, England  
ELIZABETH NUNNINGTON Dau 1mnth M Worksop, Notts England  

 

 

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1861 the family were living at 25 Beavor Place, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England

Name Related Age Occupation Birth Place
John Nunnington Head 38 Coach Painter Hull, Yorkshire, England
Mary Nunnington Wife 41 Jainston, Lincolnshire, England
George Nunnington Son 15 Apprentice Grocer Jainston, Lincolnshire, England
Sarah Ann Nunnington Sis 24 Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England
Levinia Nunnington Dau 14 Scholar Jainston, Lincolnshire, England

It was George who was the one who appeared in the 1881 Census in Sheffield (Malin Bridge). He was my great great grandmother's nephew

John's wife MARY NUNNINGTON (nee TEA) died in 1876 and JOHN remarried a SARAH ANDERSON (born 1840 Misterton, West Stockwith, Nottinghamshire) in the same year. Sarah was the daughter of a rope-maker. They had two more children  - Clara Nunnington ( b. 1878, Gainsborough, d. 1881, York) and John Thomas Ewbank Nunnington (b. 1882, Gainsborough Lincs, d. 1962, Goole Yorks).

His second wife SARAH died three years after giving birth to John. (Scarborough September 1885 quarter Volume 9d Page 203). At the time of her death she was living in 4 Howard Street, Scarborough, Yorkshire

The following year John married for the third time, His wife's name was BESSIE RUSHFORTH (Nunnington John Scarborough December 1886 Scarborough Volume 9d Page 626), He is listed as a 68 year old painter whilst his wife BESSIE is 8 years younger (PRO RG12/3892 Page 15). The address is Fosters Yard York. JOHN died a year later in 1892 at Fosters Yard Hungate York. He was 69 years of age.

His third wife died four years later

Death Record Bessey Nunnington
Year of Registration 1896 Quarter of Registration Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration District Leeds Registration County Yorkshire
Age at Death: 65
Volume Number 9B Volume Page 316

NAME STATUS AGE SEX BIRTHPLACE OCCUPATION
GEORGE NUNNINGTON Head 37 M Hull Yorkshire England Coach Builder - Master employing 2 men and 12 boys
ANN NUNNINGTON Wife 31 F Tickhill Yorkshire England Milliner
JOHN LINDLEY NUNNINGTON Son 2 M Worksop Notts England  
WILLIAM HEMSWORTH Nephew 19 M Gainsborough Lincs, England Coachbuilder apprentice
JOHN HEMSWORTH Nephew 17 M Gainsborough Lincs, England Coachbuilder apprentice
MARIA LINDLEY Boarder 29 F Derbyshire England Milliner's assistant
PHOEBE HYDE Servant 15 F Staffordshire England  

In many ways this is the key to understanding the relationship's between the NUNNINGTON's and HEMSWORTH's.

GEORGE is the younger brother of ANN HEMSWORTH nee NUNNINGTON. The above entry explains why WILLIAM and JOHN did not appear on the 1861 census with William and Ann HEMSWORTH and their other children Charles, Ann, Henry and Alonzo. They were working with their Uncle George in Worksop. GEORGE NUNNINGTON died five years later at the young age of 42 and as JOHN LINDLEY was too young the coach building business went to the Hemsworth Family. John Lindley NUNNINGTON incidentally became a HM Inland Revenue Officer (the 1881 Census has John in the Stretford area of Manchester).

WILLIAM HEMSWORTH also known as GEORGE (that was his second name) moved to Sheffield. (Birth registered in the September quarter of 1841 - Gainsborough Volume 14 Page 302) after his uncles death. He did marry the following year for there is a record of a WILLIAM GEORGE HEMSWORTH marrying a HARRIET TOMLINSON in the December quarter of 1867 in East Retford (PRO ref Volume 7b Page 61)

Twenty years later in 1881 there is the following entry of George's family in Sheffield  - Dwelling 26 Richards Road Census Place Heeley, York, England Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 4639 / 123 Page Number 46

George HEMSWORTH Head M Male 39 Fenton, Lincoln, England Coach Body Maker
Harriet HEMSWORTH Wife M Female 29 Gainsborough, Lincoln, England
Thomas E. HEMSWORTH Son Male 7 Sheffield, York, England Scholar
Frank HEMSWORTH Son Male 5 Sheffield, York, England Scholar - 1901 25 years old planing machinist
Beatrice HEMSWORTH Daughter Female 3 Sheffield, York, England

Note: In September 2008 I obtained details of Thomas and Frank's school records

Hemsworth, Tom E (Student, dob 6 Nov 1873).
Parent or guardian name (s): Geo & Harriett (Coach Builder), of 48 Richards Rd.
Admitted to Heeley Bank Boys School, Heeley, as of 12 Jul 1880, until 12 Aug 1887, reason for leaving: ~. Previously attended Infant Dept. Remarks: Norwich St.

Hemsworth, Frank (Student, dob 26 Aug 1875).
Parent or guardian name (s): George (Coachbuilder), of 26 Richards Rd.
Admitted to Heeley Bank Boys School, Heeley, as of 13 Aug 1883,until 10 Dec 1886, reason for leaving: ~. Previously attended Infants Dept..
Hemsworth, Frank (Student, dob 26 Aug 1875).
Parent or guardian name (s): George Hemsworth (Coach builder), of 146 Petre Street.
Admitted to All Saints School, Pitsmoor, Sheffield, as of 21 Mar 1887,until ~, reason for leaving: ~. Previously attended Heeley Bank Bd.
Hemsworth, Frank (Student, dob 26 Aug 1875).
Parent or guardian name (s): George Hemsworth (Coach builder), of 144 Petre Street. Admitted to All Saints School, Pitsmoor, Sheffield, as of 07 Nov 1887, until ~, reason for leaving: ~. Previously attended AS. Remarks: 3308.
 

A check on the earlier census in 1871 reveals that the place of birth for George and Harriet were transposed in the 1881 one. William George Hemsworth is recorded as being a 29 year old coachbuilder who was born in Gainsborough, Lincoln whilst his wife Harriet, age 20, is the one who was born in Fenton, Lincoln. They were living in East Retford at the time which means the move to Sheffield occurred at sometime prior to 1873  - Thomas their son was born in the city in November 1873.

The address is six doors away from where my great great grandparents WILLIAM and ANN HEMSWORTH are living (40 Richards Road, Heeley, Sheffield) at the time and given George's occupation and residence, that may be the reason why Alonzo moved to Sheffield from Gainsborough. Alonzo's marriage certificate of 1878 gives his occupation as coach builder. I am wondering if George used his connections within the trade to secure my great grandfather a position in Sheffield.

In March 2010 whilst researching the burial records of Sheffield's Burngreave Cemetery I came across the following entries

HEMSWORTH, Florence (Daughter of Wm G Hemsworth, age 5).
     Died at 17 West Norwich St; Buried on September 19, 1874 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 62, Section B6 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
     Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Reopened 1885.
   

HEMSWORTH, William George (Son of Wm Geo Hemsworth, age 1).
     Died at Ct 19 Norwich Street; Buried on August 14, 1873 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 62, Section B6 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.

Florence and William would have been their eldest children. Harriet would have been pregnant with Thomas at the time of her son William's death. The Norwich Street West address is one given on my great grandparents Alonzo and Mary Anne's marriage certificate in 1878
 

George died in 1902. I found the following burial record for City Road Cemetery in Sheffield

HEMSWORTH, William. George. (Coach Builder, age 61). Died at 15 Florence Place, Gleadless Rd; Buried on August 13, 1902 in Consecrated ground; Grave Number 18154, Section CC of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.

As for his son Thomas he is is also buried in City Road Cemetery, Sheffield but not in the same grave.

HEMSWORTH, Thomas Edwin (Motor Body Builder, age 62). Died at 12 Herries Rd; Buried on February 4, 1936 in Consecrated ground;      Grave Number 22297, Section E6 of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.

Sharing the same grave I assume is his daughter Beatrice    

HEMSWORTH, Beatrice (Spinster, age 24).  Died at The Mental Hospital; Buried on August 22, 1939 in Consecrated ground; Grave Number 22297, Section E6 of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.

I wonder why the place Beatrice died was the Mental Hospital

William's (George) younger brother JOHN HEMSWORTH moved to Biggleswade Bedfordshire where he married CATHERINE TAYLOR in 1868. There is a record of the marriage in the June quarter of that year in Biggleswade (PRO ref Volume 3b Page 562). In 1881 he had an 11 year old daughter KATE HEMSWORTH and his occupation Coachsmith. There is a strong possibility that KATE may have had an elder brother who was only a few months old when he died in 1868 (PRO REF Biggleswade Birth March 1869 Volume 3b Page 390 Death September 1869 Volume 3b Page 210)

He lived at Hitchin St, Biggleswade, Beds,  (PRO REF RG11Piece/Folio 1629/79 Page No 4)

NAME STATUS AGE SEX BIRTHPLACE OCCUPATION
JOHN HEMSWORTH Head 37 M Gainsborough Lincs, England Coachsmith
CATHERINE HEMSWORTH Wife 35 F Biggleswade, Beds, England  
KATE HEMSWORTH Dau 11 F Biggleswade, Beds, England Scholar

In 1901, he was still living in Biggleswade but this time he was described as a 58 year old coachsmith and cycle builder. The Kellys directory of 1898 puts his place of business as Market Place, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire Sadly he died at the age of 63 in the September quarter of  (1907 PRO Ref Biggleswade Volume 3b Page 167). As for his daughter KATE, She married a ROBERT HOLMES in the June quarter of 1895 (PRO Ref Biggleswade Volume 3b Page 707) and appears have stayed in the area according to the 1901 Census. There is an entry for a ROBERT HOLMES in Biggleswade in 1901 - he is a 33 year old publican/butcher who was born in Brixworth, Northamptonshire in 1867, the son of a farmer WILLIAM HOLMES.

As for my great great great grandfather JOHN BRADLEY NUNNINGTON he died age 66 on 13th September 1862 in Worksop Nottinghamshire. The address given  on the death certificate is 66 Bridge Street Worksop which is the address his son GEORGE and his family were listed under in the 1861 Census. The various records that are available describe JOHN BRADLEY as a ship carpenter, coach builder or shipbuilder - his death certificate gives his occupation as Master Coachbuilder. Incidentally the cause of death is bronchitis, asthma and hydrothorax which is a condition that occurs when the pleural cavity surrounding the heart fills with fluid

His wife ANN NUNNINGTON nee ANDERSON - my great great great grandmother - seems to have lived in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire - the 1871 census has her living in Albert Square Gainsborough. However she must have moved to Sheffield sometime after for there is a record of ANN's death in the city on 27th May 1878. She was 85 years of age. The death certificate gives an address as 25 Norwich Street West which is the same street that appears on the marriage certificate of my great grandparents ALONZO and MARY ANN HEMSWORTH. ANN was of course ALONZO's grandmother. But the intriguing part of the death certificate is the informant a HARRIET HEMSWORTH of 17 Norwich Street West who is listed as her granddaughter. She is of course GEORGE's wife.  The cause of death is not surprising given that ANN lived to be 85 - senile decay which is really a euphemism for old age.

In March 2010 whilst researching the burial records of Sheffield's Burngreave Cemetery, I came across the burial record for ANN

NUNNINGTON, Ann (Widow, age 85).-      Died at 25 Norwich Street West; Buried on June 2, 1878 in General ground;
     Grave Number 4, Section K4 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.      Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Reopened 2964.

Quite amazing!

She shares the grave with a THOMAS HOLDING, a name I recognised straight away. THOMAS was the husband of ANN'S grand-daughter ANNIE HEMSWORTH,( my great grandfather ALONZO's sister.). THOMAS died at the young age of 28

HOLDING, Thomas (Carrier, age 28).
     Died at Norwich St; Buried on September 6, 1872 in General ground;
     Grave Number 4, Section K4 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
   
 

JOHN BRADLEY NUNNINGTON (c1796 - 1862) was the son of a WILLIAM NUNNINGTON. The information I have is sketchy but it appears that the family lived in Hull East Yorkshire. John Bradley's brothers and sisters were Benjamin (c1779-1841 ); John (1783); William (c1785); Martha (c1785); Francis Valentine (c1788); Milcah (c1791); John (c1794); William (c 1794) .   

WILLIAM NUNNINGTON is my great great great great grandfather

Notes

1. Deaths Sep 1841 quarter NUNNINGTON Benjamin Hull Vol 22 Page218

2. Births Jun 1845 quarter NUNNINGTON George Gainsborough Vol 14 Page 335

3. Births Jun 1848 NUNNINGTON Emma Worksop Vol15 Page  684  Deaths March 1849 Nunnington Emma Worksop Vol15 Page513

4. Births Mar 1851 NUNNINGTON Elizabeth Worksop Vol 15 Page759 Death Sep 1851 Nunnington Elizabeth Worksop Vol15 Page473

5. Christenings - Malin Bridge Sheffield

Nunnington, George Willis (of 271 Holme Lane, born ??). Baptised October 3, 1894, by M Collins at St John the Baptist Church, Owlerton. Parents name(s) are Sarah Ann & George Henry (Sheep Shear Grinder).

Nunnington, Laura (of 242 Holme Lane, born ??).
Baptised August 3, 1892, by D Hughes at St John the Baptist Church, Owlerton. Parents name(s) are SarahAnn & George Henry (Sheep Shear Parer).

Nunnington, Mary Ann (of Holme Lane, born ??).
Baptised April 18, 1888, by H. A. Goodwin at St John the Baptist Church, Owlerton. Parents name(s) are Sarah Ann & George Henry (Sheep Shear Pairer).

Nunnington, Percy Bagshaw (of 43 Wood St, born ??).
Baptised April 28, 1897, by H A Goodwin at St John the Baptist Church, Owlerton. Parents name(s) are Fanny & William (Sheepshear Manager).

6.        Name Sarah Nunnington Year of Registration 1885 Quarter of Registration Jul-Aug-Sep Registration District Scarborough Registration County Yorkshire
           Age at Death: 45 Volume Number 9D Volume Page 203

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