SAMUEL (1823 - 1870) and AMELIA FIDLER (1824 -

SAMUEL was born in Chelmorton, Derbyshire in 1823 whilst his future wife AMELIA was born in the same county but in the village of Holmesfield which is a village on the outskirts of Sheffield.

The first census where I was able to find SAMUEL and AMELIA was the 1851 Census and was very surprised to find them living in Crookes, Sheffield of all places. But the place where they were living was unfamiliar "171 Crookes Gardens" adjacent to Northumberland Farm House. Still SAMUEL was employed as a 27 year old coachman whilst his wife AMELIA was a year younger. Both were born in Derbyshire, SAMUEL at Chapel Mosboro, which I believe is Chelmorton near Buxton, and AMELIA, Holmesfield, a village in North Derbyshire that is about eight miles from Sheffield. Living with them is their eldest son WILLIAM FIDLER who is 3 years of age. Interestingly enough WILLIAM was born in Sheffield which means that SAMUEL had made the move from Derbyshire prior to 1848. This was confirmed when I found the following entry for Samuel and Amelia's marriage in the Registers

Surname First name(s) District Vol Page - Marriages Jun 1847 FIDDLER Samuel Sheffield Volume 22 Page 494 LOWE Amelia.

The date of the marriage was 24th May 1847 and on the marriage certificate, Samuel's occupation is given as "shearer" and his address "Hanover Street, Sheffield". Amelia's address is given as "Cherry Tree Hill." The same certificate also notes that Samuel Fidler's father was called WILLIAM FIDLER and gave his profession as Farmer. Amelia Lowe's father SAMUEL LOWE is a LABOURER. Both Samuel and Amelia were 23 years of age at the time of their marriage  They had more children in the years following their marriage

The 1881 Census shows the family as follows

Source Information: Dwelling 3 Ct 3 Garden Street Census Place Sheffield, York, England
Family History Library Film 1342123 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 4647 / 12 Page Number 18

Household Record 1881 British Census

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
Charles FIDDLER Head M Male 25 Sheffield, York, England Table Blade Grinder
Martha Jane FIDDLER Wife M Female 23 Sheffield, York, England
Lily FIDDLER Daughterr Female 2 Sheffield, York, England
Sarah Ann BOLTON Sister In Law W Female 36 Sheffield, York, England
Sarah Ann BOLTON Niece Female 9 Sheffield, York, England Scholar

Sadly a year later their eldest daughter LILY died at the age of three (Deaths Sep 1882 Fidler Lily 3 Ecclesall Bierlow. Volume9c Page167). I found that Lily was buried - there is a record in the burial records of St Philips Church, Shalesmoor

"FIDLER Lilly 17th September 1882 Elton Street Age 3+ daughter of Charles Fidler"

The 1891 Census - Source Citation: Class: RG12; Piece: 3797; Folio 81; Page 11; GSU roll: 6098907.

In 1901 the family are still living at 27 Elton Street Walkley Sheffield (Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 4344; Folio: 95; Page: 35.) Alongside Charles and Martha Jane are their children Frederick (age19) Charles (age17) Martha J (age 12) John Hy (age6) Amelia (age 4). Charles' occupation is given as Table Blade Cutler

Deaths Sep 1932   Fidler Martha J Age 74 Sheffield Volume 9C page 528


Household: - Source Information: Dwelling 21 Ct No 4 House Pond St Census Place Sheffield, York, England
Family History Library Film 1342124 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 4650 / 105 Page Number 9

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
William FIDLER Head M Male 34 Sheffield, York, England Groom (N D)
Jane FIDLER Wife M Female 27 Rotherham, York, England
Arthur FIDLER Son Male 7 Ickles Rotherham, York, England Scholar
Charles William  FIDLER Son Male 4 m Sheffield, York, England

Charles William FIDLER can be found in Sheffield's City Road Cemetery

FIDDLER, Charles William (Miner, age 49).
Died at 35 Joiner Lane; Buried on June 12, 1930 in Consecrated ground;
Grave Number 15459, Section EE of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.


In White's Directory for Sheffield in 1857 there is a record for a "Samuel Fidler, Greengrocer, 67 Broomhall street, Sheffield. Whether or not it is the same SAMUEL FIDLER I do not know at the moment. But the 1861 Census reveals that SAMUEL and AMELIA FIDLER are now living 99 Broomhall Road together with their family, and SAMUEL is now a 38 year old Beerhouse Keeper.

Samuel did not appear in the next census in 1871. There is a record of a burial in Sheffield's Burngreave Cemetery

"FIDDLER, Samuel (Coachman, age 47).
     Died at Powell Street; Buried on December 12, 1870 in Consecrated ground;
     Grave Number 90, Section Z5 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield."

After SAMUEL died, his widow AMELIA and three of her children moved to the back of no 5 Mushroom Lane, Sheffield. The 1871 Census states



Rel Occupation Place of Birth
Amelia FIDDLER 48 Head   Sheffield Yorkshire
Walter FIDDLER 17 Son Carter Sheffield Yorkshire
Charles FIDDLER 15 Son Steel Roller Sheffield Yorkshire
Amelia FIDDLER 13 Daughter   Sheffield Yorkshire

1871 Census - Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 4683; Folio: 102; Page: 42; GSU roll: 847231.

The 1881 Census has AMELIA living with her daughter AMELIA and son in law JAMES (SIMPSON) at Craven Street, Sheffield


SAMUEL was the son of WILLIAM and SARAH FIDLER. The IGI Index gives the following information about SAMUEL'S brothers and sister
Male Christening: 17 MAY 1818 Chelmorton, Derbyshire, England
Male Christening: 09 MARCH 1823 Chelmorton, Derbyshire, England
Male Christening: 05 NOVEMBER 1815 Chelmorton, Derbyshire, England
Male Christening: 01 FEBRUARY 1829 Chelmorton, Derbyshire, England Died at the age of two on 20th September 1831
Male Christening: 26 NOVEMBER 1820 Chelmorton, Derbyshire, England
Gender: Female Christening: 25 NOVEMBER 1832 Chelmorton, Derbyshire, England.

There is an indication that WILLIAM and SARAH suffered as they got older. I can't be sure if they are the same couple but in all likelihood they are. The Board of Guardians meeting in Bakewell in 1838 examined the following case

"Chelmorton --- William FIDLER now ill, wife sells butter and eggs at Buxton, son Samuel. Await Medical Officers report".
I don't know the outcome of the claim but either way it did little good for there is a record in the FREEBMD index that states
"Deaths Mar 1840  - FIDLER William Bakewell Volume 19 Page _29
Deaths Sep 1840 - FIDLER Sarah Bakewell Vol 19 Page 2_9"

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