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I thought that some of your members might be able to assist me in researching John Hind, Miller at Belph.  Any information would be appreciated.

 My great great grandfather John Hind born about 1799 is a bit of a mystery.  Some records have him born at Whitwell, but he was not baptised there.

 He certainly lived in Elmton when he married Elizabeth Turner at Staveley on August 5th 1823 and then in Whitwell where he was Miller when his first son was born in 1824 (baptised June 7th).  He moved on to the mill at Osberton and possibly Scofton where a further nine children were born and then returned to Belph / Whitwell as Miller between 1845 and 1851.  John was buried at Whitwell December 21st 1869.  His wife Elizabeth was buried April 15th 1879.

 Intriguingly, his daughter Mary Hind, born Osberton and baptised Worksop Priory on December 12th 1834, is apparently with George and Elizabeth Bonnington at Carburton in 1841.  At about the census date Mary’s mother would have been pregnant with son Rheuben (baptised Worksop Priory July 25th 1841), so the farming out to Carburton (about five miles away) is understandable, but why to the Bonningtons?

 According to the 1851 census Elizabeth Bonnington was born Whitwell about 1805.  According to the Whitwell Parish Records ten Elizabeths were baptised at Whitwell in the period 1803 to 1807 including an Elizabeth Webster Hind (January 19th 1803) who is described as Elizabeth Webster the illegitimate daughter of Elizabeth Hind. 

 There is a record of a JOHN Bonnington marrying an Elizabeth Hind registered at Worksop Priory on November 15th 1832, but in all other respects this would fit with the foregoing and the baptism of a William Bonnington at Carburton on October 18th 1833, parents George and Elizabeth.  They had several more children.  Elizabeth died in 1871 aged 67.

 I am reasonably confident that Elizabeth Hind the mother of Elizabeth Webster Hind is related to my elusive John the Miller at Belph, but whether as mother, aunt or sister is unclear. 

 A few notes on John Hind’s nine children are given below:

 William born 1824 seems to have taken over as Miller at Belph.  In 1853 he married Mary Ann Hind, daughter of Thomas Hind of Oxton and Elizabeth Tinker of Oxton.  Elizabeth is a daughter of William Tinker and Sarah Bingham who in 1845 took over the ‘Vaults Inn’ at Whitwell.  They had four children.  William died 1895 and his wife in 1921.

 Thomas born 1826 married first Mary Drabble who died in 1853, and secondly Ann Turner in 1855 and lived much of his life in Litchurch and Belper, Derbyshire where he was also a Miller.  He had seven children in total, two from the first marriage.  He died 1902 in Belper.

 James born 1826 married Lucy Thorpe née Broadhead in 1856, and farmed in Elmton.  He died in 1889, apparently without children.

 Ann Hannah born 1830 married George Pashley in 1879 and lived in Whitwell where she died a widow in 1902.  Her husband died 1898 and there were no children.

 Maria born 1832 married in 1852 George Tinker, a carpenter, who took over the ‘Vaults Inn’ from his father William about 1871.  They had five children.  Maria died at Whitwell a widow in 1921.

 Mary born 1834, who in 1841 was with the Bonningtons as described above, married George Barlow in 1864 and died in 1870.  They had one daughter and Mary died in 1870 at or shortly after the birth.

 John born 1837 married Maria Lowe of Warsop in 1858 and in 1881 was Foreman at the Magnesem Works, living Hanger Hill, Whitwell.  They moved to Runcorn, Cheshire where he worked as a gardener.  They had 12 children.  John died 1909 and Maria in 1917, both in Runcorn

 Elizabeth born 1838 married Joseph Parkin in 1867 and died in 1868.

 Rheuben born 1841 married Elizabeth Lowe of Warsop in 1867 and they lived in Whitwell where Rheuben was at one time an Engine Driver for the Portland Estate.  I have not been able to identify Elizabeth Lowe’s parents, but suspect she may have been related to Maria Lowe who married John Hind born 1837, son of John the Miller.  Rheuben and Elizabeth had ten children.  Rheuben died 1923 in Whitwell.

 George born 1845 is my great grandfather and in 1868 he married Elizabeth Hind of Vauxhall, London.  Elizabeth’s parents were Thomas Hind of Oxton (father also of Mary Ann Hind who married George’s brother William) and Sarah Bedford.  George seems to have been Miller at Belph at one stage as his first daughter was born at the mill, but subsequently George was a Carter in Whitwell.  George and Elizabeth had 10 children including Harriet born 1887.  George died 1915 and his wife Elizabeth in 1930.

 Harriet Hind, my grandmother, married Frederick Arthur Newton (born Denaby) who was a miner and cricketer for Derbyshire.  He made his best first class score of 87 in the first innings of the 1910 match against Warwickshire at Blackwell.  In the second innings of this match two of his team-mates achieved the best ever 9th wicket stand and this remains a World record in 2007.  He died in a mining accident at Warsop Main in 1924.  Harriet died Mansfield in 1970.  She spoke of some Rawson cousins who farmed at Elmton, and this is a link that I have not been able to trace.  Any information on this, or John Hind the miller, corrections, anecdotes, etc. would be appreciated.


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