10 March

Two today, both Yorkshire ancestors from the 1700s: a schoolmaster and an innkeeper/parish constable.

10 March 1719
Baptism of my ggggggg uncle John Savile at Royston, Yorshire, son of school master Robert Savile and Martha Senior. I can’t find a marriage for him or baptisms for any children. However, in 1773 there was a burial at Royston of John Savile schoolmaster of Cudworth which could well be the same John Savile.

10 March 1782
Baptism of my ggggg uncle George Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of innkeeper Joseph Green and Alice Rock. Piecing together the rather scant entries in the OPRs for Worsbrough, it seems that George married Sarah Linley in 1804 but they did not have any children. Sarah died, date unknown, and at some stage George “took up” with Hannah Ellis, who bore his illegitimate child in 1820. However, George Green and Hannah Ellis were married at Worsbrough in 1825 and had another 3 children. The 1834 Pigot’s Directory lists George Green as the innkeeper of the Horse & Jockey at Ward Green, and he is also listed in the 1835 Barnsley Poll Book as residing in Ward Green. He is in the 1841 census at Ward Green as a publican, with wife Hannah, 4 children and a female servant. He appears in the Poll Books of 1841 and 1848 and is on the 1848 Electoral Roll at Ward Green. His death is recorded on a monumental inscription at St Mary’s Worsbrough which commemorates his parents: it says “George Green, his son, who succeeded him at Ward Green, and was many years constable and relieving officer, died in 1850 aged 63 years”. The job of a parish constable at that time a part time one, linked to the church, the constable being responsible for the maintenance of law and order within the parish boundaries and also for sorting out beggars and vagrants who passed through the parish. They were also involved in tax collection. It was therefore a responsible position, and George Green must have been a respected member of the parish.

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