Henry Crickmore II

At the time of the 1841 census, Henry is living in Kirby Cane with his wife Sarah, their 20-year-old daughter (another Sarah) and their grandson Robert aged 5 months. Nearby on Bungay Road are their sons William and Henry Crickmore, aged about 25 and 20, keeping house together. Their sons Daniel, John and Jarvis are working and living on different farms nearby.

By the time of the 1851 census, life has become both sad and complicated for the Crickmores.

It seems that Henry and his wife Sarah have parted – though they are still living in the same area and their grandchildren appear to visit back and forth. Young Henry and his wife Eliza and John with his wife Amy are in Kirby Cane raising their families. Jarvis, their youngest son, is living in Beccles, Suffolk in a lodging house.

Sadly, two of Henry and Sarah’s children have died: Sarah at the age of 24 in 1842 and Daniel aged 23 in 1845. Neither had married but Sarah did have a child, Robert, who lives with his grandmother.

The story of their son William is told here: whatever the circumstances, his eldest child William is living with his grandfather Henry at a farm in Litchmore Lane. They are in the household of the widow Mary Norman, aged 83. Mrs Norman is the maternal great-grandmother of William and of his cousin Charlotte Fisk, who is also staying at the farm.

William’s daughter Clara is with her maternal Aunt Charlotte – previously Mrs Fisk, now Mrs Gowing, in Gillingham. His second wife, Eliza, is at her parents’ home with new-born Henry. Eliza would die about a year later in 1852.

William married again and had two daughters, Maria Alice and Ellen, with his third wife Marianne. Marianne died in 1859 and William himself died in 1860, leaving five orphaned children aged 18, 16, 9, 4 and 2 years old.

In the 1861 census, we find Henry established at the Litchmore Lane farm with all five of William’s children. William Jnr, aged eighteen, was being trained to take over the farm and no doubt sixteen-year-old Clara was running the household and looking after the younger children. 93-year-old Great-grandma Norman has moved in with her daughter and son-in-law the Spillings at Broome.

On census night William, Clara, Henry and Ellen are at the farm. Maria Alice is with her Grandma Sarah in Ellingham but this may have been just a visit. It does seem as though Henry and Sarah are maintaining separate households now.

In 1865 Sarah died and this is possibly when Henry left the farm and went to live with their grandson Robert and his family in Ellingham. Certainly he was there at the time of the 1871 census, though again, he could have been just visiting.

In the 1871 census, the farm at Litchmore Lane is now being run by 27-year-old William. He is married and raising a family. His half-sister Maria Alice, aged 14, is still with him but Ellen is, I think, in service in Halesworth in Suffolk.

Henry Crickmore died at Mettingham in Suffolk in 1876. His youngest son Jarvis was in Bungay, about a mile away, and it was Jarvis who administered his estate. He left £22 10s which was worth about £10,600 in the value of 2016 earnings.

Father of Henry, son of Henry and Elizabeth Crickmore 

Baptised Henry Crickmere on 4 Aug 1791 in Ellingham, Norfolk

Married Sarah Cullingford on 12 November 1815

Died 31 March 1876

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