Sarah Cullingford

Sarah Cullingford was a native of Hedenham, about four miles from Ellingham and ten miles from Kirby Cane in Norfolk. After her marriage to Henry Crickmore in 1815 they settled in Ellingham where their children William, Sarah and Henry were born. By 1821 the family were in Kirby Cane where Sarah gave birth to twins Daniel and John in 1821 and her youngest child Jarvis in 1824.

The 1841 census paints a rosy picture of a happy, thriving family.

Sarah is living in Kirby Cane with her husband, their 20-year-old daughter Sarah and her son Robert aged 5 months. On Bungay Road – next to the pub! – sons William and Henry Crickmore, aged about 25 and 20, are keeping house together.

Daniel, John and Jarvis have all left home and are living and working on different farms. Daniel is farthest away in Suffolk. John is working at the same farm as his relatives William Knights and Elizabeth Fisk – three young people literally making hay! The youngest son, Jarvis, is working for his Great-Aunt Phebe’s husband, who glories in the name of Jarvis Baltitude.

However, the next few years must have been full of sorrow for Sarah and Henry. In 1842 they lost their only daughter Sarah to “dropsy”. This would have been a symptom rather than a cause of death: we would call it oedema and it can be the result of many types of illness. She was 24.

In 1845 their son Daniel died aged 23.

By the time of the 1851 census it seems that Sarah and Henry have parted – though they are still living in the same area and their grandchildren appear to visit back and forth. Sarah and grandson Robert live just a few doors away from son Henry and his family.

John with his wife Amy is in Kirby Cane raising a family and Jarvis, the youngest son, is living in Beccles, Suffolk in a lodging house. Jarvis will do well financially in years to come. The eldest boy, William, may well have been in prison – his story is here.

At some point in the next ten years Sarah moves back to Ellingham where she is recorded in the 1861 census as having both Robert and her grand-daughter Maria Alice with her. The little girl may have been just visiting – the person taking this census has got Sarah’s age wrong so maybe wasn’t as efficient as they should have been! Robert is now 20 and working as a carter.

In 1865 Sarah died at the age of 73.

Mother of Henry, daughter of William and Elizabeth Cullingford 

Born Sarah Cullingford on 4 March 1793 in Hedenham, Norfolk

Married Henry Crickmore II on 12 November 1815

Buried 14 August 1865

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