Sarah Windeatt, fl. 1850, St. Mary Church
SOUTH DEVON - TORQUAY NEWSOn Friday, William LOVELL, of Winkleigh, labourer , was summoned by Sarah WINDEATT (a pretty looking girl, about 17 or 18 years of age), residing at Mary church, for neglecting to comply with an order (for the payment of 1s 0d. per week, towards the maintenance of her illegitimate child, he having been adjudged the father at Paignton in 1848.
The defendant had been imprisoned before for two months, for previous neglect, and since he came out 13 weeks' arrears had accumulated amounting to 19s. 0d., the sum now applied for by the complainant. The defendant, who gave a pure specimen of the Winkleigh vernacular, stated that when he came out of prison
"Tho' (then) as he cuden write es zulf ha ax'd the kustable to rite ta new if hur'd gie up the cheel, ur maurry".
And he had felt particularly easy as to the payment, expecting an answer. He had since heard that her "banes" were in to be married. The Bench asked if he could pay the 19s.0d. with £2.10s. 4d. the costs, and the defendant being unable to do so, he was committed to prison for three months.
The Bench told the defendant that the best thing he could do was to leave the country, as , as long as he was in England he would be imprisoned over and over again, and thus probably pass his life in prison, without the girl married, when he would be free from his obligation. The Bench asked the girl if she was about to be married, and she stated that she was. This would have no effect of releasing defendant from his present imprisonment.
- Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England),
Thursday, August 1, 1850; Issue 4417.
Birth in the Sub-district of Newton Abbot in the County of Devon 1847READ FIRST
|When||Where||Name||Sex||Name and Surname of Father||Name, surname and maiden surname of mother||Occupation of father||Signature, description and residence of informant||When registered|
|12th October 1847||Union Workhouse, Newton Abbot||James||Boy||Sarah WINGEATT||x the mark of Sarah WINGEATT
Union Workhouse Wolborough
|23rd October 1847|
Who was Sarah?
We don't know for sure but thanks to the kind help of a correspondent on the DFHS Message Board, we think that she may well be the Sarah WINGATE who married Thomas MARDON in the September quarter of 1850 [Ref 10 299]. And in the 1851 census she appears with Thomas and living in St. Marychurch with a three year-old son, James:
|Thomas MARDON||Head||M||22||Farm Lab||StokeinTeignhead, Devon|
|Sarah MARDON||Wife||M||22||Laundress||Teignmouth, Devon|
|James MARDON||Son||-||3||-||Totness, Devon|
Is she the mother of James who later ended up in London?
We think that the son, James, above may be the same James who ended up in London by 1881.
- Link to page about James WINDEATT
If this is the same James then we think he was living with grandparents in 1861 and had reverted to using the name, WINDEATT (or variant thereof).
1861 Census (taken 7th April) © Crown Copyright >
|James WINDIAT||Grnson||U||13||F||Painter||St. Mary Church-DEV||1847|
|Address:||26 Fore Street, St. Mary Church, Torquay, Devon.|
What appears to be Sarah is living with her mother-in-law in StokeinTeignhead in 1861 with three further children, this time by Thomas MARDON. Thomas MARDON, himself has disappeared - away gold mining presumably . . . perhaps in California?
|Mary MARDON||Head||W||65||Stocking Knitter||StokeinTeignhead, Devon|
|Sarah MARDON||Daughter in law||M||32||Gold Miner's Wife||Totness, Devon|
|Mary P MARDON||Grandaughter||-||9||Scholar||StokeinTeignhead, Devon|
|Ann C MARDON||Grandaughter||-||7||Scholar||StokeinTeignhead, Devon|
|George MARDON||GrnSon||-||4||Scholar||StokeinTeignhead, Devon|
|John G BATCHERS||Nephew||U||17||Scholar||Mary le, bonLondon|
James is no longer living with her and this is consistent with him moving to his grandparents - perhaps because he was apprenticed or working for a house painter in St. Mary Church.
However, we don't have any evidence that Sarah is Thomas's daughter. I haven't been able to find a birth record for her. Possibly the marriage certificate for her and Thomas MARDON might help if she declares her father to be Thomas.
1881 Census (taken 3rd April 1881) © Crown Copyright
Here is what may be Sarah again - still in StokeinTeignhead with her mother in law and an umarried daughter. Dhe doesn't class herself as a 'widow' so presumably Thomas is still away and what looks like him appears in the 1880 US census, living in Bidwell, Butte, California, aged 52 and from England. He is living with a Henery MARDON, aged 46, presumably a brother or a cousin, and a couple of other men, all give their occupation as 'Labourer' and their marital status as 'Single'.
I wonder what Sarah and family were living on? If it was just Mary's wages then they would have been very hard up.
|Sarah MARDON||Daughter in law||M||52||Formerly Domestic Servant||Totness, Devon|
|Mary E MARDON||Daughter||-||29||Dressmaker||StokeinTeignhead, Devon|
|Mary MARDON||Mother in Law||W||85||Formerly Weaver||St. Mary Church, Devon|
James, her presumed eldest son, was living in London in 1881 and gave his birthplace as Newton Abbot. When he married he gave his father's name as William.
By 1901, Sarah's daughter, Mary A MARDON, was living alone - presumably her mother and grandmother had died in the intervening period (or Sarah might have married again).