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Surname Given Name Trade Year Notes
BACON Benjamin Blacksmith 1819 Benjamin Bacon, blacksmith journeyman. Born about 1819 in Castle Hellingham, Essex, England. The 1851 UK census lists Benjamin as 32yrs, living in High Street, Mitford, Norfolk with wife Susan 34yrs (born Tittleshall, Norfolk). Sons: Edward 8yrs, Matthew Geo. 5 months infant. Mother: Elizabeth Bacon 66yrs,widower, Innkeeper. Servant: Esther Tenant 17yrs. Listed in Blacksmiths of Essex and Norfolk..  
BARKER Thomas Blacksmith 1791 Thomas Barker, blacksmith. Born about 1791, Essex, England. The 1841 UK census lists Thomas as 50yrs, living at Cutters Green, Thaxted, Essex with his wife Rebecca 45yrs. Children George, (who was also a Journeyman Blacksmith), sons Charles, William, Rainer, Peter and daughters Ann, Lidia and Rachel. Contributor does not wish to be contacted..  
BRIGHT James Blacksmith 1809 James Bright, blacksmith, Whitesmith. Born about 1809 Norton Mandeville and died in 1875 aged 66 years. Blacksmith/white Smith Norton Heath Essex. Also listed in the whitesmiths index..  
BRIGHT James Burrell Blacksmith 1842 James Burrell Bright, whitesmith. Born 17 November 1842 and died 1874 aged 31 years, Norton Mandeville Essex. James was the son of James Bright (1809-1875). Whitesmith by trade he worked in South London until his death. Also listed in the whitesmiths index..  
BRIGHT John Blacksmith 1751 John Bright, master blacksmith. Born in 1751 in Norton Mandeville Essex, and died in 1822. Buried All Saints Church Headstone in good condition. Master Blacksmith, a record of UK Register duties paid for apprentice Indenture 1774. Apprentice William Saltmarsh..  
BRIGHT Richard Blacksmith 1814 Richard Bright, blacksmith. Born 1814 Norton Mandeville. Richard was the son of William Bright (1780-1851)and was a blacksmith in Norton Mandeville until the death of his father, who left his tools of the trade to Richard in his will. Richard then emigrated with his family to Wellington New Zealand, where he built a thriving Blacksmith business..  
BRIGHT William Blacksmith 1780 William Bright, blacksmith. Born 1780 and died 1851, Norton Mandeville Essex. Buried All Saints Church Norton Mandeville, headstone in good condition. Village Blacksmith in Norton Heath Essex, forge building still in use today. The forge was closed in 1947..  
BYFORD Joseph Blacksmith 1796 Joseph Byford, blacksmith. Born about 1796 in Colchester, Essex, England. The 1851 UK census lists Joseph as 55yrs, married but wife not listed, living in Bull Lane, Norwick, Norfolk. Daughters: Sarah 13yrs, Emma 12yrs, Harriet 15yrs. Listed in Blacksmiths of Essex and Norfolk..  
CARD Thomas Blacksmith 1890 Thomas Card, blacksmith. Born 1890 in Sandon, Essex, England. Died 1890. WW1 Military Medal winner. He came back a broken man according to my Granny. Go to the "Interesting Stories" Link on the home page to see a sketch of his forge/house..  
CARD William Blacksmith - Journeyman 1836 William Card, blacksmith journeyman. Born 1836 Sandon, Essex,England. Married Deborah Eve 1862 at Ingatestone, Essex. By 1867 he was living in Leytonstone, Essex. By 1870 living and working in Broomfield, Essex.In 1881 census still living in Broomfield. The Smithy he worked in was close to where he and Deborah lived..  
CHAPMAN Ann Blacksmith 1786 Ann Chapman, blacksmith. Born about 1786. The 1841 UK census lists Ann Chapman as 55yrs, living at Gravel Pit, East Tilbury, Essex with her children Joseph; Hannah and Mary Ann. Contributor does not wish to be contacted..  
CLARKE Richard Blacksmith 1810 Richard Clarke, blacksmith. Born (date unknown )in Suffolk, England. Richard came to Sandon Essex and married Rebecca Oliver on 21st June 1810 at Baddow. They had nine children all listed in St Andrews Church records in Sandon. Listed in Blacksmiths of Essex and Suffolk..  
CLAXTON John Blacksmith 1658 John Claxton, blacksmith. Born circa 1658, he married Elizabeth Barker (baptised 1654 at Great Baddow) in 1684 at Gt Baddow, Essex. Six children baptised at Gt Baddow 1685 to 1695. John and Elizabeth are the parents of Elizabeth Claxstone (1691) wife of John Hinton, Blacksmith. John and Elizabeth are my ancestors..  
CLAXTON Thomas Blacksmith 1832 Thomas Claxton, blacksmith. Born: unknown. Married at St. Nicholas' church South Ockendon, Essex on 23rd November 1832 where the records show him as being of 'Stifford Parish' to Jane Elizabeth Lavender of South Ockendon. (Banns read at St Mary the Virgin and St Cedd, Stifford, Essex, 7th October 1832, 14th October 1832 and 21st October 1832 also showing Thomas 'of this parish'). Their first child was born at South Ockendon on 2nd November 1833. The family moved to Canterbury, Kent, where Thomas Claxton worked as a blacksmith in Wincheap, possibly Fortune Passage, in the parish of St Mildreds’. Eight further children were born but by 1849 six had died and Jane Claxton died there on 2nd June 1849. Thomas retuned with his remaining children to South Ockendon sometime prior to his death in March 1851 aged 47yrs, just days before the Census which would have given an indication as to his birth place..  
COOK William Blacksmith 1826 William Cook, blacksmith. Born about 1826, Essex, England. The 1841 UK census lists William as 15yrs, living at Spread Eagle, Becking, Essex. Lodging in the home of Charles Pear. Contributor does not wish to be contacted..  
COOKE George Robert Blacksmith 1817 George Robert Cooke,blacksmith. Born about 1817 in Gravesend, Essex, England. The 1851 UK census lists George.R. as 34yrs, living at the Rat Catchers Yard, Norwich, Norfolk with wife Emma 31yrs (born Norwich) and children: Eleanor 8yrs, Thomas 10yrs, Robert George 9yrs. Listed in Blacksmiths of Essex and Norfolk..  
COTTIS Charles Henry Blacksmiths 1862 Charles Henry Cottis, blacksmith master. Born 1862, in Coggeshall Essex, England. The son of Elijah Cottis a drayman and Elizabeth Eady. In 1891 he was living as a lodger with the Newsham family in Sandon Essex as a Blacksmith. Nearby was William Hubbard also a Blacksmith. He later married the daughter of the family Margaret Phoebe Newsham in 1896 at St Andrews Sandon. As a master blacksmith he helped build the metal seat that was placed around the Ceremonial Spanish Oak Tree on The Green which stood for many years. He later moved to be a blacksmith on his own account at Kelvedon as evidence shows in the directories and 1901 census. Later moving to Southend on Sea where he died. ..  
DALTON Michael (1) Blacksmith(Master) 1765 Michael Dalton, master blacksmith. Born 1765 in Great Ellingham, Norfolk, England. Married Jane Anthony 1796 at Coggeshall, Essex. 1841: Living in Stonehaven Street, Coggeshall. 1851: still living in Stonehaven Street and employing 2 men. Michael and Jane Dalton are my Gt x 3 grandparents..  
DALTON Michael (2) Blacksmith 1804 Michael Dalton, blacksmith. Born 1804 Coggeshall, Essex, England. Married Frances Potter 1823 at Coggeshall. 1841: living in Stonehaven Street, Coggeshall. Michael and Frances Potter are my gt X 2 grandparents..  
DARBY Richard William Blacksmith 1830 Richard William Darby, blacksmith journeyman. Born 1830-1831 in Chelmsford, Essex, England. The 1851 UK census lists Richard.W. as 20yrs, living in Two Furlong Lane, Walsingham Union, Norfolk. See Blacksmiths of Norfolk Index for grandparents (he is living with) William & Maria Whisson. Also listed are his cousins Henry, George & Mary Whisson. Listed in Blacksmiths of Essex and Norfolk..  
FORD John Blacksmith 1816 John Ford, journeyman blacksmith. Born about 1816 in Essex, England. Married Lydia Chapman 1836 Haverhill Suffolk. The 1841 UK census finds them living in Sturmer, Essex with children Maryann 4yrs and Henry 3yrs. Contact Patricia by..  
FREEMAN William Blacksmith 1791 William Freeman, blacksmith. Born about 1791, The 1841 UK census lists William as 50yrs, living in South Street, South Benfleet, Essex with his wife Susannah. Children: Rebecca; Martha Ann; Mary Ann; Frederick; and William aged 15 yrs (a blacksmith). Also living at this address was Eli Lingood aged 29yrs years who was a Journeyman Blacksmith. Contributor does not wish to be contacted..  
FYNN Frederick Blacksmith 1852 Frederick Fynn, blacksmith. Born about 1852, Billericay, Dunton, Essex, England. In 1875 Frederick moved to Cowper Road, Rainham, Essex. His smith was in Back lane, which I think is now called Upminster road. The 1881 UK census lists Frederick as 29yrs, living at Rainham, with wife Louisa nee Virgin 35yrs (born Ilford, Essex). Children: Emily.E. 5yrs; Clara.L. 4yrs; William.F. 2yrs; Edward 1mth infant. Louisa died in 1914 aged 70yrs and Frederick died in 1922. This is my great grandfather..  
HINTON John Blacksmith 1718 John Hinton, blacksmith. Born 1718 at Gt Baddow, Essex, England. He married Mary ? circa 1740. They had 10 children baptised 1742 to 1762 at Sandon, Essex. John died 1780 at Sandon, Mary died 1797 at Sandon. John and Mary are my ancestors..  
HINTON John Blacksmith 1687 John Hinton, Blacksmith Journeyman. Born 1687 at Terling, Essex, England. John (singleman of Lt Baddow) married Elizabeth Claxstone (baptised 1691 at Great Baddow, Essex) in 1714 at Gt Baddow. John was buried in 1733 at Sandon, Essex and Elizabeth was buried there in 1741. John and Elizabeth are my ancestors. 3 children were baptised in Gt Baddow1716 to 1721. 3 Children were baptised in Sandon 1723 to 1730. From the above info I would assume that he worked in Gt Baddow from at least from 1714 to 1721 and in Sandon 1723 to 1733, he was probably a Blacksmith at Lt Baddow prior to marrying Elizabeth in 1714 but I have nothing to prove it. John and Elizabeth are the parents of John Hinton born 1718, husband of Mary ? who are listed in the Blacksmiths of Essex Index..  
JOHNSON Henry Frost Foster Blacksmiths 1852 Henry Frost Foster Johnson, master blacksmith. Born about 1852, in Wells, Somerset, England. I have the birth record of his son, Richard Johnson (my grandfather) in 1881. Henry was in New Zealand from 1880 to 1884, perhaps longer (Daughter Frances.T. born 1885 in NZ), but was back in England, in East Ham, Essex, in 1886. The 1891 UK census lists Henry incorrectly as Joseph Johnson, aged 39yrs, living in Queen’s Road, Plaisrow, West Ham, Essex with wife Marian. F. 36yrs (born Liverpool). Children: William. F. 11yrs (born New Zealand); Richard. F. 9yrs (born New Zealand); James.F. 7yrs (born New Zealand); Frances.T. (female born New Zealand); Marian 4yrs (Born Plaistow); Grace 2yrs (born Middlesex). Mother Eliza Adams 60yrs,widow (born Stoke,Buckinghamshire). In 1901 Henry was a smith and fitter and in 1911 a gas fitter in East Ham, married but Marian living elsewhere. Henry died probably in 1924. Listed in Blacksmiths of New Zealand and Essex..  
LOFTS William Blacksmith 1841 William Lofts was living at Hoseheath, Cambridgeshire. 1851: living at Hadstock, Essex. William was my gx4 grandfather..  
NICHOLS Thomas Blacksmith 1828 Thomas Nichols, born circa 1828 in Walthamstow Essex. Wife: Susan Mansfield, married on Christmas Day 1858 in Drinkstone Suffolk. Thomas was the son of James Nichols also a Blacksmith. It would appear from the 1881 census that John and Joseph brothers of Thomas were also Blacksmiths (in Battersea) See Blacksmiths of Suffolk Index for Mansfield relatives..  
PAIN John Blacksmith 1797 John Pain, master blacksmith. Born about 1797, North Weale, Essex, England. The 1841 UK census lists John as 45yrs, a widower, living at Gullett, North Weald, Essex. Children listed: Charles 15yrs; Mary 15yrs; John 15yrs; Louisa 10yrs; Samuel 10yrs; John 5yrs; William 5yrs. In 1851 John is 54yrs, at the villages, Moreton, Essex. Living with him is his daughter Louisa Pettit 21yr with her husband Peter Pettit 24yrs and daughter Emma 1mth infant..  
PEARCE Thomas Blacksmith 1848 Thomas Pearce, blacksmith. Born about 1848 in Weston, Somerset, England. The 1871 UK census lists him as 23yrs, unmarried, blacksmith journeyman, lodging in Eastham Essex with blacksmith journeyman George Balls and family. The 1881 census lists him as 33yrs, at High Street, Hornchurch, Essex with wife Louisa 32yrs. Children: Amelia.L. 6yrs; Ada.E. 4yrs; Henry.G. 2yrs. Visitor: Harriet.C.Clary, 34yrs married,cheesemonger’s wife. Thomas is listed in both Essex and Somerset Blacksmiths..  
PETTIT Peter Blacksmith 1815 Peter Pettit, master blacksmith. Born about 181, Broxted, North Weale, Essex, England. The 1851 UK census lists Peter as 35yrs, unmarried, lodging with blacksmith John Boatman in Debden, Essex. Between 1851 and 1861 Peter married Mary Ann Smith and they had 4 children. In 1861 Peter is 44yrs, a widower, living at Newlands Farm, Widdington with children: Willy 9yrs (born about 1852) ; Emma 7yrs (born about 1853); John 5yrs (born about 1857); Mary 3yrs (born about 1858). Also listed: house servant Martha Smith 13yrs. 1871 Census: Peter was living at Smallpieces, Woodend, Widdington with his four children: William 18yrs (blacksmith); Emma 17yrs; John 14yrs; Mary 13yrs. Contributor does not wish to be contacted. Contributor does not wish to be contacted..  
PETTIT William Blacksmith 1852 William Pettit, blacksmith. Born about 1852, Easton, Essex, England. See Blacksmiths of Essex for his father Peter Pettit (born about 1815) mother Mary Ann nee Smith; and siblings. William eventually took over from his father and , became the Blacksmith at Widdington.  In the 1891 census William is 38yrs; at Blacksmith Farm, Widdington with wife Emma (nee Snell) 40yrs. They had nine children between 1876 and 1892.  William died aged forty in 1892. Contributor does not wish to be contacted..  
POND Thomas Blacksmith 1830 Thomas Pond, blacksmith. Born about 1830 in Essex. The 1861 UK census lists him as 30yrs, living 14 Wood Street, Sheerness, Kent, with wife Jane 23yrs and son William Thomas 4mths infant (born Sheppey, December quarter 1860, Vol: 2a Page 589). It appears Jane died approx 1862 and Thomas remarried to Frances. The 1871 census lists Thomas as 32yrs,at 25 Alma Street, Sheerness with second wife Frances. Children listed: William 10yrs; Frederick 5yrs; Harry 3yrs; Ada .F. 1yr infant. Mother-in-law: Grace Smith, 59yrs,widdow. Also listed in Blacksmiths of Essex..  
SHUTE Thomas. D. Blacksmith 1835 Thomas. D. Shute, blacksmith. Born about 1835 in Harwick, Essex, England. The 1851 UK census lists Thomas as 16yrs, living at 1 Timber Pound, Stoke Damerel, Devon. Parents: William & Jane. See census 1851 for siblings listed. Listed in Blacksmiths of Essex and Devon..  
SMITH Charles Blacksmith 1830 Charles Smith, blacksmith. Born about 1830 in Ovington, Essex,England. The 1851 UK census lists him as 21yrs, unmarried, at 28 Ovington Street,Ovington. See Blacksmiths of Essex for parents James (born 1797) & Susan Smith plus siblings..  
SMITH James (Jnr) Blacksmith 1825 James Smith (Jnr), blacksmith. Born about 1825 in Ovington, Essex,England. The 1851 UK census lists him as 26yrs,unmarried, at 28 Ovington Street,Ovington. See Blacksmiths of Essex for parents James (born 1797) & Susan Smith plus siblings. In 1861 James (Jnr) is 35yrs, at Colne Engaine, Essex; with wife Caroline 39yrsand son George James 5months infant. 1871 has James (Jnr) as 45yrs, still at Colne Engaine. Caroline 49yrs. Children: James 10yrs & Alice 6yrs..  
SMITH James (Snr) Blacksmith 1797 James Smith (Snr), blacksmith. Born about 1797 in Ovington, Essex, England. The 1851 UK census lists him as 54yrs, at 28 Ovington Street, Ovington with wife Susan 55yrs(born Cavendish, Suffolk). Children listed: James 26yrs,?married (blacksmith); Thomas 23yrs, unmarried (blacksmith); Charles 21yrs,unmarried (blacksmith); William 20yrs,unmarried (ag.labourer); Eliza 16yrs,unmarried(straw plaiter); and granddaughter Eliza Chapman 5yrs,scholar. In 1861 James (Snr) is 65yrs, at 80 Overington Village; Susan 66yrs. Daughter Eliza 26yrs, unmarried, afflicted; granddaughter Eliza Chapman 16yrs; grandson William Chapman 9yrs. In 1871 Eliza Smith 36yrs (on parish relief) and her daughter Eliza Smith aka Chapman are visiting children’s grandmother Sarah Chapman..  
SMITH Thomas Blacksmith 1828 Thomas Smith, blacksmith. Born about 1828 in Ovington, Essex,England. The 1851 UK census lists him as 23yrs, unmarried, at 28 Ovington Street,Ovington. See Blacksmiths of Essex for parents James (born 1797) & Susan Smith plus siblings. In 1861 Thomas is 32yrs, at 86 Ovington Village; with wife Frances.R. 26yrs (born Melford,Suffolk). Children: William.E. 5yrs and Eliza Sarah 3yrs. 1971: Thomas is 43yrs, at Foundry Terrace, Tulbridge St Peter; Frances is 36yrs. Chiclred: William.E. 17yrs (blacksmith); Eliza Sarah 13yrs; Thomas.K. 8yrs; Arthur.r. 6yrs; George.F. 3yrs; Oliver.C. 3mths infant..  
SUCKLING John Blacksmith 1796 John Suckling, blacksmith. Born about 1796, Essex, England. The 1841 UK census lists John as45yrs, living in Shalford, Esses with wife Sophia 46yrs (born Essex). Children: Thomas 22yrs (blacksmith); Martin 13yrs; Caroline 10yrs; Sarah 5yrs. George Suckling 78yrs (blacksmith). George Wright 21yrs, (born Essex), blacksmith journeyman..  
WOOLNER Henry Blacksmith 1801 Henry Woolner, blacksmith. Born about 1801 (not born in Essex). The 1841 UK census lists him as 40yrs, at Bridge End, Newport, Essex; with wife Sarah 40yrs (not born in Essex). Children: Mary 20yrs; Eliza 20yrs; Sophia 15yrs; Benjamin 11yrs; Sarah 9yrs; Henry 8yrs; James 6yrs; Rebecca 5yrs; Emily 3yrs. He is my 2x great grandfather..  
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