The Osborns

Rose Borrett

Rose Borret, nee Osborn - William Borrets wife, the mother of Grandma Blanche, Henry Tenten's first wife - was a London girl, born in St Georges Bloomsbury, around 1851.

At the 1871 census, Rose was about 20 and she was living with her mother Jane Osborn (49, so born around 1822).

Going back further, the 1861 census has Rose with mum Jane at 51 Broad Street, St Giles in the Fields - mum is a 'seamstress'.

Daddy Osborn

Lordy knows. I don't.

Jane E Shipley

Doveridge BridgeSt Cuthbert's church

Shocking though it may be, it does seem that Jane, my mum's great grandmother, was from way up in the far distant frozen North - namely, Doveridge, Derbyshire. I know. Weird isn't it? But there you go, I expect she was really quite a nice person, once you got past the impenetrable accent, the clogs and the whippets. It take all sorts...

I think Jane's dad was John Shipley, and her mum may have been Mary, born in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire in 1795. Uttoxeter! Doveridge! - strange, distant lands. They're probably not even marked on the maps - I expect it just says "Here be Northerners". Scary stuff.

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Doveridge like this:

"DOVERIDGE, a village and a parish in the district of Uttoxeter and county of Derby. The village stands on the river Dove, at the boundary with Stafford, adjacent to the North Stafford railway, 1 mile E by N of Uttoxeter; has a post office under Derby; and was once a market-town. The parish includes also the hamlets of West Broughton, Eaton, and Sedsail. Acres, 4, 278. Real property, 8, 999. Pop., 737. Houses, 150. The property is divided among a few. Doveridge Hall is the seat of Lord Waterpark. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, 562.* Patron, the Duke of Devonshire. The church stands on an eminence, and has a tower and spire. There are Wesleyan and P. Methodist chapels, and a national school."

You know, reading this stuff and looking at the photos, you could almost believe there was a civilisation up there. Nah, surely not.