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PIDGEONs of Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding

William Pidgeon married Hannah Parsons at Matlock, Derbyshire in 1822. Their children were born at nearby Clay Cross and Pilsley, and baptised at North Wingfield, where Hannah was buried in 1840. They had two sons and three daughters. Two daughters and a son move north to Sheffield where they married and settled. The other son seems to have become a soldier, and nothing can be found about the other daughter (unless she died under another name, aged 3 years), nor about William, himself.

The younger son Job Pidgeon married Mary Warburton at Sheffield in 1852. They had 5 sons and 6 daughters. A son and two daughters died in infancy, but the other eight children flourished and several were involved in some intriguing events.

One of their sons John Pidgeon first married Fanny Carr in 1891, and after she died in 1987 he married Nellie Major. The family story says John and Nellie were killed in an accident, but the records show a sad but different turn of events. John died in 1909 of “general paralysis of the insane”. Unable to cope, Nellie entered the local workhouse (where she died ten years later of a stroke) and her three children were put into charity homes.

Fanny Carr’s parents were Dennis and Mary Ann Carr. Dennis died in 1870, and in 1872 Mary Ann had an affair with a commercial traveller from Sunderland, who was living in the same house. A daughter Annie Elizabeth was born, and when Mary Ann registered the birth she claimed to be the wife of William Henry Blake. By the time she was 19, Annie Elizabeth had given birth to two illegitimate children John Thomas and Herbert Blake. As she had been living next door to William Pidgeon (the brother of John who had married her half-sister) and his wife Mary, it is possible that William may have been the father of at least one of her children. This seems quite likely, as William and Mary were then living separately: William with his brother Frederick, and Mary with her father and brother. In 1893, Mary died and a year later William and Anne Elizabeth Carr were married – it seems Annie was confused as to her real maiden name. (see the Simpson / Carrs of Sheffield.)

Another brother of John and William, Frederick Pidgeon also led a strange existence. In 1882 he married Sarah Ann Bilton, but no legitimate children were recorded for over ten years, after which six were born in the following eleven years. In the mid 1880s, Fred was fined twice for being drunk and disorderly and for breaking glass. In no census do we find Fred living with his wife – they must have separated. When their first two children were born, John 1888, and Mary Ellen in 1890, no father was mentioned on the birth record. Mary Ellen’s full name was Mary Ellen Bird Pidgon, and in 1891 Sarah claimed to be the wife of Ezra Bird. John was then living with Sarah’s mother, and after she died in 1898, John was sent to Canada with the Home Children. A lodger in the Bird home in 1891 was James Hepplestone, and 10 years later in 1901, Sarah Ann claimed to be his wife. James was probably the father of six Pidgeon children. In 1904, after Frederick Pidgeon had died, James married Sarah Ann and another child Esther was born, this time with the correct name of Hepplestone.

Of nine children born to Sarah Ann Bilton, four died before they were two years old. Of the others, only John retained the name of Pidgeon. Mary Ellen, Harry and Clara all changed their names to Hepplestone and all, as well as Esther, emigrated to Canada.

Contributors: Ray Pidgeon, Diana Pidgeon

Notes:
   ab. = about,  b. = born,  bp. = baptised,  bu. = buried,  d. = died,  m. = married,
   (+) = extra-marital relationship
   Ecclesall B = Ecclesall Bierlow
   Places in italics = Registration districts
William PIDGEON (bp. – d.) Soldier, stocking weaver, framework knitter
   m.(8/4/1822, Matlock, Derbys) Hannah PARSONS (bp.1/12/1799, Morton – d.15/5/1840, Clay Cross, 40y,
    |                                                                                                                             bu.16/5/1840, North Wingfield)
    |– Esther PIGEON (b.Clay Cross, bp.3/7/1822, N Wingfield, Derbs – d.1888, 67y, Belper)
    |       :    1841:  at Trafalgar St, Sheffield – Esther (with Ann Mould, 30 and James Haslam, 26)
    |      m1.(11/2/1847, Rotherham) William CROPPER (b.ab.1818, Ollerton, Notts – d.1851, 33y, Sheffield) Ostler
    |       |    1851:  at 11 Gilbert St, Sheffield Park – William & Ester;  Ann  + Job PIDGEON (bro-in-law)
    |       |
    |       |– Ann CROPPER (b.1948, Sheffield – d.)
    |       :
    |      m2.(1853, Sheffield) John COUSINS (b.ab.1823, Ollerton, Notts – d.1904, Sheffield) labourer
    |       |    1861:  at Princess St, Brightside Bierlow – John & Esther;  Mary  + Ann CROPPER  + lodger
    |       |    1871:  at Upper George St, Heckmondwike – John & Esther
    |       |    1881:  at Brewery St, Greasley, Notts – John & Esther  + Ernest WARRINER (neph, 12)
    |       |    1901:  at 137 Harvest Lane, Brightside Bierlow – John (wid) with nephew Ernest WARRINER & family
    |       |
    |      └  Mary COUSINS (b.1859, Sheffield – d.)
    |
    |– Eunice PIDGEON (b.Pilsley, bp.13/10/1825, N Wingfield – d.1883, 58y, Sheffield)
    |       :    1841:  at Thirby Cliffe, Eckington, Derbys – Eunice (15), servant to James LOWE (farmer) & wife.
    |      (+) William BROWN (b.ab.1820, Sheffield – d.23/7/1869, Sheffield) Beer house keeper, victualler
    |       |    1851:  at Camo Lane, Sheffield – William & Unice;  Richard (1m)  + Edwin HURST (apprentice, 15)
    |       |                                                                                                             + Mary WARBURTON (servant, 18)
    |       |    1861:  at ‘The Crown’, Campo Lane, Sheffield – William & Euniss;  Richard, William, Frederick
    |       |                                                                                                             + Ann COUSINS )12, servant)
    |       |    1871:  at 147 Upper Hanover St, Sheffield – Eunice (wid);  Richard, William, Frederick, Jane
    |       |    1881:  at 89 Trafalgar St – Eunice;  Jane
    |       |
    |       |– Richard Pigeon BROWN (b.1851, Sheffield – d.1916, 65y, Sheffield) ivory & pearl fluter (cutler)
    |       |– Sarah Ann BROWN (b.1852, Sheffield – d.1854, 2y, Sheffield)
    |       |– George William BROWN (b.1855, Sheffield – d.1887, 32y, Sheffield) ivory turner fitter
    |       |– Frederick Pigeon BROWN (b.1858, Sheffield – d.) ivory & pearl fluter (cutler)
    |      └  Jane BROWN (b.12/8/1862, Sheffield – d.5/8/1922, 60y, Worksop)
    |
    |– William Henry PIDGEON (b.1828, Pilsley, bp.25/1/1829, N Wingfield – d.1872, 41y, Hartley Wintney) Coal miner
    |            1841:  at Pilsley, North Wingfield, Derbyshire – William (12), Job (8)
    |            1851:  at Devonshire Ter, Staveley, Derbyshire – William (lodger)
    |            1871:  at Winchester Barracks, Hants – William (Private)
    |
    |– Job PIDGEON (b.ab.1833, Pilsley, Derbys – bu.18/4/1903, 73y, Sheffield) Edge tool striker
    |       :    1841:  at Pilsley, North Wingfield, Derbyshire – William (12), Job (8)
    |       :    1851:  at 11 Gilbert St, Sheffield Park – Job (with bro-in-law William & Ester;  Ann CRAPPER)
    |      m.(27/10/1852, Sheffield) Mary WARBURTON (b.ab.1832, Sheffield – bu.26/2/1885, 51y, Sheffield)
    |       |    1861:  at 90 Backfields, Ecclesall Bierlow – Job & Mary;  William, Frederick, Ann, Tereser
    |       |    1871:  at 46 Backfields, Ecclesall Bierlow – Job & Mary;  Theresa, Fred, Ann, John, Job, Hannah
    |       |    1881:  at No 4, Ct 16, Trafalgar St, Ecclesall Bierlow – Job & Mary;  John, Job, Hannah, Emily
    |       |    1901:  at Fir Vale Workhouse, Sheffield – Job (wid, pauper)
    |       |
    |       |– William PIGEON (b.11/10/1853, Sheffield – bu.21/6/1900, 49y, Sheffield) Table knife cutler
    |       |      m1.(16/8/1875, Sheffield) Mary BRUNTON (b.1857, Sheffield – d.1893, 36y, Sheffield)
    |       |       :    1881:  at 90 Backfields, Ecclesall Bierlow – William & Mary
    |       |       :                   next door – Jane SIMPSON (wid), Mary Ann CARR (wid, dau), Fanny CARR (g-dau, 16)
    |       |       :                                                                          Annie Elizabeth BLAKE (g-dau, 8)
    |       |       :    1891:  at 9 Evans St, Ecclesall Bierlow – William, Frederick (boarders)
    |       |       :               at 110 Milton St, Ecclesall Bierlow – Walter (59), Walter (23) BRUNTON, Mary PIDGEON
    |       |       :                                                                                                                                           (lodgers)
    |       |      m2.(14/10/1894, Sheffield) Annie Elizabeth CARR (née BLAKE) (b.1872, Sheffield – d.) silver burnisher
    |       |       |                                           (+) ? ?
    |       |       |                                             |– Norah PIDGEON (b.1913, Sheffield – bu.22/2/1915, 20m, Sheffield)
    |       |       |                                             :
    |       |       |                                            m2.(7/2/1916, Sheffield) James Thomas STUART (b.ab.1873 – d.)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |    1901:  at 21 Red Place Sq, Sheffield – Ann E (wid);  Herbert (BLAKE), Annie E, Fanny
    |       |       |    1911:  at 2 Red Place Sq, Sheffield – Annie Elizabeth (wid);  Tom (23), Herbert (20), Fanny (12)
    |       |       |                                                                 [m.24y, 3/6 ch alive]                                             + boarder
    |       |       |
    |       |       |-?*1John Thomas BLAKE (aka PIDGEON) (b.14/7/1888, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       |                                                               *1(bp.24/7, s/o Anne Elizabeth BLAKE of Pitt St)
    |       |       |       If this was ‘Tom’ PIDGEON in 1911, where was he in 1891, 1901 and subsequently?
    |       |       |
    |       |       |-?*2Herbert BLAKE (aka PIDGEON) (b.4/2/1891, Sheffield – d.22/7/1917, 27y, Ypres, Belgium) Private
    |       |       |       :                                             *2(s/o Anne Elizabeth BLAKE of Charlotte Lane)
    |       |       |      m.(27/9/1914, Sheffield) Alice HOLLAND (b. – d.)
    |       |       |       |                                        m2(1924, Sheffield) John J DALEY (b. – d.)
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |      └  Lily PIDGEON) (b.2/9/1915, Sheffield – d.8/2003, 87y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |              m1.(1937, Sheffield) Jim STREET (b.1915, Sheffield – d.10/6/1943, 28y, Tunisia) Gunner
    |       |       |               |    1939:  at 35 Cawdor Rd, Sheffield – Lily;  (Margery)  (with John & Beatrice INGHAM)
    |       |       |               |–
    |       |       |              m2.(24/7/1979, Sheffield)George BURFORD (b.27/8/1912, Sheffield – d.9/1986, 74y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Ethel PIDGEON (b.28/3/1895, Sheffield – bu.15/4/1896, 1y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Annie Elizabeth PIDGEON (b.6/12/1896, Sheffield – bu.15/7/1907, 10y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |
    |       |      └  Fanny PIDGEON (bp.16/11/1898, Sheffield – d.13/12/1919, 21y, Sheffield)
    |       |             (+) ? ?
    |       |               |– Fanny Catherine PIDGEON (b.14/10/1918, Derby – d.2/1988, 69y, Nottingham)
    |       |               :       :    1939:  at Bloom St, Derby – Fanny, with grandmother Elizabeth A STUART (see above)
    |       |               :      m.(1940, Derby) George BOOTH (b. – d.)
    |       |               :       |
    |       |               :
    |       |              m.(1918, Derby) John Daniel GUNSON (b.26/3/1897, Sheffield – d.1949, 52y, Sheffield)
    |       |               |                            m2.(1922, Sheffield) Mary Elizabeth CAREY (b.4/12/1901 – d.1983, Sheffield)
    |       |               |                              |–Ronald W GUNSON (b.1923, Sheffield)
    |       |               |                              |–Kathleen M GUNSON (b.1924, Sheffield)
    |       |               |                              |–John R GUNSON (b.1927, Sheffield)
    |       |               |                             └ Annie B GUNSON (b.1929, Sheffield)
    |       |               |
    |       |              └  Hettie GUNSON (b.1819, Sheffield – d.1919, 0y, Sheffield)
    |       |
    |       |– Frederick PIGEON (b.1856, Sheffield – bu.25/7/1903, 49y, Sheffield) Table knife cutler
    |       |       :    1881:  at 183 Thomas St, Ecclesall Bierlow – Frederick (boarder)
    |       |       :               at 33 Hawley Croft, Sheffield Rebecca (wid);  Sarah Ann BILTON  + 2 lodgers
    |       |       :    1884, July 14:  Frederick – sentenced to 7 days jail or pay 19/9 fine for being drunk and disorderly
    |       |       :    1885, March 2:  Frederick – sentenced to 7 days jail or pay 64/9 fine for damaging glass
    |       |       :    1891:  at 9 Evans St, Ecclesall Bierlow – William, Frederick (boarders)
    |       |       :    1901:  at 24 Lambourne Sq, Sheffield – Fred, with brother-in-law Thomas & Teresa BIRKS
    |       |       :                                                                                                & John PIGEON, (son of Teresa, 20)
    |       |      m.(2/4/1882, Sheffield) Sarah Ann BILTON (b.1862, Yeadon – d.)
    |       |                                          :    Frederick & Sarah Ann appear to have separated soon after their marriage.
    |       |      ┌––––––––––––––––-–-┘
    |       |     (+) ? ?
    |       |       |– John PIDGEON (b.12/2/1888, Sheffield – d.23/8/1944, Dobie, 56y, Ont, Canada) gold miner
    |       |       :       :       *3[ s/o Sarah Ann PIDGEON, single woman]
    |       |       :       :    1891:  at 33 Hawley Croft, Sheffield – Timothy & Rebecca MARTIN;  John PIDGEON (g-son)
    |       |       :       :               Rebecca BILTON ( mother of Sarah Ann) remarried Tomothy MARTIN in 1884.
    |       |       :       :               Timothy died 1893, & Rebecca in 1898;  John then sent to Canada on SS Labrador
    |       |       :       :    1898:  With Home Children on SS Labrador – Mar 31, dep. Liverpool;  9 Apr, arr Halifax NS
    |       |       :       :    1901:  at Chatsworth, N Grey, Ont, Canada – John (servant to Chisholm family)
    |       |       :      m.(18/2/1915, Owen Sound, N Grey) Kate R SMITH (b.ab.1886, Scotland – d.)

    |       |       :            1921:  at Garrafraxa St, Chatsworth, Ont – John & Catherine  + Catherine SMITH (mother-law)
    |       |       :
    |       |     (+) Ezra BIRD (b.1853, Sheffield – d.1894, 41y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |    1891:  at 44 Harvest Lane, Brightside Bierlow – Ezra & Sarah A; Mary E BIRD
    |       |       |                               :                                             + 4 lodgers, including James HEPPLESTONE (38)
    |       |       |– Mary Ellen Bird PIDGEON (b.18/2/1890, Sheffield – d.9/6/1971, Victoria, BC, Canada)
    |       |       :       :    1908:  May14, dep Liverpool for Quebec, Canada on SS Corsican – Mary HEPPLESTONE
    |       |       :      m.(24/2/1916, Cobalt, Ont) Thomas Edward CROXALL (b.1879, Birmingham – d.ab.1954, 75y,
    |       |       :       |                                      (lived at Gorton, Manchester)                 Kirkland Lake, Ont, Cananda)
    |       |       :       |    1921:  at 18½ Cobalt St, Cobalt, Ont – Thomas & Mary; Thomas, Cyril, Ernest, Ross
    |       |       :       |
    |       |       :       |– Thomas William CROXALL (b.23/4/1912, Cobalt – d.21/8/1981, Sarnia, Ont)
    |       |       :       |– James Edward CROXALL (b.11/11/1913, Cobalt – d.28/6/1920, 6y, 1920)
    |       |       :       |– Cyril CROXALL (b.ab.1915, Cobalt – d.25/9/1971, 56y, Kirkland Lake, Ont)
    |       |       :       |– Ernest CROXALL (b.ab.191 7, Cobalt – d.)
    |       |       :       |– Ross CROXALL (b.ab.1920, Cobalt – d.)
    |       |       :
    |       |     (+) ? Ezra BIRD or James HEPPLESTONE ?
    |       |       |– Harry PIDGEON (b.7/1892, Sheffield – bu.21/5/1894, 22m, Sheffield)
    |       |       :
    |       |     (+) James HEPPLESTONE (b.1851 – d.1909, 58y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |    1901:  at Cottam St, Sheffield – James & Sarah Ann;  Mary E (10), Harry (5) HEPPLESTONE
    |       |       |                                        + Joseph HEPPLESTONE (42,mar) & Clara BRADLEY (32,mar) (boarders)
    |       |       |– Harry PIDGEON (aka HEPPLESTONE) (b.1/4/1895, Sheffield – d.1979, 84y, Orono, Ont)
    |       |       |       :    1910:   Aug 18, arr. Montreal from Liverpool on SS Corsican – Harry HEPPLESTONE (15)
    |       |       |       :                                                                                                destination:  Cobalt, Ont
    |       |       |       :    1916:  May 25, joined CEF at Cobalt, Ont, and later seved in France.
    |       |       |      m.(1917, Sheffield) Ruth DAWSON (b.20/11/1893, Sheffield – d.28/10/1945, 51y, Kirkland Lake,
    |       |       |       |                              [d/o William DAWSON & Lucy HEPPLESTONE, sister of James]                        Ont)
    |       |       |       |    1919: < Jun 14, dep. Liverpool to Quebec on SS Minnesota – Mrs R HEPPLESTONE & child,
    |       |       |       |               Jul 25,  arr. Halifax, NS from Liverpool on SS Winifredian – Harry HEPPLESTONE
    |       |       |       |    1921:  Feb 15, dep. Liverpool, Feb 23, arr. St John, NS on SS Minnedosa – Mrs Ruth
    |       |       |       |                                                                  & Harry (2½) HEPPLESTONE (left Canada Aug, 1920)
    |       |       |       |               Jun 10, dep. Liverpool to Quebec on SS Victorian – Mrs & Harry (2) HEPPLESTONE
    |       |       |       |    1923:  Jun 17, arr. Liverpool from Quebec on SS Regina – Harry & Ruth; Harry,(6), Anita (11)
    |       |       |       |                                                                                                                            HEPPLESTONE
    |       |       |       |               Aug 31, dep. Liverpool to Quebec on SS Doric – Harry (28, miner) HEPPLESTONE
    |       |       |       |    1930:  Feb 28, arr. Vancouver from Sydney, Australia on SS Niagara – Harry HEPPLESTONE
    |       |       |       |                                                        (“Previously in Canada from 1910 to 1927 at Cobalt, Ont.”)
    |       |       |       |    1931:  Feb 6, dep. Liverp’l to St John, NB on SS Montrose – Ruth & Harry (13) HEPPLESTONE
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |       |– Harry HEPPLESTONE (b.1918, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |       |– Vera HEPPLESTONE (b.6/11/1919, Cobalt, Ont – d.14/6/1920, 7m, Cobalt, Ont)
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |       |– Thelma M HEPPLESTONE (b.1924, Sheffield – d.1924, 0y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |       |– Norma Elizabeth HEPPLESTONE (b.17/12/1931, Kirkland Lake – d.19/4/1988, Toronto, Ont)
    |       |       |       |      m1.(2/12/1950, Orono) Earl John TAYLOR (b.2/2/1930, Pontypool, Ont – d.1/2/2003, 73y,
    |       |       |       |       |                                       :                                                                              Orono, Ont)
    |       |       |       |       |                                      m2.(15/9/1989) Edna Joan WATSON (née GOODE) (b. –
    |       |       |       |       |                                                                                          d.20/5/2007, Bowmanville, Ont)
    |       |       |       |       |– Robert John TAYLOR (b.11/10/1951, Oshawa, Ont – d,2/2/1915, 63y, Brooklin, Ont)
    |       |       |       |       |– Brian Earl TAYLOR (b.27/10/1953, Bowmanville – d,12/4/1954, 5m, Bowmanville, Ont)
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |      └ stillborn girl HEPPLESTONE (bd.22/10/1935, Kirkland Lake, Ont)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Lucy PIGEON (b.1898, Sheffield – bu.8/8/1899.19m, Sheffield)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Ruth PIGEON (b.1899, Sheffield – bu.30/7/1900, 11m, Sheffield)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Clara PIDGEON (aka HEPPLESTONE) (b.1901, Ecclesall Bierlow – d.17/6/1996, 95y, Calgary,
    |       |       |       :    1912:  Emigrated to Canada                                                                      Alberta, Canada)
    |       |       |      m.(11/2/1918, Cobalt, Ont) William James SPECK (b.14/4/1896, London, Ont – d.20/3/1969,
    |       |       |                                                                                                                     72y, Calgary, AB) miner
    |       |       |– Ada PIGEON (b.1903, Ecclesall Bierlow – d.1905, 1y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |
    |       |      m2.(25/9/1904, Sheffield) James HEPPLESTONE (b.1851 – d.1909, 58y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |    1911:  at 4ct 2H Balm Green, Sheffield – Sarah Ann (wid); Clara (9), Esther (3)
    |       |       |                                                   [5/9 ch alive]                              HEPPLESTONE
    |       |      └  Esther HEPPLESTONE (b.1906, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |
    |       |– Ann PIGEON (b.1858, Sheffield – d.1913, 57y, Ecclesall B)
    |       |      m.(21/11/1875,  Sheffield) George BEATSON (b.1856 – d.) Shear grinder cutler
    |       |       |    1881:  at 3 Court 7, Bernard St, Sheffield – George & Ann;  George, Ann, Albert
    |       |       |    1891:  at 46 Owlerton Green, Nether Hallam, Sheffield – George & Ann;  George, Ann, Albert
    |       |       |    1911:  at 40 Fawley Rd, Sheffield – George & Ann;  Albert, Ben Frank  [8/10 ch alive]
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– George BEATSON (b.1876, Sheffield – d.) Fork hafter
    |       |       |– Ann BEATSON (b.1878, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       |– Albert BEATSON (b.1880, Sheffield – d.) Miner
    |       |       |– Harry BEATSON (b.1882, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       |– Walter BEATSON (b.1883, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       |– Fred BEATSON (b.1885, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       |– Rosa BEATSON (b.1890, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       |– Ben BEATSON (b.1894, Sheffield – d.) Silversmith
    |       |      └  Frank BEATSON (b.1900, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |
    |       |– Eliza PIDGEON (b.1860, Sheffield – bu.18/11/1860, 5m, Sheffield)
    |       |
    |       |– Theresa PIDGEON (b.1861, Sheffield – d.1912, 51y, Sheffield) table knife hafter
    |       |     (+) John HALL (b. – d.)
    |       |       |    1881:  at 44 Egerton Lane, Ecclesall B. – Teresa;  John (lodgers with Septimus & Ann MARPLES)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– John PIGEON (b.15/10/1880, Sheffield – d.1946, 68y, Sheffield) cutler
    |       |       :      m.(11/12/1904, Sheffield) Annie WHEELER (b.1879, Sheffield? – d.)
    |       |       :       |
    |       |       :       |– John Thomas PIDGEON (b.26/4/1905, Sheffield – d.1971, 66y, Sheffield)
    |       |       :       |      m.(6/8/1928, Sheffield) Annie EARNSHAW (b.6/6/1899 – d.1968, 69y, Sheffield)
    |       |       :       |       |    1939:  at 488 Arbourthorne Rd, Sheffield – John T & Annie;  (?, Vera), Edna, Doreen,
    |       |       :       |       |                                                                                                       (Brenda, Rita), Audrey 
    |       |       :       |       |–                                                                             + Frederick EARNSHAW (b.11/1/1866)
    |       |       :       |       |– Edna PIDGEON (b.28/4/1931, Sheffield – d.5/2001, 70y, Sheffield)
    |       |       :       |       |      m.(1954, Sheffield) George W  IBBOTSON (b.1931, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       :       |       |
    |       |       :       |       |– Doreen PIDGEON (b.15/9/1933, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       :       |       |      m.(1956, Hinckley) David G THOMPSON (b. – d.)
    |       |       :       |       |
    |       |       :       |       |– Brenda PIDGEON (b.1935, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       :       |       |      m.(1957, Sheffield) Frank SHELDON (b. – d.)
    |       |       :       |       |
    |       |       :       |       |– Rita PIDGEON (b.1937, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       :       |       |      m.(1958, Sheffield) Fred LEAVER (b. – d.)
    |       |       :       |       |
    |       |       :       |       |– Audrey PIDGEON (b.18/3/1939, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       :       |       |      m.(1959, Sheffield) Brian GARNER (b. – d.)
    |       |       :       |       |
    |       |       :       |       |– John F PIDGEON (b.1942, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       :       |       |
    |       |       :       |      └  Annie PIDGEON (b.1944, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       :       |              m.(1966, Sheffield) Joseph N WALSH (b. – d.)
    |       |       :       |
    |       |       :      └  Margaret PIDGEON (b.1909, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       :
    |       |      m.(15/5/1881,Sheffield) Thomas BIRKS (b.ab.1847, Sheffield – d.1905, 57y, Sheffield) Butcher knife
    |       |       |    1891:  at 28 Newcastle St, Sheffield – Thomas & Treaser;  Emma (14), Jack, Ethel                 hafter
    |       |       |    1901:  at 24 Sambourne Sq, Sheffield – Thomas & Teresa   + John PIGEON, (son, 20)
    |       |       |                                                                                            + Fred PIGEON (brother-in-law)
    |       |      └  Ethel BIRKS (b.1890, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |
    |       |– John PIDGEON (b.4/8/1863, Sheffield – d.13/1/1909, 46y, Ecclesall) Table blade forger
    |       |      m1.(12/8/1883, Sheffield) Fanny CARR (b.1864, Sheffield – d.1897, 33y, Ecclesall B)
    |       |       |    1891:  at No 3, Ct 1, Pitt Lane, Sheffield – John & Fanny;  John W, Beatrice, Harry (5m)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– John William PIDGEON (bp.4/3/1884, Sheffield – d.1920, 37y, Ecclesall B) Table blade forger
    |       |       |      m.(26.12/1906, Sheffield) Ada WALTON (b.29/9/1884, Sheffield – d.1981, 96y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |       |                                       m2.(7/10/1922, Sheffield) Arthur John GREAVES (b.1886, Ecclesall B
    |       |       |       |                                                                                                            – d.1935, 49y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |       |    1911:  at 16 Lansdowne Rd, Sheffield – John William & Ada;  Gladys, Willie
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |       |– Gladys Ada PIDGEON (b.15/7/1907, Sheffield – d.3/1987, 79y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |       |      m.(27/121926, Sheffield) William E GODDARD (b.1903, Ecclesall – d.1965, 62y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |       |       |
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |       |– John William PIDGEON (b.8/7/1910, Sheffield – d.) bricklayer
    |       |       |       |      m.(1933, Ecclesall B)Esther LONGFORD (b.23/4/1906, Sheffield – d.1/1996, 89y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |       |       |    1939:  at 8 Flora St, Sheffield – William J & Esther
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |       |– Ethel PIDGEON (b.1912, Sheffield – d.1913, 0y, Ecclesall B)
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |      └  Annie PIDGEON (b.4/8/1915, Sheffield – d.8/1997, 82y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |              m.(1941, Sheffield)Thomas NAYLOR (b.3/4/1910, Sheffield – d.11/1984, 74y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |               |
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Beatrice PIDGEON (b.21/11/1888, Sheffield – d.1914, 25y, Wortley)   (bp.4th Dec)
    |       |       |            1901:  at South Yorkshire Lunatic Asylum, Wadsley near Sheffield – Beatrice (11, lunatic)
    |       |       |            1911:  at South Yorkshire Lunatic Asylum, Wadsley near Sheffield – B.P. (21, lunatic)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Harry PIDGEON (b.1890, Sheffield – d.1891, 0y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Nelly PIDGEON (bp.14/9/1892, Owlerton – d.1892, 0y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Ernest PIDGEON (b.1893, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       :
    |       |      m2.(24/6/1899, Sheffield) Nellie MAJOR (b.1880, Sheffield – d.18/3/1919, 40y, Ecclesall)
    |       |       |    1901:  at 19 Cliff St, Ecclesall Bierlow – John & Nellie;  John Wm, Nellie
    |       |       |    1911:  at Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse – Nellie (wid, inmate)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Nellie PIDGEON (b.24/9/1899, Sheffield – d.1977, 77y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |      m.(1926, Ecclesall B) Albert BUTTERELL (b.1897, Ecclesall B – d.1984, 87y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Albert PIDGEON (b.12/8/1901, Ecclesall Bierlow – .......)
    |       |       |       :    1911:  at Charity School for Boys, East Parade, Sheffield – Albert
    |       |       |       :       [this was the Blue Coat School, and was moved into a new building in Psalter Lane in 1911]
    |       |       |   John Albert PIDGEON (                            ....... – d.1983, 81y, Huddersfield) Fish salesman & fryer
    |       |       |      m1.(11/4/1925, Hartshead) Elsie MUFFIT (b.2/6/1895 – d.1970, 75y, Dewsbury)
    |       |       |       |    1939:  at 513 Wakefield Rd, Huddersfield – John A & Elsie; (Raymond, Kenneth)
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |       |                 →  Raymond PIDGEON
    |       |       |       |                 →  Diana PIDGEON
    |       |       |       :
    |       |       |       :    1939:  at 31 Moorhead Cres, Shipley – Harry & Christiana;  Christopher STANSFIELD
    |       |       |      m2.(1971, Huddersfield) Christiana STANSFIELD (née SHACKLETON) (b.28/8/1910, Shipley
    |       |       |                                                                                                          – d.11/2006, 96y,Huddersfield)
    |       |       |            2002:  at 1A Birchington Ave, Huddersfield – Christiana (PIDGEON)
    |       |       |
    |       |      └  Lilian PIDGEON (b.1903, Sheffield – d.1915, 12y, Ecclesall Bierlow)
    |       |                    1911:  at Fulwood Cottage Homes, Fulwood, Sheffield – Nellie (11), Lily (8)
    |       |
    |       |– Job PIDGEON (b.1865, Ecclesall B – d.1865, Ecclesall B)
    |       |
    |       |– Eunice PIDGEON (bp.6/11/1867, Sheffield – bu.12/11/1868, 1y, Sheffield)
    |       |
    |       |– Job PIDGEON (b.19/10/1868, Sheffield – d.1943, 74y, Wortley) Table blade grinder
    |       |       :    1891:  at 1 Thorpe Rd, Ecclesall Bierlow – Job (visitor)
    |       |      m.(16/4/1894, Sheffield) Frances Hannah NORBURN (b.1868, Rotherham – d.1931, 63y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |    1901:  at 11 ct 2h Broomhall St, Ecclesall Bierlow – Job & Frances;  Nora, Clara
    |       |       |    1911:  at 8h 6c Barrow Rd, Wincobank, Sheffield – Job & Frances;  Nora, Clara, John H, Mary, Annie
    |       |       |                                                                                      [5/7 ch alive]
    |       |       |                                                                                    + Frances LOCKWOOD (NORBURN niece, 17)
    |       |       |    1939:  at 12 Heather Rd, Sheffield – Job , with daughter Clara CLARKE & family (see below)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Elsie Mary PIDGEON (b.28/8/1894, Sheffield – d.1895, 0y, Ecclesall)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Norah PIDGEON (bp.18/12/1895, Sheffield – d.1949, 53y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |      m.(1933, Sheffield)  James Arthur NORTHFIELD (b.1894, Cambridge – d.1965, 70y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Clara PIDGEON (b.9/6/1897, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       |      m.(5/4/1920, Sheffield) Ernest CLARKE (b.3/1/1897 – d.)
    |       |       |       |    1939:  at 12 Heather Rd, Sheffield – Ernest & Clara;  Ernest H, Leonard, John,
    |       |       |       |                                                                                                                      + Job PIDGEON
    |       |       |       |– Alice A CLARKE (b.1921,Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       |       |– Ernest H CLARKE (b.24/10/1922, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Samuel Norburn PIDGEON (bp.7/2/1900, Sheffield – bu.13/8/1900, 6m, Sheffield)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– John Henry PIDGEON (bp.11/9/1901, Sheffield – d.1963, 61y, Sheffield)
    |       |       | ?   m.(1929, Sheffield) Eva SHAW (b.1/8/1901 – d.1981, 80y, Sheffield)
    |       |       |            1939:  at 35 Newton Lane, Sheffield – John H (b.27/8/1901) & Eva;  + Harry (b.1914) &
    |       |       |                                                                                                                    Dorothy (b.1917) TAYLOR
    |       |       |– Mary Lizzie (Elizabeth) PIDGEON (bp.24/6/1903, Sheffield – d.)
    |       |       |      m.(14/8/1922, Rotherham) Joseph SHAW (b.ab.1900 – d.)
    |       |       |
    |       |      └  Annie PIDGEON (b.14/7/1906, Sheffield – d.1979, 72y, Sheffield)
    |       |              m.(24/12/1927, Ecclesfield) Mackenzie ASHTON (b.16/12/1899, Wortley – d.1980, 80y, Sheffield)
    |       |               |
    |       |
    |       |– Hannah PIDGEON (b.1871, Sheffield – d.1910, 39y, Sheffield)
    |       |      m.(22/10/1894,Sheffield) William SIDDALL (b.1867, Rawmarsh – d.1951, 83y, Rotherham) Coal miner
    |       |       |    1901:  at Jubb’s Yard, Handsworth, Sheffield – William & Hannah;  Walter, Joseph, Sidney, William
    |       |       |    1911:  at 33 Carlton Ter, Woodhouse, Sheffield – William (wid);  Walter, Joseph, Sidney, William,
    |       |       |                                                          [7/11 ch alive]            John, Fred, Grace  + Frances (mother, wid)
    |       |       |– Walter SIDDALL (b.1894, Handsworth – d.)
    |       |       |– Joseph SIDDALL (b.1896, Handsworth – d.)
    |       |       |– Sidney SIDDALL (b.1897, Darnell – d.)
    |       |       |– William SIDDALL (b.1899, Darnell – d.)
    |       |       |– John Henry SIDDALL (b.1902, Handsworth – d.)
    |       |       |– Fred SIDDALL (b.1904, Handsworth – d.)
    |       |      └  Grace SIDDALL (b.1907, Woodhouse – d.)
    |       |
    |      └  Emily PIDGEON (b.1873, Sheffield – d.1898, 24y, Sheffield)
    |             (+) John ASHLEY (see below)
    |               |
    |               |– Beatrice PIDGEON (b.16/8/1892, Sheffield – bu.7/2/1893, 7m, Sheffield)
    |               :
    |              m.(27/5/1894, Sheffield) John Morris ASTLEY (b.1871, Sheffield – d.1937, 66y, Sheffield)
    |               |                                 m2.(1906, Sheffield) Sarah Jane RAMSEY (b.1872, Crowle, Lincs – d.)
    |               |
    |               |    1901:  at 3/3 Steel House Lane, Sheffield – John (wid);  Emily
    |               |                                   + Fredrick & Martha; Martha A, Albert MORRIS (father, mother, sister, brother)
    |              └  Emily ASTLEY (b.1894, Sheffield – d.)
    |                      m.(1922, Sheffield) Edwin RODWELL (b.18/10/1890, Sheffield – d.1966, 75y, Sheffield)
    |                       |    1939:  at 41 Fitzwilliam St, Sheffield – Edwin, Albert (b.27/3/1892)
    |                       |
    |                       |– Lesley Edwin RODWELL (b.1923, Sheffield)
    |                       |– Doris Edwin RODWELL (b.1927, Sheffield)
    |                       |– Eric Edwin RODWELL (b.1928, Sheffield)
    |                      └  Vera Edwin RODWELL (b.1929, Sheffield)
    |
   └  Ann PIDGEON (bp.27/8/1837, N Wingfield – d? 20/3/1842, 3y, Chesterfield)
                                                                              Elizabeth PIGEON died aged 3 years in the Union Poor House.
                                                                              No parents were mentioned.  Ann’s mother was dead, her father
                                                                              may have been anywhere as a soldier.  Was this the same child?

SIMPSON / CARRs of Sheffield

In 1883 John Pidgeon married Fanny Carr, who was the daughter of Dennis Carr and Mary Ann Simpson. After Dennis died (around 1870?), Mary Ann had an affair with William Henry Blake from Sunderland, in whose house she and her father were lodgers. A daughter Ann Elizabeth Blake was born in 1872. The birth record clearly states that her parents were William Henry Blake (hut manager) and Mary Ann Blake, formerly Simpson. They were not, of course, married.

In 1881 (after William Henry had returned to Sunderland), Mary Ann Carr, her mother, and her two daughters were living next door to William Pidgeon and his wife Mary Brunton. This was presumably how John Pidgeon met and married Fanny Carr.

In 1888, Anne Elizabeth gave birth to an illegitimate son John Thomas Blake, about which very little can be found subsequently. And in 1891, another such son Herbert Blake was born. Two years later, Mary the wife of William Pidgeon died, and in 1894 William married Ann Elizabeth Carr. He was 39 years old and a widower; she was 22 years old, a spinster and the daughter of Dennis Carr – according to the marriage record.

In 1891, William and his brother Frederick had been lodging together; William’s wife Mary was with her brother and father. One can, therefore, but speculate on the parentage of both John Thomas and Herbert Blake. Following the marriage of their mother, three Pidgeon children were born, before William died at the age of 49. In 1911, the widowed Anne Elizabeth was living with her sons Tom and Herbert Pidgeon and a surviving daughter Fanny Pidgeon. In 1916, Anne Elizabeth remarried, this time giving her father’s name as William Henry Blake.

Notes:
   ab. = about,  b. = born,  bp. = baptised,  bu. = buried,  d. = died,  m. = married,
   (+) = extra-marital relationship
   Places in italics = Registration districts
William SIMPSON (b.1802, Sheffield – d.1877, 74y, Sheffield) saw smith
   m.(17/10/1833) Jane MILNER (b.ab.1806, Sheffield – d.)
    |    1851:  at High St, Sheffield – William & Jane;  Mary Ann (11), Eliza (7)
    |
    |– Emily SIMPSON (b.1846, Sheffield – d.)
    |
   └  Mary Ann SIMPSON (b.1839, Sheffield – d.1902, 62, Sheffield) silver burnisher
           m.(1860) Dennis CARR (b.1836 – d.1870?)
            |    1861:  at Ct 1 Barley St, West Sheffield – Dennis & Mary Ann;  Emily (1)
            |
            |– Emily CARR (b.1860, Sheffield – d.1863, 3y, Sheffield)
            |
            |– William Henry CARR (b.1861, Sheffield – d.1863, 1y, Sheffield)
            |
            |– Fanny CARR (b.1864, Sheffield – d.1897, 33y, Ecclesall B)
            :      m.(12/8/1883, Sheffield) John PIDGEON (b.4/8/1863, Sheffield – d.1909, 46y, Ecclesall B)
            :       |                                     (brother of William)                                                               Table blade forger
            :       |    1891:  at No 3, Ct 1, Pitt Lane, Sheffield – John & Fanny;  John W, Beatrice, Harry (5m)
            :       |
            :      └ →  see the PIDGEONs of Sheffield family tree
            :
          (+) William Henry BLAKE (b.1841, Sunderland – d,1882, 41y, Sunderland)
            |    1871:  at Ct 6 St Thomas St, West Shefeld –
            |                                       William Henry BLAKE  Hd,   mar, 30, hut manager, born Sunderland
            |                                       William SIMPSON    lodger, mar, 68, saw maker  [father of Mary Ann]
            |                                       Mary Ann CARR      lodger, mar, 30, silver burnisher
            |                                       Fanny CARR            daur,            6
            |    1881:  at 92 Backfields, Ecclesall Bierlow – Jane SIMPSON (wid), Mary Ann CARR (wid, dau),
            |                                                                          Fanny CARR (g-dau, 6) Annie Elizabeth BLAKE (g-dau, 8)
            |               at 90 Backfields, Ecclesall Bierlow – William (28) & Mary PIDGEON  (Mary d.1993)
            |    1891:  at 21 Charlotte Lane, Sheffield – Mary A;  Annie E;  Herbert (2m) CARR
            |
           └  Ann Elizabeth BLAKE (aka CARR) (b.13/10/1872, Sheffield – d.) silver burnisher
                  (+) ? ?
                    |
                    |– John Thomas BLAKE (aka PIDGEON) (b.14/7/1888, Sheffield – d.)
                    |                                                                   (bp.24/7, s/o Anne Elizabeth BLAKE of Pitt St)
                    |    If this was ‘Tom’ in 1911, where was he in 1891, 1901 and subsequently?
                    |
                    |– Herbert BLAKE (aka PIDGEON) (b.4/2/1891, Sheffield – d.22/7/1917, 27y, Ypres, Belgium) Private
                    |       :                                                     (s/o Anne Elizabeth BLAKE of Charlotte Lane)
                    |       :
                    :      m.(27/9/1914, Sheffield) Alice HOLLAND (b. – d.)
                    :       |                                        m2(1924, Sheffield) John J DALEY (b. – d.)
                    :       |
                    :      └  Lily PIDGEON) (b.2/9/1915, Sheffield – d.8/2003, 87y, Sheffield)
                    :              m1.(1937, Sheffield) Jim STREET (b.1915, Sheffield – d.10/6/1943, 28y, Tunisia) Gunner
                    :               |    1939:  at 35 Cawdor Rd, Sheffield – Lily;  (Margery)  (with John & Beatrice INGHAM)
                    :
                   m1.(14/10/1894, Sheffield) William PIDGEON (b.1853, Sheffield – d.1900, 49y, Sheffield)
                    |                                          (brother of John)                                                            Table knife cutler
                    |    1901:  at 21 Red Place Sq, Sheffield – Ann E (wid);  Herbert (BLAKE), Annie E, Fanny
                    |    1911:  at 2 Red Place Sq, Sheffield – Annie Elizabeth (wid);  Tom (23), Herbert (20), Fanny (12)
                    |                                                                 [m.24y, 3/6 ch alive]                                            + boarder
                    |
                    |– Ethel PIDGEON (b.28/3/1895, Sheffield – d.1896, 1y, Sheffield)
                    |
                    |– Annie Elizabeth PIDGEON (b.6/12/1897, Sheffield – bu.15/7/1907, 10y, Sheffield)
                    |
                    |– Fanny PIDGEON (b.16/11/1898, Sheffield – d.)
                    :
                   (+) ? ?
                    |– Norah PIDGEON (b.1913, Sheffield – bu.22/2/1915, 20m, Sheffield)
                    :
                   m2.(7/2/1916, Sheffield) James Thomas STUART (b.ab.1873 – d.)
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