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ID:952 Andrew Micklewright 1805-1883
Gaz’s 4th Great Grandfather
Birth    2nd June 1805  Forton, Staffordshire, England
Death January 1883 Cannock, Staffordshire
Andrew Micklewright was born in Forton, Near Gnosall, Staffordshire in 1805. He was the son of Thomas Micklewright and Sarah Micklewright ( nee Yardley). The couple had married in Forton in 1804.
1827
14th May 1827 Marriage of Andrew Micklewright and  Mary Simpson at Gnosall, Staffordshire.
The couple had their first children, twins, a boy Henry and a girl Elizabeth in Gnosall. They were baptised on 21 June 1829.
Son Thomas was born in Gnosall and christened on 15th May 1831.
Daughter Harriet was born in Forton and christened on 21 April 1833.
Sadly, eldest son Henry passed away in 1833 and was buried at Forton on 2nd May 1833.
Daughter Mary was born in Forton and christened on 19th July 1835.
The couples final child, William was born in Forton and christened on 13th October 1838.
Sadly, Andrews wife , Mary, passed away on 7th November 1838, shortly after the birth of William. We are not sure of the cause of death but it may have been a complication of childbirth given the short period of time.
In 1841, Andrew, widowed had met his future 2nd wife, Elizabeth Walker,  and they were living together in Forton at the time of the census.
Elizabeth had a young daughter, Emma Walker, age 2 and also at the house were Andrews daughters Harriet, 8 and Mary, 6. Andrew was an agricultural labourer.
1841
1841 Census for 'Forton, Staffordshire'
Name                             
Age       Est  YOB Gender   Birth County                  Occupation               
Andrew Micklewright     30         1811       Male         Staffordshire                 Agricultural Labourer
Elizabeth Micklewright 35 1806 Female Staffordshire  
Harriet Micklewright 8 1833 Female Staffordshire  
Mary Micklewright 6 1835 Female Staffordshire  
Emma Walker 2 1839 Female Staffordshire  
On 27th May 1841, Andrew married Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel Walker at Forton in Staffordshire.
In 1845, the couple had a son, Samuel, together at Adbaston, Stafford. He was christened on 22nd June.
The couple had another son, William, born in Wednesfield. He was baptised on 6th Feb 1848.
Between 1845 and 1848 the family had moved to Nine Elms, Wednesfield, .
In 1851, Andrew  was 45. He was a farm labourer.He lived with his wife Elizabeth 50 , and his son Thomas , 20 was a stonemason. Emma, 12, his stepdaughter, and his sons Samuel,6  and William, 3 were still at school and home. William also appears on the census. The birth places have been incorrently entered on the census but this is definately their family.
1851
1851 Census for 'Nine Elms, Wednesfield, Staffordshire'
Name                             
Status        Age       Est YOB Gender   Birth County                Occupation               
Andrew Micklewright     Married     45          1806       Male       Wednesfield, Staffs    Farm Labourer
Elizabeth Micklewright Married 50 1801 Female Wednesfield, Staffs    
Thomas Micklewright   20 1831 Male Wednesfield, Staffs   Stonemason
Emma Micklewright   12 1839 Female Wednesfield, Staffs   Scholar
Samuel Micklewright   6 1845 Male Wednesfield, Staffs    
William Micklewright   3 1848 Male Wednesfield, Staffs    
Unfortunately, Andrew was once again left a widower in 1852, when his 2nd wife Elizabeth passed away.
We have been unable to find a 1861 census for Andrew as yet. There is a marriage in Wimblebury in 1870 when he appeared to have married a Sarah Brooks but we believe this may be a red herring. He lived next door to a Sarah Brooks on the 1851 census but she does not appear to have been widowed by 1870 and is still Brooks on the 1881 census, so this remains a mystery.
In 1871, Andrew, now 65, was a boarder at Wimblebury, living in the household of William and Susannah Higgs. Andrews occupation is labourer, probably at one of the local collieries.
1881
1881 Census for 'Glover Street, Wimblebury, Staffordshire'
Name                         
Relationship Status       Age     Est YOB Gender   Birth County                        Occupation               
George Thomas     Head              Married 52         1829       Male       Brierley Hill. Staffs                Coal Miner                
Elizabeth Thomas Wife Married 52 1830 Female Gnosall, Staffs  
Elizabeth Thomas Daughter   17 1864 Female Wolverhampton, Staffs  
Andrew Micklewright Boarder Widower 75 1806 Male Forton, Staffs Colliery Labourer
Andrew died in January 1883 aged 77. His death was registered at Cannock and he was buried at St Peters in Hednesford.