William Starling 1808-1889 Print

It is thanks to William Starling that I have strange kinship quirks in my tree, for William married an Anne Storey from Graveley, in Hilton, in 1834, an Aunt of Mary Anne Storey who would later marry William Bedford, one of my Great Great Grandfathers. Therefore, William and Anne become my Great Great Great Uncle and Aunt on both sides of my family tree.

The marriage produced seven children, Elizabeth, Mary, William, Richard, George, Louisa and Matthew. The last three children did not survive beyond a year of their births.

The eldest child, Elizabeth, in 1861, is at Vicarage Hall as Cook to the Vicar of Great Staughton, where her cousin by marriage, Elizabeth Fordham, is also recorded as a Servant. She later marries Thomas Martin in 1865 in Hilton, sadly the marriage is childless. In 1871 she is recorded as living on Rogues Lane, Elsworth, by 1881 she is living at Vicarage cottage, Hilton, and is still there in 1891, although by now a widow, and has two lodgers with her, Richard and Harry Judson. In 1901 she is living on Wraggs Row and working as a Laundress. Elizabeth Martin (nee Starling) dies in 1911.

Their second daughter, Mary, in 1861 is also working as a Cook, but this time for the Conductress of a Ladies Seminary, Charlotte Flag, on the High Street, Huntingdon St Mary, Huntingdonshire. Later that year, Mary would marry Henry Rolls at St Mary Magdalene, and again, there are no children ever shown on any census return for the couple. In 1871 she is living in Motes Close, Hemingford Abbots, the wife of a General Labourer. In 1881 the couple are at 23 Park Street, Fletton, Huntingdonshire. In 1891 they are at High Street, Hemingford Grey, and Mary is shown as the wife of a Publican, and again in 1901 although this time the property is named as the Six Bells pub. Mary Rolls (nee Starling) died in 1924 and was buried in Hilton Churchyard.

William and Anne's first son, William, was a labourer all his life. He was last recorded in Hilton in 1871, after which he moved out Bingham, Nottinghamshire to live out his days. He had married Ruth Morling from Knapwell in 1867 at St Mary Magdalene, having their first three children in Hilton before leaving the county. Eight more were born in Nottinghamshire.

The next child, Richard, would ultimately move out to Derbyshire. He married Jemima Huckrall in 1874 in Alfreton and had three daughters there with his wife. Richard's occupations were Colliery Labourer, General Labourer and Estate Carter and he is last sighted in Belper, Derbyshire in 1911.

William and Anne never left Hilton. In 1861 they are living on the High Street, with William shown as an Agricultural Labourer and next door to William's brother, Charles. In 1871 they are shown as living next door to the White Horse pub on Potton Road. In 1881 they are in Tithe Lane, both shown as Paupers. Anne died in 1886 and William Jun 1889.
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