Inherited Craziness
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Sunday, 4 April 2021

George Thompson and Diana Shatford

Broughton church, dedicated to St Andrew
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Philip Halling - geograph.org.uk/p/4116541

George Thompson (bap. 15 Apr 1836), eldest son of Daniel Thompson and Mary Adcock, married Diana Shatford, daughter of John Shatford, Victular And Farmer of High Street, Broughton, on 6 Aug 1862 at Broughton church. There was then and still is a large 18th century Northamptonshire ironstone pubThe Red Lion, on the corner of High Street and Church Street

Could this have been where John Shatford was Victular?

At age 14, in 1851, George Thompson was already employed as a carpenter in his father's business in Cransley Street, Broughton. After his father's death in 1854, he took over the business and, in 1861, was employing 2 men and 1 boy, having moved to 9, Mount Pleasant, Broughton. Staying with him in 1861 was his widowed mother, Mary Thompson (née Adcock), his brother Dan (12), sister Sarah Elizabeth Botterill and her sons Daniel (4) and Benjamin (0).

After they married in 1862, George and Diana had at least five children: 

  1. Mary Elizabeth Thompson baptised 1 Mar 1863
  2. John Daniel Thompson born 1865
  3. Diana Shatford Thompson born 1867
  4. Francis George Thompson born 1870 (died 3rd quarter of 1870)
  5. Charles Francis Thompson baptised 30 Jul 1871 (died aged 19 months, buried on 11 Feb 1873 at St Andrew, Broughton.)
In 1871, George Thompson (34), carpenter, is living in Broughton with his wife, Diana (30) and children, Mary Eliza (8), John D (5), Diana S (3) and an apprentice, Samuel Draper (15). But George Thompson died young, aged 37, and was also buried at St Andrew's Church, Broughton in 1873. 

Diana Thompson appears to have remarried in 1875.

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