Sarah Webberley 1766 – 1830

Sarah was born Sarah Corden and was the second of 4 Children of Arthur and Elizabeth Corden.

  1. Mary Bapt 10 May 1764
  2. Sarah bapt 6 July 1766
  3. Arthur bapt 19 Sept 1770
  4. William Bapt 29 July 1773

Edward Webberley a bachelor had married Jenny Cordwell a widow by Licence on 4 Dec 1793 at Uttoxeter, when his occupation is given as Shoemaker.  However the 1791 Universal Directory of Britain lists Edward Webberley, Victualler, so either he had dual occupations or the Marriage Licence is an error.

Children of Edward and Jenny Webberley.

  1. Mary bapt 5 Nov 1795, buried 28 Nov 1796
  2. Mary bapt 12 Jun 1797
  3. Sarah bapt 8 Aug 1804

Jenny buried as Jane Webberley, wife of Edward 5 Dec 1805 at St. Mary’s, Uttoxeter.

Sarah married rather late in life at the age of 42 on 7 March 1808 when she married Edward Webberley, a widower at St. Mary’s Uttoxeter. According to the Marriage Licence Sarah Corden was spinster and Edward gave his occupation as Victualler.

No evidence has been found for any children from the marriage of Edward and Sarah.

Edward Webberley died Intestate, on 20 Aug 1830 with Goods to the value of £600. Administration was to Sarah Webberley, his widow, whose signature appears on the papers.

Edward was buried in St. Mary’s, Uttoxeter on 24 Aug 1830 aged 66

Sarah presumably continued to run the business left by her Husband as White’s 1834 Directory lists her as running the Union Public House on Uttoxeter Heath.

Uttoxeter Paupers Vouchers reference D3891/6/37/12/51, dated 8 Sep 1832 shows 9 gallons of Ale delivered to the Workhouse at a cost of 15 shillings; receipt signed by Sarah Wibberley. The name appears to be written variously as Wibberley and Webberley, sometimes both in the same document.


Sarah Webberley died 18 Sept 1839 whilst visiting relations in Stafford  (Mary Corden married Thomas Bromley on 20 Jan 1830).

Staffordshire Gazette and County Standard 21 September 1839

On Wednesday, an inquest was held before the same Coroner, [Robert Fowke] at the Wagon & Horses on the body of Mrs. Sarah Wibberley, Aged 73.
Deceased had been for the last five weeks on a visit to Mr. Thomas Bromley. She retired to rest the previous night a little before ten o’clock apparently in her usual state of health, only complaining of a pain in her arm: but on the servant going to call her the next morning, she was found a corpse quite cold.

Verdict, ” Died by the visitation of God.”

Sarah died leaving a Will written 4 Jan 1838.

In this she left several bequests;-

  1. £100 to Ellen Corden d/o her late nephew Arthur Corden. Payable when she is 21.
  2. £19 19s 6d to Edward Pegg, s/o George Pegg to be paid at her brother’s decease.
  3. £19 19s 6d to Thomas Chatfield the elder, Joiner, residing at the Heath. To be paid at her brother’s decease.
  4. £19 19s 6d to her trusty servant Robert Abberley in addition to his yearly wages.
  5. All her household, Messuages, Dwelling houses, land Tenements, yards, Gardens, Stables, Barnes, Outbuildings, hereditaments and premises belonging in the Parish of Uttoxeter to her beloved brother Arthur Corden and his heirs.
  6. Her personal estate, household goods and chattels and cattle, unto him [presumably Arthur Corden]

Arthur Corden executor.

Signed Sarah Webberley [very shakey.]

Wit; Elizabeth Lowndes, Mary Branich, Chas Smyth.

Proved at Shrewsbury 23 Oct 1840

Under £200

The beneficiaries of Sarah’s Will;-

Ellen Corden was Baptised in Uttoxeter, on 27th Feb 1828 the daughter of Arthur and Ellen Corden and Arthur was a Maltster. (Arthur was buried in Uttoxeter on 26 April 1831 aged 27)

Thomas Chatfield was the husband of Sarah’s Step daughter.

Staffordshire Advertiser 12 December 1829

Marriage – “On Wednesday last, Mr. Thomas Chatfield, joiner, Uttoxeter, to Sarah, youngest daughter of Mr. Edward Wibberlev. of the Heath, near Uttoxeter.”

Edward Pegg – no relationship proved but he was baptised in St. Mary’s, Uttoxeter as Edward Webberley Pegg on 31 July 1819 son of George and Jane Pegg.

George Pegg, a widower and Auctioneer was married to Jane Dudley, Widow at Uttoxeter on  26 Feb 1811. Witnesses were Edward and Sarah Webberley.

Arthur Corden – Sarah’s younger brother; Arthur was married and had several children and was Farming at Haughmond, Salop when he died in 1856. His Will indicates that he inherited the Union Inn, Uttoxeter from Sarah and he left it to his son Richard Corden.

How long Arthur had been in Shropshire is unknown but he appears to have been in Uttoxeter in 1825 as evidenced by the following unless they refer to his son.

Staffordshire Advertiser 11 June 1825 SALE

LOT 2.—All that Dwelling-House, with parlour, kitchen, bed rooms, brewhouse, cellar, and garden, as, and adjoining lot 1, in the occupation
of Mr. Arthur Corden, with the addition of a ladder-shed, and potatoe-cave; together with a Building (lying to the same), used by Mr. Joseph Cartledge as a hatter’s-shop, and which might at a small expence, be converted into a dwelling house.

Staffordshire Advertiser 26 November 1825

For sale at Uttoxeter by Auction by Mr Pegg. On 7th Dec.

ALL those two complete MESSUAGES, (having sashed fronts), situate in Bradley Street, Uttoxeter, tenanted by Mrs. Chivere and Mr. Arthur Corden; and also two Dwelling-Houses lying behind the same, occupied by Mr. William Hubbard and Mr. John Tabbernor; together with a stable, gig house, slaughter-house, piggeries, ladder-shed, potatoe-cave, large garden, and other conveniences thereto, rented by different persons.

The premises are in good repair, situation desirable, and will be offered for sale, so as the investment will pay near 7/- per cent, and if more suitable to a purchaser, the
whole, (or any part) of the purchase monies, may remain on satisfactory security, at a reasonable rate of interest
The same may be viewed by applying to the said William Hubbard and particulars had on reference to Mr. HUBBARD, Cheadle.


4 thoughts on “Sarah Webberley 1766 – 1830

  1. Edward Webberley was at The Bowling Green Inn, Uttoxeter Heath in 1812 – Staffordshire Advertiser 19 September 1812 and on 2 June 1819. In The Staffordshire Gazette and County Standard of 18 May 1839 mention is made of the death of Mr G Pegg at The Bowling Green Inn in his 50th year. Staff at the County Record Office think the Bowling Green Inn was probably renamed The Brickmaker’s Arms. When exactly this happened is the mystery as The Bowling Green is mentioned in newspaper adverts up to 1857 and the Brickmaker’s Arms is mentioned in 1838 and up to 1860 when the license for the pub was transferred from George Richardson to George Campion.


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